Exploring Kyoto + Osaka, the DIY Way (Day 4)

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Our last 2 days in Osaka were spent as follows: Day 4 (Monday): Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan Universal Studios Japan (3:00 p.m. onwards) Day 5: (Tuesday) Universal Studios Japan (whole day) Some budget tips for Universal Studios Japan: I am a big Harry Potter fan and habang nag-iipon pa ako ng pamasahe for London and for the Harry Potter Studio Tour, I ... READ MORE

Exploring Kyoto + Osaka, the DIY Way (Day 3)

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After 2 full days in Kyoto (with side trip to Nara), we are now ready and excited to explore our home base, Osaka! Since AJ and I are both history buffs, we dedicated our 1st day to learn about Osaka's history.  And the best way to do that is to tour Osaka Castle! Touring the castle grounds alone would already take the whole morning, with approximately 60,000 square ... READ MORE

Exploring Kyoto + Osaka, the DIY Way (Day 2)

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Day 2 of our trip to Japan to last November involved another long commute by train, this time from Osaka to Nara.  We left our AirBnB hostel at 6:00 a.m., and was at Shin-Ōmiya Station a little after 7 a.m.  We had breakfast at one of the few open cafes inside the station. The clue to our destination that morning is in our latte art: Our plan was to spend half-day ... READ MORE

Exploring Kyoto + Osaka, the DIY Way (Day 1)

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The first 2 days of our trip was spent in Kyoto, and in those 2 days we have to commute all the way from Osaka because of the 'slight' change I had to make with our AirBnB booking.   As mentioned in my previous post, the original plan was to stay overnight in Kyoto (so from the airport we would have traveled directly to Kyoto) and  then move to Osaka on the eve of our second ... READ MORE

Exploring Kyoto + Osaka, the DIY Way (Day 0)

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Konnichiwa!  Just got back from a 6-day R&R trip to Japan, this time to explore its Kansai region - the cultural and historical heart of Japan.  We focused our trip on the 2 core cities of the region: Kyoto and Osaka, with a half-day side trip to Nara, another core city more popularly known for its roaming, docile deer! You could say that I fell madly in love with Japan ... READ MORE

Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017

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My friends were not surprised to learn that I registered for Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017.  I am a big fan of Hello Kitty so this event is something I would not pass up, even though I don't like running. This is also the first time I am joining a fun run event, so the idea of running with Hello Kitty excited me no end. Registration was done online so it was hassle-free.  I ... READ MORE

Late Post: Shopping in Tokyo

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My 5-part Tokyo travelogue is still getting the most number of visits and search hits in the blog (thank you!), and this made me realize that I left one more good stuff to share about that trip - the shopping and my shopping finds! First off, I didn't shop much.  I enjoyed the window shopping, though hehe!  In doing so, I was able to compare prices of the Uniqlo and Muji ... READ MORE

Lomonosov “Bridesmaid / Baskets” Pattern Teapot

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Just when I thought I have given my wallet a breather by not actively looking for teacups to buy, I saw a Lomonosov teapot being sold in a group selling site at Facebook. I immediately recognized the design as the "Bridesmaid" (or "Baskets") pattern that was first introduced in the '70s, and combines the following trademark designs of Lomonosov: the fishnet (but ... READ MORE