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Gifu Lakwatsa!

Posted in Buhay sa Japan, Happenings, Jologs in Japan, Travel on September 20, 2008 by niennavarda

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Natsu Yasumi (August 16): BRFC sa Japan!

Posted in Happenings, Jologs in Japan, Travel with tags , , on August 31, 2008 by niennavarda

Ang mga ka-kosa ko sa CELda, ang mga Batang RF Cage ay nasa Japan! Ano pa ang gagawin namin kundi maglakwatsa? Namiss ko na rin ang mga ito na kasama ko sa hirap at ginhawa sa thesis at pag-overnight sa lab πŸ˜› Sino ang kumuha ng EPROM ko?

Batang RF Cage sa Japan

Batang RF Cage sa Japan!

Dahil geek kami, first stop, Akihabara, kung saan kumain kami ng steak sa Pepper Lunch at nagtingin ng kung anu-anu-ano πŸ˜€

BRFC sa Yodobashi, Akihabara

BRFC sa Yodobashi, Akihabara

Picture-picture on our way to the Imperial Palace to visit the Queen… errr, Emperor. Hahaha. Ang jologs namin pero ang saya!!!

BRFC sa isang underground exhibit hallway

BRFC at the Gyoko-dori Underground Gallery

Imperial Palace!!! Sa labas lang. Apparently twice a year lang binubuksan ang Imperial Palace, tuwing Birthday ng Emperor at New Year.

BRFC sa Imperial Palace!

BRFC sa Imperial Palace!

At makukumpleto ba naman ang Tokyo tour nang di pumupunta sa Tokyo Tower?

BRFC sa Tokyo Tower (Well medyo sumisilip lang yung tower, hehehe)

BRFC sa Tokyo Tower (Well medyo sumisilip lang yung tower, hehehe)

Ito rin ang araw ng pagbalik ni Elai sa Tottori at hinatid namin siya ni Tinats sa Shinagawa. Awww… mamimiss ka namin, Elai! Balik ka, ha, o ako naman ang pupunta sa Tottori. πŸ˜€

More pictures mula kay Tinats at Ed πŸ™‚

Natsu Yasumi (August 14): Tokyowannoryosen – Tokyo Bay Cruise!

Posted in Happenings, Jologs in Japan, Travel with tags , , , on August 29, 2008 by niennavarda
It was a night of nomihodai (drink all you can) and yukatas for the Kaladkaran gang when we joined the Tokyowannoryosen last August 14. It was also the first Kaladkaran Japan event I’ve ever organized.
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Me in a yukata πŸ˜€

Almost everyone was wearing a yukata and I must say we all looked so cute! Wearing a yukata also earned each of us a 1000 yen discount, hurray! Di lang kami cute, nakamura pa kami. Hehehehe.
The Kaladkaran gang donned in full yukata regalia for the Tokyo Bay Cruise

The Kaladkaran gang donned in full yukata regalia for the Tokyo Bay Cruise

The tour gave a fantastic view of Tokyo at night and we were able to see the Rainbow Bridge up close.

(L-R) Elai, Apple, Me, Ish and Tid with Tokyo's night time view in our background

(L-R) Elai, Apple, Me, Ish and Tid with Tokyo's night time view in our background

The crowd was lively, everyone was having fun and the Yukata Dancers sure did sizzle up our summer night πŸ˜›

Yukata Dancer (Picture from Ed)

Yukata Dancer

Too bad the tour only lasted for 2 hours. Uber bitin talaga. Anyway, after the boat docked, the gang conducted around two hours worth of picture taking toΒ  grab the momentous event of Kaladkarins in yukatas. Hehehehe. This is one night I’m sure I’d never forget πŸ™‚

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The gang inside the boat πŸ˜€

More pictures from Tinats and Ed and a really cool video from Lau πŸ™‚ Salamat sa pictures at video, guys!

Natsu Yasumi (August 10 – 12): Izu!

Posted in Happenings, Jologs in Japan, Travel with tags on August 24, 2008 by niennavarda

It was a fun and relaxing 3-day vacation at Izu πŸ™‚ Thanks to Ma’am Janette for organizing the trip. I would definitely want to go backΒ  πŸ˜€

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August 10

Jogasaki Coast – great view! Always loved the sea. Was quite tempted to jump off the cliffs though πŸ˜›

Ma'am Janette and I at the Jogasaki Coast

Ma'am Janette and I at the Jogasaki Coast

Izu Kougen Station – Breakfast and foot onsen πŸ˜€ Ang init nung onsen promise

Izu Kougen Foot Onsen

Izu Kougen Foot Onsen

Grandpal – Kiddie rides galore! Tried this cage-swing like thing which you can maneuver to rotate 360 degrees πŸ˜›Β  Too bad I’m such a wuss and just screamed the whole time while M did most of the work. Hehehe. Weeee! Uber fun!

