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

Exploring the Universe: Japan 2019 (Nakajima and Aoba park!)

I came back from a wonderful trip to Hokkaido, filled with so many delicious desserts and beautiful flowers. Thank you Universe!

I loved our trip to Nakajima Park in Sapporo, a park where I wanted to live. There was a rose garden, a tranquil zen garden and this quirky playground:

Lol at this photo of me

I loved this bird and it became my company for a good hour:

I gasped when I saw the rose garden! I smelled each one and was very content to just marvel at how beautiful they were.

At Aoba park in Chitose, I was so happy to be walking in a lush forest again. I happily ate my strawberry pon de ring and I lay in the grass while butterflies circled me afterwards:

Look at the coolest playground with the zip line which I really, really wanted to try huhu:

Blessed with angel signs through the gifts above!

A white butterfly kept following us, since we started our walk. It lingered in our windows when we were inside the bus and entered the bus as well! When it went out it lingered near our windows again. Such a magical experience. 🙂

I enjoyed seeing this path and feeling safe and supported while I walked on my own:

We also found the crystal blue fountain before we left! We didn’t think we’d find it because of the vastness of the park but it showed itself to us:

Project life: US 2014

Finally got around to making my project life for my US vacay 2 years ago:

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I really enjoy looking at my past project life pages–been considering doing this for monthly highlights but as of now I have my illustrated planners/journals for memory-keeping. Here are some pages from my illustrated japan travel journal:

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I sorta miss lj and my lengthy posts there but I also feel happy looking at (and finishing a page or two!) my tangible journals. 🙂

Exploring the Universe: Japan 2015- Nara Highlights!

From Osaka, we went to Nara, where I went crazy because I dearly love deer. And Ninjas!

Sakura trees everywhere.

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My fave mascot.

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We stayed in this beautiful inn with deer origami and teeny tiny crane origami. They had the most beautiful yukata too, which I wore incorrectly accidentally heh:

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First deer sighting, near the temple:

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Inside the temple, you can donate a thousand yen (if I remember correctly) for temple restoration/and they’d give you a tile in exchange where you can paint your hopes/wishes, to be used in the temple. (I’m Rean, btw. My brother and I asked if we could split a tile and they agreed)

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Sakura ice cream!

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We went to the Ninja Museum, where they had ninja-themed trains:
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My dad and brother joined the shuriken-throwing thang after the ninja show (which I thoroughly enjoyed) and I’m happy to report that I was able to hit some areas of the target (not a bulls-eye, but the target nevertheless hehe).

Cute kids in ninja costumes:

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I wish we had ice cream vendo machines here too! I try to eat new ice cream/cold icy things when traveling abroad and I had the strawberry one, I think. I forgot to snap a photo because we were in a hurry, eep.

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Holding hands with deer, checking out the sights:

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Bye Nara! I really loved the Nara vibe, it reminded me of artsy Baguio. IMG_2426

Exploring the Universe: Japan 2015-Osaka!

I can’t get over how happy I was that we were able to visit one of my dream destinations last March: Japan! My excitement was beyond words–I was dreaming of this since I was a kid and I couldn’t believe we were finally going! There will be miracles when you believe!

I borrowed sd cards and filled around 10 gb with photos. In my excitement, most of those shots are blurry, though. I wanted to capture every moment but my hands wouldn’t cooperate, heh. I also wanted to fill my travel sketchbook with daily observations/food/people dorkwings but I couldn’t really decide if I wanted to draw or just stare at everything with happy tears streaming down my facee

(I did some drawings after, though, before I forget the happy memories. See my instagram for sneak peeks: @aphazia)

Here are some highlights of our Osaka trip. We went to Osaka, Nara, Kyoto and Tokyo.
Click each photo if you want to enlarge it. 🙂
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Touchdown! First photo op, with vendo and Pikachu because why not:

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Travel journaling, post-travel: Japan!

I realized that I’m the sort of person who’s very easily excited by the littlest things (if they’re stuff I love). During our vacation, I confess that even if I wanted to preserve every moment by drawing it, I was just too tired and distracted. I’m having fun doing it nowadays though! It makes me remember those happy moments through photos I took, or through memories I try to dig up. I challenged myself to fill up a coherent spread in a cheap notebook:

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…and do detailed watercolored pages in my small hobonichi notebook (the paper is smooth and could handle a fair amount of wetness). I also made some project life spreads (see previous entry).

For both notebooks, I didn’t use pencils because I might end up erasing everything lol:

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I did practice my pencil skills with this:

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Project life spreads: Japan 2015

I promised myself I’d document my life more so I set aside an entire day for doing project life spreads for our recent japan trip. 🙂
I used a lot of those mt washi tapes and sakura stickers. I also wanted to include all of my faves about the trip–which is a lot!

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I used most of the fliers and free brochures that caught my fancy and store paper bags and mag pages as background.

Bucket list item: Japan!!

I’ve dreamed of visiting Japan since I was a kid and I am finally here! Best ever! So many things have been making me really happy about this trip, but for today, I got to tick off an item that’s been on my bucket list: feed deer and buy an ocarina for myself:

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I feel so grateful that my first time here is during the sakura season because seeing them in bloom is also in my bucket list. Don’t even get me started on the fantastic books and arts and crafts materials–my wallet is sobbing but I can’t stop smiling.
Love you Japan! (more soon!)

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