Korea Shopping Haul 2018

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Korea is one of the best places in the world to shop. Not only are the products affordable, but they are of good quality, too. Staying in Myeongdong, Seoul this 2018 allowed us to access so many shops within walking distance from our hotel.

people shopping in myeongdong, seoul

When I shop in Korea, I usually spend a bigger percentage on skincare items because I use them daily. Although Korean fashion is so cute and feminine, it’s usually focused on trendy pieces which can go out of style quickly. Being the basic human being that I am, I skipped on clothes. Nonetheless, I still got myself a few items on a whim! After all, I was only in Seoul for four days.

Other than my usual must-buy in Korea, I also picked out new things I’ve yet to try. So what have I spent my money on? Keep reading to find out!

deli manjoo

10 Cheap Korean Street Food + Travel App Giveaway

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

I had my first share of Korean street food during my first time in Seoul back in 2012. I remembered ordering a hotdog on stick which was coated with fried potatoes, and then skipping sausages and other tofu-like things soaked in hot broth. When I saw Kim Bok Joo biting and slurping all these tofu-like things with intense passion, I know I had to try them myself when I go back to Korea.

A few months ago, we stayed in the heart of Myeongdong and every night, we had the chance to take in as much street food as we can. After shopping, we literally allotted two hours on the street so we can try the best Korean street food that’s within our budget. It’s nothing like Filipino street food because ours is way cheaper (and the cleanliness a bit questionable lol, but I do love them!), but theirs is just a total feast for the eyes. Some will only cost you as little as KRW 1,000 (Php 43.50) while other delectable treats (like the flame torched scallops) will burn your pocket at KRW 15,000 (Php 652.50).

That’s why to make the most out of your money, I’ll show you a list of Korean street food we’ve tried so far and what I honestly think about them. All of these cost no more than KRW 7,000 each.

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Fiesta Resort Guam Review

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Aside from tax-free shopping, the best way to experience Guam is to stay at a beachfront hotel. On my third trip, I was able to book two rooms at Fiesta Resort Guam along Pale San Vitores road. With only three days to spare, my main intention was to enjoy the beach at least two times before flying off again for work.

palm trees, beach, hotel review

Choosing an accommodation in Guam must be planned carefully depending on your top activities. Because we are five people in the group who want to do different things, I picked Fiesta Resort for two main reasons: location and affordability. Of course, there are other factors you should consider when choosing a hotel in Guam, especially if it’s your first time. Let me tell you all the details during my stay at Fiesta and decide if you prefer to stay at this hotel as well.


Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Salmon Recipe

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Spaghetti Aglio Olio is one of the easiest pasta recipes you can make in your own kitchen. With garlic and olive oil as your base ingredients, making this dish is not only simple but affordable, too. This is perfect for dinner, especially when paired with a glass of white wine or moscato. In 25 minutes or less, you already have a fine meal set on the table.

spaghetti with salmon
The key in achieving the “perfect” aglio olio is to cook the garlic just right. You don’t want to overcook or else your pasta will taste like burnt garlic. On the other hand, you don’t want your garlic undercooked because you won’t get the natural garlic flavor you’re after.


Are Sunnies Face Fluffmattes Worth the Hype?

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Sunnies Face is another business venture of the Sunnies company, popular for their line of sunglasses, optical wear, and cafe. Now introducing their makeup line beginning with matte lipsticks called Fluffmatte, the well-known brand in the Philippines has been raking in sales for their new product. Affordability and millennial style are the brand’s strongest edges, but we shall see if these new lipsticks are worth the hype or just another local lipstick brand.

lipstick product review cover

Before the release, Sunnies Face has been building up the suspense in Instagram. In addition, they have been giving away PR packages to well-known local Youtubers, with consumers trapped in waiting just dying to get their hands on these coveted lipsticks! Free stuff could influence one’s decision, so might as well buy and try the product myself. So during my quick trip to Manila, I swerved by the Sunnies Face boutique in Glorietta to try the most-hyped makeup product in town.


