Monday, July 06, 2015

Life is a journey ... not a destination

Sometimes what i am looking for comes when i am not looking at all ...

Don't miss the boat Mel!!! 

However,  it is the journey that matters in the end xx

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Unique Starbucks Shop in Kitano

Happy Sunday! Great it's bright day today ... 

Sachan left me at the hotel in the morning to meet her friends in Kyoto to watch concert event today ... i was left in Kobe and continue my adventure alone around the city. 

Sachan told me to visit Starbucks in Kitano-- an old foreigner district... coz it's kinda unique shop ... since i am a Starbucks fan ... i included it in my itinerary. 

I am lucky to find the place that easy ... coz it's popular around the area. 

The moment i saw it ... wow it's really cool ... an elegant old American wooden house. 
It's a 19th century style house and said to be one of Japan's cultural properties. 

Starbucks in hilly place of Kitanozaka
According to the history, this building was originally called Kitano Monogatari Kan or Kitano Story Museum.   
The two-storey house was build in 1907 and owned by an American who was residing in Kobe that time. Later it was passed on to a German. It became a property of Kobe City after it was damaged by 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake. From it's original location in Kitano 1 chome, it was relocated and reconstructed to the current location in Kitanocho. Starbucks opened here on 2009. 

You can order your drinks and food at the counter in the back room... 
Then you can dine wherever u want ... there are many rooms from 1st floor to second floor.
The shop inside is also designed as an old American home.
There are different kind of rooms from dining to living room.  There are study rooms... guess rooms and terraces too.

Dining room in the first floor ↑

It has a lovely exterior ...
The library room on the second floor

I was lucky to have a comfortable seat beside the window ...
feel at home... enjoying my drinks and the street view

The menu is the same as in usual Starbucks shop 

I was sitted beside this typewriter area

It's not like a shop but a home

The hall on the second floor
watch out your step ... this stairway is too steep

Outside terrace↑

'ambiance sake ... i will definitely come back to this place if i have a chance to visit Kobe again.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Birthdate treat xx

Last night my Philippine NAKAMA family gave me, Precy and Pam a birthday dinner treat gathering in Shizuoka Nakajimaya Grand Hotel  ... it was a blast !!!
Thank you to all my dear Philippine NAKAMA family xx
Appreciate every last bite ;-)

(More pics to post) 

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Thoughts from the rooftop

Sunset in a cloudy Wednesday!  
I went to our rooftop to take this photo tonight ... 
and stayed there for a moment while watching the lovely clouds ... 
i was texting to my bestest friend that time 
who was flying over to Turkey for a business trip ... 
i just realized that we are closer friend this time ... xx
Isn’t it crazy how we can look back a year ago 
and realize how much everything has changed? 
The amount of people that have left your life, entered, and stayed. 
The memories you won’t forget and the memories you wish you did. 
Everything. It’s crazy how all that happened in just one year.

Thank you my dearest friend for always being there for me 
through good times and bad... no matter how busy you are ... xx
Thank you for always lifting up my spirit through my hard times 

and laughing with me after the hard times pass ... 
you are truly worthy to be my bestest friend 
and you are such an awesome inspiration ...
 thank you for the wonderful friendship xx

Monday, June 29, 2015

Thank you Lord for another birthday!

Thank you so much to each one of you who took time to greet me and message me on my different account... and also to all my family and friends who dated and partied for me. 

You all made me special on my birthday ... 
you're all a blessing to me and i am feeling the love xx
... Bless you all!!!

feeling blessed

Sweet surprise present in one from my loving daughter ... for mom's day, dad's day and my birthday ... "love u Sachan " — feeling loved at Sangria Spanish Restaurant.

