Hey everyone! I feel like after being MIA for half a year, I needed to reintroduced the purpose of this blog, Twentytwo Forward again.

I created this blog website almost 5 years ago when I left my home country Philippines and moved to Japan. From then on, I wrote and told stories about my life and my travels in the country including a trip abroad (Korea). Although that I may not be very punctual with my blog posting schedule, I am still quite proud of myself for reaching 80 published stories on this website starting from day one of May 6th, 2015 when I turned twenty-two years old (which also where I got my website’s name from).


FORWARD is also what I named it to be because I was hopeful that there will be more great things to come and more stories that I can write about. For that, I am very stoked to tell you that I just recently moved across the globe to a city called PORTO in the country PORTUGAL in Europe.

No, I am not leaving Japan for good. Hopefully, after a couple of years I will be back in the country now I considered home. I will be staying in Europe for a couple of years and I thought it is a big leap forward and I really wanted to share it to people that I left back home and to anyone who’s reading my blog.


For someone like me who came from an entirely different continent, this new country, Portugal is a whole new world for me. I want to document my experience here as much as possible and live my life here knowing that I have done the things that I’ve always wanted and things that I would have never thought I can be able to do. In short, no regrets.


I also really wanted to share a more personal side of me so I’ll try my best to incorporate video posts other than just posting a typical blog article.

So, here is to opening a new chapter; from twenty-two years old me to now twenty-five and moving forward.

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Twenty-two (22) Forward is inspired from personal experiences, intimate thoughts and life adventure created and authored by LOLISA MAE SAKURAI. A special mark to her 22nd chapter, the things in between, and everything beyond there is.

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