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mrbrown
Singapore
Father of 3, Blogfather of Singapore, satirist, writer, traveler, podcaster & boss of new media company. Loves gadgets, film cameras & bicycle commuting.
Interests: anime, xbox, japanese robot toys, iphone, gba and pc gaming, writing about my country, playing with my daughters, faith and joy, and my son isaac, cycling, lord of the rings movies, mobile phones, apple macintoshes, ps3.
Recent Activity
It was Guesthouse Sanjyotakakura Hibiki.
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Yes, I am in my old Anglo-Chinese Secondary School uniform. Yes, it is newly bought because I cannot fit in my Sec 4 one anymore. But it is for a good cause. (I know, my shoes sure kena prefect catch... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mrbrown.com
I didnt want to pay three times more for a Sleeper haha! My $300 ticket would have cost me $1,000 if I had booked a Sleeper for both legs. I think the Sleeper would only make sense if I had a second travel companion because the room is the same price for one pax or two.
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Yes. You get more of them boarding the train, the closer you get to Chicago.
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Three days to reach Chicago with the California Zephyr and I was only 24 hours from New York. I arrived at Union Station in Chicago a little worn around the edges but still alive and not smelling badly. I grabbed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at mrbrown.com
A little. But I had travel locks on my bag zips, and I took my camera and a sling pouch containing my passport and cash, everywhere I went. Even to the toilet. On hindsight, an additional cable lock would have been useful to secure the bags to a permanent structure like the luggage rack bars so the bags cant be easily taken away. I plan to buy one right away. Its important when one is traveling solo because no one can help you look after your things. I made friends with the people in the carriage too, so eventually I could trust them to help me keep an eye on my things, and I watched theirs too. But I always had my camera and Tom Bihn Side Effect on me. I also slept with my Synapse 19 backpack under my feet and my camera slung on me like my M16 in NS. Years of National Service and field camp came in handy, eh? This is also why I am a proponent of ultralight packing travel. The less stuff you have, the less stuff you have to protect.
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I didn't sleep well on Day 1. I was still recovering from jet lag from arriving in San Francisco a few days ago. The train journey to Chicago was progressing into Day 2. We entered Nevada, Utah and Colorado, chugging... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at mrbrown.com
Ah. Interesting discussion! I was at Ephesus in Turkey, which was an Ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia. It is 3km southwest from the city of Izmir, Turkey. Built in 10th Century BC.
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Thats the viewing lounge. Good views from there.
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You win. I havent tried that. Respect.
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Should I? I havent been there. But it looks far from NYC.
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It has been almost 24 hours since I made... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at mrbrown.com
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My first look at the Apple AirPods and Apple Watch Series 2 YouTube link: https://youtu.be/RVToUCWCwe0 Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at mrbrown.com
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Hot off the Apple Event in San Francisco, my first look at the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. YouTube link: https://youtu.be/eB2brGdZtyw Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at mrbrown.com
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This is a photo set of my Konbini (convenience stores) haul over the last two weeks, and the stories behind them. Hakodate: Breakfast I bought for the train ride from Hakodate to Sapporo. Little did I know this was the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at mrbrown.com
Im afraid you will encounter occasional dead signals when you take a train through the countryside and through tunnels. Thats not the fault of the router service. Tokyo subways are not an issue. The coverage is very good in the cities. But trains that travel throughout the country will sometimes go through dead spots like tunnels that cut through mountains or stretches of countryside or forest with no cell coverage. Cannot be helped one.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2016 on Traveling with my own pocket wifi at mrbrown.com
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Travel conversations you don't want to h... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at mrbrown.com
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Sorry for the lack of updates because I'm away at the Ogasawara Islands, Japan, also known as the Bonin Islands. Internet is a little spotty. It takes 24 hours by ferry to get to the biggest island of the group,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at mrbrown.com
It was my pleasure to stay at your ryokan, Shinji-san!
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Good grief. PM certainly gave us a scare eh? One moment he was delivering the English segment of his National Day Rally speech, then the next moment he turns pale, grips the podium and faints on stage. Ministers in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at mrbrown.com
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When you want to congratulate Joseph Schooling but you also care about national security. [Photo by Lionel Yeo] Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at mrbrown.com
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In July, I spent four wonderful days wit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at mrbrown.com
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Ben-Hur 2016 was not the remake we asked for, but the remake that was made anyway. It was not a terrible film, and some of the action and better special effects were pretty good (especially the climatic chariot race and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at mrbrown.com
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Dear Parents suddenly interested in sending your kids to swimming lessons after the Joseph Schooling win: Butterfly stroke very shiong one. Start them on front crawl or breaststroke first. Actually backstroke also very hard. I always don't know when to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at mrbrown.com
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Kim Huat attempts to break Joseph Schooling's record. Originally recorded live on Facebook Live at the mrbrown Facebook Page. YouTube link: https://youtu.be/d8kv3CIVCGw Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at mrbrown.com