Sunday, October 15, 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 Piñas, 1750

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Manila Art 2017

An art fair showcasing the local and invited artists with their contributions to arts and culture.  Below are some that caught my attention.

Monday, October 2, 2017

South Korea: Seoul: Itinerary for First-time Visitors


For the guide on visa application, click here.
For embassy rules in Taguig, Philippines.

Helpful Link/s:
Bus routes or walking trail on destinations
English Map
2017 Top Representative Destinations
Budget Travel: How much does it cost to travel to South Korea

Budget Travel: How much does it cost to travel to South Korea

Hi traveler!  You may be asking - How much does it cost for a trip to South Korea?  How much does it cost to eat in South Korea?  How much should I budget for a trip to Korea?  What would probably be your spending pattern in your upcoming Seoul Trip?

If you are in the middle of filling-up your visa application on Page 4 Section 10.1 Estimated travel cost, the quickest answer would be a safe estimate of 5,000php (100 USD) per day. With minimum of 500-600USD for the trip.

If you would like to know more details on budget planning, continue reading.  This will not promise you the cheapest value of the trip, but a smart spending when travelling abroad.  This entry was inspired by the recent inquiry in Trip Advisor.  Hopefully this can help you plan your budget for your trip.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

South Korea: Seoul: Folk Miniature Museum

Folk Museum, is a miniature of old villages and a total package that shows Korean history. I must commend this place as they were very good in creating those miniatures as the details are so intricate. The place is so huge, a lot of things to see, I think we had it for an hour and a half and ended like an ‘overload’ of miniatures and history in mind – but the artistry in this place is so amazing! Wow!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

South Korea: Seoul Insider

Note: If first time traveler to Seoul, please visit the detailed entry and guide on Itinerary for First-time Visitors

Are you looking for destinations in Seoul that are considered on the next grid or those places that are less visited by the tourists.  Here's the list of rising places suggested by the group of local students behind Seoul_Insider.  They have categorized the places into 8 themes and you can contact them if you want local guides, visit their blog and instagram account for more information.

Friday, September 8, 2017

2017: Philippines: Korean Film Festival

Thanks to Korea Cultural Center (KCC) Philippines, as they celebrate this year another Korean Film Festival. Six films will be seen in selected local cinemas for free. For complete event details, click here.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Travel. Enjoy. Respect

In support of the #TravelEnjoyRespect movement.

The Tips for a Responsible Traveller were developed by the World Committee on Tourism Ethics and are based on the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.

Click here for complete text on Tips for a Responsible Traveller

  • Honor your hosts and our common heritage.Research your destination to learn about local customs, traditions and social conditions.
  •  Learn to speak a few words in the local language.
  • Support the local economy. | Respect all that makes an international destination different and unique.
  • Always ask before taking photographs.
  • Protect our planet. | Leave only a minimum footprint and a good impression behind. 
  • Support the local economy. | Respect livelihoods of local vendors and artisans by paying a fair price.
  • Be an informed traveler. | Take appropriate health and safety precautions prior and during your trip.
  • Be a respectful traveler.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Philippines: Flavors of Makati (2017)

Le Petit Souffle Restaurant
Location: Third Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City 1210 (10:00 -

Friday, August 4, 2017

Philippines: Flavors of Taguig (2017) - Restaurants in Bonifacio Global City (BGC)

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.
Review on Tripadvisor

Friday, July 28, 2017

Train Travel Tips

Are you a bus rider or car owner in the metro? Are you curious on how to properly behave when taking the subways abroad?

Unlike Manila, neighboring cities like Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo have very convenient subway transportation system. Below are some reminders you may need to consider when taking trains abroad.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 May: Japan: Fukuoka: Hakata Gofukumachi Hostel Takataniya

Hakata Gofukumachi Hostel Takataniya
9-5 Nakagofukumachi, Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan 812-0035
博多 呉服町 ホステル 高谷家
博多区中呉服町 9-5, 博多, 福岡, 日本 812-0035
Email: takataniya[@]

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

2011 November: South Korea: Jeju: O’sulloc Museum

The O’sulloc Museum, located on Jeju-do Island near Seogwangdawon. The “o” in “o’sulloc”, means to appreciate and enjoy, and it also stands for the origin of sulloc, only sulloc, and of sulloc tea. [Source]

O´sulloc Tea House
Seoul-si Jung-gu Myeongdong2-ga 33-1

2014 Feb: South Korea: Secret Garden

"Secret Garden" is a special part of Changdeokgung Palace.

