• Alternatives,  Life

    4 Lessons of Instagram and Investing

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes So this week, we received news that Instagram is rolling out an experiment to see what happens when it hides the number of likes on photos and other posts. It affects users in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand. Canada has just finished its trial. No longer will the number of “likes” be shown, rather it will be replaced by one user name and “others”. Under this new system, you can see how many likes your posts get, but your followers won’t be able to – unless they click into the post and count individually… but who would? I would imagine that there…

  • Alternatives

    7 Numbers Shaping Tomorrow’s World (Visually)

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes What’s up everyone! How’s it going? Did you go out and enjoy the unseasonably warm late Autumn weather? I know I did! Courtesy of my good friend Bavid, I scored an invite to a corporate box seat at the footy (“Aussie Rules” as it is known) on Friday night. Seeing how it was sponsored by a competitor in financial services, Citibank – I found it amusing to be sitting with the “enemy”. Though I must say, they can put on a damn good slow cooked pulled pork and slaw spread… Oh and the view wasn’t too shabby either: Between trying to dig up some trade secrets,…

  • 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…

  • Life,  Travels

    ATTENTION!

    Hello my esteemed friends and loyal readers! Going to be a SUPER short post today, because as some of you may know – it is my Birthday. Yep, the mighty Fourth of the Fourth just so happens to be the landmark day for yours truly. I’m now firmly in the 30’s and rising! Just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who has been following this blog, it is always greatly appreciated and I am very much humbled at the progress this blog is making. I hope that you’re taking away some value with each post, as well as being thoroughly entertained. Russell Crowe voice on. ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!?!…