My Love-Filled Leap Year Birthday

Yesterday, February 29, I finally celebrated my birthday on the ACTUAL date that I was born. I finally turned 8 years old! (Well, at least 8 in leap years, and 32 in “normal” years. I prefer 8. It makes me seem younger). (The photo above is of me on my last few hours as a …

A Crazy, Fun, and Sweet Marriage Proposal at The Shibuya Crossing

The Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan is said to be the busiest intersection in the world. Here, you will witness a conflux of people crossing and swarming the street from all directions, then mingling in the middle, trying to get from one side to the other while fighting their way through the barrage of pedestrians. There’s …

There Are Plenty Of Fish In The Sea

As if the Japanese aren’t offbeat enough (case in point: futuristic toilets that play music as you poop), even the way they celebrate Valentine’s Day is unconventional. Unlike the rest of the world where it’s usually the men that are expected to present gifts to their women every 14th of February, in Japan, it’s the women …

It’s “Just” Valentine’s Day but it’s STILL Valentine’s Day

What’s the big deal about Valentine’s Day? It’s just an over-promoted consumerist holiday marked by chocolates, flowers, and cheesy Hallmark cards. It’s a day of red outfits, bad poetry, heart-shaped anything (candy, eggs, a random rock on the ground — you name it!), and unimaginative marriage proposals, and yet even with all of these, the …

Why ’13 Was NOT a Lucky Year

It is widely known that the number 13 is considered an unlucky number in some countries. I’m not entirely superstitious but last year, when we were counting down to 2013 as we blew our party horns, and shook our wallets and purses as the clock struck 12:00, I thought to myself, “I wonder if the …

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