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.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Hatsu Hana-Tei Japanese Restaurant in Makati


My Japanese food vocabulary was limited to maki, sushi, sashimi, tempura and sukiyaki. Until a sudden staycation brought the gang together where we feasted on a Japanese lunch banquet good for ten persons, we’re five, by the way. Hatsu Hana-Tei Japanese Restaurant in Makati was our rendezvous that Saturday rainy afternoon, exactly five days before our Tokyo adventure—the perfect introduction to the elaborate cuisine of Japanese people.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Philippine White Christmas with Bo’s Coffee


The nippy air is starting to fill our nights signaling the most wonderful time of the year. Living in a tropical country, I have been dreaming of a White Christmas ever since. And this year, Bo’s Coffee is turning those dreams into reality as the proudly homegrown brand introduces new drinks for the holiday season and a holiday campaign for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip for two on a local or international coffee festival.  

Friday, October 20, 2017

Herald Suites Polaris: Art Deco Themed Boutique Hotel in Makati


The weather was crazy that day—one moment it’ll rain then the sun will take a peek through the thick clouds the next. The group settled at Aurora Lobby Café. It was happy hour and we’re stuck in a good way inside the comforts of Herald Suites Polaris. The foggy window added a romantic charm to the Art Deco themed boutique hotel at the heart of Makati’s Poblacion area. For hours, we did nothing but laugh about almost everything, anything and nothing at all; a fun staycation once again.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Crossing Borders: Sihanoukville, Cambodia to Trat, Thailand


Our annual trip brought us to some of our favorite countries in Southeast Asia to explore new destinations that we failed to visit on our previous trips. It was day 21 and we’re halfway on our two-month backpacking trip, Same Same Summer Trip 2017. We just spent a week in Sihanoukville, Cambodia and we're crossing overland to Trat, Thailand.