Saturday, December 29, 2018

Seven Days of Freezing in Japan (Narita - Sapporo - Otaru - Hakodate - Asahikawa - Niseko - Tokyo)

Otaru Canal

Third time in Japan in less than two years and it gets better and better.

Itinerary : Narita - New Chitose - Sapporo - Otaru  - Hakodate - Asahikawa - Niseko - Tokyo - Manila

Day 1 - Manila to Narita

Narita Airport

Again, many thanks to Cebu Pacific I was able to get a very cheap flight to Narita Airport. Spent the night at the domestic airport and retrieved my Hokkaido 3-day pass for P7,300 or 16,500 yen/147USD. Travel time was 4 hours and 10 minutes.

Day 2 - Narita to New Chitose to Sapporo to Otaru

Domestic Terminal

I did not sleep much at the lobby of the airport and I woke up early for my 7:45 am flight to Hokkaido. Thanks to Jetstar Japan for another cheap flight. The secret is you have to book at least six months in advance. Travel time is 50 minutes.

Nearing the airport, I saw what I was about to experience is Sapporo.

Susukino, Sapporo, Hokkaido

From New Chitose, I used my JR Pass, without the pass I would have paid 1,200 yen. Travel time was only 45 minutes.

The Stay Sapporo

From the Sapporo station, I boarded the subway using Nambukino subway and paid 200 hen. After 2 stops, I reached Susukino and walked for 10 minutes before I reached the Stay Sapporo. There are now two of tbem in Susukino so be mindful where you are staying. I paid 14,700 yen or P7,350 for a 4-night stay. It's my second time here. The last time was March 2017.

I took a quick lunch and then went to Otaru. Again, I used my JR pass. I was suppose to pay 1,280 yen or 2,560 roundtrip back to Sapporo. Travel time was 40 minutes only.

I roamed around Otaru although the weather was -6 and it was snowing.

I did not mind the weather and I was walking in a very thick snow.

Part of the itinerary was to go to Naruto's place for their famous chicken. Well, it was good but the price was 1,100 yen for a half-part chicken.

After 5 pm, it was already dark and I postponed my plan in going to Mt. Tengu. I went back to Sapporo and decided  to use my pass to T38 in JR Tower in Sapporo.

Without the pass, I would have paid 720 yen. Thanks JR pass for this treat! The skyline view was magnificent,

Day 3 - Sapporo to Hakodate

It was freezing cold the following morning (-8) and it was snowing hard. I had difficulty getting up, taking a bath, finding my way and getting onboard the rapid train.

Along the way, the weather improved a bit. Travel time to Hakodate using the rapid train was more than 4 hours. Again, I used my JR Pass. I was suppose to pay around 18,000 yen for the round trip ticket. Remember, I paid 16,500 for the pass!

Finally, I reached my destination. I went to the local tourist information (all stops have one in Japan) and asked for places I could visit.

And I ended up in the morning market.

 I was about to  buy this huge crab from Alaska (15,000 yen), problem was I was suppose to wait for an hour for it to be cooked. One hour! I have only 3 hours to spare in Hakodate. Bye crab! See you when I eat you!

Parting with th huge crab, my second choice was to eat clams and oysters and tbey were SUPERP and expensive. One piece is worth 800 yen and I ate 4 pieces.

The visit will not be complete without going to the old red brick warehouses. 

I strolled around Hakodate and got lost. I was saved by the tram just in time to board the train back to Sapporo.

Day 4 - Sapporo to Asahikawa

There was only one destination and thaw was to visit the Asahiyama zoo in Asahikawa. Again, the JR Pass. I was suppose to pay 9,600 yen for a round trip ticket. Thanks to JR Pass! Travel time was 1.5 using the train and 40 minutes using the local bus. Fare in the bus was 440 yen.

The main attraction was the Penguin walk and I did not mind paying 1,200 yen for this once in a lifetime experience.

 I saw wolves, owls, foxes, polar bear and a lot of winter animals.

 Aside from the penguins, I also enjoyed watching the seals!

Day 5 - Sapporo to Niseko

The weather that day was the best so far in Sapporo.

