I've finally gotten the upload bandwidth to post video footage of our time in Japan. It has incredible landscapes of cherry blossoms and gorges, Tawnee and I goofing around with the word Takachiho, baseball games, and of course The Robot Restaurant!
The end of our Japan trip was awesome, Colin flew in and we showed him Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, and the most badass rollercoasters on the planet. Seriously you have to check out the Eejanaika Rollercoaster, a "4th dimension rollercoaster", meaning it can spin you as you go down the track. I've been to a shit ton of theme parks in my life, and this was the best rollercoaster of them all.
This was my third time to Hong Kong, and it continues to be one of my favorite places in the world. This was the first time I had been out with locals which is by far the best way to travel. We stayed with our very recent friends, Angie and Duncan, who we had only met and hung out with once on a Tahoe trip a few months back. Typically I'd be pretty anxious staying with people we'd only briefly spent time with, but these were good people that Tawnee and I totally vibed with.
We stayed at their place about 45 minutes from Hong Kong, and I got my first taste of NBA playoff basketball, it was fucking glorious. No more just reading about the results, actual VIDEO! Our hosts took us to amazing restaurants and we got to see areas of the city that we never would have found on our own. On our last day we took a day trip to Macau with another couple who had recently moved to Hong Kong from San Francisco. Anyone who knows me knows that I love Vegas, like really love it. Needless to say I was excited to check out Macau's casinos. Holy sheeet. What a snooze fest. A place completely devoid of any energy. No patrons screaming at craps tables. No booze flowing. Just quiet ass people slowly handing money over to the house. Besides for the casinos Macau was a pretty interesting place, I had no clue it had a large Portuguese influence, and the difference between old town and new town was astonishing. You take a ferry from Hong Kong to Macau (unless you go for the helicopter option... next time...) and with our VIP tickets we went a little crazy on the unlimited Macau beer for 6 people with Duncan ordering 24 beers for a ~45 minute trip. For those involved in the trip it can only be summed up with a couple of sentences. "Many people know me. Everyday. Back and forth. Back and forth." HAHAHAHAH
I started a block about Thailand, but don't quite have the energy to finish it. The bass heavy music on the beach just outside our hostel is calling my name folks.