Turning twenty-six is like any other normal day in your life. You wake up at 6 AM, check your phone, take a bath, have breakfast, and finally, you’re off to work. And it’s the same thing everyday. Personally, I don’t feel any difference in the way I carry myself, the way I dress or talk, much less eat. I still go to my constant Mcdonald’s restaurant. I still ditch movie houses for movie marathons at home. I still crack silly jokes with my boyfriend. I still am the same me. But, being twenty-six has taught me a lot of new lessons as well.
Hello everyone! I am heartily sorry for not having posted in a while. I was a bit busy juggling work, home, and community activities and most days I was just too tired to post. Fret not, this will be my last update on my recent Japan trip since this is the last highlight. So, let’s begin.
Hi Everyone. I have not been able to continue posting about my Japan trip due to the ongoing political crisis in my homeland, Mindanao, specifically in the city of Marawi. In light of the recent invasion by the Maute Group in that city, the President declared Martial Law here in Mindanao to ultimately control the rebellious acts of those infidels. I’m sorry for being harsh in my words, but those scumbags have done enough harm and danger for so long a time, and now this happened. It’s tiring to be watching the news all the time (and most of them are biased news if I may say so) and seeing people in that area fearing for their lives, entrapped in the midst of constant war just because of those stupid rebel groups who have done nothing but disrupt the peace in Mindanao.
Anyway, so much for that.
As we speak, the city of Marawi is bleeding right now. Please pray for my land, Mindanao. President Rodrigo Duterte already declared Martial law in the entire island due to the ongoing terrorist attacks by the Maute Group in Marawi city. Hospitals have been seiged, jails burned, police stations ambushed. My God I cannot even begin to tell about the casualties. There’re news that the next targets will be my city of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan city.
We badly need your prayers.
Day 3 was probably one of my most memorable experiences ever. We visited one of the most iconic studios Japan has to date – the Studio Ghibli Museum. Located in the quiet town of Mitaka, it is approximately an hour’s train ride from Kinshicho since it was the last station under the Chuo – Sobu Line. You have to change stations from the Chuo-Sobu Line to JR Line to get to Mitaka. I slowly got the hang of looking at train station maps and changing lines ever so often as days passed. It wasn’t as difficult as it seemed once you got used to it.
Our Second day in Japan consisted of lengthy walks in the Ueno Park and Zoo, the Tokyo Natural Museum of Science and the district of Shinjuku. Ueno was probably one of the largest parks I’ve ever been to, and also one of the prettiest.
here are some of the snaps I took:
I’ve been a constant daydreamer when it came to imagining myself strolling on the streets of Tokyo. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always been a fan of Japan’s vibrant culture, its people, and most specially, Anime. Who would’ve thought that the day I’ve been dreaming of would finally come! I just came home from an eight-day vacation in none other than my favorite country in the world – JAPAN! *cries*