Happy New Year, everyone! Another year has passed by so quickly; it’s time to say goodbye to 2010, and hello to 2011! With a new year, comes new opportunities. I look forward to it!
How were the holidays for you guys? I had a family dinner where my chef friend cooked for us, and then I had a dinner with some friends where he cooked for us, again! He was working really hard in the past few days, and the Christmas dinner was very enjoyable with a stuffed turkey, foie gras, cranberry sauce, gravy, and dessert. It took him much of the day to prepare the meal, but it was well worth it.
We also had a “secret Santa” in order to avoid spending too much money on presents. We had a theme (the color green) and bought one gift for someone else at random. The way we played it was at random since there were no assigned giftees: we drew names from a hat, and the person drawn could either grab a wrapped present, or steal the present that somebody else had already picked before! Since that person no longer has a gift, they can then steal from someone else in turn. The rules were you couldn’t steal from the person who stole from you, and any particular gift could not be stolen more than three times. In a game like that, it’s more advantageous to go near the end, rather than near the beginning, since you can see what everyone has!
We also said goodbye to our friend, as he left on the 26th very early in the morning. There wasn’t too much time to say goodbye at the airport since the parking patrol was close by, but in reality, the past few days have been our goodbyes. He returned back to his home country, South Korea, and reunited with his family after two years. His dream is to become a chef, but it’s not easy for his parents to see how good he is, because it’s not visible in the way that a degree is visible.
He plans to eventually go on to France to continue his education in the kitchens of good restaurants and experienced chefs. He plans to do this without completing a bachelor’s degree. I’m not sure I agree with that, since he only has one semester to go and he would finish with honours, but his goal is to show his society that it’s possible to be successful without a degree, and the lack of a degree does not make you a loser. I agree with that sentiment, and I wish him the best of luck on his journey. Hopefully our paths will cross again in the near future.
Top referrers and commentators
I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me and participated on the site:
Top 10 Referrers
- The Daily Crux
- The Globe and Mail
- Early Retirement Extreme
- Andrew Hallam
- Canadian Capitalist
- The Passive Income Earner
- Beating The Index
- Dividend Monk
- Financial Samurai
Top 10 Commentators
- Everyday Tips
- Roshawn @ Watson Inc
- Andrew Hallam
- The Biz of Life
- Financial Cents
- Financial Samurai
- DIY Investor
Not only for those on the lists here, but for all of you, thanks for the support and for being part of the community, guys, and a very special thanks to those who have featured me on their sites! I know I can’t say this enough times, but I appreciate it very much, and hope that we will continue to maximize our life EV in the new year together.
Here are some interesting articles I read over the week:
Portfolio Update: 2010 Results (Beating The Index)
10 Lessons Learned in 2010 (Everyday Tips and Thoughts)
15 Ways to Fight Stress (Mark’s Daily Apple)
2011 Action Plan (Retire by 40)
7 investing experiences (Larry MacDonald)
Auction Strategies (101 Centavos)
Comparing the Tax Cuts and Stimulus Packages (Sweating the Big Stuff)
Do Not Buy Gold! (The College Investor)
Don’t You Want to Retire ASAP? (Budgeting in the Fun Stuff)
December 2010 Blog Stats and Supporters (KNS Financial)
December 2010 Net Worth Update (The Passive Income Earner)
Financial Samurai Goals And Resolutions for 2011 (Financial Samurai)
Knowledge is Power (Mises Economics Blog)
Passive Income with Dividends (Life and My Finances)
People Who Helped Make My 2010 Memorable (Wandering Earl)
Resolutions 2011 (Buck Inspire)
Retirement Planning – Where Do You Start? (Do Not Wait)
Should I Start Another Blog (or More)? (The Amateur Financier)
Sweat Equity (MomVesting)
The Night Before Christmas (Hope to Prosper)
Travel Medical Insurance (Carrie’s Caprice)
What is your New Year’s Resolution? (Krantcents)
Zen, Investing, and the Maintenance Guy (DIY Investor)
Video of the week
This has been my favorite song of the holidays:
Happy New Year, everyone!