I’m investigating moving to a flat file based blog. Over the years, WordPress has gotten bigger and bigger on its memory requirement. Use of caching plugin does help, but its nothing compared to what it used to be 10 years ago.
Just like I like to use minimal linux install on older hardware, such as CruchBang I’m currently investigating migrating the blog to Kirby. That way, I will be able to keep this blog online for an other 5 years at a minimal cost.
Recommended reading for people married with a Japanese national, who are thinking of buying a house in Japan.
You can relate a lot to the story of those 2 self employed journalist trying to figure out if withdrawing most of their lifesaving to buy a house is a good idea.
I can understand the frustration, but at the same time moving the money in real estate is still as risky as keeping it in government bonds. No diversification at all. I’m still waiting on part 2 of the article to see if they finally took a loan. If would the lesser evil. With borrowing interest rate so low, they could consider borrowing 50% of the value of the house, and redistribute their savings in a balanced portfolio of ETF and REIT inspired by the couch potato strategy. It would be much less risky that going all in a house. Especially since in Japan, real estate steadily and slowly goes down year by year.
The idea that everyone needs a roof as a justification for buying real-estate, is an emotional one that does not take into account the certainties of future steep properties taxes increase. But as we get older, the specter of being homeless is very freighting indeed. In the end there is no absolute best answer.
A recommended lengthily read at : Cat Foreheads & Rabbit Hutches
After holding on for almost 5 years, got myself a tablet and can really appreciate the difference a responsive design makes when reading a site with a 7 in tablet.
In other news, I ‘ve been tracking for some times the asked rent for 1K and @2LDK in Aichi and it is as almost it went down by 1 man. I can only speculate, but recently many new apartments got built. Even got an example in my close family. I even got told that that owners are getting more accepting of foreigners. That I will only believe when I see it. As much as it sounds good as a renter, it is a disturbing sign of yet another imbalance in the Japanese economy.
Yes, taking picture of your food is a national sport.