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,…

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…

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…

Exceeding Expectations

I’m keeping my expectations low, I said to myself. Many say Jakarta is more or less like Metro Manila, so for me well, sights probably won’t differ that much. Also, I really didn’t know about Jogja or Yogya to some. My friend just asked me to come with her, since she has been to Jakarta…