The weather forecast held true – it was raining and I planned to just go indoors for the day. We went to Sunshine City in Ikebukuro where you can find the Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo. Before heading to the shop, we first scouted for food and found a Pokemon Restaurant! I bought take-out goodies and we ate katsu.
As a player of Pokemon since the very beginning up ’til the very latest, I was in Pokemon high! I was fan-girling at the sight of a huge Charizard and Pikachu statue and the Mega Riolou and Mega Mew Two <3 *faints*
There were so many cute things and I just wanted to buy every single bit I can afford! I also bought goodies for my friends who play Pokemon too!
After Pokemon Center, we went to J-World Tokyo where we got to experience “JUMP” (Shonen jump – world’s most popular manga magazine). These included attractions from One Piece, Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, and more
After this, we got to play arcade games like the UFO claw catcher. It was really a fun day! Stay tuned for Day 4 😛
We met friends who are also in Japan at this time and went around Shibuya area. We went to the busiest intersection in Tokyo – the Shibuya intersection. We also went to the Hachiko’s statue, Meiji Jingu, Yoyogi Park, Harajuku street, Cat Street, r.a.a.g.f. Rabit Cafe (bunny cafe), Sunshine City and Sunshine 60 st. We also ate a ton of things!
If you don’t know who Hachiko is, you gotta watch that movie. Then we walked around Harajuku area to spot some fashionable people and cosplayers. Sadly, there are not many cosplayers here unlike before. Then we walked to Meiji Jingu and Yoyogi Park. We ate at some sushi restaurant with conveyor belt and separated from our friends.
After dinner, me and Earl went to Cat Street again to find r.a.a.g.f (Rabit and Get Fat). What a name right? But it works! It grabbed my attention. It’s a boutique cafe enabling you to play with bunnies while sipping tea, coffee or juice
I’m back at home for a pitstop, before I go travel again to another country I’ve never been to before – Japan! I have been traveling non-stop since April, thanks to my super trusted travel partners Smart, Agoda and Philippine Airlines
Let’s see, so far Bali, Korea, Thailand, Boracay … I think one destination per month and how can I make these memories last forever if I don’t capture these moments? This is why I blog too. I started out blogging basically to put an online journal (just made a bit public) about all my adventures. That way, as I grow wiser (avoiding the word that starts with letter “O” and 3 letters), I have memories etched in cybersphere.
More often than not, I travel solo. One disadvantage of solo travel is the fact that no one else is there to take your photos! Hence, I selfie a lot! I have long been doing selfies – way back even with my DSLR – it’s a struggle! and the struggle is real!
Filipinos love taking selfies (or selvies/groupfies). Samsung saw this trend and introduces a selfie device which offers the best-in-class upgraded selfie experience.
The Philippines is in fact known as the selfie capital of the world! Selfies are personal and invites the world to see memories captured with your own personal touch. One struggle everyone’s been having though is that our best attempts to snap photos of ourselves could still fall short. It takes about around five failed selfie shots before a photo will be shared in social media. We ask ourselves “is this Instagram worthy” because we also don’t want to spam our friends with our faces, so we need to put up there our best selves. Am I right? or am I right dear friends?
It’s all about finding good lighting, decent background, right angle and post-editing filters before uploading that #forlikes.
Now the question is: how do you best capture selfie-worthy moments at an arm’s length?
Samsung now has a selfie-friendly smartphone! They call it the Galaxy J Series – Samsung’s best-in-class smartphones that upgrade your selfies to perfect J-Fies. With a 5MP front camera equipped with LED Flash, multiple J-Fie features and large super AMOLED screen, the 5.0” Galaxy J5 and 5.5” Galaxy J7 definitely set the bar high in the selfie arena.
What I like about this new J-Fie series is that you can take photos in dark conditions with the LED Front Flash. I usually have this problem when I’m dancing at the club with friends and I want to capture the moment – all to fail because the club is a dark place to be.
Try out the new Samsung Galaxy J Series at a Samsung Experience Store near you. Get updates on products and launches through Samsung Mobile Philippines on Facebook, @samsungph on Twitter, or visit www.samsung.com.ph.
