10 (11) Days of Japan

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Day 1: 10 Days Japan Solo Chic Travel Starts Now
• Manila-Kansai
• Check-in: Hotel Chuo, Dobutsuenmae, Tenojji, Osaka

Day 2: Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom at Osaka
• Osaka Castle Park (Cherry Blossoms Spot)
• Osaka Castle Museum
• Osaka Mint Bureau for Hanami – Cherry Blossoms Viewing
• Kema Sakura-nomiya Park (Cherry Blossoms Spot)
• Umeda Sky Building
• Osaka Station (largest station in Osaka, get around for dining, shopping)
• Bike around Tenojji (scouting place for dinner)

Day 3: Easy Sunday Morning at Nara and Colorful Night at Namba
Walk-around Nara
o Nara Park (features hundreds of freely roaming deer)
o Kofukuji Temple
o Yoshuiken Garden
o Isuien Garden
o Todaiji Temple
o Sanjusangendo Hall
o Ninna-ji Temple
Check-in: Hotel Mikado, Dobutsuenmae, Tenojji, Osaka
Walk around Namba (lively city for food, shopping, and more)
o Dotonbori
o Shinshaibashi
o Minami (Namba)
o Namba Grand Kagetsu

Day 4: Sayonara Osaka, Konichiwa Kyoto
Bike around Tenojji, (recommended to bike at night, maraming happenings)
o Tenojji Tower
o Tenojji Zoo
o Osaka Shinekai
Travel from  Osaka –Kyoto
Check-in: Santiago Guesthouse (Go around Kyoto by bus instead of trains)
• Kiyomizudera  Temple
•  Higashiyama District

Day 5: Kyoto Temple Run
o Philosophers path
o Ginkakuji Temple
o  Nanzenji
Northern Kyoto
o Kinkakuji Golden Pavillion
o Ninnaji Temple
Southern Kyoto
o  Fushimi Inari Shrine
o  Gion District

*Temples are accessible by Kyoto 1 day unlimited bus pass, cost JPY500 except for Fushimi Inari Shrine, access this place by bus to Kyoto Station, and ride a JR train to Fushimi Inari Station

Day 6: Oh My Tokyo Dream
Travel from Kyoto to Tokyo via Shinkansen (First Bullet Train ride, bucket list check)
Check-in: Business Hotel Fukusen
• Odawara
o Odawara Castle Park
• Shinagawa
• Tokyo viewing at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Shinjuku, (free)
• Tokyo Station

Day 7: Hide and Seek with Mt. Fuji
• Gotemba, see Mt. Fuji from this area (not recommended because of 2.5 hrs travel)
o Gotemba Outlet Store (bought Coach bag for 48% discount)
• Akihabara
• Ueno

Day 8: Yes, yes, Tokyo
Odaiba
o Gundam Statue
o Fuji TV Building
o Divers City
o Venus Fort
o Toyota Car Museum
Shibuya, Join thousands of people cross at Shibuya Crossing, watched Tokyo Scramble Art and 2nd level of Starbucks Shibuya
• Harajuku & Omote Sando
Travel from Tokyo to Yokohama

Day 9: Girl Time at Yokohama

  • Motomachi
  • Yamashita Park
  • Red Bricks/World Porters
  • Cup Noodles Museum
  • Minato Mirai
  • Yokohama Stadium for Tulips in full bloom
  • Kannai, shopping

Day 10: Awesome Japan because of an Awesome God
• Attend Easter Sunrise Service Yokohama Grace Bible Church, Yokohama
• Lunch at Yokohama
• Travel from Yokohama to Kansai Airport
😦 Sad, I missed my 840 flight back to the Philippines, so I slept at Kansai Airport

Day 11: What is adventure without great misadventure?
• Walk-around Kansai airport early morning
• I miss home, yes, finally, I’m coming home from Kansai to Manila

I thank God for being with me for 11 days. Everywhere I go, God’s presence is with me. That’s His promise for me in Joshua 1:9. Yes, everything I saw in Japan is beautiful. My first solo travel experience is captivating. I’m glad I made it solo in Japan!

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

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6 Days of Seoul

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Hi Guys, sharing our Seoul, South Korea 6 days itinerary. Seoul is a beautiful city, my sister and I enjoyed the tail of winter weather, temples, people, street food, street performers, trains and really cheap cosmetics. Below itinerary is plan and remarks shows if we’re able to go, 🙂 if we enjoyed the place, highly recommended, must see, must visit and 😐 just right, you can skip, and x we’re not able to go because…. We’re so tired already, we realized two-three temple visit is enough, and it’s just too cold to stay outside.

Day 1: Anyeonghaseyo, Seoul

  • Travel from Manile to Incheon via Cebu Pacific
  • Check-in: Blessing in Seoul 🙂

Day 2: Hop-on Seoul City Tour Bus

  • Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park 🙂
  • Hop-on Tour Bus at Dongdaemun 😦
  • Gwangwamun 🙂
  • Seoul City Hall, we witnessed a Military Parade 🙂
  • Deoksugung Palace 🙂
  • Namdaemun Market 🙂
  • National Museum of Korea 😐
  • Itaewon
  • Shop for Korean cosmetics at Myeongdong

Day 3: On our Own in Seoul

  • Insadong 🙂
  • Hongdae 🙂
  • Hello Kitty Cafe 🙂
  • Hongik University Street Performances 🙂
  • Trick Eye Museum 🙂

Day 4: Free fun in the park, So so in Coex

  • Olympic Park (we enjoyed biking around the park) 🙂
  • Coex Aquarium 😦
  • Coex Mall 😐
  • Gangnam District 😐
  • Shopping at Lotte Mart, Cheongyangni 🙂

