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[GYEONGGI-DO] Everland

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A trip wouldn’t be complete if you have not been to a theme park. (am sure meron yan kahit isa!) Since we’re on a trip you go big! Everland is outside of Seoul so make sure to be there early. We went there when the weather is starting to get really cold. There are parts that already started snowing. It was freezing cold then, but that didn’t stop us from taking the rides.

You’d be surprise that even if it’s freaking cold there are still a lot of visitors and endure the the open rides, despite there are light snowing… Brrrrrr!

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[OSAKA] Day 7 – Universal Studio Japan

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Another theme park to explore is Universal Studio Japan which is located in Osaka. We have purchased ticket for USJ in advance thru online. You can check Klook for tickets if you want to buy in advance. Excited to visit USJ, I’m so looking forward to visiting the Harry Potter theme park, the highlight of our Japan trip. Since something came up in our hotel, I have to travel alone going to USJ, and my friends just decided that we’ll just meet there, packed with our ever reliable pocket wifi, I went on my own. Good thing I didn’t get lost hahahaha.. just like DisneySea, you can bring food inside the theme park, don’t worry there are convenience store and other food stall along Universal City.

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[TOKYO] Day 4 – Sensoji Shrine – Asakusa – Tokyo Skytree – Omotesando – Shibuya

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Had an early day ahead, coz I’m meeting a friends who has been to Japan for quite awhile. Our itinerary for today is around Sensoji Shrine. We’ll, it must be my lucky day! He happens to pay for everything from transportation, to food and evenΒ  he gave me a gift and paslubong back home to our friends. It’s nice seeing him, since we barely see him when he’s back in the Philippines and I’m happy that he is doing good. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

We met at the Akihabara station, then we had a quick breakfast at Starbucks.We went to Sensoji Temple right away, for a dose of temple hunt.

How to get to Sensoji Temple:

via SUBWAY
From Suehirocho Station [G14] (ORANGE) to Asakusa Station [G19] (ORANGE) (10 minutes) Exit 1,3
Fare: 170yen
Entrance fee: FREE
Opening Hours: 6:30AM-5PM

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[TOKYO] Day 3 – Whole Day at Disney Sea @ Tokyo Disneyland Resort

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Where so excited, DisneySea can only be seen in Tokyo, Japan and only one of its concept, well enough of that I know by now you know that already. Let’s explore Disney Sea. Their concept is very different from the Disneyland which is more of the Disney characters, princes and princesses and I do feel that it cater to more of the younger kids. I would have probably enjoyed it if I was still a kid, the experience when I went to Disneyland is still amazing since I grew up watching Disney films and it has been a long dream of mine to visit Disneyland. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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[JAPAN] 9 Days Itinerary and Expense

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It’s been weeks since I arrived from Japan and memories are still fresh and longs to go back there the soonest.. Japan is indeed #JaFun, there are still a lot to explore and reason to go back..

For those who are planning to go to Japan, I’ll share our 9-day itinerary in Japan (Tokyo-Osaka-Kyoto)

You will notice that towards the end of the trip we did not packed our itinerary let’s say we just go with the flow of what we want to do. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Expense for the whole trip is still around the estimated budget. It’s not the most conservative amount of budget and there are other ways to lower your expense. Since this is my first Japan Trip, I’d like to experience as much as I can, like the bullet train which pretty much has been a big chunk on our budget, and the personal items that I bought which is of course depends on how much you want to spend on the pasalubong and kawaii stuff. I got so excited that I actually lost count on my spending.. hahaha!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

There are still more places to see and explore, I still got reasons to go back to this country. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

[JAPAN] How to apply for Japan Visa?

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You will see a lot of this topic on the internet. I just wanna share mine because everyone has a different story, but same feeling and the sudden doubt of their chances and the feeling once they finally got their golden ticket to Japan.

You can score a good airfare, you can visit any Asian country that doesn’t require visa for Filipinos and undergo the emotional stress of whether you got approved or denied. Since we are big dreamers, let’s take it to the next level, Japan has been one of the countries we all love to visit one day. One of the requirement for you to enter Japan is to have visa upon entry and over the years Japan has been strictly lenient on issuing visa for Filipinos until recently that applying for visa has become easy, but of course there are still horror stories about applying Japan visa.

I’m happy that on my first try I got approved, because if not, my heart will be broken because I already paid for an airfare only to find out, nganga sa visa πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Japan visa is processed thru Japan Embassy’s accredited travel agencies. So check out the nearest travel agency on your location. I applied mine thru Reli Tours in Megamall. They are located on the 5th Flr beside Bo’s Coffee.

