A Glimpse of Kyoto

It was too short. That sums up my visit of Kyoto. Bad weather on top of tight viewing schedules and complicated bus transfers resulted in only a few hours in the city. Thus we missed the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the long stretch of beautiful, red torii gates, and the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove – two of Kyoto’s…

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Osaka in a Day

A gust of wind hit my face like a sharp slap as I stepped out of the warmth of New Osaka Hotel. The morning was blustery, almost 0 degrees C, a true winter morning. We marched to the Shin-Osaka Station across the street, gloved hands in pockets and heads bowed against the cold.

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Tokyo Time Machine

Eighteen months. That’s how long it’s been since these photos were taken. Too long ago, to be honest. I’d much rather be back here now, staring out the Shinkansen window at the blazing countryside, seeing the face Japan takes for late Spring.

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I’m a Survivor!

Last Holy Week I went on a semi-spontaneous trip with the family to Caramoan, Camarines Sur. It’s famous as the setting of Survivor France, and has since also been the setting of Survivor Serbia and a bunch of other Survivor franchises. It’s a fourteen-hour trip by land from Manila, which to my surprise, wasn’t as…

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Flying Rainbows, Floating Cottonballs

So it’s been a while since I was last here, despite the abundance of photos. Don’t ask, I have no excuse for the backlog either. Anyhoo, following the lazy day spent at Mimosa, we woke up before daybreak to meet the airing of the balloons. My tito and cousin had passes and it only took…

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The Paths We Take

This was the second year the family spent the entire weekend at Angeles City, Pampanga for the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. Unlike last year though we spent the entire Saturday bumming around, instead of diving into the frenzy at the actual event. After considerable eating, and Duty Free shopping on their part, we resorted to…

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