From June 1st to December 16th 2018(2 days after my birthday) I spared no calorie while I dined at amazing restaurants, spent time with lovely friends, and traveled to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and my first trip to Australia. During this duration I must have put on 30 pounds of blubber. When I got back from Australia I looked myself in the mirror and was like I have to do something drastic in order to regain my physique. I decided to kick off an intermittent fast and so far I am having amazing results. I’m now 2 weeks into this method and the last time I checked I had lost 8 pounds, but even more by now since I don’t weigh myself everyday. I now look into the mirror with more confidence knowing I am shedding pounds instead of gaining them. My pants fit better and I have more energy. The way the fast works is like this you don’t eat for 16 hours! That’s it… You still get to eat what you want from 12 pm to 8 pm and then nothing. You can have coffee, tea, or water to suppress your appetite, and I even enjoy alcohol like vodka soda water or red wine. I cut out beer from my choices and drinks loaded with sugar. The first day was rough, but now my mind set is on track and I see myself staying the course, with a special occasion meal from time to time that happens to fall outside of the 8 hour interval to accommodate my friend’s schedules. If you want to learn more check out this link. Also, don’t forget to exercise, run, lift, swim, stay active!
When it comes to restaurants I like to go to places that are known for a particular dish, or a place that is putting on a promotion, or simply because I want to try it for myself so I can write about it. I love writing, I’m not the best at it, but I love to constantly work at perfecting my craft. When it comes to golf courses I want to go to the best of the best and I want a good deal. I’ll pay top dollar if it is worth it and I know it’s something to write home about. When it comes to traveling this is probably the thing I take most seriously in my investment in life. A lot of people just don’t understand the value in going to a new place that you have never been before and being able to tell others about what you experienced. That is why I cherish these moments and treat them like gold. Finally, when it comes to products I choose things that are low maintenance. I don’t like to buy things that are going to end up costing me a lot of money and that I become dependent on. Living in S. Korea, teaching English for a year, really taught me the beauty of living a minimalist life style and reducing my dependencies on “things” while also benefiting from being mobile.
If you have studied Chinese, Japanese,
Korean or would like to learn any of these 3 languages check out Lingodeer. I was playing around with a couple of Japanese lessons and it was awesome. It’s truly a blessing in disguise.
You just got the bill now comes time to sign and tip. If you have ever been to Las Vegas, you’ll quickly learn that everyone will accept tips. Well most people that is. Some people will just outright beg. While others will expect nothing at all. However, for most practical purposes let’s answer a few basic questions. What percentage should you leave? Where does the tip go when you leave it?
As a customer you are ultimately in charge of whether you leave a tip or not. As you should be, after all you paid for a service and it’s up to you to give more if you feel the server deserved it. I will tell you though if you want to leave your server what is considered a “good tip” the industry standard in Las Vegas is 20% of your entire bill (and another 5 to 10% if the server has help). That is the magic number that most servers will strive for. However, that isn’t stopping you from leaving more or less, again I stress the importance of your own comfort levels on tipping, but so you know if you want to give your server a good tip remember the 20% mark, anything over that is greatly appreciated and should be given if well deserved and you can afford it. 15 to 20% is an okay tip, and anything below 15% will most likely get you a fake smile. Failing to tip means you were totally dissatisfied, and may lead to bad karma on your end so I would refrain from no tipping unless you feel you got totally ripped off.
That brings us to our second question. Where does the tip go when you leave it? Many establishments in Las Vegas pool their tips and later distribute an equal amount to all their servers, bussers, bartenders, barbacks, doormen, security or whatever. So to answer the question in a clear way is virtually impossible, because the tipping system can be totally different wherever you go. If you really want to know just ask and the staff or management and someone will explain the tipping procedures which as I mentioned can vary widely from place to place.
Finally, the people that work in the service industry in Las Vegas are very aware that in many customs around the world and even parts of the USA many people will simply not tip. However, that doesn’t mean you are going to get bad service if you don’t tip, just note that if you do tip especially up front you are more likely to get a better service experience had you not tipped.
I have been using tripadvisor.com for years and because of this site in combination with Anthony Bourdain’s show “Parts Unknown” I decided to launch caseynolan.com. Tripadvisor is great for looking up hotels, restaurants, and things to do before you travel to a place you have never been or know little about. I have written many reviews for tripadvisor and they can be found by clicking on this link. Say you want to go to Laguna Beach, CA and stay at a nice hotel. Well you don’t want to pay top dollar for a hotel when you can find a better deal right? Of course not. Tripadvisor does a great job of scanning the internet for all deals on your desired location. You can then navigate to the site offering the best deal, or in many cases book the hotel or condo directly through Tripadvisor. Try it yourself, tripadvisor is the shiznit.
Being a travel enthusiast one of my favorite things to do in my spare time is study other languages. I am currently studying French and Spanish, but I taught myself Korean (along with some fabulous instructors, who I refer to as friends, you know who you are 🙂 ), Japanese, and some Thai. Therefore, I highly recommend apps like Duolingo that let you study languages like Spanish, German, Italian, French, English, etc. The best part is you can learn for free. Duolingo navigates the learner through short effective lessons that will help you memorize, speak, and learn about the language of your choice. You can learn at your own speed and there is no pressure when you make a mistake. Download the app or go to their website and try out a lesson yourself (www.duolingo.com). You can thank me later! Ciao 🙂