PinayTraveller in Japan: Preparing For Your Trip

Japan remains to be one of my most favorite countries. In fact, you might say I am a Japanophile to a certain extent. (Just take a peek inside my kitchen cupboards and you’ll see why.) My recent visit to Japan was made extra special because I was with my Hubby and a couple of friends …

The Wolfgang Puck Express in Harajuku

The Wolfgang Puck Express in Harajuku

Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck’s business thrives well in Japan.  But my discovery of the Iron Chef’s restaurant in Tokyo was purely accidental.  My friend Arnold and I were going to see Harajuku, that famous street where young Japanese people hang out dressed in their favorite anime characters. I personally wanted to see this: But when …

Top 10 Best Value Destinations for 2012 via Lonely Planet

Planning your travels for 2012?  Consider Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Best Value Destinations.  I’m glad Japan, Portugal and Vietnam made the list. It would be nice to personally see Porto, home to the world-famous Porto wine which I love.;) Porto, Portugal The town that put the ‘Port’ in Portugal (as well as the port in …

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 …