Monday 17 September 07
Im on the plane now =p It's awesome. Except all our tvs cut out. So Im writting here instead.
In the morning, everyone left before me. Two older ladies left at 5.30am! David and Stephen left at 8.30am. I saw them off. Pete left at about 10am. I saw him off too. Oh, one couple even left yesterday! I was hopeing my Japanese boys will walk past my room. Im right beside the door! I must have missed them, maybe when I was in Dave and Steve's shower. I hope they email me! I watched tv till checkout time (10am), then headed out. One more Intrepid couple was leaving at 11.30am but who cares about them XD
Today was a very hot day. Apparently 30 something degrees. So it was a killer! I went visiting the local temples and shrines around our Kyoto ryokan area. There was quite a few! My favourite ones were the big temples with the least amount of tourists. Im looking at my map. It says Yogenin Temple and Chishakuin Temple. I walked around for an hour or two.
Then I still had spare time to kill, so I went to the Kyoto National Museum. Yay it was free! It was only two floors and I saw statues, very ancient ceramics, old kimonos, the best was the gold leaf paintings. I saw some Kano gold art! Wow I use to study these in uni! So that was great. Oh there was calligraphy too. The souvenir shop was dissapointing! They didn't have postcards of my fav Kano paintings.
Just after noon, a minibus came to pick me up from my ryokan. Like the one in Sydney. I was kinda sleepin in there, so time went quick. At the airport, I figured out what to do pretty quick. Checkin was fast! Unlike Sydney. Then I went last chance souvenir shopping. I bought 3D postcards! How cool is that. I also boguht two expensive fans, coz I might regret not buying one later on. I went through customs and imigration quite early. Then I got to watch the un-loading and re-loading of our plane, from the waiting room. I took a lot of photos of the plane and when I just got on. I even for out-of-the-window photos.
Now it's 7pm and we just had lunch. They only had Japanese food left. Cold noodles and fish is not my idea of fun. But I just got handed some ice cream, so it's ok.Wooh turbulance. I wonder how come there is still people catering, it's pretty shaky now. I just felt a drop o.o This is a bad flight I think. At least I have a window seat ^_^ plus the two seats beside me are empty! The airlady just switched my movie back on. Im watching Opal Dreams, a real Aussie movie.
It's midnight, I'm on my plane to Sydney. I just got on. On the last plane, I watched 'Women of the Inner Palace' aka 'Oh Oku'. It's a Japanese movie set in ancient, traditional style, with shoguns and imperial girls. I enjoyed it a lot but I don't think I will watch it again, coz it's quite sad. The main actress was so refined and ideal, it is worth seeing her.
The wait at Singapore to transfer planes was quite long. 1 and a half hours, or was it two hours. I just spent my time dozeing off. I didn't actually fall asleep coz Im havin problems with my ears. Aaah Im going deaf. I blame it on the landing. The pressure was bad. Now I can hardly hear o.o