Hotel Review: Library Hotel in New York City
I had the opportunity to attend Affiliate Summit in New York City a couple weeks ago, it’s a huge event that brings together the best internet marketers in the world and people come to listen to them talk, learn about internet marketing and meet others in the field. This was my first time in the Big Apple and I spent a good amount of time looking for a hotel to stay. I got lucky to find the Library hotel in New York City, I know many of you might be looking for a place so I would like to share my experience, thoughts, pictures and videos about this beautiful and unique place. I had a red eye flight and I landed at the Newark International airport around 8 am. Then I took the train to the city and got to the hotel around 9 am. Luckily New York City is like a giant grid so it wasn’t too hard for me to find and most the locals knew of the hotel. I had heard great things about it so I was excited to get there, especially after a long night of traveling. Library Hotel in New York City Location As soon as I walked in to the lobby I saw a nice collection of books perfectly organized. There were some chairs and the front desk was at the end of the lobby. The attention and customer service was incredible, everyone at the front desk staff gave me a warm welcome. The receptionist told me that the check in time was at 3 pm and it was normal to take care of the guests’ luggage if they showed up early so they took care of my bag for me while I explored the city. They also gave me a map just in case I got lost, showed me some of the main attractions and gave me suggestions on what to do for the day. They were more than happy to give me tips and advice on getting around NYC which was pretty helpful for someone going there for their first time. The Library Hotel front desk Staff When I returned from the city tour, the luggage was already in my room and I was more than ready to lay down! My room One of the nicest and really interesting thing about this hotel is that every floor has a theme and every room has a theme related with the main theme of the floor. The Library Hotel is built around this theme to personalize and give it a unique flavor, making it stand out really well among the other hotels in the city. They gave me a room on the Technology floor and each room in my floor had different decorations and books according to the room. They knew I was a blogger and worked online so they gave me the computer room. I have to say that just that detail of giving me the computer room due to my blogs was just amazing. It felt really personal and it’s nice that they take that into consideration. The decoration in my room was incredible, every single book had something to do with computers. The decoration on the walls was all related to computers, they even had a picture of a old mother board. The bathroom was super spacious and very clean. I noticed that they give you lots of towels which is different than what I’m used to in Costa Rica. We’re lucky to get a full size body towel there sometimes! All their rooms come with the same book orientated decoration due to the close distance to the New York library and the fact that they are on Library way makes sense that everything has something to do with books. They even have over 30,000 books in the hotel! Services and property The Library hotel offers a complimentary wine and cheese tasting in the evenings starting from 5 pm to 7 pm. I went to check it out and they had good selections of wines, cheeses and pastries for all their guests without any extra cost which is awesome. If you go to the second floor they have a reading room where you can always find coffee, tea or juices and it is also complimentary. On the top roof they have a bar, I checked it out and it seems to be a famous place in town. Many people were there and they were having an event of some sort, the place was pretty packed. Overall Thoughts I loved my time at the Library Hotel, everyone I talked to before I went to New York was really excited for me and told me how amazing it was, which was completely true. I wasn’t disappointed at all! The beds were incredibly comfortable, the room was modern with very nice furnishings and I loved the little extra services they offered such as the complimentary wine and cheese. The staff was incredibly warm and so helpful. They were always making sure that I was comfortable and had everything I needed. Breakfast was delicious and is usually a highlight for me when I stay at a hotel so I really enjoyed having my coffee on the roof. If you are looking for a hotel with a convenient location and a peaceful atmosphere in busy New York City, the Library hotel is a wonderful option. Here are some pictures of my room and the Library Hotel: My Room at the Library Hotel Welcome gift Wine and Cheese ! Top Roof I felt like home being away from home To know more or book a room, check out their website. Here is the video I took from my room I was a guest of the Library Hotel and all thoughts and opinions remain my own
