Category Archives: Humour

Essay : Seeing is believing ?

Recently, I met up with an old friend for afternoon tea in a hotel in central Tokyo.  She arrived at our usual meeting point with a shopping bag.  She had just been to a department store nearby where she had … Continue reading

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Essay: Men and parasols

These few months in Japan with record-breaking temperatures have almost been unbearable to me as I endure my first summer here since 1981.  For me, the summer already started in late May with the air getting sticky, and by June … Continue reading

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Essay: When in Rome, do as the Romans do!

In the middle of this past September my friend from Tokyo and I visited Grindelwald, our favorite Swiss resort, popular among visitors from all over the world, to enjoy a few days’ of hiking.  We had a delightful view of Wetterhorn, … Continue reading

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Essay: National Wealth and Happiness

Recently, I came across an interesting article entitled “the real wealth of nations” (The Economist, June 30th 2012, p. 75), reviewing the voluminous study, “Inclusive Wealth Report 2012”, published a few months ago by the United Nations.  To date, economists … Continue reading

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Essay: Enigma of Language

I recently watched a documentary programme on Japanese TV which mentioned a hunter-gatherer people called the “Baka”.  At first, I thought I had misheard the name as the word means “stupid” and “idiot” in Japanese, so I checked on the … Continue reading

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Mystery: The phantom Surabaya chambermaid

About 20 years ago, when I was working at the ILO office in Jakarta, our office was implementing a large project to establish Indonesia’s national skills development system in Surabaya, the second largest city, in East Java.  At that time, … Continue reading

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Essay: Socks

In cold weather, we usually put socks on to keep our feet and ankles warm. Even when it is warm, many people wear socks, either to protect their feet from getting blisters or to prevent foot odor developing in their … Continue reading

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