Two Days in Istanbul, Turkey

By Kurt Davis | July 2, 2014

After a whirlwind trip through Turkey, I had two days to pack in as much sightseeing as possible in the enchanting city of Istanbul. If you want to follow in my footsteps and have 48 hours to spare, here are my recommendations. Day 1: Begin your day at the Rustempasa Mosque, which features some of […]

Top Ten Reasons Why San Franciscans Would Love Tokyo

By kdadmin | June 1, 2014

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 […]

What I Learned When the Power Went Out in SF and the Philippines

By Kurt Davis | January 4, 2014

Over the past two weeks due to the wildfires in California, my power has gone out twice. AND I REALLY LIKED IT.  Here’s why: 1. Turning off the power becomes a day off for everyone including the 7-11, Safeway, and gas stations. It is like a snow day or bad weather, but it’s even better because the […]

Want to Volunteer in Nepal? Here is a List of Non-Profits

By Kurt Davis | April 4, 2010

Want to Volunteer in Nepal? Here is a list of non-profits from the embassy. 1. BASE 2. BSP Nepal Biogas Support Programme 3. CEHURDES Center for Human Rights and Democratic Studies 4. CMF Centre for Micro-Finance in Nepal 5. Communicaction Corner 6. CVICT 7. CWIN 8. COPPADES 9. Didibahini 10. Ecohimal 11. Educate the Children […]

Poem: An Ode to Austin

By kdadmin | November 12, 2008

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 […]

Business as an Art

By kdadmin | August 31, 2008

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!

On Haircuts

By kdadmin | August 31, 2008

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

On the Future

By kdadmin | August 31, 2008

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

A Day Mountain Biking

By kdadmin | August 31, 2008

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 […]


By kdadmin | August 31, 2008

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?) […]