MY SANTORINI STORY BOOK ~ PART 2

Hello everyone!

I’ve received so many wonderful comments on Part 1 of my 2-Part Santorini post. Thank you for all the sweet words. If you loved the photos i posted of my daytime escapade in this beautiful place, you should see how Santorini comes to life at night. How the lights seem to form a romantic language all on their own, i will never ever get to figure out… The experience is all so magical. We start with the magnificent grecian sunset down to the spectacular display of lights all across Oia. Enjoy!

So what happens when the sun sets over the lovely calderas of Santorini?
So what happens when the sun sets over the lovely calderas of Santorini?
We almost missed this spectacle at 7:30 in the evening! Running for our lives amidst the crowd to get to the perfect sunset spot was indeed worth it! Look at that beauty =)
We almost missed this spectacle at 7:30 in the evening! Running for our lives amidst the crowd to get to the perfect sunset spot was indeed worth it! Look at that beauty =)
Dubbed as the most beautiful sunset in the world. Yes, she is.
Dubbed as the most beautiful sunset in the world. Yes, she is.
She turns into a deep orange and dark purple as she nears the kiss of the night.
She turns into a deep orange and dark purple as she nears the kiss of the night.

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Gorgeous view, isn’t it? But wait till you see the crowd we battled just to get these photos! teehee Yep, the world’s most beautiful sunset sure does have her own set of admirers.. hundreds of us, all over the world.

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Had dinner at Oia's most celebrated restaurant: Pelekanos. Such a must visit when in Santorini. Highly recommended.
Had dinner at Oia’s most celebrated restaurant: Pelekanos. Such a must visit when in Santorini. Highly recommended.
The basil and tomato pasta in greek olive oil was yum! =)
The basil and tomato pasta in greek olive oil was yum! =)
Best lamb shanks i've ever tasted by far! Melts in your mouth butter smooth... hmmmm =)
Best lamb shanks i’ve ever tasted by far! Melts in your mouth butter smooth… hmmmm =)
Crisp and fresh calamari caught and cooked the same day straight off the waters of Amoudi Bay.
Crisp and fresh calamari caught and cooked the same day straight off the waters of Amoudi Bay.

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Now that our tummies are stuffed, time to go for a little walk around Oia.
Now that our tummies are stuffed, time to go for a little walk around Oia.
This place is a gold mine of greek souvenirs.
This place is a gold mine of greek souvenirs.

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Every corner leads you to some place worth stopping. Even the details of the buildings were already a sight for sore eyes.
Every corner leads you to some place worth stopping. Even the details of the buildings were already a sight for sore eyes.

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And somewhere in this little underground store lies a treasure trove of designer goodies. Amazing.
And somewhere in this little underground store lies a treasure trove of designer goodies. Amazing.

Alright, enough shopping. We know what we’re really waiting to see… The gorgeous view! hehe

Sigh… ladies and gentlemen… This is Oia, Santorini underneath the majestic, starlit skies.

magical.
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breathtaking.
breathtaking.

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Here’s hoping this post helps you in your future travel to this little piece of heaven on earth. Truly, Santorini is a place like no other. I would have wanted to include photos of my trip down Amoudi Bay but i figured that will have to be in another separate post. I want this blog solely dedicated to the majestic beauty of Santorini at night. I can’t wait to visit it again someday.. That second time, with the love of my life holding my hand.

Oia, Santorini- Check! =)

Til the next tick off our bucket lists, darlings!!!

XO,

Superwoman

MY SANTORINI STORY BOOK~Part 1

Of the deepest blue domes, white washed walls and chasing the world’s most beautiful sunset… =)

Hello everyone! I can’t really put into words how i felt the moment i step foot into a place i thought i’d only be able to see in books..I thought i could only see Santorini in my Pinterest board and read all about it in Google! hehe It was all so surreal. And to this day i can still feel the goosebumps just thinking about everything i saw. I still cannot believe it all—- seeing the iconic blue and white houses, eating the yummiest greek salads and melt-in-your-mouth greek lamb shanks, margaritas in the afternoon and the sweetest grapes i’ve ever tasted my whole life, seeing marriage proposals every minute and chasing the world’s most beautiful sunset….. It’s all so amazing, all so hard to sink in– but it happened.

Yet eager as i am to recount all the emotions that came with the experience, photographs will have to do when words fail me for now. I cannot think of any word, no matter how many wonderful adjectives there are in the  English dictionary, to describe just how beautiful this place is. I do know however, that Santorini is like no other… and that visiting it at least once is an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

Blessed to have been able to book the ONLY flight from  Rome to Santorini for the week. Thank you, Aegean Air! =)
Blessed to have been able to book the ONLY flight from Rome to Santorini for the week. Thank you, Aegean Air! =)
first taste of all things Greek during that dream-come-true hour long flight.
first taste of all things Greek during that dream-come-true hour long flight.
My heart wouldn't stop thumping as i heard the head flight attendant say ,
My heart wouldn’t stop thumping as i heard the head flight attendant say , ” Cabin crew, prepare for arrival. Ladies and gentlemen… Welcome to Santorini”
First shock of the night: Taxi cabs in Greece had that crazy emblem.  Second shock of the night: IT WAS OUR TRANSFER TO THE HOTEL!! woah hihihi
First shock of the night: Taxi cabs in Greece are crazy… Mercedes crazy! hihi Second shock of the night: IT WAS OUR TRANSFER TO THE HOTEL!! woah hihihi
Welcome to Agnadi.... our lovely home away from home =)
Welcome to Agnadi…. our lovely home away from home =)
First look at our little place and i knew this little trip was already one for the books... =) Gorgeous.
First look at our little place and i knew this little trip was already one for the books… =) Gorgeous.
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sigh… white and blue is love =)
Our humble little greek abode- kitchen, dining and living room.
Our humble little greek abode- kitchen, dining and living room.
Mine and steph's cozy greek bedroom.
Mine and steph’s cozy greek bedroom.
pretttyyyyyyyy =)
pretttyyyyyyyy =)
my heart melts every time is see the little nook light up at night.
my heart melts every time is see the little nook light up at night.
What i saw while walking around to scan the place... Villa Agnadi is love... =)
What i saw while walking around to scan the place… Villa Agnadi is love… =)
Woke up early the next day only to find out that sunrise is still at 9am! hihi This is how 7am looks like. hehehe
Woke up early the next day only to find out that sunrise isn’t until an hour or so! hihi This is how 7am looks like. hehehe
Good morning, Santorini!
Good morning, Santorini! This is where breakfast is served.
And at 7:30 am sharp... the breakfast buffet was ready! milk, cheese and honey with grapes, bread and cold cuts... i could get used to this. =)
And at 8:00 am sharp… the breakfast buffet was ready! milk, cheese and honey with grapes, bread and cold cuts… i could get used to this. =)
The sun was finally out and as soon as we finished our breakfast, we hurriedly went out for a walk to take in the beauty that is Oia, Santorini. We saw a lot of cobblestones...
The sun was finally out and as soon as we finished our breakfast, we hurriedly went out for a walk to take in the beauty that is Oia, Santorini. We saw a lot of cobblestones…
We saw blue doors.. lots of blue doors.
We saw blue doors.. lots of blue doors.
They have this thing for vintage doors that lead to open spaces, no room at the other end! hihi so cute!
They have this thing for vintage doors that lead to open spaces, no room at the other end! hihi so cute!
We saw this..... =) Isn't Oia just breathtaking?
And then we saw this….. =) Isn’t Oia just breathtaking? Literally shrieked with delight when we finally saw this beautiful sight after a 5-10 minute walk.
Closer... sigh =)
Closer… sigh =) This is love =)
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I”ve never seen waters this blue… Aegean Sea, you are truly a beauty. Loving the spectacular background for Steph’s photo op! hihihi
It's a long way down.. but who an can ever get tired of this amazing view?
It’s a long way down.. but who can can ever get tired of this amazing view?
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I could stare at all of these all day.

