Monthly Archives: April 2012

Reflections on Tokyo after 2 glorious days (Day 1-2)

*post dated entry*

Its been an extremely pleasant trip so far, Tokyo is a bustling metropolis that straddles both the old and the new. Today I was in Sumita and Taito prefectures? of Toyko. I walked from one area to another and in the midst of towering buildings, there was this quaint little park called Kyu-Yasuda Garden which akin to something off a period drama.

Very quaint and peaceful.

I spent the better park of the morning/afternoon in the Edo Tokyo Museum on Ryogoku which was near the SUMO district. I think sumos are very cute. Here’s some pictoric evidence of the sumos I saw down walking down the streets casually.

*sings to the tune of pretty woman* chubby sumo … walking down the streets…, the kind of boy I like to meet* Too bad it wasn’t sumo competition season, which happens around May,  I guess the Sumos need the rest of the year to fatten up!

After which I had some delicious Chankonabe

My meal was the downsized version of course. Chankonabe is traditionally the meal used by Sumo wrestlers to fatten up, sometimes up to 400kg. *mygiddyauntie*

After the meal, I looked like this 🙂

SUMO CHARBOTLET!!!!!!!!

I spend like 4 hours in the Edo Tokyo Museum, which is a modern museum with replicas of Tokyo during the Edo period (Before the Meiji Restoration)

On the 2nd day, I meet  M (A friend from Uni who’s doing her masters in Tokyo U) for a delicious tofu dinner and a short walk around Ueno, too bad all the shops were closed then.

The most exciting part of Day 2, was the Onsen experience. It was the single most civilised spa in the history of spas. Everything was in Japanese but in the typical Japanese fashion everything was so intuitively organzised that I could easily figure everything out without a translator. (Plus I’m kinda smart! :P)

There was an outdoor pool (2 temperatures) and Indoor pool ( 2 temperatures) and indoor jacuzzi pool, indoor foot soaking pool, indoor cold pool, and 2 saunas. It was marevellous, I’m not sure what the ingredients of the pool contained, but it was just so relaxing.

The other highlight was erm everyone was completely naked, myself included. I was initially very apprehensive and a tad nervous but every was completely at ease with their nudity so after a while I just went with the floor  It was  erm pretty liberating in a sense! Lets just say I had a very close encounter with the Japanese female physique ! I mean its hard not to look right! I didn’t stare per se, I just erm glanced? You can’t expect me to walk with my eyes closed inside! I think its a concept only the Japanese can master. The Japanese are extremely polite people, therefore they never stare, keep to their own space and just do their own stuff. Nobody talks loudly in the spa or acts uncouthly by staring, everyone is mindful of their own personal space and that of others. Its really a very very civilised country.

It was very soothing and relaxing and great for my skin, a few days later when I met up with my friends and they decided to go to Sanrio Puroland, I decided to revisit the Onsen again! This time I upgraded for the healing baden rooms, which involve colour therapy,  aromatic oils, cold therapy room with floating jelly fishes and a R&R area with Japanese mats filled with relaxing natural oils. Pure heaven! Thinking about the place makes me want to go back to Tokyo again!!!!!!

Thats for the first 3 days, more to come in the next entry! Day 3-8 🙂

Back home in NYC again! Wheeeeeeee

The wonderful wonderful guy at immigration gave me a 90 day visa. With some degree of friendliness and sympathy to boot!  The heavens must have been watching over me!

So now I can hug Kris non stop for 80+ days! Wheeeeeeeeee

I can finally enjoy the shiny apartment and cook yummy meals for my bot! I have grand plans about being a macaroon chef!

I have a backlog of entries of my Bangkok trip and Japan which I promise to update soon! Well soon-ish 😛 Bangkok and Japan were super fun, the company was excellent and I have decided that these are my top 2 favourite cities in South East Asia and East Asia.

I did Japan alone for 3 nights and I realised that I like travelling alone, I mean I enjoyed the company when it was there, but I generally had no problems being alone. I enjoyed wandering along streets on my own, waking up/resting/sleeping eating whenever and wherever I went, had random conversations with random strangers. It was nice. I never thought I would enjoy travelling alone as much, but I just wanted to try it for the heck of it. Glad I did. Things to check off my bucket list 🙂 Japan was  very tourist friendly too, I mean I cannot speak a word but everything there is designed so intelligently and intuitively that with a certain level of intellect (heh! heh!) I breezed through the city. It is definitely one of the more civilised countries in the world, the people are gracious and helpful when asked. Like any big cities, everyone is rushing off somewhere but everybody I asked for directions/help gave it so willingly and some went the extra mile to help me find my way. Restore my faith in human kind! Mild exaggeration is a woman’s prerogative!

