It’s time to come clean with at least one reason why I was so fascinated with Asia that I wanted to come here and stay here for as long as I have.

It was that United Airlines’ commercial back in 1988-1989 advertising its Asian routes with George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue playing in the background. You know, to this day I cannot listen to Rhapsody in Blue without thinking about that commercial.Well, maybe that wasn’t one of the reasons why I was so fascinated with the Orient and ended up in Japan and then Korea but it sure adds a little romantic underpinnings to all those years that I have spent here.

To be sure, I really loved that commercial and perhaps that is why I have always been a faithful United customer ever since.