Blog Archive: March 2020

Top 20 Laptops with 32GB RAM (Gaming / Business)

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32GB RAM laptops are not rare nowadays, though not as popular as less RAM enabled models, because of the higher price, they do find their audience among gaming enthusiasts and business users HP, Acer, Lenovo, Dell and Asus are the brands to choose…


One Day in Istanbul

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Istanbul has been on my travel map ever since I remember (Okay, I first were here back in 2009). Time after time we like to take layover flight via Istanbul, and so did happen last time, at the end of February 2020 - we booked a connected flight…


How To Transfer USD to GEL (and many other currencies) Using TransferWise

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In March 2020, GEL/USD exchange rates dropped to 1 USD = GEL 3.4 (I still remember days, when rates were 1 USD, equaled 1.74 GEL). Most of the banks (if not all) act as market makers or they buy low and sell high. A normal business practice. If GEL…


Snowy day in Tbilisi

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On the morning of March 17, 2020, snow surprised us here in Tbilisi. While sipping morning coffee I decided to grab a camera and take a few shots for the history.  As it has been a while since my latest update from the Living in Georgia series I…


Best Point Hotel Old City Istanbul (Sultanahmet)

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Located in the Old City of Istanbul, this hotel is within walking distance to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Best Point Hotel Old City offers air-conditioned rooms. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. We booked here a one…


National Library of Latvia

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The National Library of Latvia, also known as Castle of Light is located on Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga - on the left side of river Daugava, opposite to Old Riga The current building was designed in 1989 by noted Latvian-American architect Gunnar…


Drunk Cherry Gudauri Restaurant

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Drunk Cherry is a stylish restaurant located in Gudauri next to the GoodAura ski-left (New Gudauri ski resort) Discovered during a weekend trip to Gudauri. And I should say I was really impressed. The food, service, and even the prices are as if…


Surviving Bear Market - Margin Call

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I once read that an investor can call himself a pro after he/she has survived at least 3 bear markets. I just survived one. At least I hope so. In fact, from my short active investor's career, I feel this is already my second bear market, with …


Condohotel 'GVC 217' New Gudauri

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GVC 217 is a condo/aparthotel located in the New Gudauri ski resort, some 120 km from the nation's capital Tbilisi. We booked here a weekend (2-night stay) in January 2019 and paid $138 for that. Despite we booked via Booking.com they accepted only…


Launching Semi-Passive Income Portfolio for my Mom

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For the last 3 years, I've been actively building my own,  my kid's and just recently I started my partner's fund, now there is one more people I care whose financial situation should be taken care of - my mom. She just turned 60, there are still 5…


February 2020 Dividend Income Report - $251.15

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Welcome to the thirty-fourth (#34) dividend income report, covering earnings I've made from dividend-paying stocks and peer to peer lending in February 2020. Last February we spent both in Georgia and Latvia, with a small stop to Istanbul, Turkey (…