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Beijing Sightseeing

After arriving early in the morning, checking in and sorting out our initial hassles we decided to do some sightseeing. It was very hot and very muggy ... and we'd had little sleep on the plane.

Our hotel was close to Tiananmen Square so we decided to start there.

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15 Reasons to Retire the Word Retirement

The word is confusing. With definitions as varied as “the action or fact of leaving one's job and ceasing to work” through “the action or fact of ceasing to play a sport competitively” to “seclusion: a secluded or private place: retreat, solitude, loneliness, isolation, privacy, obscurity”.

It means something different to everyone. And now there are retirees, un-retirees, semi-retirees and nevertirees!

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Retiring in the Philippines

"It's More Fun Retiring in the Philippines"Retiring in the Philippines is becoming the final choice of many retirees.

In a recent survey done by Internations titled “The World Through Expat Eyes” the Philippines ranked 8th overall out of the 60 countries surveyed.

That's why retiring in the Philippines is a good option?

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Retiring in Cebu Philippines – laid back lifestyle and tropical weather

What would it be like retiring in Cebu? These were my thoughts as plane's wheels shuddered down onto the runway … a better lending than normal on Mactan island.

We lived in Cebu for nearly three and a half years. What was the experience really like?

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US Visa Saga – The Ultimate Stress in Travel

Plans are made and plans go awry. Sometimes in the most unexpected way.

It was one more leg of our round the world trip … a long leg from Kuala Lumpur to San Francisco. The flights booked months in advance without too much consideration of the “fine print” or the “details” of the flights. The price was right.

It would be just another flight.

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Our First Day in Beijing – Sightseeing Highlights and Rip Offs!

Beijing was the first stop in our 4 week trip through China. A city that we left 4 days later with very mixed feelings.

Our negative experiences included being scammed out of 1 000 Yuan. Having a disturbing encounter with a taxi driver. Jamming an exit turnstile at a station with a hotel card. Some very hot, long walks around Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

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Year Long World Rove

The overall plan for our round the world trip is that we’ll take about a year and fly all the major sectors.

As we travel we want to establish a reasonable cost for a middle of the road lifestyle in the various places we visit and what it’s like living there as a foreigner. For the bulk of the time we will stay in AirBnB’s and we’ll keep a detailed account of our day to day expenses.

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Retire or Rove Offshore

There is no doubt that to retire offshore is an exciting and challenging experience ... and at times a bit daunting! It's worth it!

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Retirement Planning

Your complete retirement planning resource. If you are truly serious about being in control of your own successful retirement

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Retiring to Malaysia – 16 Great Reasons to Go

Are You Interested in Retiring to Malaysia? From Safety and Health to Natural Beauty and Shopping it has Something for Every Retiree

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Senior Retirement Living – A New Beginning

Senior Retirement Living – A Lifestyle Change Which Can Be Made For Many Reasons

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Planning is Guessing

Busting your ass planning something important? Feel like you can’t proceed until you have a bulletproof plan in place? Replace “plan” with “guess” and take it easy. That’s all plans really are anyway: guesses.

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Best anti-ageing exercise is high intensity interval training

[I agree -but it's tough!!]HIIT it! We’re often told that exercise is the best medicine, and it now seems that regular high intensity interval training (HIIT), in particular, is great for reversing the declining ability of our cells to generate energy.

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Retirement and Tax Planning - Both Challenging and Testing Tasks

Retirement and Tax Planning - finding legal loop holes in the mine-fields of legislation

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56 Challenges To Kick-Start Life After Fifty

Some people wait their whole life to start living… don’t be one of them.

If you’re past the big 50 feeling jaded and lifeless. Concerned about the world. Concerned about your world. Your finances, relationships, health or work…

Reading this list should spark at least one change. Kick-start your life with a new challenge and then the reward.

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Retirement Planning for Women – more uncertain and unpredictable

Retirement Planning for Women – lower earnings and a longer life span combine to make this planning a real challenge

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Retirement Planning Checklist - Start Yours Plan

Retirement Planning Checklist - the Baby Boomer countdown has begun. There are many issues to consider and even by ignoring them they won't go away.

