Photo challenge: Selfiexpress

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Express Yourself.” An old selfie taken during a cruise in Bosphorus, Turkey, with a hipster filter. And my favourite D90 (which has now retired due to my barbaric nature).

MK by ©mk17design

MK by ©mk17design


Photo Challenge: Achievement

Prompt from here.

Rain ©mk17design

Rain ©mk17design

Took this one in one rainy night at Shibuya crossing.

I’ve always wanted to get a job that pays me to travel.
This is not one.
But I occasionally get free trips.
And that kinda makes it better sometimes.

Come Fly With Me

Photo challenge prompt from here.

This miraculous experience-telling is dedicated to an angel-in-disguise working in Kansai International Airport (KIX) who solves all the problems in the world – or, by that time, in the GA check-in counter.

If you knew this person, please kindly convey my biggest gratitude to him.

Come fly with me ©mk17design

Come fly with me ©mk17design

September 2014.
For the second time in my life, I’m saved by a complete stranger.

Yes, that photo is all Indonesia.
The angel behind this story, however, is not.

It was the first time in my whole life to screw up as big as missing a flight.
In addition to not having any kind of card that’s acceptable for purchase in Japan (don’t ask).

Original flight plan: Osaka – Tokyo – Jakarta.

So on one sunny day in Kansai, I got stranded with my flight home leaving in 3 hours from Narita and no means of transportation that could get me there in time. JSYK it takes around 6 hours trip from Osaka to Tokyo. That, or around JPY 22,000 to get there in 2-3 hours – an amount of cash I didn’t possess (information courtesy of that nice lady in the information centre).

As a desperate measure I bought a train ticket and spent like 5 minutes sitting in the train I didn’t actually ride in the end because it would be useless anyway. I talked to anyone that could give me any information on how to get to Tokyo in 2 hours max. Even Google told me that it’s practically impossible. Last thing I did was lining up the GA check-in counter because that’s the only airline I knew that goes back to Indonesia that day.

Tried to buy a new plane ticket.
They didn’t receive my card.
Clerk got confused and called her supervisor.
This man showed up and she explained the situation.
He helped me try to find ATM.
They didn’t receive my card either.
Showed him my ticket.
Couldn’t change it due to the class booked.
All those in a nutshell: I’m doomed.

I must had looked honestly desperate that time, because (maybe) he felt sorry for this idiotic tourist who missed a bloody flight and got no chance to go back unless deportation is in order. In the end he called his own supervisor and got the approval to reroute my ticket. I repeat. He rerouted my ticket. Even though it’s proooobably like one in a gazillion chance to happen. He told me it’s very very very very special favour. I believed him. That time I could almost see a halo hovering above his head as I thanked him from the bottom of my heart.

The guy who got me back home safe and sound was named Fujiwara E.
If you read this by any chance, Fujiwara-san, I do hope your whole life is blessed.
And I learned from my mistake to never depend on hotel’s wake-up call to catch an early morning flight.

Daily Prompt: Longing for Gravity

Prompt from here.

If somebody was mad enough to send me to space, what I will miss about the blue planet is of course the blueness.

And because every pictures tells a thousand words (or less)…

  1. Reflection
    I took this one in an early morning in Pamukkale, Turkey. This view was right outside my hotel. Went on October 2012 look at that snowlike chalk mountain! Yep. Not snow.
  2. Gili Trawangan
    Title says it all. Went there last month on my annual leave, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. If you loved sea and diving, you really should visit it. There were 3 islands in the small archipelago, if I could say it so.
    They are called “3G” because they’re all named Gili something: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, Gili Air. The water looked oh-so-pretty in turqoise, and I just knew I have to come back there later. Oh and if you’re wondering where this is, it’s near Lombok. As in Lombok, Indonesia.
  3. Blue
    Nothing is clearer, moves smoother, and stings more viciously than those guys. My brother-in-law got stung once. Didn’t even want to imagine how much it hurt. Took the photo in SEA Aquarium, Singapore in May 2014.
  4. C’est moi
    Now that’s my new header picture. Last time was that all-white photo in Turkey (kindly refer to “The Wanderer” page) so figured I need a new one with a different colour. Taken on the same trip as the 2nd photo in this photoset. I stood on the pier just before going back to the airport, and right in front of me was the blue strait and Mount Rinjani. If you liked hiking or climbing, you would’ve heard of this fab mountain. Or would’ve gone to its peak. Anyway it was an amazing spot to be in and I would really like to go back there later. This time with Gili Nanggu and Komodo Island on the list.
  5. A.O.I.
    Okay so this was another picture of beautiful Turkey. On the way back from Bolu to Ankara, it was a whole long bus trip – but the view was totally worth it. The weather was totally nice since it was autumn and it didn’t rain like it usually does.
  6. Turqoise
    I’m a sucker for turqoise – both the colour and the stones.
  7. Cruise
    Last one, I promised. Bosphorus! Not many feeling is more pleasant than cruising along that strait with the autumn wind blowing against your face and a glass of warm apple tea in your hand.

Now tell me you don’t have a wanderlust.

Bucket List?

Because reading Monocle makes me want to come up with a bucket list.

I ended up with a bunch of places I want to visit instead, but it’ll do for now. Too many things to do and too little time, yet the list goes on longer and longer every time.

  • Osaka
  • Tokyo (half-done)
  • Venice
  • Firenze
  • Toscana
  • Rome
  • Granada
  • Barcelona
  • Copenhagen
  • Verona
  • Brussels
  • Santorini
  • Athena
  • Canakkale (haven’t truly enjoyed this place)
  • Prague
  • Vienna
  • Lisbon
  • Madrid
  • Hobbiton (I don’t even know its real name)
  • London (haven’t finished)
  • Oxford (also haven’t finished)
  • Marrakech
  • Jiu Cai Kou
  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • Xi’an
  • Seoul (still)
  • Paris (haven’t reached Louvre)
  • Dublin
  • Komodo Island
  • Raja Ampat
  • Milan
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Denmark
  • I really can’t finish this thing.
  • There are just too many places.
  • Can someone sponsor me to travel and eat stuff around the world? I’ll write you a nice long novel.

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

Prompt from here.

The world is my oyster ©mk17design

The world is my oyster ©mk17design

A shot I took in Seoul Station.
What a trip.