Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Glorious autumn day in Southern Japan




It is blue skies with the sun shining for the whole day. The temperature is about 21c during mid afternoon which is comfortable indeed. There is a light breeze which keeps the temperature from going up. It is indeed a beautiful nice day with 60% humidity. Spring and fall or autumn as we call it are the two best seasons. Winter here is not too bad as the temperature seldom goes below 12c even during the night. Summer could be quite hot and humid just like in Singapore.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Sayonara Typhoon Hagibis, we don't miss you


Typhoon Hagibis has finally left the north eastern part of Japan but not after taking the lives of more than 60 people and damaging houses, road, trains etc. Hagibis is one of the most powerful storms to slam Japan in decades.
A train depot in Nagano prefecture had 10 of the bullet trains submerged in flood water. One train is said to cost around S$40 million.
I was told this is not the last of the typhoons for 2019. There are a few more on the way until the seas get colder.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

The day after Typhoon Hagibis hit Tokyo



The day after Typhoon Hagibis which ravaged the Tokyo areas with winds up to 195 kph and taking at least half a dozen lives with many people still missing, our place in Fukuoka is relatively untouched.
As you can see, our car is coated with dust caused by the strong gust that carried the dust from a nearby construction site yesterday.
Today's forecast is windy with winds up to 40 kph, sunny and a comfortable average day temperature of about 22c.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

883 km away from Typhoon Hagibis yet ....


Super typhoon Hagibis is currently battering the Tokyo region with winds up to 195 kph. I am now in Fukuoka, 883 km away (air distance)from Tokyo. Although Fukuoka is not in the path of Hagibis, we are experiencing winds up to 50 kph. Although there is a meter of rainfall in the Tokyo region today, Fukuoka has recorded zero rain.
Up till 1 pm today (12 Oct 2019), fortunately only one death has occurred in Tokyo. Typhoon Hagibis will die off by tonight and all will be back to normal by tomorrow.
About 10,000 households in Kanto, Chiba and Tokyo regions are without power.

Friday, October 11, 2019

A little fireplace in our home


I've recently installed an electric fireplace in our home. As the days are getting colder, it seemed like a good idea to have a small fireplace although the main source of heating is still our powerful airconditioning cum heater unit.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Edmond bumped into a a colugo



My friend and ex-colleague Edmond sent me the photo of a colugo. He came across the mammal while walking at the Bukit Batok Nature Reserve. Colugo can grow to 35 to 40 cm in length and weigh between 1 and 2 kg.
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Dancing African kids


Monday, September 30, 2019

Freehold land and houses in Fukuoka









All these houses in Fukuoka prefecture cost an average of S$500,000 each. They are brand new bungalows with an average of 200 Sq meter of freehold land. The train station is a 4-minute drive away. Foreigners are allowed to buy. Singaporeans with a tourist visa can stay in Japan for up to 3 months or 6 months if you can prove you have at least S$400,000 or 30 million Japanese Yen.
SIA has a daily 6 hour non stop flight from Singapore to Fukuoka International Airport.