Jul 31

The Kumachan Available in Apple News

The Kumachan is now available in Apple News and can be read an previewed through the Apple News application.  Above is the icon for the channel and below is the link to the news feed:

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Jul 30

Trip to Vietnam

I went on a trip to Vietnam to visit a friend who built a golf course called “The Bluffs.”  While there, we went to the tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City.  We also visited the island of Vũng Tau. I felt Hanoi was cool, but not as nice as Ho Chi Minh City.  Vietnam was a great place to visit and I would definitely go back again.

 

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Jul 30

Trip to the Golden Triangle

In 2002, I took a trip up to the Golden Triangle.  This is where Thailand, Laos and Burma meets together on the Mekong River in the most Northern tip of Maesai, Thailand.  Some friends and girlfriends came along on this trip.  We found a big Burmese python that weighed 60kg, over 120 pounds, and I took some nice pics on the river.  It was a great time to see that magical part of the world. We even saw elephants in the river plus we took a side trip to the Queens Palace.

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Jul 30

Nearly Escaped Myanmar Alive

In 2008, I took my first trip to Myanmar, previously known as Burma, where I stayed in the Capitol city of Yangon, also called Rangoon.  We had a good time visit at the Shwedagon Pagoda, however we were lucky to leave early because if we would have stayed tropical Cyclone Nargis hit and did so much destruction and killed many.  I felt lucky to get out of there alive.

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Jul 29

18th Communications Squadron Telephone Maintenance

In 1994-1996, I was in the Air Force and I was stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. I worked in the 18th Communications Squadron Telephone Maintenance in building 400. Some of the guys I worked with were Susac, McNally, and Mr. Sashida who worked trouble tickets. During my off-duty time my friend Mike and I enjoyed grilling out at dorm 114. We even painted “Mike & Joe’s Bar and Grill” on the Sunabe seawall. We made many good memories in Okinawa and I miss the people the people I served with and the Okinawan people.

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Jul 29

Killing Fields in Cambodia

In 2000, I took a trip to get a firsthand look at the Cambodian Killing Fields and see the Killing Fields Museum. It was quite an overwhelming experience and I met some nice people along the way.

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Jul 28

Orion Beer Towel


I received an Orion Beer towel as a gift. The towel is awesome because, not only does it have a cool design with beer and a whale shark, but it is also a reminder of the time I spent in Okinawa. I don’t exactly remember the whole story from when I went and visited the Orion beer company in Nago, Okinawa. The main part of the story of how Okinawa became popular was back when mainland Japan took over Okinawa the mainland Japanese told the Okinawan’s that they were to buy and drink the Japanese beer. The Okinawan’s made their own beer and boycotted the mainland beer and thus was the Orion beer story. Every year they celebrate and host eisa festivals with singing, dancing, food tents, and also Orion beer tents. Orion beer was the first beer that I actually enjoyed drinking and I really enjoyed the festivals. Kampai!

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Jul 27

7th Annual Royal Garden Plaza Arm Wrestling Tournament

In 2010, this was my last time competing in the Royal Garden Plaza arm wrestling tournament.  I finished in 3rd place after competing for the 4th time.  I would have finished in second, but my opponent got an easy path to finish in 2nd place. Still was a fun day and it was my last time competing in the tournament.

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Jul 27

6th Annual Royal Garden Plaza Arm Wrestling Tournament


In 2009, I participated in the 6th Annual Arm Wrestling Tournament that was hosted at the Royal Garden Plaza in Pattaya, Thailand. I really enjoyed the experience.

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Jul 27

5th Annual Royal Garden Plaza Arm Wrestling Tournament


In 2008 it was my second competing in the 5th Annual Royal Garden Plaza arm wrestling tournament. My first draw in the first round I had to take on the previous year’s champion. I snapped my shoulder and was injured. Gene was there and rocked it the whole place was on fire with excitement. They loved the tournament. I loved it too, even though I lost.

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