Fortuned Freak

That’s the supremely interesting thing about traveling: even when things look the same upon first glance, just look closer.  China now is a vastly different place than it was even 15 years ago. It’s far more open, cosmopolitan, even influenced by Western ideas. However, it is still a completely unique place all its own.  My…

Shredded, abbreviated

As we wait together outside gate E75 in Toronto’s gleaming airport,I am one of the few non-Chinese ready to board. Seemingly alone, I am free; yet weighted.  Why have I shredded my existence? Perhaps that’s a bit harsh. But I never would’ve planned on discarding a majority of my film library. It was like walking…

Oh Canada!

This is my new life, which I embrace exuberantly: preparing to touch down in a foreign nation–yes, Canada is indeed another nation!–having no idea where I will lay my head tonight.  Sun shining brightly over our Bombardier CRJ100’s robin blue wings. We circle the airport once, then twice for good measure. Prosperous neighborhoods of tidy…

What Am I Doing?!

I’ve got the seemingly perfect set up: running team, apartment in NYC, recent salary increase with plenty of opportunities for overtime pay, even an incredible woman nearby who I’ve had so many wonderful moments with.  So why in the HECK am I moving to China in mid-August?! Wow. Is this really happening? Yes. Yes, it…

Open Letter to Trump Voters:

November 11, 2016 Dear Trump Voters, I pray for us all. Yes, even for those who just voted for donald trump. This letter will be as succinct as possible. It will not refute the countless fallacies of the campaign. That has already been done by many and most are clear for all to see; even…

Curated Photo V

Welcome to the fifth installment in my series of ten favorite photos of summer.   Sacred Cedars In the year 816, Kobo Daishi (Kukai) established a center for Shingon Esoteric Buddhism atop Mount Koya–Koyasan.  Today, at least 200,000 people have their remains buried as close as possible to Kobo Daishi, who sits in eternal meditation…

A Sacred Space

Mount Inari: one of the most fascinating, interesting, cool, spiritual places I have ever visited.  Yes, there are legions of tourists below at the famous Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. Especially when you do exactly as a more experienced American traveler in Japan told you exactly not to do, by going in the afternoon. However, the…

First Glimpse of Tokyo

Five pictures on my first day, curated just for you all (and uploaded while underground with best roaming and wi fi reception I’ve ever known). ​​ Iyashiman8 on YouTube

Shanghai in a Second!

Shanghai coffee shop downtown. Solo. Stayed in Happy Hotel with two men I met on plane—details later. It’s true! Google, Facebook, New York Times blocked here. But my website is open in China! More later! Have to navigate back through maze of packed subway trains to outskirts of town to check out of Happy and…

Passage to the DMZ

God Willing, I will make it back from here–one of the most unusual places I will ever visit. Just booked my trip there, to the infamous DMZ (August 2nd). Joint Security Area (JSA) Tour: Get Close to the North Korean Border Follow it all right here at dontletmyparentsreadthis.com throughout my Expedition:Asia…beginning July 13th… NOTE: This…

Sit Back & Enjoy: Scenes of NYC

A misting, salted breeze White tipped waves lapping I will appreciate every. single.solitary.moment. Scenes of NYC…June 30th, 2016