I have to give a shout out to my buddy Mark for showing me this, Titanium in Chinese! It laughed the netherworld out of me! It would do the same to you if you're Chinese, specifically Cantonese! Enjoy!
P.S. If you're Filipino...idk, ask Luke to do the exact same but in Filipino!
Day 7: This was pretty much our
first day of normal sleep. All the other days, we’ve had to wake up at 7 and
since I’ve been journaling, I usually sleep at 2. That almost ended our jetlag.
Once we woke up, we started washing our clothes. I had a genius idea where we
put all our clothes into the bath/jet tub, adding some shampoo and body
washing, and turning on the jets. That worked but not as well as I expected.
We’d finish the rest after breakfast. We had a pretty good breakfast. It had
most of the things I liked. It was pretty good because it was not as good as
the “best one in Athens” but better than the “good breakfast.”
After breakfast, we went to the
lobby to check our Facebook, email, and everything that needed Wi-Fi. For some
reason, electronics bought from the US cannot connect to Wi-Fi from their room.
We went back to our room to finish the laundry. The tub looked disgusting,
there was black stuff on the perimeter of it. I thought about it and concluded
that it was the bubbles. The bubbles with dirty stuff popped and all the filth
went onto the tub. We started a system. I would take the clothes from the tub
and rinse them in water, then I would hand it to baba who would twist it dry. A
di takes the clothes from baba and sends it to mom who hangs it outside, on the
deck. It worked for the first seven pieces of clothing but afterwards, we just
rinsed it in the water in the tub. Even though it was dirty, we didn’t really
give a crap. When everything we all hung up, our deck looked like a clothes
store. I also felt really boater like.
We left our hotel for black and red
beach. While trying to look for the red beach, we found a black sand beach, not
the black beach and we checked it out. The sand was no good; it was all rocky.
We saw something really bad; it was not a good sight, an old lady with saggy
boobs topless. It was kind of interesting because living in Seattle; you don’t
get to see that everyday.
Then, we went to the red beach; you
had to “hike” for ¼ of a mile through rocks from your car. It’s on the other
side of the mountain. The sand there was not sand; they were rocks, big rocks
in fact. The average rock there was 6 inches. Since it was a red sand beach, we swam there anyway.
That water was not bad, a bit cold and nothing like Cancun. Now, I can say that
I’ve swum in the Mediterranean Sea.
We left for the Black Beach after
two hours at the Red Beach. We just walked around for about 10 minutes, didn’t
swim. Then, we passed by a Gyro place and sold burgers…JUST KIDDING; we had
each had a Gyro except for mom who had a cabbage-carrot salad. We then tried to
get back to the hotel but baba didn’t follow the sign and went on the Scenic
route that was just a loop and brought us back to where we went in.
We then went to Uncle Andy’s and
Aunty Diana’s hotel again and they weren’t there (dad’s friends). We went back
to the hotel for a di to change get some wittie titties. He wore his swimming
trunks and forgot to bring his pants. We rushed to Oia to see the sunset. We
didn’t get to the place to see the sunset because on our way there, we saw this
awesome view with the white washed houses with blue roofs. We took pictures
there for like…15 MINUTES, so we missed the sunset.
We got to the city center at 8 and
dinner was at 9:15 so we headed west. The roads for pedestrians in Santorini
have many steps so we went up and down and up and down. It was already dark so
the lights from the restaurant and hotels lit up the city. While we were
walking back, we saw a rock platform. It was super dark and there were many
corners (no roof though). We continued going in and found this beautiful view
of the city. It was a sight to see. We wanted to stay longer but had to go to
The restaurant we were eating at
was right across from the one we ate at the night before. So while we were
waiting, mom went to the last restaurant to get Wi-Fi to do what she does. The
others came at around 9:25. The reservation was for six people and it was six because
it didn’t include di and I. I felt like I was invading the adult’s time. I
thought it would be an awkward dinner but it was not too bad. The food was good
and the other people were very nice and kid friendly. We went back to the hotel
after dinner and just like the usual, we didn’t shower or anything and went
straight to bed. Good Day.
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Day 6: Baba woke me up at 5:30. I
showered, packed and went downstairs with a di to play with the Kinect. I
didn’t play once we got downstairs and a Di went to take a crap because the
bathroom in our room smells like CRAP, literally. Baba and mom came downstairs
10 minutes after we did. We waited for the cab that the hotel called for us.
