This reel is my Singapore Trip in a nutshell 🙂
Okay, this came out forever ago but I’ve been pre-occupied with some things (like moving apartments in Manila and work!) but I’m super grateful for this article.
And to you Jen Loong- my homegirl behind this site. I love you and support you always. From the time I met you in Shanghai, to the times we grabbed coffee in Hong Kong to the dinners we have in Manila. Soul Sister always. Bless up 2018.
Speaking of my recent Japan trip…
Time passed too fast but at the same time, too slow. Where 15 hours could feel like only 5 minutes had gone by, and 5 minutes could feel like it’s been 15 hours…
I find it effortless and non-intimidating for me to jump in and out of this realm. I needed a break from Hong Kong, and the many multiple worlds that exist within this world prove that there is always something new to discover…uncover…recover…
Til next time.
Despite all the times I’ve been to Japan, I’ve actually never been to Yoyogi Park until this trip. I have this one side of me that’s completely all about the city, and then there’s this other side that’s likes to meditate in nature and zone out.
So this is a little post dedicated to that nature freak in me. The side that likes to take photos of trees, moss, and chill with ravens.
A few weeks ago, my friend took me to Kubrick, a bookstore-cafe that’s off my usual beaten path. Located in Yau Ma Tei, connected to the art house Broadway Cinematheque, this store had a charming air of authenticity and character that was so refreshing to walk into.
I am such a bookworm, and found myself digging into the stacks and stacks of obscure titles that I wouldn’t normally see in other bookstores. The reading culture has changed so much, with some bookstores focusing on only selling best-sellers (it’s a business after all), to the instant gratification attention span of people reading tweets/facebook/online media.
Digging into a good book requires time. It requires depth. It requires you to lock yourself away and get lost in something. Some people don’t do that anymore because they either don’t have the time, or they don’t care. (*cries inside!*)
But this place really brought me back to why I love reading. I love digesting words and thoughts. I love imagining things. But most of all, I love the smell of paper.
“Coming Full Circle” has been a predominant theme in my life lately. I think it’s very important to go back to where you first began, mainly to see how much you’ve grown since them. It’s sort of like a benchmark to compare the You now vs. the You then.
Singapore is one of those benchmark cities for me. It was the first city I moved to from Manila 3 and a half years ago. It’s the first time I really felt personal growth. It’s even where I started this blog. (Scrolling back, I can see how much has changed.)
It’s nice to come full circle and see people from your past and reminisce. But apart from looking back, it was also a good opportunity to make new memories. Just because you’ve come full circle doesn’t mean you fall back into old ways.
It’s more of closing one chapter- with the peace, presence, and perspective you’ve acquired along the way. It’s coming back to a place you once knew, and seeing how you both (yes, you and the city) have evolved.
We’re doing good Singapore. Thanks for the new memories.
Last month, I took a trip to Osaka to attend a business convention with my mom. I love traveling with her on trips like these because I learn a lot. She knows that at this point in my life, my shift towards business is becoming more and more evident. I figured if I wanted to be a great entrepreneur, why not learn from a woman who I’ve witnessed work hard and become a respected boss in her own right?
The plus side is of course being able to spend time with her. Ever since I moved abroad around 3.5 years ago, I don’t get to see her everyday. I treasure trips like this that let us chill out whether in our hotel room or exploring the neighborhood.
While in Osaka, we were able to take a few side trips to Kyoto and Nara (might as well since we are in the neighborhood right?). Photos of the trip after the jump…
First time in Shanghai a few weeks ago for work. Really loved it! Need to go back and really explore it longer. Here are some quick shots I was able to get in between the conference.
A few weeks ago I was in Tokio with one of my closest girl friends from Singapore. We decided to spend the Chinese New Year break over there to get some much needed rest, relaxation, and research.
Since we are both interested in the fields of fashion, art, and design, we knew that Tokyo would be a perfect spot to find new ideas. I really take inspiration from all the details from the different spaces; you can really feel how complete the vibe is by just looking at the pictures.
Here are some photos from the trip after the jump.