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As much as I consider myself an adventurer, there are certain situations where I prefer being prepared for in advance instead of spontaneously jumping into the action. Traveling has always been one of those situations. Don’t get me wrong though. I totally understand when things don’t go to plan and “winging it” is a phrase I often say, but I know myself, and when I’m in a new place without having done little to no research, I find myself out of my element and prone to stressing out (flashback to my first time in Europe when I was 17-years-old and experienced my first bout of culture-shock).

I’ve since learned that being a little prepared goes a long way in keeping my peace of mind. (My first time travelling solo is a clear testament of this.)

With my trip to Japan closing in quickly, I’ve found myself stressing out a little bit as I’ve been slacking on the studying I had originally wanted to have completed by now.

I’ve decided that from now until my departure, to at least learn how to read Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji and some basic phrases for emergency situations. Now I don’t expect to have a superior understanding of the language by the time I leave, but I’m at least hoping to be able to read maps/signs or even a menu without pictures haha. It might be a very ambitious goal and if all else fails, Translation apps will be my best friend.

Outside of learning some basic Japanese, I’ve invested in a new DSLR camera, and I’ve taken it upon myself to learn the in-and-outs of this new toy of mine. Going to Japan and Korea has been a long time dream and I would like to document as much as I can~ I know, I know. Some people are annoyed by all the photo taking, and as usual— don’t get me wrong, I get it! It’s just I think Photography is a new hobby I’ve taken up and experimenting with it in Japan would be a pretty amazing experience! I think it’ll be fun to be on the other side of the camera for once 🙂 And don’t worry, I won’t live my trip only through the lens!

Anyway, I think that’s it for today, I’m going to get back to perfecting my Hiragana and making some flash cards. What an exciting Saturday night XD studying for fun haha~

I hope everyone is well! Any plans for the rest of your weekend? Did you ever experience culture shock? Or are you the kind of traveller who jumps straight into the unknown like a Gryffindor?

ALSO, if you’ve ever been to Japan or Korea, PLEASE chat with me~ I love to get some opinions and suggestions of what to see and do in the short time I’ll be there! To be honest, this trip of mine is pretty much just a giant food adventure. We all know how much I love food haha~

Much Love,
Sam ❤

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Tell Me About Yourself Award


Oops, I missed yesterday’s post! I guess it’s a littler harder to get back into the swing of things after being away for so long. Anyway, this post has been sitting in my queue and I figure it’s about time it went up!

Carolyn from ABC of Spirit Talk nominated me and 6 others for the Tell Me About Yourself Award so going ahead with the rules:

1. Thank you so very much Carolyn!! You are always so full of kind words and insight, I really appreciate the time you’ve taken to pass by my page and have a bit of small talk 🙂 ❤

2. Seven things about me that I haven’t shared:

i. I love holding hands
ii. I love tidying up other people’s rooms but not my own
iii. I write my name almost everywhere I go (yes, I might be one of those people who write on public bathroom stalls. But that’s rare because I hate public restrooms and avoid them when possible)
iv. While I’m not a boy-crazy kind of girl, I do have my fangirl moments and they can get pretty crazy
v. I seem friendly and out-going through my blog but sometimes I have a hard time warming up to people and making friends.
vi. I took a year off from school (2011-2012) partly for personal reasons and under the suggestion of my school advisor because he said I was suffering from something called “academic burnout”
vii. It’s a recent discovery but I’m pretty sure I’m an adrenaline junkie now.
🙂

3. Nominate 7 Bloggers:

If I nominated you, you’re not obligated to follow these rules, I just thought I’d let you know I love your blogs, keep up the great work 🙂

1. MONTREAL IN PICTURES
2. SATORI AND SILENCE
3. LIFE AFTER GRADUATION
4. ERMILIABLOG
5. CANADIAN HIKING PHOTOGRAPHY
6. HUNGRY IRISHMAN
7. NEST DESIGN STUDIO

Until tomorrow!!
Sam

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