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I can just imagine how lovely their photographs will be... lucky couple.
I can just imagine how lovely their photographs will be… lucky couple.
Witnessed a proposal!!=)
Witnessed a proposal!!=)
Awwww =) Everybody clapped to congratulate the newly engaged couple =)
Awwww =) Everybody clapped to congratulate the newly engaged couple =)

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hands down the freshest Greek salad i’ve ever tasted.
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Interesting way the Greeks hand you your bill. So cute.
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Teeny tiny tin for the bill.
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Beyond blessed =)
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Dropped by the Big Church to say our thanks for such a wonderful experience off the bucket list. Thank you Lord.
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Met this kind Greek guy who customized necklaces with your name in Greek. He was game enough to pose after we ordered! hhiihih
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Snap shots of the kind people and the gorgeous place.
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Tiny dessert shops are love!
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greece38 (1 of 1) A must visit sweet shop when in Santorini.
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Dessert place overlooking the volcano.
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Stairs leading to the underground sweet haven.
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Love the cozy feel.
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Greek desserts to your hearts content.
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Looking around for some souvenirs.
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Came across this lovely open library.

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And this is where our little daytime escapade concludes ladies. Keep posted for Part 2 of My Santorini Storybook coming soon! Hope you all enjoyed browsing through this post!

Keep dreaming, keep believing! The world is but a book and those who do not travel read only a page. Let’s pack our bags and discover the world…. one tick off our bucket lists at time, darlings!!! =)

All my love,

Superwoman

SWISS ITALIAN RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE IN CEBU—Let’s Talk About Food.

Let’s talk about food today. Good food. Mouthwatering, can’t wait to get more kind of food.

Hello ladies!

Work has been quite a handful the past few weeks what with all the patients up for surgery everyday. And like most people,  this busy private surgical nurse loves to unwind with a really good meal. I’ve found myself eating mostly fast-food lately due to time constraints. So when i finally got a few days off to unwind and recharge, i quickly set foot on a journey to find myself some good cooking! teehee

The hole in the wall food place i’ll be mentioning below is one of my favorites here in Cebu. I’ve shared some photos on Facebook and Instagram of the dishes they offer and a lot of friends have visited this place and have found it to be truly worth visiting again and again. Here’s hoping you’ll get to enjoy their food as much as i did. Enjoy!

* SWISS ITALIAN RESTAURANT*

I cannot begin to tell you how much i enjoyed course after course of absolutely delish and truly authentic Swiss Italian Cuisine here.

Alfredo Honnegger, the owner of this quaint, 5-table restaurant, is his own main man at the kitchen. He uses only the finest and freshest ingredients for his dishes– think Italian cheeses, freshly harvested vegetables, and age old wines i could barely pronounce! teehee

His tiramisu—-freshly made on the spot,mind you, is truly a must try! I have not tasted tiramisu as delicious as the one he has made. And i cannot wait to get myself some more when i return to his restaurant, that’s for sure.

One thing i truly love about the Swiss Italian restaurant is that, you are not only there for the food. You are there for the experience. Unlike most restos, Alfredo’s restaurant has an open kitchen. Anything you order is cooked, baked, prepared right in front of you. And as soon as all five tables have been served, Alfredo puts away his apron and visits each table, talks to the guests and familiarizes them with the dishes they have ordered. This, in itself, is such a wonderful experience for me.

Price wise, orders range from 390-600 + pesos. It does not belong to the cheapest of the cheap, but for the amazing quality of the food being served, the one of a kind experience and everything in between, this place definitely beats other restaurants of its kind found in Cebu City (prices in the city restos usually start at 600-1000+). And portions are huge! Each order can definitely be shared by two.

And when asked what the secret to his amazingly delicious food is, Alfredo is quick to reply: “Love and dedication. I cook with love and dedication.”

This wonderful , wonderful restaurant has been running for 2 years now and is located in Cordova, Cebu. I got there as a walk in guest but it is best to call them ahead. Contact details of the Swiss Italian Restaurant are provided below.

Here are a few photos of my memorable food experience at the Swiss Italian Restaurant.

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I had the appetizing caprese salad for starters. Notice how fresh the herbs and tomatoes are. And the cheese…. divine.

Authentic Swiss Fondue is love! Alfredo spoke about his adventures in the Swiss Alps and how he learned how to make such a yummy dish out of cheeses and wine. Make sure you mix it well before dipping the bread to get the most out of the flavorful combination!
Authentic Swiss Fondue is love! Alfredo spoke about his adventures in the Swiss Alps and how he learned how to make such a yummy dish out of cheeses and wine. Make sure you mix it well before dipping the bread to get the most out of the flavorful combination!
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The amazing Alfredo in his open kitchen about to make his famous tiramisu. Ahhhh that tiramisu is the bomb, i tell you!!!! =)

The secret to his tiramisu? Love, dedication and Mascarpone!!! That amazing pint of Italian cheesy goodness any tiramisu should never be without.
The secret to his tiramisu? Love, dedication and Mascarpone!!! That incredible pint of Italian cheesy goodness any tiramisu should never be without.
Tadaaaah! Now doesn't this tiramisu look amazing? Yes, it's made fresh on the spot.
Tadaaaah! Now doesn’t this tiramisu look amazing? Yes, it’s made fresh on the spot.
one menu for swiss cuisine, one menu for italian cuisine.
                      one menu for swiss cuisine, one menu for italian cuisine.
I scanned the place and read menus while waiting for our orders to be taken. Reminded me of french lessons months ago. Pomme= Apple. I still got it! hehehe
I scanned the place and read menus while waiting for our orders to be taken. Reminded me of french lessons months ago. Pomme= Apple. I still got it! hehehe

The Swiss Italian Restaurant is located in Quezon National Highway, Gabi Cordova, Cebu just opposite Golden Meadow subdivision. They are open Mondays through Sundays. Judging on the posts, i assume Alfredo opens his restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner by appointment. For reservations, one may call (032) 496 7074, (032) 318 8979 or 09177778979.

This post is not sponsored and is intended solely for the purpose of sharing to everyone such a lovely hidden gem found in Cordova, Cebu that is worth visiting. After all, their food is made out of love. And when something is made out of love, you can never go wrong. Wink! =)

The author with the owner of Swiss Italian Restaurant, Alfredo. (I called him Chef Alfredo and he humbly corrected me: I love to cook and i've prepared food alongside Michelin Star chefs, but I'm no chef. Just Alfredo"
Quick selfie. The author with the  owner of Swiss Italian Restaurant, Alfredo. (I called him Chef Alfredo and he humbly corrected me: I love to cook and i’ve prepared food alongside Michelin Star chefs, but I’m no chef. Just Alfredo”

Till the next blog post, ladies! Catch you all Soon! =)

All my love,

Superwoman

When in Rome~~ less than 24 hours in the Eternal City.

