New Year’s Eve in Taipei and 2015 Resolutions

The Big Stage

The Big Stage

Taipei puts on one hell of a New Year’s Eve party.  A large portion of the core downtown is blocked off to make room for a monster sized stage.  All of the biggest names in music and the big screen take a turn at entertaining the massive crowds.

The entire regional supply of spotlights and lasers, and some seriously heavy bass, guide you to the epicenter from miles away

And to top it all off, there is a fireworks show using one of the world’s tallest buildings as a launch platform


Reader Financial Review: Scared to Death of Early Retirement

financialreviewWelcome to the First Official Go Curry Cracker Financial Review! In a series of new posts, I will review the financial situation of an anonymous reader, and provide actionable recommendations

The lucky winner of our Financial Review goes to reader Bob. We exchanged many emails over the holidays, and put together a great plan that will help Bob and his wife overcome their financial concerns, retire earlier, and save $1.5 million or more in taxes

Along the way we learn about RMDs, and the sweet deal that Federal employees have  in terms of pension and health benefits

Hey Jeremy and Winnie

Love your site! My wife and I have been talking about ER for some time now but are scared to death of running out of money and are worried we haven’t saved enough.  Your tax-free approach is a different take of which you don’t hear a lot of folks talking about.  I just turned 57 and she is 54.  Getting a little freaked out about retiring at this age.  ;)


Travel Hacking: Grandma is Coming to Town

Let's Go Places! (photo from Wikimedia)

Destination, Taipei! (photo from Wikimedia)

My grandmother turns 80 years old this year, and still lives in the town where both she and I grew up, population 20,000.  She has never had a passport, and never been outside the United States.

Since my grandfather passed away about a year ago, she has been stretching her wings a bit.  She’s since been to California and Florida to visit a couple of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren

There are about 30 of us grandchildren in total, and another 30 or so great-grandchildren (I’ve lost count.)  That’s a lot of kids, but it seems she is still excited to add one more, probably because I am her favorite ;)  It would be a shame for her to be unable to see and hold GCCjr because of cost and distance, so I’m flying my Grandma and my Mother to Taipei to see GCCjr in May

With a total price tag of $457.40, why not?


Reflections of 2014, A (re)Productive Year

2014 was our 2nd full year of Early Retirement and International Intrigue

We began the year by slipping into Cuba, experiencing a country lost in time.  And none too soon.  Based on recent statements by President Obama, the Cold War may finally gasp its last breath.  Cuba will never be the same

Back in the modern world, we jetted across the Pacific on a secret mission that would change our lives forever.  Thanks to the miracle of modern medicine and In-vitro Fertilization (IVF), we were able to create a little human boy, due April 15th, 2015 (Ironic, no?)  Going to Taiwan for Medical Tourism saved us 80% off US prices

Our intentions were to undergo IVF treatment, travel throughout SE Asia, then head to Europe for a Destination Birth.  But even with infinite flexibility, things didn’t go as planned.  A little scare and a brief period of Doctor mandated bed rest convinced us to stay in Taiwan throughout the pregnancy.   We explored a bit, visiting Taroko Gorge and the islands of Penghu, and I road a bike 900 km all the way around Taiwan

In Taipei, we found some great accommodations and spent our day hours pursuing artistic endeavors.  Winnie studied water painting, oil painting, calligraphy, and the flute.  I am 3.5 semesters into an intensive Chinese language program, and continue to play guitar daily.

Life is good