Unfortunately, my 3-day pass expired and I paid 4,480 yen for a round trip bus ticket. Since it was snowing and the road was very slippery, travel time using the bus was 3 hours and 45 minutes.

After 4 hours, I reached the Annupuri Ski Resort.

I did not have the time to learn how to ski neither did I have the time to ski.

Day 6 - Sapporo to Hakodate to Tokyo

Everything was planned. Everything was happening according to the plan.

The following morning I woke up early and was ready to go to the airport. I remembered sending an email to my hostel in Tokyo and I asked for directions. So, I opened my email and to my surprise, I saw my Jetstar flight cancellation due to weather. I decided to go to Sapporo station and use the Shinkansen from Sapporo to Hakodate and the Hakodate to Tokyo.

I did not buy the JR Pass (P15,000) since I will be staying only in Hokkaido and instead I bought the Hokkaido Pass for P7,500 online. Arriving at Sapporo JR station, I bought the Shinkansen ride for P13,500 and boarded the first available ride. Unfortunately, arriving in Hakodate, the bullet train was late due to an accident in Tokyo.

Good thing I was able to catch the  connection in Hakodate just barely 5 minutes before it departed. I had plans of buying souvenirs, gadgets and stuff in Tokyo since I will be arriving 2pm. But unfortunately, I arrived at my hostel past 9pm due to the 2 hour Shinkansen delay.

I did not have time to roam around and instead stayed at the hostel. I stayed at 1 Night 1980 Hostel Tokyo Asakusa Simple Stay. I paid 2,900 yen and it was a great stay. The capsule room was excellent and the staff was very accommodating.

Day 7 - Tokyo to Manila to Batangas

Good thing Cebu Pac flight back to Manila was on time and I arrived 8pm in Batangas just in time to be part of the New Year celebration.

It was great experience and I Love JAPAN!

Tips when in Japan
1. Buy the JR Pass.
2. Use the Willer overnight bus if you want to save in hotel expenses by sleeping inside the bus at night.
3. Food is quite expensive. You can buy affordable ones in 7-11, Family Mart or Lawson Station.
4. Visit the castles and temples
5. Stay in hostels or dormitories.
6. Bring a coin purse for your loose change and there will be a lot.
7. Ask for directions either at the Information Center inside the train station or the Tourist Station.
8. There are various trains - local, Shinkansen, subway and street cars.
9. The Shinkansen station is different from the local train (example - Shin Osaka is the Shinkansen station and Osaka Station is the local train station)
10. Travel light and bring a water.
11. Try the local food.
12. Walk left and stay left in escalators. 
13. Buy the JR Pass online, it is cheaper.
14. Be aware of the areas in the train station and inside the train. 
15. Japan is safe but please stay safe and be street smart.
16. Observe trafffic rules.
17. You can leave your bag in the hostel and travel the whole day and then get the bag later.
18. Bring medicine. I eat a lot and sometimes, I ate something different.
19. Make your itinerary at night by asking the front desk if your itinerary is feasible.
20. Laundry is cheap and very easy.
21. If the train door won't open, press the open button
22. Secure a map, mark your destinations, know how many stops, remember your stop and listen to the train operator announcing the stop or look at the monitor inside the train for your station.
23. If you need discounted food, try buying before the grocery closes, they will sell the food 50% off.
24. Ask first for the price of the food before buying.
25. Be silent inside the train or elevator.
26. Keep your trash and do not litter.
27. Enjoy the toilet.
28. Know the weather and bring the appropriate clothing.
29. Early morning walang breakfast, head for 7-11, Family Mart or Lawson.
30. If you want cheap food, go to the food section of a mall or grocery store.
31. Madaming kinds of passes in Japan, ask the train or bus station.
32. Almost all station ay may Information Counter, you will never get lost.

3 most important things
1. Never lose your passport.
2. Never lose your money.
3. Never lose your JR Pass.

Enjoy Japan!

Arigato gozaimasu for reading!

Special Thanks to Marina, the front desk attendant in Sapporo.