After one super long hiatus-count Christmas, New year, Valentine’s day plus hospital duty and business matters to attend to– little miss wanderlust is finally back! hehe

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful spring break/holy week breather. As for me, i decided to catch up on some blogging while spending the holy week weekend in the province with family. Nothing like fresh air and musical chirps to spike up a little writing inspiration or two. hehehe

We left off with that amazing trip to Tokyo months ago and i’ve got several back logs on Europe-Rome, Paris and Greece. So to start off, let’s talk about our little Roman adventure, shall we?

Our trip to Rome was cut short due to airline delays. This was one crucial trip since it was one of those very rare connecting flights from Paris to Greece. The plane, i think, was only set to fly twice a week and since we had a very tight schedule ahead of us, any major delay was a nightmare to our itinerary.

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Our flight to Fiumicino Airport, Rome was delayed for 12 hours.
Luckily, we came across this charming Italian couple on the same delayed flight. They were so kind as to share tidbits on must see places in Rome-- best gelato stall included.
Luckily, we came across this charming Italian couple on the same delayed flight. They kindly shared tidbits on must see places in Rome for first time visitors like us– best gelato stall included. Woot!

12 hours, a free hotel accommodation and transfer later, we were off to the airport for our flight to Rome the next morning. Since that delay cost us a paid hotel stay in Rome, we made sure we got necessary documents that would help make getting a refund easier. Important tip: Make sure you get a print out signed by the airline regarding the flight delay.

Airline print outs are a must when experiencing delays.
Airline print outs are a must when experiencing delays.

And so off we flew on our much awaited 2 hour journey from Paris to Rome.

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Aerial view of Rome.. I was already thinking of vineyards, cheese and wine. Magnifique.
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Welcome to Rome!!! Weee! =)

After airport control and baggage clearance, we grabbed maps at the tourist information counter. And right after we received an email that our transfer was cancelled due to the delay, we were lucky enough to bump into KUYA PONG, a Filipino driver who frequents the airport in search of kababayans like us who needed a tour guide around the city. Such a breath of fresh air to find someone who spoke the same language as us in a city we’ve just set foot in. And he charges at a fraction of the price of those online day tour operators, too! Major score! Woohoo!

Now given only a limited time to visit Rome, Kuya Pong drove us to the most important spots on our list. And as he drove, he told us of stories about Rome’s history, how life has been for him after years of settling down there, where the yummiest pizza places were and where to find our much coveted rosary pasalubongs.

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Kuya Pong, Steph and Me. Nothing beats Filipino hospitality. Period.

During our visit, most of Rome’s famous attractions were being renovated and these multimillion dollar renovations were said to be funded by top fashion names such as Fendi. Despite the constructions going on, the places we visited were as beautiful as we imagined them to be. It was like seeing a page from a history book come to life. Such a cliche statement, but so true.Though we weren’t able to make 3 wishes on the Fontana di Trevi as the water was being drained and the statues were being reconstructed, we were still happy to visit several other places on our list. The Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica being our topmost priority of course.

Here are a few photos i managed to take during that beautiful sunny day in Roma. Goditi la vista, darlings!

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First stop: The Colosseum!!! So SURREAL!!
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So beautiful!! We were happy to see that such amazing structures were continuously being preserved for future generations to enjoy.
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Like a page from a history book brought to life.
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C’est Magnifique.
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We passed several stone pine trees along the road. Kuya Pong says these trees are very precious in Italy. Must be because of their historical significance. That, or maybe because they were just so pretty! I just had to take a photo.
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Gorgeous statues all over the place. Art and inspiration in every corner, no less.
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St. Michael The Archangel something. ehehe Was left in awe of the beauty around me that i failed to take in everything Kuya Pong spoke of inside the car. It was pure skill to watch everything inside a moving car and snap snap snap with the camera while listening to our eager guide.. it takes skill, i tell you! hehehe
En route to The Vatican!
En route to The Vatican!
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Welcome to the Vatican City!
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Within Vatican City lies St. Peter’s Basilica, The Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums.
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Felt goosebumps the moment Kuya Pong pulled the car. There’s just something about the place that feels so holy and sacred. Truly blessed and forever grateful for the opportunity to visit this place.
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For lunch, Kuya Pong had us taste the BEST margherita pizza we ever tasted in our life! Pizza in Italy is just out of this world!!! DELIZIOSO!
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TIP: that corner to the right of the entrance? follow the flock of tourists and there you’ll find the yummiest, most authentic Italian pizzas ever. It’s a pizza and pasta gold mine.
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We OBVIOUSLY enjoyed our Italian lunch.
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Can’t leave Italy without some gelato, that’s for sure! Quezo for me and pistachio for Steph. Yumm!

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Rome surely wasn’t built in a day. There is just so much to see, so many food to taste and so many breathtaking views to take in. And though out trip was cut short because of instances beyond our control, that uber short day trip will always be etched in my heart. Nothing could ever compare to that amazing experience of visiting The Vatican for the first time, that unforgettable stroll around and inside the Colosseum, and finally being able to snag our fragrant red rosaries blessed by the Pope.

This short trip taught me how to be flexible when it comes to changes in schedule, how to be airport smart when dealing with delays, how to manage my time wisely and most importantly, how to take in every bucket list moment in less than 24 hours. I’d love to go back again one day.. maybe 3 to 4 days. This time to finally toss my 3 coins at the Fountain of Trevi, eat all the gelato i can by the Spanish Steps, and spend one whole day inside the Basilica.

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You were indeed a joy to visit, Rome. I shall see you again soon… Someday.

#dreamsdocometrue

konichiwa ladies!
As of this post, superwoman’s on her way home from a recent adventure in Tokyo, Japan. Along with two of my best girls, Michelle and Christine, i was pleasantly surprised at how amazing the country was. But more surprisingly, we were so happy to find out visiting the place wasn’t as expensive as people claim it to be. Read on for tips ahead! hehehe

Here we go:

Official airline for our trip was Cebu Pacific Air. Three cheers for promo fares! hehe =)
Official airline for our trip was Cebu Pacific Air. Three cheers for promo fares! hehe =)
Post check in and immigration approval, first thing we did after boarding: fill out arrival cards.
Post check in and immigration approval, first thing we did after boarding: fill out arrival cards.
After 4 hours, this is our first aerial view of Japan =)
After 5 hours, this is our first aerial view of Japan =)

DAY 1

After a 5 hour flight from Manila, we arrived late noon in Tokyo via Cebu Pacific Airlines. And yep, it was a score for bargain fare hunters like us as we managed to book it under the piso fare promo.

Narita Airport arrival hall
Narita Airport arrival hall

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After going through immigration and baggage claim, here are the three important things we did at the airport:

Exchanged our USDs for some yen.
Exchanged our USDs for some yen.
Went to the tourist info counter for some maps and purchased train tickets for our transfer.
Went to the tourist info counter for some maps and purchased train tickets for our transfer.
Rented a portable wifi router. Very important! hehe =)
Rented a portable wifi router. Very important! hehe =) Price: 1,290 yen per day.
So off we went to Shinjuku via Narita Express. Tickets are priced at 1,240 yen.
So off we went to Shinjuku via Narita Express. Tickets are priced at 1,240 yen one way.
Seats were very comfy and the train was clean and very well maintained.
Seats were very comfy and the train was clean and very well maintained.
There's a separate cabin for luggages located just before the exit door.
There’s a separate cabin for luggages located just before the exit door.

