Tags: travel: asia

firefly: serenity still flying

back home

Home at last.  *hugs bed and bearable weather*  Airport drama continues -- flight leaving Taipei was late so had to rush like mad to catch connecting flight to Toronto.  Because of this, I didn't get a chance to see my little (well, he's 15 now & supposedly has gone through a growth spurt) cousin who was waiting in Vancouver for Pearl & Andy.

Oddly, I am wide awake considering I didn't sleep that much on the plane.  We'll see what happens when the afternoon rolls around.

First load of laundry is already going.  I need to go out to get some breakfast and re-stock the fridge.  But all I want to do is sit here and catch up with everybody -- I've got ComicCon reports to read, movies to download, fanfic to read, reality shows to catch up on -- who won Maria?  who's still left on Idol and SYTYCD?  any performances that are "must see"? -- and of course, pictures to tag and post.
actor: rupert penry-jones

made it (barely)

Greetings from Taiwan.  Taichung, to be exact.  It is Saturday, 8:10am over here and I've just had my hair & makeup done for the ceremony this afternoon.  This is gonna be quick cause I'm in the bridal suite using the bride's laptop and it's getting crazy!

The trip almost began with a disaster as I was minutes away from missing my flight to Vancouver.  The highway was closed due to a huge accident and I was sharing a cab with 3 guys.  One guy completely missed his flight and me & another guy made it just in time (at least, I hope the other guy made it).  And then, while we were boarding the plane in Vancouver, my brother decided to disappear and we couldn't find him!  But, in the end, we made it to Taiwan where 30C weather was waiting for us at 5am!  The humidity in Taipei is insane and coupled with the smog/pollution, it just makes it worse.  Although I have to say, Taipei is a lot cleaner then I remember it from 15 years ago.  At 2pm, we boarded a high speed train and came down to Taichung where we met up with my brother, Pearl and her family.  A bit cooler down here but now we're getting a possible typhoon warning.  Will the fun never cease?  Ceremony is this afternoon (approx 550 guests!!) and I think we're heading up the mountains tonight to see the hot springs.  Taking lots of pictures and hopefully I'll get a chance to update soon.
misc: blue flower

almost time

In approx 24 hours, I will be on a plane to Vancouver (5 hour flight), then I will spend another 4 hours waiting for the flight to Taipei which is 11 hours long.  ELEVEN HOURS.  Slightly panicked as I'm finishing my packing and hoping that I don't forget anything important.

Oh and guess what else is happening over there -- it's typhoon season!  I forgot about them.  Last week, a typhoon hit the Taichung area which is where the ceremony is going to be held.  Andy e-mailed my parents and reported they experienced flooding but nothing too bad.  Let's hope the typhoons stay away.

OK, back to packing.  Hopefully I will have internet access while I'm there.  We're staying with my uncle in Taipei so he should be hooked up.

See y'all on the other side of the world.  =)
jake: with boo

the calm before the storm

Life has been pretty quiet 'round these parts.  I have lots of fun stuff coming up over the next few months so it's like the calm before the storm. 

1)  Polaris this weekend!!  Gareth David-Lloyd *squee*  Looking forward to meeting grasshopper64and hopefully serefina743plus just being around TW fangirls, how can it not be fun?!  And to close out the weekend, one last taping of Maria to finish off my John Barrowman stalking.   Small confession: between watching TW and DW, the Maria show, the Pride parade & other various promotions, I'm actually getting a little tired of seeing John everywhere.  Who would've thought I would experience John overload?!  How do you Brits do it?

2) 2 weeks from today, I'll be sitting in a plane heading to the motherland.  I haven't even started to think about packing, ack!  The main things are done (passport updated, vaccine shots done) and I don't have to worry about exchanging money (the perks of having family over there) so it's just all the little stuff.  If any of y'all want a souvenir or a postcard from Taiwan or Tokyo let me know! 

August will be quiet which is good cause September is gonna be insane.  Awesome but insane.

3)  Labour Day long weekend, bauersgirland I are off to Las Vegas for 5 days!  She's never been and I've been once but years ago.  Can I just say that she is the best trip planner ever!  She's been doing all this research while I've been... well, encouraging her, lol.

4)  Celebrity stalking at TIFF!!  Unfortunately, faninohiocan't join us this year but that's OK cause 2 weeks later...

5)  EyeCon!!  Yes, I have succumbed.  Can't wait to see the gals again and that Jared guy!!  The trip was in jeopardy for a while there cause there are no direct flights between Orlando & Toronto on a Sunday evening.  WTF airlines.  But my bosses are very understanding and I was able to take the Monday off as well, yay!!  Plus, flights are cheaper on the Monday so double yay!!!!

6)  There's also my brother's wedding sandwiched between TIFF and EyeCon.  Still need to buy a dress and shoes.  Comfortable shoes cause I'll be running around all day making sure everything goes as planned.

So, yea, that's my schedule for the next 3 months.  I'm exhausted just looking at it!  And I don't even want to think how much all this is gonna cost me but I don't care.  I'll just have to go into massive saving mode and not spend money unnecessarily like buying lunch almost everyday.

Something for all you Twilight peeps.  Have you seen the EW cover?  EW is correct.  Robert Pattinson is such a cutie but that cover is AWFUL.

Reality show update:  

* Bollywood on SYTYCD, w00t!!  That was awesome.  I found it surprising that neither of them knew what Bollywood was but I guess it's just not as common knowledge as it is here.  This season has been lacklustre compared to S2 & 3 but Joshua & Katee are definitely my faves.  So nice to see Pasha & Anya again!

* The Top10 has been chosen for Canadian Idol and we've got 8 guys & 2 girls.  LOL Canada.  When it was revealed that they were getting rid of the gender split (thank goodness), this was exactly what I predicated.  I like how our little show no longer follows AI's format and paves their own way.  I haven't been following the show religiously yet but so far I'm liking Theo, Mookie & Sebastian.