Going Around Baguio: Day 2

Day 1: April 28, 2017

Lakwatsa date: April 29, 2017

Today is not all touristy stuff. My tita, cousin and I met to go visit an ailing aunt.

Pit stops for the day:

*** Breakfast at Jack’s Mabini. Aside from Good Taste, we also love to dine at Jack’s for its affordable but flavorful meals. They have several branches in Baguio, one even along Session Road where we ate last month during the food trip with the nieces, but my tita wants the one in Mabini because they have bbq chicken which is not available in other branches.

*** Pacdal to visit aunt. Unfortunately, we did not know that yesterday was her scheduled dialysis so she was not at home.

*** Dropped by SM because my tita wants to check out those flowers on display. I went inside to use the restroom. However, I learned that there is an additional 10% discount when you pay or at least on line, about to pay on or before 12 noon.

Naloka ako! Nagmadali kong hinanap yung gustung-gusto kong lunch bag. It has 10% discount, plus another 10%! And then I found out that it has a lunch box, bottled water and spoon and fork pala when you buy it. Kaya pala ganon kamahal – Phhp 950.00. Nung una ko kasing nakita, akala ko, yung bag lang so sobra talaga syang mahal.

I walked around first pero binalikan ko kasi gusto ko talaga sya eh. The final amount  I paid after the discount was Php 688.5. If you remove the price of the lunch box and water bottle, below Php 500.00 na ang lunch bag alone, which is similar to the other bags I saw but didn’t like hihi.

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*** Dropped by Porta Vaga to go to Assi Mart, a Korean grocery. My tita buys her tea there. I bought 1 box too. I also saw a cheese flavored ramen hehehe. I bought one so I can try it. Mahal lang. Php 65.00.

Korean tea

Ramen with Cheese! Update: I had this for lunch on Sunday and I made the mistake of putting all the sauce in the noodles. It was so spicy for my liking. I let it cool first before eating.

*** Went to Orchidarium again because my tita wants to check out the cactus. And fortunately for her, she was able to buy 1 bulb of Stargazer for only Php 100.00. It was a bargain because the shop got it from a plant whose stem broke during delivery. The other shop sells 1 bulb for Php 200.00.

*** Went to Good Taste for late lunch. Winner talaga ang lechon beans nila! And the cucumber lemonade.

*** We passed by one side of Burnham Park to look for strawberry taho. Waley. Baka sa umaga lang sila don at cooking time sa hapon hahahaha.

*** End of bulakbol with them. I went to Marbay to pick up the blouses I had altered yesterday. Hirap ng unproportional body. Doble gastos hahaha.

Going Around Baguio: Day 1

Lakwatsa date: April 28, 2017

My friend and I did some touristy stuff, mainly food trip, around Baguio. Our initial target was those away from the city but we were not ready with a list and it was already lunch time when we met in town so we just chose random restaurants and cafes.

Our pit stops:

*** Sizzling Plate for lunch

Fillet Mignon – between Php 230.00-250.00. We also ordered the Php 25.00 sansrival, but not in the picture.

*** Orchidarium near Burnham Park to check out all the beautiful flowers! I’m excited to start my own flower, herb and bonsai garden hehehe. No pictures as we were busy admiring and trying to name the flowers. Plus, some shops don’t allow picture taking or they do but with a Php 10.00 fee.

*** Camp John Hay. We wanted something cold and then we remembered John Hay so off to John Hay we went.

*** Checked out the overruns shops but we still find the items expensive and not really sure if overruns or class A.

*** Stopped by Little John for snacks.

Fresh mango and strawberry fruit shakes and potato wedges with bacon bits.

*** We were craving for some cakes so we walked up one of the hilly parts to look for Ayala Techno hub.

Enjoying the breezy climate while walking the challenging steps going up hehehe. Hingal much.

Trying to capture the sunset. And I didn’t notice the moon was also up there!

End of life. This may be a typhoon casualty.

*** Everything Nice at Ayala Techno hub

Carrot cake and Italian cheesecake. Prices around Php 90.00 to 110.00.

*** We also saw Pizza Volante still at Ayala Techno hub and can’t resist their pizza!

Both vegetarian pizza. Less than Php 100.00 for solo (6 inches).

