Walk this way

I signed up for a lot of free walking tours during my first year in Japan. My favorite guide remains to be Ziggy of the Shinagawa Systemized Goodwill Guide (SGG). He introduced us to Daikanyama, took great photos, and patiently waited us out while we fanboyed/fangirled over Terrace House spots.

Goshuin girl

A year ago, I got my first ever goshuincho or, literally, book of seals. Along with it came my first goshuin or a seal as proof of temple visit from Kawasaki Daishi. This particular temple is well known for warding off evil. Although yakuyoke (warding off evil) is usually done at the start of the …

A proč ne?!

Stalking the ghosts that went before me because this is how frenetic I am before a trip. • Follow Milan Kundera’s Prague with unbearable darkness. • Read a student’s Prague travelogue from 2006 • Peek inside the university dorm that I will live in. • Skim through some history lesson about Czechia’s black sheep. (The …

Not nuts over natto

I am jealous of my friends who love natto (fermented soybeans). One of the first couple of things you will encounter in Japan over breakfast is a serving of natto, among many other things. I remember giving it a try even if I knew I wouldn’t like it during my first morning in Tokyo. I …

Leaving Luna

I wanted to write about my first couple of months here in my university but I ended up writing about Luna. It has been six months since I moved to Japan to study International Relations. Months before leaving, it was a blessing in disguise that I had to resign from work to take care of …

Staycation checklist

Suddenly, our list which consisted of having a comfy bed to sleep in has now expanded to…   ⚪ baby cot – for Luna to sleep in ⚪ baby tub – for bath time ⚪ large bed – in case Luna hates the cot ⚪ bath tub – “indoor swimming” ⚪ heated pool with shade …

Ganbatte!

Our little Luna is a fighter. Since day one in my womb, she has shown us so much strength and will to survive. During pregnancy, she hanged on during the wobbly first trimester even if I very well thought I would have lost her during those early weeks. Early on after her birth, despite having …