Day 3 of 5 Days 4 Nights in Taiwan : Lihpao Land Discovery World Theme Park in Taichung, Zhongshe Flower Garden and Market, and Shilin Night Market

Ni hao! 🙂 I hope you’re doing great. ❤ We’re now on the third day of our Taiwan trip!

As a thrill-seeking extrovert, I really enjoy roller coasters so much. One of the things that excites me before going to other countries is their theme parks and one of the famous theme parks in Taiwan is Lihpao Land Discovery World which is located in Taichung. Lihpao land has a lot of terrifying rides but my favorites are Galactic spin and Gravity max. Gravity Max is the world’s first and only tilting roller coaster with a 90-degree tilt drop which gives him the accolade of being one of the scariest roller coasters in the world. This wasn’t supposed to be part of our itinerary but I really convinced my sizzies and because they love me so much, they all agreed. Yey! HAHAHA (‘Twas my birthmonth btw LOL)

I highly recommend renting a private car going to Lihpao land because I’m a bit lazy to look for other means of transpo. Just kidding. 😀

How To Get There:

  • Address: No. 8 Fullon Road, Houli District, Taichung City
  • Transportation 1: Take the free shuttle bus or bus 155 from Taichung THSR Station to Lihpao Land Theme Park
  • Transportation 2: Walk to the bus stop in front of Houli Elementary School from Houli train station, then take the free shuttle bus or bus 155 to Lihpao Land Theme Park

It usually takes 2 to 2 1/2 hours to get to this park from Taipei via a private car which, in our case, costs NTD4,000 (P6,700). It was just recommended by our AirBnb host and it was good for 4 people with an English-speaking driver for an 8-hour trip. But we paid almost NTD7,000 since the entire Taichung trip took us 11 hours. Tsk! Blame vanity! LOL And I just realized that it was more pricey than online tour providers so I recommend Klook instead! 😀 Just click here.

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WELCOME TO LIHPAO LAND!!! 

Entrance fee for foreigners that time costs NTD800 (P1,340) but fortunately, someone was selling discounted tickets for NTD550 (P923) outside the park so yeah, we bought them straight away. But ofc, we asked him to accompany us until the entrance gate just to be sure. Y’know, scammers are everywhere! 😀 As of January 2019, entrance fee for adult foreigners costs NTD490 (P822) but for discounted combo tickets (Discovery World + Mala bay), you may purchase them here.

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Lining up for our first ride, warm-up ride actually. LOL

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This was the scariest and fastest caterpillar ride I’ve ever tried. 😀

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This ride, Energy Storm, made me realize that I have a hundred different screams. HAHAHAHA With its endless spins or twirls, headache awaits! LOL

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Galactic Spin, Lihpao’s Top spin, is my second favorite ride because few days before our Taiwan trip, I saw a video of a Top spin accident that happened somewhere in China last 2016 which gave me extra fear. LOL Kidding aside, I fervently hope they’re still alive 😦 ❤

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No long queue for Gravity Max! Hooray! 🙂

Dubbed as the “Cliffhanger”, this ride is undoubtedly a terrifying one. As shown in the picture above, that horizontal track tilts at 90 degrees and you have to endure almost 15-longest-crazy-seconds of your life while it’s being connected to the next track before it drops down to a stomach-churning tunnel and loops. I tried my very best to persuade Dyis and Pawi to try this ride but I failed. But I wheedled Kimmy into doing this with me! “After trying this, you can proudly share and brag this story to everyone! That you’re fearless and you’re strong and you’re amazing and everything!” HAHAHAHA

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Almost there…

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Find meeeeee! 🙂 If you know me too well, you would surely know that I was seated on the extreme end. The scariest seats of course! HAHAHA If you wanna witness how our 2-minute death looked like, watch our Taiwan travel video here.  Will I do this again? The answer is a resounding YES!!! 🙂

Now it’s time to explore other areas in the park and take some good shots!

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I mean, amaaazing shots! HAHAHA Find a travel buddy who will do everything to take “THAT ONE GREAT PHOTO”. LOL

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BEST FRIENDS FOUR EVER SINCE 2009.

FOUR EVER because our barkada name is 4ne1 and we’re four

and duhhh, forever doesn’t even exist. HAHAHA

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This was our first “barkada” trip so we might as well be extra! LOL I told my sizzies to order personalized travel shirts and I’m glad, they appreciated the idea. 🙂 Other friends find it also cute! Ayeeeh! 😀

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Before heading to our next destination, we fueled our tummies first with these affordable and delish snacks! 😉

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Welcome to Zhongshe Flower Garden and Market!

If you love tulips but don’t have enough budget yet to visit the Netherlands, then this beautiful and Instagram-worthy garden in Taiwan would be the perfect place for you. This has a myriad lines of flowering plants and blooms throughout all seasons.

