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gonna start packing! Adventure mode ON!

I really like the feeling of going into a different country. It is like meeting a new person.

This Sunday, I shall be flying to Singapore and frankly, I’m really excited. Actually, I’m going there on a two-week training, not a vacation. ;}. I’m going to give my best here, as always. According to Vincent, one of my friends who’s already there, the company has put us in a hotel near the Burgis Station of their train line. Oh! It’s also nice to know that they also call their trains, the MRT and LRT ;))

Check out the map Vincent gave me, he said it’d be useful when I decide to switch into Adventure Mode. You see, the company gave us money for taxi transportation to go to the office every week day. But frankly, I’d rather take the train or the buses. I want to feel what’s it like to be submerged in the daily life in Singapore.


Singapore MRT and LRT Map


My dear old yaya, Ate Dalen, was able to to go there and stayed there for about a year as a helper. I asked her if she still remembered her old employers, maybe I could meet them and show them some more recent of Ate Dalen. She used to always tell me that her Singaporean employers were very kind. They even gave her a set of gold jewelry as a gift before she went back to the Philippines.


Ate Dalen's ring from her old employers.


Right now I’m trying to map out the country, considering that you could literally go around in it in just one day (without shopping of course). Stanley, one of my college friends, has suggested for us to go on a tour! I can’t wait to see how the world is like there. Even if we’re all under the same sky, for me it’s still different. Aside from the wonder of the place, I also can’t wait to see my old friends who are now living and working there. :] (Corkee, sana wag lang SC2 ang gawin nating libangan pag dating ko dun, please :P. )

RIGHT! So, I’ll be seeing you soon Singapore. :] I’m gonna start listing out things I need. Yes, I’ll have my SLR attached to my body. I’m even thinking of getting new lenses. Hmm. I’m going to really capture Singapore and its beauty that I keep hearing about.

Pero syempre for now, mahal ko pa rin ang Nihon. (Probably yun na talaga…) Sa nihon ako natututo mamuhay mag isa. Dun ako natuto mag luto, mag laba and not because I was ordered to do it, but because I have to for myself. :] Dun din ako pumayat. wahaha. At ang major reason ay dahil ang Nihon ay Nihon itself. :] aww. *hugs the personified japan*

:) Onward my sisters and brothers, to infinity!! ….

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the Trip to Muji, Manila

Dear All,

After I have heard that Muji shall be opening a store in Manila, I was very excited and swore that I will have to go there on the first week. Even posted this one, last month.


Ate on the way to Muji


You see, Muji is quite popular in Japan. When I was still living in Kanagawa 2 years ago, I go to Muji for some necessities. They have good quality office supplies. The kitchen and bath stuff were also nice… tapos they’re the only brand in the world na may face powder na hindi ako nangangati. -_- Kaya sa kanila ako bumibili.

So when I went there kanina with my sister… all excited and stuff. I was expecting na maraming tao… pero I wasn’t expecting na jam-packed siya!! I mean, sa sobrang dami ng tao, hassle mag dala ng basket and usually meron ka maapapakan ng paa.

I saw a lot of Japanese too. I wonder ano kaya iniisip nila when they saw yung mga pinoy nag kakagulo sa Muji. I overheard a family talking to each other, arguing if they should still fall in line. The wife was saying something like, “Eh ang haba ng pila, bibilin ba natin ito?”

Kanina rin, the end of the long line was exactly in front of the bean bags. Two teenagers na babae sat there. The Japanese couple apparently didn’t know that the teenagers were in line, kasi nakaupo sila sa bean bags (-__-). The Japanese apparently were too hesitant to ask if that was the end of the line, and even if the two girl teenagers saw them, they just ignored. The rest of the people who want to fall in line are confused now kung san ba yung dulo ng line.

I looked around some more, despite the overwhelming crowd.

It felt very much like Japan Muji. The product information sticker of the usual Muji is still on their merchandise. They have the usual clothes and shoes area, Japanese style clothes of course. Oh, nakita ko din dun yung nag sale na 500yen per pair na boots – parang ganyan. Lots of kitchen stuff, home things. They also had those little snacks, office supplies, cosmetics, containers, bags, furniture … dun ko din nakita yung low-resistance pillow na ginamit ko dati sa Nihon. That was the best pillow ever. Kukunin ko na dapat pero nagulat ako it was 2,250 pesos. O__O.