After checking in at a cozy japanese apartment named Citadines in Shinjuku area, we grabbed a quick snooze to recharge. Note: I usually head out to explore the area as soon as i’m settled in but it was raining outside- remnants of the super typhoon Vongfong, so napping for extra energy was a go.

Welcome to our cozy little apartment for 3 =)
Welcome to our cozy little apartment for 3 =)

An hour and a half later, the rain stopped and we found ourselves on the streets all refreshed and ready to take on and breathe in the amazing culture that greeted us.

Transparent umbrellas for the tiny drizzle that greeted us on our first day =)
Transparent umbrellas for the tiny drizzle that greeted us on our first day =)

The streets were clean, lined with several greens and people were courteously quiet. You’d find men and women walking along the sidewalk silently. Cars politely waited for you to cross the street. Even on a green light, a driver smiled and signaled for us to cross as he patiently waited.

We scouted the streets near our apartment and soon engaged in our very first authentic japanese meal. We found this cozy restaurant along the Shinjuku Station exit with private mini bunks. How cute can dinner get? hehehe A call bell was available for us to press whenever we needed the waiter to take our orders. Never really got to know the name of the place as everything was written in Japanese. That got me all excited, actually. Can’t get any more authentic than that! hehehe

Cute private bunks!!!
Cute private bunks!!!
Japanese waiters were just a call bell away =)
Japanese waiters were just a call bell away =)
Our first meal was around 250-300 php. That was a pretty yummy meal minus the hole in the pocket.
Our first meal was around 250-300 php. That was a pretty yummy meal minus the hole in the pocket.

After several more hours of walking and sight seeing, we retired to another unnamed Japanese ramen house along Shinjuku-gyoen street. One would be greeted by a waiter upon entering and assisted into ordering a bowl of ramen via tadaaaah! A ramen vending machine. Cool beans!

Ordering ramen 101.
Ordering ramen 101.
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Best. Ramen. Ever.

We ordered the extra large bowl which fed 6 and split it amongst the 3 of us. It was so good- the broth was very tasty and beef and pork were happily dancing with the ramen noodles in our mouths for the past 1 hour or so that we were there. The bowl was so big that we weren’t able to finish it all. It was only then that we were told by a friend post instagram and fb photo post comment that in Japan, it is considered rude not to finish everything on your plate. Yikes. We then made sure to finish everything we ordered to the last rice grain/noodle in the days that followed.

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Cold night, yes it was!! hahahha =)

 

An hour before midnight, we then headed back to our apartment and called it a night.
DAY 2
Day 2 was for two must-visits in Tokyo: Tsukiji Fish Market and Tokyo Disney Sea!!

Lining up for our very first taste of authentic Japanese sushi at the Tsukiji market.
Lining up for our very first taste of authentic Japanese sushi at the Tsukiji market.
waiting for our turn at 9am.
waiting for our turn at 9am.
how a typical sushi resto looks like. just follow the trail from the vegetable and fruit stalls. there'll be long lines of tourists waiting to be seated. you can't miss it! =)
how a typical sushi resto looks like. just follow the trail from the vegetable and fruit stalls. there’ll be long lines of tourists waiting to be seated. you can’t miss it! =)

The Tsukiji Fish Market is one of the most visited places in Tokyo. It is where one can find the freshest fishes for sushi. Think fatty tuna, salmon and uni! A tuna auction is usually held at dawn starting at 4 am, they say. The freshest catches of the day are then displayed for tourists and restaurant owners alike. The ones with the highest bid gets the best tuna parts. These parts are the ones found in hotels which would then cost an arm and a leg.

If you are up for some sushi but not into waking up at the crack of dawn, head over to the Tsukiji Market around 9 am where they start to open and serve fresh sushi to tourists. The most famous restaurant there is the Sushi dai. There’s no english name fronting the store but with one look, one would know when one has found it—— Sushi dai is never without a crazy long line. Some claim to wait for their turn to order for as long as 5 hours. Sushi there must really be good.

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So off we went and luckily, the line wasn’t that long. We arrived minutes before 9am and got to sit down after 10 minutes of waiting.

Our very first taste of authentic Japanese sushi!!
Our very first taste of authentic Japanese sushi!!

Here are the yummy dishes that we ordered. Enough chitchat and let the yummy photos do the talking.

Fatty tuna, salmon and fish roe here are to die for!!!
Fatty tuna, salmon and fish roe here are to die for!!!
freshest giant oysters are la la love.
fresh giant oysters are la la love.
I have never tasted unni this sweet and fresh my whole life! this place is the bomb!!
I have never tasted unni this sweet and fresh my whole life! this place is the bomb!!

They say eating sushi is a rite of passage in Japan. I wouldn’t mind having the same meal over and over again for breakfast! Truly the best chirashi i’ve tasted in years!

Here are some of the things we found while walking around Tsukiji market:

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With happy tummies, and after buying little knick knacks found in the market, we excitedly left for Tokyo Disney Sea!!!

The amazing volcano that greeted us upon entering the magical resort.
The amazing volcano that greeted us upon entering the magical resort.

It is said that this is the best Disney Resort by far, topping that of Paris, Hong Kong and the US.

True enough, we had the grandest time! Tokyo Disney Sea felt like a cross between Disneyland and Universal Studios. Fun rides, theatrical shoes and lots of Disney boutiques greeted us. Here are some snaps of our wonderful Tokyo Disney Sea experience:

Our entry passes to Tokyo Disney Sea.
Our entry passes to Tokyo Disney Sea.
Mermaid Lagoon. My favorite out of all the attractions. Isn't it beautiful?
Mermaid Lagoon. My favorite out of all the attractions. Isn’t it beautiful?
The lights make it even more magical.
The lights make it even more magical.

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King Triton.
King Triton.

Mermaid lagoon houses a wonderful set of rides mostly for the young ones including rotating cups, jumping jelly fish, among others. It also houses a really cute shop for infants and toddlers.

One of the cute boutique shops inside mermaid lagoon.
One of the cute boutique shops inside mermaid lagoon.

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20,000 leagues under the sea.
20,000 leagues under the sea.

This attraction let’s you ride a yellow submarine complete with motion, sound and visual simulation to make it seem like you’re actually going 20,000 leagues below sea level.

The palace of Agrabah. Sigh. Don't you just love Aladdin???
The palace of Agrabah. Sigh. Don’t you just love Aladdin???
Jasmine's flying carpet. Another ride for the kiddies.
Jasmine’s flying carpet. Another ride for the kiddies.
Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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This is a fast coaster best for the grown ups/teens. It involves making a 360 degree turn.

Sinbad's Kingdom
Sinbad’s Kingdom

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At Toy Story Land.
At Toy Story Land.
The House of Terror behind us.
The House of Terror behind us.
Crazy scary ride that reminds me of the Abyss in HK ocean park.
Crazy scary ride that reminds me of the Abyss in HK ocean park.
Some scifi area- i can't recall what it's called hehe
Some scifi area- i can’t recall what it’s called hehe

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Mystique-- a must watch play at the resort! =) Sadly they don't allow cameras inside. Was lucky enough to make a quick click through my iphone. Amazing show indeed!!
Mystique– a must watch play at the resort! =) Sadly they don’t allow cameras inside. Was lucky enough to make a quick click through my iphone. Amazing show indeed!!