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Entrance fee: NTD150 (P250) during Tulip season (January to March)

and NTD120 (P200) for off-season

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Aren’t they sooooo beautiful? I was so amazed with how they arranged and took care of these flowering plants. This is also a perfect spot for prenup shoots, right? 🙂 ❤

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I actually took tons of photos but I lost my phone recently and forgot to save them in my laptop. 😦 They also feature sunflowers, cherry blossoms, cosmos, lilies, lotuses and etc etc etc! 😀

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After spending few hours in the garden, you may enjoy their barbecue buffet in their restaurant while your little ones amuse themselves with this mini arcade. 🙂 Now it’s time to go back to Taipei! We asked our driver to drop us at Shilin night market.

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This shop has a lot of cute and quirky souvenir items but they’re a bit pricey.

 

In case you forgot to bring a thicker coat or you still feel cold with your OOTD…

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Souvenir shirt designs and prices for your future reference. HAHA

 

We ended this day with a light dinner at McDonald’s.

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That’s all for Day 3! 🙂 Xie xie! ❤

 

Xoxo,

Kulit.

DAY 2 of 5 Days 4 Nights in Taiwan : Taiwan Lantern Festival 2017 in Yunlin, Beigang Chao Tian Temple, Old Street and Tourist Bridge

Good day my dear readers! 😉 How are you? 😀 I miss you!!!! 🙂

Anyway, we’re now on the second day of our Taiwan trip. One of the reasons why we decided to visit Taiwan was to witness their annual Lantern Festival also known as Yuan Xiao Festival which falls on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month (February or March). Since 1990 until 2000, it is being celebrated in Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei City (this place was featured in my previous blog: DAY 1) but from 2001 until the present, it is being hosted by different cities all over Taiwan. When we went there last February 11, 2017, it was hosted by Yunlin County.  Next year, it will be held on February 19 in Pingtung County.

From Taipei Main Station, we took Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) going to Yunlin. One-way ticket costs NTD900 (P1,600). Travel time was almost two hours.

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Welcome to Yunlin! 🙂

Fortunately, the Lantern Festival was located just few steps away from the Yunlin station. 🙂

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Lezz do this, sizzies! 😉

First thing we saw was a food park! HAHAHA They really know us too well! LOL

We tried just few snacks because we honestly didn’t like the smell in the park. I guess it was because of the famous stinky tofu. We were told by Miss Jiayu (a Taiwanese tour guide whom I just met online) that the main event starts around 6 o’clock in the evening so she advised us to go to Beigang first. There were a lot of tourist buses going to and from Beigang so we didn’t hesitate to explore that place too! 🙂 And we didn’t pay even a single cent for the ride! Yeyyyy! 😀

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We thought we would get there in 10 minutes, gosh, more than 30 minutes pala! HAHAHA Sleeping time again! -_-

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We were welcomed by firecrackers and a short parade in Beigang and we were really amazed how the locals immediately cleaned the area after the event.

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This is Chao Tian Temple which is more than three hundred years old and it was dedicated to the Chinese sea-goddess Mazu.

After exploring this temple, it’s now time to explore Beigang Old Street especially their food! 😉

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That lady at the center is Miss Jiayu, she’s the one I mentioned earlier whom I met online before we went to Taiwan and the lady on her left is her bestfriend. They’re both very nice!!! They are volunteer tour guides in Yunlin and they accompanied us while we explore Beigang.

This is my favorite food in Taiwan!!! I regret not buying more packs of this in Yunlin 😦 We tried looking for this in Taipei but we failed. This is called Lao, a Taiwanese traditional pastry made of taro and rice flour. It is coated with hot mixture of sugar and sesame, puffed rice or nuts.

 

This is the famous STINKY TOFU and yes, it’s very STINKY!!!! You can actually smell it even if you’re miles away. *exaggeration* LOL We didn’t want to try this but Miss Jiayu really convinced us since they said, it’s so delicious despite its very offensive smell. BUT BUT BUT it’s not delish. 😦 I don’t know. I can’t understand the taste. HAHAHA At least we tried though. LOL

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This is Beigang Tourist Bridge that connects Yunlin and Chiayi counties which are separated by the Beigang river.

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Xie xie Beigang!

Now it’s time to go back to Yunlin station for the much-awaited Lantern festival! 🙂

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2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival is said to be the largest festival in Taiwan for many years. There were more than 3,000 lanterns in a combined area of 50 hectares.

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At first we were excited to take a picture of every lantern but upon realizing that there were so many lanterns around us and that the area was very very huge, we decided to take a video instead. HAHAHA You can watch our travel video here or watch the opening ceremony of this festival by clicking this link. 

Since this is a big annual festival, expect a verrrry big crowd too! 😀 Check our photo below, the struggle was indeed REAL! HAHAHA

I apologize if I didn’t take a lot of photos of the event. 😦 There were too many lanterns, huge crowd and everyone was in a hurry. We weren’t able to visit the whole place because we didn’t have much time and we have to catch the last trip of HSR to Taipei. But all the lanterns were great! There were fictional characters, Disney characters, anime, different animals and insects, international tourist spots and many more! The kids would surely love it! 🙂 You may check more photos of the lanterns on this page. 

