It’s been little while since my last post. We have emerged from the cesspool that is Bali. It’s funny how time drags by in a place like that and now that we’re in Japan, time is flying by.
We spent a week in Tokyo, one of my favorite cities, then went up to Hokkaido, where we will remain for the rest of the month. The cost of living is drastically higher here than in Bali, and even higher than Australia and NZ. For example, we spent just under $3k during our month in Bali, just under $5k during our month in NZ, and just over $5k for our month in eastern Australia. We’re trending towards over $6k for a month in Japan. Despite the added cost, I would gladly spend that much in Japan versus slogging through Bali and surrounding areas for half the cost.
In other news, our net worth topped $2 million in recent days. Pretty exciting stuff, although who knows if the market will continue to remain strong. It took 11 years of full time work to get to the first million and only 3 years to get to the second million. What really helped was two things that happened in 2012 — (1) a big increase in compensation due to hopping off the associate track and (2) finally starting to deploy taxable assets in the markets instead of sitting on the sidelines in cash.
Still noodling about what to do when we return. Starting to miss some aspects of the old job. Will probably try to start off part time (e.g. 30 hours a month) in a role like what I was doing before and evaluate from there. It’s not guaranteed that I can even do this, but it’s a place to start. This will give me plenty of time to explore other things. I think my ideal life would include a nice variety including mentally challenging work, golf, working out, community service, etc. Would certainly keep things interesting!