Longchamp Cosmetic Case Review + 21 Things I Constantly Keep Inside of It

Friday, August 31, 2018

I swear by my Longchamp Le Pliage bags as durable, everyday work bags where you can throw in anything and they will stay strong for years. Because of its quality, I thought of owning the Le Pliage cosmetic case as well. Fast forward to three years later, my everyday pouch has stood the test of time in every bag that I carry.

cosmetic case review

I got my Longchamp Le Pliage Cosmetic Case at Duty Free Fiesta Mall, which was around Php1,800-2,000 at that time. I picked it up because the size was roomy enough to carry my cosmetics and other essentials, but small enough not to consume a huge space in my bag. The most important thing: it’s lightweight.

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Nothing Over $7 Ross and Marshalls Mini Haul

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

I cannot let my LA vacation pass without shopping at Ross and Marshalls! A trip to these discount department stores is worth it, especially if you’re looking for new items to purchase. The first ever item I bought in Marshalls is a Ralph Lauren button down shirt from two years ago (around $25) and I’ve been using it until now. From Ross, I still have my Ralph Lauren backpack which I bought in Guam last December.

shopping haul

My agenda in checking out these stores was to get some small stuff I need and items I can share with my friends after my trip to the US. Each item here is only less than $7 (before sales tax). Without further ado, here are my 5 purchases from Ross and Marshalls.

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15 Places in L.A. the True Tita Will Love

Thursday, August 16, 2018

"I hopped off the plane at LAX with a dream and my cardigan," sings Miley Cyrus. The song kept replaying inside my head during our 15-hour flight.

universal studios hollywood
When it comes to traveling to the United States, if you’re a Filipino and you have relatives living in America, there’s a big fat chance you’ll be spending quite some time in California. In our case, it’s Los Angeles.

What makes this vacation different from when you visit other countries is that you don’t need to worry about itinerary - your relatives mostly do that for you. And if you surpassed the two-hour long queue at the immigration in LAX (and the interrogation of why you’re in the Land of the Free and if you’re bringing in chicharon or balut), congratulations – you’ve finally come to America.


11 Tourist Attractions in San Francisco You Can See in 3 Days

Thursday, August 09, 2018

San Francisco, SF, The City, The Golden City - whatever you might want to call it, San Francisco is an absolute must-see destination when you’re in California. From the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, to splendid Victorian houses, and street art, there are many things to see around the area and most of them are free.

san francisco itinerary cover with background of painted ladies
Coming from LA, we took the 6-hour drive to see what SF has in store for first-time visitors like me. While LA shines and dazzles like a Hollywood movie, I feel like The City has an eclectic mix of art, history, and upscale urbanism all-in-one. So if you only have three days to spare, check-out these 11 places and tourist attractions when you’re in San Francisco.

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GSS: Grendha Singapore Sale at Royal Sporting House

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

I recently discovered my love for Grendha sandals and it’s timely that I found tremendous discounts during the Great Singapore Sale. With GSS ending on August 12, I thought I’d share with you some of the pairs I bought from Royal Sporting House, and maybe you can get your hands on these, too!

stylish sandals

Grendha is a Brazilian brand of sandals from the company Grendene that manufactures stylish and elegant looking footwear, made from the highest quality materials. The brand is commonly seen at SM Department stores in the Philippines, but I never paid attention to it before. I no longer see the practicality of purchasing rubber slippers (i.e. buying Havaianas like I used to) and plastic sandals that’s worth more than Php 1,000 a pair, when I can purchase formal and classic flats for only Php 300. In addition, my previous job required me to wear business attire and closed shoes everytime I had to meet with clients. There was no purpose of me buying such sandals with expensive cost per wear.


My Singapore Haul: Nothing Over $49

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

As you may have known (or not), when I travel abroad it’s imminent that I shop. This time when I shopped in Singapore for the first time this year, I didn’t go crazy on buying stuff. Most of these are from IKEA and Mustafa, but I got some from other stores, too.

shopping haul singapore

My Singapore shopping haul isn’t exactly planned and I didn’t spend too much on these. I spent as little as $2.90 (about Php 116) for some, while the most expensive one is at $49 (Php 1,960). I mean if I were still that addicted to makeup, I’d probably be bringing home tons of new stuff from Sephora. But since these are random items on my shopping cart and each item is nothing over $49 each, might as well show them to you! Oh, and did I mention shopping is soooo much fun in Singapore?

