If I could sum up the month of November in Japan in two topics it would be kouyou (fall colors) and culture festivals. Though the kouyou has yet to arrive, there are always a couple fun festivals held this time … Continue reading 2019 Village Culture Festival
Unpopular opinion: Diamond wedding rings are overrated and a waste of money. (I SAID IT. FIGHT ME. ٩(╬ʘ益ʘ╬)۶)
In my search for finding as many things to do in Seoul, this ring making experience was one of them. Continue reading “Ring Making Experience at Banji University (Myeongdong)”
Our Golden Week trip to Seoul was our very first overseas vacation (not including visiting home) in our 4+ years living in Japan. Even though we spent less than a week there, both Trevor and I had an overall amazing time. We loved the food (I ate so many egg breads omg so good), met some amazing people, got to meet up again with an old friend, and had fun doing some typical touristy stuff! I honestly would love to travel to Seoul again if I had the chance!
One of the touristy things we did was try on hanbok, traditional Korean dress. Continue reading “Dressing Like Royalty (??) in Seoul”
Whenever Trevor and I plan on traveling to another foreign country, I always make it a habit of researching and finding anything that looks interesting to us and pinning it on Google maps. As many restaurants, cafes, famous sightseeing spots, etc as I can find. I star them just in case we want to check them out if we run into a “what should we do now” moment. I’m really happy I had the COPE Visitor Centre starred- on our second day in Vientiane after failing to find a photo studio for me to take traditional sao Lao portraits, we were lucky that this place was a near-by walk from where we were at the time. Lucky is putting it too simply- after witnessing what we saw, I highly recommend this place for anyone visiting Laos. Continue reading “Reminders of war and UXO: COPE Visitor Centre in Vientiane, Laos”
It was 7AM and the 11-hour night bus we had taken from Bangkok had dropped us off at the border town of Nong Khai. This was definitely unfamiliar territory and while we were so close to our destination, we still needed to figure out how to cross the border. My stubbornness brought us about a 20 or so minute walk (away from the border crossing) to the nearest train station trying to convince Trevor that this was how everyone got into Laos from Thailand (Spoiler alert: it’s not the only way, there’s actually a much simpler method to get in) After a good half hour or so of fumbling around (and realizing that the train going to Thanalang, where we were headed, only ran twice a day and we were way too early for the next one to arrive), Trevor and I finally regained our bearings and headed towards the immigration office. We were finally going to Laos. Continue reading “Three Days in Vientiane, Laos”
Without a doubt, Siberian Huskies are my favorite dog breed. This is most likely due to growing up with a very mischievous husky that despite his many episodic antics, gave me and my family 13 years of unconditional love and unforgettable memories. Imagine … Continue reading TrueLove @ Neverland: A Husky Lover’s Paradise
On the way back from our road trip to the Kanto area, Trevor and I decided to spend a night somewhere around Mt. Fuji. As we sat in the parking lot in Kanagawa getting ready to leave, we decided to stop by Fuji Safari Park, a zoo located at the foot of said volcano. Continue reading “Fuji Safari Park & Night Safari”
I was going to start this post off with something more positive but the truth of it is, I don’t feel positive now. The weather right now is on-and-off pouring and the sky is a depressing shade of grey- appropriate I suppose, for my general attitude of life at the moment. In fact, after such a great weekend road tripping across a part of Japan, feeling so many wonderful feelings of freedom, independence, and accomplishment at getting us to and fro safely… it now pretty much feels as if it all crumbled away into this damp and bleak nothingness that … Continue reading Life and Mental Update
This year I had 10 days off for Golden Week!! Golden Week usually takes place during the end of April and early May. The week long holiday consists of several national holidays such as Showa Day, Constitution Day, Greenery Day, and Children’s Day. This time of the year also becomes busy for all kinds of travelers and businesses- in other words, travel season. In the past years I’ve had maybe at most a 6-day Golden Week vacation (automatically off, no vacation time needed) but this year because of the new Emperor’s ascension to the throne, 10 days were given for … Continue reading Our Trip to Seoul!
Woweee I have neglected this blog much longer than I wanted to 😦 Continue reading “10 (LONG) LIFE UPDATES & back to blog…?”