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Hakone Free Pass Round Course Day Tour

We were standing on the deck of a pirate ship, cruising across the serene waters of Lake Ashi when it started to drizzle. It’s been raining on and off, but as this particular shower ended, a full rainbow suddenly radiated on the horizon. I was reminded of the tale of going to a rainbow’s end to find a pot of gold.

Hakone Free Pass Round Course Day Tour

It was decided that on our second day in Tokyo, we would go straight to Hakone to have a look see of Mount Fuji. It was still raining in the city and the forecast for Hakone, which was two hours away by train, was more of the same. Still, we persisted, hoping against hope that the weather would favor us.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Shunbou Restaurant Grand Hyatt Tokyo

We really didn’t have much of a choice but to stay indoors, it was raining cats and dogs outside Tokyo. It was our first day in Japan and the weather wasn’t really cooperating. Good thing, we actually have something to do indoors a few hours after our arrival. Eat.


Walking from Wired Hotel Asakusa, then taking the subway from Asakusa to Roppongi Hills—thank you Klook for the very affordable unlimited subway pass—we took shelter at Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s expansive and warm lobby. A few minutes later and we were led to the sixth floor.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Sunday, December 10, 2017

Bangkok is the gateway to Thailand. It’s usually where first time Thailand visitors fly in, and it’s where most travelers touch down to leapfrog across the country’s diverse destinations. This megalopolis of a city is host to some of the most iconic tourist spots in the country, glitzy shopping malls, sprawling outdoor weekend bazaars, and delectable food places—both right on the streets and expensive restaurants—but  besides these, Bangkok is also known for its multitude of luxury hotels dotting its skyline.

But without character, luxury is nothing but just that. What makes a stay in Bangkok really exceptional, besides lavishness, is the uniqueness an accommodation can offer—be it on its one of a kind architecture, a specific theme, or even its history. During my previous visits to Bangkok, I have stayed on more than a such hotels where uniqueness comes first, and luxury, a close second. These are the places you’d rather actually stay in all day than go out and visit the city sights; they are that enticing. Below is a list of some the most unique luxury hotels in Bangkok.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Friday, December 8, 2017

Senso-ji Temple Asakusa Tokyo

Raining, it was always raining. It was almost midnight as we splashed through the wet sidewalks of Asakusa, avoiding puddles and hugging ourselves against the one-digit coldness of the evening. We arrived at Senso-ji Temple, surprised to see the oldest Buddhist temple this side of Tokyo sans the usual throng of picture-takers. It was almost more than four years since I went here alone one rainy morning; it’s still raining now, but this time, I have friends to share the downpour with.

Tokyo Subway Pass Klook

Scoring an unbelievably cheap flight to Tokyo via Cebu Pacific, we arrived in Narita Airport all excited and pumped up. We were rarin’ to go but we still have to redeem our Klook vouchers for 4G Simcards (PHP882.00, 3GB good for eight days) we would use to surf the net while in Japan, Tokyo Skyliner train tickets (PHP990.00, one way) which we would use for the ride from the airport to the city, and most importantly our Unlimited Tokyo Subway Pass (starts at PHP382.00 for a one day pass)—this one is heaven sent, traveling around Tokyo is expensive, but with this, it became a lot cheaper. Like really, a whole lot. It was a breeze booking all these prior to our trip, we just fired up our Klook app on our phone, and it was easy as saying arigato gozaimasu.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sydney Opera House Australia

Australia isn’t really on my list when it comes to countries to visit. It’s not that it doesn’t spark the wanderlust in me, what with the iconic Sydney Opera House—something I’ve only dreamt of seeing in person ever since taking up Architecture years back—or even Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef. The list of things to see and do in that massive country cum continent are endless. My hesitation to visit Australia is their visa requirement for the Philippines. It’s something I’m not sure I would pass.

Great Barrier Reef Australia

Being a full time blogger and photographer, I don’t have the usual list of essentials required by most countries for a tourist visa. First off, I don’t have an employer to establish that I am actually employed. I don’t have a ITR (income tax return), since most of my earnings are remitted from overseas.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Monday, December 4, 2017

Overnight Halong Bay Cruise Sunset

From karate chops and thrown punches, the martial arts group that was with us stopped their frenzied activities and finally paused to enjoy the scenery. Night was slowly descending, aboard a medium-sized cruise boat, we watched from the topside as the sky, a fiery orange a moment ago, transformed into muted pastels. Halong Bay’s waters, reflecting the heavens, was absolutely golden.

Overnight Halong Bay Cruise

This was our first time in Halong Bay, but it wasn’t the first time we’ve booked a trip here. Almost a year back, during our first visit to Hanoi, we availed of Klook’s Halong Bay Daytour Cruise, but due to inclement weather we had to cancel.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Saturday, December 2, 2017

When holiday season looms around the corner and the time for backpacking and luggage-hoarding comes, resorts are the perfect destinations for a relaxing and tension-free vacationing experience.

Bangalore is the avant-garde center of technology and boasts of facilities and infrastructures that reflect the sophistication of the city. Abundantly decored with gardens, lakes, and natural landscapes, guests can enjoy the nightlife scene and explore historical sites throughout the city while basking in the comfort of resorts in Bangalore. The Kempegowda International Airport offers guests flight packages for both domestic and international flights and is located nearby most resorts near Bengaluru which allows visitors to enjoy travelling hassle-free. Self-drive cabs, cab services, autorickshaws similar to those in Sri Lanka, and public/private buses are the primary modes of transport for exploring the city.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, November 30, 2017
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Quick Hike in Sapa

From our window at Song Anh Hotel, I spotted an antenna tower jutting from a low cliff lined with terraces of vegetation. Visiting Sapa without trekking is indeed possible, we hate trekking, but to let the panoramic view we witness day in and day out from our lodging without actually stepping foot on it was, I guess, unforgivable. So one misty afternoon, we decided to forego our usual town jaunt and headed over to that particular antenna. We have no idea what we would see there, but what the heck.

Violet Road Sapa Vietnam
Construction Sapa Vietnam

Our route took us down Fansipan Road, rounding the bend to Violet. Passing numerous constructions—development in Sapa seems to be on the fast track—the streets were deserted and the sun started to reveal itself. Still, the air felt nippy and the walk was pleasant enough.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, November 28, 2017