Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Italy: Five Unique Ways to Explore Tuscany


Planning a trip can be stressful if you don’t know what to do and where to start. With this dilemma in mind, joining a number of tours and activities can help you make the most of your holiday because it will lessen the nitty-gritty part of doing research for your trip. In Italy, for instance, there are various spots to visit that determining a particular region in the country to concentrate on can be a real challenge. So to give you an idea for a more focused itinerary, here are some of the unique tours that will surely help you grasp the essence of Tuscany region—one of the vibrant destinations in Italy.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Authentic Japanese Food Experience at Grand Hyatt Tokyo


The group was stuck on an extremely bad weather. The incessant rain pulled us back on our great plans to explore Tokyo—it was our first day. As we sipped our freshly-made green tea, the rainwater dripping through the glass windows calmed us. Shunbou Restaurant in Grand Hyatt Tokyo had this zen feel to it. With wood, stone, and natural plants inside, it felt like we're one with nature. Our supposed one-hour lunch ended up on an afternoon lounge as we got to try an authentic Japanese lunch bento box.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

How to Apply Australian Tourist Visa in the Philippines


Hope for the best, expect the worst. This is my mantra in facing challenging situations. I've heard a lot of visa application horror stories, and as a traveler, I don't want that to happen to me. I am extremely keen when it comes to planning and executing these applications because whatever the outcome might be, I know I did everything. Indeed, you need to plan your attack because you need to aim to pass, and on the very first try. For the third time this year, I've been fortunate to get a visa approved, and this time, for an Australian Visitor Visa. I did hope for the best and went home glorious in the end.

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Art of Getting Lost in Tokyo: A Japan First-Timer’s Reportage


In five days, we approximately spent one full day inside the complex 90-year old Tokyo subway train system and there’s definitely a different world down there. Rush hour or not, the locals would remain composed as they queue up, no one’s rushing and nobody’s annoyed. If there’s one thing that lingers on about my recent trip to Japan, it is the virtue of being calm amidst all the hustles of the world. I never dreamt of coming to Tokyo, really, but this highly urbanized city isn’t as cold and lifeless as I would expect it to be. In fact, I felt the total opposite.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Old Tokyo Vibe at Wired Hotel Asakusa


Drenched in rainwater, we scrambled through the complex Tokyo Subway to catch the last train to Asakusa. A train staff motioned that we should run faster as it will be leaving in seconds. And we did it, in Amazing Raceish style. We traced the steps going to the famous Sensoji Temple and decided to chill a bit on this deserted Buddhist temple (which will be flocked with tourists in a few hours). We then strolled along the narrow side streets going back to our hotel and felt a vibe that you’d only see now in the movies—old Tokyo vibe. Our quaint neighborhood had this charming ambiance that you wouldn’t feel in other areas. We arrived back home at Wired Hotel Asakusa and continued our fun tales at the comfort of our fluffy pillows and warm duvet on our four-bed mixed dorm.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Autumn in Tokyo: An Overview on my First Japan Trip


It was our fourth day in Japan and the endless drizzle since day one didn’t seem to get tired. A super typhoon from the Philippines was heading directly to Tokyo and almost half of the establishments in the capital city are shut for the day. Fortunately, the subway was fully operational. Me and my buddies were aiming for an awesome autumn trip but were devastated by the weather report. We may have been doomed to be soaked but our spirits are brighter than the sun. Resiliency is my favorite characteristic of the Filipino people.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

How to Apply Japan Tourist Visa in the Philippines


Japan has always been a dream destination for some Filipinos. Whether it’s because of animė or ramen, it’s always included on their bucket list because of its close proximity to the Philippines. I have applied for a Japan Tourist Visa under the category of Visa for Tourism (No Guarantor) and thankfully, I was approved. Check out my easy breezy application with some tips on how to ace it.