Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Japan: Traveling for the First Time


Guide on traveling to Japan for the first time

Visa Requirements:
The country has still been strict when it comes for foreign tourists.  But not stricter than before.  As long as you prove that you have true intentions of just touring around the area (without job seeking activities in mind), plus you have good documents regarding your financial status, then you have higher chances of getting an approved visa.

Luckily with my previous applications I was granted: 2012: single entry, 2014: 3-year multiple entry with 15 days duration and 2017: 5-year multiple entry with 30 days duration.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring Inspiration

Spring equinox on mid March signals the start when spring weather can be enjoyed by most of the East Asian countries.

South Korea
In Seoul, most of the parks will amaze you with the sakura bloom. In the South, Jinhae is one of the popular sites among tourists if coming from Busan.  Suggested to head off to these cities by first week or mid-month of April. In Gyeonggi-do, enjoy tulip festival in Everland. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Philippines: Flavors of Taguig (2017)

The Cook by Hongleepark
Location: 1F, The Forum, 7th Avenue Corner Federacion Drive, Bonifacio Global City
Food: Spicy Chicken Steak Salad (chicken, seafood in homemade spicy sauce and veggies, 699php)
Cuisine: Fusion of Korean & Italian
Personal Preference: 8 out of 10.  Tasty, but pricey.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Philippines: The Taste of South (2017)

Another year of tasting classic, fusion and amazing edibles served in the southern restauarnts of the metro!

Las Pinas

Another Story
Cuisine: American Asian
Food: Paella (395ph), Feta Cheese and dried berries (Feta Cheese and dried beriies with a balsamic viniagrette dressing and tossed assprted lettuce salad drizzled with candied walnuts. 295ph for solo serving can already be shared), Roast Pork Belly (Roast Pork Belly with mushroom gravy and applesauce with potato au gratin or buttered rice or mashed potatoes, 495ph)
Personal Preference: 10 out of 10.  The food is tasty.  The sauce used in pork belly, vegetables and salad are in rich flavor.  The ambiance the best!
Location: 2F inside Evia Mall, Daang Hari Road, Almanza Dos, Las PiƱas, 1750

Sunday, January 1, 2017

South Korea: Seoul: Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower)


Cable Car
Others will prefer cable car to oversee the mountains and trees.  I tried it on 2011, but seems like the distance from the ground is not that high.  If you don't care about the budget, you can opt for this transportation.

Itinerary: South Korea: Busan

Route: Manila, Philippines - Busan, South Korea (PUS)

Transportation Card:
You can still use your Seoul City Pass/T-money card in Busan.  In case you have a problem on re-loading the card, you can go to the nearest 7/11 or CU convenience store. However, more favorable is to use Bee Cash.

Subway Map link

Accommodation: : Where to stay in Busan?
Toyoko Inn Busan Seo-myeon
Address: 614-865 666-8, Jeonpo-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan
Map : http://toyoko-inn.com/e_hotel/00221/map.html
Hotel Review

Itinerary: Places to go, Things to see, What to do in Busan?
Sharing be low is the itinerary for a Busan trip on 3 days:
Thursday - March 29:
MRT Seomyeon to Jangsan: 1300krw=52php; 35mins
In Jangsan Station, find the Taxi Station to go to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple (10,000 Won (=400php))
-Optional: Haeundae Station for Haeundae Beach
-Line 2, Namcheon Station, Exit 2 for Namcheon Cathedral in Pusan
-Optional: Line 2, Gwangan Station, Exit 3 or 5, walk 5-10 minutes -  for Gwanggalli Beach
-Nampo-dong Station, Exit 1, for Busan Tower/ Yongdusan Park

Friday, December 30, 2016

Itinerary: Taipei, Taiwan

Accommodation: Where to stay in Taipei?
City Inn Hotel

Itinerary: Places to go, Things to see, What to do in Taipei in 7 days?

