KIX JPN Day 2: Questions You Might Want to Skip

11/18/2018

These were the first concerns I had to ask the hotel staff when we arrived in Osaka which made the staff so perplexed like from what planet I was.

“Do you have safety box?”

I mean their whole country is probably one big safety box.

“Where to get drinking water? Should we buy mineral water?”

Yes, the water in the bathroom can be used from drinking to flushing your poops. 🙂

Enough said. 🙂

Day 2 started with a “I woke up like this i. Wakayama” selfie. I went up to the rooftop of Guesthouse Rico without much covering up to “acclimatize” to the coldness.

The breakfast not so #selfie.

I love Wakayama. I’m so happy we had our first days in Wakayama.

Out and about around Wakayama.

First ramen of this trip, and it was in Wakayama.

CAT ECONOMY

Cat is a big thing in Japan. They’re like everywhere.

We rode the Tama Train Cat station. It’s like the Hachiko but cat version. It’s an old train station which was supposed to be stopped but then converted into some sort of tourist attraction with the story that a train staff had a cat who used to ride with him. It’s probably some story made up to make it interesting.

Anyhow, we rode the train for the daughter who likes cats. Also, there’s a coffee shop in one of the train stops, only it was closed when we were there.The most famous car I ever met. People awere

lining up to get a photot with it.

LOCKER ECONOMY

Storage locker is being offered around Japan. It’s where you can store stuff. This is quite helpful for us.

Then off to Osaka City. I think we got on the slowest train which was included in our Kansai train day pass. Not complaining though!

Finally reunited with my luggage which was delivered by a luggage forwarder to our hotel in Osaka.

INDIAN FOOD. The first meal we had in Osaka, Japan. 😂

This na’an cheese was sooo yummyyyy!!!

Hello, Osaka!

KIX JPN Day 1: Itinerary

11/17/2018

(Long post ahead. Scroll to the bottom for the lesson of the day.😂)

“Open minded ka ba?” is the itinerary.

Japan had been always on the plan for some time but I was not expecting it this year. I mean it’s too expensive, and I felt that I need to study a bit of this and that Japanese culture to truly understand why I would want to be there. Plus the need for visa.

Anyhow, Japan happened kinda unexpectedly, and I won’t be choosy na. 🙂 I mean i’m just so happy to set my foot on The Land of the Rising Sun, and that’s enough of itinerary for me.

So I’ll just get what is there waiting for me.

CHILDHOOD FLASHBACK

The first thing I saw when we got off the plane in KIX airport was a huge Super Mario Brother poster. Instantly, Japan felt familiar. Super Mario was my childhood. Proof is my very bad eyesight courtesy of playing too much Nintendo games.

Japan has this “nostalgic” feels. Like, I know that they’re so modern and high-tech but the aesthetics and the looks of the people kind of the same from the magazine I read back when I was a kid. They have this “anime-ish” look with their sformal coat and tie just like the magazine that I read in the 90s.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT, TRAIN TIX, SIM CARDS

We stayed for awhile in the airport to do some boring stuff.

There’s the luggage forwarder. It’s a service where you can have your luggage forwarded or stored. I won’t bore you with details.

The train tickets are kind of complicated. We got ICOCA, and those day pass train tickets, and there’s too many train route maps. And I’m too lazy to understand them. My brain can only accommodate EZ Link kind of first-world public transport system.

And, local sim cards are expensive and a bit complicated to get.

SLEEP

After seeing all sorts of map in the airport, I’m so sleepy. The japanese has obsession for drawing maps. There’s train map, bus map, tourist spot map, all sorts of map. And, The cold weather did not help, and the “intentional” long flight.

Mark and I took turn sleeping after having coffee at the airport.

TOILET

Everyone raves about the toilet of Japan. It certainly deserves a whole separate post.

It definitely can do any thing including masturbate you. Just hit the “front” button, and water will spray straight to your clitoris. The Japanese could have just added a “dildo” feature, and their toilet is perfect!

So there. So far, I’m liking what Japan was throwing at me!

JAPANESE EXTREME KIND OF KINDNESS

I thought Filipinos are champions of hospitability but Japanese brings it to the next, extreme, level.

