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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!

Okinawa Foodie: Fresh Fish from First Makishi Public Market

Okinawa Foodie: Fresh Fish from First Makishi Public Market

Just down the road from the main drag in Naha, is a public market where you can get pretty good deals on most things.  You can also get the freshest fist if you want to overpay for food.

Okinawa Tourist Guide: ROUND1 Stadium Okinawa

Okinawa Tourist Guide: ROUND1 Stadium Okinawa

As you know, Okinawa is known for the three S’s: Shoppin’, swimmin’, and som’ arcades.  The best arcade around is ROUND1 Stadium (not to be confused with just “ROUND1”).

Okinawa Tourist Guide: Orion Happy Park

Okinawa Tourist Guide: Orion Happy Park

When in Okinawa, you’ll notice that most places that serve beer, is going to serve Orion beer.  Draft choices are limited to that. It was rare to see Kirin or Sapporo. As a beer connoisseur (very polite version of saying alcoholic), I thought I’d take […]

How To Buy Cryptocurrency Not On Coinbase

How To Buy Cryptocurrency Not On Coinbase

If you’re a US resident, there’s no direct way to buy cryptocurrency that’s not on Coinbase.  It will take some time and a few steps, but this guide will show you how to buy Ripple, Dash, Monero, Zcash and more.

How To Buy Bitcoin With A Credit Card And Other Cryptocurrencies

How To Buy Bitcoin With A Credit Card And Other Cryptocurrencies

There are many restrictions for US Residents to buy bitcoin. This guide shows you the fastest, easiest and most secure way to buy bitcoin and other crypto.