About Me

About me

Hi I’m Charles.

I’m a Canadian millennial currently living in China, aggressively pursuing financial freedom, growing a stamp collection in my passport, and improving my body and mind.

If personal finance, seeing more of the world, fitness and self improvement strikes a cord with you I humbly ask you to have a look around.  I appreciate you stopping by my little slice of the internet, and encourage you to get involved here.

As a starting point, here are some of my top viewed articles:

Personal finance:

Playing with fire: The ‘Financial Freedom & Retire Early’ movement

Why I save and invest

Which are better;  High dividend yield stocks, or Growth ETFs?

The simple & straightforward investing guide.. for people who don’t care about investing

Teaching ESL abroad:

The complete guide to teaching ESL in China

How to boost your resume via teaching ESL

How to survive as an ESL teacher, when you’re not a real teacher.

Live your best life teaching English ONLINE from anywhere in the world.


Prepare for the worst when traveling: Why you need travel insurance

The benefits of solo travel

Traveling on a budget: Do you need money to travel?

My overseas surgery experience

Self improvement:

Don’t be afraid to suck

You don’t need motivation, you need discipline

Flow and the search for fulfillment

In search of Excellence; lessons from a professional athlete

About this blog

This blog was born of me having some extra time while I was living abroad teaching English in South Korea between 2016 and 2017.  I’ve always enjoyed writing, and I’m hoping to use this blog as a way to  communicate my knowledge on person finance, world travel, teaching English abroad, personal development and more.

You will find many articles regarding personal finance and investing here.  They range from anecdotal experience to tips and advice I’ve found important through experience and research.  I am super passionate about wealth creation, financial freedom and all forms of investment.

Also expect to read posts related to world travel.  Experiences I’ve had in different countries and cities, as well as maybe some travel tips.  I’ve done a decent amount of travel and have no plans of stopping anytime soon.

I currently make my living teaching English to Asian kids.  Both online and in the classroom (previously in South Korea, now Shenzhen, China).  With years of experience working around Asia and for different types of schools and ages of students, I now help people find jobs in China, South Korea, or teaching English online.  People do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to start teaching ESL.

You’ll find many articles related directly to teaching ESL.   In many posts I will use teaching as a metaphor or analogy.

Finally; health, fitness and living well are the foundation of a good life.  So topics of reading, personal development, and training will also pop up occasionally.  Anything to do with generally becoming a better human being.

Thanks again for being here.  Like I said, don’t hesitate to contact me.  And if you found something I wrote particularly interesting, give it a share!