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halocon
07 March 2011 @ 10:05 pm
I guess it's human nature to be selfish. People don't seem to take into consideration what you've done for them when it's you that needs a favor in return. Fine, I can accept that but at the VERY least, let me know that you have no intent to help me whatsoever so I can move on and find help elsewhere. Unfortunately, there are some people that are just THAT selfish. So, selfish that they refuse to help you and keep you in the dark as well. Granted, I may have been the one that triggered this response, but I think these people are over-reacting to a more complicated matter than they are completely aware of. A minor setback.

Speaking of selfish...
Tonight, as I was driving down my block, I saw someone enter their car and it looked like they were about to leave so, I signaled indicating that I wanted his parking space. The guy just sits there doing something but doesn't acknowledge that I'm there. So, I'm waiting for him to leave and he just doesn't. I thought to myself "I guess he's not leaving." I drive around the block to see if there were any other spaces. Nope. So, I'm now back to the very same place I was and the guy is still sitting in his car, engine off. I decided to just park in my driveway (I didn't want to park in the driveway because my sister needs to park her car in the garage). Right after I pulled into my driveway and turned off my engine, the asshole starts his engine and drives off... I've said it before and I'll say it again, Daly City's got some of the worst drivers I've ever encountered. I'm not just talking about them driving slow, not signaling for anything, slow reactions, etc. Daly City drivers lack driving etiquette. The street across from my house can comfortably park 6 cars but for some reason, 4 cars have managed to occupy that entire space (there's like 1/3 of a car space in between each car...WTF?)
 
 
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
 
 
halocon
05 June 2009 @ 07:30 am
Tomorrow will be my the last day i get to spend time in Tokyo before i leave at 5am on Sunday morning. I don't have much planned for tomorrow except to buy stuff people requested and to eat at Ichiran one last time. I have plans to return to Tokyo next April, right when the Cherry Blossom Festival occurs. The percentage of my return is quite high because i already have two people who want to come back at that time.

Part of me is dreading having to return to the States but another part of me really wants to come back. I miss riding my bike a lot (it's been 3 weeks since the last time i rode.) that's about it LOL. I'm going to miss a lot of stuff about Tokyo namely, the food, the women, the transit system, the fact that i don't have to think about anything and just have fun. I had some really good sushi at a sushi boat place last night. I had 13 plates and a beer...it was awesome. i walked out of the place with my face completely red and no one even cared (it's such a common thing here :) i normally dont eat any sashimi, only rolls but i just had to try it here and it's really good. maybe my eating habits will be different when i return to the States.

i'm figuring that i'll have withdrawal issues for the first week or so after my return, i have no clue how im going to deal with it either, i guess i just will. I can honestly say that i've never been to a place where i didn't want to leave until coming to Tokyo. I don't even know how to begin to describe how i feel about this place, it's just so nice!

I've got GIGS upon GIGS of pictures to show you guys when i return! stay tuned...
 
 
Current Location: Kyoto
 
 
halocon
02 June 2009 @ 08:29 am
my original post was going to be yet, another rant but if you aren't tired of it, i am. so, i decided to change it up a bit. I just want to say that im glad i have such good friends to chat with even while im so far from home. This trip has been somewhat hard for me (funny as it sounds.) I guess this trip didn't turn out to be exactly what i wanted. I still cant say for sure what i want/wanted but i know for sure this isn't it. I'm starting to miss home now esp. since i see a bunch of bikers everywhere, and tho they're not on high end bikes like mine, it's the thought of biking that gets me. btw, when i was on the tour of Mount Fuji, the tour guide mentioned that a lot of riders go there to train for the race. i figured one day i'd like to fly my bike out there and ride mount fuji, at least to the fifth stage (halfway) up the mountain.
back to my point about what i wanted out of this trip... i left the States with the intention of being someone else in a foreign land. i was tired of being me and i wanted some way to escape. unfortunately, that didn't happen and it even seemed to have backfired. anyways, it's late.
 
