On a quaint island off the southern coast of China
Hidden on a narrow alley of red brick buildings, away from the main streets and crowds, was a cafe with three carefully placed seats. A young woman of not more than 30 was quietly sitting in the center seat, planning her next adventure. She looked at a regional map on her iPad as she took another mouthful of her chai latte. Korea? Japan? How about Mongolia? Hmm, or maybe westwards?
She couldn’t decide, and she was happy with that. Her eyes sparkled, wandered, and roamed. She rested her eyes on the owner, Lili, who concentrated on her latte art. A wing appeared, and then another, and then a tiny head with a handsome body and long tail. She smiled. She has created something worthy, something tasteful.
Lynn exclaimed in Chinese, “Piao Liang!”
“You really think it’s beautiful?”
“Yes, very tastefully done! Now tell me, where do you think I should go next!”
“Hmm, let me see, you want to stay in China or somewhere else?”
Lynn chuckled, “I’ve been in China for quite some time now. Speaking of which, I’ve been on this island, in your cafe for the last 3 weeks. I am so ready for somewhere else.”
“Been there too.”
“What for? Only honeymooners go there. I know you love Korea but how about somewhere out of Korea? “
“Oh! How about Mongolia then! I remember you wanted to go see the Naadam Festival.”
“Good idea! No, wait, if I am going to Mongolia, I want to do a two-week kind of thing. It’s too expensive right now. No budget.”
Just then, a pair of Japanese tourists entered the cafe and ordered takeaways.
When they left, Lynn exclaimed with joy, “It’s a sign! Japan it is!”
Lili rolled her eyes, and as she went back to practicing her latte art, she suggested, “How about Okinawa? It’s the nearest to where we are and probably the cheapest to get there. Many of my friends have been there for holidays, and they found the place…interesting? They say it’s Japanese yet very Southeast Asian at the same time. Also, a bit like Fujian and Taiwan too.”
Lynn liked interesting places. She searched for Okinawa on her Google map, did a quick read-up on the location, checked for air tickets and accommodations, and smiled.
Next stop: Okinawa.