My days are full. In the morning and afternoon, I have lectures and sessions. Evenings are spent either exploring the city and weekends are for sightseeing and shopping.
I have always wanted to go to Japan. Who wouldn't? My penchant for everything Japanese - from food to clothing, to art and culture to tradition have always been there. When I got accepted into this program, it all came as a surprise for me. I wasn't expecting at all. Blame it on Lino who seems to know that if I do not get accepted I would have bouts of unhappiness, every hour of everyday. He knows me too well. So I didn't expect but yes, I waited patiently.
The call was unexpected. One random Monday morning I was greeted by a "Congratulations. You're the chosen one." Ahhhhhh. I pretended not to get excited. Everything just began to sank into my system almost a few weeks before I was scheduled to leave. Would I be able to represent my country well? What is in store for me? What about my future? Random thoughts on my future career, family life and everything in between. I think I overreacted on it a bit. I was going to Japan for free! Aahhh. I love my life!
My childhood dream of going to the Land of the Rising Sun was granted. I have always planned to visit the country. I was saving. I know Japan is too expensive for me so I kept on postponing it. And then it all happened. I was blessed. I AM blessed.
So here I am. It's getting tough everyday but I do get too learn so many things. I am honing my skills. I get to meet a lot of people. Yes, I do think of my future options and talk it over with Lino who has always been supportive of me. Sometimes I get homesick. Often times I miss my nephew who I always see and read stories to everyday. But I am loving my life here.
Japan is beautiful. I get to explore it. Randomly. Slowly. One by one. Inch by inch. Taste after taste. I get to be enveloped in the culture and traditions. The people are nice, disciplined, polite and helpful. Everything is clean. The weather is nice though it gets too cold sometimes.
Join me in my journey as I share to you what to do, what to see, what to watch out for, where to stay and what to be prepared for in Japan. Who knows? You might end up loving me more after this. I know you've all been excited for me and have been together with me on this journey. So I told myself that I should better start writing about my experiences and share it all to you before it gets lost in oblivion. Haha. Here's to welcoming my Japan blog posts. Kampai! (Cheers!) :)