Author: Minimalist in the city

Nov 2018 – Monthly Updates

November is the month that we celebrated Ashton’s first birthday and it was not that long ago when he first arrived into our family. It also marks the first month that Kate goes back to work after a long hiatus. We hosted a birthday celebration party for Ashton at our home with our family and close friends. Our guests also enjoyed the space and it was a good and cozy gathering. Recently, my brother also bought an apartment and remodelled his place with the minimalist concept as core. I am glad that I was able to introduce him to...

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Nov 2018 – Monthly Updates

November is the month that we celebrated Ashton’s first birthday and it was not that long ago when he first arrived into our family. It also marks the first month that Kate goes back to work after a long hiatus. We hosted a birthday celebration party for Ashton at our home with our family and close friends. Our guests also enjoyed the space and it was a good and cozy gathering. Recently, my brother also bought an apartment and remodelled his place with the minimalist concept as core. I am glad that I was able to introduce him to...

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Friday reads – volume 26

And here are the lineups… This Is Why Talking About How “Hard” You Work Makes You Look Incompetent (Forbes)  When you express to your social networks how “hard” you are working, what you are doing is creating a cue for response. That message generates pity, or awe, or offers for assistance or support. What you do not realize it is doing is actually programming your brain to receive reinforcement from being stressed and overworked. How We Used Geographic Arbitrage to Retire 9 Years Ahead of Schedule (Retire by 45)  Geographic arbitrage can be such an impactful strategy, because housing...

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Friday reads – volume 26

And here are the lineups… This Is Why Talking About How “Hard” You Work Makes You Look Incompetent (Forbes)  When you express to your social networks how “hard” you are working, what you are doing is creating a cue for response. That message generates pity, or awe, or offers for assistance or support. What you do not realize it is doing is actually programming your brain to receive reinforcement from being stressed and overworked. How We Used Geographic Arbitrage to Retire 9 Years Ahead of Schedule (Retire by 45)  Geographic arbitrage can be such an impactful strategy, because housing...

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Friday reads – volume 25

Forget shiny Rolexes and Louis Vuitton handbags — rich people are investing more in education and health, and it shows that discreet wealth is the new status symbol (Business Insider)  “Eschewing an overt materialism, the rich are investing significantly more in education, retirement, and health – all of which are immaterial, yet cost many times more than any handbag a middle-income consumer might buy.” Most Money Advice Is Worthless When You’re Poor (Money by Vice)  “if you’re working low wages, the whole concept of saving and investing goes away because you don’t have the luxury of that long term; it’s...

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Friday reads – volume 25

Forget shiny Rolexes and Louis Vuitton handbags — rich people are investing more in education and health, and it shows that discreet wealth is the new status symbol (Business Insider)  “Eschewing an overt materialism, the rich are investing significantly more in education, retirement, and health – all of which are immaterial, yet cost many times more than any handbag a middle-income consumer might buy.” Most Money Advice Is Worthless When You’re Poor (Money by Vice)  “if you’re working low wages, the whole concept of saving and investing goes away because you don’t have the luxury of that long term; it’s...

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Oct 2018 – Monthly Updates

As we are approaching December, I finally had the chance to post our October updates. Things has been a little bit hectic recently, with Kate heading to work, as well as a couple of other domestic issues which requires a bit more attention. Having said that, I am glad that I managed to complete this post before the end of the month. October is the month that we managed to spend a bit more time with the kids before Kate heads back to work. We are grateful that we have the option to allow Kate to take almost a...

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Oct 2018 – Monthly Updates

As we are approaching December, I finally had the chance to post our October updates. Things has been a little bit hectic recently, with Kate heading to work, as well as a couple of other domestic issues which requires a bit more attention. Having said that, I am glad that I managed to complete this post before the end of the month. October is the month that we managed to spend a bit more time with the kids before Kate heads back to work. We are grateful that we have the option to allow Kate to take almost a...

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Friday reads – volume 24

And here it goes …. What I Learned About Life at My 30th College Reunion (The Atlantic)  No matter what my classmates grew up to be—a congressman, like Jim Himes; a Tony Award–winning director, like Diane Paulus; an astronaut, like Stephanie Wilson—at the end of the day, most of our conversations at the various parties and panel discussions throughout the weekend centered on a desire for love, comfort, intellectual stimulation, decent leaders, a sustainable environment, friendship, and stability. Feeling Rich and Feeling Poor (The Simple Dollar)  In the end, if a sense of freedom of choice is what makes...

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Friday reads – volume 24

And here it goes …. What I Learned About Life at My 30th College Reunion (The Atlantic)  No matter what my classmates grew up to be—a congressman, like Jim Himes; a Tony Award–winning director, like Diane Paulus; an astronaut, like Stephanie Wilson—at the end of the day, most of our conversations at the various parties and panel discussions throughout the weekend centered on a desire for love, comfort, intellectual stimulation, decent leaders, a sustainable environment, friendship, and stability. Feeling Rich and Feeling Poor (The Simple Dollar)  In the end, if a sense of freedom of choice is what makes...

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Friday reads – volume 23

And here are the lineups… The Secret to Raising a Child Who Isn’t Materialistic (Goalcast) “Gratitude is the act of appreciating what you have. It’s quite literally the opposite of what goes in our brain when we’re “on” materialism: we’re happy with what we have as opposed to being dissatisfied and uncomfortable and always feeling like we need more.” Life Advice: Don’t Find Your Passion (Scientific America)  “Some people adopt a “fixed mindset” approach and search for the one, predestined match in their lives. They expect this match to be enduring, full of excitement, and endlessly fulfilling. Fixed mindsets...

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Friday reads – volume 22

And here are the goodies for this week… Is Early Retirement Keeping Millennials From Having Kids? (Abandoned Cubicle)  The obvious advice from someone raising two kids of his own is not to let early retirement and financial independence come between you and having kids. If you are fortunate enough to have the option of bringing life into the world, you will find it a struggle and source of joy at the same time. (Just recognize that the mix of struggle and joy gets a bit uneven after two kids, depending on the situation…) Things I will never do to...

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Friday reads – volume 21

And here are the lineups… Work-Life Balance is a Lie (Deserting Debt)  When people talk about “work-life balance”, they are discussing it as if they are two totally unrelated things. Work and life coexist in such complicated ways that you must ensure that both are emotionally and mentally healthy. What Are the Alternatives to Early Retirement? (Abandoned Cubicle)  It would appear that the happiest nations (Denmark and other Scandinavian countries) are not even aware of early retirement, and get along just fine without it. Why wouldn’t they? The longest living, healthiest among us continue to work until their time...

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Friday reads – volume 20

And here are the goodies for this week… The Curse of Lifestyle Inflation (Kong Template)  Lifestyle inflation basically boils down to this. Your spending increases with your income. It’s quite interesting understanding why we always want more stuff. I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t that normal? Isn’t that the whole point of making more money? So that you can buy nicer things? Real Cost To Own The World’s Most Expensive Toyota Prius (Investment Cache) The example here in this post is a car, but it could have been any other “non-essential” item that is simply expense off or depreciates...

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Sep 2018 – Monthly Updates

September is the month that Ally turns four and it seems like not too long ago that she first came into this world. It has been a challenging yet fulfilling journey and we treasure every moment with her. We also celebrated Grandma’s birthday with four generations gathered together, enjoying some simple yet quality time, and of course, good food too. Work And as we are counting down towards FI, work has been less stressful for me nowadays. Mr Tako, one of the FIRE bloggers (which we are ardent followers of) had previously blogged about this phenomenal – becoming better at work...

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