A Week With Ashley (Saitama, Gunma, Yokohama & Tokyo)

Hi everybody!

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!

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Watch the #Hobonichi With Me video here & view our yukata date photos here and here.

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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.

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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.

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Cute train ~

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Taiwan Film Photo Diary

Summer heat, unlimited milk teas, stationery loots, streets of Taipei, moody weather, lanterns, delicious street food, old friends… and my Fujicolor disposable film camera.

I can still vividly remember all the memories from this trip. I hope that you could also feel the raw happiness, warmth of friendship, and the sense of discovery I both felt & had during those time through my photos below. : )

Thinking of getting a real film / vintage camera these days. For some reason, there’s this certain charm in analog. I have been blogging “manually” through my hobonichi diary for months and it has brought me with so much joy. I think that it’s about time to go back where I initially started to practice my love for photography (I started with film before ^^). No VSCO filter / any photo editing app can ever replace the excitement feeling that film does to me. : )

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Jiufen and its vibrant reds

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Road trip

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Street food I couldn’t resist

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The Island Life in Boracay (Day 1 & 2)

Hi friends!

After a long day at work, I can finally blog about our Boracay trip last Summer!

Here’s a recap of what happened. Do read Chichi’s comprehensive / detailed blog post here and here about our entire vacation! 😉

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White sand!

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With my kawaii sisters (from another set of parents, haha) ~

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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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