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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Tokyo Tokyo

I love to get lost in the beautiful country of Japan =)  Sashimi, ramen and shabu shabu are my favorites; watching Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations makes me more excited to explore Japan. It is one of the ten most peaceful countries in the world based on the latest Global Peace Index =)

Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo are the famous cities for travelers but in case of a limited time and budget, one can try to stay first at one city and dwell with the locals . How does it feel to live in a 1st world country?  With all these things in mind, I have chosen Tokyo for my first Japan visit.

Tokyo city has a modern vibe yet still maintains its primitive charm. The old parks built centuries ago are just adjacent to the tall buildings of the metro district. Tokyo is a combination of skyscrapers,nature parks and interesting inventions.

Tokyo Travel Notes:

  • House/Building walls in Tokyo are made of granite/tiles
  • While riding the NEX train, you will realize that Japan has a large land mass (not congested yet)
  • If I am not mistaken, there's already a sunrise at around 4-4:30 AM 
  • Japanese people are independent, soft spoken and quiet in general. They are accommodating and they exert effort to help you in case you have inquiries or you get lost
  • People are often quiet while inside the train or while eating inside a fast food restaurant; it is just odd to be quiet inside of a food chain
  • Amazing subways, with several interconnections for various trains: but difficult to remember for foreigners. Various trains may use one railway! Its better to read the flashing tv screens
  • I now understand why japanese are slim, lots of walking even within the train station....
  • Best burger steak i've eaten so far, is inside the restaurant of Taka Shimaya Time square
  • Ramen street - queing lines are blockbuster for those famous ramen shops
  • Ramen  in Japan is really different from the ramen here in the Philippines (maybe it is in the broth, but both are delicious)
  • Corporate office workers are in their formal business coat and tie like that of Harvey Specter in "Suits"
  • Hot beverage insider a vending machine. you can also order a ramen/food using a vending machine
  • Even when roaming around 12 midnight, I feel safe. My neighborhood in Arakicho near Akebonobashi station is peaceful.
  • It is worth to visit the Tsukiji Fish Market if you have ample time. Try the fresh sushi/sahimi! 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Maniwaya Island, Marinduque

Maniwaya Island. I only heard about this island beach this year. Looking at the gorgeous Maniwaya pictures all over the internet, I became interested to join my travelmates' summer getaway.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

88 Hotspring Resort Calamba Laguna

Want to try Glamping? Then take a weekend vacation at 88 hotpring resort.

The place is so relaxing; it has several hot spring pools, a small lake with mini-farm at the side, and good hiking trail for adventurous people. For those who just want to relax, you may try their spa services.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Masungi Georeserve

Just few hours away from Manila, you can already enjoy the beauty of the mountainous region of Baras, Rizal. Must see for adventurists is the Masungi Georeserve,a conservation area declared as a "Strict Nature Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary" by the DENR in the 1990s and later on opened to the public in 2015. Masungi is famous for its giant metallic cob web with 360 degree overlooking view of Sierra Madre region.

Visits are through reservation with a minimum of 7 people. Mountaineers,hikers and nature lovers will definitely fall in love with the beauty of the place. As compared to Batad, this is an easy hike/climb but with challenging rope courses. One must conquer fear with heights since there are no harness while doing the spiderman's leg all the way down from cliff. This is an extreme adventure at its finest.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Okada Manila

Casinos fascinate me. It is not just about the wonderful design of the interior and the facade. It is more of the people inside the casino ☺

I have seen gamblers like that of the gangsters/mafia in the movie. There are guests who are just so casual lookin' but are heavy casino gamers. Some are just loitering around and taking their chances in the slot machines while others are just watching out of curiosity on every table game. 

Casinos in the Philippines are now competing with the casinos in Macau. This time, Okada is the newest here in Metro Manila.