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Dream Factory

Sapporo is well celebrated for its winter holidays; where one can have one helluva ski experience or watch the drift ice phenomenon at Okhotsk Sea. It’s December and “winter is coming”! If you are looking forward to plan a holiday this Christmas season, may I suggest Hokkaido; where there is so much to love – peaceful shrines protecting hush-hush wishes, a gigantic chocolate factory housing a land of fairytales, and not […]

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The Land of Bedtime Stories

When I was a little girl, my mum used to read me bedtime stories. Lucky me, that applied for afternoon naps too. I never understood the reason for such rituals until I realized just minutes ago that I rarely had nightmares after an episode of Enid Blyton. Instead, my little strong imagination conjured up fragments of stories ranging from picking fruits so ripe their juice trickled down my fingers, blowing dandelion […]

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An Autumn Festival

Exactly a month ago from today, my senses were exposed to all things queer. To start, I was brushed against a – 40 Celsius air that nearly knocked me down. Banged a nail with frozen bananas. Learned how tall and pretty weeds in Japan can be. Tasted RAW corn that tasted as sweet as SUGAR (no exaggeration intended). Ate oysters so huge one mouthful couldn’t contain. That was how I was […]

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Natural Emotions

Unlike other travellers, like some, like a smaller clan I know, (actually there’s only one girl name Sarah), I am the kind who has to write on-the-road because I have a goldfish memory when it comes to recording the tiny details. Tiny details are important. At the end of your travels, if you remember them, you’ll realize that they are the moments that matter more, if not the most. My piece […]

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Hello Hokkaido!

I was clueless about how to live the next 2 weeks with the news of É’s absence regarding his return to Lisbon. It ain’t a new news, but one that always feels like the first – almost like a breakup – there’s no getting used to it. Then an email came and saved my life. What was supposed to be a stretched out, dull week of loneliness was reduced to […]

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Sayonara

My last day in Japan was reserved intentionally to loiter around Tokyo city like a local would on a laid back Saturday tinted with beautiful weather. The master plan was to explore Ginza; lounging along serene streets lined neatly by idle trees, catching up with long lost friends over tea, winding down the evening as we stand in admiration of Tokyo Central Railway Station, and ending the day with a sweet […]

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Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market is definitely a must-visit when traveling Tokyo. Whether you’re there for the market or a giant bowl of maguro don, you’re IN for a helluva experience. Here I’ve logged mine for you, so just sit back and enjoy the virtual visit! {First things first: Watch out for these machines because as clumsy as they look, they hustle around the market fast when operated by the busy fishmongers}   {I couldn’t help wondering […]