On the financial front, I did get a bit ahead of the curve for the year earning a substantial bonus to boost my NW even before the year has ended. TBH, the year has been great for a salaried employee like me. I just blew past 25m for my NW and are on track for my FIRE goal in 5 or 6 years (used to need 10 more years to hit it)
We also went and splurged on probably the most macabre purchase you can have while in your 40's, a cemetery lot for yourself. Our thought here is that these cemetery lots are appreciating very quickly in Cebu. As an example, the CEMPARK lots in Banilad are now going for 1m each. We purchased a twin lot for 200k in Canduman. I am also increasing my bonds as we save up for our retirement home targetted for construction in 2021. Once we finish that and move in, I plan to sell our older house and lot for a profit, since its in a great location within the city. I purchased that for 3.6m and will have lived in it for more than 8 years by that time saving us a substantial amount of rent cash in the process. We plan to sell it for about 6m recouping our original money and more to account for inflation and appreciation.
One more thing, as time goes by and as I build up my asset list, the anxiety and stress around becoming FI is truly lessening. I feel I am a bit more relaxed and have actually splurged a bit on some items (bought some shoes and a guitar). Love how the progress makes me feel and how it makes me think about my family being more and more secure over the years.