Slice of Life, Travel

Japan Chronicles: Tokyo Day 1

After our Osaka-Kyoto trip (pics to be uploaded), we headed to Tokyo, Japan’s main city. 🙂 We rode the Nozomi bullet train from Shin Osaka station, it was really fast travelling at 300 km/h. I will post a video of our Shinkansen ride one of these days. We arrived at Tokyo at around  6 in the evening. The Tokyo city vibe was different, people were rushing since it’s a weekday. We reached our AirBnB place at Meguro at around 7 in the evening. The air was not that cold unlike from Osaka. I was able to wear shorts and stockings during dinner.

Our Tokyo exploration really started the day after… After having our lunch at Yoshinoya (beef bowl here looks way different but it sure was tasty!), we went to Shinjuku Gyoen garden to take some photos of the cherry blossoms. It was fortunate that some trees were still in full bloom despite the fact that they started blooming the last week of March to first week of April. There was an entrance fee but it’s not that expensive. It was really a feast for the eyes seeing those sakura trees. We weren’t able to explore the whole place since Gid said that the trees were just repeating and we were able to took pictures already.

After that we went to Akihabara station, it’s not only the home to Japan’s electronics, but also to a lot of anime stuff! We were able to buy a spare battery for Gid’s GoPro. For me I just searched for One Piece merchandise since my siblings are huge fans of the show. XD Afterwards we went to Asakusa to visit a famous shrine there. I got my fate predicted there, it turned out to be… *secret* 😉 Our visit to the temple was just short, we took a bus to Tokyo skytree. The viewing deck opens at 6:30 pm, since we’re early we just stayed at Starbucks. The choice of drinks were almost the same in SG, except for the Cantaloupe drink. It was refreshing, but I think I won’t buy it again haha. It’s like drinking normal melon shake but with a Starbucks logo. 😛 There’s an entrance fee also to SkyTree, I forgot how much it was. There were also a lot of people in queue at 6 pm since it’s the optimal time to view the city lights. Of all the towers we visited from our past travels, I can say that I liked Tokyo Skytree the most. The view of Tokyo was amazing. ❤ Also there was a mini show of “window washers” hanging at the side of the tower. We weren’t able to understand what they’re really doing since they’re conversing in Nihonggo. We just decided to have our picture taken at the photograph booth and stayed ’til our time was up.

After Skytree, we went back to Shinjuku to meet my college batchmates, Tiff and Izza. They were also taking a vacation in Japan. They said that another batchmate, Kim, will join us. She started working in Japan after our graduation, I haven’t seen her since then. We ate at Ichiran Ramen for dinner. There was a looong queue before us. I’m not really a fan of ramen, but this one’s really delicious!!! I was able to finish it all, even the soup. The same thing goes for Gid, he said that it’s his first time to enjoy ramen (mind you, he only eats chicken karaage and beef misono whenever we have japanese cuisine T_T) . We did some catch ups and said our goodbyes. I hope to see them again when I go home in the Philippines or when they visit SG. It was sure tiring to be walking around the city, but the views made it worth it.

Below are some photos of our trip (I’ll upload more pics later on). 🙂

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Personal, Slice of Life

Manila 2016

My first and last visit to Manila for the year. No more leaves lah! 😭

After our trip to Boracay, I went to Stef’s office so that we’ll be together when we go to her condo at Rockwell. It was nice seeing her and Deane happily together. I was so touched that she took a day off to accompany me in picking a dress for Gid’s friend’s wedding. 🙂

Day 1: Sleeping Balensya
Teriyaki Boy with the bestfriend! ❤ Did a lot of catching up. Gaaah, I already miss the Wafu Steak. :((

Sweet ending, thanks again Stef!
At night, I met Team Magallanes at Greenbelt. It was really nice seeing them! For the record, from our group there’s only 4 people still working at Accenture (Albert, Jaja See, Jaja D and Zen) *slow clap* haha I salute you guys. While waiting for Jaja and Albert (they were still at the office at 7 pm :|), we went to Ayala Triangle to look for a dessert place. We ended up at Amici, since the two haven’t taken their dinner yet and there’s a gelato stall inside the said restaurant. We had a fun night since we did a lot of reminiscing, old jokes were still funny. I really hope our Korea trip next year will push through!