The birthday message from my daughter is the most touching gift i received ... perhaps the best love letter i received ever... i can't help my tears to shed while reading it.
Thank you so much for everything Sachan ... 

my life is not that long enough and i might be away from you from time to time
but remember this ... 

you're all i have and i will always run to you every time you need me ... no matter what ...
i love you very much precious xoxoxo

Well, this is the 5th cake I received so far ... and it seems there are more to come... i love cakes but not this too much lol  

Friday, June 26, 2015

Take it as a lesson

You will begin to heal when you start to let go of regrets, forgive those who have hurt you and learn to forgive yourself. With time and courage you will be able to tell your story without pain in your heart, ache in your soul and without tears flowing down your cheek. That is when you know your healing has begun.
~Brigitte Nicole

I’m humble enough to know that I’m not better than anybody ...
but wise enough to know that I’m different from the rest.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Simple moments

My precious daughter and my darling niece ...
Priceless moments xx
I am not perfect ... but i have many ways to be a good one
 Live every moment ...
Love everyday ...
coz before you know it ...
precious time slips away xx

Friday, June 19, 2015

My bar code

My bestest friend sent me this ... 
I asked if this is my head code in the future? 
No comment ... lol  

Still figuring out ... why i need to post this... ummm


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Short hair ... my style!

Summer is coming soon ... it's getting hot from time to time so last Monday, i decided to cut my hair again ...
I like long hair but to a woman aging like me ... shorter hair is better besides my hair are no longer gloomy like before.
  This time i told to hair stylist to please cut my hair with the length below my chin ... 

but it turned to be above my chin ... ngek! 

My best friend told me i look like Chibi Maruko Chan with my hair cut .... grrrrrr ...
But come to think of it ... i only need to put bangs and indeed i look like her already waaa!!!

Oh well to avoid that image ... i arranged it my way ... 
Lithography mode ...
Arte lang pag me time :P 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Father's Love Letter, HQ

Thank you so much to your everlasting love ...

I love you my dear Father ... my almighty God xx

God is good ... all the time xx

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Good Job!

Dr. Sachan have a new dental assistant!

I have a great time this afternoon in our clinic with Sachan, my sis Leng and niece kricel. 

We are thankful to Sachan sensei for performing all treatments to us with gentle touch.

Thank you Sachan ... you're a great dentist xx

Friday, June 12, 2015

Feeling emotional :(

Someone gave me a love letter tonight

Can't help shedding tears while reading it ...

I am gonna miss this girl  xx

Two more nights :( 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Only boring people get bored

Don’t write your name on sand, waves will wash it away.

Write your name in hearts of people you come in touch with.
That’s where it will stay.

Missing someone ...

Visiting Chibi Maruko chan

Japan is a manga and anime superpower. There are many facilities related to manga, anime, and special effects work throughout the country, where you can immerse yourself in the world of your favorite works.

 Here's the one i am going to introduce to you ... the pride of Shimuzu District ... 
Chibi Maruko chan ... 

 On the way ...

It's a fine Thursday!
Shimizu S-pulse Dream Plaza

Chibi Maruko-chan Land is a facility related to “Chibi Maruko-chan”, located in the commercial complex “S-Pulse Dream Plaza” in Shizuoka City, where sets from the series, including the school and the interior of Maruko’s home, are reproduced. It consists of various areas such as one where you can try games or sand painting and one where you can buy small snacks.

The set

Sakura family's home

Maruko's dad ... Hiroshi.  He likes drinking but he is a good dad.  

Maruko's grandfather and mother 

at the door reception of the house ... with Maruko's mom.
She scolds Maruko always for being lazy and disorganized.  But she is kind and responsible mom. 

Maruko's sister, Sakiko ... they always fight together but they get along well

The school  

Maruko's homeroom teacher ... not my sis Emily but the one on the right side,  Sir Hideyuki Togawa  

Whaaat ... horrible answer! 

I know ... i am small 

The playground image 

Chibi Maruko-chan is originally a cartoon about a comical primary school girl “Maru-chan” modeled after a real girl “Sakura Momoko” in old Shimizu City, Shizuoka and it has been animated and broadcasted to this day. “Sakura Momoko” is also the author of “Chibi Maruko-chan” and has ever made the city of “Shimizu” known throughout Japan
Maruko and her best friend Tamae chan

 Tamae chan's dad ... he like taking pic of her daughter ... catch u Honami san! 

 what's funny???

classmates profile

Shizuoka image and pride ... Mt Fuji, Japanese tea and Mikan
Matsubara image ... with Maruko chan and her mysterious classmate Noguchi san ...
opppsss there is another strange character at the back!!! 

school lunch

otsukaresama deshita ...

Hope you can visit the place ... it was fun!!!