*** Last for the night was Cafe by the Ruins Dua near the Victory Liner FVR terminal.

Bounty salad. We loved everything except the watercress because of the slight bitter taste. I still want my watercress sauteed in garlic.

Let me just add the cucumber lemonade we had at Good Taste today. I love the taste. However, I learned from one of servers that it’s a powdered juice. Still artificial pala. But it’s refreshing still!

Cucumber lemonade

Until our next food trip hehehe. Next time, we’ll really target the once we haven’t tried yet.

Pinto Art Museum: Interesting Pieces Part 2

Part 1

Another picture-heavy post.

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Look! Silkscreen ba ang tawag dyan? Tapos thread lang yung pinanggawa sa face!

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Very blue chair. Nice pop of color.

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You need to turn the one at the center and then those images appear. When stopped, it’s just all mirrors. Aliw ‘no?

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This is entitled Baguio. Close to my heart. And it made me miss home more now! And made me wish that one of the winodws in my home was designed that way. Sayang hehehe. Gusto ko umuwi this weekend!!!!

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Brain chair. Parang weird upuan no? Hehehe.

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Eto di ko maintindihan. Male and female chest sya na may tao sa loob. Confused ba sya? Pardon the ignorance.

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There was a small room in one of the galleries with female figurines exchanging stories, like my mowdel friends hehehe. No, I asked them to pretend hehehe.

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Uses thread and textile cloth. How do they do that?!

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Another one that uses thread and textile cloth.

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For adults only.

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At the forest. The water drops from the stone and creates a ripple at the basin and the reflection is reflected beautifully around the room.

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Nice artwork outside.

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Close up.

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“Take your time.” Ok, noted.

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Overworked?

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Apo Wang-od, the famous Tattoo lady from Kalinga.

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Bulol. There was a phone in question. Why are most of the bulols in a sitting position? My answer, but I’m not really sure though. In the olden times, our Igorort ancestors use super low stools to sit on. No sofas and no dining tables. The food is served on the floor and they eat sitting down (with or without those low stools actually). And so that’s the reason why I think most bulols are in a sitting position. And this reminds me, my lola has this! I want to ask one of those. Hopefully they still have one! Btw, we call them bangkito. From bulol to bangkito. Anong connect? Hehehe.

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Pool shaped in number 8.

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Hello!

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And lastly, this beautiful flower kissed by the rain. Pretty, right?

Pinto Art Museum: Interesting Pieces Part 1

Picture-heavy post.

Last July 31, I and some friends visited Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo. I have written here how we got to the place. I would just like to share some of the pieces that caught my attention. Just read through the caption of the photos.

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One area of the museum

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Sya daw si Ariadne. Art by Jerson Samsom using epoxy resin.

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Sisyphus, arty by Salvador Joel Alonday, using stoneware and wrought iron

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Narcissus, art by Salvador Joel Alonday, using epoxy resin

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Blue lady. I can’t find the description.

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Gaia by Daniel Delacruz using stainless steel.

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Big painting in one of the galleries. I patiently waited to get a shot without people.

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Another big painting

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Need a ride? 🙂 I remember when we were kids and see this type of car, we would lightly slap other and say “Pendong” hehehe.

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Look closely at this painting. See the embossed part? Don’t be deceived. That is just flat in real life. How cool is that?

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Mr. Biker. I forgot to take a picture of the caption.

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Swing, made of wire. Grabe sa pagkatalented kung sinuman ang gumawa nito. Sa dami ng tao, nakakalimutan ko na kunan ng picture ang mga descriptions.

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Another art piece made of wire. Again, I waited until I could get a shot without people. When I was a kid, I remember that we had Benefit Dance in our barangay. Uso ata ito noon I think during the 80s and early 90s. It was mostly attended by teenagers. It was a way to raise funds for the Mr. and Ms. candidate. When I was a teenager, I can’t remember if we still had those. I don’t remember attending one either. Di payag si mudra hehehe. Keri lang.

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Hehehe. Kulit lang nung line.

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Beautiful artwork. I love the colors.

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Reality

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Aliw!

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The main piece is a wheelchair which the artist turned into this. The sides which one can lean are made of pencils. How creative.

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And I leave you with this for part 1. Akalain nyong maiisipan ng ibang tao ang ganito hehehe.

