Tips for festival travel in the Philippines

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January in the Philippines means mild climate (or as mild as the tropics can get), people trying their darndest to hold on to their New Year’s resolutions, and the Sto. Niño festivals.

Many of you are no doubt flying out to Cebu for the Sinulog festival or to Kalibo for the Ati-atihan festival, or to Ilo-ilo for the Dinagyang festival next week. If this is your first time to attend a Philippine festival, here are some handy tips for you:

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Muji Canvas Sneakers
For any travel, comfortable footwear is a must!

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2013: The trips I never blogged about

When writing my year end posts, I browse through my photo archive and my blog archive. I noticed that there’s a huge discrepancy between the two: there were plenty of photos, but hardly ever any blog posts.


Cintai Corito’s Garden is made for relaxing

Frankly, I am aghast at my laziness with my blogging, with most of the blog posts I wrote this year were for sponsored products, hotel stays, and advertorials. It seems I am only arsed to blog when I’m obligated to. There was no pressure to write about my personal trips, so I kept putting it off until I find myself not wanting to write about them anymore.
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Chubu Trip Wrap-up

What a trip to cap the year! I have been looking forward to this trip for months, and speculated endlessly about our itinerary. When I received the itinerary, I ended up having to Google every place listed, because I did not know any of them, apart from Nagoya, Takayama, and Shirakawa-go, which was actually perfect, since I’m all too happy to go off the beaten tourist path, specially in Japan.

Dai-o Wasabi Farm at Azumino
A section of the Daio Wasabi Farm where Akira Kurosawa filmed the “Village of the Watermills” segment in his movie “Dreams”

The Chubu region shows plenty of promise, and it’s an amazing place to explore. If you love history, heritage, nature, and small towns and cities, this is the place for you. I liked Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo, but it can get too crazy and crowded there, so I take refuge in smaller, quieter places in between.
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Souvenirs from Japan

Like Filipinos, the Japanese has a tradition of bringing home pasalubong everytime they go on a trip. That’s why you’ll always find souvenir shops with beautifully wrapped goodies, even in the supermarket (there is usually an area for souvenirs right at the entrance). The souvenirs are always locally made, unique to their region.

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Souvenir shop in Gujo City

Here are some of the souvenirs you can pick up when you travel in Japan.
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Meitetsu Department Store

If you’re flying in and out of the Chubu Centrair International Airport and you’re taking the µ-Sky Airport Rapid Limited Express train to get out or get in the airport, you might as well make Meitetsu Department Store your first and last stop.

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One of the entrance to the Meitetsu Department Store from the Meitetsu-Nagoya Train Station

Connected to the Meitetsu-Nagoya Station, the department store entrance is just a few steps away from the turnstiles. The Meitetsu Department Store has two buildings: the main building with over 10 floors of retail, and the 6-storey Men’s building.
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