Asia, Food, International Travels, Taiwan, Travels

The US$300 Taiwan Challenge: 5D4N Transportation and Food Expenses for A Couple

This trip has largely been unplanned. By that I mean, we only had a month or so to book and prepare for this, and after a month or so (February), we will head to Bangkok for a few days. So the budget wasn't as big as when we went to Japan. Add to that the… Continue reading The US$300 Taiwan Challenge: 5D4N Transportation and Food Expenses for A Couple

Asia, Food, International Travels, Taiwan, Travels

Taiwan: Japanese and Chinese Fusion and Places to Visit

The first thing you would probably notice when in Taiwan, is how evident and wide-spread its Japanese influence is. We saw a mini Shinjuku, a mini Shibuya, and read about some onsens (hot spring baths) in some other places outside of Taipei. So I couldn't help but google why Japan has so much presence in… Continue reading Taiwan: Japanese and Chinese Fusion and Places to Visit

Food, Travels, Restaurants

Chateau Beatrice and Pamana in Tagaytay: Bed, Breakfast and Lunch!

Chateau Beatrice Bed and Breakfast There is a myriad of bed and breakfast, hotels, inns and backpacker resorts in Tagaytay. What makes Chateau Beatrice stand out is first and foremost, the customer feedback they have on Tripadvisor. One Saturday afternoon, the 4 of us were food-crawling in Maginhawa strEAT, and the thought of spending a… Continue reading Chateau Beatrice and Pamana in Tagaytay: Bed, Breakfast and Lunch!

Asia, Food, International Travels, Japan

Japan, Ja-Fun! The Quaintness of Kyoto and Some Useful Temple/Shrine Etiquette

Kyoto used to be the capital of Imperial┬áJapan before it was moved to Tokyo. It is bustling with temples, shrines, palaces and traditional wooden houses. It also the best place to meet a Geisha. If we had the time, we would have spent at least 3 days in Kyoto because it is teeming not only… Continue reading Japan, Ja-Fun! The Quaintness of Kyoto and Some Useful Temple/Shrine Etiquette

Asia, Food, International Travels, Japan

Experiencing Japan: Go on a Budget or Not?

Japan is a rich country - in culture, history, culinary, technology and entertainment. To be in the country itself is already an experience for the books. I wouldn't be surprised at how many blogs have been written about how much less they spent for x number of days in Japan. My take though is different.… Continue reading Experiencing Japan: Go on a Budget or Not?