Saturday, April 11, 2015

Project 17 of 365: Sakura Hanami 2015

Weather is grey and rainy these past few days up to now, but thankful for a good weather last Saturday, I was able to watch the sakura in full bloom in one of the most popular places when it comes to sakura watching in Japan. Went to Kakamigahara, Gifu for their sakura festival. The place was crowded, many food stalls to choose from, many people were laying their mats below those sakura trees and had BBQ while watching the beauty of those blooming flowers. As usual, sakura will leave you in awe. Always. Period. I've seen it more than once but I can't get enough of it. It's been my 4th year experiencing the sakura season and still, it feels like the first time. By the way, here are some photos for you not to drool for but in able for you to see its beauty even if you cannot make it to Japan to experience it. I brought my camera without checking it beforehand so I end up not able to use it because of a drained battery. Lesson learned: Always, always check your camera beforehand. Don't just always rely on you memory instincts. So, these iPhone6 pictures might not justify its beauty but at least I try. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

March 2015 Through iPhone

1. A powered breakfast before starting my week on a Sunday. My work starts on a Sunday evening until Friday morning.
2. Had some lunch with the sissums in a nearby tonkatsu restaurant.
3&4. An early trip to the airport (NGO) to send off my cousin whose going home for 2 weeks. Watching people checking in and airplanes flying wants me to fly again and off somewhere I've never been. But I know, SOOOOOON.
After sending off the cousin, went home and then Went to Osu-Kannon located near Nagoya with the sister to accompany her for some weekend jaunt. Went to Sakae after. It was a tiring Saturday for me.
1. A returned favor for Japan's White day. It's too cute, I can't eat it. (Until now, I didn't eat it. Later, maybe.)
2. Received a piece of high class meat and turned out to be good with some coffee.
3. Flowers were blooming all around the area. Spring has sprung already. It's time for those light clothes, great weather, and cherry blossoms watching.
4. A random Friday morning coffee with lola and her husband.
A "le me take a selfie" first before that big red bump in the left cheek turns into a pimple. #GirlProblems
Morning coffee/bye bye party for lola with this small circle of people while waiting for the rain to stop in able to enjoy sakura hanami, but unfortunately, weather did not permit us. Went home disappointed.

Sorry for the late post of what my March 2015 has been. I hope you got updated. Be updated by following my Instagram or Twitter accounts. All are @jenponix. See yah!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

5 Favorite Philippine-based Bloggers

I just blogged about my fave travel accounts in Instagram. If you haven`t passed by it, you can visit it HERE.
I am an expat in Japan as some of you knew. But despite of being in a different country and miles away from my country, this doesn`t mean I don`t follow Philippine-based bloggers. I am still a Filipino at heart. You cannot take that away from me. So without further ado, here`s my fave 5 Filipino bloggers. By the way, they are all women. Cheers for this individual woman powers (I  may be late for International Women`s Day)!
@pattylaurel. Now, she is Patty Laurel-Filart, the blogger of Come Waste Your Time With Me. From the first time I bumped into her blog until this day, I am still amaze of her wittiness and one of a kind thoughts/jokes. From her Gerbil adventures, fashion picks, to her personal thoughts, and to her food trips, you will learn something as a woman and a blogger. She is now in her pregnancy and in 3 months,  they will be a family of three. Congratulations and have a healthy and pogi baby boy.
@kryzzzie. The blogger behind Thirstythought, that is Kryz Uy. A Cebuana whose gifted with a fashion taste. I love her everyday fashion idea posts and her travels with her blogger friends or with her sister Jack or with her family around the world. Goodluck to this 24 year old fashion blogger. Goodluck for reaching your dreams in the fashion industry.
@andimanzano. Andi Manzano-Reyes is the author of her own blog HERE. She is a radio disc jockey at Magic 89.9 radio but is now currently on maternity leave. She just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Olivia Pilar. I love her personal, lifestyle and travel posts.
@iamsuperbianca. Just changed her last name into Intal, Miss Bianca Gonzales-Intal, is a celebrity blogger. Though she is not blogging in a daily basis in her diary of a supergirl wannabe, I am still looking forward to her upcoming posts. Love her travel tumbling shots and her intelligence is envied (or should I say everything about her...). Juggling jobs from being a host, celebrity, author of Paano Ba`to book, EIC of a magazine to being a wife to a pro basketball player, she is an empowered woman for me.
@brideandbreakfast. Janna Mendoza-Simpao is the person behind Bride and Breakfast blog. This is a source of Philippine`s best wedding ideas. She can juggle jobs in between of being a wife, mom and a blogger. I love the blog for wedding ideas and I hope when I get married soon, it will be featured in this famous wedding blog. (fingers crossed...)

That`s it for my picks! Watch out for my international-based bloggers soon here in the blog.  Who are your fave bloggers? Feel free to speak out here. Comments and opinions are appreciated. See yah!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

5 Favorite Travel Accounts In Instagram

For today's post, I would like to share to everyone the Instagram accounts I stalk everyday for travel inspirations. I love their jaw-dropping and great photos and wishing I am at that picture the very moment I saw it. Here's my 5 favorite travel accounts in Instagram without any particular order.

@letstraveltoday At this moment, it has almost 35,000 followers with 253 inspiring destination photos. The account collects pictures and share them at their account to let their followers know what are the breathtaking views and unique sights other people captured all over the world.
@beautifuldestinations It has more or less 3 million followers all over Instagram with a 2,422 photos, as of the moment. From the name itself, it shares beautiful destinations all around The 7 continents of the world.

@earthpics This account has almost 3.3 million folllwers with a stunning 2,973 photos. It collects not just places and destinations but amazing pictures of animals, people and nature. All in one!

@accesstravelph This is a Philippine-based account. It's the go-to travel agency of almost the Philippine celebrities and bloggers. It has an oozing 116,000 followers and 1,772 photos. The agency started as a school project by Angely Dub and went well until the present. The account also features pictures from the CEO's Instagram account. "Perseverance is the key to success.", as what they say. Good luck and more powers! Wish to work with the agency soon. (Fingers crossed...)

@theluxenomad This is a booking agency of leading luxury hotel and villa in the Asia-Pacific. It has a 76,700 followers with 2,683 photos in the moment. Stunned by the beauty and luxury of those hotels, resorts, and villas with flash sales posted by this account. Hoping to stay in one of those villas through their online booking someday, or maybe, now?!?

That's it! Do we have the same choices? If not share and comment yours. It is appreciated.

*Texts are all author's opinion.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

10 Inspirational Travel Quotes

 Out of the many inspirational travel quotes out there, these are the words that strikes me the most and makes me want to wander now, as in now! Who's with me? Without making a long post, I will let those posters do their thing. What are your set of inspirational travel quotes? Share and let me know. To end this post, another question for you to answer...
* Photos grabbed from Pinterest