Do you have an ultimate goal? My ultimate goal is to acquire a piece of land in a nice tropical location where I can build the RB40 villa. We’ll build several small and environmental friendly huts for vacation rentals. It will be like a luxurious campground where family and friends can have a reunion or conduct a yoga camp. Readers will get the discount rate, of course. 😉 I’ve had this dream for about 5 years and I think Mrs. RB40 is slowly coming around to it. We are city people so this would be a big adjustment for us. Mrs. RB40 is getting tired of the craziness, though. I might convince her to move to a tropical location yet.
We visited the Big Island of Hawaii in 2014 and we really liked it. You can acquire a home with 5 acres at a somewhat reasonable price. We probably won’t go off grid because we need internet. Hawaii is nice because it is still in the US. There are differences, but it’s a lot more familiar than, say, Costa Rica. Anyway, I was thinking about what to bring when we move to our retirement paradise. Of course, we’d bring all the necessities like our laptops, old photos, documents, clothes, and such. I’m thinking more along the line of things that aren’t completely necessary, but I just couldn’t bear to leave behind. Check out my list.
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10 Things I Will Bring When We Move to Paradise
1. My Stereo System
I love my 2 channel stereo system. I got a Harman Kardon 2-Channel Stereo Receiver and a pair of AV123 X-sls tower speakers. I got this setup for under $500 about 8 years ago and I love listening to music on it. If I get rid of these, I’d probably spend $1,000+ on a better music system.
2. My Ukuleles
Of course, I’ll have to bring my ukes to Hawaii, that’s a no brainer. I can’t leave my custom-made Glyph ukulele behind! I got it about 10 years ago when Glyph, a one-man shop by Dave Means, was relatively new. He has stopped taking new orders in 2012, so you can’t even order a new one anymore. I’m not sure if the shop has closed or he is still trying to catch up on back orders. I would also bring my other 3 ukes. They aren’t primo ukes, but sometime it’s fun to play a different size. If I had to keep just one, it’d be the Glyph.
3. Kitchen Knives
I’d bring our 6-Inch Chef’s Knife and 5-Inch Santoku Knife. These are nice knives from Calphalon and we might as well keep them. We have used them almost every day for years and they are still very good. If we ever lose these, I’d probably upgrade to Wusthof. Oh, I’d bring my cheap Chinese cleaver while I’m at it. I don’t use the cleaver very often and it is easily replaceable, but if I’m packing the knives, I might as well take it along.
4. Asian Tea Sets Collection
What can I say? I collect tea sets. My grandfather used to drink tea all the time and that’s my image of him. I have tea sets from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and Japan. The one I use the most is the tea pot from the local Museum store (top left.) I really like the small Chinese clay teapots. It’s a great way to enjoy tea.
5. DSLR Camera
My Canon Rebel T1i and lens are great. I plan to take a photography class someday and I’d need a serviceable DSLR camera. For lens, I have a Sigma 30mm fixed lens and a Canon EF-S 15-85mm zoom lens. Whoa, the fixed lens cost $499 and the zoom lens cost $799 new at Amazon. Surely, I didn’t pay that much for these lenses? Unless my photography skills improve dramatically, these are all the lenses I’d ever need.
We have a few nice pieces of artwork and we’d take them with us. Mrs. RB40 is very attached to her Snoopy lithographs and would never leave them behind.
7. Snorkeling stuff
We both got a set of prescription snorkeling masks. They make a huge difference when you have strong prescriptions. Snorkeling is a lot more fun when you can see the sea life.
I would take most of my tools. It has taken a long time to build up my small collection of tools and I don’t want to start over. I’d probably give away some of the old cheap tools, though.
9. Dad’s Buddha collection
My dad used to commission and sell these bronze Buddha statues when he was younger. These are much nicer than the mass produced gift shop Buddha statues. They were made by craftsmen and are worth around $500 to $1,000 each to the right buyer. I don’t know where to sell them, though. These statues are for veneration, not decoration. We have 10 of these around the condo. I’d probably take just one and leave the rest with my brothers. They are pretty heavy.
10. Weber Propane Grill
I love my Weber Propane Grill and use it pretty often. It’s so convenient to use and I don’t have to mess with charcoal. We used to have the classic charcoal Weber grill and it was definitely more work to get going. We had to sell it and get a propane grill when we moved to our condo due to HOA rules. When we have our own yard again, I would get the Pit Barrel Cooker for smoking. Mmm… I love BBQ.
Material Things Can Bring Happiness Too
This list actually took me a few days to compile and I almost didn’t get 10 things on the list. I’m not very attached to things so I don’t mind getting rid of 95% of our possessions. Our stuff isn’t heirloom quality. Most of them are just functional. These 10 material things bring a lot of pleasure for me. Who say things can’t make you happy? 😀
Mrs. RB40, on the other hand, is very attached to her stuff. She’d probably want to bring her childhood piano. It’s a solid walnut Wurlitzer upright. She already shipped it from California to Oregon. Yikes! Shipping to Hawaii is going to be expensive.
What would you bring with you if you have to move and can’t bring everything? What material things bring you the most happiness?
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For 2018, Joe plans to diversify his passive income by investing in US heartland real estate through RealtyShares. He has 3 rental units in Portland and he believes the local market is getting overpriced.
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