Before ending this post, I wanna confess something. HAHAHA This wasn’t actually the kind of lantern festival that we expected. 😦 What we really wanted to witness was the SKY LANTERN FESTIVAL (see photo below). And unfortunately, it happened in Pingxi on the same night that we were in Yunlin. 😦 I thought they would be both celebrated in Yunlin. Nonetheless, we still enjoyed our stay here. And it was a blessing in disguise that we were part of this grandest and historical event in Taiwan because of our false assumption. HAHAHA

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That’s all for DAY 2. 🙂 Thanks for reading! :*

 

Xoxo,

Kulit.

 

 

Taiwan Travel Guide

It has been almost a year since I went to Taiwan. My apologies for this extremely late post. 😦 My old lappy got damaged so I bought a new one just few weeks ago. However, I’ve been quite busy with public service these past few days. Wow. Public service! 😀 Well, enough with all my excuses. HAHAHA

If you ask a Filipino where would s/he like to go, Taiwan would surely be a very unusual answer. Within Asia, most Filipinos prefer Hongkong, Japan or Korea. Taiwan is actually the 8th country in Asia I’ve been to because I honestly thought it doesn’t have much to offer. It’s a very small country and before I went there, the only thing I know or I can associate with Taiwan is… (drum roll please) Meteor Garden! (singing) Oh baby baby baby, my baby baby. Wo jue bu neng shi qu ni. Ni shou xin, ni sheng ying. Hai zhan lin wo de xin zen neng wang ji. Xiang ni jiu xiang shi hu xi. Bet you just sang it! HAHAHA 😀

AIRLINE. The following are the airlines that offer direct flights from Manila to Taiwan and vv:
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While from Cebu to Taiwan and vv:

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Lastly, from Puerto Prinsesa to Taiwan and vv:

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Among these airlines, the cheapest one is Air Asia but I wasn’t able to catch the promo fare for Taiwan because I was on another trip that time and mobile data sucks so I lost the battle. LOL But Cebu Pacific announced their seat sale weeks later and as luck would have it, I grabbed four seats for P21,000 something so that’s roughly P5,250 each for a round-trip ticket. Not bad, right?

Our departure flight was 5J310 which embarks at 10:00 pm while our return flight was 5J311 which departs from Taiwan at 01:25 am. Approximate travel time from Manila to Taiwan is 2 hours and 15 minutes.

VISA APPLICATION.

Starting from November 1, 2017, Philippine passport holders who intend to visit Taiwan for the purpose of tourism, business, visiting relatives, attending functions or events can enjoy visa-free entry to Taiwan for a duration of stay up to 14 days. This visa-free initiative shall undergo a 9-month trial period until July 31, 2018 as part of Taiwan’s goodwill and efforts of the “New Southbound Policy” to build closer people-to-people exchange of visits and an economic community between Taiwan and the Philippines. (Source)

Upon the implementation of the foregoing, Visa-Exempt Certificate (Travel Authorization Certificate – holders of visa issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States ) and E-Visa (Online visa) are no longer applicable for Filipinos.

To enjoy the visa-free entry, a Filipino visitor must have a passport with remaining validity of at least six months (diplomatic and official passport holders are not eligible for visa-free treatment); a return ticket or a ticket with visa if needed for the next destination; no criminal record in Taiwan; and a proof of accommodation. If I may add, you should not also have a criminal record here in the Philippines because you might be in the Watch List Order (WLO) or Hold Departure Order (HDO) list of the Philippine Immigration. Duhh, obviously. 😀

Those who intend to stay for more than 14 days to study, work or do other activities are required to obtain the appropriate visas before entering Taiwan. For more details, visit the official website of Taiwan Cultural and Economic Office in the Philippines.

TRANSPORTATION. Taipei, for me, has the most tourist-friendly transportation. Majority of their train stations are named after nearby tourist spots. For example, if you wanna go to Taipei Zoo, just alight at Taipei Zoo station. Or if you wanna visit Longshan Temple, simply take the train to Longshan Temple station. Highly impossible for you to get lost, right? LOL
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I suggest you download Taiwan or Taipei train apps or use Google Maps. 😉

TIME.  UTC/GMT +8 hours. Taiwan has the same time zone with Philippines.

SEASONS. Winter: December to February; Spring: March to May; Summer: June to September and Autumn: October to November. April is the best month to visit Taiwan because it’s not so humid and not as hot as it gets during summer. Furthermore, it is when Taiwanese celebrate one of their major festivals: the birthday of goddess Mazu who is the Chinese patron goddess of the sea. Nonetheless, if you want to witness Lantern Festival which is celebrated annually to mark the grand finale of the Chinese New Year celebrations, February should be your choice (exact date varies every year, kindly tap Google). On this month, you’ll also be able to experience the  internationally famed Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival.

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ACCOMMODATION. I always prefer AirBnb over hotels because of its convenient location, cheaper rate, household amenities and interaction with the host or owner. Also, it lets me live like a local. 🙂

Our host for Taipei was Henry. He was very helpful and friendly. The price of the room per night is around P2,500 and it can already accommodate 4 adults. The building is kinda old but the room is cozy and squeaky-clean. It’s conveniently located near Zhongshan Elementary School Station (Exit 4). But the best thing here is the free pocket wifi! We brought it with us during our entire trip in Taiwan. I gave Henry five stars for that! HAHA Check his space here.

