Last weekend, we went to the Sagamiko (Lake Sagami) area in Kanagawa prefecture with my friend’s family and some of her coworkers.
We stayed overnight at Sagamiko Pleasure Forest, where an amusement park, campground, and hot spring are all on one site.
Since Lisa is two-year-old, there were many rides at the park she wasn’t able to ride. But she had plenty of fun with the merry-go-round, mini-coaster, and several coin-operated car/bus/bike rides (she was really into those).
Picaso-no-tamago was also fun. It’s a giant obstacle course with 27 different types of stuff. It wasn’t easy for us to keep up with her!
Before driving back to Tokyo, we stopped at the public park surrounding the lake to ride a swan/duck boart.
Automattic Grand Meetup is an annual event where the whole company get together and spend a week. This year, we all travelled to Whistler, Canada.
For an elective project/class, I took the Art of Wiring class taught by Nicole Kohler. She is a content manager for the Woo team and I’ve always enjoyed reading her posts on WooCommerce Blog.
I used to fear English writing assignments at high school & college, but this was nothing like those. I enjoyed feeling like I’m able to improve rather than being pointed out my flaws.
We were lucky not to get rained too hard during the Whistler Photowalk tour. The clouds & rainbow after a shower were a nice bonus!
I also joined a cooking class, tea tasting, and Asiamattician breakfast with lots of local food everyone brought from home.
Gyokuro and sencha “from Spain”
Sweets and noodles from Asia
Swing dancing and the farewell party were not just fun but good opportunities to see the side of my colleagues that I don’t get to see every day.
CEO opening remark
Back to Work
The Grand Meetup was an excellent timing for me to catch up with what’s going on after a sabbatical.
The event reminded me how lucky I am to be working at a company that inspires & helps me grow both professionally and personally.
I think we picked the perfect timing for visiting my husband’s family this summer, avoiding the heat wave in Tokyo while getting only a couple of cloudy/rainy days.
Alpaca at a county fair
Portland Children’s Museum
Sunrise at 5:30 am
Boston Logan Airport
Two of my favorite Instagram captures: at Sebago Lake and Popham Beach.
Our daughter loves playing in water – not just pools but lake and ocean too. She also had fun playing the piano, sitting in a car seat (for most of the time!), pretending to drive a fire truck at Portland Children’s Museum 🙂