August 4, 2017

Apparently, I have traveled where few Manhattan-based New Yorkers dare to tread: on the AirTrain to JFK from Manhattan.

Just what is this mystery “air train" and how does one use it and why don’t more Manhattan-based New Yorkers use it? I’d like to share what I discovered and why I discovered it.

I needed to get to the nearest location where I could finalize my purchase of the Global Entry card (the card that was created to make somebody a LOT of money, and supposedly will protect us from terrorists even though we already have a similar TSA-Pre-Check program in place to do that). Though you initialize the purchase of the Global Entry card online, you must go to a finalizing place to complete the process. As a Manhattan dweller, this location is only conveniently (I use the italics to den...

May 16, 2017

Perhaps everyone already knows St. Louis is fun, but really–I had no idea.

The last time I was in St. Louis was many, many years ago. Granted, I was there for a trade show and didn’t have the chance to do a lot. All I remembered from that trip were two things: taking a long, hot ride in the claustrophobic room inside the Arch, and that the nice steakhouse we ate at served their salad dressing in a tiny plastic tub that required the peeling back of its top. Needless to say, I was not impressed.

Again, my recent visit to St. Louis was due to my working another trade show. And because of my memories from the last trip, I had made no sightseeing plans and had no expectations for this city. 

I stayed at the Hampton Inn at Gateway Arch on Washington Ave at 4th Street, which turned out to be a g...

April 16, 2017

Every Easter Sunday New Yorkers (or at least somebody) like to don their craziest hats and stroll down 5th Avenue a la the Easter Day Parade of old. And others, such as myself, like to go down and appreciate their creativity.

There are kids.

And old people.

And whole families.

And all kinds of beautiful




And the Easter bunny maybe.

And his friends.

Don’t miss it. It occurs every Easter Sunday from around 10am-4pm and outside St Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th Avenue is the best place to hang out to see this meeting of the colorful minds.

March 15, 2017

Turns out just a few blocks from my house is a piece of Japanese history. This 15’ tall bronze statue is of the Buddhist teacher Shinran Shonin. This particular statue is famous because it survived the Hiroshima atomic bomb in 1945 (it was just 1.5 miles from the blast).

Years ago it was moved here by a Japanese businessman and placed in front of a very nondescript Buddhist temple on Riverside Dr (between 105 and 106th Streets).

The plaque reads that it serves as “… a symbol of lasting hope for world peace.”

I read about it on and had to go see it for myself, despite the 28degree weather. I NEVER really noticed it and certainly never would have known its history otherwise, and I’ve walked this street many times. I need to learn to read those plaques when I walk by...

February 2, 2016


See these little goodies pictured above?  They're chocolate-covered, chocolate cookie sandwiches with a cappucino filling called TimTams. They are just about the best things you can stick in your coffee, and they are guaranteed to put a skip in your step, a smile on your face, and possibly a super big jump in your glucose reading. But they are worth the giant sugar crash afterward.


I recently discovered them, and they are far superior to my earlier favorites that I mentioned in a November post. You may remember them: the wafer cookies with the cultish-looking package.



You may ask what these little chocolate sandwiches of cappucino heaven have to do with living in Australia or New Zealand. And no, I have not lost my marbles. These are just the life-determining things you find out...

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Follow me as I discover the cities of New York and Tokyo as well as traveling the world.


I'm always on the hunt for a unique adventure, a chance to laugh, and the much sought-after 'good deal'.


Never stop laughing, exploring, or questioning.

For Stories About Japan, Please read 2015 and 2016 Stories.