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LANGUAGE. The struggle was undeniably real. HUHU Most of them can’t understand English. So as tourists, of course we have to adjust. 😀 Google translate to the rescue! Travel tip: there are many tsinoys in the Philippines and I’m pretty certain you have even just one tsinoy friend, so you might as well tag him along. Just make sure s/he speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese though. LOL

NEW TAIWAN DOLLAR. 1 New Taiwan Dollar equals 1.71 Philippine Peso. I bought my NTDs at NAIA Terminal 2 Currency Exchange (arrival area). Not sure though if it’s cheaper than others.

ELECTRICAL PLUGS OR SOCKETS. They are using types A and B. Type A is a two flat identical sized parallel prongs and this is what they mainly use while type B is a two flat parallel prongs and a grounding pin.  In the Philippines, we also use Type A so you no longer need to bring an adapter. 🙂

WI-FI. During our entire trip, we weren’t able to connect to any Wi-Fi networks in public places such as malls or restaurants. But they have Taipei Free Public Wi-Fi Access where you have to apply or sign up for a free account before you may enjoy the free service. For more details, kindly visit their page. In our case, like I mentioned earlier, we have pocket Wi-Fi from our AirBnb so updating our followers was no biggie at all. LOL You may rent a 4G pocket wifi at the airport and for enhanced connectivity, purchase a 4G sim card. 

EASY CARD. EasyCard is a ‘touch-and-go’ IC ticketing system for Taipei Metro, bus services, designated car parks, convenience stores, zoos, museums, Ubikes, Maokong Gondola and government agencies. For a complete list of its accredited shops or services, visit their official website. An EasyCard can be used for years and any unused cash can be refunded. Its main goal is to allow locals and tourists to travel throughout Taiwan with only one card.  This card costs NTD100 (P100) and you can deposit an amount up to NTD10,000 (P17,100). EasyCard can be purchased at any convenience stores or any information counters in all Taipei Metro stations.

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TAIPEI PASS. Taipei Pass is a “touch-and-go ” IC ticket for transport in Taipei. Holders of a valid Taipei Pass can use it for unlimited rides on Taipei Metro and on Taipei City and New Taipei City buses. One-day pass costs NTD180 (P308). This is available at any information counter in all Taipei Metro stations. For more details, visit their official page. 

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YOUBIKE (UBIKE). UBike uses an unmanned automated management system to provide a bike rental service. It allows commuters to rent from one station and return at another. You may use your EasyCard to rent a Ubike. The rates are the following: NTD10 (P17) per 30 mins. within the first 4 hours, NTD20 (P34) per 30 mins between 4 to 8 hours and NTD40 (P68) per 30min exceeding 8 hours.

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NIGHT MARKETS. Experience best nightlife in Taiwan in their food markets. There are more than 100 night markets in Taiwan where you can try their local specialty and street food, shop until you drop and buy great souvenir items. My favorite street food is TORCHED BEEF! Some of the famous night markets are Shilin, Raohe and Ximending.

 

That’s all for now, dearest! 😉 I will share my daily itineraries on my next posts. Xie xie! :*

Watch the teaser for our travel video by clicking the image/link below! 🙂

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Here’s our full travel video entitled “4ne1 in Taiwan”. 😀

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Xoxo,

Kulit.

DAY 7 of 7 Days 6 Nights in Japan: Shibuya District, Don Quijote “Donki” and Narita International Airport

Minasan, konnichiwa! 🙂

I can’t believe it! It’s DAY 7 already! HAHAHA I just realized that it took me almost a year to finish blogging about my Japan trip. I’m not that busy! LOL

I mentioned in my previous post (DAY 6) that I’ll include Shibuya and Don Quijote on this post since DAY 6 is very lengthy already. LOL

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Our last stop on our 6th day was actually in Shibuya District. And the photo below is the very famous Shibuya crossing which is tagged as the world’s busiest intersection or pedestrian crossing (not that obvious in this photo though haha)

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Hachiko is definitely one of my favorite movies. It’s a heartbreaking drama based on the true story of an abandoned dog named Hachiko which was eventually adopted by a college professor. Hachi would escort his master to the Shibuya station every morning and return every afternoon to greet him after work. Until one day, his master did not return from work. He suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died. However, this loyal dog still waited for his master at the train station for almost ten years and that only stopped when Hachi died. 😥 So as a tribute to this legendary dog, a statue was erected near the Shibuya station (Hachiko Exit).

Being a fan of this dog, a photo with his statue is definitely a must! 😀

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Don Quijote “Donki” is a very famous shop in Tokyo with over 160 stores. The one we visited is in Shibuya, just in front of H&M store. Donki sells almost everything! It’s a great place for souvenir items, chocolates and snacks like Kitkat and Oreo matcha, cosmetics, bags, shoes, gadgets, liquors and so much more. And I’m very sure you’ll like this, they are TAX FREE!!! 🙂 Just present your passport and pay at their cashier designated for foreigners. Prices indicated below are the prices per item. 🙂

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Oreo matcha soft cookies 148 yen (P65)

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Kitkat green tea 298 yen  (P130)

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Oreo matcha bar 298 yen (P130)

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Cheapest one costs 97 yen (P43) and the most expensive one costs 199 yen (P90)