Sunday, July 29, 2018

23 Days in Europe (Amsterdam, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Rome, Florence, Venice, Zurich, Paris, Brussels, Lisbon, Barcelona, Istanbul)

This is my longest travel outside the Philippines 
and I am enjoying every minute of it.

13 countries
22 cities
23 days

Note - I have listed at the end of this blog 80 plus tips in traveling in Europe. Must-Read! Enjoy

Day 0
Batangas - Manila - Clark - Dubai

I boarded the Emirates flight bound to Amsterdam at Clark International Airport since it was cheaper by 100 USD. The stopover was in Dubai and after two flights, I reached (Schipol) Amsterdam.

Day 1
Haarlem, Netherlands

I was billeted in Haarlem since the hotels in Amsterdam were a bit expensive. It was only a 15-minute ride using the train to Amsterdam. Going to the hostel, I boarded the bus to Haarlem.

After doing my check-in, I immediately toured the city.

The name of the hotel is niu Dairy and I paid 147 euro for a 2-night stay.

I explored the outskirts of the town by foot.

The town is not that big but it has its own tourist spots.

Day 2

After the train trip to Amsterdam, I immediately tried to locate the hop on hop off tour. But since it was early, I went first to one of the famous spots in the city.

The famous Red Light District, but it was still close.

Then, I boarded the tour. It is composed of a bus tour and two boat tours.

You will definitely enjoy these tours! The Venice of the South.

Day 3
Amsterdam - Munich

I saved the last spot for the last day and I went to a windmill. There were no tulips since it was summer.

Afterwards, I took the Transavia flight to Munich. It was past 10 pm when I reached my hotel.

The name of the motel is Leto Motel and I paid 93 euro for a 2 night stay.

Day 4
Munich, Germany

I boarded the hop on hop off tour in Munich and toured the city.

My favorite spots are the English Garden/Park and Marien Platz.

And of course, drinking beer at the Hobfrauhaus.

Going home, I further tasted the other brands of beer. Cheers to Munchen!

Day 5
Munich - Vienna

I took the train to Vienna and there I met my cousin Ryan Ramilo and we went to Szombathely, Hungary.

He was kind enough to let me stay in his apartment for 3 nights. 
Thanks for everything!

Thank you din sa Blue Label at red wine!

Day 6
Budapest, Hungary

I stayed at my cousin's house and went to a different country everyday.
First stop was Budapest. The sight of  Budapest captured my heart.

I love Budapest so much!

This is one of the must-see cities in Europe.

The Danube River and the bridge connecting Buda and Pest.

Day 7
Prague, Czech Republic

One of the most beautiful and cleanest cities in Europe.

Again, another hop on hop off tour featuring the Charles' Bridge and Prague Castle.

The view from the Prague Castle is majestic!

You will love the parks.

You will love the churches.

You will love the Prague pork ham.

Day 8
Vienna, Austria - Rome, Italy

This time I did not do the tour alone instead I was accompanied by my cousin Ryan and we went to the churches, plaza, and castle.

We also went to various churches.

The interior of the churches here are a work of art.

Past 11 am, I went to the airport, took the Wizz Air flight to Rome.

I stayed at Domus Helena and paid 93 euro for a 2-night stay.

  Before I knew it, I was at Fontana di Trevi.

There I experienced one of the best and happiest days of my life.

I was in cloud 9 and in high spirits!

Day 9
Rome, Italy

Another must-see city in Europe!

Another hop on hop off tour and the main attraction  was the Vatican City.


The Colosseo

Do not die without visiting Roma.

That night I went to the Colosseo for the 3rd time.

Day 10
Rome - Florence - Pisa

I boarded the Italo train to Florence and after arriving in Florence, I placed my things in the hostel and boarded another train and went to Pisa.

I stayed at Hotel Ezperanza and paid 43 euro for a one-day stay only.

Pisa can be reached by a 1-hour train from Florence.

And saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa. While there,  I tasted pasta for dinner.

Going home in Florence, I tasted the Gelato!

Finally, after the long day, I witnessed the beauty of Florence at night.

Mesmerizing and romantic.

This is Florence or Firenze.

