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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.

Plunge

Sunnies from Common Thread

Bikini from Common Thread

BCBG skirt

Clutch from Common Thread

There's something magical about taking outfit posts in Pico De Loro- I always feel like I'm enjoying more. When I have events at the beach, it's always nice to mix a swimsuit with a maxi skirt because it looks really beachy but still elegant- plus you can't really do it often in the city. A few days before this trip, I was able to drop by Common Thread in Greenbelt 5 and fell in love with their store and customer service. All the people working there are so friendly and they really have taste when they help you pick out the items you need. As you can see, I got a lot from them! It's convenient because they have several brands under one store so I don't need to spend hours strolling around the mall looking for each item you need. Anyway, back to my ootd, I usually hate wearing plunging tops so I was really surprised this swimsuit suited me well. It's also nice even without the skirt! Since it's black, it looks extra classy too. BMS.

Photos by: Spike

A Space To Play

Isn’t it summer time? And isn’t summer all about having fun? Sanuk definitely made sure everyone will have a space to play! They hosted an event a month ago in Pico De Loro and invited a few friends over so they can showcase their bright and colourful new collection. It was only a two-day event but it was worth it! When we arrived, the place was filled with beautiful props that made me love summer more.

Pico De Loro is a 3 to 4 hour drive from Manila. It’s just a bit further away from Tali and Punta Fuego but if you love road trips, it’s definitely worth the drive. You have to be a member to be able to stay too.

We left Manila around 12nn and arrived around 2:30pm because there was no traffic. After checking in, we were escorted to our room and this surprised us. Happy hour agad agad haha! I’ve always wanted a cooler for out of town trips. Thank you Sanuk! We finished all the chips and drinks right away. Of course, we also wore these cute slippers they gave us. They’re so comfy to wear!

The other people who rode a bus going to Pico De Loro got stuck in traffic so we had an hour or two to relax by the beach.

The area was covered with cool Sanuk props. I love how they really prepared for the event. It made me more excited to see their newest collection!

When I returned to the hotel, everyone was already there! Yay! Sanuk prepared merienda for us by the lagoon so we can all have a get-together just in case someone doesn’t know someone. They also showcased their summer collection. For guys, I personally love the camouflage one. Combined with the orange strings, it's so nice!

The set up is so colourful and playful.

We had so much food for merienda I thought it was our dinner already! Perfect pica pica food while everyone’s busy taking photos of Sanuk’s summer sandals.

For the ladies’ collection, I couldn’t choose what my favourite pair was because everything’s so nice. I love colorful dresses and shoes, so their collection would really fit me perfectly. During the event, the new collection wasn’t available yet so I couldn’t have a pair of my own- but now it is so you too can get a pair! These espadrilles are perfect for summer. It’s all about prints this time so the more vivid and vibrant, the better.

After happy hour, we all freshened up for the main event. We transferred to the beach area where they prepared a beautiful stage and dinner tables so we can have the best view of the show.

The lovely host of the night, Janeena Chan. I love her charisma and charm!

Sanuk showcased their latest summer collection and shared why their shoes are fit for all kinds of personalities. Even if you’re laid back, a musician, a city girl, and more- there’s a Sanuk pair for you that’ll fit your everyday lifestyle.

I love their colored shoes- it’s so easy to pair your everyday look with this one.

They did several looks to prove how versatile Sanuk sandals are- beachy, city look, smart casual, etc. Since it’s summer time, play with colours and don’t be afraid to experiment with your clothes, accessories and shoes. My favourite is the sandals on the lower left- meant to be worn on the beach when you don’t like wearing flip flops during dinner and night outs.

After the show, everyone enjoyed dinner and had a great time. The best part? I had a very nice massage after dinner! What a way to end my wonderful day!

The next day, I had to leave before lunch because I had work in Manila in the afternoon but I was still able to enjoy the pool after breakfast. Thank you to Sanuk for inviting me to your event. A space to play is all about reflecting the fun part in life- to live spontaneously and to enjoy each and every moment of it. Whether it be your smile, your laughter, your night outs, make sure you always have a space to play. We only live one, so live a fun one! I had a great time in this trip and so did everyone else. Your new collection screams youth and color! I’ll definitely be getting a pair of my own now that’s it’s available. BMS.

For more information, visit Sanuk’s website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.