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 →

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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 →

Osaka Cultural Trip

iAfter that really exciting and enjoyable trip to Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it was time for us to see and explore another part of Osaka. On our second full day in the city, we decided to devote the day learning all about the city’s history and culture.  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 →

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 →

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 →