A Strange Serenity

My exploits in Japan have taken me to so many unusual places, but none was ever as strange as Tamagawa Park. It’s not really because it had exotic flora or fauna or that it had a long-winding river that snaked into the horizon or that it had visitors who didn’t speak nor relate with me.…

Autumn in Japan

After almost three years, a rollercoaster of emotions, and a brave decision to change my life, I am now back in Japan. It feels strange to me that I don’t feel strange at all. It feels like I had just come back from a very long vacation. And now I’m home. I’ve only been here…

Of those who like to stay late at the cafe

“Yeah, yeah, I know Jean’s a kind girl. She’s sweet and all.”  “But what you really mean is, she’s a bitch!” “I haven’t seen you in a while!!!” “Come here and give me a hug.” “I missed you!” “LUKE!!! How many times do I have to tell you NOT to talk to strangers?” “Could we…

Six Things I Look Forward to in Japan

I lived in Japan for six months about two years ago. In that short span of time, I fell in love with the country. I’d always wanted to go to Japan. As a kid, I watched a lot of anime, so naturally I was curious about all the fancy pink blonde hair, the incredibly huge…

Six Things I Will Miss in the Philippines

Filipinos, they say, are all around the world.  They say we thrive and survive wherever we go. True to my experience, I have former classmates who are now working as nurses in Dubai. I have college buddies and university colleagues who are now studying and working in Korea, Italy, the United States, and in Great…

What He Did On My Birthday

When I turned 25, he sent me flowers. He was in Japan. I was in the Philippines. I didn’t know how he would do it. But he Sherlocked his way into doing it! And I felt like I was the prettiest girl in the universe. A few days before my 26th birthday, he came to…

What I Did On My Birthday

Today, I celebrated my 26th birthday. It feels strange to be on the other side of the 20’s scale. But it feels good. The day was unusually warm. I started it with a long walk toward The Bahay ng Alumni, where I would meet one of my best friends, Nicole. We had lunch at a…