Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kuala Lumpur: Thursday

Flew from Tokyo through the night and landed this morning at 6am in Kuala Lumpur (KL). Made my way to BackHome hostel where I'll be staying for 4 nights.

Went to lunch at Batki Woodlands Vegetarian Food Cafe for some terrific Indian food.

KL reminds me a lot of Bangkok--insane traffic, noisy, polluted, and in disrepair, yet really fun to explore. 

Inside a random temple

The entrance to Sri Mahamariamman Temple

Knockoffs galore on Petaling Street in China Town. I bought a couple pair of Ambercrombie shorts...

...and some mangosteen from this fruit stand.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mt. Sekirozan

Derek and I hiked to the summit of Mt Sekirozan on Saturday. It was a great trail and was extra beautiful in the morning light.

Derek said something about a monk living here a long time ago.

View of Lake Sagamiko

At the summit

This section was amazing in the morning rays.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Random Picture Post: June 2013

These are some random photos that span the last 2 or 3 months. Some you may have caught on Facebook.

This little cutie is my newest niece: Chloe Ann 

I do some teaching at CEC in Tachikawa 

And one from my monthly seniors class. Also in Tachikawa. 

Sushi and a movie in Tokyo with friends 

Park Ball with some single adults in the stake. 

Shooting a TV spot with Derek at Mt. Takao. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hara-rikyu Garden

After the markets, I walked through Hara-rikyu Garden. I visited here during the winter in 2006, but nothing was in bloom. A bit greener this time around.

Hinokuchiyama Hill

The 300 Year Old Pine

Tsukiji Market

I made a day trip to check out Tsukiji Market on Saturday. There wasn't a lot to photograph that I haven't already photographed many times before in other markets around the world, so not many pictures below.

There are many pickled items for sale in the outer markets.

Take note that it is NOT raining. The ladies use umbrellas on sunny days as well as rainy ones. I wish I could get away with this too, but I've been told it's frowned upon when men do it.

I ate lunch at Sushi Zanami, one of two kaiten sushi places in the outer markets. It was pretty good.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Okinawa: Sunday

Took a snorkeling trip with Seasir out to the Kerama Islands. It was a fun day off exploring the reefs in three different locations. I didn't have my camera with me, so these are some photos I tracked down from others.

I got a bit of a sunburn on my head and the back of my hands.