Exploring Tokyo, the DIY Way (Day 3)

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Our 3rd day in Tokyo (a Saturday) was spent at Hakone, a mountainous area west of Tokyo that is also at the foot of the magnificent Mount Fuji. The initial plan was to book a day tour package through Japanican.com but but after reading about the Hakone Free Pass at 2AussieTravellers.com , AJ and I decided to take the ‘road less travelled’ and do a DIY trip all the ... READ MORE

Exploring Tokyo, the DIY Way (Day 2)

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Our 2nd day in Tokyo was full of commuting, walking and picture taking! Breakfast was at Tully's Coffee, which is just a few blocks away from our apartment.  Obvious bang bagong gising k'me dito?  Hihi. After breakfast, we walked going to our first stop for the day: the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Oftentimes referred to as the "Petronas Towers of ... READ MORE

Exploring Tokyo, the DIY Way (Day 1)

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The hubby and I just spent six (6) full-packed days in Tokyo last week, and this being our first trip together abroad (and our first time too in Tokyo), we wanted to make the most out of our stay by visiting as many places as we can, try as many authentic Japanese food as we can, and - a "must" for me of course - stop (not shop) at every Hello Kitty boutique I can find there ... READ MORE

Dealing with a Preschooler, Discovering a Local Favorite and Shopping Organic Goodies (all in one weekend!)

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I was in Cebu last June to visit my family there and to spend quality time with my nephew Liam, who is now 5. What I thought would be a weekend of "catching up" activities with him turned out to be full of drama because we argued (a lot!) while playing games!  He is naturally competitive, and so am I!  Haha! We are still trying to resolve our 'little' conflict. I have ... READ MORE

Oakwood Premier [Joy-Nostalg Center]

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The hubby and I celebrated our wedding anniversary last May with a staycation at Oakwood Premier (Joy-Nostalg Center) in Ortigas.  We were supposed to go back to Taal Vista and stay there overnight, but I saw this great deal at Agoda.com and for the same hotel rate at Taal Vista, we got to stay at Oakwood Premier’s deluxe service apartment (94 sqm.) complete with a working ... READ MORE

A Day at the National Museum of the Philippines

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In celebration of the National Heritage Month, the National Museum of the Philippines offered free admission for the whole month of May. AJ took me here one sunny Sunday morning, and I was really excited to have this museum trip again.  I can vaguely remember anymore the last trip I took here (as a college freshman and as part of a course requirement) and, armed with a ... READ MORE

Hotel Florentina + Gabby’s Bistro

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We discovered the picturesque Hotel Florentina at Rovira Drive in Dumaguete by accident.  AJ and I were looking for Gabby’s Bed and Breakfast and Google Map led us here.  We thought we were in the wrong place but Google was partially correct after all; there's a Gabby's Bistro adjacent to Hotel Florentina and this was the original Gabby's franchise. Gabby's Bed and ... READ MORE

Exploring Dumaguete, the DIY Way (Day 3)

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Our 3rd (and final sightseeing day) in Dumaguete found us traveling to Cebu in the morning, and then exploring Dumaguete in the afternoon until evening. The reason for our side trip to Cebu was to fulfill AJ's wish to wish of seeing the butandings (whale sharks).  I've had my first encounter with these friendly whale sharks last year and told AJ about it.  He wanted to see ... READ MORE