Spoiler Alert: They don’t understand how it works.
I never thought of Japan as a romantic place until I explored it with my boyfriend. Yes, last year I went back to Japan. Spending days in Japan with him was absolutely fantastic. My all 4 happy hormones – endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin (which is the most dominant, by the way!)- have reached their maximum level during that trip. Even now, when I’m trying to remember those precious moments we had, it feels like my brain is trying to produce more serotonin.
Meeting the boyfriend at the airport was one of the most exciting parts. After messaging him that I’m outside the JR ticket booth, I went to the bathroom and fix my face, hair, clothes, and everything that would make me feel fabulous. Then, I saw a man wearing a neon apple green hat. It’s him! Shouted my mind. Roller coaster of emotion overwhelmed me that day. Mostly nervous. It doesn’t matter now where we are, I am so preoccupied of the idea of him talking to my face, the idea that I’d be with him for 9 days, the idea of HIM.
Honestly, I contemplated on whether to write about this travel or not, but the urge to show you how exciting the trip was is strong. Fortunately, I felt the urge to write today. Blogging has always been therapeutic, especially when you wanted to read previous experiences you have written. You can always look back and reminisce. I will try my best to remember everything during this trip and consolidate it here.
While on the train going to Oshiage, he mentioned his favorite dungeons and dragons. I don’t have any idea what it’s all about but it sounded so awesome because he is awesome hehe. I’ve been in Japan before, although I know that he would love this trip (because why the hell not?), I’m still afraid to commit a mistake that would make him feel disappointed. I want this travel to be perfect at least.
It feels like we’re on the train the whole day. Along the way, the atmosphere has started to get colder due to a bit of rain outside. It was a chill and relaxing ride. The weather was about the same last year where we experienced a bit of rain on the first day then a hot summer feel for the rest of our stays.
We had the best 9 days of our lives, and it’s quite hard to sum it all up in one blog. So bear with me.
I think it’s already 5 o’clock in the afternoon when we arrived at Richmond Hotel Premier – just a block away from the majestic Tokyo Skytree. He always booked fancy hotels for us, which made me feel so special. Tokyo Skytree in the rain looks like an alien spaceship. Yes, it was that magical.
After exploring the panoramic view of the city from the tallest building in Japan (634 meters in height), we’re off to Coro Coro Comic Legend Cafe for our dinner time, only because we can’t find any other restaurants that are still open. In their menu, you can find so kawaii and Instagrammable food like this one:
HELLO AGAIN, AJISAI
We were greeted by the many colours of beautiful Ajisai in the garden of Hasedera. I’ve been here before, but it didn’t stop me from including it on our itinerary. I don’t mind seeing its spectacular beauty again. Its cheerful beauty was so contagious and it feels like you want to be cheerful all day.
Ang daya mo naman eh, sabi mo you want us to meet each other one day.. I guess, it’s never going to happen now 🙁 Mr. Death has already visited you 🙁 Remember when I told you na sana those evil people nalng ang nagkaganyan na condition, but you scolded me that I shouldn’t be thinking that way.
Maybe you’re now wondering how did Joan know about it, since I’m just your online buddy. Na kung saan ikaw lang nakakaalam ng access para mamessage ako. Your sister told me about it. She said she was glad that she can access your email, then I remember – Yeah, I think we have a few exchange messages via email. When I went home, I opened my email. I saw your sister’s message saying you passed away.
Morning.. I continued mourning.. still, can’t believe that you’re gone.”Joan would be worried if I wasn’t online” – Your sister told me this. And this was during your hospital days. I can’t help but smile that you mentioned me to your sister. I was touched he was thinking about me in his most fragile state. You always made sure that I’m not gonna get worried whenever you were being sent back to the hospital. You made me laugh even if I know you’re in pain 🙁
I messaged your sister back and got her response; “He really wasn’t well these last 18 months but I still hoped he would get better. But you’re right he is at peace now free from his discomfort.”
You’re really good at hiding it from me, John. Props to you because you even managed to made jokes about it. You were really happy to tell me that you already have an AC 😀
The thought that you didn’t make it on your birthday makes me quite sad. It’s your birthday on February 1st. You would have been 38. Happy Birthday, bud! 🙁 Hugs** Thank you for being such a good friend and a wonderful person. This is really sad and I’m crying while typing this.
I’m going to miss those weird, interesting and informative articles you’re always sending me from time to time. All of those were amazing. Robots and other geeky out of this world, interesting stuff.
I’m gonna miss you so much, buddy 🙁
Really brave, John. Rest in Peace <3