• Alternatives

    Visualizing The World

    What’s up Frugal Samuraites! Hope everyone’s having a great time. MrsFrugalSamurai and I are still recovering from our magical wedding day, was worth every rocky step of the journey planning it. We took out some of MrsFrugalSamurai’s relatives from overseas afterwards to thank them for making the long journey to celebrate with us. During lunch, a relative of hers (a very successful career woman in financial services) found out that I too worked in financial services. As you do, we both started talking about… you guessed it – financial services. The conversation twirled from the Australian economy, to how hard difficult it is to purchase real estate in Hong Kong…

  • Work

    Are You Part of the 85% Disengaged at Work?

    Hi guys – what’s up! How’s your week going? Mine’s alright except I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently. Oh no – here we go… Wait! Hear me out. No, I’d rather go play hopscotch with Peggy the one-legged giraffe. … Look this’ll be quick. Fine, but hurry up – Peggy’s waiting. OK I’ll try… You see, I read a pretty concerning report recently, on the state of the workplace, and of management practices used in many organisations. It was orchestrated by Gallup (one of the world leaders in data analytics and consulting for big corporates when it comes to brand perception, attitudes and behaviours from customers, to employees…

  • Life

    9 Thoughts From the Birthday Boy (A Digital Reflection)

    What’s up folks! Hope everyone had a long and refreshing Easter weekend. Judging from the stories and facial tans at the office, seems like many people took this opportunity to sit around the beach enjoying the last rays of the Autumn sun. Sounds pretty chilled right (ha! See what I did there)? Not much different for MrsFrugalSamurai-to-be and I, we were mainly knocking off some final wedding preparations (wedding series here), catching up with friends and hanging out with family. Pretty standard stuff “rubs nose on sleeve”. Life’s been a bit full on recently so I’m very grateful for these few days to recalibrate and catch a breather. And wouldn’t…

  • Work

    Can You Handle Three Jobs At Your Employer?

    “Hey TheFrugalSamurai – can you do this soon as you can, right now?” Whoa, we’re not in Kansas anymore ladies and gentlemen. If there was any indication that we are back to the grind, and away from the hedonism of South East Asia – the delivery and intonation of that message from the big boss on Monday morning brought me straight back to Earth. Mind you, when I woke up – I was tempted to take the greatest of Australian traditions and “pull the sickie” – which essentially means you call your boss on Monday morning to feign a life-threatening illness, obtain a miraculous recovery by Monday afternoon and walk…

  • Travels

    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…