A blessing in disguise?

I was literally 3 weeks away from announcing to my manager that I would leave “soon”. And then stuff hit the fan. Back on February 20, about a month ago, when the market was at its high,

Retail therapy (and my experience selling Magic the Gathering Cards in Japan)

Hey, don’t leave, I swear this is still somewhat related to my goal of retiring early! The Retail Therapy slippery slope So, I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m kind of a board game geek. The addiction

“Your password expires in 14 days”

Dear Diary, (<– this is my way of telling you this is just a stream of consciousness, yet another random rant on my journey to financial independence.) I had told myself I would never have to endure

Bear Market

Apologies, just a random brain dump. It’s been a rough couple of months since I last posted. Actually, the past 18 months have been rough on my egg nest. I don’t care what the pros say on


Holy crap, it’s been months since I last posted here. There are… reasons for this. Not that any of them is good, but they make sense in my mind. The main one is that when I created

High functioning Geek

Everybody has their own reason to want to reach financial independence and retire early. Me, I want to have more personal time, and I intend to fill it with video games, board games, and movies. I’m sometimes

Happy New “One More” Year

2018 has been a very disappointing year for my portfolio. I assume that must have been true for a lot of folks like me going with passive index investing. For me, the whole mess really started around

What’s plan B?

I haven’t posted here in quite some time now, and I’m not sure this post will be really focused on anything. There are a million tiny things I want to talk about, but also nothing specific. So

Relationship is souring quickly with the house builder

Part of my plan to RE involves owning a place. I’ve always assumed it would be difficult to consistently be able to rent a place in Japan, as a foreigner, with no proof of stable employment, so

Switching Teams

Last month, I had the bad luck to learn that I’d have to stay one more year at my company in order to secure the loan for our house. This sucks, because my plan at that time