Day 11
Florence  - Venice, Italy

The following morning, I went to the top of Plaza Michaelangelo.

And saw Florence from a different perspective.

Then, past 12 noon, I boarded the Italo train to Venezia or Venice.

Train ride was good for more than 2 hours.

I have to ride the waterbus before I could reach the hotel.


And this is the place where I stayed - We_Crociferi and I paid 43 euro for a 1-night stay.


Venezia was so beautiful that night.

Day 12 
Venice - Zurich, Switzerland

From Venice, I boarded the Alilaguna boat to Marco Polo Airport and paid 15 euro for the boat ride.

At the airport, I boarded the Swiss Air flight to Zurich. Arriving at the airport, I used the local train and went to my hostel.

I stayed at City Backpackers and paid 89 swiss francs for a 2-night stay.

Zurich is expensive.

I watched the sunset at the lake.

This is Zurich.

Day 13
Weggis - Lucerne - Pilatus

I paid for the Pilatus tour in the amount of 149 swiss francs.

Along the journey, we passed by Weggis.

We went also to Rigi and Lake Lucerne.

We stopped at the City of Lucerne.

Then, went to Pilatus.

We had to ride the gondola to the top of the mountain.

Then, rode another gondola and reached the top.

And that was the moment!

Landscapes were fascinating!

After 2 hours, we went down the mountain using the steepest railway in the world.

We boarded the boat back to Luscerne and the bus back to Zurich.

Day 14
Zurich - Paris, France

I boarded the train to Paris and after 4 hours and 20 minutes, I reached Paris.

It was already past 5 pm when I reached my hostel and I decided that I still have to visit the two world-renowned spots in Paris!

I stayed at Enjoy Hostel and paid 93 euro for a 2-night stay.

Arc de Triomphe

Eiffel Tower

Both of them are on the same train line (line 6 or the Green line).

Day 15

Paris offers a multitude of attractions  but today I have only one thing in mind.

Musee du Louvre

The main attraction of course is MONA LISA

 And then saw many paintings of Da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo.
But the sculptures are equally superb!




Day 16
Paris - Brussels

From Paris, I took the Thaly's train to Brussels. Travel time is only 1 hour and 20 minutes. It was 11 am when I arrived in Brussels. Paris' train system is undoubtedly the best in Europe so far. It is efficient, clean and easy to use.

My hotel was Hotel Sabina and since I arrived early, I went first to the Central station since my check-in was 1 pm.

The hop on hop off tour is in front of the Cathedral at the Central Station.

There are two lines for the tour, namely: the Red line and Blue line. The Blue line is the Atomium.

The Atomium is one of the Belgium's landmarks and here you will see the mini- Europe.

A must-visit place is the Grand Place.

Everyone was touching this sculpture. I did too.

Belgium's icon

After the tour, I checked-in at Hotel Sabina and paid 100 euro for a 2 night-stay.

After the tour, I went back to the hotel and was mesmerized by the sunset at 10 pm.

Day 17
Brussels, Belgium

The tour will not be complete without tasting the waffles, beer, and chocolate.

Belgian waffles!

Belgian beer!

Belgian chocolates

And since it was a Sunday, I have to go to church.

Another beautiful day in Brussels.

Day 18
Brussels - Lisbon

My Ryan Air flight was scheduled 4 pm in the afternoon and one last visit to the Grand Place will not hurt.

You will love this place!

Along the way, I passed by the Botanical Garden. Around 11 am, I went to the airport to catch my 4 pm Ryan Air flight to Portugal.

My hostel is Yes Lisbon and I paid 70 euro for a 2-night stay.

From my hostel, you can already see Lisbon,

I love Lisbon already!

Day 19

I have so many options for my tour on this beautiful day and so I chose the tram tours and the Sintra tour.

I woke up early even though I was pretty drunk that night.

Again, there are so many tours. But I chose the two tram tours. Hill Tram Tour for 20 euro (1 hour and 30 minutes). And the Belem Tower Tour for 15 euro (1 hour and 30 minutes).

There were many sites to see and places to visit along the two tours.

But the highlight of the tour is the afternoon tour for 20 euro.

