Eight Tips on How To Travel in Style

How to Travel in Style

Everyone wants to travel in style for a perfect #ootd that you want to share with your friends while on vacation. Let’s face it, we want to look stylish and flaunt like a model while sightseeing, so here’s how to travel in style like a fashion blogger:

Tip no. 1: Plan Ahead

I always plan ahead on what to wear whenever I travel abroad. I usually visualize what top and bottom can go well together and plan one week before the trip so that I can have plenty of choices and outfit ideas that I can come up with.

Tips on How to Travel in Style

When it comes to packing clothes, I like to keep it neutral and classic.  Stick with the clothes you already love and pair it with something new or something that will perfectly match it.

How to Travel in Style

Tip no. 2 : Dress according to weather.

Tips on How to Travel in Style

You don’t wanna pack a tank top and shorts in an 8-degree weather right? Check the weather forecast first and plan from there on what kind of clothes you wanna bring and start brainstorming on your upcoming #ootds.

Tips on How to Travel in Style

Jumpsuits and denim dress are the safest outfits that you can bring on your vacation. You can pair your jumpsuits with a leather jacket and boots if it’s a bit chilly or a denim dress  that match your favorite sandals if you plan to go to the beach.

Tips on How to Travel in Style

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Tip no. 3 : Comfy at its best- Sneakers

Finding a balance between comfort and fashion is the key when searching for travel outfit. When searching for a footwear, you don’t need to pack many kinds if you have one kicks that say comfort and chic. The all-white sneaker is a must have to pack since it’s very versatile and can pair well with jeans, skirts and beyond. It is the perfect footwear if you need some serious #ootd but still finding it comfortable to wear.

Tips on How to Travel in Style

Tip no. 4: Statement Bag

Tips on How to Travel in Style

A bag with multiple pockets helps things organized. You can put everything that you need on those pockets like your passport, ticket and travel documents to show at the airport. No more hassle!

 

Tip no. 5 : A Leather Jacket

When you are traveling to cooler climates like Baguio or Tagaytay or wherever, it is best to pack a leather jacket to keep you warm especially on ber months.

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It’s my never fail go-to jacket for all sorts of occasions. It never goes out of style and it’s best to pair with almost anything.

Tip no. 6 : Have Fun!

How to Travel in Style

Of course, Having fun is the main point of traveling regardless of the #ootds we like to upload. What matters most is the adventure and experience we received and the memories will get upon our journey. Happy Travel Everyone and I hope you guys like my post!

 

 

 

 

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter : Osaka Japan

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

Hi Peeps! Here is my most awaited post about my Japan Series featuring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Osaka.

I’m a big Potterhead. I remember the excitement back then on watching Harry Potter films and read all the seven books.

I used to make love letters to Daniel Radcliffe himself. I recall all the embarrassing postcards, stickers and my “I LOVE YOU DAN with a lipstick mark” that I mail to Leavesden Studios. (I know… it’s ridiculous … I was twelve, okay? HAHAHA at least I got a newsletter with his black and white picture in return)

 

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

Anyway, Harry Potter made my life magical from elementary to high school days and it’s an every potter heads dream to visit Hogwarts someday.

So, when I found out that there is a new HP Theme park in Asia, we’ve decided to choose Osaka as our main trip instead of Tokyo!

 

We’ve visited Universal Studios on a weekday to avoid the large crowd. (No. 1 tip.. avoid going on weekends) It’s still pretty crowded even if it’s Monday and most of the park guest had only one goal in mind upon entering the amusement park, and that is the Harry Potter Area. So after we got all the tickets and entered USJ, we dash all the way into the dark forest!

phew… we got in early. No need for timed entry tickets.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

Don’t enter the dark forest!!!!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

The Weasley’s Flying Ford —-We’re getting closer!!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

Witches/Wizards, Welcome to Hogsmeade…. I’m sure that all of you had your forms signed by a guardian or parent. (tee hee…)

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

The first attraction that you can see is the Hogwarts Express! ( I literally cried when I saw this)

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

Everything here is so beautiful!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

You can get your own butterbeer here…

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

It’s so yummy!!! – taste like caramel soda with whipped cream

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

Have you seen this Wizard??

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

The Three Broomsticks, where Harry, Ron, Hermione and me (LOL) usually hang out.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

Ladies, beware of the girl’s bathroom- Moaning Myrtle is in there!

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

Honeydukes is our first stop – lots of goodies inside ❤

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My favorite jellybeans!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

Chocolate frogs are divine! I got Dumbledore ❤

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The Monster Book of Monster… just stroke its spine, it won’t bite.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

Instant wands are here…

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

Love Potion (I need this..ahem.)

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perfect for eavesdropping.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

There are only two rides within the park – Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (inside Hogwarts castle), and the Flight of the Hippogriff.

