Thursday, December 31, 2015

To The Year That Was 2015

2015 had been a challenging year.

I decided to travel less for pleasure this year because I was saving up for my upcoming migration to Canada. I also decided to be more responsible about what I earn and decided to make some investments. Travel is great. It is a way to learn more about people, culture, and about myself. But, at 25, I am not getting any younger and I need to save up for retirement and for my future.

Although, it sounded "dark", God still blessed me with opportunities to visit places. Below is a summary of where I've been this 2015.

January - Michelle, Jomar and I, Mama Chelle and her family, and Wayne with his family decided to visit the historical town of Taal, Batangas.

Minor Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours (Taal Basilica)

February - Most of the love month until April, I've been traveling to Calamba and Canlubang, Laguna for a project. I enjoyed it a lot because I was getting to know my teammates (Carla, Vanie, Patrick, and Wei) really well and was learning about our client in a different industry.

March - I went to Subic, Zambales with the Google Apps Sales team (Alfonso, Jenny, Peachy, and Glenn) and Ryan, and Shaine. We had a 2-day Google Apps for Work training which was fun. Subic had always been a nice place to visit.


Monday, December 28, 2015

Food Trip in Richmond (Alexandra Road): Seto Japanese Restaurant

Last Christmas, I gave my siblings gifts that they want to have. I never purchased anything for my parents so yesterday I decided to bring them to a Japanese restaurant because my mom had been raving about wanting to have Ramen and Tempura. After doing research, we were originally going to eat at Gmen Ramen Shop but they're closed on Sundays so we end up at Sato Japanese Restaurant.

Companions: Mother and Father

Sato is a posh, upscale Japanese restaurant which offers a lot of famous Japanese food. They have the usual sushi and sashimi, takoyaki and onomiyaki, ramen, tempura, and so much more. Plus, the ambiance of the place is really Japanese. Below are the food we ordered and I was seriously bloated after this delicious meal. They have all of my favorite Japanese food!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Food Trip in Richmond (McLennan North): Sakura Sushi

I love Japanese cuisine. Currently, it's my favorite cuisine. Ever since coming from the Philippines and stopping over Japan for a 2-hour layover and trying my favorite Japanese Curry, Sakura Sushi is the first Japanese restaurant I have tried in Canada.

Earlier today, I slipped on melted snow. I also attended a seminar which got me a little bit sad so I need my comfort Japanese food. Sakura Sushi is a small no-frills restaurant that offer good Japanese food. When I go to Japanese restaurants I have this list of food I must try which is Japanese Curry (if it's available), Gyoza (must-have), and Salmon/Tuna Sashimi. Upon reviewing the Sakura Sushi menu, they don't have Japanese Curry but thankfully they have Gyoza and both Salmon and Tuna Sashimi. I was really hungry so I ordered Chicken Karaage and a bowl of rice.

Salmon and Tuna Sashimi

Free Miso Soup

Fried Gyoza

Chicken Karaage

I loved their Chicken Karaage but was disappointed with the Sashimi. Nonetheless, it was in a great accessible location and when I need a little pick me up food, I would definitely come back.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Food Trip in Vancouver (Downtown): Fat Burger

Jomar, Hovey, and I had late lunch at Fat Burger because apparently my brother had been wanting to eat here for a while now. The service was excellent, burgers were good, and serving-size were huge.




Monday, November 23, 2015

Metro Vancouver: Food, Love, and View

Before Jomar left Canada to go to the US (before going home to the Philippines), we decided to explore more of the beautiful city of Vancouver and Richmond. Below are some of the photos and places, we've visited.

Fisherman's Wharf - October 28

Canada Place Sails - November 2

Queen Elizabeth Park - November 8

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Layover in Haneda Airport: Food, Love, and Experience

As I was planning my migration to Canada, one of the decision I had to make was decide on which airline I would ride going to Vancouver. There's just so many options. My considerations were length of flight (this is in terms of hours inside the plane) and the layover should be in a country I've never been to. After searching and assessing airlines, I chose to fly with ANA (All Nippon Airways). The longest flight would be 9 hours from Tokyo to Vancouver.

I've never been to Japan plus I love Japanese cuisine so I could finally say, I had Japanese Curry (Kare) in Japan (even if it's just inside the airport).

