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a very brief trip report to Tokyo and Osaka 0

Posted on November 27, 2008 by dorisch

After two days in a japanese ryokan, we are finally in Osaka city. Our second day was spent in Nara and Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori. Osaka is a great city that is easy to get around and navigate compared to Tokyo. Apart from teenagers who wear funny t shirts and funky stuff, you can expect to see the trendy and well dressed Japanese packing the streets in the city.

We stayed at the Swissotel Nankai Namba which is well situated near the malls and above the Namba train station. It took a little while before we got familiar with the train lines and surroundings. We have two more nights before moving back to Tokyo and then to HOng Kong.

I won’t be able to post our trip in details since I have a preschooler to entertain at this hour. In brief, I am enjoy winter in Japan and I am thankful to God for this trip.

travel light in tokyo 0

Posted on November 23, 2008 by dorisch

Did I tell you that I’m in tokyo? This is our third day in tokyo and my, this place is  amazing! We walked so much and sat in the train so much but I think I’m getting better each time!

First of all, I must tell you that if you are planning to come to tokyo and you are not planning to join any tour – do your research properly. Tokyo is not a difficult place to get around but it isn’t as easy as some other countries like europe and australia or even singapore. The main barrier is the language and you really need to do your travel research to ensure a smooth and happy vacation!

If possible, get a good and light luggage as you will be planning transferring from train to train, subway to subway. Within each train line, there are many steps to climb in some stations so a light luggage can make things easier.

Since this is only our third day, I will be posting more when I find time. For now, I gotta go to bed as we are taking an early train to Hakone tomorrow… I can’t wait to visit Hakone Ginyu – it better be good!

put on your good walking shoes 0

Posted on November 19, 2008 by dorisch

It’s been a very busy week for me, as I prepare for our family vacation to Tokyo, Hong Kong and Macau. This looks like a ‘busy trip’ for us – full itinerary, that’s what I mean.

Whenever we go on family vacations, hubby and myself tend to choose walking more than taxis, unless it’s a place like Australia where we need to drive more than walk. But when you travel to places like Tokyo, HOng Kong and especially macau, they say – be ready to walk! I believe this is great for those who are fighting weight loss issues since they wouldn’t need to take any fat burners during their trip – lol!

I am now deciding which shoes to bring along so that I can walk for great distances without getting sore feet and leg cramps. Looking for good walking shoes for your next walking itinerary, check out the FREE SHIPPING at with $100 purchase.

travel resources when you travel 0

Posted on November 15, 2008 by dorisch

No matter where you travel to, as long as it’s some place you are not totally familiar with, it is always useful to get a travel map of the particular destination.

If you are traveling to Las Vegas, alas vegas strip map will be helpful so that you avoid wasting time trying to find your way around. For me, I prefer to get a travel guide book if I’m planning to spend at least 2 weeks in my travel destination. That way, I can flip and turn to the right resources when I need help. But online travel resources are equally helpful for anyone planning for a vacation… besides, the information is free!

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get travel assistance and resources from travel forums 0

Posted on November 11, 2008 by dorisch

One of my favourite places to find out more about the travel destination I am about to visit is via travel forums. Other than trip advisor, you can check out virtual tourist to read what other real travelers have to say about the destinations.

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You will be surprised to read about hotel reviews from all over the world, whether it’s Outer Banks rentals or bed and breakfast hotels. What’s nice is that you can also find out more about the dining options, top attractions, transport assistance and other travel information and resources at the forums. If you have not visited any of these forums, it is never too late to start. Registration as a member is often free and once you do that, you can start asking questions and getting real help from locals, seasoned travelers and experienced globetrotters.

it’s the time for family vacations 0

Posted on November 11, 2008 by dorisch

As the holidays draw near, parents are planning family vacations for their children. This is also a good time where families gather and spend quality time with each other. As for family vacation choices, no children will resist Disney vacations or vacations with theme parks and such. Shopping will entice most ladies and as for the men in the house, a game of golf or gourmet dining would be their faves.

Believe it or not, I’m still confirming on my hotel accommodation choice for Hong Kong. Since Hong Kong is made up of two islands, I need to decide if our family should reside in Kowloon or Hong Kong Island. It can hard to decide! ON one hand, I’m enticed by the harbour. On the other, I would like a taste of different islands and area. Guess I need to do hotel comparison and search again… and all these got to be done in less than a month’s time!

checking out on hotel stationery 0

Posted on November 11, 2008 by dorisch

At a young age of four years old, the young man in my house reminded me that one of the pens I was using was from my recent trip to Traders Hotel. This is the power of branding and using corporate stationery to reinforce customers’ loyalty – very powerful.

Not sure if you do that but sometimes, I do take time to go through the corporate info and stationery when I check into my hotel room. The hotel stationery design says alot about its branding, positioning and identity. What’s nice about it the hotel guests can bring along the note pad or pen with them and in any case if you are lost, they could just show the hotel branding to a local or police personnel. It’s especially helpful when language is a barrier in some countries. So the next time when you check into a hotel room, don’t take the hotel stationery for granted… it can be of some help at an unexpected moment.

shopping for unique bed and breakfast 0

Posted on November 01, 2008 by dorisch

As far as I can recall, the first time I have heard the term bed and breakfast was when I first traveled to Australia. Bed and breakfast is a popular traveler’s choice among backpackers and solo travelers for a long time. But it has somehow became more known among family travelers as well as business travelers in the recent years.

What I like about staying in a bed and breakfast is that you can to experience staying with the locals and the experience can be rewarding and unique. Besides getting a home cooked breakfast (that’s why it’s called ‘bed and breakfast), you can to stay in one of the dedicated rooms for guests. If you do your research, you will find that bed and breakfast has many categories from budget to luxury ones. While we were in New Zealand, we stayed in some luxury bed and breakfast properties that were not unique, luxurious and very beautiful. Many of them have dedicated dining areas, recreation rooms with lovely gardens, homely decor, ceiling fans and a wonderful scenery.

In case you don’t know, bed and breakfast properties are also picking up among the business travelers. I suppose this is because some of bed and breakfast homes are designed with the business travelers in mind, providing the business centre facilities for the busy traveler who also prefers privacy and seclusion during their business traveling. Looking for unique and quality bed and breakfast online? Shop the Largest Collection of Bed and Breakfasts on

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