Photo Diary: Tokyo + Phuket

One major personal project I’ve had on my to do list (for forever!) has been to print my travel photos and organize them into journals so that I can actually look at them when the mood calls, or share them with friends and family every now and then. Instead, I’m only reminded of trips when searching for a photo in my iphone and sadly, I’m only sharing photos through instagram or facebook. What has this world come to? I’m glad I finally got around to posting a few photos because I’m immediately reminded of how amazing this trip was.

I recently traveled to Tokyo and Phuket and I pretty much died and went to heaven. For so long, Tokyo has been at the top of my travel list. I’m always mistaken for being Japanese, which is actually totally fine by me, and I love all things Japanese. The food, the culture, the design, the efficiency, all the cute little Japanese-y things that you don’t need…Tokyo is my spirit city.

This trip got off to a bit of a rough start, meaning my husband and I missed our flight. It was one of those early morning flights, but you had to get there the night before, it was a holiday weekend combined with my birthday, basically I messed up. I blamed it on my aging brain. I remember the week before was a crazy work filled week and I was running around like a mad woman so I only got around to typing up the travel itinerary the day that we were supposed to be departing, except that when I started to type in the departure date, I realized we had already missed our flight. I remained calm, told my husband to remain calm, and called the airline. Luckily, we were able to get out the next day without too much hassle. There was some rearranging I had to do with lodging in Tokyo, but thank goodness everything worked out.

One of the highlights of this trip was visiting the Hotel Okura before they started demolition in preparation for the 2020 Olympics. There’s no other way to describe this hotel except that it is completely classy and classic. The detail in the design is amazing and I pretty much wanted to be Richard Gere in Pretty Woman and move in.

There was a lot of walking, sightseeing and shopping done, a little too much of the latter, but I wanted to consume as much as possible. It is such an inspiring city. Every day ended in exhaustion, but I have to say, Tokyo was one of those places I was so sad to leave before I even left, I cannot wait to return.

Next stop was Phuket, Thailand to stay at an amazing villa owned by some very generous friends. This part of the trip was the complete opposite of Tokyo in that all I did was relax. To say that I lived like a queen for a few days is a total understatement. What made this stay even more amazing, was that I was completely present in every moment.

We were spoiled by the amazing house chef and staff. Dinner was had outside every night and I got to try some fantastic Thai dishes.

Every morning, I leapt out of bed to swim a few laps in my personal pool just outside the room. Then, I would go upstairs for some breakfast and jump into the main pool, maybe do some sunbathing or reading, watch a movie in the home theatre…does it sound like I’m bragging? It’s because I am ;p

As this trip was coming to an end, I connected back with technology to check in with work so that I wasn’t in complete shock when I returned home.

I miss watching the amazing sunsets with a glass of wine, but still so grateful for this experience.

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