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Hamamatsu 浜松市

Hamamatsu was meant to be our final destination for the Rugby World Cup trip. Well, things don’t always go as planned..

Hamamatsu hosted the next rugby game Australia vs Georgia that was under thread of cancellation due to the typhoon. However, before that..

Before the announcement

We have arrived in a very nice hotel – located in the biggest building in the city – ACT Tower. We stayed on 40F and had the best city view that we could have. Moreover, the hotel had pretty good gym facilities, pool and amazing Japanese style sauna and spa. Cherry on the top was having Rugby Scottish team staying the same hotel! I managed to take a few selfies and chat about rugby with some of the best rugby players in the world!

As to Rugby, Hamamatsu has prepared itself well for the upcoming RWC. Local bakeries made some treats looking like rugby balls (on one shelf with Halloween sweets..:/), RWC village in the busiest part of the city, special deals in locals pubs and restaurants.  

The plan was to stay two days/nights in the city. We visited Hamamatsu Castle.. Didn’t impress me. I don’t want to be biased – I believe we have seen too way many shrines and castles so Hamamatsu one was not interesting at all. 

RWC stadium was easily accessible using the JR station. At some point I felt like back home coming closer to the venue and see Wallabies jerseys and yellow-green scarfs everywhere. Event logistics after the game was poor planned again – big crowds were slowly getting to the station in the rain and the empty roads (that could be used by these crowds) were locked away without any reasonable idea why. 

Hamamatsu Wedding Central Park is another attraction to see. Again, we have seen too way many parks already so was not impressive. However, the venue itself was well-built. It reminded me a building of European gothic style that definitely stood out from tiny old Japanese shrines. 

I have to say that Hamamatsu is event hub un Japan. There is a number of Congress venues, wedding and ceremonies halls. People are coming to Hamamatsu to book their events as it is close enough to Tokyo and centre of Japan, however, it is away from all this big city mess. 

We left just before the Hamamatsu Jazz Festival started. The “Hamamatsu Jazz Week” will be celebrated this year for the 28th time. This event, which aims for “music to be everywhere in the city, creating the city itself” has livened up Hamamatsu since 1992. It is famous across Japan and its main “Yamaha Jazz Festival” offers performances from internationally famous musicians.

During this event, jazz will take over the city in the form of “concerts for families (parents and children,)” a “street jazz festival,” a “student jazz festival” and many other activities. This week offers an opportunity for not only jazz lovers, but for everybody to experience the charm of jazz. While we were there, the preparation for the Jazz week reminded me Many Jazz festival i.e. posters around, small performances taking place in CBD, etc.

After the announcement

The storm has started on the day of the game – 11th October. Fortunately, the game did go ahead. 

However, some weird stuff happened next day. Tokyo and nearby prefectures (including Hamamatsu, Shizuoka) was isolated from the rest of the country and, I would say, from the rest of the world. Our flights had been cancelled and all Tokyo international airports stopped their operation for the next 48 hours without giving us any clarity of what’s on. 

The day of the typhoon – 12th October – people didn’t come out outdoor. I tried to find what to do and went for a walk – it was scaring quiet and depressive, like after end of the world movies. All supermarkets were close; convenience stores such as Family marts, Lawsons and 7/11s were half empty as people bought as much food as they can to survive in case of typhoon would hit the area hard. 

We couldn’t find much to do so I spend over 4 hours at the gym (proud!). We ended up at the hotel bar sipping James Bond’s martinis, making friends with one Japanese bloke and playing Uno. 

13th October – morning – no sign of any typhoon or storm. Beautiful sunny day and fresh air. I used it as an opportunity to go for a long distance run along the Hamamatsu river. Discovered another amazing thing that you will never experience in Australia – a bar where you can been any gun and do some shooting. I cannot event imagine this being approved in Australia – bar and guns in one.. That was a lot of fun and I managed to practice my showreel scenes for the upcoming projects – all details to be revealed next year…anyways.

14th October – another quiet day. We explored local shops and watched Japan vs Scotland at the hotel. We have watched the news and found out that over 40 people had died in Tokyo and around 10 Shinkansens had been permanently damaged. The country had gone through huge financial loss and RWC was seriously effected with 2 games cancelled. 