I honestly don’t know what these dried snacks are hahaha But I guess they’re all squid. LOL Slices, coated, shredded and strips! HAHAHA

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Seasoned seaweed 98 yen (P44)

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1 kg of chocolate pair (This is YUMMY! ) 1,300 yen (P580)

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Doritos Mix 129 yen (P58)

Disney pens 99 yen (P45)

Japanese lady pen 648 yen (P290)

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Pores Cream 980 yen (P440)

Side ami supporter 600 yen (P270)

Masks 100 yen (P45)

I saw a lot of beautiful items in Shibuya and I really wanted to buy  ’em all!!! BUT. There was no enough money left in my pocket. 😥 HAHAHA

On our way to our AirBnB, we saw a mini resto and decided to try their ramen.

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DAY 7

Kotake to  Ikibukuro 170 yen (P75)

Ikubukuro to Nippori 170 yen (P75)

Nippori to Narita International Airport 1,030 yen (P460)

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Obviously, my favorite. 😀 Takuyaki!!! 550 yen (P245)

Bought these from a souvenir shop at the airport.

Ref magnet trio 486 yen (P220) 

Shot glass for a friend 540 yen (P240)

And the famous Tokyo Banana! 🙂 Click the left photo for the prices.

That’s all for our last day in Japan. 😦 Thank you for reading! 🙂 I’ll upload our Tokyo travel video in my Youtube account very soon! :*

Sayonara and domo arigato, Japan! 🙂

 

Xoxo,

Kulit.

DAY 5 of 7 Days 6 Nights in Japan: Tokyo Disney Resort, Tokyo Disneyland Hotel and Tokyo Disney Sea

Hello guys! 🙂 Gomenasai!!! 😦 I’m so sorry for the late update. Got very busy with Korean drama. HAHAHA I just finished 10 series in two months!!! Whew! Can you now imagine those dark circles and shameless zits on my face? LOL

DAY 5

I love watching Disney movies. One of my childhood dreams was to have a Disney-inspired 18th birthday party and guess what??? It did not happen! 😀 So I told myself that I should visit any Disneyland theme park before reaching the age of 25. And guess what??? It also did not happen. HAHAHA Because I was already 25 when I went to Tokyo Disney Resort. LOL

Tokyo Disney Resort is a very huge theme park and resort located in Chiba, Japan. The nearest station to this place is JR Maihama. So from Kotake-mukaihara station, which is the nearest one to our accommodation, to Maihama, the following would be the route and total fare.

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440 yen (P200) – 50 minutes

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This resort was created on 1983 with Tokyo Disneyland as its only theme park and this was actually the first Disney theme park opened outside the United States. Amazing Japan! 😀 It was then developed into a resort with two theme parks and nine hotels (3 Disney hotels and 6 Non-Disney hotels). Can you just imagine how big this resort is?! WOW! Very amazing Japan! 😀 You may check the resort map here.

If you want a hassle-free Disney experience, click the following link to purchase online a Disneyland or DisneySea 1-day pass ticket (Direct entry at Disney)

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If money is not a problem, we should’ve visited both theme parks. But our fairy godmother was not with us that time so we need to choose just one. Of course we chose Disney Sea because it’s the ONLY Disney Sea in the world!!! LOL So for now, just let me have this picture Disneyland. HAHA But I promise to come back for you! :*

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If you were able to check the map, Disneyland is the nearest theme park to the resort entrance. You just have to walk. But since we chose DisneySea, we need to ride the beautiful Disney train. 🙂

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Click each photo to see the train ticket prices and guide map. 😉

We purchased a single train ticket for 260 yen (P120). But before heading to Disney Sea, we found a beautiful castellated hotel at the back of the main station. It’s the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel or TDH for short. 😀

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We really felt like we were inside a castle! 🙂 Everything is so beautiful. And while I was trying to find the room rates for this hotel, I found out that they offer four types of fantasy-filled rooms themed to the Disney characters!!! 🙂 This would undeniably give the guests especially the kids a very memorable stay and an unforgettable feeling as if they’ve stepped into a world of the Disney films. Wow! 😀

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Other guest rooms have designs of Mickey Mouse or other Disney character motifs. I know you’re curious about this… The price ranges from huhuhu to HUHUHUHUHUHUHU!!! 😀 Kidding aside, it’s from 37,000 yen to 100,000 yen (P17,000 to P45,000) based on average rates for a standard room. Whaaat?! Told yah! 😥

So now, let’s just proceed to the highlight of this day! 🙂 Where Adventure and Imagination Set Sail… The Disney Sea!!!

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This is one of the two iconic parts of the theme park – The DisneySea Aquasphere.

One day pass for adult is 7,400 yen (P3,350).

Check the DisneySea map here.

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There are coin-operated storage lockers inside and outside the park. The following is the list of prices:

  • Small 300 yen (P140)
  • Medium 400 yen (P180)
  • Large 500 yen (P230)
  • Extra Large 700 yen (P320)

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Before starting your tour, make sure to drop by the information board to know the list of attractions and the estimated waiting time for each ride. Don’t hesitate to ask these very friendly ladies anything about the park such as the schedule of parade and other shows, most thrilling ride and the like.