Pasyal Japan: Wrapping Up

Day 1 Part 1 | Day 1 Par 2 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 | Expenses

IMG_2676I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m glad and thankful that this trip pushed through despite my friend and I’s hesitation around 2 weeks prior this trip. I came back inspired and  more hopeful for my own country, which is also timely because we have newly elected government officials.

Here are some things that amazed me during our trip:

  • Their transport system is so efficient. There’s no fear in getting lost because for sure, you’ll be able to find your way back because all train lines are connected at some point.
  • Their urban planners are good. Aerial view pa lang, maayos na ang pagkakalatag.
  • A friend who worked in Japan before said that the Japanese are hard workers. I have witnessed that personally. They do their work with pride, passion and ensuring that they deliver with quality. Even with the train cleaners, I did not sense any feeling of “ay train cleaner lang ako”.
  • They are disciplined. Imagine Shibuya crossing. It’s a big intersection but there are no overpasses because everyone just follow the traffic rules. I only saw overpasses in highways. They alight and board only at bus stops. The buses stop only at bus stops. There are seats designated for elders and no one seats there unless s/he’s an elder. One time we did not notice the signage and an elder was strangely looking at us. We realized maybe it was because we were seated at their allotted seat! We stood up right away just to be sure hehe. Buti na lang malapit na kami sa bus stop. Sana ganito rin sa Pinas.
  • They take advantage of technology for efficiency.
  • Their attention to the tiniest detail is impressive. Signage in every possible place, baskets where you can place your bags in restaurants, plate especially designed for buffet where it is compartmentalized into small bowls so that food won’t mix up, and the list goes on and on and on.
  • Their toilets with all those buttons! I want one of those for my own toilet! Heated seat please!
  • Their parks are really huge and well maintained. Summer na don but all plants are vibrant green pa rin!

I would still like to go back to Japan and experience the other seasons naman. If maganda ngayong summer, I’m sure mas maganda pa sa ibang seasons.

This ends my Japan series of stories. Hope to have another series about Japan in the coming years or even decades if that’s how long it will take me to save up for another Japan trip hehe.

Thank you, Father God, especially for your generous provisions for this trip. I am forever grateful.

Pasyal Japan Day 7: Thank you, Japan. Hello Manila.

Day 1 Part 1 | Day 1 Part 2 | Day 3 | Day 4Day 5Day 6

Our last day was all about finding enough energy to pull our luggage in all the train stations to get to the airport hehehe. Our flight was still at 12:50 PM but we left for the airport early, just to be sure. And good thing we did. My friend needed to refund the remaining load of her ICOA card and the line was long. She was done after about 40 minutes. That left us with just enough time to check in, and drop by Duty Free.

I had no choice but to buy goodies at Duty Free. Nag-inarte kasi ako when I had the chance hahaha. You see, while we were in Tokyo, we went to a store that sells cheaper green tea kitkat. But since we will still be going to Kyoto, then Osaka, and I didn’t want to add weight to my luggage just yet, I decided to just buy in Osaka. Unfortunately, I can’t find anything na in Osaka, or at least at the places we went to. So ayun, napamahal ako sa Duty Free. As in a very expensive lesson hehehe. But it’s ok as I was able to buy Royce for a cheaper price than in Manila! Masadong mahal yung nandito, about twice the price siguro. Kaloka di ba?

Di ba that week, there was a typhoon in Pinas. Medyo may turbulence when we were in the air na. But it was just mild naman.

Our flight landed in Terminal 1. The most that I dislike every time I’m at our Manila airports are the over expensive taxi services! Langya lang kasi talaga eh. So prior our flight to Japan, I asked one Uber driver if they are already allowed in the airports. Yes, they are. So I just booked for Uber para less hassle and headache.

Pictures.

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Kansai airport. So busy.

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So efficient.

To be continued. Yes, there’s more :).

Japan Trip Expenses

Pasyal Japan Day 6: The Rest of Osaka

Day 1 Part 1 | Day 1 Part 2 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4Day 5

*** Text was written at the airport while waiting for our flight back to Manila. ***

Day 6: July 9, 2016

Our target return date was July 9 but there were no cheap flights when we were booking. What we got as return flight was July 10 via Jetstar.