Cap with the Muji Product information stamp - the original pa.


Pero I converted it to Yen, and realized na it was only 4.2k yen. I realized, it didn’t sound expensive at all pag in yen. Pero yung dalawang libong peso na unan, parang sobrang impractical. Na realize ko na tuloy ang isang major difference nung Muji na nakasanayan ko sa Japan at ang Muji na nasa Manila. …. Hindi na yen ang kinikita ko monthly. :( (lolz. ang labo! ako pala may dipirensya! XD)

If you are an average pinoy who doesn’t own a house somewhere in Forbes of Dasmariñas Village, you will realize that buying every day stuff there is rather impractical. Sure, masaya sila bilin kasi galing Japan and they have good quality. Pero ako kasi, naramdaman ko na naman yung difference when I was in Japan and in here. There are other places and other brands here in the Philippines na maganda naman yung quality.

I guess, it could also be one of those, doesn’t matter if they’re horribly expensive. It’s Muji. Hehe. Sige.


When we got in the store, ate and I grabbed a basket. We were expecting marami kami bibilin. After a looking around, and having second thoughts, she was like, "Ok, how do we discreetly return the basket?"


The prices of the items are the original japan price + a few percent. Which is okay really. Of course dapat may profit, right? You will see pala yung mga products nila, may YEN price pa. Like yung compact face powder ko, which I only get in Muji, 1000 yen siya. It’s about 530 pesos. They’re selling it for 595 pesos. The difference is not much, yun nga lang, if you’re buying the stuff in peso, feeling ko hindi na masyadong practical. Siguro pag a few things na special or if pag nanalo ka sa lotto, or if you earn 95k pesos monthly. :)

Overall, for me Muji is a little overrated. After all the hype I have been posting all over my FB and my blog. :)) haha. My own fault, I have been expecting too much rin and didn’t realize that the worth of the products will be different.

*la la la la* … onward my sisters and brothers to the next Japan Store in Manila adventure.


Elle Cross

PS: I can’t wait na magkaron ng Uniqlo in Manila. ;))

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I was recently looking for a tiger petting zoo here in the Philippines. I knew meron sa Subic, some of my friends who have been there brought back home pictures where they’re cautiously petting big tigers.

Siguro, I will try first sa Subic. : ) It’s not too far anyway and it’s more realistic for now. I could set that up as one of the batchmates outing for the start of early next year.

But what I’m really after is the tiger petting zoo in Thailand’s Theravada Buddhist temple. Apparently, it has become a sanctuary for animals who have been orphaned because of poachers. Tourists go there to pet the animals. ^_^ aww.

A monk walking tigers at the Theravada Buddhist Temple (from wikipedia)

I won’t need telephoto lens after all to shoot tigers. Hehe. Because about a few months ago, our teachers in photography class have shown us photographs of wild animals in the safari. They were using telephoto lenses because they have to maintain a safe distance away from the tigers. Heehee!

Now, I will have the opportunity to have a tiger lie down on my lap. ^_____________^ wheee.

Once I get to do this, this will be the closest I’ll get to my dream of becoming a Discovery / National Geographic documentarian. I always wanted to travel and see other places around the world. ^_^ mmmmmm.

raaawr! I can haz tiger :D wheeeeeee (from Travel Beggar's Blog)

On with the adventures!

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sinulog festival – jan 16

waaaaaaaaa! i wanna go to the sinulog festival! T__________T

*inggit sa mga photography classmates*

di pa ako sure kasi kung pede ako sa Jan 16.


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to my wonderful classmates in basic photography class…

i’m so glad that i met all of you guys. : )

tonight was so much fun.

and it’s the first time i’ve been with a large group of people who are all adventure seekers. : D

let the adventures begin!

eco park, mt. pulag, baguio, batanes, coron, bahay ni ivan (mr.pres) … bring it on. ; )

(i’ll shall make the groups and the forums tomorrow… : D for now, sleep muna ako, may marathon ako bukas at 5:30am  and it’s past midnight. waa! hahha )

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