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.



Panoramic view of the shrine


Bigger orange posts


Blocks of wood where one can write their wishes and prayers


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


Kyoto Tower at the Kyoto Station


Map of the Philosopher’s Walk


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!


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


Another part of the area

To be continued.

Day 5

2016 Week 28 Recap: Back to the Real World

July 11-17, 2016


I am so excited! We started deploying some of the components this week. While it will be busy until we complete everything and ensure that there will be no more issues, I am so happy to finally see this project in its completion stage. Hopefully, there will only be few issues. This implementation will affect around 15K PH employees so it’s a little intimidating but I know we’ve all done our best to minimize whatever risks there are. I am confident that all issues will be addressed as quickly as we can. Kaka-excite talaga! 🙂


I have started posting my Japan stories. I have most of the narratives completed, as I started writing all about it at the airport while waiting for my friend to refund her ICOCA card (OSAKA IC card). However, I wanted to post with pictures in it and it’s taking me longer to sort out/select the pictures hehehehe. Anyway, I’ll get there. Matatapos ko rin i-post lahat.

Speaking of travel, another friend is requesting for travel to a beautiful beach daw. Stressed si ateng. Gusto mag-out of town. Hopefully, we can find a reasonably priced place that’s near Manila.

Savings and Investments

I’m thankful that the Japan trip is over. While it’s exciting to always travel, I would like to pause for a while. I’d like to focus on building up my savings. I’d like to reach my first million in cash and investments, excluding real estate :). Opo, sa tanda kong ito, wala pa akong isang milyon in cash. Napunta lahat sa ibang bagay pero hindi naman lahat nilustay.


I missed malling so I met with my friend yesterday for dinner and to hand her the Japan goodies for her. We met in Glorietta. We went to SM Makati after. I saw that Loreal still has their free hair color application when you buy their hair color. I wanted to avail of it so earlier today, I went back. Unfortunately, I have my hair rebonded last May and they have strict rules that they won’t color if rebond session is less than 3 months. So better be safe than sorry hehe. I’ll just go back in August. So another malling session for us. She met up with me again because she’s supposed to see my new hair color pero dahil di natuloy, ikot ikot na lang hehehe.

Ahhh, I was also looking for a blouse that I can pair with the skirt I bought around 2 months ago. I am attending a wedding next week and the theme is rock and roll, so casual ang peg. However, medyo kupas na ang mga blouses na meron ako na pwedeng i-terno don sa skirt so I decided to look around. Nakahanap naman ako, and more hehehehe. I was able to buy a dress na parang sinukat lang para sa akin. Di ko na pinakawalan. Bihira kasing mangyari yun sa laki kong ‘to. Ok rin sya with Chucks so ito na lang isusuot ko sa wedding hehehe. Hay pero utang na loob Mylene, tama na ang gastos. Wala ka nang kailangan :p.

Ok, that’s it for now. Good night and may you all have a great week ahead :).

Pasyal Japan Day 1 Part 2: Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree

Day 1 Part 1

Day 1: July 4, 2016

After settling down in our hotel room, we rested for 2 hours before we headed out again. Mga pagod sa kakahanap ng train lines and platforms so kailangan talaga mag-recharge hehehe.

For this trip, we didn’t have a solid itinerary. We just planned our next day’s activities the night before. For the directions, we just used Google maps. The hotel has free wi-fi so mega hanap muna then screenshot so that the next day, we just show it to the staff for them to point us to the right direction. Nabuhay kami sa ganon ganon lang. And I appreciate the Japanese because they have all been helpful even if we have language barrier.

First stop was Tokyo Tower. From what I remember, maliwanag pa nung naglalakad kami para hanapin ‘to eh. Nahanap naman namin after many stops to ask for directions. Picture picture sa labas then pasok na sa loob to buy tickets and go up the main observatory, which is 150 meters high. Charge is Y900 per adult. They have different rates for adults and children. They also have a special observatory but more expensive and since we were trying to cut cost, the main observatory was enough for us.

What is Tokyo Tower? It is a communications and observation tower. You can check here and here if you want to learn more.

What can be done at the observatory? Get a 360 degree view of Tokyo, enjoy the milky way illumination while walking around the observatory, and take lots of pictures. They also have shops and restaurants in another floor, which you can go to if inabutan kayo ng gutom.

Next stop was the Tokyo Skytree. We got there via trains rin lang. We paid Y2,060 per adult for the admission fee. Again, they have different rates per age bracket. We just bought the tickets at the time we visited the tower. I’m not sure if you can buy tickets in advance. Pwede siguro. But the lines were not long din when we were there so it wasn’t a hassle even though we did not purchase the tickets in advance. Maybe it’s because of the time na rin. We were there almost 9PM na. Almost closing time at 10 PM.

What is Tokyo Skytree? It’s also a communications and observation tower. It’s also the tallest towere in the world as of March 2011. You can check here and here to learn more.

While at the observatory again, one can see a 360 degree view of Tokyo. Ang masasasabi ko lang ay ang taba ng utak ng mga urban planners ng Tokyo or entire Japan siguro. Napaka-ayos ng zoning/sectioning ng areas which can be seen from way above the ground. Ang ayos-ayos tignan ng infrastructures even at night. Hay, wish kong mangyari din yan sa Pilipinas kong mahal. Libre ang mangarap hehehe.

After Tokyo Skytree, we had dinner at Torikizoku, a Yakitori restaurant. I can’t remember the exact location but I think it’s near Ueno zoo. Marami namang ibang branches pa. Everything for Y280. Dahil sa gutom namin, ayun, naka-7 orders kami including rice and drinks. At ayun, inabot din kami ng Y2,718. For two lang yan ha hehehe. Lamon pa.

