This may require checking with E@L

A new book about the Australian soldiers who participated in the occupation of Japan sounds quite interesting-and may also require a little fact checking with E@L: Local women were discouraged from taking up with the soldiers by authorities who “warned that if they consorted with the Australians, they would give birth to kangaroos.” Many apparently […]

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An interesting conversation….

A  female co-worker was over in our little corner of cubeville a couple of days ago. She asked me “why are you so obsessed with Asia?  What’s so great about it? I was in Korea once and I hated it!” ( I make no secret of my passion to return to Asia.) “Where did you […]

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All good things must come to an end…..

And so it is with this little overseas sojurn of mine. I’ve enjoyed being back on the oversease circuit more than I can possible share-especially since every day here has beat the stuffing out ten days back in Shopping Mall USA. But the bills don’t pay themselves-and I’ve got bills to pay. Will be out […]

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Oh I miss it so……..

I used to love taking the train to Narita. I hated being tied to the bus schedule-although when I first met the S.O., I would stay at her apartment over in Chiba and then catch the bus the next day when I had to make a business trip. It only took 25 minutes instead of […]

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Speaking of sticking up for the Filipino's…..

I am saddened, but not one bit suprised, by this. Courtesy of Hemlock: As I shut the window and turn up the air-conditioning, the two Filipino elves let themselves in.  They are carrying various provisions essential at this time of year, from bug spray to Pimms, as per instructions left under a refrigerator magnet a […]

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Tea Party time in Canberra?

Could be-for Expat at Large. He knows better than to have one in Singapore-call the President there a socialist and you get to have a room without a view at Changi Prison. Besides, its all the damn Prime Minister’s fault: E@L’s days as a beer-slurping, overly-lush-golf-course playing, high-cash-flow, tax-dodging, Philippino-village-supporting, neo-colonial sex-tourist days might be […]

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Charisma Man…….

Back in the day-shuttling from work to Tokyo for Japanese class-one of my favorite things to see upon rolling into the Black Lion pub in Meguro, was to pick up the latest edition of Japanzine. ( The Black Lion was right around the corner from my Japanese class-thus it was popular with me. Good beer […]

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Once again……

The Hong Kong Sevens are underway. And I’m not there. One of these days………. Sigh.

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A really big night in Wanchai.

Not even I could pull a bar tab this big. Especially at the Old China Hand. However, according to Hemlock-someone did: Now that’s a pretty big bar bill-even at 7.76 HKD to the US Dollar.  There has to be a story behind it and there was:   Super Happy Hour has just begun, and the […]

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Out the door……

Looking for some excitement that cannot be found here in Shopping Mall. International travel-passports, planes, trains, tickets, lounges, beers, sweet talking your way into business class, bags, lines at immigration-the thrill of opening a hotel door in a new city. I did love it so………… Its one reason why I am jealous of e @ […]

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Declining market….

Evidently, stocks are not the only thing that is down these days. It would seem times are tough for gold-diggers too: Haruna Hiraki pokes at the melting ice cubes with a perfect fingernail and frowns. She has never had to make a ginger ale last this long. It is 9.30pm, she is in an outfit […]

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