Welcome to the Shinsaibashi-Namba district of Osaka. Some could call it the Williamsburg of Japan. On these streets, the line between progressive style and fashion suicide has been erased. It’s home to the best people watching in all of Asia. Some are Swaggy and some are giving meaning to the term “Trashionista”. We took some snapshots of the style (and non-style) that […]Read more "Swaggy P. Watanabe"
Songkran is the raucous 3-day water festival celebrated by Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, recognizing the Buddhist/Hindu Lunar New Year. It was a damn good time filled with imitation Super-Soakers and plenty of Thai Rum. I channeled my inner 10th grader and played the city-wide water fight in 1st person shooter mode. -S Photo: […]Read more "Songkran: Call of Duty Style"
Bangkok night markets. Not what I was expecting. Night numero uno, we wimped out and went to the “new” train market, Rot Fai, which was only 11 kilometers away instead of 23. This was the result of a scarring cab ride earlier that morning that took one whole hour to drive 5 miles to a […]Read more "Bazaar Bangkok"
Perception of time fades swiftly once you’ve settled in. Not knowing what day it is and not needing to know what day it is. Not having to change your clothes or brush your hair, not having to take care of yourself like they do in the ‘real world’. Just existing. Not much more than basic […]Read more "The Paradise Effect"
Watching the presidential race unfold abroad is an eye opening experience. As I speak with people from all over the world, all walks of life, all financial situations, all kinds of political systems, I’m gaining a powerful perspective on what’s going on in the states right now. When I left the states, the Trump campaign […]Read more "A Political View from Abroad"
Selamat Datang Penang (Welcome to Penang). The Crossroads of Curry. The Pearl of the Orient. We were told that Penang Island boasts the best food in all of Asia; “You’ll never eat a bad meal there,” more than a few said. When you’re traveling through foreign lands, how could you believe such a statement? There’s […]Read more "Selamat Datang (Penang: Part I)"
Yesterday, during an awesome hike in Singapore’s MacRitchie reservoir, I was telling Kiley about my old weird obsession with Nike SB dunks and their cool design influences. I used the Heineken dunk as one of the original designs that really inspired me to get into the “sneaker head” thing. The Heiny’s were my “holy grail” […]Read more "The Heinekens"
To be a well rounded person is great. To be a traveler, a business person, a sportsman, a writer, a photographer, a chef, a dabbler. It’s quite a gratifying human experience to enjoy and to be good at more than one or just a couple things. What’s more gratifying, though, is to achieve excellence those […]Read more "On Mediocrity & Mastery"
During our time at Taal Lake, Ka Betty, our caretaker, found a way to our hearts through our stomachs. The woman is a cooking machine. While we lounged in our tree house, hiked Taal Volcano, and did some lakeside yoga, Ka Betty was busy cooking away. 8-hour slow smoked tunas, pork belly adobo, sticky rice cakes smoked […]Read more "Ka Betty: The Batali of Batangas"