IKIMASHO!

Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space

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Skydiving in New Zealand

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”

– Jack Kerouac

You know what? Planet earth is an amazing, beautiful place. And we live here. Of all the places in all of the infinite universe, we have somehow managed to end up right here, right now, alive at this exact moment in time. We are floating in space surrounded by forests, mountains, cities, rivers, seas, avenues, alleyways. There is so much to do. So much to see. Anything is possible. So what a waste it would be if we didn’t make our lives our own – if we didn’t risk anything because of our fears, or didn’t see the world we live in. A big house and a snazzy car? It means nothing. Because at the end of your days you’re not going to be thinking about the E-Type Jag you used to drive. You’re going to be thinking about the people you love, the places you went and the amazing experiences you had.

Me (Northern Ireland) at Niagra (Canada) with Rhi (UK) who I first met in Fukuoka (Japan).

Me (Northern Ireland) in Niagara (Canada) with Rhi (UK) who I first met in Fukuoka (Japan).

Road Trip to Yosemite in 2007. 33 people crammed on a bus: sleeping, drinking and not washing for days. Fun times.

Yosemite (USA). 33 people crammed on a bus: sleeping, drinking and not washing for days. Fun times.

Cruising on Milford Sound (South Island, New Zealand)

Cruising on Milford Sound (South Island, New Zealand)

Sandboarding in Stockton during a 4000km road trip up the East Coast of Australia.

Sandboarding in Stockton during a 4000km road trip up the East Coast of Australia.

People sleep geometrically in Singapore

People sleep geometrically in Singapore

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Hanging out a mosque in Malaysia. About 100 riot police arrived straight after this was taken.

I did a nine-month journey one time and kept a written journal for every day of the trip. Still have it.

I did a nine-month journey one time and kept a written journal for every day of the trip. Still have it.

A younger me meeting the locals during my second visit to Thailand.

A younger me during my second visit to Thailand.

Mekong, Laos

Mekong

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10-hour bus journey through Laos. That Western couple look impressed. Oh wait.

One of my favourite cities: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

One of my favourite cities: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Unhappy with his dinner - or simply life in general - a Vietnamese man contemplates suicide on the streets of Saigon, Vietnam.

Unhappy with his dinner – or simply life in general – a Vietnamese man contemplates suicide on the streets of Saigon, Vietnam.

Chinese New Year in Hong Kong and the biggest fireworks display I've ever seen.

Chinese New Year in Hong Kong and the biggest fireworks display I’ve ever seen.

Blending in on the streets of Taipei, Taiwan

Blending in on the streets of Taipei, Taiwan

Being blessed by a monk with my good friends Allan and FF in Bangkok.

Being blessed by a monk with my good friends Allan and FF in Bangkok.

Sunset over the Temples of Bagan, Myanmar

Sunset over the Temples of Bagan, Myanmar

Cliff Jumping in Bali

Cliff Jumping in Bali

At the summit of Sibayak- an active volcano in Sumatra.

At the summit of Sibayak- an active volcano in Sumatra.

Staying with a host family in the small mountain hamlet of Cemoro Lawang, Java, Indonesia

Staying with a host family in the small mountain hamlet of Cemoro Lawang, Java, Indonesia.

I fulfilled one of my travel dreams just last month: walking into an airport and asking where the next cheapest flight went. Ended up in Bali and it only cost me £19!

I fulfilled one of my travel dreams just last month: walking into an airport and asking where the next cheapest flight went. Ended up in Bali and it only cost me £19!

For the last 2.5 years I've been living in Tokyo, Japan.

For the last 2.5 years I’ve been living in Tokyo, Japan.

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