The Sintra Tour!

We visited castles and chateau!

It was really an AMAZING EXPERIENCE!

Wait there is more! 


I love Portugal!😍

Another fabulous site!

Thank you guys for this treasured experience!

Day 20
Lisbon - Barcelona

I boarded the Tap Portugal flight to  Barcelona.

I was fetched past 3pm at the Barcelona Airport by Kuya Dennis and Sheila.

We immediately went to Monserrat. 
Thank you Kuya Dennis and Sheila for this.

Of course I made a wish at Monserrat.

 And there was a drinking spree that night.

Day 21 

Waking up from a terrible hangover, I fixed myself and walked towards Plaza de Catalunya for my hop on hop off tour.

Along the way, I passed by Rambla.

There are two lines for the Barcelona Tour bus (Red and Blue) and I paid 25 euro for the tour. I boarded the blue line and went to Sagrada Familia.

After the blue tour, Rommel and I toured the city using his scooter.

We went to so many places such as the Cathedral.

The Nude Beach (yup!)

Past 2pm, we went a resto and partake our eat-all-you can lunch!
 Thanks Rommel for this one. Bigtime!

I was tired that afternoon and went back home.

Day 22

The following day, I stayed inside Rommel's house and waited for my flight.

Day 23
Istanbul, Turkey

It was a just a 3-hour stopover. I was so tired. I still loitered around the airport.
Then, 1:05 am, I boarded the Turkish connecting flight back to Manila.

This blog is dedicated to Mozart.
Europe was not part of the tour this year.
After the Japan, Korea,   Beijing, Vietnam and Australia tour, I've had enough.
You said no. So I said yes.
I went to Europe to see you. Seeing Europe was just an after thought.