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Thinking Beyond Money in Retirement

Many retirees are well prepared financially to stop earning a living. But how do you find meaning, identity and purpose in the remaining years of your life?Merely having enough money to "retire" is hardly justification for sitting around adding no value.

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Is it better to buy or rent in retirement?

"If a retiree does not plan to pass the home on to heirs, it's nearly always cheaper to rent." Renting has been cheaper for me for a number of years both in South Africa and here in the Philippines.

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I’m an energetic baby boomer. Why do so many people of my age seem old?

I'm 67 and feel exactly the same way!! You are what you think you are.

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Investing for Retirement - Are Your Efforts Being Destroyed By Costs?

Investing for retirement may be a futile mission as research has shown that advisors, product providers and asset managers are the ones who are getting the cake share while you get the crumbs

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Forget Downsizing In Retirement

"Maybe a bigger house is better in retirement. When Marian Watkins, who is single, retired from the Air Force in 1998, she moved into a townhome community in Lansdale, Pa., went back to school for a doctorate in educational leadership and became a teacher. Then when she retired from her second career in 2013, she moved to a more spacious single family house in Griffin, Georgia in the Sun City Peachtree development. Now she’s planning on moving within the Del Webb community to an even bigger house, with three bedrooms on the ground floor and an upstairs loft".This story is about a unique exception. As for most people this would be a very unlikely and illogical choice.

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Workout plan: 2016 fitness trends

FOR MANY people, the new year is a time for resolutions, particularly resolutions to lose weight and get fit. This means a lot more people will be looking for workouts to get in shape, with gyms, bootcamps and personal trainers fighting for their attention.There's really nothing new. Wearables and smart phone apps are a growing market and offer something for everyone. It makes it fun and easy to compete against yourself.

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Retirement Backlog Falls to 2015 Low in October

The backlog of federal retirement claims fell in October to its lowest point this year, according to statistics released by the Office of Personnel Management on Thursday.

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How Smart Retirement Investors Profited from the August Market Plunge

Roth IRA conversions spiked in the third quarter, which was great timing.

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Baby boomer nostalgia is already oppressive. It’s about to get so much worse.

The 'Me Generation' already glorifies its past, and we're about to hit the 50th anniversaries of the events of the late 1960s

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Baby boomers are what’s wrong with America’s economy

They chewed up resources, ran up the debt and escaped responsibility.

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Trading places with your baby boomer parents

Back in the day, the family calendar was a place to mark the events of my childhood, like math tutorials, back-to-school eye exams, soccer matches, drop-offs/pickups from the library.

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Investing In Real Estate For Retirement Income

Is real estate a good way to generate strong returns for retirement? Absolutely. Having a reasonably steady, and a mostly predictable, income stream is the Holy Grail for retirees. This is why investors love real estate.

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The Best Cities for Job Hunting Baby Boomers

What a drag it is getting old when you are job hunting. It is plain fact: a pervasive bias leads many companies - not all - to shun the 50+, Baby Boomer crowd when it comes to hiring.

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Recent Articles

  1. Beijing Sightseeing

    Feb 24, 18 04:04 PM

    After arriving early in the morning, checking in and sorting out our initial hassles we decided to do some sightseeing. It was very hot and very muggy ... and we'd had little sleep on the plane. Our h…

    Read More

  2. 15 Reasons to Retire the Word Retirement

    Feb 20, 18 08:56 AM

    The word is confusing. With definitions as varied as “the action or fact of leaving one's job and ceasing to work” through “the action or fact of ceasing to play a sport competitively” to “seclusion…

    Read More

  3. Retiring in the Philippines

    Feb 19, 18 08:39 AM

    "It's More Fun Retiring in the Philippines" Retiring in the Philippines is becoming the final choice of many retirees. In a recent survey done by Internations titled “The World Through Expat Eyes” the…

    Read More