Daily Prompt: Study Abroad

Daily Prompt: Study Abroad.

Me Eating a Tiny Scorpion in Beijing

Me Eating a Tiny Scorpion in Beijing

I did actually study abroad in Hong Kong for five months. I would have stayed longer if I’d been able to. I stayed in residence and though I met some great people and had a lot of fun, I’d probably like to have my own place to live. I think I drove my roommate a little batty the last time, though we are still good friends, right Kristel?

If I could do it again, I’d do Japan. I’ve always loved the Asian countries and it’s definitely on my bucket list. I’d ride the trains, eat sushi as much as possible, train in the same martial arts that I do here and finally pick up the Japanese language.

I’d visit Mount Fuji and the shrine of the 47 Ronin. I’d travel to Naha, Osaka, Nagasaki and Okinawa. It would take me probably years to do it, but I’d do it all. Might still do it, just as a travel. But who knows what the future holds?



My Bucket List – Motorcycle Ride Out West


Me and my Uncle Garry when I lived in Burlington

Me and my Uncle Garry when I lived in Burlington

I’ve had a bucket list of sorts in my brain before, but have never really written it down.

Two weeks ago, my uncle passed away at the age of 56. He had just bought his first house six months ago from the estate of my Grandmother after she passed away in November of last year. He took his time figuring it out, but not too quickly either. Just the right amount of time.

Last Christmas, I brought him his first computer that he bought as a present to himself. In July, he had the internet hooked up and finally started enjoying using it. I had to pack it up last week to be taken from the house, because now it sits empty. He’d just got the internet two months ago.

One of the things he and his friend were discussing on the night before he died was the possibility of getting a couple of Harleys and doing a ride out west. He lived in Calgary for many years as part of a survey team, and I know he did enjoy it out there. I’ve always thought about getting my motorcycle licence, but never got around to it. Now I feel it is my duty to take that on for him. I’m not setting a deadline yet, but I’m going to do this ride as soon as I can.

There will be more on the list I’m sure, but this is a good start. Goodbye Uncle Garry.

Bonus: If I Had An Hour To Live

Bonus topic: you only have an hour to live.

Interesting how these things flow when you’ve had about the equivalent of a bottle of wine and you’re on the TTC late at night on a Saturday…

If I had an hour to live, I would make a video diary in which I would tell that only have one regret in my life and that I’ve lived my life to the fullest. I would ask my dear friends to look after my brother Ravi since I wouldn’t be there to do it and give thanks for having each of them in my life. The list would be extensive and I’d give thanks for something that I remember them for, no matter how insignificant it might seem.

No regrets, but would probably spend the hour listing all the things I didn’t get to do and suggest that my friends take one of them and do it for me. All of this would take at least an hour. Have a lot to be thankful for.