April marks the month when I was finally able to achieve something big. It’s always a good memory to come back to, and I know that I will always remember it fondly. I finally graduated from college in April 2016 and it was surreal. Sure, when I was an undergrad I was always saying “am I really working my ass off for a piece of paper??“, but nothing can ever compare to the feeling of finally going up the stage to receive your diploma. More than anything though, graduation season makes everyone look back on all the years that had passed. So here’s an exported post from my previous blog as to why college is my greatest adventure. Yet.
We did a half-day trip of Nagoya and Kyoto before heading to Tokyo. It may sound ambitious but it’s totally do-able. Originally, before heading to Kyoto, we only went to the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium because we started the day late, and visited Nagoya Castle on our last day before heading to the airport. But for this post (can I even call this a travel guide? Lol) I’m going to write as though we first went to the aquarium, then to the castle, and finally to Kyoto.
Two weeks ago, I finally set foot in the Land of the Rising Sun. It was so surreal because planning for this trip hasn’t been the easiest (and the cheapest). We only booked our airline tickets three weeks before we were supposed to leave, booked a flight to and from the wrong airport (we were supposed to stay only in Tokyo but I got a ticket to Nagoya), finalized our itinerary two days before flying out, and so much more. It was really stressful but it was all worth it. As I got off the plane and felt the cold spring breeze, I knew that the past month’s trip planning stress would be replaced by complete happiness.
When I went to Hong Kong last year, I used my own money so everything has to be on a budget. I’m also not a luxury traveler so I don’t really splurge on anything. As much as possible I like to take the most efficient and cost-effective ways when I fly out. Even for my Japan trip this year, despite traveling with my mom, I’m still always conscious about having an itinerary that wouldn’t break the bank. Thus, I’m starting this On A Budget segment for the tips and tricks that I think could help other people out.
I really think the universe is trying its best to make it up for me because this month has been better than the last. This month was so eventful that it just flew by! I didn’t realize that it was already about to end that I almost forgot to write this entry!
It’s been a long time since I last posted something about skincare. I’m still not an expert but I’m very much still an avid enthusiast. Over the past year, I have given much more thought on what goes on my face and by now, I think I’ve pretty much got it. These products that I’ve been using for the past five months are now my skincare staples. I’ve never bought products more than once but I find myself restocking these twice a month! They’re doing their job on my skin and I’m very thankful for that.
Last year, I blogged about being torn regarding which camera to buy. Not only am I taking blogging much more seriously now, but I’m also in that phase where I want to preserve each memory beautifully and print out my best travel pictures. With that said, I need a camera that does the job perfectly for me without breaking the bank. As a student still depending on her parents for pretty much everything, I always have to be conscious about the quality of every huge purchase that I’m going to make. I finally narrowed my four choices down to one.