Tokyo Trip – Odaiba

The afternoon we spent in Odaiba was very, very tiring! Odaiba is a man made island in Tokyo Bay. Ang dami naming nilakad! There are several malls in Odaiba and we went inside all of ’em.

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Before heading to Odaiba, we passed by the Nippon Television Tower and saw this yellow thingie that Miko called PIKACHU. No kids, that is not a Pokémon. I have no idea who that is. :p

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Odaiba was initially built for military purposes in the 1800s, and  expanded as a seaport district in the late 20th century, and has developed since the 1990s as a major commercial, residential and leisure area

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One of the most popular things to see is the Rainbow Bridge. This is the bridge by day–

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The first mall that we visited (because it’s the closest to the train station) was Decks. Ang ganda. Mukha talagang decks with its wooden flooring. :D

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We had snacks at Anchors,

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just some assorted sausages, juice, and cola.

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But because my newbie legs and feet were aching from all the walking, I begged Miko that we stay a little longer and we had more refreshments. :P

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When I got some of my strength back, we went to Aqua City

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and we saw a replica of the Statue of Liberty. According to Wiki, The French Statue of Liberty came to Odaiba in the late 90’s in commemoration of “The French year in Japan”. Because of its popularity, in 2000 a replica of the French Statue of Liberty was erected at the same place.

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I don’t remember if LEGOLAND is inside this mall, but we decided not to visit it anymore, because there was still so much to see in the area. Like this Hello Kitty Store.

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Akalain mong pati dried fish at dried squid meron si Hello Kitty?

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Look at this Kitty Geisha! Ang cute cute!

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In Diver City Plaza, there’s the famous 18 meter tall Gundam statue!

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Katuwa kasi even the locals seemed excited to see the humongous robot.

 

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There’s this golden structure of some sort that caught our attention. Don’t know what it is, but it’s just magnificent.

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Here’s a better shot. Better kasi may sunflowers. I love sunflowers! :D

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And there’s a kiddie program being shot in the area. No, babe. That’s not Mojacko. :p

 

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And this architectural masterpiece is the Fuji television Headquarters. The building was designed by world-renowned Kenzo Tange. he also designed St. Mary’s Cathedral in Bunkyo. (I’ll be blogging about that soon.)

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Walang pinipiling lugar ang Minions. Pati pala sa Japan, popular sila!

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Hello there, Stuart, Bob and Kevin!

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Here’s our family portrait. Charot! :p

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Of course, Dragon Ball is popular here.

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And lucky cats.

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And this blue dog that’s called LAUGH THE DOG, No, baby. Hindi siya si Snoopy na nalubog sa asul na jobos. :p

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Miko looked for Tekken, but didn’t find the game in the arcade. (Naging successful naman siya when we went to Shinjuku a couple of days after.)

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And look! There’s Astroboy again! Ang sarap iuwi at isabit sa kwarto ko!

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Do you remember the Monchhichis? They used to have an animated tv series in the 80’s. Ang tawag ko nga sa kanila Ewoks. Hahaha. Eh baket ba, pareho naman silang furry.

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Saw this shop that stationery, fans, toiletries, etc. I took a photo of it because I like the store name. Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese concept that deals with  one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is also a noodle shop at The Collective. :p

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Then finally, darkness fell and we saw the lights of the bay and the Rainbow Bridge.

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Unfortunately, we didn’t see the bridge’s rainbow colors, but the view was still stunning. The towers supporting the bridge are white in color, designed to go with the skyline of central Tokyo. Lamps are placed on the wires supporting the bridge, which are illuminated into three different colors, red, white and green every night using solar energy obtained during the day.

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The rainbow lights we got to see were from the Daikanransha, located at Palette Town. It is one of the biggest ferris wheels in the world. The wheel is brightly lit by neon tubes programmed to display multiple patterns in over 100 colors.

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Hay Odaiba, nakakapagod kang galaan! But oh so fun!

Next stop– Shibuya!

*featured image from Wikipedia

// listening to Adele – Hello

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Barasoain Church and Museum – Malolos, Bulacan

We were supposed to go to Angeles for some Aling Lucing’s Sisig and Corazon’s Halo-Halo, but went to Malolos instead because of it started to rain very hard. Classic blessing in disguise! At least nakapag-pilgramage to Barasoian Church (Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church) na nakikita ko lang dati sa ten peso bill (halatang ang tanda ko na hehehe), and got to go to the Barasoain Museum as well!