Tokyo Disney Sea was such a vast resort that we weren’t able to capture all the views with our cameras. We did manage to take photos of the major attractions like the ones posted above. Sometimes, when you’re having so much fun, you tend to forget clicking and just savor the moment as it happens. teehee

Amazing stuff found at the Disney boutique.
Amazing stuff found at the Disney boutique.
Souvenir plates.
Souvenir plates.
Disney princess dolls.
Disney princess dolls.
Cutest keychains ever!!
Cutest keychains ever!!
A vast array of Disney costumes are found in the boutiques too.
I just had to! hahaha
We found Marie!!! too adorable.
We found Marie!!! too adorable.
Uniformed school girls.
Uniformed school girls.
tiny lil princesses. aww... =)
tiny lil princesses. aww… =)
Snow White and Elsa are best friends. hehehe
Snow White and Elsa are best friends. hehehe

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Black hotdogs for halloween, anyone?
Black hotdogs for halloween, anyone?

We stayed till night time to catch the amazing fireworks display and yes, amazing it truly was. We were blessed to witness the Annual Halloween Screams Show on the day of our visit.

We then headed home via Metro and called it a day, a happy and magical one.

DAY 3

This was one of the longest days we had but dubbed the most amazing one. We set out early on a 3 hour train ride to Ibaraki to see the famous Hitachi Seaside Park. And this is what we saw…..

No words can describe the beauty all around Hitachi Seaside Park.
No words can describe the beauty all around Hitachi Seaside Park.
Kochia Garden
Kochia Garden
Cosmos garden.
Cosmos garden.

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DAY 4

Our fourth day was jam-packed day of sight seeing and city hopping.

Walking around the streets of Asakusa.
Walked around the streets of Asakusa.
Sampling yummy Japanese pastries.
Sampled yummy Japanese pastries.
mmmmmm... =)
mmmmmm… =)
Visited the Sensoji Temple.
Visited the Sensoji Temple.
..and watched in awe at the famous traditional japanese lanterns being lit.
..and watched in awe as the famous traditional japanese lanterns were being lit.
The 5 tiered pagoda of Sensoji.
The 5 tiered pagoda of Sensoji.

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Watched the amazing lights of the Tokyo Sky Tree.
Watched the amazing lights of the Tokyo Sky Tree.
Saw a real Geisha!!!
Saw a real Geisha at Asakusa. #bucketlist
Went shopping around the temple markets.
Went shopping around the temple markets.
Met the famous Hachiko.
Met the famous Hachiko at Shibuya.
Shibuya crossing- famous for being the busiest, jampacked intersection in the world.
Shibuya crossing- famous for being the busiest, jampacked intersection in the world.
Dove into the bustling streets of Takeshita and Harajuku.
Dove into the bustling streets of Takeshita and Harajuku.

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Here you will find cosplay at its finest.
Here you will find cosplay at its finest.

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Cute disney princesses gone bad!! hehehe Only in Harajuku!
Cute disney princesses gone bad!! hehehe Only in Harajuku!
Crepes are a mega hit in Japan.
Crepes are a mega hit in Japan.
Amazing underground stores filled with so many whatchamacallits.
Amazing underground stores filled with so many whatchamacallits.
Sampled authentic tempura, fried chicken and a bowl of the best beef gyudon ever.
Sampled authentic tempura, fried chicken and a bowl of the best beef gyudon ever.

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Went for a walk around Yoyogi Park and the Meiji Shrine to burn some calories. haha
Went for a walk around Yoyogi Park and the Meiji Shrine to burn some calories. haha
And we saw this cute traditional Jap couple pass by.
And we saw this cute traditional Jap couple pass by.
Some of the amazing stores we saw along the way.
Some of the amazing stores we saw along the way.

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We then took a train to Odaiba. Our first tick off the list: The famous rainbow ferris wheel!
We then took a train to Odaiba. Our first tick off the list: The famous rainbow ferris wheel!
Let's not forget the life size figure of Gundam fronting Diver City.
Let’s not forget the life size figure of Gundam fronting Diver City.
And Japan's very own Lady Liberty guarding the famous Rainbow Bridge.
And Japan’s very own Lady Liberty guarding the famous Rainbow Bridge.
Lovely.
Lovely.
Went crazy clothes shopping at a sale in Diver City!!
Went crazy clothes shopping at a sale in Diver City!!
Collagen powder, eyebrow fillers, lash curlers and so much more!
Collagen powder, eyebrow fillers, lash curlers and so much more!
Then sampled a yummy Hello Kitty manju.
Then sampled a yummy Hello Kitty manju.

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Black burger buns for halloween, of course. LOL
Black burger buns for halloween, of course. LOL
Takoyaki is such a must when visiting Japan!
Takoyaki is such a must when visiting Japan!
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Takoyaki is love.
Japanese Starbucks -- cute, warm and cozy.
Japanese Starbucks — cute, warm and cozy.
And yes, matcha green tea ice cream! =)
And yes, matcha green tea ice cream! =)

DAY 5

Our last day in Tokyo was spent on another kitkat shopping spree at the airport!! hehehe Truly can’t get enough of the amazing flavors all over the different areas of Japan. We managed to snag the matcha, uni matcha, sakura matcha, strawberry, strawberry cheesecake, blueberry cheesecake, chili powder, wasabi, rum and raisin, pumpkin and red bean flavors. There is a different story for every kitkat flavor in a city and the dessert bar is one big favorite among the Japanese. So having been able to grab the unique variety other than the usual green tea got us on a sugar high.

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Kitkats are a very highly respected dessert in Japan. There are even some stores that frame boxes of the chocolate alongside the history that goes with each specific flavor.

So that’s about it for Tokyo ladies. I hope you all enjoyed our little adventure together. It’s only been a few hours since i got home and i miss the place already. I hope to visit it again soon…. someday. And in the near future, when you do find the chance to visit it too, i hope this post helps you plan your day to day itinerary.. and i wish for nothing but the best of memories and the most magical of experiences for you and your travel buddies during that day.

Japan is a country of many splendored things. Here’s hoping it will inspire you to never stop believing in fairytales, to be one with nature, and to go out there and experience the unfamiliar.

Keep that fire of #wanderlust burning, my darlings!!

 

 

All my love,

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Superwoman xxx

How i lost 5 lbs in 6 days

Last week, i started following this detox diet i came across in one of my surfs. The holiday buffets and never ending desserts last December made me feel quite heavy so i figured it was time for a reset.

 

First of all, let me start by saying, i don’t count calories. I enjoy eating good food especially when it’s paired with great company. I wasn’t looking for something to help me lose weight. Just a regimen that would help me jumpstart the year with healthier eating habits.

So here goes. I came across the General Motors (GM) diet and gave it a try. No starving allowed here. You’re supposed to eat a certain food group each day. And you can eat as much of it at any time of the day so you won’t feel hungry at all. Sounded pretty good to me so the 7 day program was a go.

Here’s a summary photo i found on Pinterest about the GM diet. Explanations and how i got around to following it day by day stated below.

 

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DAY 1: ALL FRUIT DAY.

