Goodbye 2018 | Jade Seah

If I had to describe 2017, I’d say it was a year of change.

I lost someone so dear to me at the start of the year, and that really broke my heart. It was kind of this that reminded me of the transience of life, and made me take on a bit of a “YOLO” (You Only Live Once) mentality to life – which meant I decided to just go ahead to do things that I like, without thinking too long and hard about logical reasons not to.

This meant a year of really indulging my love for adventure and travel. I was lucky to go on some work trips, but many were trips just to explore, with some really impulsive ones. There was Shiga Kogen in Japan to snowboard, Everest Base Camp, and almost three weeks in Peru with the highlight being the hike to Machu Picchu.

Then there were many small trips to neighbouring places in Asia like to Bangkok (three times!), Chiang Mai, Cambodia, Ho Chi Minh (also three times!), Seoul in Korea, Bali (what’s with the three times…but yes, three times!), Phuket…I spent way too much on travel in 2018, but I guess in 2018, I learnt that time is the most precious commodity that can never be bought back, and one I want to spend well.

I managed to catch two people I look up to in 2018 as well, Tony Robbins and Gary Vee, and I am hoping to further improve as a person as we go into 2019.

I saw a therapist for the first time this year, something I have only shared with a few close friends (till this video!). It felt self-indulgent and silly; perhaps I saw it as a bit of a weakness, but I have found it helpful, and as I hope for more growth in 2019, I will continue to see her.

In 2019, I hope for more growth, but honestly, with the year it’s been, I just hope for peace and joy in the new year, for me but even more so for my loved ones.

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Snowboarding in Shiga Kogen + Rafting in Bhutan | Jade Seah Travels

Have been travelling like crazy this year! Here are fun bits from trips to two very different places I visited in 2018 – hiking and white water rafting in the Kingdom of Bhutan, then snowboarding in Shiga Kogen, Japan!

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Shimokitazawa

Konbanwa from Japan! So I took a snowboard trip to Niseko less than a month ago, and here I am, back again in the Land of the Rising Sun. I am not Japan-mad as some of my friends are (they make it a point to go to different parts of the country and make a trip at once to twice a year here); I think the food is great and it is wonderfully clean and efficient, but with limited time (I only have one lifetime!) and resources (travel takes so much of my savings it is not funny), I personally have a wish to explore the entire world, and not just one country, interesting and unique as its culture is.

So…why the hell am I back in Japan then?? I am here on business, and it is for a brand I really believe in –  and hence for a job I am most thankful and grateful for. Will share more when I can!

Work lasted all of three days, but I decided to give Tokyo one more chance to win my heart, and hence I extended my stay. The last time I was here was a decade ago, when I won return tickets as part of some Amazing Race-style competition in school. Otherwise, all I have seen of Tokyo these ten years has been of its airports while in transit (mostly enroute to LA and Sapporo).

On friends’ recommendations, I checked out some areas I never visited those years ago, such as Shimokitazawa. It’s somewhat hipster, full of cafes, cool mash-up shops (a record shop shares space with a bakery) and, for some strange reason, hair salons galore.

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I had fun in Shimokita! More in the next post. I am now in Shiga Kogen and I need to sleep pronto as am aiming to be at breakfast by 730, on the slopes by 830.  xx