DAY 1: MONDAY (PM)
- touch down @ 13:10pm (Airport) @ Terminal 1 (Tentative Gate: B1, B3)
- BUY: easy card - 500NT
- Take BLUE and WHITE GUOGUANG BUSES (Western Route) going to Taipei - 120-150NT
- Check-in: City Inn Hotel
- MRT: Zhongshang Junior High School Station - for St. John Bosco Church
- MRT: Jiannan Rd Station Exit 3: Miramar (Ferris Wheel - 200NT)

DAY 2: TUESDAY
- CKS Memorial MRT (National Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, opens: 9am)
- NTUniversity (Gongguan MRT), checkout Esprit only if possible (opens @ 11:30am)
- Lunch @ Mr. J Restaurant (http://www.mrj-tw.com/)
- Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall
- Taipei 101 - 500NT
- NY NY; - Warner Village

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY
- Taroko Guided Tour (2000NT via http://old.taiwantourbus.com.tw/jtbusphp5en/index.php?act=toursdetail&ID=149&VideoID=193 )
- Dinner @ Modern Toilet

Optional:
- Short walk in Ximen
- Check Redplayhouse
Taroko National Park (above), Tomita Farm (below)

DAY 4: THURSDAY
AM: 9am - 1pm
- Taipei to Daxi Bus (Ta Shee Blooming Oasis and Tomita Farm) - 110NT
- Daxi to Ta Shee Blooming Oasis proper - Taxi: 160NT
- Ta Shee Blooming Oasis Entrance - 100NT
- Tomita Farm Entrance- 50NT

DAY 5: FRIDAY
- Go to MRT Shipai
- P.S. Bu Bu Restaurant (roughly 400nt/per head ; take off: Shipai MRT)
- Walking on Tianmu Area
- Fisherman’s Walking Area

Optional:
- Transportation Taipei-LeoFoo-Taipei (240NT)
- Taipei to LeoFoo Village (Entrance: 860NT)
- Mall Hopping: Wufenpu Mall, RT Mall, Go Living Mall

DAY 6: SATURDAY
- Hello Kitty Restaurant
- National Palace Museum (160NT) (take off: Shilin MRT)
- Taipei Story Land (near MRT Taipei Main Station) - 250NT (voucher 150NT)

DAY 7: SUNDAY
- Taipei Fine Arts Museum
- Taiwan Storyland
- Departure

Travel Date: October 19 (Mon) - 25 (Sun) 2009

Philippines: Taguig: Art ala Carte

Art ala Carte: An art exhibit and workshop of Kulay Diwa Gallery of Philippine Contemporary Art, currently being held in Ground Floor, Uptown Mall.  There's a wall dedicated for travel addicts, the famous landmarks that will keep you excited even by just looking at these art piece.


Saturday, December 24, 2016

South Korea: dal.komm

Another coffee brand that became more famous across the kdrama world is dal.komm.  I have not visited the actual location of where the drama were taken, but I got a chance to visit the one in Suncheon.  

dal.komm
Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
Food: mummy hotdog and peach ice tea, 7500krw
Personal Preference: 9 out of 10, expensive.  For the sake of re-living Descendants of the Sun, although this is not the actual location shoot, you'll be successful in hunting Jongki.  They have replays of DOTS on the video near the counter, his magazines were everywhere.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

2016 Nov: South Korea: Heyri Art Village

We have visited Heyri Village because it is nearby English Village Paju.  It just came along my research that this is one of the drama locations.

Autumn Trees
Coming from English Village, we walked from Gate 9 to Gate 4 (almost 30-45 minutes stroll), passed by the mountain side and saw a deer on the wild.


Friday, December 16, 2016

South Korea: Seoul: Insadong

Insadong is very close to Changdeokgung Palace, it a good stop for a market happening and for those who like to experience culture and buy traditional goods.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Philippines: Flavors of Pasay

Philippines has been a fusion of Western and Oriental restaurants.  Enjoy those that listed below as seen in SM Mall of Asia (MOA).

Botejyu
Cuisine: Japanese
Food: takoyaki, grilled pork
Personal Preference: 7 out of 10.  The taste is good.  However, the location is on the secluded newly open area (might possible be lively as soon as the Galleon Museum becomes open).  Sanitation of the area is a concern.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

2016 Dec: Philippines: Metro Manila: Christmas Display

Here comes the season for the night lights and Christmas display on the streets, malls and buildings!


SM Malls

Has a theme of white Christmas, where instead of using big green trees, they have decorated the malls  with huge twigs, covered with white "as if snow" and decorative shining balls.  They have also added winter animal like deer.



Philippines: The Taste of South

Las Pinas
Ikkoryu Ramen
Location: Food Strip, Southmall
Food: chasu ramen, chicken karaage
Personal Preference: 8 out of 10.  Tasty and quick service.  Was able to accommodate us with house tea and roasted sesame seeds for the perfect taste of Japanese cuisine.