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

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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

In Transit: Vietnam to Cambodia

When we booked our tickets for our Vietnam – Cambodia trip, we already decided that we were doing a cross-country trip. We booked a ticket from Manila to Ho Chih Minh then Siem Reap to Manila. We had no choice but to do our research on how to get from Ho Chih Minh to Siem Reap. You are probably reading this because you, too, are planning to do a cross-country trip from Vietnam to Cambodia.

It is very easy, actually.

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Travel Diary: Vietnam

I received a lot of questions via email and comments regarding my VietCam trip last year. The Rappler article really helped to spread my article! I think it is now time to write about our trip in detail.

Date: July 24 – July 31 | Group of 3: Me, Krissy and Bea | Budget: P25,000/pax

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How to be Pretentiously Artsy in Pinto Art Museum

I didn’t know that we have a Museum Month here in the Philippines. But in time for that celebration, I would like to share some photos from my favorite museum: Pinto Art Museum.

I have always enjoyed going to museums. I’ve been to Negros Museum, Metropolitan Museum, National Museum and War Remnants Museum in Vietnam to name some. But Pinto Art Museum is my favorite so far. I first saw it from Tracy Ayson’s blog early this year then it has been all over my feeds since then. So last April, I went to see it for myself. And I was not disappointed.

Here, let me share some of my photos…

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Photo Blog: Flotsam and Jetsam

There are times when you just want to get away from the city and take a break from the hustle and bustle of Manila, but you don’t have time to book tickets or plan your itinerary. Good thing, we have nearby provinces that you can go to by bus and just be spontaneous: no itineraries, no plans. That is what we did exactly on that weekend in La Union.

Me and my friend, Krissy, like artsy stuff. So when we saw Flotsam and Jetsam in our Instagram feeds, we both knew we have to go there. So let me take you to that one weekend getaway to La Union’s Flotsam and Jetsam.

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Oslob: Whale Shark Watching

 

It was about 2 years ago when I saw someone posted on social media a very clear photo of a butanding (whale shark) in the background. And I thought, this can not be in Donsol. I’ve been to Donsol back in 2011 and watched and swam with the butanding but it was not very visible, the water was dark and unclear. But the photo I’ve seen 2 years ago was different. And that’s when I get to know the place called Oslob.

 I’ve got no plans to go to Oslob until we booked a flight to Cebu for Sinulog and I ended up booking a flight back to Manila 6 days after to save airfare cost (Airfare for Ceb – Mnl after Sinulog is pretty expensive). So after the Sinulog weekend, we still have 3 days to spare in Cebu so I thought of what else to do in the Queen City of the South. We have a lot of options actually. There is Bantayan, Moalboal, Malapascua. But I decided to go to Oslob.

 Since it was my first time in Cebu, moreover in Oslob, I did a thorough research about the place.

 Here are some tips and guide on how to go around Oslob.

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Bacolod City: Your next food trip destination!

Disclaimer: Long post

It was in 2013 when my sister booked us a ticket to Bacolod City for a week-long vacation. I don’t have any idea what is in Bacolod City, except for Calea. So I was ecstatic upon knowing that finally I will get to taste the cakes from Calea! I didn’t know that I was in for a bigger surprise.

October 2013, when we landed at Silay Airport, I was shocked when we were greeted by loud music from people wearing masks, drumming their heart out in a festive tune in the airport. Man, it turned out it was Masskara Festival! And my sister didn’t even bother to tell me. I thought I was just going to eat for the whole week (which is not a problem with me)!

Masskara was my first festival, and it has been my favorite festival since then. After that week-long vacation, I have fallen in love with Bacolod. I love the festival, the people and especially the food! And to prove that point, I’ve been there 3 times already since 2013.

There are a lot of reasons to love Bacolod, but on the top of my list will always be their food. During that vacation, I learned that Bacolod is the Sugar Capital of the Philippines! No wonder restaurants and cake shops are everywhere! My favorite street is Lacson Street, where the Masskara Parade was also held. If you’re ready to gain a little weight, then come and visit Bacolod!

Here are the some of the restaurants we’ve tried in Bacolod

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VietCam 2015: Itinerary and Expenses

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I just came back from a weeklong trip to Vietnam and Cambodia and I am very eager to blog about our trip due to a lot of messages I received asking our itinerary and expenses on this trip.

People often has a misconception that travelling is expensive. I thought so too. But after travelling for quite sometime, both local and international, researching and making itineraries, I learned how you can save and still make the most out of your trip.

With that, let me share how we came up with a trip that cost us 20,000 – 25,000 PHP to 2 Asian cities in 6 days.

On this post, I will give you an overview of our expenses and activities in Ho Chi Minh and Siem Reap. And some tips on how you can save on your trip.

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