Revisiting Naha’s streets of shops, food and beer take two – 08.19-21.16
Months after my birthday trip, I find myself again aimlessly walking around the streets of KOKUSAI – a lot of which spent getting lost in search of my guesthouse located in a place I’ve been in before. Different for this trip was visiting AHAREN BEACH IN TOKASHIKI and re-visiting and wading in FURUZAMAMI IN ZAMAMI. Last night then spent with more aimless walking, taking photos of izakayas I oddly now miss.
In this entry I first share my experience getting back to Naha from my home and a kick-off to a day back to its nearby islands.
Continue reading [Japan] ~ Okinawa in (more humid) the second time around →
Sometimes all you have to do is jump and enjoy as much as what you can at sea – 05.21-23.16
Skydive was the highlight for this trip but memorable extras would be spending a stormy night as lone guest in the resort and swimming in most number of fish so far in that shallow water.
Continue reading [Cebu] ~ Bantayan in Sky and Sea →
It’s not in my natural tendency to share details when writing about my travel but I am going off what’s natural for now as I would share as much as I could learning from this recent trip I had to yey-another-continent Europe!
While I sound perky as I write this, this has just to be so far my most stressful trip because 1) I am not solo and hence, somewhat responsible for other souls; and 2) I’ve always thought of Europe as challenging from visa application to bookings, etc.
Here then is my attempt to be of help to whoever who might across this who may be in the same place that I was prior to the trip.
Image courtesy of Google maps + my doodles
Continue reading [Europe] ~ Surviving Italy and France →
Oh time in this city, how do I maximize thee? – 03.26-27.16
Prior to Macau this year, this is probably the shortest that I have been somewhere else. Squeezed in as much in the evening despite my airbnb hosts’ 11PM curfew – from trying out the only ramen that did not leave me feeling guilty full to some awkward but memorable beer-drinking at a cramped food stall called yatai. Next morning about parks, almost sakura in a temple, lunch with danger-if-not-properly-prepared fugu with day and trip ending with realization that hey, those face masks actually help with the cold.
Continue reading [Japan] ~ Fukuoka in Night and Day →
Repeat wander on Naha’s busiest streets – 03.25-26.16
Spent my remaining day in the city (late afternoon after ZAMAMI day trip and half morning before my flight to Fukuoka) revisiting the areas of KOKUSAI and MITSUMIBASHI and in this entry I share with you my random discoveries on souvenirs, beer and food.
Continue reading [Okinawa] ~ Finding Naha →
A lovely beach to self and cats – 03.25.16
Having missed my scheduled trip to ZAMAMI ISLAND the day before due to bad weather, the following day I took my chance at a ride to the island. It was off the original plan of having the night to stay but I was still happy with this decision as I got myself an entire strip of beach with one of the best kind of blue. It was off-season for swimming so I just walked around with my coat on and played with cats who were approaching me as they were probably hungry.
I told myself I would come back and fortunately had the chance a few months after this trip – same spot but totally different vibe as that was summer.
Continue reading [Okinawa] ~ Hours to and in Zamami Island →
~ First in one Japan’s less busy cities – 03.24.2016
After my Manila misadventure which led to spending the night in Taipei Airport, it was finally Okinawa early the following morning. Trying to make most of an already shortened trip, I was out as soon as I checked in bag in my capsule hotel. My day then mostly spent walking around shopping strip KOKUSAI DORI (also called International Road) until that discovery of a monument of a GIANT ROPE used during the city’s yearly tug-of-war event. Unhappy with a cancelled ferry ride to Zamami, I pushed for a quick trip to the nearest beach in the city called NAMINOUE.
Continue reading [Okinawa] ~ Discoveries within Naha City →
Airport beyond departures and arrivals – 03.23-24.16
With Japan being more known for things other than beaches, my trip to Okinawa last year was something I looked forward to more. It was also a gift to self as I turn 3-0. But life sometimes has an odd play with us that this trip had its rough parts – from being a shortened one to unexpected delays and mishaps as I was checking in at the airport which made me miss my flight that I had to take a reroute.
That reroute took me back to Taiwan for a night – the very same airport I was in just the previous month – except that I had more time to discover that there can be more to this space beyond departures and arrivals.
Continue reading [Philippines x Taiwan] ~ Airport (Mis)adventures →
At around the same time as last year, this was a weekend I fought for as Baguio has always been a family tradition with this being Mother Goose’ (my mother, obviously) favorite plus the fact that I missed celebration last year because of some unforeseen situation at the terminal.
We had no specific itinerary so day but spent time at the BOTANICAL GARDEN because it was closed the last time that we were there, meet with that big dog at MINES VIEW and ending the day with people at the “ukay-ukay” stalls at this NIGHT MARKET which closed a major road until the parents slept that my brother and I grabbed some beer at BOHEMIAN CAFE which was location shoot for a local film called That Thing Called Tadhana.
Continue reading [Baguio]~ (Our) place of family tradition →
For this day will always be one of my what-ifs – 02.22.16
In general, I have always been fine with my lack of solid plans because it allows me to be impulsive and just go where that ‘itch’ takes me. For my last day in Taiwan though, this disposition backfired on me.
The overall plan that day was to go see the lantern festival in PINGXI for a few hours and make it back in time for my early morning flight the following day. Badly surprised by the crowd and the complex, limited train schedule, that plan suddenly became a bad and/or too risky one. I ended up chickening out and not pushing thru. I then stayed in this ‘in-between’ town called RUI FANG – walking past through homes, street food stalls until that now-just-funny-but-then-depressing moment at a bench in front of the station.
Continue reading [Ruifang District, Taiwan] ~ An almost lantern festival →