Photo #198: July 17
Last selfie before parting ways. Thank you, ate Faith! You’ve always been so supportive even though we havenl’t met personally prior to our trip! Thank you for being so game with the itinerary I made hahaha! Thank you for your contagious smile, generous heart, and unyielding hopefulness! I am looking forward to our next adventure in Japan! :-* #Tutoristas
Photo #197: July 16
Before and after riding one of the popular roller coasters at FujiQ Highland! At first, I was like, “Oh wow the view’s nice, it’s relaxing! I can do this!” Boy, was I wrong! I closed my eyes through all those twists and turns! I was worried about passing out, but thankfully, I didn’t. Surprisingly, my heart didn’t beat as fast as I expected it to be. I may be dead inside charot! I am proud of myself and ate Faith because we both fear heights but we did it!!! However, we didn’t have the energy nor the courage to ride the 3 other major coasters after, hahaha! Ate enjoyed the Thomas Land rides, while my fave’s Cool Japan! Oh, we also love the facial recognition system that they use so we didn’t have to keep showing our tickets! #Eejanaika #wesurvived #Tutoristas
Photo #196: July 15
No Mt. Fuji in sight? No problem! Hello, purikura! 😀 We believe that someday, we’ll see the real deal. That’s what multiple-entry visas are for, right? Hehehe! Had fun going around Kawaguchi today, especially since we bought tickets for unlimited bus rides! In fact, we were able to expand our itinerary because of the convenience! 🙂
Photo #195: July 14
From Kichijoji, we travelled to Yamanashi. Did a lot of walking today, including a 398-step climb to see this pagoda! It was tiring (so pagoda nga kami lol I had to), but worth it! We also enjoyed the 18-degree breeze, especially while going down! Chillin’ in our AirBnB now! Konbanwa/oyasumi nasai! 😀
Photo #194: July 13
Arianne and I met in college 16 years ago! Can’t remember the last time we saw each other, but it was definitely quite a long time ago. She has been working in Japan for 10 years now, and I’m so glad we found time to see each other today! Thank you for taking me to my first matsuri experience, as well as to an excellent sushi resto! See you again soon!!! :-*
Photo #191: July 10
Was preparing for something when I remembered I bought these in Nagasaki: a Gudetama (my fave Sanrio character) accessory and a Castella purse. Ughhhhh so cute!!! Will definitely use these on my next vacation! 😀
Photo #94: April 4
In 2012, my family and I went to Singapore, and of course, Universal Studios was part of our itinerary. “Revenge of the Mummy” was one of the attractions that have souvenir photos, and unfortunately, we didn’t purchase ours because we thought it was expensive. My sister and I regret that decision until now, especially since our parents and brother migrated to the US a few weeks after the trip. Since then, I’ve been willing to spend on photographs on nearly all my travels. They are my favorite souvenirs, along with magnets. These are my latest mementos, and I am looking forward to having more.
Today, I lost my paternal grandmother. She had been bedridden for at least two years already, so during every reunion, we’d have our pictures taken with her. She may be gone, but those captured moments shall keep her memory alive.
“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”