View my Google+ Story through this link.

Last Meal in Philippines
Only meal in Japan (Japanese Curry)
First Photo in Canada

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Travel Apps

There are so many travel apps out there from before, during, and after you travel. On this page, I'll make a list of apps I normally use when I travel.

Before (Planning Stage)

  • Google will always be your friend when searching places to visit.
  • I use Skyscanner when searching for flights just to get an idea on available airlines and price range but I usually buy on the airline website.
  • I use Agoda when searching for hotel names in an area. I also booked my hotels there or sometimes on the hotel website depending on what's cheaper.
  • I haven't tried AirBnB but I heard it's awesome so I'll definitely give it a shot on my next trip.
  • Foursquare (bit bias since it's my fave app) for restaurants to try.
  • I usually trust travel blogs more when figuring out what is available in a city and of course the local tourism website if it's available.
During
  • I use Google Camera when taking photos because it allows me to take 360 degrees photosphere shots. (Plus, I use a Nexus 5.) Plus, all my photos is automatically uploaded privately in Google Photos.
  • Swarm by Foursquare will always be my fave check-in app. It allows me to remember where I've been with a check-in, short caption, and a photo.
  • I rarely share on Facebook when I travel but, yes I guess Facebook could be included here as well.
Trivia: I don't use Instagram and I am not active in Twitter that's why they are not included on this list.

After
  • Google Photos. I don't need to transfer any of my photos or be worried about it getting lost. I don't even have to worry about creating an album because Google Photos automatically creates a Google Plus Story which you can share in you social media accounts. It's really great after traveling and when you want to relieve and go back to those moments.
  • Maploco.com - this app was recommended in a travel Facebook group I am part of. It allows you to highlight countries or state or provinces in a map. Check it out.
  • FlightDiary.Net - this app allows you to record your flight and it will prepare a dashboard of reports about your flight history (my fave data: apparently, I fly more during October - I didn't know about that). Check it ou
  • Google Maps - I have a private Google Maps highlighting cities or town I've visited
  • Your blog - if you maintain a blog, it's time for you to update it and share your latest adventure.
That's a list of travel apps I use. What travel apps do you use? Comment below.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Baguio City: Food, Friends, and Events

Baguio, the Summer Capital of the Philippines, is on top of my fave places to visit in the country. Why? I love the fresh vegetable and I like staying at Azalea Residences.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Iloilo Innovation Tour: Food, Friends, and Events

Flying in of Iloilo Monday evening of May 11, 2015 and flying out midnight of May 13, 2015, was one of the quickest adventure I had in recent months. My good friend Jerome asked me to host one of his events. Below are some of the very few photos that I have of the short sweet stay.

Google for Education Innovation Tour Iloilo

Google for Education Innovation Tour Iloilo

Chocolate Cupcakes

Fun Lunch

Biscocho Haus goodies for Jomar

Mangoes from Guimaras c/o Jerome
Such a short fun stay. Thanks Iloilo!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Jossel-Rose Wedding

After graduation and the joy of your first pay slip, one of the next major event in one's life would be their wedding day. Thus, I find so much joy that Jossel Tigcal (Jomar's brother) and Rosemarie Turan invited me to be part of this glorious and blessed day. Here are some of the photos that I have of their wedding.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Pangasinan: Family, Love, and View

Last April 9 (Thursday), was a holiday in the Philippines. Jomar and I decided to tag along with my father to his home province in Pangasinan, Philippines. It was really a short tiring trip on a hot summer day, nonetheless, Jomar and I had fun taking Panorama and Photosphere photos. We also visited The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Subic: Food, Colleagues, and Work

We left Thursday, March 26, early in the morning (4AM) and headed to Subic, Olongapo. The night before I arrived late from a meeting in Calamba, Laguna. Shaine conducted the first day of training and I did the second day. Yay for training road trip!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Historic Town of Taal, Batangas: Food, Friends, and View

When we hear the word, Taal, the first thing that comes to mind would be the volcano best viewed from Tagaytay City. Surprisingly, there's a Taal town in Batangas with a rich history. Below is a Google Plus Story of the day trip we did in Taal, Batangas. Enjoy!