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I figured it would still take me long to filter photos out from my camera (my OC ways never fail to amuse/annoy me) so here’s a short post on my trip to Hokkaido, Japan. It’s my last day today! /post travel depression incoming

Enjoy the photos! :)

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I’ve been to Tokyo and Osaka a few years ago, so we decided to head up north this time. Hokkaido is pretty laid back and undeveloped compared to the busy cities in central Japan. The province has quite a lot of mountains and active volcanoes, so it’s colder here. 

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Travel essentials (spot my new Punchdrunk Panda camera strap!)

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Lake Toya

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The food here is delicious and authentic that I would gladly eat rice every meal. Seafood abundance every meal, too, because of the fresh catch in this part of the country. So good.

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Notable food establishments include Lucky Pierrot, which is the McDonald’s counterpart in Hakodate. Their burger and ice cream though are incomparable to other fast food chains. (It makes me wonder how Asians can whip up really good Western food. Amazing.)

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Plump strawberries in season! <3

Typical buffet meals are in trays. That explains the photo below. 

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Explorer vibes. Visited lots of cities in Hokkaido in a span of 7 days. 

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Cool stamping station at Goryokaku Tower. For some reason, almost all places here have stamping stations - and for that, my travel notebook is quite happy!

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Otaku Canal

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Seven layered rainbow ice cream in Otaku. TOO GOOD. 

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Currently in Sapporo for our last stop. I have a feeling this city will be the best way to end this trip.

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Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade, where I ended up wandering by myself on the other side of the road and spent the last 10 minutes of free time hoarding at Daiso. Crafty things at cheap prices never fail to attract people like me.

And since that wasn’t enough, I went again today with my sister and look at this place. It’s heaven ;_; All pens cost 108 yen each (around P54). I got myself a fountain pen, fineliners and brush pens! So happy.

Also got to try Purikura with my sister for the first time! Too cute. 

Lots more photos and stories coming soon! Hope I could update as soon as possible (meaning: as soon as I get all my work done!). Also, super duper excited for my solo trip to Singapore this May.

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You know how sometimes there’s just this depressing feeling after a trip? I don’t know, I’m feeling like I’ll get it anytime soon. It probably sucks to think about reality again but I’d like to hopefully keep a more positive outlook this time, and know that this isn’t the end of my adventures. :) I hope I could get to see the world more in the years to come - and continue crossing off my 30 before 30 bucket list!

Any notable places you’d like to visit? :)

Abbey

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All photos taken using my iPhone 5 & post-processed via VSCO

Hello from Hokkaido, Japan!

Currently spending the weekend at the northern part of one of my favorite countries. It&#8217;s a different perspective of Japanese culture (more historical sites here) compared to the modern cities (which I visited already a few years back) so it&#8217;s pretty amazing.

Only frustration in life is not understanding Nihongo at all and this freezing weather.

Hope everyone&#8217;s having a great weekend! :)

Hello from Hokkaido, Japan!

Currently spending the weekend at the northern part of one of my favorite countries. It’s a different perspective of Japanese culture (more historical sites here) compared to the modern cities (which I visited already a few years back) so it’s pretty amazing.

Only frustration in life is not understanding Nihongo at all and this freezing weather.

Hope everyone’s having a great weekend! :)

Snippets of Paris from my travel journal.

I’m looking forward to my trips this year, especially my solo trip this May before work commences. Things have been breezing by so fast, I hope I can still keep up!

Here’s to having more adventures ahead. So excited to save up for my travel fund and hoard on art books and take in the beauty of foreign cities.

Any notable places you’d like to visit this year? :)

Long overdue post but Paris was definitely the best one yet. I had major separation issues when I left the city that I already told myself right then and there that I am so going back to explore more of what this place has got. 

Photo diary of one of the best trips I’ve had so far! (and I must say, I cannot sum everything up in this post)

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Pierre Hermé macarons (dubbed as the best macarons in Paris)

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inside the beautiful Galeries Lafayette 

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Louvre from the outside. I was more than happy to get a glimpse inside the museum (sharing more on that soon!).

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Escargot <3

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Photos will never do the Eiffel Tower any justice. The view was breathtaking every single time.

