Voyager of the Flattening World

Scribbles about my days in Chennai, India. This blog was a record of my voyage around the flattening world.

  • Thoughts on The Fly
    October 2, 2012

    I just came back from a business trip to Nashville, Tennessee, USA to my home in Chennai, India. As these two cities locate on the almost opposite longitudes, the travel time is approximately the same either eastbound or westbound. This time I took the westbound route, going over the Middle-East and Europe, with two 10-hour international flights plus one ...

  • Walkability
    September 23, 2012

    According to my expat friend working for the US government, Chennai is awarded as the least walkable city in the world. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but sounds believable. Road conditions, traffic rules, temperature and humidity – none of them are pedestrian friendly in Chennai. Walking on a narrow two-way road near ...

  • Kitchen without Borders
    September 4, 2012

    During my vacation on a small island in Maldives, I met a true voyager of the world. The island resort had one main kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet at the main restaurant with a capacity of two hundred or so. There were three a-la-carte restaurants, for which also the main kitchen did all the ...

  • Traveling with Accidents
    August 22, 2012

    Travel brings you accidents – both positive and negative. An accident could be a bad weather (negative), meeting with interesting people (positive), or an unplanned change of the itinerary (depends). As a follower of ‘Vagabonding‘, I like to keep my itinerary flexible so that I can accept and enjoy an unplanned event. I’m travelling to experience new things. I’m not ...

  • Hallelujah, It’s A Rainy Day
    August 9, 2012

    It’s raining tonight. Recently, it rains almost every day in Chennai. It’s too early for the Monsoon, but the rain season certainly is approaching. The road gets muddy and messy. The traffic gets congested and my commute time doubles. I start thinking – c’mon, it’s a rainy day again! Playing in the Rain I don’t remember when I ...

  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun?
    July 31, 2012

    A fellow blogger, Jean gave me a comment on the past entry ‘Diversity vs Divercity‘: Honest, I wouldn’t want to be a university-educated Japanese woman if she would like to seriously apply her education in a full-time career that relates to her education and remain in Japan. I have read enough that there are serious barriers for ...

  • Mosquito and Golden Rooster
    July 18, 2012

    As the amount of rain increases, so does the count of sleepless nights. Last night, I was woken up three times by a tiny blood-sucker. I burned a mosquito coil for hours before sleep, but it did not seem to discourage mosquitoes from attacking me. I don’t like to put on mosquito repellant although I know good repellant ...

  • Fly High! – Renovating Chennai Airport
    July 12, 2012

    While the construction of Chennai Metro Rail is in rapid progress everyday, another transportation hub that Metro Rail will connect to is on the final stage of the massive-scale modernization project. Chennai’s Anna International Airport is building two glass-walled terminals – domestic and international – connected via long corridor. I’m flying high for its opening scheduled in August! Chennai Airport ...

  • Monsoon in the Afternoon
    July 5, 2012

    In India, the monsoon season begins from the West. After a couple of summer months with no rain, now the temperature in Chennai is cooling down (relatively, to the 90s F.) It has been some rains, too. It is still months away from the monsoon here, but the west side of India, like Goa and ...

  • Diversity vs. Divercity
    June 29, 2012

    It’s not a typo. At the waterfront of Tokyo, there is a newly developed commercial complex called DiverCity Tokyo Plaza. The tag line, according to the developer, is ‘Tokyo Trend Revue, where entertainment, shopping, playing and dinning all come together’ or some like that. They have Old Navy, H&M, Coach, Zara, UNIQLO, etc. Well, in ...

  • Sandwich, Bagel, and American Freedom Fighter
    June 21, 2012

    When I first came to the US, I hated Subway restaurant. Not because of their food or service (I loved them) but because of the number of the choices that I have to make at the counter. What kind of bread do you want? Which cheese do you like? Vegetables? Pickles? Dressing? With chips? Soda? – I ...

  • Bridging The Past – 50 Years Old Legacy
    June 13, 2012

    A couple of weeks ago, I posted an entry ‘Bridging The Future – Chennai Metro Rail Project,’ trying to illustrate how large-scale construction projects build the foundation of the countries on the growth stage. Isn’t it great to have modern infrastructure made of steel and concrete, which also provides more work to the local economy? Then, ...