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Thirty Seconds in Myanmar – En Route to the Bus Stop

Nov 27 2016

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It seemed like seconds after we were whisked into Myanmar with no passport and no gear for passport photos, we were sitting, packs in hand, in the back of our private truck. Basking in the glory of not having to be on that truck. The highlight of the video is that awesome guy on the cell phone. Of note is the conversation about being late for the bus to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kengtung, Kyaingtong, Chiang Tung, Cheingtung, or Kengtong.

Mo and I had a mindset to do everything as cheap as possible. I believe this irked our fellow, f-bomb dropping traveller whom Mo had told does not factor into the decision process. The harsh logic, part of a constant mind game to sell you on some ridiculous bullshit. Possibly his best quality. We definitely would have bitched about needing to take a private truck.

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Mexico Travel Adventures: Lucha Libre Guadalajara

Oct 26 2016

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Hello everyone,

I’m in Mexico. Sunday Night Raw in Guadalajara was great. The area around the Arena Coliseo seemed rather innocuous. Really close to a major highway, the area isn’t very developed but high traffic and open.¬†From the people warning me of danger and online descriptions, I imagined a maze through a shanty town, death at every corner.

Sunday night, in this case was the low night. May not always be that way but the fight card for Tuesday was more expensive to enter. I had no idea but if I had a choice, I’d have gone for Tuesday’s big show. Bigger show, bigger crowd.

The best part of Lucha Libre for me (everyone?) was the crowd-luchador interaction. An example of this special back and forth between the passionate audience and luchador can be heard around the 15 second mark. Also, big stomps and clotheslines. Music by Matek.

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Chinese Food Adventures – Dongbei Stew

May 24 2016

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A hearty stew. Filmed for you. Delicious treats are fun to eat. Teat.

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Renovations

Jan 06 2016

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My quiet neighbourhood used to be filled with the piercing screech of air horns, long ago often present in busses, now just regular horns take up most of the soundscape. However, not 10 days after Christmas, there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. And to what did my wondering eyes adhere but a shitty old truck and a bunch of guys throwing chunks of cement into it from 2 stories up. Pretty fun. Pretty loud. Good bye, sweet neighbourhood. I will miss us.

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Yiwu Turd Polishers

Sep 17 2015

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None of the guides to Yiwu indicated that turd polishing was such a big economic stimulus. Obviously this was happening at alarming rates all over the city. One polisher waved me over and said “these turds are worth more than your life.”

The matter of fact tone indicated that I had better clear the area but quick.

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Thirty Seconds in China – Bad Day at Work

Jan 17 2015

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These clam diggers are tough as nails. I was cold in my layers and I sure wasn’t walking through frigid waters pulling shellfish up from the depths. Not something I’d ever want to do.

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Thirty Seconds in China – The Apartment

Jan 15 2015

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In my daily wanderings, I venture past this place quite often. It is part of the dead street. A street consisting of grand developments left to wither away into smashed glass, dust and, strangely enough, sunflower arrangements. The street has started to come alive in the past few years. As the property value climbs in China’s binge to develop luxurious apartments for rich people to speculate and poor people to question practicality, the street wakens. Where once were town houses, whose only residents ended up being migrant workers in bunk beds during the mall construction, now bristles a condominium development. High rises are for the outskirts; this is the future, beautiful downtown where not but the sky towers overhead and the tree-lined streets cause one to ponder our natural beginnings.


Part 1. Deconstruction



Part 2. Excretion



Part 3. Rebirth

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Thirty Seconds in China – A Harbin Whipping

Jan 08 2015

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The large man hooted as the whip cracked against the ice. The metal cylynder, fashioned to a point at one end so as to be a cone spun ferociously in response. Pleased, the man rested for a second, drinking in the fruits of his thunderous lash.

So soft, he scant hear it, the whirrrrrrr followed by 3 rapid, high cracks. Rage filled his heart and he let forth another thunderous lash that sent the heavy top into a feverous spin. This would not be the year Bendy Smalltop gained gold in the Harbin Spin Masters Cup.



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Beef Jerky Tire Fix

Oct 12 2014

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On almost every street in China, you may find a ¬†place to fix whatever is broke. This street was no exception. It took 3-4 different shops but we finally ended up at the guy who shoves stuff in flat tires. My buddy had rolled over some inch long hunks of metal that ended up working their way into his rear tire. The solution was to pull them out and jam in a longer piece of metal with these goopy rubber jerky sticks. They looked delicious but I wouldn’t recommend eating them. LOL!!!

Enjoy

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A Bread Flippin’ Good Time

Oct 09 2014

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In the well-travelled city of Mandalay, these guys are famous for their street side chapatis and curry. Well deserved bread flipping effects are noticeable. Can you hear them?

Stop 1 on the motorcycle tour up to Hsipaw in Shan territory. The food in Myanmar is some of the best I’ve had whilst travelling. I would say better than Thai food upon first experience. Since going back to Thailand, I’ve come to embrace their cuisine more but who knows what I’d find in Burma on a return visit.

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