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Budget Holiday Gift Guide: 8 Excellent Ideas For $40 or Less

November 24th, 2014

In a post I wrote several years back, outlining some of the key gift-buying guidelines you should follow when buying Christmas presents (or any presents, for that matter), I said that you should forget about the cash value. Instead, look for a gift that you think the person will like and appreciate, particularly if it’s […]

Do More Than What Is Needed to Make It Right

July 31st, 2014

As you likely already know, I work from home as a freelance writer. The overwhelming majority of my work is done online, so having a fast and reliable Internet connection is absolutely paramount. And when said Internet connection cuts out for whatever reason, it can be quite the exercise in frustration. It can be even […]

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 […]