A Daytrip to Hakone – Jan 27, 2018

I’ve been to Japan twelve times over the past two years, but I’ve never visited Hakone (箱根町). That finally changed this time around thanks to Ayaka’s magnificent daytrip planning skills.


Fujifilm ACROS in Hong Kong – Feb 11, 2018

I’m a little over two months into my six month working holiday, and I’m already so burnt out from processing RAW images in Lightroom. After arriving in Hong Kong a few days ago, I decided to stop shooting RAW for the time being. I spent a few hours researching my X-Pro2’s film simulation presets and set up Classic Chrome for color and ACROS for black and white.


Biei on a Bicycle

After a beautiful morning of lavender ice cream, pretty flowers, and delicious melon smoothies at Farm Tomita, Garret and I boarded the JR Norokko Train towards Biei (美瑛).


A Rainy Night in Tokyo with Fujifilm’s XF56mm f/1.2

Today is my last day in Japan, and I woke up feeling a little under the weather. I napped for most of the day before heading to Shibuya with my Fujifilm X-Pro2 and XF 56mm f/1.2 lens.



One of the most entertaining and quintessentially Japanese experiences one can have is to attend a sumo tournament. Sumo is a form of Japanese wrestling in which two opponents attempt to force each other out of a circular ring on into touching the ground with anything other than the soles of their feet. It is Japan’s national sport and contains many ritual elements related to the Shinto religion as sumo was originally used to entertain the Shinto deities. (more…)

Review: TRX GO Suspension Trainer

I recently purchased the TRX GO suspension trainer and finally had an opportunity to use it on a business trip. I just returned from two weeks in Chicago, where I had the opportunity to use the TRX GO in my hotel room about every other day. In this review I’ll share a few of my initial thoughts.


NYC to Tokyo in Business Class for $1050

I recently booked business class airfare for me and my father on a multi city route with the following itinerary: NYC to Tokyo, Tokyo to Shanghai, Shanghai to NYC.

The tricky part was that while we were initially planning to use AmEx Membership Rewards to book on All Nippon Airways, there was no availability on the dates we wanted, and we were determined to fly in business. ANA has amazing business class rewards from the continental US to Japan that start at 75,000 round trip.


NYC to Osaka: Business Class, 6 Days, and for Under $450!

Today I returned from Osaka, Japan, where I spent six days visiting friends, training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and checking out some new restaurants. I love traveling, especially to Japan, but the costs can add up quickly. And did I mention that I like to travel in business class? However, I don’t like to spend $7,000 in airfare (nor does my budget allow for that). In this article I’ll detail how I did this trip for only $500, exclusive of food.


Unlocking the Mysteries of Overseas Mobile Phone Coverage

I’m often asked what the best options are for using a mobile phone abroad as there’s often a lot of conflicting information out there. Add to that the different overseas calling plans offered by the various mobile service providers, the constantly evolving details of those plans, along with details specific to different regions and the choices can seem quite overwhelming and confusing. In this post, we’ll take a look at those options and will explore how to do further research.


Using Airline Shopping Portals to Earn Frequent Flyer Miles

If you do any online shopping and belong to any frequent flyer programs, you should consider doing as much of your shopping as possible through the shopping portal of your frequent flyer program of choice. It could yield you tens of thousands of additional frequent flyer miles without ever having to wait in a security line. Some of the most popular airlines with shopping portals include American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, United, and Virgin American, just to name a few.