Cycling through the Rustic Charm of Biei, Hokkaido

Iโ€™veย wanted to cycle in Hokkaido for a long time and I finally did last weekend! I went skiing in Sapporo last winter and I left a part of my heart there on the island's beauty. After Sapporo my next destinations were Furano and Biei. Granted, summer is widely known as the best time for visiting … Continue reading Cycling through the Rustic Charm of Biei, Hokkaido

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2016

"It went by too fast!" - says myself at the end of every year. Then I'd try to recollect what I've done in the past 364 days. Then finally, I'd whimper silently at the undeniable fact that I will age one year older. It doesn't help much to have a birthday in February, you'll feel … Continue reading 2016

Living in Japan: Eating with Chopsticks #2 – Non-Alien Registration

Today after lunch, a department staff kindly took me to the Hayama Town Hall to register myself as a resident. The building was familiar; I remembered seeing its image when googling about the town. There, I was comforted by the system and people's efficiency. Registering as a new long-term resident is convenient. Let me explain … Continue reading Living in Japan: Eating with Chopsticks #2 – Non-Alien Registration

Ethiopia: First Reminder on Perception

I've traveled southward across the Mediterranean Sea. After 6 hours' flight, I arrived in the 'political capital of Africa': Addis Ababa. I remember well how I perceived Africa during my childhood. I knew Africa as Ethiopia, South Africa, Madagascar, Sahara Desert, wilderness, and The Lion King. South Africa is Nelson Mandela and gold, Madagascar is … Continue reading Ethiopia: First Reminder on Perception