Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Xiao Long Bao: A Tutorial

A trip to Shanghai would be all for naught if you do not have authentic, street inspired xiao long bao. They aren't your local Chinese restaurant's takeout dumplings and they aren't made better anywhere...

For the Young at Heart

I don't check into my points redemption Sheraton Kuta till tomorrow leaving me in need of a hotel for a night. Nostalgia set in and I booked one night at the Bounty Hotel whose...

The Customs of the Chinese

Attending an international business school for my MBA, I was taught to appreciate the cultural customs of foreign countries. Certain behaviors that are commonplace in the United States are insulting abroad. But, this isn't a...

Platinum Points Paradise

I managed to escape the plebeian accommodations of the Bounty Hotel and check into the Sheraton Kuta. I booked the hotel completely on points and in nerdy points fashion calculated that receiving a standard room...

The Triple Play Parlay

As you all know by now, my book, Everyone's Advice Is Wrong . . . Including Mine, is set to be released in early July. Part II of the book is a step by step...

And the Award for Best Foreign Film Goes to . . .

During down time on trips, I turn on the television and flip through the limited selection of channels hoping to come across anything in English. Our first night at the Bounty Hotel, the state of...

Champagne Saturdays

Ever think you are "getting too old for this shit?" Then you find yourself at Cocoon Beach Day Club in Bali with a bottle of champagne, fresh strawberries, and a glass full of no...

Round the World in One Direction

Today begins my journey back to the United States only to leave again in three weeks. I love using the Great Circle Mapper to show the routing from where and I went and how I am...

Your Fee to Leave

You're not free to leave because you have to pay the fee. Philippines, Costa Rica, and Bali, Indonesia all charge this nonsense departure tax that is supposed to support airport infrastructure or youth development...

I Am Delayed

I am writing this post from a small corner of the ANA Suite Lounge in Tokyo as I wait for my Singapore Airlines Suite Class flight to Los Angeles aboard an A380. I have many...
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