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Photo Credits to Curtis and Juanita (via Flickr)

This is Mount Prometheus, the second iconic part of DisneySea. It blows ball of fire every ten minutes, I guess, then you will hear screaming folks on a mining vehicle coming out from that hole you see on the right side part of the mountain. It’s the most famous attraction in the park so we decided to try it first. It’s called The Journey to the Center of the Earth which is part of the Mysterious Island.

Before entering the cave, you’ll already have an idea on how long the waiting time would be. In our case, we waited for almost two hours. 😦 If you bought an express pass, the waiting time would prolly be reduced to half.

Cameras are not allowed during the ride so allow me to somehow describe it. LOL. Well, ’twas really like a journey to the Earth’s core. You will see a lot of bizarre creatures, oozing lava and amazing smoke and light effects. To sum it up, it was such an incredible ride with a superb combination of light, sound and 4D effects. Def worth the wait! 😉

Time to feed the hungry creatures in New York Deli located in American Waterfront. I’m very much happy with their service! Here are the reasons why. First, the manager is very handsome. Second, he is really handsome. And lastly, did I already mention he’s so handsome? HAHAHA. Seriously, he granted our request of strictly no pork or any pork-related ingredients in our meal. He doesn’t speak English that well but we saw how he really tried to understand us. Aww, he’s so sweet. hahaha

1,300 yen (P585) 

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Second attraction, Hightower Hotel a.k.a Tower of Terror.

The queues here moved faster than the first one because the ride lasts for only 3 minutes. This is actually a drop tower dark ride with seven drops.

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Others would consider this as DisneySea’s most thrilling ride but for me it isn’t. Maybe because I’m already used to this kind of attraction. LOL You should still try this though and tell me about your experience! 😉

This is in Port Discovery but we were not able to enter the place because Broadway sounded a better idea. 🙂

Free reserved seat tickets are required to see Big Band Beat. The tickets are being distributed hours before the show or like in our case that day, we just queued outside the theater. If my memory serves me right, they perform only twice a day.

Big Band Beat is a group of talented singers and dancers. You get to witness amazing performances by the Disney friends and my favorite part of this 30-minute show is when Mickey Mouse was hitting the drums! HAHAHA It was just so cool to watch him playing those drums perfectly! 🙂 Please please make this a part of your DisneySea itinerary. 😉

I’m sorry but I forgot the name of this place but I guess it’s part of Mysterious Island.

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Toy Story Mania in American Waterfront. Not really a fan of this show so we stayed for a few minutes only.

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While waiting for Fantasmic to start, we explored  Mediterranean Harbor. 

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Fantasmic is a nighttime show that takes place on the waters of Mediterranean Harbor. It features Disney heroes, villains and princesses with amazing water effects, pyrotechnics, creative boat floats, lasers and fireworks. I am not sure if you have noticed it but I’ve been using the word “Amazing” for like a thousand times already. HAHAHA I find this word synonymous to “Japan”. LOL I was not able to take good pictures during the show so just wait for my Tokyo travel video instead. 🙂 These Fantasmic photos were taken from the official website of Tokyo Disney Resort.

Obviously, a day is not enough to explore this beautiful place. We visited only few parts of American Waterfront, Mediterranean Harbor and Mysterious Island. We haven’t been to Lost River Delta, Mermaid Lagoon and Arabian Coast. 😦 We haven’t tried DisneySea Transit Steamer Line, Venetian Gondolas, Electric Railway, Big City Vehicles, Aquatopia and a lot more!!!! 😦

Among all the theme parks I’ve been to in Asia, Tokyo Disney Sea is the most amazing one! It brought me to a totally different world. Everything was meticulously designed. All the seven uniquely themed areas or ports of call can turn all your childhood imaginations into reality. Hats off to all those brilliant people behind this magical adventure! 🙂

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That’s all for DAY 5. Thank you for reading and I’m sincerely looking forward to hear your own amazing DisneySea experience! 😉

Xoxo,

Kulit.

DAY 3 of 7 Days 6 Nights in Japan: Kyoto

Hello there guys! Happy happy New Year! 🙂 I’m so sorry for posting this late, hello 2017! HAHAHA

Before reading my Day 3 itinerary, I hope you’ve already read my DAY 1 and DAY 2. *winks*

DAY 3

We spent our third day exploring the cultural center of Japan – KYOTO! 🙂 Kyoto is famous for its classical Buddhist temples and imperial palaces. This is where I had my authentic Japanese culture experience which I will forever treasure and laugh about! HAHAHA To know why, keep scrolling! 😀

Kyoto is an hour away from Osaka. From Namba, take a train to Minamikata station for 240 yen (P100). Then transfer to Hankyu Line which is actually outside the station, maybe just a 2-minute walk. You may ask the officers for direction. Mwaah! When you reach Hankyu, you will see the HELP or INFO machine (see picture below), use it to start a video call with the assigned station officer. Uhhmeyyzing! 😀

Take the train going to Kawaramachi for 400 yen (P165). Initially, we just took the regular train but during our trip, we were able to talk with a local and he said that we may transfer to an express train going to Kawaramachi for FREE. If my memory serves me right, it was at Ibaraki-Shi station when we transferred to the express one. 🙂

After almost an hour, tadaaaa! Konnichi Wa, Kyoto! 🙂

Before leaving the station, we went to Hankyu Tourist Information Center to get some maps and travel guides -DIY travel essentials. HAHA

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KYOTO Tourist Spots Map

I don’t know but we instantaneously felt a totally different vibe when we arrived at Kyoto. Prolly because there are only few skyscrapers and a lot of locals are wearing their traditional costumes while walking down the street. The main roads are not that wide and there are  numerous historical buildings everywhere.