Blogging life Report August 2014
One year ago I was writing our first income report and I never imagined that only 12 months later we would be living full time the dot com life style. We already started our big travel trip, we left Costa Rica on August 14th and have been in Olympia the past couple weeks and on Sept. 3rd we will head to China first and start our Asia adventure. So let’s talk about what we’ve been up to this month in terms of income and progress for Mytanfeet. What happened this month August has been very busy for both of us. I went to the Affiliate Summit New York 2014 and I had the opportunity to meet some of the most popular Internet marketers and brands in the online business. I talked to different CEOs from big companies and we started to work on some ideas of how to help travel bloggers to monetize their sites in a smart and legit way. I invite you to check out and subscribe to “Nomadic Wallet,” we will have helpful information and new ways to monetize your travel blog. Next week I will set up a forum and I will be putting together some webinars with some special guests. So if you are a travel blogger please do not miss this chance, I believe that together we can make a difference. Passive Income Results Something that I am very happy and proud is that Mytanfeet has been able to generate at least $1000 on passive income for the last 3 months. It means that we didn’t have to talk to any client, we didn’t need to write anything new and our business agreements and affiliate links were taking care of everything automatically. Some of our reviews and articles have been ranked on the first page on Google and they have been bringing more potential clients. I will be writing how exactly I made this in Nomadic Wallet next month. Subscribers In our last month income report “July Income report” I talked about the increase of subscribers we had thanks to Aweber and Leadpages. Thanks to this increase our passive income grew significantly. I really regret that I didn’t use both tools since day one but I think that things will be better from now on. This income report will be a little but shorter I am preparing a longer post for the one year anniversary of the blog so let’s start with the numbers. Get our monthly reports to your inbox by clicking here! August 2014 Report We passed the $2000 barrier again but our new goal is to be able to make $3000 with Mytanfeet.com. Let’s start talking about the traffic. Visits went down slightly but income went up. Traffic Visits: 24 350(+2168) Unique Visitors: 20 550 (1575) Page views: 36 275 (1737) Income Report Affiliate links: Amazon: $149.76 Bluehost: $90( (this comes from my How to Start a Blog Tutorial) WP Engine: $150 Aweber: $5.32 Tours Programs: $976 Total Affiliate Links: $1416.68 Advertisement: Direct advertisement: $1065 Adsense: $24 Donations from Readers: $113.65 Free lance work and consultation: $149.90 Total Income for August: $2762.13 (+771.81) Get our monthly reports to your inbox by clicking here! Social Media and email subscribers Twitter followers: 9443 (+642) Facebook likes: 1177 (+35) Emails subscribers: 658 (+144) Celebrity Status Google Page Rank: 3 Alexa Rank: 123898 (+12 698) Domain Authority: 37 (-2) Page Authority: 45 (-1) Thoughts and Plans We’re a bit nervous for when we are actually on the road full time and are trying to squeeze in as much work as possible before we go. We’re really happy with how Mytanfeet is going and since it doesn’t need quite as much TLC as when we first started it, we can focus more of our time on our other projects. I recently started using IFTTT which I really wish I did earlier. I set it up to merge some of my social media accounts to make social media promotion, bookmarking sites and sending reminder notes easier. I know this will help us manage everything a little bit easier in a more concise and centered way. It’s hard to start your own business and that’s what we had set out to do, we knew we wanted Mytanfeet to be the center of attention and fortunately, it opened many doors for us. It has allowed us to be our own bosses, set up our own business and make this our lifestyle. I’ve learned more about the Internet than I ever have my whole life and it’s really amazing the things you can do online! Now we’re going to see what it’s really like to be nomadic and working online at the same time. I guess on Wednesday we can officially call ourselves “digital nomads!” Kinda scary but exciting at the same time!
