I can’t believe I’m writing about this, because it sounds just so lame, immature. Like a fan girl. But I think it’s still blog worthy for my own sake. Just so that when years passed, I can remember about this and probably try to recall if I can remember this incident.
I’ve taken many buses over the years.
Before my trip to Japan this year, I would say the best looking bus driver I’ve met was in Vancouver, BC. He drove the bus from Chinatown to Metrotown. He was tall, well built and dark skinned. He was also very patient with people who had special needs.
Then, I went to Japan, and I saw the best looking bus driver. He drove a feeder bus that shuttles from the train station to the suburbs. I think he’s mixed. He looked mostly asian, but he had very sharp, beautiful features. He also had a nice deep voice. I think he’s at most in his early 30s.
I kind of regret not taking a picture of him, but it would have been quite embarrassing to do so. The bus wasn’t crowded, and with everyone looking straight ahead, it’s going to be awkward if I took a picture of him. I hope my memory doesn’t fade. But I’m sure it will.
I didn’t know that seeing a good looking bus driver could make my trip that memorable. But it did. I can remember till now.
I took the same bus, trying to catch the same time each day as I go for classes, hoping to see him again. But no such luck. Never met him again.
And the funny thing was, I told Big Leaf that. He asked if I said hello to the bus driver. He encouraged me to say hello to him the next time?! But there isn’t a next time. But I’m glad I can share such silly stories with him. Being able to share even the lamest, silly stories feel good.
My friend has always told me that the best investment I can make is in myself. And so if I could relate that to what it means in work context for me, it means investing in acquiring skills so that I could potentially become better at what I do.
I just got back from a work learning trip a few days ago. It was totally unplanned, and never did I thought I would make a learning work trip this year. But sometime Feb or March, when I was feeling a little down, I chanced upon a teacher’s work that I admire so much. I sent an email to enquire about the possibility to learn from her and she said yes. So when all the stars are aligned that way, I felt that I should make a trip.
I am glad I went ahead with this challenge. This was a challenge to me in many ways. First, I was going to Japan, where I don’t speak the language. The teacher couldn’t speak English, so I figured I would mostly be observing her intently to learn. For questions, I would use the translation app to translate what I needed to ask. I also had to figure out how to get to the teacher’s place, which wasn’t too easy to get to. After a train ride, I had to take a short bus ride. I didn’t know how the buses worked there, so I was nervous about how to get there essentially. But my friend told me to do a trial run the day before, so I was intending to do that. Next, I also decided to rent an airbnb place near my teacher’s place so that I don’t have to worry about traveling time and all. That was a great move. Traveling time was cut down tremendously.
With all those obstacles I’ve listed, you can imagined I felt like I have climbed Mount Everest for this year. My biggest goal for 2017 has been accomplished. I did something that I never thought I could possibly do.