February 28th - Take off! Well sports fans, it’s your pal elSpike, back again to give you the trip report details you are craving. Pictures of food; you bet. Ordinary framing of spectacular landscapes; undoubtedly. The most amazing out of ski pants on mountain; why not! Tonight, Mrs elSpike and I are off to the wonderful Changi Airport to catch a flight (and hopefully not a virus) to Tokyo. You might be thinking that we only just got back from out previous 19 day trip. You would be right. But living in Singapore has to have some perks. One of the best is a cheap, and quick, 6 hour flight to Japan. The other is a decent amount of public holidays. This year I had to work over Lunar New Year, which means I get to take a long weekend now. Where better to spend a long weekend than Japan, and who better to spend it with, than my favouritest ski buddy? So here we are, Shiga Kogen back in our sights. I’m feeling pretty lucky right now. Here is the obligatory luggage pic. One ski bag, two boot bags and a small overnight bag. Pretty light for us. A notable addition to our family is that tall lanky bag on the left. Some of you may remember that we had a whole lot of reasons for not owning skis in Singapore. They all disappeared when we demoed the new 2020 K2 Mindbender 99Tis in Myoko (shout out to Myoko Snowspoets and the ever patient Addy). Simply put, we fell in love and a week or so after our return to Singapore two pairs turned up in the post. Adding a 1.8m bag to our luggage created a new challenge. How do we get to the airport when most taxis here barely fit two suitcases? Luckily for us, Grab (ridesharing app) has the option to hire a hiace commuter van, so here we are on the PIE, ski bag in the aisle beside us. As this is a quick return trip, I’m going to trial posting a few times through the day rather than the full blown post each night. Who knows if it will work or what it will look like, but I’d be happy to have you all along for the ride. Some things to look forward to: Dinner with @Sandy, @Melskius and family and @nanami_JS and family tomorrow night at the Teppa Room. A return trip to Yokote on Sunday. A full rundown on where you can get your skis safety tested in Ichinose (I hope!) elSpike out.