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

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

Where I Went in Japan

My journey-slash-vacation took me to three cities in Japan: Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara. Here I talk about the museums, temples, parks, and other tourist attractions on my itinerary. I’ve also included their business hours and how much admission costs, but keep in mind that you might be eligible for certain discounts, or you might get a better deal from a package. I highly recommend taking … Continue reading Where I Went in Japan

Objects of My Ingestion, Japan edition

This is a gallery of some of the meals, snacks, and drinks I enjoyed on my eight-day trip to Japan. Grocery and convenience store meals Taking trips to the grocery store in favor of buying meals at restaurants can save you a good amount of money. The Fresca a few blocks from the hostel in Kyoto had a big selection of onigiri (rice balls), some … Continue reading Objects of My Ingestion, Japan edition