Tips in Europe (must-read)
  1. Book your international and local flights/train at least 6 months before your intended departure.
  2. Flight in Clark is cheaper than in Manila.
  3. If you will be visiting many countries, make a table of your flights, hotels and bookings.
  4. Visa. They say that insofar as requirements are concerned, Netherlands, Germany and Sweden offer the easiest visa to Filipinos.
  5. Check your visa. Is it multiple entry? How long is the duration? Bring your travel insurance certificate.
  6. Two basic things. Do not lose your passport or wallet in Europe. Bring a small bag to carry these two basic things. Place it in the small bag than in your pockets. Pickpockets are abundant in some cities like Paris and Rome.
  7. Be mindful of the airport. Sometimes there are two or three airports in one city. For example in Brussels, they have two.
  8. Be mindful of the the time in your ticket. If it is a plane, go to the airport at least three hours before the flight. It is sometimes difficult to find the airport and the terminal. The security check sometimes has a long line. Strict security measures are enforced.
  9. Directions to hotel. If you have booked through, you can ask the hotel for directions. Go to "make changes or modify reservation" and then go to "message the hotel or make a request." They will give you accurate direction. What metro line, where to alight and some other important stuff.
  10. Payment. It is pretty normal for Europeans to pay in credit card rather than cash. And that is the reason why in Paris Asians are normally the victims of crimes since they bring a huge amount of cash in their bag or wallet.Ask for the receipt if you are paying through credit card and keep it for your record back in the Philippines.
  11. Trains. Trains are pretty much easy to use in Europe. Sometimes, you need two taps (one for entering and the other for exiting) but most of the time, one tap will do.
  12. Travel light. If you can make your bag only 6-7 kilos then that would be great.
  13. Soaps and shampoo. Some hotels do not offer these.
  14. Free breakfast. Not all hotels offer free breakfast.
  15. Water. Bring a container and fill it up with water at the hotel. Almost all countries in Europe's water is potable.
  16. Food. Try the local food. Normal price should be between 9 euro to 20 euro. The most expensive city that I have visited is Zurich.
  17. Low cost airlines. They are cheap but they have priority boarding which means that you will be allowed two hand carry bags, otherwise, only 1 hand carry bag is allowed.
  18. Hop on Hop off tours. All the cities that I went have this. Price varies but the normal range is from 25 - 35 euro.
  19. Check the weather. Sometimes, during summer it will rain and you have to bring either an umbrella or jacket.
  20. Use the train than the plane. It is cheaper and has numerous advantages.
  21. If you will be traveling to various countries, look at the check in and check out time and make sure that they match to your plane or train's departure and arrival. It is better to book the plane or train at around 1pm onwards so that you will be able to maximize your time at the hotel and in the next country.
  22. Summer has longer daylight. Sunset is between 9-10 pm. But it has plenty of tourists! Winter has a shorter one and it has lesser tourists. But it is quite cold and you have to bring jackets.
  23. Laundry. Either your hotel has one or outside the hotel. Normal price is 4-6 euro. For example, 2 euro for washing, 2 euro for drying and 1 euro for the soap. But normally I do my own and use the free soap of the hotel. Travel at day, laundry at night.
  24. Bring only a cellphone (example Iphone X). Travel light. If you can bring a second one, better. I also brought a tablet for watching the movies in between flights and train rides.
  25. Souvenirs. Decide on what you will buy. Flag, coins, post card, ref magnets, or anything else. I normally buy the small and cheapest ref magnets.
  26. Google top 5 spots in the city and choose your destination.
  27. Use google maps in finding your hotel.
  28. Breakfast. Sometimes it is free. Sometimes, I get one extra bread or food for my journey.
  29. Bring your medicines. I have medicines for my cholesterol, highblood, vitamin C and allergy.
  30. Separate your money. Your money should be separately placed in your wallet, pockets or bag. Do not place it in one pocket or container.
  31. Bring a pair of sandals and wear rubber shoes.
  32. Bring a light towel. Sometimes, your hotel will not give you one.
  33. Print all your tickets and hotel bookings
  34. Save the pdf file of all your tickets and hotel bookings.
  35. Know the exchange rate. For example, in Amsterdam the exchange rate of 300 USD was 159 euro but in Zurich 300 USD is 234 euro.
  36. Pay using credit cards if possible.
  37. Withdraw using your atm than doing the exchange. The exchange rate is a little better.
  38. Bring clothes that are easily dried or what we call as dry-fit. Light clothes pls.
  39. During summer, bring shades and sunblock.
  40. If you are walking and there are plenty of people, that is good. But if you are the only person walking in the street. Be very cautious.
  41. If you are in a train, set your alarm at least 10 minutes before the arrival (designated time at the ticket) so that you will not miss your stop.
  42. Place your bags in front of you or at the top of your head so that it is visible to you.
  43. Bring only 1 jacket during summer. Sometimes it is cold in plane or train.
  44. Five pieces of polo and five pieces of shorts/pants would be enough.
  45. Sleep at least 6 hours in your tour. Take your ascorbic acid or vitamin C and keep yourself healthy.
  46. Exercise. You can always do a walking tour. It is cheaper and healthy.
  47. Sometimes you do not need the hop on hop off tour. You just need to know the tourist spots and the train stop. It will save you a lot.
