Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Red, Green, Gold And All Colours In Between

Yeah, well... I don't have anything to say, much. Just thought I post some autumn photos which incidentally I have like, by the thousands. Am sorely wishing I'm in Japan now.

How nice it is to be strolling along a river, enjoying the bracing air and being greeted by friendly locals. Imagine waking up everyday during the autumn months for this.
Or just enjoying a quiet spot somewhere, watching the stream flows...
 Or watching the vivid colours while soaking in a nice hot bath.... Oooooh such a bliss.
 Wouldn't mind enjoying it, while looking at the yard and enjoying a cuppa or two.
 A stroll in the park would be nice too.
Maybe a little run, here and there...
Though walking while looking at these would be fine too. ^^
Autumn fruits are nice too
Wouldn't say no looking at this either.

The purpose of this post? I'm bracing myself to be inundated by autumn photos pretty soon.

With autumn, winter should be near too. heh heh
Brrr....

and oh yeah... did my Penang Bridge Half Marathon. Next year, hopefully I'll do the full on the new bridge there. ^^
Instead of a photo of me, being all sweaty - here's Bananaman a.k.a. Shinya Sasaki-san; a 4hours marathoner. He was at Standard Chartered KL Marathon in June 2012 too. Missing at this run was fellow runner - daikon man. ;p

If you are wondering why it was dark when he reached the finish line - well, full marathon started at 2am. I started my half-marathon at 3.15am and finished at 5.45am. The sky is still dark at that time. Heck, sane people are still asleep at that time. LOL

42 comments:

  1. Yup. Only insane people run all night. :P

    I need to get back to Tokyo and enjoy some of the nice autumn colours. You and Ru are making me jealous. Not as nice where I am right now, but not terrible either.

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    1. Yup, you need to return NOW and take Sox for looong walks so that you can enjoy the autumn colours and get back into your pants! :p

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    2. Errr... where is Dru now? Somewhere where he doesn't need to wear pants? o.O

      Sox is with the Saviour?

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    3. Dru is in Vancouver. He's eating so much bacon and maple syrup and poutine that he doesn't fit into his pants anymore. :D

      I don't know if the Saviour is taking care of Sox or if Sox is taking care of the Saviour or if both are with Dru. ^^

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    4. PS: So if he doesn't fit into his pants anymore, are we finally going to see that firefly fundoshi? ;)

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    5. Don't make excited Ru!

      Dru, if you ARE wearing your fundoshi, I demand a photo! ;p

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    6. Latest update: He's also eating Japadogs. :D

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    7. Thank you for the breaking news.

      Is he getting kinda "homesick"? He really needs to get back to TOKYO ASAP! LOL

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    8. So this is the talk that I missed. Forgot to subscribe to this post, otherwise I never know when you guys reply to it. :P

      The Saviour and Sox were taking care of each other while I was in Vancouver. The fundoshi wasn't needed for many reasons. One being I would never become SO FAT that I couldn't fit any other pair of pants. I'm still waiting for the fundoshi gift before I wear it or take photos. :P

      As for homesick, not so much. I had izakaya in Vancouver to keep me happy. :D

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    9. Give jungle women half a chance, and we forget all decorum! :D

      So you're waiting for a gift? Hmm. I wonder if I could find fundoshi in Sky Tree's shops. Where do you buy fundoshi anyway?!

      Wait. Google.

      Ah, OK, there are many online stores if you do a search in Japanese. So, Dru, what's your size? ;)

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    10. Ru,
      Does Dru need to give his exact measurement of err... a certain appendage to order those fundoshi. Lest things starts popping up when they shouldn't, you know! Bwahaha

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    11. Dru,
      When are going back? What's the treat in store for both the Saviour and Sox to make up you missing from their life? It needs to be huge! ;)

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    12. Lina, there are different styles, but the so-called rokushaku fundoshi, which is the traditional one worn at festivals, is 180cm-300cm in length, 16cm-34cm in width. The length is supposed to be three times your girth, so the size is determined by your hips and your belly, not any other bits. That means that Dru, after his recent eatpedition in Canada, will need at least 350cm. :D

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    13. I bet he does!

      Well, Sox can help lessen the girth, right? I bet Sox is just waiing for some squirrel chasing time! :)

      p.s. do squirrel comes out now?

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    14. My fundoshi size is somewhere between 180cm and 300cm. :P I'll take the 34cm width. ;P

      The gifts? Lots of food and such. Sox has been enjoying it a lot.

