Just a 2 hour drive from LAX, Joshua Tree is a place everyone should visit. The drive on the way is through the windmill laced desert and mountains of southern California. One can stop off the highway and visit different reservoirs or natural parks. We stopped in Yucca Valley which had little, but to note,…

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Today we participated in the 5th annual Alcatraz Swim for Sight, started by Ron and Lorie Hirson. Lorie suffers from a very rare eye disease that is causing her to go blind. This event is led by them and sponsored for thatmanmaysee.org. The day starts at 530AM where we register for the swim, get ready,…

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In Indonesia and Malaysia, a popular dessert is fried banana with melted cheese. It sounds terrible for western palettes but it’s not bad actually! [Total: 0   Average: 0/5]

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Traveling Indonesia for 30 Days I took a trip around Indonesia for 30 days and here is what I discovered Most meaningful experience: Making the challenging, three-day trek to the summit of Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island. Top Tips: Go freediving with the team at Fusion Freediving in Amed or venture to Labuanbajo to dive…

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Top 10 Things Japan Does Best As I leave Japan after almost 3 years, this is my top 10 list. Many know that Japan excels in a variety of products and technology such as trains, cars, cuisine (www.eatintokyo.com – my food blog) , and whiskey. But there are more. After living here three years – and departing…

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Most meaningful experience: Learning about the deep history and culture of Russia. Top tips: – Mingle with Moscow’s elite at Café Pushkin. – Get an education into Russian art at the Tretyakov Gallery and explore the art galleries of the Hermitage Museum. – Make a day trip from St. Petersburg to the lavish Peterhof Palace,…

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Most meaningful experience: Learning about the diverse history of Malacca and Georgetown. Cooking Class in Penang! Eating, eating and eating – the hawker stalls in Malacca and Georgetown are sensational! Top tips: – Get lost in the bustling streets of Malacca’s Chinatown and admire the diverse architecture along Harmony Street. – Learn about Penang’s unique…

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Most meaningful experience: Taking a long train ride – just once – gave me a chance to see the countryside of Myanmar and appreciate the bullet trains of Asia. Watching people live on Inle Lake was magestic. Developing a new relationship with Wayne and Amber was special. Top tips:     •    Explore the…

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Visiting Vietnam 15 Years Later Vietnam is an exciting country in terms of economic development and food Most meaningful experience: I visited Vietnam again in November, 2015 – more than 10 years after my last trip. Seeing the economic growth and the potential for more excited me. Spending time with new and old friends. Sleeping…

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I started my day off at 5AM to get the tube to Wimbledon but the tube didn’t open till 6AM. So I killed an hour with work. After alighting at the tube stop, I caught a bus as instructed. The bus’s 2nd stop was Wimbledon Stadium. I was watching everyone on the bus but no…

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Paul’s blog post inspired me to write a quick note about my thoughts of our reunion weekend and reflections of Davidson College. I do agree with Paul that I wish we were able to find a way to keep in touch more regularly with Davidson friends and acquaintances. Even with increasing communication mediums like Skype,…

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The way Dobré Ráno rolls off your tongue sounds very Spanish. Prague had a bit of romanticism that I did not expect from the Bohemian City. Interspersed in the old architecture were gardens, fountains, and nice restaurants. On my flight to Moscow, the Russian sitting next to me described Prague as an entire city that…

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Buda-Pessht (BP) or Pessht – Buda One side of the Danube is Buda and the other is Pessht. The Pesst side call itself Pessht-Buda and the Buda side calls itself, Buda-Pessht. Buda has the history and magnificence while Pessht has the future and the day to day. That difference conveys how I felt about my…

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Most meaningful experience: Meeting some young startup guys at a bar talking about mobile startups. Top tips: Wander through the historic old town and soak up the views from the Bratislava Castle Check out the “Man at work” bronze statue of a sewer worker emerging from the pavement Sample the local craft beers, including the…

