Tuesday, June 20, 2017

better late; part i

I had almost decided to not blog anymore because I can't find the motivation to do it. It had become more of a chore than anything else with me being busy and just lazy. I decided it would be a waste not to. I look back and read things I forgot that happened so I want to keep this to remember.

I'll try to write more details but if I'm lazy I'll just post photos with short summaries.

So here is when my little sister and her boyfriend visited during spring break. We did touristy things because hellooo it was their first and probably last time in Japan. Tokyo Tower was a must, Shibuya, Harajuku, genki sushi, etc.

I finally went to Yoyogi park for the first time since all the time I've been in Japan. Also got to see those rockabillies I had been wanting to see since forever. It was nice. The sakura weren't blooming yet. They were suppose to be but darn rain messed it up.

They were so fun to take around and easily pleased.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Quick update.

So much to blog about. It's so much harder to find the time when you're working and actually having a life lol. Quick update, started my second year at my school. So far, it's been alright. I work at a preschool now which is decent overall just stressful with planning.

My sister came to visit with her boyfriend and though it was tiring it was really fun. Need to post about that.

Also went to Okinawa with Lisa, and Okinawa's beaches are beautiful. They're the prettiest I've ever seen but overall Okinawa was okay. I preferred Miyazaki, but that could be because it was still a bit cold so there wasn't much we wanted to do in the weather.

Also, another friend from California visited with her boyfriend. That was fun, and they brought me things from America!

Also started the line out my other knee tattoo. I don't know how I sat through the other one in a full sitting I was dying with just the outline with this one.

Will be sure to update a weekend when I'm not busy or lazy!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Hey, March.

It's already March. Did anyone else feel these past couple months zoom by? I seriously can't believe it's already March. Two more weeks until I complete my first year at my school.

I am excited for my second year to start at my school but also nervous due to new classes and students. I'm also going to be starting at a preschool which I'm not too sure how I feel about it. I feel more neutral about it than anything.

Besides that, spring break is coming! My little sister and her boyfriend are coming to Japan to visit me. I cannot wait to see them and show them around. Also to just see my baby sister in general. I'm so excited for her because she is going to be traveling the first time some place far from California.

Also, me and Lisa are going on another trip, this time to the lovely Okinawa! I've been wanting to go for the longest time, since I studied abroad so I'm excited to finally get the chance. I've wanted to go even more so because one of my good friends is from there, he already gave me a list of his recommendations.

I'm going to be busy with work until I hit spring break, but it will be worth it.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Who really matters?

A blogger I follow, Rambling Rabbit, recently wrote a post about re-evaluating friendships and just people in your life, this couldn't have came at a more relevant time.

Sometimes we keep friendships because of the length of time we've been friends with this person and because of the memories. But when you're just holding onto just memories and no longer enjoy that person's company, it's time to let it go. Sometimes, there is more bad than good when you hold onto a friendship. Especially, if you put more into the friendship than the other person. 

I closed a chapter of my life, and I already can see a difference, a good one. I have decided to use this as a lesson: Only keep people around you who make you feel good about yourself, encourage/support you, and are there for you. Sounds pretty obvious, but you would be surprised what we put up with without really noticing until we take a step back from it all.

I only have a handful of people in my life, but they are people I can count on and help me live my live positively, and that's all that matters. They're the people who really matter.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

winter vibes.

This past weekend Lisa came out to visit me in Chichibu. It was so nice to see her, it had been a while. Or, at least it felt like it. I showed her Mitsumine Shrine and we explored it a bit more. We came across an actual shrine for wolves. I'll post it eventually. We ate waraji katsu and afterwards I took her to one of my favorite cafes that K took me to. We had gelato for dessert.

We were planning to see icicles but decided to go to an onsen instead where we booked a room but that ended up not going as planned. To make us feel better we slept in the next day and got soft serve at my favorite place. This time I got the white coffee flavor.

Our weekend didn't go as planned, but it was still fun to meet up and catch up. I'll be seeing her in another week or so for Laura's live.

x  x

It's already going to be February, it trips me out how fast January went. I know February is going to zoom by, I'm going to work more than usual and I have things planned on the weekends. I'm literally going to be booked.

March is also going to be busy. My little sis and her boyfriend are coming to visit me for a week! I'm so excited to show them around. I'm also so happy my little sis gets to travel, she has never really traveled before.

Also, for the rest of my spring break me and Lisa are planning on going to Okinawa. I literally cannot wait, I've been wanting to go there forever. My friends who used to live there have been recommending me places and it makes me want to go there even more!

March is also going to be the end of my contract and I will be starting my second year with my school. A year seriously flew by. I definitely feel like I need to make the most of my time here.

I'm still all over the place with what I'm going to do after me second year, but one step at a time I suppose.

Monday, January 30, 2017

fushimi inari, bengals & owls.

Friday, December 30th 2016

We went to Fushimi inari, which was probably my favorite place in Kyoto, minus the cat and owl cafe. Fushimi inari was so beautiful and weather was great that day so I was able to capture some good photos. Even if it was crowded, it was still good.

After Fushimi inari we headed to the bengal cat cafe. Bengals are my favorite cats so I was so happy when Lyy took me here. We also went to see the owls which was a good choice. I've never seen an owl so close and you could pet them! They felt like clouds, I loved their touch.