 

Team Magallanes!
Time always well spent with these guys.
HAHA typical James!
Day 2: I did a general checkup, both medical and dental since it’s cheaper to do tests in the Philippines than in Singapore. I cried when they took a blood sample from me (I really hate injections ><). Fortunately the results were normal, I was kinda afraid before that I might have diabetes.

 

My kind of reward 😀

At night, Papa accompanied me to Nobu Hotel. Gid’s family was staying there for the whole week. When I arrived there, Ate Aimee suggested that we try the Casino. The guards asked for my age, when I told them I’m 25 they even asked for an ID to confirm it. Haha, so much hassle for looking young, kidding! 😛 It was my third time to enter a casino, first was at Resorts World Manila; second was at City of Dreams Macau (both times I didn’t play and guards asked for my I.D. xD) For this time Gid and I played Baccarat (player banker game). We won several thousands from that game, afterwards I tried the slot machine with his sister.

 

Couple stripes!

We won! #chips
Day 3: Tan-Cruz wedding.

 

Have you ever looked at someone and realized how lucky you are to have them in your life? Well I did. 🙂 #groomsmen
At the reception. Thank you Kit for curling my hair and for the makeup.
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With Gid’s UE friends, hello engineers. Congratulations Eric and Krizza! 
Day 4: Last day is Family Day.

 

Ashe baby chillin’ on the tiles =)) 
My original baby. I wouldn’t trade you for anything. 🙂
Tres Marias. I missed these two crazy girls!
First time at Banapple. So glad they enjoyed the food. ^^

With the people I love the most. Family is everything. 
Venice Grand Canal
Jeje mode
Mandatory selfie *hint: look at the bridge*
 

Hello McKinley! I’m back… for now =))
On the way to the airport.
Trip going back to SG’s uneventful except for some immigration officers in the Philippine questioning my age again. They even joked that they’ll interview me. 😅 

I hope I’ll still be able to go back to Manila this year. ;_; *prays for more holidays*

Food, Slice of Life

Tim Ho Wan Pork Buns

I’ve always been curious of Tim Ho Wan’s pork buns. I didn’t get the chance to try it when I was in the Philippines due to the long queue at the restaurant in Megamall and also the prejudice that it’s expensive. Last Saturday, after surpassing the obstacles in Forest Adventure (my body aches ’til now huhu), Gid and I went to Bedok Mall to grab something to eat. We were deciding whether to buy a refreshing drink or to have early dinner at Wingstop. While deciding, we happened to pass by Tim Ho Wan. I think Gid noticed the sparkle in my eyes when I saw that there’s no queue and pork buns were only 5$. He immediately suggested that we try it (you’re the best!). When we were browsing the menu, we learned that the 5$ includes 3 pieces of pork buns already.😍 The staff there were nice and very attentive, our order was served fast. As I took the first bite, the softness of the bread surprised me (as if I’m biting snow, kidding). The BBQ pork filling was tasty and had generous portions in each bun. After finishing all three, I think my tummy was highly satisfied as well as Gid’s. It was the best 5$ I spent so far here in Singapore haha! 😜

Another item on my “I wanna eat there” list has been crossed out. We will definitely go back again to taste those heavenly buns. Omnomnom! 🙂

Slice of Life, Travel

Malaysia: Legoland x Hello Kitty Town

Finally able to tick this off my bucket list. I always wanted to go to Legoland and Hello Kitty town (since I love hello kitty very much). 😀

Personal, Slice of Life

24th: A Year Before Silver.

March 22, 2015.

It was my first birthday away from home… Literally!!! I wasn’t able to celebrate it with my family and close friends that’s why I felt a little sad somehow. I suddenly missed mama’s cooking, especially her spaghetti and tuna carbonara. :((

Surprised!!!
I didn’t expect that there’s a surprise in stored for me come midnight. I was just chillin’ at the balcony when they asked me to go inside the room. Gid said that I should open the door after 3 knocks… Hmmmm.

