Philippines · Rizal · Sights · Trekking

Rizal: Mt. Binacayan

Browsing through day-hikable mountains near Manila as a warm-up climb for our trip next month led us to Sitio Wawa in Rodriguez, Rizal. It only takes a little over an hour by private vehicle from Manila to the Pamitinan Protected Landscape – Protected Area Management Bureau Office. The place is the jump-off point for the Montalban Trilogy: Mt. Binacayan, Mt. Hapunang Banoi, and Mt. Pamitinan.

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View of Wawa River from Mt. Binacayan’s pre-summit viewing area

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England · London

London: Camden Market

After 2 months in London, I can conclude that Camden Market is one of my favourite places in London. It may be crowded, but it’s a good place to shop for cheap souvenirs, leather goods, vinyls, goth outfits, handmade items — whatever it is you’re looking for as long as it’s not designer goods. It’s also a great place for food trips and street photography.

Camden Lock Market
Camden Lock Market

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Japan · Sights · Trekking

Japan: Climbing Mt. Fuji – Fujinomiya Trail

Somebody convinced his three nice (gullible) friends to climb Mt. Fuji with him saying that it was not a very difficult climb. He said that the volcano has an established trail with clean restrooms and vendo machines at every station. After months of planning multiple practice climbs that did not push through, the four friends packed their bags and headed to Japan to climb Mt. Fuji.

Mt. Fuji - Fujinomiya Trail
Mt. Fuji from Fujinomiya 5th Station

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Food · Japan · Tokyo

Tokyo: Gyukatsu Motomura (牛かつ もと村)

If you love beef and katsu, you should try Gyukatsu Motomura (牛かつ もと村) in Tokyo. Rare beef might not be your cup of tea, but trust me, it’s really good.

Gyukatsu Motomura: Gyu Rosu Katsu
Gyukatsu Motomura: Gyu Rosu Katsu

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Manila · Philippines · Sights

Manila: National Museum of the Philippines – Free Admission

The National Museum has extended its free admission until the end of June! Even if you’ve visited before, there are always new things to see such as the Bangsa Moro art collection of the National Museum.

See: Manila: National Museum of the Philippines – National Art Gallery

Food · Seoul · South Korea

Seoul: Bauhouse Dog Cafe

So a day after visiting Seoul: Myeongdong Cat Cafe, we went on to visit Bauhouse Dog Cafe in Hapjeong (very near Hapjeong station exit 3) before shopping in Hongdae.

Bau House location
Bau House location

The procedure is: order a drink before going in to play with the dogs. Each table has a cabinet where you can place your stuff in.

The Cafe is divided into two areas: one for toy dogs to small dogs and another for the medium to extra large dogs. Being fans of big dogs, we decided to buy treats and jump into the big dogs area. Before we’re allowed into the area, the staff reminded us that treats are only for those in the big dogs area and to hold the treat inside the palm for 3 seconds before releasing the treat. (i.e. Do not throw the food or play catch.)

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Food · Seoul

Seoul: Myeongdong Cat Cafe

During our second trip to Seoul, we made sure to include a visit to a cat cafe and a dog cafe into our itinerary. After a little research, we chose Lily Cat Cafe at Myeongdong for our cat cafe. Unfortunately, we were not able to find the said cafe even after consulting google maps, naver map, and blogs. Luckily, we stumbled upon a cat mascot advertising a cat cafe one intersection after the largest Nature Republic store in Myeongdong. (coming from Myeongdong Subway exit 6)

Cat Cafe Mascot
Cat Cafe Mascot

Cat Cafe 고양이놀이터 Cat Playground in Myeongdong is located at the 3F of a building and is home to 36 adorable cats.

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