My 12-Day Japan Summer Itinerary – 4 Cities, 3 Towns, 2 Mountains

Posted on July 29, 2017

One person asked on Instagram: “Can you PM me your itinerary?” I figured it would be better to make a separate blog post for everyone to see, so I’m publishing it here. For 12 days, I was able to explore 4 cities, 3 towns, and 2 mountains: Osaka – Mt. Rokko – Arima Onsen – Yuasa – Harie – Kyoto – Nagoya – Mt. Fuji – Tokyo. NOTE: Given this itinerary, I’m glad I didn’t purchase a JR Pass. ReadRead More

Jr Ticket Machines Japan

JR Pass: Should You Get One? I Didn’t, But It Was Okay

Posted on July 28, 2017

Daniel, a guy I trained muay Thai in Bangkok with, looked at me in disbelief when I told him I wasn’t going to buy a JR Pass. “But it’s expensive,” he said nicely, referring to the train fares in Japan. To show my gratitude for his concern, I smiled and said, “How about this. If on the first three days, the train tickets are draining my funds, I’ll get a pass.” “But you can’t get one when you’re already inRead More

Hiking in Japan? Don Quijote May Help with Your Last-Minute Supplies

Posted on July 28, 2017

Don Quijote, or Donki for short is “the biggest discount store in Japan.” They have basically everything, from chocolates to beauty products – even Louis Vuitton bags have their own glass cabinet! Of course, I didn’t want to leave Japan without checking out Donki in Shibuya. And of course, I wanted to see if their inventory included outdoor gear and equipment. Here are some images of what I found. Compression pants, quick-drying long-sleeve shirts, and running shorts – The shirtsRead More

Capsules for Men 9 Hours Shinjuku North

Where to Stay in Tokyo: Nine Hours Shinjuku-North Review

Posted on July 28, 2017

Shinjuku or Shibuya? This is the question I asked myself when searching for a place to stay in Tokyo. From one of the forums, I found my answer – Shibuya is where the action is; Shinjuku offers cheaper hotels. So I booked at Nine Hours Shinjuku-North, a capsule hotel within a 2-min. walk from Shin-Okubo Station. How was my stay? Overall, it was a pleasant one, but I didn’t like their check-in/check-out rules. Location It has the best location, asRead More

When in Tokyo: My Batto (Sword) Experience at HiSUi Tokyo

Posted on July 27, 2017

I had less than 2 days to explore Tokyo, and I made up my mind to attend a batto (Japanese Swordsmanship) trial class with HiSUi Tokyo, a multi-art school within the shopping district of Ginza. A month before the class, I made a reservation via e-mail and agreed to pay the hefty sum of 14,040 JPY (10,800 JPY for the class + 3,240 JPY for the Hakama) upon arrival. I felt nervous and excited at the same time. It wasRead More

Master Toddy teaching some techniques

Master Toddy Bangkok: What to Expect for Muay Thai First-Timers

Posted on July 16, 2017

After my friends and I ended our tri-city tour in Siem Reap, I flew back to Bangkok for a one-week muay Thai training at Master Toddy. I chose this academy because I liked what I saw and I trusted the reviews. The rates are not the lowest in Bangkok – you’ll find more affordable options – but I’d definitely recommend it. Here are some things to expect. Location The gym is accessible, but not convenient (i.e., far from Bangkok’s topRead More

Siamaze Hostel Dorm Room

Hotel Review: Siamaze Hostel’s 8-Bed Dorm Room

Posted on July 16, 2017

For our trip to Bangkok, my friends and I reserved a room at Siamaze Hostel. The hostel has an 8-bed dorm room, which was perfect to fit us all in. Do I recommend it? Yes. The hostel sits in a quiet neighborhood, our room was clean and the beds were devoid of any stink, and our free breakfast was satisfactory. The 8-Bed Dorm Room Each bed comes with their own light, a charging socket, and a curtain for privacy. TowelsRead More

Exotic Food Bangkok

When in Bangkok: Things to Do, Places to Visit

Posted on July 16, 2017

After Ho Chi Minh, my friends and I flew to Bangkok for the second part of our Tri-City tour. The flight via AirAsia was only an hour, but it took us a much longer time to clear through immigration. There were A LOT of tourists, and there were only a few officers to stamp all passports. Bangkok is better than Manila in many aspects – sanitation, train system, shopping, and street food. Here’s a list of what you can doRead More

Luci's House HCM dorm rooms

Hotel Review: 12-Bed Dorm Room, Luci’s House, Ho Chi Minh

Posted on July 16, 2017

I and 7 of my friends spent two nights in one of the dorm rooms at Luci’s House in Ho Chi Minh, the first leg of our Tri-City itinerary. I booked 8 beds via Agoda, and as always, the booking and payment processes were hassle-free. Do I recommend the 12-bed dorm room of Luci’s House? Not if you’re in a large group. The noise you make when you’re excited (and this happens when you’re with your friends) won’t sit wellRead More

Mekong Delta Tour

What to Expect: Mekong Delta Tour with Sinhcafe Travel

Posted on July 16, 2017

Sinhcafe Travel’s Mekong Delta tour caught our attention because of its low rate. My friends and I – there were 8 of us – booked online two weeks before our trip and paid 29 USD each via Onepay. How was the experience? The tour itself was nothing special, but for the price, we can’t complain especially because we felt we were treated like VIPs. We were supposed to join other tourists in a group tour of approximately 22 people butRead More

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