The driver gave us a flat rate of 22 Euros to the seaport. Baba wanted to use
the meter but he said it’s the same thing. Baba told him to turn on the meter
just like yesterday and sure enough, he was right. This driver did take any
“long cuts”. We got there 30 minutes before our departure.
Our boat was called the Sea Jet. It
is suppose to be the faster ones to get to Santorini, 4 hours rather than 7.
Our seats smelled REALLY bad. I sat on the aisle seat so I could stick my head
away but a di had to suffer. He said it smelled like vomit. Mom thought the
boat wouldn’t be too full and told us to switch seats once we departed. There
weren’t many options but we sat in the seat right behind baba and mom’s. It was
better but we could still smell the faint smell. I started journaling because
there was no Wi-Fi and I didn’t have anything to else to do.
We arrived in Santorini at 12. We
looked for a taxi to get to the hotel but some guy said he’d rent us a car for
25 Euros each day. That’s a pretty good deal but being Asian, my dad said,
“twenty” and the guy agreed. Since the rental place didn’t have any cars for
us, they drove us to the hotel and said they would drive the car to our hotel. Our
driver was a refugee from Georgia. We said he was unhappy here because he
didn’t make much money. I felt really bad for him, so did baba so he tipped him.
The hotel was called Astro Palace.
We got complimentary ice tea while baba negotiated for a suite. The suite cost
90 Euros extra but it was a good deal and we got it. The guy that led us to our
room carried 4 luggages’, what a boss. We waited for the car in our room for a
while. Then, we juts got too hungry and chose to take a taxi to the center of
town. We asked the receptionist something (I forgot what) and it ended up only
being a 10-minute walk away. We went for some Chinese food right away, I’m just
that Asian. The restaurant was called Asia Club. The owner spoke Mandarin,
which my parents also know and they talked a lot. He said people in Santorini
that have restaurants work pretty much “non-stop” for three hectic months, five
low season months, and don’t work for four months. (no tourist)
We then walked around in that town,
Fira, looked for some hotels with view, took some pictures (typical Asian), and
went back to the hotel. Our car arrived but the receptionist said it came at 5,
when it was suppose to be there at 3. The lady that worked there told us that
we needed to file a complaint and that she would help us. Baba gave his name
and some other info and the lady did the rest. Baba napped and mom and di went
swimming. I watched some CNN and BBC, the news was either about Libya shootings
(US embassy), protest about the anti-Muslim movie, or Kate Middleton’s topless
Thirty minutes later, we left the
hotel and headed towards Oia, the second largest city on the island. We walked
around the city; it’s a little more quite than Fira but it’s still really nice.
We ate dinner at a restaurant. We had Chicken, Shrimp, and two other things.
After dinner, we walked back to our car. A di said that we need to turn here to
get to the parking lot but baba didn’t listen to di and continued walking. We
ended up in an alley for the residents to get to their houses, pretty much lost.
We just kept walking in the “right direction” and a dog started following us.
Baba “notched” the dog away but it would always come back. Then finally, we saw
three dudes that were also going to their car. They told us to follow them and
brought us back to our car. Di and I slept on the ride back to the hotel and we
didn’t even shower when we arrived, we just brushed our teeth and went to bed.
Day 5: We woke up and checked out right away to go to the
ancient city of Corinth 25 minutes away from our hotel. On our way there, we
stopped at a bakery; we got a sweet tart on the outside with something like
rice pudding on the inside and something with sausages on the inside and tart
on the outside. I liked the one with ham in it; the other one tasted funky.
Ancient Corinth is suppose to be
where Paul (saint) lived and preached. It was not as cool as I thought it would
be; we only saw pieces of stuff, if you will, that was scattered all around.
There were also many dogs that followed you around which I don’t like because I
have a fear of dogs. We were only there for like, 15 minutes and then we went
to a castle-like village that we saw from the ground.
It was a fortified village with
many walls built around the time of 70 B.C. It’s like a mini Great Wall with a
village in the walls. They had a lot of tapered holes in the wall for arrows, I
think (they wouldn’t have had guns).
