April 6th, 2012
I always thought i am a city girl.
Its not after I travel much more in my ‘adulthood’ i realize that I actually prefer life on the country side. 
The fresh air, the clean streets, the green fields, blue skies, sound of the creek, birds singing….all the colors and all the beautiful shapes and patterns. 

traveling (for work) had been quite stressful this year, flying a lot more frequent and staying in each place for just a short time. Starting to feel like a machine… 
Last month I had three back to back trips, spent 4 nights sleeping on an aircraft.(non-business class!!)
So, during Easter, i treat myself for a trip to Australia. With all the air-miles, I splurged for business class.  Once I landed Sydney, all I wanted to do was nothing, maybe i’ll go to a beach and just sit there to finish some of the books that i was too busy to read…or, walk around aimlessly. 

I always thought i am a city girl.

Its not after I travel much more in my ‘adulthood’ i realize that I actually prefer life on the country side. 

The fresh air, the clean streets, the green fields, blue skies, sound of the creek, birds singing….all the colors and all the beautiful shapes and patterns. 

traveling (for work) had been quite stressful this year, flying a lot more frequent and staying in each place for just a short time. Starting to feel like a machine… 

Last month I had three back to back trips, spent 4 nights sleeping on an aircraft.(non-business class!!)

So, during Easter, i treat myself for a trip to Australia. With all the air-miles, I splurged for business class.  Once I landed Sydney, all I wanted to do was nothing, maybe i’ll go to a beach and just sit there to finish some of the books that i was too busy to read…or, walk around aimlessly. 

January 6th, 2012

I really really really like Kyoto. 

Our hotel is near the Kamo-gawa ( 鴨川 “Duck River”), i quite like the location. Its not in the heart of the city, but I do prefer the piece of quiet during vacation. 

Yesterday we went to Kiyomizudera, (清水寺 “Pure Water Temple”) It felt like a magical day - we woke up and had some bread at a japanese bakery, walked down the River and all the way to the temple, and, just as we arrive the temple, it snowed!!

(okay - snow isnt magical, but when the snow flakes started falling with the back drop of an ancient temple, i felt like i was in a movie set.)


Today, we went to Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社), I wanted to see the torri gates after watching the ‘memoir of a geisha’ ( the scene where little Chiyo was running in a ‘torri gates tunnel’ ) I love the vibrate and vivid vermilion against the nature, and its so powerful to have hundreds and hundreds of these gates going on and on like it’ll never end…when you’re walking in these ‘tunnels’, it feels like you’re being transported to a paradise, shangri-la if I may.

These torri gates are also inspiration of The gates by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, which I was lucky enough to see in Central Park back in 2005.   

We followed these gates and walked up the hill and were greeted by a special host when we arrived the Yotsutsuji intersection - a wild monkey! 

We continued the trail for a while and decided to walk off and explore the mountain a bit. The air was so fresh and there was no one else in the forest. The thought of getting lost did not occur in our mind - we were on vacation and we dont know Kyoto anyhow. After an hour or so we ended up in a small village and eventually found our way back to the shrine, and had the best grill eel we’ve ever had.

It was a small little street side shop, not knowing much Japanese, we pointed at the grill and picked out afternoon snack. It was perfectly char grilled with this nice smokey flavor. the eel was so soft and almost melts in my mouth when i take a bite. unfortunately i didnt take a picture of the food nor the shop. :-(

i always think that it’s a sign that i have to return one day…

January 2nd, 2012

Happy New Year Osaka!

We stumble upon this secret garden wandering around the city. I’ve never been to Japan during new years time, and it seems like the whole city ( of Osaka) has vanished…maybe everyone is home with their family? or maybe they’re at some party that im not invited…?

December 31st, 2011

did I tell you that I flew over 100,000 miles in 2011? 6 months on the road, across 4 continents 

oh no, i’m not tired yet. bring it on 2012!

2011- lets eat! 

July 14th, 2011

When you fly, do you prefer aisle or window seat?

When I was little, i’d always ask for window seat. I love looking out seeing clouds, islands, mountains, buildings and all. Rivers become lines and different shades of greens made up an abstract painting, its hard not to appreciate the beauty of nature. 

Once I sort out all my photos, i’m going to do a photoblog with all the pictures i took from flying. For now, this one is from my recent trip to Shanghai.

PVG, Shanghai Pudong Airport, is a bit more than 2 hours flight time from HKG, Hong Kong International Airport.

Normally I would take evening flight to and from HKG. Due to meeting schedule I picked the 850 flight to PVG and return at 1630 the day after.

