QiRanger Podcast Ep. 2014-01 [NSFW]

This one won’t exactly be safe for work and can be summed up in two words: Super Pussy.

Welcome back to the QiRanger Podcast. Every week, I’ll endeavor to bring you important regional news and commentary and travel related stories. If you have something you’d like to add to the mix, please let me know. You might just find yourself in an episode!

The Spring 2014 Video Schedule

  • Sunday – The QiRanger Podcast
  • Wednesday – The Walk and Talk
  • Friday – Travel and More
  • Breaking News as it happens
  • Daily videos on the VLOG channel

The News: WATCH 

The Koreas

  • Reunion talks – North and South Korea have agreed to hold separated family reunions from February 20th-25th at the Mt. Geumgang tourist resort complex in North Korea’s Gangwon Province… and just like last time, North Korea is already threatening to cancel them. The South Korean government always falls into the same trap of trusting North Korea. WATCH
  • Park wants more tourism – President Park feels that a stronger domestic tourism campaign will boost foreign travelers. She’s wrong. WATCH

East Asia

  • The East Sea in US – The Virginia House has passed a bill requiring use of the East Sea and Sea of Japan in educational matters. Japan opposed the matter and lobbied against it. National Geographic has included (East Sea) since 1999. Japan threatens to pull out.  WATCH
  • Can NHK be trusted? Several senior members of NHK, Japan’s National broadcaster seem to be parroting the government’s stance on events, rather than being impartial. Is this the end of respect for the NHK? WATCH
  • Abe offers to meet with Park. Since taking office, neither Park nor Abe have met. South Korea’s President has issued a statement that she will not meet with Japan’s leader until the nation makes a full and meaningful apology for its wartime actions. Abe says he wants an open dialog to mend ties, but if Park continues to stick to her guns, then no meeting will take place and Abe will win the PR war. WATCH

Take Me Away: WATCH

This week we’ll be discussing Sex in South East Asia.

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A Day in Singapore!

Greetings and salutations my excellent friends! It’s time for the last video from our Winter SEAsia trip (I know I’ve said this before, but this time I mean it). Today, I’m going to share with you part of our trip through Singapore!

Our adventure started off in Singapore’s Chinatown. It’s a really cool area and one that I really recommend. The old shop houses are totally cool and really capture the look and feel of the area. You’ll see these throughout many of the older areas in Asia, but none have really been as well as preserved as we have seen here.

The next area we walked past was Pagoda Street featuring the giant Gopuram of Sri Mariamman Temple (ornate entrance to Hindu Temple). It’s really cool to look at. Just a few hundred meters away is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.

Out of all the places we visited in Singapore, this was our favorite. We actually went there every single day. It is an AWESOME place to go. The temple is built in Tang Dynasty style and is four stories high. It is probably one of the best museums on Buddhism I have ever seen. The tooth relic room blew my mind.

These three places can all be reached within 400m of the Chinatown metro station.

Then we went to one of the many areas where “hawker food” is available. Hawker food is the same as street food, but called hawker food because of the British influence on Singapore. We then saw a short film about Singapore and traveled to the Garden By The Bay to take in the Super Tree Grove and domes.

All in all, it was a fantastic day.

Manila Chinatown – QiRanger’s Walk and Talk #14

This week on the Walk and Talk we’re headed to one of my favorite places in the Philippines – Manila Chinatown otherwise known as Binondo. It’s within walking distance of Intramuros and Luneta and where we tend to stay when in the city. What makes Manila Chinatown so special? Well, take a look at the video. In this week’s episode, I take you through only a couple of blocks inside this historic district that was established in 1521 with its official incorporation dating back to 1594 – making it the oldest Chinatown in the world.

SEAsia Trip Video Series 3

Okay, I apologize that it has taken me so long to get this out there, but we’ve had some pretty spotty wifi over the last 10 days or so. What I provide for you now is the latest video dump from our trip. As always, if you’re following me on Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube you can get the videos as soon as they are released.

Video 1:No sex in the Thai minivan!

Video 2: Thailand’s Sang Som Rum!

Video 3: Thai Street Food: Banana Waffle!

Video 4: Doi Suthep Temple

Video 5: Singapore’s Red Light District

Video 6: Amazing Singapore Ice Cream Sandwich!

Video 7: My $2 Shave!

Video 8: Exploring KL’s Skyscrapers!

Video 9: Slow-mo Pigeon Romp

There you have it… all the videos up to now. Stay tuned for more!!!!

SEAsia Trip Week One Videos

Hey everyone! I hope you’re having a fantastic day. It’s hard to believe, but Jo and I have been out on our SEAsia trip for one week at this point. While I have been pretty good at uploading videos each day to The VLOG Channel, I wanted to place them all on QiRanger.com as well. Each week, I will place an embedded list. So, without further ado, here is the first collection!

