Author: Retire Early Helen

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Village life in pictures

This is my hometown.  I lived here for close to 16 years before heading to the college in Beijing in 1981.  My mom and many of my childhood friends love this place, as they have been living here all their lives.  To them, this is the best place in the world.  Some of them even tried to convince me to move back to here permanently.  It sounds like...

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Gifting, gifting

I don’t know starting when, holiday becomes a gifting season.  People scratch their heads, and try to figure out what gifts they should buy.  It could be very stressful. I’m not good at gifting.  I don’t like buying gifts, and don’t like receiving gifts either.  To me, a simple life is a good life.  But, sometimes, I do have to go through the gift selecting process. I have...

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My biggest dream when I was young

Dream, what a beautiful word.  It gives me hope, purpose, and pushes me into actions. Dream is changing over time, as I enter into the different stages of my life.  Today, I’d like to share my dreams when I was young. My first dream – Going to college: When I was in the middle school and high school, my dream was crystal clear: going to college. Why college?...

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Retiring early means less time on the road

Thanksgiving is on the way.  Do you shop on the Black Friday?  It’s the time again to think about the gift shopping, which could be overwhelming.  Don’t forget to set up a shopping budget, and follow it.  And enjoy the time with family and friends. This year, oddly I’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas in China.  Not many people in this village know about the two western holidays. ...

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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...