Loss and Grief

Dear Ren,

We may not have been close friends, or even friends. We were more like acquaintances. We usually speak over the phone, with me asking you if there are any availability on your tours, and you telling me super enthusiastically to “lock it in!”. Over the past 3 winters, our most recent phone conversations consisted of that. This winter, around Xmas/NY, after calling you for tour availabilities, you said that we should catch up soon, with Hay and Tom. And I said “yes, for sure! Once it gets less busy, we should all meet for a drink!” I thought I had until March/April to follow through. But now you are gone.

I remember when I first came to Niseko and was a little nobody. Meeting all the “locals” were extremely intimidating, but you were very friendly and made me feel included in conversations. This made me realize what a big heart you had.

I must apologize for the last two time you entrusted Woodley in my care. I love Woodley to bits! The first time, he wasn’t allowed inside my rental place and had to stay with my neighbour, I was with him until bedtime and they took excellent care of him! The second time, I thought I could make it up to you as it was a last minute request from you. But my bunny and Woodley didn’t get along and I had to put him up in our staff lodge for 2 nights. Although our crew took wonderful care of Woodles, I felt like I let you down. I having my own pet, I cannot be more apologetic for this.

I’ve never experienced death outside of an aging relative before. I most certainly have never experienced death of a life taken too soon. My body is in shock from the news I heard this afternoon. I was informed that “a Sam” was caught in an avalanche, and I thought “Nah, it’s not Ren”. Not more than 2 hours after this, I learnt it was you. I couldn’t stop shaking and can’t stop shaking. We are not close, nor are we really friends, but Niseko has lost a great heart today. You were a legand here, and your legacy will live on. Rest in peace that although the town grieves for you, your family is also our family. Your boy will grow up knowing you are a legend, not just of Niseko, but just an overall awesome human being; And the town will always have your lady’s back.

I am honoured to have met you, and for you to have been part of my life in Niseko. Niseko lost a great man today, but your soul and memory will always be here. You and your great Kiwi laughter will be, and are, incredibly missed. Your enthusiasm for adventure will always live on. Tomorrow, we will shred in your memory.

It’s that time of year again…

Disclaimer: emo post =P

It’s that time again, when everyone starts leaving again. I haven’t touched this blog in ages, due to the general busy-ness leading up to winter, and winter itself. It’s been a tough season for me, but I definitely learnt a lot and grew in my promoted position at work.

That said, attachments to the people staying just for the season (our staff affectionately known as meatpies/meatysb), always develops. And they are going to be leaving soon. Onto their next chapters. Our little town will be quiet again.

I had a dream this morning, it’s ok but still sad, of all my meatpies (thid season and last) excitedly talking and leaving for their next destinations. I’m so happy for them, that they managed to find the next big thing they want(ed) to do, during their time in Niseko. And it has also been an honour to be part of their lives for it. But, it’s also sad to know that you are now just a side character in the previous chapter of their adventures. Like I said, it’s ok and expected for every winter, as long as I live here.

But this seasons goodbye will be tough, especially when you’ve fallen in love with someone who needs to continue on their adventure…

Bunny Update: ToughPuff

So, turns out the pet shop was wrong and my bunny is a boy! I’ve decided to call him ToughPuff since he didn’t let his fractured shoulder get in the way of his rabbiting around. He got more and more adventurous as his shoulder healed up, which of course then worried me when he gets into spaces he’s not supposed to….. ( -___-“)

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 14.25.11Since I brought him home 2 months ago, he’s had to endure at least 15 hours of car rides, get snipped and also tried to hump Beans!I don’t think he was successful though.. So while I was away, Puff was being bunnysat at Beansy’s place.Because they were both not fixed, they had to alternate exercise time. When it was Puffy’s turn, he dashed out and started honking about. Shortly after, Beans jail broke and enticed Puffy to hump her! Dandelion quickly broke them apart, and reckons Puff didn’t get to finish. Phew!Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 14.02.49

After I came back into town, I took Puff to his neuter appointment in Sapporo (ハーティ動物病院). Turns out he also has malocclusion. However, he managed to break one of his bottom incisors.

It’s been about 2 weeks since his snip, and he’s recovered well. Still full of attitude and stubborn as ever. But he’s been eating alot more! He finishes almost all his veggies now and been munching on hay! Yay! Though, not enough for a house bunny… But he’s definitely put on some healthy weight.

My excitment is short lived, because about 2 days ago, I noticed he wasn’t eating hay again, even after I change it to fresh ones. He would only eat soft small pieces if I hand fed him. Today, I noticed he has broken that same incisor again! I’m going to have to talk to the vet about incisor removal during his post op check up on Monday… This is going to be tough in Japanese…… ( >__<!)

Mocha Beans

To bunnies lovers everywhere, please do not judge that I did not adopt. I tried very hard to find a shelter in Sapporo, even reaching out to contact shelters in Tokyo for any links/leads. Unfortunately, I was not able to find any. Hence, my decision to purchase.

After dropping my folks off at CTS, I headed into Sapporo for some bunny hunting. I met a few cool bunnies. Some of them clicked more with dandelion than me. The last stop was the PetLand at Sapporo Factory. They had a bunch of 1 month of kits, one of them looked like Eddy from bunnymama!


Anyways, dandelion and I were hungry so we decided to wait till tomorrow and fill up our tummies instead.

The next day (Saturday), I headed to Esta in Sapporo Station by myself cause I saw a little liondude on Monday, when I took my folks shopping in the big S city. On Monday, the sign said that it was a boy and is 13,000yen


I decided on this little buddy, because a) price, b) age. But on Saturday, the sign had changed to a girl and is 14,000yen! Nevertheless, I asked to carry her and she didn’t struggle, my heart was won over!

I brought her back to dandelion’s place and set up beansy’s old playpen.


Dandelion and I may have been too ambious and excited, that lead us to poor bunny parenting… We let mocha out to roam and beans was cool with it for a little.. But then began to give chase and bit her butt and wouldn’t let go. Twice. And I think it’s during this battle that mocha hurt her left front paw as she is not using it at all. I’m trying to schedule a vet appointment, hopefully the vets in the town will be able to diagnose her without me having to go to Sapporo. I am the blorst.

Anyways I brought mocha home today and she began to settle in after a few hours. Not so skittish anymore, she gave me a couple flops, a few binkys AND some stomps! I’m in love xD


Getting hit right in the feels

A few of my babies, who I grew close to over these past 5 months in Niseko, have finally left/are leaving.

I just had to say my goodbyes with this sexy ciggie butt brain this morning

And then just another to Geoffles, who’s leaving tomorrow morning.

Goodbyes suck. But I know they are going to have the time of their lives living it up an Japan and am super happy for them! Till next time, much love <3


The season has quietened down now, after that December madness!
Everyone is getting into the swing of things, the resort visitors don’t need their hands held so much and it’s wonderful! Everyone is having a good time.

Though.. the snow, or lack there of, has made for a terrible January.. It feels like March! Though, the faith in the JaPOW is strong. 01 Feb saw an overnight snowfall of 14cm in the village. Although I had a 12.5hr shift today, I only heard good things about the mountain!

I am itching to go to Rusutsu though… It’s been 2 months and I have been unable to tee up the same days off as others getting the facey faceshots in Ruru or Kiroro. Blergh! Won’t like, jelly levels are very wobbly! (like my tummy)

Over the last 2 weeks, I have only only been on the mountain for ONE HOUR! DISMAL! Gonna dive straight in tomorrow, first lifts. Hoo haa!