Thursday, April 17, 2014

100 HAPPY DAYS: 58 OF 100

Because this deserves a space in my blog... :)

Happiness is seeing how your parents adore each other even after 31yrs of marriage. My dad is one of a kind. Can anybody clone him pls? (got pictures on the right from USS Ashland's FB page) #100happydays #100happydaysofselya #day58 #58of100

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Japan is all about parks, gardens and temples. So on my official first day in Japan we went to a park called Arita Porcelain Park. It is a ceramic centered theme park in Arita (Saga Prefecture) modeled on the Zwinger Palace in Germany. Arita is Japan's porcelain producing town.

It was raining but that didn't stop us from exploring the place. After all, we drove for more than an hour from where I stayed (Sasebo).

Upon entry, we were greeted by this beautiful palace-like building. Because it was too cold and we didn't bring thicker jackets, my mom's gone crazy (again) and asked me to take her picture:
For a moment I thought we were in Italy or somewhere in Europe because of the building and the view.






We were ‘transported’ back to Japan when we reached the other part of the park because of a bunch of cherry trees and those unknown grasses with yellow flowers. My mom said they were 'mustasa' and I until now I don't know if she was serious or picking on me again. But the view was awesome I took a lot of photos. Again, my phone got soaked and even my DSLR literally 'walked' in the rain. Hahah.



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Before we left the place we saw 3 Japanese girls wearing costumes. I bet they had their own pictorial there. They looked so cute I couldn't help but sneak my camera and take their pictures.



My mom's friend who speaks Japanese approached them and asked if she can take our picture together. And so.....


I belong? Hell yeah! Too bad my clothes didn’t. Open-mouthed smile
On the way back to Nagasaki, we dropped by Gallery Arita and had late lunch.


In front of the restaurant was a ‘porcelain’ minicooper..


And soooo much more porcelain inside. 


I told you, it’s Japan’s porcelain producing town. Smile

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Moshi moshi!

I am currently here in Japan where my parents reside for the past 15 years. Too bad my dad went on a 'mission' and has been away since February. My mom doesn't know exactly when he's coming back. Oh yes, that is the life of a military wife.. oblivious of the specifics. Nonetheless, I'd just keep my mom company even just for a week.

The US base where they live is here in Sasebo, Nagasaki. From Singapore I took a 7hr flight to Tokyo then took another 2.5hr flight to Fukuoka. From Fukuoka I rode the train and traveled for almost 2hrs (including the time spent on getting lost.. haha!) to Sasebo.  Tiring, isn't it? (Plus, I still worked the entire day before I left Singapore!)

Nagasaki prefecture is in Kyushu, an island located in the southwestern part of Japan. Some neighboring prefectures are Fukuoka, Miyazaki and Okinawa. 

Since I traveled by train to Sasebo, I had the chance to do a bit of sightseeing and I realized that it is somewhat countryside.

Kyushu is also mountainous. Located in the island is the most active volcano, Mt. Aso, hence the presence of a number of hotsprings. I won't be able to see Mt. Aso but I passed by a couple of mountains and hills.

I got off Huis Ten Bosch (named after the park) station where I got a nice picture of the park. 

"Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan, which recreates the Netherlands by displaying real size copies of old Dutch buildings. The name Huis Ten Bosch literally translates into English as "House in the Forest". It is named after Huis ten Bosch, one of the three official residences of the Dutch Royal Family, located in The Hague in the Netherlands and former home to Princess Beatrix." -- wikipedia

I'll go tour around this park when the weather gets better. I heard there's a tulips festival. I should not miss that! I will try my best to get nice pictures and write an entry about it. I'm excited! 

By the way, my parents' place is located behind that 'castle' so I had to cross that looooong bridge. 

It's springtime here, a perfect time if you adore sakura (cherry blossoms). Though you can see them everywhere during the season, they usually bloom and fall within a week especially when it rains. This morning it was raining so hard but we had to walk to the commissary. I saw a couple of cherry blossoms and my mom said, "mas mabilis sila mawala pag maulan." Lucky me, I saw those pretty blooms. I hope to see more when I tour around the island. Also, cherry blossom 'schedule' differs from one Japanese island to another so it's better that you check the schedule online when planning your holiday. Although it may not always be accurate, the Japanese government does cherry blossom forecasting.

Anyway, I was lucky to see more when we went to the main base this afternoon to get my gate pass. Too bad it was still raining hard I couldn't take a decent photo. Again, I am hoping to see more and more lovely trees.

My phone was literally soaked because I wanted to take pictures so bad. Hahah.

So there, we went to the base and found out there was a bazaar and lots of discounted goodies at the Navy Exchange. So we did a little shopping. Hohoho. :D

While trying on a pink jacket, some American guy passed by and said, "that one looks good on you.. you look pretty.. blahblahblah.."

Me: Thank you
Him: Are you married?
Me: No
Him: Oh, you're gonna get married tonight!

Hahahah.. For a time I wanted to stay here for good so I can get myself a husband. Wahahah. Just kidding. :P

After shopping, we went to the main commissary and found something funny..

