• Travels

    Chinese Golden Week

    Reading time: 5 minutes Whew, we are back boys and girls! Back from where? Well, China of course! Been a pretty epic trip this time, as chronicled in the last two posts (here and here). Although we spent the majority of the time in Beijing, we were pretty lucky (or unlucky) to experience Golden Week. What’s Golden Week? Well, Wikipedia explains it as the “week from the 29th April to early May containing a number of Japanese holidays”. Nice, nice – the Japanese really deserve it you know? What with their car-making, raw fish and exemplary manners. Good for them. Eh? Why’d you tell a story about Japan, weren’t you…

  • 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…

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    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,…

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    Travelling, Just Do It!

    Scene: Airport lounge. Time: Morning peak hour. Camera pans to a lone individual hunched over his laptop amidst the noise and chaos of Kuala Lumpur International Airport… he starts to type… Oh Wooooow! Ladies and Gentlemen, to say that this trip has been an epic adventure would not be justifiable in terms of epic adventures. I don’t think I’ve ever had one of these holidays for a long, long time. Seriously, need another holiday just to recover from this trip – somewhere which allows me to sit on a beach and pretend to be comatose for 8 hours at a time. The eye-opening encounters and unique experiences in the past…

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    Kuala Lumpur (Second Leg)

    What’s up guys! It’s me again – and this time I’m in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It’s the second and final leg of my SEA (South East Asia) trip with my friends and we’ve just landed in KL. I’m really looking forward to some more low-key adventures here in Malaysia because Thailand was just an assault on the senses. The noise, people, lights, traffic, smells of Bangkok hits you like a tsunami. So it’s with a lot of agreement that we decided to have more of R&R (rest and relaxation) here in KL. Fine by me! Been here less than a day but there are many things I’ve noticed about KL……

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    Bangkok (Love this place!)

    Hi guys, Me again, yes would you believe that I am blogging on my bucks trip? Dedication yo! Fact is – if you’re passionate about something, you do it irrespective of the location and occasion. You do it because you grind, because you need persistence to achieve. Settle down tiger, intensity much? Look alright, I just wanted to let you know that I’m here for you guys and for my dreams OK? OK OK, continue weirdo. Anyway before I was interrupted, just wanted to say that we’ve managed to make it to Thailand! Funny story here, on the tarmac at Sydney airport, we were delayed for a fair while because…