• Economy,  Life,  Real Estate,  Stock Market,  Travels

    Coronavirus Public Service Announcement

    Reading Time: 2 Minutes I think everyone knows by now that we have a pandemic on our hands in the form of the Coronavirus. So as a responsible member of the community, I am doing my bit to make sure the message gets out there and is heard. This afternoon, the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison announced mandatory 14-day self-quarantine measures for ALL travellers coming into Australia, in the latest government initiative to contain the virus. Unfortunately my opinion is that it is too late for containment. This is because the R0 (“R-naught” is a reproductive measure of infectivity) of the virus sits around 2.2 – meaning that one infected…

  • Life

    Coronavirus and its Effect on Human Psychology

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes Well it’s bucketing rain at the moment in Old Sydney Town boys and girls. What better way to spend our time indoors than to catch up with your favourite personal finance and development blogger! OK, so I wanted to follow-up on my earlier post regarding the hot topic in Australia right now. Which of course, is the Coronavirus. I wanted to revisit this topic because I’m seeing some news headlines about an unprecedented surge in hand-sanitizer right now. Headlines such as: Coronavirus panic causes hand sanitiser to be marked up, sells out at supermarkets And: Coles sells out of hand sanitiser as coronavirus rush hits All…

  • Life,  Real Estate

    What’s Ayers Rock Got To Do With Getting a Mortgage?

    Reading Time: 3 Minutes “Idō shite kudasai” I looked back… a smirking Japanese boy of 8 looks up at me. Hesitantly, I snake around the chain link fence and let him move past. This is it, I say to myself… if a kid can do it, I can bloody well do it. ~~~ OK so you might be thinking, what is he on about? Well, MrsFrugalSamurai and I spent the last few days in the Australian Outback… or more specifically, in the dead centre of our great country, where we visited the famous Uluru, or Ayers Rock. It was quite an incredible experience and I can totally see why many…

  • 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…