What's Up Wednesdays: Money on the Run

Every Wednesday, I share five interesting blog posts from around the Internet. For this week’s selection, we go from Las Vegas to Vancouver to Japan and beyond.

The fascinating thing about Las Vegas is that it can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. If you’re looking to save a few bucks on your next trip to Sin City, Buzz Bishop has a write-up on the MyVegas Facebook game. It’s another one of those casual games on Facebook, but you earn real rewards that can then be “spent” on real buffets, booze and discounts. It’ll give you another reason to get addicted to Facebook, but Buzz says that it is ultimately not worth your time.

The housing market in Vancouver continues to baffle just about everyone. The post by the Vancouver Real Estate Anecdote Archive is a couple of years old, but its tale still rings true. A young couple with a gross household income of $135,000 was told they qualified to buy a $1 million home. Even if they put $100k (of the $130k they have in the bank) as down payment, that’s still a $900,000 mortgage. Based on a 3% interest rate and a 25-year amortization, that works out to over $50,000 in annual mortgage payments. And here I was thinking that the bubble was going to burst.

While you’re out there earning the big bucks to pay off such a massive mortgage, you may be hard-pressed to get in the exercise that your body needs to stay healthy. Krista Stryker understands the busy schedule of modern-day professionals and that’s why she has put together five useful tips to keep a consistent workout schedule. There’s nothing wrong with taking shorter workouts, but make sure you create a ritual and stick with it. Consistency and commitment are very important. (I really ought to exercise more myself.)

Even though I’m sure he’s also a busy guy, Nick Ramsay is also remarkably fit and he’s able to find the time to go for some really epic runs. For example, he recently embarked on the epic Nine-Headed Dragon Long Run through the Shirotori mountains. The total route was a whopping 70km, which is more than a marathon and a half! He completed the run in 11 hours and 45 minutes, but he probably could have done it even faster if he didn’t stop to take 177 photos and videos. This was all training for the Utsukushigahara trail race, which is the same 70km distance.

As you may have been able to surmise from my #kwanscreativecatering pictures on Instagram, I’m not exactly a culinary genius, but I can do a few things in the kitchen. If you want an easy and delicious breakfast, Lesley Chang has a recipe for dead simple pancakes. You don’t need pre-packaged pancake mix, because making pancakes “from scratch” is actually easier than you may think. You can even fancy it up by throwing in some fresh blueberries or making some fresh apple sauce to go on top.