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

Exploring Tokyo, the DIY Way (Day 4)

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Day 4 in Tokyo was a Sunday, and our activities for that day are: to visit Ueno Zoo in the morning and then Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in the afternoon.  These are the "non-negotiable" items in our Japan trip, and being there on a Sunday with expectedly more tourists and locals made it all the more exciting and memorable. Here's why we wanted to see Ueno Zoo so bad: The ... 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