August, 2012

standard What is Your Social Currency Worth?

<a rel="attachment wp-att-674" href=""><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-674" src="" alt="" width="160" height="240" /></a>Way back in the old days, say 1995, the Internet was a place to hide out, remain anonymous, live out wild Bondian dreams with little chance of the lies and escapades ever being attached to your real world persona. The idea of social currency that mattered a hill of beans was unheard of. But along came a little thing called Web 2.0 and suddenly we were all participating in Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. Some of us became bloggers, podcasters, and hopelessly addicted to the fun of it all.

standard Pay for it with Swank Dollars

We were lounging around the swanky penthouse last night, dispensing wisdom whilst indulging in adult beverages, when the idea came to Jake Swank that Swank Life devotees needed their own currency. “Do not pass go. Go directly to jail!” came the hue and cry from the room. You can’t create your own currency, right? Uncle Sam will shut you down faster than a shake of a cat’s tail. In fact, a gent by the name of Bernard von Nothaus was recently convicted for circulating a private currency known as the Liberty Dollar.

standard Vietnam is Now a Luxury Travel Destination

<a rel="attachment wp-att-674" href=""><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-674" src="" alt="" width="240" height="180" /></a>With the end of the Vietnam War nearly 40 years in the rearview mirror, it might surprise some readers to learn that our old communist foe is turning into a desirable travel destination for the well-heeled set and others. To US military veterans who served in combat there and would rather remove their spleen with a rusty fork than ever set foot on Vietnamese soil again – we mightily respect both your service to your country and your opinion – but it doesn’t change the reality that Vietnam and Cambodia have become the most popular travel destinations in Southeast Asia.

standard Be Real if You Want to be Swanky

<a rel="attachment wp-att-674" href=""><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-674" src="×225.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></a>One of the least swanky personal attributes we can think of is to be fake. Conversely, authenticity is something we all should strive for. If you’re classy and proud of the way you live your life, what’s the point in ever being phony or deceptive? The problem is it’s easy for nearly anyone to form bad habits. Bend a truth here. Stretch reality there. Is it time for you to re-focus and make yourself even swankier than before by getting real?

standard SL 32 – Outstanding Online Dating Advice and Tips from Adam Gilad

Communication is a tough subject, with distinct neurological differences in the wiring of men and women’s brains. Men communicate data, while women communicate to connect. Jake Swank is joined by dating and relationship expert, Adam Gilad, for an explanation of effective communication in online dating. For details, listen at: Some of the tips Adam gives for effective profiles are:  Men need to learn the language of sensuality in order to create a romantic atmosphere for a woman; humor, sweetness, boldness; create trust with pictures of your social life, such as photos of family and friends, charity or sports events, that give an idea of the kind of life you both have together; and set a high bar of morality. Adam also talks about communicating that you are …

standard Private Jets – Fly Like a Millionaire, Even if You're Not

<a rel="attachment wp-att-674" href=""><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-674" src="" alt="" width="240" height="220" /></a>It used to be that if you had to ask the cost to rent a private jet, much less buy one, you couldn’t afford it. While the outright purchase of this type of aircraft is still reserved for people with names like Trump, Gates, and the Sultan of Brunei, you no longer have to be a gazillionaire to hitch a ride in style. One of Jake Swank’s favorite bits of advice for first class fliers who want to upgrade is shop around.

standard How to Legally Take Advantage of Your Bank

We’ve always been of the opinion that it’s pretty swanky to know your way around financial circles. If that’s the case, then banks must be the swankiest of them all. They know their investments cold, in, out, and upside down. There’s not an angle they haven’t calculated or a numerical permutation they haven’t figured. So how exactly can an individual investor turn the economic tables on their favorite national or local lending institution? It’s actually quite easy. Take out a long-term, fixed-rate mortgage tied to a piece of income producing property.

standard Meet the Most Expensive Hotels in the World

If you’re “lucky” enough to be a one-percenter, or plan to be join that club someday, this following list of the world’s most expensive hotels should give you something to set your sights on. After all, why be satisfied with a gutter rate of a few hundred dollars for a place to shower, sleep, and stash your clothes for a few hours when you can spend, literally, tens of thousands. Don’t try this at home unless you’ve got a REALLY resilient credit card.