I found it funny coz it's in a US military base. Most Filipino stores are found in the city, outside of the base. American products are the ones usually seen inside the commissary. Pretty much like the "PX goods" shops I grew up with in Clark and Subic. Heheheh.

On a more serious note, my mom introduced me to her friends and one of them told me (while mom's away), "you've got a very sweet mom."

I smiled. I am proud of my mom.

She may never have the sweetbones for me (we are alike anyway) but I know she is adored by everyone around her because she is generous, caring and helpful. 

Okay, so much for an entry. 

Oyasuminasai! :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


D*** that TBT trend on social media, I get so sad every Thursday (and today is Thursday.. awwww). :P 

While I already accepted the fact that I am getting old, metabolism slows down and my built will never be the same again, I am still hoping my waist line won't go beyond 30"... Hahaha. Apart from that wish for my tummy, I also dream of having arms like these again (taken about 3 years ago):

I know I am asking for too much but... who knows, right? 

So there, I finally had the time (and kasipagan) to hit the gym last weekend, ran on the treadmill for 40minutes and did a little bit of weights. Because I already stopped smoking, I felt more comfortable and lighter running. Gone are those moments when I can hardly breathe while running. 

I also did a few laps after running. Talk about momentum to workout. Hahah.

In between working out I was goofing around with my friend.

"It's not flying, it's drowning with style." 


Okay, I'm not making sense anymore. I'm just killing time here at the airport coz my flight is delayed. Tsktsk.

All I want to say is... I hope I can work out regularly and get back in shape!

Balik Alindog program it is!

But wait.. I'm going on a holiday.. so how's my diet? :D

Monday, March 10, 2014


Have you heard of the 100happydays challenge? If not, you must be living under the rock.

Anyway, I joined this challenge and now on my 19th day. The rule says post a photo of something that made you happy on that day. You should do this for 100 days. It can be a thing, place, event or anything that made you happy. In my case, it's always food. Hahaha.

As the rule said, don't do this to brag or show off. Do this because of other reasons that are more meaningful and sensible. I am barely on the 1/5 of this challenge yet I've already realized something -- it's not hard to be happy. Simple things make me happy that it becomes confusing which one to post out of a number of things that made me happy. The other day I got a solution; my friend told me her friend posts several photos in a day and tagged them differently (eg #day1.2, #day1.3, etc.) She is such a genius! I'll do that moving forward. :)

It became a trend on social media (most especially on Instagram) that almost everyone I am connected with already jumped on the bandwagon.

It's fun, at the same time it can teach you appreciate all those little things in your life. Try it... and be happy. :)

Sunday, March 9, 2014


I haven't been smoking for the past 3weeks. This, by far, has been the longest I am nicotine-free since I started smoking a couple of years ago.

It's not easy. I never had any preparation nor did I switch to vape (or e-cigs) before stopping. I just suddenly went cold turkey one day when I realized this has got to stop.

Growing up in a family of smokers, it wasn't impossible for me to pick up such addictive vice. I was in my teenage years when curiosity kicked in that I began practicing how to puff perfectly. I even remember how my friends and I would compare who creates the best circles of smoke exhaled. It was one of the fun activities I had with friends and little did I know it could be the start of something serious - chain smoking.

I went to college at 15 then turned 16 after a few months on my first year. I started smoking regularly at that tender age. And by regular I meant finishing a pack in a day. Being in university that is known for unbelievable freedom given to students, I went on with my bad habits. I also began partying nonstop, drowning myself in booze and sometimes attending classes drunk. I also learned to skip classes when hungover. I neglected both my health and my grades. I told myself I was perfectly fine, anyway. I graduated on time (even when I was on probation for a semester and almost got dismissed had I become more delinquent).

After graduating from college and getting into the corporate world, I continued smoking. The pressure brought about by figures and the quota above my head made me find relief in smoking cigarettes. It didn't help either that I have regular nightouts with friends (plus friends from media and entertainment). When I had a doctor (a radiologist! hahah how ironic) for a boyfriend 4 years ago, I thought I would stop but no, it just got worse. Because he hurt me.. and cigs were my best friends. Hahaha. Oh well...

I am turning 30 in a few months and had smoked cigarette almost half of my life. Today, after countless of sticks consumed in my younger years, I am happy that I embraced the smoke-free lifestyle.

There's still a lot of temptations everywhere. My flatmates smoke. My buddies here in Singapore smoke. I am still experiencing pressure from work once in a while.. but I  am determined to stop and live a healthier lifestyle. It scares me that smokers have higher possibility of getting cancer, of lung disease, of horrible voice.. of not being able to conceive. But above all these, I am most scared of getting ill because I don't want my family to suffer from taking care of a sick me.

My only regret is, I should have done this a long time ago.  I could have smoked lesser then became healthier, got fresher looking skin, had red kissable lips... I could list a million other things I'd probably get had I stopped earlier but it doesn't make sense now. I'm just so happy that I finally started to take care of myself even just now. It's better late than never, right? :)

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