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Crazy things I saw in Laos

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in All posts, Laos | 0 comments

Laos is an unspoilt and beautiful country. It is tranquil and inhabited by friendly people who like to laugh and enjoy themselves, happy despite rainy seasons! I found a few pics that will do just the same for you.   Have fun with the crazy stuff I saw in Laos!     Souvenir from “Laos”.   Signs of peace adorn temples.   Main police station of the fourth largest city, Luang Prabang.   Shoe free zone a the temple.   Make a wish.   Sticky rice. So sticky it sticks.   Aiming high. Colourful crepe Japanese style.   (Free range) chicken on the street.   Drive through roasted pig.   Jungle bikes.   Who said fluffy slippers are only to be worn around the house?   Hell yeah!   Customised Lao pedestrian sign.   Do not order PAIN cake!...

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Free Japanese language classes and easy Katakana

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in All posts, Japan | 10 comments

Today we went to a volunteer language class – which is led by Japanese native speakers – to improve our meager Japanese. Despite two teachers missing, one sweet sensei took us in and adjusted the level of rather advanced students, so that we could participate. The hospitality and eagerness to help in Japan always amazes me. The best thing is that there are many places like these in the city and they are mostly free, or you pay a truly symbolic monthly fee. Japanese classes are usually once a week and based on professional Japanese teaching materials, some offer conversation classes. You can pick up a free brochure (‘Japanese Language Classes by Volunteers in Fukuoka- Class Map‘) which lists ALL available language classes/times/contacts in Fukuoka. Booklets are available at Kansen Nihongo Kyoshitsu, 1-1-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, across Fukuoka 3F...

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Crazy Korean things I saw in Seoul

Posted by on Jul 21, 2013 in All posts, South Korea | 0 comments

Did you ever had a business idea that you thought would be too crazy, so you never followed it through? You probably weren’t in Seoul at the time. Here is everything I came across in Seoul that made me wonder. Crazy products and special service make the city an eldorado for interesting inventions. Especially in the beauty sector. Et voilà: How to stop nipple fondle attacks: use a nipple concealer.   Placenta Revital Essential Mask.   Donate a tissue.   Make your nose full of happiness. If you have the typical ‘long’ nose of a westerner, you will be considered very attractive in Asia. Nose lengthening is a pretty popular surgical procedure in South Korea.   DIY nose lengthening.   For a beautiful smile.   This is to massage the chin. I think.   What Tornado’s can do for...

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Korean Toilets

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013 in All posts, South Korea | 0 comments

Korean toilets are not puzzling technological space ship stations which we encountered in Japan, which makes matters less complicated. I noticed that it takes me less time to find the button to flush business. There will be one and it will flush. Sometimes it may be hidden behind the toilet lid, if it is lifted up. However, I was always back in time without Tomek wondering if I had gone missing. Just like in Japan, you will occasionally find squat toilets. Most of the time, if you check all cabins, there will be a western style relieve option. Sometimes western toilets will be indicated by a sign on the cabin doors. The very last one was my saviour!   In the unlikely case that there is no option, this is what you will be faced with.   Always push...

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Trick Eye Museum

Posted by on Jul 6, 2013 in All posts, South Korea | 2 comments

24th June 2013. If you like to get a different perspective on paintings, the Trick Eye Museum in Seoul is a fun place to do it. Time flies when interacting with the most tacky masterpieces at the Trick Eye Museum. It is less a museum than a gallery of whimsy, using French trompe-l’oeil technique, I do not know how to pronounce, but did come to appreciate. Location: 357-1 Seogyo, B2, Mapo-gu, Seoul. Hongik University Station (exit9). Admission: 13,000 won. We had a coupon booklet from the tourist information, which reduces the price to 10,000 won, if you pay with your Visa card.   Before we got ready to participate, we thought to increase our photogenic charm by consuming bottle shots of Korean beauty drinks.   There really isn’t much more to say. What are they all staring at?  ...

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Beauty, Surgery, Love, Couple Fashion in Korea

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 in All posts, Beauty and Fashion, South Korea | 0 comments

Beauty, love and fashion are pretty important topics in most countries, however they tend to be more discreet and celebrated in a more personal way. In Seoul, these matters are quite a public phenomenon. Here a is how. *If you love someone, wear it. Holding hands was yesterday. Wearing the same outfit is the new thing. Absolute love goes all the way down to matching underwear. In contrast to Japan, Koreans do show their love public. Holding hands, hugging, kissing is not frowned upon.   *If you want to be more beautiful, get a face lift. Plastic surgery is the new Botox. Double eyelids, slim jaw-lines, prolonged noses and oval faces are standard procedures. Public proclamations of K-pop members about face lifts are normal. Role-models to follow. No one will blink an eye, if you had something done. There...

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Don Quijote (ドン・キホーテ) – a Japanese Institution

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in All posts, Japan | 0 comments

If you are going to avoid the most overrated tourist sight leave out the emperor’s palace and take in the most authentic cultural experience in Japan: the Don Quijote (ドン・キホーテ), simply called Donki (ドンキ). The Donki is Japan’s biggest discount-convenience store which truthfully looks more like an amusement park, which will give you a ride through everything very Japanese. Add a temple or two, the view on Mt Fuji from Tokyo Skytree, enjoy a Japanese izakaya and you have got Japan in a nutshell. The first time you enter the Donki your head will spin, your eye sight will be overwhelmed with an almost surreal world of merchandise in all lights, colours, shapes and sizes. The company name is derived from the Spanish novel Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Apparently the store’s concept is...

