If there’s one thing I love more than eating, it’s travelling! 🛫 It’s so exciting getting to experience another culture and seeing how different or similar things are to your own home city.
Japan has always been my top destination to visit and early last year I was finally given the opportunity to travel there through the JENESYS 2015 exchange program. And it was an all expenses paid for trip! I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start off my first trip to Japan 😍✨
JENESYS 2015 was the Japanese Government’s flagship youth exchange program which offered a study tour to Japan from 26 January to 3 February 2016 for 75 Australian university students. The theme for my program was “Japanese Culture and Japanese Language”.
The objectives of this program was to:
- promote mutual trust and understanding among the peoples of Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, and to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation.
- And to promote a global understanding of Japan’s society, history, diverse culture, politics, and diplomatic relations.
I’m not too sure if it runs every year but it was on again last year and applications were open around Oct 2016. Check the website of the Japanese Consulate (or Embassy if you’re in Canberra) of your capital city regularly for more details! That’s where the program details and application form will be posted. I think it’s also a good idea to join University Japanese cultural societies on Facebook- that’s how I heard about this program.
During the trip we were divided into 3 groups, sorted by the prefecture we would go to. I was in the Yamaguchi group and the other groups went to Hiroshima or Nagasaki. We spent 4.5 days in Tokyo and 3.5 days in Yamaguchi – we went from Tokyo to Yamaguchi and then back to Tokyo. We did so many things I’m just going to focus on what stood out for me!
Happy (belated) New Year ✨ After (yet another) break from blogging I’m feeling refreshed and ready to post again! For the past few years I’ve felt like I’ve been in this repetitive loop in what I’ve been doing which didn’t really inspire me to post anything. But recently I’ve thought about the direction and the sort of things I want to talk about in my blog and also I’ve been getting into new things so I feel pumped again to update. I think it’s nice to have my own little space in the web and talk about things which I don’t really talk about with friends 😂
So what has happened since I last posted? I went back to short hair as the bleached ends of my hair went all dry and horrible. My hair got really damaged when I went to America so I’m not sure if it’s because of the water or because I didn’t use my usual haircare products or a combination of both 😰 So back to bobs and short hair it is! This time I chose to get my hair dyed a dark ash brown. I’m really pleased with the way it turned out, though my ends are still bleached so currently I have an ombre going on 😄 This snap below was taken on the day of my haircut✂
I also finally got new frames. I was supposed to get new frames like 2 years ago but I was lazy and forgot so I only ended up getting my new pair last month. In a way I’m glad though, otherwise I wouldn’t have gotten this design! I love the gradient from silver to white on the front and the hearts on the side 😍 It looks gold though since my iPhone is gold.
Another thing which got upgraded was my phone! I was torn between getting the rose gold or gold iPhone 6s, but I settled for getting the gold colour. If the rose gold was more bronze I think I would have gotten it since I’m not too fond of pink. After plunging into the world of mobile gaming, I went for the 64gb storage. I feels so good to have heaps of storage to download a lot of apps and not to have to keep moving my photos to my desktop 👌
Another big thing that happened to me last year was that I travelled to the U.S and Canada! It was an interesting experience, especially to see what life is like there compared to what I’ve seen on tv and to hear all the different accents haha. I only spent 3 days in Canada, but I really liked visiting Montreal city and I hope to go to Vancouver one day.
And most exciting of all, I finally went to Japan earlier this year! 😭 I applied for a cultural program in November last year and got chosen, so I went on an all expenses paid trip to Tokyo and Yamaguchi. Even though I was only there for 8 days, I had an amazing time. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m more used to Asian/Japanese culture but I felt much more comfortable being there compared to my trip in America. I definitely see the appeal of why so many people like to travel to Japan, and hope to go back again next year 🌸