Nagoya, Japan Tour 2019 – SAHM Goal Achieved

It took me a while to leave for Japan due to some personal reasons. I got my Japan Visa in June 2019 but I was able to travel in September 2019 (almost the end of visa validity). However, it was God’s grace that this trip came into a reality.

Please read here on How to Apply for a Japan Tourist Visa. I do not mean to discourage the visa applicants, yet it was not true that it was easy. As I  mentioned on the post about visa application, while waiting for my turn, 2 applicants were denied of Japan Visa. They were told to apply after 6 months if they wish to. It is imperative to be very careful with the requirements and specifics such as the A4 size paper, the info on the forms should be consistent, the itinerary and others. When you follow the guidelines appropriately, it will be easy to acquire your dream visa to Japan.

Let us move on! I realized, when you travel, it is important that you know what is your purpose on that specific trip. For example, personally, I want to take a rest from the house chores, and all that there is in being a Stay at Home Wife for years. Can you relate? Comment down if you do. Tell us more about it. Who understands me on this sentiment? Having said so, I did not intend to go to Disneyland or the like. I want to be there with my kids. I was more on, having peace; walk in the park; experience eating authentic Ramen, Sushi and Yakiniku; experience the transportation system in Japan, shop chocolates, buy at least 1 branded bag and whatever I could think of. I wanted to see Sakura but it was not the season anymore of Sakura or Cherry Blossoms since it blooms in March, I traveled in September. So, I need to go back!

I was and is still very thankful to my friend Eloi and his husband Bong for accommodating me in their humble abode. I had a nice time with the kids too. I was able to stay in a house which is not just Japan-inspired but a Japanese house in reality. I had culture immersion on how it is to live in Japan. And how it is to live in a residential area with Japanese neighbors. How quiet it can be. That was indeed one of the great experiences on my first travel to Japan!


Their transport system is very organized. You can travel with ease. Why did I say that? Everything is ON TIME. You know when the train and the bus will arrive and leave. No pushing, everyone is calm while entering and alighting the train and bus. Japan has different reloadable cards where you can use at the bus and train ride and even 7/11, Family mart and Lawson stores to purchase food and other you might need along the way.

There was just a slight challenge because only few people speaks English. What I can advice is to download Google Translate and make use of Google maps on your mobile phone. These 2 mobile applications can be very useful in your travels not just in Japan. You can travel Japan with ease. And do not forget to book wifi device on Klook as it will be very useful as you travel all over Japan. Choose the one that offers unlimited data.

Want to know another reason why I said that you can travel with ease in Japan? My friend for some unexpected reason was not able to pick me up at the airport on my arrival date.  Something came up from her work. I have nothing against my friend. In fact, it was an exciting one. I arrived at Chubu Centrair International Airport a bit earlier than expected, around 8:20PM. It was also a good one that airports in Japan have strong internet connection. We were able to call each other on Facebook Messenger from the moment I queue at the immigration, which way to the exit, where to buy train tickets, which train to ride, which station to go, until she arrived on that train station.

The pocket wifi I ordered, was late for delivery at their house, reason why I did not have it yet with me. And the counter at the airport closes at 6PM, my arrival was supposed to be almost 9PM, so I ought to have it delivered at their house. The Japanese Telco immediately reply and refund for 2 days (days late) is in process going back to my Klook account. Thank you!


Intro is over! What did I do in Japan? Where did I go? What food did I try?

Gusto Cafe in Higashiura, Obu, Aichi Prefecture

I left our house in the Philippines with my husband; Third at around 8AM. We had brunch in Cubao while waiting for the P2P bus going to NAIA. My last meal was 10AM. I only had crackers while on the plane. It was almost midnight in Japan, guess what? I was so hungry then. Eloi brought me to Gusto Cafe. I was so amazed with everything there. My ignorance hit me. But I like it. I want to learn and discover new things, specially in Japan; a first world country. I let Eloi order for me. Then, she added the Drink Bar where you can have unlimited or bottomless flavored coffee, flavored juice, flavored tea, flavored soda and chocolate drink with added flavor. Your choice if you want it hot or cold, amazing isn’t it? Since, I liked it a lot there. I went there again, alone and planned to compose a blog post or anything that I can write. It was cozy there and serene. It was there that I film my review of Japan Trip 2019 and how to order without knowing Nihonggo.

