Category Archives: Family Travel

Paradise Island in Samal

If you have the time, there’s Pearl Farm and Malipano Island in Samal. But if you want a quick escape, Paradise Island is just a 10-minute boat ride from the jetty in Davao City. You still get the same sun … Continue reading

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Miyajima’s Oysters & Eels

And more.  We were drawn to Miyajima because of that iconic floating Torii Gate off Hiroshima Bay. At low tide, you can approach and walk around the gate. Took the 1 1/2 hour train ride from Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima and … Continue reading

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What’s There To Like in Otaru?

A lot. A whole lot. We were completely charmed strolling around Otaru Canal, and went insane in Sakaimachi shopping for Hokkaido cookies and stuff. From Sapporo, we took the hour-long slow train which chop-chooed along the coast towards Otaru. Slow … Continue reading

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Last Night in Odaiba (Tokyo)

We couldn’t figure out going to this man-made island in the middle of Tokyo Bay. An artificial island? Oh yeah. Give it to the Japanese to come up with such an island of neon lights, animé monuments and even a … Continue reading

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Snoopy Museum in Tokyo

In my pre-Animé and pre-Pixar generation, there will always be a Charlie Brown, a Sally, a Lucy, a Linus, and the human-like dog Snoopy. We grew up grabbing the newspapers ahead of our parents to read the “Peanuts” comic strip … Continue reading

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A Whole New World of Anime (Ghibli Museum)

It’s a whole new, imaginary and creative  world in Ghibli (pronounced Jibli) Museum here in Mitaka, a western city of Tokyo. The Museum is dedicated to the art and technique of animation. It honors the work of Hayao Miyazaki, Japan’s … Continue reading

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A Shinkansen Rush To Tokyo

We arrived before 9pm the night before and decided wisely on an airport hotel. That way, we only needed to cross the bridgeway from Kansai Airport to Hotel Nikko to drop our bags and walk back to the JR Office … Continue reading

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