And so, we had to transfer to A La Maison for our last night. This is a guest house na. We got a room with the typical Japanese toilet bowl and common shower. I think it was expensive though. We paid Y6,990.00 for just 1 night. The hotels we’ve booked in advance had almost the same rate. So better to book as early as you can for hotels din so that it would be cheaper.

Anyway, since it was still early for check in, we just dropped our luggage at the guesthouse and went out again to visit Osaka Castle. That was walking distance from the guesthouse according to the staff. Totoo naman din. Isang mahabang lakaran. I don’t mind walking naman. Kaso I can’t over walk din dahil takot akong magka-plantar fasciitis uli. I have a history of that because of too much walking. Pero since kailangan, go lang ng go. Last day of gala na. Kailangan sulitin. So picture picture lang uli. There’s an entrance fee if you want to go near the castle. Pass na kami. Ok na kami sa view from below hehe. Nag takoyaki na lang uli kami. Good thing we did because it was another long walk to the JR train station that will bring us to Osaka loop. Target namin always ang JR train para libre  since we had our JR pass. Mahal din kasi if magbabayad lagi kada sakay ng train.

From the castle, we went to Osaka Loop for late lunch. We tried one of the buffet restaurants. I had cheese cake to my heart’s content hehehe. Bahala na kung kumulo ang tyan. Buti na lang hindi naman hehehehe.

After lunch, we wanted to check out the Umeda Sky Building. But after learning that we still need to walk a considerable distance, we just checked it out from afar. Hehe. Mga tamad at pagod na kasi.

There was nothing more to do so we decided to go back to the guesthouse so that we can pack and rest early…or so we thought…

We asked a couple at the train if that passess by Morinomiya. He said yes, but also said that it would be much faster if we take the train in the other platform (or at least that’s what we understood)…and so we did. We are supposed to reach our destination after about 2 stops. However, after several stops, no Morinomiya. We are not also familiar with the train stops we passed by so far. So we thought, ok, we’ll just have a joyride. Anyway, the train will go back. So joyride it is. My friend slept, I watched the places we passed by. We were going away from the city. After about 45 minutes, my friend woke up.

Friend: San na tayo?
Me: Lucena na.

Hehehehe.

After 15 more minutes, I thought I heard the train operator announced that the train will be uncoupling and one goes to Kansai airport and the other goes straight to another destination. All bound for Kansai airport should be in cars 1-4. We were at car 7. I told my friend let’s just transfer to car 4. If we were lost, at least dapat sa airport man lang kami makakarating di ba? Hehehe. However, the door to the car 6 was already locked. Patay. Medyo panic na. Good thing a staff saw us. We got out of the train and he showed us how we would be able to get back to our destination.

So what happened? We were at the right train naman. However, malay ba namin that we should get off at one station and transfer to another train to get to our final destination hehehehe. Syempre wala yun don sa sinabi ni tatay na napagtanungan namin. Malay ba nyang di namin alam na ganon dapat. At malay rin ba naming kailangan palang maglipat ng train makarating lang sa Morinomiya hahaha! Tapos pagdating pa sa Morinomiya, di pa rin namin makuha yung correct exit, and correct left turn going to our inn. In short, ang dami naming ligaw this day, kung kailan last day na namin. Kaloka lang hehehe.

Anyway, after a very long joyride, we were back at the guest house.

Pictures!

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At the moat. This is still far from the castle.

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Entrance to the humongous castle compound.

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Osaka Castle from below.

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We walked through this park on our way to the train station.

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Ganda! We saw joggers and others doing some exercises. I wish we can have more beautiful parks like this in Pinas.

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Umeda Sky Building

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Osaka station! So modern and so big!

To be continued.

Day 7

Pasyal Japan Day 5: Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan!

Day 1 Part 1 | Day 1 Part 2 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

*** Text was written at the airport while waiting for our flight back to Manila. ***

Day 5: July 8, 2016

We spent all our free time at USJ! Specifically, we spent it at the Harry Potter attraction. My friend is an HP fan so we stayed there the longest. Tiniis naming pumila for more than 2 hours para lang mapasok yung castle and ma-experience yung 4D ride. Sulit naman kahit saglit lang. May tinitinda ring magical wand. My friend bought one and there were 6 activities where you can experience magic with the use of the wand you bought. Enjoy.