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There were so many things we wanted to do like Cliff Dive at Ariel’s point, zip line, surf, and of course take lots of photos. But the weather was not friendly. When we were there a week back, typhoon Hanna (yep!) was wrecking havoc to our vacation.
We had a few sunshiny moments and we took advantage of this by surfing, ziplining and taking bikini photos of each other. No boat dared to sail to Ariel’s point though, so that was a bummer. Even if there’s a storm in Boracay, it’s always summer in the Philippines. Our 3-day vacation was not ruined (not as much teehee) and we still had a great time.
We stayed at the Lazy Dog bed and breakfast hotel near the Bulabog beach (which is only 10 minutes walk to D-mall and a few cartwheels to the Bulabog beach. Will tell you guys more about the Lazy Dog hotel in the next few blog posts but it was quite a cozy place to stay! For now, check out the Lazy Dog at Agoda.com.
I have also noticed something… I need new bikini! I’ve been traveling quite a lot and you will see me wearing the same set. I have quite a lot in my closet, but my selection can’t keep up with the frequency of my vacation days.
EXTENDED SPECIAL OFFER: BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION AT SPIRAL
Continuing the celebration and commemoration of the French National Day, Bastille Day, we are inviting everyone to enjoy a 50% discount on lunch or 30% discount on dinner buffet at an enriched selection through the 21 dining ateliers of Spiral. Included in the selection are signature French dishes from the 13th to the 16th of July 2015, enjoy the elevated distinction of a gastronomic voyage truly French, truly Sofitel.
July 13 – 16, 2015:
From Php 2,579.33 nett, discounted rate is set at Php 1,394.66 nett per adult.
From Php 3,003.07 nett, discounted rate is set at Php 2,175.50 nett per adult.
Please click on the link to make an online reservation or inquiry: http://bit.ly/BastilleDayAtSpiral
Sofitel Philippine Plaza pays homage to Sofitel’s French history, culture and tradition this whole month of July. If your palate craves for some authentic French cuisine, I suggest you take advantage of Sofitel’s promotions and discounts as they celebrate Sofitel’s Gastronomie A Paris, a month celebration of gastronomy and wine.
Sofitel invited French master chef Matthieu Garrel of the famed Paris restaurant Le Belisaire to prepare special dishes that you can try at Spiral. Master chef Garrel is an artisan awarded as Maitre Cuisinier de France 2014 (Master Chef of France). Food prepared by Chef Garrel will be available throughout the month of July in Spiral.
Here is the schedule and price/rates for this month at Spiral. Chef Matthieu Garrel exclusives
Chef Garrel and Sofitel Chef Bettina Arguelles will cook for you and feature 3 specialty dishes
July 4, 2015 at the Sunset Bar 6pm-1030pm
available at PHP 2,700 nett per person
Chef Matthieu Garrel live cooking
Chef Garrel will feature the Le Belisaire dishes
July 3 to 7, 2015 at the Spiral French stove
Chef Matthieu Garrel’s French dishes
July 8-31, 2015 at Spiral
Chef Matthieu Garrel’s Le Bélisaire book
Signed copies will go on sale at Spiral 2 Go on July 3 to 8, 2015.
An Evening in Paris
Spiral | Monday 6th of July 2015 | 7pm to 10.30pm
Gourmands are transported to An Evening in Paris as they embark on a feast for the senses and inimitable journey of taste. Chef Matthieu Garrel presents sumptuous dishes from his collection of culinary masterpieces featuring Ravioles Au Homard (Lobster Raviole), Foie Gras Poêle Legumes et Coques (Pan-fried Foie Gras, Vegetables and Clams), Duo De Canard aux Asperges Sauvages (Duck Two Ways with Asparagus) and Moelleux Chaud au Chocolat du Bélisaire (Bélisaire Chocolate Meolleux). Indulge in delightful pairing as the featured offerings are enhanced with the enviable collection of wine by Gustave Lorentz and Bernard Magrez in a gathering tailored for the most discerning of gourmands and connoisseurs. Be part of this magnifique voyage of gastronomy and wine at Sofitel.
Rate is set at Php3,250+++ per person.
