Anytime is always a good time to visit Japan, but there’s just something so magical in witnessing the blooming of the sakura at the beginning of spring, it completely blew me away when I visited last April.

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For someone who did not grow up in New Zealand, I along with the rest of the world have probably heard the occasional mention of how scenic this country is, but really, it was the filming of the Lord of The Rings that propelled many of us to bookmark this place as a must-travel destination.

The Hobbiton Movie Set in North Island is one of the most iconic landmarks for the filming of the famous trilogy, and as an avid fan myself, I absolutely had a ball of a time visiting this place!

At the busiest and possibly most frazzled time of my life, I spared a moment to write a few paragraphs for the displeasure of my future self to read, thinking that perhaps in a less overwhelmed state of mind, I am able to look back and fully appreciate the course of events that took up all of my time this year.

Half a year later, today, when I have finally reached a stage where life seems to be slowing down again, I found the luxury of time to revisit this draft and this is what I told myself: