Episode Description

We’ve made a lot of friends doing this podcast, but it’s not often we get a chance to talk to personal friends from before the podcast! Joe talks to Jen Che from Tiny Urban Kitchen, a food blog, and her husband Bryan who have been living in Hong Kong for the last few years.

Bryan and Jen are avid travelers and we discuss a whole range of topics including:

  • How they ended up in Belgium for weeks at the beginning of the pandemic
  • Getting back to Hong Kong in the middle of the pandemic
  • What life is like in Hong Kong during the time of covid-19
  • Michelin starred takeout containers
  • Favorite trips taken with miles and points
  • Memorable eating experiences all around the world
  • Being an internationally based US travel program elite

It was a ton of fun recording with them, I hope you have as much fun listening.

In Final Boarding Call, I discuss offsetting the AMEX Business Platinum’s annual fee, a Disney hack probably only relevant to one or two people, and a small life hack.

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Episode Notes

Check out Tiny Urban Kitchen!

1:56 – Introducing Bryan and Jen and their move to HK

6:48 – Adult language learning and finding community in HK

12:15 – Ending up in Belgium during the pandemic

14:43 – Marriott Bonvoy impressions as a SPG elite

16:54 – Experience in Belgium

19:21 – Side trips to Europe

24:32 – European highlights

27:17 – Returning to HK

31:56 – Current HK re-entry procedures

34:08 – What does HK look like during covid-19?

43:08 – Michelin starred takeout?

47:00 – What does a loyal AAdvantage customer do while living overseas?

49:23 – Favorite miles and points redemptions

51:45 – Favorite food experiences

1:03:21 – When will/can the Ches travel again?

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Music: “Ten Hundred Years” by Poly Action, “Feet Gone Soft” by Monplaisir, and “Feet Gone Wild” by Monplaisir