If you have been curious to static silence.
I have been away for 2 reasons:
1. Started work with a new venture – which is somewhat related to last mile delivery (yeah – I know you are probably rolling your eyes by now.
2. Went to Japan – I believe I have ancestors there. How else can you explain the love affair of tech, kaiju’s, kamen riders, and manga?
All jokes aside.
Few things I learnt from Japan.
- During the cold weather – the best seat in town is the the toilet bowl.
- I really should have planned the trip better – there’s just too many things to see and too little time. Probably should have also met up with someone who has been there to give me a better lowdown of the place and things to do / how best to optimize the time there. As a result – some things aren’t optimized as well as it should.
Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy myself – its just like that itch that you can’t scratch.
- People there seem to have pride in whatever they did – no matter how small the task. Its amazing! Imagine the bus driver thanks every passenger as the passenger goes down. That’s something almost unheard of in these parts of Asia.
- If you think KL or Singapore is packed with people – wait till you see Japan during peak hour – they even need a “Person Conductor” to manage human traffic! Speaking of which – I really wonder how do they create so many jobs to sustain this!
- Akihabara is like my version of Disneyland! Remind me to book an AirBnB there the next time.
- 7Eleven is quite a cool place to be in Japan – even a simple onigiri there taste good!
- Departmental stores and food markets there – OMG! You can get lost in wanting to try everything there.
- Japanese place a huge emphasis on packaging – everything they sell looks premium – with thought put into the whole experience. It’s amazing really how they sell things there.
- iPhone is winning the mobile race there. Brands like NEC still exists. Samsung is like an extinct creature. Google phones are also quite popular. People still use flip phones (seriously!)
- It gets dark really early – by 4pm – the sun goes down. And most shops close at 8pm!
- A good break is sometimes really what is needed. I really needed the “Reset” button to not think about work and things blowing up back home.
- Did not spot weird people and did not experience the “Harajuku moment” – then again we arrived at 10pm!
Was a good trip and I will definitely return!