Tokyo – Osaka – Kyoto in 7 days: An Itinerary

I’ve been asked a couple of times for our Japan itinerary and how I got to fit 40,000Php all-in for this trip. I actually prefer to blog our activities per day, so I can share our day in detail and the breakdown of our expenses. But since you asked for it, I’ll share here our 7 day itinerary.

To those who would like to read our daily activities in Japan, you can check Day 1 and Day 2 here. I’m currently working on our Day 3 (it’s coming up!).

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There you go!

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Part 2 of 7 of our Japan Diary: Gotemba Premium Outlet, Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Tower

YEY! SECOND DAY IN JAPAN! We started the day feeling fresh after a good night sleep. I bet everyone slept well considering how tired we were from all the walking we did on our first day. At least second day in Japan was more comfortable because we didn’t have to worry about our luggages anymore because they were tucked safe at home.

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2nd day OOTD

For our 2nd day in Japan, we decided to see the Mt. Fuji, which was originally not part of the plan. We planned to go to Odaiba, but heck we are already in Japan, why not see the iconic Mt. Fuji, right? So off we went. We left our AirBnb 9AM hoping that we will get to the station on time for the 10:30am bus to Gotemba.

Took advantage of the spacious train. Picture picture muna. :p

To be honest, medyo half-hearted ako to go to Gotemba kasi it was an impulsive decision plus it wasn’t considered sa budget. Eh, medyo pricey yung transportation going there. So ang make or break factor namin is if maabutan pa namin yung 10:30am bus.

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Yey, expressway bus terminal!

This wasn’t easy to find from where we got off. We asked like 3 people and had to do little charades to understand each other. Luckily, we made it to the terminal at 10:10, enough for us to buy tickets and pee.

Subway: Shibuya to Akasaka-mitsuke (Ginza Line); transfer lines — Akasaka-mitsuke to Tokyo Station (Maranouchi Line)

1)  Our JR bus going to Gotemba 2) Tickets! 3) Map of Gotemba Outlet stores plus discounts

I know the trip will take 1.5 hours so I bought breakfast at 7-11 near our AirBnb before we took the subway. And ate it during the trip.

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There are other places where you can view Mt. Fuji. Based on my research, the best one is at Lake Kawaguchi. But we chose Gotemba so we can also shop and at the same time view the Mt. Fuji.

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Gotemba houses Outlet Stores, so the prices are cheaper compared to other shops in Japan, plus they give out huge discounts. Most of the shops are international brands such as GAP, Cath Kidston, Michael Kors and Prada.

I promised myself I won’t buy because my pocket money was only 20,000 PHP. But I guess, my mom joined the trip for a reason, and that is for me to not be deprived if I  ever want anything. Thanks, Ma! :p

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Mt. Fuji was a little shy when we were there. Most of the time it was hidden behind the clouds. My photos did not give any justice to the real beauty of Mt. Fuji. But I considered myself lucky to see it in person. I’ve read stories where they didn’t get to see Mt. Fuji because of the weather. So before your trip make sure to check the weather or else…

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These are their photos that I took…

Diba, somehow visible naman si Mt. Fuji. Then here’s my photo…

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Ano besh? Asan si Mt. Fuji dyan?

We gave ourselves 3 hours to window shop, eat (we ate at Mcdo! haha) and shop because our bus was scheduled to leave at 3pm. We chose that time because we still have other items to tick off in our itinerary. To be honest, 3 hours flew by quickly, we didn’t get to visit all the stores that we want. By 3pm, our bus was about to leave na, but thankfully they waited for us for like 5 minutes (they were still paying at the GAP Store). Of course we didn’t leave Gotemba without buying anything. My sister and Say were able to buy from GAP. I bought a bag from Michael Kors c/o my mom (originally it was 22,000Php, but we got it for 8,000Php). My mom was able to buy bags from Cath Kidston and Michael Kors, too.

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By 5:00 we were already at Tokyo Station, Yaesu South Exit. We were supposed to go to the Imperial Palace, but we passed by it on our way to the terminal, we decided to skip it. Our next agenda was to drop by at the world’s biggest Uniqlo, which is located at Ginza. Ginza is Tokyo’s luxury shopping district where Gucci, Chanel and Hermes can be found. But there are affordable shops too such as Uniqlo, GU and H&M and Zara.