 
Current Location: Kyoto, Japan
Current Music: Decode -Paramore
 
 
halocon
01 June 2009 @ 07:20 am
Went to the Himeji Castle today and spent about 3 hours taking pictures of it. The weather was nice...that's it. highlight of my day was i saw this really hot girl outside of the Castle as we were leaving. O, and i saw a really down to earth looking girl right by Kyoto Tower...in fact, i thought she was so good looking, i think my heart skipped a beat and i at the same time forgot to breathe lol.
I have got to be more careful with my choice of travel buddies in the future. There are some people who are cool to hang out with and then there are those who are cool to travel with. the thing with that is, just cuz they're cool to hang with doesn't necessarily make them good to travel with (short trips maybe.) i guess you tend to find things out about people when you spend enough time around them.
I'm traveling with a friend i hang out with regularly (no, he doesn't know that my blog exists) and it's honestly become a real pain. it's even more of a pain now that the other two friends have flown off to another part of the country. The friend im currently traveling with complains a whole damn lot and it varies from the weather being too hot to his feet are hurting. so, according to him, anything less than 70 degrees is cold to him and 75 is too warm for him... i think he needs to live in a bubble where the temperature is controlled. He complains about his feet hurting and i really care nothing for it because he brought it upon himself. i mentioned that i was purchasing new shoes for the trip mainly because all the rest of my shoes have next to nothing padding. the guy says "i'm going to buy new shoes" but never does it and says his current shoes will do fine (Converse Chuck Taylor...not exactly the kinda shoes one would wear for a two week long trip. the padding on those shoes suck and they generally dont feel good after 3 hours.) so, for the last 8 days, he's been complaining about his feet hurting. what makes it worst is, he slows down from his otherwise already slow pace which ends up slowing everyone down cuz we have to wait for him.
so, every night we're looking for a place to have dinner and so far we've had a pretty hard time looking for a restaurant that has english menus. the thing is, who cares. just walk in to any damn restaurant regardless of an english menu or not and just order using the pictures OR ask for an english menu. we figured that out tonight... my travel buddy loves to pick out places that charge 30+ dollars for dinner and i've already mentioned that i don't want to fork up more than 20 for dinner cuz i don't grow money. we splurged one night on a 30+ per person meal already but that's okay cuz we all agreed to splurge on one meal. when he picks a place to eat and i don't agree to it, you can tell he gets upset. and for some strange reason, he seems to have something against ramen (i think.)
One night, the four of us went looking for a place to have dinner and we stumbled upon a place that specializes in Katsu dishes and one of us said "the portions look bite sized" and i said "im not a fan of katsu" so, we kept walking around to look for other places to eat. 5 restaurants or so later, we stumbled upon another katsu place and the portions looked better but i still wasnt thrilled but it was a place to eat and everyone was hungry so, whatever. food is food. The katsu actually ended up being pretty fucking good LOL. i was thoroughly impressed. i think im not a fan of katsu previously because the katsu i've had in the States kinda sucked A LOT. i think what made the katsu i had that night good was it was made with minced Kurobuta and then battered up and fried to a golden, brown crisp LOL!
anyways, i can't say that all's been bad this trip despite certain events, if anything, this trip has opened my eyes.
when i return to the States, im going to really brush up on my Japanese and i'm contemplating on taking a Japanese night class at CCSF during Fall. I will definitely return to Japan either this Winter or in February and if not then, it'll be sometime during 2010.
 
