Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I'm famous! Kind of....

One of my secret dreams is to be a movie star or something along those lines. Working for an English teaching company in Taiwan sort of made that dream come true... or at least gave me a taste of it!

I was asked to help shoot a commercial for Hess a couple weeks back. I had no idea what to expect and was half nervous/half excited. I just knew I wanted to do it!

The story is that us English teachers and some students helped a disabled, elderly man's dream come true: playing baseball. Miraculously he hit a home run! ;)

Like I said, showed up to the shoot and had no idea what I was going to be doing.. nothing. Turns out I got to be the pitcher. I'm so grateful for having played softball growing up! But it was so terrifying- I had to throw the ball with the old guy next to the plate. I was so afraid I was going to hit him!

Okay, luckily he was wearing a helmet because I did lob one onto his head. :'( The ball was really soft okay!!! I felt really bad.... He was fine though.

But after that day I really understand how tiring shooting a film could be. I had no idea! We had to do take after take of running and cheering, over and over. I went home around 6pm and just went to bed. I slept for 12 hours I was so exhausted...and the next day my body was sore all over! Who would've thought? And this is for a 1 minute commercial. Imagine making a movie!!!!

But my final thoughts are that it was super fun and would do something like that again in a heartbeat. My next dream (let's see if it'll ever happen) is to speak Chinese in a commercial/film. ;)

Tokyo Japan (July 22, 2013)

So our last day in Tokyo... what do you think we did?
DISNEY!!! This was my first time visiting a Disney resort. Yes, I know. My childhood was so deprived! (Just kidding!) Needless to say- I was in heaven!
I'm not one for roller coaster type rides so I think the shops were my favorite. We only had half a day there. NOT ENOUGH TIME!
Albert's thinking: Oh no... Why did I have to get stuck with this 5 year old?!
Look! It's Snow White!!
The Goofy headband is so funny!
Holy cow! How iconic is this? A mother daughter, (and a young son which you can't see here) were ALL playing on electronic devices while waiting in line!
This is so cool!
Needless to say...we didn't get in line for that!
One of the only rides we did was: The Merry Go Round! Heehee! I remember loving it when I was a kid so I was excited!
Looks like I'm the only one enjoying it!
This guy was awesome! 1. He had a piano on a bike 2. He was a pretty good musician!
These types of hats were hilarious! I wanted to buy one but they were ridiculously expensive! Thanks for being the model, Albie!
Look at all the cute headbands!
LOVE LOVE LOVE their outfits!
Yay! First characters I got to take a picture with! I started becoming obsessed with getting pictures taken with different ones. Well... like I said a half day is not enough!
We had to run to the plane right after this. But let me tell you- Tokyo was really fun and I'm so glad I got to go to Disneyland! I will for sure be going back again in the future!

Tokyo Japan (July 21, 2013)

So I said before that the subway system is easy to use in Tokyo... but that's only after you figure out the map! There's so many lines, as you can see! Today we went back to the Ueno park area to see the famous Buddhist temple called Senso-ji and also see the Tokyo National Museum- best museum of the trip!

Here is Senso-ji. It is Tokyo's oldest temple (645 AD). Yes, I use AD on purpose because I like it better. :P It was bombed during WWII and later rebuilt. A shinto shrine is also located inside.

At either end of the big lantern were the two guardians of the temple. They looked pretty fierce!
Also notice that this is a huge tourist trap!
 And here's where you get trapped! After the gate is a long walkway with merchant's stalls on either side. I didn't have time for much shopping later so I got most of my souvenirs here.
I love the drawing of the rabbit!

I think Japan is where restaurants first started using plastic models to advertise their food.
I can't believe there could be so many flavors of soft serve!
 I'm pretty sure this is the Shinto shrine because people were dropping coins, clapping, and washing their hands like in Meiji-Jingu.
 An interesting difference here- in Taiwan's temples you burn incense and stick it straight up into this "recepticle," but here people were using their hands to waft the smoke onto themselves.  
 This is NOT a nazi sign!
 This is where you throw some coins in and clap your hands to show your respect/pray.

I got to see my favorite Japanese friend, Aya!! We met in Taiwan where she was working as a Japanese teacher.
She's taught me all I know! ;)
 Ok! Zombie attack!!! I guess it was some kind of special parade? Dress like a zombie day? This was on our way to lunch.
 Lunch was really interesting! We had to cook the food ourselves on the metal plate there.
 Next we're back to Ueno park. The Tokyo National Palace is right there in the distance!

 I liked this museum SO much better than the Natural Science and Art one. It had lots of interesting Asian art and statues! Here's a photobomb!
Samurai gear!
 And at the end of a long (and unfortunately sunburnt) day I fell in love with this ice cream you squeeze from a bag! Arigato, Aya Sensei!