They’re so polite and kind to the point that it can get awkward. It’s hard to think how they did the “comfort women” thing when they’re really such extremely nice people.

Our first day was spent at Wakayama City. It’s quite far from Osaka. It’s a small city. It feels like I was in Biliran. It was that quiet kind of place. Maybe because it’s a weekend that the streets were empty. There was not much people moving around.We stayed at GUESTHOUSE RICO. It was a backpackers’ place.

The dinner experience was kind of an experience. Since it was a small city, almost no one speaks English.

The first resto we went to was empty. Its menu had no English translations, and the lone staff could not speak English too. She instead kindly pointed us to a restaurant across.

The other restaurant’s staff could not speak English too. But thankfully there were other customers so I ended up just pointing to the neighboring table’s order, and asked the staff to give us the same as theirs. And these were what we got. Not bad for our first dinner in Wakayama!

So I guess the itinerary for today is experience Japanese’ kindness. 🙂 It’s

so hard to explain this but the Japanese people we met this day would feel so bad that they could not help us, and I would end up trying to appease them that it’s okay, it’s not your fault.

Day 0: Obligatory Diary

Everybody loves airport, right? The thrill of going somewhere…

The most exciting thing in Plaza Premium Loungeof Mactan Airport, Humba.They got a better barista; i hope they get a better coffee beans. But then it’s free, i’m not complaining. Anyhow, check your credit card, they provide free passes to airport lounges.HKIA.

Can I Ever Moved on from my 14-year relationship…

…with my SSS ID? These past days i’ve been tracing back our last moments, hoping that i would find you.

I went to rose pharmacy 4 times — it’s the last memory I have of you — but no lack!
I had the palawan pawnshop guard went thru all the IDS he kept.
banks staff were giving me “NO, we don’t have it” as answer.

These all mean that you’re definitely gone.

But i still cannot accept it.

it’s not the first time that i lost you.
My wallet was once snatched, thankfully it was found in some vacant bushy place of reclamation, back in the days when there were no buildings on that area.
I left you in tacloban on a roadtrip, but thankfully, you found your way back to me courtesy of the kind hotel staff.

So I’m still wishing that we will be guided back to each others’.

i so badly miss your face, my face in that ID, and all the snippets of life in it.

That ID was taken a week after i delivered my 1st baby.
I was c-sectioned thus I had to bring my body, still in pain, very early in the morning just so I could get a priority number in SSS lapulapu.
You were a requirement to get my SSS maternity benefit which was around worth 10K.

I don’t know how to explain my feelings remembering what we had to go through just so I could get my 10K maternity benefit.
I felt like we’re so innocent at that time. =)

And so despite how ugly AF I am/was in that ID, it totally means a lot to me.
I felt that my “tokhang” face in that ID captured what it was that moment.
Every time, I looked at it, I thought it was such a horrible moment but then I never felt it was horrible.
Hey, I just want to get my 10K for being sliced open to deliver a baby after nine months of lugging him inside me!

So please, give me back my SSS ID, my innocence!
I guess It’s so hard to move on from some thing that I probably no longer have.

#wheninBJc Day 2: <500M Radius from the Happenings

Oct. 23, 2018

The condo unit that we airbnb’ed was in a pretty interesting place. There was Tim Horton, Starbucks, Army Navy, Ministop, 711, and all sorts in the same building were staying. I was originally planning to go to SM Aura but I had every thing in less than 1000M radius.

So why bother!

First thing first, % Arabica. They only offer latte and black coffee. If you’re on the sweet side, the Spanish latte is a winner for me! The pour-over coffee has the right kicks!


Across this was 3 floors of Uniqlo. Like Chiz Escudero, I like Uniqlo and Heart Evangelista!

The building where Uniqlo’s located.

Another nearby… If you’re fond of running around in circles…

Ramen Nagi somewhere in less than 500M from us…

and so is Bonifacio High Street…

Ramen for lunch, some fusion sushi for dinner. I think this resto is called OOMA, a fusion Japanese restaurant aka Japanese food in Pinoy palate.

And, not a big Jamba Juice fan but because we’re in Manila, we just have to get Jamba Juice, right? Because I need to instagram it.

Not that they need it, but that was my economic contribution to BGC.

