I’m now a figure skating fan (thanks to anime)

My holiday break could be defined simply: unproductive, probably fattening, and also consumed by this groundbreaking popular anime called Yuri!!! On Ice. Plot summary After suffering a crushing defeat during the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final and other failed showings at other skating competitions, Yuri Katsuki develops mixed feelings about ice skating and puts his career…

Lego x Asia

I alone heard my internal squeeing (obviously) when I saw an exhibit that featured two of my favorite things: Lego, and Asian Appreciation. I never actually played with lego as a child; my fascination of the said building blocks stems from its use as a metaphor in one of my favorite books, Sophie’s World. In the…

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…

日本 2015: Tokyo DisneySea

This post mainly contains adventures in DisneySea, ramen eating and city living. TIPS Tokyo is home to two Disney parks: Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea Resort. Because we only had one free day for a theme park in Tokyo City, we listened to everyone’s advice and chose to go to DisneySea Resort.  Buy the tickets online….

日本 2015: Tokyo Part 1

This photo dump disguised as a blog post covers our first two days in TOKYO.  I still look out of the windows  in airplanes;  I still think there are  exciting adventures  in store.   28 March 2015 TIPS As I’ve mentioned in the previous post, try looking at the option of buying the Tokyo Subway Pass,…

日本 2015: Quirks, Signs and Life

This post contains some observations, random photos and five things to remember. When in Japan. #SquadGoals A fun quirk about the Japanese (aside from their curious love for popcorn) is that they like to dress up to match. Here are a few examples (a lot of them could be found walking around tourist spots, okay, I…

日本 2015: Credits and Love

Words and any number of photos, artworks and dedicated poetry would not be enough to express how thankful I am to everyone and everything involved in making Japan 2015 possible. That is:  My family. Hello.