Hi, I’m Kel.
I’m a software engineer, dancer, photographer, videographer.
When I applied for the DesignHerStory conference, I had to write about my DREAM PROJECT, and that is to travel the world and capture the different cultures of the countries I go to in images and videos, especially the streetdance scenes and hip hop communities.
Thanks to AirAsia Philippines, I’m one step (or one flight!) closer to completing my dream adventure of discovery and self-rediscovery!
And the destination at the top of my list is Tokyo, Japan.
While almost everyone knows about the awesome Japanese cuisine (my favorite!) as well as the go-to places in Japan, the dance scene there is something I’d like to discover firsthand. I want to attend dance battles like Dance@Live and meet lockers, poppers (like my friend, Kouichiro, whom I met while he was here in the Philippines for a college exchange student program), bboys and bgirls, house dancers, hip hop heads, DJs — everyone! And the learning and absorbing won’t stop there because I plan to share everything I’ve experienced (be it in photo or video) with everyone when I fly back home.
So let’s start this trip, shall we? 🙂
I’d love to go to Harajuku. While it is internationally known for being the center of Japanese street style, I, on the other hand, am known for being a NINJA (sort of) when taking photos of anything that catches my attention — and that area is practically a free-for-all candy store for my eyes!
And since I’m going to take photos, I have to visit Shinjuku to check out shops that are said to carry vintage and rare cameras! While I might not have enough moolah to purchase one (le huhu), seeing a rare Leica, Pentax, Minolta, and Polaroid up close and personal and snapping a photo of them, if I can, would be pretty awesome.
I’ll tell you a little secret — I am a self-proclaimed professional window-shopper (hehe) and people-watcher (not a creeper, I promise). So I think it is but appropriate that I also go around Akihabara for everything gadget-y and allow myself to drool, then visit the Ueno area to check out all of the parks, temples, and museums where I’m sure there’ll be lots of interesting sights and people to take candid, ninja photos of.
I can’t talk about people in Japan and not mention Shibuya, so I’m going to make it a point to witness (and capture) the famous Shibuya Crossing moment and, ONCE AND FOR ALL, see for myself if it’s true about what they say that no one bumps into each other while crossing — unlike here, where I think there’s an unspoken game of keeping score of how many people you bump into!
And because I watched the movie of Hachiko (I cried so much, huhuhu), I need to pay his statue a visit. It’s a must for a dog-lover!
Of course, all that walking and exploring will get me hungry, and it’s impossible to not think of food when you speak of Japan! After watching “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” four times, the closest I can probably get to him and his food is to go to where he gets his tuna — the Tsukiji Fish Market! Gonna make sure to wake up extra early just so I can score a ticket to watch the tuna auction! I bet it would be an amazing experience to watch the bidding and the winning of the fresh and best catch, all in a language that is not my native tongue and in a pace that is similar to that of the stock market.
………To be honest, there’s just so many things I can think of doing in Tokyo. I’ve never been to Japan and everything I do there would be a first for me! But to narrow things down, these are my top three (which practically cover everything):
Attending the Design Her Story Conference was an eye-opener for me. Everyone I listened to, met, and talked to helped me realize that my dreams are just waiting for me and that all I need to do is to make things happen.
It’s time for me to create opportunities for myself.
And now is definitely a good time to fly.