Birthday Celebration in Japan

January 22, 2022

Part of the reason for going to Okinawa was to spend my birthday there. We flew to Okinawa the day of my birthday. I was very excited to be on the plane on my birthday and landing to explore the island. 

We drove around Onna in the rain to find a restaurant for dinner. We found a traditional family-style restaurant which was perfect for me. I didn't want anything fancy for my birthday. Just something simple with good food. And it's what we got. We all ordered the noodle dish called So-ki soba. A famous Okinawan dish! The broth was delicious.  The noodles were perfect! And the beef was tender. 

We capped off my birthday by going back to our Airbnb and eating cake! Big thanks to my husband and bestie Keiko for making it a special day for me. 

The beautiful Okinawa

January 15, 2022

The highlight of my trip in 2018 to Japan was Okinawa. I had no expectations about coming to Okinawa. I just knew that it will be a fun trip since Keiko was coming with us. We went to the mainland only as we only had a few days to spend there. 
The flight from Nagoya to Okinawa was a little over 2 hours. The airport in Naha alone blew me away. They had orchids decorating the airport. I first thought they were fake but upon close inspection, all of them were real. I feel like I landed in paradise.

The food in Okinawa was the best for me. Fresh cheap seafood (yes cheaper than the big cities in Japan!) and also fruits! Ahh, I can't even tell you how excited I get when I think about Okinawa. We had a lot of good memories driving around the coast, going to a cave, eating, and being stuck in Naha for 1 night because our flight was cancelled (more on that later on). 

We had an Airbnb booked in Onna. We wanted to buy far away from the city and U.S military base so booked a rental car to get around Okinawa. Renting a car in Okinawa was a bit of a challenge as you need to have a valid International Driver's License. Keiko ended up driving us around the island because it was easier as she drives in Japan. The paperwork took a bit of time to process before we could drive off with our cute red car. We somehow fit all our luggage into it. 
Keiko drove five minutes from the car rental location to this grocery store and we went nuts buying groceries and snacks to eat while we drove to Onna. 
We found a lot of tropical vegetables and fruits. We explored every inch of this store because we were so excited and of course, we bought the famous spam sandwich. 
Spam sandwich is a good road trip sustenance. 

Life Update 6.0

January 10, 2022

Hello and Happy New Year!! 

It's been a year and I know I promised last time that I would post more but somehow I ended up only having 1 post for the entire year of 2021. 

I do apologize to whoever is still reading and visiting this blog. 

The whole pandemic and family life has thrown me off completely and I had to re-prioritize my life. And not only that, my motivation to keep this blog going went down since I didn't travel for two years. My last trip was in February 2020 just before the pandemic hit. Two whole years! and I don't even know when I will feel comfortable to do so again with new variants emerging left and right. 

But I told myself that this year, I should write again and share my previous travel experiences. This blog is my travel diary so even if no one is reading it, I would like to have something to go back to when I want to reminisce. 

It's fun to see the photos and read about my past travels. Now more than ever, I am glad that travel was my priority because now everything is precarious. 

Let me know in the comments section how you are and what country do you dream to visit. 

15 Random Observations of Bohol

May 26, 2021

1. Has great beaches and a lot of resorts.
2. You can choose to do a lot of tours like dolphin watching, snorkeling, and turtle watching.
3. You can also do island hopping tours.
4. Lots of tourists that come from China and Korea.
5. You have to haggle all the time with the tour operators and for transportation.
6. Restaurants with BBQ pits for cooking meat and seafood.
7. You can hire a private vehicle (car, van, etc) to drive you around Bohol to go to the famous sites.
8. Entrance fees to tourist sites are nominal.
9. Tarsiers are small nocturnal creatures.
10. You will be asked to sign up for tours each time you walk around the Alona beach area.
11. Panglao is also famous for diving.
12. You will find dive shops everywhere and diving schools.
13. There are a lot of white sand beaches like Dumuluan beach.
14. "Chocolate" hills is green not brown. 
15. You can go on a river lunch cruise. 

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