I have sort of known Early Retirement Sg for close to 3 years, having stumbled onto one of his first few posts like this. Needless to say, I was quite impressed by his writing and views.
So much so that as a rather new blogger then, I plucked up my courage and approached him to see if he was willing to guest post on my budding blog. And voila, here’s what he came up with.
So when he stopped blogging in the middle of 2014, I was rather disappointed.
But in the past few months, he’s been busy churning out articles on his site: earlyretirementsg.weebly.com
And I have been gobbling them up in between my commutes and honestly, he’s a big reason why I have decided to become a more prolific writer on this blog.
These awesome acts of spending $18,000 together for both renovation and furnishing and spending $4 a month on mobile usage are impressive.
But what strikes me most is the fact that even though he’s in his early to mid thirties, he has been voluntarily unemployed for a total of 4 years over two different periods. In fact, it’s been two years and counting since he left his most recent job.
I probably used up most of my courage to take a 6 month sabbatical and I honestly believed that 2 years of voluntary unemployment for a married man in his early thirties is another level higher.
I wanted to find out first hand how he spent his time and more importantly, coped with the “pressure” from friends and relatives. So, I asked him out for lunch last week and he agreed.
At this moment in time, you would probably have wagered that we had a meal at a food court or even a hawker centre.
But nope, we had a nice lunch of seafood white beehoon with lots of clams and prawns, roasted chicken, cheese baked oysters and a coconut and durian dessert each. And all these with a view to boot on a weekday afternoon.
And the total bill? Just slightly over $40.
I shall not bore you with the details of our conversation but I shall share a small (hopefully humorous) snippet below.
At 2:30pm in the restaurant after we both realised we had outstayed our welcome after 3 hours.
ERSG: So where do you suggest for coffee later?
15HWW: Since I don’t come to town as often as you do, why not you make the call?
ERSG: Ok, normally I will pop by Ngee Ann City, grab those $1 coffees offered by this Japanese bakery and enjoy it by the fountain.
15HWW: Oh, now that you have mentioned it, if I am alone or with the Mrs, I would just go to Nespresso* inside Takashimaya for a complimentary cup of coffee.
This might just be how some of us in the blogging community one-up each other.
*In case some of you think I am joking or just simply a cheapskate, let me explain a little. I really have no qualms getting something complimentary from a European MNC whose business model is to procure raw ingredients from South America and Africa at ridiculously cheap prices, package them and then resell them at super high margins. The money saved means more for me to give to the busker.