You can eat as much fruit as you like except BANANAS. Cantaloupes and Watermelons (water based fruit) work best for this day. Don’t forget to hydrate with 10 glasses of water.

How i did: I’ve always loved fruits so i thought the first day would be a cinch. For breakfast, i ate one whole cantaloupe. It got me through all morning at work. Then for lunch i had slices of ripe mango, red lady papaya and pomelo. By dinner, the cravings started to kick in. I had half a watermelon. Since i’ve been having nothing but fruit and water for the first day, my body started looking for something salty/sour. Thankfully i decided to stick to the plan.

 

DAY2: ALL VEGGIE DAY

You can eat as much vegetables as you want during the second day (refrain from having them with oil, though.) Breakfast during this day was such a treat as you are supposed to boil one big potato and have it with butter to start your morning (weeee!). Let’s not forget the 10 glasses of water to go with our greens.

How i did: I couldn’t wait for my breakfast. The boiled potato with butter was heavenly  after eating nothing but fruits the day before.

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I managed to eat half of this for breakfast. hehe It was huge!

For lunch, i got busy at work. I was planning for vegetable soup but i wasn’t able to go out due to so many things to attend to. So i ended up downing my snack box instead.

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Raw carrot sticks and sunflower sprouts with lemon and balsamic vinegar.

I got hungry by late afternoon so i decided to reward myself with a big bowl of vegetable soup (locally known as Otan with lots of malunggay, squash and okra) and some Chop Suey for dinner. By this time though, the minimal amount of oil used to sauté the chop suey tasted weird. Must have gotten used to no oil already. I’m skipping chop suey next time.

 

Day3: FRUIT AND VEGGIE DAY

You can eat as much fruits and vegetables as you want today except for bananas and potatoes. 10 glasses of water for hydration.

How i did: This would have to be the easiest day for me. Mixing both fruits and veggies was a breeze. I had mango slices for breakfast, vegetable soup for lunch and dinner and lots of pears in between for snacks.I also downed 1 whole coconut after dinner apart from the 10 glasses of water i was required to drink up. Super full.

 

DAY 4: BANANA AND MILK DAY

Today you are asked to eat 4-6 bananas with 750 ml of Skim milk and 10 glasses of water.  The bananas and milk will replace the electrolytes you’ve lost from all the peeing. You are also encouraged to eat as much of the GM soup as possible especially when you start to feel hungry.

GM SOUP RECIPE:

(There are a lot of ingredients called for in this recipe with different variations. I just made do with what was readily available in the grocery store.)

1 can of french onion soup, low sodium if possible (i got mine from Rustan’s – thank you for finding me 2 cans, Weesa!!!)

half an onion, sliced

5 stalks of celery, sliced

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 head of cabbage, sliced

1 can mushrooms

3 pcs red bell pepper, minced

 

Directions: Saute onions, garlic and bell pepper in 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Add in the celery and mushrooms then the cabbage. Add the french onion soup to boil. Simmer and enjoy.

 

How i did: I loved the bananas and milk combination! For breakfast i had a banana milkshake, some banana slices for mid day snacks, Gm soup and more bananas for lunch and dinner. hehe I had lakatan and senyorita bananas for variety.

 

DAY 5: MEAT AND TOMATO DAY

You may eat 500 g of lean meat today with 6 large tomatoes. 10-12 glasses of water.

How i did: I couldn’t wait to eat meat during my 5th day. I planned on having steak for lunch as i read it was allowed. Surprisingly, i didn’t quite enjoy the steak as much as i wanted because of the oil. My body was already getting used to the no oil meals i’ve been having since day 1.

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A snippet of the US Angus rib eye teppanyaki dad and i had for lunch at Nonki.

 

DAY6: MEAT AND VEGGIE DAY

You may have 500 g of lean meat and as much veggies (except potatoes) as you want today. 12 glasses of water.

How i did: I had vegetable soup, steamed broccoli and Dong Juan’s crispy tadyang and a little sisig during this day. The lesser the oil, the better.

 

DAY7: BROWN RICE AND VEGGIE DAY

You may have 1 cup of brown rice today paired with unlimited amounts of veggies, pure fruit juices and 12 glasses of water.

How i did: In lieu of brown rice, i had couscous with my vegetables. For breakfast, i had fresh cantaloupe juice. For lunch, banana heart “puso” salad and adobong kangkong. And for dinner, sautéed veggies.

So how did i do?

I was happy that i now got used to eating healthier choices instead of the oily, fatty, sweet and calorific food i’ve been filling my tummy with over the holidays. You see, I’m the type of person who won’t stop craving sweets once i start eating them. The reset was such a breather. And the bonus? I lost 5 pounds in 6 days! hihi How amazing is that?

I was 57.5 kg after the holidays. My ideal body weight in proportion to my height is 54 kg. Tadaaah! Target achieved on the 6th day.

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I can’t wait to start eating healthy again. My GM diet ends today and i’m back to regular meal choices tomorrow. This 7 day plan is not meant to be done for more than 7 days. One  may take a rest the following week and start all over again the week after.

To those of you who are planning to give the GM diet a try, here are a few tips and guidelines i’ve compiled to help make your reset easier:

  1. You may have green tea but no coffee. i had to have a cup after eating oily meat.
  2.  Condiments are fine but go easy on the salt.
  3. Hydrate as much as you can to flush out the bad stuff.
  4. Do not cheat. Just don’t. Trust me, the results will be worth it.
  5. Ladies, i noticed this reset is easier followed when you are on your period. The cravings won’t kick in that much.
  6. Don’t expect too much. I started this plan with the aim of resetting my eating habits, nothing more. The weight loss was a bonus, not a goal.
  7. Write down your meal plan for the whole week and post it somewhere you can easily see it. This will serve both as a reminder for you and a guide for the household not to tempt you with food you’re not allowed to eat. hehe This idea worked pretty well. My dad always read the guide i hung on the wall so he would know what food to bring home for dinner.
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Excuse the handwriting. hihi Hanging this on the wall was mighty effective.
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This is 1 pound of fat. Go easy on yourself, darling. Every pound lost is an achievement.

Weeeee! There you go darlings. I hope this blog on my recent GM diet experience helps you achieve the reset you need too. As for me, i couldn’t be any happier. I feel lighter and healthier. I’ve decided to stick to greens and fish for now. So happy the cravings for sweet and salty food and all things sinful have curbed.

 

Cheeers to a healthier 2016 everybody!!!

 

 

Love,

Superwoman x

DAY 2: PARIS~ Dreams truly do come true.

BONJOUR mademoiselles!

By this time, superwoman has just arrived from a lovely trip to Rome and Greece (both will be tackled in two separate blogs soon.) After a 7 hour flight from Greece, we arrive late evening once again in magical Paris. Upon claiming our baggage, we head to the “sortie”, the french term for exit. hehe We made sure we knew a little about the city. So we did our research regarding transportation, transfers from airport to hotel, food, etc. Here are a few tips which may be of help to you just in case you’re planning a trip anytime soon:

1. When dealing with connecting flights, always make sure you take note of the baggage tags for baggage destination confirmation. Most flights carry your belongings to the last destination. Meanwhile others do not. And this may pose a problem especially when one is required to transfer one’s luggage to another carousel during a layover.  Failure to do so may mean arriving at your destination with your stuff left at the previous layover. eeek

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baggage carousel

2. Upon successfully claiming your bags at the carousel, go to the nearest Tourist Info counter for free maps of the city,   then head over to the baggage exit. Now’s the tricky part. Getting a taxi to your hotel. ALWAYS make sure you take the cabs from the official taxi stand at the airport.This helps ensure you are being charged fairly. Most of the time, tourists are being charged twice or even thrice the fare price if they just hail a cab elsewhere, that’s according to an article over the internet. In Orly Airport, the official taxi stand is located at Exit 8. The lady from the Tourist Info counter was kind enough to lead us the way. (NOTE: We would have taken a train had it not been for the late night arrival. We landed at 10PM Paris time. And we decided that taking a cab was the safest choice.)

