Exploring Tokyo, the DIY Way (Day 5)

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On our last day in Tokyo, we took the train going to Odaiba, (お台場) is a popular shopping and entertainment district on a man made island in Tokyo Bay. It originated as a set of small man made fort islands (daiba literally means "fort"), which were built towards the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) to protect Tokyo against possible attacks from the sea and specifically in ... READ MORE

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

Winner of the Dream Tomica x Hello Kitty Giveaway

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Congratulations Ms. Ellen (of pseudoshrink.blogspot.com), our winner of the Dream Tomica x Hello Kitty giveaway! The winner was drawn using Wheel Decide, with AJ spinning the wheel hihi! Thanks to all who joined!  I had a great time reading your entries! Ms. Ellen, I'll ship the Tomica cars this week  =) Have a great week ahead, everyone! ... READ MORE

Online Shopping Experience: Dream Tomica x Hello Kitty Collab

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm going to share with you my recent online shopping experience with Amazon.com and Johnny Air Plus, which was triggered by my desire to complete the Dream Tomica x Hello Kitty cars collection. It all started in Instagram, actually.  I accidentally clicked the hashtag #hellokitty and the search came back with loads of Hello Kitty photos - ... READ MORE

Dream Tomica x Hello Kitty Set 2016

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After months of antagonizing wait, I finally got my hands on these limited edition Dream Tomica x Hello Kitty collection 2016! I ordered them from a Japanese online store (through Amazon.com) last February and had them shipped through Johnny Air.  Big big mistake there.  Will tell you the story in my next post as I don't wanna spoil my excitement here.  I believe this ... READ MORE

Holiday Highlights {2015}

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For the first time in many years, I started my Christmas preparations late.  As in really late.  If not for our week-long break due to the APEC summit held in Manila last November, I wouldn't be able to start wrapping gifts. Swamped with work and project deadlines, I skipped decorating our apartment for Christmas.  I thought I'll have to forego Christmas shopping as ... READ MORE

Product Review: Sit Smart with BackJoy

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One of my resolutions this year is to find a long-term 'fix' to my back pain, which I get from sitting for prolonged periods of time - at home. Surprised at the mention of 'home'?  Yes, it's true.  At work, I have no problem because I move around a lot: I interact with my colleagues (so I don't just sit at my chair all day), I go to meetings located in other floors, and I ... READ MORE