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Holiday Inn Express Katong Review

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

On my second flight to Singapore this 2018, I find myself booking a room again at Holiday Inn Express in Katong. I would normally look for hotels near train stations, but this one is an exception. Tucked in the vibrant and posh area of Singapore’s East Coast, I was surprised to find a brand that carries a hotel legacy in its name, but doesn’t come along with an expensive price tag.

hotel review

I don’t do backpacking when I travel, but I do want some comfort at the end of the day without having to break the bank. If you’re looking for a mid-range hotel that values top-notch service without paying a fortune, this Holiday Inn branch might be the one you’re looking for.

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Gardens by the Bay

Saturday, July 07, 2018

The first time I went to Singapore back in 2012, Gardens by the Bay was just about to open to the public. I have no idea there’s a budding nature space in this corporate city. After five years, I went back and visited one of the most talked about and most photographed nature parks in the world.

gardens by the bay singapore, singapore flyer

Nestled in the center of the bustling concrete jungle of Singapore, this sprawling garden spans 101 hectares of reclaimed land and is free to enjoy by everyone. Can you imagine how wonderful it is to spend a day at a nature park for free? And it’s not just any park, but Gardens was a work of art by “skilled landscape designers, horticulturists, arborists, engineers, plant health, garden and turf management experts, as well as plant research and orchid breeding professionals.”


Where to Buy Cheap Toiletries in Singapore

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Singapore is one of the top ten countries in the world with the highest cost of living. In Asia, the country holds the top spot. The expensive rent is a given, but you can always resource cheap food through hawkers and food stalls you can find everywhere. But how about toiletries? Well that’s a different story.

cheap and affordable toiletries and home supplies
If you’ve been to Guardian and Watsons in Singapore, you’ll be shocked as to how expensive toiletries can get. For example, the same well-known napkin being sold in the Philippines at around Php 80 for a pack of 20 will cost at SGD 6.90 in Singapore (Php 276; 1 SGD = 40 Php conversion rate as of posting). A global brand feminine wash that’s Php 194 for 250ml at home will cost at SGD 13.90 (or Php 556) in Singapura.

It’s difficult not to convert prices, especially if you’re trying to save money. So I asked my friend (Thank you, Jore!) where she buys her toiletries.


My First Time at Tim Ho Wan

Saturday, June 09, 2018

When Tim Ho Wan opened its doors in the Philippines, people have been lining up at the “world’s cheapest Michelin-star restaurant” day in and day out. You can’t reserve a table so you have to devote some time in waiting. Since it opened its first branch in our country in 2014, I haven’t got the chance to taste their widely-popular dim sums.

Luckily, we stayed very near 112 Katong Mall in Singapore and at early in the afternoon on a weekday, there wasn’t any queue at Tim Ho Wan. Excited to get blown away with “Hong Kong’s Most Famous Dim Sum”, I dragged my husband inside the Katong branch.


Lola Aida

Sunday, June 03, 2018

She woke me up at 6:00 AM on a warm, summer’s day. I couldn’t remember if I had breakfast before we left, but I was certain she had already prepared fried rice or pan de sal on the table. Once a week, Lola Aida and I would go to the market to buy ingredients for the dishes she planned to cook for the entire household. From Blumentritt, we’d do a short walk going to España Boulevard and hail a jeepney going to Trabajo market.

It was always our routine to visit the wet section first so we can still catch the freshest fish, seafood and meat. She was close to being a public figure because whenever vendors saw her, she’d be greeted warmly and be given the best selection of their goods. Lola knew which stall to go first and everytime she dropped by, her preferred vendors were excited to see her. I was sure it’s beyond a seller-buyer relationship. They were just happy to see this small, thin, and sharp-witted old lady who instantly lit up the place whenever she smiled. And lola’s smile was always genuine.

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When in Geylang: 126 Dim Sum Review

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Coming back to Geylang reminded me of those two weeks we spent in Singapore last year. While the place is known to be a red light district (not the types we have here in the Philippines or in Amsterdam), Geylang is filled with numerous food selections including stalls of fruits, a strip of hawkers (no pun intended), and affordable dim sum places to boot.

One dim sum place we’ve been coming back to is 126 Dim Sum Wen Dao Shi, tucked in the main street of Sims Avenue in the heart of Geylang. It’s funny because we discovered this while I was craving for siomai (shu mai) one time and this place happened to be just a few steps away from our accommodation in Lorong 15. We didn’t know it was this popular in Singapore!


