Today I left Japan to spend a couple of weeks with my sister in Hong Kong. She's got a fancy apartment in the middle of the city - the photo above is the view from the balcony.
I've not really seen much except for the driver from the airport but Hong Kong is what I thought Tokyo would be like before I actually went to Tokyo.
So, this week's highlights:
- Meeting up with a friend on Wednesday to go to the Arashi bar in Osaka -- with okonimiyaki first, of course.
- Arashi concert on Thursday night. Awesome as always. You can buy Arashi MT in a different colour at each venue. I went early for the goods sales to get some -- it sells out fast. I waited in line for an hour then got around the corner of Kyocera Dome and realised I had at least another hour of lining up! Maybe two hours. I realised that I don't really care that much about masking tape.
- Friday I had one of the best massages of my life! If ever you are in Osaka, go to Bear Hug in Qs Mall. Not the cheapest massage around but you get what you pay for.
- Sunday, I went to a little izakaya near my apartment. I'd looked at the place a few times but hadn't gone in. Sometimes I just don't have the energy to play "gaijin". It was fantastic though. Cheese and chicken breast yakitori, cooking in foil (to keep the cheese in, I guess) -- OMFG yum.
I went to a co-working space this week. They are a great idea, in theory. I mean it's worth paying just to have a space with a proper ergonomic set up when I'm doing a lot of work on my laptop. That way I don't screw up my back. But then I think well I could get the same thing (without the free drinks) at the local library. Also, when you are sitting at a big communal table with a lot of random people, it's hard to write steamy scenes.
I flew to Hong Kong with Peach airlines. They are so cheap - it cost me around $150 AUD with the full options ticket (I'm sure it has some cutesy name) so I could take luggage and change my flight details if need be. I also got to select one of their "Pleasure" seats for free. I'm not sure where the pleasure came into it. I mean, it was an okay seat but I think the name sets up some expectations.
I quite like Peach airlines. They do sensible things like board people in window seats first. Since I always select an aisle seat and hate getting settled than having to unsettle myself, that works for me. One thing that irked me though is that they scan your checked bags before you check them. Not so bad in that I'd rather open and take stuff out of my bag myself than have some staff in the back do it. They are darn strict on batteries. Nearly an hour for bag drop, not check in just bag drop.