Bento Box Bits of everything

19Apr/100

Citi cards sucks

Before I went to Taiwan I did my due diligence by calling my credit card companies to inquire about what their foreign transaction fees were. Citi told me 3% and Amex said 2.7%. What Citi failed to tell me was that they would still charge 3% even if the charge was in USD; so long as the company was based overseas.

So lo and behold, I didn't find out about this ~$32 charge on my statement until a month after my trip, 3% fee on my online ticket purchase from EVA Air, just because the company is based overseas. Apparently:

Amendment to Your Credit Card Agreement:
Effective on June 1, 2009, we are replacing the definition of "Foreign Transactions" in the section of your agreement titled Words Used Often in this Agreement with the following:
"Foreign Transaction" means any transaction made in a foreign currency, and any transaction made in U.S. dollars if the transaction is made or processed outside of the United States. Foreign transactions include, for example, online purchases from foreign merchants.

Beware for those who making purchases on foreign airlines. You'll get hit with a fee even if booking online and getting charged in USD.

http://www.creditbloggers.com/2009/04/fee-alert-watch-out-for-the-new-foreign-transaction-fees.html
http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/finance/895683/

11Apr/100

Multi-screen Madness

3 32" TVs, 3 Xboxes, 3 Forza 3 + Fanatec wheel CSP + video game nerd = driver's high

Friends came over to help set up and play on the ultimate ghetto multi-screen rig. Featuring Chinese furniture!

Here's me racing (poorly):

Then we played some midnight club system link:

Video here

Wish I had more friends who are passionate enough about video games to set these game nights up. Lot of work setting up and breaking down. Really fun to do once in awhile. Way more fun to play in person than over xbox live.

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11Apr/100

Kaohsiung


Pier designed by Cindy's architect Uncle. I stayed in the tall building in rear.

A little late on this entry since it's been over a week since I've been back in the states. Cindy's aunt drove us from Tainan to Kaohsiung, which took about 45 minutes. Kaohsiung is hot, humid, and has even more pollution haze than Taipei. Allergies were off the charts. Stayed in Tuntex Skytower. Lots of little business 'suites' that look like they were converted from office spaces. Food was amazing here as well. Great Izakaya-style chicken wings, Thai-fusion, dry beef noodle, and more. Even took a break and tried some Italian. Cheese is no good in Taiwan. The room next door was playing Christmas music at full blast at 1am, that sucked. Maybe their idea of an April 1st prank. Went to her little cousin's camp retreat; funny stuff.

Pollution haze from the 75th fl of the Skytower

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