To Supermarket! in Pudong, Shanghai

25 07 2017

There was a small supermarket near my hotel in the not-so-central Pudong district of Shanghai to which I paid a visit.  Small but still packed with fun.

China produced (grape) wines

Traditional Chinese (rice) wines sold in huge plastic bottles

A big selection of cooking oils

Different kinds of sauces and oils

Coconut juice





Visiting the Microsoft Theater

7 07 2017

My recent trip to downtown LA had something to do with this event that was held at the Microsoft Theater.

And it is one impressive theater.  At a 7,000 people capacity, anywhere in the audience you sat, it seemed that you had a center-stage view.

The VIP area.

Backstage public area.

And we’re on.

Backstage before and after show.

 





Random Malta

25 06 2017

It’s a wrap for my recent trip to the Republic of Malta with very random photos of little things I saw and did.

 

 





24+ Hours in London

15 04 2017

After about half an hour black cab journey from Liverpool Street Station to Paddington, checked into my hotel for a one-night stay.

Lovely color scheme

View from my room

The public terrace used as, if one wishes, a smoking area.

And then I stepped out for a visit to the Selfridges before my dinner appointment.

And then my dinner appointment wrote in to tell me he had lost his voice. Didn’t mind spending time in my hotel room for a change.





Signs of the Chinese New Year

7 02 2017

Mostly somewhat lavish decorations but happy all around.  All except the last two are from Guangzhou, China.

My hotel with the new year lanterns

My hotel with the new year lanterns

Outside the hotel. The favorite fruit of the new year.

Outside the hotel. The favorite fruit of the new year.

Special new year food I presume just like we have in Japan

Special new year food I presume just like we have in Japan

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Even at a Catholic church

Even at a Catholic church

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Below are from villages near Kaiping.

Remains of fire crackers

Remains of fire crackers

Very similar to what we would do in Japan to put on your door (or entrance to the house) or come to think of it it's similar to a Christmas wreath.

Similar in style (but not appearance or what is used) to what we would do in Japan to put on your door (or entrance to the house) or come to think of it it’s kind of similar to a Christmas wreath.

And we do have a new year decoration that’s mochi (rice cake) + orange which I never thought had anything similar to Chinese new year decorations but that’s just ignorant me.





To Market! in George Town, Penang, Part 2

4 01 2017

Just outside, or really on the same premises near the entrance of the Chowrasta Market in George Town, Penang, Malaysia where I was visiting was this shop selling very tasty dried meats.  I asked to try some, the shop keeper let me, and they were so good I decided to buy RM 10 (a little more than US$2) worth of the “Special pork roll” and the “Dried mince meat” which came out to be quite substantial.  It was a good snack to carry around and to nibble on in my hotel room at night.

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And then on the next day I passed by the same spot in the afternoon when all the market stalls were gone but saw that the same shop had this permanent establishment very close by to where I bought the goodies.

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Really yummy and recommended.





Happy 2017!

1 01 2017

New year’s is the most important holiday for the Japanese people as there is no other time of the year during which families get together in a major way.  So I am “home” with my parents and doing the festive thing which I love.

Starting with the new year’s eve.

To be eating noodles is a thing to do to wish for long and healthy life.

To be eating soba at the end of the year is a thing to do in order to get rid of bad things that may have happened during the year due to the fact that Japanese soba cuts easily.

First breakfast of the year.

And more sake in the evening

Happy new year to all!!








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