Saturday, 28 November 2015

Journey to the West or Nowhere?

How many precious life (life hours) you have spent working?

Using the business days calculator (click here), there are about 250 works days in a year. Minus off annual leave (say, 18 days/year), sick leave (say, 5 days/year) and childcare leave (6 days/year), you work about 221 days in a year. This excludes any variations and additional leave you are entitled to. For example, maternity/paternity leave, infant care leave, volunteer leave, exam leave, hospitalisation leave (*touch wood), 50 days annual leave (seriously?) and so on. You spent about 60% of your adult/most productive life in work. (Assuming you work till dropped). Is 60% scary enough for you?


Thanks for your discount! (At least I am polite to say thanks, did your boss say that to you?)

Most people worked 9 hours (excluding lunch) a day. Forget about the overtime works you have burnt. So, you basically worked 221 days x 9 hours in a year = 1989 hours. In case you have no idea what you can do with 1989 hours in a year, from google map, I estimated that you can spent 1989 hours in a year to walk from Singapore to Europe (4.9km/hour)? You can do so many things in an hour, let alone 1989 hours in a year. In modern language, it is about 44.2 working "TGIF" in a year. How many times you exactly want to thanks Friday? Who is Friday anyway?


So, now you know how many hours you have spent working in a year. And, how many years you have been working or have worked? Did you say 50 years!

Most of us would have heard or know the Chinese classic novel : "Journey to the West" or 西游记. It is about a story where a monk (XuanZang) travelled from China to India to obtain sacred texts (sūtras). He returned after many trials and much suffering to understand more about the actual Buddhism teaching and spread it across China. (There was no internet back then). According to records, It is actually a true story, just that spices (folk tales) have been added. He spent about 19 years travelling 50 thousands miles, across 138 countries. He had translated and brought with him 75 series, 1335 chapters with 13,000 thousands words.

We all have fought that numerous demons and evils along our "Journey to Nowhere". What did you achieved? Have you covered the earth land a few times now? It is irony that you need less than 1 year to build a house of your size (for most people), but you need 30 years to repay your mortgage. Have you obtained your sacred texts (enlightenment)?

From today until 31 January 2021, the day I can say bye bye to full time job, it will be around 1167 work days, 234 work weeks, 5 works years or 234 "TGIF" I am looking at.

Actually, I don't work on Saturday! Woohoo!
My journey? (Click here and here). 

Where is your journey leading you to?

8 comments:


  1. Wow! You are enlighten to free yourself from the full time burden for working for a living sooner than the average employees. Good to record your journey for all to see.

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    1. Not sure whether it is a good idea to count the chicken now :) Recording my journey is more for me to talk to myself, and for my family to review now and in future.

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  2. Hi FD,
    I love your determination and your detailed plan. Stay flexible and be ready to change when the circumstances change. Of course I do mean with that that your "retirement" might become obtainable even earlier.

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    1. Hi Andy

      Thanks for your support. I hope I can reach sooner. Yes, I recently realised a plan should be flexible enough to maximise it potential.

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    2. Hi FD,

      In army NSF time, we called it counting down to ORD!

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    3. Hi Rolf

      This ORD is super long loh. 2 years vs 5 years.

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  3. Hi FD,

    So what are you gonna do when you stop working full time?

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    1. Hi Jes

      There are so many. I wonder 1 lifetime is enough or not. haha. You can refer to my old post : http://frugal-daddy.blogspot.sg/2015/07/post-financial-indepedence.html

      Basically, i can cook, go swim/jogging, enjoy my 3 meals, spend time with my family, travel once a year, complete my bucket list. This will take lifetime already. If not enough, I can do some freelance for extra cash. :)

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