Little World Museum of Man in Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture

My experience with my friend Eloi in Little World was fun and unforgettable. The moment I arrived in Japan, I kept saying, “I’m in Japan”. I could not believe it. Eloi, would just stare at me and smile. She understood that I was happy to be with her in Japan. I read on some blogs that you can have a passport to go around the world inside the Little World and have it stamped by yourself in every country then, you can have a gift as well on your last stamp at the reception before you exit the premise. Walking around the Little World was tiring yet exciting. We got motivated by the stamps that we had to complete and the gift after the trip. I swear, you need motivation! If not, you might give up after visiting only few countries. You can try different national costume of each country destination for a price of 500 Yen. There is a coaster as a transport to use to roam around but, we did not try it. We enjoyed walking though it was a sunny afternoon. It was still Summer time when I arrived in Japan. Fall was approaching when I left Japan. Check out our YT video representing different countries below:

Daiso Japan in Arimatsu, Aichi Prefecture

I know we have Daiso also in the Philippines but I happened to reach this big Daiso outlet store in Arimatsu inside the Aeon Mall. Most of the items there were worth 100 Yen or if we convert to our money is PhP 47 – 50 (depends on the prevailing rate) plus 8% sales tax. I bought some goos and slime for our kids, also some make up items. There are lots of items to choose from. Other items will have price tags which are worth above 100 yen. Watch my video and see what you can find below:

BIC Camera in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

Bic Camera is one of the go to shop in Japan if you want to have variety of options at a lower cost compared to the other shops when it comes to gadgets, appliances and other electronic items. We found a good price for 1TB Hardrive which my friend bought. There is also a voucher for discounts where you can get online at their website, on Klook, and at the nearest tourist reception center of the area where you are in Japan.

Shiromaru-Base (Authentic Ramen) in Kanayama, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

Diz iz it! Ramen is becoming famous in the Philippines next to Samguypsal chains. As we all know, Samgyupsal originated in Korean with grilled food where you can choose marinated beef and pork on variety of flavors while Ramen originated in Japan with  noodles and flavors to choose from. We noticed that there were men more than women who looked like they came from work/office. I was so excited because I have not tasted Ramen even in the Philippines, I wanted it as authentic as it can be. My Japan visit is just perfect! Now, I understand the cravings! Watch my first encounter of Ramen on my video of Mukbang Ramen, Japan edition here:

Aeon Mall – Food Court in Obu, Aichi Prefecture

I dined in here and found those displays right near the entrance of each restaurant chain. They are very inviting and looked so real to me. Check it out here! What will you order?

Don Quijote in Sakae, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

This is the place to be if you want to shop pasalubong to take back home for your family and friends. The branch that my friend and I went into was in Sakae near the Nagoya TV Tower and Oasis 21. Just in front of Sunshine Sakae. You won’t miss it since there are a lot of lights and posters that says TAX FREE or TAX REFUND. This store location has 4 floors. 1st floor has food, chocolates, drinks and groceries. 2nd floor has make-up and medicine, 3rd floor has toys, gadgets and accessories and 4th floor has perfumes, shoes, watches, luxury items such as bags of different brands. See for yourself here:

Sunshine Sakae in Sakae, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

It is a mall at the center of Sakae. It has a ferris wheel in front of its building. It is operational and it could be a nice experience to ride.


