Tuesday, July 12, 2016

How I got here?

Good day to all.

This is my first time creating a blog in my entire 30 years of existence.You might all be wondering, what is this about? Well, guess what? me too. 

This blog was created to show my past and current journey on financial freedom. Let me tell you a short story about my life and how I got here.

I was born in a mediocre family, we were not rich, but we are as I can say, blessed. Through my parents effort, we were able to live comfortably until I graduated college. Then in a stock traders term, a major pullback happened.

2009 - About a year after graduation, I was working in an IT outsourcing company, our house encountered a fire. Though it was not thoroughly turned into ashes, it made our lives harder. it was a 2-storey house but there was no roof in the 2nd floor. after this event, several bad chain of events happened. Apparently, our house was not insured and it will be foreclosed due to missed payments because my parents business were also in a bad shape, and we found ourselves in a lot of debt.

We sold the house and payed the debt in the bank, we transferred to an apartment and technically, we were back to zero.  Our lifestyle changed, and I believe this was a changing point in our lives.

Fast forward 2 years, I was able to find a higher paying job, (still in IT) with better experience and exposure, learned about stock market, (my then GF, now my wife was a subsriber of Bo Sanchez) and invested in the recommended stocks.

We followed the recommendation from TRC, and we had some gains. Technically, we never lost money but our gains after 2 years was not enough. 

2013 - we got married, and we used some of our gains to fund our wedding, of course on top of all of my savings.

2014 - IPO of DD, our daughter was born. we had a savings but we cannot invest in stocks because we needed to be liquid in case of any emergency.

I was also introduced to TAP by a colleague but I only followed the group, I did not read anything, nor invested.Now, going back to financial freedom, I do not want to give my daughter, the burden of being the insurance policy, of the parents.My story, as you can see, is not your rags to riches, but I think there are also some people like me, who encountered several challenges in life which will test your mental and spiritual and financial toughness.

2015 - we only followed TRC recommendation. MEG was a headache, It stayed at 4 pesos for 2 years. Still no interest from my side, I was hooked in a Car Club (I sold LED park lights) and Shoegame (buying and selling shoes)

2016 - (May) I opened a philstocks account to have a separate account with my wife (COL), asked for a little fund from our stocks and I am trying to become a trader. I followed some hypes from TAP, I gained and lost. I also read the Trading Code for basic trading knowledge, however I was not able to finish it. I tried searching for a reliable trading guide which brought me to start this blog.

And now, I am following the blog of Zeefreaks, and some of his students, taking down notes every night, applying it on my trades and hopefully, be selected in the next ZFT program.

I believe this is enough as an introduction, I will be posting lessons learned, several quotes/inspirations and some funny stuffs.

Regarding my blog name, as in any IT professional, it is always the technical name which was very hard to create, and it was the same issue I had in creating my blog.

I chose this because I love star wars, and I believe I am a learning student of the game (charts, stock market etc).

If you've reached this point, thank you for reading my story, I hope it entertained you and made you follow my blog. Thru this blog, I will document my failures and sucess.

Happy Investing!

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