day 1756 – japanese kitkat

coworker came back from japan trip with goodies to share. of the many flavors she brought back, i chose the matcha and sake. of the many kitkat flavors i’ve ever tried, matcha is still my favourite. a headache made me feel crappy this morning, i didn’t think i’d stay at the office the whole day. popping a few advils seemed to have helped me head and got me through the rest of it. calling it an earlier day and hopeful it gets better by tomorrow

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day 1198 – japan travels

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memoir of my traveling days this spring, visiting family in hong kong and then japan. it was a very simple yet dangerous phenomenon that made me gain weight in the wrong way – basically eating out everyday and going temple hopping all day long. the nightlife, shopping, ramen, sushi and attractions were all great. the only thing i can’t get used to is the humidity and inaccessibility of fitness facilities. i enjoyed the exploration and look forward to my next travels wherever it may take me

solo series [day twelve]

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woke up without a plan but turns out to be fairly eventful. with a transit day pass, we had the luxury of taking multiple lines at any point throughout the day. from there on, we covered a few more attractions including osaka castle, science centre, aquarium, and largest ferris wheel in asia. we inadvertently passed by a judo dojo and caught some kids in action. i wasn’t too keen on hitting up any more department stores, but my mother wasn’t finished shopping. i am done shopping, done walking and done spending

i can’t seem to buy sleep on this trip; my body clock wakes me up at 4am each day. that’s not usual because i can typically fall asleep anywhere. i guess i’ll make it up on the plane or when i get back

tomorrow i will be in transit again, this time a nine and a half hour direct flight back to vancouver. shortly after arriving in yvr airport, mo and i will be reunited. the countdown has now changed to hours instead of days. we couldn’t be happier that the countdown is in its final hours

this wraps up my entire asia summer trip with family. it’s been fun and adventurous, but at the same time draining in far too many ways. my ankles and knees have taken a beating from averaging 20000 steps a day. my body tells me it’s about time to head back to vancity because that’s where my heart is. it hasn’t exactly been a restful vacation, but i needed some time away from my regular routine. i am definitely ready to go home to make some important life decisions, get back on my grind and of course spend lots of time with mo

solo series [day eleven]

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it was an early start as the family went to kyoto for a day trip. i didn’t get much sleep last night but i had a good snooze during the 45 minute train ride. i taped up my ankle knowing it would be a long and tiring day, even then it wasn’t enough to last me. kyoto is a city of much smaller population but more historical temples and castles. we took the bus around and managed to pay a visit to a few of them before going back to osaka

i finally had a taste of sashimi from where it first originated. it lived up to expectations, but honestly, vancouver japanese food isn’t far behind. we have one of the best in the world but we take it for granted. it’s probably not a bad to learn how to make sushi myself

tomorrow will be the last full day in japan and on this asia trip as a whole. these trips are necessary because of family, but it’s physically and mentally exhausting. hong kong is still my motherland, but i can’t wait to head back to the place i really call home. i keep thinking ahead to sunday and anticipating seeing mo physically

day 1030 – tsutenkaku tower

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so far i’ve spent as much time shopping in osaka as i have sightseeing. there’s a lot more shopping available, but my wallet, legs and suitcase has its limitations. i had my first taste of sushi in japan for lunch; i pick my own dishes off a rotating belt. shinsekai is very similar to richmond night market where it’s predominantly street food. i didn’t end up getting any skewers or fried foods there, but i indulged in a matcha waffle cone

solo series [day nine]

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i had a full seven hours of undisrupted sleep which is by far the best night of sleep since i left vancouver. i like the b&b i am staying at; it’s a well equipped space with clean shower, butt washing heated toilet seats, big bed and a simple kitchen

after we figured out how to take the train, my parents and i were out and about in osaka. we started off at namba shopping streets where we bought a bunch of goods. i had my chance to try the famous japanese takoyaki, which i thought was okay. after lunch, we went straight for downtown area, umeda, to hit some sightseeing points which included malls and department stores

after all the steps taken throughout the day, i couldn’t walk anymore so i opted to stay back while my parents went out for dinner. i need to stay off my feet if i want to have a chance to walk and sightsee tomorrow. instead of going out for dinner, i was able to fit in a mini circuit which made me feel better

three more full days in japan before i head home. i know i should focus on japan first and worry about other things later but that doesn’t stop me from thinking of all the plans i have waiting for me once i get back

day 1029 – takoyaki

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everyone said that takoyaki is a must once i am in japan. to be honest, i can’t be the judge to compare them to vancouver’s because i don’t normally eat takoyaki anyways. beyond eating and shopping, i also walked a lot around downtown osaka and did some typical tourist things. i can’t walk anymore for my ankles are overworked and a tad swollen