Monday, April 24, 2017

Mata

The time has finally come to leave Japan. I always thought that I will stay here forever but sometimes fate pulls some unexpected tricks along the way. I will be flying back to the Philippines carrying the memories of Japan, a place where I worked and lived for ten years.

spring

Friday, April 14, 2017

Chiba-koen

I have mentioned before in one of my posts that Chiba-koen is my favorite hanami (flower viewing) spot in Japan. Not much have been written about this park since most locals and tourists prefer Tokyo area during spring, but I and my friends usually visit this place every year.

chibako21

pink cherry blossoms 
falling faster than my hair 
i am growing old 

~ totomai 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fireflies

I bought the book, Kamikaze: A Japanese Pilot's Own Spectacular Story of the Famous Suicide Squadron, in 2013 but did not have the time to read it until recently. The book opened with an explanation from one of the authors, Gordon T. Allred, after he was informed that the story of Yasuo Kuwahara may be a fabricated one. He maintained that he still believes Kuwahara, and let the readers decide afterwards. 

plane

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Decade

Today, my blog turns 10 - that is a decade of blogging, shooting, and distilling thoughts. For the past ten years, I always see to it that I have at least one blog entry per month. Checking the number of posts, I have a total of 354 including this one - an average of 3 blogs per month.

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Photo by: Noli / Dave 
Bodypaint by: Tokyo Bodypaint 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Calatagan

I attended the wedding of my friend last January in Calatagan, Batangas. Batangas is known for its beautiful beaches. The wedding reception was held in Stilts Caltagan, so for convenience, I booked a room at the said resort for two nights. I stayed at the tree house which was very different and interesting at the same time. And outside of that tree house, the blue waters are always to greet me - have a nice day.

paradise

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Jobless

How about starting the year without a job? The company decided to cut down the number of employees due to the crisis faced by the oil and gas industry. I had a strong feeling that this will happen soon so I can't say that I am not prepared to hear the news. It's been great decade of experience and knowledge.  

attempt

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Bodypaint

Today, I am a year older and there’s no stopping it. Most of you are aware of my yearly birthday tradition - photo shoot in birthday suit. I was running out of idea and then I met Ai-san, a body painter in Yokohama, in one of photography meet-ups.

JCM_2353

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Diet

Last December, I posted my first “before and after” photo on Facebook. That was three months after I started my low-carb diet. Since then, I have posted 4 more times to show the progress. Don’t worry, this is the last “before and after” photo since I already reached my goal. I will just try to maintain it.

accomplishment

Watching Winter 

 I watch...

the sun paints 
the roofs 
in shades of orange,
why not blue or green?

the last two 
maple leaves 
finally let go -
can they survive the cold
like Hansel and Gretel?

 the Christmas twinkles
fill in 
 for the fireflies
to bring back
the warmth of summer 
nights

 myself melts
in front of the mirror 
naked

a reflection stare back at me 
 without blinking

 was I a snowman 
or a scarecrow 
or a human

 /totomai
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