Mookata Traditional Thai BBQ Review

Sunday, May 20, 2018

“Have you tried Thai BBQ before?”, my husband asked me on our first day in Singapore last month. It was his birthday when we arrived for our long weekend getaway and I told him he’s got the freedom to choose what he wanted to eat for dinner. To answer the question, no I haven’t tried Thai BBQ before - not in Thailand, nor in the Philippines.

mookata thai bbq

Because he stayed in Chiang Mai in Thailand for two months during college, my husband missed the food he had eaten so frequently back then. Apparently, he already scouted for restaurants within the area surrounding our hotel in Katong where we stayed. Just across the street from our hotel is Mookata Traditional Thai BBQ restaurant.


Matam-Ih Restaurant Review: Authentic Kapampangan Cuisine

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Let me begin this post by mentioning the elephant in the room. See, I took photos of Matam-Ih back in December and haven’t reviewed yet one of my favorite Filipino restaurants in the Philippines. So pardon the delay and let’s begin!

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If you haven’t heard of Matam-Ih yet, it’s a restaurant serving authentic Kapampangan cuisine, located at Clark Freeport Zone. “Matam-Ih” in the Aeta dialect means delicious, and I can guarantee their claim is accurate. But what makes this unique from other Filipino restaurants we already have?


In Full Capacity: Louis Vuitton Key Pouch Review

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

The LV Key Pouch is probably Louis Vuitton’s most popular luxury starter piece. As people in the luxury community refer to it as the clés (French for “keys) or key clés, this accessory has been a staple of many LV lovers and collectors. If you look at it, the key pouch simply looks like a glorified coin purse with an attached chain and hook for the keys.

louis vuitton key pouch product review

However, I’ve been reading great reviews and YouTube videos about this product and discovered how people swear by the high quality and value for money of the LV clés.  Some people found this piece so useful in their everyday life, that they collected all three available prints for this item (monogram, damier ebene, and damier azure).


Stuck in the Past? Matabungkay Beach Hotel Review

Friday, May 04, 2018

With no mid to high-end resorts available in Laiya for the third weekend of March, my mother booked us an accommodation at Matabungkay Beach Hotel instead. Also called Matabungkay Beach Resort, this vacation spot was known to be one of the best high-end resorts in Batangas, Philippines during the 80’s.

swimming pool in tropical resort

As my mother reminisced her days as a regular employee, she said only managers and high ranking officials in their company could afford to go to Matabungkay before. Staying over the hotel equated to luxury - but for the aging millennial, this I had to find out myself.


Osaka Takoyaki Restaurant Review

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Osaka Takoyaki is one of the newest Japanese restaurant chains in the Philippines. Having only started in January 2015, Osaka Takoyaki now has more than 40 branches nationwide. What makes their menu different from other Japanese restaurants is that their food offerings are specifically served in Osaka prefecture. Osaka is known to be a place where sumptuous dishes are made, thus it is a well-known location to enjoy street food.

japanese restaurant review

Trying Osaka Takoyaki for the first time, I visited their newly-opened branch at SM City Cabanatuan last month. Together with my husband and mother-in-law, we tried some of their dishes, including the famous Takoyaki.


Tokyo Drugstore and Apparel Haul

Saturday, April 21, 2018

I had fun shopping in Osaka last year (especially at Japanese drugstore), and so I thought of getting something for myself again this year in Tokyo. During my last trip, I bought a number of Japanese makeup and skincare products. Now you’ll notice how Tita I’ve become with all the different muscle patches and relaxation products I bought! (Lol).

tokyo shopping spree

I think I bought a more useful batch of of items this time. Some items, I believe I can use more frequently. Some are hard to find… and another one I bought because of an emergency situation (we’ll get to that part). Ok, let’s begin!


I Tried 7 Japanese Drinks and Here's What I Thought about Them

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Aside from street food, one of the items in my to-do list is to try locally-sold bottled and canned drinks in Tokyo. From reading other blogs and watching YouTube videos, I’ve learned that Japan is known to have a wide range of ready-to-drink beverages, as well as limited-edition juice and carbonated drinks. In addition, they also have fruity, carbonated concoctions with low alcohol content (known as Chu-hai) which are popular with young adults.

japanese drinks

As you can see, I kept all the empty containers after trying them all so I can put my thoughts into them. The products I’m going to feature here do not cost more than ¥160. I believe they’re much cheaper at the grocery, but since I was always on the go, I bought these drinks at convenience stores near our hotel and vending machines at train stations.