What I Learned While Living in Costa Rica As an Expat
As we were packing up all our stuff and preparing our luggage for our big trip, I had a bit of time to reflect back on my time in Costa Rica. I know it’s not goodbye forever since we plan to be back someday next year but it’ll be goodbye for now. It’s strange to think about who I was before I left and the person I am now. I was a fresh faced 23 year old, a year out of college working full time. I was always a bit unsure of what I wanted to do with my life and if anybody asked me five years ago if I imagined myself living in a small country in Latin America, I’d laugh at them and tell them they’re crazy. And yet, surprise! Here I am now with two years of living in Costa Rica under my belt. For my first time to Costa Rica, Yeison took me to the Hilton in Puntarenas for 3 days. Not a bad first trip I might say! I have to admit, before I moved I was a bit naive living in my USA bubble. I never really understood how or why the rest of the world sees the States the way they do but now I do. My eyes opened up to so many things, about myself, about other people and other cultures. Living in a foreign country will always change a person in one way or another. It doesn’t need to be a profound change but it’s safe to say that most people will testify to the fact that they aren’t the same person they used to be. So if you’re thinking about moving to Costa Rica, be warned. You WILL become a different person, you WILL learn more about yourself and you WILL fall in love with it. I only hope that everyone has the same wonderful experience that I had! I did have a few surprises but that is to be expected when moving to a new country. So while I’m in nostalgia mode, here are some things I learned while living in Costa Rica as an expat, like Pura vida mae! Just kidding, I learned a bit more than that What I learned while living in Costa Rica as an expat To be more patient First rule of becoming an immigrant or expat: Do not expect things to be done the same way as your original country. In the United States, customer service is normally the top priority for businesses (at least some). It is slightly different in Costa Rica. People work slower, don’t attend to their customers’ needs as quickly and sometimes it can be quite frustrating trying to get something done. Pack your patience when you move. You will find that your errands take a bit longer than it used to as lines at the bank take forever or the computer system at the electric company might be down. This is just how the way things are in Costa Rica right now. Even Yeison, as a Tico knows this is a problem but this is how it is while they’re developing their customer service skills. Also, don’t be that arrogant gringo that complains loudly. I’ve found that this is one of the reasons why Americans have a bad rep down here which I’ve seen with my own eyes. Waiting in the car for the clinic to open with our favorite furry friend That having expensive things doesn’t automatically make you a likeable person Luckily I didn’t grow up in LA or NYC or a place where the culture is all money, money money but I did grow up in a consumerist society. I was influenced by the media and saw how much people adored celebrities just because they were rich and famous, hell I was one of them! Thankfully my parents taught me very well the importance of hard work and the value of money so when it came to expensive things, society didn’t get to me in that aspect. I wasn’t exactly the girl who was wearing what was “in” that season nor did I care about spending a bunch of money on makeup or clothes. Maybe that’s why I fit in so well here. Costa Rica is a country whose people live in the moment, not in their multi million dollar mansions. Of course you will find rich Ticos who love to show off their Jaguars but for the most part, all the Costa Ricans I have met value their time with family and friends more than their luxury car. If you think flashing your money or showing off your diamond jewelry will make Ticos like you, you’ve got the wrong mindset. Costa Ricans care if you are a good person, if you have a good heart. They care about pura vida which is why that dicho is so perfect for this country and its people. A third language When I had to choose which language to learn in middle school, I chose French. My original dream was to study abroad in France, learn the language and live there for a bit. I remember thinking, “Pssh I will never need to learn Spanish!” Funny how life is right? I already speak two languages, English and Mandarin and I’ve always wanted to learn a third. When I made the decision to move to Costa Rica, I was determined to learn Spanish. I’m by no means 100% fluent but I’m proud to be at a level where I can understand nearly all of the conversations (I get lost when they start talking very slang). I know I still have a ton to learn (did you know there are 17 tenses in Spanish?) but when I moved, I knew just a little itty bit: hola and arroz according to Yeison’s friend. Now, I can carry on a conversation and talk to locals without being intimidated. My advice: start learning before you move. Do it. Please. I have met so many people who have lived in Costa Rica for over a decade and don’t even know how to say good morning. They assume for some reason that every Costa Rican is supposed to know English. You’ll never be able to fully immerse yourself into the culture if you can’t understand what’s going on and plus that just adds onto the “lazy American” reputation. To be proud of who you are When I was living in the States, I was fighting a personal battle for years. I was Asian living in America and yet, I didn’t feel fully accepted. I felt like I wasn’t a “real” American because I wasn’t Caucasian. The