Subway: Tokyo Station to Ginza Station (Maranouchi Line)

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My friends, Rachel and Leslie, were able to buy clothes. They really packed few clothes for this trip because they were intending to shop for clothes in Japan (good strategy!). I, on the other hand, rarely buy clothes when I travel. I dunno why hahaha. I always spend my money on food, bags and souvenirs hehe. I tried out one outfit though.

So apparently, they give out head cover when you will fit their clothes. I think that is to make sure that their clothes will not be stained by your make up. Nice!

After we’re contented with our shopping, we went to see the Tokyo Tower. There are numerous places where you can see Tokyo Tower, some of it were actually free, like at Shiba Park or at Tokyo Metropolitan Goverment Building. But we went to World Trade Center because when I searched in Instagram the nicest view of Tokyo Tower, the location was tagged at Tokyo WTC. Plus… I found a discount coupon on the web!!! So I printed 6 for us, then actually left it at our AirBnb.

Subway: Ginza Station to Shimbashi Station (Ginza Line); transfer lines — Shimbashi Station to Daimon Station (Asakusa Line).

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Regular admission rate was 620JPY, discounted rate will be 500JPY (diba, sayang!) Oh well, I CAN SEND YOU GUYS THE COUPON, JUST SEND ME A MESSAGE! 🙂 (But since, we weren’t able to use it, I’m not sure if they still honor the discount coupon, pero try nyo padin. No harm in trying naman diba?)

We stayed for more than an hour at the observation deck. Nagpahinga na din kami dun because super pagod na kami.

Here are other views from the deck…

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That is Tokyo Skytree from afar

When we decided to go down for dinner, sakto the restaurants were closing na din 😦 we had no choice but to head back to Shibuya and find a place to eat. But guess what… we ended up buying from 7-11 again! Hahaha, not that I was complaining though.

Subway: Daimon Station to Aoyama-itchome Station (Oedo Line); transfer line — Aoyama-itchome Station to Shibuya station (Hanzomon Line)

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Here’s my total damage for the day:

Breakfast: JPY 373
Gotemba roundtrip: JPY 2880
Mcdo Lunch: JPY 550
Tokyo World Trade Center: JPY 620
Dinner at 7-11: JPY 654

Food Allowance: JPY 1577 (I have a budget of JPY 1750 per day)
Others: JPY 3500
Day 2 Overall: JPY 5077
*did not include the Michael Kors bag I bought from Gotemba because it was paid by my mom.

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 Day 3 Preview:

Tsukiji Fish Market
Senso-ji Temple
Shinjuku Bus terminal
Transfer from Tokyo to Osaka

Part 1 of 7 of our Japan Diary: Manila to Tokyo. Meiji Shrine, Harajuku and Shibuya

After all the planning and researching, it’s time to make it come to life.

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This is it!!!

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We were not light packers. We had 5 luggages and about 7 hand carry bags that we fit in 30kg baggage allowance and 35kg hand carry allowance.

Our flight to Tokyo was through Jetstar, which was stationed at Terminal 1. We left at 12:40AM and arrived at Narita International Airport at 6AM. (Their time is 1 hour ahead).  It was my first time to fly via Jetstar and I’d say we had a smooth sailing flight since I was asleep the entire time. Little did I know, there was a strong turbulence midway that caused our plane to sink a few feet. LITERAL BES! As in, bumagsak daw yung plane at ang mga puso nila. The FAs panicked and instructed everyone to use their seatbelt. And I. WAS. ASLEEP.  When I woke up, we were about to land na. 🙂

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You know you’re in Japan when you see this.

After the arrival procedures (immigration and baggage claim), we went upstairs to look for the ticket counter for the Tokyo Shuttle. It was located at the right side of the food  court.

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If you will take other options like Keisei Skyliner or Narita Express, you can purchase the tickets on these vending machines. It’s just right beside the counter for Tokyo Shuttle.

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We chose the cheapest option which is the Tokyo Shuttle. For 2100 JPY, we were able to buy 1 way trip from Narita airport to Tokyo + 3 day subway pass (can be used for Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway). You’ll save 400 JPY if you buy this package compared if you’ll buy it separately.

Tokyo Shuttle- JPY 1000
72-hour subway ticket – JPY 1500

img_0051.jpgThe bus stop for Tokyo Shuttle is at Bus Stop #1. Our schedule trip was 8:35 AM.

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Vendo machines everywhere

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All aboard!

