Ajin season 1, an animation series that transcends its peers

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Usually, I got to know a movie or a TV series by its trailer or word description, which very often give me a reliable impression of what it is, and more importantly, how good it is. That’s not the case for Ajin, which impressed me with its OP. I know songs don’t usually speak for the quality of the overall work, adding to that, it’s actually a human vocaloid of its OP parodying the infamous fertilizer Jinkela. To me, this is just the first thing unorthodox about the Ajin series.

The plot of the Ajin series is not the most fascinating. After being hit by a truck, protagonist Kei Nagai discovered he is actually an Ajin, a species that would automatically regenerate soon after death. Being hunted by authorities, Ajin went on the run with his best and only friend Kaito…
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Day 6 of Sri Lanka Trip, Sigiriya on July 16, 2017

Sixth day of our Sri Lanka trip.
Today we visited Sigiriya in the morning, and Dambulla Cave Temple in the afternoon, before reaching our overnight apartment in Kandy in the evening.

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Day 5 of Sri Lanka Trip, Polonnaruwa on July 15, 2017

Fifth day of our Sri Lanka trip.
Today we drove from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa, the capital city of the second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms (the first was Anuradhapura which we visited a couple of days ago), while reaching our overnight hotel near Sigiriya.

Farmland from Hotel Balcony

Farmland from Hotel BalconyFarmland from Hotel BalconyAlthough Pigeon Island National Park attracted great volumes of visitors to Nilaveli, Trincomalee, and there were luxury hotels sprinkled along Nilaveli’s coastline, the town of Nilaveli was still very much underdeveloped. Just outside our hotel’s fence, there was this grazing ground for cows.


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Day 4 of Sri Lanka Trip, Trincomalee on July 14, 2017

Fourth day of our Sri Lanka trip.
Today we were in Trincomalee, where the nearby Pigeon Island National Park was arguably the best snorkeling site in the country. So when planning this trip my friends insisted that we spent a night or two here enjoying water activities.

Swimming Bay in Pigeon Island National Park

Swimming Bay in Pigeon Island National Park


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Day 3 of Sri Lanka Trip, Anuradhapura on July 13, 2017

Third day of our Sri Lanka trip.
The plan of the day was to visit the temples scattered around Anuradhapura in the morning, and had our driver took us to the coastal town of Trincomalee on this country’s Eastern shore.

Country Road of Anuradhapura

Country Road of Anuradhapura


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Day 2 of Sri Lanka Trip, Anuradhapura on July 12, 2017

Second day of our Sri Lanka trip.
The plan of the day was to meet up with our chauffeur driver for the rest of our journey through Sri Lanka, then drive up to Anuradhapura, the first capital city of Imperial Sri Lanka, with many cultural relics sprinkled around the city.

Shops along Negombo Street

Shops along Negombo Street


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Day 1 of Sri Lanka Trip, Negombo on July 11, 2017

First day of our Sri Lanka trip.
Since it was a late-night flight and we checked in to our hotel late yesterday early this morning, I woke up like at moon today, which wasn’t too bad since we didn’t have much planned for the day, and in this way I dealt with my jet lag pretty easily.

Alley to Our Hotel

Alley to Our HotelHard to image that our driver drove us this narrow alley last night to drop us off.


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Journey to the States

I accepted offer from the Graduate School of University of Maryland, and this summer I embarked on a trip to US that would hopefully lead to a bright new chapter in my life.

In short, from my home city of Hangzhou(杭州), it was a Cathay Dragon flight to Hong Kong, connecting onto an Air China flight to Beijing, and then the next morning another Air China flight to Newark, after which I would take Amtrak to Union Station, Washington DC, after which it was a Uber ride to College Park, Maryland, where my school was located.
From the moment I decided on this itinerary, I knew it would be phenomenal.

Check-in Counters at Hangzhou Airport International Terminal

Check-in Counters at Hangzhou Airport International Terminal

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Flight Log of Malaysia Airlines Flight 178 and 388 from Colombo to Shanghai Pudong with Transfer at Kuala Lumpur

After two weeks touring the nation of Sri Lanka, it’s time to head back home and get ready for the next chapters of my life.

Colombo Airport Check-in Counters

Colombo Airport Check-in Counters

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Flight Log of Malaysia Airlines Flight 389 and 179 from Shanghai Pudong to Colombo with Transfer at Kuala Lumpur

Summer of 2017.
To celebrate our graduation, some friends of mine planned a two-week vacation to the island nation of Sri Lanka, an island of various amazing sights.

There weren’t many places to choose from in the middle of July, as most of South Asia were in their rainy season. The other alternatives under my consideration were South Africa and Central Europe. Well, we had difficulties finding accommodations in South Africa’s Kruger National Park since its peak season, and flights to Central Europe were a little bit beyond our budget. So, my friends and I chose Sri Lanka which was closer to home, and July was just in between its two major rainy seasons.

At 24XX CNY (36X USD), the return flights to Sri Lanka by Malaysia Airlines were a bargain. The only disadvantages were that the connection time for our outbound trip were just 75 minutes, this plus the delay-prone Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) mean we were very likely to miss our connection. So to keep any potential delay, person or baggage from ruining our vacation, we opted to stay two nights in the town of Negombo by Colombo Airport (which was usually a short pit stop for most visitors to the nation). This wasn’t too much of a problem, as any delay would be well covered by our insurances. And it turned out that this helped.

CRH2C Serving Train G7586 Arriving at Hangzhou East Railway Station

CRH2C Serving Train G7586 Arriving at Hangzhou East Railway StationCRH2C Serving Train G7586 Arriving at Hangzhou East Railway Station

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An (Unsuccessful) Bike Tour of BaiYangGou, Beijing

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