Midori Traveler’s Notebook

I like notebooks, in fact I have a whole collection of notebooks as a result of numerous Christmas parties where colleagues, parents, and students have given me a whole trove of notebooks. When I first started this blog, I decided to buy an unlined 500 leaf Muji notebook. That notebook has stayed with me ever since, filled first with some initial writings for blog ideas, tickets, budget plans, itineraries and so much more. Over the years, my notebook has begun showing its age, the cover has gotten frayed but it still works. However, during our short trip to Yokohama, where we spent significant time in Tokyo Hands (seriously, this place is stationary heaven!), my fiancee gifted me a Midori Traveler’s Notebook.  Continue reading →


Applying for an Australian Visa in the Philippines

[Update as of May 13, 2017] I have been granted a 3 month single entry visa valid until November 13, 2017. 

A month ago, I got my letter of acceptance from the Apple Distinguished Educators program, April 3, 2017 to be exact. I was super excited because the program is quite competitive and there have been a lot of blog posts of candidates who got in the program on their second or third try. One of the requirements of the program is to attend the ADE Academy and for the Asia-Pacific region there are two locations: Osaka/Kyoto, Japan and Melbourne, Australia. Since I am from the Philippines, all SE Asia candidates will be heading to Melbourne. With another trip looming, it’s that time to once again bring out/request/ask for files to apply for an Australian visa. Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

My Seoul Itinerary

As mentioned in the previous post, I will be going to Seoul, South Korea next month to attend an international youth forum. I’ve been busy doing preparatory work for my trip, like writing essays on remembering history, building a common East Asian identity, and cultural exchanges in history. A lot of technical stuff, so on my downtime I would look up places to see and visit while in Seoul. Needless to say I am not there for the shopping but for the country’s history…maybe the shopping can come after.  Continue reading →

Snippets: Yogyakarta

It was a very tiring day yesterday but it was all worth it. Waking up at 4am to see the sunrise and “temple running” around 2 temples in Yogyakarta.

An early morning wake up call to Setumbu Hill to see Mt. Merapi and the temple complex (to the left). 26164829874_2a76f737dd_b_d
Finally reached the top of Borobudur!26676662162_08829b2b4b_b_d
Pretty imposing structure in Candi Prambanan. Tricia and I had to separate (no couple pictures) in case the Hindu gods decide to make Prambanan’s myth real. 26164829074_eca913751d_b_d
Our home, The Wayang Homestay, throughout our trip. Very cozy place with a great and helpful staff as well. 26164831834_7705dab755_o_d
That’s it for now, we’re currently on a train heading to Bandung for the last part of our cross country Indonesia tour.