Voila! The Hogwarts Castle

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*Insert Harry Potter Theme Song Here*

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

Glorious.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

So Majestic.

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The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is inside the Hogwarts Castle. We waited for like an hour just to enter the castle (patience is a must in this ride). Nevertheless, the ride is so worth it and you’ll never get bored in line since you can see the glory of the castle outside and some special surprises that you can see upon entering Hogwarts.

So, don’t miss it!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

That’s all! Hope you enjoyed my photos and plan your Wizarding World of Harry Potter visit too!

and don’t forget to buy some souvenirs once you entered the park. ( I got a Gryffindor scarf!) ❤

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios Japan

 

Pokemon Center Osaka : Japan 2016

One of the places I was looking forward to visit in Osaka (second to Wizarding World of Harry Potter) is the Pokemon Center Osaka.

Pokemon Center Osaka : Osaka Adventures 2016

The center is located in the 13th floor of Daimaru Department Store in Umeda. If you get lost, don’t be afraid to ask questions and if they can’t understand you just reenact Pikachu and say “pika pika”. – they’ll know.. (based on my experience HAHA)

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we saw detective conan in the station! errrr I mean his cafe
 Pokemon Center Osaka : Osaka Adventures 2016

The center is actually a store and a gaming center for pokemon fanatics!

Pokemon Center Osaka : Osaka Adventures 2016

it has various Pokemon collectibles from cute stuffed toys, backpacks, key chain, printed shirts, socks, spoon, pencils, towels up to marshmallows and Pokemon biscuits.

Just imagine how big our smiles are after seeing all those merchandises and ended up getting three big Pokemon plushies.

including this big Bulbasaur!

Pokemon Center Osaka : Japan Adventures 2016

Pokemon Center Osaka : Osaka Adventures 2016

Endless amount of plushies in the center!

Pokemon Center Osaka : Osaka Adventures 2016

Pokemon Center Osaka : Osaka Adventures 2016
The original trio!

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After visiting the center, we went to Umeda Sky Building to see the stunning Osaka from above.

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Umeda Sky Building : Japan Adventures 2016

The New Umeda in the nineteenth-tallest building and one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. It consists of two 40-story towers that connect at their two uppermost stories, with bridges and an escalator crossing the wide atrium-like space in the center.

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The donut shape roof of the building provides a 360-degree view and lets you roam around while being dragged by the strong wind.

Umeda Sky Building : Japan Adventures 2016

Umeda Sky Building : Japan Adventures 2016

Umeda Sky Building : Japan Adventures 2016

Umeda Sky Building : Japan Adventures 2016

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Umeda Sky Building : Japan Adventures 2016

If you get tired and hungry you can visit the Takimi-koji, a replica of a Japanese street in early Showa Period were various restaurants and small souvenir booth that can be found on the first basement floor.

Takimi-koji Japan Adventures 2016

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Takimi-koji Japan Adventures 2016

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You can also make a quick stop in Umeda Joypolis located in HEP Five Mall (near Osaka Station) to play some video games,  crane machines and try the purikura!

Umeda Joypolis Japan Adventures 2016

Umeda Joypolis Japan Adventures 2016

Umeda Joypolis Japan Adventures 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osaka Travel Part 1: Japan Adventures 2016

Now for the second part of my Japan series. I’ll be sharing our day two trip by visiting the capitol that attracts millions of tourist annually and recognized as the second largest metropolitan city in Japan…..

Osaka.

Osaka Travel Part 1 Japan Adventures 2016

Our trip to Japan started in Kyoto (which we toured for one day) and returned to the food capitol.

We started our second day trip by going to The Osaka Museum of House and Living.

Osaka Travel Part 1 Japan Adventures 2016

If you want to experience how it felt like living in Osaka way back in Edo period, This place will give you the feels.

Osaka Travel Part 1 Japan Adventures 2016

It’s not your ordinary museum since it lets you roam around the old towns, houses as a normal person living in that period.

Osaka Travel Part 1 Japan Adventures 2016

The lighting changes every few minutes to show how it looks like during different parts of the day.

Osaka Travel Part 1: Japan Adventures 2016

Osaka Travel Part 1: Japan Adventures 2016

Osaka Travel Part 1: Japan Adventures 2016
Osaka Travel Part 1: Japan Adventures 2016
Another great way to feel the experience is by renting a yukata for only 200 yen!

Osaka Travel Part 1: Japan Adventures 2016

Kawaii from Head to Toe…

Osaka Travel Part 1: Japan Adventures 2016

Osaka Travel Part 1: Japan Adventures 2016

How to get there?
Ride the Tanimachi or Sakisuji Subway Line and stop at Tenjunbashi 6-chrome Station (Exit no.3). The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living is located on the 8th floor of the Housing Information Center. Entrance Fee is 600 yen.

