Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by bigwill51534, Feb 11, 2013.
Sounds like you had a really eye-opening and rewarding experience out there man, good on you.
So, we made it out of the Philippines without incident. We are currently out to sea, and en route to our next port. Life's been insanely busy, but time is passing. It looks like I'm going to see two new ports over the next few weeks which is pretty fun. Getting a good tour of the Pacific! I might even get to visit Guam depending on when I get flown back to the US. At my next destination, there will be quite a few photos as we are stopping in a pretty historic area. Lots to see, and many good museums within close proximity. The fun should start soon! ~Will Courtier~
Incident? Is there something about the US relationship with the Philippines we're not being told?
Eh, it's just very easy to get involved in an incident. That place can be pure evil at times. Definitely the most dangerous place a single man could ever go to.
Qr made it to Sasebo,n Japan today! Eating sushi at a conveyer style sushi restaurant, and drinking an Asahi beer. Life is good!
We went out sight seeing yesterday, and had a great time. Visited the hyper center park in Nagasaki (exact location of where the atomic bomb was dropped), went to the atomic bomb museum, took a cable car to the top of a nearby mountain, went to the Confucius shrine, visited a huge garden (Glover Garden), and ate some great food (authentic ramen, and more sushi). The atomic bomb stuff was very somber, and was quite sobering. The devastation was incredible, and the level of suffering is almost impossible to comprehend. I'm glad I had the chance to see it, though.
~ Will Courtier ~
Here are a few quick notes about some of the more interesting photos. The second to last pic in my first reply of photos is the actual spot the bomb was dropped. A crater remains there to this day, that is about 50 yards across. The monument there is a casket vault, which has locked inside the names of every known person that died due to the bomb. The clock photo was a working clock, that was maybe 500m from where the bomb dropped. The clock stopped on the exact time the bomb went off. There were many other artifacts and photos of dead and dying people, too. But, I chose to not photograph them out of respect for the Japanese that were there. The many statues I photographed were mostly gifts from other countries as a token of sympathy and peace. I couldn't photograph every one, as there were a lot of them. So, I tried to get the more interesting ones. The Confucius shrine didn't allow photography at all, so no pics there.
Just let me know if you have any questions. I'll answer them as best I can.
To answer a question that was asked a few pages ago - that strange building in Singapore is the Marina Bay Sands Hotel (http://www.marinabaysands.com/). It's not a ship, just an odd (and cool) building design. Singapore is on my bucket list.
OK, so we made it to Yokosuka, Japan! We just pulled in here yesterday afternoon. Me and a few buddies hopped onto a train last evening and went to Yokohama. We walked out of the train station, and were immediately lost... So, we flagged down a cab and told him to take us to a bar. He stared at us with a puzzled look, so we told him we wanted saki. He understood that, and off we went. About 2500 yen later (~$25), we were being escorted up a bunch of stairs in a pretty upscale looking building. They led us to a pretty odd saki bar. Thank God they spoke English (although broken), as I would have never understood how everything worked without them explaining it to me. We sat down at a table which had a fifth of Soju (sweet potato liquor) and a decanter of whiskey (no clue what type, but it was rough). We each paid ~$45 which paid for our seats for 1 hour, and we were allowed to drink as much as we wanted of the bottles on the table (and we were told that they would replace the bottles if we emptied them). After 2-3 minutes, 3 Romanian women showed up at the table and sat next to each of us (one next to each guy). We chatted for a few minutes, and the waitress asked if we wanted to buy them a drink (~$10 each). We figured what the hell, and did it. So, the girls just hung out with us and visited for the next 30 minutes or so. Then, the waitress came back and asked us if we wanted to buy the girls another drink. Thing was, the second drinks cost ~$20 each. So, we immediately declined. Once we did, the waitress said something and all three girls go up and left. We just shrugged our shoulders and looked at each other with puzzled looks on our faces... About 2-3 minuets later, 3 more girls showed up (once agian, all Romanian). That's when we figured everything out. The girls worked at the bar, and were basically paid to just chat with the guys. No sex, no intimacy, just small talk. Oh, and they kept our drinks topped off which was pretty cool. If we didn't buy the girls drinks, after 15-20 mins they would leave and another 3 girls would show up. We continued that for 2 hours, and sang some karaoke. Had one hell of a good time. By the end, we finished off two and a half bottles of Soju, and about 1/2 of a bottle of whiskey. Then we went back to the trian station and had to figure out how to get back to the ship (about 45 minute train ride away). The locals were having a blast watching us. Three drunk Americans staring at train maps that had not a single word of English, trying to figure out where we were and where we needed to go. Finally, a Japanese businessman that spoke English showed us what we needed and guided us back home.
This place is pretty odd... They have some of the weirdest bars that I have ever seen... It doesn't seem like any bars are just normal bars... All of them have some sort of another service, and the drinking is just on the side. Looks like we are heading to Tokyo tomorrow. Should be a good time!
where are the pix of asian bewbies my friend
I'll see what I can come up with....
Here are some of the Philippino girls my buddies were hanging around with.
