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100 Tokyo

I’m all set for 100 Tokyo! I talked about the first night in Tokyo on my first Japan travel diary and this is the continuation of what we did the following day after our kimono dressing. We did a lot of things included in the “100 Tokyo” list and let me share with you my day journey.

For lunch, we ate at Hounenmanpuku in Nihonbashi and had the best japanese set meal ever. I just got out of the ER because of a stomach flu a few days before going to Tokyo and the doctor told me not to eat much so it won’t hurt again. Sorry doc, how can you say no to all these delicious food? I ate everything and was very satisfied!

Cafe crepes!!! I love crepes and waffles and felt like I went to heaven seeing this place. Can’t decide what to eat! Now I’m craving for something sweet!

Hello fellow asian bloggers Qiu Qiu, Cheesie and Xia Xue.

For our 100 Tokyo photo walk, we went to so many cute and quirky shops indoor and outdoor! Our first stop: Laforet Mall. They collaborated with Disney and had so many nice displays there. These dresses are from the Disney Girls Project (Laforet Collection). Look how the the comic prints are of this dainty dress!

A cute stall inside Laforet. Love the pictures above the clothes- makes it easier for people who want to buy their clothes visualize the merchandise more.

I love their mannequin displays!

Laduree make up. Yes, it’s not a real macaron so don’t eat it! I didn’t even know they had a make up line! I heard they only sell these in Japan.

All dolled up in pink and blue. They said they didn’t talk about their clothes! Well, I guess if you guys are really close friends you tend to think alike.

Filipino bloggers represent! Literal kami in Philippine flag colors lol. We didn’t plan this too!

My favourite shop inside Laforet. How cool are these Bart sweaters!!! I heard this mall is really for funky dressers. I think I belong!

After going around Laforet, we now went shopping outdoors in Harajuku.

Harajuku salesgirls inside 6% Doki. Kawaii! I heard that all the salesgirls in Harajuku are pretty and fashionable! They do represent the brand, so they make sure they look fantastic everyday.

Walking around the streets with these girls made the trip extra fun. We all had fun window shopping and experiencing Tokyo together.

I love their window display. Their fashion is so amazing! This is my favourite store because everything inside is just so bold and colorful- my type of clothing.

Print on print on print on print. Prints everywhere! I love this store!

After the photo walk, we went to Google Japan’s office for the after party and can I just say… WAAHHH!!!!!! I’ve actually stepped inside the Google office! Dream come true!

Time to relax, unwind and chat with people!

I’m so happy METI and Google Japan launched 100 Tokyo. To the people who are planning to go to Japan any time soon, this will be your most useful guide. Also, I’m sure a lot of Filipinos are going to be visiting Tokyo soon because you won’t need a visa to enter anymore starting June! If you haven’t read my first post about Cool Japan and 100 Tokyo, you can check it out HERE.

Traditional sake wood glasses! During their olden days, they used to drink sake in these wooden cups. I took one home as a souvenir.

100 Tokyo being launched that night. Congratulations Google Japan! Cheers to your new projectt. It’s relatively new so I’m sure they’ll be adding more content in the future. If you want to know more about this special project, visit their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. BMS.

Somewhere in Harajuku

Jewelled Scarves scarf

Romwe metallic jacket

H&M top

Alexander Wang bag

Zara leggings

Topshop boots

There are just so many nice locations in Japan that wherever you're standing, it's bound to be picture perfect. Since we had a full day of touring for Cool Japan and 100 Tokyo, we decided to take a quick outfit shot in a small empty street somewhere in Harajuku street. Even from afar you can still see the flashing lights and busy street! It was around 10-12 degrees when we went to Tokyo so I made sure I was all covered up. I'm really lamigin (ibang level) so I have to be in complete gear when I go out- that means wearing thermals, a thick jacket, warm boots, sometimes a hat and a scarf. I wore this during out first tour day and since it's still an event tour, I wore chunky boots that's unbelievably comfier than some of my sneakers. Good thing I bought it the night before my trip! It's also always a hassle to be wearing a lot of accessories when you're traveling because you don't want your arms/ neck to feel heavy when you're walking around the whole day, so this scarf from Jewelled Scarves became my favorite travel accessory in an instant. It's a scarf that has embellishment so it looks like a necklace when worn. You can wear it in so many ways too! Scarf tucked under the beads, twisted around the necklace or use it like a normal scarf like how I did. With an all black ensemble, you'll look chic right away.