Nagoya TV Tower and Oasis 21 in Sakae, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

Nagoya TV Tower and Oasis 21 are two of the most visited spots in Sakae. The Nagoya TV tower was said to look like Eiffel tower in the evening because of its lights and structure.  Unfortunately, there were no lights on that night. While the Oasis 21 is like a huge spaceship that shifts colors from time to time. When we were there, we went live on Facebook. You can ride an elevator to reach the top level where you can walk around the transparent water filled roof which changes its flooring color. On the 2nd level is a garden set up where tourists can relax and chat with their company. The ground floor has shopping and dining options.

Conveyor Belt Sushi at Oasis 21 in Sakae, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

It was a dream come true to finally dine in authentic conveyor belt restaurant. It was bit pricey from where we dine in at Nigiri No Tokube located in Oasis 21 compared to other local sushi restaurants in another area where there is 100 yen per plate. The price per plates was discussed in our YT video.

Nagashima Resort in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture

The Nagashima Resort features a hotel, onsen spa, an amusement park, and shopping at Mitsui Outlet Park. It is said to be Japan’s largest amusement park and natural outdoor bath in one. Both adults and kids can enjoy and have fun here. I only have few photos and video since my phone battery died. Overall, it was fun and relaxing. Not to mention, my friends Eloi, Lez and I bought a bag with same design which I called our FRIENDSHIP BAG from Coach. We had fun at Chanel outlet store too. We found those jaw-dropping prices and another jaw-dropping reaction after we saw how the prices dropped making it SUPER SALE! I will surely come back. Can you read my mind?

McDonalds in Japan

We all know what McDonalds is. But it is still different when its there. I had to do it. And besides if you are on a budget, you will have that moment when you will tell yourself, it might be a little different here. 🙂 Oh well, their meals start at 500 yen If I remember it right. The easiest way to convert it into Philippine Pesos is to divide it into 2. The exchange rate of 1 yen to PhP ranges from .47 to .49 depends on the current rate. My order is worth around 250 pesos.


Yakiniku King in Anjo, Aichi Prefecture

What can I say? Speechless with the taste and the chunky serving of the meat here. Plus the bonding time with my friends. It closes at 12mn. Our friend Lez brought Eloi and I to the most unforgettable Yakiniku (for sure) I can ever experience. Thank you Lez.

Nabana No Sato in Mie Prefecture

It was an enchanting experience to see thousands of flowers, real ones and not paper roses. The Begonia Garden caught my attention. There was also Onsen inside, but we did not bother. Watch what I have seen. My pleasure to share with you all.

Toilet in Japan (Ignorance strikes)

I was so ignorant and amazed how toilet looks like in Japan. I do not know if we have it in the Philippines. I know a bidet from the toilet but that’s just it. Not with all thise sound effects of flush, flowing water, hot or cold, etc. Do we? Please comment down where? Watch how ignorant I was in my YT video here:


Overall experience, my first trip to Japan was a blast! Experiences of eating authentic Japanese cuisine was a remarkable experience one can have. I enjoyed the feeling of ignorance in a country I have never been before. I was also surprised to know that there were not much trash can in Japan. You can only find them beside vending machines. They segregate their trash and only bring it outside on scheduled pick up dates. Watch here:

My goal of “me time” was achieved! Stay at home moms need sometime for themselves. I will surely go back. I will plan my next itinerary based on my goal as what I did.

Thank you to my husband for the funds and support.


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Spend and Save: What’s on My Wishlist?

Wish I may, Wish I might… They say, wishes do come true. Let’s see!

Holiday is coming so fast! Big % Sale from online shopping is predominant. We shop for fun, for pleasure or as de-stressifier (let me coin the term; meaning to relieve stress).  Sometimes we have that list of what we seriously want with anticipation  that it can be granted. Knowing that now shopping can give us back a part of what we spend which later will turn out as savings, maybe “wishing” is an understatement. How? You can check out my blog about Shopback here and learn more. Wishing is not just day dreaming but getting close to reality.

