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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. 🙂

Surfing in the Island

Surfing is quickly picking up in the Philippines,  with  more than a thousand island in the country, it would be surprising if you can’t find at least one if not two surf spots in every region to surf to. Here is my list of my favorite surf spots in the Philippines and a few info on the vibe and how to get there. 1. San Narciso Zambales The spot is 3 hours away from Manila. There are  3 main surfing spots in the area. Crystal Beach, Liwliwa and Magic Left. Timing is the key if you are planning a surf trip here. November to February are the perfect time to visit when the winter waves starts coming in. If you are ever in Manila at this time of the year and would like a quick surf trip, this is a good spot to drop by. There are other nearby islands to go to during your surf breaks or if you’re still looking to discover more surf spots around the area. Board Rentals: Php 200 (5USD) …

7 Things First Time Woman Travelers Should Know

1.You are an easy target.  NO matter how strong and as independent women are portrayed these days, the truth of the matter is scammers still sees us as an easy prey. Yes men experience this too, but scammers are more persistent and motivated to push through with their evil plans on women travelers. The trick is to keep your wits with you and don’t panic. Listen to your instincts, if it’s saying you are in danger, there’s a big probability that you probably are. Go to a safe place and please try not to look like headless chicken or a deer caught in the headlights. Try to blend in like you know what you’re doing. 2.Don’t just wing it, read up about the culture, money exchange policies and dangers of a foreign country or city that you are visiting. Sounds sensible right? But for us free spirits, throwing rules out the window, going on an adventure wherever the wind takes us in an unmapped city is as normal as our everyday routine.  Our courage and adventurous spirit doesn’t …