Ps. Jewelled Scarves is available in Rustan's Edsa Shang-rila Mall and Rustan's Our Very Own shop in Resorts World. 

Cool Japan

Hello Tokyo!!! I was so excited when I received an email from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in collaboration with Google Japan asking if I can go to Tokyo for their project called Cool Japan and 100 Tokyo. You’ll know in a bit why it’s really cool to go there but for now, I’ll tell you a bit more about this project. Honestly, there are so many things you can do in Japan, so this project is to just enhance and bring more excitement to their famous venues, food, mall, fashion, etc. When I got the email, I immediately said yes and even got more excited when I found out that I’ll be with Camille and Tricia. We arrived in Tokyo late afternoon and got to the hotel just in time to freshen up for a bit and then head straight to dinner.

We ate at Ginza Sushiko and I heard it’s one of the best restaurants in Tokyo. It’s located at Marunouchi. As a first-timer in Japan, I wanted to eat everything right away! All my friends who have been to Japan would always tell me everything’s delicious- and they’re right!

The chefs were very friendly and accommodating. I couldn’t understand them because they spoke Japanese but Miho (who’s part of METI) translated everything to us. Watching the chefs prepare our food is like watching a performance. They’re very particulate on how they make the sushis. Apparently, it takes years (yes, about 3-5 years) to be a sushi chef. You have to undergo years of training inside the kitchen or after working hours (you’re not allowed to serve to guests) and the master chefs judge your sushi creations. That’s what you call hard work!

It was my first time trying flounder sushi too. The chef took out a book and showed us how the perfect the fins are and that they don’t have flounder sushi everyday. I felt so lucky trying it! It was Miho’s idea we taste it because it’s her favorite dish. Can I just say- ang sarap niya!!!

Our Cool Japan/ 100 Tokyo group! I haven’t told you about this project yet but I will soon. We have bloggers from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc here and they’re all beautiful, handsome and friendly too. I love meeting new people!

After dinner, we went home to sleep and woke up early for our whole day tour. Woot! I think I’m the most excited out of everyone since it’s my first time. We met at the hotel lobby at around 8:30am, went to Nihonbashi Hunatsukiba (dock) and rode this boat limousine. I felt like a superstar inside this boat! It looks like it came from the future! We went around for about 20 minutes to see the beautiful sights. I got sad that it was drizzling when we toured around but I still enjoyed the tour.

They say Nihonbashi (literally meaning Japan Bridge) isn’t one of their famous tourist spots, and that’s exactly why were there. It’s just at the north of Ginza and northeast of Marunouchi and Tokyo Station. It’s the business district of Tokyo and is called the Venice of Japan. The bridge (where the district is named after) has been the marker for their national highway network since the Edo period.

After lunch, we visited a newly opened mall (and I mean it just launched that day) called Coredo and we got to try on kimonos the right way. Kimono means a thing to wear (ki is “wear” and mono is “thing”).

We got to choose our own kimono set and out of excitement, I just got whatever was there so I could get started right away! Here’s XiaXue posing for the camera.

Yes, it’s head-to-toe proper kimono dressing! We wore socks and their traditional sandals too.

It took them a long time to dress me up. I could just imagine how hard it must be in the old days wherein you have to do this everyday! They asked me to remove all my clothes (except underwear) then proceeded by letting me wear a lot of layers before putting on the actual kimono.