So without further ado, here are 7 Japanese drinks you might see when you visit Tokyo.


Our Bohol Wedding from Two Years Ago

Sunday, April 08, 2018

It was a rainy day today in Singapore, but that didn't dampen my spirits. Two years ago on this day, my husband and I got married in the sunny and beautiful island of Panglao, Bohol. Nothing much has changed from that day on, except maybe for gaining xx pounds since the wedding (lol!).

Everything happened so fast for the last two years, but one thing's for sure. I can't stop thanking Him for giving me a loving, caring, patient, loyal, thoughtful, understanding, and funny husband. Sure, we have our ups and downs and we go through petty fights, but for most of our lives together, we're always thrilled to be in each other's waking moments, making sure to annoy each other as long as we live.


Robotics Day at Miraikan

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Miraikan is Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation found at Tokyo Academic Park in Daiba, Tokyo. Miraikan is Japan’s center of science and technology and the said museum displays interactive exhibits, as well as ground-breaking inventions that place the country (still) in the most advanced position when it comes to futuristic and technological progress.

Japanese Robotics and Scientific Inventions at Miraikan Museum

I find joy in reading techno-thriller books and sci-fi and AI movies, that I can’t let this robotics museum pass. Getting inside Miraikan is like being on a field trip where adults can still be awed like a child again. And if you’re like me who enjoys this type of museums and science exhibitions, then you’re in for a treat!

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First Time Booking with Klook - Tokyo Airport Transfers

Monday, March 26, 2018

I booked airport transfers with Klook for the first time during my recent visit to Japan. Because the two local travel companies that we know do not offer transfers if you don’t book at least one tour activity with them, I looked for reputable and legitimate online booking sites for this service. Luckily, I was able to find the service that I need with Klook.

klook booking tokyo airport transfers

What are the benefits of getting an airport transfer? First, it’s very convenient. We just need to ride the van and sit comfortably until we reach Narita Airport. Second, we had an early morning flight, thus local trains aren’t in operation yet by the time we leave the hotel. Third, having an airport transfer was actually more cost-efficient for us, since we’re traveling in a group of 6. And finally, it’s expected that we’ll be carrying HEAVY and additional luggage due to shopping. I can’t imagine dragging two pieces of luggage at a time as we catch the local train and N’EX bound for Narita.

So how was the booking process and the entire journey? Here’s how.


Ichiran Ramen Review

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Ichiran is a popular Japanese ramen shop which originated from Fukuoka in 1960. What started as a small stall flourished into a ramen chain with 65 locations in Japan and branches found in Taipei, Hong Kong, as well as in Brooklyn, New York. In Dotonbori, the Ichiran branch is open for 24 hours.

restaurant review ichiran

Ichiran serves tonkotsu ramen, a pork bone based soup broth. Tonkotsu ramen is made by boiling pork bone and other ingredients for several hours to get its rich taste. It was initially prepared as an affordable food served to fish market workers in Fukuoka. In Japan, Ichiran and Ippudo (yes, the one in Manila) are the most popular ramen chains that serve this type of ramen.

Since it was my first time to visit Ichiran, I'll give you my honest, first impression on their well-loved ramen.


Hotel Grand Fresa Akasaka Review - An Affordable Accommodation in Tokyo

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tokyo used to be a luxury destination for travelers. Though it’s still one of the world’s most expensive cities, flights and accommodation have become more affordable over the years. Initially, my mother wanted to book the hotel where we first stayed at in 2012, but with a price of Php 11,000 per night, we knew it was too much, considering we will be mostly out and about during the day.

japan hotel review

That’s when Hotel Grand Fresa Akasaka came into view. A 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice, the hotel is part of Sotetsu Fresa Inn’s chain of hotels which are popular for business and leisure travelers. My husband and I already stayed at their Nihombashi-Kayabacho branch in 2015, so I was looking for available rooms at that hotel once more. However, the said branch was fully booked for our travel dates. When I saw their Akasaka branch and the rates were less than half of Php 11,000, I immediately booked three rooms for our stay.