 
Current Location: Kyoto, Japan
Current Mood: Buzzed
 
 
halocon
31 May 2009 @ 08:31 am
I'm currently writing this entry in Kyoto, Japan and i must say, im not liking Kyoto very much. After spending the last 5 days in Tokyo, Kyoto is really, really dull. Tokyo is really fast paced with bright lights, hot women, great food, lots of people and lots of shopping. Kyoto is more....temples, shrines, minus everything that Tokyo has. Maybe it's not, maybe it's because i haven't explored it enough but from what i've seen so far, im not at all impressed by anything. In fact, im so UNimpressed that i didn't even bother to take my camera out for pictures. I've been in Kyoto since 2pm today, and all i've been feeling is this strange lethargy and sleepiness. I slept on the way to Kyoto while on the Shinkansen bullet train for 3 hours, i slept on the subway we took after getting off the bullet train. Next time i come to Japan, and yes, there hella will be a next time, im not even going to TOUCH Kyoto. We should have started off with Kyoto and THEN go to Tokyo (end things with a super high note.)
I love Tokyo. I realized how much i loved it during the second day of our trip. I think i can fit in to Tokyo without much problems, despite the language "barrier." I finally had the chance to go to the Ramen place Ken kept raving to me about. I don't blame the guy for raving.. they have damn good noodles there! i've been there twice now and i plan to go back again the day before i leave. the last time i was there, i ordered two bowls from the vending machine before being seated. The waitress had to personally come and verify with me that i had ordered two and that i didn't make a mistake (waitress was hot btw, LOL. not Shibuya girl hot but down to Earth, i can bring her home to mother, kinda hot.)
Surprisingly, I'm not thrilled anymore over this trip, in fact, im pretty damn depressed and i've been "coping" with it in the worst manner possible. I've been drinking myself to sleep for the past 3 nights since before leaving Tokyo for Kyoto and im continuing this tonight as well. Why am i depressed? I don't want to go back to the States. simple as that. I dread that place even tho that's where home is. I don't feel like i even belong there, people there are rude, loud, and i tend to run into a lot of stupid people and stupid drivers. Here in Tokyo, things are different. People are insanely polite, they're not loud, the women are GORGEOUS, shops and restaurants are open late, the food is awesome and the streets are safe even in the wee hours of the night. Of course, this is all pretty superficial stuff but i just can't help the way i feel. I don't really miss the States, except for the biking portion. I can certainly bike here but oddly it doesn't seem as nice.
I've been drinking myself to sleep because i find myself staying up just thinking about having to return to the States, going back to work, dealing with just general everyday crap.
I've been contemplating over living here for half a year to a year to see things go for me. I've been reading the paper about how Japan's economy has been and it's really not looking too good. The crime rate is skyrocketing and people are losing jobs. realistically, it's not a good time to get adventurous. I have a good job, one that i like back home, might i add. However, we do have a Japan office and i was thinking about asking my boss to consider letting me be stationed there for a few months (tho, i highly doubt there's even a remote possibility.) so, really, my so called "plan" is nowhere near any kind of fruition. tho, im also not a few steps back. Maybe im just trying to find comfort for myself. Ken mentioned the possibility of me teaching english here, maybe i can look into that...
I've actually got a LOT more i want to say but im losing my train of thought since im trying to fight the urge to sleep.... I know im supposed to be enjoying my vacation but this just isn't working out very well for me.
 
 
Current Location: Kyoto, Japan
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Current Music: my roommate is snoring....
 
 
 
halocon
02 February 2009 @ 04:46 pm
Believe
The faces all around me they don't smile they just crack
Waiting for our ship to come but our ships not coming back
We do have time like pennies in a jar
What are we saving for [x2]

There's a smell of stale feeling that's drinking from my skins
The drinking never stops because the drink off all our sins
We sit and throw our roots into the floor
What are we waiting for [x2]

[chorus]
So give me something to believe
Cause I am living just to breathe
And I need something more
To keep on breathing for
So give me something to believe

Something's always coming you can hear it in the ground
It swells into the air
With the rising
Rising sound
And never comes but shakes the boards and rattles all the doors
What are we waiting for [x2]

[chorus]
So give me something to believe
Cause I am living just to breath
And I need something more
To keep on breathing for
So give me something to believe

I am hiding from some beast
But the beast was always here
Watching without eyes
Because the beast is just my fear
That I am just nothing
Now its just what I've become
What am I waiting for
Its already done

Ohhhhhhh

[chorus]
So give me something to believe
Cause I am living just to breath
And I need something more
To keep on breathing for
So give me something to believe
 
 
Current Location: The Fishbowl
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: Believe -The Bravery
 
 
halocon
10 October 2008 @ 10:25 am
i never thought i would EVER sell any of my bike lights but it's come to the point with one of my lights that i've become fed up with it. i bought one of those Niterider Trinewt bike lights last year and i've used it maybe 5 times if not less. i love night rides because it takes away from the monotony of riding on the SAME route every week. the Trinewt is well designed, it's got three P4 emitters and puts out about 500 lumens for 3.5 hours which is way more than enough runtime for the rides i do. the major flaw with this light is the battery. this light runs on a rechargeable lithium ion pack and it's really, REALLY flaky. sometimes, it will charge. sometimes, it will not. sometimes, it will charge and then lose its charge in a few hours. it's really frustrating.

