Friday, September 9, 2016

Auction

Five years ago, we went to the Tsukiji Fish Market to experience the tuna auction. However, we made a huge mistake of not checking the schedule. The auction was canceled because of the March 11 earthquake. The tuna auction is often listed as one of the must-do things in Tokyo. And with the news of the market’s possible relocation at the end of the year, we again decided to give it a go.

tuna

a giant tuna 
from wasabi-green sea to
a pool of soy sauce 

/totomai

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Crystals

Aside from the matsuri, Japan has hundreds of exhibits too during summer. One of the exhibits that caught my interest was DMM Planets Arts by teamLab. It is currently being held in Odaiba from July 16 to August 31 2016 [10 am – 10 pm]. The event is located just a few steps away from the Diver City [Gundam]. It costs 2,000 yen and an additional of 1,500 yen for priority ticket, in case you are too lazy to be in queue for more than 30 minutes. You can get a 500 yen discount for online reservation.

crystal

crystals

songs of good luck charms
only heard by the superstitious
choir at the pawnshop

/totomai

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Pond

Last year, I visited the Fuji Five Lakes. Between those lakes are villages turning to be tourist attractions as well. One of them is Oshino Hakkai (忍野八海). I haven't heard about it until a friend invited to join the bus tour.

pond

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Turquoise

Somewhere in Shizuoka Prefecture, there's a not-so-hidden place for some sort of adventure. A three-hour drive from Tokyo will lead you to a turquoise paradise. Or emerald. But perhaps, because of its accessibility, I haven't seen many tourists during our trip to Sumatakyo.

shiz 42

songs of cicadas
 outside my window, I dance
 chance of summer rain

/totomai

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Desert

I have blogged about the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and wanted to write the second part of my experiences in the Middle East last year but was not able to do so. Few weeks ago, I received my visa for another possible work assignment in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). This would be my second visit, in case. It was Ramadan when I first went to KSA and did not have time to go around the city. My daily routine was hotel to workplace to hotel. During the daily commute, I managed to have few snaps. But liked only one photo (see below).

  desert

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Yamathon

In 2008, I paraglided. Climbed Japan’s tallest mountain, Mt. Fuji, in 2012. Skydived in 2013. I thought I am done with these crazy adventures, then came the Tokyo Yamathon Urban Challenge. I once applied for Tokyo Marathon but was rejected. This is the closest thing in experiencing long-distance running / walking activity.

photogrunners

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Election

Some thoughts while on the train on my way home. 

May 9, 2016. Millions of Filipinos will cast their votes to elect a new set of government officials. This is so far the most intense election I have ever witnessed. Everyone is so passionate and wants his/her voice to be heard for the sake of our country, the Philippines. At some point, I blame the social media for the occassional chaos it brings during the campaign period, but at the same time, this is the easiest medium to defend and sell our chosen candidates

salamat

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Mankai

After three years of attempting to capture the cherry blossoms aka sakura at Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan, I finally did it last weekend. My previous experiences had been too early or too late. This year, it was the perfect timing and the elusive bloom missed its chance to escape from my camera.

sakura

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