Flower Trippin’ in Nihon Town and Then Some

So this is a little bit overdue, but I heard just recently that Jim will be going back to Japan this October for work and it kind of gave me another idea to jump into the opportunity to *maybe* plan a trip to Japan while he’s there. Since I started this blog, most of my blog entries were about my Yokohama and Tokyo adventures and inspirations and some throwback narratives of my trips in Europe. So now realizing that I haven’t written anything in a while, I thought I’d share a few photos from my not so recent trip to Nihon town last April. It’s my second time in Japan during spring time, my first time was during golden week last year which was in […]

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30 Days in Japan: Dialog With Trees Exhibit at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Founded in 1926 by coal businessman Ketaro Sato, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum originally known as Tokyo Prefectural Art Museum is Japan’s first public art museum that houses special art exhibitions by Japanese and foreign artists and art groups. Because of the rather quick deterioration of the original building since its establishment, the museum was reopened in another venue in 1975. Around 3,000 artworks have been included in the original collection however, all but 48 pieces were moved to The Museum of Contemporary Art which was opened in 1995. In April 1, 2012, the Metropolitan Art Museum was reopened to the public after a major renovation that lasted two years. Today, unlike most art museums, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum does not have a permanent […]

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30 Days in Japan: Himawari (Sunflower) Festival, Kiyose

After my last visit to Japan during the hanami season, I was on the lookout for more flora finds in Nihon town. Together with lilies and peonies, sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers as they just give out the happy and cheerful essence of mother nature. The sight of bright yellow sunflowers on sidewalks, at parks or even private gardens gets me every time. Kiyose Himawari Festival 2016 One Sunday morning, Jim and I hopped on the train from Futamatagawa Station to Yokohama as usual, then to Shibuya where we got our Tokyo Metro 1-Day Open Ticket for 600 Yen. This ticket allows travelers to unlimited rides within the Tokyo Metro lines, and since we were planning to check out the Jamaican and Carribean […]

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30 Days in Japan: Coastal Crashing in Cape Irozaki

Summer in the Philippines has come and gone and I knew I missed my chance at a beach trip this year. The first half of 2016 has been all about work and side hustling that I missed family outings altogether. Despite going to other Southeast Asian countries this year,  Malaysia in February and April, then Thailand in June, none of those trips involved the sand, salt and sea. It never really occurred to me that I will get another opportunity to explore some coastal areas in Japan, but it turned out our adventurer friend Neps of The Open Notes was planning to go on a day trip to check out some girls in bathing suits a nearby beach called Tatadohama and squeeze in some photo […]

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30 Days in Japan: Matsumoto Castle, Nagano

In my attempts to get the blog up to speed with my life, I’m writing a series of posts about my Japan trip. This may be my last overseas trip for the year, so I’d like to document the sights and insights on this trip as best as I can. There’s a slight difference between this Japan trip and my last vacation. We went during Spring on Golden Week and there was a definite agenda for each day so that we can explore and cover as many places as possible. The result was  an almost Amazing Race trip where we ended up literally plopping on the futon out of exhaustion at the end of each day. That’s not to say we didn’t have fun–of course […]

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Mash up Travels: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Bangkok

A big part of why I love traveling is because of the fact that I get to discover local art and artists. During my visit in Bangkok, I had one free Saturday to explore the city. The weather was terrible that particular day and I was tempted to stay in my hotel and sleep in. I worked the weekend prior so I kind of gave the weather a middle finger for raining on my last Saturday in Bangkok. Not wanting to waste my remaining time in Thailand, I decided to go to the MOCA or Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok. Are we there yet? The place is not reachable directly by Skytrain, so we decided to take an Uber to get to the Museum. […]

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Mash Up Travels: My Top 5 Places for Flower Inspirations in Japan

Konnichiwa! Been wanting to write about my awesome trip in Japan last May and it’s high time for me to share some snippets from that vacation. Even if it was my first time to go to Japan, all I could really look forward to was seeing Jim after being apart for 6 months. I had no expectations prior to this trip, but I have to say that I just fell in love with this country after staying there for 10 days. There were so many highlights in this trip but one of the the most notable of all were our garden and park runs in Yokohama and Tokyo. We filed for leaves during Golden Week (May 1-7) so that Jim could also go around with […]

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Mash up Travels: Alone In Paris

Oh the things I had to do to get to Paris. I missed my train from Brussels, because I didn’t have the mind to check the weekend bus schedules in Mechelen. The DeLijn bus stops at IJzerenleen Street every 30 minutes instead of every 15 like it does on weekdays, so I missed it by a couple of minutes. There I was at the bus stop, with a handful of geriatrics and patiently waited. I was pretty comfortable with hopping on the train from Mechelen to Brussels because of my trip to Antwerp and Rotterdam the week before, but I was going to Brussels Zuid station for the first time and I had no idea how big the place was or how overwhelming it’s all […]

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Mash Up Travels: The One About Antwerp

July 27, 2013, Antwerp Belgium So, Antwerp. I’ve been reading the guide and figuring out the maps, but in the end they didn’t matter because I just walked aimlessly in this city. I didn’t have a plan. What I will see, I will see. I consider myself bad at directions, but whenever I get lost, I always find my way. Perhaps the universe is really guiding me, and what I discovered while traveling in Europe is that people almost always smile back when you smile at them. Contrary to what I originally thought about Europeans, people don’t shut you out. A smile goes a long way in a foreign place, I suppose.  I took a train going to Antwerp from Mechelen. From the Veermarkt bus station, […]

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Mash up Travels: That Mechelen Old Town Charm

An excerpt from my travel journal, July 23, 2013: Mechelen is a winding city with strange little corners and alleys. Everything is like a surprise entryway to something or other. I’ve been taking a cab going to the office in Duffel from Mechelen because buses don’t pass by the client office. I don’t mind, since everything has been arranged with the cab company. I’ve been meeting single serving friends in the form of cab drivers. We get into conversations about religion, our cultures, the cost of living, the opportunities that people have when they are born in Europe, the advantages and disadvantages of working abroad. We talk about food and what the traffic is like in Manila. I tell them it’s horrible, but I miss […]

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