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Hello 2019!

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2018 has been a busy year. I stopped writing here mid of last year because I got promoted at work (yay!) but has been really busy.

One of my goal for this year (and was my goal last year) is to write 1 post each week. Last year is also the first time I didn't have a year-end summary. Oh well. Let's  be positive as we welcome the new year.

New Year's Eve I arrived in Canada last 2015 and I spent NYE for 2016, 2017, and 2018 thinking and dreaming of watching the fireworks in Downtown Vancouver. I didn't go those previous years because of the cold and crowd. I told my brother during my first NYE in Canada that we should book a hotel in Downtown where we could see the fireworks, avoid the crowd, and be warm.

Pan Pacific Hotel That dream came true NYE of 2019. Last September, I booked a hotel room at Pinnacle Hotel. However, in November, I learned that the fireworks display won't be visible from any of their rooms which is unfortunate. I, then, called Pan Pacific Hotel …

To The Year That Was 2015

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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 earned 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 historic town of Taal, Batangas.


February - Most of the love month until April, I've been travelling 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

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

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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 initially going to eat at Gmen Ramen Shop, but are not open on Sundays, so we end up at Sato Japanese Restaurant.


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

Food Trip in Richmond (McLennan North): Sakura Sushi

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I love Japanese cuisine. Currently, it's my favourite cuisine. Ever since coming from the Philippines and stopping over Japan for a 2-hour layover and eating my favourite Japanese Curry, I have been searching for the best place to try it in Canada, and I end up at Sakura Sushi.

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 offers 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 famished, so I ordered Chicken Karaage and a bowl of rice.





I loved their Chicken Karaage but was disappointed with the Sashimi. Nonetheless, it was in an accessible location, and when I need a lit…

Food Trip in Vancouver (Downtown): Fat Burger

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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, the burgers were good, and serving-size were huge.




Metro Vancouver: Food, Love, and View

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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.



Layover in Haneda Airport: Food, Love, and Experience

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As I was planning my migration to Canada, one of the decisions I had to make was deciding on which airline I would ride going to Vancouver because there's just so many options like 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.

Travel Apps

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

Before (Planning Stage)

Google will always be your friend when searching for places to visit.I use Skyscanner when searching for flights 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 incredible, so I'll give it a shot on my next trip.Foursquare (bit bias since it's my fave app) for restaurants to tryI 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 phot…

Angeles City, Pampanga: Food, Friends, and Events

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.

Cagayan de Oro Innovation Tour: Food, Friends, and Events

Cagayan de Oro City Innovation Tour last May 2015.

Davao Innovation Tour: Food, Friends, and Events

Thanks, Google+ Story for this compilation of photos from my trip to Davao City last May 2015.


Cebu Innovation Tour: Food, Friends, and Events

Finally! Some summer fun in Cebu.

Iloilo Innovation Tour: Food, Friends, and Events

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Flying in of Iloilo Monday evening of May 11, 2015, and flying out midnight of May 13, 2015, was one of the quickest adventures 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.






Such a short fun stay. Thanks, Iloilo!

Jossel-Rose Wedding

After graduation and the joy of your first pay slip, one of the next major events in one's life would be their wedding day. Thus, I find so much pleasure 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.

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 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.

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 a training road trip!

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!