We signed the contract for a house! (But…)

After about 4 months of research, we have found a plot of land and a house builder we are happy with. But there’s still a lot of things that need to happen before I can RE. Found

A terrible start to the year?

It’s been a while since I posted here. I almost feel as if I’m done telling my story on Financial Independence now that I’ve reached the financial goal. Plus it’s a story that’s been told, in better

American Dream

Important: The following article is an opinion. I never intended for this blog to have political direction, but wth. A lot of what follows is intended to be “tongue in cheek” even if that’s not always obvious

A race against insanity – 2

“Get the fucking loan, then get the fuck out.” It’s weird how memories work. I had almost forgotten that I wrote a very similar blog post 18 months ago. Yesterday I was dragged into a meeting at

I’m jealous of people who like their job

I’ve been miserable at work lately. For a while I enjoyed the change of pace compared to my previous team: with the new team losing a good chunk of its people over the course of a few

A weekend with my spendypants friends

Monday was a holiday here in Japan, and I spent the weekend with a bunch of friends. The 4 families involved found an airbnb house to rent close to the beach, and spent three days there. It

The frustrations of trying to open a NISA account in Japan

As soon as we got back to Japan, I’ve tried to set our financial situation straight here. My most urgent task was to set up investment accounts for my wife and kids (NISA and Junior NISA respectively).

Bath bombs, a fun DIY activity with kids

Our kids love to take a bath. And they love it even more when a bath bomb is involved. If you don’t know what bath bombs are, they’re these balls made of baking soda and citric acid,

We have to learn to be frugal again

As we moved back from the US to Japan, we have to learn frugality again. Although the general rules of frugality probably apply worldwide, the implementation details may vary. Some of the things I used to do

The source of stress has shifted

Today is a day of doubt for me. After I started crunching my numbers again a few weeks ago, I now feel that a part of my plan is eroding. Specifically, I currently assume that my side