Archive for 2008 年 12 月

More on my trip in Japan

Over the past few days, i get to realise how sucky it is to go on a business trip. First, i was poorly informed and badly prepared for the trip. Few days before i set off did  i then know exactly where i am going and realised that i don’t really want to go there at all. It was quite unexpected and last min i have to come out with a as meaningful agenda as it can be. Very last min because i also realised that my boss is not going to help with my assignments while i am away so its trying to tie up all the loose ends on friday before i go.

Second, after the trip, its expected of me to come out with a report on what i learned and gained. A presentation is required too. Now in a normal circumstances, i will do so without complains, but considering the point i made above and suddenly its not such an easy thing after all. Almost throughout the trip, i was trying to think of things to learn, to know since i don’t have the luxury of preparation. And after the trip, i was trying to squeeze out everything i saw there. All these while my colleagues envied me on what a supposedly enjoyable trip i had.

Third, as i mentioned, i cannot rely on anyone to take care of my work in my absence. I knew this before the trip so i don’t really bother trying to tell my boss what jobs i have on hand, expecting to just come back and face the shit.

Thats why i feel that i should not have gone on this business trip (or any) at all. Its nothing but trouble.

Nvm, i shall now show you some of the pictures i took while i had some personal free time walking around. Probably the best parts of this trip. Damn, i had always wanted to go Japan, but never in such a manner.

Near the Hakata train station. Can you see the snow?

This is how the snow tat day looked liked. Haha, i is first time experiencing snow.

Went to a shrine nearby. The snow was getting heavy and really cold.

Inside the shrine. I saw a couple of guys with video and shooting equipment, tot they were shooting a film.

Now then i realised that there is a traditional wedding taking place. Shrine maidens shown.

At the underground shopping center.

Christmas decorations are everywhere.

Rows and rows of anime you will never get to see on local TVs.

I got lost here, intentionally.

One of the major shopping center.

Lighting decorations at a park in the main shopping district.

This about ends the day since the shops and shopping centers close early at around 8~9pm. I went back my hotel and pack, ready to leave the next day.

I will very much want to visit Japan again. I feel there are still a lot of interesting places and things to see, but pls not on another business trip. It sucks big time.


What i want for christmas

What i want for christmas this year but won’t be getting.

1) PDA phone – Asus P565

2) Choro-Q version of SX-4 (if there is ever one)

3) Nendoroid of Konata Izumi from Lucky☆ Star

4) Kohjinsha Mini PC

5) Nintendo DS Lite

Actually, there are a lot more i can think of, like a Paint Protection job (S$300) for my car (so i won’t have to wash every fortnight), a Jamis mountain bike costing S$400  (so i can commute to work in a greener manner)  and blah blah.

But what i really want, truthfully, is people around me to be healthy and happy. Now that, is something i cannot put a price tag on.

Anyway, if you are interested in getting of the above mentioned items, drop me a message and i will let you know how to proceed. Merry Christmas!!!

My trip to Kumamoto castle (熊本城)

During my stay in Kyushu, i had the chance to go to the Kumamoto castle @ Kumamoto (where else?)

Kumamoto castle is one of the three most famous castles in Japan. The other two are Himeji and Matsumoto and can be visited if one is in Kobe or Tokyo respectively.

This is my first time to any castle and needless to say, the highlight of my otherwise damn boring trip. I lugged along the heavy camera for this day and it didn’t fail me. Here are some photos i took on that day.

This is the road leading to the entrance.

This is one of the numerous defense or gun turrets that surrounds the main compund.

Another one of those defense turrents. This one is about 4 storeys high and one can go up to see the old wooden structure.

The main building where the owner of the castle will stay.

The big yellow tree is very old, and apparantly planted by someone famous.

Inside the castle. The design is lavish and exquiste. The lord must have lived like a king here.

The entance, as seen at night. The castle closed rather early at 4:30pm.

Also visited a shrine nearby.

I will, in the next few days, upload more photos of my trip. Took too many and need to filter some of the better ones to upload.