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Universal Studios Japan

We’ve arrived in Osaka and we can’t wait to explore the city. Before we actually travel and go anywhere else, we had to make one important stop before the weekend: visit Universal Studios Japan and see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Continue reading “Universal Studios Japan”

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Kyoto Day 2: Nara Park, Todai-ji, Kiyomizu-dera, and Gion

Unlike the previous day where Kyoto was just a sad, gray, and dreary day, our day 2 was very very different. The sun was out, the air was cool, the day was bright and shiny, and the city just majestically opened itself to us. Our itinerary for the day: Nara Park and Todai-ji temple, Kiyomizu-dera, and the shopping/historical district of Gion. Continue reading “Kyoto Day 2: Nara Park, Todai-ji, Kiyomizu-dera, and Gion”

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Kyoto Day 1: Kinkaku-ji and Arashiyama

As the day wore on and having just finished my proposal, it was time for us to move on to the next stops in our itinerary: the Golden Pavilion known as Kinkakuji and Arashiyama’s bamboo forest. Continue reading “Kyoto Day 1: Kinkaku-ji and Arashiyama”

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A proposal in Fushimi Inari

For the longest time, I’ve always wanted to see the beautiful Fushimi Inari shrine, I was amazed by its beauty when I saw the young Sayuri run through those now famous black and orange torii gates and just seeing pictures of it already inspired my wanderlust.  Continue reading “A proposal in Fushimi Inari”

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Buying a JR Pass 

In a month’s time I will be going to Japan and we’re hard at work preparing for our trip. We’ve already secured our tickets (Php. 18,800) our lodging (Agoda and Airbnb for Php. 10,300) and our itinerary is ready. There is just one more thing that we need though, our Japan Rail passes and we bought ours last Saturday.  Continue reading “Buying a JR Pass “

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Diner on 16th 

It’s been quite a while since my last Kapitolyo crawl. Honestly it’s getting harder and harder keeping up with all the new restaurants and changes in this once industrial barangay. Every now and then, Tricia and I get the chance to try our one of the numerous new places.  Continue reading “Diner on 16th “

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The Circle

We have enjoyed for years the connectivity of Facebook, the rich trove of information from Google, the technological marvels of Apple, and the carefully curated views of Snapchat and Instagram. These marvels have made our world smaller, allowing us to see the world like never before. Everything is shared easily and nothing is as private as it once was, we now live in a culture where moments have to be caught on camera, things have to be liked, loved, and snapped up. We live in a world where our culture is all about instant gratification and acceptance and Dave Eggers is well aware of that.
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Super Sushi Ramen Express

As you very well know, I am busy preparing for my trip to Japan. Tricia and I are in the final stages of itemizing each and every place we would be visiting. We’ve talked about the sights, the sounds, and most definitely the food we would be sampling. Like any good foodie and traveler, I’ve taken the liberty of doing my research beyond the usual Lonely Planet guidebook or food blogs, I’ve added a book as well to help me out.  Continue reading “Super Sushi Ramen Express”

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Top 10 Experiences

Another year, another birthday. Happy Birthday Manila Traveler and Bookworm! This blog has certainly been my pride and joy for the past 3 years and I wouldn’t have it any other way. As I look back at all the posts I’ve made, I also looked at the posts that have made this blog fun, memorable, and helpful for many readers. To the year that was, thank you! To the readers and visitors who dropped by, here are the top 10 experiences of MT&B last year.  Continue reading “Top 10 Experiences”

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Applying for a Japanese Visa in the Philippines

Another year, another round of travel. Having conquered China back in 2014, South Korea just last year, it’s time to move on to the next big East Asian country. Yep, you read it and guessed it correctly, I am heading to Japan this April.  Continue reading “Applying for a Japanese Visa in the Philippines”