Japan visa approved. Flying in 2 days to Osaka.
Honestly, i am really quite fateless with Japan. It is like somehow God (ok i will unuse the word God here—hate to use this word, with the exception of the times i’m taking it in vain, of course) some strange forces make it so hard for me to set my foot on this bloody rising sun place just so i would give up.
Some strange forces really don’t like me in Japan. So much extra effort to put in, so much last minutes changes, so much panic, so much frustrations sometimes i actually wonder if it is actually worth it.
A 14-hour flight alone on the plane makes people really pensive. When i couldn’t sleep, i just stared outside the window and thought about everything that is happening before/below/to/around me. To be honest, London wasn’t as beautiful as i saw it the previous time. Too much construction going on, maybe in preparation for all its glory in 2012 Olympics. People weren’t as friendly as i’d like to fondly remember. Too many foreign people struggling to survive. Too dirty. Too dusty. Too…unLondon.
It used to top Tokyo and stayed number one on my favorite cities in the world list, but now i’m not too sure really. Like somehow it has lost its mojo. I actually got bored the second day in the city. But i did really have fun with people i met up with. Thanks everyone. Especially Carolyn, call me when you come to KL! ^^
Rainbow in Scotland! How lucky!
Edinburgh was beautiful though. beautiful, but not magical. I would really like to go back to UK again. There are so many places i failed to visit this time. But there’s this thing about traveling too often, which is that you see things differently each time you float 38 thousand feet above ground. Things change too fast you wonder why you were feeling what you felt a second ago. I remember i used to want to escape from where i was so desperately i envied everyone who was staying away from home. When i met Malaysian staying abroad who said they want to go home or tourists who said they love Malaysia so much they want to stay here forever i couldn’t understand why in their sane mind they would want to do so. Malaysia was the last place i wanted to be in. For political reasons, for the climate, for everything there is to loathe about Malaysia. I would want to earn a lot of money, get my ass out of here and stay somewhere quiet and nice, preferrably a cottage with rivers around it and ponies strolling leisurely eating grass.So i had a bit of money and i started to travel excessively, in search for my perfectly quite and nice cottage with rivers around it and ponies strolling leisurely eating grass.
Actually grass-eating sheep also can la.
And then, the next thing i know, i wanted to go home.
No matter how much i openly express my hatred for this country, for some really strange reason, i started to have this inexplicable protective feeling towards it. It is like having a really really badly trained dog. You hate it for a million reasons. It drives you insane all the time. You know it is impossible to re-train it given its hopeless stupidity.
But you can’t really leave it can you. It is your dog.
Maybe because i have started to grow old (like, old. Like, OLD. Oh FML). I have lost the dauntlessness in me to want to run away forever and find my cottage with rivers around it and ponies strolling leisurely eating grass. Maybe you just start to miss something when you don’t see it for a long time. Maybe, i started to see home in a different way when i’m away from it most of the time, so high 38 thousand feet above.
I stared out of the window and i smiled. There’s this warm feeling in my heart knowing that i can go home.
And the best thing? The fact that i know that i can always run away from it again whenever i want to.
For now it would be Japan. 3 weeks.
yayy japan again ! ringo, ur so lucky kwim ^^
have fun fun
Have fun in Japan, Ringo!! You meeting up with your bf right? Haha, I hope you have a really really really good time there!! 🙂
wow! im soooo envious of u wey! enjoy ur trip! 🙂
p/s:how i wish u i know u in person omfg 😮
I heart how you can travel all the time!
i <3 japan! 😀 have a great time over there!
I never liked London TBH, even tho I lived there for 2 years. It’s too fast, people are too cold, and the percentage of English people in London? WE are the minority.
There are far better, more interesting, more culturally evolved, more beautiful places than London.
UK is a very diverse place!
