day 1032 – ferris wheel

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i wouldn’t believe japan had a ferris wheel of over a hundred metres until i saw this with my own eyes. aside from this amusement park my parents and i rode the train everywhere and also visited osaka castle, aquarium, science centre and a judo dojo. i would say the last complete day in japan was a productive one. now it’s time to pack up and get ready to head home

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solo series [day ten]

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since weather forecast said both osaka and kyoto are affected by rain, we decided it’s not worth the trip out to kyoto and will postpone it for next day. that was my que to sleep in and make up for the lack of sleep. we spent our morning in shinsaibashi, a 600 metre covered street mall, and shopped until lunch time. we were fortunate it didn’t start raining until 5pm and that’s when we made our way back to b&b

for the second straight day, i elected to not go out for dinner. this gives me some personal time and a chance to do a circuit. that’s no replacement for gym sessions, but i will have to make do with it until i get back. all that pigging out and no training is not boding well. i’m worried the time away from gym has set me back many steps

i clearly didn’t learn enough from watching anime. menus with only japanese characters are pretty meaningless to me which makes ordering impossible. the only way for me to remember the names is to translate them into chinese; they all sound so absurd i end up making fun of them

i have yet to have a video chat with mo while i am in japan; it’s very difficult based on time difference. we still exchange messages very frequently. i know that he’s taken this time to reconnect with his close friends

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

solo series [day eight]

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today is mainly a transit day with bus rides and plane rides. on my way to japan, but first, a short layover in taiwan. i managed to squeeze in short face time chats at the airport. i landed in osaka slightly past 7:30pm and didn’t get to my b&b until well past 9:30pm so my japan adventures will begin tomorrow

this concludes the hong kong portion of my trip. i had an enjoyable time getting to see all the family in my birth place. i can’t complain about the scheduling because i was able to fit in all the friends i wanted to catch up with. it’s always hard to say goodbye, especially to my ageing grandmas. although i don’t get to physically spend time with my grandparents, we do make frequent calls to keep in touch

i had one of those emotional day last night where i wasn’t quite my composed self. i really shouldn’t have mentioned it to mo because it makes no sense for him to worry about me halfway across the globe. i think i gave him a scare but i’m much more relieved and lighter after talking it over with mo

day 1028 – japan bound

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my seven days of hong kong came to an end as i am off to japan for five. time flew by so quickly, i had a good time in hong kong but now i’m going to turn my attention to japan. i missed seeing mo on my screen the past couple days but we finally got a chance to face time while i was at the airport. it’ll be a little challenging with the video chats because japan is an extra hour ahead, but i am sure we’ll figure it out