The Spooky Airbnb Apartment πŸ‘» + 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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Exploring Matcha Kingdom in Uji, Kyoto 🍡 + Capsule Hotel Review ⭐

Hi everybody!

How are you guys?

Here is my Kyoto photo diary from the 9 Days Japan Backpacking Series. Hope you enjoy scrolling down below! πŸ™‚

Ahhh Kyoto, I wanna visit you during autumn season too!

First things first–

Must visit the matcha kingdom UJI, Kyoto.

Rent a kimono and go around the city to take beautiful photos.

Look at all the souvenir items you wanted to bring home with you but you had to resist as you only have a backpack . . .

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Before I tell you everything, shall we start from the beginning?

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Why I Went Back To Philippines πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­

Almost two years.

For others, it’s a short period of time. For me, it felt like much longer.

Weeks ago, I was able to fly to Manila for a short period time (9 days).

I didn’t tell a lot of people about it because it was just too short and impossible for me to catch up with everybody. I finally went home not because there was an event or some family-related emergency. It was because I was truly homesick and I wanted to see my family and I just had to take a pause from everything.

“Omg, my nieces have grown too fast…

My parents have more white hair now!

Just thinking about my parents getting older would already me feel anxious (especially when they tell me that their health is not doing good). I would sometimes feel guilty for not spending a lot of time with them when they have more energy. Sometimes, I’d wish that my mom had given me birth earlier (not when she was in late 30s lol) because I find myself being always torn between: 1) chasing my wildest dreams that could take years, and 2) slowing down to have time with my people.

After being more aware about time (the past 3 years?), I decided that I’d have to do my best with what I have here so I can help and provide more at home. Our parents will not forever stay fit and healthy, so might as well make the most of the opportunities / moments you are with them. I always pray that I would have enough time to do everything. Again, this is my brain just over-thinking as always.

Me to me (Kaila, please repeat 10x times a day):

β€œIf you are depressed you are living in the past.

If you are anxious you are living in the future.

If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

― Lao Tzu

Up to now, ItΒ is still very hard. I always feel like I’ve been missing out on important things. I’ve been here in Japan for 7 years and I don’t think that there would be a day I would not miss home or think about the people that I love there. sigh

It’s always a hard question for me when people ask me which country I would prefer over the other. I don’t think I can ever just choose one.

Philippines is where I feel home because of my family and friends (friendships that have survived the test of time lol). Japan is where I feel I can make my dreams come true “more efficiently”. I really wanted to go home last year (or earlier this year) but because of financial limitations (I had to prioritize saving up for my dad’s treatment, #adulting in Japan, and such), I had to divert my attention & convert all these sad feelings of wanting to see home more often into finding ways on how to earn and save money (+ how to strategically schedule everything) so I could do so. Lucikly, I was able to make it (barely). There must have been some divine intervention that happened… and that is whyΒ I am also thankful for the extra luck! To people who support me through patreon / rainbowholic shop / youtube, please know that you help me a lot!

There are many times here that I would feel the weight of the entire world on my shoulders. But of course, knowing my stubborn personality, I know that I would somehow find a way to pick myself every time I break down. I hope that someday, it wouldn’t be much of a rollercoaster ride like what it is now.Β I really, really, really… hope. I do promote positivity through my work but what people are not really are of is that it takes a huge effort from my side to get myself to be in that good energy zone where I’d feel unstoppable and I can take anything. Maybe I was really born as a fighter, lol.

Enough of the ramblings and let me already share what happened in Philippines, haha!

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