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2020 Project 366, Day 75: Of Magnets & Purikura

Photo #75: March 15

Been meaning to put up these magnets and purikura on our ref, but I keep forgetting to do so. With a new vlog up, it’s high time for these cuties to see the light of day, hehe. In case you’re interested to watch the vlog: http://bit.ly/PatNiKeyShi

p.s. the magnets are from the Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama 🍜🎌

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Arigatou and Sayonara, 2019!

2019 is probably my most expensive year, but everything’s worth every peso/yen. I am rich in memories and friends!

I went to Japan thrice: Fukuoka & Nagasaki in March, Yamanashi in July, and Tokyo in November. The first one was planned for almost two years, while the latter ones were unexpected, especially the latest trip. Having a multiple-entry visa is both a pro and a con: on the one hand, it’s so much easier to schedule visits to Japan, but on the other, I feel this constant itch to go there repeatedly! I know I will visit again, just not anytime soon. I need to recuperate financially, but I don’t have any regrets. Every experience is unique and just makes me love Japan even more. One of my dreams is to visit all of their 47 prefectures, and so far, I’ve been to just 6 (including Chiba and Yokohama). Slowly but surely! ^^

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The UAAP basketball season was shorter this year because of the SEA Games. I am proud to say that I was present at all of the UP men’s basketball team’s games! That meant various extra expenses: tickets, transpo fare, gas/parking fees, food, merchandise, cheering paraphernalia, etc. No complaints, though! I’ve been cheering for them since 1999, and I have no plans of stopping. In addition, I found new friends who share my passion and energy for supporting the UPMBT and UP in general. I don’t recall exactly how it happened, but people now call me the “patron saint” of UP fans! Hahaha! Not sure if it’s because of being a long-time supporter, helping people get tickets, or both?! 😀

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Because of my Japan and UAAP basketball experiences, I’ve become much closer to a few long-time friends. I also gained a new family thanks to the #UPFight community on Twitter, particularly my core group: Grace, Bea, Tiff, Golda, Mark, Li, and Phim! Despite meeting most of them just this year (Bea and Grace in college), I feel like we’ve known each other for years! Moreover, a few players followed me back on Twitter and Instagram, including *gasp* Shaun Ildefonso of NU!!! Basketball fan goals!!! (sobrang kilig ko dito hahaha di pa ako maka-get over!!)

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Of course, all these won’t be possible without my job, so I will never get tired of saying I am forever grateful to RareJob! Here’s to more lessons, Japan trips, and school support in 2020!!!

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2019 Project 365, Day 198: Back from Japan

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

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2019 Project 365 Day 197: Fuji Q Highland

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

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2019 Project 365 Day 196: Kawaguchi

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! 🙂

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2019 Project 365 Day 195: Chureito Pagoda

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! 😀

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2019 Project 365 Day 194: Mitama Matsuri

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!!! :-*