Anniversary of Asian Occasion

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Flag of Malaysia  , Wilayah Persekutuan,
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

One of the books I (Dave) read while in China was about memory, Moonwalking with Einstein. It talked about the perception of time. It explained that time seems to go more slowly for a child than for an adult. The book blames this on the nature of our memory. As children, our lives are filled with many new, memorable, experiences. Adult lives are filled with routine activities and most experiences are blurry repeats of prior experiences and forgotten more easily. One of the people in the book had a theory that he could extend his perceived life by jamming it chalk full of new experiences. That is an interesting idea!

 
One year ago on June 5th, we got on a plane to Japan. I remember that day like yesterday, driving down the coast returning our rental car, waiting for our KAL flight in the middle of the construction going on in the Bradley terminal. And at the same time, it seems like such a long time ago.

We've visited 9 countries since. Our time in Mongolia and the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of Western China are still vivid memories packed with scenes and events that are difficult to imagine until you actually go and witness them in person. In Laos, we went to places we had been before and we spent our time enjoying the weather, food and the generally 'chill' atmosphere. Now, my memory can account for maybe four or five of our 18 days there! The memory phenomenon drives our quest for the new ‘new’ places! One does not need to travel for things NED (new, exciting and different), but it is working for us. We take time to reflect, write our blog journal, and edit and sort pictures which further embeds our memories of the NED things. Our enthusiasm for travel is strengthened with each successful journey and new memories of experiences, places and cultures.
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already a year.! Congratulations! The blog sure helps refresh the memory, and seems to stretch the time spend. We look at our photo albums, and it does enrich the time - Life is short, enjoy it anyway.

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