Here is my wishlist found in Lazada and CashCash Pinoy:

1. GoPro Hero4

Am I the only one who does not have  a GoPro? I know I have DSLR and a smart phone to take pictures of the places we go to. But I want something handy and water resistant cam to record and/or take a shot of my kids as they play around. Lazada offers 4% cashback for existing customers while 10-12% for NEW customers. With the amount of P 16,599 at 4%, I will be able to get back P 663.96 which is redeemable after a few days after my online purchase. 600+ bucks is good than nothing. It has great reviews represented by 5 stars. I know I won’t go wrong. Starting to like

P663.96 – P1,599 cashback thru Shopback


2. GoPro Hero4 Accessories

Having a GoPro is not enough. There are available accessories for aesthetic purposes  and to maximize the use of GoPro. An Aluminum Cage and Dive Filter Lens for a start. Getting these items will give me a 4% cashback of P88 in total. Still an amount to look forward to.

3. Dashcam

Nowadays, road accidents and violence are rampant. It would help if we have a recording device to capture those unexpected moments. I looked into the view angle 120-140 degrees, freebie SD Card from 8gb up to 32gb, night vision, quality 1080p, and lcd screen size. I can’t have them all. But this one is fair enough. My cashback will be P72.40.


4. Drone Camera

Ever asked why these are all capturing devices?  I just love to capture our precious moments. Life is short. You only live once. My kids will grow up and memories are all I have when that time comes. This gadget will give me P180 in cashback.


5. Trip to Maldives

All set with the cameras! Let’s go and explore! Needless to say, it is Maldives! A wonderful vacation and cashback in 1. I found it at CashCash Pinoy. An aerial view using the Drone camera is best to use in here. A 2% cashback will be P561.20. It can pay one dinner meal.


There’s my top 5 wishlist! What’s yours? If you want some savings like how I do my online shopping, register here. Ciao! 💋💟🌹🌻🌺🎁

Summer 2016 Must Haves thru Lazada

We cannot deny it. Summer 2016 is actually here. We probably get prepared for this season. Preparations such as: filed vacation leaves from work; early booking with hotels, resorts and airline companies; getting physically fit (or achieving your desired weight); and the hard part is the budgetting. I do not have time to go out on a shopping since my hands are full with our start up Shirt printing business and being a stay at home mom. I opted to shop online thru Lazada since I can also get a cashback if I land here first. (You can read more about this at

So, what are those stuff that I need this summer season? Have a look as I have choices and/or suggested within the budget and affordable items found in Lazada.

1. Travel luggage

These 2 luggages differ in prices but have the same purpose; to bring your packed clothes to your summer destination. About the same size but the expensive one is a hard case and the other one is made of elastic cloth. Both with trolley. So which is which?

2. Camera/Gadget

If not all, majority has their Go Pro to capture the priceless moments and have them posted through social media sites. Let’s face it, not all can afford the original one. So, I found an alternative or counterpart with a generic brand which will serve its same purpose.

3. Gadget Accessory

Do not miss the fun! Carry your camera and other gadget with these sticks. Which catches your interest more?

4. Sunglasses

I have been a fan of Ray-Ban since childhood days. My father(+) used to have a collection as he made sure he has at least one pair every time he went home from abroad. I did not realize it costs a little more than I thought of. Will I get the original one or the replica with a minimal difference in form?

5. Sandals

We can go barefoot on seashore! But we need something to wear going to the beach during hot summer days. What do you think of these?

Ready to go now? Well, I have ordered my swimsuit. What else should I get to prepare? Share your shopping ideas thru Lazada with us.


This post is an entry for the ShopCoupons X Lazada PH Blogger contest. Being hosted by ShopCoupons. Lazada voucher sponsored by Lazada Philippines.

Get Paid while Shopping!

Shopping is loved by anyone, may it be ladies, gentlemen or our friends from the LGBT community. But, sometimes our wallet cries out silently because we spent the money allotted for savings. Ouch! How would you love shopping more if you get a cashback from the money spent? I am not talking about the cashback credit card. How true? Cashback shopping up to 30% is now possible with! And you can still take advantage of the promotion codes or discount codes from the online merchant. It is about time to save up some money and buy the items you need and want.