  48. Visit the churches and pray.
  49. Be careful when asking a stranger for your picture. Sometimes they will ran away with your fone. Normally, I ask either a Japanese, Chinese or Korean. They are very nice, friendly and accommodating.
  50. Document your tour. Either by pictures or videos. Choose where to upload it either in facebook, instagram, twitter or any other app.
  51. Be street smart. Wala ka sa Pinas. Bawal ang _____!
  52. Observe traffic rules and use the pedestrians. Sometimes, I do not but it pays to be a good tourists.
  53. Do not litter.
  54. Study the train lines, routes and stops. Study also how you board the train or alight. Sometimes, you have to press something or maneuver a device. Sometimes it is automatic.
  55. If you have uber, ok. But train and bus are cheaper.
  56. Hydrate especially during summer
  57. Toilets. Most of the time you have to pay for it between 1 euro to 2 euro. Sometimes the sign is "WC."
  58. Do not get intoxicated so much. In my case, I slept twice in the tour bus. Good thing nothing happened to me.
  59. Raincover. It is better if your bag has one. Protection against the weather and thieves.
  60. Bring a cap. It is hot during summer.Bring a thermal jacket during winter.
  61. Adjust tour time to EU time.
  62. Know when the hotel closes at night. Take a picture of your hotel and the street. Sometimes, you have either to bring the key, card or know the password to get inside your hotel.
  63. Learn a little bit of their language. Such as good morning, thank you, am sorry, excuse me, how much, expensive, toilet, expensive, discount, delicious etc.
  64. Know your limitations such as allergy, physical restraints or diseases.
  65. Pray for your health and safety.
  66. In booking flights or trains, there is a site called - "Go Euro," you can book your flights/trains there.
  67. There are low-cost carriers such as Wizz Air and Ryan Air flights which have "priority boarding." In case you have two handcarried baggages, it is better to avail it; otherwise your second bag will not be allowed.
  68. In booking the local train, look at the ticket. If the ticket does not provide for a time or day, it means you can use it at any day or time. If it has a date and time, do not miss it.
  69. Download the apps for your train, airlines or exchange rate. It really gets very handy and it will help you a lot. Make sure you have downloaded or stored enough movies in your phone or tablet. You will watch it later.
  70. In train stations or airports, be mindful of the platform of your train or the gate of your flight. Normally, for the train it will come out at least 30 minutes before departure. For the flight, the gate will be announced at least an hour before your boarding.
  71. Sometimes, central train station or airport has an "Information," you can ask your question or verify the information you needed.
  72. Not all train stations will announce your destination in English such as in Germany and in Paris. Make sure you read the signages of each the station for your intended destination.
  73. Almost all tap water in Europe is potable. You can drink it. Better to ask if it is possible to drink it.
  74. Bring an adoptor. It costs 4-6 euro in Europe.
  75. Travel agency. This is one thing that you should not miss. Handling visa is a different story. Better have the services of an expert and my travel agency is Belle Horizon in Manila.
  76. Padlock. Another thing that you have to bring especially if you are booked in hostels. You have to lock your cabinet or storage area.
  77. I forgot this! Vacuum bag. It saves a lot of space (and also weight) in your bag.
  78. Another thing about trains, in Paris there are lines which serve two destinations. Make sure you read what is written at the front of the train.
  79. Do not make a specific itinerary. I mean yes, alot the nights you will be spending in your destination. But never make a very detailed itinerary in a particular city. Anything goes. Choose when you are there what you like to see/visit. Why? You will end up disappointed whenever you where not able to follow it. Relax! You are on your holiday/vacation.
  80. You can charge your fones in the plane or train.
  81. Wifi. Sometimes the plane, bus or train has it. Be careful in connecting, not all are safe.
  82. Bring a good read.    
  83. Be careful. There will be people offering to sell you drugs on the plaza or parks. 
  84. Portugal and Istanbul have different time zone.
Ending my trip, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to the following, namely -
  1. Belle Horizon - for my visa (esp. Arkid and Ma'am Jobelle)
  2. Go Euro - for my plane and train bookings
  3. - for my hostels
  4. Ryan Ramilo - for Budapest, Praha and Vienna
  5. For Mozart - Rome and bringing me to Europe
  6. For Kuya Dennis and Ate Jane - Barcelona
  7. For Pareng Rommel and Sheila - for Barcelona
  8. For Petina - good talk in Zurich
  9. For Mina - good talk in Venice
  10. For my companions in Sintra esp the Driver Pedro
  11. For Minu - tour guide in Alps
  12. For the staff in Haarlem - gaganda nila
  13. For Patrick - hostel staff in Zurich
  14. For the staff in Paris
  15. For G, W - staff in Lisbon
  16. For my followers in Instagram and friends in facebook - for making me feel as if I were not alone and they were beside me during this long travel
  17. For my brothers - supportive of this travel
  18. For Ate Aleli - Barcelona
  19. For Ate Gina - tips during the travel
  20. For Rose B - for the tips in travel
  21. For Arielle - my medication
  22. For my mother - who is always praying for my health and safety
  23. To myself - for being tough and healhty (kahit malimit lasing)! YOU are one tough hombre!
  24. To the ALMIGHTY GOD for making this travel possible and keeping me safe and healthy!