My first blog anniversary + giveaway

It seems not so long ago when I started creating this blog and was surprised when a WordPress notification congratulated me for celebrating my first year in the platform. Wow. I didn’t imagine that I could maintain a blog for this long and it came as a surprise. I made it to my first year! The feeling is incomparable. This is my first blog ever and I feel very much accomplished to see how far I already am from last year. I created this blog as an outlet of my feelings, thoughts, and opinions. Honestly, I was nursing a heart Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 10 (A photo of you taken over ten years ago)

For today’s challenge, I have to post a photo of me ten years ago. Actually, I am a bit shy to post anything because a photo taken a decade ago would hint my current age. Hmm, Oh well. Here it goes: This was taken during the commencement exercise as I finished grade school. See my short hair there? I was feeling confident to wear any hair style at that time. Clue word: at that time. I have natural wavy hair so I feel a bit self-conscious now when I see my crown looks outrageous in the graduation photos. The school Read More …

Koreans: Christian College of Nursing

Yesterday, I was in the mood to open my neglected Facebook account. I browsed through the newsfeed and my profile page, but nothing caught my fancy. I then opened my photo albums and reminisce. Tons of pictures with Korean students and friends were featured, which inspired me to write this entry about my last group of students when I was in the university. I was assigned to be a tutor for students from 기독간호대학 (Christian College of Nursing) in Gwangju, Korea. Since there were a lot of Korean students studying in my university, the school decided to offer tutorial services Read More …

私の父 : My father in Japan

Early this morning, I checked my yahoo mail account and smiled when I saw a mail from my Japanese foster-father. He replied! Few days ago, I’ve been reminiscing my Japan days. Along with those memories are the Kojimas who served as my Japanese foster family in the youth exchange I have participated. Last Friday, I sent an email to my otoosan and wasn’t expecting his response to be so soon. Usually, it takes two weeks before he can send his letter to me because 1. He’s busy as a news director of Ishikawa prefecture; and 2. He must translate my Read More …

日本が大好き: My Japan Experience

Last Saturday, my friend and I dined in a local Japanese restaurant in Quezon City. The ambience transported me back to Japan with those paintings depicting lovely cherry blossoms in bloom. The meal served was mediocre – perhaps because I’m always partial to authentic Japanese cuisine. We downed our food with sake, a choice I surprisingly made. I admit I was tempted to go for avocado juice, but with the atmosphere being so Nihon (Japanese), I suggested a bottle of sake could improve the mood. Okay, some of my readers know that I am not a drinker. You’ll be glad Read More …

Plaid Friday

June 15, 2012 Miss Jae was absent last Thursday. In a way to cheer her up, we chatted via email and talked about our current addiction – E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. We are both enamored to the over-protective, possessive, obsessive (?), clingy, handsome, and super sexy hero and his partner’s love story. At the end of the email thread, I have asked her on what kind of clothes are we to wear for the morrow. [Few Fridays ago, she sent me an SMS informing me to wear long-sleeved shirt, skinny jeans, and flats!] As for the next Read More …

Nothing better

July 9, 2010 It was my second week of being a Professional Student Teacher (PST English tutor to Koreans) and I bid goodbye to my fellow tutor as the time for her night tutorial arrived. I started taking down the flight of stairs that would take me to the ground floor when I abruptly stopped after hearing a male voice calling my name. “Oh, it’s him again”, I whispered to myself. As he stepped out of the shadow of a darkened hallway, I could see that he is tall, with broad shoulders though slouchy. He approached me and as before, Read More …