Dressing comfy and not ending up on PassengerShaming


When flying from the US, there is quite a difference when flying to Europe as opposed to flying to the Asia/Pacific region (including Australia and New Zealand).  The difference is that flights to London from the East Coast of the …

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Two ways to confuse the locals in Japan

“Konichiwa,” I said as I approached the counter this morning to make my purchases at the Keio Department Store food market with my hands full of my items. The lady at the cash register perked up and immediately began firing …

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Some tips for Public Transit

Here are some things I’ve learned in my travels for getting around in foreign cities, especially in Asia.  Not any particular order of importance, just some things I’ve noticed and picked up along the way. 1: Get the app.  These …

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Why foreign lounges are better than domestic carrier lounges


– Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone Location:Hangjhan North Road,Dayuan Township,Taiwan

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The Month of Living Expatriately: Part 2, The Acclimation Tango


Since I was to be living in Taipei for a month, getting acclimated quickly seemed like a good idea.  I’d been to Taipei several times before, however given my short week trips I never had time to venture beyond Xinyi, …

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The Month of Living Expatriately: Episode 1, The Packing Menace


Recently, I had the chance to become a true expat and live abroad for a month in Taipei, Taiwan.  My job here is fairly simple, but busy, doing a lot of backlogged test work to help my overworked co-workers with …

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TIP: Getting into and out of the Philippines


I must admit I made a rookie mistake this past week.  I am currently living in Taipei for a month and since February 28th was a national holiday here in Taiwan, I took that and Friday and turned it into a …

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The two hour transfer. Or, how to avoid running from one gate to the next

I’ll put it quite simply, if you’re making an international trip and have any connections, try to plan at least a 2 hour transfer in each connecting airport.  This is especially important once you start transferring through other countries during …

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Ways to make that flight a little more tolerable

On an unrelated forum I’m a member of, someone posted a question about how to make that long intercontinental flight more tolerable. He had a couple good ideas to start, but here are my suggestions for making that flight better. …

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Surveys aren’t always a pain…

We’ve all seen them, the email after your stay at a hotel, or after renting or using some service.  The “How did we do” survey mail that comes a day or so after your trip.  Mostly, we ignore them, deleting …

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