3. If you are staying anywhere near Champs Elysees just like us, the taxi fare from Orly airport would be around 40 euros (2,284.83 php). It’s best to have a travel buddy as splitting fares proves quite helpful. Euros compared to pesos burns holes in the pocket in a matter of hours! hehe The trick is to stop converting. Live in the moment. You will only explore such a lovely city once, so make sure you blend in and act like a local. Heck, you’ll only be broke once. It might as well be in Paris. hehehe just kidding. Of course we didn’t always ride a taxi. The cheapest way to go is the metro. More of that later.

After a few minutes, we arrived safely at our hotel, checked ourselves in, unpacked our stuff, and did a little planning before we called it a night.

This was our very first surreal moment in Paris--- seeing the magnificent Arc de Triomphe from our ride to the hotel. Yep, we lived only a few steps away from this beauty.
This was our very first surreal moment in Paris— seeing the magnificent Arc de Triomphe from our ride to the hotel. Yep, we lived only a few steps away from this beauty.
We stayed at the cozy Beauchamps Hotel in Champs Elysees. And this is how our small but homey room looks like.
We stayed at the cozy Beauchamps Hotel in Champs Elysees. And this is how our small but homey room looks like.
After unpcking and before retiring to bed, we did a little planning to organize our itinerary for the next day.
After unpacking and before retiring to bed, we did a little planning to organize our itinerary for the next day.

After several hours of tossing and turning in excitement mixed with tired feet and aching lower backs, hehe MORNING FINALLY CAME! The alarm went off and it was time to wake up, dress up and explore beautiful Paris! We might have woken up a tad bit too early though. hehe We decided to start early so that we will be able to make more out of our day only to find out it’s still dark out. That one hour delay allowed us to plan our day once more- maps, city tours, budgets and all.

Around 8am  we went out and walked to the nearest Mcdonald’s. Champs Elysees has this very classy Mcdonald’s store just 3 minutes away from our hotel. Stephanie (my travel buddy) and i have this really weird goal of trying out every Mcdonald’s branch specific to a certain country. hehe And surprised we truly were. Where else can one find a tiled staircase and delectable french macarons in a fastfood chain? Them french people are really something else indeed.

Where we had our breakfast- Mcdonald's Champs Elysees.
Where we had our breakfast- Mcdonald’s Champs Elysees.
The amazing staircase to the second floor.
The amazing staircase to the second floor.
Crazy yummy sweets at the breakfast bar.
Crazy yummy sweets at the breakfast bar.
Where else can you find french macarons inside Mcdonald's?
Where else can you find french macarons inside Mcdonald’s?
The breakfast bar- coffee, muffins, macarons and everything sweet and carbo-rich. hehehe
The breakfast bar- coffee, muffins, macarons and everything sweet and carbo-rich. hehehe
The chocolate macaron was my instant favorite: it didnt crumble when i took a bite and it was as moist as a brownie!
The chocolate macaron was an instant favorite. It didnt crumble when i took a bite and it was as moist as a brownie!

After breakfast, we headed back to the hotel to grab our scarves as it started to get chilly out. Temperature in the mornings ranged from 14-17 degrees. Afternoons were usually warmer and more comfortable around 19-20 degrees. Summer was bidding the city goodbye and fall was just so eager to welcome us.

At the metro waiting for our train to go to get to Station Pyramides for our Paris Pass and Bus Tour tickets.
At the metro waiting for our train to get to Station Pyramides for our Paris Pass and Bus Tour tickets.
This was the shortest route provided to us by the Receptionist at our hotel. She was a very kind 19 y.o. Filipina.
This was the shortest route provided to us by the Receptionist at our hotel. She was a very kind 19 y.o. Filipina.

A Paris Pass truly helps first time visitors as it already covers a lot of areas: Free train usage covering zones 1-3. No need to fall in line for tickets for every train ride; Free 1 day hop on hop off bus tour all over the city (with a specific route); Free 1 hour cruise at the River Seine; Discounts at selected restos and cafes; and Free SKIP THE LINE passes to over 60 different attractions/museums all over Paris including the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Opera Garnier and Musee de ‘Orsay (excluding the Eiffel Tower). Now THIS was the one that sold me out. The Lourve had this suuuuuper long line even when you start off early. And most people wait for as long as 1-2 hours just to get in. But with the Paris Pass, we skipped the long cue and just walked past everyone in a separate pathway for all Paris Pass holders. Talk about saving time! Kudos to the one who invented this pass! hihihi For those who want to get their own passes, check out Viator.com. We purchased ours there.

This is your Paris Pass kit: a guide booklet, the blue pass for the attractions, the red pass for the museums and the white metro card for free train rides.
What is included in a Paris Pass kit: a guide booklet, the blue pass for the attractions, the red pass for the museums and the white metro card for free train rides.
Notice how Stephanie walked past the long line effortlessly. Thank you Paris Pass!
Notice how Stephanie walks past the long line effortlessly. Thank you Paris Pass!
The crazy crowd you will bump elbows with at the Louvre entrance.
The crazy crowd you will bump elbows with at the Louvre entrance.
We decided to do our free hop on hop off bus tour of the city on the first day. This is us after claiming our tickets and free city maps. Never pass on a freebie! hehe
We decided to do our free hop on hop off bus tour of the city on the first day. This is us after claiming our tickets and free city maps. Never one to pass on a freebie! hehe

I’ve always loved Big Bus Tours. They have these very systematic routes that take you to almost all the important and famous tourist attractions all over the city. All you have to do is map out every place you want to visit and get off the nearest bus stop. Another bus arrives every 30 minutes so the moment you’re done, you just hop on the next bus and continue on to your next itinerary. That easy! You can buy tickets separately at the Big Bus Tour website or you can purchase the Paris Pass at Viator.com and get 1 day free bus tour. To make things easier too, i researched and found out there’s a free app for the Big Bus Tours available at the apple store! I’ve been using this for several bus tours in Korea and Shanghai. Super helpful!

This is how the app looks like. Inside it is a virtual map of all the routes covered by the bus tour including must visit restos/cafes.
This is how the app looks like. Inside it is a virtual map of all the routes covered by the bus tour including must visit restos/cafes.

Now on to the fun part: PHOTOS OF OUR CITY TOUR!!! weeeeeee =)

Our first stop was of course, the famous tower built by Gustav Eiffel.
Our first stop was of course, the famous tower built by Gustav Eiffel.

