The Lessons I Learned Visiting Hong Kong and Tokyo

The Lessons I Learned Visiting Hong Kong and Tokyo
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I’m back! I missed you all and I really missed podcasting and writing for Tru.Works. 

Hong Kong was my home for the past month because I helped open a restaurant in the IFC tower. As some of you may know I also manage shifts at a restaurant and travel helping open stores across the United States and now internationally.

I spent one month in Hong Kong and the experience was wild. The people were very cool, the culture was different and the job was challenging. After 3 weeks, the opening was successful and I got to spend my last week helping the team be successful running their stations. 

On my last few days off in Hong Kong, I took a quick trip to Tokyo, Japan.

Did you hear me?

I took a trip to Japan!

If you’ve been reading my stories and know just one thing about me, it’s that Japan is my dream place to be.

I mean, since I was a little girl the Japanese culture had captured my interest. I study the language, and culture- and absolutely knew that if I had the time to go during my trip in Hong Kong, I would. 

And so I did.

I knew that if I didn’t go to Tokyo, I would regret it more than going- even if it was for 14 hours!

In those 14 hours I did a lot. I went to Asakusa, and visited the Asakusa-Jinja shrine.

I did that early in the morning which is when I experienced Japanese McDonald’s which is totally way better than American McDonald’s. 

By the way, Hong Kong McDonald’s was amazing too!

Afterwards, I visited Tokyo Skytree, and at Tokyo Skytree I saw the most amazing view. Tokyo made Manhattan look like an apple, compared to the ‘suika’-watermelon that Tokyo is.

I was amazed by how beautiful the city was.

On Instagram, there is a record of my trip on my at @ythegreatdiaz if you’d like to see my videos and photos of my trip.

Tokyo Skytree left me in awe. I knew I wouldn’t be able to visit all of Tokyo but I’ll try. That’s why I headed straight to Shibuya.

Shibuya was cool as heck. 

I can’t forget it.  It was super ‘kakui’, so much so that I went to Shibuya twice. I visited the 109 building and the Hachiko statue. Man, it was like a dream come true. The Hachiko statue had a line at it to take a photo with it.

There were many department stores in Shibuya but I visited a 7-11 which had the Boruto manga for sale. I was so close to buying it but thought maybe I hold out on that for now. 

Shibuya was cool and so was Shinjuku. In Shinjuku, I didn’t get to do much except eat ramen and look around shops. 

The ramen was great, it was simple. Spring onion, pork, and noodles. I also had the best pork gyoza I’ve had and I eat it all the time in New York.

Then I decided to go to Yoyogi park to see Meiji Shrine. That shrine was huge and spacious. 

Again there are more photos on my Instagram!

Omotesando was next. If I could live anywhere in Tokyo, it’d be there. Omotesando was cute, and it was like a small village. There were many cafes, shops, boutiques, and other small local stores.

In Omotesando, I was able to get my makeup done. I really neede my makeup done especially since I was planning on meeting up with a friend.

I continued up the street I was on and went to cafe LATTEST. Where I got to meet Mizuki Shida from Terrace House.

I was able to speak with her and take a selfie with her. She was really nice.

After I visited CAFE LATTEST I then left to Tokyo Dome, which was 25 minutes away to visit a friend who was working in Tokyo Dome. I haven’t seen her in over 3 years and was able to chat with her and take a photo with her.

Her coworkers were very friendly. After spending some time with her, Roppongi was next. On my way there I headed to Tokyo Tower and took photos of the new tower. If I’m correct the tower is only 6 years old but it was beautifully designed.

I walked to the stores in Roppongi and there were many cute restaurants and bars open but I felt like my last few hours in Tokyo would be better for me in Shibuya. 

I headed back to Shibuya to go shopping and get some omiyage, or souvenirs, for my husband and my boss. 

But it hit me, I had 40 minutes left in Tokyo before I had to head back to the airport and so I spent that time enjoying the city lights and eating McDonald’s fries. 

A taste of Tokyo is what I had, and I was truly sad yet inspired t come back. My night in Tokyo was just the beginning.

I said my ‘goodbyes’ to Tokyo and headed back to Hong Kong and then I left to New York City.

Fourteen hours have gone.

Just like that, I left the city of my dreams and I’m back in America.

But I left inspired. 

Travel does that for you. Travel inspires you and awakens a side of you that you didn’t think you’d ever find.

Before Hong Kong, I wasn’t sure that I could travel alone, and now I have. 

Going to Hong Kong actually gave me the confidence to visit Japan. 

Funny enough, I wasn’t sure that I was ready to see Japan, but I learned that I was.

I was even scared that I was going to be disappointed with Tokyo, but I wasn’t. Tokyo exceeded my expectations!

With this experience, and the feedback I’ve received from co-workers, and superiors. I’ve learned a lot about myself, and I’m never going to forget this experience.

Can you hear how excited I am talking about my experience?

To think that I was never going to visit Tokyo. I was planning on leaving my 2 days off for rest. I would have completely regretted doing so.

Would you agree with me that if there’s somewhere that you want to visit that you shud just go for it? For some of you, there’s no question that you’d totally bounce off and travel and yet others of us are more hesitant to make decisions like this.

The one lesson I learned from my trip was that I’m too hesitant with making decisions. I think that I will make a better-informed decision later when in the end I just need to decide what to do.

Of course, there are some things that I need to take my time to make a decision yet there are other things that are simply a yes or no.

For the rest of the year, I want to own my responsibilities and make more choices than wait to make choices.

Travel, and travel often. Travel when you can and make memories from your travels. Learn lessons, and get inspired.

Yessenia Diaz has a background in graphic and web design but is also intrigued by writing and teaching. Yessenia created Tru.Works as an outlet for all her talents and continues collecting stories from around the world to share with people all across the interweb. Follow Yessenia on Instagram and her favorite, Twitter, @ythegreatdiaz.

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