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Japan: A Land That Stole A Piece Of My Heart

I lived in Japan for close to three years after I got married and it was a great adventure. There were many ups and downs, sad times and good times, there was new life born and old lives lost, smiles made and tears dropped, there were friends made and friendships broken, but it felt like an extended honeymoon because although we were far from family, friends, and what we knew, I felt it gave my wife and I more time bond without the drama and distractions that couples normally face when surrounded  by old family and friends and the typical 9-5 job. It was just us and we had to rely on each other for just about everything, but with it came new experiences and memories I’ll never forget. Continue reading

Laputa: Castle in the Sky Puzzle


My favorite Ghibli film is Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Japanese: 天空の城ラピュタ Hepburn: Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta). I got this puzzle piece alongside my Totoro puzzle on my last trip to Japan. I found this in a Ghibli shop in Osaka in Umeda. The film was originally released in 1986 by Ghibli Studios.



A Leisurely Stroll

A lovely walk alone or with a loved one is a magical feeling . . .

A lovely walk alone or with a loved one is a magical feeling . . .

A favorite movie of mine is Midnight in Paris, starring Owen Wilson. It mixes elements that I enjoy like Paris, cobble stone streets, and lonely walks at nights. In the movie, Owen’s character is confused about what direction to take in his life as he is torn over pursuing what he loves and desires, or meeting the expectations of his fiance and her family. He walks the streets of Paris alone at midnight thinking about his  situation, when magical events begin to occur.

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Where’s home?


Yesterday, Angela and I were looking for land to place our first home one. It’s quite exciting, but frustrating at the same time. We’re torn between living in the city and close to family, or buying land in the country at the expense of being far away. Continue reading

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