June 11, 2009

revisiting my “100 places” list

Posted in china, daydreaming, home in hawaii tagged , , , at 2:03 pm by Malia Yoshioka

a while back, i started a list of “100 places i want to go before i die.” and i just realized that in the next couple of weeks, i might get to check off a couple! yay!

i’ve always wanted to see the great wall of china, and i had it at #6 on my list. so i’m trying to figure out a way to work beijing into our itinerary for the trip to guilin. it actually shouldn’t be much of a problem since we will have to overnight in beijing (or shanghai) on the way to guilin anyway because of the way the flight schedules work out. i’ve been trying to coordinate it with joe, but hopefully i’ll be able to stay in guilin for a couple of days (possibly heading down the li river to yangshuo as well), then head up to beijing for a couple of days, where i can see the great wall, the forbidden city, the bird’s nest stadium from the olympics, and all those other things you think of when you think of china – or at least beijing.

and then of course, there are the things that you can’t “see”… the things you have to feel, taste, touch, hear… i am so excited to just soak up the experience of BEING in china. i don’t really have an itinerary, per se, but i’m hoping to get a chance to practice my mandarin, possibly see if i can find a cheap cooking class, and jess gave me a mission of finding something cool to take a picture of on her phone (that she is nice enough to lend me for the trip – thanks jess!)

i listed “china” as #46 on my “100 places” list, but it’s just too huge to say i’ll check it off in a 10 day trip. but i’m going to see just how much i can squeeze into my first visit. someday i’ll have to come back when i can come at a more leisurely pace… =)


May 31, 2009

another journey begins

Posted in china, daydreaming, home in hawaii tagged , , , , at 9:02 am by Malia Yoshioka

the universe works in mysterious ways.

after months of trying to scrape by and make ends meet while paying off my last RTW adventure, i’ve found myself suddenly in the middle of planning for a new one! next month i’ll be heading to guilin, china and I couldn’t be more excited!

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October 7, 2008

in-between jobs no longer!

Posted in home in hawaii tagged , , , at 11:31 am by Malia Yoshioka

thanks to jennifer at employers options, i’ve got myself a job for the next three months. i have such commitment-phobia when it comes to jobs that i couldn’t even bring myself to apply the old fashioned way – i went through a temp agency instead! it actually worked out great – i dropped off my resume, took a typing test (76 wpm, baby!), answered a few questions, and i was done. a few days later, i got a call to come down to a local law firm for an interview.

thus ends my year-long stint at unemployment (or full-time vagabonding, depending on how you choose to look at it). back to the working world! for now, at least…
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September 18, 2008

the art of unpacking

Posted in home in hawaii tagged , , , at 9:58 am by Malia Yoshioka

coming home brings with it a terrifying new reality for the long-term traveler: the need to unpack. it seems simple – take all your clothes, toiletries, and miscellaneous crap out of your suitcase and put it away nicely. even a child could do it. right?

well… when you’ve been living out of a suitcase for over eight months, it’s not as easy as you’d think.
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September 17, 2008

coming full circle

Posted in home in hawaii tagged , , , , at 2:54 pm by Malia Yoshioka

this year started out on a great note. regardless of what kind of celebrating we had done the night before, a group of my friends and i all met at sandy beach on oahu to toast the first sunrise of the new year together. we all wrote “letters to the universe” for what we hoped was in store for us in the coming months, sealed two copies – one to open on january 1, 2009, and burned the other in a mini-bonfire on the beach together as a group.

later, each of us picked a word to sum up our goals for the year, wrote them in sand, and then let the ocean sweep them away. mine was EXPLORE.

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