Autumn Getaways: Chasing Kouyou (紅葉) in Aichi

When people ask me of my favorite season, I usually will not have an answer. When you’re living in Japan, you know that Japan is just very beautiful all year round and it’s just impossible to choose a favorite season. Each of the season just has its own beauty! However, one cannot simply deny the beauty of Autumn, especially when the Kouyou (紅葉) blossoms into different colors.

I lived in Nagoya, Aichi for 2 years and in those time I was able to run around Aichi chasing where the Kouyou blossoms. That is why this article is written. I want to share to you the beauty of Aichi during Autumn. May this article guide you if ever you decide to venture around Aichi for your Autumn getaway!

So let’s start!

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A Day in Atami

If you want to spend a worthwhile day in Atami City in Shizuoka, this article is for you.

Atami City is one of the darlings of Shizuoka. It might not have a closer view of Mt. Fuji, but it sure does have a lot of things that people would definitely need to try and visit. This article is for those who wants to learn about the must-goto places of Atami, specifically those would are asking what locations would be perfect for a Day Trip to this popular beach city. If you are dying to know all of those, then read ahead!

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Dropping by Atami’s Akao Herb and Rose Garden

A person who wants to see some nature to escape their busy cities should visit Akao Herb and Rose Garden.

If you are in Shizuoka, Atami City will surely appear in your radar. After all, Atami City is a popular city during Summer because of its beaches. However, once a person is in Atami City, you will only hear about their famous Onsen 温泉 (Hotsprings). After all, that’s what Atami is most popular for. When I went to Atami, I decided to stay there for 1 whole day (read here: A Day in Atami), so I had the time to tour the city. I did not expect to find a huge, and I say hugeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, garden housing variety of flowers, trees, and many cafes. The place is called Akao Herb and Rose Garden (アカオハーブ&ローズガーデン).

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The Importance of just Moving Around

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from this quarantine months, it’s the importance of the simple act of moving.

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On having a Job I do not Love

Have you ever felt like your days are never enough? Have you had nights when you keep postponing bedtime because you feel like you haven’t done anything during the day that made you happy? No matter how significant your job is for society, have you ever felt like you’d rather spend your time doing something else? Have you? I have. Everyday, for the past 6 years.

Today is a conversation about having a job I do not love. I will be sharing about how I started it, keep up with it, survive it, ace it and how I plan my my future with it. Read ahead!

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Lo, You Belonged

Today is a story of a man who searched for belongingness all his life. A story of a man who felt he never belonged, who thought he was never enough. Today, I remember him. Today, I tell him that since day one, he belonged.

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When You Establish Your Purpose, You Grow

As my blog celebrates it’s 5th anniversary, I reminisce my beginnings. Most importantly, I reminisce my journey.

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LAUNCHING: Project Batang Hilongosnon

During my birthday last year, I promised that I’m moving my advocacy for Education forward this year. I imagined that I would launch it by the time I celebrate my 2020 birthday, which is this December. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed us all to the edges.

Did you know that as you are sitting comfortably in your study table ready for your online classes everyday, there are students and teachers;

• Who are stopping their studies because they cannot afford online classes?
• Who are climbing mountains just for mobile signal?
• Who do not have the penny to even pay for an hour in the internet cafe to download their study modules?
• Who do not have the gadgets to watch the videos of their learning modules?

That’s the reality of many Filipinos in the new normal. Not everyone has the privilege that you have. We must extend our hands to help everyone. Not tomorrow or next year, but NOW.

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My Berklee Online Journey

I have unofficially graduated from Berklee College of Music through their online course entitled “Introduction to Music Theory”. While this sounds celebratory and extravagant, I must say that my Berklee journey has resurfaced a lot of the what-ifs of my life. That is why today, other than spilling some tips and tricks to successfully complete a Berklee online course, I will also be confessing my struggles as a frustrated musician because I know that my struggles are not unique. I know somebody needs to hear them, be encouraged by them, and most especially, be enraged by them.

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They said He’s not Good Enough for Me

It is so twisted how people can easily tell you that you are undeserving of love. Since when did love become exclusive? Since when did people become undeserving of love?

“Uyab mo? Dapat nangita sad kag imong katimbang oy.” (You’re in a relationship with him? You should’ve chosen someone in the same level as you.)

“Dapat nanguyab ka’g taga syudad.” (You should’ve chosen someone from the city.)

“Ikaw humana ka’g college, pero diba siya kay bag-o paman na hingbalik og eskwela?” (You already graduated from college while he’s still starting, right?)

Those were the words I received from other people way back 2014, when Anton and I just started. When I heard those words, I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t believe how this toxic mindset and culture are deemed right and just. I froze there, silent and devastated. Those were the very words my man had to endure in silence. People thought he did not deserve me just because he’s underprivileged. I was hurt, but I know that he was the one who was hurt the most.

Today is a story we are so used to seeing in the movies. However this time, you will read real struggles of two people who never believed that there are lesser or better people when it comes to love.

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