OMG! One month of hiatus??? I didn’t even notice that it has been a month since I posted something here in the blog. Let me dust off the place first. *cough cough* I’m sorry for the long absence and as much as I want to give reasons why it happened, it wouldn’t really matter at all coz I’m here now.
Last weekend, I went to my first snowboarding experience in my life. I’ve been living here in Japan for 8 years and in that span of time, I’ve learned how to hate snow. If you’ve been a long follower of my blog, you’d know this for sure. But I’ve always wanted to try snowboarding so when my friend Phoebus invited me to go with his friends for a 3 days and 2 nights snowboarding trip , I didn’t hesitate at all and said yes.
Me on the summit of Mt. Happoone during our third and last day. It was snowing and by the time we reached the top, the clouds and winds came in and we couldn’t see anything. The height and the zero visibility took the best of me and I cried like a child because of fear. Good thing, my friend Rhea was with me at that time and we were able to manage to go down through our amateur falling leaf boarding skills and a lot of stumbles. Hahaha!!! I don’t think I’d do that again even if I become really good at this sport.
FACT: The Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort was the venue of the Nagano Winter Sports Olympics last 1998. I kinda feel bad ass snowboarding in the same place where world class pro athletes gathered to play their cards. Hahaha!
These were some shots I took with my iPhone in the entire trip. We were so lucky to have beautiful weather the whole time. I realized that I didn’t really hate snow. I hate it when it hits and messes up the city.
This is a cool shot taken by my friend Rhea during a stopover on the way back to Tokyo. I was really sad going home because I had so much fun.
If you wanna see how much I enjoyed snowboarding, here is the third episode of my vlog series “Ano Na, Teh?!” (which I launched 3 weeks ago, thus making me absent in the blog too) which features a clip of me, practicing how to snowboard.
I wanna thank Phoebus for inviting me to this trip and teaching me the sport personally. I remember how I cried when I did my first S and he told me how I’m doing so well for a first timer.
As I’m typing this, my body is still sore from my recent snowboarding trip but I don’t regret going. Hell no! I think I found my new passion. At age 28, I thought I needed to learn something new to shake my world a bit and snowboarding just came on time. I’m still having dreams about it and I can’t believe I’m saying this but I can’t wait for winter to do snowboarding again.
If you guys are interested to snowboard, here’s a short list of things and reminders that you might need.
* The proper attire (wear, undergarments like leggings, socks and shirt, boots, goggles, bonnet or helmet, neck warmer or a mask that can cover your lower face to avoid goggle tan lines and gloves). You have an option to buy them for your own or rent it in a nearby rental shop in the ski resort. It’s better to rent first during your first time and buy your own stuff once you’ve committed to the sport.
* Some pain relievers like plasters and drink medicine. Snowboarding is a physical sport and falling and tumbling down are inevitable. It’s gonna make your body sore for a long time especially for first timers so it’s best if you have pain relievers with you.
* In relation to the previous tip, a hot bath after snowboarding will be very helpful to calm your tensed muscles and lessen body pain.
* Bringing chocolates and energy-boosting treats will also help for apparent reasons.
* Have the right attitude especially for first timers. Snowboarding isn’t an easy sport. It requires a lot of dedication, patience, balance and awareness of one’s body to fully understand and do it. It actually tested my willingness to learn until I could finally do an S motion with my board.