A Curmudgeon Back Home

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A Curmudgeon Back Home
Enthusiastically jaded observations and occasional rants by an expatriate.
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  • Lunar New Year: Chiran and Ibusuki 1 day ago Chiran 知覧All that driving around on Sakurajima 桜島 the day before must've had an effect on me, because that evening, back at the hotel and before going to bed, I decided that instead of using buses and trains to get around the next day as originally planned, we would rent another vehicle and...
  • Lunar New Year: Kagoshima 2 days ago Sakurajima 桜島As an admitted Japanophile, last year was a difficult time in that it was the first year since 1988 that I never stepped foot on Japanese soil for any purpose whatsoever - not for travel, not in transit and certainly not to return to a home and a job. Thanks to my better half,...
  • Mission possible in Xitang 1 week ago Taiwan has its "old towns" - usually a block or two (sometimes more) lined with buildings the facades of which date from the time when the Japanese administered the island. Saved from destruction by the tourist trade, they form simultaneously interesting and depressing glimpses into Taiwan's past...
  • Bang a Gong (Get it on) 3 weeks ago Having made it through the post-funeral, post-food poisoning blues, the family unit ventured outside yesterday on a chilly Saturday afternoon to Shànghăi's 上海 post-industrial waterfront area to have a gander at one of the city's up-and-coming art museums, the Power Station of Art. The...
  • Places strangely familiar (Part Deux) 1 month ago The girls enjoy a Sunday morning breakfast on the streets of Gŭlàng Yŭ 鼓浪屿Off to see the tŭlóu 土楼, those multistory mud citadels home to the Hakka 客家 people of southwestern Fújiàn Province 福建省. Coming in shapes that are round, square or rectangular, they serve has...

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Fredfong
09:30 AM January 27, 2015

excellent insight....

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