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August 13th, 2006 (01:06 am)

current mood: sleepy

First, thanks to everyone who's voted in the poll! ^___^ As I suspected, the part I was waffling over is the part where opinion is most divided. ^^;; I'll have to start working on cleaning scans.

...... >_<;; And I just realised that I forgot to translate the sign in ep 1's sub. I'll have to remember to add that in with the edit. I'll admit, this ep was being a big pain. I had to switch to slightly different settings as it was refusing to go below 300 MB. That's a lot big. O_O

And while looking around at potentially flying to Europe via Japan, I ran across this rate for Paris. From Y39,000?! From Tokyo?!? O.O I'm still not sure what to make of it. As for why I'm looking at rates from Japan... the male parental, who is also my travel partner, seems to want to do "the family trip" this year. O_o That means he wants to go to Japan for 6 weeks. (He wanted to go for longer still, but I suggested he do that next year after renewing the passport). Personally, I don't want to go for that long (he's asking how long I want to go for and I'm not sure yet) but I have no idea what I'm going to do for the rest of the time he's over there. I'm debating hopping off to Europe for a week without him and then going to Japan, or going to Japan, hopping to Europe for a week and hopping back. Either way, it's looking a lot pricey to try for both. :/ (Ideally, I'd go to Japan, hop to Cambodia for several days and then hop back but... I'm not seeing prices for it). ^^; If I'm lucky, I'll have another week to figure out what I'm doing. (Sadly, I'm just not in the mood to go to Japan this year). >_<;;

Interestingly enough though, the newspaper today had a piece on travelling in Tokyo on the cheap and looked at going to Tsukiji (which they said is pronounced skee-gee?!?). Tsukiji is definitely one of my favourite places to go in Tokyo on day 2. You're already up early thanks to jetlag so going to the fish market is always great fun. Maybe one of these days we'll eat ramen instead of sushi for breakfast when we go there. ^^;

Otherwise, I finally got out shopping for clothes today as well as to do some alterations. Eep. I think I've gained some weight again as I ended up taking a size 2 and 4 for pants today. Yay! No more of that size 0 idiocy from that last foray. I was a bit surprised though, all the petite clothes I was looking at were made in Japan. ^^;;

ginny_t, if I do end up in Japan instead of Europe and if you'd like, I should be able to pick up your tea for you provided they carry that specific blend. In any case, I'll want to stop by and pick up some more of my apple prestige tea as well. ^^;;


Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: August 13th, 2006 08:34 am (UTC)
Crest of Paris

Honey, if you end up on a 6-week tour of Japan, Asia & Europe, I'll be too busy gnashing my teeth to think about tea!

(Okay, I lie; I'll be equally torn between the two. ~_^)

If you can, that's awesomer than awesome. If you can't, I'll live. I guess. ~_^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 13th, 2006 01:23 pm (UTC)

Well, I don't think it'll be all three although I really wish I could go to SE Asia. I love crawling about ancient ruins. (This is the one time where I don't really care about heat). ^o^

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: August 13th, 2006 09:25 am (UTC)

damn. what a life...lucky you. going to japan for 6 weeks!! how does your work allow you to take off that long? even with my own business, the most i can get away with is 3 weeks, without my finances and business getting too far behind.

I can't imagine not being up for going to Japan, but then again, that is because i have never gone in the first place. ^^;; And, the more i watch jdoramas . . and see images of tokyo and the likes...the more i want to just pick up and live there. >.<;;

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 13th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)

^^;; It's a family-run business and semi-retired at that so it's making for some very quiet hours currently. Time-wise, 6 weeks probably isn't a problem, but financially it could kill me so I'm probably only going to go for 3-4 weeks of holidays. I figure I can probably handle 2 weeks of solitude. ^_^ (On the flip-side last year was quite busy so I only managed to get away for 2 weeks vacation. The advantages and disadvantages to family businesses...).

(I did manage 5.5-6 weeks off while working in Japan as well. Basically I took all my paid days, unpaid days, swapped shifts like mad, and took it in conjunction with New Year's break. I ended up travelling for 2.5-3 weeks in China + 3 weeks in Canada with a friend.) ^___^

I can't imagine not being up for going to Japan, but then again, that is because i have never gone in the first place.