United States is a giant melting pot but I think it is still developing. I’ve had some nasty encounters of people telling me to “go back home” and not believing me that I grew up in the US. As a child of immigrants, I spoke English as my first language but went to Chinese school every week. I loved pizza and burgers but only ate Chinese food at home. I felt torn between two worlds and always felt like society was telling me I needed to have blonde hair and blue eyes to be beautiful. When I moved to Playas del Coco, the locals were fascinated by me. Asians are not common here (they are mostly in San Jose and Limon) and I was asked many questions. I loved that they were interested in my heritage, my upbringing and my background. I grew prouder and prouder of being Taiwanese but at the same time, I never hesitated to tell people I grew up in the States. Despite my inner war, I never put down the country that gave my parents the opportunity to have a better life and in turn, my brother and I. Also Costa Ricans are SO proud to be from Costa Rica and some of that rubbed off on me. Whenever I’m with Yeison and his Ticos friends, I love hearing them say things like soy tico mas que gallo pinto. Yeison is even more mixed than I am and he’s incredibly proud to say he’s from Costa Rica. Without even knowing it, he’s taught me to love every part of who I am. Yeison with three generations: me, my mom and grandmother That beans are delicious Beans are not a common food in the States. I love chile and the red bean mooncakes and mochi my mom bought me but besides that, I never really ate beans until I got to Costa Rica. Ticos love their beans. And I mean love. I’ve met some Costa Ricans who have to eat beans with every meal and some who can whip up so many different versions of beans you would be surprised it’s a real dish! It’s not my favorite food but I’ve grown to like them and learned to cook it the way Ticos cook them. If you move to Costa Rica, be prepared to eat lots of beans. Yeah I know, it may seem kind of bland but you don’t need to eat them everyday. At least they are incredibly healthy and you can try other dishes. Yeison’s brother makes a mean blended beans, black bean soup and empanadas with bean filling. You don’t need to love everything about Costa Rica but at least give it a shot. For me, food is the most fun and the best part of learning about a new culture so I’m always willing to try new things. I may not love it or eat it all the time, but I won’t stick my tongue out at it. The best blended beans I’ve ever eaten I don’t like the heat as much as I thought I did Growing up in Washington, I lived for the summers. My favorite time of year was summer, not just because there was no school but because the weather was amazing. Hot, sunny and long days with fresh air and cool breezes. I always imagined myself living in a tropical place where the sun shined all year long. Not anymore. After two years of living in an area where it is incredibly hot all year round, I found that my body can’t stand the heat as well as it did before. At first, I loved it. The first year I was happy and content and we didn’t even use air conditioning! But now, I avoid going outside in the middle of the day and am a baby to tolerating high temperatures. We traveled around the Central Valley last week and Yeison and I both fell in love with the climate there, especially San Ramon. We loved it so much that we decided to move there when we come back to Costa Rica. Our love of the beach doesn’t win over our love of fresh weather. Hiding from the heat Enjoying life and spending quality time is the most important thing When you die, what will you take with you? Your money? Your fancy jewelry? Nope, nothing. One of my goals in life is that when I’m on my deathbed, I won’t have any regrets. I want to know that I’ve traveled the world, I did and saw as much possible and that I loved as much as I could. That’s what I want to take with me when I die. Life is so short, it flies by in a blink of an eye. And time is so precious. I know I’m guilty of this but we shouldn’t waste our time being mad about little things. Believe me, it’s easier said than done but that’s one major thing I’ve learned from the Costa Ricans as another aspect of pura vida life. Don’t act with your liver, Yeison always says (a Costa Rican saying) and it’s probably one of the wisest things he’s ever told me. Costa Ricans know how to enjoy life. In Nicoya, you’ll see that many of them live well into their 100′s and they all say one thing in common that really resonates with me – All that matters is spending quality time with your loved ones. They may not be rich but they are the happiest, enjoying time with their family and relishing in the little things. This is probably the most important lesson that I’ve learned while living in Costa Rica and one I’ll take with me forever. Yeison and I love being silly together What will you learn? Everyone has a different experience when they move to Costa Rica. It depends a lot on why they moved, if they’re single or with someone and what their expectations are but for the most part, everyone I know has had a positive experience. Many people move here to find solace from a stressed out life or to retire in peace, which they do. Costa Rica is the perfect country for someone to take a step back and live a more relaxed lifestyle. I’m excited to start our new journey and am grateful for everything Costa Rica has given me. I know that I’ll learn even more through our future travels and I’ll be ready to experience a different part of Costa Rica when we come back! Like this post? Click here to get more like this straight to your inbox! What have you learned while living abroad? Share them in the comments below!
