• Economy

    Up or Down? You decide.

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes Sigh. “Don’t wish things were easier, wish you were better”. I know, I know – Jim Rohn quotes are pretty corny sometimes aren’t they? But oh so TRUE. A bit bonkers this week, the parents are away which means that it’s yours truly’s turn to dog-sit for them for a couple of weeks. Not that I mind, look at that little fluff ball: Feels good having her around. I mean, MrsFrugalSamurai is good and all… but she can’t give me licks down “there” y’know? Points to feet. (I know what you thought, wacko). Still, as pleasurable as her feet licking is, there comes a time when…

  • 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…

  • Travels

    And We Are Back!

    Yes that’s right! Back from a full 3 and a half weeks across 3 legs of Beijing, Hong Kong and Taipei. Thoroughly enjoyed that time off I tell you! And you know, the best part about going overseas? Is going overseas! The journey, the adventure, the exploration of new sights and sounds. Experiencing the local culture, sampling the local cuisine, visiting the local haunts. British accent on. ‘Positively DELIGHTFUL old boy”. British accent off. And I really want to give you a proper recollection of just what transpired over the last month, to explain TheFrugalSamurai’s absence from the airwaves. Yet alas – I seem to have picked up some nasty bug…

  • Alternatives

    Superannuation 101

    Reading Time: 4 Minutes What’s up everyone! Hope we are all having a good week. Much better for yours truly, thanks for asking. BOO-YAH, I knew it’d be a better week when on Monday, a whole bunch of us got together for an impromptu but QUALITY dinner. Like $65 all-you-can-eat top of the range Japanese BBQ quality. DAY-AM. Let’s see, my friend Light Beam was there (the future Australian Treasurer), Bubu (the most handsome of our group) and Bugzy (another EN-TRE-PRE-NEUR, guy’s got 3 online businesses on the go, jayzuz). So of course, as expected the conversation was free-flowing and top notch (just like the meat yum, yum). Actually, I…