“This is Japan” is a weekly blog post where I talk a about my life in Japan.
It’s a place where I can share some of the strange, funny, or interesting stories from my week. Sometimes it is a bit personal or random, but I hope you will enjoy learning what it is like to live in Japan.
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Captain’s log, Stardate 1708.3
This city called “Chiang Mai” has proven to be less hot than previously expected. It is much more bearable than Nagoya.
However, the incessant use of A/C everywhere has taken it’s toll on my health. After an encroaching sore throat for two days, today I seem to have come down with some sort of upper respiratory problem. This leaves me in a poor physical condition and in no state to explore the city in the evenings. I am tired from coughing.
I fear I will have completely lost my voice by tomorrow.
Nonetheless, spending the day with female Buddhist monks was enlightening.
Although I am not in Japan, there is no shortage of Japanese Thai snacks available at the convenience stores, the majority of which happen to be 7-11s.
On a quick run to the 7-11 on the corner this morning to buy snacks in case I get hungry in the car, I saw a type of fusion snack. The Japanese brand, “Pretz” caught my eye on the shelf. Though this is not a snack I usually buy because it is not covered in chocolate.
But this morning, something savoury seemed the ticket to satisfy my cravings.
I purchased these three flavours of the Japanese snacks, Pretz: tom yum kun, larb, and pizza.
Due to a previous taste test, I know that tom yum kun and larb are both enjoyable.
The name “larb” confuses me though, and I cannot piece together what it means in this Thai language. I have deduced some type of ground meat, as per the image on the package.
“Pizza” flavour, I have not tried. But the fact that it’s pizza flavour is all the convincing I need.
I also purchased a Japanese brand cold green tea.
These Thai-Japanese snacks should tide me over for some time, until I desire to try something else. At which point I shall journey back to the 7-11 and see which snacks will call out to me.
The days ahead are quite filled with plans. I must take care of my health, what little of it I have left at this point.
It is time for me to retire for the day.
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