The course is to visit and view the previously off-limits area, but now open to public but still in limited thrice a day visit with 50 persons in a time, all strictly guided tours.  This area they say has very special meaning in ecological preservation as well as cultural properties protection. [Read More]  We were guided to walk along the grounds, excluding the main building parts of palace which are still off-limits.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Travel Mistakes You've Done So Far

Amateur tourists or seasoned travelers on short or long-haul flights heading to local or foreign destinations can possibly make mistakes during their trip.  We don’t want these simple mistake to bring bigger travel problems on our journey.  What’s important is learning from these experiences, knowing travel tips and learning how to avoid them.

Seoul: Getting lost is part of traveling!

Are you having a solo travel soon or visiting Seoul alone?  Are you heading to a foreign land for your lifetime adventure, but afraid in getting lost!  Don’t be afraid, getting lost is normal in traveling!

But, what you need to know as a traveler are the arrangements and assignments on hand before arriving to the place.  Here are some tips and survival guide for paranoid travelers and who are afraid in getting lost: 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Philippines: Flavors of Kapitolyo (2017)

Thai Dara
Location: Kapitolyo, Pasig

Food: pomelo salad (fresh pomelo tossed with shrimp, squid and lime dressing, 249php), pork satay (marinated grilled pork in sticks come with peanut sauce, 209php)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Travel Madness Expo 2017

Again, it's the time of the year to plan and scout for cheap flights and packages either for domestic or foreign travel.  Visit the Travel Madness Expo on its last day tomorrow in SMX MOA.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Korea Travel Seminar for Individual Travelers

Thankfully, I was able to travel in South Korea more than once and attending this travel seminar still excites me a lot!

Monday, June 12, 2017

2017 June: 6 days 5 nights DIY Budget Itinerary in Macau and Hong Kong

Accommodation: Where to stay in Mcau or Hong Kong?
Towns Well Hotel - No 6-6A Calcada das Verdades, Macau City
West Hotel - No.39 Wai Ching Street, Jordan Road, Yaumatei, Jordan, Hong Kong

Food: Where to eat in Macau or Hong Kong
Taste of Hong Kong
Food Stuff in Macau

Itinerary: Places to go, What to see, Things to do in Macau or Hong Kong?

Arrival in Macau
Since there is no direct buses heading to main streets apart from free Casino Hotel shuttle and bus to the port, you can opt to take taxi to your hotel.  You can pay in MOP or HKD. (We were not given our 5 MOP change).

2017 June: Hong Kong: Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)

If you can skip month of June in Hong Kong, as most of the attractions are under maintenance, do so.
During our visit, Ngong Ping 360 cable car was under maintenance. You can take New Lantao Bus No. 23 from temporary bus station in City Gate Outlets.  What's the positive side of it?  Taking bus will only cost you 17.20HKD/weekday or 27HKD/weekend per way compared to 185 HKD/standard (1110 PHP) to 240 HKD/roundtrip (1440 PHP, 2017). (Pricing and Packages in Ngong Ping)

2017 June: Hong Kong: Disneyland

After 8 years, this will be my third visit at Disneyland.  New to my eyes are the lands of Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point in Disneyland Hong Kong.  For anyone, how can we skip the ever amazing performance of Lion King.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

2017 June: Hong Kong Monetary Authority

An amazing art piece on this floor, is the horizon displayed...
... and on a closer look, it is made up of coins.

2017 June: Taste of Hong Kong

Tim Ho Wan
Location: Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Rd, West Kowloon, Hong Kong

2017 June: Hong Kong: Kowloon: West Hotel

West Hotel
Address: No.39 Wai Ching Street, Jordan Road, Yaumatei, Jordan, Hong Kong
偉晴軒 九龍油麻地佐敦道偉晴街39號, 佐敦, 香港
Contact: westhotel[@]
Dates Stayed: June 04-07, 2017 (3 nights)

Price: Average - Family Suite (No Breakfast) PHP 10,583.28 for 3 nights

2017 June: Macau: Casino - Gaming Industry

The day after what happened in Resorts World Manila, is when we are flying in to Macau.  Still with heavy heart to the wounded and lost, this is a reminder to stay guarded and alert whenever or wherever you are visiting casinos, malls or other places.  

Some believe that these are only for betting place lovers or for gambling den, well in fact a reality.  But this is also for those who just simply want to enjoy capturing moments on flashing lights.

