Beautiful in all its snow white glory, Hokkaido was quite a retreat. What made it more special was that most of my family was there except poor Shu-Q. We missed you little one! Shin wouldn't stop talking about you, reminiscing times when "Cheh slept on my thighs throughout the whole trip making it sooo numb" or "I wish cheh were here. She used to yell at me whenever I did this (or that)."
Believe it or not. The last place I visited on a family vacation was the States. We stopped at Boston where I suffered, again believe it or not, a slight bout of depression because of the wintry cold and high price tags on cereal. Obviously my degree from BU is proof that I don't learn. That, in addition to my constant need to kiss little dogs' faces till this day. See #34 for reference>
Since I left home for college, there have been many family vacations and I managed to miss all of them. Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Australia, Spain, New Zealand and countless others. As a result, Hokkaido was a real treat for twenty-something me. Despite the major complaints regarding the lousy tour and daily countdowns, "5 more days till we see Lola," I can honestly say I enjoyed every bit of it.
No surprise - plastic food showcases in Japan are all the rage. What made this cool was that it was Chinese takeout! Awesome
Behold, the almighty Golden Spoon froyo. Ahh. How I miss this stuff
Mom and I all decked out in winter gear upon arrival. This was after a 6-hour layover and constant b*tching on the plane. At least I got to watch Woody Allen's Vicki, Christina, Barcelona
Some rubber-wrapped dessert shaped like Marimo balls. I'd know more about them if the tour guide weren't such a dimwit. Lol. Dimwit. I should use that word more often
This is apparently how Marimo balls look like. The green stuff. Not my sis
Making snow angels by the volcanoes
Ta-da! Behold the stepped-on angel
We wouldn't stop eating ice cream in the cold. You should know by now, the Chongs have a tendency to "show off." P/s: see dad's expression
Mom and dad looking dorky on their snow mobile
"Check me out, all decked out in snow mobile gear leather jacket and all"
While the kids played, the grown ups got to work
Speaking of work...
I helped make mochi by hammering rice into a sticky consistency as the supportive crowd cheered
Si fu and I
The ladies. This was the hotel where Viv, Shin and I trudged through the snow just to get ramen - which we cooked and forgot to eat (somewhat). Ahh... What an experience
Dad attempting a mochi bash
The Chongs (sans Shu-Q) ready for a tatami dinner spread
Mommy dearest and me
Sashimi and live crab dinner
(Questionably) traditional tatami dinner
When we weren't eating, we "hung out" in the cold for as long as our bodies could take it
Ice sculptures were one of the many highlights of the trip
Love this pic cause it shows everyone in a diff mood at a diff moment
I'm 4 beers down and this is all I can manage (my Japanese friends taught me well).