Yangon | Day Trip on a Budget

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If you’re planning to go on a trip to Myanmar, you’ll most likely be entering the country through Yangon. You can actually visit most of Yangon’s attractions in 1 day. Earlier, I did just that. The good thing about it is, it’s actually cheap! Just get your shoes(or in my case, slippers) on and just […]

Yangon | First Meal

Street food in Yangon

“My trip doesn’t start until my first meal”. This is what I realized as I’m writing this in the lobby of my hostel on 20th street in downtown Yangon, a block away from the infamous Chinatown and 19th street, Yangon’s equivalent to maybe Pub Street of Siem Reap or Khaosan Road of Bangkok…but not quite. […]

Japan | 10-day Trip Budget

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Total Expenses: about ¥110,000 (₱42,000or $920) Let me start off by telling you that it’s true, travelling to and Japan can be quite expensive but contrary to what most people think, it won’t cost you your entire life’s savings. Not even close. But if you compare this trip to any country in your Southeast Asian […]

JR Pass Explained: Is It Worth It?

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“Is the JR Pass worth it?” is a question travellers often ask before going on that dream trip to Japan. Let’s admit it, Japan has this reputation of being an expensive country to travel in and having to spend a hefty portion of your travel budget on a train ticket before you even get there […]

On Travel and Religion

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I was recently caught in a conversation with someone from the older generation who, in a rhetorical tone, asked me “Do you believe in God?”, “Do you have a religion?”. And faster than I could clear my throat and ask “Why?”, she added…”Because you are a traveller.”. I almost fell off my chair after being […]

Odaiba | Gundam is Real!

Gundam in DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, Odaiba

Before there were Transformers and before Optimus Prime and Bumble Bee, both the skies and my childhood were ruled by Gundam and Voltes V. Though at age 5 I didn’t understand much about heroes and villains, hearing my brothers talk passionately about this powerful robot made me sleep better at night knowing that Gundam is […]

Cheap and Delicious Food in Siargao at Lungay Store

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Yes, there’s cheap and delicious food in Siargao. Apart from the usual chicken barbecue, grilled fish and homemade burgers at the boulevard and the “chicken joy” in the corner of the next street, there’s actually cheap and delicious carenderia food for those of us who are travelling on a very tight budget. “Where can we […]

Hozu-Gawa River: The Long Way to Arashiyama’s Bamboo Forest

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I jumped out as soon as the train stopped and the doors opened and I dashed through the turnstiles to beat every other passenger heading towards the exit. I couldn’t contain my excitement to see the famous Bamboo Forest of Arashiyama. I already imagined myself in the middle of the forest with my samurai sword […]

The Anatomy of a Capsule Bunk

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When I came to Japan, sleeping in a Capsule bed was never on my “list of things to do”. Wait, what list? I didn’t even have a list. I never realized how interested people were to know how it feels to sleep in a Capsule bed until I posted a photo of my bed in […]

Moments: When Time Stands Still

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It was the peak of noon, the sun was directly on top of me and I was trying to find my way back to the train station from the Osaka Castle. Right before the stairs that led down to the fountain right in the middle of the Osaka Castle Park, I passed by a little […]

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