Japan 2.0 : Day 3

On day 3, we went sightseeing to places nearby. We went to the Hikone castle which was considered a ‘national treasure’ย  ofย  Japan. It was so cold during that day and it even rained. Good thing, I always have meds and vitamins with me! Iโ€™m the girl scout โ€“ always ready! Haha ๐Ÿ™‚

DSC_0155-96

the road to Hikone

to Hikone castle

to Hikone castle

HIkone poster

Hikone poster

DSC_0179-112

:)

๐Ÿ™‚

and the main event is 'Konyan'

and the main event is ‘Konyan’

tourists are waiting for Konyan

tourists are waiting for Konyan

The highlight in Hikone castle was ‘Konyan’. The mascot was the symbol of the ancient samurais back then. Everywhere you go there’s ‘konyan’ signs from souvenirs, paper towels and even in your door mats! Nice right? It’s just a simple representation but Japanese people adored and loved him — even if inside the mascot he’s just a person. hehe

*All pics are taken at the National Treasure Hikone Castle Japan
Advertisements

Japan 2.0: Day 2

Day 2: Before we went out to see the ever famous cherry blossoms, we reminisced the house we stayed in the first time we went to Japan.

the house we stayed in

the house we stayed in

cherry blossom in the neighborhood

cherry blossom in the neighborhood

:)

๐Ÿ™‚

DSC_0085-39

then a little stroll at the nearest mall

then a little stroll at the nearest mall

and may I just add..

parking's free!

parking’s free!

Japan 2.0

Prologue

As a young adult, you want to travel, have fun, go and eat to places you have never been. But of course in order to do that, you need money to spend on it. In my case, I got everything for free! Lucky me!

I think I am privileged enough to have this kind of blessing. I got to sleep and dine at places I can never afford! Haha..

This started out when I was in high school, I was fortunate enough to be chosen to have Japanese foster parents to sponsor my studies. They did not automatically choose me as their foster child, I had to be on top of class to get a scholarship, which technically gives allowances every month. Thanks to my very kind and generous guidance counselors in high school who endorsed me to the organization.

So since high school, every time they come here, we, including my fellow foster sisters (we are many, about 5 as foster children) go with them in a tour. We travel in hotels, resorts and other beautiful places in Cebu with which I can never travel if not for free! I belong to a mediocre family with self-employed parents. I cannot say we are poor because basing on basic needs, our family can provide. We can even eat more than three times a day. I also cannot say that we belong to the middle class because, there are also times when we canโ€™t afford to buy stuffs we really neededโ€”the down times.

Moving forward, in college they still give me allowances (only) every month through the organizationโ€”Plumeria.

My foster parents gave me the chance to travel to Japan. The first time was on 2009 (see Primero) for 18 days and now for a week this time on spring.

So hereโ€™s our short adventure with my foster sister Haidee.

Day 1: Arrival

Day 2 coming up! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S all events day one until seven took place from April 18 to 24.

Intro (Summer 2013)

Hello little frolic-ers!

cropped-sp-studio5.jpg

summer stereotype

I am very excited to share my travel โ€“ my cold summer vacation. Usually in the Philippines summer is around 35-380C max; people go to the beach and cool down. But I got a chance to travel to Japan again, this time — on their spring season. The first time I was there was winter, it was December. I celebrated Christmas of 2009 and New Year of 2010 there. That travel was also my first ever blog entry entitled โ€˜Primeroโ€™.

So first and foremost, before my travel there were things that kept me preoccupied and I thought it wouldnโ€™t happen. My comprehensive exam for graduate school which did not happen because I decided to take it next semester. I have been busy with so many workloads plus my brotherโ€™s upcoming operation. But God was so good that he planned everything into place โ€“ (1) my travel, (2) my brotherโ€™s operation and (3) comprehensive exam. So Iโ€™m just gonna talk about these things one at a time for #1 has happened and the other two are yet to come.

P.S my next entry will come soon.. just waiting for the pics for Japan 2.0.