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The hardest part of living in Japan

It’s almost 4 years now since I moved to Japan and this year is nothing but amazing. I was able to got home in Philippines last month for two weeks, my friends visited me here in Japan and it is their first time to travel abroad. It’s just March of 2019 and I can already say that this is gonna the best year ever. 2018 was really dramatic for me, depression, anxieties because of all the calamities happened in here that I had to face alone. But thank God I can say all the tears I cried was all worth it cause I am at my happiest right now.

Living and working in Japan for a quite while now, everything got so much better because I got used to the life I have right now. I built routines, met new people, more settled and got more matured at handling my life. There will always be mistakes and stupidity it’s part of life.

Being away from all your love ones is the hardest part, missing out important occasions like birthdays, weddings, Christmas, New Years and not to mention holidays that you always celebrate alone. Friends you want to see and hang out with were thousand miles away from you. Sure, I met new people and made some new friends but you know, you’re ‘go-to people’ ‘homecourt friends’ will always be different. They get you, the real you, you get each others humor that nobody else will understand but them.

I wrote this to give highlight to my friends who kept in touch for the last four years and made an effort to stay in my life even though I am already thousand miles away from them. It means a lot. I consider myself lucky and blessed enough to have people in my life that is so supportive that I can turn into when life is kinda overwhelming. They keep me grounded and reminds me of who I was before I came here. Life in Japan can be tiring sometimes and it is important to not lose yourself while living in this fast-paced life.

‘Keep swimming’

xoxo

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Conquering Mt. Fuji

Summer time in Japan means climbing season for Mt. Fuji. I was caught in the middle of my life so stressed, depressed and unmotivated to do anything, so I decided to book a tour to climb Mt. Fuji last minute, it was a spontaneous trip with my friends who also just want to get away with the routine of life.

I took overnight bus from Osaka to Tokyo where the meeting place is. I was part of a tour with other tourist from all different parts of the world. Our tour guide explain to us the guidelines while climbing the mountain and they said we are very lucky cause the weather at the mountain is perfect cause the typhoon just passed by the other day.

11:30AM. Our tour bus took us directly to station 5 where the climb will start and we have to climb until station 10, sounds easy? No. Station 6 is okay but station 7 until 8 is very rocky and stiff, I suggest rent trekking pole it will save your ass from sliding, falling and it will give your more stability while climbing or walking.

6:00PM. When we reached station 8 where we will stay overnight, have dinner and rest before we reached the summit. That’s the only time I somehow properly wash my face, used bathroom and clean myself a bit cause I still can’t take a shower. They offer post cards which is exclusive only at the mountain where you can send to your loved ones or yourself.

1:45AM. The most difficult part for me climbing at dawn with 4-5km/hr wind and 5 degrees weather. The way to the summit is very stiff and dark it took us 2 hours before we entirely reached the summit.

4:15AM. The most rewarding part waiting for the sunrise! As the sky clears and you can see all the clouds beneath looking so soft and fluffy that I actually want to dive in feels so unreal. Then, me watching the sunrise at the summit of Mt. Fuji I just can’t think of anything. It might sound so cliche but as I watch it, everyday is literally and figuratively a brand new day!

That moment in my life will definitely be one of the books and I will always look back at when I’m so tired with my life. Imagine everyday the sun rises for all of us and me as a night person personally watching it, I never knew how amazing it can be! It feels like magic and surreal. I felt completely happy, high, positive and energized after I witnessed it. There are no words and adjective to describe how great it was.

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Skincare routine

Disclaimer: I’m not a dermatologist these are only the products that work for my skin and since not everyone has the same skin type it might not work for others. The products I’m gonna show you are not paid nor advertisement. 

I started doing skincare routine when I was in college. I’m a late-bloomer thanks to my cousin who teaches me how to take care of myself and be lady-like. Ever since then, I became so addicted to skincare products because I’m too lazy to put on make-up everyday that I can even go to work without it. My thinking is if I have good skin, I don’t need to enhance or cover up the flaws of face.

My current skincare routine is here! Most of the time when I found products that works for my skin I stick with it cause I don’t want to explore and harm my face with changing of routines every now and then.

1. Dove facial wash

You need to wash your face 2x a day every morning and before you go to bed. What I love about this product is, it’s really light and not harsh to my face. It also gently exfoliate your face while you wash so after you use it. You can feel your face so glowing and soft. It can be found in any drug store in Japan.

2. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

I bought this one in Costco but it is also available at Amazon. I love this product because it doesn’t have any scent and light in your face. As you notice, I love products that are light-weighted and not-so oily when you put it. It also not harsh to my face this one also helps me to prevent my acne and lighten dark spots for some reason.

3. Biore Aqua Rich Sunblock

Most of us only apply sunblock when going to swim or beach but we didn’t notice in our everyday life when we step out of the sun. We are also exposed to harmful UV rays that can cause early wrinkles. You need to apply sunblock every time you go out to protect your skin from it. I love these cream type because just small amount of it can cover up your whole face. It can be found at any drug store in Japan but I bought mine at Costco.

4. Lush Honey Lip Scrub

When it’s winter, it’s so hard to prevent not to have chapped lips. Recently, I tried this Lush lip scrub. All you have to do is take a small amount of it and circularly rub it into your lips and voila! you can feel your lips so soft and looking kissable. That small tub can go a long way, it can be messy when you apply it but it smells so good like sugar and honey it’s all organic.

5. Lush Mask of Magnaminty

This mask is all over the interrnet. I already tried most of the lush masks and I can tell why netizens love this particular mask. It can prevent acne and lighten dark spots. When you apply it, you can feel relax with the minty smell of it and the coldness from it that cover your whole face. It also has some I don’t know if it’s oats or something but all organic that also helps to exfoliate your face without harming your skin. After I use it,  I can feel my face so smooth, soft, clean and glowing.

6. Cure Natural Aqua Gel

I use this product to exfoliate at least 2x a week. This is my ultimate go-to exfoliate. This is really top-seller among Japan’s skincare products. It can cost 3,000 yen but it can lasts for 3-4 months depending on your usage. You can use it in your face, elbows, knees or underarm to exfoliate and remove all the dead skin cells and dirt. I’m using this for 5 years already and it never fails me.

There you have it! For beginners, always remember the steps of wash, tone, exfoliate and moisturize. You have to be really committed to achieve flawless skin.

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