Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

•October 25, 2008 • 1 Comment

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So after chucking my junk and hopping on a flight to HKG on a whim, I was left with a dilemma. Where was I going to live…

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Keep On Keepin’ On

•September 30, 2008 • 2 Comments

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More stream of random crap to finish out the semester, cajun style. With a surprise twist ending…

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Odds n’ Bodkins

•July 5, 2008 • 1 Comment

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I’ve just been going through the motions the past few months. School, drinking, food, drinking, and drinking. Here’s photographic evidence.

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Miscellaneous Meat

•April 2, 2008 • 2 Comments

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Much of the first months of 2008 was spent in the consumption of meats. This is their tale.

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Hirayu Onsen – Day 2

•February 5, 2008 • 2 Comments

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The next day we woke up bright and early… at 10 when they came up to tell us we had to hurry or breakfast was going to finish. I guess all 2 of the other groups there were just as late because they were just arriving too.

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Hirayu Onsen – Day 1

•February 4, 2008 • 2 Comments

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While Ann was in Japan, we took a trip to Hirayu Onsen, way up in the mountains of Gifu. February is pretty heavy on the snow side of things, but extremely light on the tourist side of things, so a lot of the hot springs in the mountains have killer deals, especially during the week. We took advantage of that and booked an overnight package for 2 for cheaper than a night out drinking. But there’s always a catch.

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Suddenly it was 2008

•January 3, 2008 • 1 Comment

So 2008 rolled around, and I was still in America for a couple of days, and I was getting tired of hanging around Sacramento and eating all day long. So I decided to do something about it.

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Christmas in America, 2007 Style

•December 30, 2007 • 1 Comment

And then I went to the States for Chrimmus. I had classes up until Friday the 21st, which meant the cheapest day to fly (other than Chrimbo Day) was Christmas Eve. I was a little worried traveling so close to the holidays. I would be leaving on the 24th, and arriving on the morning of the 24th. So I figured I would be facing a nightmare of a voyage, especially getting from San Francisco to my parents home. This is how I fared.

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Final Days – Winter Trip 2007

•December 11, 2007 • Leave a Comment

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On the last day in Hong Kong for the year, Ann and I did some shopping. She bought a cell phone, and I bought cans upon cans of pork, which I mailed back to Japan along with a few cases worth of Vita Soy and Lemon Tea. I think I spent more than she did.

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Stanley – Winter Trip 2007

•December 9, 2007 • 1 Comment

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Stanley is on the Southeast side of Hong Kong Island. It’s most famous for being a popular tourist destination and home to a prison housing the most dangerous criminals in Hong Kong. Ann and I visited Stanley today. The tourist side mostly, not so much the prison side.

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Chowing on Cheng Chau – Winter Trip 2007

•December 8, 2007 • 1 Comment

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Today Ann and I took a ferry to Cheng Chau, a small island about an hour from Hong Kong Island. It’s a fishing village that is popular with beach going tourists, windsurfers, and people coming to commit suicide. The popularity of Cheng Chau as a suicide location has created many cheap vacation guest houses and apartments as superstitious Chinese people don’t like living in places where a couple of people may have offed themselves for some reason.

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Wan Chai Wandering – Winter Trip 2007

•December 7, 2007 • Leave a Comment

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On the second day in town Ann had to go in for a half day at work. For a minute I thought about sleeping until 1pm when she got off. But then I got hungry, so I went out for a beef sandwich and noodles. Afterwards I hopped on the ferry to Central and walked to Admiralty and Wan Chai. Wan Chai isn’t as interesting in the day when all the debauchery-based places are closed. Admiralty has some tall buildings and not much else. So I took the MTR back to Tsim Sha Tsui to meet Ann.

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Hong Kong – Winter Trip 2007

•December 6, 2007 • 1 Comment

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So I went to Hong Kong again. I had 16,000 frequent flier miles with JAL about to expire on Dec 31st. Unfortunately you can’t go very far with only 16,000 miles. My choices were between anywhere in Japan (was thinking either Okinawa or Hokkaido) or to Korea. Just when I’d settled on Hokkaido, I got wind that JAL was doing a %20 off campaign which meant a trip to China (20,000 miles) was now within reach. It would be cheaper to spend a week in Hong Kong than it would to stay in Japan for a week anyways. So I picked a week to take off school and this is what happened.

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Finishing Off 2007

•December 5, 2007 • 1 Comment

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I spent most of the last couple months of 2007 on a big translation project so I didn’t have a lot of time to spend doing nothing, but for those times when I did have nothing to do I had my cell phone camera ready.

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Trials of the Minority

•October 14, 2007 • 1 Comment

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One of the pains of being the only non-Asian student in the school is they expect you to participate in all activities involving other universities. This is so that they can come off as “international” in front of the other schools, even though in my school’s case, “international” means a couple hundred Chinese students, 10 Koreans, and a white guy.

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Everywhere I Want to Be – Summer Trip 2007

•September 15, 2007 • 1 Comment

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We got the hell out of dodge, leaving Shanghai to return to Hong Kong. Shanghai was a nice (so-so) place to visit but I was glad to be back in Hong Kong. This was to be a much shorter stay so we stayed out on Lantau Island.

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Skipping Town – Summer Trip 2007

•September 10, 2007 • 1 Comment

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On our last full day in Shanghai, Ann and I started things off by grabbing lunch in the sketchier side of town. It wasn’t pretty. But it was cheap. We went to a place recommended by her travel book. Their specialty is pan fried bread dumplings, cooked in a big pan on the side of the road. They also have soup and fried rice, all cooked out front on the sidewalk.

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Old City New City – Summer Trip 2007

•September 8, 2007 • 1 Comment

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The next day we went to Yuyuan Gardens in Old Shanghai City, considered one of the best gardens in China… Whatever that means. We went for the Xiaolongbao sold at a famous restaurant in the Old City. It’s a three story restaurant with each floor a different method of serving. On the bottom floor you stand in line and you get 24 xiaolongbaos for 16rmb ($2) in a takeout case. On the 2nd floor you pay twice as much but there are shared seats you can actually sit down and not much of a wait. The third floor you spend 10 times as much, which frankly is still cheap, and you get private tables and apparently the finest xiaolongbao they have. I say apparently because damned if we could turn down 12 cents a boa. We got 48, drenched them in vinegar, and went through them in about 3 minutes sitting by the green lake. Then went for dim sum. Then walked around the gardens. They were actually pretty nice, but can’t really compare to food.

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