Sunday, September 29, 2013

Packing for Tokyo!

One thing I don’t like about traveling is packing. Some girls get very excited about it but I just find it bothersome. I always feel like even if I try to prepare my things ahead of time, I always end up forgetting a thing or two. Plus, I have a big, big tendency to overpack.

I’m from the tropics, and it’ll be my first time to experience fall/autumn, so I’m not exactly sure if the clothes I plan to bring are thick enough or what. I searched YouTube for some Fall Outfit Inspiration videos for help. Hopefully, the weather in Tokyo will be "me-friendly." Haha!

Since we’ll not only be staying in Tokyo  for the 10 days that we’ll be in Japan, we were advised to bring as light a luggage as possible. This is really a challenge for me. The last time I went to Singapore and Malaysia, I had an issue with the amount of luggage I brought since we had to make about 3 hotel changes for that 5-day trip. This time, I plan to bring just one roller bag plus my carry-on bag. 

In the midst of overpacking. Haha!
We also had to bring business suits for courtesy calls with government officials plus sportswear for, well, doing sports.We were also asked to bring our national attire. I cannot remember the last time I actually wore one (probably back in my grade school days when we had to do cultural presentations), so I'm pretty excited about it. It'll be like representing the Philippines in a beauty pageant wearing my national costume... only I'm not. ^_^

I still have a few personal essentials to buy tonight before I can finally say I'm ready. Honestly, the fact that I'll be flying to one of the countries I've been dreaming to visit ever since (for FREE!) hasn't fully sunk in yet. But yes, it's finally happening. Oh yeah!

And I'm dyiiiiing to finally get my Nihongo skills to use. Hahaha!


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tokyo, I'm Coming!!!

This is the good great news I was talking about.

I'll finally get to visit Tokyo, Japan... FOR FREE!

Yey! I'm so excited! Can't wait to see and experience Japan's dynamic culture I've only been so fascinated about through books, TV, and the internet. This is definitely a dream come true. ^_^

Very soon, I will no longer be a Japan studies major who's never stepped on Japanese soil. Haha! It's finally happening!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Sweet Tooth Fairies. Haha!

I had my first eat-all-you-can experience with some of my friends last Wednesday. It was in a place called Love Desserts located at Banawe St. cor. Del Monte, QC. For PhP199 (about $4), we got to eat all sorts of desserts -- from ice cream, crepes, cakes, brownies, to even "dynamite" and "singkamas." Haha!

With two of my girl friends, Jobelle and Ate Mitch
Though it was a first for me, I'd say I still did pretty well and had my money's worth. I've always loved sweets, and my parents have been worrying about it for a long time, thinking I might get sick or something. I can finish a whole bag or two of chocolates in one sitting... and feel really terrible afterwards. Haha.

I haven't seen some of my friends who went with me here for quite some time because all I've been doing this past few days are school stuff and more school stuff, especially since the semester is about to end. So this was actually a good break from all the "busy-ness" I've been having recently. And of course, nothing beats sugar when it comes to making people feel good after a long day's work. It was definitely worth the visit.

Overall, I think the food selection was great, and I'm sure people with sweet tooth like me will have a great time. The downside, for me at least, is that customers can only stay for two hours. While I do understand why they had to come up with a time limit, two hours just wasn't for a nice chat and catching up on things. Or maybe it's just us, being the blabbermouths that we are. Haha.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Off my Bucket List!

To bring the frills back into my blog, allow me to share this not-so-exciting-really-but-I-was-happy-anyway event in my life. I made my first appearance on an international TV channel! A Japanese TV channel at that! Haha!

And it was for... singing.
The frustrated songstress! (the one on the right, of course)
Yup, I sing. Not that I'm particularly good or anything, but let's just say I'm "trainable." Haha! Singing has always been one of my biggest frustrations in life. When people ask me what my talent is, I don't really give singing for an answer. I say it though when the question is about my hobby. ^_^

My friend and I joined this singing contest for Japanese songs organized by the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines and Japan Foundation Manila. It was actually our second time, the first being way back in 2009. We had to send two demo songs and wait if we'll get pass the screening. We joined twice and made it to the top 10 twice, too. :) It was never our goal to win (knowing my average singing prowess. My friend's a really good one though she lacks the confidence), and we were more concerned about how we'll look on stage than how we'll sound. Haha! If it wasn't for the fact that we had to sing a JPOP song, I would never in my entire life ever consider joining a singing contest... especially now that I've reached this age (Fine. I admit I did try my luck at singing when I was younger.). I had a lot of fun though, and we were told by the organizers that we're lucky to have made it this year since NHK World proposed to cover the event for their J-Melo in Manila episode which aired last Sept 8. Very lucky, indeed! We even had the chance to meet and greet Inoue Joe!

Not my best shot but whatev

Now I'm crossing "To appear on television" off my bucket list. 2013 may not be such a bad year, after all. :)

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