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 →


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 →


Tips for traveling solo

It’s been more than a month since I visited Seoul, South Korea and since then I still go back to that experience. As you may know, this was the first time I traveled solo and for me, it was a big leap. In the past I used to to travel with friends or with a few officemates for work. During those times, I would separate from the group and go explore on my own. Last month, it was a different story it was just me, my bags, and whatever stuff I had written on my trusty notebook. Looking back at those experiences, I’d like to share some of the tips that really helped me a lot during my travel.  Continue reading →

Seoul Adventure

For quite some time, I had been thinking of traveling alone. It was something I wanted to experience while I’m still young and able. But there were always a host of reasons why I couldn’t do it. The simplest of course was: fear, fear that something bad might happen to me, fear that I wouldn’t enjoy, fear of taking that deep plunge into the unknown. It was fear that also stopped me from traveling in my early 20s. But having had a few countries under my belt and the conference on historical reconciliation, there was really no reason for me not to go.
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5 years of teaching

It’s been five years since I walked up on stage, shook the hands of the rector, bade good bye to my block mates, and exited the convention center and made my way around “the real world”. In the years following my graduation from the university I have taught in 3 schools and did a short stint in a college. For most of the 5 years I have been teaching, I taught in progressive schools more than traditional ones, I’ve been a grade school teacher longer than a high school teacher despite graduating as one. In the 5 years I have been teaching what have I learned so far? Continue reading →