If you’re looking for affordable hotel rooms in Tokyo within the city center, let me give you an overview of our stay at Hotel Grand Fresa Akasaka.

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Getting to Gala Yuzawa from Tokyo

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort is a popular winter destination for tourists who want to ski or snowboard because of its convenient location. Being the only snow resort in Japan with its own bullet train station, you can hop on the train in Tokyo and be at the resort in as short as 77 minutes.

snow, snow resort, guide to gala yuzawa

When you’re going to this snow resort, the main and most convenient transportation you need to ride is the Shinkansen (bullet train), particularly Joetsu, which goes directly to Gala Yuzawa station. Not only is it convenient but it’s also stress-free. With that said, let me guide how to reach Gala from your starting point: Tokyo station.

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Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort and My First Ski Experience

Thursday, March 08, 2018

My aunts haven’t seen snow yet. And they haven’t been to Japan either. While I’ve experienced snow during the first days of winter in Nami Island or in the middle of summer at Mount Titlis (Summer?! I know, right?), I haven’t seen proper, thick snow. So when I booked our flights to Tokyo, I made sure it was going to be a winter vacation.

gala yuzawa snow resort, snowboards

Being my family’s exclusive “travel agent”, I looked for ski or snow resorts that we can go to for just one day coming from Tokyo. There were convenient group tours on coaches, but they just didn't tickle my fancy. With determination and never ending quest of building our itinerary, I stumbled upon Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort.


Narita Express Review – Boarding the N’EX Train for the First Time

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Many budget airlines and international flag carriers arrive in Tokyo via Narita Airport. Although Haneda Airport is much closer to central Tokyo, flights that arrive in Narita are much cheaper (especially promo fares). After a “long” flight (depending on where you come from), your next aim is to get to your Tokyo accommodation the fastest way possible.

city crossing, narita express review

That’s when Narita Express (N’EX) comes into the picture. It’s no surprise that trains in Japan are one of the country’s pride and glory. When it comes to efficient train transportation, N’EX definitely sets an example. As I boarded the N’EX train for the first time, I found noteworthy pros and cons during my trip which I think will help you decide when taking a transport to Tokyo.

gala yuzawa snow resort

JR TOKYO Wide Pass Review – 5 Things You Need to Know

Sunday, February 25, 2018

I never thought of the importance of the JR passes until I needed one. In my recent travel to Japan, the highlight of our vacation was the one-day trip to Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort from Tokyo. I’ve researched instructions on how to get to the snow resort, Shinkansen fares, and asked on TripAdvisor for transportation recommendation, until the members suggest I take the JR TOKYO Wide Pass.

rail pass review, cherry blossoms

JR-EAST (East Japan Railway Company) is Japan’s biggest passenger railway company and they offer various discount passes for tourists coming to Japan. They have the JR EAST Pass for Nagano, Niigata area (¥18,000 for adults, valid for 5 days) and another one for Tohoku area (¥20,000 for adults, valid for 5 days). Both passes are very convenient and cost-effective to use when traveling outside of Tokyo. Since we only have 4 full days to spare (and only decided to go out of Tokyo for the snow resort), we opted to purchase the TOKYO Wide Pass, which is only valid for 3 days.


How to Get to Tokyo from Narita Airport

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

I went back to Japan recently and it was my second time arriving at Narita Airport. The first one was way back in 2012 and we got to Tokyo via airport transfers. The second time I was in Tokyo in 2015, my husband and I landed at Haneda Airport (which I still prefer) as it’s already in the city and the travel time to our hotel at Nihonbashi/Ningyocho was just about 30 minutes.

buddhist temple background, how to get to tokyo from narita airport

This year, we arrived again at Narita (Terminal 2) but we had to figure out how to travel to Tokyo on our own. We didn’t book any tours, not even a service that will pick us up at the airport. But that’s the beauty of traveling. You get to discover ways on how to get to your destination by researching, asking questions, and reading maps.

There are many ways on how to get to Tokyo from Narita Airport. In this post, I’ll be teaching you and giving you tips on what to ride, where to buy tickets at the airport, and what to do before leaving Narita.

