Objects of My Ingestion: Birthday Edition

I turned 29 this year! The only things on my agenda were to hit the beach and eat good food. I’m happy to report that I did both. Two days before my birthday, we went for a day trip to La Union. Masa by Barefoot came highly recommended, so we headed over there for lunch. We occupied a vacant table outside under the shade of … Continue reading Objects of My Ingestion: Birthday Edition

A Road Trip to Ambuklao Dam and Reservoir

In these pandemic times, many of us bemoan the strict (but necessary) limitations on domestic and international travel. But, within reason, we can still enjoy road trips as long as we follow safety precautions. We took a short-but-sweet day trip to Bokod, Benguet to check out Ambuklao Dam and the attached reservoir. Ambuklao Dam is about an hour and a half drive from Baguio via … Continue reading A Road Trip to Ambuklao Dam and Reservoir

7 More Things I Miss from Past Travels to 7 Cities

My last non-travel travel blog was about the things I miss from past travels, and I’ve dug up some pictures and stories to share so I can put together a part two. If you want to find out the difference between ice cream and gelato, learn about why Rizal wrote a letter to the women of Malolos, and see sculptures of babies with barcodes instead … Continue reading 7 More Things I Miss from Past Travels to 7 Cities

9 Things I Miss from Past Travels to 9 Cities

My love for traveling long predates my humble blog. So I have a lot of memories of exciting places that I didn’t document with the diligence that I try to document my more recent travels. Since the pandemic has prompted restrictions on travel for most of the world, I’ve been missing the thrill of going to new places more than usual. I originally thought of … Continue reading 9 Things I Miss from Past Travels to 9 Cities

Objects of My Ingestion, Japan edition: part 2

Looking for part one? You can find it here. Come back when you’re done! Or just read this one first. The order doesn’t really matter. Food markets and street stalls Sit-down restaurants in Japan tend to be quite expensive. A nice alternative is buying food from food markets and taking it to your hotel, hostel, or AirBNB. Most of the foods listed here came from … Continue reading Objects of My Ingestion, Japan edition: part 2

A Kyoto Day Trip: Otani Hombyo, the Pokémon Center, and Some Snacking

Having already been to quite a few tourist spots in Kyoto – including Fushimi Inari and Arashiyama Bamboo Grove – we decided to go elsewhere this time, and ended up at Otani Hombyo temple. We also made a stop at the Pokémon Center. Otani Hombyo serves as the mausoleum of Shinran Shonin, the founder of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist sect. Otani Hombyo is also the … Continue reading A Kyoto Day Trip: Otani Hombyo, the Pokémon Center, and Some Snacking

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