We started heading back to Athens after
that. I forgot why but baba asked if we knew what job gets you the most money.
A di and I didn’t know and he told us it was investment banking. I thought it
might be easy money because all you need to do is go to a good college; start
working at a well-known investment banking company and you’re set. I think I
found my new dream job. It took us approximately an hour to get back to Athens.
First, we went to return our rental
car because we didn’t need it anymore. We hopped on a cab from Avis (rental car
company) and the guy said it was one flat rate of 15 Euros and luggage also
cost more. We thought it was kind of strange and baba told him to turn on the
meter to make sure. He was brilliant, since we turned on the meter, he took us
to China town and we drove around there for about ten minutes. We were actually
really surprised that there was a China town. He started heading back to the
hotel when the meter hit 13 Euros and when we got to the hotel, the final price
was 15 Euros. He did this so it looked like the flat rate was reasonable. We
were very disappointed. We knew he ripped us off and we also knew he knew too
but he didn’t admit it. He said every other cap does the same, which was not
true. If we didn’t go with him and went in a cab that used the meter, the price
wouldn’t go over 10 Euros and wouldn’t cost extra for the luggage. Baba talked
to him for 10 minutes about us feeling ripped off but he didn’t do anything
We dropped off our stuff in the
room and left for where we were the first day we were in Athens, the food
place. We walked around down this road and a guy, I call Van Greecal, (he
looked a lot like Van Diesel and he was Greek) lured us in his restaurant with
free drinks for everyone. Baba liked the deal so we ate there. It was the first
restaurant we walk by. Then we walked around and went back to the hotel. Mom
and di went swimming and I didn’t because the pool wasn’t heat and was fricken
cold but I hung out by the pool to start on my journal. I did a little more
research on Investment Banking.
Did you know Goldman Sachs has more
than 900 billion dollars in total assets? …and Morgan Stanley has 800 billion
dollars? That’s a LOT of money; you could buy 2 billion xbox 360s 250g with
Kinect...in Oregon. Mom and di only swam for 20 minutes and went back to the
room and found baba still napping. I got really tired and napped for like 5
minutes until we left the hotel to eat dinner. I was hecksa tired but I still
went because it was our last night in Athens and I didn’t want to wait it
sleeping in the hotel. I asked baba where we were going and he told me Pobloso,
(not really, I just forgot the name) a busy area that we haven’t been to. We
took the cab and when we arrived, baba’s like, “WHAT?! This is Plaka!” It
turned out that Pobloso is the area across the street from Bongdal. We walked
around Pobloso; there were many bars and club. We also saw some prostitutes at
the entrance of the metro station waiting for “clients”. I felt a bit of
insecurity while I was walking. We started walking to Bongdal afterwards and
walked up a hill that we walked on the first day in Athens. We wanted to eat at
Chocolat but there was no more room on the roof so we went next door to
Thisiso. We sat right on the edge and had an amazing view of the Acropolis. It
was just beautiful. Di and I both got a mushroom and cherry tomato linguini. I
thought it was decent but it was one of the better meals I had in Greece; more
like what I normally eat. We took a cab back to the hotel and I just…slept, no
shower no nothing. It was a good day.
Can you believe this madness? Can you believe this trickery witchcraft that has been bestowed upon our daily, internet-social lives? You read the title, it is ASIAN OCCASION'S "100th POST."
Just yesterday I remember my first post, the introduction. I put a picture of an Asian baby saying "OH HERRO PREASE!" Or something like that.
You know what also recently occurred? 10k VIEWS. That's right, when people ask me, "Hey Luke, how many page views does your stupid blog have?"
I can respond confidently with, "Oh Hey nimrod, Asian Occasion has over 10k views now." And I, in that glory of excellence, would actually feel good about myself. I am actually pretty happy right now, in fact, VERY happy.
Do you know why? Well, not to be the guy who answers his own questions here and sounds like a complete idiot, Lawson and I have stayed strong over this Asian Occasion blog we have. We have had emotional roller coasters through this experience that changed our lives forever.
Just kidding. It didn't have that much of an impact. Anyway, we actually have gone through a lot of problems with this blog. There was a period in time when AO only got 2 views a day, and when we were lucky, 3 views. Now we are really heating things up by racking up over 55-60 page views a day. Heck yeah.
