Our alarm clock was set at 05:30 am this morning, as Jan-Jan (my uncle’s driver) was picking us up together with my parents at 06:30 am to drive to Tagaytay, the city closest to Taal Volcano. Taal Volcano is the smallest active volcano in The Philippines and the hike going to the crater is easy. … Continue reading Taal Volcano – The smallest active volcano in The Philippines
I had so many plans for the morning, but couldn’t do any because of my jetlag. Mark and I were meeting my parents for brunch at 12:00 at my dad’s favourite Chinese restaurant in Manila. David’s Tea House at Greenbelt 1 was just across the street from our hotel and serves very nice dim sum. … Continue reading The history of Manila – visiting Intramuros
People have been asking me why I haven’t visited The Philippines in all my years of traveling abroad. Well, I actually went ‘back home’ when I was 13 to celebrate Y2K with family. I was born in The Philippines but moved to The Netherlands when I was 11 months old. During my visit in 1999-2000, … Continue reading Going back to where I came from.
Today is our last full day in Japan as we fly back home tomorrow from Osaka Kansai International Airport. This has been an incredible journey and I can honestly say that out of all the places I have visited so far, Japan has made the biggest impression on me. We’re not at the end yet, … Continue reading TAKING IT EASY ON OUR LAST FULL DAY IN JAPAN
Nara is only a short train ride away from Kyoto and Osaka and is often visited as a day trip from one of those cities. Nara is was the first capital city of Japan and there has a historical significance. For me, the reason I wanted to visit Nara was to see the wild deer … Continue reading PLAYING WITH MESSENGERS OF GOD IN NARA
Osaka, a city often overlooked by tourists who travel to Japan. With Tokyo and Kyoto to compete with, Osaka is not on everyones must-see list. We chose to fly back from this city so we wouldn’t have to travel all the way back to Tokyo to fly back home. When I was doing research on … Continue reading SHARING OSAKA WITH MILLIONS OF PEOPLE
From Osaka, we took a day trip to Hiroshima. Our Shinkansen wasn’t very quick and it took us a little over 2 hours to reach our destination. Ringing the Peace Bell at Hiroshima Peace Park. Almost 70 years ago, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima during World War II. After that, a second … Continue reading HIROSHIMA & MIYAJIMA