Life update: From May to now

I’ve just finished posting the latest Japan trip’s entry, but I thought I’d keep on with another blog entry. Better keep the momentum going xD I’m really not sure how to start or what to include so we are just going to let my fingers take over and see where they take us?

  1. I went to Qingyuan on a work trip for 3 nights, 4 days in the beginning of May. It was probably the only trip I’ve made into rural-ish China during my two-year stay in GZ. I was a bit apprehensive at first but it turned out to be a good trip.
  • We did some hiking, kayaking (which I didn’t do) and painted walls of a nursing home. The highlight of the trip for me is probably tea leaves picking and then getting to see how the leaves were processed. I even brought the finished tea leaves back home to Bangkok!
  • Also, another colleague that went on the trip with me was one of my closest friends in GZ so that made the trip even better. We made a great team 😉

2. Went to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 as soon as I got back from the trip and my goodness, it was amazing. I definitely enjoyed it way more than the first one. (I didn’t really like the first one, the climax had me go ‘WTF?!’.) I think I’ll make another entry just for films because I’ve seen a lot of films since then. Anyway, this film got me into 80s music. The soundtracks from both Vol 1 and Vol 2 are amazing, though I probably prefer Vol 1.

3. I discovered laser tag. xD I know, I know, it’s not really something full grown adults should be into but I really enjoyed it. I’ve done it 3 times in a space of… a month? It’s a great way to work out! And I never really thought that I’d be any good at it but I’m actually ok with the aims. I’m also very competitive… xD

4. I’ve started driving! Well, I took driving lessons for about a month and managed to pass my driving test on Wednesday! I’m so happy and proud of myself because it’s been getting a lot more difficult to pass a driving test here in BKK and I’m not sure how I managed on my first go.

  • The staff there basically said that, on average, about 12.5% of people pass. We can take retakes but the place is so far that it would be so much of a hassle to go. I passed the written test last month, took it even before I started my driving lessons xD That was ok, I’ve discovered an app that gave me questions to try and that was a really great way to revise. I also had to sit through about 5 hours of orientation. That, wasn’t fun.
  • The practical driving test, I wasn’t so good at each maneuvers during my driving lessons. I wasn’t confident at all so it was such a great surprise that I managed to pass them on the day! Such good luck. The driving lessons themselves were nerve wrecking, obviously, but I’m not adverse to the idea of driving anymore. I was actually more nervous taking the test than taking the car out to drive on real roads xD
  • Don’t think I’ll be getting my own car yet but I’m glad I’ve finally gotten around to getting a driving licence.

5. My family and I went on a beach vacation at the beginning of this month and I enjoyed the first 3 days immensely. I swam twice a day, 15 laps each and was at 7.5km record. Then I went and threw my back out somehow.

  • Or, well, some muscle inflammation in my back. It started with an ache on Wednesday. By Thursday, I was pretty much in pain. I had to sleep on my stomach and sitting hurt. Standing and walking was ok. I ended up sleeping on the floor on Thursday night because the bed was too soft for my back.
  • I woke up on Friday feeling much better and I was optimistic. Then I sneezed while I was on my feet. Oh. My Goodness. The pain that went down my legs almost had my knees buckled. Nope. Back to square one. Or even worse.
  • Long story short, I’m still not feeling 100% now and it’s been almost a month. I was so made at my body because it’d stopped me from going to see Tom Holland until more than a week later than everyone else. Urgh. I haven’t felt this betrayed by my own body for a long time.

6. I’ve also been on another trip last weekend to the North Eastern part of Thailand. It consisted mostly of us eating and sitting in a van ^^” We visited a few temples though and saw my aunt and uncle-in-law who moved up there about 6 years ago. This is a customary, twice-a-year trip for my family. It’s good for the soul and mind. We were very lucky to have moved the trip up to last weekend from this weekend because a water reservoir broke yesterday and many of the roads are underwater.

7. I’ve mentioned seeing GotG Vol 2 in the beginning of May so I want to just make a list of films I’ve seen. I will hopefully go into more details in some other entry.

Huh, I just realised that I kinda like seeing my films back-to-back, lol.

Overall, I’ve seen 14 films in the cinema so far this year (this may possibly be a new record). That is, on average, 2 films a month. I kinda discovered the joy of going to the cinema on Friday night too late during my time in GZ. It was so convenient having a new cinema within a 15 minutes walk from my apartment. Hence me going slightly overboard with the number of films in my last couple of months in China xD

There are quite a few more I want to go see this year too. I wonder how many films I’d get to see in the theatre this year.

