Thursday, March 17, 2011

Remembering Tokyo

Land of the Rising Sun

Lately everywhere I turn; I am saddened by the heart-wrenching pictures and stories on the terrible tsunami that slammed the east coast of Japan last week. Having been to Japan more than thrice, I am of course devastated that a disaster of such extreme magnitude happened to one of the most advanced nations in the world. Smiley

The first time I visited Japan, I was only 8 years old. We stopped by Tokyo on our way to our final destination of Los Angeles and the only thing I can remember was the difficulty in finding halal food. But that was years ago and I was only a kid.

More recently however were my last two visits to Tokyo with B. Our first Tokyo vacation as a couple was truly memorable. Everything seemed exciting and new and we soaked up the very best of Tokyo with an open heart and mind. We wanted to try everything and though I sprained my ankle on the very first day of our arrival, I still managed to walk/hop around the entire trip. We enjoyed the cold weather, delightful cuisine, shopping, sightseeing and of course the much-appreciated efficiency that Japan is known for.

Our trip was so rejuvenating that for a week after we returned home, I still felt like I was in Tokyo! I remember waking up early every morning after my vacation; raring to start work. I was all gung-ho about expanding my home business to what it is today. And for an entire week, I felt really productive; keen to try new things and overcome whatever challenges headed my way!Smiley

The most important thing that happened after this Tokyo trip however was the birth of my blog; this one right here! Totally inspired and refreshed after our very enjoyable vacation, all I wanted to do was share this newly-found sense of joy and enthusiasm with my friends and family. And that's how Wishing on a Falling Star came about and I started to blog! Smiley

So Japan and Tokyo specifically, hold many beautiful memories for yours truly. Tokyo is definitely one of my favourite cities in the world and if given the chance, I'd love to return one day. The next time you are planning a vacation to some place exotic, exciting and FUN don't just limit yourself to researching for apartments in Valencia or web-recommended Valencia apartments. Make sure you give Tokyo a peek as well!

With that, I would like to end my post with some very beautiful and memorable pictures of our Japan vacations. I am hoping this will help remind us of amazing Japan. We may not be able to erase the terrible images of what's currently transpiring in Japan but here's looking back at the better moments we shared on our vacations in beautiful Tokyo!

Shopping in Ueno

HRC, Ueno Tokyo

White Cherry Blossom

Japanese Restaurant/Bar

Japanese Cuisine


Lush, Ikebukuro

Lush by night, Shinjuku

Shopping in Harajuku


Japanese Cafe

Tokyo Tower


World Premiere of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in Tokyo

Metro Station

Harajuku Gals

Japanese Dessert

Sweet Monaka Ice-Cream

Anime Fair

B in Akihabara

Our favourite hotel in Roppongi
Let's go to Disneyland!

Genie Princess meets Genie King

B, Mariuca and Tasha


Halloween in Disneyland

Cinderella's Castle

Narita Airport

Leaving Tokyo

-FC Scoreboard points for my first THREE commenters-


LadyJava,  March 17, 2011 8:31 PM

8-) 8-) 8-)

LadyJava,  March 17, 2011 8:31 PM

chop!! lol!

LadyJava,  March 17, 2011 8:34 PM

sounds like a wonderful trip for you and B dearie.. so when is your next trip?

LadyJava,  March 17, 2011 8:35 PM

As for me.. didnt really enjoy my trip to Tokyo.. so no repeat for me for sure..

LadyJava,  March 17, 2011 8:35 PM

:-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ SD SD!!

Mariuca,  March 17, 2011 8:37 PM

=-O =-O =-O =-O How come didn't enjoy ur Tokyo vakasi dearie?? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Mariuca,  March 17, 2011 8:38 PM

=-O =-O =-O =-O How come didn't enjoy ur Tokyo vakasi dearie?? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Caroline,  March 17, 2011 8:48 PM

chop too!! :* :*

Caroline,  March 17, 2011 8:49 PM

oh Tokyo!! :-D :-D never been there yet... :(

Caroline,  March 17, 2011 8:50 PM

wish one day! i know Japan can stand again stronger! :) :) :)

Caroline,  March 17, 2011 8:51 PM

phewwiiit! so sweet la ! vakasi with B! :-P :-P :-P

gagay,  March 17, 2011 8:52 PM

:-P :-P :-P :-P :-P

Caroline,  March 17, 2011 8:53 PM

i wanna go disneyland too!! =-X =-X =-X planning planning with Eric ! :-[ :-[ cz most probably have to cancel our Phil trip due to my new work. :( :(

gagay,  March 17, 2011 8:54 PM

=-O :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

gagay,  March 17, 2011 8:54 PM

=-O =-O =-O =-O

gagay,  March 17, 2011 8:55 PM

too bad to cancel Phil trip Caroline! :'( :'( :'( :'(

Mariuca,  March 17, 2011 8:57 PM

LOL poor GG sad it seems cancelled Phil trip! VS Part? :* :* :* :*

gagay,  March 17, 2011 8:57 PM

yay! vacay again! :-D :-D :-D :-D

gagay,  March 17, 2011 8:57 PM

disney! :-D :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  March 17, 2011 8:58 PM

:'( :'( :'( I believe in Japan too and I know they will get through this tragedy!!! Pray for Japan! :* :* :*

gagay,  March 17, 2011 9:01 PM

yeah,,so true GP, what's happening now in Jap is sooo sad :(

gagay,  March 17, 2011 9:02 PM

:'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

gagay,  March 17, 2011 9:03 PM

but i am firm with Jap's positivity, i know, Jap can survive! :D

Mariuca,  March 17, 2011 9:05 PM

:'( :'( :'( Love always Japan, speedy recovery and well-wishes for our friends in Japan, hugs GG! :* :* :*

gagay,  March 17, 2011 9:26 PM

:* :* :* :* :*

gagay,  March 17, 2011 9:30 PM

yeah..i want VS! have some for me GP? :( :( :( :( :(

Mariuca,  March 17, 2011 10:04 PM

Just finished eating, sure GG I have new stock just arrived ha ha! :D:D VS it is!

