Saturday, July 12, 2014

Change is good!

Summer is here!!!  It's getting hot and muggy as hell everyday... 
One thing i can think of to make me cooler and comfortable is to cut my hair! 

Finally, i was able to get my short hair cut ... it's lighter and easy now ;-) 

but i want to cut it shorter to keep me cooler ! 
What if i don't like it??? Well, it will grow back anyway ;-) 

Monday, July 07, 2014

Tanabata Festival

Happy Tanabata or Stars Day to everyone in Japan!  

It's cloudy tonight ... we can't see the stars. 

Did you all make your wishes?

I did make mine last Thursday night at Tanabata shrine when i visited Shimizu Tanabata Festival ... hang my wishes at bamboo branches inside the shrine.  

Hope my wishes will come true again ... pleaseeeeeee xx 

Enjoy the night ... i need to work hard here again  ... so hard to work for a living ...
next time i better wish to become rich  :P  

Tanabata is a Japanese tradition wherein people write their wishes on tanzaku papers (colorful, small strips of papers) and hang them on bamboo branches. People also decorate bamboo branches with various kinds of paper decorations and place them outside their houses.
It's said that tanabata's origin dates back to more than 2,000 years ago with an old Chinese tale. Once there was a weaver princess named Orihime and a cow herder prince named Hikoboshi living in space. After they got together, they were playing all the time and forgot about their jobs. The king was angry at them and separated them on opposite sides of the Amanogawa River (Milky Way). The king allowed them to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar. Tanabata literally means the night of the seventh, and it's also known as the star festival. It's believed that Orihime and Hikoboshi can't see each other if the day is rainy, so people pray for good weather and also make wishes for themselves.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Blessed Birthday

Hello all!!!  

I am truly grateful to God for giving me another year of life.  
Thanks to everyone who send me warm greetings and wonderful messages, lovely wishes and thoughtful gifts.  
Thank you also to some of my dear friends and family for the surprise birthday treat (of all surprises ... ito yata ang bare-bare!  lol!) 

Nway... I do appreciate the efforts, time and thoughts and you all made me special... love you all ...
may God bless you all xxx

Here's to getting older!  

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Keep calm ...

The power of words is in their meaning and tone not on how loud we say it or yell it... it only become noise we hear and not the words we hear or value.  

Words have power to hurt, the power to love, the power to encourage and the power to discourage.  Be careful how we use them ... control our temper... it can hurt anyone.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Exploring Japan, exploring Shizuoka

 Hello again everyone!!!  ... here are some of my memorable photos taken and edited thru my smart phone from some of my trip, visit and work around Japan during this spring and early summer or should i say rainy season.

 one of my fav ... roll shushi
 Minato Mirai, Yokohama
 nice scene between Landmark Plaza and Queens Square
 Landmark Plaza, Yokohama
 Rainy days at Minato Mirai
 Shrine in China Town, Yokohama
 One of ChinaTown's gate, Yokohama

Osaka Castle, most famoust landmark of Osaka
Local specialties of Osaka...  takoyaki, okonomiyaki, kushikatsu 
 Popular shopping and entertainment district --- Dotonbori, Osaka

 Yasaka Shrine in Gion, Kyoto
 Kiyomizu Temple, one of the most popular spot in Kyoto
 Golden Pavilion, Kyoto

 Silver Pavilion, Kyoto

Nijo Castle, Kyoto

 Kyoto Tower, observation tower

Overlooking view of Atami bayside from Atami Castle, Shizuoka

 Over looking view Shizuoka City from Nihon Daira ... 
missed Mt.Fuji this day due to cloudy skies and fog

 enjoying bike in hot sunny day in Urayasu, Chiba

 One of the famoust shrine in Tokyo --- Asakusa Shrine, Tokyo

Balancing performance from Akita Prefecture held in Asakusa

 World's highest stand alone communication tower with a height of 2080 feet tall --- Tokyo Skytree

 Large artificial island in Tokyo Bay --- Odaiba

 Ekspiri, Tokyo Disney Resort
 Tokyo Disneyland

Marunouchi station building, the original building of Tokyo Station was renovated to the classic outlook of 100 years ago and reopened on 2012.

 Scene of Mt. Fuji from bullet train bound to Tokyo

 Yoshida park, Yoshida City

 Spring in Fujinomiya

 Last spot of sakura viewing in Rengeiji Park, Fujieda City

 Shizuoka Daidogei in Sunpu Park

 Mariko, Shizuoka City

Grinpa, Fuji City

Fuji Shinbazakura Matsuri, Yamanashi Prefecture

Full bloom of sakura in Sumpu ... near my working place

 Gotenba City

Miho Matsubara, Shizuoka City

There are so much more wonderful to see and experience in Japan...

Waaaaa ... hope someone will take me to Hokaidooooo !!!   

Monday, March 03, 2014

Thank you Okaasan ...

I was 21 when i lost my mom ... losing a mother is difficult especially when my younger brother and sisters were so young that time... i really did miss her.  
Japan is my second home ... and i found another mom here ... my mom in law ... my okaasan.

Everyone says that it is common for a mother in law and daughter in law to have some misunderstandings or arguments but with my almost 25 years relationship with okaasan... we never have any conflict even once like others had experienced ... what i value to our relationship is that we both have respect to each other.

Okaasan was a smart and jolly woman ... she was blessed with many talents like her artistic writings in calligraphy and she was a good cook... she works hard, fashionable and sociable.  Some people misunderstood her and some were afraid to her because she talk so frank and straight ....  but to her family ... she was a sweet and responsible okaasan and obaasan (grandma) to all her grand kids. 

Throwback!!!  Bonding with okaasan after a year when otoosan passed away.

My mom in law, 90 years old died last Wednesday afternoon... February 26 in Shizuoka City Hospital from complication following pneumonia.  She has been also suffering from Alzheimer for some years now.  We are relieved that her passing was peaceful and painless.    

Memorial service was held for family and close relatives only in Hanazono Memorial Kaikan. 

"Though we will gonna miss u a lot ... 
it's really good that you are no longer in fear and in pain.

Rest in peace okaasan ...

Thank you for everything ... we love you xx" 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Taking a break !

Sometimes we need a break from our long days of work ... 
Today i had no work ... and without any plan ... i went out early in the morning with Dang and Joy ... shifted my car from 2WD to 4WD and we went driving to the mountains of Umegashima.  It usually took about an hour to reach the mountain but this time i only drove slowly that took us an hour and a half coz it was slippery and as we reached the top of the mountains... it was still snowing !!!  ... good chance for Dang to see lots of snow for the first time in her life.   

 Stopping over Akamizu Falls

 group souvenir

 Winter scene of Akamizu Falls....    smileeeee girls!

 wala lang :P

 Dang and Joy and my buddy X-trail

 enjoying the snow


Dang:  can i take this home as a souvenir ?

 driving is fun! 

 lunch time at Umegashima Onsen

 Umegashima's fav Japanese meal set

 before dipping to hot spring 

 after a dipped 

 snow everywhere


 chisaii no shiawase


We strolled around and enjoyed the snow ... then we had typical Japanese lunch in Umegashima Onsen -- one of the famoust hot spring in Umegashima.  After lunch, we did not miss the chance to took a dip in hot soothing water ... was so relaxing and we enjoyed the mountain scene around covered with snow.  It was fantastic.