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Hotel Chuo Selene

Hotel Chuo Selene, Nishinari-ku, Osaka.

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The area around Dobutsuen-Mae Station on Osaka’s Midosuji Subway Station and Shin Imamiya Station on the

Centrally located with easy access to other parts of Osaka and Kansai Airport via a wide variety of train, subway, & tram lines, within sight of the Abeno Harukas development, and on the edge of the entertainment district around the Tsutenkaku Tower, Hotel Chuo Selene is not the cheapest – there are plenty of establishments offering trimmed down, simpler accommodation – but if you want en-suite and decent free wifi, its a good option.

The rooms are minimalistic and modern: light wooden floors, walls without ugly pictures, simple desk etc and the effect is a light and airy atmosphere. Anything not in the room, like kettle etc can be gotten from the front desk where 24 hour free coffee and tea is available. The staff speak some English, Chinese, & Thai, and large rental lockers are available to store luggage.

Shinsekai at night, Osaka, Japan.

Hotel Chuo Selene
1-1-11 Taishi
Nishinari-ku
Osaka 557-0002

Hotel Chuo Selene is 2 minutes on foot from Dobutsuen-Mae Station and right opposite Spa World.

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On Trump’s Inaugural Speech: Speechless, Sleepless and Shook!

Last night I couldn’t sleep.

I had received a lot of request from friends and fam to boycott the Inauguration by not watching it. But I went ahead and did it anyway. You might as well as be telling a nest of mosquitos, “listen, there’s this real bright light out there hanging on a porch, but whatever you do don’t look at it, don’t fly near it. It’s dangerous!”

Well, I couldn’t sleep last night cause, well, I got zapped!

I couldn’t watch all of it. I did, regrettably, I watch his inaugural speech. Well, I only regret it because I needed some sleep and it left me sleepless, speechless, and shook. It was the most disturbing speech I’ve seen from a president in a long time (over 8 years).

Till yesterday I simply did not fully feel the surrealness of this era we’ve entered.

Everything I’ve ever felt about Trump came back to me and through me and then vanished completely. A mixed bag of feelings to be sure. For example, he DID represent money and power and greed and the gilded lifestyle of the rich and famous. In other words, he DID represent the most seductive aspects of the American dream, a dream that unfortunately guides the thoughts and actions of so many Americans, including mine for a very long time.

He WAS synonymous with a lifestyle I didn’t so much aspire to as I did envy in a twisted way, to watch fights from front row in a Las Vegas casino with your name atop it, your name on the floor of the ring, your name ringing in everyone’s ears, you being the winner regardless of the winner of the match. I LIKED that!

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Japanese McDonald's Curly Fries - Are They Good?

Curly fries are hard to come by in Japan, as the very limited selection of fast food restaurants here mostly sell standard-cut fries or potato wedges. McDonald’s started 2017 with a time-limited run of curly fries, available from mid-Jan to early-Feb. So how are these fries? I gave it a try today.320yen by itself or add 50yen to upgrade your medium fries that came with the meal, the curly fries are presented to you in a box. The weight is pretty good and holds more than you’d expect. Just remember to ask for the ketchup because they never give that to you in Japan unless requested.As someone who likes fries a little bit too much, I was very satisfied with the extra crispiness with these curly fries. The extra flavour and the touch of spiciness put them at a level higher than the normal fries, and unless those chocolate-sauce french fries strange inventions, I’m sure everyone would enjoy these curly creations.When you hit a curly-fry with multiple rings, you know you’ve hit jackpot. Good news is that you can expect multiple jackpots in your box, as mine was full of them!The cost isn’t high but these (very regrettably) won’t be around forever. If you miss the North American fast food back home, go get your filling of curly fries before they stop curling!—————————————–Follow for more everyday magic I encounter in Japan! …continue reading

    

Kamelon-pan - Delicious Turtle Cuteness

I love Japanese bakeries. They are always so creative in how to make their already delicious bread even more appealing.On one of my visits, I walked through the bakery inside the supermarket again. Although I knew I wasn’t buying anything right before dinner time, it always puts a smile on my face when I see they come up with something new.And this time, what I saw was absolutely adorable.Look at how adorable these little turtles are. Laying on the sheet, waiting to be picked up for just about 180yen each. How can you not want to bring them home?And their name! Kame (turtle) + melon-pan (the name of the delicious bread) = Kamelon-pan. While many may facepalm to such oyaji humour, I loved it. The taste may have been standard, but that’s obviously not the reason why I bought it.The biggest issue with such a cute delicacy is of course, where do you start eating, if you can bring yourself to devour it at all.—————————————–Follow for more everyday magic I encounter in Japan! …continue reading

    

Lighter Fluid for the Conflagration

Last night I couldn’t sleep.

All of the inbox request from beloved and trusted friends to March on Tokyo support of Obama and to protest Trump, to change my profile pics on Facebook and Twitter to reflect my love and admiration of the outgoing president, have been responded to and in most cases boycott the Inauguration, and of course to boycott Trump’s inauguration by not watching it on TV (and watching something else instead) have been read and responded to, and for the most part adhered to. Except that one about boycotting the inauguration. You might as well as be telling a nest of mosquitos, “listen, there’s this real bright light out there hanging on a porch, but whatever you do don’t look at it, don’t fly near it. It’s dangerous!”

Well, I couldn’t sleep last night cause I got zapped!

I couldn’t watch all of it. But I did see enough to know that it was most somber, most joyless and soulless inauguration of life. Maybe I still have Obama’s fresh in my mind, the most joyous ever in my estimation, so that’s an unfair assessment, but it certainly seemed so (and I said as much in a facebook post). And, regrettably, I watched his inaugural speech. Well, I only regretted it because I needed some sleep and it left me sleepless, speechless, and shook.

It was the most disturbing speech I’ve seen from a president in a long time (over 8 years).

Till yesterday I simply did not feel fully the surrealness of this era we’ve entered. Everything I’ve ever felt about Trump came back to me and through me and vanished completely. A mixed bag of feelings to be sure. For example, he DID represent money and power and greed and a gilded lifestyle of the rich and famous. In other words, …continue reading