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An Insider’s Guide to Car Rental

July 8th, 2014

Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, you oftentimes go through many of the same considerations. You need to book a flight (or some other means of getting to your destination). You need to book some lodgings. And, if you want a convenient way to get around town, you might think about renting a […]

Paralyzed By Too Much Information Again

June 30th, 2014

If you’ve been following me on social media lately, then you may have already heard that there will be a new addition to my family this fall. As you may suspect, I am both excited and terrified about becoming a new father. And we have a lot of shopping to do ahead of Baby Kwan’s […]

Combining Nature with Science for Better Health Outcomes

June 16th, 2014

Science is a wonderful and glorious thing. It is through science that we have been able to rid the world of some terrible diseases and it is through science that our lives have been enriched with technology. As Dr. Michio Kaku once said, “Let us hope that we can wield the sword of science with […]

Six Lists I Always Keep on My Phone

May 26th, 2014

Last week, I came across an article on Apartment Therapy that talked about the different lists that blogger Taryn Fiol keeps on her phone. We’ve all come to rely on our smartphones for just about everything these days, not just for communication purposes, but also for snapping photos and keeping our lives reasonably organized. Similarly, […]

Still Shopping for a Taiwan Prepaid 3G SIM

April 22nd, 2014

Last week, I mentioned how I would be returning to Taipei for Computex this year and that I would be requiring some means of getting online in Taiwan. I’ve already signed up for the Taipei Free Public Wi-Fi service as a backup (the process is really straightforward, aside from the issues I had in receiving […]

On Taipei, Prepaid SIMs and Pocket WiFi Internet Access

April 17th, 2014

It’s been a few years since I was last in Taiwan. At the time, I remember it was quite the hassle trying to get set up with a prepaid SIM card for my phone, so much so that I ended up not getting a SIM at all. There was this whole confusion about selling prepaid […]

Do You Really Care Where Your Car Is Made?

March 18th, 2014

We all have our reasons for buying one product over another. You might buy a particular pasta sauce, because you prefer the taste of Brand A over Brand B. That makes perfect sense. When choosing a new car to buy, factors that come into play may include cargo space, safety features, horsepower and fuel economy. […]

On Capitalism, Corporations and the Illusion of Choice

February 24th, 2014

Living in a capitalistic society, we like to think that we have a great deal of consumer choice. You walk down the cookie aisle at the local supermarket and you’re inundated with countless different brands and varieties, all of which are competing for your hard-earned money. That’s what we like to think, but there is […]