(by the way, I really dislike morning flight, not only its always super crowded at the airport i lost half a day in the office…and flight back from shanghai is almost guaranteed delayed, esp with Dragon Air..)

The only good thing about this trip is the fantastic view I got both ways. I saw a different composition each time i look out the window. The sky was so blue, the could so white…my trip was so short it almost felt like I was only taking the flight back and forth for the view! :-p

July 6th, 2011
June 19th, 2011
june is not over yet and i’m close to 55K miles, might actually hit 100K this year.  
although i love to travel, I dont particularly like flying…even tho im quite petite, always have plenty of space i dont enjoy cramped up for too long and i can rarely sleep. (even tho most of the flights i take are red-eyed flights)
but there’s one thing i like about flying (besides the fact that it transport me to another location :-p) - the view. 
Last week when i return to HK from SH i enjoyed the most amazing view. our plane came in HK via the east, went over shatin and toured above the harbor. It was about 10pm and all the lights were on, just like diamonds and jewels sparking. The highways are my favorite. They were lit up like rays of liquid gold flowing down the stream….and it wasnt a perfectly clear sky, there were some dark clouds, but not too much, just enough to add an dramatic cast to the entire picture. It was so magnificent, so breath-taking I couldnt get my eyes off…Hong Kong is truly beautiful! 
Today i left HK for SH at 1700, the sunset was again, amazing. all the colors in the sky, reflecting on the thick clouds, shining on the wing and cabin…the colors changes each second…one moment its orange and the next purple….
I remember one time, I was flying from Oslo to Copenhagen in Dec, the weather was terrible. we had a two hour delay and finally after boarding we waited for almost another hour.  The flight was suppose to take off at like 5am or something…by the time we take off it was past 8.  Winters are dark and long in Scandinavia. and luckily it was dark and long…I was able to witness sunrise from the plane. It wasnt the first sunrise i’ve seen while flying, but it was the most memorable one.  Because of the bad weather, one side of the sky was dark and angry. I was lightening on my right, and when i look to the left, it was a peaceful sunrise. and sunrise in the nordic sky is not like sunrise near the equator.  Have you seen ‘the scream’ from Munch?  im not kidding, sunset and sunrise during the winter is like that. 
all that makes the rather hectic flying just a bit more enjoyable….
attached photo is today’s sunset.
one wise man once told me, ‘life is beautiful, we just need to slow down to appreciate that.’ 

june is not over yet and i’m close to 55K miles, might actually hit 100K this year.  

although i love to travel, I dont particularly like flying…even tho im quite petite, always have plenty of space i dont enjoy cramped up for too long and i can rarely sleep. (even tho most of the flights i take are red-eyed flights)

but there’s one thing i like about flying (besides the fact that it transport me to another location :-p) - the view. 

Last week when i return to HK from SH i enjoyed the most amazing view. our plane came in HK via the east, went over shatin and toured above the harbor. It was about 10pm and all the lights were on, just like diamonds and jewels sparking. The highways are my favorite. They were lit up like rays of liquid gold flowing down the stream….and it wasnt a perfectly clear sky, there were some dark clouds, but not too much, just enough to add an dramatic cast to the entire picture. It was so magnificent, so breath-taking I couldnt get my eyes off…Hong Kong is truly beautiful! 

Today i left HK for SH at 1700, the sunset was again, amazing. all the colors in the sky, reflecting on the thick clouds, shining on the wing and cabin…the colors changes each second…one moment its orange and the next purple….

I remember one time, I was flying from Oslo to Copenhagen in Dec, the weather was terrible. we had a two hour delay and finally after boarding we waited for almost another hour.  The flight was suppose to take off at like 5am or something…by the time we take off it was past 8.  Winters are dark and long in Scandinavia. and luckily it was dark and long…I was able to witness sunrise from the plane. It wasnt the first sunrise i’ve seen while flying, but it was the most memorable one.  Because of the bad weather, one side of the sky was dark and angry. I was lightening on my right, and when i look to the left, it was a peaceful sunrise. and sunrise in the nordic sky is not like sunrise near the equator.  Have you seen ‘the scream’ from Munch?  im not kidding, sunset and sunrise during the winter is like that. 

all that makes the rather hectic flying just a bit more enjoyable….

attached photo is today’s sunset.

one wise man once told me, ‘life is beautiful, we just need to slow down to appreciate that.’ 

June 5th, 2011
May 31st, 2011

@ SNOG