It wasn’t easy to become a Chillionaire
In fact, it was probably serendipitous
Looking back, I like to believe that it was fate
That someway, somehow, I was meant to be there in that moment
That moment when I became… a Chillionaire in Kyoto 😎❄
There are few things that get me more fired up than DOGS and FAST CARS
So when Pekkle, Angus, Vouy, and I headed to Shinjuku Station to reserve our seats for the Shinkansen, Japan’s high speed bullet train that goes up to 603 kph, I was ecstastic! Vroom Vroom!
We were all SO excited! It was our very first time on the fastest public transportation vehicle in all of the land!
SO excited that we got on the wrong train!
Here’s what happened
After getting comfy in my seat for about 20 minutes, Japanese people started coming up to me and giving me weird looks. This was new and strange to me since Japanese people were so nice and polite during my experience so far
I figured it was because I had something on my face or because I looked like a foreigner (this was also when Japanese people didn’t recognize me for the CHILLIONAIRE that I was about to become)
Anyway, I ignored it
The guys called me from two seats behind
“Sandy! We’re getting off at the NEXT stop!”
I thought they were playing a joke on me and I laughed it off
But Vouy, Pekkle, and Angus started to pack their things up
They were dead serious
I put 2 and 2 together and that’s when I realized we had gotten on the wrong train! We were one bullet train TOO early. Our excitement got the best of us
So when the bullet train came to a halt, we got off and aboard the next bullet train we went
Where I took out my bento of sesame honey glazed chicken, seaweed, eggs, pickled cabbage, and ham and potato salad
This time around, there were no angry Japanese people pointing at me or giving me strange looks
I kicked back, adjusted my seat, and looked out the window as the bullet train sped by the countryside fast as the speed of light!
About two hours is all it took to get from Tokyo to Kyoto on the Shinkansen
And when I finally arrived on the mean streets of Kyoto, I ran into this small little white puppy dog 🐶
The small white puppy dog had a name! Its name was CHIRO! (pronounced CHEER – OH)
I shamelessly crept up towards Chiro from afar, crouching closer and closer towards the tiny creature, reaching out and extending my arm as an offering of peace 🐶
From behind Chiro appears its super friendly owner who proceeds to scoop him up with one handand then throwsthe dog at me!
Below in the video, Chiro’s owner encourages me to play with the pup
And so graciously began the birth of a CHILLIONAIRE… and a dog meme…
Trying to capture the PAWFECT SHOT
From the DogFather owner, to me, to the dog, to the chill streets of Kyoto, this was the moment when the stars aligned and everything was Just. Chill.
I had a fluffy white dog on my arm that was more chill than THE DogFather Snoop Dogg himself
Maybe all along, I was born with it
Maybe it was Maybelline
Who knows?? All I know is I was DEFINITELY the chillest person in the chillest spot in Kyoto, one of the chillest places in Japan