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    • Happy Chinese New Year 2016!
      新年好!恭喜發財!새해 복 많이 받으세요! Happy Chinese New Year to all those who celebrate! Its that time of year again for the Chinese, Koreans and anybody else who celebrates the new lunar year. Being brought up in the UK and then living for Japan for 17 years, one does not really feel the atmosphere of what folks are celebrating back in their homelands. For us in Japan it […]
    • Tokyo Snow
      The first snow of the year for Tokyo wasn't too bad - most of it melted by the evening. Public transport was thrown into a chaos though. It's been rather cold in Tokyo however and I have a feeling that we are going to be in for some heavier snow. Back in mid Feb 2014, Tokyo experienced what was apparently the worst snow ever. Does it snow in your n […]
    • Anime Shrine
      At the beginning of the year, folks in Japan would flock to their favorite shrine or temple to make a prayer for the up n coming year. There are a few ways to make a prayer and one of them is to write on a wooden plaque called Ema [絵馬] and hang it up in a designated area in the shrine grounds. Akihabara has a shrine called Kanda Myojin [神田明神] - for the past […]
    • Coming of Age Day Japan
      Monday was a public holiday known as "Seijin no Hi" [成人の日[せいじんのひ]] or "Coming of age day" where those who have turned 20 are declared adults meaning they can now do SDV (Smoke, Drink and Vote) of they want. Those celebrating would dress up in Kimono (for girls) or Hakama (for guys) although many guys can't be bothered (or do not have […]
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      Can't decide whether you want to get rid of your current watch for a smartwatch? Don't want to take the plunge to get a smartwatch because you don't like the thought of not being able to tell the time when the battery is flat? Why choose when you can have both - through some simple DIY'ing. Today we take a lookie at how I fused my Huawei […]
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Despicable me. +Outing in the city.

This afternoon, me and my friends went for an outing in the City.
First grabbed a animation movie – “Despicable Me”, Coming back home, was quite pleased to find out that this weekend it topped box offices with $60.1 million in sales – twice, what the produces expected!*
Movie is really great, highly recommend! Just please take you time, while you at the theater – ending credits are hilarious!

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*According to: Associated Press (LA)

Way to build a snow mountain.

Back overseas I do remember snow being loaded on trucks and taken outside the city to melt. Here, shovel trucks and huge tractors just pile it all up somewhere in the corner. Here’s one of several gigantic snow mounds on the parking lot of a local shopping mall.

And then it really started to snow.

It is true what they say: “Be careful what you wish for.” In previous article I was elaborating on how we finaly got some snow this season. And here we have it, and whole lot of it. Was literaly digging out my car this morning.

Night in the City.

Well, seems like it had become a habit for me to go out to the City almost every weekend. Not like I don’t like it, it’s just uncommon to me. And just this afternoon we finally got snow in New York City, it started snowing around 2 o`clock in the afternoon, we’ll probably get around 1.5 to 2 centimeters of snow tonight.

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Departing from Brooklyn, tracks and platform already lightly covered with snow.
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Window shopping in the City.

Once a month every Tuesday New York Exchange User Group Meet takes place at Microsoft offices on Manhattan. Couple of months ago I had a pleasure of becoming a member. Haven’t closely used Exchange server in any of it`s versions ‘till senior project came along and I had to deploy one in production environment. It was somehow easy to master, though it is so much more to learn about it’s livers.
Clocked out off work early this morning and went to the City to see Christmas decorations, specifically Lord and Taylor store windows. It has become a tradition for Lord and Taylor, Marshals and alike, to decorate their windows with holiday themes.

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View of the store from across the street.
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Halloween in New York City.

Saturday, October, 30th. Halloween eve in New York City. Crowds of dressed up locals, mixed with tourists scowing all around Manhattan. Frankly saying, living in NYC  for five years that’s my first going out dressed in Halloween costume. Day was just great sent to a karaoke bar in midtown, then to a small restaurant in Korean district. It’s a pity that rain, that started late in the afternoon spoiled all the fun. It was drizzling when we went to a Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. So we had to skip it and head home. An hour later, just the time I came back to my place it started raining cats and dogs.

Overall I had lots of fun, thanks to the blokes that invited me…

Yours truly, Al-Tank.

A Day in the City.

During the week it was decided to go to the “City” – Manhattan it is. Frankly saying, I’m not a very frequent guest there, been to a different parts of the City here and there couple of times. Personally, I fancy driving more than taking subway, considering the fact that it’s anywhere from hard to impossible to find parking in the City the only unpleasant option remains to take a subway. Sometime I’ll elaborate on New York transit system, but for now just a brief review of today’s trip.

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