Headed out to Dogo-koen (park) this afternoon to procrastinate studying for the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test, which I will most certainly fail and have thus just given up trying. Jesus take the wheel). But I got to take some photos and have some good alone time (versus crying in the shower alone time) which is always needed especially during these winter months where the crying in the shower alone time seems to take the lead. It was actually a beautiful day and apparently a little fresh air never hurt no one. Or so I’m told.
I haven’t written anything about my trip to Malaysia yet, partly because time is just wooshing by me and partly because I did so many things the task of sitting down to reflect on all of them seems overwhelming. But, that is the exact reason I started this blog, so that I could reflect and remember all the amazing experiences I am having here. But where to start? I guess I will start with my favourite part of the trip, the cooking class in Penang. Although this didn’t happen until our last day (best for last, right?) it was the most memorable and fun, and I felt I learned the most about Malay culture on that day. So, here is my experience with cooking in Penang!
Taking in whatever I can from the chef herself.
There is much more to do in Beppu besides visiting the aquarium! Beppu is perhaps best known for being compared to hell, and I would venture a guess that if there is one place on this earth most like hell, it’s Beppu! Visiting these hell-ish places make Beppu a popular tourist attraction, and I had to see them all for myself…
I’m in hell, and I seem OK with it.
See all the photos from my weekend trip to Beppu on my Flickr account by clicking here.
September is a great month in Japan for me. Work starts up again and with it the boredom and summer heat begin to fade away. September also has two long weekends, which mean I can ease back in to a full work-week. This past weekend I took advantage of my Monday off and headed to Beppu on the island of Kyushu for a change of scenery.
A scene from the ferry from Yawatahama to Beppu.
A few shots taken at night around Matsuyama.