The Feel Good Email of the Day

See! There really are good people in this world!

Hi John,

My name is Ken Watanabe … yes just like the actor in “The Last Samurai” 🙂

I was born in Japan but grew up in Vancouver and currently live in Surrey. I am 34yrs old and married (10 year anniversary next year) and have a 3 year old daughter.

I am a full-time currency trader and instructor. I also run a blog, which I talk about currency trading and whatever else I have on my mind. I basically cater to the Japanese community so my blog and website is in Japanese.

I wrote a ebook on trading (in Japanese) which I sell on my site. Every month I donate 10% of my ebook sales to the BC Children’s hospital. Since the launch of my ebook (Feb 2008), I am proud to say I have donated over $1,300 to BCCH.

Not as impressive as your $5K tho…

Since I usually donate every month anyway, after reading your blog, I thought this time why not donate to UGM. Below is a copy of my email receipt from UGM.

Anyway, I’m a fan of your blog. I especially enjoy your DotCom Pho videos. I’m a bit bit busy with my family on Saturdays but I hope to eat Pho with you guys one of these days! Keep up the good work John!

Best regards,

Ken Watanabe


Thanks to readers like Ken, the Union Gospel Mission has another $500 added on top on the $5,000 donation made last week. I’m sure the number will go up by a few hundred dollars after today’s Dot Com Pho. Everyone who made a donation is getting a shout out in the Dot Com Pho Video. If you want to get in on that, you have a few hour left.

Donate to the UGM Christmas Dinner Drive

42 thoughts on “The Feel Good Email of the Day”

  1. Study Babes says:

    wow very moving, i think ill go donate something right now 🙂

    1. me too, its just getting to be that time of the year 🙂

      1. How much did he actually donate?

        1. John Chow says:

          Does it really matter how much someone donates? The fact that they give is more than enough for me.

          1. Ben Pei says:

            Can’t be wrong with that..

          2. Not if someone just says it for some hype and doesn’t do it..


          3. Study Babes says:

            i don’t know if you’re referring to me or that “the history of john chow” guy but either way, thats an extremely ignorant thing to say. first of all, john chow’s comments aren’t exactly the first place i’d go if i were looking for “hype.” his site accounts for 6% of my total referral traffic, so if i were only here to troll and “hype” myself up, i’d be wasting a lot of time. so yeah, you failed

          4. If you’re talking about John, you should’ve at least said so. WTF

          5. I agree. It’s the thought that counts.

  2. Gary says:

    Donation made, check email!

  3. Dave says:

    I’d love to make it John, unfortuneatly I’m still in whisler. Hungover, fighting with starbucks wireless about ready to throw my laptop at the coffee artist as they call em. The registration process just to use their internet is almost as frusterating at the music they play. 😛

    Have a good time at Pho. I’ll be sure to make it next weekend.


  4. Alex Fraiser says:

    Cool letter, glad there are some good people still left in the world.

  5. Taris J says:

    It’s good to see that your blog is not only useful to help people with their online ventures, but you are able to inspire others to find it in their hearts to help out the less fortunate!

    I think your pieces on the charities are an excellent addition to your blog, and I’m sure those less fortunate would also agree!! 🙂

    Keep up the great blog John!

  6. Trevor says:

    Wow, I was just searching him up yesterday! He should’ve taken less to be in Romance of the Three Kingdoms coming out at 2010.

    You blog makes a great mark John, it sets a place for people to look to and see what other people are doing and that truly is great.

  7. I respect people who have a lot of money and give a piece of that to the Poor and Needy.

  8. Shaun Carter says:

    That kind of e-mail must be a nice change from the usual type that clogs your inbox!

    1. I know, right? One good email is better than nothing!

  9. faryl says:

    It’s worth the warm fuzzy to donate, without the need for a shout-out. As I think I mentioned before, it’s things like this that make me love the internet all that much more! 🙂

  10. That is very generous. Makes everyone feel warm inside!

  11. Keep it up guys and John! You keep showing everyone how powerful blogs are and how just a few good people CAN make a difference. It’s nice to see and makes me proud to be a Canadian. I sponsor a little girl in Honduras through world vision every month. The first time I got a Christmas card from her (4 years ago now) I almost cried. I now how good it feels to help out people who are in need and its great to see other people experiencing the same feelings.

    I can’t wait until I get my blog larger, I plan on doing something with the Childrens hospital or variety club and I am looking forward to it.

  12. Ken Watanabe says:

    Holy! Is that my email?!

    I just updated my blog featuring “John Chow”
    Don’t worry I made Engrish translation.

    oops I meant English..hehe

    Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

    1. BusinessX says:

      That’s a funny “mistake”.

    2. I was going to ask about that. As a student of International Finance, I have a feeling that reading your blog would come into some use someday. Congrats on getting the shout out.

  13. Glad to see that there are some good people still left in the world who make donation by heart.

  14. Ben Pei says:

    I am sure that was very heartwarming John..

  15. shun2u says:

    Mr. Chow, if i donated, then i email you a letter like this, will u also post on ur blog? hehe..

    1. John Chow says:

      No I won’t. You should donate because you want to donate, not because I might post your letter. You only get when you give while expecting nothing in return.

    2. Study Babes says:

      what a stupid ignorant question 😐

    3. Diana Rupert says:

      Ye if you want to donate it should come from the heart without asking something in return. I you donate because you want to receive something in return then that is advertising in some way.

      1. Rich Chick says:

        Even if you are joking, that’s still not cool. I mean, what happened to doing good for the sake of doing good?

    4. I think you have the wrong idea about this.

  16. Nice article, and good for you being so charitable.

  17. Karl Hadwen says:

    Nice article, and nice on the donation

  18. Nice donation! Cool for people to give like that. Means there’s still good in the world 🙂

  19. Hi John,

    I’m getting ready to do a viral donation campaign involving a large group of readers / users in a single donation drive. Details to follow, I will @JohnChowDotCom on Twitter as I prepare the launch.

    Respectfully, Nicholas Chase – ‘the video guy’ from BlogWorld Expo 2008

  20. Good and congrats to your success.Donation is good for your soul.

  21. gendut says:

    very great articles bos…thanks

  22. donsanchez says:

    Donation of that kind are an investment in the mankind. You can be proud of yourselfs!

  23. Sajid Iqbal says:

    Very inspirational john. I am a newbie to online revenue sources, I learn from your blog and I have intentions to do same like charity for poor people of my village and around. I hope I will be able to do it some day. Keep up the good work.

  24. andy says:

    John – I love to hear these stories. I am entering the online world and haven’t made a lot of $$$. When I start making more $$$, I will be sure to donate a percentage to UGM.

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