We had late lunch inside the HP attraction too. May touching experience kami dito. We paid our orders and we didn’t realize that the cashier punched 2 for 1 of the meals. We only learned about it when the servers served the food. We asked if they can cancel it and if we can get a refund. They allowed it and they were even the ones who went to the cashier for our refund. They were apologetic about it to think that it was our mistake since we did not double check before we paid. Customer service at its finest.

We also tried the Spider-Man ride. 3D lang sya hehe.

It was past 7 PM when we left USJ. We dropped by the mall next to USJ and ate takoyaki. Yun na rin dinner namin.

End of day 5.

Pictures!

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Entrance to USJ!

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Obligatory pic by the revolving globe 🙂

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Panoramic view upon entering.

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Cuties! 😀

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Hello there from Hello Kitty Cafe! 😀

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Entrance to the Harry Potter attraction. Still a long walk from here!

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And here we are!

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Panoramic view inside.

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Ummm…I was really trying to capture the one inside…kaso gusto nyang sumama sa picture eh hahaha :p

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Wizarding Equipment!

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Hogwarts Castle

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The castle and its reflection

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At my castle…I mean picture taking at the castle

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Me, my castle and its reflection 🙂

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Butterbeer!

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Wands of the cast! Can you see Harry Potter’s? 🙂

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Abrakadabra!

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Happiness Cafe

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Mr. Spidey!

To be continued.

Day 6

Pasyal Japan Day 4: More of Kyoto and off to Osaka

Day 1 Part 1 | Day 1 Part 2 | Day 2 | Day 3

*** Text was written at the airport while waiting for our flight back to Manila. ***

Day 4: July 7, 2016

Today, I woke up not feeling well! Kamusta naman yun. Maybe it was due to lack of sleep and tiredness na rin.

We were bound for Osaka in the afternoon so we checked out early and just left our luggage at the hotel lobby and picked it up later.

First stop this day was the Fushimi Inari Shrine. This was one of the shooting locations of Memoirs of a Geisha if I’m not mistaken. Picture picture, especially at the Orange tunnel. As in tyagaan sa paghintay until mawala ang tao just to get the perfect shot. More about the shrine here.

From the shrine, we went to Philosopher’s Walk. Ang hirap namin nahanap itong place na ito. Di namin masaktuhan yung talagang babaan. Nahanap naman namin after going back and forth at least 3 times. Ubusan ng load ng Suica hehehe. At literal na walk ang gagawin mo sa kahabaan nung area.   There is a walkway along the creek. Yun lang yung susundan mo. There are also shops selling souvenirs. Based on one of the posters in one shop, mas maganda itsura or mas dinadayo yung park during winter and cherry blossoms season.

Medyo mahaba naman nilakad namin before going back to the hotel to pick up our luggage. Medyo nawala kami sa bus stop din hahaha. Namali kami ng bus number na sinakyan. But again, since ok din ang bus transport system nila, nakabalik din kami sa hotel. We just took our luggage, and rode the bus going to Kyoto station. We rode the Shinkansen (bullet train) going to Osaka. We reserved seats at the JR office para sure na may upuan.

I thought it would be an hour ride pero yung tipong kaka-settle pa lang namin sa upuan at matutulog pa sana, ayun nasa Shin-Osaka station na kami. That was around 20 minutes travel time. Ang bilis!

It was already night time when we arrived in Osaka so diretso check in na kami sa Hotel Mystays pa rin. We booked all our hotels in advance.

Late lunch rin kami this day kaya wala na rin dinner. Mas gusto na namin magrest ng maaga. And at the end of this day, mas malala na sipon ko hahaha.

Pictures!

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Panoramic view of the shrine

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Bigger orange posts

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Blocks of wood where one can write their wishes and prayers

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Posing by the orange posts. We stayed here the longest just to get a shot without people.

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Kyoto Tower at the Kyoto Station

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Map of the Philosopher’s Walk

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It’s literally a path where you can enjoy your walk under these trees. Imagine if it were winter or Cherry blossoms or even Autumn!

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Dropping by this small place and we found out that it’s a cafe

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Another part of the area

To be continued.

Day 5

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