This was probably my favorite day in Kyoto. Me and Lyy chilled at a restaurant as we waited to head to Kyoto to take the shinkansen back to Tokyo.

Overall, the trip was nice. But tbh, I think Kyoto is a bit overhyped. Maybe because I live in the inaka I don't for care it? I actually preferred Miyazaki to Kyoto. It was still a good trip, andI'm happy to get it off my travel list but I probably won't head back to Kyoto or Nara again unless it's for cafes or something.

Friday, January 27, 2017

gold things and arashiyama.

Thursday, December 28th 2016

We arrived in Kyoto the night before and went around the next morning. I really wanted to see Kinkakuji and the bamboo forest at Arashiyama. They were selling soft serve at both places, I had to get the one with gold and the 4 flavored one at Arashiyama. They were both worth it, even though it was freezing.

The bamboo forest was unfortunately super crowded so good pictures were extremely hard to take, and most of the bamboo had fallen down. We weren't sure if it was due to weather conditions or what, but it was a bit disappointing. At least the soft serve was good! And we had duck udon which was also nice.

We went to Arashiyama station where they had an illumination called the "Kimono Forest", it was nice but much more magnificent in photos lol. Afterwards, Lyy and I headed the Shibuya of Kyoto and ate at chilled at an izakaya. The food there was good, especially their duck! 

This trip was the first time I've ever had duck and I liked it a lot. Especially the izakaya one.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

mysteries of nara.

Wednesday, December 28th 2016

Me and Lyy went on an early bus to Nara. On the way, it began to snow. It was a pretty sight, but it made us arrive a bit later than planned. We met up with one of Lyy's friends, Yoshi. He was nice enough to show us around Nara. We really just wanted to go to the deer park, but he was nice enough to take us to other places.

We saw a giant buddha which put the Kamakura one to shame. We also got to see a few really nice temples. They were definitely nice. The deer park was of course the highlight of Nara for me. I loved the deer. I didn't feed them because they got close to you even if you didn't have food.

Afterwards Yoshi took us to a nice temple in the mountains that had really nice art. But it was so cold, and we had to take off our shoes I wish I could have appreciated it more lol. After that, we hung out with Yoshi and his friends who lived close by. After staying with them for a bit we headed back to central Nara where me and Lyy headed to Kyoto.

Monday, January 23, 2017

a sky full of stars.

Tuesday, December 27th 2016

Me and Lyy wanted to see illumination so we decided to go back Nabana no Sato. It was our favorite illumination, and it has been 3 years since we had been back there. Honestly, being there brought so many memories of who we were at that time.

Me and Lyy talk about this all the time, we were so different then. It's weird to think about how much things have changed since then. It definitely gave me a nostalgic feeling. 

This time, Nabana no Sato wasn't so crowded, it was probably because it was after Christmas already. So me and Lyy were able to take many photos. We also ate a lot of food they were selling. We were being fat asses, but that was most of the trip tbh. 

It was nice to go back to Nabana no Sato because to be honest, I don't think I'll be going back. We went back to our airbnb to relax because we were getting up early for Nara the next day.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

yes, we eat.

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

It was my winter vacation already, and the night before I went to Lyy's place to get ready to leave to Nagoya the next day. We were actually a bit productive in Nagoya, usually me and Lyy would just hang out with friends and sleep the day away so we wouldn't do much but we managed to go to a cafe and see some places we've been wanting to in Nagoya.

The cafe called Madison YWE we went to my friend, Yumi recommended. It had such cute interior and the food was delicious, we got the Nagoya special. Afterwards we walked around a bit where we were able to see the Nagoya TV Tower lit up, and finally we saw Oasis 21. It was a nice view but freezing because of the wind.

It's so funny because several of the things I wanted to see were in central Nagoya near Sakae Station anyways but we never had time to do anything. But even though we didn't do any tourists things before, those memories were some of the best memories. I'll admit, I wanted to go to Osu more time but we didn't have enough time to do so unfortunately.

After we walked for a bit we headed to Nabana no Sato, that was the main purpose of our Nagoya visit.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Head banging in a karaoke booth & 2017 New Years Resolutions.

My New Years Eve was spent in a karaoke booth with my best friend, head banging and singing to Avenged Sevenfold, System of a Down, Slipknot, Jimmy Eat World, Panic at the Disco!, and way more. Then we went to her house and watched the sunrise. It was a while since I've had a good New Years.

I'm still unsure about what 2017 has in store for me, hoping good vibes tbh. I was looking back at my 2016 resolutions and I was able to do half of them, not bad. So what are my resolutions for this year?

Continue to get my tattoos. I got several of my tattoos but I still have several more to get. I probably won't get as much as I did last year but I hope to keep getting the ones convenient for me. 
Travel out of Japan. My first year I did a lot of traveling within Japan but I really want to go out. Another part of Asia, Australia, New Zealand, heck Europe would be nice too! 
Work hard to find a job I really want. This will be hard and I probably won't be able to do it in a year but I hope I can get a step closer to finding a job I really want. 
Make the most of my time by making memories and appreciate what you have. Sometimes I get frustrated because I no longer know what I'm doing, but I need to put that aside, appreciate what I have, and enjoy the time I have with my friends because everything is good to change.

I decided to cut out the exercise more for this year because living in the inaka and exercising is too hard for me. Will have to put that on pause. Hope to fulfill the other resolutions though!