2017 June: Macau: Foodstuff

Egg Tart Shop
Location: nearby stores in St. Paul Ruins
Food: egg tart
Personal Preference: 7 out of 10. Enjoy the sight while eating this famous sweet snack in the streets of Macau.  In case you like to taste the version from Lord Stow, why not visit the original store in Coloane (G/F C Houston Court 21 Largo do Matadouro, Coloane Village, Macau).
Value: Affordable 8 MOP (52 PHP, 2017)

2017 June: Macau: Towns Well Hotel

Towns Well Hotel 鎮興旅館
Address: No 6-6A Calcada das Verdades, Macau City (板障堂街哪咤廟斜巷6至6A號, 澳門市)
Email: macauoffice[@]
Dates Stayed: June 02-04, 2017

Price: Expensive (PHP 10,652.78 (Included: Hotel tax 15%, 1 Room, 2 Nights)).  Comparing to other countries, this is expensive for 2 nights.  However, considering that the country has many 4-5 star casino hotel rooms, this “motel” is way much cheaper.  You read it right, it is considered as “hotel” in, but their map guide says “motel”.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017 May: Japan: Fukuoka: 3 things to do in Hakata Machiya Folk Museum

Hakata Machiya Folk Museum
Japan, 〒812-0039 Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka, Hakata Ward, Reisenmachi, 6-10

3 things to do in this museum:

2017 May: Japan: Fukuoka: 5 days 5 nights Itinerary and Expenses

Travel Date:
May 11-16, 2017 (5 days, 5 nights) [click here for Fukuoka: Spring Itinerary (2016 May)]

Accommodation: Where to stay in Fukuoka?
Hakata Gofukumachi Hostel Takataniya
9-5 Nakagofukumachi, Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan 812-0035
博多 呉服町 ホステル 高谷家
博多区中呉服町 9-5, 博多, 福岡, 日本 812-0035
Hotel Review

2017 May: Japan: Fukuoka: Temples and Shrines in Gion-Hakata Areas

Kushida Shrine
1-41, Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata-ku

2017 May: Japan: Oita: 8 Things to do in Yufuin

Yufuin, Oita, Kyushu, Japan

Yufuin is two hours away travel by train from Hakata station in central Fukuoka.  If you're in doubt in visiting the place, don't!  Some might be torn between Yufuin or Beppu, but what made me choose this is that the attraction is very much accessible by foot from the train station
You might think that the street shops are tourist trap, but it's not.  It is a joyful experience of unending sweet treats along the way until you arrive at the end of the road with the view of the lake and a serene garden.

Monday, May 22, 2017

2017 May: Japan: Fukuoka: Cathedral of Our Lady of Victory (Daimyomachi Church)

Cathedral of Our Lady of Victory (Daimyomachi Church)
2-7-7, Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, 810-0041 Japan
English Catholic Mass Schedule on Sundays 16:00

2017 May: Japan: Fukuoka: Kurume: Ishibashi Cultural Center

Ishibashi Cultural Center
〒839-0862 1015 Nonaka-machi, Kurume-shi, Fukuoka

2017 May: Japan: Fukuoka: Yanagawa

Yanagawa is the next stop after tourists visit Dazaifu.  I've seen this from Instagram as an emerging place to see.  However, I did not know that visiting the place might be better during festivities or later in the afternoon.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

2017 May: Japan: Fukuoka: 5 Things to do in Mojiko Retro

Mojiko Retro
Location: Minato-machi, Moji-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka 801-0852

Saturday, May 20, 2017

2017 May: Japan: Fukuoka: Wisteria Tunnel in Kawachi Fujien

Kawachi Fujien
2-2-48 Kawachi, Yahata-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture 805-0045
〒805-0045 福岡県北九州市八幡東区河内2-2-48

2017 May: Japan: Saga

Karatsu Castle
8-1, Higashi Jonai, Karatsu City, Saga
Castle Admission: Under Construction (May 12, 2017)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 May: Japan: Flavors of Kyushu - Oishii!

Yayoi, Japanese Teishoku Restaurant
Location: 1-22-1F, Nakagofukumachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City
Personal Preference: 8 out of 10. Quick serving, the food is tasty.  You'll not miss it since it's just nearby the subway exit.
Trip Advisor Review

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Japan: Traveling for the First Time

Guide on traveling to Japan for the first time

If you are looking for first time Japan itinerary, planning on how to prepare for a trip to Japan and looking for requirements and stuff to know before traveling to Japan - you are on the right page!

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. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

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.