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Twenty Seventeen was definitely a beautiful disaster.

It was a year of being lost into the wilderness and finding yourself back home. First half of the year was pretty much mundane and eventful at the same time. I started going to local indie music events. Discovered Ang Bandang Shirley + Tom Story (probably already listened a hundred times to their music ; showers, travels, private time, sleeping... you name it hahaha). Managing my time while working (on a shifting schedule). 

After a while of working, I eventually quit my first job of being a microbiologist. Mainly because I wasn't entirely happy with the my work environment (production). Not my workmates or anything but the entirety of what I am doing. I love microbiology, I really do. I realized I liked studying them and discovering things. I'm not really the type to enjoy routine task regarding my field of study. I have always wanted excitement - whatever it is. 

On top of that, my visa for going to Japan to be with my mom got approved so I immediately booked a plane ticket. I stayed in Tokyo for about a month. That was the longest vacation I've ever had with my mom. It was so worth it. 

Then I went back here in my homecountry. Applied for jobs I didn't really wanted to do - all because I've been too afraid to be a disappointed and a bum in the family. And the the twist - I've been rejected to the jobs I applied for. Lol. Interviews were a great experience though. So I'm still thankful for the opportunities. I always get interviewed but not get hired. They probably sensed I don't really wanna work for them. 

More depressing things happened in the month of October-November. But it was also the time that I leaned to God and my faith for him grew even MORE. He just saved me from the pit of darkness and I saw the light. The real purpose of my life have been found........ I was home. 

My past self wouldn't even believed where I am now and what I am doing with my life.I am sure she will be proud.I have grown more, and I like seeing different perspective now. There's so much more to life than being just one thing. 

God has a plan for all of us. Let your life be directed by Him and everything will fall in the right place. Never stop dreaming and keep your faith. 

Whoever you are that is reading this, I just wanna say Thank You for being part of such an amazing year. I wish you all the best this 2018.

Happy New Year, folks! 
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Kamakura Adventures (Part2)

As mentioned on my previous post, I'm trying to experiment with hues and saturation at lightroom with the photos I took in Hase-dera. I actually quite like it... so I will probably be doing this for the rest of my photographic exploits.

We went to Hase-dera temple after visiting Kotoku-in Temple. The place is a haven for photographers because of the authentic temples and also during our visit, the hydrangeas were in full bloom. 

You actually have to hike to see all the beauty of this place because it belongs to a hill. It's really a good day trip because you  can enjoy nature. It also has underground temple called the Benten-Kutsu Cave (don't expect photos here though because my camera does not function well on low light ; it's disrespectful to use flash because the place was very solemn)

While going up, you'll see all these different statues and shinto shrines.

Right before reaching the top, you can make wishes here at Kakigari Inari Shrine.

When you reach the top of the hike, you'll see the beauty of the place and Sagami Bay.  I used to only see this kind of view in Japanese movies...

It's just so cool how every houses and building seems to be color coordinated with the ocean. This is probably one of the favorite photos I took during our trip.

then... when you're feeling tired from the hike, you can chill at the main place where all these temples belong and a little park overviewing Kamakura prefecture.

They even have cooling steam (notice that smoky thing on this picture on the left) , because we went there during summer.

What a beautiful place... you can't have this anywhere else but Japan.

Love, always.
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Kamakura Adventures (Part 1)

The ride to Kamakura was pretty hectic because it was far away from the city. Nevertheless, it was still manageable because trains in Japan are so aesthetically made comfortable. Their mode of transportation is one thing I have always dreamed for the Philippines to have. Can it happen? Maybe.

Kamakura definitely has one of the creamiest macha ice cream. While roaming around the street, don't ever leave without tasting their ice cream. This is to save you from heat and because I said so. Trust me. 

First stop was The Great Buddha - Kotoku-in. It was amazing to see this structure. It had been destroyed two times by the storm and rebuild again.  It is a really huge monument. You can also make a wish at the base. 

A music box shop by the street on the way to Hasedera Temple (if I remember correctly) . Stop by this place and listen to some adorable tunes. The music box are really out of this world (they even have Arashi tunes!!).. well, if only I had money that time I would have bought one. Prices were around 6,000 yen~15,000 yen.

If you are on a budget, just stop by this souvenir shop instead. I bought a key chain myself of The Great Buddha and it was only around 300 yen.

I actually bought all the souvenirs I brought home in this place (because it was pretty cheap !!) This was in Komachi Street. 

PS : This blogpost shall be a series! I'm gonna experiment on the settings of the photos I took through lightroom. Let me know what you think in the comment box below about this post. 

Love, always. 

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