I could feel my heart making tiny leaps for joy as our bus neared the famous Champ de Mars. And every time a part of the Eiffel Tower peaked from the tall architectural structures of the city, i secretly let out a dreamy sigh. Hmmmm.. she was a beauty to behold indeed. And all i could think of while staring at her was : “This can’t be happening. This is really it!!!”. That feeling of finally seeing a childhood dream come to life—- simply priceless and truly amazing beyond anything i had ever imagined. I couldn’t stop saying thank you to the Big Guy up there that day.

How she looks up close from the bottom.
How she looks up close. Lots of tourists and vendors. Watch out for pickpockets amongst the crowd.

Since this was one of our most coveted spots for the entire trip, we decided to take our time and just enjoy the view around us. We whiled the hours away taking in everything before us— the iconic Eiffel Tower, the french speaking locals, the lovely view of the Champ de Mars garden, and of course, the yummy French street food.

This is where we decided to picnic out  for lunch: Champ de Mars garden.
This is where we decided to picnic out for lunch: Champ de Mars garden.
Found this quaint french cafe selling hotdogs, bagels, ice cream and wine. mmmmm.
Found this quaint french cafe selling hotdogs, bagels, ice cream and wine. mmmmm.
Bought our first french lunch: french hotdogs and....red wine. Just because... teehee.
Bought our first french lunch: french hotdogs and….red wine. Just because… teehee.
So this is how lunch looked like... and it was everything i had dreamed of. J'adore Paris!
So this is how lunch looked like… and it was everything i had dreamed of. J’adore Paris!
Naturally, one should never miss the double headed ice cream cone for dessert.
Naturally, one should never miss the double headed ice cream cone for dessert.
The lovely Champ de Mars garden.
The lovely Champ de Mars garden. Lucky bride, she’s got such an amazing venue for her shoot. hehe

After that oh so yummy picnic, we went back to the tower for more photos before we boarded the next bus.

The kind french photographer who took our photo at the Eiffel. Merci, Monsieur!
The kind french photographer who took our photo at the Eiffel. Merci, Monsieur!
So off we went to board our hop on hop off bus.
So off we went to board our hop on hop off bus.

And these were the amazing sights we saw:

A glimpse of the lovely garden fronting Les Invalides-- where Napoleon's body is laid to rest and is now a hospital for retired French soldiers.
A glimpse of the lovely garden fronting Les Invalides– where Napoleon’s body is laid to rest and is now a hospital for retired French soldiers.
The amazing gold dome of the Les Invalides.
The amazing gold dome of the Les Invalides.
The iconic Opera Garnier.
The iconic Opera Garnier. Accidentally found it on our stop to buy Lindt chocolates! hehe
The legendary Lindt chocolate store de Paris. slurp.
The legendary Lindt chocolate store de Paris. slurp.
Lots of chocolates to choose from and the cheapest you could get them is in Paris!
Lots of chocolates to choose from and the cheapest you could get them is in Paris!
Milk chocolate goodness
Milk chocolate goodness
Eiffel Tower chocolates.
Eiffel Tower chocolates.
Walked a few blocks and found George Clooney's Nespresso.
Walked a few blocks and found George Clooney’s Nespresso.
A lovely scene fronting the Grand Hotel.
A lovely scene fronting the Grand Hotel.
Avenue L'Opera.
Avenue L’Opera.
Sights and sounds we saw while riding the bus.
Sights and sounds we saw while riding the bus.
The famous narrow entrance to Musee de Louvre.
The famous narrow entrance to Musee de Louvre.
The world renowned Pyramid entrance to the Louvre.
The world renowned Pyramid entrance to the Louvre. (More of it in the next blog post)
The famous Love Locks Bridge.
        The famous Love Locks Bridge.
Can you see that long stretch of locks? amazing..... =)
Can you see that long stretch of locks? amazing….. =)
The famous River Seine that divides Paris into two sides: the Artistic Aristocrats and the Laidback Bohemmes.
The famous River Seine that divides Paris into two sides: the Artistic and the Bohemian side.
These tiny green box stalls are seen all through out the River Seine. Lots of vendors sell vintage Parisian souvenirs here including paintings, magnets, locks and other whatnots.
These tiny green box stalls are seen all through out the River Seine. Lots of vendors sell vintage Parisian souvenirs here including paintings, magnets, locks and other whatnots.
Here's a lovely lady scanning through paintings of Paree.
Here’s a lovely lady scanning through paintings of Paris.
A scene while crossing the bridge over the River Seine.
A scene while crossing the bridge over the River Seine.
That corner towards Center Pompidou
That corner towards Center Pompidou.
The amazing Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris.
The amazing Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris.

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Musee de 'Orsay
Musee de ‘Orsay
Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe

There you go ladies. A few tidbits of our Big Bus City Tour around the City of Lights. I’ll be sharing more in depth photos of what’s inside what in the blogs that will follow. For our first day out on tour, we decided to listen to the audio guides provided by the bus and minimize going down so as to finish the entire tour with all the information we needed. Once we had taken one full course of the bus route, we already knew what important landmarks to look out for in every stop that we made. Apologies for some crooked photos though.. hehehe Most of them were taken atop the bus while it was moving. Quite a challenge but it was loads of fun playing tourist and all. hehehe.

As darkness befell us, (the sun usually sets at 7-8pm in Paris) our tummies let out a hungry groan. teehee And while we walked in search of something less French and more of something close to home, we found this Korean restaurant two blocks away from our hotel. (No name actually. It just said “Korean Restaurant”).  Amazing. We never expected a Korean resto in Paris, but who’s complaining? It can only mean one thing…RICE!!! hihihi So enter we did and the kind owner was there to take our orders along with short chitchats on the side. While waiting for our order, her eyes lit up when she found out we were Filipinos. She went on to tell us that the cousin of the Philippine President and Kris Aquino always dined in her resto everytime the lady was in Paris. She spoke of many other things, most of which we could no longer remember as our focus was on the sumptuous plates of Bulgogi meat, kimchi, gyoza and rice that were being served on our table. That was one fantastic meal after one crazy busy day around the city if we do say so ourselves.

gyoza
                               gyoza
vegetable roll
            sweet and sour vegetable rolls
salmon maki
                             salmon maki
.. and our huge plate of beef waiting to be grilled. yummm.
.. and our huge plate of beef waiting to be grilled. yummm.

Seeing that our tummies were super full after our huge meal and that there was still time for a short walk along the lovely streets of Champs Elysees, we decided to walk our way again to the Arc de Triomphe to see how majestically it lights up at night- this time, up close. And yes, we stood in the middle of Parisian traffic to get that famous pose in front of the Arc. hehehe

Arc de Triomphe at night from Stephanie's smart phone.
Arc de Triomphe at night from Stephanie’s smart phone.
crazy pose in the middle of traffic-- check. hehehe #bucketlist
crazy pose in the middle of traffic– check. hehehe #bucketlist

Yep, our official first day out exploring the city was one for the books indeed. We saw so much sights we thought we’d only get to see in history books. That wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower over lunch was the highlight of our day. And while we couldn’t believe what had just happened that day, we knew we must retire to bed and get some rest for a new day awaited us tomorrow.

Much as i would love to tell more stories, i shall reserve them for the next blog ladies. teehee Day 3 will be all about the Louvre, Hanging our own locks at the Pont des Arts, Finding the Saint Chapelle and so much more. Thank you for dropping by and sharing this wonderful recollection of a magical dream brought to life with me everyone. Till the next blog post!!

all my love,

superwoman xx
       superwoman xx