My Late Mother is in My Closet.

An entry from our travel journal. #AmsterdamDiaries, September 2017. TRAVEL EPIPHANY, WHILE VINTAGE SHOPPING. Whenever I enter a vintage shop, the images that flood my mind are of Wiel’s mother, Jos, and mine- Concepcion, in their spring of youth days. We’ve seen their pics wearing outfits from the 50s and 60s, respectively. How simply fashionable they looked in their Sunday’s best […]

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My Dutchie and I, 10 Years Together and Counting

Journal entry. January 8, 2020. 10 YEARS TOGETHER, MARRIED 6 YEARS. Since January 8th, 2010, we’ve been spending life together. Four years after that, on January 8, 2014– at the quaint and lovely El Kabayo Stables, our dear friends read selected love letters that we wrote to each other to remember how we came together as Wiel and Jen. That […]

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SAIGŪ GYŌRETSU in Kyoto: Proof That Women Were Rockstars Since Time Immemorial in Japan.

Journal entry. October 20, 2019, Arayashiyama, in the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan— #SecondWindTravelers witnessed the historic Saigū Gyōretsu|斎宮行列 here today, a reenactment of a ritual in honor of the high priestess Saigū, who during the Heian Period of Japan, was the royal family’s emissary to the sun goddess Amaterasu. This procession started from the Nonomiya Shrine, and ended by the […]

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Shopping for Kitchen & Dining Wares is a Must-Do When in Osaka.

SHOPPING FOR KITCHEN AND DINING WARES. This is also one of #SecondWindTravelers | our many favorite things do when in Japan! In Osaka, our airbnb apartment was 10-minute walk to the Nankai-Namba Station and in another 10 minutes you’ll reach the center, where you can barbecue-explore (tuhog-tuhog) the areas from Kurumon Ichiba Market, Dotonburi, Shinsibaishi, etc. (Thanks again to our crazy kids […]

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Must-go anywhere in the world: THE FRESH MARKETS. THIS IS KURUMON OF OSAKA, JAPAN.

In any city we visit, you’ll always find us #SecondWindTravelers trying local cuisine at the public market! It doesn’t get any fresher than this, and more authentic, too! LET US WARN YOU ABOUT OSAKA’S KURUMON MARKET, HOWEVER. Last time we visited Osaka in 2014, we lived in a hotel close by so we kinda ate our early lunches there before we set […]

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