Thursday, November 9, 2017

Some Hakone pics...

The pictures don't do the real thing a justice. Hehe!

Hakone ga suki! =)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hakone getaway...

I had another out of town trip recently. Yay.

Two friend from Singapore were in town and they were kind enough to let me tag along with them to Hakone. Hehe!

It was my first time to Hakone.

After the Nikko traffic jam experience, I braced myself for a similar situation in Hakone. But... surprise, surprise, the trip was generally smooth.

We stayed there overnight and it wasn't enough.

Here's our itinerary:


0700 - Left Shinjuku via Odakyu Romancecar

0840 - Arrived in Hakone and took the Tozan Line to Gora Station for the Hakone Tozan Cable Car.

From Gora Station, we took the cable car to Souzan but we were told the Hakone Ropeway service was suspended due to volcanic gases. We didn't let this ruin the trip.

We took a bus that took us to Togendai-ko, where Lake Ashi and the mountainside with fall colors greeted us.

At Togendai-ko, we had lovely lunch by the lake. We planned to do the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise but we saw that the Hakone Ropeway was back in service. Sooo...

We took the Ropeway to Owakudani. We got off at Owakudani and took some pictures, then we took the Ropeway back to Togendai-ko.

It was such a beautiful ride as we got to see the fall colors from the cable car/gondola.

At Togendai-ko, we took the boat and we got off at Hakonemachi-ko.

Our accomms were a stone's throw away from Hakonemachi-ko Pier. It was defo a blessing.

After checking in, we walked around and then took the bus to Tenzan Tohji-kyo. It was my first authentic onsen experience and I loved it.


Following breakkie, we took the bus to Mishima Skywalk. We spent about an hour or so at Mishima Skywalk.

Then, we had lunch at Hakonemachi-ko before taking the Hakone Sightseeing Cruise ship back to Togendai-ko.

At Togendai-ko, we took the bus back to Hakone Yumoto Station.

1619 - Left Hakone Yumoto via Odakyu Romance Car

1800 - Arrived in Shinjuku

There were so many other things that we weren't able to do... Need to go back to Hakone one of these days.

TIP: Get the Hakone Free Pass!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Stormy birthday weekend...

Sunday was a stormy day.

Typhoon Lan(?) hit Japan. Actually, it wasn't that bad in Tokyo. Yeah, there was a heavy downpour but it was not something I'm not familiar with having grown up in a country visited by at least 20 typhoons a year. Hehe!

Anyway, initially I made reservations at Barbacoa. I've been meaning to eat the restau for the longest time. I ended up canceling my reservation because of the weather. This is the second time I've canceled. Lol. I hope I don't get blacklisted.

For a few minutes, I debated whether I should step out of the house or if I should just stay put. I decided to head out and feel some sort of celebration.

Who cares about the typhoon? Lol.

Sooo... I took the train and headed to one of the hotels near Ginza for a nice breakkie. I've been craving for pancakes. I would've gone to bills Omotesando but again, the weather.

It was a good breakkie. I just didn't like that I had to wait for 20 minutes for pancakes. Seriously?! For the price I paid? Maybe they forgot. Anyway, I enjoyed my meal and headed to Ginza.

The highlight of the day was doing some shopping. Hehe!

Finally found a new pair of work pants, a new backpack to replace my ages old backpack, and a new scarf. Hehe! Love you CDG.

Friday, October 20, 2017


I decided not to work this weekend! Yay!

I have a busy Friday work night but I'm excited to get home and not have to rush myself to go to sleep. Lol.

Hmm, maybe I'll binge-watch Designated Survivor tonight.

It's kinda annoying though that the weather this weekend is ugh. Everyone's been saying a typhoon will hit Japan this weekend... so there goes the weekend.

Tomorrow, I am planning to check out the Tadao Ando exhibit at the National Art Center in Roppongi. It should be good. I'm just wondering if I should go because of the weather.

In the evening, I'm going to a nomikai aka drinkin party with some peeps. I'm hoping it'll be good. Haha!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Currently addicted to this show...

I think it was Jon who told me about this series. Anyway, recently I've been binge-watching this series. Haha!

It's actually good.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Filipino food... finally...

