Voyager of the Flattening World

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

  • Creative Authenticity – Japanese-ish Cuisine and Ninja Conspiracy
    June 7, 2012

    There are a couple of good Japanese restaurants in Chennai. My favorite is Momoyama, which serves great food at a reasonable price. One of their signature dish is called ‘Tori no Subuta’ translating to ‘sweet and sour pork of chicken.’ Yes, sweet and sour pork made with chicken. The intended meaning is ‘sweet and sour chicken’ ...

  • Chennai Oil Shock
    June 1, 2012

    Tuesday morning at 7am in Chennai, there was a long queue of cars, tracks, auto rickshaws, and motorcycles at a gas station along the highway. Almost one hundred vehicles were forming the long line, causing a traffic jam on the highway’s main lanes. Considering the slow pace of refueling at the pump, it could take a ...

  • Bridging The Future – Chennai Metro Rail Project
    May 29, 2012

    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 ...

  • Solar Eclipse Time Travel
    May 24, 2012

    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 ...

  • One Year Anniversary in India
    May 22, 2012

    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. ...

  • Japan Spring 2012
    May 16, 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 ...

  • ‘Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-term World Travel’ by Rolf Potts
    April 24, 2012

    Some say life is travel – a long journey for life. In this book, ‘Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-term World Travel,’ the author Rolf Pott shows us how truly you can turn your life into a journey. ‘Vagabonding’ is the name of this life style, which today is also called ‘Nomad.’ As the title says, ...

  • Japan 2050 Prophecy – As The Prophet Says…
    April 20, 2012

    In the previous post ‘The Falling Sun – Japan to Fade Out by 2050,’ I introduced the Japan 2050 Prophecy, or a report called ‘Global Japan – Year 2050 Simulation and Strategy,’ published by a Japanese think tank, 21st Century Public Policy Institute. Although seemingly shocking, the Japanese people do not have to panic as if ...

  • The Falling Sun – Japan to Fade Out by 2050
    April 17, 2012

    Japan’s GDP growth will become negative by 2020, due to the world fastest aging population. By 2050, it will slip to the 9th largest world economy from the current 3rd position. Korea will catch up and surpass Japan for the per capita GDP by 45%. 40% of the national population will be over 65 years old and the working population will shrink to ...

  • The Rise of The Nomad – Why Japanese Salaryman Quit?
    April 9, 2012

    In the previous post ‘The Rise of The Nomad – A New Work-Life Style in Japan‘, I introduced a new type of freelancers and entrepreneurs – the nomad. The Japanese workforce (called ‘salaryman‘) are traditionally known for their loyal 60-hours workweek and for their orderly 2-hour commute in the overcrowded subway. Why are they abandoning Corporate Japan? The following ...

  • The Rise of The Nomad – A New Work-Life Style in Japan
    April 5, 2012

    Historically, Japan has been a sedentary agricultural society. The people were strongly tied to the land and stayed there all their lives. The proverb ‘a rolling stone gathers no moss’ was considered negative in Japan, where the moss was viewed as something valuable, as you see at the famous Saiho-ji moss temple in Kyoto. On the ...

  • ‘Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard’ by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
    April 3, 2012

    The other day, I posted a review of ‘The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business’ by Charles Duhigg. The main theme of the book is how to reprogram your habits, from quitting smoking to starting exercise at the habitual level. Another great book about sustainable change is ‘Switch: How to Change ...