Australia 2016: #LifeDownUnder

AUSTRALIA. What can I say? From efficient transportation to a hint of the great wild, everything’s within reach when you’re in the Land Down Under. I love both Melbourne and Sydney (with Melbourne taking the lead). It’s easy to go around either city, and there’s no end to the attractions you can go to. You…

Food: Angeles x Clark

{ Mila’s Tokwa’t Baboy | Cafe Fleur | Jangsoo Korean Restaurant | Hues at Park Inn by Radisson Clark | Patchawaran’s Thai Restaurant } Thank you to everyone who made this food trip possible: my mom (technically the birthday celebrant), my brother (the driver), my sister, and our generous and lovely tita b and ate…

Bali / 2015

The best cure for Post-Tournament Syndrome is Pre-Tournament Syndrome.* Jimbaran Bay stretched out to the horizon. My memories, too, had no beginning and no end.  This is what Bali taught me: in the life of a traveller, some experiences aren’t just moments, to be fondly recalled but mostly forgotten. Sometimes they’re Moments —circumstances, conditions and coincidences that…

Four Hours in Manila

Cures for a restless heart: a mani-pedi, a yummy buffet, and travelling. Today I took myself out on a date in my own city. Here’s what I saw walking around Manila (within four hours). . CONTENTS | A Walking City | The National Library | National Museum and the Museum of the Filipino People | Oh…

#SadLife (not really)

I’ve got a new life mascot! M bought me a cute plush chain Sadness (from the Pixar film Inside Out) from the toy convention this weekend. Context: When Inside Out first came out, I was the saddest thing in the world. I was so depressed (I think it was because of an issue with my writing?…

Jari x 2015

Fifteen minutes to the new year. Time for a 2015 recap! People x Art x Travel x Advocacy x People This year, I learned that relationships don’t always have to be quick and intense, or (conversely) slow-burning and infrequent to be sustainable. I found my time occupied by new and old friends I somehow managed to not…

日本 2015: Universal Studios Japan

Last hurrah. Universal Studios Japan, late night dinner and a flight back to Manila. TIPS There will be a lot of people in the theme park (this is a real tip I’m serious). I think it’s because many of the students and whatever have annual passes already, so they could all go together after school…

日本 2015: Osaka

A possibly relatively short post on the things we did in Osaka (Day 1). TIPS Osaka has a different vibe from Tokyo  (naturally), even though they are both developed and populous cities. For one thing, I actually saw reasonably priced grocery stores out in the open in Osaka. The people may also be a little…

日本 2015: Kyoto

This admittedly long blog post covers our time in Kyoto. Featuring bus rides, temples, shrines and rainy days. TIPS It’s a walking/cycling/bus-riding city! Familiarize yourself with the system. You can choose to go on the subway/railway lines, but we were told that they aren’t as comprehensive or on-the-spot as the buses are. You’d have to…

日本 2015: Hikone Interlude

That day when we celebrated my mother’s birthday in a lovely little town.  TIPS Rent a bike! Go around the city in the style of locals —just don’t get lost. I don’t know how to ride a bike I am a failure in life Also, read up on what you should do when in shrines…

日本 2015: Tokyo Part 2

This post covers our last two days in TOKYO (all the good food and breathtaking places). TIP There are loads of Japanese food to try: ramen, sushi, raw fish, yakitori, tonkatsu, tempura… If you’ve got the time, make sure to try them all! Day 4 GARDENS AND PARKS Chidoriga-Fuchi Park in Hanzomon, Chiyoda I love…