The Spooky Airbnb Apartment 👻 + Tamade Supermarket in Osaka 🍣

Hi everybody!

This blog entry is a continuation of my Osaka travel photo diary.

As I have mentioned, Aki and I stayed at this old apartment room that we booked via airbnb. The listing is not available anymore but it was located at Nishinari-ku.

I felt like I was in a different era, haha.

Drip coffee as always haha

Quick journaling time before we headed out~

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The Beautiful Osaka Castle + Japan Travel Photo Diary 🏯

Hi everybody!

I am currently on a mission to complete all of my Japan travel backlog. I’m starting this year with my third to the last entry for the 9 Days Japan Backpacking series.

I have finished editing all of the photos and I am now just writing down all the captions (and trying to recollect some stories in my brain lol).

Hope you guys will enjoy the rest of the backpacking blog entry series!

Didn’t expect this pretty manhole to show up. Had to take that shoe-fie snap, haha!

Getting our breakfast at St. Marc Cafe before traveling to Osaka from Kyoto. To give you a refresher, we did stay at a capsule hotel!

Of course, train stamps~

First time to try Takoyaki in Osaka. For some reason, I still prefer Gindaco more over any Takoyaki restaurant haha

Tooo many people lol

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January Highlights (hello late twenties + ready for 2019!) 🎂

Hi everybody!

Thanks for visiting my blog! : ) I won’t be updating here as regularly as before as I’m focusing on sharing through patreon / other platforms right now (I am currently preparing for something very important that I cannot disclose at the moment) but I’m planning to at least share some blog-worthy moments of January. January is my birthday month which is automatically a special month for me, haha.

For 3 days, Aki & I traveled to 3 prefectures (unintentionally haha). Read the first part & 2nd part (with travel tips) over at patreon.

I remember feeling super overwhelmed by work that time. I didn’t have any choice because I had 2 trips this month (bday/holiday/anniv trip + attending a friends’ wedding/family time) and I wanted to really enjoy both trips so I worked extra hard in the other days. Thankfully, I’m still alive and kicking today.

Gifu & the cute Sarubobo charms everywhere.

It is so nice to forget all of your worries and problems in a day.

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Thank U, 2018.

Spending the first day of 2019 by reflecting on the previous year.

2018 was the year when a lot of adulting things happened. The start was really rough and every month, there was some challenge that I had to overcome in my offline life. I am just so glad that I came out much mentally stronger than I’ve ever been.

2018 was the year when I finally became 100% self-sufficient and fully independent on my own. Coming home to my own (small and humble) Japanese apartment every time from my English teaching job was something that I used to dream about. That kind of simplicity already made me feel contented. I used to live with my cousin for a couple of years (before that, with my older brother) and to save money, we decided to just share the expenses. Come May 2018 (please refresh my memory if it was really May haha) when I had the opportunity to move to my dear friend’s place (he moved back to PH) and after all the paperwork that needed to be done, the apartment was now under mine. #AchievementUnlocked huhu

During the same period, I was granted with a 5-year working visa. I never thought I would be granted with such a long time but maybe the universe also felt that I deserved it. All the hard work paid off.

My mantra for 2018 was to “Take one day at a time” which I did. I was the type of person who would try to maximize her entire day that I would be upset if I didn’t finish a job that needed to be done (I was too hard on myself). I’m so glad that I learned how to become more gentle or kinder to myself when it comes to work.

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