As you can tell from my current social media posts, I’ve been having a blast with my dear friend Ashley! Ashley is back in Japan for vacation & she spent almost a week here in Saitama. She’s already on her way back to Hyogo-ken now though, huhu!
We actually didn’t have concrete plans & most of our days were really just chill but we’re both so glad that we were able to maximize our days together for both leisure and work!
To start our mini JP adventure together, we had a Yukata date on a Friday!
Watch the #Hobonichi With Me video here & view our yukata date photos here and here.
While waiting for her arrival, I spotted this corner inside the train station. Such a instagrammable frame, haha!
(..and I thought she would arrive at 6:05 AM.. when the actual time was 6:50 AM lolololol me being me)
After our quick nanaha lunch, we roamed around & took each other’s photos.
Yesterday, we had a sukajan shoot for Japan Lover Me Store.
Went to Yokohama to meet common friends & witnessed the “Pikachu Outbreak”.
Lavender dreams unlocked for Ashley! Went all the way to Gunma prefecture so we could have a floral escapade together haha.
Cute train ~
Last Spring, my dear friend Abbey and I went to have a 3-day trip in Kansai Region (Osaka – Kyoto). It was super fun and unforgettable. Still couldn’t forget the time we got ourselves lost because of my very dependable “navigational skills”, haha! We booked a night bus from Saitama and we arrived at a VIP Lounge (that’s how they call it) somewhere near Osaka station. If you’re planning to go to Osaka / Kyoto, booking a night bus (try willerexpress) is an affordable option compared to riding a shinkansen / bullet train.
Hi Glicoman, we meet again!
Beautiful women in Kimono. (Gion, Kyoto)
Last day of the Sakura blossoms in full bloom. It rained so hard the next day!
See you again, Kyoto!
Easter cuteness in Universal Studios Japan~! More photospam photos coming your way in the next entries! 😉
For now, let’s start with Day 1!
Arrived at our VIP Lounge after the long bus ride. It was raining that morning~
Omg, it feels so good to blog again! I think I almost took a month-long hiatus from updating this blog. It really felt weird to not share my thoughts and photos for so long! ;_; My internet connection back in the Philippines was really slow so I thought that I should just enjoy every single day I spent there (instead of getting frustrated over my pocket wifi, lol).
So far, I’ve been really into journaling / updating my hobonichi. I like doing something creative with my hands and taking photos of my output later on. If you also keep a diary with you, my dear friend Abbey is conducting a survey about journaling and we would appreciate it so much if you could answer it during your spare time. ^^
Anyway, here’s the complete Boracay #hobonichi series!
We planned this for almost a year or so. I really saved up and prepared for my entire Philippine trip. I was almost scared that I would exceed my budget but huhu I made it! Maybe I should blog about on how to be a cheapo like me, haha!
But before anything else, here’s a fun video that I edited! Smiles and laughs really made our entire trip! ^^
Thank you to my dear friends ChiChi, Kaye, Francis, Ashley and Justin P. for the UNFORGETTABLE week! Let’s all travel again together in the future!
We flew to Kalibo from Manila via AirAsia. We were 4/5 hours early for our flight and to our surprise, AirAsia offered us an earlier flight schedule! And we got Business Class seats. I still don’t know why we got such an amazing luck that day! :))
Another lucky moment for me and my friends was when we got a free dinner (by the beach + live band omg) from Mamita’s Grill at Station 1. We also got to try Parasailing and the famous Boracay submarine.. courtesy of Diamond Watersports. We could have spent a lot of money for the activities / amazing dinner but everything was arranged by Tita Marlene and Tito James (Justin‘s parents).
For this post, I will be sharing some photos I took during my visit in Asakusa with Justin. Today is also the “Coming of Age Day” in Japan and the streets were filled with pretty Japanese ladies in kawaii furisode + handsome Japanese gentlemen in fine suits! I have always wanted to take photos of these kawaii girls for so many years already and I am so happy that I got to cross that out from my #JapanBucketList today! Been looking forward to this day since last year, hahaha!
Before anything else, my photo first. Hahahaha lololol
Back alleys are the best. The best way to dodge the huge crowd of tourists :))
Coming of Age Day (成人の日 Seijin no Hi) is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January. It is held in order to congratulate and encourage all those who have reached the age of majority (20 years old (二十歳 hatachi)) over the past year, and to help them realize that they have become adults. Festivities include coming of age ceremonies (成人式 seijin-shiki) held at local and prefectural offices, as well as after-parties amongst family and friends. (source)