Breathtaking Hokkaido

For years, Hokkaido has been on my travel list.  I’ve wanted to put a tick next to this place on my list for yonks.  Years of listening to other people’s stories about how great the place was, and having amazing pictures on various locations in Hokkaido presented to me when I least expected it; I was done being the sitting duck. I needed to take matters in my own hands.  One night, while sitting on the floor in my apartment, I took out my work calendar. I looked at the upcoming two months very carefully. I was looking for something… […]

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Photo Update: Plum Blossom in Gunma are up!

I have finally gotten around to uploading the photos I took during my travels in Gunma early this year.  The photos were taken during the plum blossom season which is around January to early or mid March in Japan. Apart from the featured image of this post, this is also one of my favourites: Make sure to check out more photos I uploaded under “Photos” > “Gunma“.

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London Escape

During the end of August to early September, schools in Japan go on summer vacation. My workplace, a Japanese high school, was no exception (although, most students and teachers continue to linger around school for extra classes and extra curriculum activities – aka school club activities). Luckily for me, my job role did not bind me to any work commitments of the sort.  Not sure whether it was the travel bug or the stress built up from work, but I had to go for another holiday to unwind. Together with my friend, A, we booked flights and headed on our […]

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Strange 4D Animation Evening

Movies have evolved so much over the few decade.  New spectrum and story line push the limits of what producers and directors can do to make a good show for its audience.  Back in the day, when Titanic was filmed, it was label the most extraordinary and expensive movie of its time.  It’s budget was 200 million US dollars.  Well done, James Cameron.  Next, we had Avatar which made designers create new technology to make the backdrop of the movie look real.  It started a new era of imagination and possibilities for film makers.  It’s budget was 237 million US […]

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Onsen Away

Around the end of April “slash” beginning of May, it was Golden Week in Japan. Golden Week is one of the best holidays in Japan because people get a consecutive three day holiday during the middle of the week. Now this doesn’t sound like much, but trust me when I say it sure does mean a lot to the Japanese working society. Fortunately for me I didn’t have any commitments at school during that week, so I was able to fully enjoy the time off work. I do know some people, however, depending on where they work who did have to work even over the holidays… which […]

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Living Alone – The Truth

It is nearly one-year since I moved away from my hometown and started a cultural luxurious life in Japan.  I moved away from my home town about one year ago.  The move was overwhelming, exciting, tiring, frustrating yet satisfying. This was my second time moving out but truthfully the first time to know what moving out really meant. My first time moving out, you could say, was a bit of a failure.  I was still back in my home town and choose to move out of home to live closer to work.  The idea seemed good at the time, but […]

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Black Friday

Friday is usually my favourite day of the week.  I would dare to say it is the same for many people as well.  What’s not to love about Friday? It is the last day of the long week. It is the day before the weekend.  It is the day where anyone could go out drinking and past out for literally two days and feel ok when returning back into work for the following week. Ain’t Fridays great? In most cases, I would definitely say so. I have never been superstitious person.  When I realised that it was the 13th today, […]

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All About Ceremonies

Japan is big with ceremonies.  This is specially true when you work at a school.  I understand opening and graduation ceremonies are important as a way of celebration for crucial moment for students who are coming and going.  I personally do not like ceremonies. Ceremonies in Japan took especially a long time.  Attending them, you witness, while a principal is giving everyone a speech after so many others have beforehand, other teachers who are simply there are dozing off. You can totally tell they are because their heads are bobbing up and down so very slightly as you watch them […]

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