Bridging The Future – Chennai Metro Rail Project

I have a relatively long commute – 1.5 hours one-way – from home to the office everyday. One of the small things I enjoy in the car is to see the progress of the construction sites along the way.

An array of massive concrete columns is being stood up on the median of the road. Blocks of gigantic concrete plate are lifted and placed on top of the columns, making a long rail bed connecting the Chennai International Airport to the center of the city. I like to see its advancement bridging one column to another. City’s transportation system will drastically improve once completed by 2013 – if I believe the current project plan.

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Solar Eclipse Time Travel

The past Monday was a big day in Japan. Sunglasses were sold out everywhere and people on the street were nervously looking up the cloudy morning sky. It was great news that the cloud didn’t ruin this once-in-the-lifetime astronomical show – the annular solar eclipse. When I woke up here in Chennai, where the eclipse ended before the sun rise, my Facebook was filled with many beautiful pictures from Japan.

This ‘annular solar eclipse of 2012’ had a special meaning for the Japanese at their 30’s and 40’s. There was a popular song in 1990 by a Japanese-pops group ‘Dreams Come True,’ titled ‘Time Travel.’

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One Year Anniversary in India

Today is my one year anniversary in India. It was almost at midnight of today one year ago when I got to Chennai airport. The passage from the terminal exit was packed with the drivers with a white uniform holding a board with their passenger’s name on. The air was filled with heat and moisture. The noise of honking and beeping was almost deafening.

Since then, I have experienced so many exciting things in this incredible country. To summarize my first year, I collected some numbers – 234 meals, 5 jackpots, and 702 hours. Here we go:

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Japan Spring 2012

I just came back from a two-week trip to Japan. It has been one year since my last trip back to my hometown Tokyo. Although I missed the fun of Hanami, or cherry blossom, the spring weather was so nice and I enjoyed great food and drinks with my family and old friends.

There were many things unchanged, yet there were some things changing. Probably because I come back only once in a while, I clearly see changes in the society. During this trip, I felt one change stronger than ever. That was nothing tangible, but something in the air. It was like a change of tide, or sentiment of people. I felt Japan being reborn.

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