Dear self…

Dear self, You are bothered by how you struggle with everything these days. It’s like you can’t catch a break. Always remember to count your blessings. You have a great life. These struggles are God’s way of working you out. Flex, dear one, flex. It’s a struggle now but you will wake up one day […]

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Mambabatok

– LATE POST- Beginning This adventure started back in 2010, when I chanced upon the Discovery Channel and a show called Tattoo Hunter by Dr. Lars Krutak. The documentary caught my attention when I heard Dr. Krutak mention the ‘Philippines’. I stayed on. I watched fascinated, and I know I’ll never forget this legendary 90-something […]

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An ode to the Cherry Blossoms

SCENES FROM: KANSAI SAKURA LOCATIONS Arashiyama Park, Kyoto Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto Ninenzaka, Kyoto Osaka Castle Park, Osaka Todaiji Temple, Nara  

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Day 1 – Nagoya-Tokyo

Our entry and exit point was at Nagoya. We arrived at Chubu International Airport around 5:30am. We ate breakfast at the airport and boarded the airport limousine bus at 9:15am. We arrived at Nagoya Station by 10:30am and walked towards the Willer Express Bus station in Nagoya Sasashime Live Station where we waited for the […]

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Day 2 – Tokyo Disney Sea

If you do not know it yet, Tokyo’s Disney Sea is the only one of its kind in the world. We went to Tokyo Disney Land last time so we went to Disney Sea this time around. The world of Disney is hard not to love. Themed rides and pavilions, colorful balloons, adorable cartoon characters… […]

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Day 3 – Tsukiji – Ginza – Asakusa – Shibuya

Day 3 in Tokyo started with some yoga exercises before heading for Tsukiji Fish Market. We walked around the market to check out the stalls and food. When we finally found a small restaurant, I was surprised to see that it was the exact same place where we ate 3 years ago! We headed to […]

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Day 4 – Akihabara – Tokyo SkyTree

Akihabara was first on our itinerary for Day 4. I wanted us to enjoy Akihabara fresh and full of energy, unlike the last time where we were so tired and exhausted. I was on a hunt for a tamagotchi but saw none (I wasn’t looking that hard). We walked around for an hour or so, […]

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Day 5 – Hakone – Mt. Fuji

We joined a guided tour to Mt. Fuji that started at Shinjuku Washington Hotel. We relaxed on a two-hour coach ride to Odawara located in Kanagawa Prefecture. The guide told us we’ll get 3 chances to see Mt. Fuji, one on the way to Odawara (in the bus), one at Lake Ashi, and one at […]

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Day 6 – Osaka

It was already 8:00AM when we arrived at the Willer Express Bus Station in Umeda Sky Building. I used my trusted Google Maps to wheel our way to our home in Osaka, Drop-Inn. It was a little far off from the train station, but it was clean and cozy. I chose it for its proximity […]

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Day 7 – Universal Studios Japan (aka “The Game Plan”)

This day would turn out as one of the most (if not the most) memorable in our 9-day trip in Japan. A trip would never be complete without bloopers. Misadventures make trips (more) memorable, and though I (try) to plan out EVERYTHING for our trips, we almost always find ourselves in situations that are quite […]

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