Last Sunday turned out to be quite a happy day.

While browsing Instagram a few days ago, I found out that there was a Philippine festival in Hibiya Park over the weekend.

The first thing that came to mind was food!!!

So, I messaged Dean and asked if he and Ryan would like to check out the event. Thankfully, they also planned to go to the event. Yay!

We met up at Yurakucho around 3. From there, we walked to the nearby park. It was my first time to see such a large gathering of Filipinos in Tokyo. Hehe.

Naturally, there was a long queue at all the food stalls. We figured the taste would be the same everywhere soooo we just headed for the stall with the shortest queue.

After buying the stuff, we looked for an area that wasn't too crowded. There, we had a mini-feast.

Lechon kawali, liempo, caldereta, sisig, lumpiang shanghai, rice! Woohoo! For dessert, we got halo halo! It was super!

I hope there would be another event like that in the near future.

For now, I'm just happy with the feast we had!

Friday, September 29, 2017

An arm and a leg for dry cleaning... lol...

Recently, our company released a bulletin saying that Cool Biz season is over. (Cool Biz is the term used for the summer dress code.) That means it's back to long sleeves and neckties. That means it's going to cold again really soon. (Actually, it has already started to get cooler. Lol!)

Sooo, to prep for the change in season and the change in dress code, I had to bring out the long sleeves and winter clothes from the depths (?) of my closet. Haha!

The pieces need to be dry cleaned. The shirts were okay to be washed at home since they're just my regular shirts. Hehe!

But the neckties and the winter coats had to be brought to a professional dry cleaner.

I could have taken them to the neighborhood dry cleaner but I chose to take them to this shop... in Tokyo Station... in Daimaru. Lol!

When I was in Singapore, I did use professional dry cleaners for the CdG Shirt shirts. The cost was okay.

Two weeks ago, I took the pieces to Daimaru. When I saw the bill, I laughed out loud with the shop assistant. LoloL!

Let's see - 1 Fred Perry winter jacket; 1 Comme des Garcons Homme jacket; 1 Burberry trench coat; 3 Comme des Garcons Shirtshirts; 4 Comme des Garcons Homme Deux neckties.

The price I paid could've bought me 10 new business shirts at Uniqlo. Lol!

Sometimes it makes me wonder I had to choose a Burberry trench over a trench from <...>. Lol! It was approved by Tipz though. In fact, there was some intercontinental consultation for that trench. Haha! It was one of the best purchases though. Seriously. (I actually can't wait to wear it again. Lol!)

Oh well... in Tagalog, anong magagawa ko. in Singlish, so how. in Japanese,しょうがない (shouganai).

Btw, I got my dry cleaning and the shop did an amazing job. Hehe!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Tired. Lol.

I don't know if it's because of the weather, the workload, or both? Haha!

Monday was crazy busy. Yesterday was also busy. Today was also busy.

I'm really grateful for the work and I really love teaching... but I wish I knew where to get more energy.


There's a long weekend coming up next week. I hope it would be sunny on October 8. I want to go hiking or on a day trip outside Tokyo.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Saturday izakaya night...

I went to an izakaya with a friend last night.

Yesterday wasn't a really busy day so I wasn't that tired.

I was hungry though. Really hungry.

I didn't have time to properly eat the entire day. Haha!

I only managed to eat a scone from Starbucks.

So, after work, I was just sluggish and almost dizzy.

Thankfully, my friend had the bright idea of going to an izakaya. Except for the smoke from cigarettes, I think izakayas are always a great idea! Haha! =)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Productive day at the library...

I have a proper two-day break this week. Yay!

Tomorrow is a holiday and I decided not to work tomorrow. Today, I also don't have work. Yay!

So, I originally planned to head to Senjogahara in Nikko to hike. However, a typhoon is hit Tokyo this weekend so I'm stuck in town. Thankfully, it's not like any typhoon I had experienced in the Philippines.

I managed to get out of the house and I spent the entire day at the library.

Yup, it was actually a productive day. I arrived at the library at 9:20AM. The library opened at 9:30. I've been in the library since then.

I managed to finish a lot today.

Tomorrow, I might spend the day here again if it's open.