‘To lose weight’ — this item has always been present in my New Year’s resolution every year since I started working. But I have never given it much effort until last year when I reached an all-time-high in the weighing scale. I’ll share below what I did to lose 14 lbs in a span of 5 months.
This was supposed to be a vlog, but tbh, I may have gained the 14lbs back before I even finish that vlog. Continue reading “How I lost 14 pounds”
THE DAY THAT WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR HAS ARRIVED! Actually, I am not a fan of theme parks, but I really, really want to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. So, I was looking forward to this day.
Below, I would share our USJ experience and some tips and strategies we’ve learned during our visit.
*Please know that I am not an expert on ALL the rides and attractions inside USJ, but I’ll be happy to share what I know based on our experiences.*
Continue reading “Part 5 of 7 of our Japan trip: Universal Studios Japan!”
I wanted to share my experience because I know there are a lot of people who share the same condition as I do and it would help them to know what happens before, during and after the whole wisdom tooth extraction process.
I had an impacted lower wisdom teeth. As per the dentists, I can keep it as long as it don’t hurt or bother me. But it started to bother me when I noticed food particles getting stuck in between my impacted tooth and my normal tooth and it got harder to remove when I brush, so I decided to have my impacted teeth removed. A friend recommended me to her dentist, Dr. Cristina Estrada from PGH.
Continue reading “My Wisdom Tooth Extraction Experience”
This was exactly my peg for my 26th birthday. Gone were the days when my birthday celebrations were spent in bars, drinking hard drinks or partying til dawn. On my 26th birthday, I wanted some alone time. I wanted a day to think my life through, evaluate my life choices and reconnect with my interests — those things I don’t usually have time for because, work.
I listed below what I did for my birthday and you can get an idea or two: Continue reading “Alone Time in Manila — Where To Go and What To Do”
I started a new segment in my blog dedicated for frequently asked questions. I also invite and encourage you to use my Ask Drei button for any question you might have about me or the blog posts I have written and I will try to answer them.
For the first question, I was asked by friends and received questions from readers who will be traveling to Japan…
Should I buy a JR Pass?
Is it necessary to buy JR Pass if I will go to Japan?
Continue reading “AskDrei #1: Should I buy a JR Pass?”
I slept for 8 hours inside the bus. We spent our 3rd night inside a sleeper bus en route to Osaka. If you plan to go to Osaka from Tokyo, you can take the bullet train or the bus. If you are on a budget trip (like me), the best option is to take the sleeper bus. You get to save a night of accommodation and your day itinerary will not be compromised. Continue reading “Part 4 of 7 of our Japan Diary: Osaka Castle and Food trip at Dotonbori”
I am never the planner. I don’t plan my day, moreover my life. I love spontaneity and surprises. But when we talk about traveling, I become the exact opposite.
Continue reading “5 Things Traveling Has Taught Me”
LAST DAY IN TOKYO. Three days were not enough to visit Tokyo. There were still a lot of places on our list that we want to visit but we had to limit ourselves due to time and budget constraints (ako lang pala ang may budget constraints lol). For our last day in Tokyo, we went to Tsukiji Fish Market. It is known for its fresh array of seafood and its tuna auction. We skipped the Tuna Auction because (tbh) we won’t wake up early just to see it.
Continue reading “Part 3 of 7 of our Japan trip: Tsukiji Fish Market, Senso-ji Temple and En Route to Osaka”
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 Day 2 Day 3. and Day 4. I’m currently working on Day 5.
Continue reading “Tokyo – Osaka – Kyoto in 7 days: An Itinerary”
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. Continue reading “Part 2 of 7 of our Japan Diary: Gotemba Premium Outlet, Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Tower”
After all the planning and researching, it’s time to make it come to life.
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. 🙂
Continue reading “Part 1 of 7 of our Japan Diary: Manila to Tokyo. Meiji Shrine, Harajuku and Shibuya”
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.
Continue reading “Japan 2017: How to Apply for Japan Visa”
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
Continue reading “Japan 2017: Pre-planning + P40,000 All-in expense for 7 days.”
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.
Continue reading “Father’s Day Letter”
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.
Continue reading “Neil’s Kitchen: Date Night”