My pen is the tongue of my thoughts...

Starting on December 24th of 2019, I will start writing shortly about the things that made me happy or things that made a difference every day to hopefully remind me about the good things in life. 😌

I'll add everything on this post until the end of the Year 2020. Thank you for taking time to read this article! πŸ’—

December 30, 2019
Odaiba Day with the family! πŸ˜ŒπŸ’— The weather was a bit gloomy and it was sprinkling a bit, but we were able to explore all the areas and we took good pictures!

December 29, 2019
In the morning, they visited my place, Hon Atsugi, and then helped me bring my stuff in the dormitory.

In the afternoon, we went to Shibuya in hopes to have a picture with Hachiko but we weren't able to because the statue was crowded, but we went instead to Starbucks Reserve Roastery (it was magicaaaal)! 😌

In the evening, we went to Akihabara to explore a bit because my twin brother is a huge fan of anime (he seriously enjoyed taking pictures and wanted to explore more, but the time was limited. Will hopefully be able to take him there again someday!) and had a dinner.

December 28, 2019
Asakusa Temple, Nakamise Shopping street, Tokyo Sky tree, and Harajuku with my family! 😌

December 27, 2019
Matchy matchy at Tokyo Disneyland! 😌❤️ Also, 14 attractions in ~14 hours! We made the most out of our 1-day pass πŸ˜‚

December 26, 2019
My family's arrival here in Japan! πŸ’—Good thing, our hotel is just five minutes away from the station and we have the chance to see this view everyday on our way to the station. 😌

Asakusa City, overlooking the Tokyo Tower! 

December 25, 2019
Had fun shopping and hanging out with these ladies today! Bought lots of clothes and winter stuff in preparation for my family's trip here in Japan. πŸ’—

December 24, 2019
Had a mini party at Anritsu Family Dorm together with these guys. πŸ’— I made a graham cake to share with them and fortunately, they liked it. 😌 I thought I'd be alone and lonely this Christmas since I did not go home, but turns out that God has given company.

Aug 7, 2019 11:53 πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­

Yesterday, I had lunch with my elementary classmates in Balai Gloria, Solano Nueva Vizcaya.

Aug 6, 2019. Balai Gloria, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya
It has been years before I could finally meet with some of them, but some things never seem to change because we were all comfortable, laughing our asses off with all our old jokes and present quirks. We even relive past crushes and relationships and talk as if some were in present.

June 29, 2018. Graduation Thanksgiving.
Some of them have their own families now, and one is expecting a baby on October this year. We may have different priorities and places at the moment, but one thing remains the same, we’re our own family.

I am happy that after all these years, I have kept them as friends and I look forward to more lunches with them whenever I am back home.
2019/08/02 21:02  πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅
(date and time written)

It’s been a while, but from time to time I am being reminded…

Like right now, on a plane back home, unknowingly picking the movie that will take me back to that day when you chose to leave without a warning. Or sometimes, randomly shopping and seeing that cartoon you were fond of, to thinking of coloring my nails, but won’t because you said I don’t look good with it, or when your song and the songs I associate with you play out of nowhere or from my playlist where I still keep that part of you (yes, I haven’t deleted them yet, nor will ever do), or just randomly popping in my head when I’m peacefully taking a shower or just doing nothing. It feels as if you’ll never ever let me forget.

I liked you - way too much than I’ll ever admit to myself. I never told you but you knew it anyway. Maybe it was the way I never knew you or the way I have always looked from afar that I found you perfect. I never got to know the entirety of you. Only the bits and pieces, but it was okay - I have grown to be okay with it. We became really good friends, but I still looked forward to seeing you, more than everyone else, around the corridors of our university. Yes, it - you - used to be my highlight. The only person I liked and didn’t tell him about it.

I liked the way you called me by a pet name, the one you made that time we were hanging in the library (for a reason I don’t even remember anymore). I have never seen you laugh that hard, to the point that you lost your balance and almost fell off the stairs. The last time you talked to me, even though we - I - already knew for sure the we can never be, it was still the way you called me, and I will never forget. I wonder when or where will another person come up with that same pet name, but I won’t let him/her call me that anyway. It’s yours and yours alone.

I am sometimes starting to forget, but somehow the universe won’t let me. Will it ever let me? Will you ever really leave me?
Surprise hack post! 

Happy anniversary, my love! I love you so so much, babr! I wanted to do something new that is hopefully not expected hehe.  
It has been what, x days since you left for Japan? But still here we are still together even though it has been full of ups and downs. We spend so much time apart now that every moment we are able to spend together feels like a blessing.

You are the sweetest, most caring person that I know. Thank you for always putting up with my shortcomings. Know that I always think of you even when we are apart. I will always be here for you no matter how big the distance between us gets and I will always do my best to show that. 

I miss you so so much :) I wish I could be there to spend the day with you, but we'll just have to wait until July. :)  I love you always. Happy anniversary, Ronalaine >:)< :*

Always yours,
Vance Anthony
pro hacker 

For Ueno-Asakusa-Akihabara Day Adventure, I suggest this itinerary.

Ueno Park is a good place to go to just relax and have fun with your friends and family on a weekend morning stroll. The place features a zoo, different museums, and temples which you can check out on your visit to the area. However, this itinerary focuses on the Ueno Zoo.

Ueno Zoo's entrance fee is ¥ 600 for adults, ¥300 for seniors, ¥200 for students, and free for children under 12 years old. Inside, you can see about 3,000 different animals from 400 species ranging from insects, forest animals, sea animals, avian animals, endangered ones, and of course the one that everyone lines up for - the pandas. I would warn, however, that trying to line up for the Panda-viewing takes about 30 to 2 hours depending on the volume of people during your visit. Hence, it will take up most of your time, but if you really like pandas, then just give it a go. They look really cute anyway!

Here's a map of the Ueno Zoo and the animals that you can see there. I also attached here a few shots I've taken myself during our visit.

For lunch, there are several restaurants near the vicinity so it wouldn't really be much of a problem to look for one.

In the afternoon, you may head to the 8th floor of the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center to view the Tokyo Sky Tower for free from afar. You will absolutely have a good view of the Asakusa Shopping District and Asakusa Temple from here. You may also chill at the cafΓ© located on the floor, or head straight to the Asakusa Temple area which is only about a 10-minute walk from the Information Center.

In Asakusa Shopping District, you may  see or buy from kimono stores, snack tents, souvenir stores, jewelry stores, and other stores of just about anything that resounds the Japanese culture. Walking right to the end of the shopping district leads you to the Asakusa Temple.

Senso-ji (Asakusa) Temple is the oldest temple in the capital featuring a five-story pagoda. Japanese people often go to this place to pray or just seek for their fortune. But for tourists, the temple gate is a great place for a photoshoot and most people line up for this spot which takes about 5 to 15 minutes. They say that if you drop a coin, say your pray, and ring the temple bell loudly, your prayers will be answered.

If you still have time left, you may want to visit the Tokyo Tower which is about a 15-minute walk from the Senso-ji Temple. You can enter the Tokyo Tower to see a skyline view of the city.

In the evening, you may head to Akihabara for some fun night experience. Akihabara is most popular for its stores featuring anime, video games, manga, exhibits, made cafes, toy houses, and collectibles. 

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