There is no place like home.

Hello, hello, hello!! :”)

Yup, I’m still in Manila and enjoying every moment with my family and friends. Even though the primary reason of my sudden visit was for my annoying gallbladdie (gallbladder haha), I thought I should extend my spontaneous vacation longer so that I could spend more time with the people I love here. :”) I’ll come back again for other reasons but I should take advantage of everyone’s vacation period (it’s summer here!).. hehehe. OH btw, we confirmed that I currently have zero gallstones!! In Japan, we visited two doctors and they told me “they couldn’t see the stones” (but they didn’t want to confirm that those were gone).. and for the last doctor we visited here, he told me I was able to flush away~ (lololol) the stones! What a miracle seriously ;_; I just continued to opt for healthy eating / food moderation + Aloe juice & fish oil capsules (the reason why I left the hospital earlier last October) ^^ Super super ureshii (happy)! It’s kinda symbolic for me because I’m feeling genuinely happy these days + my health is getting better and better! :”) Life is great! :yay:

As some of you know, last December, I spent Christmas here as well but it was a really tough time for me. Even on my birthday, I was pretty down..? and I swore to myself that the next time I go back home, I will really have a blast. And so far, everyday is just.. :yay: even if I still have a lot of stuff to work on TT_TT… Anyway, more stories later! :))

– end of real-time life update, haha –

Kaila in Manila

Though I have some Philippine-related posts here on my blog, I don’t think I have properly introduced my home yet. For some reason, I don’t know why a few of my readers didn’t know that I came from Philippines. :))) You guys.. WHY :))))

I have so much love for Japan (hai but there is something about Philippines that makes me want to come back every now and then (ask any Filipino who works abroad & I’m 100% he/she will agree!!). Even it’s a third-world country & the kind of lifestyle I live in Japan is waaaay different here.. I would still consider Manila (Philippines) as my #1 home. This place taught me how to be independent, adventurous, street-smart, etc. There is something about the warm smiles of the people here, the feeling of being welcomed.. the hospitality, the yummy & inexpensive food, everything. I have my own share of horrific commuting stories but.. crime is everywhere anyway, regardless of what country it is. I believe. 😀

I lived in Manila for almost all my life & this place really taught me how to be “smart” when it comes to traveling to places alone hehe~

I ride jeepneys just like anyone else. 🙂

(lololol I can’t act candid :)) )

Hello Manila heat… you just melted my useless makeup. :))

Went to U.P. COOP (cooperative) because I missed this place. This is where I get my overused bags / shoes fixed, photocopy books I couldn’t afford (too expensive :)) ), etc. etc. :))

Tracy nee-chan introduced this yummy fruit shake stall before~!! We would go here & get our shake fix! Can I haz cold banana shake forever huhuhu


My company for that day was Justin! Thank you for all the photos!! ;____;

We first met again (after such a longgggg time) during his family’s Tokyo trip last month! Remember the Toy Shopping / Nakano blog entry?

TAPSILOGGG from Rodic’s!!


(on a different note, i love the camera lens he used here hahahaha ok)


SUPER HUNGRY mode haha~

I’m the kind of girl who can eat everywhere just as long as the food is yummy and that my gallbladder won’t have reasons to annoy me again. :))

Picture with Ate~

(ate = pronounced as “a-te”; older sister)

KARIOKA (according to google, it’s called Filipino Chewy Balls lolololol) :)))!!

HUHUHUHU saraaaaaap (oishii)!

Food photographer working on it again :)))

Fishballs, squidballs, kikiam huhuhu tummy why you full so fast, I wanted to try out everything!

My favorite, buko juice!!

Such a lovely day to have picnic with friends!!

Kaila and food =)))

Lol guys I brought props =))

Gave a balloon to this kid selling hair ties ^^

~dirty~ icecream time!! Don’t ask why we call it dirty, haha!


For aesthetic purposes, I really did prepare some balloons lololol


The perks of having a photographer to hang out with you = facebook profile pic-worthy photos hahaha

We were looking for the sunflower spot.. but it was gone ;___; ON MY NEXT VISIT!!

What :))



Me enjoying my second buko juice. Hahaha!! I want a buko tree :))

Giving out these balloons because we couldn’t carry these inside the jeepney.

BUNGISNGIS mode (haggard look) :)))


Hehehe~  :happy:


Hope you enjoyed witnessing this side of me! More Rainbowholic in Manila entries~ I have to finish the Kawaii leaders project first! Hahaha!


Thank you again Justin for the lovely photos ^^


10 thoughts on “There is no place like home.

  1. :cute2: It’s true. Whenever I would travel abroad and come back home, I would always think that Manila is the only place I can call home. :heart:

  2. Hi, ate Kaila! I soooo love this blog entry. :heart:
    I really hope I could meet you here in the Philippines.. and in Japan someday. It would be awesome! *w*

    Karioka is one of my fave. hehe~ :cheer:

  3. I often forget you’re from Manila so awesome to have the Philippines as your cultural background 🙂 I love your balloons props too!

    I’m kickin’ myself for missing your Kawaii Leaders episode online, your recap was awesome and your cosplay outfit was amazing it really suited you, super kawaii! 🙂

  4. Thank you for sharing more of your beautiful home to us. I have a friend that is Filipino & she is always telling me stories about the Jeepneys & how much she loves lechon. All the photos turned out so beautiful it’s good to know that your once healthy again and happy and smiling. <3

  5. When is that??? :sob: I went to UP last Saturday! Sayaaaang hehe :blush3: hope to meet you po talaga! Enjoy enjoy po!

  6. Ahh, the Philippines sound so cool! Even though my dream destination is Japan(of course, haha), it would be soo fun to visit the Philippines too :yay:


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