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There were a lot of tourist that Saturday afternoon we visited. Mga 6 buses yata ng mga kiddos na nagfi-fieldtrip ang nasa parking lot. Not surprising that this heritage spot is part of their itinerary, Barasoain Church being one of the most important religious buildings in the Philippines.

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It was also the temporary residence of General Aguinaldo, where the First Philippine Congress convened, where the drafting of the Malolos Constitution occurred. It wsas declared by Marcos as a National Shrine by Ferdinand Marcos in the 70’s.

Two Philippine presidents were inaugurated here– Aguinaldo and Estrada.

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Barasoain was derived from a name of a town in Spain, a town that Spanish missionaries thought was similar to Malolos. When the Spanish-Revolution broke out, the Spaniards coined the term “baras ngsuwail” or “dungeon of the defiant” because it because a meeting place of anti-Spanish forces.

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There are monuments in front of the church that honor the Republic of Biak-Na-Bato,

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officially referred to as the Constitution of the Philippine Republic,

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the first republic ever declared in our country by the Emilio Aguinaldo and his fellow members of the KKK.

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The museum is just beside the church.

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It was kinda hard to explore the whole museum that day because there were a lot of kids (and chaperones) from the field trip running around the halls.

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Here are some of the items that caught our attention–

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Ugh. I’ve never been a fan of Aguinaldo.

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Diorama! My favorite project when I was in gradeschool!

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Mon Confiado really does look like Aguinaldo. If you don’t get the reference, watch Heneral Luna.

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Wait, where can we find Artikulo Uno? :p

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It’s Luna!!!

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I wonder how much these handwritten artifacts cost.

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Lots of ladies that afternoon.

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I’ve always been fascinated with old staircases. Creepy.

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And look! Here’s the train that they used in Heneral Luna, where the general was speaking to the official in Fench and English about getting the train for use of the troop. “Puñeta! Arestuhin na nga ‘yan! nauubusan na ako ng Ingles!”  wpid-dsc_5274.jpg

Loved that we were able to visit a museum before the National Museums and Galleries month ended. Balita ko ang haba ng pila masyado sa National Museum eh!

As for the Angeles Trip, that would have to be scheduled another weekend. :)

// listening to Nat King Cole – Fascination

How To Thriller

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Never really learned the steps of Thriller– one of the most popular dances of all time, so I was thrilled when I saw this meme–

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I loved the part where Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo danced to this in 13 Going On 30. In fact, I loved all the parts where the movie featured the hits from that era. Thriller was released in 1983. I was 2 years old that time.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VKsQqhMHba8

Today’s Throwback Thursday, so today might just be a good time to learn the monster moves. Check out the original video by The King of Pop below. Warning: This is 13-minutes long.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnqjkJTMaA&feature=kp

If you aren’t thrilled yet, the version of the Cebu Dancing Inmates might just do the trick. This reached millions of YouTube hits around two or three years ago.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nFcMfTuS3hk

But wait! Did you know that it’s originally entitles Starlight? “Starlight! Starlight sun! Ang panget, noh? Not spooky or thrilling at all! Good thing they changed it to Thriller! Thriller night!

Alright! You’re almost set for Halloween! :p

// listening to Michael Jackson – Thriller (duh)

An Open Letter to The Platonic Love of My Life

My dearest aRICCOmambo,

I was barely awake when I checked my phone and saw a Facebook message from a stranger that said you passed away the day before. I reread it, hoping that I was just having a bad dream, but it was still there.

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I wept, thinking how could someone so young leave the world so soon? I wept, guilty because I did not get to see you when you were out of the seminary last Christmas. I wept because I just ate at El Chupacabra where you wanted to take me but I went there with another person instead. And I wept because we almost fought the last time we saw each other. And my tears were harder to stop when I remembered how we embraced and assured each other on how important our friendship was. I told you, “I love you” and you replied, “I love you more.”

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It’s hard to believe that you, my underground bestfriend and platonic love of my life, are already gone.

I was asked by your sister to give a eulogy. We used to make odes and blog entries for each other (that’s how we took the mutual admiration society seriously) and then I had to make a eulogy for you? Ah, the biting reality of how life works. How could I find the right words? You were so good with words. You always had something to say that can entertain, encourage, and inspire. Your intelligence, humor and kindness shone in the conversations you had with me, your other loved ones, and even with people you just met.

