Streets of Tokyo: City Lights, Lolita & Karaoke

    The beauty of traveling to another land is having an opportunity to experience different sense of freedom. A moment, although deemed as temporary allows you to be free from your obligations or problems. The perfect time to find inner peace and solitude. Maybe just to close your eyes, feel the wind and  reflect your life. Sounds cliché?

    No, nothing feels better than to let go for a while and just be at ease. Do not be trap in a bubble where society dictates what you should think, do or feel; or let problems, concerns, and challenges overwhelmed your reality. Well, that freedom can be refreshing.

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    Operation Ninja : Fortune & Shurikens in the Land of the Rising Sun

    Who goes to another country in the middle of a semester?

    My parents, friends and classmates have bombarded me with that question and other similar concerns when they learned that I was going to Japan for a conference.  For my part, I was anxious too as I was studying Genetics that semester. Whereas the timing was wrong, I just could not resist the opportunity to visit Japan.

    I would be lying if I say that I’m just going there for the sake of the conference. I do not mean to downplay the conference in any way as it is a respected event. I had learned so much and have met wonderful, smart people who are not just colleagues that will one day, become world changers but also friends who share the same passion as me.

    Right after I booked my flight, my mind was filled with thoughts of ramen shops, anime, izakayas, onsen and Shinkansen: all the things that I wanted to experience ever since I was young.

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    Turquoise Waters & A Rainbow: A Day Trip in Great Ocean Road

    A week after we went to Grampians, my friends and I embarked to another road trip, this time to one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. Similar to Grampians, it will be better to go there early in the morning if you are planning a one-day visit. However, the Great Ocean Road is also surrounded with beautiful towns where you can stay for a couple of nights. Since we all have our work the day after, we decided to stick to a day tour.

    We left Melbourne around 10:00 AM and got there around 1:00 PM. As it was a smooth drive, it took us about three hours to get there. There are zigzag roads along the way so it is recommended to bring medicine for in case you get carsick.   True to its reputation, the Great Ocean Road is truly breathtaking! It was a perfect retreat for someone who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

    Great Ocean Road ( Trip)

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    A Rugged Day in the Grampians

    “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, there is a rapture on the lonely shore,
    There is society, where none intrudes, by the deep-sea, and music in its roar:
    I love not man the less, but Nature more”
    George Gordon Byron

    If you are looking for a quick escape from the bustling metropolitan of Melbourne, a day trip to Grampians will provide the much-needed getaway for you and your companions, may it be friends or family.

    Sometimes, the fast pace of the city can cause stress and drain your energy. A retreat to nature will provide you relaxation without breaking the bank or taking too much of your time.  Besides, who does not love to sit down and just look at scenery below the mountain?

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    The Hakuna Matata Mindset

    A Case of Bad Combination: Being a Migrant & a Worrier

    For the past months, my daily routine consisted of just going to school, work and finally home. The fact that I’m living in Melbourne, Australia’s cultural and food capital did not even matter that time. The moment that I arrived in Melbourne, both my heart and mind were optimistic that everything will work out just fine. It was my usual confident, optimistic thinking and of course, I combined this with perseverance.

    Our life in a bunch of words: I came here with my mother, her profession enabled us to secure permanent residency here in Australia. We came with hopes that we could  be together again as a family. I was happy as I have not lived together with my mom for quite a long time. She was abroad most of  the time and when she finally came home, I was studying in a far-off school.My mother is a single mom and worked as a landscape architect in Dubai for five years before she applied here in Australia: ” It is for our future, you and your siblings would have a good life here”, she said full of enthusiasm.

    Everything was fine during the first months of our stay here but it would later falter.

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    Moving Down to Oz

    Australia in a Nutshell: Snippets from a Newbie

    Seven months ago, I remember being cramped inside a train in Manila.  Noise, heat and discomfort  radiated in midst of the space crammed with people. Despite being squished and pushed around, my mind was in a different state, too caught up with the thought of moving. In a few days time, I was on my way to Australia or ‘Oz’.

    Honestly, it is hard to describe Australia when you haven’t been here for too long. It is a huge country which  would need months or even years to see everything it has to offer. But there are always activities  to do for every type of person, whether you are in the cities or in towns.

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    Hello Chap!

    Here it goes, my online diary.

    I’m Anne, just one of the seven billion individuals who walk on this planet exploring life and trying to make sense of it. I do not mean to sound so morose, surprises of life are beautiful to me. Trials  come along with opportunities, both   hone your character to build a better perspective towards your environment  and basically, put balance to your life.

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