How to vote while living abroad

“On Tuesday, November 8th the [American People] will make one of the most important decisions in its history”  Robert Downey Jr & others, Save the Day – Vote.   This week I signed up to vote while living abroad.  It was a bit strange to select “U.S. citizen residing outside the U.S. indefinitely and my Read More …

Grateful, flattered and a big ‘Thanks Mom’

Thankful, humbled, flattered, honored & feeling blessed.  The last week brought lots of good news and opened new doors without closing any.  Whether its good karma, good luck or simply I that had great parents who raised me right I keep getting more and more opportunities to thrive in everything I enjoy.  Thanks mom!  A Read More …

How to plan a daily travel budget

The best thing to do when budgeting your travel is to make a list of all your expected expenses. We all know to factor in housing, food, transportation, entertainment, excursions and some misc money for souvenirs or emergencies but how do I know what that will cost in different countries?  Exchange rates are always confusing Read More …

Shanghai to Newark – 3 Planes

Nothing could have prepared me for the wave of emotion that overcame me when I got in line at PVG, Shanghai’s airport.  My gate read SEATTLE, printed neatly in digital letters just above it.  After a year and a half of living in Asia I was actually going home.  Soon I’d board for a mindless trip across the Read More …

Boston Layer Lapse by Julian Tryba

I love photography and I love Boston.  Julian Tryba has done an amazing job of combining these two infatuations with a brand new photography technique he is calling layer lapse.  Tryba uses modern technology and an artistic eye to tastefully edit the videos; he changes select portions of each scene to be a different time Read More …

Presidential analysis by Paul Krugman – In Defense of Obama

Paul Krugman, “Nobel Prize-winning economist, once one of the president’s most notable critics, why Obama is a historic success” recently wrote an enlightening article for the Rolling Stone.  Titled In Defense of Obama he highlights major criticisms of Obama’s presidency.  I usually keep politics off of here but after reading the article I felt it worth sharing. Read More …

Banking frustrations living abroad

Banking abroad is possibly the most frustrating aspect of living in another country.  About a month ago I converted a large sum of Korean Won to US Dollars and sent it via KB (Kookmin Bank) using an ACH transfer recommended by my US bank.  Lucky me the money bounced back a few days later due Read More …

Sunsets, Sunrises and a new watermark

Over the last few months I’ve had a ton of great criticism about my photos.  Most people love them and are jealous of my travels but I do get a few complaints.  Other than my mom telling me to take less pictures of scenery and more of myself the biggest complaint has been my “distracting Read More …