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I can’t believe my luck! After all these years of living on this great big planet, I’m finally able to check off one of my ultimate dream destinations on my bucket list. Yup, you’ve probably guessed correctly based on my blog header graphic.


I could not be happier that I finally get to visit London after dreaming about it for so many years. I mean, I’ve been dreaming about visiting this magical city ever since I was a little kid reading children’s books about Paddington Bear (while holding my very own stuffed Paddington toy…that I still keep in my storage bin in the closet). As I grew older, & music became a huge part of my life, I wanted to visit London to pop into one of the many local vinyl record shops, or pop into one of the many quaint cafés with live music. Then, I went through puberty, & all I wanted to do was visit London to flirt with the cute, tall boys with the attractive accents. Later on, that turned into wanting to visit London to try & spot my favorite celebrities (especially the male ones). After watching the movie Pirate Radio (a.k.a. The Boat That Rocked) starring Bill Nighy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris O’Dowd (of Bridesmaids fame), January Jones, & more… that just bolstered my efforts to visit London once & for all.

So Jian proclaimed one day earlier this year that he was itching to go on a vacation with me. Ever since Jian’s best friend got back from a lengthy family vacation to Japan, Jian had been feeling slightly envious. He’s been wanting to go back to Japan for a long time, but it saddens me to say that I’m a little over Japan at the moment. I just visited Japan briefly last year, & that also had made Jian a little disappointed that he hadn’t gone with our group. At this point in our vacation planning, I kept repeating to Jian that I wanted to visit a place we’ve both never been to. Jian kept going on & on about how he really wanted to visit some new city in Japan (someplace other than Tokyo or Yokohama). I pretty much wore him down, & convinced him that we should visit London. A lot of our family members had been telling us to visit Paris (which is another dream destination on my bucket list), but after repeatedly hearing the same stories about Paris & other parts of France from my mother, it kind of turned me off to visiting Paris for a while. Plus, I’ve been thinking that since this will be my very first visit to Europe, I thought I should start with something easy, easy as in some place where English is a common/main language, just to get my feet wet first. After I’ve learned the proper European etiquette & culture, then perhaps some day in the future I’ll visit more European countries. (*I’m still lumping England into the European continent based on its geography. I’m well aware that England itself is no longer a part of the European Union.)

Well, that’s pretty much it. All I can say now is that I’m feeling so grateful, appreciative, & blessed in my life. I absolutely NEVER EVER, EVER, EVER want to take anything for granted, ever! I understand the privilidged life that I live, & I appreciate every moment (small & large) with every fiber of my being. I could not be more grateful for this exciting & powerful opportunity in my life. I am soaking up all of the gratitude in the universe & projecting it out into the world through my hard work, love, & appreciation. Life is beautiful. That is my send off. Until then, Cheers mate!

Today’s song of the day:

This is a list I’ve compiled (among the countless other lists/surveys) of all the things I want to do or achieve before I die…a spin-off of the Bucket List idea.

  1. go to a Japanese Pop concert in Japan.
  2. go to a pro baseball game in Japan.
  3. watch a Kabuki stageplay in the famous Kabuki-Za theater in Tokyo.
  4. go to a pro Sumo wrestling match.
  5. go to the Forumla 1 Monacco Grand Prix race in Monte Carlo.
  6. go on an RV road trip.
  7. take a vacation on a house boat.
  8. take a gondola ride in Venice, Italy.
  9. go to the Tokyo International Film Festival (and maybe hang out with celebrities?).
  10. go to the Tokyo Auto Salon (a.k.a. Tokyo International Auto Show).
  11. own my very own traditional-style vacation home in Japan (possibly in Hakone).
  12. ride on a horse-drawn carriage in the snow.
  13. have a display room in my own place, filled with toys from the floor to ceiling.
  14. find a beagle dog that looks exactly like Snoopy (white fur, black ears).
  15. to see my fiancee wear a full Cosplay-style costume, complete with accessories.
  16. to reduce my habit of being a pack rat.
  17. to become a Dominatrix for a day (just for the hell of it).
  18. to have another big family reunion with my dad’s side of the family in Yokohama.
  19. to own my own business (even if it’s a side project or a weekend job).
  20. to re-learn how to play the piano again. (I want to get back to the level I was back in high school.)
  21. to become fluent in a foreign language (including reading/writing).
  22. to write a travel guidebook about Tokyo and/or Japan.
  23. to go camping with my fiancee, complete with a tent & a small camping grill. (But I would still pick a place with a community bathroom.  I don’t think I can rough it in the actual forrest.)


September 2022

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