A Modern Christmas Carol by Mitch

Twas the night before Christmas in faraway Japan One Jewish boy was still working with aplomb and elan. He tried to clear his dashboard of servers of red, While visions of sashimi swum round in his head. He raised his head up from his screen on occasion, To see some of his colleagues showing true … Continue reading A Modern Christmas Carol by Mitch

Mayor Ford: It’s time to go.

Over the past eighteen months I have written a couple of articles about Toronto Mayor (and News Talk 1010 radio host) Rob Ford.  In the first one (Leave Mayor Ford Alone!) I came to his defense when people took a video of him leaving a fast food restaurant and made fun of him (he was … Continue reading Mayor Ford: It’s time to go.

Thank you readers and Happy Halloween!!

The calendar has turned in Tokyo.  Although there are a few hours left in North America, here it is now Friday, and more importantly it is November.  I got in late from a Halloween party in Shibuya… the whole city was a crazy place tonight, and I have the pictures to prove it (they come … Continue reading Thank you readers and Happy Halloween!!

American Express: Leave home without them, because they don’t care.

I have been a customer of American Express for six years.  Because it is not my primary credit card (I know, they are a charge card) they have TERRIBLE customer service.  I have paid down my balance every month, but because my average spending on their card is lower, they refuse to let me buy … Continue reading American Express: Leave home without them, because they don’t care.

A Real Trip… Happy Halloween from Japan!

Saturday night was Halloween.  Okay, no it wasn’t, but obviously all of the great parties for that occasion are on the week-end.  If you can imagine that in Tokyo people seem to dress up in costumes on a regular basis for no good reason, they you will believe that Halloween in Tokyo (and especially in … Continue reading A Real Trip… Happy Halloween from Japan!

Altitude Dashboard

Okay I admit it… it seems I have not been paying attention, because I just found a personalized dashboard on Air Canada’s Aeroplan page that seems really helpful.  I wish I would have known about it sooner, because it really does appear quite useful! In fact, I have used it today to prove that fact! … Continue reading Altitude Dashboard

Big in Japan: The Week That Was…

For those of you who follow not only my blog but my Twitter as well (@MGarvis) you will likely know that I have been walking a lot since I got to Japan, and my FitBit (www.fitbit.com) has all the proof you need.  You may also have noticed that Tuesday and Wednesday this week my daily … Continue reading Big in Japan: The Week That Was…

My Japanese Diet

With two notable and disappointing exceptions, I have eaten only Japanese food since I arrived in Tokyo.  I have tried the Chinese restaurant one more time – it may taste good, but the food has not agreed with me so I will not be trying it again.  Other than that, really I have stuck to … Continue reading My Japanese Diet

Memory Triggers

The forecast in Tokyo called for light rain this morning, and as I looked out the window the weatherman got it right.  No problem, I noticed that the convenience store downstairs from the hotel sells umbrellas, so I would stop there before waking to work.  For about $10 I got a collapsible umbrella. Have you … Continue reading Memory Triggers

Maid Cafes and Gaming…

As you know from my last article I spent several hours on Sunday in the Akihabara section of Tokyo.  There seems to be an abundance of what are called ‘Maid Cafes’ here.  While I did not go into any of them, I was confronted by several of these maids on the street handing out fliers … Continue reading Maid Cafes and Gaming…

Pictures from Day 2…

I have been in Japan since Wednesday evening, and it is now Saturday morning.  For my readers in North America the time shift is simple… this morning in Japan is yesterday evening for you, and this evening in Japan will be this morning for you.  I think… I have been promising that I would start … Continue reading Pictures from Day 2…

My (Second) First Full Day…

Today (Friday) was my first full day of work at Rakuten… or at least it was supposed to be.  I went to bed at a reasonable hour in order to be well rested for my morning presentation to many of the stakeholders of my upcoming project.  Things do not always go according to plans, and … Continue reading My (Second) First Full Day…