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Saturday, July 31, 2021
Friday, July 30, 2021
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Delayed by a year due to COVID-19
No spectators allowed
August is the hottest and most humid month in Tokyo, competitions held outdoors affect athlete’s performance
Developing weather patterns such as approaching typhoon, recent earthquakes in Alaska
Controversy regarding athlete’s uniforms and exhibiting one’s body
Daily testing for COVID-19
Financial losses incurred by Japan
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
To show our gratitude for her extra help, J.J. and I went back to the La Gran Plaza Fashion Mall and purchased a box of designer chocolates. The store clerk showed no interest in making a sale. She only perked up when we agreed to pay $30 for her to prepare a gift box of chocolates, about half a kilo or 1.1 pounds.
Monday, July 26, 2021
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Aloha Everyone,Climate change is a buzz phrase for politicians, scientists, researchers, students, journalists and for anyone who is looking to get media attention.
Is the earth getting catastrophically warm and eventually becomes inhabitable for humans? Strings of devastating fires this summer left Eastern Canada and the Pacific Northwest as well as sections of California unprepared and unprotected to endure the heat.
Here is an interesting article about scientists in the United Arab Emirates artificially making rain.
J.J. and I have first hand experiences on how mountain ranges surrounding Quito, Cuenca in Ecuador as well as here in Guadalajara are naturally creating rainfall.
Nearly every late afternoon in Guadalajara we see lightning and hear approaching thunderstorms. People are accustomed to bright sunny days suddenly turn into a rainy day. Citizens here also appreciate blessings from this enviable weather where productions of tropical fruits are plentiful and for most places, water is plentiful.
J.J. and I also recall one form of artificial rainfall in Singapore we saw in December 2019 where the two of us visited the Cloud Mountains in the Garden by the Sea complex.
These are extremely costly projects but remain hopeful that new methods of creating rainstorms would help mitigate worldwide drought conditions.
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Friday, July 23, 2021
Taxi drivers here do not use their meters and prices range widely. If we thought drivers in Ecuador were rough, here they speed on bumpy roads trying to beat signal lights while evading pedestrians. Life is truly adventurous.
Today J.J. and I went to Galerías. One of the hotel staff mentioned this being nicer than La Gran Plaza Fashion Mall. We found this complex to be smaller, older and the building layout was confusing. It certainly was not a “walking friendly” place. The best we found was Italianni and we ended up more or less repeating the menu from our previous dining at Italianni at Le Gran Plaza.
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Wednesday, July 21, 2021