Japan offers 10,000 Free Trips to Foreigners via The Telegraph

Fancy a trip to Japan?  Read on… The Japan Tourism Agency plans to ask would-be travellers to submit online applications for the free flights, detailing which areas of the country they would like to visit, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said. The agency will select the successful entrants and ask them to write a report about …

Japan in My Prayers

Japan in My Prayers

I was heartbroken to see the devastation in Japan last Friday. But I was also full of admiration as I watched the Japanese handle the crisis with such quiet dignity.  Here’s an article by Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times explaining how the Japanese ‘tough it out’ during trying times.  (Thank you to Mabel …

The Kunming International Cherry Blossoms Festival

I have always wanted to see the cherry blossoms in Japan. The Japanese call this practice Hanami which literally means “flower viewing”. But the plan to do that was set aside because of an unexpected trip to China earlier this year. Little did Hubby and I know that we were going to be in for …

Pinay Traveller Recommends: Happon Ramen House in Marikina

Marikina, formerly known as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines, is now becoming quite the food hub. Alongside old-timer restaurants that serve the traditional Marikeño fare of pancit pinagulong, everlasting and puto, there are now modern food parks and restaurants that attract the foodies of Metro Manila. One of these new restos is the quaint  Happon …