Wednesday, August 30, 2006

around tokyo

then back to the nada

Monday, August 28, 2006

around kuala lumpur

Friday, August 25, 2006

last dinner with bianca

くじら whale sushi...

last dinner with bianca at nice kaiten sushi place

back on the road, and back to the gas station

japanese drivers test

this is the course we had to memorize which we were given about 20 minutes before having to get behind the wheel and do. navagiting the S curve the *the crank* were the highlights of the test. to quote someone, the japanese drivers test is not actually based on any ability of yours to drive, but just how well you can memorize a set course in a limited period of time and how much of a safety show you put on for the instructor. The first part of the test is literally that you have to come out of the building and walk all around the vehicle and check under every quarter of the vehicle to assure no kids or kittens have strayed onto the closed test track and decided to seek refuge in the wheels of the car.

instead of actually taking a test on you know, roads, we had to take our behind the wheel test on this massive empty complex in the middle of rice fields, full of S curve roads, and the *crank*(see below), a series of 90 degree turns on a narrow street lined with poles with iron bars dangling from that we had to navagite through.

the end result of about $200 in fees driving lessons, random fees, $11 to rent the test car from the city to take the 8 minute test, and some strange donation i had to make to i think people who direct traffic or something. oh well, at least i can drive again.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Slideshow maybe...

Lost in Translation Hotel in Shinjuku

from the weekend before malaysia

Sunday, August 20, 2006

bianca arrives

lightning and borneo

Friday, August 18, 2006

pics from tokyo from before malaysia

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

first couple of pictures of malaysia

after more than 2 weeks on the run, im back at home for a couple of hours before heading to osaka and thought id post some pics from malaysia