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Forum: Japan
Sep 9, 20, 2:43 am
Replies: 3
Views: 578
Posted By Taiwaned

Great idea!!! However, my VPL card needs to...

Great idea!!!

However, my VPL card needs to be reactivated again. No activity for 10 plus years.

I do have a US IP address via my VPN. I will check Acorn out.

Thank you for these ideas.
Forum: Japan
Sep 8, 20, 4:41 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 578
Posted By Taiwaned

TV programming from the UK

During the Coronavirus lockdown, I started to watch some Japanese TV channels.

Discovered AXN channel which has the Britsh TV program VERA. ( DCI Vera Stanhope) and I am totally hooked. I really...
Forum: Japan
Sep 8, 20, 3:08 pm
Replies: 250
Views: 39,529
Posted By Taiwaned

Not sure how I feel about this. On one hand,...

Not sure how I feel about this.

On one hand, glad I haven't asked for a refund on my tickets yet...

On the other hand, it's not worth getting COVID over an Olympic baseball and basketball...
Forum: China
Sep 7, 20, 4:10 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,129
Posted By Taiwaned

Absolutely!!! Our best out of the way trips, the...

Absolutely!!! Our best out of the way trips, the driver ate snacks, noon, and dinner with us. Most of them were considerate to give us our own time but during the actual eating, we ordered family...
Forum: China
Sep 6, 20, 5:19 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,129
Posted By Taiwaned

Agree! It is all about communication. While...

Agree! It is all about communication.

While we always had a general itinerary in mind, we bounced it off the local driver. For example, we wanted to go to the Dujiangyan Irrigation System World...
Forum: China
Sep 6, 20, 4:16 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,129
Posted By Taiwaned

Prepandemic, when we went off the beaten path, we...

Prepandemic, when we went off the beaten path, we just hired a driver for the whole day. The benefit of having a local driver was, he knew what was worth visiting, really crazy off the beaten, local...
Forum: China
Sep 6, 20, 2:12 am
Replies: 68
Views: 3,097
Posted By Taiwaned

My Chinese name is 陈伟。It has no connection...

My Chinese name is 陈伟。It has no connection whatsoever with my real name. It was given to me by one of my Chinese teachers as well. I didn't want an obvious name given to foreigners nor did I want a...
Forum: China
Aug 31, 20, 4:37 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,129
Posted By Taiwaned

Another obvious small beautiful town is 桂林市 -...

Another obvious small beautiful town is 桂林市 - Guilin and surrounding areas including 阳朔县- Yangshuo area. It also can be a tad touristy but the reason why these towns are so touristy is because they...
Forum: China
Aug 30, 20, 1:53 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,129
Posted By Taiwaned

‎九寨沟 - Jiuzhaigou blew my mind. It is a small,...

‎九寨沟 - Jiuzhaigou blew my mind. It is a small, nothing town when I went .....
Forum: Japan
Aug 9, 20, 5:08 pm
Replies: 2,301
Views: 904,361
Posted By Taiwaned

Sure glad someone else mentioned Toki. I...

Sure glad someone else mentioned Toki.

I bought a bottle for a friend in the USA, without tasting it. Now I am looking to purchase a bottle IN Japan so at least I can say I tried it. Is this an...
Jul 24, 20, 3:58 pm
Replies: 67
Views: 6,280
Posted By Taiwaned

This was what the salesman was referring to. ...

This was what the salesman was referring to.
If all you did was watch basic cable, then it would be fine for many, many years. This was my FIL's world. Japanese variety shows and sports - what...
Jul 23, 20, 10:04 pm
Replies: 67
Views: 6,280
Posted By Taiwaned

We ended up purchasing a SONY Bravia 55 inch OLED...

We ended up purchasing a SONY Bravia 55 inch OLED TV.

Samsung is not available in Japan.

Interestingly enough, the salesman said that the expected lifespan for a smart TV is only about 10 years...
Jul 23, 20, 6:12 pm
Replies: 28
Views: 2,603
Posted By Taiwaned

While I do not blame them one bit for their...

