By Far, 2017…

By far my most adventurous year to date has been 2017. I traveled to 17 new countries that year. Here’s a look back on the people I met and the places I visited. Sadly, I also lost my cousin that year.

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2007 — I took a leap of faith and traveled to South Korea that year. My first friend in Korea and neighbor was also born in 1979 on 10-09. 2013 — Hanguel (Korean Language) Day became a national holiday that year. Thereafter I found it easier to schedule parties or trips on my birthday so…

Just Dates?

1979: I was born on the same day, October 9, that historians agree Hanguel, the Korean language, was proclaimed in 1446, which was also the day on which Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara de la Serna was assassinated by Bolivian agents working under the order of the US CIA, in 1967. 1985: I took my first Tae…

2017 … So Far

I had been working in Dammam, Saudi Arabia since August 2016. I hadn’t been to the capital city, Riyadh, yet. However, things soon changed for me. Dammam is only a thirty minute car ride from Bahrain. On weekends I made my way to Bahrain’s capital city, Manama.   In late January I took a trip…

That Dude

I had a layover in Tokyo, Japan. I was excited to be there of course. After all, it’s Japan — home of Sega, Sony, Mt. Fuji, Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and Ramen noodles. Even though my impression of the Japanese as reserved and conservative was pretty well warranted, I found after close inspection that their culture,…

Yams? No. Sweet Potatoes, Bitch!

If you find this blog title offensive that is because it was meant to be. Just as Dave Chappelle used an audio byte of Donnell Rawlins screaming “I’m rich, bitch” I want to make a proclamation about a different subject — one that has perplexed me for some years now. If you are like me then…

Telling Them Apart

While in Fukoka and walking around the city with Fuko, she confided in me that many Koreans looked noticeably alike. She could identify a Korean male mostly by his hair style.  This got me thinking about the observable fashion trends and even noticeable genetic traits that Asians share because I too think I can tell most Asians apart. The following…

Hiroshima

It was a very somber experience — visiting the memorial in Hiroshima. We made our way there via the Shinkansen, bullet train. We also spent our time at Miyajima, which conversely is a lovely destination. Finally, we ended upback in Fukuoka at Goodie’s, but not before having some delicious sushi at a local eatery. Photos…

Weekend Getaway

Goodie is the sole proprietor of Goodie’s R&B Soul Bar in Fukuoka city. On any given day you can find him serving drinks and entertaining his guests while the smooth grooves of the likes of Marvin Gaye, Barry White, or the Temptations fill the room. The front door is located underground and is accessible via…

沖縄県 Part II

While sitting at the bar at Chocolate Milk in Okinawa two gentlemen walked in. They were decked out in tailored suits that put my casual pants and t-shirt to shame. After greeting Hiro, the proprietor, they peered down the bar at me. I was sitting alone. These men must have noticed my dark as a sign that I was…

沖縄県

Dear Brothas & Sistas, Welcome back to That Brotha in Asia’s blog. For those of you who have recently found this I bid you a gHood day and hope you enjoy your stay. Warm regards, That Brotha in Asia PS Curious if I misspelled good? Check out MFBTY. I’m writing you from the confines of…