Socially conscious, charitable, curious and multicultural, Worldly and Wise would rather travel than work. After a day in the CBD office and a bus or train home, these well-educated managerial and administrative executives kick off their shiny shoes and shrug off the work day with a Kopi Luwak. They are not tied to or defined by their careers, but instead work hard to afford a superior lifestyle after-hours and in retirement, with money left over for their children’s higher education.
Walk with Me
It’s good being in a position where I can retire whenever I choose—but there’s no rush. To be honest, we haven’t ever allowed work to get in the way of lifestyle.
Over the years, I reckon we’ve knocked off just about every major island in Indonesia—we even did a detour a few years back via Danau Tondano. Had lunch, kept going. The last few years my wife Mari and I have been doing a lot of Nusa Tenggara. After we got back from Aceh last year I spent a good fortnight tracking down the best “gulai kepala ikan” back here in Bandung. Mari says that’s because I still can’t pick the bones out of our “ikan kakap goreng”.
The kids think we’re mad, of course. Think we should slow down a bit. They’d like to see more of us at home. But less of us on weekends. They’re both young adults now. Hendro at ITB and Indri is in her final year of high school. The pocket money is never enough and we try to discuss financial responsibility as politely as we can. They’re all grown up and we have difficulty reminding ourselves that they are not children any more. I know Hendro started smoking but being a smoker myself it’s difficult for me to lecture him. I hope his girlfriend has the good sense to get him off it. We worry about Indri because she seems more devoted to her radical views on equality and social justice than any conventional career. We think we have a politician in the making.
As soon as the kids find their first jobs we’ll be able to think about retirement one day. That day seems so far away.