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Undiscovered Siargao Island – Surf, Singing, and Scary Typhoon 2014 Siargao (Shar Gaw) Island is a beautiful destination for tourists who like to go out of the way, explore remote places, and enjoy surfing / kitesurfing South East Asia is an incredibly popular tourist destination, and I often hear from people about their beach party…

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Denmark is a city for people with tastes of delectable design and dainty appetites. In only two days, i had a wonderful experience traversing through the city, peeping in small shops, and experiencing the cities first snowfall – which was strange since it was the last week of January. Again, just another example of the…

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Traveling Through Israel:Jaffa to Jerusalem Visiting Israel is an exciting religious, cultural, and overall powerful experience Most Meaningful Experience: Meeting new friends and getting to know the Israel scene Most meaningful experience: The tour of Jerusalem showed me that people are very passionate about their beliefs but its possible to exist together. The city is…

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Paul’s blog post inspired me to write a quick note about my thoughts of our reunion weekend and reflections of Davidson College. I do agree with Paul that I wish we were able to find a way to keep in touch more regularly with Davidson friends and acquaintances. Even with increasing communication mediums like Skype,…

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Skiing and Snowboarding In Japan – Outside Hokkaido After numerous trips to Japan to go skiing, I often get asked about the places to go. So I thought I’d put together a short guide on my top picks for Japanese ski resorts. Aside from Niseko in Hokkaido (which offers some of the best skiing in…

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Most meaningful experience:Discovering my own heritage and the meaning behind my “Lithuanian eyes”. In 2018, I found out I was 50% Lithuanian through a 23andme test. Top tips: – Walk up to the Gediminas’ Tower to take in the views across Vilnius’ UNESCO-listed Old Town. – Make a day trip to the former capital at…

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Most meaningful encounter: Hanging out with Kadri and exploring the town! Top tips: Learn about the startups at Garage48 Foundation and Tallinn’s position as a digital city. Soak up the views across the medieval Old Town from the Toompea Castle. Wander through the charismatic streets of the Old Town and shop for Lithuanian amber. As…

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Buda-Pessht (BP) or Pessht – Buda One side of the Danube is Buda and the other is Pessht. The Pesst side call itself Pessht-Buda and the Buda side calls itself, Buda-Pessht. Buda has the history and magnificence while Pessht has the future and the day to day. That difference conveys how I felt about my…

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Top Ten Reasons Why San Franciscans Would Love Tokyo And they are… 1. Foodies! – Everyone knows I don’t like super expensive tasting menus and would always prefer a burrito or Yoshinoya. That said, I’ve always said SF has the best restaurants whether a cheap burrito or expensive Michelin rated; Tokyo has cheaper, better restaurants…

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I departed the plane in the chill of night Only to be greeted by warmth and nice For one can tell the people by those they from the flight; I walked down the road facing a sharp wind Only to be aroused by the sweat smell of BBQ tamarind Then the smells of the street…

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Bharti CEO Mittal after closing his deal with Wal-Mart said, “I like to express myself through large, transformational projects.” Business as a form of art and expression – I love that! [Total: 0   Average: 0/5]

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You are only as good as your last haircut. Today, I got a $5 haircut in China Town. Granted, I could have just use my own clippers and cut it for free but where in the USA can one get a $5 hair cut. 2018 Update: That barber shop now charges $20 [Total: 0   Average: 0/5]

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For the gods perceive things in the future, ordinary people things in the present, but the wise perceive things about to happen…in their intense meditation the hidden sound of things approaching reaches them and they listen reverently while in the street outside, the people hear nothing at all. –Cavafy [Total: 0   Average: 0/5]

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I went mountaing biking yesterday at Saint Teresa Park in San Jose, CA, just before a round of golf. Upon arriving, I noticed a group in the distance but didn’t think much of it. So I grabbed my two wheeled terrain hopper and took off. In the middle of my ride, I hear a gunshot…

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I always pushed our baseball team’s to polish their shoes, it looks good, professional. Crash Davis in Bull Durham told Nuke Laloosh, you have to polish your shoes until you make the show, then you can grow fungus and the press will think you are colorful. So while stumbling along Canal St (kind of chinatown?)…