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Php1,000 European-Inspired Valentine’s Day Celebration

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

My husband and I have been celebrating Valentine’s Day together for 7 years. We’ve had romantic dinners, we traveled, watched concerts, and went on staycation – and every year, I’d always end up being the receiver of everything nice and fancy.

valentine's day card, money-saving tips
In reality, the idea of demonstrating “love” during Valentine’s Day means big business, as couples spend a huge sum of money for one day alone (sometimes, for even just a few hours). Does that mean the more you spend, the more meaningful your celebration becomes? Not really. I’d rather spend money wisely and have my date’s five hours of quality and undivided attention, than spend Php 4,000 (or more) on the usual romantic dinner date, surrounded by other couples in a restaurant.


Ride the Ducks Guam Review

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Ride the Ducks Guam is a fairly new sightseeing tour that lets tourists take on an adventure around Guam – on land and on sea. If you’re a history buff or if you’re traveling with small children and the elderly, this is one of the most fun and adventurous trips you can take with your family.

ride the ducks guam tour review

What makes this tour unique is that you get to ride an amphibious vehicle that goes on the road like a bus and then makes it way to the sea like a boat! I haven’t been on an amphibian before and I only see this in the Philippines as a rescue-type vehicle for flood victims. It was quite exciting to get on board this bright yellow vessel, like I’m hopping onto a theme park ride!


Is Fish Eye Marine Park Worth the Visit?

Friday, February 09, 2018

Fish Eye Marine Park is Guam’s underwater observatory intended for those who want to experience the beauty of Piti Bay’s marine life, without having to change into snorkeling or diving outfits. Experiencing first-hand the authentic underwater habitat without getting wet in the sea makes this attraction pleasant and educational altogether.

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Fish Eye Marine Park's 1,000 ft boardwalk

The first time I went here was during sunset and it was one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever witnessed. Going back for the second time around, I was pleased to see that the 1,000 ft wooden boardwalk still stands. The long walk going to the underwater observatory is an attraction itself. You’ll get plenty of panoramic photos and Instagram-worthy shots from the boardwalk alone.

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Hafa Adai! 12 Useful Tips When Visiting Guam

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Hafa Adai is a Chamorro phrase which means “Hello” or “What’s Up?” in Guam. Pronounced as “half a day”, it’s very common that you hear this whenever you meet local citizens in stores, restaurants, and hotels. You’ll encounter this multiple times a day and it’s quite easy to respond to people with the same greeting.

guam guide travel tips
Now that you’ve brushed up on your basic Chamorro phrase, let me guide you through these 12 useful tips on where to stay, where to eat, how to go around, and how to save money when you travel to Guam.

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Guam Shopping Guide and Tips for Tourists

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Guam is a tropical destination with clean and beautiful beaches, has an abundance of restaurants and various cuisines to choose from, as well as a laidback atmosphere for your much-awaited chill vacation. Aside from that, it’s the nearest shopping destination in Southeast Asia for those who want to experience what it’s like to shop ‘til you (literally) drop in the US!

shopping tips in guam, cars on the road, shopping malls
I went back to Guam and went home with 45 things during my shopping trip. For tourists who haven’t been to Guam yet, here’s an inside scoop and some shopping tips for you!

calvin klein

45 Items from My Guam Shopping Spree

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

If you’ve been following my IG account, you probably knew that I went back to Guam last December and that I spent most of my days shopping! Too bad we went there after Black Friday sale. Nevertheless, my husband and I scored awesome deals during our stay.

socks, crossbody bag, backpack, shoe boxes

Although Guam Premier Outlets (GPO) and other discount stores in Guam have limited offerings as compared to massive outlet stores in mainland US (such as those in California and Nevada), you can still get awesome deals when you go to Guam. First, flights going to Guam from the Philippines are more affordable as compared to airline tickets going to mainland US. Second, you can be sure that you’re buying genuine items straight from the store. Third, you don’t need to pay an additional tax at the counter when purchasing goods. So just like in the Philippines, whatever’s on the price tag, that’s just what you're going to pay!


