Nation’s Kitchen ~ Osaka, Japan

Shinkansen Shinkansen rides are free anywhere if you have a JR pass. This is the fastest way to travel from Tokyo to Osaka. Travel time: 4 hours and 9 minutes Tip: Shin-Osaka Station is huge and most people there are busy. Pocket wifi sometimes doesn’t work in some area so better ask to find your…

Thousand-year capital ~ Kyoto

Tips: Bus Terminal located in front of Karasuma central exit (north side) on the main floor. You will see Kyoto Tower directly north from the bus terminal. Most temples are located in the North and west of Kyoto Please see for accommodation recommendation on Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto: click here Kinkaku- ji ( Golden Pavilion) More…

The City of Pines ~ Baguio City

Going there a. Commute Victory Liner Bus: click here b. Private Vehicle click here Route: Manila to North Luzon Express Way (NLEX) – take Exit 85 – leads to SCTEX From SCTEX – to Tarlac City Exit ( turning left to this road) Follow road signs then turn right to MacArthur Highway ( passing the provinces…

Mountain Province ~ Sagada

How to get there . Private Vehicle b. Commute Manila – Baguio – Sagada Victory Liner Bus click here We took ~ 10:30 pm trip from Edsa South Bus terminal for PHP 445.00 Arrived in Baguio: 4:00 am  From Baguio to Sagada From the Victory Liner terminal, take a taxi to another terminal and look for Trans-Liner….

Isla del Fuego ( The Island of Fire) ~ Siquijor Island (Updated 2016)

Dumaguete City to Siquijor Island ( either Siquijor, Siquijor port or Larena, Siquijor port) Fare: From Dumaguete City, it ranges from PHP 100.00 to less than PHP 200.00 Cheaper ones travel less than 2 hours while the expensive one, for only an hour Terminal Fee ( Dumaguete  City Port) : PHP 15.00 Tip: Boat companies…

Egg Basket of the Visayas ~ Bantayan Island

Recommendations Beach Placid  Website More photos click here ( This resort is beside Anika Beach Resort) You can call / email them at : +639177222993 / beachplacid@gmail.com Rooms we stayed at: 1. Non-beach front cottage – Small room, clean and with A/C – Queen size bed, clean sheets and blanket but too thin and not big…

The Land of thousand Gods ~ Bali, Indonesia – DAY 1

Recommendations  The Oasis Kuta Website   More photos click here ( Buffet breakfast and 2 bottles of complimentary water every day. Safety deposit box available inside the room, 2 separated rooms for the toilet and shower, veranda with cushion accessible by a sliding door, a few steps from their  large pool. 5 minutes walk to…

The Land of thousand Gods ~ Bali, Indonesia – DAY 2

Breakfast starts at 7:00 am to 10:00 am The buffet had 2 kinds of rice to choose from, omelet, sausages, chicken, vegetables, bread, noodles, 2 kinds of juices, jams, butter, tea, coffee, cereals, milk and 2 platters of fruits. Driving in Bali ( The owner of the rental shop brought the car to the hotel )…

The Land of thousand Gods ~ Bali, Indonesia – DAY 3

Recommendations for Surfing Bala Wista  Website Instructor: Arya Price: 150, 000 Rp with surfing lessons, surfboards, and instructor Best time for beginners: 7:00 am to 9:00am  More photos click here They are a group of licensed lifeguards offering surf lessons and rentals of surfing boards. Kuta Beach   More photos click here Bintang beer for: 30,000 Rp (…

The Land of thousand Gods ~ Bali, Indonesia – DAY 4

More of Kuta Beach More photos click here Most of the local stores in Kuta beach are not opened until 8:00 am or 9:00 am. Restaurants in Boardwalk are open from 7:00 am but more expensive.  One of the local stores opened that morning but unfortunately their cook was not yet there so we decided to…

The Land of thousand Gods ~ Bali, Indonesia – DAY 5 ( Going Home)

If you’re staying at Kuta, commuting to the airport is less than 15 minutes. Tip: Request a car transfer from the hotel going to the airport if your flight is early in the morning. Most taxis start operating around 8 am.  Cost of car transfer: 100, 000 Rp Ngurah Rai International Airport 1. Pass security check…