Japan, Traveling on a Budget

Road to JAPAN 2014: Preparing my budget

I determined more than ever to spend my 35th birthday in the country I loved most. There’s no time that I am not thinking about looking for cheap tickets and finally booking a flight to my dream destination. Call me crazy, but I have conditioned myself into thinking that I am going to Japan — no matter what.

I guess the only thing that will stop me is if I have life threatening injuries or pregnant and about to pop. Otherwise, I will make sure to spend my milestone birthday on the observation deck of the Tokyo Sky Tree or Tokyo Tower.

As you all know, it’s not easy to go to Japan for us Filipinos due to the need to have a visa prior to entry. I really couldn’t blame Japan and its government. In the 80s and early 90s, a lot of Filipinas went to Japan to try their lukc. Some of them have no working visas and have resorted to hiding.

Part of getting a visa is proving my finances — that I will be able to sustain myself while traveling and will be able (and willing!) to go back to Manila after the trip. Oh, if I could only convince them that I have no intention of flouting Japanese rules and laws. Well, even if getting a busy is a bummer — it’s something that we all have to follow and respect. Hence, this early, I am already preparing for the trip as if it was barely a month away. The most taxing and draining is building a nest egg that will serve as your travel fund and reference during visa application.

Because I am the mother of OCness, I made an excel file of the money I need to raise to go to Japan. Here is it so far:

Japan Budget

Yuuup, still had a long way to go. But I never doubted, not even for a second, that taking this trip is not impossible.

News from Home

From the bottom of my Pinoy heart, to ALL OF YOU: Maraming Salamat Po! (Thank you!)

(Reposted from the KamikazeeGirl site)

STAND UP, Pinoy!

STAND UP, Pinoy!

I am sure you have read and heard reports about the damage brought by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, especially in Tacloban, Leyte (located in Southern Philippines) where the eye of the storm hit.

As you all know, the biggest typhoon in the world has brought massive damage to life and property and a week after Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan’s name in the Philippines), the death toll has reached 3,631. This is still expected to pick-up, since thousands of individuals are still missing and are feared dead. Aid are starting to trickle to hard-hit areas where many are suffering from hunger, disease, malnutrition and trauma.


The massive relief efforts being given to the Philippines will not be possible without YOU. Yes, you and your country’s help to my country has been truly heart-warming. And in behalf of the many Filipinos affected by this tragedy, I would like to thank all of you for your prayers and for being part of a great nation that lent its hand to a country in need.

I do not know all of you — but a quick check on my reader map shows that this tiny blog reaches far-flung countries, countries I never expect to reach. So please, allow me to say thank you — for your generosity and prayers.

The Philippines will be able to rise again after this tragedy.

(NOTE: In the interest of transparency, the Philippine government launched Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH) where people can view the total aid received and where they are going. See it at www.gov.ph/faith.


So where to next?

Barely been back — about less than a month — from the quick Singapore getaway with the family and I am feeling a bit antsy about being back to my usual boring every day routine.

Last week, I was working the rest of the All Saints Day holiday weekend and came in close proximity to the airport. I swear, I felt my heart racing and my eyes light up seeing the row of trains waiting in the tarmac. I just can’t wait to leave again.

Lonely girl with suitcase at country road dreaming about travel.
* pic not my property

What’s next for me is Tokyo — maybe by Summer of 2014. I just can’t wait for the year to be over and another to start again 🙂 This means a lot of travel plans are already in the offing.

How about you? Where are you headed next?