Thought

Equation in the Sky

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What do you see when you look up the sky?

I see blue sky and maybe some clouds. Two colors, that’s all.

Not my German dorm mate in Uluru. As a researcher of next-gen airplane (one of the coolest job title I ever heard), he sees air pressures and air flows when he see clouds. He jokingly said he could even see equations in the sky.

Very cool.

Since that conversation, I kept wondering what it was like to see the sky through his eyes and mind. Perhaps it’s not as romantic as it sounds. Looking up the sky might actually remind that guy of his work waiting in his office.

Well, maybe not. He said he genuinely enjoyed what he was doing. Now, that is very VERY cool. (and of course, I made my jealousy and respect filling sigh, huuuh!)

The world (not people filling it) can be a very static place. A view might be better on some other day, but it is basically same view through my eyes. It’s nice to catch Uluru sunset when there are wide thin layer of clouds, which I heard, made the rock VERY red. Very nice, but it’s the same view.

What changes view is eyeglasses you wear on your mind, so to speak. You put your glasses on, you see equations in the sky.

I don’t intend to study aerodynamics to appreciate clouds on next level, but I can certainly learn associated story of places I visit. That will give me that glasses to see the different view.

As contradictory as this might sound, I still believe that in some cases, we should try to give up all the previous knowledge about the places we visit. Sometimes associated knowledge will blind you to see the real face (instead, you only confirm what you heard was right or wrong. Check!) Even so, maybe it’s good to learn about the place after the first visit.

General rule for me is to let mother nature surprise me while try studying for human related site (it’s very hard to appreciate .

As for equation in the sky, I feel a bit of jealousy, but maybe that view is meant to be for only selected few who devoted their life on that field.

 

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Now I am in Perth, western Australia. I am enjoying good weather and relaxing. After enjoying one lazy week here, I’m thinking to drive and check out other areas. Maybe go see some dolphins!

Diary Hawaii

A Night with Entomologist

“So you are going to Hawaii? You got to meet my friend there.”

So, I was sitting with my brother’s entomologist friend in Hawaii, at some Tiki bar off the beaten path.

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La Mariana, original Tiki restaurant. This sign is the only picture I took…

 

Place was gorgeous. Supposedly, that was one of the last traditional Tiki bar left, with real Tiki stuff. I wasn’t quite sure what “Tiki” really was, but it has to mean something local and traditional. So we liked it.

Earlier that day, we visited his museum, and he showed us around his research areas. Museum itself was fun to look around, but his research area was way better.

I learned that there are ALL kinds of bugs on this planet, which I hope I will never see in real life.

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Central garden area of Bishop Museum

 

When I complemented him about his creative works (turned out, he does some beautifully weird artistic stuff), he uttered,

This is all I got. Nothing else…

He said like it was a bad thing, which I thought not right.

It’s so much better than doing everything OK!

My reply seemed satisfied him, so I was happy.

But later that night, this line was stuck in my mind, and worked as reminder of my weakness. My last job was being jack-of-all-trades. I wasn’t real salesman. Nor marketer. Nor trader. I did everything just fine, but did not exceed in anything.

He is good at one thing, and he does it wonderfully, yet he thinks his option is limited. I can do several things above average, but feel inferior about being a master of none.

Isn’t it funny how we are good at seeing things negatively?

Oh, yes, I got a great advise from him.

Keep your mind OPEN.

He was talking about my travel. Traveling is fun, but if my view is in the same closed state, what I am doing now is just an extended version of package tour. Look around with “naked eye,” without any stereotypes.

And, that, nicely concluded my month-long Hawaiian vacation.

Food Hawaii

Pork Chop Everybody on Big Island knows

“Where are you staying?” was the most popular questions we had. When we reply, many of them exclaimed,

“Oh, I love their Pork Chop!!!”

Our hotel was very famous for food!

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Famous Pork Chop

 

This was another great dish, recommended by lady at rent-a-car office. 🙂

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Butterfish

 

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Japanese/Hawaiian hybrid side dishes

 

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Restaurant at Manago Hotel. Visit them early enough because they will be so crowded at busy hour!

