Here’s a very interesting article that sums up the idea that Japan is a rich country with a relatively low standard of living. That is to say that the nation is affluent because the citizenry put in long hours and live in cramped, uncomfortable apartments. I can definitely identify with this having lived in Japan for 3 years.
Not too much to report on the personal front. I was doing some web research this morning for work for Japanese university recruiting contacts and I came across the article above.
I do miss Japan a little, but I love my new job and my big city life in NYC.
I took a walk over to Chelsea Market today for a look around. The official Chelsea Market website describes the space as “a one-stop, NYC culinary food shop, a gourmet lover’s wholesale-retail wonder world, and an energetic, industrial-chic hotspot, all meshed into an entire city block of space in the heart of West Chelsea.” In other words, it’s a wet dream for a foodie like me.
At the Thai restaurant-cum-import food market inside Chelsea market, I picked up a bottle of my favorite hot sauce, Huy Fong’s Sriracha HOT Chili Sauce, an all-natural, hot chili and garlic sauce with a Thai name, made by a Vietnamese/Chinese immigrant-owned company in California, and a holder of cult status in my culinary canon since the late 90’s (my late teens). Me and my friends in Arizona have given this sauce the nickname, “cock sauce,” because of the rooster on the label. Huy Fong’s cock sauce has many imitators, but none replace the original’s all-natural, pure ingredients and versatility. Cock sauce has the perfect amount of heat and spice from ripe, red jalapeño peppers and garlic balanced with a bit of sour and sweet notes. Put some cock sauce on your hotdogs, hamburgers, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Mexican, etc.. Cock sauce to go with any ethnicity of cuisine. Cock sauces for the masses! Cock sauce for all. Long live cock sauce! Vive la “cock sauce”!
I just joined and updated my flickr and frappr accounts.
Flickr is a way of sharing photos with friends.
Frappr is site that allows people to map their friends and acquaintances.
Check them out!
I love technology, so many ways to keep in touch with everybody, especially with this international life of adventure I live.