Canadian Songwriter, Performer and Audio Professional; living an exciting story in Asia.

 

India

We arrived in Kolkata late last night; judging by that airport, you’d think the world as we know it had ended. It’s far from the modern ‘One World’ that America, China, Canada and most countries have become. I felt very uncomfortable sitting in this terminal, late at night, with a cart full of suitcases too many insects and bottle of clean water, which we aquired at the airport, in China. It’s funny how It’s come to trusting water from China in a situation like this. I’ve heard so many horror stories about the water here… But the more I think about it, China’s water is not much better. Perhaps their supply of clean water is more common, and less questionable. Then again, maybe it’s only that I feel at home there now.

In any case, the expensive hotel (Sahara Star) we’re staying at is well worth it; for the oasis that it is. “An oasis in the concrete city of Mumbai”, as it’s written on the advertisement.

Favorite shot from the wedding -Family.

Favorite shot from the wedding -Family.

Copies of Kalmark Machines in China

Well, it’s finally happened. One could say it was inevitable; the KALMARK Interlock Armouring Machines have been copied by Chinese Copy-masters… one of them being a state-owned organization.

I actually laughed out loud as I read over an email from Leon, a company employee, in China. The copy-machine’s model number is, LK###00

No less the designers initials…. intentional or not. Louis Kalmar, is President of KALMARK, and engineer behind the famous-in-China, Interlock Armouring Machine. The fact that the machine-designers initials are embedded in it’s model number is either fully intentional, or extremely ironic.

Traveling is fun; visas are not.

We’re in GuangZhou right now. It’s been an interesting few weeks. Since coming back to China, I’ve barely been back to Kunming. We arrived back, then 4 days later, I left to Shanghai for a company show. Following the show I went home to Kunming, and 4 days later, back to Shanghai to start my India visa submission! After visiting the visa office there, we were told we couldn’t apply there, and I, as a foreign person could only submit, in person, in GuangZhou.

So, here we are. Visa submitted; no passport; can’t leave… five days of waiting.