Tricia’s obi sash is just amazing. I love how it makes the entire look more girly and dainty.

If ever you’re planning to go to Japan, I highly suggest you try wearing a kimono too! It’s too cool not to try. Some people even put make up on, geisha style! I wish I took outfit shots wearing my kimono but we only had limited time and I couldn’t squeeze it in our schedule.

Everyone posing for the camera. And the best part? We went around the mall wearing our kimonos! Since the mall just newly opened, there were a lot of tv crew filming the place too. I hope I got to cameo hehehe.

We also got to visit a museum inside Coredo that’s all about Japanese culture. They have all these beautiful kimonos on display. These are some of my favourites. If I were to create my own kimono, do you think I can wear tribal print? Lol.

These walls are hand painted. Amazing, right?

We also got to see these sushi chefs prepare wonderful dishes!

Some items you can take home with you for pasalubong. They have a lot of stores that sell old school items that’s really nice for home displays.

This store really caught my attention. It’s like I’m in chopsticks wonderland. It’s one entire store that has different styles and prints of chopsticks.

After lunch, it was time for “100 Tokyo”. It’s one of the reasons why we flew here. “100 Tokyo” is a project by Google Japan where tourists like me can check out 100 best food/shopping/venues/products to try and do while you’re in Tokyo. For first timers like me, it’s so convenient to just google 100 Tokyo and see all the places/things worth visiting and seeing in Japan. As a tourist, it’ll really make your trip a breeze. Now, you don’t have to worry about what to do- instead, you’ll have a hard time deciding what to do first! Lol. We had a fun afternoon touring around the streets of Harajuku and seeing all the cool store they prepared for our photo walk. I’ll talk more about this though on my next Travel Diary post. Sorry if nakakabitin! More photos to come.

For more information about 100 Tokyo, visit their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. BMS.

Styled To Move

A few weeks ago, I attended Toyota’s event in Resorts World Manila where they launched their newest car, the all new Toyota Yaris. I love how the concept of the car is like a fashion show, and that the road is your runway. It’s a subcompact car that can suit any person who’s always on the go. Before I continue on and on about how beautiful this car is, check out what happened during the event.

My dates Nicole Andersson and Champ Lui Pio.

Host of the night, Patti Grandidge. She’s so effortlessly gorgeous.

Mr. Michinobu Sugata, the president of Toyota Motor Philippines, talks about the brand and why the all new Toyota Yaris is worth buying.

Before the fashion show, this happened. I swear, whenever I see people dance, I want to become a dancer myself. They look so awesome performing on stage and they all exude this aura of confidence and coolness.

Different looks for different people. Whether you’re retro, preppy, classy, the Toyota Yaris will still fit your style and everyday life. I really enjoyed the fashion show and seeing all the different style and characters that the models portrayed.

The models were standing in front of a big box and when it opened, the car was inside. See it for yourself!

I love how small and compact it is- fit for a petite girl like me. This car is actually very useful for everyday use in the city because it’s fuel efficient and you can easily park anywhere. I always find it harder to park bigger cars and since we live in a very busy city, this will be very convenient. It also cops the right balance between sharp edges and smooth surfaces- expressing the car’s personality of being a fashion forward car.

You can put so many things inside this car- it’s also gonna be a nice car for road trips. The Yaris lift back door opens wide which makes loading the cargo compartment a breeze. It's been given a substantial upgrade in its length by over +315mm so it's really more spacious.

Isn’t it such a beauty? The famous hatchback now comes in seven fashionable colors: Freedom White, Attitude Black, Thermalyte, Gray Metallic and its new shades of Orange Mica Metallic, Red Mica Metallic and Frozen Blue Mica Metallic. I think it’ll actually be a fun car to drive this holy week whether you have an out of town trip or if you just want to drive around this peaceful city (since everyone won’t be here). For more information about Toyota Yaris, visit their website and follow them on Facebook.