Video 1: Pandesal

Video 2: Chinese-Filipino Traditions

Video 3: Chinese Cross

Video 4: Wai Chan Noodles

Video 5: Happy New Year

Video 6: McDonald’s Chinatown

Getting Cheap SEAsia Flights

We’re about ready to start the final pack and get out of here. However, I did receive a question about budgeting for a long SEAsia trip and scoring cheap flights. To be truthful, Jo and I are not budget backpackers and like staying in moderate resorts. Comfort is primary for us. That being said, we also like to travel quick, safe, and efficiently. On our current trip, we have 11 legs that averaged out to $89 per person per leg. While there are cheaper ways to travel, than flying, we wanted to maximize our relaxation time, not spend it on a bus or train.

Seoul Subway Gas Masks

Seoul’s Subways are some of the most traveled in the world. So what happens in case of an emergency? Well, the fine folks running them are on top of everything and have plans in place. In today’s video, we take a look at the Seoul Subway Gas Mask closet. Not only do they have gas masks for smoke, but also for more severe (radiological) types of problems. What’s great about the Seoul Subway Gas Masks is that they’re easy to identify and the instructions are available in Korean and English with pictures.

Korean Subway Toilet Vending Machine

Need a few things when going to the toilet? Well if so, then you’re in luck… at least in Seoul where you’ll often find a vending machine next to the public toilets. Just what will you find in the Korean subway toilet vending machines? Well aside from what you would normally expect, there are a few other things I find a bit odd, like candy bars.

Seoul’s Gusto Taco

Growing up in both Texas and Arizona, if there’s one type of food that I would call comforting, it would be Mexican. Since arriving in Korea almost five years ago, I’ve been pleased to see the number Mexican food restaurants rise. This week, Jo and I venture to Hongdae to Gusto Taco. Trip Advisor consistently rated as one of the top restaurants in Seoul, so I knew I couldn’t pass it up.

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The restaurant is located just around the corner from exit 1 of Sangsu Station (Line 6). A few buses do run in the area, but your best bet is to get there by taking the subway or walking. If you want to take a taxi there, just tell them to take you to the station.

It’s a fairly small restaurant divided into two floors. The first floor is nothing more than small window, where you can see the prep cook making Gusto Taco’s signature tortillas. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, they make their own here – and that is a very good thing. However, while we were there, they wouldn’t allow me to film. SAD PANDA

We made our way upstairs and found ourselves the very first customers of the day (or at least the only ones there at the moment. After settling down it was time to get our grub on. We ordered the following: 2 margaritas, 2 sets of chipotle pork tacos, and chipotle pork nachos. The total came to W40,400 ($38.33). That might seem like a lot, but for Western Food in Seoul, it isn’t.

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The margarita was… unique. It’s served in a rocker glass and despite asking for a frozen margarita it was simply a regular one placed in a glass with a ton of shaved ice. It tasted all right. I found it quite tart, but that’s the way I like them. All that being said, the margarita wasn’t anything special. For its price, I found it quite lacking and opted to purchase a 500ml San Miguel beer for an additional W6,000 ($5.70).

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Moving on to the nachos, I had some high hopes, since I know they make their own cheese sauce. Unfortunately, that’s the best thing about the dish. Seriously, it was so good, I used my fingers to scoop up the excess cheese. YUM However, that was the only thing special about the nachos. Gusto Tacos doesn’t make their own tortilla chips, as that would be “cost prohibitive.” While, there’s nothing wrong with that, kit’s also a shame, since that would make the dish extra-special.

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Now let’s talk tacos. Our chipotle pork tacos arrived hot and served wrapped in tin foil. No plates needed here and it reminded me of all the times I got tacos off the end of a truck when crossing the border years ago. The tortillas, as I’ve alluded to before, were amazing. The pork was tender and full of rich spices. When I took my first bite, savory juices dripped out its back end. It was a joyous taste explosion in my mouth and one I would pay for again and again.

While the margaritas and nachos weren’t anything beyond ordinary, the tacos were. Overall, this was a great place to come and eat. On a scale of one to five bottles of Awesomesauce, I’ll rate it a solid 4.

Bundang Line’s Suwon City Hall Station – QiRanger’s Walk and Talk #13

Hey everyone! This week on the Walk and Talk I’m taking you to Suwon and a fresh look at the Bundang Line’s new Suwon City Hall Station. The Bundang Line extension opened up two weeks ago, and this is the first chance I’ve been able to ride it.

Suwon City Hall Station is located halfway between Mangpo Station and Suwon Station on the Bundang Line. While it has 10 exits, it is a very small and vacant looking station. There’s only one store inside, and it’s not even a Storyway. Pretty disappointing when you think about it.

Heading up to the street level, you do find yourself in proximity to malls like the Galleria, HomePlus, and Hi-Mart. Trendy nightlife area Ingye-dong is also nearby.

All in all, Suwon City Hall Station is still getting its feet wet, but I guess you really don’t need a lot inside, where there is so much outside.