Category Archives: Human Nature

Elevators in China: Double-Edged Forks in the Road

It was a homecoming of sorts.  Oh no, not for me…but for all of those from Fuzhou (福州 Fú​zhōu), China returning to their roots. Erring on the obvious, aren’t we?  Let’s put it another way.  To the average New York … Continue reading

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(Un)Welcome!

At the southwest corner of Chrystie St. and Broome St. in Manhattan‘s Chinatown, I never felt less welcome in my life.  Well, there was that time I drove right into a building. That’s more of a hyperbole than reality, but … Continue reading

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Look Down on Us: Japanese Sewer Covers (Many Photos)

If memory serves, my first unusual encounter with a Japanese person was at Yellowstone National Park in 1995.  He came up to my family, asked to take a picture with us, and then proceeded to photograph a garbage bin. Not … Continue reading

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“Give Me the Meat Feast, Hold the Meat.”

A long time ago, a friend and I were eating at Denny’s when he told me this anecdote about one of the other restaurant patrons.  He said that the other customer said to the waitress “give me the meat feast, … Continue reading

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Shopping Around Dhaka, Bangladesh

I visited Dhaka, Bangladesh a few years ago – mostly to eat– but also to check out Louis Kahn’s National Assembly Building.  Naturally, I wasn’t allowed in at the time, so I had to stick to plan A, that being … Continue reading

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One-Child Policy: The Ride

I’ve been to Los Angeles a few times, but I still don’t know it as well as other equally food-crazed, architecturally-curious cities.  All the better, since that spells greater motivation to explore the massive LA-Long Beach-Catalina-Pomona metropolis. No matter where I … Continue reading

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Taiwan, What Are You?

Taiwan is an island in the East China Sea.  That game was fun. But is Taiwan a country?  That’s still under debate, and not just by China. OK, I’ll pose the question another way…which of their colonial occupiers do you … Continue reading

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Toothpaste, Part Two: Taiwan, USA

On our last trip throughout the wide world of toothpaste, we may have come to the conclusion that good dental hygiene has nothing to do with what influences certain shoppers. A memorable, if controversial brand though, oh that stuff sells. … Continue reading

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Napping, Hong Kong-Style

Do you ever think that you’re the only passenger awake on planes? I often do.  It doesn’t matter how tired I am, but sleep always seems like less of a possibility than getting served something inedible. At the other end … Continue reading

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Airport Spotting

Have you heard of the pastime called plane spotting?  It involves going to various points near an airport to take photos of aircraft and often to log the airplane’s registration number. I like seeing different airlines, but I generally have … Continue reading

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