Grateful: Mai 2015

1st: Today I am grateful for music. Thank you.

2nd: Today I am grateful for Nightwish. Thank you.

3rd: Today I am grateful for food. Thank you.

4th: Today I am grateful for music. Thank you.

5th: Today I am grateful for going to my first Nightwish, Delain, and Sabaton concert! Thank you.

6th: Today I am grateful for friends. Thank you.

7th: Today I am grateful for comfort. Thank you.

8th: Today I am grateful for retaining valuable information. Thank you.

9th: Today I am grateful for a place to live. Thank you.

10th: Today I am grateful for tornados not completely forming and destroying houses. Thank you!

11th: Today I am grateful for my car. Thank you.

12th: Today I am grateful for friendly people. Thank you.

13th: Today I am grateful for apps. Thank you.

14th: Today I am grateful for my determination. Thank you.

15th: Today I am grateful for my phone. Thank you.

16th: Today I am grateful for true family. Thank you.

17th: Today I am grateful for the internet. Thank you.

18th: Today I am grateful for food. Thank you.

19th: Today I am grateful for grateful people. Thank you.

20th: Today I am grateful for helpful people. Thank you.

21st: Today I am grateful for cosmetics. Thank you.

22nd: Today I am grateful for non-racist people. Thank you.

23rd: Today I am grateful for smiles. Thank you.

24th: Today I am grateful for the internet. Thank you.

25th: Today I am grateful for water. Thank you.

26th: Today I am grateful for showers. Thank you.

27th: Today I am grateful for understanding. Thank you.

28th: Today I am grateful for kindness. Thank you.

29th: Today I am grateful for curiosity. Thank you.

30th: Today I am grateful for easy relationships. Thank you.

31st: Today I am grateful for phone calls. Thank you.

Japan: 三重県 / Mie 12-’14

Hello sweethearts!

Since I finished my Nagoya posts I can finally move on to the excursions that the kareshi’s parents had planned for me. Honestly, just being in Japan was more than enough for me… so having the kareshi’s parents set up places to go, hotel rooms, things to see and do, with transportation and all other logistics planned for me to enjoy Japan was just really amazing. I really could not have asked for better hosts/people to spend my time with in Japan. I keep saying this repeatedly, but the kareshi’s parents are the nicest people on this planet!

The kareshi’s parents had planned for me to visit a really huge shrine in Mie. There were a ton of people, tons of food, tons of shopping, and tons of walking. The scenery was so beautiful, and my pictures do not do Mie any justice. We walked around the shrine for quite some time, prayed, ate some really delicious noodles, and generally enjoyed our time there. It was an amazing experience and I’m so glad that the kareshi’s parents took me here!

伊勢神宮 / Ise Jingu Shrine

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I think that I spent a good 10 minutes staring at this river. It was so beautiful and clear!
The kareshi’s parents were mega confused as to why I liked it so much lolol❤
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This was probably the shrine that I prayed the fastest at. Everyone was basically at this location to pray at this shrine in particular, so we had to wait in line a bit then quickly do our prayers and walk away. I think that we did our prayers so fast that we forgot a few steps and did them in the wrong order lol
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This happened during a restroom break. The kareshi was explaining to me that people around the world pay $10,000-$20,000 to have one fish! I really didn’t believe him at the time, but after being in Japan for a while I totally believe him now.
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EDITDSC06980These next few pictures below are of the hotel that the kareshi’s parents booked for us. I was blown away by the kindness of the kareshi’s parents! This hotel was really nice and on top of a mountain! The view was breathtaking and everything else was perfect! I still can’t believe that the kareshi’s parents booked this trip for me. I am still beyond grateful for their kindness.
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I really couldn’t tell you exactly what I ate, but everything was ultra good! I think this was a 7 course meal and of course I couldn’t finish it…again😦

From what I remember, the above picture has fish sperm (my favorite) & cheese with baby anchovies and seaweed (the rectangle at the front haha.)

The kareshi ate a lot of my portions lol
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This could be soba noodles…or not😐
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Apparently, this was shrimp and not a lobster. The kareshi and his parents would try their best to translate what I was eating and when they told me that this was shrimp I tried to explain that shrimp aren’t this big and that this must be a lobster. They told me that lobsters have a huge claw and that shrimps didn’t & also some other reasoning that proved this was indeed a huge shrimp and not a lobster!
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These last photos are the view directly from our hotel room’s window. I loved everything about Mie and really appreciate the kareshi’s parents for letting me enjoy another piece of Japan. I always gave the kareshi’s parents a gift after every trip, but unfortunately I have forgotten what I gave them for this trip…

The next trip will be Kyoto!

Later Sweethearts,
Cilla

Japan: 名古屋城 / Nagoya Castle & Shrine 12-’14

Hello sweethearts~

Sorry it’s been a while. I’ve actually been pretty busy graduating uni, job hunting, moving, etc. so I have a valid excuse for my absence!

I want to update you guys on my current life, but I don’t want my Japan posts to get too out of order. I’ll try to finish them soon so I can show you guys my graduation date and all the concerts I went to~~~~

During one of our slower days in Japan, the kareshi took me to see Nagoya Castle, which I’ve previously heard a lot of hype about from numerous bloggers. The sakura trees are why that location is most popular, but we didn’t get to experience that as we were visiting during December.

The landscape was still damn pretty! The snow and trees paired with the lack of people made that day perfect for a peaceful walk with the kareshi.

