Who’s going to Japan?

I just want to say thank you to everyone who made an effort and joined my contest! I really appreciated all the effort you put into, to get the chance to win that round trip ticket to Japan, courtesy of Cebu Pacific!

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Back in Japan

I am actually in Japan now, savoring the pleasantly cool Spring weather. The sakura trees have already bloomed and the flowers have fallen down from the trees in some parts of Japan, but if the weather holds up, we’ll be seeing them as we traipse around Central Japan. This is my third trip to the country, and I’m hoping to find even more reasons to come back.

Looking through the entries, I was able to identify with the poster’s reasons, and I even found new stuff to try or visit.


Darwin got me looking at the JAXA website, which led to me discovering that some of their facilies are open for the public. The Tsukuba Space Center was promptly added to my itinerary.


Of course, there were also plenty of entries, like Sy’s, that got me craving for Japanese food, like the Sapporo miso butter ramen.


Seeing Jean‘s cherry blossom photo got me excited about the prospect of possibly seeing these wonderful trees in full bloom in Matsumoto.

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Mariane‘s photo with a Hard Gay cosplayer is GOLD! I admire you and your friend’s willingness to stand so near a guy wearing leather hot pants.

I also love getting some pretty unique entries. Ironically, Didi‘s isn’t quite unique, as someone also posted a similar photo! It’s true though, pen lovers would go absolutely bonkers in Japan.

Of course, there were also some who exerted a lot of effort into their entries. Really, you guys are awesome!


Ron‘s watercolor geisha


Nero‘s Lupita Nihongo

Milet‘s kawaii scrapbook entry


Lecky‘s Yoda origami

Given how vague my contest mechanics are, the decision to pick the winner is entirely in my hands — no random.org or Rafflecopter to make the decision for me. In the end the winner was chosen when I asked myself the question, who loves Japan most?


Rochelle, with her 100 reasons.

In the interest of full disclosure, yes, she is my friend, but that’s not the reason why I picked her. She made 100 entries, and that was entirely her effort (finished in just two days, even!). Ikaw na teh.

Thanks again to all who joined the contest! I hope I can run another one of these again 😀

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 8 Comments
  1. THANK YOU FOR NOTICING ME, SENPAI <3

  2. Picking a Friend as the Winner Sounds Totally Fair says:

    Ang ganda teh. that was nice that you had that little disclosure at the end. So a friend, huh? In the spirit of fairness, it didn’t occur to you that picking a friend as the winner doesn’t sound, ehrm, fucking unfair?!? 100 entries?!? Ano ‘to, raffle? The winner can’t make up her mind and can’t pick one picture? If that was the criteria, you should have told us para i flooded your feed with 2,500 reasons why I love japan. Oh well. I hope you and your friend can sleep well at night, knowing that you connived and made a fool out of all those who joined your stupid contest. Have a fun time in hell, both of you!!!

    • If you keep acting like that, senpai will never notice you :3

      • mitchu says:

        Congrats! Pang-ilang beses mo na ba yan sa Japan? Karamihan sa mga sumali dito di pa nakakapunta sa bansang yan dahil syempre di naman lahat afford makapunta sa Japan. Oh well, lucky you dahil pinili ka ng friend mo, makakapunta ka na ulet sa Japan samantalang kame heto, still dreaming na makapunta sa bansang yan! Congrats ulet and enjoy kayo ng FRIEND mo 🙂

  3. Chel says:

    This is very disappointing. I don’t have any issues picking your friend as the winner, but the thing is she has been to Japan several times already. I think you could have considered those that have not yet visited Japan. This could have been a good opportunity for you to make someone’s dream come true.

    • mitchu says:

      THIS. How could you pick someone who has been to Japan several times already??? That’s just too unfair! Ok lang saken na di mo ako piliin pero sana man lang ang pinili mo yung hindi pa talaga nakakarating sa Japan!

      To quote Chel: “This could have been a good opportunity for you to make someone’s dream come true.”

      Anyway, congratulations to your FRIEND. Enjoy you two!!!

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