Noodles & Fish

Noodles & Fish

Goofing off since 2015

Confounded Chores, Compounded Chores

Chores I hate laundry, especially folding it. Don’t really know why, there is nothing horrible about the act of folding per se. Just don’t like it, would rather do something else with my time. Your chore pet peeve might be doing dishes, or vacuuming, or taking out the trash, mowing the lawn. Or, I don’t know, perhaps going to work. Whatever. We all have stuff we have to do that we don’t particularly like. What if you could do a lifetime of that chore in one go? What if you could take out one massive pile of trash in trade for …

Delicious Taiwan, & Costs

Taiwan, that funny little island that might be part of China You have probably seen a little sticker on something that says “Made in Taiwan.” If that’s your main point of reference, you are missing something. Taiwan is definitely one of the best Asian countries I’ve been to. Any culture that celebrates food is automatically going to be pretty high on my list, and Taiwan’s is definitely near the top of the food chain. It also has mountains, beautiful oceans, jungles, bamboo forests, crazy volcanic steam vents, huge gorges. Any country with that much geography is also going to be …

How To Travel Without Getting Food Poisoning

I will never turn down the chance to eat a delicious meal. While traveling, especially in poorer countries, that usually means eating on the streets and in hole-in-the-wall cafes. The best flavors come from the streets and these small restaurants, not from hotel dining rooms. But most people assume that eating at these types of places is risky. It is risky. So how do we get the good stuff without getting sick?  It is all about assessing and managing risk. If you travel long enough you’ll inevitably get sick from the food at some point. But there are a few things …

Free Time

It’s been a bit since anything showed up here. I’ve been intending to write something and plenty of subjects have come to mind, but for various reasons it just hasn’t happened. It’s not that I’ve been too busy, there has been plenty of free time when I certainly could have sat down and written something. But every time I found myself with free time there has always been something else I’d rather do. Just couldn’t get it in gear. Back when I was working, idle time used to be a very rare occurrence. One hundred percent of my day was …

Wasting Your Potential

The other day I was catching up with a chef I used to work for. When I admitted that a few weeks from now marks the two year anniversary of the last day I worked a shift on the line, the conversation inevitably changed to the subject of wasting one’s potential. Understandable, as this is someone who at one point was a mentor, someone who certainly passed along a lot of culinary knowledge early on in my restaurant career. This person frequently took precious time out of their busy day to teach me, and I appreciate that, I really do. That’s …

What Do You Do?

“What do you do?” is a loaded question that is really asking you to talk about work. I have so many problems with this. It’s a hard question to truthfully answer since I can no longer just blurb out my job title. And I don’t think that my job title was ever a great answer even when I could truthfully use it. Without a job you are nothing in America In America it’s held that working hard is the greatest and most noble thing that one can possibly do with your time. I’ve never really understood the logic of this, …

Minimalism

I’m often accused of being a minimalist. Thanks for that vote of confidence, I guess? Though I do try to minimise unnecessary stuff, I’m not quite a minimalist on that front. But, what exactly is minimalism anyway? Minimalism is a hard thing to define. Each person will look at it in a different way. And it’s not about owning a certain small number of things, or living without clutter, it’s not even really about stuff exactly. Well, it is and it isn’t. There is an idea going around that becoming a minimalist will suddenly make you happier. It will free …

The cost to travel in Thailand

I document the costs involved to travel in each country we visit, and share those here. One of the core things that allows me to be financially independent is geographic arbitrage, since travel is usually so much cheaper than life back in the ol’ USA. Long term travel saves me a ton of cash, but more importantly it lets me get an in depth look at many cool places. In case you are curious, costs for each previously visited countries are here: New Zealand, Singapore, Nepal. And for a more long term look at the total costs to travel for over a year …

Diminishing Marginal Utility

The law of diminishing marginal utility Not to be confused with the law of diminishing returns, the law of diminishing marginal utility is an economic concept that is super useful for thinking about your everyday spending. The law states that, past a certain point, an increase in the use of a product doesn’t bring an increase in utility. In fact, each subsequent use leads to less overall satisfaction. Basically, more stuff doesn’t lead to more happiness once your needs are met. I’ll start with a few examples to get you familiar with concept, and then look at consciously applying the …

Bangkok as a Home Base

Living in Bangkok Bangkok is the classic expat destination. From typical age retirees trying to stretch their dollars to younger digital nomads, it’s a popular place for expats. Sometimes it feels a little overrun by the sheer number of foreigners present here, but then again that’s to be expected of the city that attracts more visitors per year than any other city in the world. Take that London, Paris and New York. We first came here six years ago and I instantly fell in love with the place and all it has to offer. Exocitic describes it well. Also huge, …

Travel

Travel We’ve been traveling overseas for over a year now, and we have no intention of stopping anytime soon. It’s been a great time. People often ask us, what have we learned about the world? And, more frequently, how can we afford this lifestyle? What have we learned? You are supposed to learn about the different cultures in the world on a trip like this. Travel is supposed to be a formative period of growth. We definitely have learned and grown. I could talk about how we live better lives with less stuff, how more possessions only slow us down. …

Live Your Dreams Through Passive Income

What does your dream life look like? Or, what would you do with your time if you could do anything? Imagine your dream life for a minute. In your dream life do you still go to to work five days a week?             OK, your dream life might not include lounging around on the beach in Cancun as illustrated above. That life doesn’t actually sound very fulfilling. I’m not sure what your dream life looks like, only you can answer that one. But what I am pretty sure about is that your dream life doesn’t …