JEAN WANDERS

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Coldplay in Tokyo

Wish granted.

Did you ever experience that feeling of extreme euphoria? That was the exact definition of my first ever Coldplay concert experience here in Tokyo, Japan. It took me a week to finally get the idea sink in my brain. Every memory of the concert was surreal even up to this time I’m writing this post.

Well, most of you may wonder “Why”?
Here’s why.

Back in my teenage days, I was already been a Coldplay fan. Raised in a country where every one loves music, I came to recognize my preferred genre of music. I love the sound of instruments all working harmoniously, so I inclined my taste for music on bands. My fascination towards bands made me appreciate the unique sound of Coldplay. So, right there and then, I promised myself that I must be able to see their concert. Little did I know, it will be realized after 14 years and in my favorite country – Japan. What a surprise!

So, the moment Coldplay announced their A Head Full of Dreams Asian tour, I knew that it was a sign. I told myself, this is it! But I lose the chance when I found out that tickets were all sold out, as expected. I was depressed. I failed. It’s over. Not until the day of the concert came. Me and my friends decided to go to the venue (Tokyo Dome) to take photos just to give ourselves that Coldplay concert vibe. It was a long queue. All of a sudden, one of my friends said let’s watch it the moment she saw concert staff selling tickets. Yes, there were still tickets. Quickly, we purchased three tickets and rushed inside the venue like excited kids. Finally, my dream will now be realized.

Inside, the crowd was amazing. I was speechless. It was like my heart is coming out my chest. I thought it was a dream. Looking at the crowd’s faces, I knew I wasn’t alone with that feeling. When the members of the band came out of the stage, I was screaming at the top of my lungs shouting Chris Martin’s name. Why wouldn’ t I right? Most of the songs sang were all of my favorites. There wasn’t a single song that I didn’t sing along. For two and half hours I was in cloud 9. To all Coldplay fans out there, being in a Coldplay concert is one for the books experience you shouldn’t miss in your lifetime.

I will end this article with a line of one my favorite Coldplay song – Fix You.
“If you’ll never try, you’ll never know.” Check that next Coldplay concert near you and share your experience by commenting on this post below.

What I have learnt from dating a Japanese guy?

Dating has been quite hard for most of us especially when living in a foreign country. You have to deal with culture differences and sometimes get a bit stressed with language barrier. Certainly, there are number of reasons to be skeptical about when it comes to dating – but not for me.

When I first landed a job in Japan last year it never came to my mind that I would be dating a Japanese guy. Probably because I’ve read some unfortunate stories about it. When you read these stories most likely you will start making prejudices. But along the way, these prejudices change. We learn to accept and understand these differences equally with ours. So, what’s it really like dating a Japanese guy?
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TOP 5 ROMANTIC MOVIES TO WATCH

To watch movies is definitely one activity we all share to enjoy, but genres do vary. But I’m sure you guys have your top lists too. But most of the time, choosing the best ones isn’t as easy as we thought it was. We always differ with our preferences depending on who’s the actor, director, the story, the genre of movie we love to watch or simply with our mood? Confusing right? But it’s always what you feel after watching it that matters.

So I’m kind of excited to share my top romantic movie choices with you guys on this post. Some of these you may have watched already and probably may not be your favorite choice though. Feel free to share your thoughts on these films in the comment box below.

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Surviving the Japanese Life

Five Ways to Survive in Japan

The idea of relocating to a new country is definitely one exciting experience for anybody. You learn and appreciate new culture and customs. It expands your understanding on how other nationalities differ from yours. At some point we get to correct some prejudices we may previously had for that country. On the other hand, it still has its pros and cons which we have to deal with as well.
Looking back at the time I first set foot in the “land of the rising sun” Japan for an English teaching job, it was certainly challenging knowing that it’s completely different from what I used to have back home in Philippines. Most of the concern was how will I survive in a city where everything is constantly at fast pace. But, I won’t deny I was thrilled to come here. A childhood dream finally realized. Little did I know there will be surprises in between. Now, how did I really “survive” it?

Well, here are five ways that helped me make it..

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Best Weekend Getaway in Futakotamagawa

 “It is nice finding that place where you can just go and relax.”
                                                                                – Moises Arias

Working in a busy city like Tokyo, a lot of us may wonder how people can unwind and be stress free even for a while. Various options for relaxation are available around the city center but somehow it is ineffective for  me since most of it are pretty crowded especially on weekends. This made me look for something worthy to ease my stress away. Luckily I found  it just 15 minutes from central Tokyo.The place is called Futakotamagawa.
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