Author: Retire Early Helen

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Fit and healthy 2019

For 2019, as an exception, I didn’t make the New Year resolutions.  During the last couple of years, I failed half of the goals miserably.  So, I decided to try something different.  At the end of 2018, I joined a virtual health club. What is this virtual health club? Oh, this is an online chat group (not a cult group).  Currently there are about 20 members.  All of...

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Why are you working?

Have you ever asked yourself: “Why am I working?”  On every work day, you are woken up by the alarm clock, and start a new day in the same way: wash, eat, dress up, and rush to work, no exceptions. Working for 8 to 10 long hours each day is pretty much normal right now, with tons of meetings, deadlines, phone calls, and emails and text interruptions.  It’s...

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What do the retirees do?

I’m always curious what the retirees do in different countries.  Obviously it’s related to the culture. When I stayed in China for over 3 months, the Google was not available there.  For any China-related search, I used Baidu, the Chinese search engine. One day, I asked Baidu: “What do the retirees in China do?”  The results were very surprising.  The top result showed about the previous Chinese presidents...

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Beijing Beijing

Finally I’m home.  Hello from Ohio! I love my home, sweet home.  It’s so nice to have the running water 24 x 7, and I can take a shower whenever I like to.  How cool it is to have the room temperature stable all the hours. The lovely snow was still on the ground when I returned.  It rained the last couple of days.  At my mom’s place...

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Mahjong in China

Lately I realized how important mahjong is to the daily life in China, especially in that village where my mom lives.  It’s not an overstatement that, mahjong has become one of the popular games there. If people just play it as a regular game, that’s totally fine.  It’s one kind of entertainment, and helps people to sharpen their minds.  But sometimes, the game becomes a way of gamble. ...

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I have survived the 100 days!

I can’t believe I have survived the 100 days in this remote Chinese village.  In several days, I’m going to Beijing.  After that, I’m going back to my home in Ohio.  You know what?  I’m really fired up. Beijing is such a lovely place to me.  I used to live there for 15 years.  Many of my college buddies are still there.  I’ll be able to take a...