#wheninBJc Day 1: #feedgoals

Oct. 22, 2018

Lunch was at this diner near our airbnb. It was probably the most affordable in our area aka cheap that it was not so IG-worthy. I forgot to take a photo of the foods we order because it was not so #feedgoals.

But I guess the rest of the day was that every thing was IG-worthy when in BGC.

Paying tribute to a brand from Visayas, Kuppa. They started in Bacolod, one those Titas of Bacolod lair.

I walked around before going back to our place.

They have bus stop.

More grafitti…

Then, chanced upon % Arabica! =) I thought they’re just overrated but the coffee is really great!!!

Afternoon was spent… I’m really getting boring.

BGC feels is just…

I do feel bad Cyma is no longer in Cebu so I stuffed my face with it…

#wheninBJc Day 0

Oct. 21, 2018

Ang saya-saya ko lang na nakapunta ulit ako ng BGC kasi iyong 1st world na sa 3rd world. Medyo delayed iyong flight but owkei lang gusto ko rin mag mokmok sa airport. Kasi parang ang life is just one big delayed flight (ay medyo morbid ito!).

Sa sobrang excited ko nakatulog ako pagdating sa BGC. Nagising ng panihapon.

VIew from airbnb

Nagpunta kami sa Uptown Mall for panihapon.

 

Ippudo

At may Tim Hortons din doon, ang saya lang! Kaya kape kahit gabi para lang talaga maka Tim Hortons.

[Western Visayas 2018] Day 7: Guimaras to Ilo-ilo to Negros to Cebu in 1 Day

May 18, 2018. (This is quite a very late post. For some reason, wordpress mobile app no longer takes my photos because it said it’s above limit.)

It’s my birthday, and it was definitely a long day.

We started with a bit delayed boat ride to Ilo-ilo, which meant that we missed the early boat bound for Bacolod.

It was a bit of a good thing because we got to roam for awhile in Ilo-ilo.

We got Netong’s batchoy this time! =)

But it can get dragging so any thing to entertain our selves.

Troi Oi

It’s a Vietnamese restaurant in Ilo-ilo. We’re a big sucker for any thing Vietnamese food so we could not miss it.

Banh Xeo!!! I totally miss this since Phat Pho no longer serve it. =(

I was also closed to being not booked to the FastCat because there was just too many passengers. Thankfully I was able to reserve earlier.

All accommodations were booked so we had to be in Business Class.

When we landed in Bacolod, we just went straight driving to San Carlos City to yet ride another boat bound for Cebu.

And, everyone just conked out!

And, that Mcdo sign every time you landed on a port is becoming consistent.

[Western Visayas 2018] Day 6: Guimaras Manggahan Festival

May 17, 2018. (This is quite a very late post. For some reason, wordpress mobile app no longer takes my photos because it said it’s above limit.)

That much needed morning run in every place we’d go to. You can read more about it in my runroo.com blogpost here >>.

Always the breakfast here should not be missed!

So this day was basically our last day of going around Guimaras as we’ll leave the island tomorrow, and start going back home to Cebu.

Olivia’s Kitchen and Island Brew / Isla Kusina

We had lunch at some fancy restaurant in Jordan, Guimaras. As I mentioned it was Manggahan Festival so there was really a bit of a crowd every where.

We then went to the bazaar area, in front of the Provincial Capitol to be in one with the festival.

This wine from local fruits  was really good!

We went to Guimaras’ Hampton. =)

It was an old mansion by someone rich and famous now preserved as a heritage place.

And, my birthday cake!!! THANKS A LOT!!!

[Western Visayas 2018] Day 5: Beach Life at Guimaras

May 16, 2018. (This is quite a very late post. For some reason, wordpress mobile app no longer takes my photos because it said it’s above limit.)

Breakfast at Quimsing’s be like… There’s just no shortage of fruits in Guimaras.

Alubihod Beach, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

It’s the most famous beach in Guimaras so expect every one is there! =)

Boating

SEAFDEC, Guimaras

We were lucky that we SEAFDEC was still open for public when we went there because the staff said that they’re going to close it by June for good from the public.

Off to the next destination…

We went inside a mini cave. 

Night cap sort of… This cassave cake made by Karla’s cousin was uber yum!!!

Late night card game…