I am excited to go visit Kris’s parents and their calm and serene house next month and I’m SUPER excited to see his adorable grandma! This time maybe Kris will allow me to try a game of golf on my own and not hog the club and say ‘You’re too slow and we don’t want to hold up the people behind’. I shall wake him up at 6am and so that we’re the first one on the greens!  *insert evil laugh*

I was especially touched to note that Anne and his sis gave me some Christmas presents (from Xmas 2011) and even baked some cookies (froze them) and was exhilarated to tear open my presents when I got to the apartment. I mean Xmas presents in April! Santa must really love me! I haven’t eaten the cookies yet but it looks promising, all colourful and happy. The other Christmas presents were really well thought of and exactly what I like! Its really sweet when you know someone racked her brains to scout for presents that she knows are ‘YOU’. Its really the thought that counts! Thanks Anne and Kim!

Hmmmm cookies, I shall go warm some up now!

 

 

 

Nippon land

I’m flying off to Japan in less than 8 hours.

I am beside myself with EGG-citement. The only thing that will make this perfect is if Kris Beevers was here with me. Too bad he’s very busy and important in his office! However its 12 more days before I see him. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

This is my first solo trip alone. Well not entirely because I am going to meet one of my best friend’s, best friend Chie! and another ex Uni friend M. The reside in Tokyo for work and study respectively. So I won’t be alone. 4 days later, FY and her sis FR is joining me. I will move from this hotel to this hotel.

My Schedule for the 1-2 day looks like that! I have internet in the hotel, so I only plan 2 days ahead of time!

Day 1: 15th: Sunday

Morning: ikebukuro area.

Afternoon with chie: shibuya  +   Harajuku,  Meiji shrine.

Night:  Chie Japanese dinner.  Parks at night to see cherry blossom?

Day 2: 16th: monday

Morn:  Odaiba: man made island? Hot springs, (How to get there: Ikebukuro – shimbashi on JR line. Then yurikamome line to Telecom center station)

Afternoon: hang around there n walk around man made island! Or go shunjuku gyoen park to walk! It’s on the pink line. Same as hongo sanchome! 200 yen very nice park!

From telecom centre: take yurikamome line to shiodome, then shiodome directly to hongo sanchome.

Evening:   Meet michelle hongo sanchome station.

Excitedbot is ME!

Charbot giveaway!

Dear Loyal and not so loyal readers of mine!

Its time for my first inaugural ‘Charbot Giveaway’

I have 3 pre-loved items to give away!

1) EZ link card – zero value but the card itself is worth 5 bucks and expires in 2015

2) Targus Laser Pointer and Slideshow clicker (Please note its used, surface a little dirty, but can be cleaned with alcohol and some cotton wool)

3) Altec lansing earphone (foldable and comes with a blue case to wrap the wires in, its a headphone model, again its used somewhat lightly)

 

Leave me a message below and the wittiest answer for why you want it, wins the prize! I might even ship it to you. 🙂

 

And now what????

While waiting for the lengthy visa process to go through, I’m travelling quite a bit and enjoying my life.  At the back of my mind I’m also wondering what I should do after I get my Visa.

I have a few options

1) Work full time

2) Work part time

3) Work part time + Study part time

4) Study full time

5) Continue enjoying life

6) Have babies!

7) Set up a business

Beyond these options, the bigger question really is what do I want from my life? I mean I did study for around 15 years, to do nothing useful in my life would be quite a waste. (Useful meaning: doing something that contributes to society or value adding to my family)

I want to do SO MANY THINGS!!!!!!! I want a to set up a small retail shop selling kids clothes, or maybe a baking/cupcake/coffee shop, or a  walking tour company. Perhaps I want to continue teaching, be an educational psychologist. Or perhaps I want to go graduate school in either in law, business, anthropology, sociology, social work or history. My point being, at this juncture I’m confused. I don’t know what I really want to do! #firstworldproblems #happy problem.

One year ago, I didn’t know what I want to do at all. I just didn’t feel satisfied with what I was doing then, however I had no clue or interest in anything per se. After months of thinking, I now want to explore so many options.

I feel like now I have a Happy problem 🙂

All I need to do now is to draw up  a table for all my options and do a PROS and CONS column.

This is most definitely my A blood type at work!

Wish me luck!