Sunday, May 29, 2016

Contrasts of Tokyo

Inside, you can buy, um, unclothed vegetable dolls. (Do you think I got around the veggie-fetish googlers with that wording?)
Outside, riot police. I'm sure the problem can be solved with old man or glowy ghost toys. Collect all squatting positions!
Road barricades! The airport bus was late! (Late, in Tokyo!) We saw protests all weekend, except for in the English media. So we assumed they were for more women's rights and immigration, naturally.
Narita Airport was empty except for the Eva cardboard woman.
That's because everyone was at Shibuya.
Seaweed that tastes good!
In contrast to the limited spoken English, there is secret English known everywhere. The servers at this restaurant named each fish in English, including Sea Grunt.
Can you tell which one is sea grunt? The chef discussed the English spelling of "grunt" with the next table, in Japanese.
I was pretty proud of my okonomiyaki saucing.
Until Barry went all artsy on me. Luckily his art emphasizes his forehead too much.
In Japan, we had fancy vegetables with fluffy foam.
And mystical strawberries.
But it was just as good as the cheaper yakitori. They treat their chickens so well in Japan that their skin and hearts even taste good.
Hiroshi and Naoko introduced Barry to Hoppy, now in Red flavour. This is, unfortunately, the only picture of Hiroshi - his sweater in the background.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Engrish Diets and Guts

My Engrish diet has been going well. I'm finding good use for Horse Oil cream and Let's Diet Calorie Off!
I find it works out better if I avoid Gut's Grill, what with all its Hamburgs.
I draw the line at Gut's soul, however, can't miss that.
I'm sticking with cancake sauce, because I'm sure it's all natural.
One time, though, I had a bit of a Gaspanic!
And I got all shriveled and melty like these people.
Luckily, I found the restroom in the depths.
If you think about it, the smell of the sky refreshes. Under that sky. You know?
And here are some lessons I learned:
Japan is the King of System.
Here is my favourite example, it's so logical.
But when it gets too complicated, I just open the stairs.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Dumping in Singapore

Well we all know that the environment can be saved by toothbrush reuse, but, you might ask what happens on the darker side of discarded toothbrushes in Singapore.
Well, we took a boat to find out. But not this boat, because it's all spider-like.
At the boat terminal, there is a rule about not sleeping. I wasn't tempted. But this guy couldn't resist taking his shoes off to snooze on some rice. Lesson: don't eat boat rice.
After the boat ride, we arrived at Singapore's island landfill, called Semakau.
It is a romantic tropical island made out of garbage.
Basically, incinerated toothbrushes and other waste are brought here by boat, and filled into island holes by big machines. The stray dogs are removed prior to incineration.
Once full, the island holes magically turn into this!
The island is surrounded by coral and mangroves.
And hosts a unique landfill fish farm. So now you know about the toothbrushes!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Bangkok Buddhas and Monsters

This is how I help Barry to appreciate flowers.
These are special temple flowers, in sharp geometrical arrangements.
There are a lot of temples with a lot of Buddhas who need flowers.
The best Buddha is reclining behind Tim.
#monkselfie, it's our first!
The temple is not without its dangers
But Buddha has some snakes to ward off the gangs.
And the temples have toothy robot monsters!
The provide security, structural support, and add colour to the scene.
Do these sequins emphasize my thunder thighs?
Barry didn't believe me that these were robots, as opposed to traditional mythical beings, until he saw the high tech sci-fi movie poster!
Sadly, amidst all this glamour, the strange cat-monkey has been neglected. His tail broke off and he seems hungry.