Saturday, October 7, 2017

Jakarta, Indonesia

I was privileged to be part of an official business trip to Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia is a muslim-majority country and I already have a notion of their way of life considering that my lineal descendants are from Mindanao. Also, this visit reminds me of my previous vacation in Sabah Malaysia which is also a muslim state. Mindanao (in Philippines) , Sabah (in Borneo) and Jakarta (in Indonesia) are neighboring islands in the south; thus, there will be similarities in culture and in lifestyle.

Malay (the language in Malaysia) and Bahasa (language in Indonesia) are also similar in context. My brother who previously worked in Malaysia for almost 3 years taught me a little of Malay languages and the one thing I remembered was the phrase "terima kasih" which is Thank you. "Terima kasih" is also being used in Indonesia with the same meaning.

Jakarta highways are the same with the Philippine highways. Good thing I did not experience the so called "heavy traffic" during our visit. Their airport is unique since it has a good landscape with trees/plants at the side compared to the usual airports with modern infrastructure look. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Palm Beach Resort Laiya

Palm Beach Resort is a private get-away spot you can indulge over a long weekend. The shoreline is secluded from the rest of the Laiya resorts, thus, you will experience privacy and relaxation away from the crowd.

A  45% degree slope run will greet you all the way down to the resort. Almost all rooms are designed with beach front view. The sound of waves will welcome you in the early hours of the day.

Buffets served are good and the swimming pools are clean. The beach sand is quite rocky so be reminded to bring your own aqua shoes.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Nikko and Edo Wonderland

A visit to Japan is not complete without seeing the shrines and buddhist temples which were built centuries ago. Nikko is a temple city and nature park located on the north side of Tokyo, 3 hours away via train. Century old trees will welcome the tourists as they hike all the way to the temples. The cold weather and the green surrounding invite such inner peace to the wanderers.

Also,an experience of "old Japan" will unleash the curiosity of what is it like to live during the Edo or Meiji period. A visit to Edo Wonderland is a must since it is just an hour away from the Nikko Area.

Sunday, August 6, 2017


Hakone is a brand of sardines here in the Philippines =)  Little did I know that this was named after a beautiful town in Japan, around 2 hours train ride from Tokyo.

Tokyo is a metropolitan and busy area, in case you want to explore the province side of Japan, visit Hakone. I have learned about the Hakone region while doing my Japan itinerary.

The famous Mt. Fuji can be seen while touring the Hakone Region. If you plan to purchase the Hakone Free Pass, you may have unlimited usage of various modes of transportation (i.e. tozan railway, cable car, ropeway, cruiseship and tour bus). The area is a mountainous region with a beautiful view of a serene Ashi lake and the volcanic activity at the Owakudani Valley.

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.