It has been about a 10 days since I last left my previous job. I must say the job that I had was really demanding and took a lot from me. I spent day and night on the job. Even though I might not be looking at the laptop, my brain were constantly thinking and my eyes were glued to my phone.
Fast forward 10 days, I don’t have any emails to check, no task to think, no nothing. I do feel some sort of emptiness because I don’t have an objective to achieve. Which is why I started blogging again. In my current travel – my production rate is quite good in which my photos and videos were out about +1 day!
During this time when I am not occupied with work, I am thinking on what would I do in my next gig. It will not be easy as I have not been in that industry before. But to me – in order for me to be successful, I need to get out of my comfort zone and do something new. Despite the fact that my previous job is hard, I am actually pretty good at it and I very comfortable on the things that I do. So much so that I am in control of a lot of the parameters.
In the new gig – completely new industry, new colleagues, new bosses. Am I ready? Well now obviously no – but in about a month time I am sure I am.
I now need to decide on how I want to shape my thinking and personality for the new role. It is going to be a huge challenge but I want to make it big. It is an organization that is known to be hard but if you do well it’ll be rewarding.
In addition to reflecting on my role, I also need to reflect on my responsibility towards my health and well being. I know in my previous role I have been neglecting quite a bit of my health. I am now in the process of reversing it and hoping that with more bandwidth that I have in my new job, I would be able to make it better (or rather certainly).
So in summary, here are my thoughts on my jobless reflection:
Looking forward for a new challenge in an uncomfortable position.
Looking at better me(health and well being) with the new found bandwidth (hopefully).
Kagoshima is the furthest point that I am going in this trip. The strategy that I am employing is to go to the furthest point during the initial part of the trip (i.e. 3-4 hours train rides) and then followed by shorter train ride as I move back to Tokyo. Though this is the furthest point, it is not halfway point. Halfway point is planned to be in Osaka which is towards the end of next week, where I will spend approximately 2 days – just enough for two rounds of Endo Sushi (yes – it is a reason to go to Osaka) and scallops at Kuromon Market!
Kagoshima is a a port city, it is nearer to South Korea than to Tokyo. In fact, the weather in Kagoshima is an opposite reflection of the weather in Nagano. Few days ago – I was trekking in cold winter and now – it felt like I am in spring. The weather is approximately about 12-15 degrees Celsius. Pretty nice if you ask me.
The train ride here from Kyoto is quite long. It took more than 4 hours and required a switch of train in Shin-Kobe. As it is still a Sakura Shinkansen – there was no need to switch platform. Just need to change train. The following map shows the route that I took from Kyoto to Kagoshima:
This is Day 5 of my jobless trip to Japan. I have been bumming around for 1 week and the withdrawal syndrome is really catching up on me. The typical me will be trying to check on my email every 2.5 seconds or so, but given that I have quit from my current job, I don’t really have an email to check. In reality, I do have my previous work email but as I am on a long leave before my last official day, I should not be checking on my email as I do not want to do any work outside of my jurisdiction 🙂
Today – is about taking it easy. Rather than going round and round, today is about chilling, finding local food and wasting time. In fact – I think I only got out of the hotel about 10+ (excluding my usual morning walk). The objective today is head to the market and makan!
Today is the day that I am going Arashimaya. Arashimaya is a western district of Kyoto. It is a major touristy site! Going there just for the check box exercise.
In order to go there from where I stayed, I need to take a local train from Kyoto Station. It is a 15 mins ride. As I have a JR Rail Pass, I just need to show the conductor my pass and here I go! The track is track 31-33 at the JR West Gate.
The train to Arashiyama
The train will take you to Saga-Arashiyama Station. Do note that there are two types of train, one will take you direct to this station from Kyoto, while the other will take you thru most of the stop. To me it does not matter as I am not rushing for time. It took me less than 30 mins to get to Arashiyama.
Once you get to Arashiyama Station, you will need to walk about 10 mins to get to the Main Street of Arashiyama. Here you can make a decision on whether to go to the Bamboo Forest or you can Tenryuji Temple.
My trip in Nagano is done. I’ve achieved couple of things:
Went to see the temples in the city (and also experienced Murphy’s Law where most of my cameras are not working except for my phone!
Visited a Winter Olympics site – never been to one before!
Saw some Snow Monkey!
So today.. I am off to my second destination. Somewhere which is quite far and takes a total of 3 hours train ride (~300km).
Me in front of the train tracks heading. I will be heading towards Kanazawa first in which I will switch train to Thunderbird and go to Kyoto.
After I reached Kanazawa, I had a nice lunch at Maimon Sushi. I had sushi here before and hence why I came back here to eat it. It is not as good as Endo in Osaka but it is already great.
Set of 9 sushi with Tamago
The total for the set is JPY2300 which includes 9 pieces of sushi, miso soup and a hand roll. Pretty decent.
After the meal, I then had my first Cremia if the trip. Awesomenesss as always. Unfortunately, I didn’t took any photos. Lol.
After dessert, got back to the train and I am in Kyoto. This is the second time I am here. The first time was when I went to Osaka and dropped by to Kyoto for a day trip. Visited Fushami Inari. This trip I don’t think I will be visiting the Shrines but we shall see.