Travel Tips from a Pro Blogger, John Chow from Johnchow.com
When you’re a professional top notch blogger who is one of the best and oldest in the industry, you get to travel. A lot. People want you to come visit their office, people want you to speak at their conferences, people just want you, period. One such blogger is John Chow from Johnchow.com, who we met a few months ago when he was in Costa Rica for a business conference. Yeison and him hit it off well after he took him for a fishing trip around Coco (John even caught some fish) and we had a fun time showing him around. John even sponsored Yeison for his trip to New York City for Affiliate Summit! At one of the bars in Coco Fishing in Coco If you’re not familiar with John Chow, look him up. John has been blogging for years and knows the industry in and out. Because of this, he gets to travel the world helping others fulfill their dream of making a living online and teaching them how to do it. As a world traveler, he’s gone through all the ups and downs when it comes to being on the road and has picked up some tips and tricks along the way. For a different spin on blogger interviews, Yeison wrangled an interview with John to ask him about his travel style and his best advice for packing light. He’s a super nice guy who just really loves sharing his knowledge and Yeison had a lot of fun hanging out with him New York. So to hear John’s best travel tips, check it out here! Transcript Yeison: Hey guys, today we are with John Chow, he’s a very successful blogger, actually he’s like the Michael Jordan of the Internet and today he’s going to give some tips for travel. So John just for you to know, John is always traveling, he needs to assist a lot of conferences so John, what do you have to say? What are your most important tips? John: Well my number one tip for traveling is I never check luggage. With every trip I take, I always do a carry on bag only, mostly for security reasons but some reasons is that some airlines are getting so cheap that they charge you to check a bag. So they’re charging you to lose a bag essentially so I don’t check luggage.Now most of the time my dress is casual but there were times when I had to pack a suit and it’s very hard to pack a suit onto a carry on bag. I do have a Youtube video where I show how to roll a suit into the carry on bag so if you do a Youtube search, how to roll a suit, it’ll be the first one there and you can see it. The other thing is I try to travel as light as possible, think of when you’re going through security so that means leave the colognes and perfumes at home and have travel size just for toothpaste, as you keep it in the little bags with all my toiletries and stuff, just pretty light. For socks, you know there are socks you can buy that you can wash them and they drip dry in 15 minutes. All I get is 3 pairs and just rotate them, you wash it, let it drip and just rotate them. Yeison: OK well that was John Chow and his best travel tips. John: Oh and charge everything with a travel card, easy. Yeison: He knows about money, he knows how to make money! John: I always, like my credit card gives me cash back, travel points, gives me access to airport lounges at the Delta part of the airport. While the card uses an annual fee you add in the perks of the airport lounges and the upgrades, I’m actually making money on it. Yeison: Any other tip or anything travel? John: They say, just enjoy. Hell that’s basically it. Getting there can be quite time consuming sometimes and pretty much this year I decided that now I’ve reached a certain level where I only fly business or first class. So when I flew here from LA to here (NYC), I tried the new mini class, they don’t call it first class they call it mini class cause it’s Jetblue but I had a little suite to myself with the chair has massages, you got your own power station I plugged in all my computer and stuff and a big 25 inch LCD tv and the seat turns into a bed, totally flat. So it just turns into a bed and I fall asleep. Yeison: Great! Anything else you’d like to add John? John: That’s basically it, the travel card does sometimes give you food so that’s another thing with the travel cards. Yeison: Well just for you to know guys, John Chow sponsored mytanfeet, we are at the New York Affiliate Summit so if you want to start a great blog and make a lot of money, just go to his blog. His blog is johnchow.com and thank you very much. John: (pointing) He’s with me.
