Showing posts from January, 2024

Our third year anniversary of this blog: Thank you readers!

  Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Colin Powell:  “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” My wife and I are so fortunate and blessed that we’re able to live our lives the way we always wanted to.  Our dream of retiring early turned into reality in August 2020, and we’ve been living as early retirees ever since. Of course, we paid our dues to see our dream become a reality.  For about 10 years, we worked hard, sacrificed, and lived below our means to accrue enough money for us to retire early.  Our journey of FIRE ( financial independence retire early ) wasn’t without its challenges. We wanted to buy stuff, we wanted to go on vacations that include a flight/hotel, and we wanted to splurge on things like everyone else at times.  Although we did splurge once in awhile, for the most part, we stuck to our plan to pay down the mortgage, put away as much money into our retirement accounts, and to cut down on our

Review of Borgata’s newly renovated and newly rebranded MGM Tower (formerly the Water Club): Our pros and cons

  Resort King, MGM Tower, Borgata (Atlantic City, NJ) My wife and I have fond memories of staying at the MGM Tower when it was called the Water Club at the Borgata .  We loved the exclusivity of the Water Club , tucked away from the casino floor, and away from all that smoke that sometimes permeates the casino area. We loved the clean and bright walkway that connects the Borgata to the Water Club with its collection of upscale shops ( Boss for example).  The lobby is even better, somewhat boutique compared to the massive Borgata’s lobby, but so much more serene, bright and clean.  We always loved the views of the marina and the downtown Atlantic City area, as it’s located bit closer to the marina compared to the Borgata.  We felt like million bucks just checking into the hotel, then going upstairs to our room.  There’s always that one moment in time when we’re about to open the door to our hotel room full of anticipation and excitement. The views, if you can get the room facing t

Review of Watkins Glen State Park: A top 3 state park in the state of New York with gorges and waterfalls!

  Watkins Glen State Park, NY Growing up in the state of New York, you can’t help but see “ I Love NY ” commercials everywhere you look.  They seemed to be omnipresent, in television, magazines, subway posters, and bus posters.  As a young impressionable kid, I always found many of the wonderful and magical places advertised, to be out of reach, as many of them felt so far away from the mean concrete jungles of New York City. Places like Niagara Falls State Park was like an 8 hour drive from New York City, while Letchworth State Park was also something like a 6 hour drive.  For a young kid, pre-driving years, all of these places might as well have been in another country. As I got older and finally was able to drive on my own, places like Niagara Falls State Park was no longer that distant place in a galaxy far, far away.   There was freedom in being able to go where I wanted and to see places I’ve only seen in media.   One of the most impressive places that really made my imaginatio