A Letter to 2022

A Letter to 2022

Thank you for the 365 days that we've shared together. It was really a memorable one. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there were numerous blessings and travel that came into my life. But the biggest one is that I finally reunited with my wife and daughter after months of separation. 

Let's look back and see what milestones we've crossed and achieved this year.

1. This year, there were 94 published articles (34 more than last year 😄😄). 

2. I have reached 3.1 million views (That's 500K new views this year). 

3. My wife and daughter safely arrived in Hokkaido thus completing #TeamNicerio once again. 

4. I finished my Master of Business Administration degree from San Pedro College of Business Administration.

5. My family and I bought a Suzuki Swift car we named Ruru.

6. My family and I got to travel around Hokkaido Prefecture. We visited 74 of the prefecture's 179 cities, towns, and villages.

7. I visited 4 new prefectures in Japan this year; Mie, Okayama, Hiroshima, and Ehime.

Speaking of travels, here are the highlights of my travels for each month last year:


Application for dependents in Sapporo Immigration Office

Explored Otaru with friends

Visited my Japanese family in Osaka

Wakayama trip with family and friends

Mie 2-day Roadtrip with my Japanese family - Shima City

Mie 2-day Roadtrip with my Japanese family - Toba City

Mie 2-day Roadtrip with my Japanese family - Ise City

Kyoto - Osaka Solo Day Trip


It's my first time skiing. Thanks to Hasegawa-sensei for teaching me. - Haboro Townspeople Ski Resort - Haboro Town

Winter hike to Senbodai in Rumoi City

Rumoi block get-together at Kura in Onishika


2-Day Wakkanai Solo Backpacking Trip 


Solo biking around Rumoi

Biking from Rumoi to Mashike with my Rumoi City ALT friends

Team Nicerio Reunited - New Chitose Airport

Sapporo Walking Tour with the family - Akarenga

Walking around Rumoi with the family - Miharashi Park


1st hanami with my family - Mashike, Hokkaido Prefecture

Sakura Illumination - Kamuiwa Park, Rumoi City, Hokkaido Prefecture

5.14-15 Asahikawa trip - Hokuchin Memorial Museum, Asahikawa City, Hokkaido Prefecture

I was invited to Kutsumi-sensei's wedding - Sapporo City, Hokkaido Prefecture

Weekend walk around Rumoi City - Cape Ogon, Rumoi City

Ella day in Chairumo, Rumoi City, Hokkaido Prefecture


Weekend walk in Rumoi - Reuke Farm

Team Nicerio visit Senbodai for the first time

Rumoi Taishi Festival 2022

Asahikawa x Biei 6.25-26


Volunteered at Kyodogakusha with Noboru-san - Obira, Hokkaido

Rumoi HS goes to Asahikawa to support the Rumoi HS Baseball Team

Rumoi High School Festival 2022

Haboro Rose Garden - Haboro Day Tour

Marine Day Roadtrip with Hasegawa-sensei around Rumoi

Obira Roadtrip with Teacher Kanda

Rumoi Uminofurusatokan

Mashike Noryu Fireworks Festival with Teacher Kanda and Joshua


Dinner at Senbodai - Rumoi City, Hokkaido Prefecture

Sunflower Festival - Hokuryu Town, Hokkaido

Miraie with teacher Kanda - Rumoi Port

Rumoi Fireworks Festival - Rumoi Port

5-day Travel Up North Roadtrip - Cape Soya

4-Day From Osaka with Love Roadtrip with the Kameyama Family - Sapporo City

8.27 Roadtrip - Uryu, Hokkaido Prefecture


9.3-4 Roadtrip - Ofuyu Observatory, Mashike, Hokkaido Prefecture

9.9-11 Roadtrip - Farm Tomita, Nakafurana, Hokkaido Prefecture

9.18-19 Roadtrip - Ubaranai Sango Grassland, Abashiri City, Hokkaido Prefecture

9.24-25 Roadtrip - Lake Shumaranai, Horokanai, Hokkaido Prefecture


10.8-10 Roadtrip - Jigokudani, Noboribetsu City, Hokkaido Prefecture

10.22-23 Roadtrip - Daisetsuzan National Park, Higashikawa, Hokkaido Prefecture

Wakkanai Roadtrip with Hasegawa-sensei and the ALTs of Tomamae - Cape Soya, Wakkanai City, Hokkaido Prefecture


Culture Day Road Trip - Bibai, Mikasa, Iwamizawa

11.19 Tomamae Onsen Trip

Team Nicerio visits Asahiyama Zoo - Asahikawa City

JR Rumoi Station Anniversary 11.23

11.23 Iwao Hotsprings Trip - Mashike, Hokkaido Prefecture

11.27 Yuttarikan Onsen Trip - Obira


12.4 Hotel Kamuiwa Onsen Trip - Rumoi City

12.12 Sunflower Park Hokuryu Hot Spring

Flight to Osaka to spend Winter Vacation with our Japanese family

Kurashiki City - Okayama Prefecture

Miyajima Island - Hiroshima Prefecture

Imabari City - Ehime Prefecture

With this, I'm sure 2023 won't disappoint as we have a lot to look forward to and accomplish this year. Again, thanks a lot 2022!


Sincerely yours,
Neil Alvin Nicerio
The Backpack Adventures


  1. It seems like your 2022 was full of adventures. Congratulations!

    1. Thank you! I hope this year would be better than last year.

  2. Congratulations on your achievements this year dude.


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