Here are the list of requirements you need to submit when applying for a tourist visa (w/o guarantor):

  1. Philippine Passport
    • Broken lamination of the photo is not accepted. Make sure that your passport is in good condition and at least 2 blank pages are available.
  2. Visa Application Form. Download here.
    • Make sure to fill out all the categories. N/A for questions that doesn’t apply. If you are an OC like me, you can fill up the form by typing the answer then just print it.
  3. Photo
    • Photo size should be 4.5cm x 4.5cm with white background. I had mine at Fujifilm in Megamall, just tell them it’s for Japan visa use and they know it already. Make sure you’re wearing a collared shirt, but if your not ready they have available blazer that you can use. It will cost you 195php for a set of photo.
  4. Birth Certificate of the applicant
    • This should be certified by NSO. You have two option, you can request thru NSO via phone or thru their satellite offices. I requested mine thru SM Business Center, good thing satellite offices are already accessible and offered in malls. For the NSO birth certificate 140php/page and handling fee of 20php. So I paid 160php/page and 7 days processing from the date of request. So this is not advisable if you urgently needed the birth certificate.
  5. Marriage contract (if the applicant is married)
    • Same with Number 4. In case of non record, you may submit certificate of non record together with the one from the Local Civil Registrar.
  6. Daily Schedule in Japan (TAIZAI NITTEIHYO).
    • This can be downloaded thru Japan Embassy website. I prepared 5-day itinerary but our actual stay in Japan is 9 days πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ . For the accommodation, I made a mocked book via Booking.com. There are accommodation that doesn’t require credit card to be able to book a room, so just look for those accommodation so that if you got denied, it won’t be so much burden of cancelling your booking.
  7. Bank Certificate
    • You can request this to your bank. You can also get the bank certificate on the same day upon request (depending on your bank). 100php will be debited to your account for the bank certificate request. (this apply for BPI accounts)
  8. Income Tax Return (Form 2307) original or photocopy
    • You can request for the ITR to your HR. I have requested for the latest ITR for the year 2015.

Additional document that I have submitted is Certificate of Employment, you can just request this to your HR, though this is not part of the requirement I just submitted this anyway and the agency accepted it.

I have submitted all the requirements to Reli Tours office in Megamall. All you need to do is they will ask you if you have a completely filled up application form and the requirements, once you have the documents they will give you a number.

They will call out the number and the coordinators will assess the documents submitted, if found complete they will give a piece of paper for your reference and it’s time to pay the processing fee. Processing fee is 950php and waiting time is within 7 to 15 days.

After 7 days, I got a text from Reli Tours advising me that my passport is already ready for pick-up, they will not confirm if you got approve or not, you have to find out yourself.. hahaha! Tension rises as I scram to get to their office to find out the result of my application.

GOOD NEWS! I got approved!

yay

Japan here I come!!!!! #JafunJafun

[SEOUL] Bukchon Hanok Village

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Seoul, despite being a modern city, has maintained some of the landmarks that is close to their history. One of the most visited tourist site in Korea, is Bukchon Hanok Village.

The village is lined with hanok house which are traditional houses in this area. Would you believe that the area is actually a residential village? With its charm no wonder it has increased famed to be one of the visited sites in Seoul.

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Solo Trip: Puerto Prinsesa Palawan 2015 – Half Day Tour

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This is supposedly a “barkada” getaway, but as the the travel date near, one by one, is starting to have their “thing” and I was left “the last man standing”. Instead of cancelling the trip, I did push for it, and I told myself this is the opportunity for me to check one of my bucketlist “to travel solo someplace I’ve never been“. I have a few doubts on this trip, since I’ll be traveling alone. Of course, the expense, since I’m alone, I have to shoulder all the expense all by myself TT_____TT and I have no one to depend on this trip but myself. Anyways, those are just my concern, but with determination I just did it. I packed my bags, go and just make it work.

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[GYEONGGI-DO] Petite France

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On the way going to Nami Island, you can visit Petite France as well, which ever do you prefer to visit first via HopOn-HopOff (Gapyeong Tourist Bus)

If your a die hard fanatic of K-dramas, you’ll know where this place has been featured. Petite France serves as French cultural village. It also features flowers, star and Little Prince.

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[SEOUL] Trick Eye Museum

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If you happen to be around Hongdae, you may want to drop by Trick Eye Museum. The Trick Eye Museum is an art gallery with paintings that are painted in 2D but gives an illusion of a 3D. Visitors are able to interact with the different painting giving them the feel they are part of the painting. (so don’t be shy to act your part.) We arrived at the Trick Eye Museum around 7pm, good thing that the museum is open until 9pm. We snap, act and do our part as if we are one with the paintings. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

The museum is divided to three course, the Trickeye Museum – Ice Museum – Carnival Street.

~ The iCe Museum ~

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