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  1. From the article it looks like the former Malaysian government were incompetent and/or corrupt (i.e. not the chinese). Shame about the high speed rail Malaysia / Singapore. We are likely to be making that trip a fair bit in future and while Singapore airport is far and away the best in the world I do like a fast train picnic.
  2. Given the cost of labour in Cambodia I am not sure bringing their own in (for unskilled stuff) would be worth it. Minimum wage is about $120 a month, average is about $350 a month I believe.
  3. Just got back from a week in Cambodia. Interesting place. Going back for three months next year to look into the opportunities a bit better. Apparently insanely corrupt (which might put a crimp in my current ideas) but also insanely growth. Also insanely being bought up by the chinese, they are definitely getting in while the getting in is cheap.
  4. Japan has functionally no immigration, even the new fast track they brought in last year is close enough to impossible for anyone to pass and is so restrictive those that might pass don't want to. Next year they are closing about a quarter of universities because there are no kiddies to go to university. If you can't see the writing on the wall there... So maybe be careful what you wish for. Probably better to live in a country where you have options to fix the problems than one where there are few choices due to lack of tax base.
  5. Bonds annoy me just when I think I remember how they work I realise I have forgotten and don't want to face reading up on them again... oh well they are considered an investment for old people anyway so I guess I'll just stick with the S&P index.
  6. Yesterday my mortgage finally hit zero so that makes sense in my world view Thinking now of buying some index funds domiciled in Ireland (don't want to pay US estate taxes for no reason) through the company in Singapore (no tax on investments if that is not what the company is doing as a primary purpose). I have no intention in trying to be a smart investor or anything but I assume interest rate increases would usually be good for bonds bought now and bad for S&P500 bought now. No idea how a stronger dollar would impact things, both down?
  7. Still here in sunny Nagoya still not seeing much except for the inside of dojo's... This year we are ramping our training down a bit to recover from injuries (and I achieved my goal of 3 x 5th dan gradings) so we may actually travel around a bit and see some of the cool stuff. Summer has started and Nagoya is awful in summer so we are off to Cambodia in a week or two with a stop for training in Taiwan. Cambodia should be an actual real holiday though!
  8. In some ways that would be good. Drugs, hookers and so on wouldn't be stigmatised as much if everyone knew that everyone else was doing it. Hypocritical "saving them from themselves" type politicians would be screwed.
  9. If you have an apartment and a power bill there is not much pretending to be done
  10. Easiest way for all of mine is to open a company there in terms of least likely to be knocked back. Obviously starting a company has a reasonable amount of paper work to do. Otherwise get a visa for at least a year although I think my Japanese account was while on a tourist visa maybe. Either way depositing a chunk of cash seems a good start. Most countries seem to offer a 1 yr visa for tourists and that works for banks obviously.
  11. I warned you all when my mortgage went to zero that interest rates will rise I warn you now that I am selling Australian real estate and buying Japanese with half the proceeds early next year. I suggest you don't emulate me as this is another stupid idea but if you are a follower of the "person that hasn't f*cked up yet" that is the move hehehehe
  12. From what I have put together from studies I have read and observing the older sensei (say 80+ years old) in various martial arts which I do ranging from insanely physical to quite sedate I think the two things are very different. General activity for a few 30 minute sessions a week is super great for your mental well being which seems to translate into pretty decent physical ability in the "as expected" range. Like some shodou (japanese calligraphy) sensei I know are old but way more "alive" (for want of a better word) than many of the other old people I know of the same age range. Mostly I attribute this to just being involved in life. Good shodou requires you to use core muscles but it is hardly what most would consider a work out. I get more inky than sweaty. Similar for things like tai chi (although I don't do that and can only comment based on watching). Endurance stuff keeps you skinny sick. Long distance cycling running etc. People are physically good looking but only as healthy as their lifestyle would suggest. Pretty much the same as shodou except skinnier. Amateur high impact stuff focussing on stamina is ridiculously bad for you at any level above casual, especially if you "single thing it". I am only 46 and I am experiencing a few problems from this (despite not really being a single thing guy). I had an eye opening about what I was doing to myself when I went to an event where certain groups 80+ guys were basically useless geriatrics at anything except that one thing they do (and not even really that good at that, they just had 60 yrs of knowledge). Amateur high impact stuff done in short bursts is good for you. If you are doing weights for example don't f*ck around with an hour in the gym lifting something you can lift for an hr. Get in and out with 10 minutes of actual lifting over an hr. Amateur high impact stuff done in an environment which has semi professional guidance is insanely good for you. I've been training a sh*tload of japanese bayonet fencing over the past two years (maybe 20hrs a week). It is a martial art almost exclusively practised by the military who, unsurprisingly, don't view days off with much happiness. Due to the pedagogy being handed down via instructors whose job it is to ensure you are ready to go fight a war or help disaster victims there are some very simple and notable differences. So I guess I would say chose something which is sprint oriented with a community aspect - "lift hard, lift heavy then go to the pub" (and has a low injury rate due to decent instructors) or "hang out with friends then go to the pub". Depending on what physical appearance you are after. Mountain biking I would not put in the range of sensible options if you even faintly want to try having fun. Injury rate is too high. Strength training with body weight looks like maybe okay but you want a good coach and realistically heavy weight lifting has more studies into damage and how to avoid it and coaches that have proven track records. If some one does a stretch session at the end of the class rather than the beginning it is always a good sign, everyone else is an idiot.
  13. Nope smaller actually now. Be interesting to graph my booze spending against my weight but I stopped tracking spending of cash by category a while back.
  14. heh, my passage from the left to the right of those groups the pale blue section just got bigger and bigger
  15. Holy sh*t live music got middle aged...