Before we started our Kyoto tour, we must fill our tummy first. HAHAHA Burger King was our savior! LOL (can’t find the pictures, Gomenasai!)

Since we saw a lot of Japanese girls were wearing Kimonos, we asked them where we can rent such OOTDs. 😀 We really didn’t understand the direction they gave us but we easily found one. There are a lot of rental shops actually but the one below was the first one we saw. 🙂

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Dress: 3,000 yen (P1,300)

Hair: 1,000 yen (P440)

Ribbon: 500 yen (P220)

Tax: 360 yen (P160)

TOTAL: 4,860 yen  (P2,120)

We’re so lucky that we chose this shop because the owner/stylist was very nice and so friendly! 🙂 His name is Ryo. He’s very amazing because he finished styling or fixing my hair for just ten minutes! Woaaah! Kindly follow him on Instagram @ryo.first18 and @ryo.11.12 to see more of his beautiful hair creations. 🙂  Domo Arigato! *winks*

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How do I look? 😀 We didn’t expect that we could wear this Kimono for the whole day around Kyoto for FREE! Unlike in South Korea, we only had our photo ops inside the shop. So yeah, we got really excited! Hooray!!! 🙂

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First stop: Yasaka Shrine “Gion Shrine”

They said if you will visit this shrine, your body and mind will be blessed with beauty. Furthermore, if you will wash your hand and face with the “beauty water”, your heart and skin will also be beautified. ‘Twas too late for me to know about this, thus, I was able to wash only my hands and not my face (the reason why my face is not yet beautified atm haha)

I swear this is my favorite street food in Japan! Giant crab stick for 500 yen (P220). So delicious!!!! Oishi!!! Thank goodness I don’t have any food allergies! 😀

‘Twas so funny because while we were eating this, two Chinese tourists asked us to have pictures with them. HAHAHA I posted the video on my personal Instagram account but below are the screenshots. LOL

We decided to just walk going to our next destination not knowing that it’s very far! hahaha But it was still worth it because we were able to observe and discover many things along the street.

Second stop: Kiyomizu Temple or Kiyomizudera Temple “Pure Water Temple”

After more than 30 minutes of walking, we finally decided to take a bus.We took bus No. 100 and alighted at Higashiyama Gojo bus stop. Fare was 230 yen (P100). However, we didn’t know that it’s a long uphill walk to the temple plus the road was a bit crowded that time.

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Yey! After ten attempts, I finally had a photo with only few photo bombers. LOL

There are a lot of Matcha, maaatcha, matchaaaa, MATCHA!!! and souvenir shops in the area. Some sell fruit shakes and ice drops to beat the heat. But this one below caught our attention. It’s called Iced Kuzu Mochi– a new sensation of Japanese sweets!

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This is the entrance of the temple. We actually saw the temple from afar but were already too tired to go up because of the scorching heat of the sun. Entrance fee btw is 400 yen (P174).

Third stop: Fushimi Inari Shrine “Tori Gates”

ICYDN, we were wearing these traditional Japanese slippers called Geta while doing the deadly walkathon. LOL

We took bus No. 5 and the fare was 230 yen (P100). This bus ride was really unforgettable because a group of Filipinos thought we were pure Japanese. HAHAHA Their convo went like this…

Pinay 1: Girl, papicture ka dyan sa katabi mo (referring to me) para may panghawakan tayo na nakapagpapicture ka sa isang local.

Pinay 2: Nakakahiya girl at saka baka di nakakaintindi ng English.

Pinay 1: I-selfie mode mo lang phone mo, magegets nya na yan

Pinay 2: Wag na, nakakahiya.

HAHAHA We were going to the same destination so my travel buddy Naima and I decided not to speak Tagalog or Filipino anymore. LOL.

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Wasn’t able to try this 😦

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We weren’t able to see the whole place because it was already late and we must return our costume before 7pm. We took a cab from Tori gates to Kawaramachin (where the rental shop was located) for 1,200 yen (P500).

Tomodachi de itekurete arigatou Ryo! 🙂

Before leaving Kyoto, we looked for a resto that serves white rice! HAHAHA

Did this answer our prayer? LOL

Their Tandoori chicken was really good that we forgot to take a snap of it. 😀 Tandoori chicken meal costs 980 yen (P420).

