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    Well, it's another cruise terminal with no crew shuttles today. Fortunately, the internet is free and generally working fast, so it's a good time to catch up on downloading stuff to my iTunes...
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    In Singapore today. We hit four ports in a row, including two in Malaysia, and one in Thailand. Then it's a sea day to Burma, where we'll spend two nights before sailing for India.
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    Nha Trang, Vietnam today. We're spending the next two days in Ho Chi Minh City. It's rare for us to get an overnight stay.
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    Yesterday was Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. We're in Brunei today. Easter Sunday in a Muslim country!
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    Boracay Island - every bit as lovely and warm as the Caribbean!
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    Manila today, on our way now to Boracay Island, also part of the Phillipines.
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    Kaohsiung, Taiwan today.

    We have a sea day tomorrow, then we land in Manila. A large contingent of the crew hail from the Phillipines, so it should be quite an emotional event.
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    Back in Keelung today. I found a decent wifi spot last time, so I'm likely going to head there and catch up with friends and download some more music.
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    Sailing out from Hong Kong tonight. I had a great day in town yesterday, followed by a really good dinner and hang with my cousin. Had a terrific Skype with a friend in Toronto today, and then it was...
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    Went to Tom Lee Music and tried some flutes by Tomasi. There was one with a wood lip plate that played particularly well - but wood is not a climate friendly material for working at sea or in Canada.
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    InHong Kong today!
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    No worries. I often stay ketogenic at home. Keeps my body fat % down, and mental acuity up.
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    Kaoshiung, Taiwan. If I'm not mistaken, this is where Jupiter is headquartered. Got in a lovely Skype with a friend back in Canada.
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    Keelung, Taiwan is the port today. Managed to change some Yen into NTD. Need to get some coffee and get away from the ship. We had a long morning of training and safety testing.
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    Nearly impossible to stay in ketosis on a ship. Best I can do is to stay moderately low carb.
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    Ishigaki today. Met a lovely couple on the main street who were traveling from Kyoto. They spoke English very well, and were quite helpful. Having some lunch, then I'm going to sample some Japanese...
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    Naha, Okinawa today. I found a Tower Records here, and got three Duke Ellington Recordings I've never seen on CD before, as well as a recording of the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra playing music from...
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    Four horns, four rhythm on this ship. Crew drills seem to be weekly instead of every two weeks. No IPM on this ship though.
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    In other news, my iPad is getting a workout on this trip. The bandleader has a 674 page book of tunes in pdf form that he wants us to use for dance/listening sets in the lounge.
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    I didn't really find Shanghai all that other people said it would be. We're back at sea for a day, then in Okinawa, Japan for a couple of days.

    The trumpet player in the orchestra has already been...
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