Up Close and Personal with the Historic Himeji Castle

Himeji is a city rich in history. It’s about an hour and a half away from Osaka by train. One of the most popular attractions in Himeji is UNESCO World Heritage Site Himeji Castle. The history Before the towering structure that exists today was in place, a simple fort was built on the grounds in 1333. After 13 years, it was rebuilt into a castle. … Continue reading Up Close and Personal with the Historic Himeji Castle

A Nature Walk Through Time at Koko-en Gardens

After touring Himeji Castle, take some time to explore Koko-en Gardens. It’s a short walk from the castle and only costs ¥300 (~Php140) to enter. If you plan to visit both, you can get a combination ticket for ¥1,050 (~Php500) and save ¥250. Koko-en officially opened to the public in 1992. It gets its name from Koko-do, a school for literary and military training originally … Continue reading A Nature Walk Through Time at Koko-en Gardens

Onsen Spa Experience, part 2

I previously wrote about trying out the onsen at I’m Hotel in Makati. I had planned on making part 2 about one of the onsen hotels in Laguna, but since the opportunity came up to try an authentic one in Japan, that blog will have to be bumped to part 3. Japan is actually where onsens originated. The Japanese have been using hot springs to … Continue reading Onsen Spa Experience, part 2

Objects of My Ingestion, Diliman edition

UP Diliman houses a huge variety of dining options, from family-friendly sit-down restaurants to little stalls that offer whatever street food you might be craving. Because their customers are mostly students, there are plenty of budget-friendly snacks and meals you can get on campus and nearby. This post will be the first in a series of blogs featuring my on-campus and near-campus favorites. Snack Shack … Continue reading Objects of My Ingestion, Diliman edition

Do I Have to Report to Work During a Natural Calamity?

The January 2020 eruption of Taal volcano shook Southern Luzon, and the resulting ashfall reached as far as the National Capital Region. Classes were quickly cancelled in most schools in affected areas. In Metro Manila, work was suspended for the House of Representatives and some private offices. At the same time, in Santa Rosa, Laguna, a mere 20 kilometers from the volcano, several BPO firms … Continue reading Do I Have to Report to Work During a Natural Calamity?

Objects of My Ingestion, Bacolod-Talisay edition

I visited Negros Occidental for the first time over the weekend and got a good eyeful and mouthful of the Bacolod-Talisay experience. Per recommendation of locals and friends who’ve visited before, these are the places we went to eat, and what we had. Aida’s Chicken, Manokan Country Beside SM City Bacolod is a long row of eateries known as Manokan Country. As you might have … Continue reading Objects of My Ingestion, Bacolod-Talisay edition

Resources and Tools for Self-Defense

We shouldn’t have to do this. But we do. We shouldn’t have to be constantly worrying about our safety. And we especially shouldn’t be blamed for not being “prepared enough” or for simply “making bad decisions” when we get attacked on the streets. But the hard truth is that we are all at risk when we walk alone at night, and with the high price … Continue reading Resources and Tools for Self-Defense

Al Fresco Indonesian Food at Indonyaki, Maginhawa

My classmates and I would often go hunting for food along Maginhawa Street after our evening classes, and Indonyaki has become one of our go-to places. From their humble beginnings as a tiny street-side stall, they now offer al fresco dining at a relatively large branch. Indonyaki serves good food in big servings, without breaking the bank. It’s perfect for groups, but if you’re dining … Continue reading Al Fresco Indonesian Food at Indonyaki, Maginhawa

Baguio’s Best Japanese Fare at Chaya

With the thriving Japanese community in Baguio, it’s no surprise that Japanese cuisine is easy to come by – and it receives a lot of love. While Japanese-style fast food can often satisfy your cravings, once in a while, it’s nice to spoil yourself and spring for the real thing. Chaya is a popular spot among locals and tourists alike, offering authentic Japanese food in … Continue reading Baguio’s Best Japanese Fare at Chaya