Para-para-paradise

You can take the girl out of the island, but you can’t take the island out of the girl. All 7,641 of them. As of the latest official count. Due to the unexpected and last minute nature of my trip to the Motherland, it wasn’t like I was able to make plans nor was it…

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Homecoming Queen

Just last month, I found myself on an impromptu trip to the Motherland. It wasn’t for a grand vacation since I haven’t been back for over fifteen years. However, it was for a far more important reason. Family. My grandfather, the patriarch of my mother’s side of the family, was critically ill when my Mom…

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Mount Fuji and Me

A lot of items on my bucket list were checked off last year when I went to Japan. One of those was Mount Fuji. I vividly remember learning about  this iconic volcano in class when I was just a kid and how it seemed beyond my reach back then. I’ve seen countless photographs, watched various movies and…

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Food Trip: Japanese Street Food

While traditional Japanese cuisine is known for its elegance and luxury, Japan’s street food culture has become increasingly popular and as pertinent. It is not like your typical street food. Usually, you can only find street food during festivals or at popular tourist spots. If you are not familiar with Japanese street food, most of it…

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Japan: Chasing Cherry Blossoms

Visiting Japan in the spring has been on top of my bucket list for the longest time.  So when I was able to go last year, I could not believe that it was finally happening. Why was I being specific about this season? It’s because at this time of year, Japan is covered by millions of…

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Osaka: Japan’s Kitchen

Osaka is the third largest city in Japan. It is one of the most important seaports of the country as well as home to many leading Japanese manufacturers. More importantly, Osaka is known to be Japan’s food capital, hence the moniker “Nation’s Kitchen”. A big factor to this is the well known food market, Kuromon…

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