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Photos from Cleveland

These were taken in March of 2012 but never uploaded here. They are part of a larger series of photos taken on across the U.S. so I will be posting more of those here.

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More Cleveland 2012 Photos
Published on January 20, 2015

Looking Down 100 Stories on Chicago

Going to the Sears Tower (now called the Willis Tower) and capturing this photos was one of the things that I had to do while visiting Chicago.

If you haven’t been before, you cannot imagine what the feeling of looking down 100-stories beneath your feet is like. It was incredible.

Published on June 19, 2012

Egg & Bacon Sandwich

Tommy made this for breakfast when I was in Los Angeles at his studio downtown.

I hadn’t met Tommy before arriving in Los Angeles that time (he’s old friends with Nemo), but his culinary skills are incredible. We’d return to his place after a late night out and he’d casually prepare elaborate middle eastern snacks (he’s a caucasian raised in Saudi Arabia). Snacks is under-selling it, they were¬†hors d’oeuvres.

This was one of those small meals which I absolutely had to catch a photo of.

Published on June 13, 2012

Back in China


After a full day of transit, (6 hours to NYC, 15 hours to Beijing, 2 hours to Chengdu) I’m back in my apartment. It’s really great that I wasn’t robbed while I was gone. It’s great to be back, but it feels strangely different. This is my first time coming to China from America and coming straight to my apartment. I guess it really hits me that this is my home when I arrive here and take a taxi straight to my apartment which I open with my key. Maybe that doesn’t make much sense; it feels strangely natural to come back here after being reacclimated to hamburger and CNN environment for 30 days.

I knew I was back when I started hitting my head on everything again; I hit my head twice on the plane, and one time a woman saw me and instead of laughing made a total “oh shit! ow!” grimace which made me laugh. Welcome back to Asia.

I haven’t gotten a full night of sleep in four or five days, but sleeping sporadically for a few hours at a time. First I had to wake up early for the dentists appointment, then for my flight out of NYC, and then I could only catch a few hours of sleep at a time on the transcontinental flight. It’s cool though, even though it’s 4:30am here I’ve almost completely unpacked and cleaned the place up a bit. Dust tends to collect when you leave your apartment for a month.

Tenzin and Jovian are still in SF, but I think Kensho is in town. Ben is in London but arrives Sunday and Sascha has finally made it to Thailand, so I have some quiet time to get everything together.

I had a great time in America for the month though and really appreciate the time I was able to spend with my good friends. I regret not being able to see a few of them (Kat, Steve, Marcus, Alexandra) but I know that’ll come with time.

Hopefully the next time I leave China will be for the Phillipines.

Published on April 22, 2006

Health & Exquisite Pain, USA Tour 2006 Conclusion

Today, my last day in America before leaving China, I didn’t really have plans outlined, but thought I’d do something fun and American.

Instead I got a root canal and spent 7 hours at the dentists office and spent a few thousand dollars.

It’s cool though, because the dentist took half an hour to help me with my golf swing when everyone else had left his office. Your first instinct is right; I’m no golfer, but it made me feel better to chum with the guy who spent the entire day staring at my mouth. He’s a good family dentist though and my Dad generously offerend to split the bill with me, so despite the considerable financial hurdle, it’s all good. Rather than go into descriptive detail about the exhaustion I feel from my body being rigid for 7 hours, I’ll pass out now and get 4 hours of sleep before traveling NYC tomorrow morning and then to Beijing from there tomorrow afternoon. By this time tomorrow I’ll be halfway back to Asia.

End of USA tour 2006!

Published on April 20, 2006