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

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

An Opportunity of a Lifetime (Part 2)

Finally, a follow-up to the hubby's widely read travelogue about his trip to Toronto last year.  This time, he'll talk about food!   (Click here for the 1st part.) *********************************************** Hi everyone, I’m back.  Anyway, as promised, let me share with you my culinary experiences during that 3-week stay in downtown Toronto. The Hyatt on King Street ... READ MORE

Bag of Beans @ Twin Lakes, Tagaytay

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I had a very challenging week at work, and what I wanted to do right now is to drive off to Tagaytay and hole up there until Sunday.  That is, if only I can drive (and I don't know how hehe)! AJ and I were actually there last weekend, and as I took my mind off work, my eyes opened up to this picture-perfect restaurant that we discovered while cruising the Tagaytay-Nasugbu ... READ MORE

Taal Vista Hotel

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I've been reading lots of good feedback about Taal Vista Hotel, so to celebrate AJ's birthday last week, I booked us a weekend stay here. Thankfully, traffic was not so bad that Saturday morning.  We left Makati at 11 (without any breakfast!) and was at the hotel at exactly 1:30 p.m.  We were supposed to have lunch first at Josephine's before checking in at Taal Vista but ... READ MORE

An Opportunity of a Lifetime (Part 1)

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Text and pictures by my Guest Writer: AJ the Hubby, the Baker and the Gamer. ******************************************************** How would you feel when your boss suddenly asks if you have a valid passport?  That could potentially mean travel, right?  After the sudden rush of knowing that a travel opportunity lies ahead, of course you’d wonder where to, how long, what ... READ MORE