Category: Life

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Fun time

Summer is really a fun time.  Kids are enjoying the long summer break.  Parents are taking the vacations with families somewhere. As an early retiree, I don’t want to be left behind.  As a result, I did something I had dreamed about for years: went back to Ashland, Ohio to see the hot air balloons. Ashland is my hometown.  Every year around the 4th of July, there is...

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Yingying Zhang, where are you?

On June 9, 2017, around 2:00 PM US Central Time, Yingying Zhang (章莹颖 in Chinese) was missing in Urbana, Illinois. On this coming Saturday, June 9, it will mark the whole year of her tragic missing case.  A super long, torturing and agonizing year for her family and the loved ones. Yingying Zhang, where are you? Personally, I don’t know Yingying Zhang and her family.  I’m one of...

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A place where running water is still a luxury

Living in America, we take the running water for granted.  Did you ever realize that, running water is still a luxury in many parts of this world, even in the 21st century? According to a report by the World Health Organization in 2017, there are 2.1 billion people (close to 30% of world population) who lack safe drinking water at home.  And there are 4.5 billion people who...

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Why rush? Slow Down

Life is getting faster and faster.  Does it mean life becomes better and better?  Not necessarily.  Speed is not equal to quality. I’m in my early 50s, and retired.  Why should I rush?  I got a lot of hours every day at my disposal.  I’m the gal who stays on the slow lane on the highway, and drives around the speed limit. Slow Down is my motto.  Let...

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What’s the most important asset?

As an early retiree, I got a lot of time to do day dreaming and self reflections.  Lately I keep asking myself: “What’s the most important asset to me?” Is it money, or something else? In my case, money is NOT the most important asset. Obviously, money is important.  Without it, I wouldn’t be able to retire early.  Money makes it possible for me to have the basics...

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A homebody in Taipei

I’m a homebody.  In the end of February this year, out of the blue, I wanted to see Taipei.  12 days later, I packed my stuff, and flew to Taipei.  I toured the city and the nearby places for close to two weeks. This is one of the beauties of retiring early.  Not only the work-related stress is gone, an impromptu trip becomes possible.  No more need to...