The Shopback was already featured in The Manila Times, Philstar,, The Business Times, TechinAsia, Deal Street Asia, The Asian Entrepreneur, and the Vulcan Post. If I may add, featured now in my blog post in partnership with Shopback Philippines. It also has operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and India.

There are a lot of shopping sites online that we frequently visit such as Lazada, Ensogo, AliExpress, Galleon, Hotels(dot)com and other online stores that offer cashback through If you are into high street fashion, you can click here to take a look at all the fashion stores that offer cashback with ShopBack. You can look fashionable without hurting your pocket. Travel more through Shopback to save up for future trips. Experience thousands of destinations worldwide with cashback.

We, as consumers, spend few minutes to few hours online whether window shopping or real shopping. We do not have much time to go to the mall for simple reasons like traffic jam, tired from work, or simply just want to take advantage of the convenience of shopping from home. With Shopback, we shop and we earn at our own convenience.


  • What is

The leads us to excellent promo and deals that we usually enjoy with the one of its kind cashback! Here is how to use Shopback:

  • What is Cashback?

As what the term suggests, cash and back. You get a portion of your cash spent on shopping back to you as savings or additional budget for your next shopping. This is unlimited savings when you shop online. Liking it so far? Again, there is no limit. IMPORTANT: For successful Cashback, stay within the redirected tab until purchase.

  • How does Cashback work?

The gets a commission for referring the online consumers to the various online shopping sites. And they are generous enough to share what they get. Cashback would be awarded to your Shopback account. It can be tracked and redeemed depends on the number of days stated by the merchants/online store. The encashment is directly to your bank account or Paypal account when the “redeemable amount” reaches the minimum amount of P300. Image below are the channels of cash out.

channels of cashback

  • What can you shop at

You name them, you get them all! Clothing, Shoes, Accessories, Watches, Bags, Beauty products, Electronics, Appliances, Gadgets, Home and Living, Baby items, Media, Food, Lifestyle and other categories you are interested in. Remember that your online shopping from the mobile apps of the online store will not merit a cashback. You have to visit first the Shopback site and click on the icon of the merchant you want to place your orders at.

  • What are the advantages in shopping at

First, you get paid in cash (in a form of cashback) as you shop online. Second, aside from the cashback, you also have an option to participate in their referral program. Third, you still enjoy the promo code, discount coupon and other perks from your favorite online stores. Fourth, once in a while Shopback has promotion for additional cashback % or referral promo which you can take advantage for higher earning.

  • How does the referral program work?

As you register at, your own referral link will be generated. Then, you can ask someone to click it, for them to register. You gain both ways, you and the person who signed up using your link. P100 for you and P100 for a friend which you can get in cash.

To better understand how your shopping experience will be truly enjoyable with your cashback, watch this video.

  • My experience of Shopback

When I tried it myself, it was like the usual online shopping. The only difference is, you dropped by the site first before processing the transaction. The following day, I got an email about my cashback which also appeared as I checked my Shopback account. I found my total earnings has an amount indicated. I can’t wait to earn more!

I am looking into other items which I tried to compute my cashback. If I buy this Nine West Ava Tote Shoulder Bag which costs P3412, I’ll get P136.48 which is 4% cashback from Galleon. You can go to the Galleon page on ShopBack to find out more about the 4% cashback and discount codes they offer.


Also this UNIC Mini Portable Projector for our film showing on my kids’ birthday this March. It costs P 1,599 and with 4% cashback from Lazada, I’ll get P63.96. Likewise, you can check out Lazada cashback (they have different cashback for different sorts of items) hereEvery merchant or online store varies on the cashback percentage. It was coincidental that I chose 2 merchants with same 4% cashback. Comments given on the products are also helpful as one of the deciding factors to proceed with purchase.

So what are you waiting for? Go! Register now at and enjoy shopping at its best! Now’s a good time since they’ve just extended their Leap Year Sale till 3rd March – there is up to 29% increased cashback!

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