Author: Hitanas

The Subtropics of Japan: Okinawa Part 1

One spring afternoon, I was bored out of my wits and I was itching to get out of Tokyo and go somewhere  without the hordes of people in a business suit hurrying their way to work. So I pulled out my map of Japan, closed my eyes and decided to go wherever my finger points at.  After a few mispoints, (my first point landed  in the Pacific Ocean, the second  attempt landed in North Korea) I figured that my  lazing around wouldn’t get me anywhere. I eventually ended up doing some proper reading and finally decided to experience the sub-tropics of Japan and visit Okinawa. Okinawa is at the tip of Japan and a plane ride away from Tokyo. Getting there is surprisingly  cheap.  We went during the golden week(high season) and we got our ticket for 7000 yen round trip (around 70 dollars). Our first stop was in Naha, the main hub of Okinawa and the gateway to the nearby islands of Aka-Jima, Zamami and tokashiki. We decided to stay here for a day …

Chasing the Sun at Bantayan Island

Bantayan is perfect if you want to relax, slow down and not do anything. We left the Island feeling thankful that we accidentally got stuck there to see its beauty. It’s too bad though that we didn’t get to see its sunset but hopefully we will on a different time. I’m sure watching the sunset there in the summer would be awesome. 🙂

Tips and Notes about Indonesia

Indonesia is an amazing country, it’s one of my favorite countries that I visited to date. I had a lot of fun in the two weeks that I spent there despite our mishaps. Here’s some of my notes about Indo. It’s not a definitive guide about the country  obviously but just random notes that might be helpful to others who is planning to visit Indonesia too. Useful Info Indonesia is largely a Muslim country. Ramadan or Eid Al Fitr is a national holiday observed all over Indonesia. Make sure to have enough cash when visiting around this time because prices of all transportation hikes up and almost all banks and most establishments are close in observance of the holiday.Ramadan is celebrated around June-July   Indonesians don’s speak a lot of English outside of Bali which can get a little bit frustrating sometimes, they’re also still a bit conservative and it is common to see people wearing hijabs and kufi and small prayer nooks in local establishments. Central Bali is 30 minutes away from Denspasar Airport, …