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We have the bus all to ourselves. Chos! Akala lang namin. The Bus Stop #1 is the first stop of the Tokyo Shuttle. There were few stops around the airport before it departs to Tokyo. Tokyo Shuttle is the best option for those who are not in a hurry. It is the cheapest but it takes longer time compared if you take the Keisei Skyliner or the Narita Express. Travel time was not that bad. It will take 1.5hours from the airport to Tokyo station plus you get to observe Japan roads and establishments.

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This is our stop.

Few walks from where we alighted was the subway: Nihombashi Station.

The nearest station is actually the Tokyo Station, but JR line passes through it. Since we bought the 3-day subway pass, we had to take the nearest subway.

Warning: Ang kapalit ng murang Tokyo Bus ay kailangan namin mag akyat baba sa subway ng may dalang bagahe. Pero keri basta nakatipid 😉

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Diba, mukhang walang kahirap-hirap.

From Nihombashi Station, we took the Ginza line and alighted at the last station: Shibuya.

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WHAT’S GOOD SHIBUYA!

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Medyo meh yung sight when it’s still early. Only few people cross the street. But it was such an undescribable feeling to finally see the crossing in person when you used to just see it in photos.

Our check-in time in our AirBnb was 3pm. We had to find a coin locker first so we can leave our luggages before we tour around. We went inside Shibuya 109 and found the coin lockers located at the B1 and B2 of the department store. The basement of Shibuya 109 is also connected to the Tokyo subway.

X-A10037There are small, medium and large compartments for 400, 500 and 600 JPY, respctively.

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Guys, okay lang mashunga sa pag gamit ng coin locker, hahaha! We had a hard time at first because the instructions were in Japanese. But there is an English option somewhere in there. Basically, what you have to do are the ff:

1. Put your things in the locker.
2. Push down the lever on the right side of the locker
3. Wait for the light — or sound
4. Automatically, the locker number will pop up on the monitor
5. Choose if you’ll pay via cash or reloadable card (Pasmo or Suica)
6. Insert cash or card.
7. Ta-da, you’ll get this ticket with your password (photo below)

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Warning: Once you have locked the locker, do not reopen it again because that will be considered one purchase. You have to pay again if you open it.

After we left our things, we decided to have our lunch before anything else. Of course, I did my research on Japan restaurants. Food can be really expensive in Japan, that’s why it is normal to eat at convenience stores. But if you do your research, you can also find other people’s recommendation. Just like this hole in the wall restaurant recommended by Lady Iron Chef: Torikatsu Chicken.

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The facade of the eatery. You wouldn’t even suspect that there was an eatery here. It is located at the 2nd floor of Miyagoji building.

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The ahjummas were preparing our food (lol, Korean pala yung ahjumma). They don’t speak english and the menu were also in Japanese. So we just ordered Torikatsu because it is a Torikatsu eatery. Napractice din yung sign language and charade skills namin.

The writings on the wall are the menu. When we asked them if they have a menu, they pointed the writings on the wall, like we can understand it, bes.

X-A10045Yey! Our first meal in Japan was a legit Torikatsu! Super yummy and even the cabbage tastes different than the ones here in Manila. Super fresh. Also, this meal was only 650 JPY. Alam ko hindi dapat tayo nagcconvert, but just to check, that was around 290PHP. Not bad at all.

**By the way, as I mentioned on my budget travel guide, I have a daily food allowance of 1750 JPY. I tracked every food I bought on the trip.

After that affordable yet delicious lunch, we were ready to start our Tokyo adventure. Since we were in Shibuya, we started with the famous Hachiko statue.

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Since it was still quite early, there were few people crossing the famous Shibuya Crossing. We decided to go to our next stop which is Meiji Shrine. We took the Fukutoshin Line and alighted at Meiji-jingumae Station. I thought that was the nearest station to Meiji Shrine since it has the name Meiji Station. But I was wrong. We walked around, unsure if we were in the correct direction. We mostly used waze (often inaccurate) and Google Maps (love this app! must-have for your Japan travel) when we navigate through Tokyo. We passed by alleys, construction sites and japanese houses for what seemed like 20 minutes before we reached the entrance of Meiji Shrine.

Note: Alight at Kita-Sando station.

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When you thought you are done walking because you’ve reached this point, NO. It’s actually just the start of more walking…

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Actually, we did not see the Meiji shrine. We reached the barrels and that was it, we cannot walk any further. It was probably 10 to 15 minute walk from the entrance.

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After resting our feet for few minutes, we walked to Takeshita Dori. Takeshita Dori is a shopping street popular amongst teenagers in Japan. It is where you can find the 4-storey Daiso store, where you can buy stuff for as low as JPY 100.