M and I at the cage-like swing thingy at Grandpal
M and I at the cage-like swing thingy at Grandpal
Ito Hanabi – Best hanabi ever! Way better than Sumida. First time to wear a yukata πŸ˜€ Amazing fireworks display, more relaxed atmosphere, better, closely knit crowd. The comical announcer also added spice to the show making the overall environment more lively. Wasn’t able to take pictures of the actual fireworks display, though. Left Gabby’s SLR camera which I borrowed specially for the event because I was too frustrated with the pictures I have taken earlier πŸ˜› Turned out to be a good thing because it rained exactly right after the display and neither one of us had an umbrella. Got soaked to the skin and realized that it was a really bad idea not to wear anything under my yukata πŸ˜› I looked like a character from some Japanese soft porn. Arrgh. We went to some izakaya to dry ourselves up and had beer and chu hi and tea and lots of finger food πŸ˜€ yum! It was a tiring but super fun day. I couldn’t wait for the next day to come.
All dressed up for the Ito Hanabi Taikai

All dressed up for the Ito Hanabi Taikai

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August 11

What I really love about this trip was the relaxed nature of out stay. We were not bound by any strict itinerary so there was no need to force ourselves to wake up too early πŸ˜› It was a freaking hot day but like that would stop us from gallivanting, right? Hehehe.

Mt. Omuro – Conquered Mt. Omuro! The view from the top was just a lot like what I see from our backyard in Baguio so it was kind of underwhelming but what the heck, Mt Omuro, weeeeee! The experience itself was fun πŸ˜€

(L-R) Kei-san, Ma'am Janette, Me and M before riding the cable cars

(L-R) Kei-san, Ma'am Janette, Me and M before riding the cable cars

Rode the cable car. I admit it wasn’t a very thrilling ride πŸ˜› hehehe

M and I at the cable car

M and I at the cable car

Had my picture taken with the Jizo statues (There was supposed to be this really bad superstition against your picture being taken with the Jizo statues. Didn’t quite pay attention enough if you were to be visited by ghosts or that you would be cursed until your fourth generation. In retrospect, I think I should have listened more closely. Hehehehe. To my future heirs, if there are actually going to be some, I am truly sorry. Hehehehe :P)

Me beside the Jizo Statues

Me beside the Jizo Statues

Archery at Mt Omuro’s crater! Harder than it looks. I am indeed no elf. Joe, paano mo na-uno archery mo sa UP? Hehehe. Uber fun! Would want to do it again. Want to become really good at it πŸ˜€

Trying my hand at archery

Trying my hand at archery

Shaboten Koen – Cacti galore! Was able to see some Agave tequilana species where my good friend, the tequila is made of πŸ˜› Saw a lot of beautiful birds. First time to see flamingos! Too bad all the cameras I’ve brought got depleted of battery and I wasn’t able to take a picture of them. Waaaaah! First time to see my kin, the two-toed sloth, too πŸ˜› T’was a really big park with shows and lots to see. I particularly like the aviary section and the Aztec inspired garden which by some twist of fate (or stupidity), I wasn’t able to take pictures of :((

(L-R) Moi, M, Kei-san and Ma'am Janette's official photo at the Shaboten Koen

(L-R) Moi, M, Kei-san and Ma'am Janette's official photo at the Shaboten Koen

Watched the show πŸ˜€

Hello World!

Daigo: Hello World!

Held a baby kangaroo πŸ˜€

Me and the baby kangaroo

Me and the baby kangaroo

Fed the daddy kangaroo πŸ˜€

Feeding the daddy kangaroo

Feeding the daddy kangaroo

My cameras’ batteries got depleted after this :((


Barbecue and More Fireworks at Kawamura-san’s residence – probably one of the best barbecues I’ve ever had πŸ˜€ Tried some curious-looking, colorless, coconut flavored rum and actually liked it. Tried another brand of chu-hi, HiBoy(?) which by far is the best chu hi I’ve ever had. Realized that I can’t have enough of fireworks πŸ˜€

Sparklers, weeeee!!!

Sparklers, weeeee!!!

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August 12 – We were supposed to go swimming this day but it rained so we just decided to relax inside the house and go home early. Because it was the summer break for most people, the roads leading to and from Izu were congested. It was my first time to experience heavy traffic in Japan. Having experienced worse traffic jams in the Philippines, I wasn’t even a bit irked. I don’t think Kei-san felt the same, though. Hehehe. We stopped over some place along the way for kaiten sushi. It was also my first kaiten sushi experience πŸ˜€ Yipee! The best selection was some crayfish sushi. I would definitely have some of that again. The uni in the Philippines tastes so much better than Japan’s though πŸ˜› One thing I would never taste again would be the mashed salmon mixed with corn oil. I already consider myself quite adventurous when it comes to food but I had a really hard time swallowing that one πŸ˜›

View from outside Kawamura-san's residence at IzuOutside Kawamura-san’s residence at Izu

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Overall, it was a really fun 3-day stay. Great company, great experiences, great food. Let’s do that again, shall we? πŸ˜€

Thanks to Ma’am Janette for the pictures πŸ™‚ More pictures here and here.

Lakbayan

Posted in Travel on January 14, 2008 by niennavarda


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C-, tsk… I need to travel more πŸ˜›