Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Ready or Not... Here I Come!

hide-n-go seek was such a fun game growing up. did you ever play it in the dark? that was actually one positive thing of daylight savings, fall back. the sun would set earlier, so we can play hide-n-go seek in the dark.

i loved being "it." ready to find the treasure, you know, your friends...

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well, i leave tonight for my vacation to japan and taiwan. i decided to go with my backpack instead of a suitcase. reason being is, i will be travelling from place to place, city to city during this 16 day "vacation." after packing all my junk into my backpack last night, i realized, i have wayy tooo big of a backpack. the weather has been cold (it snowed in tokyo 2 wks ago), so i kept jamming clothes into it. i've never travelled with such a big pack. i'm not a girl, its just cold. honest.

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in japan i'll be hitting up tokyo, take an over-night bus to kanazawa, then fly again to sapporo. from sapporo, i fly straight to taiwan, take any means of trasportation down to tainan (in the south) and eventually make my way up to taipei (in the north). the actual physical part of travelling is the most grueling and exhausting part of any backpacking trip. the anticipation and the constant feeling of the "unknown" can be a weary process.

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the amazing thing about this trip is that, not one night will i be staying in a hotel. besides the over-night bus to kanazawa, i'll be crashing at a friend's or family's place every night. this is nice, but also takes away a certain aspect of freedom. different, but i will definitely enjoy the company. i look forward to spending some quality time with akio-san and taro-san's family as well as trevor-san!

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thank you all for wishing me a bon voyage!!! i definitely appreciate it, if you can remember to pray also, that'd be great! i'm not looking forward to this trip. weird, but, i dont want to give up my comfortable room/bed and familiarity to hop into the unknown. simply put, i'm not looking forward to this adventure. last time i participated in something similar to this, travelling by myself was back in 2004, when i trekked through europe and tokyo. apparently, being 6 yrs older has made me 6 yrs less adventurous. i get tired way too easily now. i can imagine myself with a huge backpack, lost and unable to keep walking cause i'm too tired. haha. old man!

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the main purpose of this trip is to visit my friends, or in hide-n-go seek terms, to seek them out. although anxious and a bit unwilling, i do look forward to this. i enjoy seeing things from their eyes. it may not be a perfect representation or a perfect reflection, but, just a snapshot, just a glimpse of them, in their lives, in their culture, in their environment... as long as i find them and dont get lost. that's why its called hide-n-go seek in the dark. ;)


ready or not, here i come!!!

1 comment:

  1. Have fun Kenny! Keep us posted! pictures pictures!

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