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Sorry Rachelle, but this was my best shot of the street. I have to post this :p

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While they go crazy inside Daiso, (andaming tao, bes. Di ko keri.) I went outside and bought a Harajuku Crepe. They say must-try daw ang crepes along Takeshita Dori, so I gave it a try. The store was the one across Daiso, and I bought their best seller crepe: Chocolate with Banana crepe. And it did not disappont. Super yummy! There were other recommended stores around, but tamad ako maghanap. Pero this one’s really good din and there were a lot of people lining up, you know what they say about long queues in Japan.

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After Takashita Dori, it was time for us to go back to Shibuya and check-in to our AirBnB.

Subway: Meiji-jingumae via Fukutoshin Line to Shibuya.

To retrieve our luggages from the coin locker, we just have to enter the password indicated on the ticket earlier.

Our AirBnB was easy to find. It was near the Torikatsu Chicken restaurant where we had our lunch earlier. Sam, our host, gave clear instruction and map of the area, so it was easy for us to locate it. The only struggle that we had was it was a bit uphill, so our arms were really overused with all the luggages that we carried.

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I love our AirBnB in Shibuya. It was walking distance to everything: restaurants, shopping centers, subway and convenience stores. We had enough beds to sleep in, wifi was fast, the AC took a while to cool, but it was fine. Bathroom was small. Pang-isang tao lang sya. And at first, we cannot figure out how to turn on the heater, so we contacted Sam (our host), and he quickly replied. Nasa may door area pala yung switch. Overall, we had a nice and comfortable stay! I would highly recommend it.

These were taken right before we left the AirBnB, so it was very messy.

So of course, rest ng legs for a while. Then, it was time for us to witness the kagulo in Shibuya crossing. We went there around 6PM. The best spot was in Starbuck (2F) of Tsutaya Building. Since it’s a popular spot, super dami ding tao sa Starbucks. You just really have to squeeze yourself in para maganda ang shot. It’s amazing to watch people cross the Shibuya Crossing. It’s a sight to see when you’re in Japan.

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This is a screenshot of the video I have taken. Can’t upload the video here eh 😦

Afterwards, the 6 of us went our separate ways. My mom, sister and I went to look for a place to have dinner. We ended up buying from 711. And we discovered this noodle that had easily become our favorite during the entire trip. Parang naka 5 ata kaming ganyan.

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Say went to meet her cousin in Japan, they had dinner outside. Leslie and Rachelle checked out some shopping centers, they also ended up buying at a convenience store for dinner.

That’s for our first day. It was only our first day, but we felt like we were there for 3 days already. Super pagod!

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Here’s my total damage for the day:

Tokyo Shuttle + 3 day Metro Pass – JPY 2100
Locker – JPY 300
Lunch – JPY 650
Harajuku Crepe – JPY 490
Dinner – JPY 367

Food: JPY 1507 (I have a budget of JPY 1750 per day)
Others: JPY 2400
Day 1 Overall: JPY 3907

Japan 2017: How to Apply for Japan Visa

One look at the requirements for Japan visa and you’ll start to think twice about going. But do not get too overwhelmed with the requirements, it’s actually pretty easy to apply for a Japan visa.

First, you need to find an accredited agency who processes Japan visa. In the Embassy of Japan website, they have indicated the following agencies:

For our visa, we went to Rajah Travel Corporation. I have a friend working there and she advised me to wait for the Travel Expo to pay for the visa processing fee because they will give a discounted amount. So we went to the Expo last February and pay for the visa processing fee of P450 instead of the original price of P1,500.

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Japan 2017: Pre-planning + P40,000 All-in expense for 7 days.

Our Japan trip, which happened last June 6 – 12, is by far the most special trip I’ve had. I knew everything by heart because I carefully planned and researched our itinerary and budget. They say travelling to Japan is expensive, but with thorough planning I would say it is not as expensive as other people think. If you are in my page because you also want to go to Japan without having to burn your wallet, you’ve come to the right page. We are a group of 6 who travelled to 3 cities: Tokyo – Osaka – Kyoto (well, plus Nagoya because that’s where we flew out of Japan) for P40,000 and some change. Below I will share how I planned our trip.

Before I start, I just want to share that my budget was divided into two. Pre-trip expenses and During trip expenses. The Pre-trip expenses include airfare, accommodation and booked tickets. Basically, anything that has to be pre-booked was under Pre-trip expenses. During trip expenses cover food and transportation within Japan. In other terms, this is my ‘pocket money’.