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White Rabbit in Wonderland

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

Tokyo is the city of everything. Above all it is wondrous. No time to say “Hello, Goodbye”.   I did say in my last post that the hare is always in the way. Well…   N-n-n-no time, no time, no time! I’m late, I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!     Some go this way, and some go that way. But as for me, myself, personally, I prefer the short-cut.     Now, I give you fair warning, either you or your head must be off, and that in about half no time! Take your choice!     Well, after this I should think nothing of falling down stairs.   No wonder I am late. Why, this watch is exactly two days slow.     It would be so nice if something made sense for a...

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Pagan spell on Gellért Hill in Budapest

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in All posts, Hungary | 2 comments

It’s Halloween. The spookiest day of the year. Strange things happen. I thought it would be fun to take you all the way up Gellért Hill, show you some beautiful panoramic pics of Budapest. But some restless souls of the dead messed with my post trying to spoil it all. Frivolous spirits. Well, thank God, we have the pope. The Vatican strongly condemns the traditions associated with Halloween as being “pagan” and “anti-Christian“. And right so. Ghosts, witches, fairies! Fooling around is all you care about! The whole point of walking the Gellért Hill is ‘Gellért’, the Italian bishop who brought Christianity to Hungary and played a major role in converting pagans. He knew all about pagans – poor, uneducated country folk, who eventually got very pissed (not feeling the Christian vibe) and rolled Gellért down the hill in...

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Moonrise Kingdom at Home

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in All posts, Thoughts and Treasures | 0 comments

WARNING: I have PMS. This post is accordingly emotional. Be sensitive with hate mails – my mood can swing any time. Here we go. HOME The concept of home is elusive. Golden thought. Everyone can name their personal home, be it prison or palace. People have a strong urge of belonging to some place they can call home. It is part of who we are. My concept of home ranged from ‘where I come from’ to ‘where I live’. But as a newly baked full time traveler I was plagued by disturbing existential questions and boring monologues: “Can we do without a home? I don’t think so. Do we fence ourselves in when we reduce the concept of home to walls and bricks? Maybe. Do we limit our horizon when we stick to (one) home? I am not sure....

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Jesus Christ! The Matthias Church at Buda Castle Hill

Posted by on Sep 22, 2012 in All posts, Hungary | 0 comments

This post is not going to be incredibly popular with church folk but since I continue to fascinate a relatively small circle of readers  (hello family & friends!), I might as well… We visited the Buda Castle and the Matthias Church in Buda (you know about the towns of Buda and Pest, that are now one, right?), where we missed the chance to save a good amount of money by not buying tickets. It’s not obvious! When you are standing in front of the ticket booth, you actually think you need tickets for those sights. But you do not. After this post, you can save some money. Which you can invest in some underground horror at Buda Castle Hill! Everything you want to see: Buda Castle, the Fisherman’s Bastion, the little streets of  Castle Hill and surrounding Gothic residential...

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Purikura – Japanese and European style

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in All posts, Beauty and Fashion, Japan | 0 comments

Purikura is the Japanese way to get an amazing facelift. It’s a non-intrusive and fun operation. You walk into a spacious Purikura photo booth with your friends. Then you imitate Japanese perfectionist posing habits in front of a big screen. You get your pictures taken repeatedly, so as to allow a satisfactory amount of poses. You pretend to be a Japanese pop-star model. Then you get out of the booth and are faced with amusing Purikura transformations of yourself. Looking at your pictures will give you a bright smile and cause some personalised form of giddiness. You have just become a Japanese beauty ideal! The main thrill of Purikura is to get BIG EYES. This is not about European eyes. No, this is about getting doll shaped cutesy eyes with huge pupils, the desired and idealised look of Japanese...

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Fun pics from Phnom Penh

Posted by on May 6, 2012 in All posts, Cambodia | 0 comments

The charming city reveals it’s funny side.   Enjoy the pictures taken in Cambodia’s capital.         Petrol Station in Cambodia.                         Street fashion in Cambodia. Daring blue sock high heel combo.                         Dress code and no guns rule at the Royal Palace.                           Never do that.                         Very professional.                         Smart pigeons at the water hose bar.                         Never alone with Cambodia’s booze.   Other lands, other customs.  ...

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Only in Thailand – part II

Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

Madonna has gone wild parties and some more of the peculiar things we spotted in amazing Bangkok. Have fun.             Go Sue!   Offer the seat to… the monk!   Serve less, keep the price -increasing profit is easy at Bangkok’s airport! Note the camouflage stickers in the menu.   The WiFi road.   Wish you all mega luck!   Cosmetics that work to the bones. Creepy :)   This is for you!   We prefer love!   Get your teeth straight at the sumo dentist.   Porn in Chinatown.   Finally: get redemption at the mall counter.   Time is love – not money, obviously!   How would like your popcorn: sweet, salty or wasabi?   And the winner...

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Only in Thailand – part I

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in All posts, Thailand | 0 comments

These are the things we have, so far, come across in Bangkok, that will make you laugh (or cry).           1. Tattoo your child. Mum and dad are going to get a tattoo – why not give the same treatment to your toddler? These pictures show two kids with tattoos on their arms, which were were prominently displayed on the front glass door of the tattoo shop. Make your child chose what picture he/she likes having tattooed on the arm :) I hope that those pics were not real. That creepy ‘tattoo church’ shop. 2. Escalator comes behind stairs. We just arrived in Bangkok with some heavy luggage and liked to get to the skytrain one floor above street level. Well, with those heavy bags, we were happy that there are escalators going up….and then...

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