Sunday, September 30th, 2001:

If you’re a fan of this site (hopefully there’s a few of you out there), you’ve no doubt been wondering why the Asian updates suddenly stopped, and why there’s now suddenly seven days worth appearing all at once. Here’s the deal…

As you read further you’ll get the details on why the Internet thing only worked out for me in Hong Kong. I did visit a cyber-café here and there, but never with enough time for a proper proofread and hyper-linked site update.

But now it’s 9:46AM Singapore time, and I’m passing over the southern tip of Alaska en route to Chicago. I have all the time in the world; I’ve just crossed the international date line for chrissakes! I’ve been travelling for more than twelve hours; six and a half of that from Singapore to Tokyo. One of my colleagues, who shall remain nameless (at least until my photos are posted), had a bit of an incident on that flight. Last night she decided to forego the few available hours of sleep, and this morning collapsed on her way to the washrooms at the rear of the plane. I think it was a ploy to get four seats to herself to lie down, but I’m cynical that way.

Once at Narita Airport, my business-class ticket gave me access to the United Airlines Members’ Lounge, where I could recharge my batteries, literally. Whilst doing so, I chose wandering the halls of the departure level over hangin’ with the biz-knobs and their free liquor; that way I could look wistfully at Japanese folks mashing the keys of their i-Mode phones, with fond memories of my vacation here last month.

I’m not the religious type, but I do believe that things happen for a reason. And I found it most interesting to be back in Asia just over a month after going there on my own dime. Why this happened I cannot say. China has some interesting opportunities; there’s already a Canadian comedian, Dashan, who’s a household name there. Unfortunately, this laowai’s Mandarin is not so good. Being on the other side of the world also gave me some distance from America’s mobilization against terrorism; I have to admit that I’m not looking too forward to our stopover in Chicago.

If nothing else, my trips to Asia have taught me that our global village ain’t as small as one would think, and without dismissing any of this past month’s tragic events, I have been reminded with my travels that there’s more going on in this world of ours than what you see on CNN. But then, I already knew that; I’m Canadian..


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