Diary Hawaii

Volcanoes National Park

One of the most popular English course in Japan is this radio program called ”基礎英語” (Basic English). Every weekday, they broadcast 15 minutes radio class on basic English conversation, and that was my first English class I took.

They had monthly textbook, which I loved.

Their textbook follows the same characters and story throughout a season. The year I was listening was about a story based on Hawaii. I remember they talked about another side of Hawaiian life, that most tourists neglect to see.

What I remember most is volcanoes. I remember being surprised how people could walk to volcano and watch molten lava! I swore to myself that I would visit there someday……

After 20 some years later, I made it.

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Halemaumau Crater

 

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Seismic Intensity Meter in Hawaii, detected 311 Tohoku Earthquake

 

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Walking inside Lava Tube

 

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Land of lava. Everything is black.. It will get beautifully boring if you stay long enough…

 

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A piece of dried up lava

 

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Into Blue.. Nice change after hours in black land.

 

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You shall not pass… Lava blocking the road.

 

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Trail to Puu Huluhulu. Good hiking.

 

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Black Sand Beach. it does live up to its name.

Accomodation Hawaii

A Room Without TV

We were planning to stay first half in Kona area, and the rest in Hilo area so that we can see both sides easily. We ended up staying all nights in our hotel in Kona. It was so good and cheap that we didn’t want to leave.

Our hotel was Manago Hotel, which most people in Kona area seems to know.

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Manago Hotel

 

Our room, the cheapest one they offer, was private room with double bed, with shared bath. This room was $36 (plus tax) for two of us. That is cheaper than dorm-type hostel.

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Double Room with shared bath at Manago Hotel

 

What we especially liked about this room was the fact that it didn’t have any TV. I like American TV too much, so it’s good that we can learn how to enjoy each other without TV… 😛

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Room that provides nothing more than you need.

 

Another plus was the room got free wifi. So, you REALLY don’t need TV. 🙂

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Cheap accommodation in digital age

 

Shared bath wasn’t bad at all. Especially for lady’s, each bathroom has toilet and shower for one person, so once you locked, you got all room for yourself. (For guys, who don’t care much, it’s shared bath like everywhere else, but highly maintained.)

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“Shared” bath for Ladies

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Shower booth in Ladies room

 

Not everything was great of course. You are going to see some bugs, and perhaps small cockroaches. But it’s Hawaii. Even in more decent hotel, you will see them anyway.

I don’t know if we are ever coming back to Big Island (which we really hope), but if we do, we know where we are staying!

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Front desk at Manago Hotel

Food Hawaii

Pioneer Saloon

Pioneer Saloon is our number 1 pick for best-food category. They have great selection of great bento-style foods. This was recommended by one of my tweeps. Thanks!

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Casual style restaurants, mainly for take-outs, but there are several tables for eat-ins.

 

Pioneer Saloon Garlic Ahi

Garlic Ahi with 十六穀米(16 grains rice)

 

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Halibut with 玄米 (brown rice)

Transportation

Flying with JAL

I almost forgot how nice it is to fly with your favorite airlines. One of mine is JAL. These small things make big difference.

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complementary in-flight slipper and wet towel

 

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Decent airplane meal with premium beer

Transportation

Why You Should Fly via Narita

Direct flight is easy and trouble-less. My hometown is not Tokyo or Osaka, that makes direct flight rarer. That’s bad news for most, but for me, not so much. 

This is why.

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Knife Noodle at 唐朝刀削麺, 4F/Terminal 1

I LOVE this noodle…. OK, the title of this post should be, Why I Should Fly via Narita.. But it is true that having favorite things to do and eat at transferring airport is actually good. These things will make usually pain-in-the-butt transfer a fun stop, even one of your destinations.

I also like to transfer at Incheon Airport (S. Korea). Surprise, surprise! I happened to have my favorite Noodle (Ja Jang Myeon) there.

I will fly back to Nagoya via Narita, and my transferring flight is next day. I can’t wait…

What is your favorite thing to do/eat at airport?