Sagamiko, June 2017

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.

キャンプ場の朝。 #breakfast #相模湖

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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.

ピンクのあひるボート #相模湖

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Automattic Grand Meetup 2016 in Whistler

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.

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Writing Class

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.

Activities

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.

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.

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.

Maine, Summer 2016

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.

Two of my favorite Instagram captures: at Sebago Lake and Popham Beach.

夜明け

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#beach

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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 🙂

Team Global Meetup in Copenhagen, Denmark

Last week, I was in Copenhagen for a Team Global meetup. Because of my maternity leave last year, I missed the company-wide meetup and only had one chance to meet a few of my colleagues (at our London Team meetup in February). It was nice to spend some face time with teammates and meet some of them for the first time.

In between discussions and work, we did a walking tour around the city, visited the Kronborg Castle (the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet), and enjoyed some White Russian at Joen’s house.

Here are some photos:

And more photos on Flickr.

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Maine, December 2014

It’s been a while since I posted a monthly roundup of photos on this blog. I just came back from our first overseas family trip to Maine with my husband and newborn daughter, and here are some snapshots from that time.

I wasn’t sure if taking a 4-month old baby on a long trip would be a good idea, but I’m glad we decided to go. She handled long flights very well, and she seems to have grown up quite a bit in the past 10 days. She rolled over for the first time, can hold a toy and move it to her mouth, and smiles to people (flight attendants loved that!). I’m amazed by this little girl’s ability to adapt to a new environment.

I hope our 2015 will be filled with joy and pleasant surprises like this trip.

Happy new year!

Photos from Automattic Happiness Team Meetup in Santa Fe

I spent last week in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a company team meetup. I work for a distributed company with coworkers all around the world – we meet in person a few times a year to hang out with & learn from each other. This time, 36 people (= about 20% of 164 employees) including most of the Happiness team, HR Lead, and CEO met in a resort called La Posada de Santa Fe.

Many mornings and afternoons, we all gathered in a meeting room for a town hall / Q&A session, presentations and discussions. There were also smaller group sessions to learn tools and processes that we use to help users.

On Wednesday, the whole team got on a tour bus and went to Madrid & Albuquerque. We explored Old Town and met local WordPress Meetup Group users at Wesst Enterprise Center.

Seven of us took a day trip to Bandelier National Monument on Saturday. Hiking around the park was a great way to see more of beautiful New Mexico landscape. On the way back, we visited Don Quixote Distillery & Winery and had fun tasting some local wine and spirits.

More photos from the meetup is on Flickr.

Milford Sound Boat Trip

While in New Zealand last month, I got to go on an overnight cruise trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound. Before going to Queenstown, pretty much everyone I met in Auckland and Wellington said that I really should visit Milford Sound if I have a chance. My expectation was built up pretty high, but they were right about how nice it was. I want to share some photos to prove that.

Fiordland National Park Map

Map of Fiordland National Park

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