A month after my graduation, i pursued what i was not expected to pursue. A job at a civil and construction company (or something) after getting a master degree from one of the top and prestigious universities in Japan, a steady income and life, in my head, that was what supposed to be eventually laid out in a golden platter for me.
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. (June 2007)
From Di Wang's observation deck, Shenzhen, China. (July 2007)
And i know this sounds like a lot of chicken soup but life indeed has a big big room for urges, for itches that have to be scratched, for joy and yes for mistakes along the way. "Do whatever now; go wherever now" was the hottest quote in my head.
Lourve Museum, Paris, France. (August 2007)
Windows of opportunity don't open that often. Once you had started working, you would never have the chance to explore a country leisurely. Or even if you had money at that time, i bet you would not have time or mood to travel, leaving all your works behind.
Florence, Italy. (September 2007)
Thus, without having anything engaged, i decided to jet off on my own to far far away... Turkey, Vietnam, Cambodia, Macao, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Europe (Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Vatican City, Germany, Spain), UK, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, Philippines, New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia, from May 2007 till April 2008.
Floating Market, Bangkok, Thailand. (October 2007)
Travelling alone is a loser? Shut up. Not to argue, i would rather reply "Do you have money to travel?". Well, being able to study and as a foreign student in Japan, i was given the opportunity to know a number of friends from all over the world besides keeping in touch with some online buddies worldwide. So after my graduation, i decided to visit my friends and stay with their families as well as travel with them.
Hundred Islands, Alaminos City, The Philippines. (November 2007)
Of course, sometimes i had no choice but travelled all on my lonesome when i proceeded to the other cities or countries from my friends' places. Nonetheless, i met a bundle of nice backpackers while staying at those hostels. Networking is expanding, as usual.
Skydiving, Taupo, New Zealand. (December 2007)
I am glad that i had made the right decision. Although i had spent almost 80% of my savings, what i had gained is totally priceless to me. From the friendships, memories, authentic food, historical cultures, experiences to the stamps on my passport of every country i had visited. Those travelogues would definitely be one of my precious mementoes to read through when i get old and hopefully also be able to give you a clear picture before you head off to any place i had been.
Sydney`s skyline with the Opera House, Australia. (January 2008)
After my World Tour, i started to work as an assistant engineer, in-charging the reclamation work in Pasir Panjang, Singapore. Due to the long working hours, i decided to quit after five months of working and look for a better job.
Tanah Lot, Bali, Indonesia. (February 2008)
I then flew to Hongkong and mainland China for a break. And i am currently looking for parttime job, while applying to continue my master course in either Germany or New Zealand. Meanwhile, i have already set Tibet and Silk Road as my summer's destination if i got the offer to do my master. Guess i really could not live without travelling.
Saysong River, Vang Vieng, Laos. (March 2008)
Hence, i assume my career will be starting once i have reached my emerald year of 30. You guys could then read more travelogues from me. Stay tuned.
[Pictures taken by Canon Ixus 800]