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Rōnin

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One of my frequented hotels in the world in recent years


Why am I naming myself as a "旅店浪人" (in Chinese) / "ホテル浪人" (in Japanese) instead of literal translation of "Hotel Trotter" (in English) since 1994?

IKEA Hotels Coming to Europe

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Familiar comforts in a cozy setting on the dining table inside a villa hotel room


The Swedish home furnishing magnate known for affordable put-it-together-yourself furniture, is getting into the hotel business

Laughing Cow Learns to Talk

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That talking cheese (and it learns to rock, too) on display on a shelf at a French franchise supermarket
Cell phone picture by Don Schumann


The company, Bel Group, was giving away ink stamps for children in France this summer. One read: "Des vacances de malade mental"

Scott McKenzie Died

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Veteran singer Scott McKenzie died Saturday at the age of 73 in Los Angeles

Thin Line Between Life and Death

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Local bazaar at Chong Mek & the Emerald Triangle


生與死的一線之間


My own near-miss behind the scenes stories
(For non-Chinese readers: please make good use of online translator!)

Same-Sex Marriages Mulled

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Central Vietnam 2009


An Asian country is considering whether to allow same-sex couples to marry or legally register and receive rights

El Niño Formed

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California Coastline, USA


The U.S. government forecaster warned on Thursday that the feared El Nino phenomenon, which can affect global weather, is almost certain to occur over the next two months, potentially adding strain to global food supplies


Earthquakes Hit SoCal in "Known Active Area"

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Southern California, USA

Swarm of earthquakes is first in years, seismologists say

Dream Kitchens in Making

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Does it look like spectators attending a Kitchen Fair to you?