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Well, this is supposed to be a travel blog, so occasionally I remember to write articles about traveling. You know to travel the world, meet interesting people, take pictures with them.

Wondering Around Hong Kong

Wondering Around Hong Kong

Hong Kong

I got to bookend my 2017 trip to the USA with two short trips to Hong Kong. These two stopovers gave me plenty of time to wander around the city. The first time I stayed at Ashoka Hostel and went to the Maritime Museum. The second time I stayed at Ah Shan Hostel and went to the Hong Kong History Museum. I also just spent some time wandering around the city.

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Expat Investing

Expat Investing

Expat Investing

The difference between gambling and investing is having a good plan. Even then it has its risks that make good financial planning necessary. Being an expat adds an additional layer of complexity to our financial planning. So how should an expat look to invest? In the end, expat investing is not that different then if you were back home in the states minus many tax-advantaged retirement accounts. These tips are drawn from my own experiences so take them with a grain of salt, you don’t know me from Jack (see disclosure at the bottom). Just remember the PG version of the golden rule: Don’t Be Stupid

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Taipei December 2017

Taipei December 2017

Flowers in Taipei Taipei December 2017

My last trip up to Taipei for 2017. I definitely visited Taipei a lot more this year than last year. Maybe the most I ever had in a year. I will probably keep visiting Taipei in 2018. I am also looking forward to visiting new places and new countries in 2018.

Saturday I wandered around Yuanshan Park, and the Fine Arts Park on Saturday. On Sunday I checked out Christmasland in Banqiao. It was a little colder than normal but I still found it very comfortable.

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Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Hong Kong Maritime Museum model JunkCentral Pier 8

Hong Kong is one of the busiest ports in the world and has been a historically important port. Naturally, this makes the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and a great place to check out. The museum is located at Central Pier 8 and only costs 30 HKD to enter. This makes it easy to take the Star Ferry from Kowloon where I was staying to the Museum.

Despite being the type to get sea sick I actually kind of like boats. Well, maybe I like the idea of being on a boat out on the ocean better than the actual reality. Maybe a canoe or a kayak on a lake is more my speed but so his reading about history.

 

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Boston 2017

Boston 2017

Boston

Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and one of the oldest cities in the United States. Dating back to 1630. Like most cities, it has a large metropolitan area around the city proper. Boston had the United States first public school, public park, and subway system. Boston played a central role in the early United States History.

Anyway, John and I took the train from Lowel to Boston then grabbed the Green Line to Boston Common. Despite working for the last few years in Boston John does not spend a lot of time exploring the city. I had not been to Boston since 2009 when I went with my GF at the time.

 

 

 

 

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Taipei May 2017

Taipei May 2017

May trip to Taipei

It seems like an established thing in my life that I go to Taipei once a month. Anyway, I said at a place called Rose Boutique Hotel near Taipei Station. I met up with my friend Jaydenn for dinner. I met Jaydenn when I was in University and if it was not for her I probably would not have thought about going to Taiwan. You can see Jaydenn’s blog here (it is in Chinese but the pictures are cool).

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Long Weekend in Macau

Long Weekend in Macau

Street in Macau Peninsula Macau

Macau is a former Portuguese colony and now a haven for gambling and prostitution. Some call it the Los Vegas of the east, I would not say that. I would say that it is a great place to visit on a long weekend.

Macau was probably the easiest country I have ever entered. In fact, transferring flights in Shanghai is harder. Also as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China it has normal internet. A quick scan of my passport and a slip of paper and I was free to wander around Macau visa-free for 30 days. Both Macanese Pataca (MOP) and Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) are used in Macau. Some restaurants and shops will also take Renminbi (CNY). MOP and HKD are generally treated as interchangeable in Macau except in the casinos where they seem to only take HKD

Macau Peninsula:

This is where I stayed; it is connected to the mainland of China. On the northern border is a wall and there are many historical sites along with older casinos. I stayed at Macau Masters Hotel.

Taipa:

Island to the south of the Peninsula, the airport is here, as are some interesting historical sites, but it is primarily residential. The university is also there and it is quite hilly.

Cotai:

A strip of reclaimed land where the largest casinos are. It connects what use to be the separate islands of Taipa and Coloane. It’s name is a really inventive fusion of the two islands it connects.  It is basically the strip and crowded with huge new casinos.

Coloane:

I did not travel here, it is the southernmost part of Macau. It is the least developed part of Macau and had pirates operating out of it until 1910

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