Enjoy life before it's too late

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Children and parents relationships in China – “Xiao”

This subject has been in my mind for a long time.  It’s such a big and thorny topic.  I’m not a psychologist or sociologist, and really not qualified to broach it.  But it’s so intriguing that I couldn’t keep my mouth shut either.  Here we are. Children and parents relationships exist everywhere.  Starting the days we were born, the relationships with our parents began.  It’s not a choice. ...

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Retiring in another country?

Have you ever thought about retiring in another country? According to AARP report in 2017, about 550,000 Americans receive their social security benefits overseas.  The top 10 countries for Americans are: Mexico Panama Ecuador Costa Rica Columbia Malaysia Spain Nicaragua Portugal Malta Why do they choose to retire overseas?  Here are the top reasons, according to Investopedia: Warm weather Lower cost of living and health care Adventure of...

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Hello from China

I have been in China for 3+ weeks.  My mom is doing well.  I may live here for another 3 months.  That gives my mom time to get adjusted to the new life.  I’d like to thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers after my father’s death.  Thank you, and that means a lot to me and my family. Today I like to share what this Chinese village...

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Why am I considering short-term health insurance for 2019?

Health insurance is a big headache for early retirees in US.  It’s one of the reasons many people choose not to retire until the age of 65. 2019 is not far away, and the health insurance enrollment is to start very soon. For 2019, I’m considering the short-term health insurance.  The rate for 12-month coverage became available starting October 1, 2018. The ObamaCare rate for 2019 won’t be...

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Dad, I miss you

October 2 seemed a normal day.  Around 8:30 PM Eastern time, right after dinner, I got a message from my brother, saying my dad was in critical condition.  That short message changed my life forever. I was baffled by the message: “What do you mean dad is in critical condition?  I talked to dad about a week ago on the phone.  He sounded just fine.” It turned out,...

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Less is more

I truly believe less is more. Some could argue that, less is less, and more is more.  That’s true, too, from a different perspective. In a more accurate way to say, less on A means more on B.  A and B are mutually exclusive, and there is no intersection (borrowing a math term).  Here are some examples: Less on spending means more on saving. Less on clutter means...