Amusing Musings of a Character Curious About Culture

Some Rants, Raves and Ramblings about All that I See

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Entries from July 2008

Elevator Etiquette

July 31st, 2008 · 91 Comments

You have to appreciate the Japanese sense of manners and politeness. They are known as some of the most respectful and polite people the world over. But not many realize just how overboard that politeness goes to point of incredulity. A case in point. Elevators. You know how it works…you let the people exiting out [...]

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Summertime in Japan

July 26th, 2008 · 30 Comments

The Japanese are absolutely in love with life. That’s the best way to describe them I believe.Since it is the middle of summer here, today was a day where the Japanese dressed up in their yukata and visited local shrines. They then sat near the Sumida river and watched fireworks at nighttime, drinking cool sake [...]

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A ‘Happy’ Video

July 22nd, 2008 · 62 Comments

First of all, I want to know where the hell this guy got the money to do this video. He’s all over the place around the world, shooting 2-second segments for this video. Sheesh. Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

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A Look Into Brasilian VIP Service

July 15th, 2008 · 67 Comments

We have an account in a large bank here in Sao Paulo. It is actually connected to the ABN-AMRO bank system, one of the largest international banks. I think that they’re headquartered in Holland or somewhere. Since I have my salary transferred there every month, I’ve been given “gold status” meaning that rather than taking [...]

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