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1. Bizness (Aug. 23rd, 2008) Every great biznessman thinks he knows where he is going until he gets there…   2. Haircuts (Aug. 23rd, 2008) “You’re only as good as your last haircut.”   3. Zen (Aug. 23rd, 2008) Cherish (even the mistakes) the past, live the present, prepare the future.   4. Low-Hanging Fruit (March 27th, 2008) Low-hanging…

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An Anecdote about Doing Business in Asia People often ask what I think the biggest differences are doing biz in US, China, and Japan. Here is how I can answer. A man walks into an American convenient store and asks for a Pepsi (Note: I prefer Pepsi over Coke so I’m using Pepsi in this…

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While watching a Knoxville Smokies (AAA for Chicago Cubs) baseball game last night, a phenomenom that I never figured out during my baseball days dawned on me. Why do left handed pitchers wear their hats crooked – not all of them but most of them for sure? It was so apparent that even on the…

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One thing is for certain in life, your parents will let you know when you are getting old. I’ve also noticed my close Japanese friends will let me know when I’m getting old or fat but they are more helpful in helping me keep my youth via nice skin whitening cream, i.e. Shiseido. My last…

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The last few times that I’ve played golf, I’ve used my putter from the fairway. The elusive 25 yard chip is often problematic; its about touch. Sometimes you just don’t have it and sometimes you do. Its the same in billiards, dancing, ping pong , and well any other thing you can think of that…

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1. Know their stuff, defend their men, be a man. KD: Take one for the team if you have to. 2. Power, money, and women will destroy a man. Note he said women not a woman. KD: I wouldn’t know about the first two but the last one definately will make you crazy. 3. Ride…

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if there were a train from SF to LA my flight would not have been delayed if i didn’t have to wait in a security line i wouldn’t have to arrive an hour b4 time if i were in a mag lev bullet train i wouldn’t have to worry when it rained even if it…

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I recently went to a web2.0 conference where I was searching out deals to do mobile bling. There, I stopped by the Adobe Photoexpress exhibit where I spoke to a product manager. While giving my pitch to her, I exuberantly told her we could bling photos and send to the phone as they did on…

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Now that I’ve lived in San Francisco during the rainy season, I have learned about a new type of rain. Most of you aren’t familiar with Carolina Rain, which is a great song by Carolina Rain. Some of the quotes are “rain feels like heaven when the water hits my skin” and “nothing washes my…

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Did you know that China produces 68Bn disposable chopstix per year? That is roughly 60/person. Most of these are sold to small restaurants implying that the average chinese eat out once out of every 6 days. Hmm, I don’t think KFC uses chopstix nor does McDonalds so that would even increase the number of times…

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I went to Spain for 3 Weeks. I’d been to Spain many times but the first was in 2008 when I went to Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona, and Sevilla. But I didn’t blog about it :(. If I had kept vlogging then, I’d been famous. But I went back from other events like the Global GSM…

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Japanese Baseball Hats

There seems to be an inextricable meditative link between throwing and thinking. This afternoon, Stephen Lee and I tossed a nerf football outside the Scribd office and I felt a cool breeze over my new haircut along with a new and completely untainted flow of thought. Just 2 hours before, we were in heated strategic…

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From Dec. 9 -13, 2006  I made my first trip to Hawaii. Upon arriving I got my first taste of Hawaiin food. It was a Hawaiian Japanese oBento. It consisted of a box of rice with a full size chicken leg and hot dog on top. This first impression governed my cultural thoughts for the…

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Christmas is a time when all the people in the US scurry around to buy presents for their friends and family. Christmas is the time in China when everyone is working hard to supply the US with all the crap the Americans buy. Chinese New Year’s is the time when the Chinese collect all the…

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Upon returning to the US, here are the Top 10 Reasons You Know you were in China/Asia too long: 10) You can understand everything that people say around you 9) When crossing the street, you feel uncomfortable because of the lack of speeding cars and bicycles. You wait until a car speeds by and then…

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