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Finance: Avoiding Any Bank Fees

Finance: Avoiding Any Bank Fees

With minimal effort, you can get most bank fees waived simply by contacting the bank.  It’s especially easier when you contact them immediately and if it’s the first time the issue has happened.

Osaka Survival: Drinking, Throwing Ninja Stars and Karaoke

Osaka Survival: Drinking, Throwing Ninja Stars and Karaoke

While walking around the food alleys south of Dotonbori, we passed by a sign that got my attention: Ninja Karaoke Izakaya.  Those are three magical words to get me to go check something out.

Bunny Bunny Island: An Island In Japan Full Of Bunnies! (Part 1)

Bunny Bunny Island: An Island In Japan Full Of Bunnies! (Part 1)

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be on an island of bunnies, wonder no more! There’s an island for that dream in Japan. It’s called Okunojima and can be accessed from Hiroshima within 2 hours.  This post will focus on getting to/from […]

Gdansk, Poland: 3-Day Medieval Europe Travel Guide

Gdansk, Poland: 3-Day Medieval Europe Travel Guide

After seeing a beautiful picture of the waterfront in Gdansk, Poland, I began planning my journey. Gdansk is located close to two other cities: Sopot and Gdynia. These three together are known as the Tri-City and you can spend several days relaxing and exploring.

Award Booking Strategies: Tokyo To LAX in ANA Business Class

Award Booking Strategies: Tokyo To LAX in ANA Business Class

After spending a month in Japan, it was time to go back to life in Los Angeles. I knew I had to get back, but I didn’t book a flight in advance.  This left me in a predicament.  I had to find a way to […]

Award Booking Strategies: Avoiding United’s $75 Close-In Fee

Award Booking Strategies: Avoiding United’s $75 Close-In Fee

I needed to fly out from Okinawa to Nagasaki and was planning on using United miles.  United has a deal for intra-Japan flights at a flat rate of 5k miles and $0.  Although, if you book within 21 days, you’d be hit with a $75 […]

Award Booking Strategies: Using United Miles from OKA to NGS

Award Booking Strategies: Using United Miles from OKA to NGS

While in Okinawa, I quickly put together a rough idea for a cross-Japan train trip using the JR rail.  First, I’d need to acquire a JR Pass so the trip could be more affordable. Next, I had to get from Okinawa to Nagasaki and concluded […]

Japanese Culture Shock: The Post Office

Japanese Culture Shock: The Post Office

It’s very rare for me to experience Japanese culture shock. I’ve been to Japan a lot, but have only been to a Japanese post office a handful of times.  Mostly to mail a postcard or a package which is pretty straightforward. But when I tried […]

Travel Hacks: How To Buy the Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) In Japan

Travel Hacks: How To Buy the Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) In Japan

You’re not supposed to be able to buy the JR Pass while in Japan, but there is a way!