I always enjoy seeing things from a different perspective and the timing of my plane journey was quite magical; I got to leave Japan lit up in all its neon glory at night and arrive in Malaysia just as it turned from darkness to sunrise. It’s fascinating seeing the lights of cities and roads from afar, almost looks like one massive living organism bounded by the oceans on either side.
It’s not something I was quite able to get a picture of as the night capabilities of my camera are dying unfortunately but it is something I really recommend getting a window seat for! It’s not something a static picture can convey; the feeling as you fly and gain altitude while the scenery is ever changing perspective can be an extraordinary feeling. A fun challenge is to try and distinguish exactly it is you are looking at. As what once felt like a big concrete jungle now looks as if you could run to the opposite coast of the island in under 20 minutes.
Once I arrived my brother kindly found me at the train station, took me for a quick bite to eat then dropped me off at his sweet looking pad before heading off to work. I’m damn impressed big bro; got himself an apartment in a swish hotel building with all the perks and less of the cost.
Categories: #365JosHappyDays, Advice, Malaysia
Tags: Backpacking, Extraordinary, Japan, Lights, Malaysia, plane, Scenic, Sunset, travel, View, Window
Well if you ever get to the airport really early and need to kill a few hours; The adrenaline of sorting out a little dilemma like when the staff tell you, you are not aloud on the flight sure makes the time fly!
The problem was I didn’t have an onward ticket out of Malaysia which I was fairly condifident Malaysia wouldn’t care about (and I was right they didn’t care). Japan however and the Air Asia check in desk were very adimant I wasn’t getting on that flight unless I brought a ticket right there and then or I had £350 in cash (to prove I could buy one on arrival).
This might be alright for the average traveler but I’m a cheap backpacker that made sure I spent every last cent of my Japanese yen in duty free on some magic pens and the rest in the charity box. I’m pretty stubborn when it comes to being stung with airport cashpoints with and currency exchanges so that was not part of the deal for me.
After some running around and talking to some managers and hearing many more times that “you won’t be on this flight sir” we finally got to a solution. When I ultimately I found out they would expect any currency and best of all hadn’t a clue of any exchange rates (so I got to make them up.. In my favour!)
Luckily I had tiny bits of cash prepared for other countries I was heading for (only really enough for some snacks on arrival haha)
So in the end I got by with 50 pounds, 200 Malaysian ringgit, 40 Australian dollars, 700 Thai baht, 250 Indian rupees and a signed document that’s it’s not the airports fault for letting me fly haha.
Comes to a total of about £120 but shhh 🙂
I was definitely relieved once I got on that plane! Note to everyone bring cash or an onward ticket to any country you go to. Travel safe!
Categories: #365JosHappyDays, Advice, Japan, Malaysia
Tags: Air, Asia, Backpacking, Japan, Lesson, Malaysia, Planes, Problem, Solved, travel
Matsuya – I walked by this place and saw their menu last night and thought I couldn’t go wrong with a beef meal set for just 500yen that’s like £3! I went in and had the large and ever so slightly more expensive chili dish at 550yen which was just a big bowl and some miso soup but it was so good (and cheap) I came back for lunch the next day to try the regular meal set. Which was actually even better, it came with soup, salad, rice and the meat and 80yen for kinda sour and spicy dish of kimchi (that lil red dish of veg). They all come with unlimited access to cold water or hot tea too.
The beef dish is called Gyudon and just means beef bowl, to me some flavours tastes familiar to my mums cooking so I would say it maybe has, onion, garlic, ginger and yellow bean paste. I loved it taste and it’s nothing weird so I’m sure any westerner would too. It’s a safe bet and definitely worth a try and with there stores being all over Tokyo it shouldn’t be hard to find especially with Google.
Categories: #365JosHappyDays, Cheap Eats!, Food, Japan
Tags: Beef, Cheap, food, Gyudon, Japan, Japanese, Matsuya, travel
Well this place was great, best colouring I’ve done since I was 5 haha! Allot of innovative products on display here for prospective buyers and distributors, then me the foreigner wondering around asking questions and apparently giving off some kinda big buying vibe as they quite liked to give me free samples. I even got offered a fish to take home! I was almost going to take him just for fun, then free him to the ocean before I realised.. Salt water would kill poor Ralph and the sink was no dignified home either.
Also found the best crayon ever, it draws rainbows!
I’ve never seen anybody in such impressive balloon clothing either, best I could make was a sword!
So this was my original post, and it was dam tasty but I had no idea. #Day33 #365JosHappyDays – Japanese Menu Lucky Dip My boss saw it, then showed it to everyone at work and they were all really impressed and agreed I had manged to randomly choose the best things on the menu! Even some of their favorites, wouldn’t change a thing, looks like it really was a LUCKY dip 😀
Haha so this definitely made my day, PS4 really know how to advertise in Japan! On my walk about Shibuya today there’s been allot going on I’ve seen massive queues of people every where, not sure why. I saw in Tokyo Hands they had a boy band in whispering things into school girls ears on TV.. Or kissing them up against a wall.. Not sure from my angle but they were all queued up giggling away waiting for their turn while I was looking for the exit once I’d figured out the deal haha.
That’s right! In true Japanese style we got on the karaoke machine after a celebratory work meal. Man I’m awful at remembering any song lyrics but sure is great fun and a brilliant form of stress relief haha 😀
Love it, out on the streets of Tokyo with a mission and no time to spare. Whack on some drum an bass and I find myself running everywhere, even up big flights of stairs with plenty of energy to spare. Gotta love the power of music aye! 😀
Categories: #365JosHappyDays, Equipment, Japan
Tags: and, Bass, DnB, Drum, Ipod, Japan, Motivated, music, Running, Sport, travel
Checking out the sights of Utsunomiya
Found this in the market and I’m absolutely mesmerised by nature’s beauty right now! Fibonachi Fractals!
Categories: Art, Food, Japan
Tags: Art, Beautiful, Broccoli, Fibonachi, food, Fractals, Japan, Market, Mesmerising, Nature, Photography, Tokyo, travel