Ride the Seattle Great Wheel to See the Beauty of Seattle
When I was growing up, my town had a fair every July with rides, games, shows, performances and lots of great food. Being a kid, my favorite part was the rides, specifically the Ferris wheel. I have absolutely no fear of heights so I loved going around on the wheel, getting great views of the area with my best friends. I still have that same love for Ferris wheels except now that I’m older, the higher the better! Two weeks before I moved to Costa Rica, Seattle opened their very own Ferris wheel but unfortunately I was so busy with moving that I had no time to visit. I kept seeing pictures on Facebook of my friends on it and it looked so pretty, I knew that when I came back I would go on it with Yeison. Last weekend we were finally able to experience the majestic Seattle Great Wheel. Imagine our excitement when we walked up to the largest observation tower in the northwest of the United States! Seattle Great Wheel Location The Seattle Great Wheel is located on the pier on Alaskan Way of downtown Seattle. The Wheel The day we were in Seattle was absolutely gorgeous. It’s been two years since I was in Washington during summertime and oh how I missed it! The sun was out, no clouds in sight with a slight breeze. You can see the wheel from most anywhere along the pier, it’s fairly hard to miss. It makes for quite a picturesque backdrop with the sparkling waters and blue sky. Long line! You’re probably thinking, “Doesn’t it rain a lot in Seattle? Can you still go on the wheel?” The answer is yes, there are 42 closed gondolas so if you happen to come on a day that’s not quite as nice, you’ll be protected from rain or snow. You won’t get such a great view but you can still certainly go on it. As soon as you get to the wheel, you can tell just how new it is from first glance. Everything is shiny and sparkly! Each gondola holds up to 8 people and we actually really appreciated the air conditioning they have inside, it was needed for how hot it was that day. One of the gondolas You go around 3 times in the Seattle Great Wheel and the 4th time is to let people out. As you go up to the tallest point, you can see both downtown Seattle and Puget Sound. On a beautiful sunny day, it was just breathtaking! Hey whoever said Seattle isn’t pretty is so wrong, just check out the pictures below! Granted this weather only occurs two months of the year but still View of Downtown to the north View of downtown to the south – you can see the Mariners and Seahawks stadium Gondola 42 is a VIP cabin that has leather seats, stereo system and glass floors. So if you’re thinking about proposing to your girlfriend in Seattle, that would be a pretty romantic place to do it. The regular gondolas are pretty spacious, the seats are comfy and you can move around easily to look at all the views. This was Yeison’s very first time on a Ferris wheel so he was giddy like a little kid, checking out each window to see the view. Then again I was pretty excited too and I had to refrain myself from taking pictures the whole time and to just enjoy the ride. I’m actually happy they now have the Seattle Great Wheel as it gives first time visitors a spectacular view of all downtown and the water. It’ll definitely change any skeptic’s mind that Seattle is indeed a lovely city not just dominated by rain. It goes around a little bit faster than I wished but it’s enough time to see the view. Maybe I’m just being spoiled and wanted to stay up there for as long as possible since I love Ferris wheels so much! The pier on Alaskan Way already has some great attractions such as Seattle Aquarium, Argossy Cruises and Pike Place market close by but the Seattle Great Wheel gives it the extra special oomph to give to tourists. It’s a fun activity for the whole family and it’s not so incredibly high that someone scared of heights would be absolutely terrified. You can buy tickets online or at the wheel. During summer, I’d suggest buying them beforehand and printing out the ticket since there was a pretty long line when we went. You can bypass all that and pick your tickets up at will call. It is a little pricey for a quick 10 minute ride but they just opened a couple years ago and the high season is quite short. To buy tickets online, check out their website. Like this post? Click here to get more like this straight to your inbox! See what it’s like to go on the Great Wheel by watching our video! We were guests of the Seattle Great Wheel and all thoughts and opinions are our own. I honestly love Ferris wheels this much!