 

So yeah, I think these are all that I want to have written down as an update in my blog. I’ll try and see if I can do a whole entry about my thoughts on all of the films I’ve listed out here.

Hope you are having a lovely Sunday!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

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[June in Japan] Day 5 in Tokyo (second day subway-ing)

Writing these blog posts made me realised that it’s a brilliant thing I take so many photos. Or else I wouldn’t remember much about what I did on each day, unless there was a highlight to it like visiting an amusement park. As I was choosing the photos for today’s entry, I also realised that there was a gap for about a couple of hours during this day that I’m not sure what we did, lol. We’ll talk more about that when the entry reaches that point.

Anyway, back to our travelling blog post!

If this is the first time you’ve just stumbled across my blog, welcome! Here is the first part of this amazing adventure in Japan last June (2016): [June in Japan] Day 1 in Kyoto

Previously, on our adventure: [June in Japan] Day 4 in Tokyo (first day subway-ing) Part 2

So we are still in Tokyo! It probably is my favourite city in this world… It’s the fifth day of our trip and we are also still subway-ing around Tokyo because we got a lovely 48-hour subway pass.

But first! Breakfast!

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From Yoshinoya near our flat.

A pork-bowl with lots of negi (Japanese leek) and a raw egg yolk topping with a small bowl of miso soup.

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While on the subway…

Also tea to get me through the day. Here is my favourite royal milk tea found in the Japanese convenient store. I don’t think every convenient store has this brand though, Family Mart does stock them but not 7-11 I think…

And I will stop here tonight. The battery of the laptop is dying and my eyes are drooping. Will hopefully come back to this soon!

 

And then I left this entry for over a month before I can manage to come back to it ^^” I’ve left it for so long that I didn’t remember starting this entry or how much I’ve written it until I saw the entry in my draft section yesterday ^^”

So here I am, coming back to continue by adding all of the photos first, since that seems to be a way to get me to finish an entry. Plus, now I can just keep typing and not have to fiddle with adding images.

Let’s continue with our day!

As you could probably guessed, we made full use of the subway because we had the subway pass and so went to Ginza. There’s a cafe there I had been wanting to try, since Henri Charpentier is one of my favourite dessert shops in Japan

Welcome, to Ginza Maison, Henri Charpentier.

I was a little bit disappointed in the menu selection. There wasn’t anything that sprang out to grab my attention and I’m comparing the experience with their normal dessert line in department store kiosks, which usually leaves me torn with which one to choose.

In the end, I decided to go for a seasonal crepe dish with lime ice and zest, mango sauce and coconut crunch.

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I have to say, I was impressed with it. But then again, I probably wasn’t expecting much because this isn’t really my normal go-to dessert, lol. The lime ice was fantastic though and it went very well with the mango sauce and the crepes. The lime zest was a great touch too. I don’t think I was that impressed with the coconut crunch, but then I’m not that fond of them in the first place anyway.

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I, of course, also got a pot of tea. I was suffering from period cramps (it being the first day and all), hence the hot beverage. It was also probably why we didn’t do too many things on that day. I don’t think I could have coped with a lot of walking in my state.

(I am fortunate enough that I don’t suffer from sever period pains. It’s just annoying and makes me not want to do anything but to lie down, especially on the first day.)

Anyway, here are two photos of the interior inside the shop.

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Love how it spells ‘Celebration’. Woo!

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And here’s the entrance to the female toilet! How anyone could have found it without asking is a mystery. I asked or else I wouldn’t know.

 

And then I left this entry for, goodness knows how long ^^” Anyway, let’s see if I can finish this entry today.

After finishing with our lunch(?) at Ginza Maison, Henri Charpentier, we went to a building that hosts a stationary store as lune was looking for something for her cousin. I browsed around but didn’t have the budget to splurge, lol.

After that… we must have gone to Shibuya! xD I don’t remember this bit but the pictures are telling me this fact, lol.

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Here’s a picture of the famous Shibuya crossing!

I think we went to Shibuya to go buy our tickets to Tokyo Disney Resort at the Disney Store there.

After we’ve finished in Shibuya, we then went on to Shinjuku… Here’s the point where there are a few hours gap where I’m not sure where it went. I think may be we went exploring in Shibuya to look for Animate just to look at anime/manga products. We definitely did that but I’m just not sure which day that was xD

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That sign on top of this building has been there since April 2011, so I make it a point to snap a photo every time. 

