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

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

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

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