Tokyo residents living in Coffin like cramped living units for $568 a month!

Tokyo is the most expensive city in the world.  Osaka is the second most.  Japan is certainly not a country for the faint-hearted!  Here is a list of the most expensive cities in the world.10. Geneva 9. Caracas 8. Paris 7. Zurich 6. Singapore 5. Melbourne 4. Oslo 3. Sydney 2. Osaka 1. TokyoThe situation in the city is so crazy it seems that some people are living in what are kinda like "Coffin Units".  The are called  ("geki-sema share house" or 激せまシャアハウス in Japanese) - but are extremely cram … [Read more...]

Asia has no Religion, its a Western construct

Came across a very interesting article on Huffington Post: Why doesn't Asia have Religion?It is a point that is important to make and so difficult to do so in the current world, which has been contaminated by the very idea of religion as the only sacrosanct way to God.  Within the Hindu society, it is even more important to make such a point, because Hinduism is NOT a religion as well.  Spiritual pursuit in India has been called Sanatan Dharma - or the Eternal Law.Thomas DuBois says it w … [Read more...]

Dr. Singh and Barack Obama in a Fancy dress evening

Heads of States of various countries came together for a Gala Dinner ahead of ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  It was held at Cambodia's Diamond Island Convention Center on Monday.  All the guests wore colorful shirts which reflected how the Cambodians do it.  The bright colors added to the joy and fun for the participants.It is so cool to see Dr. Singh and even Barack Obama in that kind of clothes. [oqeygallery id=3] … [Read more...]

40% of all Blog Posts in the world are in Japanese!

Came across a very interesting article about the blogging trends in Japan and India vis-a-vis the Western Blogosphere.  It seems, even though English speakers to Japanese Speakers ratio is 5:1 in the world, the blogosphere is dominated by Japanese as opposed to English in terms of number of blogs.Japanese write more and regularly.  And they read blogs more regularly as well.  Here are some interesting factoids from that article by Peter Sterlacci:While 40% of English-language bloggers blog t … [Read more...]

Do Blood Groups define Personality Types and Belief System?

Japan is a remarkably homogenous country and people have to invent differences for prejudice to find a play.  For, differences bring distinctions for some and inferiority for others.So they have come up with Blood Type defining the character, temperament and personality of people.  In fact people ask Blood type during match-making and even in Job Applications.  The popular belief links the blood types to the following personality characteristics:Blood type A: are sensitive perfectionists and … [Read more...]

Japanese Investors moving out of China into India

Tensions between China and Japan are running high these days.  And from the looks of it, it doesn't seem like this will come down anytime soon.  One of the consequences of this is that the Japanese companies are switching from China to India as the investment destination. “Strong growth and big population” are the main factors that make India interesting for Japanese companies, explained Makoto Suzuki, the head of Mitsui and Co. India Ltd., a group that is active in IT and infrastructure, among o … [Read more...]

Pictures from Singapore City

Singapore is a very green and clean city.  I took a short hour and a half tour of the city, courtesy the airport tours.  The Guide was knowledgeable and funny and very engaging.I took some pictures in the city.  Some of the sites are spectacular though.[scrollGallery id=11] … [Read more...]

Going Around the Singapore City

I landed in Singapore early in the morning around 7 am.  It was foggy to begin with, and after a long over 20 hours of a flight stopping in Moscow, Russia; this was a welcome stop.  I still have some hours of flying time to get to the Motherland.  But that won't be until 7 pm in the evening.  I have a full 12 hours to myself.  Why not explore Singapore?So, I quickly went to the Ambassador Transit Hotel, paid USD 7, and got a shower to myself.  Had a most refreshing shower until a rather large s … [Read more...]