Lawson and I were also thinking about starting a new blog, in our most desperate moments, but we could not even dare to think of a name that was catchier and cheesier than Asian Occasion.
I kind of feel like I am writing a graduation speech. (from Harvard? jk jk)
Actually, I would like you to read this post as if you were listening to a graduation speech, (not the boring ones).
I would like to thank my "business" partner, Lawson, for putting up with me, giving me the most innovative ideas ever, and always having an entrepreneurialattitude in the making of this blog. I would like to thank some of my friends, for following this blog after I forced them to and making of my ultima-fan base of 44 members. Lastly, I would like to thank the fans (just like what they say at the Grammy's) and all those random page viewers who stumbled upon our brilliant blogspot blog.
Day 4: I woke up somewhere between
six and seven o’clock because I sleep early last night, 11 rather than 3. That
kind of ended my jetlag. Today, the hotel operated normally, meaning that we
had to eat breakfast at the lounge that served “good breakfast” and not “the
best breakfast in Athens.” The lounge breakfast had very similar food to the
main restaurant but it had 4-5 times less food. I was okay with it though. The
outside had a really nice view (you could see the Parthenon) but the sun was
really hot as well so mom, di and I went inside after 10 minutes of letting the
sun burn my neck.
A di is a…doesn’t do stuffer. He
didn’t write his journal yesterday so mom brought him down right after
breakfast and took him back to the room to write about yesterday. Meanwhile, I
got an email from Oscar pertaining to the announcement of the new ipod touch,
ipod nano, and the iphone 5. The iphone 5 was just stupid, doesn’t have
anything that makes you go WOW! The ipod nano is just like the ipod touch with
less capabilities. The ipod touch is very…colorful now. It’s actually kind of cool,
you get the screen of the new iphone 5 and everything else but the phone. Has
it always been this way? I think so. J
Baba and I departed downstairs once our wi-fi voucher expired, took our luggage
and headed for Loutraki, Corinth.
We made one stop before the hotel,
it was at the Corinth canal. It was so deep from where we were. To get you an
idea of the height; you could bungy jump there. The first thing we have been
doing when we arrive at places is look for Wi-Fi and thankfully, there was. Not
many places in Greece have free Wi-Fi. We next settled into our room and found
some amazing chocolate. It tasted so good; it was milk chocolate with some
milk-like cream inside and a piece of wafer. We said we’d leave in 15 minutes
to drive around the city before baba turned on the tv and started watching
Kitchen Nightmare is a show were
Gordan Ramsay goes to restaurants that taste like crap and help them fix it up
by appearance and food. In Greece, they don’t sensor anything so we got to hear
exactly what they said. It was really cool and if you’ve watched Hell’s Kitchen
or MasterChef, you’d know how much Chef Ramsay swears.
An hour later, when the show ended, we drove
along the beach and found a pizza joint and ate there. The pizza was not good,
coming from an American. After lunch, we went to the bank and got some cash and
traveled back to the hotel.
Once we got back, di, mom, and I went
downstairs to swim and baba stayed in the room to sleep. I didn’t swim because
there were no hot tubs. Actually, there
were at least 4 hot tubs but the water was as cold as the normal pools. The
only thing I did was sauna and go in the Turkish bath with mom. A di didn’t
sauna or Turkish bath because there was a sign that said, “children under 15
are not allowed to use the following facilities: sauna, Turkish bath, hot
tubs.” A Turkish bath is like a steam room but there is a little fountain at
the end of the octagonal room and it’s lights inside that change colors (not
2 hours later, we went back up to
our room, baba was still sleeping. Since I left my phone in the car with only
15 percent battery left, I suggested that we go somewhere farther (so I could
get my phone) …and we did. GENIUS! We asked a hotel receptionist and he
introduced us to a restaurant right next to the beach. Once we sat down, I just
crashed and fell into a deep sleep. They woke me up when the food arrived and
told me to help them take a picture.
I was very grouchy and was very
reluctant to help my parents take the picture.
It was served seafood which is not my style of eating, no RICE! I was ok
with it though because my parents wanted to go and it was their 14th
anniversary. What a sad anniversary, having to celebrate with their kids… J We walked around the
beach after dinner for about 10 minutes and then back to the car. We drove home
afterwards and I started writing my day but I fell asleep, forgot to save my
draft, and my mom shut my laptop…JUST KIDDING! I finished it tomorrow. Today
was a good day.
