Hi! Been reading your travel stories! So are you still based in Taiwan? How do you deal with jetlag…working across timezones etc? And maybe work/life balance?

Hello, thanks for reaching out!

Yes, I am still based on Taiwan.

Jetlag impacts me greatly, and I already don’t sleep well as it is. Sleeping on planes is not my thing, but an inflatable neck pillow helps. When back in Taipei, I sometimes take melatonin to help adjust; it doesn’t induce sleep, but helps keep me asleep if/when I finally fall asleep.

Working across timezones is easy. I keep the hours of the current timezone, and communicate with colleagues via chat services. I manage teams in Europe and Asia. When in Taiwan, I often start and end later to communicate with the Europe teams.

If we broadly categorize work, I also include thinking or acting on investments and personal finance. If that’s the case, I’d say my work/life balance is currently 80/20. In my opinion, your 20s is the time to shoot as far as you can, career wise. Any “play” you can spare, should be spared.

Even then, my work/life balance has greatly improved. I usually end work before 7:30pm now. I’ve made new friends in Taipei, which has made a big difference, else most my friends are in the States. I also began kickboxing classes at an MMA gym, getting my butt kicked every time.

Love reading your travel blogs! Never been to Songdo… living vicariously through you! thanks for writing!!!

Hello, thanks for your kind words! I’m making a commitment to publish in more regular intervals, folks like you keep me going.

I’m currently in Rome, and upcoming post schedule includes:

  • Couple more posts regarding Korea, including hiking at Bukhansan National Park.
  • Flying with Emirates for the first time.
  • Layover in Dubai International Airport
  • Rome.

My dream school is UC Berkeley (I’m a high school sophomore) and I just wanted to say that your Berkeley vlogs helped me out so much. :) Congrats on the acceptance AND graduating!

Hi Tammy,

Thanks for reaching out, and for the kind words! I’m glad I was able to help – I have a lot of unused footage and have more plans to publish some Q&A of many questions I’ve gotten over the past few years. Stay tuned for more. 🙂

Kind regards,

Andy