• Life,  Travels

    4 Things to Know in Beijing (and My Brush with the Authorities)

    Reading time: 6 minutes “Halt!” Shouted the voice outside the barracks. I turned, to come face to face into the glaring eyes of a soldier on duty. “What’s wrong?” I enquired with a quizzical look. ”Show me your phone”. I looked around, there were now FOUR soldiers in a semi-circle facing me. Without further protest, I handed it over to the first soldier, who proceeded to scroll through my photo album. “Delete this”, he pointed at the last two pictures I took. Meekly I obeyed, what else could I do? Because this here is China – the country of my birth. In China, taking pictures of government buildings and military…

  • Travels

    CHINA!

    Reading time: 3 minutes Yes, that’s right party people, The Frugal Samurai is reporting back behind the Great Firewall! Ahh Beijing, how I have missed you! It’s gonna be great to spend a couple of weeks with the extended family and friends, can’t wait to catch up with them all! MrsFrugalSamurai is joining me for the second week – should be great showing her around the old haunts. Been back in China a couple of days now and I have to say, the changes in the Motherland every time I get back is astounding. This time last year, I was amazed at the technological advances – the free public wi-fi,…

  • Life

    What Path Would You Tell Your 15 Year Old Self To Go Down (Part 2)

    Reading Time: 13 minutes  OK guys, we are BACK! Who’s excited?!!! I know I am, let’s DO THIS. Do what you ask? Finish off the last post (read here), which was the first part of the response to my schoolmate DP ‘s question: Knowing everything you do now, what path would you tell your 15 year old self to go down? So let’s get to it, onto the next part! Wait, aren’t you forgetting something? Oh yeah, that’s right – before we jump in, I have to mention a big THANK YOU to everyone who commented and read through the previous post, it was one of the more commented on posts I’ve…

  • Life

    What Path Would You Tell Your 15 Year Old Self To Go Down (Part 1)

    Reading Time: 13 minutes  What’s up guys and gals! How’s everyone’s weekend coming along? SPRING is finally here for reals – WOOP WOOP! For those of us who are a bit pooped out from all that glorious sunshine and outdoor activities, what better way to unwind than to sit back and relax for another rendition of… THE FRUGAL SAMURAI! Cue drums and buxom dancers. Been so darn busy recently that it’s the first proper time I’ve had, to take a breath – so you’ve caught me in a bit of a reflective mood. Yesterday, I was going through the old Facebook absent-mindedly, checking out who’s doing what and with whom…

  • Real Estate

    Latest CoreLogic (RP Data) Property Report and What Does it Mean?

    Reading Time: 4 minutes  Hi guys! How are we all going? Been a full on week so far – spent the last couple of days out with some clients in the Greater Western Sydney areas. They were showing me their development and residential building sites all across the Western corridor. Currently there’s nothing there except barren land, as far as the eye can see – but one day in the medium term, it’ll come good. They were incredibly bullish on the prospects of their sites, ranging from a few acres to dozens of hectares – but hey, that’s property developers right! So bullish in fact, they were projecting 20%+ development…