Tokyo // Ichiran

Sometimes the best things in the world hide themselves from the common man’s eye. It’s no wonder why people spend lives to look for hidden treasures. And let’s not forget the hipster belief that the harder to find, the better. Normally I’d call bull on that. But the Ichiran in one of the hidden streets in Shinjuku contains one of the best–if not the best–ramen in the world.

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Tokyo // The Holy Tokyo Trinity

After a few days, we finally made it to Tokyo! Stepping foot in the capital prefecture. But at the same time, I felt like I was finally feeling the hype around it. It’s one thing to look envy Japan photos on Instagram. It’s another to walk the crossing, see Mario Karts in your commute, and see Piko Taro as a face mask. So, we explored the holy Tokyo trinity: Shinjuku, Harajuku, and Shibuya.

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What I Wore: Japan 2016 OOTDs // 2016

First things first, I ain’t a fashion blogger (for now). But I still like dressing up, especially when I travel! There are many good reasons on what we pack matters. First, you never know who you might run into. Then, nothing is more jarring than seeing a beautiful Instagram feed with a poorly matched outfit. Also, you need to impress the locals or else they might make your outfit a meme on Reddit. But most importantly, dressing up nicely is an act of self love and that’s what we all need. So that’s why I made sure my Japan 2016 OOTDs is dabomb.com.org.net.ph.jp.

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Kyoto // Vintage Japan

Half of our day in Kyoto is spent wandering around holy grounds. The other half was spent in the “little town” life, where we get a taste of vintage Japan.

The entire nation of Japan is well known for its nationalism. But it is at Kyoto where we feel the Japanese spirit truly shines in. After all, it was the old capital of Japan, so for hundreds of years a lot of the cultural nuances we see with them now are from here.

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Kyoto // Temple Grove

Kyoto was the capital of Japan. It remained that way under the shogun rule until the power returned to the emperor and they moved the capital to Edo–now Tokyo.  To me, it sounds funny because the Japanese were probably wondering what to name their new capital… And they totally decided to invert the two syllables. Creative, but catchy.  (¬‿¬ )

Going to Kyoto from Osaka took a few hours. Luckily our hotel was right across the train station, so traveling to get our stuff was a breeze. Our Kyoto walk took us only an entire day though. We only explored  Arashiyama and Gion District, so that was enough before we left for Tokyo.

We had a very holy morning. Our itinerary consisted of temples, and a long, long walk towards nothing but bamboos. But Kyoto always holds a special place in my memories, because it’s where I experienced my first snowfall! The snow was pretty mild, but my tropical ass was stoked to have tiny flakes on my jacket. The only regret I ever had was not purchasing a basic lens filter to protect my lens… And the snow permanently got stuck on my lens :<). But otherwise, my first winter experience was surreal!

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Japan 2016 Makeup Look

It’s been a while! I understand that I have been MIA for some time. Lately a lot of things went on with me, and I had to focus on them first. But this is something I’ve always wanted to show to you guys: my Japan 2016 makeup look!

A Little Intro

The Igari makeup inspired my look for this trip. Japanese stylist Igari Shinobu created this blush-centric look and it grew popular in Japan. Instead of placing it on the cheeks, however, the blush is under the eyes. It leaves a hungover / sickly touch, thus having others call it “hungover” makeup. Simply put, my friend called it “drunk blush”. Since I tried this look, I found it looks super good on me. It’s become my “usual look” since then!

Take note that there are a lot of non-Japanese products here as well. I used a lot of the products here for quite a while. I believe you don’t have to use a country’s products if you want to go for their beauty standard. But it does help to achieve the “feel” of the makeup look. Hence, that’s why I did a beauty haul back there. (Apart from the price difference from PH, of course.)

So I’m doing this tutorial step by step. I broke down the images into steps and identified each product per step.

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Happy List No. 1

As you noticed, I’m a little bit under the weather. I’m under a quarter life crisis. I do feel fine, but at this point the only thing I rely on now is the present. The past has happened, the future has yet to take place.

So I decided to focus on the things that made me happy, and thus, I created this happy list!

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Life Lately No. 1

I just decided to change Random Round Up into an actual round up. Then I chose to post entries like this instead, in a Life Lately, like other bloggers do.

I’ve gone through a lot of stuff. Some of them I wanted to keep private, others I felt like I should share with you. At last, I decided to bare a bit of myself as a part of my branding.

It’s very crucial for all of us. For you guys, you may relate to a thing or two I say. For me, it’s my release. People fight and say, “just keep a journal, keep it to yourself”. But no! I grew up on the internet. 13 years passed since my first scratch-on dial up card. (Yes, I’ve been here for so long!) This is how I’ve lived since then, and I’m still here. I’m an internet nomad. I moved from Friendster to Harry Potter forums to Star Wars communities to My Chemical Romance boards to Anne Rice vampire blogs to gossip sites to social media to Reddit, and then, this blog.

Hopefully, this is a place that I can settle in.

I do feel at home here, but I felt like there’s a block that’s hindering me from progress. The more I ignore the clutter in both my laptop and in my room, the bigger it gets. And it’s not just my blog. It’s also in a lot of aspects in my life too. I’m grateful and I know great things are gonna happen. But something is resisting this from making good things happen. Was it my fear? Was it my past?

Here I am now, with my quarter life crisis.

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An Open Letter To The Root of My Confidence Issues

To the root of my confidence issues,

They said past is past. It’s very easy for most people to tell you to suck it up and move on. But again, it’s easy to say only. Shit, I shouldn’t even think of you either. After all, 10 years passed and a lot took place since then. You might’ve changed for good. Shall that be true, then there’s no need to write this after all. And yes, there is no need to write this.

But deep down, who I was 10 years ago is screaming to who I am today to do this. I’m better today. And maybe it’s because I chose to ignore the issue instead. But just because it’s done and you’re not in front of me anymore, that doesn’t cancel how much it affected me before. And I want to do this because I want my subconscious to be free of your actions. I want to let go of the feelings attached with what you did to me. I should’ve done that, but I only knew better now. And now’s my chance.

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