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The Japan Diaries: A Day in Kyoto

It’s such a shame that I have only written five blog posts this year. FIVE. What a waste it is for a blog with my own domain. 😦

I know I’ve said many times before that I’ll make an effort to write more, but alas, here I am, about to promise the same thing, in the hopes that I will actually get to fulfill it. Nothing particularly interesting has happened in my life as of late, so perhaps I’ll pick up from where I left off in my series of photo posts — Day 3 of our Japan company trip LAST YEAR.

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The Japan Diaries: Osaka Day 2

Day Two of the trip, we broke into groups and explored the city as we pleased. Six of us girls decided to visit Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, located in the outskirts of Osaka. It was a fantastic experience and a humbling one too, knowing the vast wonder that’s out there in the ocean. We saw penguins, stingrays, seals, and all sorts of fish but my favorite part has got to be the jellyfish area. 🙂

After a yum lunch in this nondescript restaurant, we headed to Dotonbori to shop, shop, shop! Our first stop was Orange Street which was the epitome of Jap hip. On the expensive side though!

I didn’t chronicle much of the shopping but went loco documenting our grand time in Hana Sake and Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M. WAGYU BEEF OVERLOAD!!! By far, that has got to be the best (and most expensive) meal of my life and it was every bit DELICIOUS. Heaven in the mouth, I tell you.

This day proved Osaka’s real stake as a tourist destination — it’s more laidback than Tokyo (as those who have visited say) but it certainly doesn’t hold back on the retail and dining offers. If I had been less careless about cash, I would’ve grabbed everything in Dotonbori. Haha! From sneakers, bags, to food! Shopping and dining haven INDEED.

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The Japan Diaries: Osaka Day 1

Green Bulb PR’s 2016 Getaway happened last November in Japan. Dubbed #MatchAwaitedVacay, it was a time for every one to take that much-needed break after a megasuperultra hectic year. It was definitely one for the books, as we shopped, ate, and relaxed for almost four solid days in Kyoto and Osaka.

It’s been two months I know, but hey, better late than never, right? In a series of posts, I’ll be sharing some bits from our trip. Photo galore, here we go! 🙂

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Samalscapade!

One of the highlights of this year would have to be JV and I’s first travel experience together — in the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao.

We were talking about this trip recently and we both agreed that it had been such an enriching relationship feat — planning and going on a trip together proved to be both fun and revealing. 🙂

For one, we had to decide if we will push through with the said trip given that the Davao City bombing happened just a week prior. We also had to plan all the logistics for our four-day stay in Samal (we did not spend much time in Davao City anymore, for safety reasons) plus that lingering thought on whether we can stomach each other’s presence for a couple of days. Haha.

The result was a crazy fun trip which was one of the most relaxing vacations I’ve had in a while.

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Core Friends 2016 Mindanao Trip

The first time I was in Mindanao was almost three years ago, in 2013. I was still working in PLDT and we had to go there for a CONECT event with (if I remember correctly) a group of electronics and communications engineers.

It was an overnight stay in Cagayan De Oro (CDO), and all I remember doing was meeting up with our local media contact, eating yummy seafood in a nice restaurant, working, and eating halo-halo in a buko shell. No sightseeing whatsoever and we were back in Manila in no time.

From then on, I have always wanted to go back. For one, to finally be able to try white water rafting (a CDO must-do) and to explore the rest of Mindanao. And I’m glad and giddy to have finally been able to do that just last month with my high school buddies.

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Thoughts on (Solo) Travel

Exactly a month ago, I went on a quick two-day solo trip to Thailand. I booked tickets as early as August last year during a seat sale, and looked forward to traveling outside the country alone — for the first time in my life.

Being a solitary type of person who grew up as an only child, doing things by myself isn’t new to me. But to go outside the country alone is a prospect that’s both new and exciting, and something that I thoroughly enjoyed during my trip.

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Sunday Quickie: Mt. Gulugod Baboy-Sombrero Island

There are times when you just want to feel the sun on your skin, distance yourself from the city, and find solace in nature. And in those times, it’s good to have people who are just as game for a quick weekend escape.

Nothing verbose here, just a collection of photos from our recent Mt. Gulugod Baboy-Sombrero Island trip. It’s my first climb and out-of-town venture for the year, and I’m glad to have shared the experience with good company. 🙂

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