Who is we? You sound like a posterboy for the BNP.
yay Japan~! now you can eat mentaiko all you want =)
So fast Osaka 😯
London has changed a fair bit since you were last here 2 years ago, actually the whole country probably changed abit along with the people..not for the better either. Anyway, promise next trip we will road trip k. You oredi know where I aiming to take you to 🙂
ok la, to compare myself to u is very salah since I travel very little but I think I’m a VERY homely person because everytime I see the Penang sign or board a flight to go back Penang, I’m far more excited and happy than I was when I was travelling out of Penang.
It doesn’t matter whether the place I went to was fun or not. I enjoy travelling though but I enjoy the feeling of going back more. XD
Have fun in Japan.
you know what?
you fly like a pig. one minute west the next gone east…
take good care flying pig everywhere.
Yes boss. I will ok, don’t worry!
i wanna go to osaka!!!!
jom jom jom! 😛
can u pack me into your suitcase? i promise to be very small and quiet!
can u put me inside your luggage bag, i will make sure to stay quiet and still!
I think I got the same feeling like you.
Hope you enjoy ur Osaka trip! I love Japan too! ^0^
Have fun. =) Come back wif lotsa pikchars.
so nice! do enjoy your trip there!! hmm… somehow an image of a piece of cheese with wings are popping in my mind now 😯
wow u are flying again 😯
have fun ya 😉
huah…. travel again? ❗ im wondering……. ringo dun need to work?? 😯 so rich la… 😀 anyway, have fun in japan… and u will meet ur bf too rite? 😛
have a good trip and have fun!
im envious tht you can travel so often like this. huu~
yyy u so free wan -_-“”
wah so fast to let your CS alone again..
Eh, so fast mid-life crisis meh? Enjoy the travelling lar. It’s way better than stuck in an office job. Have fun in Osaka!
there’s this rebellious spirit in everyone, saying “Getaway from Home ASAP!”
but there’s also the angelic bit, rendering one Homesick more often than not.
for now, I kinda lurve Msia, not for the politics, not for the weather.
but for the FOOD.
ello Boss, any health abnormal??? fever? flu? sore throat?
i am from kemetrian kesihatan Malaya, please quarantine for 7days, effective immd!!
Japan tour?? 😀 😀 😀
I also got no fate to Japan… Suppose to have all expense paid trip to Tokyo one, then cancel because the plane might crash into flying pigs 😥
I love this post! haha… especially how home is like a bad dog…
you really are a travel addict, can’t stop going to far away places…
i do agree with what you said about finally realising that home would be the best place on earth no matter how our heart longing to be at other places…its like, our root and we just can’t seem to diminish it no matter how much we love other places
Yeah, home is nice when you’re not tied to it 🙂
Nothing beats the feeling of coming home. and btw, my company builts most of the infrastructure for 2012 Olympics. Damn, im proud! I need to go back London soon to see for myself.
and yes, agree with shaolin tinger. English people is minority! haha..
wahhh…I want YOUR JOB!!!
how can u afford all this???
ringo-san, nihon de ikun desu ne! have a good time with takahiro in JPN ne~ 😉
Please don’t say you are fateless with Japan. At least, you have the chance to go again now. How about those people who wanted to go to Japan for long long time but never got a chance to go? 😕
I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy London so much this time. I kinda know what you mean about the dirt and construction and so on. I live here.
Japan is effing hot at this time of the year so just pack summer dresses.
have fun in japan! look at my flag!! 😆
i had fun tooo… *hugs*.. will kacau u in kl.. 😛
have fun in japan lovely story and enjoy rest of your life
How great that you get to travel so much as a young age. It’s really quite a privilege. Your pictures are very nice.
it is a beautiful place , I want to see it, walk on filed ……
I love traveling to many countries like UK, Japan, USA, Australia, But never had time or the opportunity to visit. but when i go those places, this site would be of create use to me. We can find lots of things about different countries, their culture, their food etc through this website.
Its a wonderful website. Rock it my friend
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life… for there is in London all that life can afford.”
– Dr Samuel Johnson, 1777 😈