While at the Presidio looking for a nearby Starbucks to fulfill my coffee craving for the day, I happen to have found a fountain that features one of the most iconic fictional movie characters of all time. While sipping my coffee and taking a much deserved rest inside Starbucks after a beautiful walk at the Palace of Fine Arts, I looked into Google Maps to determine how to go back to my hotel.
Google Maps pointed that I am actually steps away from a certain Yoda Fountain. I just wondered if Yoda is the same Yoda that I was thinking of. I absolutely had zero idea about it! And out of curiosity, I followed the Google Map on how to reach it.
With my personal belief that “spontaneity is the best kind of adventure”, I had a surprising selfie with Yoda, the Grand Master of the Jedi Order!
Adapting to the famous movie line by Yoda, one of wisest beings of the galaxy, “Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose”, this type of surprising occurrence and unpredictable circumstance truly made my first time solo travel adventure so fulfilling!
‘Di ko akalaing makita ang huklubang Yoda sa Kalipornya!
Feeling, seeing and experiencing the Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido was the main reason of my family’s comeback visit to adorable Japan. And true enough we were in Sapporo, Hokkaido during the week’s highlights of the snow festival.
Thanks to the genius talent and cleverness of my three dear nephew and nieces (Denden, Erika and Thatcher) who are all based in Osaka for arranging everything. From domestic air travel arrangements, to accommodation as well as the well-organized itinerary for each day. It was such a worry-free winter adventure.
The Sapporo Snow Festival as I learned during the trip has three main venues. One of which is the Odori Park located right at the heart of Sapporo. This is the site where spectacular and gigantic snow sculptures are aligned along the stretch of the 1.5 kilometer park.
It was my first time to see and watch an actual snowboard and ski jumping exhibitions! It was super scary yet it was happening right in the middle of the park!
Being a Filipino tourist in a foreign country, it is so remarkable and delightful to see and witness the Philippines’ participation in the festival. My family was very surprised to see the giant sculpture depicting the Manila Cathedral. I initially could not believe that there is a Philippine entry, I was shouting “sNOw WAY!”
But because of its grandiosity, it is actually considered one of the most beautiful feature highlights at the festival and seem to be one of the most revered and photographed sculpture. We were so proud we couldn’t stop taking its photo!
But the ultimately stunning sculpture was the almighty 50-foot tall giant snow sculpture of the Star Wars! No doubt it was the most adored and most popular!
It was so cool, the Death Star and three Stormtroopers were featured! And since I adore movie villains, this giant sculpture easily became my favourite because there was no Star Wars hero present and instead the iconic yet most villainous Darth Vader snow-statue was mounted!