Winter in Summer

Japan is known for the sakura season in spring, maple and gingko foliage in autumn, and snow festivals in winter. What about summer in Japan? In the Philippines, summer is a popular period to go to beaches, but what about in the land of the rising sun? What can one do during summer in Japan?…

Must Visit Universities

Temples, shrines, churches, parks – these are the typical places on a traveler’s must visit list. The downside of always going to the must visit places is that they are always filled with people, and prices of souvenirs, food around those areas are usually much higher. I have always been searching for a place where…

Once Upon an Autumn Season

November is a popular vacation month for people who wish to feel the cold weather and see bright red and yellow leaves. For people who live in a country with two seasons, autumn is a great time to experience something different.¬†As the cliche pun goes, I started the trip by Seoul searching in South Korea,…

AlbayOurselves

See our video here! At the peak of the typhoon season in the Philippines, which is August, why on earth would anyone plan a trip to Bicol region? Bicol is one of the typically hard hit areas by typhoon due to its geographic location. Honestly, decisions are sometimes made based on what seat sale is…

Sydney Diary

My typical day starts by opening the following tabs: work e-mail, personal e-mail, FB Messenger, Inquirer, WhatsApp Web, Pepper.ph. Not much e-mail, news or messages. To kill extra time, just out of curiosity, I chanced upon a sale alert: Sydney round trip at PHP 8499. Boom! In forty words that’s how my Sydney trip came…

Cagbalet’s

To kick-off summer, and to celebrate Labor Day weekend, we decided to go somewhere more “hipster” – as in limited electricity, isolated and more DIY-themed. This is Cagbalete: Picture-perfect right? An hour away via boat ride from Mauban, Quezon, which is around four to five hours away from Manila. To tell you now, yes the…

Where will PHP 500 (USD 10) take you?

500 Pesos, or 10 US Dollars seems like a small amount. Depends on where you are, it can probably just buy you a fastfood meal or a movie ticket. How long can you survive with just 500? If you spend it for food, probably a couple of minutes, for a show, probably for 2-3 hours….

Sakura Season

Exactly a year ago, my friends and I had our first sakura experience in Osaka-Kyoto-Nara. We were there from March 26 – April 1. In Osaka, sakura is in full bloom around first week of April so were quite early, hence there were some trees which only have tiny flowers or even buds. Still, we…

Quick Getaway

What happens when your friends have varied schedules, commitments, workloads and you want to get together?   The easiest activity to organize is to have dinner somewhere. But that wouldn’t work for us because we have different shifts. Next option, have a staycation. But being the grannies that we are, the ending is that we’d…

Mc Asia Travel

Sure, tasting the traditional dishes each country has to offer is a must in every travel, but I also find it a must to try what the local McDo has put on market. Mc Donald’s has evolved its basic menu of burgers and fries to cater to the food preference of each country where it…

Meeting the Lunch Lady

Six months ago, I went to Ho Chi Minh for the weekend. Why only for the weekend? Well, I just moved to a new company and I’m saving up all my leaves for other trips. While waiting for my ex-officemates finish their Cuchi Tunnels tour, I met with another former colleague who is now based…

A Cloudy Day

A cloudy day is exactly what we are looking forward to during our Sagada trip last January. This is more of an impromptu trip, over a week prior to the event, a friend just asked me over dinner if I wanted to join. Being the “kaladkarin” that I am, I said “Ok sure!”. A few…