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 -
21:00)

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

Tuesday, August 1, 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.

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[@]gmail.com

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
Website: www.osulloc.co.kr



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)

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

South Korea: Seoul: Itinerary for First-time Visitors


Visa

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

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?

Friday
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 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[@]westhotel.com.hk
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[@]asia1999.com
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 agoda.com, 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)

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!  You might think that the street shops are tourist trap, but it's not.  More of you'll enjoy the 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)
聖母の勝利司教座聖堂(大名町教会)
2-7-7, Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, 810-0041 Japan
English Catholic Mass 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
Link: http://www.en.mojiko.info/

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
http://kawachi-fujien.com/
河内藤園
〒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
Website: http://www.yayoiken.com/en/menu_list/
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

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.