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Back from Japan

After some issues with airport immigration, they thought I was someone else and ID’ed me six times, I’m back in front of my computer screen. No one’s here as expected, everyone in my family is in the province to celebrate so it’s awfully quiet and it’ll be that way for quite awhile.

Ok, enough about ranting. For what it’s worth, I loved the trip. I felt I really needed some time out and although I shelled out more cash than I really wanted, I can’t help but feel it was worth every peso. The trip is a very personal one so it was more of a communal thing rather than a sightseeing trip. No actual pics aside from the ones taken with my friend’s camera-attachment for his PSP so sorry about that Mark.

Here’s the highlights of my trip:

  • Went to Nipponbashi look for anime stuff. I was able to buy a Destroy model kit for my collection and tried to look for a store that carries legwarmers which I wanted to give to a friend (it’s a year-late request). I didn’t know what they were called in japanese and since I was the only one who spoke English in the group, we looked like a group of drunken otakus playing charades. I only got my hands on a few items since we really needed to get on the train.
  • Boarded the Shinkansen (not my idea but what the hell). I never really thought of the Nintendo DS’ popularity but after seeing a train full of DS’ holders (and gamers) I’m convinced.
  • Went to Kyoto to visit my friend. Like I said in the previous post he’s still in the hospital but recuperating.
  • I thought of going to Kiyomizu Dera temple since I wanted to visit another friend there but it was too far off so I just called.
  • Went to Shijo-Kawaramachi shopping district to waste the last few hours of my stay. No I didn’t go on a shopping spree. We stayed at one of the numerous game centers there and played our hearts out. I got to play Beats though, a title available only from the PS Store. Then after about an hour of Tekken some other fighting game (can’t read kanji sorry), we blew our hearts out on the videoke o.O.

The trip was nothing really earthshaking but I needed it to remind plant my feet back on the ground. To quote one of our conversations:

You’ve been spending so much time building up yourself that you’ve totally lost track. It’s never about what you can or cannot do. It’s about what you keep in your heart, that’s what matters.

I hope those words keep me straight for more than a year. I’m doing this trip annually is going to break my bank. Mentioned pics will remain on my PSP.

I’m off to sleep since I’ll be having an exam later.  Cheers guys!

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