It is sad that such a lovely country with so kind people experience this type of natural disasters every year. There is a curious fact that Japanese natural disasters have been country’s cures and blessings at the same time. Throwing back to the history I learned in Tokyo Samurai museum. Japan experienced two Mongolian innovations in 13th century. Both times Japan was not ready to fight against one of the strongest armies in the world back that time. Both times Japan won because a typhoon destroyed Mongolian fleet. Japanese called this typhoon Kamikaze which means “divine wind”. This term was used later in World War II for aerial suicide attacks.

Anyways, we got some clarity on the 15th October – the earliest flight back home (could forget about the trip to Mexico already – too late) was 19th October..right back to Tokyo for Volume 2 adventures!

Ang xx

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Life can be good when you are disliked

or how to deal with “those favourites”

New Loud Thoughts – been a while

I know people have different opinions of me. Some of them are negative. 

In the past it could hurt. In the past there was a desire to hide or run away. In the past it could cause tears. People seemed rude. In the past there was a temptation to be liked by everyone..

In the present I damn love it. I can feel that I am a better version of myself when I cannot please a crowd – makes me feel I am growing faster than that crowd. I like when not everyone likes me – it makes me feel that I have different points of view, unique style, interesting life that makes people talk of me. It is addictive. I don’t like people who are liked by everyone – they sound too fake to me…please, argue in return if I am wrong but, honestly, there is something wrong with those “everyone’s favourites”..

The only thing I know in this game is I always need to be fair with myself: do what I love to do; do what I won’t be ashamed in the future; do what makes people who love me proud of me.

Time for more opportunities for self-development, growth..and time to annoy “those everyone’s favourites” with my life successes. 

Just wanted to expand on what to do when that society judgement tries to impact on you.

When you fly to Melbourne to get this shot ❤

Make those judgemental people confused. When you hear a “story” about yourself, first of all, congratulate yourself – you are an interesting person, you are talked about. You have something that turns other people’s attention from their boring lives to you amazing and colourful one.

Second of all, do nothing. 

Seriously, just be spontaneously quiet (it is easy for me to be “spontaneously quiet” because I am normally not the quietest one).

Never confirm what they say about you – not because it is no ones business or you want to keep it quiet. It just doesn’t worth your attention – please, value your time, do not be like them.

Never decline what they say about you – not because they would think you just protect yourself or you are a lier. JUST VALUE what they don’t – your own time.

To conclude, finish it on a high note – smile. Give them something that they don’t have – positivity and smile. 

Be generous with it – they won’t use it anyways because it has come from you and people normally make this simple mistake of measuring others based on themselves. 

Or

You can bomb it – be honest , make them meet brutal facts (remember if you choose to be harsh, go to the end; otherwise, it’s useless) but keep that smile…to annoy them again. 

Then observe – develop the skill of reading others. You will get all the cards ♦️ in your hands then. How to use these cards ♥️ – will be decided by your angel or demon.

Life is your own theatre
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What do you do to fly?

Just thought to expand my recent Instagram post on the topic about flying. What do you actually do to fly? We are coming back to the inspirational ideas – when I experience lack of inspiration, I actually use this as an opportunity to recognise my real motivation and analyse my driving power.

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”Leonardo da Vinci 

Obviously, as mentioned, you don’t need a flight ticket to fly up. You just need to find out what makes you feel the power to take off to the sky. Is it the Dream? Is it the Love of your life? Is it the Passion? What is it? This power is like a fuel, you have to keep it up all the time.

This is what I do to keep flying.

At the beginning of each month (or season), I make a list of what I want to achieve or get done. Important: DO NOT go into many details because these details are actually the way of flying. You see the goal and you fly towards it. When you plan every single detail, you kill the flight – you just planned it on a paper; what’s the point of finding the way of flying..

Explore the unknown @Angela_alina

You have to discipline some sort of perseverance. Flying towards your Dreams or Goals is not an easy journey. You will rise and fall. Learn to admit your mistakes; don’t pay much attention on people who dislike you – they will want to waste your time saying that you are useless. However, pay attention to what your mentor or someone close to you say – these people can help you to recognise the mistake and avoid it next time. Surround yourself with supporters.

“Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
Douglas Adams 

Many people prefer to cut their wings simply because it is more convenient to be in a comfort zone. When you fly, you often fly against the wind – remember to prepare yourself mentally. Also, note an advantage of it. As said, many people prefer to stay in their comfort zone which means you won’t meet obstacle on your way as such..

“When everything seems to be against you, remember that an airplane takes-off against the wind, not with it.”
Henry Ford 
This is not an easy job. However, the feeling is worth any effort in the world..

I love flying – I can say from my personal experience that it worth your tears and fears..