How I Spent My First Christmas Abroad


Having made the move to Maine from my home in the Philippines, Christmas 2013 was my first Christmas in the USA away from my family. While I obviously missed my relatives and the traditions we have back home, there were loads of great things to do over the Christmas period in Portland and Bar Harbor, so I was really excited to experience everything.

It was also be my first Christmas with my new in-laws, so I had a lot of fun looking out for the best places to buy gifts so I could get them all something really special. Here are some of the things I got up to doing during my first holiday season abroad: Continue reading…

Applying for Japan Tourist Visa while in the United States

How to Apply for a Japan Tourist Visa while in the U.S.

Japan Tourist Visa

I would like to share with you on how I applied for a Japan Tourist Visa while I was still in the United States. Even though I’m a Green Card holder, I am still a Filipino Citizen and therefore required to enter Japan with a Visa.

The following application process is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Read more…

A Glimpse of Cherry Blossoms and the man with priceless face

Cherry Blossoms in our neighborhood

Husband goes home late night on certain days of the week and two days ago was one of those days. I got bored at the house and from there, I embarked on yet another trip alone somewhere not far from where we live and thought of going to Sankeien Garden in Yokohama (which I will blog about later).

I was very surprised that cherry blossoms were already bloomed just across from where we live. They weren’t there 3 days ago and now it’s just BOOOOM! Cherry blossoms! It’s like magic that happens overnight.

Cherry Blossoms in our neighborhood

On my way to the bus stop, I saw an old man sitting at the bench starring at the cherry blossoms and his face was priceless — a face so bright and peaceful. A face that doesn’t carry burden in the world. A face of contentment. A face of happiness.

“Konnichiwa!” (Good afternoon) I greeted.

He greeted me back with a smile and I was blown away. I didn’t expect that he’d greet me back.

This man, is he a saint? He’s seemed very happy and contented with his life. I wish I had that kind of attitude.

Cherry Blossoms in our neighborhood

As I walked away, I remembered he was the same old man I’ve seen while I was running before. On the same bench starring up at the trees, same face, same expression.

Cherry Blossoms in our neighborhood

Cherry Blossoms in our neighborhood

Cherry Blossoms in our neighborhood

I paused and realized I have been here for 3 months but why I had never stopped by here (benches)? With great surroundings and quiet environment, this place could help me think, relax, and be connected to myself.

Sometimes, the ones that’s close to us (from where we live) are best enjoyed. We don’t always have to go that far to enjoy life. They could be just around the corner just waiting to be discovered.

A Great 3-Day Itinerary of Singapore

A Great 3-Day Itinerary of Singapore

Trying to really get a feel for a place as well as seeing all of those ‘must see’ sights in just 3 days is a challenge at any destination, especially one with as much going on as Singapore.

That didn’t stop me from trying to come up with the perfect 3-day travel itinerary, taking in everything from the luxury of the Fullerton hotel and the beauty of the waterfront to the impressive botanic gardens and the incredible Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.

Of course, I have also allowed for some shopping in the plan! Read on to see my recommendations for your three-day tour of Singapore. Continue Reading…

About Ada

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My name is Ada, an old-fashioned, curly, jumper, wanderlust, who enjoys budget and DIY traveling.

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