And remember the girl that was in the hospital in PI that I helped out? Here is her (first photo, in the middle, wearing the white shirt) and her family. We all went to the beach and taught the girls how to swim. The third pic was the younger cousin, which was only 18 years old. The girl in the green and yellow shirt is 20, and the others are 33 and 34. My buddies were bouncing around between all of the girls in the few months we were there. Meanwhile, I sat back and watched the soap opera.
Oh god, the whores in the Philippines man, just stay away!
Maybe it just caught me wrong, but that Nagasaki nuke memorial pisses me off. No goddamned contrition at all. There should be a line that says:
We, the Japanese, contributed to a World War by invading China and Southeast Asia and occupying those lands and subjugating the people who lived there, and further launched an unprovoked sneak attack against the United States that led to a war that cost hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides. This is what we got in return. Let this memorial be a reminder that violence begets violence.
That memorial makes it sound like they were victimized. Fuck them. http://tinyurl.com/ltpntna
^^^I kinda agree with that sentiment.
I understand what you mean, JZL, but I have a different interpretation of the memorial. I felt that it was a showing of the horrific damage and destruction that nuclear weapons cause. It wasn't an attack on America, but rather an attack against all nuclear weapons altogether. At the end of the Atomic Bomb Museum, there are a few plaques that basically say the same thing, and talk about how countries need to end their nuclear weapons programs completely.
On another note, I got to visit Tokyo right before I left Japan. Went to Disneyland Tokyo for a day, then visited a bunch of sights in Tokyo. We got to see the Imperial Palace, some insanely ornate shrine (where we seen several authentic Japanese weddings occur), and went to some huge shopping destrict in downtown Tokyo. Oh, and we also visited a pretty cool aquarium while we were there (near the Sky Tree Tower). When we were heading back, we seen a massive peaceful protest against restarting of nuclear power plants across Japan. That was pretty interesting. They had a line of people several blocks long that were marching and chanting, while holding banners. Pretty interesting. They were really respectful, and still minded the street lights so they didn't block traffic too bad.
I'll try to post up some photos when I get a free moment!
Now we are in Guam, and my journey is coming to an end. I have another week or so and I fly out of here headed for Norfolk, VA. I'm hoping to snap some pictures here before I leave, but our work load is insanely busy. This place is absolutely beautiful, with crystal clear water. If I get a day off, I'm planning on doing some snorkeling or scuba diving off the island. But, we'll have to see what I can manage with working 12+ hour days!
Not sure I agree with the proposition that nukes should be ended, at least for some time. I'm going to play Devil's Advocate a little, but it was the specter of Mutually Assured Destruction that finally brought lasting peace to Europe for the first time in, like, the entirety of human history.
A good case can also be made that by bringing about an abrupt end to the war, by obviating an American invasion of Japan, those two bombs saved hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Japanese lives, too. My understanding is that Japan's rulers were perfectly happy to sacrifice their own people in order to gain a negotiated peace where they remained in power. Also remember, they did not surrender after the first bomb. It took the second one to demonstrate that we had the will to wage nuclear war against them, and that we had enough fissable (fissionable? neither? You'd know this stuff) material to sustain it. IIRC the first bomb was based on scarce U-235 while the second one was based on comparably attainable Plutonium-239, and the Japanese knew it.
[Shrugs-- I know it's mainly just mental masturbation but it's an interesting argument]
I am in agreement with you that nukes are a necessary evil. In all honesty, those two bombs did exactly what you said and saved a lot of lives. Supposedly, the Japanese government didn't surrender after the first bomb because they thought we had no more nuclear weapons. After we dropped the second bomb, it showed them that we had more than one to begin with and could possibly have more. That's why they surrendered. They didn't know what we had at that point and were afraid we would destroy their entire island.
Well, at least that's how I perceived the end of the war... I could always be wrong...
I finally made it back home! I left Guam at ~0630 on June 18th and arrived in Honolulu HI at ~1830 on June 17th (try to figure that one out). Finally got home in Virginia by ~1530 on June 18th after ~20 hours in the air. I fell asleep at 7pm yesterday evening, and woke up again at 1am.... God, I hate jet lag!!!
Welcome home Will.
Yep, you have been some interesting places man but nowhere ever feels like home
welcome back big willy style
So, I went back to sleep around 3am, and slept until noon. I just hope to God that I'll be able to sleep tonight!
It's great being home. I had a ton of stuff waiting on me to complete, so my life's about to get insanely busy! I've also got to get back into the swing of things. It looks like I'm going to be deploying once again in December, so I'll be exploring more then. In total, this deployment has brought the total number of countries I've visited to 12 (Italy, Spain, France, Gibralter, Scotland, Kuwait, Bahrain, Singapore, Philippines, Japan (two different ports), and Guam). I have also traveled all over the US, from middle America East and also Hawaii. If this next deployment goes as planned, I might be visiting Saipan and Thailand on top of a few places I've already been (Bahrain, Philippines, and probably Guam again). I've definitely been a lot of places and seen a lot of cool stuff. I've also had the opportunity to meet a lot of incredible people, and make a lot of great friends. But, there's nothing quite like being home with my wife and son, and getting to spend time with my animals (three dogs and two cats). Life is great!