Category Archives: travel

In Which, I Am Forced to Accept Defeat

I didn’t have many things in mind to buy when I went to China. I wanted to get the Xiaomi Mi4 so that I could put Windows Phone 10 on it when it became available, and that wasn’t too hard … Continue reading

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Some Serious Roaming

So, the first couple of times I went to Japan, I was more-or-less completely cut off from the world.  I’d specifically bought a “global” Motorola RAZR, only to find that “global” meant pretty much “anywhere except Asia” – Japan in … Continue reading

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Streetpass in China

I took my 3DS to China for a couple of reasons – first, the thing has been criminally neglected and I figured that I might play it more if I didn’t have the Vita option, and second to try to … Continue reading

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In China, it’s spelled “HooTERS”

I confess that I am not well-versed enough in recent Chinese history to know when the first western restaurant chains started opening locations. I can’t imagine that it’s been more than 20 years or so, and it’s rather staggering if … Continue reading

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Travel to Badaling

Negative Article Disclaimer As I promised in my other post, I would gloss over the “travel” parts of the Great Wall experience, so as not to detract from the wall itself.  In THIS post, I rant. It is now my … Continue reading

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Feed The Kitty

After having a curious pork sandwich from Burger King, the obvious follow-up was to have an aggressively girly dessert from the nearby Hello Kitty-themed cafe, because EVERYTHING IS BETTER WITH KITTY I guess. I obviously wasn’t going in at peak … Continue reading

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Burger King Korean BBQ Double Pork Burger

I have mentioned, on occasion, that one of the more shameful memories of my first trip to Japan was getting there and realizing that I didn’t know a dang thing about Japanese food, and therefore spending an awful lot of … Continue reading

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A Brief Shanghai Rant

Negative article disclaimer I am glad that I read up on Shanghai before visiting, and learned of the existence of Shanghainese, a dialect of Chinese with lots of similarities but some crucial differences. For example, the normal greeting throughout most … Continue reading

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Densha de GET

My first exposure to Proper Public Transportation came back in December of 2005, when I went to Tokyo for the first time and met the Yamanote, the loop line that – if you have an hour to spare – will … Continue reading

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Visiting the Great Wall

While Beijing certainly has plenty of touristy things to see and do in town, one of the biggest tourist attractions is actually about 90 minutes away by rail, that being the section of the Great Wall at Badaling. There were … Continue reading

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