Month: March 2017

The Lockup: Japan’s Prison Themed Bar

The Lockup: Japan’s Prison Themed Bar

I’m a big fan of comedy and adventure. Something lighthearted. I get anxiety and stress overthinking things in horror movies.  I also startle easily especially while I have a beverage in hand.  Watching a scary movie or going to a haunted house is way out of my comfort zone.  I avoid those situations at all costs.  But somehow we ended up at this horror/prison themed bar.

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Osaka Owl Cafe – It’s a hoot!

Osaka Owl Cafe – It’s a hoot!

I’m all about new experiences and trying something different.  BUT, I also don’t like going too far to a location that would inconvenience me.  As I was looking for things to do in Osaka on TripAdvisor that was near the hotel I was staying at (Best Western Fino Shinsaibashi Osaka), I found an Owl Cafe: Happy Owl Cafe Chouette.  It only had one review at the time and it was close enough to check out.

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How To Take A Failed Journey to Kinosaki Onsen

How To Take A Failed Journey to Kinosaki Onsen

I walked over from the Intercontinental to Osaka Station at 13:00 to get a ticket for 14:00 train.  There was some difficulty getting a ticket in the office since the attendant’s English was not that good (but my Japanese is worse) so I had trouble understanding him.  I understood enough that there was a train arriving at 14:15 so I had time to go get food.

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Getting a Thai SIM Card

Getting a Thai SIM Card

While in Chiang Mai, Thailand, it wasn’t too difficult to get by without a phone.  As I was walking around the mall, I found a cell phone carrier store called CAT.  Out of curiosity, I walked in and asked about what plans they had. A tourist plan was available that included 14 days of unlimited data, text and phone for 120THB!  That’s $3.80USD.  

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