Tuesdays are slow and I'm currently very cold, so I made a playlist, which i haven't done in a while. I also dug through my photos to fish out yet another onslaught of neglected outfits that were sitting at the bottom of my iPhoto being sad. I'm really happy with the lovely comments about my latest video...I'll try to make more, so thank you to those of you who messaged me your kind words as I worked really hard on this one and am so glad you liked it. In the meantime I'll sit here and digest my sandwich and dream about future travel destinations. Right now those are Morocco, Greece, Turkey, Peru, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Norway, Iceland, Australia.....the list goes on. Stay warm and happy Tuesday everyone!
Incessant unsatisfied midnight editing sessions later, I am finally (provisionally) content with the clips i put together from our Japan trip over the holidays. I tried my best to encompass the ambience perfectly executed by artists like Murakami and Miyazaki...a kind of feeling that Japan alone allows its dwellers and the calmness that draws me to visit again and again (that and the sushi....sushi is important.) It's the kind of place that challenges the cliché idea of travel escapism...busy streets have never afforded me the same sense of calm, and/or smelled so richly of appetite igniting ramen broth. But at the same time i don't remember enjoying a car ride as much as the few hours we took between hot spring retreats, or starting to be (minutely) ok with said retreats' 'wifi in lobby only' policies- sometimes you need only sit in a rock pool of hot water and let your phone run out of battery to not feel tired (being constantly fatigued is a very tiring job). I'll stop now and let the video speak for itself...and maybe take up my friend's suggestion of going to Nandos for lunch, even though i'll be pretending it is sashimi.
I fell in love with Fukuoka....with the clusters of telephone lines haphazardly spider-webbing from block to block, with the barricades of vending machines on every corner, with the passionate endearing spirit of our sushi chefs, with the way sunlight hits the face of the walls and the bicycles propped against it. Every time i visit Japan, i leave with a body craving more ramen and a mind that is a little more at peace, because that seems to be what the place does to you despite a presumed claustrophobia that one might feel in Tokyo. I only managed to buy film on one of the last few days of our trip so (to my despair) I was not able to capture the beauty of our road trip to Yufuin on analog....yet I'm also slightly thankful for my predictable forgetfulness when packing, as my favourite moments were those spent in the car, iced coffee in one hand and headphones on, only taking a cheeky video every once in a while when i couldn't resist. Can't wait to show you the video, but in the mean time here are some shots of our last few days in Fukuoka city, hope you like them.
It's gloomy and wet today but here are some photos Bryant shot of me when we went to Cheung Chau with the gang and went exploring around the cliffs. Hope you guys are having a good holiday and eat too much food, as i plan to do tonight. Keeping this short as I'm currently buffering a season-long American Horror Story marathon...getting in the holiday spirit i know. Merry Christmas!