Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's A Dreary Day, With Dark Clouds Overcast

It's been a while since my last few half-hearted updates!

I've been enjoying the month with plenty of catching up with friends over dinners and outings, the ROM ceremony of my dear 小兔妹, and planning for my upcoming Japan trip in 2011! Yaay!

After so long of talking about going back, and staring at the photos from my previous trip (see bloghead picture), I've finally booked my air ticket to go to Japan in time, hopefully, to catch the sakura blooms. It will be a solo two-week trip where I will travel more intensively and see more of Japan this time.

I am so excited!

Have been doing some really intense research and have more or less finalised my itinerary to cover Narita, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Koyasan, Fuji Five Lakes and Hakone before returning back to Tokyo for the final few days.

Friends have been asking me how I can stand travelling alone. I think it really depends on the place you are going and the type of personalities you are travelling with. To me, both travelling alone and with friends are enjoyable experiences in very different ways.

As for Japan, I think it's really a great place to go solo. I still remember how relaxed and light-hearted I felt when I was in Japan. Even getting lost was never a source of major frustration, as the friendly and helpful Japanese are always willing to provide guidance and a reassuring smile.

I felt really safe in Japan despite the language barriers. Although I must say I never really appreciate being able to read Chinese until I got to Japan. I would have gotten lost so much more often if not for my ability to understand the characters on their signages.

I am also quite the walker and enjoy long walking trips, taking in the sights and culture of a foreign place. I remember my longest walk in Tokyo was 2 hours straight, before I got hungry and stopped for a bite. It was an interesting experience because I realised I had no idea where I was by the time I finished my meal, but simply started walking again until I spotted the next metro station, which was just 15 minutes away.

Of course, some people have warned me that Kyoto and Osaka may not be as "metropolitan" as Tokyo is and that I should really be careful about getting lost. Well, I guess regardless of where we are, home or away, we must always be alert and careful, and to protect ourselves and be safe.

Okay, now I sound like some safe sex commercial. Hence, I shall stop.


Thursday, October 07, 2010

Legend Of The Fist

Glad to see him engage in a bit of romance in this movie.

He never fails to fascinates me.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Finally Did It!

After 10 years!

Still cannot decide if I like it or not though.