Jun 26 2019

Subway station @ Columbus Circle

The underground station at 59th Street and Broadway/8th Avenue or there about is pretty nice: with many shops … and the Beijing Duck is on a limited offer at Poké Bowl. 


May 20 2019

The cab drivers

What do they want? It’s 4:30 pm on Monday and the Boulevard Saint-Germain in 7e is completely blocked.

One sign reads: Macron respecter la loi grandguillaume ???

May 19 2019

Keep your metro ticket

Parismetro is like NYC subway: one flat fare – €1.90, gets you from A to Z regardless of distance. (NYC fare currently is $3.00, Frankfurt, which is much smaller and less lines but costs €2.75. The exchange rate is about €1 to $1.12) You insert your ticket and voila, you’re in. You don’t need it again, like, to exit.

On a Sunday evening, a few controllers were down, inside, checking our tickets. I was wondering: how? IF I’m in that means I’ve a ticket.

Coincident, I ran into them again on my way to CDG airport. I wondered out loud this time. The nice lady sat next to me said, “you’re suppose to keep the ticket until you exit.”

Learned one more thing.

I then said, “so odd, this is my second time seeing ticket checkers. The first one was last Sunday.”

She said, “the city needs money.”

May 17 2019

Electric Scooters in Paris

They’re everywhere and everyone is using it in Paris. According to this post, there are about ten companies on the market. Some charges by distance while others by time. To unlock one, it usually cost €1, plus time/distance you’ll be using. No docking and the companies collect them during the night to re-charge or re-pair.

May 3 2019

The handicap lots @ New World Mall

Roosevelt Ave & Main St,
Flushing, New York, 11354

And … the handicap parking spots are filled with German made cars, always. Have you seen anything like this before: so many, so often at the same time?

What’s going on here?

Aug 8 2018

#7 at Hudson Yards

The purple subway #7 has a new station at the Hudson Yards.

Apr 8 2018

CX lost my luggage

Cathay Pacific Airways, out of all others, has lost my luggage. A first in my little life. I flow from JFK to PVG in late March this year, via Hong Kong, of course. When I landed in Shanghai, one piece luggage was missing. After waiting and filing – it’s a hell that evening in Pudong Airport … the airport staff determined that it’s lost and “will contact me.”

The last time I’ve luggage problem, was also with CX, in 2011 fm JFK to PEK. Luckily it’s delayed and they delivered in a few hours shortly after, which was 2 am in Peking. My uncle had to wake up to accept the delayed luggage.  This time, however, it was lost. Gone.

First, there were multiple phone calls (to my relative since I don’t have a Chinese phone number; as that really necessary?) and then the pvg sent me a 4 pages document to fill, claiming officially that it’s lost. After I filled the lost items they asked for receipts, which I no longer have them. I don’t keep receipts, especially grocery shopping.

I normally travel with a carry-on only. This time my cousin asked me to bring some dog food which is only available in U.S. So I throw in a few bottles of wine and some skincare etc. to fill in that box. The dog food was for a party … Aren’t they handsome?!

Then pvg referred my case to CX. Again, CX asked for my receipts. And said that they would only reimburse me 50% of what I’ve listed. Hell, that’s so unfair. Even they reimburse me as I claimed, who’s going to pay for the shipping of the dog foods???

“Would you pay for the shipping of the dog food from the U.S. to Shanghai?” They didn’t reply on this.

They caused me and my cousin so much trouble, inconvenient me for so long and then, they demanded receipts. Hell. Why can’t you make things right and easy for your customer?

The airline industry has changed so much over the years, I just can’t believe that nowadays, an airline loses your luggage when everyone can manage to arrive early for their scheduled flight.

CX’s attitude is horrible and unacceptable.

Mar 27 2018

Star Ferry

This Ferry is one of my faves in Hong Kong, like the South Ferry in lower Manhattan in New York. But either side of Star Ferry (Central and Kowloon ) are destinations.

I haven’t been to Waicha for a few decades, so do t know how it is now – before was more residential.

from the maritime museum on Pier 8

Feb 2 2018


My first trip to the city, Feb 2-4. Atlanta is rather small, hilly and perhaps my short time here, don’t see any rundown area, all good and sitting pretty.

Landing on Friday evening from Huntsville, I take MARTA subway to the city, quick, easy and convenient. My hotel Aloft is 5 minutes walk from the station.      Buckhead is a bit away. the Lenox shopping mall aand Phillp Aven … .


Jan 28 2018

… Tourists @ Japanese Airport

I found two posts on People.com.cn (人民日报/人民网) dated January 26, and more:

  1. 18:41 日本机场滞留中国游客归国 使馆提醒理性对待突发情况
  2. 21:00 滞留日本中国游客今抵沪 我驻日使馆: 遇突发情况理性维权
  3. 17:24, SCMP Chinese budget airline passenger held over brawl at Japanese airport – 2016 SCMP and more
  4. mothership Stranded Chinese tourists clashed with Japanese police at Tokyo’s Narita Airport (video)

A big group, 175 in total, Chinese tourists heading to Shanghai stranded at Japan Narita Airport (日本成田机场) on JetStar (捷星 GK35), due to snow in Shanghai, reportedly only 5 cm. (Not sure how JFK functions … my gut feeling is China cancels a flight liberally – my last cancelled flight, fm Taipei to Shanghai.) 14653

To this post, someone comments “俗语:“横的怕愣的,愣的怕不要命的”,雅语“君子可欺之以方”。前些年俄罗斯排华,赶走那么多华人,没收华人财产,国人屁都不敢放一个。个个贼精贼精的。”

Following is a post written in Chinese, from yesterday, Jan 27

Original 2018-01-27 徐静波 静说日本