Melbourne Zoo

The academy had just ended and I was itching to leave the hotel. I only had half a day to see the city before I left. High up on my list of places to see and visit was the zoo. Hearing my then 8 year old nephew’s stories of kangaroos and koalas, made me curious and excited to see the same. Plus, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t leave the continent without seeing the said animals.  Continue reading →

Quick Bite: Gelato Messina

The night was still young and a lot of us Filipino ADEs were itching to check out the local night life. Some of us had walked down the street to check out Chapel Street, a street filled with bars and everything else between (I didn’t go). One of our companions, Joe, suggested we head over to Fitzroy Street and try out Gelato Messina, in his own words “the best gelato I’ve tasted outside of Italy”. From a foodie’s perspective and that statement coming from someone well-traveled, it was a no-brainer for us.  Continue reading →

Van Gogh and the Four Seasons

For my first day in Melbourne, I did a pretty good job covering some interesting places in the city: Queen Victoria Market and Bourke Street. We were now moving to our last stop, the National Gallery of Victoria, where I would be meeting a really important person– Vincent Van Gogh. Continue reading →

Bourke Street

After my early shopping trip to Queen Victoria Market, I went back to my hotel and registered for the Apple Academy. A quick lunch spruced me up and I was ready to explore another part of Melbourne. But as luck would have it and with the prodding of my fellow ADEs (Apple Distinguished Educators), I joined them on a quick trip to visit the city’s trendy shopping district: Bourke Street Continue reading →

Queen Victoria Market

Hi readers! It’s been more than a month since I last posted anything on the blog. The world of work really caught up with me and I have just been absolutely swamped since then. Everything is now a little bit back to normal, a little travels here and there, a few books and page turns sometimes, but still very much work related. After more than a month out, what have I to show for it? Well a 5 day trip to attend the Apple Distinguished Educator’s Academy for one, plus a whole lot of quick adventures in Melbourne for one.  Continue reading →

Japan Travel Tips

It has been over a month since our trip to Japan and since then a lot has happened. For one, I proposed and I am now engaged to my girlfriend of nearly four years. I was able to pull it off in a country that I never thought I would get to visit, in a place that I have dreamt of going to in the past, and above all else, I got to see and experience the culture, heritage of Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

Now that we’re home, written a whole trove of experiences, and reflected on everything that has happened since then. I would now like to share some practical tips for surviving a trip to Japan.

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Ichiran Ramen

Our first day in Osaka was spent exploring the city, not for culture or amusement, but just to check out shopping stuff and what not. We made our way around a Don Quijote department store (known locally as Donki) and some random arcade filled with restaurants and shops that we decided it was time. Time for us try out what the world has been screaming and clamoring for the longest time: Ichiran Ramen.  Continue reading →