Mariuca,  March 17, 2011 10:05 PM

Me too me too! Japan is great I know they will get through this and with all the support they’re getting, it should be soon, come on Japan!! :D:D:D:D

foongpc,  March 17, 2011 11:07 PM

Never been to Japan! Hope I can visit Tokyo one day!

foongpc,  March 17, 2011 11:08 PM

Oh! So you started this blog after returning from your Japan trip? Interesting!

foongpc,  March 17, 2011 11:11 PM

Hope everything will be allright soon in Japan. It's the biggest tragedy ever and I hope it won't get worse!

Monica,  March 17, 2011 11:55 PM

:* :* :*

Monica,  March 18, 2011 12:02 AM

i hope i can visit Tokyo one day...i love Japan! esp the food and fashion!! 8-) 8-) 8-)

Monica,  March 18, 2011 12:04 AM

i still feel sad for what happened in Japan!! :( :( :(

tekkaus,  March 18, 2011 12:06 AM

Shinjuku...the one Jacky Chan shot one of his movies right? :)

Monica,  March 18, 2011 12:09 AM

here's hoping the country gets back on its feet soon... O:-) O:-)

Monica,  March 18, 2011 12:10 AM

thanks for sharing the pics sweetie 8-) 8-) 8-)

tekkaus,  March 18, 2011 12:16 AM

So Tokyo actually gave you inspiration lar? :p

tekkaus,  March 18, 2011 12:17 AM

Bumblee bee is one tall car o. :) Very handsome.

Incik RestNrilekS,  March 18, 2011 10:14 PM

Wahhh.. i wish i can go to japan someday.

Angka yang hilang dan mati dah cecah 15k. But i am sure, Japan will bounce back, like what they did with nagasaki and hiroshima.

Wishing on a Falling star? Baru tahu dari mana datangnya. :)

Incik RestNrilekS,  March 18, 2011 10:16 PM

Thanks for sharing with us these beautiful pictures of Tokyo.

Suka pulak tengok. I used to be hooked up anything with Japan.. Hahaha. Event took 4 sem of japanese.. tapi semua dah lupa.

Bella Enveeus,  March 19, 2011 1:21 AM

Beautiful photos sweetie! Sad about the Japan devastation.. Hopefully they'll recover soon. I've never been to Japan.. Hope to be able to go there soon! :-)

Emila Yusof,  March 19, 2011 11:54 PM

yes, i still remember that time, you posted tokyo album on friendster blog, right before both of us migrate to blogspot....hehe those were the days.

wah boboy diapit oleh two bunnies! :* :* :*

hugs! have a great weekend dear! me still got 6 more illos to complete, feel like pengsan oredi.

Bill,  March 20, 2011 10:47 AM

That was so sad what happen to Japan but i also know that they will pull together and it may take a while but they will get through it.

Bill,  March 20, 2011 10:48 AM

Looks like you guys had a great time and B look like he had fun with the two bunnies LOL =-O

Allison,  March 20, 2011 12:55 PM

Yes Tokyo is indeed one of my fav city too. Love it very much. Really sadden by what had happen too :'(

Anna's Adornments,  March 20, 2011 7:13 PM

March 20th, 2011
Dear Mariuca,
Thanks for sharing your photos from Japan and your thoughts about the Japanese and this terrible desaster. I agree with you: Japan is indeed a leading nation of the world.
All the way away here in Sweden we are seeing pictures from Japan. I find the threat of that radio-active cloud especially frightening. It is a little like déjà vu of the accident of the Tjernobl reactor. That cloud reached parts of Sweden!
Let's all hope that the Japanese people get through this. This is not the first time they have met with tragedy.

Best wishes,

Fucda duplicate watches,  March 22, 2011 2:06 PM

such a small country have so beautiful scene

Life Ramblings,  March 23, 2011 4:26 PM

wonderful memories and a great tribute.

Life Ramblings,  March 23, 2011 4:27 PM

There is so much devastation in Japan that it's hard to know where they will start to fix things.

Life Ramblings,  March 23, 2011 4:28 PM

Knowing life can change in an instant, we should live life to the fullest and must appreciate life for what it is in every moment.

Life Ramblings,  March 23, 2011 4:28 PM

i'll continue to pray the best for Japan.

Mariuca,  March 24, 2011 4:30 PM

8-) 8-) 8-) LJ FC1!

Mariuca,  March 24, 2011 4:31 PM

:* :* Caroline FC2!

Mariuca,  March 24, 2011 4:31 PM

:-D :-D and GG FC3!

Mariuca,  March 24, 2011 4:33 PM

Thanks for the Tokyo chop ladies, #prayforJapan! :* :* :* :*

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