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A+ typography

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Notre Dame was like a dream come true. I wasn’t able to get inside (the line was horribly long) but I definitely will when I get back (obviously, I’m spending most of my life in the future traveling, that’s a guarantee!). The shops at the side made my wallet cry by the way (so much postcards, magnets and memorabilia, I can’t).

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Point Zero!

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We went up the Eiffel Tower. The view was amazing. Not to mention it was New Year’s Eve that time.

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This is me freezing; the weather was around 7-9 degrees!

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Two days spent in this city and I don’t think it was enough at all - so think of this as a preview of Paris. Sometime in 2017, I’m going back and definitely immersing myself in the Parisian culture and fall in love with it, eventually. There are still lots of things I’ve yet to explore in this beautiful city, how I wish I could go back right this very moment.

*goes back to thesis work*

Second leg of my Europe photo diary! Sorry for the late update, but I guess it’s better late than never. ;)

After London we were able to visit Holland and Belgium, both of which were breathtakingly beautiful.

We rode a huge boat from London to Amsterdam, and I stayed up all night ‘cause of intense jetlag. Nevertheless, it was cool to experience the “suite life on deck” feel (the theme song kept playing in my head the whole time, lol childhood). The call time was 6am though, so no fun in that.

We arrived first thing in the morning and went on a day tour.

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Stunning scenery, freezing weather, and really good cheese. <3

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Amsterdam’s culture is pretty rich and I love the architecture and how bikes are an essential form of transportation here. They have a special bike lane on every side of the road.

I happened to pass by places with ‘Vincent’ written all over the walls. I’m told Vincent Van Gogh has a museum here and I’ve yet to visit. (I am so going back.)

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We spent quite a short time only (a day to be exact) and at night we were able to visit the night market and I happened to have found the best tasting stroopwafels and Spanish paella. I cry.

The next day was en route to Belgium, where chocolate, beer and waffles are quite popular. We spent the day exploring the central square after lunch.

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Maison Dandoy has the best Belgian waffles. Although it was a bit more expensive than the 1 euro ones near the sidewalk, it was really, really, really good. ;_;

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The photo does not do it justice, please.

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Bought a whole lot of chocolate as well ‘cause Belgium has really good chocolate, of course. Most of them are handmade so you really know it was outsourced from the best ingredients and made with lots of love.

Funny how the saleslady reprimanded me after I took this photo. (The things I do for blogging…)

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Road signs are always my favorite subject to take photographs of, for some reason. So here’s a road sign from Belgium, lol

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Beautifully constructed architecture is always photo-worthy.

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Sneaky shot at Godiva! Look at those gigantic strawberries ;_;

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Mannequin Pis is the iconic symbol of Belgium, and here it is in many forms. The little (and original) one can be found somewhere in this area, too.

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I’m told this is the exact location where Tintin’s setting was derived from. Pretty awesome how a lot of popular comic characters came from Belgium. 

Not much to share here but those two days were definitely fun (and short). See this is why I tell myself I’m going to travel as often as I can once I start working and earning - the world’s just too beautiful to be ignored and looked at only in pictures.

Sharing more of my travel photos soon! 

Abbey

After a month (or so), here’s a photo diary of my trip to Europe, particularly London. Posting the others in the coming weeks!

London was probably one of the best cities I’ve visited, alongside Paris (sorry, I’m biased). So much feelings because I got to see notable tourist spots, experience the crazy Boxing Day sale and of course, visit the Harry Potter studios (separate post on this soon), among others. 

Enjoy the photos! :)

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St. Paul’s Cathedral

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Boots + sweaters + beanies kind of weather. <3

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Buckingham Palace

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Dropped by Abbey Road!

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Westminster Abbey

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Big Ben (too beautiful)

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Pret is a really nice cafe I discovered there - it’s like Starbucks meets Jamba Juice meets Healthy Options. (plus points for their A+ packaging)

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Beautiful city architecture and some of the best boutiques can be found here as well (such as Urban Outfitters). I spent Boxing Day lining up at Primark because everything was on sale (the things I do to get cheap bargains!).

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(spot the I Love Harry book, lol!)

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The huuuge collection of wands inside the Harry Potter studios! 

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The last of daylight as we left to head to Holland. 

So much wanderlust withdrawals as I’m posting these entries! Agh. Sharing more of my trip soon. 

Have a great week ahead!

Abbey

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