• Alternatives

    What I’m Viewing

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes What a monumental election that was last night guys! For those of us who aren’t aware, here in Oz – we just had the federal election across the country to select the ruling government and Prime Minister. The incumbent liberal coalition party (think, the UK conservatives, or US Republicans) was tipped to lose by a landslide, given all the kerfuffle which they’ve put us all through in the last couple of years (I’ll spare you the details, but a lot’s to do with the rotating chair of prime ministers). So it was a bit of a shock to see them be elected again over the Labor…

  • Economy,  Stock Market

    What’s a Trade War?

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Golly gosh, it’s that time of the week again right? Another episode offfff TheFrugalSamurai. A bit late on this post, apologies guys – been driving around half of Sydney yesterday chasing my tail. THEN I realized I was doing so somewhat illegally… as I completely forgot about renewing the bloody car insurance. LUCKILY nothing happened (breathes huge sigh of relief). Excuse my absent-mindedness, got a lot on my plate. Like? To tell the truth, a big sticking point is figuring out where to make my dollars work the hardest right now. Traditionally I’m a property and shares kinda guy as you know, BUT currently real estate…

  • Life

    Fragile or Anti-Fragile?

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes What’s up everyone! How’s our weekends coming along? A big hello to our Northern hemisphere cousins – hoping that you guys are enjoying the Northern Summer as it sl-ow-ly creeps along, don’t worry – it’ll get there! Meanwhile, yours truly experienced a very rare event last night… We went to “take in a show” at the iconic Sydney Opera House. Well, rather we went to support MrsFrugalSamurai’s Mum as she performed as part of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. I quite enjoyed myself surprisingly, chiefly because my own singing voice has oft been compared to a duck not having a good time. MrsFrugalSamurai has always said she…

  • Real Estate

    My Magazine Article!

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Hola everyone! How’s it goinnnnng? Brrrrrr, winter is coming for old Sydney town ain’t it? What better to do than rug up warm and catch another rendition of your favourite personal finance and development blogger. Today is a SPECIAL post, because it’s the first time yours truly made it onto a national publication… YAY! Wait, what post and what publication? Well, I’ve been a long-time reader of Your Investment Property Magazine, which is an… investment property magazine… for errr…you. “YIP” and the other publication “Australian Property Investors” were (and still is) two of my favourite past-time reads, both dedicated to property investment. There’s always a thing…

  • Travels

    Beijing, Hong Kong and Taipei

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Hooray! Finally have a moment to settle back in from the epic month we just had! Excuse moi for going AWOL during that period, first going overseas and then being KO-ed with this suspicious flu-like illness. After the short post last week (here) to let everyone know we are still alive, here’s a longer version of what transpired on our trip. Beijing People ask me why I am always heading back to Beijing? Is it the crisp, clean air? The generosity and agreeableness of the locals? Well, er…not quite. It’s because Beijing is my home town and a lot of my close relatives are there. In…