      PS: No squirrels in Tokyo. Well, they are in the zoos, not in the parks. He does chase pigeons though. Jumps to try to catch them too.

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    15. And I bet Sox is jumping all around you too, now that you're back. ;)

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    16. Dru, you can take Sox squirrel hunting in Kamakura! ^^

      Pigeons are fine, but I hope he avoids the crows. A single Tokyo crow could kill a Tyrannosaurus rex! (@_@)

      PS: OK, so we need a 260 cm fundoshi. I know where to buy 'em in Asakusa, but I'm not so sure that they have the firefly variety ...

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    17. I hate pigeons. Growing up, I was surrounded by them as grandad & dad when grandad decided to live in the city and we got the house in my hometown, reared pigeons.... by the hundreds. They had a really nice multi-storied pigeon house made for them but those dratted pigeons decided to make the attic their home. Hated the smell. Hated their poop. Hated the fact that we had to clean up their mess. *bluek* xD

      p.s. Can we special order that firefly fundoshi? ;p

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    18. Yup. Sox can't get enough of me right now. Also the fact that I came home with treats.

      Kamakura? Sox will kill me if I took him there. He hates being in a cage on trains and I think the other passengers would be annoyed too. I need a car for that.

      Pigeons in the attic? Yuck. Glad I never had that problem.

      Still on the fundoshi? Your problem, not mine. At least not until you find that firefly one. :P

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    19. Never taunt a jungle woman, Dru. Esp if there are two of them.

      Ru,
      We really need to get those fundoshi sorted. Can't wait till he's as old as Tokyo Station. :-D

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    20. Hmm... taunting jungle women. That's not something I try to do, but I still do it from time to time. ;)

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  2. Autumn has to be the best time of year to visit Japan. Not only for the milder weather, crisp blue skies and beautiful Autumn leaves, but wonderful Autumn food such as kuri-gohan, kabocha, nasu, mushrooms and in Gifu, ayu sweet fish.

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    1. I completely agree. Ooohhh.... you made me yearn for autumn more and more. ;)

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  3. As you know, autumn is really good season to walk around.
    It's best to come Japan. :)

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    1. An absolutely great season to enjoy Japan. :)

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  4. That hot bath in an onsen looks enticing during cold days. Hmmm, I am curious what Daikon Man looks like. After finishing your race so early, you can go back to bed. :)

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    1. Daikon man looks like Bananaman except he is in a white daikon costume. LOL

      I should sleep after the run, but I ended up mooching around the race site giving support and being annoying to full marathoners until 8am, walked around and got back to hotel at 11.00am, update my blog, showered, had lunch at a popular eatery and sightsee. ;)

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  5. Oh those starting hours take masochism to new depths. Well done!
    Oh, that hot bath looks wonderful, I wish someone would open one here. It has been really pretty here too this autumn but the English never figured out how to create a nice traditional place to relax and view it!

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    1. You should check out how some Ultra marathons in Singapore. They last the whole day and the next day too! Someday, I hope to join those crazies. ^^

      The hot bath was divine. Nothing beats having a bath all to yourself and with a view to boot. Malaysia has hot springs but they are treated just like a swimming pool, albeit a warm swimming pool &/ a source of water to treat skin ailments. Not so much for relaxing. Sigh

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  6. Oh, yes, it's showtime in Japan. ^^ Every day the ginkgos turn a deeper gold, and soon the maples will be blazing.

    PS: I'm not avalanching you with photos every day! Every second day, maybe, but not every day! :D

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    1. As if it's any consolation. hmph. ;)

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  7. Daikon Man, Banana Man and Rabbit Ears Woman. Insanity. :D

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    1. Yeah... as if running 42K for fun isn't crazy enough, right? LOL

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  8. Hi... I have been reading your blog for quite awhile now, just haven't been commenting... But you are making me missing Japan heaps

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    1. Hi Cubie!

      Thanks for leaving a comment here, finally!

      I just visited your blog. Great read there! :)

      Keep in touch here. ^^

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  9. Alamak where got red,green, gold no got leh??? haha. Nice autumn pixz. Wow that bananaman a.k.a. Shinya Sasaki-san ada gaya lah

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    1. Oren to gold lah Bananaz.... romantic sounding sikit! LOL

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  10. Love the photos! So colorful!

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  11. I like autumn and spring! Just don't like summer and winter! LOL

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    1. Summer way up north is nice. Tohoku and Hokkaido has pretty mild summer. For me, at least. ;)

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  12. What a beautiful set of photos! :D
    Next time I have to go to Japan in Autumn to feel the environment surrounded by red leaves!

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