Reunited With My College Friends! + Taiwan Kawaii Travel Diary

Hello everybody!

It’s been a week since my Taiwan trip with my univ friends and IT WAS SUCH A BLAST waaaaah ~

We planned this entire trip since late 2015 and finally, it happened! Why does it feel like I just dreamt about it??? *_*

*currently missing everyone*

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Thank you Patrik for this photo!

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I can’t wait to blog the entire series! 

If you are thinking about exploring Asia, Taiwan is definitely one of my recommended countries. If you are a Studio Ghibli / kawaii fan, then you will definitely LOVE Taiwan!

Never been in a place with so many Totoro / Ghibli stuff! I even found a milktea place with No Face packaging design, haha.

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Spirited Away’s visuals / sceneries were heavily inspired by this wonderful place called “Jiufen”.

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View from the Chiang Kai Shek memorial hall.

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So delighted to know that Taiwan also does the stamp-collecting trend! Was able to influence my friends Kat & Lora to go on a stamp rally with me.

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Kansai Spring Trip 2016: Universal Studios Japan!

Hi everyone!

Here’s a super spammy blog entry for everyone!

This is the second part of the Kansai Trip with my dear friend Abbey! Since I’m so sleepy as I am typing all these.. I hope that the photos would be enough as my narration, hehe!

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KPP special drink!

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Why we really wanted to visit Osaka ~ <3

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Minion steamed bun! Just the cutest ~

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Let’s start with the photo adventure, shall we? 😉

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Chichibu Kogen Bokujo’s Red Carpet of Poppy Flowers (秩父のポピー)

Hello everyone!

Today, I went on a spontaneous adventure to Chichibu once again! It was actually my third time visiting Chichibu, also known as the home of the famous icicles & shibazakura. Currently, I’m on a mission to spend my “soulful” sundays alone to discover more beautiful parks & sceneries here in Saitama and its neighboring prefectures. ^^ It’s funny how I’ve changed so much over the years. Before, I would prefer going to Tokyo / Harajuku / Shibuya for the kawaii cafes and such (I’m still into cute culture of course) but now, the grandma in me would tell Kaila to just have a kawaii zen day, lolol. Your priorities in life really change when you age, hahaha.

I was actually having second thoughts whether I should run / jog as usual but my soul was craving for some nature / trees / flowers since last week…. so this adventure was ought to be fulfilled haha. I felt like I had to follow my inner voice even though my bed was hugging me so tight earlier this morning. XD

Anyway, let the photos do the narrating~! Enjoy!

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Unfortunately, there were no food vendors in the area. I was looking for a softcream / icecream stall! :))

My 2-yr. old icecream umbrella from swimmer should replace for now, haha!

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When on a journey in Japan, you must always bring folded sheets of paper with you! Stamp rally activities by JP train stations are just too fun!!

If you can’t find the stamp corner, just ask the train staff: “Eki stampu wa doko desu ka? (where is the train stamp?)” hehehe

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I always find it fascinating how these train engineers operate the train. So effortless!

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Sakura-themed Goods & Food in Japan + Kawaii Market 2016!

Hi all!

Before I share all the cherry blossom goodness, let me just plug this big event by Kawaii Philippines this month!

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See you this April at the cutest arts and crafts mini-bazaar in the country this year: Kawaii Market 2016!

Come and show your support to local kawaii artists and crafters~! Entrance is only 50 php!!! ✨

💖 Kawaii Philippines’ KAWAII MARKET 2016 is an arts and crafts bazaar that aims to highlight the creativity and craftsmanship of Filipino artists and crafters who are also enthusiasts of the kawaii culture. 💖

A percentage of the total proceeds will be donated to a chosen foundation. 💗

RSVP hereEvent website

Art by Little Miss Paintbrush

www.kawaii.ph


Sakura, sakura, sakura!

Here’s a collection of some sakura-themed merch / noms I’ve spotted during the season! If you’re in Japan / Tokyo right now, hope that you find this useful!

I’ve also included some photos of me and my friends during our mini trips outside Saitama.

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Sakura icecream from Edo Tokyo Open Air Museum!

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Scene at Koganei Park!

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Sakura selfie with Reese, Abbey, Gil and Justin!

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Thanks Abbey for capturing this!

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Lol

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Visited Yoyogi Park with Abbey and wore my Sakura nike!

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So pretty up close!

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