(spotted: Jun Matsumoto)

Jun Matsumoto Osaka Travel Part 1: Japan Adventures 2016

 

2. Osaka Castle

Osaka Travel Part 1: Japan Adventures 2016
One of Japan most famous landmarks as it played a major role in History of Osaka.

Osaka Travel Part 1: Japan Adventures 2016

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Dozens of tourist came here to visit the glorious site and experience the beauty of it, especially during the cherry blossom season.

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THE BEST OF KYOTO : JAPAN ADVENTURES 2016

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Hey peeps! I’m back with a series of blog posts and now’s the time to share the first part of my Japan Experience..KYOTO.

VISITING KYOTO

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We planned on visiting Kyoto in our day one agenda to see if we could still witness the  blooming sakura flowers in Mid April. Good thing that our Awesome Apartment from Airbnb is very close to Namba Station that has a lot of transit line option including the Midosuji Line that connects to Umeda (JR Osaka) and ride the JR Express line heading to Kyoto.

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Kyoto Station is a major railway station and transportation hub in Kyoto and consider as the second largest station building after Nagoya. It’s enormously beautiful with it’s futuristic design and glass windows and it’s more than just a station since it’s packed with first rate shops, restaurants and things to see.

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Everything here is Instagram Worthy!–

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Unlimited City Bus Tour:

There are several ways to tour Kyoto. As a tourist, you can ride the train, subway or bus to the destinations you wanna go but if you want to get the most of your Kyoto trip and target  5-6 sights for the day then it is best to avail the Unlimited (1 Day) City Bus Pass that cost for only 500 yen.

We were able to visit 5 sights for the day thanks to the bus pass and google map. Although I don’t guarantee that you will not experience being loss or getting on a wrong  bus

..BWAHAHAHA..kidding. you just need to be alert and know which way to go (unlike me..lol)

How to get one?

The best place to buy the passes is at the Kyoto Bus Information Centre, which is just outside the Kyoto Station. When you visit the center, you just mention the 1 Day City Bus in the cashier and they’ll know it.

The brochure has all the information that you need and a helpful timetable from your current location (Starting Point) and to your desire destination.  Here is a sample:

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1 day unlimited bus pass

It’s really important to follow their bus etiquette (you enter from the back door and exit at the front). and when to pay using your card (when you get off the bus). Listen to the speaker while riding the bus and pay attention to the TV boards displayed since
the destinations of the bus you are riding is flashing on the screen and temples nearby on each stop. It’s announcement is in Japanese and English so you don’t have to worry.

Explore Kyoto

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Kyoto is so big that it’s impossible to tour all the sites for a day. However, not all tourist sites are that spectacular but there are some that you would consider a must-sees or gems in Kyoto that you want to visit if you’re in it for the Spring, Fall or Winter.

Below are the attractions I recommend if you only got 1 day to visit Kyoto, in the most time-efficient possible:

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

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The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of Kyoto’s top sights and for good reason: standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world. Pictures aren’t enough to capture the magic of this place, you need to witness the beauty of it in person.

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This is our first stop in Kyoto since it’s very far from the central and will take 30-40 min by bus.

 

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How to get there?

Ride the City bus no. 11 and stop at Nagatsuji-dori Station or Arashiyama Station. Or by JR Train from Kyoto Station by taking the JR Sagano/San-in Line to Saga-Arashiyama Station.

 

 

Ginkaku-ji Temple

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The “Silver Pavilion”, that has magnificient halls and gardens, with a tremendous viewpoint over the entire temple compound.

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A typical garden with beautiful landscapes that is perfect during fall or spring.

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ginkakuji temple kyoto

ginkakuji temple kyoto

ginkakuji temple kyoto

How to get there?

Ride bus no. 5 or 17 or 100 and alight at Ginkakuji-michi station. You need to walk around 5 more minutes to get to the entrance.

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ticket that you can keep as a souvenir ❤
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Don’t forget to stop and get matcha sweets as souvenirs
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I’m in matcha heaven.

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Japan Haul 2016

Hi Peeps I’m backkkkkkkkkkkk!

JAPAN HAUL

I just can’t believed that I’m back to reality again and I terribly miss the spring weather in Osaka. We were so lucky to catch the cherry blossoms and I cannot wait to go visit again next spring!

Anyway, I am so sorry for not posting anything for a week but I am definitely going to start blogging again and share my Japan Adventures with you!

I also bring some beautiful souvenirs (ehem make up, clothes, etc.) that I’ll be sharing with you guys in this post just to remind myself how incredibly awesome my trip was and it was a splurging bond moment with my mom because everything in Japan is so pretty…..

Majority of our splurge end up in make-up, clothes, shoes, food, chocolates and stuff toys HAHA..

Here are some of our Japan Haul:

Make-ups

Instasize_0430191532Japan has a lot of drugstores. But they are not just your typical pharmacy stores because they have huge variety of products and have better quality brands which we don’t get in regular drugstores.

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