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Shanghai Pudong Terminal 2

This terminal has been opened for a month already, and since all my flights were to Japan using ANA (they move to the new terminal end of April 2008), this is the first time I’m using the new terminal. The layout is fresher, but probably not as thought out as other airports. Anyway, not the purpose of my current post. Wifi points with the SSID “spia-guests” are available everywhere in the terminal (at least the check in and waiting lounge). Wifi using that point is free and all you have to do is to bring up the browser and click on the button inthe centre. Don’t worry if the page is all in Chinese, there’s only one button to click.

NH922 PVG-NRT on 20 April 2008


Here I am listening to a tune on the iPod touch, typing out an entry to this site to be sent when I land, while my flight circles over the pacific ocean just outside the bay of Tokyo. We have made two loops so far and slowly descending, definitely the sign of being put on hold, whatever the terminology for that is. Funnel?


Flew over some nice geographical features over west japan, including a potshot of kansai airport island, some volcanic looking features, but Tokyo is very cloudy today. Mount fuji cannot be seen although I know it should be roughly there. Watched An Inconvenient Truth last night and the view from the skies takes ok a different meaning sometimes. Is that town going to be under the water in 50 years? How are all these urban features affecting the weather in ever little ways? Ok no time to think about this. Time to land, and the stewardess is already wondering why I’m typing out an email during the landing procedures.

Bad highway habits

Travelling along a highway right now en route to Xian and just some observations and some do’s and dont’s.- Don’t reverse your car on the highway once you missed your exit. Pretty common sense but any trip along the chinese highway and you’re bound to  meet with one guy doing just that. Ok, the emergency lane will do but its plain bad habit.
– Don’t spit out of the windows. When in the bus don’t spit in the bus either. If you need to regurgitate your phlegm, swallow it. Else wait till  you get to a rest stop.
– Do car car pool. This has to be the funniest thing on the road. A small  truck stacked on the bed of a medium truck and in turn on a larger truck. I have seen two so far today, 3 trucks in one. If it saves petrol or diesel, why not?
– Don’t sleep while driving. Ok this one is quite serious, saw a car flipped over a couple of times. Not really sure what happened, but I guess sleeping at the wheel brings something similar.

Paying duties on a scanner at Pudong Airport

Brought back from Tokyo an Epson X970, basically a Japanese rebadged V700 film and document scanners. Firstly kudos to ANA airlines for handling it properly. I know that they put duties on scanners and many other items in China but there’s nothing on the web that specifies how much except I know its 20%.
Declared it and was charged 20% or a maximum value of 1000 rmb. Basically whatever your stuff costs its 200 rmb. Of course the maximum value for every type of item is different. So go on, buy your high end stuff and bring them into China.

Public Holiday in Japan

Yup. Something like the official day of spring today. So there’s no work here in Tokyo, and spent the whole day out in Nakano having tako balls, charcoal fired unagi and the occasional Fujiya here and there (and checking office mails at the same time). Bought a lens case at the junk corner. Raining the whole day, and made the whole day feel miserable. After that its time for Shinjuku just to walk around a little here and there. Was looking for small hard cases for 120 films since they seem quite fragile after exposure.
Flying back to Shanghai this Saturday after spending 3 weeks out here in Tokyo.

Earthquake in the morning in Tokyo

My first earthquake in Tokyo. Woke up at about 2am on Saturday morning by a little shake. Nothing compared to the one I experienced in Taipei a couple of years back, but this one was still a first. Nothing like a first! Here’s a copy and paste of the details from the USGS website.
Earthquake Details
Magnitude 5.2

* Friday, March 07, 2008 at 16:54:56 UTC
* Saturday, March 08, 2008 at 01:54:56 AM at epicenter
* Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 36.474°N, 140.420°E
Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
Distances 15 km (10 miles) NNW of Mito, Honshu, Japan
80 km (50 miles) SSW of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan
110 km (65 miles) NE of TOKYO, Japan
120 km (75 miles) E of Maebashi, Honshu, Japan
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 8.9 km (5.5 miles); depth fixed by location program

Due to some technical glitches…

… I regret to inform you that I will need some more weeks before uploading all photos to the last 2 posts. Ok… my office PC just decided not to boot up last week and there goes all those photos I was hoping to upload while in Tokyo, bypassing the Chinese firewall. Lucky I managed to upload the A380 photos and maybe 1-2 from Sydney. The rest will have to wait…
9 March in Tokyo

The Australian Outback or bust…

Flying over the outback on SQ222 right now, typing on my iPod touch. Maybe it has to do with with the desolateness of the place but it does look mysterious. The fissured landscape, reminiscent of a long dried out sea, features of rivers draining the plains millions of years ago and dotted with lakes all over the places. The flight is cruising now and these features must be huge on the ground. Nice and nice. For sure will have to spend some time in the outback soon. And hopefully survive to tell.

DuffPod V

Welcome my newest IPod, and this time its a Touch 32gb model. Got it loaded up with podcasts and out and about. I’m still in Sydney today, and wondering what to do with my ipod video classic 30gb. Maybe will be relegated to an external hard disk, but there are times when I will prefer the tactile feedback of a real button, so cracking my mind over it. So I now have 4 working iPods!


Here are some pictures of my first flight on the A380…
Sorry too lazy to write anything on it. One thing is for sure… legroom in cattle class is not much different from current planes.