14 Jan, 2017 in Sapporo

I spent most of the last summer in Japan, and most of that was spent in Sapporo of the northern region of Hokkaido. Hokkaido is famous for its natural scenery, skiing in the winter, and the relatively cooler chilled out pace during the hot Japan summers.  Sapporo, the Hokkaido capital and biggest city, is also […]

23 Jul, 2016 in Boquete
Finca La Milagrosa Coffee Plantation Tour - Boquoete Panama (17)

In my short stop in Boquete up on the central mountains of Panama I did a couple of tours. The first was a horseback riding hotsprings tour I wrote about before, and in the rainy afternoon we were taken to the coffee plantation to hear a bit about the blooming Panama coffee industry and see […]

22 Oct, 2014 in Guangzhou
Redtory Guangzhou-003

In my last few visits to Guanghzou before leaving the region I got to experience a whole new side of this vibrant metropolis.   First off, I visited Redtory, the new growing art district was once a large factory, but the government designated it to artists and galleries, trying to imitate 798 …

28 Nov, 2011 in HK Places
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When you think of a place to visit in Hong Kong, Kwun Tung probably wouldn’t make it to your list. Why would it? It’s just an old industrial area with run-down factories and the occasional so-so mall. But behind every neighborhood hides a special story, and once – like me – you’re a bit tired […]

17 Sep, 2011 in Pennsylvania
Hershey’s Chocolate World : Pennsylvania

Driving down through Pennsylvania state towards the American capital travel agents were unanimous in their recommendations of this tourist mecca built around one of America’s most recognizable brands. Hershey’s Chocolate World symbolizes everything that American capitalism and branding stands for, the original owner being made a legendary benevolent hero and the company representing the …

2 Sep, 2011 in Guangzhou
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I’m becoming a China factory expert. Yep, my second factory tour in the manufacturing capital of the world – Guangdong province, once again with a Taiwanese company through some personal contacts who have generously opened their factory for me to walk around and shoot away. It’s a multi-million business, on a far larger scale …

6 Apr, 2011 in Business in China, Guangzhou
Guangzhou Game Machine Factory (31).JPG

If you’ve ever been to one of those video games arcades in Asia then you’re probably familiar with this company. Tecway is a Taiwanese company manufacturing “amusement machines” or “family entertainment centers” to be sold to one of those loud shiny arcades. They own a factory just off of Guangzhou.   …

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