Anyway, we went to Shinjuku to get some dinner and I managed to drag lune to have my favourite Japanese dish: tonkatsu (or the pork cutlet).

There is a restaurant I wanted to try out at Takashimaya Department Store hence why we ended up in Shinjuku.

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One of my favourite part of Tokyo. 

The restaurant is called Katsukura, on the 14th floor. This was the first time I’ve tried out this place, and I was excited! I think we had to queue for a bit but it didn’t take that long.

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The bowl for the sauce. The toasted sesame can be crushed in this bowl and then the sauce added.

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This was the set I got where there was a piece of pork cutlet and this vegetable, wrapped in tofu skin then covered in bread crumb and deep fried like the pork cutlet.

The pork was amazing, I was totally hooked and Katsukura definitely made it on the list of restaurants I must visit in Tokyo. 😉

So in the end, it was a pretty chill day. Here’s a summary of how much walking we did today:

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Considering that we didn’t really have a plan and that I wasn’t feeling my 100%, it’s still impressive that we managed to hit 12km of walking!

Also, here are some of the goodies I’ve bought during the trip so far. They are mostly snacks xD

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These are some fruit jellies I bought back for my little sister. She wanted a mix of flavours so I got all that were available for her. 

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This is a ‘takoyaki‘ flavoured potato chips that I loved. I tried them the last time I went to Osaka (April 2015) and made it a mission to buy it again this time around xD 

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They are kind of like croutons but triangular shaped in 53% brie cheese flavour. 

And last, but not least:

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Ritz snacks with cheese fillings. So good.

 

So here you go, finally, this entry is finally done. I wonder how many months it has been ^^” Well, it’s actually a year and a month since this trip so I really should get going with the entry….

 

Anyway, I’m going to sign off here. Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

 

Dating Profile Quiz

Nope, you didn’t read the title wrong. I took a dating profile quiz, lol. I stumbled upon this while going through old journals and saw my results from, er, 8 years ago. I gotta say, I don’t think I’ve changed that much… My ‘date’s profile’ on the other hand o.O

So here are the results:

Your dating personality profile:

Liberal – Politics matters to you, and you aren’t afraid to share your left-leaning views. You would never be caught voting for a conservative candidate.
Intellectual – You consider your mind amongst your assets. Learning is not a chore but a constant search after wisdom and knowledge. You value education and rationality.
Adventurous – Just sitting around the house is not something that appeals to you. You love to be out trying new things and really experiencing life.

Your Top Ten Traits

1. Liberal
2. Intellectual
3. Adventurous
4. Big-Hearted
5. Wealthy/Ambitious
6. Practical
7. Traditional
8. Outgoing
9. Stylish
10. Athletic

Your date match profile:

Intellectual – You seek out intelligence. Idle chit-chat is not what you are after. You prefer your date who can stimulate your mind.
Practical – You are drawn to people who are sensible and smart. Flashy, materialistic people turn you off. You appreciate the simpler side of living.
Conservative – Forget liberals, you need a conservative match. Political discussions interest you, and a conservative will offer the viewpoint you need.

Your Top Ten Match Traits

1. Intellectual
2. Practical
3. Conservative
4. Traditional
5. Adventurous
6. Big-Hearted
7. Athletic
8. Outgoing
9. Religious
10. Stylish

Take the Dating Profile Quiz at Would I Date You 

 

I think my traits are pretty accurate though I didn’t realise that I would be considered this liberal, lol. The fact that ‘Conservative’ made it in the Top 3 of my match’s profile though, that threw me off completely. I don’t think I want a partner who is a Conservative.

I would like a traditional person, but if they are conservative, then there will be fights when it comes to political debates. Nuh uh. There are certain values I will not compromise and I don’t think I would be able to be able to be partnered with someone who do not share those values.

(Well, that got deep and personal, lol.)

Anyway, here are the results from 8 years ago.

From July 2009

It’s funny that ‘adventurous’ has made it for both times, lol. I would have never described myself as ‘adventurous’, but considered the fact that I have survived China, may be I am 😉

 

With love,

From BKK

 

PS – so many things to update on, so little motivation to do so, xD

PPS – Saw Spider-Man Homecoming on Sunday! FINALLY. It was great, I loved the final quarter of the film. Cannot wait to see more of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. I love his Spider-Man.

PPPS – I had some sort of a muscle inflammation with my back muscles and I couldn’t bend down for about a week in the beginning of this month. And then I had muscle aches from other parts which had to work harder to compensate and urgh, it was not a pleasant experience. I felt helpless and frustrated. And then just lazy ^^”