Unexpectedly, we passed through this food festival something, I obviously don’t know what this is. HAHAHA

There were actually a lot of street food being sold but my phone battery didn’t want to cooperate. 😦

Time to say “Sayonara” to Kyoto! T____T One day was indeed not enough. We weren’t able to visit the famous Golden Pavilion. Well, it’s alright, at least I have another reason to go back to Osaka,  Japan! HAHAHA

Kawaramachi (Hankyu Line) to Umeda (Limited Express ) : 400 yen (P174).

Umeda (Midosuji Line) to Namba : 240 yen (P100)

I made a short travel video for Osaka, just click this link! 🙂

That’s all for now tomodachi! 🙂 My apologies btw for the poor resolution of some photos (ALL photos I think hahaha) Thanks for reading! :*

Xoxo,

Kulit.

DAY 1 of 7 Days 6 Nights in Japan : Osaka Castle, Dotonbori and Namba District

Konnichiwa! (Hello/Good day!) Ogenki desu ka? (How are you?) 🙂

Hello everyone! I’m baaaaacccckkk! 😀 Before reading my DAY 1 itinerary, I hope you have read already my Japan Travel Guide. Check my previous post here. 😉

DAY 1

Our departure time to Osaka via Jetstar was at  7 o’clock in the morning. We arrived at NAIA Terminal 1 around 4am then we immediately paid P1,650 for travel tax. There weren’t too many passengers that time so we only spent few minutes for immigration clearance and had more time for breakfast! HAHAHA

Our flight was not delayed so we arrived at Kansai International Airport (KIA) on time. So unusual, yeyyy! 😀

OHAYO OSAKA! ♥ ♥  ♥

Just like in Incheon Airport, KIA has a train from the boarding gates to the main building. We had a fast clearance in Immigration and Customs and their officers are not that scary. LOL

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Time to fill up our tummy! 😀 It’s always a part of my itinerary to try either KFC or McDonalds in every country I get to visit because I love comparing their food and trying something that’s not being offered in our country. In Japan, we tried McDo! 🙂 BUT… I don’t like their fries! huhuhu I spent  450 yen (P207) for this meal.

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Our AirBnB room is located in Namba so we took Nankai Airport Express which costs 920 yen (P423) to Namba Station for a 50-minute travel time.

Our check-in time was at 6 o’clock in the evening because we needed to wait for our host to finish her work that day. Good thing she suggested Namba Hands-Free Center. It is where you can leave your luggage for a corresponding fee. This is located near Namba station and Namba Park. It’s on the fourth floor of Hotel Ichiei. I paid 500 yen (P230) for my big trolley bag and 200 yen (P92) for my backpack.

After leaving our luggage, we went to Osaka Castle.

Subway Midosuji Line (Red Line) at Namba Station (M20) → Hommachi Station (M18) → transfer to Subway Chuo Line (Green Line) → Tanimachi 4-chome Station (C18). Total Fare: 240 yen (P110).

From Tanimachi 4-Chome Station, take Exit No. 1-B and walk for about 10 minutes before reaching the gate of the castle. You know you’re on the right track when you see these landmarks below. 😀

Few more steps before the gate….

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This is the GATE! hahaha

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From here, you still need to walk for almost five minutes before reaching the castle. There are different food stalls inside.

Entrance Fee to Osaka Castle: 600 yen (P276)

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Inside the castle is a museum but you can’t take pictures in a certain floor. ( I forgot if it was the 2nd or 4th  hahaha)

There is an observation deck in the topmost floor of the castle tower which offers a beautiful panoramic view of Osaka.

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One amazing thing I found in this place is the Osaka Castle souvenir coin machine located at the ground floor. 😀

Step 1: Choose between gold or silver coin for 500 yen (P230)

Step 2: Choose between necklace chain or key chain for 200 yen (P92) (Optional)

Step 3: Engrave your name (or your lover’s name if you’re very sure s/he is the ONE already ‘coz maybe s/he has another ONE or TWO? y’know! lol) at the back of the coin for 30 yen (P14) This is a fixed rate regardless of the length of your name.

Time for some ice cream! 🙂 This tastes a little ordinary but it was kinda big. Well it should be big, it’s so pricey! hahaha 400 yen (P184) Gosh.

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We stayed for only few minutes in Osaka Castle, upon exit you will see this fountain above. From here, just walk for maybe 5 minutes before reaching the nearest station. Fare to Namba Station: 240 yen (P110).

After claiming our luggage at Namba Hands-Free Center, we directly went to our AirBnB room which is located beside Rise Motomachi Animal Hospital. We walked for almost twenty minutes. Whew!!!! I don’t really recommend the place. HAHAHA

We took a rest for just an hour then went to Dotonbori for dinner!!! 🙂 Dotonbori is one of Osaka’s most popular tourist destinations because of its many shops and restaurants. This is the perfect place in Osaka for those tourists who want to experience “Kuidaore” which means “To ruin oneself by extravagance in food” or simply “Eat till you drop!” This is also where you can find the iconic Glico Man.

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Takuyaki with egg – 550 yen (P253)  for 6 pcs

Okonomiyaki – 1,000 yen  (P460)

This was our only dinner because everything was very pricey. HAHAHA And also, we were very tired already so we all decided to just go home and sleep. LOL

That’s all for now tomodachi! 😉 DAY 2 will be posted sooooon! :*

Xoxo,

Kulit.