ONE PIECE Premier Summer 2012 – Part 2

Osaka, Japan – Summer 2012 One Piece Premier Summer In the summer of 2012, Universal Studios Japan had a special summer event to tribute the popular Manga/Anime, ONE PIECE.  Universal Studios was transformed to be themed toward One Piece for the summer.  In honor of the event (and cause it’s more fun), many of the guests dressed up as characters from One Piece.   They even … Continue reading ONE PIECE Premier Summer 2012 – Part 2

ONE PIECE Premier Summer 2012 – Part 1

Osaka, Japan – Summer 2012 One Piece Premier Summer In the summer of 2012, Universal Studios Japan had a special summer event to tribute the popular Manga/Anime, ONE PIECE.  Universal Studios was transformed to be themed toward One Piece for the summer.  In honor of the event (and cause it’s more fun), many of the guests dressed up as characters from One Piece.    Flash mobbed! … Continue reading ONE PIECE Premier Summer 2012 – Part 1

Manila Madness – Last Day – Water, Hotels, Airports

Final Day My last day in the Philippines so I spend my time at Hotel H2O/Manila Ocean Park activities. There is a mini-mall in the main center of the hotel as well as a food court.  This is because the hotel is attached to Manila Ocean Park which made for a fun location…or so it would seem. Mirror Maze This was a lot of fun. … Continue reading Manila Madness – Last Day – Water, Hotels, Airports

Manila Madness – Day Seven – Food, Malls, Bars

Day 7 – Food, Malls, bars We start the day with breakfast at 9 Spoons, the restaurant at the top floor of the Bayleaf Hotel. It’s about 06:30 so the place has just opened (The next day we went for breakfast at 09:00 and it was packed). Great views from the Sky Deck I’m hoping that this school wasn’t in use… A very skinny horse. … Continue reading Manila Madness – Day Seven – Food, Malls, Bars

Manila Madness – Day Six – From Boracay to Manila

Day 6 – From Boracay to Manila Tricycle taxi from Station 2 to Jetty Port  Video of the ride: http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/J11SqrCVZsw&source=uds We ended up on the smaller ferry on the way back.  It was a very rough ride. TIP: When leaving the ferry, be sure to pick up your own bag, otherwise someone else will pick it up and carry it for you, for a price of … Continue reading Manila Madness – Day Six – From Boracay to Manila

Manila Madness – Day Five – Things to do in Boracay

Day 5 – Boracay, Philippines Morning!  Hobbit House – A bar where the servers are hobbits (little people, still human – no magic)  Frosted Flakes are just called “Frosties.” Weird, but at least they’re still GR-R-REAT! Bacon and cheese pancakes!? TIP: Always confirm that the ice you get is filtered when traveling.  This ice was filtered, but it was so hot the ice melted immediately. … Continue reading Manila Madness – Day Five – Things to do in Boracay

Manila Madness – Day Four – Part 2 – Boracay at last!

Day 4 – Part 2 – Boracay, Philippines Station 2 – D*Mall – 17:00 After getting dropped off at D*Mall in station 2, we begin our seach for the hotel, GemTalk Suites.  After several minutes of walking we find a jewelry store called “GemTalk” which is pretty close.  I take a quick look at it, and assume that GemTalk suites must be very close.  After … Continue reading Manila Madness – Day Four – Part 2 – Boracay at last!

Manila Madness – Day Four – Part 1 – Getting to Boracay, Philippines

McDonald’s Boracay Day 4 – Part 1 – Getting to Boracay from Manila A little research goes a long way – Getting the Best Deal From Manila, there are two main paths that can be taken.  You can fly directly from Manila to Caticlan (Boracay), although the lowest price for a round trip direct flight per person that I was able to find was going for … Continue reading Manila Madness – Day Four – Part 1 – Getting to Boracay, Philippines

Manila Madness – Day Two – Makati Bars/Red Light District

Day 2 In the morning, I ask reception if there is a nearby convenience store and they direct me to a 7-Eleven right around the corner.  As soon I walk outside, I’m hit with the humidity of the Philippines and immediately notice the street smells like urine.  As I proceed to the store, I see a child peeing into a storm drain.  That explains that. … Continue reading Manila Madness – Day Two – Makati Bars/Red Light District

Manila Madness – Day Three – Makati Bars

Day 3 As soon as I wake up, I start drinking as much water as possible.  The day before, I made a trip to 7-Eleven and stocked up on large bottled water.  If you’re planning on going out drinking, pre-planning your water the next day is necessary.  That’s how the pro’s do it.  I check out of Tune Hotel and walk across the street to … Continue reading Manila Madness – Day Three – Makati Bars