Wanders and Flowers

because the world is beautiful...

Only in Japan: Everyday Innovations

Thing you can see only in Japan. Japan has been known for high-end technology, unique inventions, and crazy trends. From a simple chopsticks with small rings so that toddlers can learn how to use to a conversational human-like robots, Japanese people have been creative indeed to make life easier and more enjoyable. Last week as I accompany my in-laws for Sakura viewing around Tokyo, I noticed some creative innovations that were.. Read More

Creating Green Space in Our Balcony

Back in Manila despite my efforts to grow a small plant, I always ended up wondering why I cannot do it. My cousins would tease me that my hands are better with cut flowers rather than those with roots. And so after several years of trying to create my dream herb garden, I have slowly accepted my fate that we are not meant to be. Moving here in Tokyo shed.. Read More

Retracing History in Kawagoe

I first heard of Kawagoe from my Czech friend a long time ago when she asked me to go with her to visit the place. However at that time I got busy with work stuff so I did not go with her. After four years or so, I again heard the word Kawagoe. This time I hear and see it often since my train going to my workplace is exactly the.. Read More

Reminiscing: Ueno, Why Do I Love Thee?

If there are places in Japan that I will not get tired of visiting, Ueno will be on my top three. I just love this place especially the areas around and near the main train station. It’s anything and everything in Ueno – shrines, temples, parks, museums, food, shopping centers, karaoke bars, izakayas, pubs, etc. During the old times, Ueno serves as a nodal point for business, economy, and travel.. Read More

Our Park..In the Middle of the Street..

They say that one way or the other what we do for a living or what we learned from the books have influences on how we see new things even people and places.  Just a few years ago, I realized that this is true for me. For about 10 years I have been working in a city planning office handling technical cooperation. My main task is to look for possible.. Read More