Exploring the universe: Staying in Chitose, Japan 2019

If not for the kind elderly man my dad was able to talk to in the bus, we probably would have been very lost in Chitose haha. From the airport, we rode a bus but had a challenging time communicating with the bus driver even if my dad had some Japanese lessons. We almost went down several stops before our real stop if not for the kind lolo stopping us each time, with our luggage and all lol.

When we reached the place, we had help from kind strangers because we couldn’t figure out how to open the locker containing the keys to the unit…or the keys to the entrance doors hahaha. We did enjoy exploring the area for the nearest convenience store though!

Tofu steak, yummy pork chop, lemon Sprite-like drink, potato soup, kelp onigiri and inari sushi. All for me LOL because I was starving:

p.s. I ate lots of ice cream afterwards too. No regrets!

Unattractive but yummy cheese curry cup noodle, which I deeply miss, for my midnight snack:

I acclimatise to a place by eating a ton of local ice cream HAHA. The frozen delight memories serve as my souvenirs and as expected, I was spoiled for choice in the dairy capital of Japan lol (don’t quote me on that, I have concluded that on my own, but my research tells me that the best milk is from Hokkaido because the nature-y setting makes the cows very zen-like and chill):

The best melon ice cream in the world for me:

The sky was dreary when we arrived but this sight made me happy:

True story: We had to buy water so my dad got the hugest bottle in the store. I was parched so I refilled my water bottle and took the hugest gulp and swallowed. And it burned my throat because guess what…

It wasn’t water at all.

Hand for scale. My Japanese-reading friends told me it was shochu, which is a Japanese distilled beverage with less than 45% (!!!) alcohol. I don’t drink nowadays so this was a complete shock to my innards and my state of mind hahaha.

So you can take it from me. The above is NOT water. My dad kept on lookong for random strangers he could donate it to. Because, sayang lol

I had to stop and smell the flowers because: lavender growing near the pavement deserves to be appreciated…

…and also, I wanted to blow on the random dandelions because I never see them here in Manila haha:

The deserted playground was a bit spooky though:

There weren’t a lot of people or cars outside when we were there and we heard loud booming sounds that was too industrial to be thunder but too loud to be machines (which crept us out). Also, it looked like this at night when the bus drops you off yiii:

But! It looked great and not scary at all during the morning:

Inside the compound:

Exploring the Universe: New Chitose Airport, Japan 2019

I’m so in love with this airport– they had lots of Royce, a chocolate museum and Sanrio stuff. All the things I love, plus a food court with lots of free samples haha. I was in heaven.

But first: the view from the plane!!

Sunrise time plus me refusing to sleep because I was speedwatching onboard movies, trying to cram as many as I can by fastforwarding them lol.

Beautiful airport with lots of stamps and this giant hydrangea ball.

I got butter corn ramen, from the ramen hall (?)

But really, I was more excited about this:

I spent a good chunk of time watching how the Royce chocolates were made:

I couldn’t concentrate too much on enjoying the museum because I kept on thinking about how I wanted to do so many things like explore the food court and all the Sanrio shops HAHA:

Also, Doraemon! I am pretty clueless about Doraemon so I won’t be making any comments haha but um.. what a roumdboi?

For the first time in forever…I won in the claw machine during my first try! And I got cinnamoroll, the cutest cinnamon roll/rabbit/doge(?)

LOL stock photo: Girl smiling at plushie butt

My dream would be a Royce degustation or just a sampler box with all the Nama flavors. The winner here? Houjicha. What a revelation.

Up next: The one where we stayed in a place where we heard loud ominous booming noises outside like we were in a post-apocalyptic film set lol haha

What I’ve been up to: July and August 2019

Hello hello! How have you been?

I’ve been enjoying life offline for the past few months and have been focusing on inner work and my health.

I recently got certified in Reiki level 2, and this means I can offer distant healing services for balancing and healing you mentally, physically and emotionally. Send me an email for more details and my rates, and as a bonus I can add a personalized oracle reading for you as well, if you have questions you need enlightenment on. (Email: mabuhaydiy@gmail.com). I grew up in a family of Spiritists, started by my great grandfather and his cousin and headed by my late grandfather. They used pranic healing to help me get relief from stress-induced asthma attacks growing up, so I was always fascinated with healing modalities and energy manipulation. I feel like this is my purpose and it feels so good when I am able to share that light with others. 🙂

Also, I am the featured artist of the Filipino food subscription box @chibundleph for their Summer Harvest box!

You can read more about how you (yes you!) inspire me in my creative process and other sources of inspiration in their blog:

https://chibundle.com/blogs/stories/summer-harvest-art

Here are some of my divination tools which I’ll use for giving you more clarity with the question that you might have when you book a reiki session with me (can be in person as well, or distant healing).

Above is a gouache painting of a flower field in Hokkaido, Japan. I usually pick a significant memory and image from a place I’ve visited and paint it for my future self. You can search for all similar paintings (I have one in Bali, Taiwan, Singapore and New York) using the hashtag #mabuhaydiytravelpaintings in Instagram. 🙂

I’ll be blogging more about our recent Japan trip soon, so stay tuned!

Hope your day is filled with good vibes. 🙂