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Black and Gold Coast - Cash vs Credit in Puerto Rico - Picture of scramble crossing in shibuya, tokyo, japan

cash vs. credit in puerto rico

Holding the greasy paper trays and wooden skewers of some fresh grilled yakitori (essentially Japanese pinchos) at a bon festival in Tokyo this summer, I would’ve LOVED to find a trash can.  However, having already been in Japan for a few weeks, I knew that in reality, I would be carrying the messy

aftermath of hurricane maria - water bottles filled with water from our hot water heater

diy backup water storage (for condos / apartments)

The dam at nearby Lake Guajataca made national news as it was badly damaged and nearly failed in the days following Hurricane Maria.  This reservoir supplies water to the municipalities of Aguada and Rincón, among others on the west side of the island.  Although the hurricane is long

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best deal on unlimited data anywhere!

One of things I enjoy about living in Puerto Rico is there is always some challenge to overcome; whether small or large.  Things that are simple and easy in the states such as paying at the pump or finding fresh veggies and specialty items such as nattō take a bit

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reliable internet in puerto rico?

Before Hurricane Maria, cable internet service through Liberty was extremely reliable. Upload speeds were slow, but the 20mbs plan consistently provided download speeds in that vicinity. Post Maria, speed is the least of my concerns. Five months after the hurricane, service from Liberty in my

the aftermath of hurricane maria

(continued from our hurricane maria experience…) It was easy to feel a bit overconfident after the massive category five Hurricane Irma skirted the island.  At three days without electricity and four without water, it was easily the longest outage we had to endure to that point.  However, even on the

basketball puerto rico

a basketball lovers paradise

This time of year it’s not uncommon for the Atlantic ocean to look as serene as a lake.   It’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch the sun set against a shimmering horizontal mirror.  Water sports such as surfing and body-boarding are pretty much out of the question in the dog days of summer.  However, in

pay at the pump in puerto rico

pay at the pump in puerto rico

“Para llenar el tanque a la siete, por favor.” This is one of the first full phrases of Spanish I learned when we moved to Puerto Rico.  The attendant at a gas station near our condo was very patient in teaching me how to properly ask for a

five mature coconuts with husks still on - how to remove coconut husk

diy tool for removing coconut husk

Coconuts are everywhere here in Puerto Rico which is awesome.  However, opening a mature coconut is not a lot of fun.  The first few times we tried it, Holly and I ended up with blisters on our hands after nearly an HOUR of struggle.  Hack at

diy homemade natto

diy homemade nattō! (and yogurt)

Sticky, stinky, stringy and downright delicious!  Japanese people love their nattō and being half Japanese myself, I’m certainly no exception.  I have fond memories of waking up to the smell of a traditional Japanese breakfast spread put together by my obaasan, usually consisting of miso soup, tamagoyaki, steamed rice, and

concerns about moving to puerto rico revisted on our one year anniversary of moving here

concerns about moving to puerto rico one year in

Its hard to believe that, as of this past Thursday, we’ve lived here in Puerto Rico now for a full year!  This move was a dramatic change of scenery for us, to say the least, so it’s no surprise that we had some concerns and reservations beforehand.  In this

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