Day 5: Hey Seoul Sisters #ootd

  • Bukchon Hanok Village 🙂
  • Namsam Park via Cable Car 🙂
  • North Seoul Tower 🙂
  • Cheonggyecheon Stream 😐
  • Fashion Week at Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park 😐
  • Doota Mall

Day 6: Korean Spa Experience

  • Jijimbang at Dragon Hill Spa 🙂
  • Travel from Dongdaemun to Incheon International Airport 🙂

TRAVEL TIPS:

  • Buy Seoul City Pass, Load it with initial of KRW 20,000, enough for 6 days train rides around Seoul.
  • You can skipped Seould City Tour Bus, you can reach all these great places via train. I think it’s a waste of money. Besides you cannot visit all these places included in the tour bus in one day
  • Highly consider the weather, wear appropriate clothes
  • Bring a load of energy with you (wear comfortable shoes), pwede din naman mag tiis ganda para bongga ang photos 🙂
  • You don’t have to stick to your plan, just go with the flow and enjoy wherever your feet leads you.
  • Street food and restaurant prices are almost the same in tourist areas, if you want to try street food, it’s cheaper somewhere
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” ― Henry Miller

Malapascua Island Travel Diary

DSC00379I’ve just posted several blogs about our Malapascua Island, Cebu experience these past few days. This is one of my travel highlights in 2012. Though it’s my 6th time
in Cebu, It’s my first time in Northern part of Cebu, and besides I travel with my new found friends whose way younger than me. The girls vibrant and carefree energy revived my teenage spirit again, how i miss that!

Anyways, if you’re planning a trip to Malapascua here’s a complete guide, from transportation, budget, accommodation, food and things to do in the island…

How to get there?

1) From Manila you need to book a flight going to Cebu City. There are so many flights going to Cebu PAL, Cebu Pacific, Zest Air and Tiger Airways has flights. In this  trip we’re blessed to avail Tiger Airways P545 (USD14) promo fare.DSC00307

2) From Cebu Airport, hire a cab going to Cebu North bus Terminal this cost around P200-P250 (USD5).

3) In North bus terminal you can either ride a bus (P170) (USD4) or a van (P180-200) (USD5) going to Malay Port. I suggest you choose van as this would take you only 3 hours, while bus will consume more time around 4-5 hours.

4) And finally, from Malay Port you have to take a boat for an hour going to Malapascua Island (P100) (USD3).

Tip: Travel time from Cebu City to Malpascua Island may take 5-6 hours so be sure to bring food and water along with you.

Where to Stay?
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We had a very good experience staying in Malapascua Garden Resort for P2,000/night for 4 (USD50). I definitely recommend this hotel.

If you want to stay in a beachfront you can try Exotic Island Dive and Beach Resort, Evolution Diving Site,

Where to Eat?

Since the girls love food… And really want to try all the recommended restaurants in the island. We have our breakfast in the resort, we also have our lunch and dinner in these restaurants:

  • Craic House (P300-P400) is an Irish Bar owned by Evolution Diving Resort. Located at the beachfront. The dishes are unique, yet scrumptious. Each servings is good for two, so you may want to have someone share a meal with you to save.
  • Ocean Vida Restaurant (P350-500) is located at the beach front. They serve Asian and European dishes. The food is a little pricey, small servings for not so good food.DSC00418
  • Exotic Bar and Restaurant (P300-P500) here we tried their Exotic Giant Burger. This is also a must try! Since the burger is really BIG, you can also share it with your friend.
  • Ging-gings restaurant (P75-P120) is very affordable, they serve great food, the restaurant has simple and laid-back ambiance. Since most of the island guest eat here, you have to be patient to wait for your food to be serve. If you’re in a budget you can have all your meals here 🙂 They serve the best food among all other restaurants we tried.

What to do?

  • If you love diving, or opt to try, this is the best place to dive. Malapascua is known as one of the best diving sites in the world. Anyways, if you don’t want to dive you can go island hopping, snorkeling, bike, run, visit the lighthouse or walk along the beach or just dip into Malapascua’s clear water and relax!

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3 Days of Singapore

SG-KL trip (May 26-30, 2011 )

Sharing with you my personal itinerary in our SG-KL trip tomorrow.

Day 1:

 Helix Bridge

 Marina Bay Sands

  Esplanade

 Merlion Park

*Take a boat ride in Marina bay sands $10

*Wonder Full – The Light and Water Spectacular at Marina Bay SandsFREE – Event Plaza, Marina Bay Sands

Day 2:

Vivo City

* Take MRT to Harbourfront Station to Vivo City

Universal Studios (Don’t miss heart pumping ride the mummy, Rapids at Jurassic Park and Galactica)

* Take Sentosa Express at Waterfront Station

Sentosa

Visit Imbiah Lookout, watch Songs of the Sea, walk along the beach

Resorts World

Try ♥ Festive walk ♥ Watch Crane dance 9PM @ Waterfront (free) ♥ Relax in front of Lake of dreams @ Waterfront (free)

 

Day 3:

Shop at Chinatown & Bugis Market for cheap souvenirs (SG shirts, keychains, ref magnet, etc(

Enjoy Suntec City and visit their Fountain of Wealth

Visit Raffles Place Hotel and sip a Singapore Sling

Walk around Orchard Road malls 313@Sommerset Paragon, Takashimaya, Wheelock Place, ION Orchard

Ride a river taxi at Clarke Quaye and Boat Quaye and spend the rest of the evenings there and taste Singapore’s night life.

Transportation Tip: Get an EZ Link card and load SGD 20, this would be enough for your 3 days bus and MRT ride around the city.