Trip Start Nov 09, 2007
Trip End Nov 25, 2007

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Well here we go.. Far East adventure 1.0. 1.0 because hopefully there will be a 1.1 and a 2.0.

Everyone that I have talked to about my trip has said how much they think I will love it. They know I love adventure. Why am I going? Other than the fact that I crave adventure and experiences, why not? Why Asia? I think I have always been fascinated with the big cities on the east. I do love the urban scene. So we shall see. Bruce Lee fan? Not really, but Lost in Translation.. yes big fan. Asia is the future economy powerhouse. So it will be good to see. I want to see first hand why I have 75% of my 401K in overseas funds!

One thought. Maybe at some point I will be working here? Who knows. My company is building 1000, yes 1K, hotels in China in the next 5-7 years, so maybe I could wind up in Hong Kong or Singapore working for the ASIA division. I don't see me in China but HK, Singapore? Who knows. All worth checking out. You never know.

So here is the basic plan and how it started. Some of this part is kind of cheesy, so feel free to read ahead. In fact I encourage you to skip ahead. So run along now....

So I run. Not as much as I should. But enough where it is fun, and I do love it. And every now and then, about one time every couple months or so, I have a epiphany. It normally comes mid-run and I don't know how else to describe it. It is kind of like a clearing of the mind with some direction on some action I need to do. I almost have to stop and say to myself "what did you say?" "WTF?" It is bizarre. It is clear. It is very specific. I often wonder, "why didn't I think of that long ago". It is almost like my inner conscious finally getting through all the BS to say.."Hey.. Why aren't you doing this....." or " Do this now" or " WTF were you (or are you) thinking". These thoughts really stand out compared with the typical "Dude you need to catch your breath", "You suck, look at this fat person passing you" or the even more common " just slow down.. cause your not that good".

Post epiphany, sometimes I will call my mom and get some advice to make sure I am not crazy, or it was a lack of oxygen or my asthma that caused a lack of brain activity. Do I need to take a hit on the inhaler? I must say that when these happen I have been pouncing on them. So far with much success. Within the last six months its has encouraged me to get back in to trading stocks/options (buy Apple, EMC), career advancement/salary push and now my big Asia trip. So why stop now?

So, two months ago listening to one of my favorite "running" bands new albums for the hundredth time. It came to me, like the field of dreams voice "if you build it they will come". Except it said "you need to see Linkin Park live and soon and in someplace you have never been". Hmm.. So I stopped running (good excuse to catch my breath), and thought to myself. "OK sounds cool". I do love these guys, so get home and check out the calendar of when they are performing. I got home, looked at the website and saw they had a shows all over the west coast, all over the mid west and this NOV stint through Asia. That was that. NOV 20th in Hong Kong.

Originally I thinking I would go see them over three dates in Bangkok, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Then reality set in. I am not that great of a fan. But I still wanted to go over. Seeing a show in HK would be awesome. So I crafted my trip around the NOV 20th show in Hong Kong. But other than that show it was all up in the air. I am lucky that I work for a hotel company with a great presence in Asia. I started contacting contacts that I new and most that I did not, to see who would take care of a lowly HI GM from Califorania. So the responses came back much more positive than expected. I found a deal on a LAX to HKG flight. Then it was just filling in the middle. So Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, and maybe some time in main land China. I am just going to see where the adventure takes me and roll with it

You know, my mom has always encouraged me to write about my adventures with travel notebooks, journals, etc. I should have listened to her as I have taken some great trips, in fact most people think that is all I want to do. Maybe it is. My last big adventure was Italy for the 2006 Olympics what an experience. No blog from Italy. What a mistake. Not going to do that again.

So I am listened to my mom (finally) just upgrading the tools to v. 2.0 with my trusted 12" old school Apple powerbook (AAPL.. please buy some shares and soon as I hold the JAN call options) as the medium and the web ( as the distribution.

I am not a big writer. Unfortunately most of my professional time is spent on spreadsheets and reporting numbers or why we did not do what we were supossed to do. I guess the life of a typical middle manager. If I do another TPS report (office space) yuck. Sorry, got off track. I used to like to write, so who knows. Maybe I can reconnect with my old skills. As I go hopefully it will get better. Let me apologize now to all my past teachers, professors, my family my friends, and colleagues, for the numerous spelling and grammatical errors you will encounter upon further reading. Think of it as a glimpse in a diary not a literary pose. OK. I feel better.

So I hope you enjoy the blog.

Enjoy the ride.
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