I’m Gonna Miss You, Buddy

Dear John,

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 na lang ang nagkaganyan na condition, but you scolded me that I shouldn’t be thinking that way.

Maybe you’re now wondering how Joan knows 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.

Shocked, then my tears began to fill my eyes. Tired from work and no more tears to cry.. I.. by then..  fell asleep.

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 that 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 make 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 ❤

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In Love Again (Naturally)

Japan Tokyo Tower Discovery

The distance is discouraging.
Yet still, I am attached.
I’m scared to mess things up again.
I’m scared you’ll say good-bye.
I felt the sparks fly whenever we have our chitchat.
And when we watch a film together, I was like a happy cat.
I felt the sparks fly whenever you prepare your dinner.
Because food makes my heart beat faster than ever.
The scariest and the greatest feeling ever.
Infinitesimally small chances that we’re gonna be together.
That you are mine in this futile life made of matter.
That only made by accident, too- isn’t that sweeter? 
In love again and so freaking afraid this will also end like the previous one.
In love again to the man that you adore for a short period of time.
In love again, and yes this time hoping we’ll never say goodbye.
Fuck it, I’m in love! Let’s make this a passionate one. 
– Joan of Art –

JOAN IN JAPAN AT 30!

Travelling. Days when the only thing that matters is what you are going to eat for a day, and it doesn’t need to be budgeted. Everything you want.  Booking and planning all come easy for us. I know right there and then this trip is going to be a blast.

YU’s APARTMENT

The apartment greeted us with two beers and a welcome note from our hosts. Yay! Immediately, I knew I’d love our stay here. Since Yu and Taka weren’t there to welcome us, we received special instructions on how to let ourselves in prior to our trip. Challenging, isn’t it? We do really feel at home and we survived. A variety of liquors, food in the fridge, comics, and a lot of vinyl records are available, but yeah, food and drinks are not for free. I wonder if we’re allowed to play the LPs, because there’s a sign on the wall saying “Play music here”. But it wasn’t directly pointed to Long Playing. I should have asked Yu, but then again, I don’t know how to use that old school music player. By simply browsing their LP records, I can tell that our host had a good taste in music. They got The Beatles, Carpenters, Japanese orchestra records and a lot more. They are comfortable with the idea of allowing strangers in their house without qualms, without judging that they might be a burglar. Ha ha! Perhaps, there’s CCTV or something. I mean, look at those comics? I can grab one without them realizing it. Plus those vinyl records.

Staying at Yu would probably be one of the numerous reasons why I found my trip to be an unforgettable one. I highly recommend this apartment. Check Airbnb and message YU for reservation, quickly.

SHIBUYA CROSSING

Hachiko greeted us before crossing Shibuya. Despite many people taking photos of him, we sneaked in. Got a picture with Hachiko, baby. We stayed at Starbucks for a more panoramic view of the busy city of Shibuya. Lovely. What’s the best food to have during rainy days? You bet. We walked and looked for Ramen!

ICHIRAN RAMEN

YES! We will be enjoying the rain while having our first Ramen at Ichiran. I accidentally ordered the Ramen with hard-boiled egg, as I pressed 1 instead of number 2 on their vending order machine. Whether I’m stupid to figure out that the price of the number 1 Ramen is different to the number 2 Ramen, or I get so excited to order something on the vending machine. LOL. That I would never know. Either way, it was fun. Guess what? I didn’t regret that stupid mistake. The hard-boiled egg was so worth it. If ever we’d go back, I’ll definitely order that again. 😛

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One of the servers got my order over the open space window and she immediately came back with my delicious ramen. She most definitely prepared it to perfection.

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(A close-up shot of their yummy ramen)

Don’t tell me, this photo doesn’t dry your throat and crave for it?

Is it too early for me to judge and say it was the best food we had? Ha! Maybe, because it’s only our first day. You had me awed by your food already, JAPAN.

SHINJUKU

Strolling around Shinjuku is tiring. You should have a perfect meal in your mind after doing so. Especially if you can’t find where Godzilla’s head’s coming from. Just like us. The locals were so helpful, they told us where Godzilla’s head hideout was. It’s standing on top of a building of a cinema — Toho Cinemas. A cool experience indeed. While making the jump shot and taking photos everywhere, we stumbled on this Robot Restaurant. “Roboto.. Roboto.. Roboto restaurant” — a catchy song from the restaurant’s speaker. Eating there is expensive, so nope.

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