Bastille Day at Spiral
Sunday to Tuesday, 12th to 14th July 2015
Be part of historic reminiscence as the most interactive dining destination Spiral commemorates Bastille Day. Featuring an enriched selection through the 21 dining ateliers, thematic cocktails, French-inspired styling and live entertainment from the 12th to the 14th of July 2015, enjoy the elevated distinction of a gastronomic voyage truly French, truly Sofitel. A scenic view of a special fireworks display is in store for our discerning gourmands on the 12th of July 2015.
Sunday Brunch is available at Php3,650+++ per adult and Php1,600+++ per child. Sunday Dinner is available at Php2,750+++ per adult and Php1,450+++ per child.
Bastille Day at Sunset Bar
Sunday, 12th of July 2015 | 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Dine al fresco in a commemorative gastronomic feast as Sunset Bar reminisces over revolutionary France culminating on Bastille Day. Sunset Bar features its signature barbecued specialties enhanced with thematic revolutionary cocktails, live entertainment and a magnifique fireworks display. Rate is set at Php2,450+++ per adult and Php1,225+++ per child.
Epicurean Voyage at Le Bar
Le Bar | Saturday to Tuesday, July 4 – 7, 2015
Dine in a setting of lavish interiors enhanced by live entertainment as Le Bar presents Chef Matthieu Garrel’s special set menu. A 4-course culinary offering featuring Roasted Bone Marrow and Foie Gras, Pan-Fried Foie Gras with Vegetables and Clams, Duck Two Ways with Asparagus and Bélisaire Chocolate Moelleux paired with a selection of wine from some of the finest vineyards in France, the featured epicurean voyage of Le Bar is a decadent feast of the senses.
Chef Matthieu Garrel’s Special Set Menu is available for a limited period at Php2,500+ for the set menu and Php5,000+ for set menu with wine pairing.
Pétanque at Sunset Bar
Available daily for the month of July | 3pm to 6pm
For a slice of outdoor recreation, unwind with friends and colleagues with a friendly game of Pétanque. A form of boules where participants throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small target, a wooden ball called a cochonnet or jack while standing inside a
designated circle, this friendly game of precision is available daily from 3pm to 6pm at Sunset Bar. Spend leisurely Sundays with this interactive game available with a special offer of Pernod Ricard from the 5th of July 2015. Featured beverage is available starting at Php250+.
For inquiries and reservations for July featured offers, please call +63-2 832 6988 or
I’m pretty sure every human being in this world would wonder how it feels to fly. To be momentarily suspended on air, your feet of the ground and you float for more than 5 seconds.
Well, like everyone else, I dreamed to fly.
When I went to Nepal last October, I browsed through the activities I could do during my stay.
Apart from seeing the tallest mountain on earth, Mt. Everest, I just had to do something for the first time – flying!
Well, paragliding to be specific.
I have told my friends who went to Nepal to try paragliding. It is really safe and one experience you will cherish.
Here are the things you need to do to make this experience come true.
– Book your flight a few days in advance. We went on October when it’s peak season and slots do fill up.
– For paragliding, a pilot will be paired to you and both of you will be strapped in for flight. So don’t worry. you don’t need to be experienced in anything to do this. all you have to do is ride.
– We booked through Himalayan Encounters and sometimes in a city you are not familiar with, it is best to have a travel agent or a tour guide.
– They have four scheduled times to fly during the day. It also depends on the weather and winds for best time to fly. Don’t worry to much about this, trust that they will tell you the best time to fly.
– We met at their office that will take us about 25 minutes uphill to the Sarangkot mountain top where you are already 1,400 meters above sea level.
– After driving, you need to hike up a little bit, this was my warm-up. There’s a point where vans can’t have access to, so off you go and walk!
– They will prepare the shoot and your seat/strap.
– I suggest you take the option with photos so you can document your flight! I mean this is a pretty expensive activity, might as well document it to last forever! They have go pro cameras that will capture your moment. You can bring your own gear too if you want, I had my DSLR strapped to my neck the entire time.
