That title is a lie, the story really starts hundreds of kilometers before. Rewind back to January of 2010. It was the new year, people were making resolutions right and left. Normally, I don’t buy in to the hype (Spring resolution is much better, but that’s for another post), but for some reason I wanted challenge myself. Browsing around the net I saw stories of people running a marathon in Disney World. Minutes later, I decided that I was going to run it too.
Fast forward to mid-July, I realized that I had made myself that promise 6 months ago. I’ve never ran a marathon, but thanks to all that exercise physiology classes and labs, I knew that training for a marathon took time, I had better get started if I wanted to survive. First stop, research. Thank goodness to the people I knew that were hardcore runners, and so the conversations began. Read On…
It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and wrote here. Twitter has just been so handy and generate so much conversation that I don’t feel the need to sit down and blog anymore. Nevertheless, I miss it, and sometime, it’s better to write more than 140 characters. Speaking of which, if you haven’t already, you should follow me @timylee on Twitter!
Though it’s only the beginning of October, I’m already feeling the approaching end of 2010. This year has gone by fast, and it’s been such a ride.
In June, I had the privilege to attend my first Electronic Expo, ever. It was a dream come true, getting to try the latest and greatest video game that are not yet due on the market. My favourite would have to be the ‘Epic Mickey’ Booth, though I might be a little biased. It was also an eye opening experience zipping through Los Angeles on their public transit system. Man do I take the TTC for granted sometime.
I also learned that I’m not all that prone to conventions and expos as I thought I would be. I was exhausted by the end of the week, and that was suppose to be my vacation. I can’t even imagine what it’s like to be a journalist at E3 for a week trying to cover everything.
In July, I went on a trip to Las Vegas with my Support Team at FreshBooks, and well, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
In August, I went to Disney World (again) for some R&R. We decided to upgrade ourselves and stayed at the Kidani Village at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. It was an incredible trip, and I definitely had lots of fun strolling through the parks with friends. I also got to visit some friends I haven’t seen in a while, so it was a relaxing trip over-all.
Trip-wise, I’m heading out to Taiwan for my cousin’s wedding, which is always exciting. Then, it’s the Christmas season, which I’m greatly looking forward to. 2010, what a year already.
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve returned from my glorious Taiwan / Hong Kong trip, and it’s been a while since I’ve updated this place too. I’ve been pretty busy with interviews, friends and family’s graduations, and not to mention photos and all sorts of little ‘to-dos’ here and there. The trip itself was very much an adventurous one. We went along the East Coast of Taiwan, which is something I have never done before. It was all very out-door and non-urban. I was also delighted when I got go on a whale sighting trip. Though no whales ever showed up, we did run into a huge pack of dolphins, they really are fascinating creatures:
Let this image serve as a preview of the photo-set to come. Speaking of photo-set, I’m quite stoked to be finally gutting my dust-collecting desktop and refurbish it with some brand spankin’ new parts tomorrow. Then hopefully I won’t have such a hard time processing photos.
Things are finally looking up a bit, hopefully it will get better as this year unfolds.
Well, it looks like I’m headed for another trip to my beloved hometown of Taiwan, with a stop in Hong Kong on the way back. My grandpa is turning 90, which is quite an incredible feat if you ask me. I can only wish that when I’m 90 (if I even get there) I’ll be as fun and loving and mobile as he is.
The not-so-fun part about flying standby is that there’s no such thing as “connecting flights” if you’re flying between two airlines that are not in the same “alliance”. Therefore, I spend hours and hours usually somewhere if I fly the Vancouver to Taiwan route. Last time I did that, I spent 6 hours in the Vancouver airport waiting for a flight back to Toronto on a return flight. Thank goodness there was the 2004 summer Olympics, or else I would’ve died from boredom. Today’s journey will see me at the airport from 8:00pm Vancouver time all the way to 1am — a grand total of 5 hours; a thought that has “tired” plastered all over it.
So wish me a pleasant journey! If anything, the prospect of eating a bowl of authentic Taiwanese beef-noodles will make the long hours flying all worth it.