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!!





Random Yangon

23 12 2016

Final Yangon, Myanmar post with random pix.  Would love to go back…

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To Supermarket! in Yangon

21 12 2016

One of my favorite activities in any city is visiting the supermarket.  City Mart was in a walking distance from my hotel in Yangon.

Whoa. Huge rice cookers

Whoa. Huge rice cookers

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Riding the Train in Yangon, Part 2

30 11 2016

Continuing from my last post, here is the actual riding part on the Yangon Circular Railway which turned out to be very interesting for me though it probably was just another ordinary day for the locals who were taking it.  The journey lasted good three hours.

My ride

My ride

Was not busy at around 2 pm.

Was not busy at around 2 pm.

I sat across from this who I guessed to be a daughter-mother pair

I sat across from these ladies who I guessed to be a daughter-mother pair

Food vendors of different kinds kept coming and going.

Food vendors of different kinds kept coming and going.

Lots of action on the platform.

Lots of action on the platform.

At first I thought these quail eggs were raw because that's how they are sold in Japan but I think they were boiled as I saw people eating them.

At first I thought these quail eggs were raw because that’s how they are sold in Japan but I think they were boiled as I saw people eating them.

Every now and then the conductor who was never the same person kept coming by to check your ticket.

Every now and then the conductor who was never the same person kept coming by to check your ticket.

The lady sitting next to me at one point bought a bag of apples.  She threw the white nets out the window as soon as she got her apples.

The afore-mentioned daughter-mother pair in a different position after about an hour journey. It's as though the train is their living room, the way they were eating and drinking out of their basket.

The afore-mentioned daughter-mother pair in a different position after about an hour journey. It was as though the train was their living room, the way they were eating and drinking out of their basket.

And then came the watermelon lady with a big tray of pre-cut watermelon on her head. Again the lady sitting next to me wanted a piece.  The watermelon lady sat down, took a piece and cut it into smaller pieces, put them in a plastic bag and handed it to my neighbor and WHAT?! threw the watermelon skin out the window!!

The mother facing outward now.

The mother facing outward now.

More platform scene

More platform scene

Ladies with big bags of vegetables boarded the train at one point.  Seemed that they were vendors that had bought the produce from farmers or a wholesale market for resale.

Thriving businesses on the platform

Back where I started three hours later.

Back where I started three hours later.








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