Back Home At Last

After almost a month out of the country, it’s good to finally come home. We did a bit of time traveling on way our back to Vancouver. We left Taipei at 11:50PM on June 8 and landed at the Vancouver International Airport on June 8 at 7:30PM. Gain back almost five hours!

The first thing I noticed after touching down was the blue sky. I can see it! Unlike the major cities in Asia, Vancouver doesn’t have a smog cloud covering up the sun. Instead of a few miles, visibility is as far as the eye can see. This was the kind of stuff I just took for granted and didn’t noticed until I was in a city that didn’t have it. Vancouver is ranked #1 for best city in the world to live and #10 for cleanest city in the world.

The first thing I did when I got home was check the mail. There was seven checks totaling almost $6,000 and no bills. Not a bad thing to come home to. πŸ™‚

63 thoughts on “Back Home At Last”

  1. Jarret says:

    Good to hear you made it back home safe and sound.

    All your video posts during your trip were really great. It was very interesting to see just how different other countries are compared to the U.S.

    1. Yea, especially after that last lunch stop, kind of a much different place.

      1. OCGolfCourse says:

        Actually I would treat Dot Com Dump as a “special” diner and not indicative of what Asian restaurants are like πŸ™‚

  2. Welcome home! Or welcome… to your home anyways, haha.

  3. It’s hard to believe you’ve been in China for nearly a month. I’ve really enjoyed the videos. Maybe I’ll get there one day.

    1. Yeah, time flies when your having . . . fun?

      1. Flimjo says:

        Did that month really pass already?? Wow, how time flies.

  4. Welcome home John, sounds like you had an outstanding time.

    I’m sure we all are happy for you.

    Joe (

    Thanks again for posting my guest blog article.

  5. Terry Tay says:

    Glad you made it home safe and sound. I’ve enjoyed traveling to China with you through your posts and videos.

    Nice to come home to a bunch of checks too πŸ˜†

  6. Abdul says:

    Now that you’re back, looks like there is going to be no more artciles about your ‘Chinese Adventures’. LOL

  7. Now you should make a John Chow Goes to China DVD complete with commentary and deleted scenes and sell it on Clickbank πŸ˜€

    1. OCGolfCourse says:

      Why pay someone else commissions. Just sell it direct through his site! πŸ™‚

  8. I noticed that Kontera check shows over $2k – but your income posts always show $1000.

    1. John Chow says:

      Those checks were not for John Chow dot Com.

      1. Jacky Supit says:

        i didn’t know that you have any other blog? ttz doesn’t use konteda does it?

        1. PaulB says:

          Referrals maybe?

    2. XLOR says:

      I see you are pretty sharp-sighted in looking into other’s checks))

      1. Flimjo says:

        Yea, I could hardly read those.

        1. I can read them, but then again, I have 20/20 vision.

  9. OCGolfCourse says:

    I’m sure you are happy to see those checks!! πŸ™‚ What’s Is that what you use for TTZ Media?

  10. wisdom says:

    Good to see those checks John.

    1. XLOR says:

      I’m shure that it could be better for you if you saw this checks in your own hands!)

  11. Wish coming home was that exciting for everyone πŸ˜€

  12. thats a very good get back home surprise !!! πŸ™‚

  13. Carl says:

    That’s not smog blocking out the blue skies, it’s clouds. At least in Hong Kong and Taipei… You were here during the humid season, so it can be cloudy for weeks on end. In Hong Kong though, we’ve had blue skies for three days straight! You just missed out on it during the time you were here!

    From what I hear, places like Beijing and Shanghai are another story. China is so polluted now, that they rarely ever see blue skies at all anymore, even in the dry season.

  14. Andy T says:

    That’s why I moved to Canada.

  15. Welcome home John!

  16. Glad you have reach home safely! Home is the best place on earth isn’t it? πŸ˜€

    Oh yeah..we have clear blue sky in New Zealand too! πŸ˜›

  17. goalcentre says:

    Nothing beats home eh John! To make it even sweeter… 6000$ worth of check and no bills. Life is sweet eh sifu? πŸ˜‰

  18. artakus says:

    welcome home JC! Good to see those cheques :mrgreen:

  19. exband says:

    that’s not a tax return i see there is it?? you can’t honestly get a return do you? good work nonetheless. how do you manage no bills? i knew your hosting was free but have you worked out deals with everyone else as well? what gives?

