Train ride to Montreal
First I want to say congrats to Run With Abe for raising over $3000 for LLS. As promised I put together a short video of some of the things I saw and did during the Run with Abe 5k. For information on the 5k visit this link Run with Abe 5k. I hope you enjoy it!
First let me start things off by saying, I am not really a runner. I think the most I’ve ever ran in one sitting was something like 2 miles and that was pushing it. Last year was my first time doing the Run with Abe and let me tell you it was a bit more challenging than I thought. Even though the 5k was not super easy for for me, I did realized it’s was less about where you placed and more about the experience. In the end I placed in the middle of the pack and I felt good about donating to the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year I will be registering for The Run With Abe 5k. I’m planning on bringing my camera and documenting my experiences at the race so expect a video soon. I hope to see you there.
If you’re interested here are the details:
Run With Abe 5k
Seward Park (Seattle)
April 28, 2013
8:30 Registration 9:30
Art with Heart is where creativity meets philanthropy. Guests of this event enjoyed live music, surprise speakers and snacks. This event also displayed up and coming artist’s art work for a silent auction. Bidding ranged from $25 to $300. All proceeds of this event benefited Art With Heart.
Hey all, Akaash Saini and I will be hosting a Benefit Show for Sexual Assault Awareness Month at the TripleDoor Seattle on Thursday April 4th. April is the national Sexual Assault Awareness Month so with this concert, API Chaya is hoping to breaking the silence around sexual assault/abuse through music and art, as well as raise money for a local organization that supports survivors. If you’re on Twitter use the Hashtag #SAAMBenefit. More Details below.
Thursday April 4, 2013 Doors Open at 7:00 PM
MUSICQUARIUM at the Triple Door
Suggested donation at the door: $20
*No one will be turned away for lack of funds*
This event will feature local Seattle reggae band, Kore Ionz, as well as special guest performances by:
•Dancers from Hokulani’s hula studio
•Singer & songwriter Sola Yun
•Local hip-hop artists Rogue Pinay & Art of Verse
•Local break dance crew ShoryuKENT
All proceeds will be donated to API Chaya, a local organization that provides free, confidential, and culturally appropriate services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
Last weekend I had the honor of being apart of Georgia Esporlas‘s Photo Bio collection in Vancouver, BC. This collection is a series of photos that exceed simple head shots and captures the true essence of the individual. This collection focuses of dynamic entrepreneurs. Each entrepreneur takes multiple full and body shots with three or four personal items that are close to them. These items are specific to the individual and are somehow significant to each person. The list of entrepreneurs include Executive Producer of Miss World Canada Andy Chu, Real Estate Investor and Restaurant Owner Desmond Chen, Fashion Designer Jason Matlo and more. Georgia’s collection will no be ready release for a couple weeks but when it’s done I’ll post it, until then enjoy these iPhone photo collage up top.
When you’re sitting in coach do you ever wonder what kind of special food or items business class travelers receive? Me too! Here is footage of what I received on my Delta airlines business class flight to Tokyo. I was surprised by all the delicious meals. Footage taken with iPhone. Airbus a330-300
If you like fun footage you might like this one. A short feature of four friends traveling from Sydney to the Gold Coast. All footage captured through iPhone.
Now that I’m nearing the end of my stay in Tokyo, I’m going to list out the top five things you’re going to need to know when visiting Tokyo under 90 days. If this is your first time it might be useful. I hope this helps you or someone you know.
1. STAY CALM
Right after you leave the airport you’re in for a rush of busy activity. Tokyo is a big city with small corners and bright lights. I seems like every one is in some sort of rush to go somewhere. If your Japanese language skills aren’t up to par the idea of getting around the city can be quite intimidating. Don’t worry! Most places have integrated english into their signage. This includes Trains, Maps, Menus and others. Some Japanese around town know a small bit of english so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
2. Buy a Suica card at the Airport
A Sucia card is a like a charge card for for the JR trains & Subway system of Tokyo. You can even use the Suica to buy any items at connivence stores like 711, Family Mart and Lawsons. It’s a good item to have if you don’t understand the subway system. All you have to do is swipe over the over the entry gate and go! The scanner at the gate is so strong you can even swipe through your wallet, like most Japanese.
3. Do your research
Every country has different holidays, weather patterns and special occasions. These instances can change your experience dramatically. For instance if you’re traveling to Japan around New Years time. During New years most Japanese will be on holiday, therefore students are out of school, people are off work and lines maybe longer at your popular attractions (Disneyland, Concerts, etc).
4. Look to purchase everything before you enter Japan if you can
There are a bunch of sweet deals you can get while you’re outside Japan that can’t get while inside. Like for instance the JR pass. The JR pass is a ticket that will allow you ride the Shinkansen (bullet train) and all JR trains as many times as you want for a select amount of days. This item is important if you want to travel to other major cities like Kobe, Kyoto or Osaka. Once your inside you cannot purchase this ticket and it will cost you each way around $150. Yikes!
5. No free wifi
Most places in the US and in Canada have options for free wifi. In Japan this is not true. Free wifi is almost impossible to find. If you do find it it super slow or really hard to connect to your favorite social media apps. I would set up to rent a internet dongle at the airport. This way you can use your personal device at your connivence. If you must search around for free wifi here are a few options I’ve found. Other than that you’re on your own.
7eleven / look for “7spot”
Some malls and subway / look for “wifine”
The Apple store
Tokyo station and major stations / look for “JR East wifi”
Other than that you’re on your own. Have fun!