– This costs only additional $22 dollars or 1700 Nepali Rupees
– Bring sun glasses – the sun is harsh
– long sleeves and pants if you want to protect your skin from the sun. It was windy and chilly in October so it’s okay,
– and bring sunscreen!
– So once the shoot and you’re all strapped in, the pilot will be by your back and he will tell you to run towards the cliff!
– Did I tell you I’m afraid of heights? Yes very much so! But I somehow found a way to overcome this. I stop thinking and just do it!
– These pilots are trained and I trust them. SO RUN I DID!!!
– I didn’t think of anything else but just running towards that cliff! i was too nervous and stunned to document this moment and did not take a video or photo of it
– and next thing I knew, i was running with my feet not touching the floor already. I was flying!!!
– As you enjoy the ride, take photos, enjoy the view of the himalayas Enjoy flying atop Pokhara Lake, but don’t wonder about where you’re gonna eat later because if you have a not-so-adventurous stomach, you would feel like vomiting mid way. AND I DID!
– Apparently, this is normal, so the pilot just asked me to tilt to my left and be free to barf. yes.
Here are the signs when the pilots can tell if someone is about to barf mid air:
2. Head bops more than usual
3. They curl with their tummies and clinch fist
4. They ask questions like – how long are we gonna be flying or when/where do we land?
As for me, I just told him directly – hey I need to vomit
– If you are more adventurous (or crazy lol) you can ask them to do a few tricks for you like summersault on air or do a 360 rollercoaster thing. Whatever – do whatever floats your banana boat!
– The pilots can control the height of the shoot. You can fly higher, and of course you need to fly lower if you’re ride is about to be done for landing. You will land at the space near the lake. So I’m thinking, In case I fall, I fall into water.
It’s pretty awesome to encounter a nice product priced generously! This is one of them.
The ASUS ZenPower is a recent product of ASUS to go with their line of ASUS ZenFones. Still, this mean machine can be used by other Android models, Apple or even other gadgets.
The main feature of this device is that it is as big as a credit card. Tinier compared to the closest 10k mAh powerpank Mii. It also has high capacity of 10,050 mAh and only weights 215g.
mAh stands for milliampere-hour. A unit for measuring electric power over time. mAh is commonly used to describe the total amount of energy a battery can store at one time.
Ths can charge a Zenfone 5 for up to 3x, a Zenfone 6 over 2x, a Zenfone 2 over 2x and a Nexus 1 over 1x.
The design has aluminium outer casing, orgonoc feel and could come in different colors: gold, silver, black, blue and pink.
Other features of ZenPower:
– Ultra fast charging
– 2.4 A output
– high-speed, high-efficiency charging
– longer lifespan 1.8x
– temperature protection
– 11 types of protection (see enumerated below)
– 6 international certification
Different types of protection available for the Asus ZenPower:
– Monitors temperature
– Smooths both input and output voltages
– Guards against short circuits
– Rest protection
– Input over voltage protection
– Output over voltage protection
– Input reverse direction protection
– Over charge/discharge protection
– Output over current protection
– Cell PTC protection
– Adapter protection
– JEITA protection (temperature protection)
Verdict upon unboxing and initial testing: Buy it! It’s only 790 pesos at gadget shops near you!
I have revived this blog! My heart bursts with happiness and joy If I could go back to my 10-year-old self, I’d tell her, girl – brace yourself, you’re going to have one hell of a ride
Seriously, when I was 10, I just dreamt of becoming either a doctor or an accountant. Of course I wanted to be an astronaut! Any kid wanted to be one! But then I was realistic – a child shouldn’t be. Let a child dream because you never know where dreams could get them. So yes, after I achieved my dream of becoming an accountant, my eyes opened for more… and a whole lot of things happened therein.
Now, I’m just happy to be where I am. It’s time to grow up gracefully now. I have learned a lot these past few years. That is to follow your heart, and not anybody else’s. That’s why I’ve been miserable despite having so many things in my life. My heart was just telling me to listen to her.
And when I did, I’m happy. And I just want to share this to you all, like I always do.
Much love, and I wish you all a happy 2015!
Lots of love,
“Things don’t have to be extraordinary to be beautiful. Even the ordinary can be beautiful.”
― Wicker Park
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