Golden Hour in Ginza

As the sun was setting in Tokyo, I headed to Ginza to meet my friend Simon. He’s a fellow Hong Konger who works as a videographer in New York City now. I arrived in Ginza way too early, so I walked around and took a few photos.


Feb 23, 2018 by Brian Li

The Ultimate Guide to AmEx Platinum Card Benefits

AmEx Platinum Benefits

I make no secret of my love for the AmEx Business Platinum card, which is why I’m dedicating an entire post to the card. Any benefits I mention here can be found on both the personal and business versions of the Platinum card, and in the event a benefit is only available on one particular version of the card, I’ll specify.


Feb 21, 2018 by Jeff Marder

The Ultimate Guide to AmEx Membership Rewards – Part 5

AmEx Membership Rewards

Now that you’ve amassed a healthy collection of Membership Rewards points, what do you do now? Here I’ll offer some options for how to get the most value from using your points.


Feb 13, 2018 by Jeff Marder

ACROS in Kennedy Town

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.


Feb 11, 2018 by Brian Li

The Ultimate Guide to AmEx Membership Rewards – Part 4

AmEx Membership Rewards

Turbocharge Your Earnings with AmEx Offers and Benefits

When you log into your AmEx account online, if you scroll to the bottom of the home page you’ll see a section called AmEx Offers and Benefits. This can be an excellent resource for earning tons of extra points with minimal spend. While the overwhelming majority of these offers include modest discounts from various vendors, if you browse through this section regularly you’ll occasionally find some excellent return on investment for spending. I’ve earned 10,000 additional points for spending $250 on clothing that I already needed, 1,000 points for purchasing $25 worth of shaving supplies, and an additional 1,000 points for sending some Valentine’s Day flowers.


Feb 7, 2018 by Jeff Marder