Touched.😭

  

As I went out of the room the Happy Birthday song was playing as they greeted me with my birthday cake. 😭 There were balloons with my pictures at the hallway (one balloon flew outside, hope my picture won’t be used for personal gain, kidding!). Gid gave me a paperbag containing a usb drive and a white box. The usb drive contained a movie collage of my pictures with dedications and at the end was a video of me dancing on stage. (It was the most embarassing moment in my college life) 😡😡😡 On the other hand, the white box contains a silver pandora bracelet. 😳

Aha! Here’s the mastermind… xD
😳😳😳
Ate Vangie’s cooking was superb! 😋
  
With officemates. Thank you for coming! 😍
 

I know it’s a little late to say thank you for this one. (post has been sitting in my drafts folder for months xD) You do know how to make me happy through your own ways. I wasn’t expecting anything that’s why I was really taken by surprise with all the effort you’ve put into this. I still couldn’t believe that you can do such a thing hehe. *pinches self* 😆 

Thank you! 😊

The best things in life are usually found when you are not looking for them.

Slice of Life

Velléité.

I hate this feeling when you don’t want to keep your hopes high on something that you really want. 

Last saturday was a disarray of emotions for me. :)) I was able to make it to the final step for a job I’ve been eyeing out for months. I have undergone written tests, online coding and technical phone interview weeks before for that role. It’s like passing through the eye of the needle to be able to reach the final step. I’ll just summarize with the good and the bad…

The Bad:

The whole day was full of pressure since after the morning coding exam, two of my friends were asked to go home. I was already teary-eyed because of the thought that I’ll be left alone. When I proceeded to the second phase, I have undergone 3 interviews from different people. One asked me regarding my experience and some technical questions. The next one asked how do I see myself in 4-5 years. And the last one critiqued my code, this was where I felt my chances for getting in dropped! *GG mode* =))

The entire process really drained me. I was tired, not only physically (i love high heels…not), but also mentally and emotionally. It’s the first time since 2008 that I felt this kind of nervousness. I was trembling literally and my hands were very cold throughout the day. I thought that I’ll be able to relax afterwards but they told us that the results will be released after a week. I felt soooooo exhausted, I just wanted to lie down… I was like:

I was like...
Dat feeling…

I just wished they already decided on that instant so that I’ll be able to accept my fate immediately. :)) But alas, here I am thinking of those things over and over again.

The Good:

Somehow, I’m comforted  by the thought that I was able to make it until the final step. From the 30+ who were shortlisted for the face-to-face interview, I’m one of the 13 who made it to the interview and group presentation. I still thank God for letting me go to the second phase. At least I know that I’m capable of making it ’til the end  and there are things that I still don’t know. 🙂

When the session was finished, I had some nice chitchat with some of the applicants and made new friends. They even accompanied me to the mall and exchanged contacts so that we can update one another.

Well, I will accept whatever’s the result of the interview. I will always be grateful with the lessons this experience taught me and some things that it made me appreciate… 🙂

Love, Personal, Song

Young Blood – The Naked and Famous

We’re only young and naive still
We require certain skills
The mood it changes like the wind
Hard to control when it begins

The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Can’t help myself but count the flaws
Claw my way out through these walls
One temporary escape
Feel it start to permeate

We lie beneath the stars at night
Our hands gripping each other tight
You keep my secrets hope to die
Promises, swear them to the sky

The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

As it withers
Brittle it shakes
Can you whisper?
As it crumbles and breaks
As you shiver
Count up all your mistakes
Pair of forgivers
Let go before it’s too late
Can you whisper?
Can you whisper?
Can you whisper?
Can you whisper?

The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

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This song gives me hope, been listening to this since yesterday… I’m still trying to find the in-betweens while hoping to fall back in love when the right time comes.  As of now, I’m enjoying every moment as this young blood rushes through my veins. 🙂