I tried to do a ride last night and right before leaving the house, i wanted to make sure the light would come on. i hit the power button and the light flashes once. the battery died...AGAIN. i've sent this back to niterider once already and the same thing is happening again. i think once i get it back from RMA, im going to sell it. it's a good light but the battery's just not doing it for me. i will use the money to buy a new light, one that's brighter and has no visible wires, it's also much lighter :)

luckily, i had a backup light (knowing me, of course i would have several backups) i ran my Dinotte 5w luxeon which runs on 4 AA batteries (reliable but not much juice). i think i had it on high for about 30 mins before it bugged me that the voltage was dropping. i finished my 22 mile ride nonetheless...just that i couldn't see too much which made things...interesting. the good thing about this light is the flash mode, when the flash mode is activated...EVERYONE knows you're there, pedestrians, cars, bikes, runners they WILL notice you. If this light didn't have a pause after 5 flashes, someone could drop into an epileptic seizure LOL!
 
 
Current Location: work
Current Music: Shadow of the Day - Linkin Park
 
 
halocon
08 October 2008 @ 09:25 am
i want to be a shape OTHER than round, therefore, im stepping up the exercise. believe it or not, i can get fat and i can be out of shape even tho you've never seen me that way. Regardless of me gaining weight and getting out of shape, i've always wanted to get back into the sports i used to do...sports like running and basketball. Running is second to biking right now. i actually have an exercise plan now. I bike on tuesday, thursday and sunday, run on monday, wednesday, friday. saturday is my "free" day...thoough, i'll probably end up doing some more exercises. But i gotta tell you, mixing running with cycling is pretty difficult. both sports use similar muscles and it's tiring as hell trying to do both. i haven't done any running in over a year and i recently did a 15 minute run on a treadmill and i felt two cramps in my inner thighs. the next day, i realized i pulled both my hamstrings and both my calves. last night during my 23 mile ride, i felt a slight cramp as i crested over the top of the hill i live on.

i made a pit stop right by the huge soccer/track field to wipe my glasses. as i was stopped, two cyclists rode past me. one of them stopped and looked like he wanted to talk to me. i looked at him and he said nothing so i said "what's up?" he wanted to know if this is where everyone meets up for the race. im like "oh, is that a race they do here on tuesday nights?" "well, it's not actually a race, they mainly just do 7 laps around this area every tuesday night." "how many people show up?" "about 30." "and they do this even in the winter time when it gets dark early?" "yeah, they do." SWWEEEET! when i get into better physical shape, i will join them. according to the dude, they do a lap in 10 minutes. but it's hard to judge the intensity of it since i don't know the distance. the guy also said that they complete this "race" in 50 mins....which doesn't make any sense at all. if you think about it, each lap is 10 mins and there are seven laps....how can that = 50 minutes to completion. it makes no sense.

When i get into better shape, i may take up swimming as well. that can be my saturday sport! and possibly climbing.
 
 
Current Location: work
Current Mood: amusedamused
 
 
halocon
07 October 2008 @ 11:03 am
"i had a lot of trouble getting up this morning...i think it's because my finger is healing and that's why im so tired"

whatever that means... LOL
 
 
Current Location: annoyed at work again
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
 
 
halocon
30 September 2008 @ 01:07 pm
i have a...uh...f...friend who recently got married (we'll just go with that) and he likes to invite me to do things with him and his wife and he knows i HATE hanging out with couples. some ppl are fine with hanging out with couples...im not. i've said it time and time again that im not ok with that. the guy says "don't worry, we're just all hanging out." it's a lie. i don't fall for it anymore. i dont even say maybe about going out with them, it's a straight up NO. but i try to be nice about it like try to make up an excuse for not being able to go. sometimes, if they get persistent, i tell them the reason and then the cycle continues. that's why i lie. lol. no one gets hurt by it. if anything, it's better for everyone. they get to do their PDA and i get to not have to be there to witness such crimes against nature. tada! im a considerate genius!
 
 
Current Location: the office of the damned
Current Mood: crankycranky
Current Music: A Message -Coldplay