Alright, so let’s begin. Below would be an overview of my expenses and I will create a separate post to further discuss each.

*For conversion purposes: 1JPY = 0.45PHP

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Father’s Day Letter

Dear Pa,

I look up as I type this and saw you watching the usual daily news. If I look closely, I will see wrinkles on your face and your hands. Visible signs of hard work from years of working and providing for our family. There are so many things I’d like to tell you but cannot say in person because for sure I will struggle to get the words out before I even reach the middle of this note. Despite being someone who likes to speak up, I cannot bring myself to tell all these things to you. So today, as the world celebrates fathers’ day, I would like to share this letter I’ve written to tell you and the world how much I love and appreciate you.

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Neil’s Kitchen: Date Night

For someone who’s always on the lookout for artsy restaurants, I didn’t let Neil’s Restaurant escape my radar. I found out about Neil’s Kitchen through Instagram. When I saw their beautiful interior in photos, I knew I have to visit this restaurant. I have made several attempts to go to Neil’s Kitchen, but being a Northern girl (Far-view, represent!), I have to consider the time and means to go to South.

Finally, I found the perfect occasion to see Neil’s Kitchen for myself, and it was no other than: Valentines Day! We celebrated Valentines 3 days after the 14th because we didn’t want to join the flock of couples celebrating on the date itself.

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5 Suggested OOTD Spots in Taipei

Alright, I am one of the guilty users of #OOTD. Hahaha! I love seeing photos of my outfits and I enjoy posing for my OOTDs  (I even have my own trademark OOTD pose lol). So far, the place where I have the most number of OOTDs is in Taipei. And I would share below the best places to take your OOTDs when in Taipei. (Jeez, I just used the word OOTD five times.)

DISCLAIMER: You will see my face in almost all the photos. So unless you can take it, you can press the back button NOW. :p

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Travel Guide: 3 days in Taipei

Travel date: July 29 – August 2 (midnight) 2016

Finally! I found the time to share my Taipei itinerary.

Few months back, Taiwan remained to be just another country for me. I didn’t know a lot of people who have visited Taiwan, compared to those who have gone to Japan or Korea. But what convinced us to book a trip to Taiwan? What did we do there? Where did we eat? What are my tips to those who will be visiting Taiwan soon? I will answer everything below. 🙂

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Taipei: Itinerary and Expense

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Few notes:

  • The budget shown above doesn’t include the total amount we loaded in our Easy Card (MRT Pass). We bought the Easy Card in 7-11 and it can be used to purchase food and other stuff. Getting an Easy Card costs 100 NTD, then you can reload it for another 100. In total, I think I have spent 500 NTD for the card and the load.
  • The hours specified above includes the travel time and queuing time (if applicable).
  • Approximately, I have spent more of less 12k for the entire trip (minus the airfare), with the airfare, probably around 15k.

Will post more about our Taipei trip.

Love, Andrea

My Klook Experience

My friends know how fond I am of creating itineraries and researching activities for my trips. Recently, we flew to Hong Kong, and I promised myself that I would do the things I did not do during my first visit. (Back story: My first trip to HK was in 2013, and we availed a packaged tour: HK Disneyland + Shenzhen + jewelry shop and other places I am not interested in).

This time, I wanted to go to The Peak and try the Ngong Ping cable car. Luckily, I found an app where I can book these activities at a discounted price: Klook. I learned about Klook while I was browsing posts in DIY Travel Pilipinas (posted by Mr. Richmond Difuntorum Cruz). I was curious, so I downloaded it and gave it a shot. I was hesitant at first, because I never heard of it before. But then, it turns out to be a really good app and I can’t stop recommending it to people, who just like me, like to customize their itinerary.

Here’s what I booked:

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  1. This is the activity that you booked.
  2. Number of tickets you bought
  3. Total amount of the activity.
  4. Discounted amount because I have a referral code. You can use mine to get a discount for your 1st purchase: ZLI88
  5. The new amount of the activity
  6. This is where you can see the voucher. It will also be sent via email

The usual round trip ticket to the Peak is 88HKD (545Php). But you have to fall in line for about 2 hours. The one I purchased through Klook was a Fast Track, meaning we got to skip the 2 hour queue and went straight to the tram. And that is only for 508.50Php. HOW.AWESOME.IS.THAT?

Overall, I really love my experience with Klook. That’s why I am sharing it to you. I can’t wait for my next travel, just so I can book with them again.

