Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

If you live on or are visiting mainland Malaysia, it’s worth taking to time to visit the East Coast and find your way to the Perhentian Islands.

It’s a cheap flight to Kota Bharu, around RM60 for a taxi to Kuala Besut, then RM60 for a “fast boat” to the islands.

The “Perhentians” consists of  two islands very close to each other – Kecil and Besar (small and big). Kecil is cheaper and more of a party scene while Besar is more expensive but quieter. Neither are particularly “resorty” which is why we enjoyed our time here so much.

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The Perpetual Traveller Lifestyle

The Perpetual Traveller Lifestyle

In 2010, for the first time in my life I jumped on a plane with my wife to leave the country I’d always called home, Australia, for a year of exploring, living and working abroad.

Back then it was a rite of passage – something to get out of my system before returning to my great job in IT to un-pause The Game of Life.

As we planned our return to Australia however, something didn’t feel right – it didn’t feel as though we were returning “home”.

It was during this time that I first met someone living the perpetual traveller lifestyle.

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Using Habits for Success

Using Habits for Success

As we begin a new year many of us look at goal setting for the 12 months ahead. Whether it be health, financial, happiness or otherwise, this goal setting is often focused on the event instead of the process.

  • Chris sold his business and is retiring at 30
  • Matt has a 6 pack
  • Theresa has a luxurious new car
  • Shane rides his mountain bike like a pro
  • Andy bought a million dollar mansion
  • Nina made that marathon look easy
  • Jack does a heck of a lot of travel

When we see successful people, we’ve been conditioned to think that they are lucky, naturally skilled, had rich parents or some other justification as to why they can succeed and we can’t. What we’re seeing is the event.

The reality however, is that there was a lengthy process involved in the lead up to these events.

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2016 In Review

In an effort to remember when good things have been achieved, I’m keeping a log of successes and “big wins” for me each year.

Unlike most things I write, this post is for me. I find blogging to be a good way to research and in this case it’s a way for me to revisit all of the positive things that happened this year. It’s not a humblebrag. In the Instagram age, it seems as though everyone you know is doing incredible things every day while your life is on repeat. Don’t believe the hype.

Sticking to your habits of eating healthy, spending time with loved ones and hitting other personal goals may seem unimportant, but it’s not. What matters to you is all that matters.

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Why You Need a Freedom Fund

Why You Need a Freedom Fund

What would you do if money was not a concern? Travel the world? Start making music? Enrol in a painting class? Devote all of your energy to the side project you’ve been passionate about for the last 4 years?

If your bills were covered, would you go to work next Monday? Most people I know wouldn’t. But few of us have this option – don’t rock up on Monday and we’re told not to bother coming in on Tuesday. With rent to pay, bills outstanding and for some, a family to feed – losing that job seems disastrous.

If you haven’t already heard, the end of jobs is nigh. The world is now rewarding individuals willing to take a punt at starting a business and as painful as it is, punishing those that aren’t ready to adapt.

It’s claimed that 69% of Americans have less than $1000 in savings. We hear similar stats coming out of Australia, UK, Europe and elsewhere. Psychologically, would you be confident quitting your job and starting a business with less than a grand in the bank? I know I wouldn’t.

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