Japan Was Always a Healing Journey.

A HEALING JOURNEY. The last time we visited Japan, my mother died the next morning after we arrived in Osaka. My brothers said, “Huwag ka nang umuwi muna, ate. Anyway, nung nagpaalam kayong ba-byahe sa Japan, she told you: ‘“Mag-enjoy kayo ha!” (“Do not return immediately, sister. Remember that when you said you’ll go to Japan, she told you: ‘You […]

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Orange is Our Favorite Color: Wowed by Fushimi Inari in Kyoto.

Thanks to the expert airbnb hunting of our daughter Denise— we found a perfect location where we could just walk 15 minutes to Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha), 15 minutes to the JR Station that could bring you anywhere in Japan, and 10 minutes to Keihan Railways Fushimi-Inari Station, a short train ride to Gion District, where our […]

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A Day Isn’t Enough to Go Around Nara, Japan.

As I look up to see the ancient wooden beams representing a powerful era in history, I wonder how these thousands of every single part were connected to make it stand the test of time, and calamities? How did the Japanese mind deal with processes at that time to be able to create something as majestic as this gate? I […]

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We always do the free walking tour on Day 1 to familiarize with the highlights. This is Vienna.

Although we found visiting both Prague and Vienna enjoyable, our verdict is (well, this is only us talking): Once you visited the former, the latter (which is more metropolis) may pale in comparison when it comes to “The Vibe” that we mid-lifers are looking for. While Paris and Vienna may have the museums and palaces, Prague was refreshing to first-time […]

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Must-Try When Visiting The Netherlands: EAT A SILVERY BLUE FISH, THE ‘HARING!’ (Or herring fish.)

They are everywhere, you can see Dutch national flaglets of red, white and blue at their entrances: Fish stores selling fresh and pickled all kinds of fishes, but the best of them all is the herring! Our favorite shop (because they prepare it well) is Hollandse Nieuwe (Dutch new herring). Fresh from being hauled out of the ocean, herrings are […]

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An immersion experience of the traditional Viennese culture at the Wiener Wiesen October Fest 2018, Kaiserwiese in the Prater.

WHERE AND HOW DID WE CELEBRATE MY BIRTHDAY WHILE TRAVELING EUROPE THIS AUTUMN? Big time. An immersion experience of the traditional Viennese culture at the Wiener Wiesen Fest 2018, Kaiserwiese in the Prater. Free admissions during the daytime. (In the evening, they had famous Austrian performers. But what do we know about them. Free admission is always good.) What were […]

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