All posts tagged: travel

Kyoto Day 3: April 12th, 2015 Mon

it has been a bit cold and raining. Very wet. Of course I decided to travel to north from central Kyoto. There is a small zen temple called “Shisendo” and this place is famous for its garden. There are 2 rooms you can sit or meditate facing well-maintained and cared garden. I sat there for about 30 minutes just to enjoy the garden, hear birds, feel the breeze. Just to be.       I am just proud to be Japanese especially today.    

Kyoto Day 1: April 11th, 2015

13.5miles. I walked 13.5 miles today. My feet and legs are a bit sore but I’m planning to walk around the city today again.  This is my friends’ first time to visit Kyoto and they wanted to visit Rokuonji (Kinkakji). Not my favorite but yet still impressive. My highlight of my the day was to visit Ryoanji zen Templar for the 4th time. This is my another chapter of my life started. I’m forever grateful for that. This is cherry blossom at Ryoanji.       It’s just before 7 in the morning. Let’s see what’s waiting for me to explore in this amazing city. 

Story of Shotgun Trip to Seoul & Tokyo: over Via Tribunali in Georgetown

March 12 Thursday¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† left Seattle March 13 Friday¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† arrived Gimpo Airport, Seoul, South Korea March 14 Saturday¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† flew from Seoul to Haneda,Tokyo attended concert of this Jin YiHan dude in the afternoon in Shibuya, Tokyo flew back to Seoul from Tokyo in the evening March 15 Sunday¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Facial, city tour, massage, body scrub, shopping in Seoul March 16 Monday¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† flew back to Seattle from Seoul Who does this? She and I have been friends since May 2000.¬† She is unique and I am quirky so we make sense together.¬† She is the one person whom I don‚Äôt feel uncomfortable seeing after not seeing each other for a long time and we can go back to where we left off. ¬†We got together last Friday and we did not have any awkward moments whatsoever and we started our non-stop 3-hour conversation as soon as we met in Georgetown. We went to Pizzeria in Georgetown in Seattle called Via Tribunali. ¬†They have 20 descent kinds of pizza and some pasta dishes. We ordered one pizza with prosciutto …

In Three Weeks: 1200+ Years Old City – Kyoto

I called our dog sitter today and she told me she was going to take care of my overweight Chihuahua.¬† Right after getting off from the phone with her, a flush of excitement went through my body. ¬†It was quite strong. I am leaving for Kyoto exactly in three weeks.¬† My parents and my brother‚Äôs family still live in Tokyo and I am not telling them that I am coming to visit Japan.¬† This is a huge deal.¬† Please don‚Äôt get me wrong, I enjoy visiting my family every time I go back.¬† I have to admit however, I don‚Äôt feel like I ‚Äútravel‚ÄĚ when I visit my family.¬† I enjoy the food, hanging out and catching up with them but it is visiting my family, not a travel experience.¬† Kyoto‚Äôs history starts in year of 794 when Emperor Komu stated Kyoto as the capitol city. ¬†It is 1200 years old and there are over 3,000 temples in the city. ¬†Millions of old buildings are still intact.¬† Not like in Seattle (ugh!¬† Ugly new developments!), …

Alphabet Questions: M-S (especially R)

M – Most favorite book?: ¬†Tokyo Bandwagon N – Nicknames?: ¬†Mimi Gomez O – One wish?: ¬†All animals get saved P – Person who texted me last?: ¬†Vivienne Q – Question you’re always asked?: ¬†Where did I put that? R – Reason to smile?: ¬†Chocolate, my overweight chihuahua, many, many, many good books, Billie Holiday records, my mom’s cooking, quote like “‚ÄúMaybe we should all just listen to records and quit our jobs.‚ÄĚ by Jack White, smell of freshly opened bag of Sun-dried Ethiopia¬†Yirgacheff coffee beans, oranges, dog paws, depressing music grabs my heart, English accent, movie like Liberal Arts, independent bookstores like Shakespeare & Co., tasty pastries at Crumble and Flake, ¬†Joseph Leonard, New York City especially East/West Village, Rent, Stomp, handwritten letters, text message saying “i love u,” holding hands, Paris, Paris, Paris, Staub pots, vintage housewares, Bangkok, warm and cozy bed, sound of rain drops, sound of cello makes, Picasso painting,¬†Maria Kochetkova, point shoes, stylish looking glasses, snow, ¬†flower bouquet made by Ayako, Emily Dann, the Corson Building, Autumn, claw-foot tubs, old …

My Favorite Travel Memory: Bali Airport

France, Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Italy, Indonesia, Germany, Japan, United States…travel is one of my passions.¬† If someone paid me to travel and eat, I would do it in a heartbeat.¬† There are so many happy moments, sad and difficult times and challenging moments throughout my trips.¬† I love every county I‚Äôve ever been to and I have great memories on those trips.¬† Thinking about that just makes me happy. If someone asked me what was my happiest moment, I would answer ‚ÄúNgurah Rai International Airport.‚Ä̬† It is an airport in Bali, Indonesia.¬† ‚ÄúJust an airport?‚ÄĚ you might ask.¬† Yes, that was my happiest moment in my travel history.¬† Entire travel time was 22 hours or so including 2-lay overs at Taipei and San Francisco.¬† I was tired but excited for my first visit to Bali. When I landed, I had to buy a tourist visa at the immigration counter. ¬†I was in line about 30 min.¬† Then I had to be in another 20 min line to go through immigration for an entry …