Day 3: Today, we woke up at 8 to eat the “best breakfast in
Athens”, guaranteed. Our 87 Euro deal included breakfast but it wasn’t suppose
to be breakfast at the main restaurant downstairs which had the best breakfast
in Athens, it was just…a good breakfast. The best breakfast in Athens is
suppose to be 30 Euros per adult and 18 Euros per child/youth but we got it for
free because there was a strike going on and the breakfast included couldn’t
run with a few people so they sent us down to the main restaurant for
breakfast. I was really excited to eat the best breakfast in Athens and I’m not
gonna lie, it was an awesome
breakfast but not the best I’ve had. That only concludes one thing; Athens doesn’t
have good breakfast. After breakfast, mom, di, and I went down to the swimming
pool. Mom knew that you could get to the pool from the lobby but a di, being
brilliant saw that next to the 1 in the elevator, meaning level one (lobby is
0), it said “access to pool.” Once we got out of the “lift”, we saw a door that
said, “pool access”. The funny thing was that right under that sign had another
sign saying, “fire exit”. We were all afraid that the alarm would go off but I
decided to man up and push on the door. I slowly pushed on the handle, the door
opened, and the alarm went off…NOT! The pool was really cold, says a Di and
mom. There was also no hot tub and I don’t like swimming so I went back up to
the room. Once I got in, baba kicked me out and told me to go to the lounge to
get something for him to eat and drink. I personally HATE riding elevators by
myself because I always have that feeling that the elevator is gonna stop, lose
power, just drop and not stop dropping. Thankfully, when I was waiting for my
elevator, a Di and mom came up and I got a Di to go up with me. The lounge
wasn’t opened yet when we got there because of the strike so we went back into
our room foodless. Then, we decided to go to the Acropolis. Mom wasn’t happy
because she wanted to go later. She doesn’t like the sun and at noon, that’s
when the sun is the highest and hottest. He took the cab and had to walk up a
hill and buy tickets. The line was really long and it was out in the sun. We
first saw the ampli-theater, a really old stage that amplifies the sound
without using a mic. Then we took at least 50 pictures at the entrance to the
temples and got in 30 minutes later. We also saw our Hong Kong “friends” that
we met at the airport and helped them take some pictures and they also helped
us take some pictures. A lot of the columns needed support and there was a lot
of construction going on so we didn’t get to see what it was intended to look
like. Some didn’t have construction and it was just stunning. The Parthenon was
a lot bigger in real life than in pictures. I could just imagine what it looked
like 2300 years ago when it was still new, the marble must’ve been bleached
white and smooth. Finally, we went to Mars hill, the beginning of Christianity
in Greece. All in all, we were there for about 2-3-4 hours. Coming down, we saw
the Sightseeing Bus and became interested. It was 18 Euros per adult and 8 per
child/youth. We all wanted to but it seemed a bit expensive and unnecessary
because we already had a car so we started walking away. Two minutes later, we
decided to get on. We all agreed that it was a waste of money when we got off
at the place where we had dinner yesterday. We were only on the bus for 20
minutes and don’t think we will get back on (24 valid receipt). I got a bottle
of water for 50 Euros and baba got a gyro for 2 Euros. Afterwards, we walked to
the main street and took a cab back to the hotel. We went up to the lounge and
they sort of ate dinner. I was rice hungry so we drove to China’s. I slept once
again on the ride. China’s is an Asian restaurant with a Greek owner, Greek
Chefs, Greek Waiter, and a Filipino Waitress. She talked to us for a while
about the business, economy and how the Chinese from China are rude. Kind of
funny the way she said it. The food was the best I’ve have on the trip so far.
I feel like a fob now, if I don’t get my servings of rice, I don’t perform well
and get a feeling like I’m missing something or something’s wrong, anxiety? J On the way back to the
hotel, a Di saw that I used the neck pillow but didn’t put it back in the case
and just raged and punched my wiener for no reason. Strange little boy… That
was it; today was a good day. I still haven’t seen the announced iPhone 5 yet.
It sucks how we don’t have free wifi in this hotel. Today was a good day.