Dahil sobrang pagod na pagod at antok na antok na kami, we took a cab going home. It was already past 12MN and we paid Y730 for the fare. Not sure pero parang fixed rate sya since parang hindi naman umaandar yung metro. Anyway, it’s ok. Pagod na talaga kami eh.

And so, we survived Day 1! Hay, wala pa akong nakikitang hindi ko gusto at this time. And I always hear about their toilets (pasintabi sa mga kumakain) with shower and/or bidet. Syempre yan ang una kong ni-try as soon as I had the chance. Gusto ko rin ng ganon sa CR ko! Hehehe.

Day 1 summary:

5:25 AM: Departure at NAIA Terminal 3
10:40 AM: Touchdown Japan!
Around 11:15 AM: Out of Japan Customs
11:15-12 PM: claim JR Pass, reserve car seat in JR line, ask for directions
12:23 PM: bound for Tokyo via Narita Express
Around 1:45 PM: Touchdown Inaricho (train station nearest our hotel), lunch at Mc Donald’s
3 PM: Checkin at Hotel MyStays (around 10 minutes walk from Inaricho, shorter if with no luggage hehe)
3-5PM: Rest and refresh
5PM-12AM: Gala and late dinner



Tokyo Tower at around 6:30 PM in Japan, 5:30 PM in PH.

View from the top. I love the parks amidst the urban jungle.

View from the top. I love the parks amidst the urban jungle.

Obligatory pic :p

Obligatory pic :p

Thinking of you...char! :p. Balik tayo dito, hon :)

Thinking of you…char! :p. Balik tayo dito, hon 🙂

We are this high from the ground!

We are this high from the ground!

Wow abs! Hahaha!

Wow abs! Hahaha!

Night shot taken at the base of the tower.

Night shot taken at the base of the tower.

Night shot taken a few meters away from the tower's entrance.

Night shot taken a few meters away from the tower’s entrance.

View from the top of Tokyo Skytree. We were trying to beat the closing time, hence no pictures from outside. The Tokyo Tower can be seen from the Skytree. See upper right of picture.

View from the top of Tokyo Skytree. We were trying to beat the closing time, hence no pictures from outside. The Tokyo Tower can be seen from the Skytree. See upper right of picture.


Another shot from the observatory of Tokyo Skytree.

Taking a peek at what's below...Tokyo Skytree.

Taking a peek at what’s below…Tokyo Skytree.


Yakitori dinner! Ubos na ang soup, at wala pa ang kanin! Hehehe.

To be continued.

Day 2

Pasyal Japan Day 1 – Part 1: Train Adventures

Day 1: July 4, 2016

Hello Japan!

We were able to land in Japan without any problems. Thank God for that. We left Manila at 5:30 AM and went out of Japan Customs at around 11 AM, and reached our hotel’s area at around 2PM. Basta medyo matagal din kasi ang byahe from Narita to Tokyo station.

First order after passing through Japan Customs was to exchange our Japan Rail (JR) pass voucher at the JR office. We ordered this online a week before our trip. My friend received the voucher in Pinas 2 or 3 days after ordering. Bilis. We got this because our itinerary includes Kyoto and Osaka so this is more cost effective. We can use this pass in any JR line, which based from experience in Tokyo, most of the places we went to has a JR line passing through it or at least passing through a connecting line where we can transfer to reach our destination. Cheaper this way because train rides are really not that cheap here. Well, everything’s generally expensive talaga hehehe.

We also got the Suica card, parang beep card ng Pinas. Very convenient. Kaso sobrang na-shock ako sa unang gamit ko since kalahati agad ng ni-load ko ang nakaltas when we rode the train from Tokyo station to Inaricho station, the station nearest our hotel. I initially loaded Y1,000 at Y500 na lang natira after we got out of the train. Laking gulat ko lang hahaha.

Di naman kami naligaw sa trains kahit ganon ka-complicated hehehe. The staff are helpful everytime we ask them. At sa dami ng platforms nila especially on areas where different train lines intersect, kabisado talaga nila what line and what platform dapat sumakay based on destination. Winner talaga.

Funny story. I was in line while waiting for my friend who was at the Information desk at that time. A mother came to me, stared at me for maybe 5 seconds (as in yung tipong palapit ng palapit yung mukha nya, and then said:

Stranger: Are you Chinese?
Me: Oh sorry, no.

Hahaha! Kulang lang ho ako sa tulog kaya mas singkit than my normal singkit ang mata ko hehehe. Mukhang ligaw or lito rin sila sa mga kaganapan sa airport hihihi.

Anyway, we still had to search where our hotel was. It was hot and we were hungry so we went to where else but McDonald’s hehehe. Not inteded but it was the nearest food chain that we saw hehehe. It was just across the street where we got off.

We stayed at Hotel Mystays Inaricho. Very convenient because it’s near a train station. Maybe 5 minutes walk. Check in was very quick. We were lucky because we have Wifi even in our room hehehe. From what I read kasi, some hotels don’t have.

Anyway, we took a 2-hour rest and then went out late afternoon to check out the Tokyo Tower and the Sky Tree.


Hello Narita!

Hello Narita!

Hello, Japan!

Hello, Japan!

Japan Rail Pass and Suica

Japan Rail Pass and Suica

What train line?! What platform? What exit? Hilong talilong pero smile lang para sa photo ops :)

What train line?! What platform? What exit? Hilong talilong pero smile lang para sa photo ops 🙂

To be continued.

Day 1 Part 2

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