Download the app and see it for your self (this is not a sponsored post, haha!) They currently have vouchers for Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Phuket, Bali and even Boracay.

Don’t forget to use my referral code: ZLI88 for you to get a discounted price on your first purchase! 🙂

With love,

Andrea

#PassionProject

I have always wanted to become a food blogger. I thought about starting a food blog in 2013, but I realized describing food was not one of my strongest suits. So I kinda shrugged off the thought. But I and food were inseparable, so I decided to start an Instagram account that would showcase my love for photography and food.

I created eatsinthenorth as my platform for my food photos. As implied in its name,  eatsinthenorth are compilation of the foods I have tried from the north only. Currently, I am posting my own photos but I am looking forward to repost photos from people who used #eatsinthenorth in their food photos.

So friends, if you have visited restaurants in the North, please do tag us in your photos! I’d love to discover new restaurants thru your posts!

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Itinerary: Sagada

MAY 2015

Duration: 2 days , 2 nights

Day 0

11:00PM – Left Manila to Sagada

8:00AM – Side trip to Banaue Rice Terraces and breakfast at Point Valley Inn Restaurant

10:00AM – Arrival in Sagada; Tourist Registration

10:30: Settled in George Guest House

Afternoon: City Tour

•Echo Valley Hanging Coffins
•Sagada Underground River Entrance
•St. Mary’s Church
•Bokong falls
•Valley Rice Fields

7:00PM – dinner at the Yoghurt House

Day 2:

3:00AM – Wake Up

4:00AM – On the Way to Kiltepan

4:30AM – Waiting for the Kiltepan Sunrise

6:00AM – Toploading back to the house

7:00AM – Breakfast at Sagada Brew

9:00AM – 5 hours Spelunking (Caving from Lumiang cave to Sumaguing Cave)

3:00PM – Head back to house to rest

7:00PM – Dinner at  Lemon House

Day 3:

4:00AM – Check out at George Guest House

9:00AM – Breakfast at Good Taste, Baguio City

10:00AM – Left for Manila to celebrate Father’s day with the family.

3:00PM – Arrived in QC

Journal: One Saturday in QC

It was a long weekend due to the All Saints Day holiday. My office mates and I took advantage of it and went to Ateneo and UP Town Center to shoot our Big Night video presentation.

Just want to share some shots I took that day.

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  • Found Biblio at the 2nd floor of UPTC extension. My heart jumped with joy when I saw shelves full of books! They have a log book where you can write your requested book and they will check if they can find it for you.
  • Long Live Bacon. I found this at Lazy Bastard’s store near the cinema of UPTC. Haven’t tried their food but I heard lots of good feedback.
  • Those cakes belong to The Chocolate Kiss located at UPTC extension. I love how this new wing of UPTC feels like an extension of UP and Maginhawa. I first tried Chocolate Kiss at Bahay ng Alumni inside UP Campus.
  •  The facade of Starr’s. They are famous for their milkshakes, haven’t tried it though. But I love how it looks from outside, it is so enticing that you want to come in and give their milkshake a try.
  • This photo was taken at one of the walkways in Ateneo.
  • We had lunch at Friuli Trattoria! It has been my go-to place for pizza and pasta since I first tried them at their Maginhawa branch. Friuli Trattoria will give you a mouthwatering experience without hurting your wallet.
  • After lunch came the dessert. I tried Carmen’s Best Hazelnut (P100, small). I was contemplating whether to buy a vegan ice cream or Carmen’s Best, the latter won, obv. Hazelnut was good, but my favorite still goes to He’s Not Worth It.
  • Oh, just me posing with some book quotations in the background. It was a test shot for the shoot.
  • Biblio‘s wall! I want something like this in my room!
  • Another thought to ponder on Lazy Bastard’s wall. Bacon is not Pork, it’s Bacon.

#StopTheStigma

I am supporting the initiative of Philippine Psychiatric Association to raise awareness, promote mental health and protect the rights of people with mental disorders by signing the petition to make the country’s first Mental Health Act happen.

If you’re one with us, you can sign the petition here.

Do you know how hard it is to have a psychological disorder here in the Philippines?

  1. HMOs or health cards do not cover consultation to psychiatrists and psychologists.
  2. One consultation with a psychiatrist is worth P 1,500 – P 2,000.
  3. Medicines are costly.
  4. People can’t talk about it openly because not everyone understands.

You know how I know? I’ll let you in on a little secret…

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