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Month: August 2018

SHANGHAI TRIP POST: FOOD

SHANGHAI TRIP POST: FOOD

The food in Shanghai was unsurprisingly impeccable, and we had no trouble getting accustomed to the local food, being frequent diners of Chinese food back in the United States. In fact, we ate Szechuan food for the first time in Shanghai during our stay in 2010, and because of that it has actually become a family favorite for us from that point on. Nonetheless, Shanghai is the perfect place to try out new and unique food items, and during our…

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Felix Hernandez Demoted to the Bullpen

Felix Hernandez Demoted to the Bullpen

The Mariners defeated the Houston Astros 8-6 on Thursday, but it was a bittersweet night. Scott Servais announced after the game that Felix Hernandez will pitch out of the bullpen from now on. It’s a huge change to do something like that to a franchise icon, but it was a necessary move. Felix has continued his sharp decline since his fantastic 2014, and this season has been a complete disaster for him. Felix Hernandez is no longer the King, and…

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SHANGHAI TRIP POST: PARKS AND GARDENS

SHANGHAI TRIP POST: PARKS AND GARDENS

With average temperatures in the 90s and humidity topping maximum levels in Shanghai, our day-to-day itinerary is filled with visits to local city gardens and parks. Shanghai is filled with parks, or 公园 (gong yuan) in Chinese, and it offers a cool and peaceful environment away from the heat and busy nature of the city life. We visited a few memorable parks in our ten day trip: Zhongshan Park: An oasis nestled in the middle of a busy financial district…

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SHANGHAI TRIP POST #1: A VIBRANT CITY WITH A DISTINCT CULTURE

SHANGHAI TRIP POST #1: A VIBRANT CITY WITH A DISTINCT CULTURE

So far, Shanghai has treated me very well, and I’ve had the chance to relive some incredible memories from many years ago. It’s a big switch in experience to go from Seattle to Shanghai, and sometimes I feel myself having to catch up with the accelerated way of life here. As I approach the one-week point into this trip, I’ve come across some pretty interesting and significant cultural aspects that are worth talking about, so without further ado, let’s dive…

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THE MARINERS ARE COLLAPSING AGAIN: FIRESIDE CHATS #2

THE MARINERS ARE COLLAPSING AGAIN: FIRESIDE CHATS #2

Second crisis of the year, and it’s much worse than the first, we’re afraid. Why is it called “Fireside Chats”? Here’s a link to the first one: http://www.tonbodin.com/2018/07/17/fireside-chats-1/ Are the Mariners back to being the Mariners? The team with the longest playoff drought may be in the midst of another collapse that leads to them missing the postseason. The Rundown of the Crisis: The A’s won again, and we lost. We’ve had to say that a lot of times in the…

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LATE RECAP OF THE MARINERS TRADE DEADLINE

LATE RECAP OF THE MARINERS TRADE DEADLINE

As I was writing my first travel blog post, my phone gave three separate notifications in the span of five minutes, and looking over I was genuinely startled. The first one included a trade of truly disappointing closers, with the Astros shipping former closer Ken Giles (who was demoted to the minors) along with two other pitchers to the Blue Jays, and the Jays returning closer Roberto Osuna, who is not disappointing on the field but off the field, well……

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ASIA TRIP INTRODUCTION

ASIA TRIP INTRODUCTION

OFF TO SHANGHAI Amid the hubbub and excitement of the MLB non-waiver trade window as it winds down to a close, I am headed off for a month-long Asia journey that will start with a 10 day excursion in Shanghai and end with 16 days in my home country of Thailand. On this trip I will be regularly writing about the experiences, food, and people that I encounter along the way, as well as possibly creating a few vlogs for…

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