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A day in NYC or India?

April 15 2015. Indian consulate. Nose in a book for about an hour – I turned to my left, and noted the adorable Indian girl about 6 years old sitting with the same scowl on her face that I undoubtedly had on mine from waiting to deal with the Indian bureaucracy. (I was there on company business, and she there with her parents.) “So how ya doing?” I asked. I guess I have not spoken to a young child in a while, as a more appropriate greeting would have been more along the lines of, “How are you today?”, but the Bronx in me blurted out. “I am fine”, was her perfunctory reply. To which my charming, “That’s good.”, was initially met with silence. Then she said, “Look!”, and held up a small Pluto doll. “Pretty cool!”, I was now hitting stride :) . She went on to explain how Pluto can do flips (which she demonstrated by tossing it in the air), eat mosquitoes (thankfully no demo), and is quite sneaky as she slipped Pluto behind her back. Her parents asked her a few times to quiet down, and asked me if she was either boring or bothering me. To which I replied, “Not at all. She is quite entertaining’”. As she and her parents were leaving, she asked my name, and I learned her name was Akaja. When I finally got called to go on the consulate line, and sort through the documents, I was annoyed as heck to learn I needed to come back at 4 pm to get my stamped documents. So later at 4:30pm with the requisite scowl on my face, and no idea how much longer I’d have to wait for my stamped documents. “John!” I heard from behind. When I turned my head there was Akaja with a big smile, Pluto in her hand, and her parents by her side. They too were summoned back to the Indian consulate for whatever reason. And Akaja went right into demonstrating how Pluto could swing on the ropes separating the lines at the consulate. Despite what turned out to be a 5-hour chaotic wait at the consulate, I helped a young child smile that day, and got a few chuckles for myself. I’d call that a very good day.

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Changing Flights Midstream

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Buffer I am here: http://bit.ly/lxnlcO … in a Malaysian train station heading to the airport en route to Thailand. More later …  It took me 3 hours to change my flight!  It was nightmare. The steps went as follows:  1. I … Continue reading

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I am dining on Murtabak, a typ…

I am dining on Murtabak, a typical Malaysian dish made with mince meat and lots of pepper! http://yfrog.com/kio2tsj  If anyone has a recipe, perhaps you would be kind enough to let our readers in on it.

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Simple Jungle Breafast

After a day long hike into the Taman Negara, Malaysia. I was looking forward to a hearty breakfast the next morning before heading out again.   I got an overload of carbs with a banana and 4 pieces of toast. So I asked if there was anything else I could get for breakfast and added that I was happy to pay extra.  Before I could look over a menu, I got another plate  with a banana and 4 pieces of toast. By that time, the next group was heading out into the forest, so unlike the slow carb diet as advocated by Tim Ferriss in The Four Hour Body, I headed out  with 2 plate fulls of overloaded carbs in my belly. This is one of those little things that just make you smile when traveling a bit off the beaten path.

 

 

 

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Why a Canopy Walk?

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Buffer       Well, 1st of all let’s be clear as to what is a Canopy Walk.  Basically, such a walk is possible because some brave souls climbed up some trees, and set up narrow walkway bridges.  To get to … Continue reading

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Real Tips on Packing Light

Even before all the new travel restrictions on luggage, it has always made sense to travel light. Not only do you avoid standing on line and avoiding lost luggage, you just feel better knowing you can go anywhere and change plans without all the clutter. This past November I spent 18 days in Myanmar and Thailand with just a Cabela Day Pack and a small messenger bag. I used the same for a 7 day business trip (suits required) to Italy. How did I figure out how to do it? I read Judith Gifford’s “The Packing Book” -

In this book, Ms. Gifford shows you step by step how to pack light for all sorts occasions having everything you need wrinkle free! Highly recommended.

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