    1. John Chow says:

      The Canada check is the Child Tax Credit. It’s only $100. I think every family with a child gets it. Bills like hydro, telephone, etc. are auto charged to my credit card.

      1. Mark Black says:

        If bills are autocharged, why arent checks direct deposited?

  20. Thats what I call ‘home sweet home’

  21. Binary Ant says:

    lol this is a great wellcome gift πŸ˜‰

  22. What a nice way to come home πŸ˜†

  23. XLOR says:

    I see Kontera,…what are others checks?

    1. michael says:

      The check werw you can read Canada is from Gouverment and is a child tax credit. Every family with a child gets one with $100. The others I don’t know.
      Maybe John tells us.

      1. Milk says:

        Are you serious? The govt gives you money if you have kids?

        1. John Chow says:

          Like anyone can raise a kid on $100 a month!

          1. Milk says:

            in Africa you can πŸ™‚

        2. You didn’t know this? I’m from London, England [live in the States now] & my mum used to get child benefit from the govt. It was enough back then [the ’90s], but I don’t know if it’s enough these days though.

  24. Thiago Prado says:

    I wish when I got back from Brazil I had found so much money in my mail box. lol

  25. Pixelpat says:

    Welcome back to Beautiful British Columbia! It’s great to see a neighbour come home to checks like that ❗

  26. Paul B says:

    I really enjoyed the Chinese video series, great stuff. Nice to come back to some cheques as well, passive income rules.

  27. jj says:

    Hey John, Glad your home, did you receive email about me having a friend who works in Shanghei? As if ,you have so many comments why would I even ask that? I can’t believe how people really looked to see who and how much those checks were from! 😯 I couldn’t even see any names,,,well I guess people are interested in what you make for a income. Welcome Home momscashblog*JJ*

  28. Simon Lau says:

    Welcome back to Canada John. I just got back this afternoon after 36 days in Europe, more or less unplugged. Next to no computer time and it was a good change. Time to get back to work on my site and my blog. Hope you had a great trip.
    cheers, simon

  29. Noobpreneur says:


    $6000 check is a nice welcome home gift! πŸ˜€

  30. 20s Money says:

    Wow, what a nice welcome home present. Looks like you had an amazing trip. Thanks for documenting it on here. I enjoyed it.

  31. Glad to hear you arrived home safely, from what I saw of your posts you had a great time.

    I have never been to any Asian countries for a holiday before but it does look lovely. πŸ™‚

  32. What a great welcome home to receive all those checks. I would love to have that much in checks. You really do what you say you do and you prove it too which is why I love your site.

  33. Mat says:

    home sweet home :mrgreen:
    Nice checks anyway…

  34. Binary Ant says:

    It is better to get paid by check than by bank wire? It takes longer to arrive but what about commisions?

  35. AJ says:

    NICE!!! But John don’t have to pay like a 50% Canadian income tax?

  36. Those checks only represented 6 days of income on your blog here and you were gone for a month. I guess the rest must be direct deposit. I still like getting checks though.

    1. AJ says:

      the feeling of getting a check seems more satisfying than a direct deposit, just feeling the paper filled with numbers is awesome

    2. John Chow says:

      Direct deposits and PayPal.

  37. Vacation time is over & back home to $6000. Life is good huh?

  38. jeflin says:

    I guess this is your business is already on auto-pilot now. Come back from vacation and the checks are in the mailbox. Cool feeling…


  39. good to smell the smell of those check papers. I like it.

  40. Andy T says:

    It is a bit surprise to me! John Chow visit my blog [Pearl|Tsang Blog]. Yes! Top rank blogger, John Chow from .
    Pearl|Tsang Blog is not make money on internet blog. It just about five months old, no page rank, low traffic, not hot blogging topic [Home Maintenance]. He read his message on his blog and visit his visiter’s blog. Unbelieveable!
    It just another proof that top rank blogger do read their message on their blog, really hard working, no easy money!

  41. Cheap iPods says:

    Having $6,000 in checks is like being paid for going on vacation. If that’s not a testament to the Dot Com Lifestyle…I don’t know what is. Oh, and John if I had the power to help with the exchange rate for the checks paid in USD I would. πŸ˜›

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