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

Coffee Project at Vista Mall (Sta. Rosa)

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We found about Coffee Project in Sta. Rosa (Laguna) in an 'earth shaking' way, so to speak. After spending AJ's birthday weekend in Tagaytay last month (where we stayed at Eco Hotel Cabins), we went to stop at Vista Mall in Sta. Rosa, Laguna for a late lunch at Denny's. While dining and watching TV inside the resto, AJ and I felt the building shook.  Everyone at Denny's ... READ MORE

Eco Hotel Cabins Tagaytay

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We had a very pleasant stay at Eco Hotel Cabins in Tagaytay last weekend.   It's our first time to stay here actually, and we were beyond impressed! To start off, the location's perfect. It's just across Ayala Malls Serin, and with Pamana, Tsokolateria and Hawaiian BBQ - 3 of the most loved restaurants in Tagaytay - as its next door neighbors, hindi k'me magugutom ... READ MORE

A Weekend Getaway in Baguio

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Sharing with you snippets of our spur-of-moment road trip to Baguio last February (before the Panagbenga season), where everything was done last minute: last minute hotel booking, last minute decision to bring our car (instead of taking the bus) and last minute packing hehe! We left Manila early Saturday morning at 4 a.m. and thanks to the wonders of expressways ... READ MORE

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