While I do not blame them one bit for their decision, I was hoping to visit next February.... this plan is going to be in jeopardy.
Jul 22, 20, 4:36 pm
Replies: 67
Views: 6,280
Posted By Taiwaned

They don't sell Samsung TV's in Japan, I don't...

They don't sell Samsung TV's in Japan, I don't think. (Yodobashi Camera, Yamada, BIC) and I am going to go to Joshin today.

We have narrowed our search to Sharp, National (Panasonic) and Sony. ...
Jul 22, 20, 2:11 am
Replies: 67
Views: 6,280
Posted By Taiwaned

Sorry, I thought I posted this in Travel...

Sorry, I thought I posted this in Travel Technology. If moderators can move it, it would be great!!!
Jul 22, 20, 1:36 am
Replies: 67
Views: 6,280
Posted By Taiwaned

Need to buy a TV

Only 5 years ago, we purchased two Toshiba Regza's TVs.

The main CPU has blown on BOTH of these TV's ANNUALLY. (48 inch CPU 4 times, 43 inch CPU 5 times) They were on warranty for the first year...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Jul 20, 20, 1:55 pm
Replies: 5,981
Views: 514,053
Posted By Taiwaned

Budweiser.... it is so non special. =) You...

Budweiser.... it is so non special. =)

You can find Asahi easily in NYC, especially kegs, but in upstate NY, not available for delivery via online purchase.
Forum: DiningBuzz
Jul 20, 20, 3:06 am
Replies: 5,981
Views: 514,053
Posted By Taiwaned

Anyone here advise me? What is a US beer...

Anyone here advise me?

What is a US beer that is most similar to Asahi Super Dry? It has to be really CRISP, DRY beer.

I wanted to purchase some Asahi Super Dry and have it delivered to some...
Forum: Japan
Jul 18, 20, 4:27 pm
Replies: 250
Views: 39,529
Posted By Taiwaned

Since I can't read Japanese, Mrs. Taiwaned went...

Since I can't read Japanese, Mrs. Taiwaned went to the Olympic ticket website to request a refund. It said that we will be able to apply for a refund in the fall. The decision to refund was just made...
Forum: Japan
Jul 17, 20, 4:05 am
Replies: 250
Views: 39,529
Posted By Taiwaned

While it is scummy business practises, I am sure...

While it is scummy business practises, I am sure when the official schedule comes out, it would be newsworthy. The news will be commenting about it so we should get enough warning to act during this...
Forum: Japan
Jul 9, 20, 3:11 pm
Replies: 2,606
Views: 231,318
Posted By Taiwaned

While no one can really say, I hope you can but I...

While no one can really say, I hope you can but I truly doubt it.

I understand they are JUST starting to consider easing restrictions from a few select countries, October is only 3 months away and...
Forum: Japan
Jul 1, 20, 1:55 pm
Replies: 250
Views: 39,529
Posted By Taiwaned

1. 10% - at this rate, can't see the Japanese...

1. 10% - at this rate, can't see the Japanese government will even allow US athletes to even touch Japanese soil
2. 30 %
3. 0% - will conflict with the Winter Olympics
4. 50%
Forum: Japan
Jun 20, 20, 12:49 am
Replies: 2,606
Views: 231,318
Posted By Taiwaned

My cousin owns a restaurant in downtown Kyoto. ...

My cousin owns a restaurant in downtown Kyoto. He says that it is very empty.

On weekends, locals do come out a bit more but they lack the consumer confidence to spend much money.

The irony...
Jun 2, 20, 2:47 am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,056
Posted By Taiwaned

First, what passport will you be traveling on? ...

First, what passport will you be traveling on?

Hong Kong has many countries that are VISA free access. 85 countries have VISA free access 90 days, 25 countries have VISA free access 30 days...
Forum: Canada
May 27, 20, 2:31 pm
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