Day 7: 24 Hours in Tokyo

I was so excited for this morning. I was finally going to be able to meet Toshi’s wife and son! This was probably one of the moments I was looking forward to most. We were going to have a traditional Japanese breakfast but unfortunately that place opened an hour later than normal – of course….

Day 6: Oishi!

Helloooooo Tokyo! I’ve finally landed in a place I’ve been wanting to visit my whole life. Since my grandmother was from Sapporo, I’ve always wanted to visit Japan and get a feel for the culture and to see the beautiful land. My flight getting here, however, was the worst of my trip thus far. Ironically,…

Day 5: 10,000 Buddhas

Per Gordon’s recommendations, I scrapped my whole day’s itinerary. I wanted the extra hours of sleep so I skipped the Dragon’s Back Trail. The Tian Tan Buddha is apparently really cool, but it’s 3 hours away and is a huge tourist attraction. Gordon recommended 10,000 Buddhas instead, which I had previously read about but decided…

Day 4: The Peak

My trip to Hong Kong was easy. Two hours doesn’t seem nearly as bad after you’ve survived a fourteen-hour flight. Needless to say, this was another great experience. Food was included in the ticket and the staff were incredibly friendly. Upon arrival, I made it safely through immigrations, found my luggage, and got picked for…

Day 3: Chiang Kai-shek Me Out

Michael: What comes before anything? What have we always said is the most important thing? George Michael: Breakfast. Michael: Family. George Michael:Family, right. I thought you meant of the things you eat. As you can imagine, we started today with the most important thing: breakfast. There are so many small restaurants here within walking distance,…

Day 2: Relax & Recharge

After an incredibly busy first day in Taipei/Zhongli, we needed to recharge. We both slept in till about noon and had an easy morning. We made plans for lunch then walked to a small restaurant a couple blocks away. What was on the menu? Fried rice. This bad boy was served with an omelet on…

Day 1: Carbs, Museums, and Night Markets

I arrived safely at TPE and easily found my way through immigration and customs. I thought originally I’d have to take the bus or a cab to my friend Nick’s place but luckily one of his local friends, Sonny, was willing to drive. Good dude, drives a Honda. Side note – Much to my surprise,…

On The Wings Of Love

Ohh. Emm. Gee. Flying on international airlines is amazing. This was easily the best flight experience of my life. Not only did I get an incredible deal on my flight (roundtrip from SFO to TPE for $750 including the insurance package!) but my experience was one for the books. Which duh, that’s why I’m writing…

Before The Selfies

As I sit at the bar of the Firewood Grill in the San Francisco airport, I hear a gaggle of giddy girls cheering behind me. Maybe they’re setting out on a grand adventure celebrating someone’s new job or perhaps they’re just rowdy and don’t care how to act properly in public. They just cheers’d to…