Monthly Archives: January 2012

The DPRK (Northern Korea) Jaunt, Part 오: Pyongyang Tour 1

As soon as the tour group exited the airport, we were introduced to the two DPRK minders who would be with us for the duration of our journey.  The woman had more of a stiff upper lip, while the man … Continue reading

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The DPRK (Northern Korea) Jaunt, Part 사: Pyongyang Hotel

An empty tarmac, save for a decades-old Tupolev jet in one corner, greeted us as we stepped off the plane.  A no-frills, aged but very clean terminal was our first point of interest.  By the moment my eyes made contact … Continue reading

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The DPRK (Northern Korea) Jaunt, Part 삼: Beijing-Pyongyang Flight

Hi everyone.   The “how” and “why” of my, ehh, vacation (yes, that’ll do) to the DPRK were explains in the 1st and 2nd parts.  From here on, I’ll cover the “whatsa matta’ wit you” topic— The group bus made it … Continue reading

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The DPRK (Northern Korea) Jaunt, Part 이: How

Welcome back to the second part of my more than… two-part series in traveling to the DPRK.  I’ll continue with going over how I planned the trip, even if the government minders viewed me as a potential stooge. Harking back … Continue reading

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The DPRK (Northern Korea) Jaunt, Part 일: Why

My usual packing list includes dental floss, toothpaste, no, let’s say dental paste, rubber bands, umpteen pairs of socks, coins from places I don’t wish to return to (but always do), and a mandated document stating my willingness to take … Continue reading

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Ya, we’ve got egg tarts too

Although the usual pastry of choice in Hong Kong (or Macao?  No, was it Portugal?  Heck, I’ll even add the Boston suburbs to the mix…) is the egg tart (蛋挞 dan4ta4), numerous bakeries around the city actually offer decent alternatives.  … Continue reading

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Aam Lassi

Whether I’ve been somewhere once,  a few times scattered over a long duration or lived there, I try to learn at least the basics of the lingo.  Sure, in Jakarta, everyone speaks bahasa indonesia, but why not take advantage of … Continue reading

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Hey, skip, don’t forget us: “unusual” beverages

Although I in my first post, I may have emphasized food as an integral part of Building My Bento, there’s no way I could leave out beverages.  China alone has a drink for just about every section of the besmirched … Continue reading

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Compliments of the Season

Greetings everyone, and welcome to Building my Bento, my paean to global travels, food, enigmatic architecture, and languages.  Please continue on to read a bit of background information. Riding my bike to Ochanomizu, past Ichigaya’s fishing spot, conspicuously snacking on … Continue reading

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