March 23, 2012

Back in Hawaii!

mom snapped a pic right when i got out of the airport lol. 
ALOHA. It's been about 2 weeks since coming back to Hawaii from Japan. I have to say that I got back into the swing of things right away. It's like I never left. Then again, one year isn't THAT long when you think about it. I'm still trying to get adjusted to the time though. My sleeping patterns are way off.

My last day in Japan was a bittersweet one. It snowed the last day, which was surprising because the weather as of late at the time was mostly sunny and rainy. I felt like it was Kyoto's farewell gift to me.

The view from my bedroom window.
That day, I was dressed to properly adapt to Hawaii's warm weather once I landed (refer to first pic) So I really had to endure this last snowy day in Japan.

Saori, me, Sarah and Satoko

This was taken right before I went through security check at Kansai International Airport. Me with my my Japanese friend and my German friend. I really wasn't expecting anyone to come see me off so this was such a BIG surprise. They also gave me farewell presents. They also helped me out A LOT. I don't travel alone often so I'm not too familiar with airport procedures, rules and whatnot. I was expecting to pay the excess weight for my luggage but my Japanese friends were able to configure around my things where it JUST hit the borderline of the weight limit. I didn't have to pay anything!

JUST made it!
After going through security, I hopped on the escalator going down to enter our gates and as I was going down I could see my friends. Before I disappeared from sight we were all blowing kisses to each other and at the very end I flashed a "shaka". 

There more things that happened during my flight back to Hawaii but I won't bore you with details. I'll just leave off with saying that I'm glad I got to study abroad. It really opened my mind and heart to new things about the world, people and most of all myself. 

Looking down at Japan while our plane was flying away from it, I silently whispered "bye bye, Japan" to myself. Thank you for everything Japan, till we meet again <3

NOW that I'm back home though I plan on revamping up my blog and catching up on a lot of posts! I first need to buy a new external harddrive, there is absolutely no more space in my computer to do any editing of pictures or videos so I hope to buy that some time soon! Till then, thank you to my loyal followers ! 


  1. I was saying you're welcome when you said byebye T___T you didn't hear me?!
    but d'awww so sweet of your friends to see you off. although it makes it even harder to leave T__T i wonder if i'll cry when I leave...
    i know i might cry when i see you in Hawaii D;
    I CANT WAIT! we'll do everything we said we'll do!

  2. Wow! You know I've been following your blog since livejournal and I remember you posting about studying abroad and everything. I cant'e believe it's been a year already! I guess a year really isn't that long. I've been thinking about studying abroad or teaching in Korea! Seems so scary to be away from my comfort and friends for that long though. Welcome back!

  3. *sniffle* Adios, Japan. <3

    I've really enjoyed your posts about the past year in Japan. They're so intriguing and illuminating.

    Congrats on making friends, growing up a bit more, and having it all come full circle. Welcome home. ;P

  4. A year does seem to go by fast, I am glad you had fun. I am also looking forward to your future posts :]

  5. aw thank you!!! yeah i can't believe i did it! seriously feels like a dream now though ><

    you should REALLY do study abroad if the opportunity is there! don't miss it!! i have to say it was scary being alone and all that and i did get major homesick but you know, you learn so much about yourself and also you end up making friends from all over the world :)

  6. aw thank you <3 that keeps me motivated hahaha :)

  7. i heard you!!! and then i pressed my face against the plane window and called out to you "till we meet again in hawaii my love!!" you didn't hear me?!

    it's okay, cry as much as you want when we see each other <3 we need our much needed kumachi time

  8. aww this made me tear a little! my little poo is growing up.. hahaha :) but im looking forward to all the blog posts you're going to have up!!! we need to skype soon! been so busy working!

  9. caffeinated cupcakeMarch 25, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Welcome back to Hawai'i! So sad to leave Japan though, I'm sure. Like a second home. :[
    That view from your bedroom is so beautiful!

  10. Ohh you already flew back home! Good to read that you went back home safely. I'm also studying abroad in Japan thinking OMG one whole year and now, I barely have 4 1/2 months left which is really not THAT much after all. I hope you carry all the precious memories and experiences with you! (:

  11. i know!!! we're all so busy still hehehe but we'll find time!!

  12. yeah, i still miss japan! hahaha! and thank you, that view was beautiful and so perfect especially when the sun sets!

  13. omg you're almost coming home soon too! i hope you enjoy those last months <3 do everything and anything!!!! :D