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The entrance to the castle grounds. As you can see there were almost no people there that day🙂

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 The kareshi was quite hungry even though we were due for dinner in only a few hours haha
He wanted to stop at the small restaurant on the castle grounds to show me the traditional noodles that originated in Nagoya! They’re named “Kishimen” (“men” means noodle in Japanese & Kishi is the style.) As you can see from the photo, they’re flat!
Also everything here was super yummy and the bottle to the right (almost cut off from the photo) is hot honey tea!! It was the most amazing drink that I had in Japan!

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During our walk the kareshi and I spotted a small tea house in the middle of the grounds. He used to visit Nagoya castle multiple times when he was in grade school but he didn’t remember this tea house! We didn’t think it was open, but upon walking closer we saw that we could order a traditional matcha drink with the “rice cake of the day.” There was also a gift shop inside!

The matcha drink was potent and the rice cake was red bean with fruit inside! It was so delicious! Also, we got to see the lady make the matcha in front of us, and if you didn’t notice already…there were gold flakes in the matcha drink!😀

The tea house had normal tables for sitting but also an elevated area where you would normally drink this type of drink traditional style. I asked the kareshi if I could take a picture in the elevated area and to our pleasure the employees suggested that we have our meal there! The kareshi had never experienced this before and it was definitely a moment to remember for the rest of our lives!
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This was inside a house on the castle grounds…I forgot what the house was for unfortunately:/ (will ask the kareshi later lolol) We had to take our shoes off of course, and there was no flash photography allowed. I do remember that the house was built from some special imported wood that would deteriorate rather quickly if exposed to many elements. There were a ton of employees around every corner to ensure that no one used flash, bumped or scratched anything, or generally tried to ruin the inside of the house.
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I believe this was fried rice covered in some sauce. We had dango right before this, and I made the kareshi eat this himself since I couldn’t eat anymore ^^;
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We actually spent so much time strolling around the castle that we only had 30 minutes until the entire grounds closed…including the castle itself haha. The kareshi and I ran into the castle and basically sprinted up the 4 steps! The inside of the castle was like a museum.

The kareshi wanted to make it to the top of the castle so he could show me Nagoya from its point of view. I got a few souvenirs up there as well~

These bottom photos are of a very popular shrine in Nagoya! The Kareshi used to go to this shrine all the time when he was younger.

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At these entrances you’re supposed to bow before you enter and after you exit!
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This is basically what the inside of the shrine looked like! There were a few buildings scattered about and also some smaller shrines.
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This is area is located close to the main shrine. People wash their hands, sometimes their faces, and sometimes drink from this water!
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These were our fortunes! You tie them to this post when you’re done reading them to recycle~
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And that’s basically it for Nagoya! (I think LOL) Granted, I did spend most of my time in the kareshi’s hometown, I think that I’ve covered almost everything that I experienced in Nagoya.

Next I’ll talk about the mini excursions that the kareshi’s parents so generously planned for me! I swear, they are the nicest people on this planet!❤

Later Sweethearts,
Cilla

Grateful: Avril 2015

1st: Today I am grateful for an income. Thank you.

2nd: Today I am grateful for my car. Thank you.

3rd: Today I am grateful for pleasant surprises. Thank you.

4th: Today I am grateful for my mother. Thank you.

5th: Today I am grateful for the safety of my family. Thank you.

6th: Today I am grateful for humor. Thank you.

7th: Today I am grateful for my grandmother and her smile. Thank you.

8th: Today I am grateful for hope. Thank you.

9th: Today I am grateful for determination. Thank you.

10th: Today I am grateful for computers. Thank you!

11th: Today I am grateful for technology. Thank you.

12th: Today I am grateful for wine. Thank you.

13th: Today I am grateful for safe travels. Thank you.

14th: Today I am grateful for music. Thank you.

15th: Today I am grateful for vinyls and records. Thank you.

16th: Today I am grateful for my birthday gift & having a signed poster from my favorite band in the universe! Thank you.

17th: Today I am grateful for organization. Thank you.

18th: Today I am grateful for coffee. Thank you.

19th: Today I am grateful for peaceful moments. Thank you.

20th: Today I am grateful for movies. Thank you.

21st: Today I am grateful for chances. Thank you.

22nd: Today I am grateful for books. Thank you.

23rd: Today I am grateful for fantasy. Thank you.

24th: Today I am grateful for excitement. Thank you.

25th: Today I am grateful for supportive mentors. Thank you.

26th: Today I am grateful for Nightwish. Thank you.

27th: Today I am grateful for food. Thank you.

28th: Today I am grateful for safety. Thank you.

29th: Today I am grateful for happiness. Thank you.

30th: Today I am grateful for studying. Thank you.

31st: Today I am grateful for not giving up. Thank you.

TDJ: Ave Cesaria

Yo sweethearts~ I don’t know how to construct this post. Honestly, I wanted to restart my fashion posts and I asked my amazing friend (who is also an amazing photographer) if she was interested in taking photos of me for my blog again.

Nothing too interesting…

Although, I’ve lived in Denton for around 4 years and visited Dallas more times than I can count, this is the first time for me to actually walk through Klyde Warren Park.

I should recommend a song…

ave cesaria – Stromae

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«Souviens-toi de la première fois, où nos regards s’étaient croisés
Même que ton oeil disait merde à l’autre, surtout à moi
Mais pourquoi moi, alors que les autres te trouvaient bien trop laide
Peut-être que moi je suis trop bête, mais je sais t’écouter»

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Later Sweethearts,
Cilla