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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I Finished A Half-Marathon (21KM) + Kawaii Journaling Videos + ETC

Hi everybody!

Omg, long time no blog?!

November was such a CRAZY month for me and I couldn’t just unload everything as I had a special event every weekend. But before I tell you guys about what happened these past few weeks, let me just share some pictures (preview yay) of a super special video coming SOON on my youtube channel!

If you love Japan and love traveling here, make it extra special through creative / kawaii journaling! I’m going to show you how you can setup your current journal so that it will be travel / Japan-ready by the time you start your adventure here, hehe!Β You can also do #throwback journaling like what I did before when I went to Hokkaido (and I did the journaling 1-2 years after lol).

Anyway, more on that later! Now, I want to share my overwhelming experience in preparation of my first ever 21KM run (that I had to finish in 3 hours!)

This year, I’ve been doing a lot of effort to get fit! There were of course relapses during this fitness journey but I know that I would always come back stronger and more determined! I guess one of my biggest motivations besides my personal health goals would be my partner-in-crime, Aki! Aki would always do some physical activity after his usual company work Β every week and that inspired me to make more time to go to the gym, do home workout, or run around the neighborhood. He would exercise at least 3 times a week (on his own.. because Tokyo boy, and I’m local girl from Saitama haha), and I would also do my own thing on my own when we can’t meet each other during weekdays (both busy people lol).

I actually shed off some pounds and became more lean after I really made more effort than before. Though I’ve been having an active lifestyle for 2 years by jogging / running & occasional gym visits, I only got to really achieve my ideal healthy body goals this year! Hopefully before this year ends, I can share the simple adjustments (HEALTHY eating habits!) I did to lose that 5% body fat. I was around 27% before and now, my percentage ranges from 22-23% (each body is different and I’m a bit short too so these numbers might be too much for others). If you want to get to know more about what this “body fat” means, click here. It’s not the actual weight that most people think! My ultimate goal is from 18-20%, which means that I have to have a lot of remaining fat to be converted into muscle. Aki’s body age is 18 (he’s 26) and that’s also my goal lololol. I’m also 26 and my body age is 21/22. I hope that through my fitness story, I will be able to inspire others to become more active and try running (goodbye social media for an hour!) We are all not growing any younger and our metabolism really drops over the years and I really believe that it’s one’s responsibility to take care of his / her own health at the best of his / her capabilities. I am making more conscious decisions now when eating because I don’t want to go back to my very unhealthy body when I had problems with gallstones and to my declining mental health brought by severe PMS (PMDD). Now, I feel much better and I could feel the 18 yr. old energy in me to radiate from within! ^^ This 2018, I hope we will all have a healthier body, spirit, and mind!

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Seoul Trip: Hanbok Rental + LINE Store + Artbox + Myeongdong

Hi everyone!

Finally, here’s the blog trip from our trip to Korea last May. You can view photos from our film cameras here.

This trip was really unexpected!

We thought we would be spending his birthday at FUJI Q / somewhere else but we ended up booking flights randomly at Mcdonald’s, haha!

( Nice shoes, lol )

VIDEO: I’m Seoul Happy With You | Korea Trip 2017 (ιŸ“ε›½ζ—…θ‘Œ) ??

Before boarding, we made sure to visit Traveler’s Factory Narita Airport. It was part of my itinerary, lol!

Hobonichi With Me | Korea Trip 2017 + Stationery Haul ?

Arrived at Incheon International Airport!

First night was such a test. I’m thankful for Aki for being able to convince me to just bring one backpack.. because our airbnb was so hard to find, lolol.

We also ate this extremely hot and spicy x 1000 chicken + cheese Korean food. (I already forgot, I’m sorry! If you know, please enlighten me?)

Never consumed so much water in my entire life, lol! Welcome to Korea, Kaila and Aki! :))

They have really cute snacks too! Pokemon and Ryan packaging~ omo ~

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