And speaking of road trips, make sure you’re safe to avoid any accidents. Petron Lakbay Alalay is the longest running motorist assistance program of Petron and since it’s holy week and a lot of people are going out of town, they want to make sure to provide roadside assistance. Have a FREE safety check service at any Petron service stations nationwide so they can help everyone prepare their vehicles for a worry-free and fun vacation! Did you know that aside from their free safety check service, you can also get free food and drinks and first aid assistance? Cool right? And they even have a power nap area for people who’ll be driving for long hours! If you’re going on a road trip this week, take care! As for me, I’ll be staying with my family in Manila to enjoy this peaceful city (that happens only twice a year).

A Visit In Clark, Pampanga

Touchdown Clark! It’s really not that far if you think about it, just about two hours away and you’re in their beautiful city already. I went to visit SM City Clark and had a meet and greet there a couple of weeks ago. I love going to another place/city/province and meeting some of my avid readers, it really inspires me more to work and blog. Before the meet and greet, I was tasked to go around the mall, pick out clothes, do an ootd and showcase SM City Clark’s fashionable clothes. Before I show you my chosen outfit, let me show you how my shopping experience went.

Uniqlo. Of course I had to go inside this store- I love their items, especially now that it’s summer again. Check out some of their cute floral prints!

I went inside The SM Store and couldn’t decide what to get because everything was so pretty! This is the problem when I go inside SM Department Store, there are just so many cute things to find! Nice problem, right?

Every since I was introduced to this brand (it’s inside SM Store too), I always check their clothes out. They have some really cool and affordable clothes.

Baby G- brings me back so many high school memories! What color should I get? Hmm.

My last and favourite stop: Mango. They have the chicest clothes ever. I could actually make an entire look out of Mango apparel and accessories! After this, I went inside their dressing room to change to my ootd already. I really had a fun time shopping inside SM City Clark because the mall is so clean and nice, plus they have entertainment going around the mall to keep their customers excited all the time.

I also met some of Pampanga’s fashion bloggers and had a chat with them. Love making new friends! Anyway, so here’s my final look:

Print on print on print. Yes, it that’s time of the year again! Haha. I’ve been wearing a lot of black and whites during the “ber” months and now that it’s summer again, brights and prints are back! Well, they never really stopped anyway. I got this jacket from Uniqlo and matched it with this pastel top from Mango and printed skirt from Redhead inside The SM Store. You can call this look sporty chic. Sporty because of the checkered hoodie and my Baby-G watch and chic because of the necklace, top and skirt. Don’t be afraid to experiment with prints because if you want to be a scene stealer, prints are your besties.

I was also able to meet Andrei Paras, a super talented reader of mine. Thank you for this beautiful sketch.

Meet and Greet time! I had to wait for a few minutes on stage because we were waiting for the mic, so I just started talking to my readers who were waiting in line. They were all so nice and beautiful!

Everyone in line could ask me questions about fashion and blogging, and I’m so happy to hear that a lot of people want to start a personal blog. I chatted with some of my readers about their passion and interests too. Oh, and can I just add- using iso na talaga ang monopod! A lot of people brought it with them! Hahaha.

At the end of the meet and greet, there was a question and answer portion and I loved how someone asked me what she can wear on a date with her boyfriend whom she hasn’t seen for a year! Whoa. I asked her so many questions like, “where’s the date?” “is there an occasion?” “is it in a fancy restaurant?” and I think she wasn’t prepared hehehe! To the girl who asked me the question, if you’re reading this, I hope your date went well!

After the event, I ate merienda at Caffe Bene with the organisers and Pampanga fashion bloggers. I had so much fun at SM City Clark! Thank you for inviting me during your 3-day sale event. I love their mall- I love that they have activities and events all the time to entertain guests and they’re the only mall there who has a Korean translation on their ads and announcements. Cool, right? Also, I wanted to try so many other things in Pampanga, like their famous delicacies and destinations, too bad I was only there for a day. I wish to come back soon though. BMS.