A short trip to Tokyo ~ Travelogue


There is this strange felling, quite indescribable when your boss asks you if you have a valid passport? One that isn’t expired. I still believe they do it on purpose, a kind of tease and please thing, something loosely related to a wink. So when my intercom rang and the boss asked if the green book was still valid, I wanted to jump out of his earpiece and tell him, hell yes, aye, ji, yes sir with a big beaming smile. But off course in such matters it is best to hold one’s composure, and so I said a polite yes. Deep inside a voice asked me to yell, “Man its valid for at least five years!!!”  Providence smiled upon me when my boss told me to pack up for a two weeks trip to Tokyo. This was an all expense paid trip and I wasn’t inclined on taking any chances. So with just four weeks to go, I applied for a visa and was deftly granted one, thus opening the doors to Tokyo for me. I flew from Lahore to Tokyo via Bangkok on a Thai Airlines plane. Little did I know what Tokyo would have in store for me? If I were to begin from the summation I would be inclined to say that Japan is a near perfect country, and Tokyo is more beautiful and clean than what we see in the movies. I can guarantee a trip to Tokyo will leave you dumbfounded, here’s why:

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The story of Seiko Diver’s watch

Seiko Big Boss is a diver’s watch made by the Seiko company. This one is in particular is a good looking all stainless steel watch which works on Kinetic energy. Means hand movements charge a small battery that keeps the watch working. It shows date and time, besides having a rotating bezel for time keeping and also uses Lumi Brite (glowing) paint for showing time in the dark. The Big Boss is water proof till 200 M and is an average watch, not something out of this world. I am not particularly fond of collecting wrist watches but random Googling about the Seiko took me to its history page which itself is quite interesting.

How did Seiko get down to making a wrist watch fro Scuba divers? Well it all started with a letter from a Scuba diver to the Seiko company complaining that none of the wrist watches were capable of sustaining pressure at depths greater than 300 M. This single letter got the Seiko engineers working and in a few years they introduced the first ever Seiko watch for professional Scuba divers in 1975. Off course divers watches were known to exist even before this era but this one beat all others in that it was the perfect answer to their woes at greater depths. It will not be incorrect to say that the Japanese are masters miniaturization and precision. The Big Boss and other models purpose built for Scuba divers are a testament to their hard work and dedication and the Seiko company’s acumen for its clientele. The story I found very interesting and hence decided to share with my readers 🙂


Visiting Tokyo, a travelogue




It happened so soon, so fast and so suddenly that even snuggler was amazed. Boss called me in to his office and asked if I had a valid passport, I said yes, next thing he tells me I am going to Japan. I am like Smile. What the …. are you serious? I wanted to ask him if this was a bad joke, if this was some weird antic at getting even with me, if this was really his dark side playing on me, if this was just a painful joke under his very sober guise. What the … Next up the administration guy walked in with a thick wad of papers, asking me to fill them up and turn in immediately. Then the visas, then tickets, everything was moving at the speed of light. Three weeks later, this scribe, with a ruck sack on his shoulders, wearing an old Levis, an Old Navy hoodie and a pair of Nikes, boarded the Thai Airways jet for Tokyo!!! 

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