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I remember meeting you in one of the chatrooms of mIRC back in 2000. I was there because I was stalking looking for my ex. I found out that you were neighbors so I talked to you (hahaha I know, I was a user) but for some reason, I first saw you in flesh after a year when you joined LSS or Life in The Spirit Seminar in PCJ Parish, BF Paranaque. That’s were we became friends. It was so easy for us to get along because we were the noisiest in the group. :p

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We had years of partying and making fun of everything we could think of, and seizing and appreciating the happiness life threw our our way. You influenced me to drink more wine and hard drinks because I was already drinking beer like a kanto girl. You introduced me to your foreign friends and pushed me to care more about arts and culture. (Medyo challenging ito kasi nosebleed at medyo nagka-inferiority complex ako nung times na pumupunta tayo sa Models Night at Brazilian Night sa Tabu, hehehe!) You asked me throught-provoking philosophical questions that got me thinking what life’s really about and you also gave super shallow pop quizzes that reminded me to not take life so seriously.

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But the most special among all our interactions that I will always treasure in my heart and will always burn in my mind was when we had coffee and bibingka and puto bungbong at Via Mare on my 31st birthday, after we watched The Hobbit. We talked about God. We talked about our walk of faith. We shared how awesome it was to find out we heard our calling almost at the same time. You said you were still in Singapore when you heard it, that’s why you had to go back to the Philippines. You were very happy for me that God has called me to fortify my relationship with Jesus. I was very happy as well for you (and really surprised) that you were considering to enter the seminary because of the calling. I was in awe that you’d be willing to enter priesthood/brotherhood to serve Him. Wow, I thought, “My dear friend who used to bring me to parties would now bring me to church?” God really doesn’t call the qualified but qualifies the called. I was so proud of you, especially when I asked you something about my inclination to doubt God because of the fear I developed from past mistakes and failures. You told me to believe in the power of prayer and to always have faith. You told me none of my problems can ever match the great love God has for me and that I should continue to walk in faith. And you assured me that you would be with me in this walk.

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You then told me about how things were at home. About how you’re so blessed with your relationship with your mother, that because of her, you became more in love with God. You also said you never thought you’d also learn to appreciate and love your sister so much, considering years ago, you called yourself an only child. :p You said being close to God would really change one’s perspective because loving God means loving all that He loves. And I agree with you with all my heart, my dear dear Oryx.

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It hurts that I would not be able to hear you say, “I love you more” when I say “I love you” but my heart is consoled by the most important thing of all- you are in your journey to be with God. I will not anymore try to convince myself that you just went back to Singapore or went to Spain for grad school. You are on your way to Him and I know that you’re happy because that’s the ultimate travel you’d want to make. And I know that God is happy to welcome you His son whose love for Him goes beyond death.

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I will always replay our memories because in it, I will find inspiration and comfort and joy. I pray to see you someday. Someday ha. Not soon. Hahaha. :p

I love you very very very much, Oryx. We’ll continue our partying in heaven. Until then.

Love,
IyaIyaYow

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This is for you, Oryx. Because you're an angel-superhero-abstract-burst of color in my life.

P.S. I read the ode you wrote for me. Yung Ode to The Warrior Fairy. Isa ka talagang henyo. And you really really LOVE me. Pang-Palanca or Pulitzer sa galing eh. HEHEHE.

P.P.S. There are so many things I wanna say but baka maiyak na ako sa.pagka-miss sa iyo. And I know you don’t wanna see me cry. :(

P.P.P.S. I hate that you left without admitting to me na dinaya niyo ako ni Nico sa poker game natin 8 years ago. I won, didn’t I? :p

// listening to some weird reggae music… something you’d dance to :p

Pasabog Throwback

It’s Thursday and you know what it means. Time to flood your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with old photos. It’s like #sentisabado only on a different day. Hahaha!

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I saw that meme and I literally laughed out loud because I already did that. THRICE. The first time, I covered my exboyfriend’s face with a sticker. The second time, I cropped out his head. And the third time, I blurred him to anonymity. Here’s the 1st. Won’t post the other 2 because, well… the images are too delicate. Hahaha!

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I was challenged to upload a couple’s selfie without editing it. I said no. Not because I’m afraid that my ex will get angry or I’d cringe in shame but because I would only do it if there’s money involved. :p

// listening to Ylvis – What Does A Fox Say?