New Year’s Day at Pico de Loro Cove – Pros, Cons and Honest Review

Saturday, January 27, 2018

We started waiting for the clock to strike 12:00 by having dinner and entertaining ourselves with several games. For dinner we had fried chicken, lettuce and apple salad, toasted garlic bread, and some leftover pasta. At 9:00 PM, Pico de Loro was still fairly quiet which I like. Despite being on the upper ground floor at Jacana, I believe Pico de Loro Cove did a great job when it came to soundproofing.

night, mid-rise condo building, fireworks

When everyone had consumed their food, we started entertaining ourselves. My sister prepared two games fit for all ages. The first one was Chubby Bunny which was pretty funny initially, until it wasn’t too challenging enough for every pair. I must say, I was a bad guinea pig when my sister and I had to demonstrate how Chubby Bunny works. I couldn’t stop laughing at my own doing, while I had to control my (TMI!) saliva from dripping.


New Year’s Eve at Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club

Monday, January 22, 2018

Day 2 (December 31)

It’s New Year’s Eve and the least thing you want to do is to wake up early in the morning. I know Pico de Loro has a reason for this, but it’s such a HASSLE for guests to come back to the country club – at 9:00 AM – just to switch the arm band for a different color. Without having breakfast yet, all 15 of us had to leave our units and drop by at the reception area of the country club. I had to force myself for an early morning bath and walk just to get the arm band changed.

night swimming, infinity pool, coconut trees

I find it annoying too, that even my grandmother (who’s on a wheelchair and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease), had to be brought in the clubhouse just so the staff can see the exact persons on the guest list. After paying that much, here’s another rule that brought us inconvenience. It wouldn’t hurt to bring in their staff, knock on each unit, bring a guest list and check our names and hand our arm bands. After all, each building had receptionists and staff who could take a peek at the unit and see if there’s any unlisted guest. This was very inconsiderate of them. Anyway, we just let it go instead of ruining our moods. We headed to the Jacana unit to have our late breakfast and to spend some time with the family.


New Year’s Celebration at Pico de Loro Cove – Tips & Truths for Guests

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ah 2018, you’re finally here! For anyone who struggled in 2017, the New Year comes with a promise of a fresh start. I myself felt like the previous year had too many challenges, that they somehow overshadowed both small and big blessings that came my way.

lake, trees, condominium reflecting on lake
But anyway, past is past and it’s time to move on from things we can’t change. It’s better to look forward to fresh beginnings, right? And to start my year, my family and I checked-in at Pico de Loro Cove on December 30, 31, and January 1. It was our first time there and for an extended family of 15, we enjoyed the company and peaceful atmosphere of Pico de Loro Cove, located at Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas.


Honeymoon in Paris Day 5: Farewell, 1st Arrondissement

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Our fifth morning in Paris was a bit melancholy, for we have to bid adieu to 1st Arrondissement. We were flying to Dubrovnik in the afternoon and by the time we go back to Paris, we'd be staying at a different hotel and location. As always, Paris morning was as confused as ever, unsure if the cloudy skies would give way to Mr. Sunshine.

woman near massive statue of reclining woman

Instead of going to our usual boulangerie at Rivoli Cafe, we opted for McDonald’s at the corner of Rue de Rivoli and Rue de l’Échelle. Inside McDonald’s is McCafe, which was somehow packed with people in the morning. Queuing at the cashier took a long time because of the amount of people grabbing their breakfast before going to work. Plus the crew had to manage the cash register AND make coffee and hot chocolate herself, which took a tedious process far from the instant serving of hot beverage we're used to (talk about multi-tasking!). Nevertheless, it was worth the wait because by the time my husband got his order, he was given freshly baked croissants straight from the oven.


Honeymoon in Paris Day 4 (Part 2): Trocadéro and Musée d’Orsay

Sunday, January 07, 2018

After a quick lunch and stroll at 5th arrondissement (Latin Quarter), our next destination was Trocadéro. Even when we’ve been here the day before, my husband and I ventured to this place once again, for the time we had yesterday was too short. The views would also be different this time, as we went out during the day towards Tour Eiffel.

couple photo with eiffel tower background

We hopped on the Big Bus Paris’ tour bus going to 8th and 16th arrondissement in Paris before hopping off at Trocadéro. There were many people enjoying the view of the Eiffel Tower at this time of day, grabbing the opportunity to take fantastic photos while the sun’s still up. It’s only apt that we do the same too, so we set-up our very useful tripod for our couple shots around Paris.

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