Happy New Year!

December 31, 2020

Wow! What a year! 2020 has been quite a year for all of us. The COVID pandemic has changed all our lives. The way we live, the way we carry on with our every day life, the way we travel and interact with each other. 

I can only hope that 2021 will be a better year. I'm hopeful that we can start a new normal. For now, I am spending my time with my family and making the best out of this uncertain and hard situation. 

I'm looking back at my past travels and I'm extremely grateful that I had the chance to travel while I could. And who knows when we can all go back to normal and travel safely again.

15 Random Obervations of Japan II

December 30, 2020 Japan

I went back to Japan a couple of times now! I have paid more attention on how Japanese people behave and interact. You can read about my random observations series here.

1. Shops inside the train stations are great for food and souvenir shopping.
2. Everyone is quiet inside the trains except for tourists.
3. Even kids are quiet. I barely heard them cry (what's your secret Japan?)
4. Kids are taught to be independent at a very young age.
5. And to carry their own weight. I saw a little kid carrying his own backpack and I swear he was less than 1 year old.
6. People do not lock their bikes on a pole. They just lock it with the bike.
7. No one will bother you unless you ask for help.
8. Everyone brings their own food and drinks when boarding the bullet train.
9. You can drink beer inside the trains.
10. You can use your suica/pasmo card to board the trains and to pay for food/drinks at restaurants or shops.
11. They pay a lot of attention to details.
12. English music is everywhere; hair salons, restaurants, shops, etc.
13. Smoking is still prevalent. You can still smoke inside restaurants :(
14. Everyone politely lines up.
15. And will respect your space.

Megalochori, Santorini

December 29, 2019 Santorini, Greece

My apologies for the lack of update here, I have been busy taking care of my baby (yes, I had a baby this year) that I completely ignored this blog. I wish I had more time to update but babies require a lot of attention and care :) 

I'm hoping to slowly ease into a new normal where I can also update here from time to time. 

2019 was a no travel year for me. I had plans to take the baby with me to travel after 6 months but I cancelled it because I was not mentally prepared to have anxiety in another country. Just thinking about the travel logistics made me want to stay home. So, I did. 

Let's see how brave I get next year. I really hope to take her somewhere. Well, it's really more for me than her at this point. I'm craving to get out of Toronto. 
I still have more stories and photos from my past travels that I never posted like this one from Santorini. We rented a car for one day to drive around Santorini. Our first stop was the Megalochori village. It's a very quiet village as compared to Fira and Oia. They do have a handful of shops and taverna's. 
We went here very early and it felt like it was just us walking around the whole village. We did see some shops that were open for business. One place in particular was the shoemaker. We watched him make shoes and had a chat with him about the island. I ended up buying sandals from him. 
The blue and white everywhere never gets old. I loved exploring this empty village. No photo bombers ;)
We found a "cave" to explore.
It's basically someone's basement in this case. 
It was cold and dark inside. Felt like I was inside a cellar.
It was a welcome relief after sweating outside. No need for air conditioner in the summer. Just stay here and you can keep cool during a very hot day.
The main plaza in the village where they have restaurants.
I loved exploring this peaceful village. I felt like I stepped back in time where people still grow their own produce and live in their own clock.

I wish you all a great New Year filled with love, happiness, and good health! Happy 2020!!

Santorini Part 2

February 14, 2019 Oia 847 02, Greece

I lost all my presets on Photoshop so my photos are all unedited but I don't really mind because Santorini is beautiful without adding touch up's. 
I loved getting lost in Oia for a few hours. You can browse through the endless nooks and take hundreds of photos. Eat if you want to. 
And also shop. My bf husband bought me earrings to remember our trip here. You can find really high end stores but there are also inexpensive shops. 
And we also found windmills!
There is no shortage of activities. Or you can just sit back and relax.
The perfect spot to relax.
Soak in and enjoy the island life in Greece!
One of the most Instagramable spot in Oia.

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