^^;; Not to mention I've been to the country 5 times in the past 4 years. Granted one of those times was a 3-4 day stop-over before I went to Australia, but... ^^; I'd been running out of ideas for places to go / things to see. As it is though, minkyleigh did a road trip to Kyushu including some interesting stone Buddha statues that has me intrigued. If they're accessible by public transport / has taxi service, I might look into something like that this time. ^_^

While I don't know about living in Tokyo (that city just confuses me) Japan's a fairly easy country to live in / visit. ^_^

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: August 14th, 2006 11:52 am (UTC)
busukoi hanabana

OMG...so envious of your travelling! ^____^
i want to travel more.
I cannot tell you how much i really just want to pick up and live in japan for a year. i think it is good for me to do it now, while i am still "young" (we STILL are. ^__~). and look young.

btw, i am in a small family biz too. I do decorating,but the reupholstery and drapery/home accessories part of it is run with my dad. what's your biz? probably a lot bigger than our wee shop. heeh.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 15th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)

^_^ It's also good to do while you still have the flexibility to do so. Part of me wouldn't mind up and taking off for parts unknown again to work, part of me is a bit too insular to feel comfortable with it. :/

btw, i am in a small family biz too. I do decorating,but the reupholstery and drapery/home accessories part of it is run with my dad. what's your biz? probably a lot bigger than our wee shop. heeh.

^^;; Engineering consultant for the oil and gas business (I do CAD). We're a whopping 3 people in the company. Tiny, tiny. :P

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: August 15th, 2006 10:29 am (UTC)

Heh-heh. Ulr co. Is bigger than ours by 1. Heehee.

And, know what u mean about wanting to go and wanting to stay and wanting to pick up and go. I do feel, with my age, the get up & go is going to start waning if I don't do it soon.
No kids. No real commitments. No hubby. So, still freee enough. Heh

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: August 13th, 2006 10:40 am (UTC)

ahhhhhhh! why didn't it occured to me to ask you too hehe
well you probably might have read this on my journal...Lina and I are going to japan in september and we are trying to put together an itenerary for Fangirls hahaha
any recs on must see places in tokyo? ^_^
gosh i kinda wish i could stay for 6 weeks in japan T__T

we're only gonna be there for 1 week *weeps*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 13th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)

^^;; I *really* don't know Tokyo very well, especially in the way of anime/manga/pop culture. Most often, I'm travelling through it, from it, or stopping over before going elsewhere. ^^;

If you're reasonably nearby, Tsukiji fish market is worth seeing / experiencing, but it is literally that - a fish market. The first time we went, I was convinced we were going to get run over by these massive frozen tuna being carted about on small vehicles/forklifts zipping all over the place. ^^; Going across the river and wandering the streets over there is also nice. The streets and houses over there are old-style and really quaint. From what I remember, there were a number of pickles over there that were really good. ^___^

Beyond that... Ghibli museum is where I want to go if I can ever manage to get tickets. If you're in the area and have time, maybe go to the Imperial Gardens as well. Shopping in Ginza, Shinjuku and Akihabara... I'm drawing a serious blank. There's the park that everyone goes to for cherry blossom season that has a (fine arts) museum nearby... ......You know, I don't know if I've ever been to Tokyo Tower?? I honestly don't remember. ^^;; The temple in Asakusa is also good. You'd recognize it from the massive lantern at the gate. ^___^

I could recommend places around Tokyo but Tokyo itself... ^^;; (If you have the time, I would suggest doing a day-trip out to Nikko though. It's a beautiful little town and the shrines are lovely.) ^___^

One week is short so I'd probably suggest staying in and around Tokyo, but if you are looking at daytrips outside, Nikko, Kamakura and Yokohama are all good. Yokohama's very close by and has wonderful Chinese food (it's known for it's Chinatown). ^___^

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: August 14th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)

omg. wait. . .i just saw that you are a sie 2-4!! holy crap...you are THIN THIN THIN!!!! ^____________^

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