Sunday, September 25, 2011

Who's That Girl?

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After seeing her high school crush’s name on the obituaries, Elizabeth Pedrosa (Anne Curtis) heads straight to the wake and loudly expresses her grief and undeclared love for the guy. It is not until she sees the body in the coffin does she realize that it is the father, John Eduque Sr., who actually died and not the son (Luis Manzano). In the background, wife Belinda (Eugene Domingo), along with the many guests are flabbergasted leading them all to ask out loud, “Who’s that girl?!”

The movie is another example of a Wenn Deramas comedy that relies on exaggeration and overacting to deliver a point. The thing about this is that the trick is getting old. The said director has a movie out every year and the technique used is not changing at all, only the actors are. On second thought, most of the actors are recurring like Eugene Domingo and Deejay Durano, and even Anne Curtis. While the movie is enjoyable at some point, majority of the jokes fall flat and in the end you just laud the effort of the actors because you know they can do better and probably just wanted to do something light as a breather for their next big movie role. In Domingo’s case that would be her role in Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank. For Anne Curtis, it is her role in No Other Woman.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Budget and Itinerary

SUNDAY: September 18, 2011
35.00 - Ferry (Brunei)
MYR35.00

2.00 - Bus (BSB)
9.10 - Caffe Vito (Sweet & Sour Chicken w/rice + Pepsi + Choco Shake)
20.00 - Pusat Belia (2 nights/1 dorm bunk aircon)
5.55 - Jollibee (1 pc Chicken w/rice & Milo + Fries)
5.80 - Souvenir (Keychain x2)
4.30 - Caffe Vito (Fries and Pepsi)
BND46.75

MONDAY: September 19, 2011
5.30 - Caffe Vito (Ipoh Chicken Rice + Pepsi Can)
0.90 - Jollibee (Cone Twirl)
4.10 - Caffe Vito (Fries and Iced Milo)
3.50 - Jollibee (Spaghetti w/Coke)
4.90 - Coffee Bean (Pure Choco Iced)
BND18.70

TUESDAY: September 20, 2011
18.00 - PHLS Express Bus (Miri)
BND18.00

BND83.45 - SUBTOTAL
MYR35.00 - SUBTOTAL

PhP2, 920.75
PhP507.50

PhP3, 428.25- TOTAL

********* Estimate of BND1.00 = 35.00

SUNDAY: September 18, 2011
Check-in (Immigration) 08:30 - 18:40
Ferry (Laban - Brunei) 09:00 - 10:15
Check-in (Brunei Immigration) 10:15 - 10:25
Bus (Muara Ferry Terminal - BSB) 10:30 - 11:15
Lunch/Tambay (Caffe Vito) 11:40 - 13:15
Check-in (Pusat Belia) 13:45 - 14:00
Sightseeing (Ali Saiffudien Mosque/Yayasan) 16:30 - 17:15
Dinner (Jollibee) 17:15 - 17:45
Sightseeing (Royal Regalia) 17:45 - 18:00
Tambay (Caffe Vito) 20:00 - 22:00

MONDAY: September 19, 2011
Tambay/Lunch (Caffe Vito) 12:20 - 14:00
Malling (Yayasan) 14:00 - 14:15
Tambay/Snack (Jollibee) 14:15 - 14:30
Tambay/Snack (Caffe Vito) 16:30 - 18:00
Malling (Yayasan) 18:00 - 18:30
Tambay/Dinner (Jollibee) 18:30 - 19:00
Tambay/Snack (The Coffee Bean) 19:00 - 19:30

TUESDAY: September 20, 2011
PHLS Express Bus (BSB - Seria) 07:00 - 08:30
Stopover (Seria) 08:30 - 09:00
PHLS Express Bus (Seria - Kuala Belait) 09:00 - 09:30
Stopover (Kuala Belait) 09:30 - 11:00
PHLS Express Bus (Kuala Belait - Border) 11:00 - 11:30
Immigration (Brunei Border) 11:30 - 11:40
Immigration (Malaysia Border) 11:45 - 11:55

Monday, September 19, 2011

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: 02 - The Filipino Invasion of Brunei



Forget any attempt in trying to speak Malay with people who you might think are locals. Chances are, they are Pinoy too. Case in point, the bus driver. The money changer at Labuan gave me a hundred Brunei dollars and I forgot to ask him to break it into smaller denominations. Ending? I did not have smaller bills for the bus ride to BSB. So I negotiated with the bus driver, in Malay, that I would just pay in Malaysian ringgit. Halfway through the trip I suddenly heard people conversing in Tagalog. Lo and behold, it was the driver and the woman seated in front. The other guy whom I asked earlier on how long the trip would be also turned out to be Filipino. What were the odds!



When I reached BSB, almost every waitress and cashier I spoke with were also Filipinos. That’s why I stopped speaking Malay at BSB. You might be talking to a fellow Pinoy anyway so I just spoke to everyone in Tagalog. If they give me a confused look or just smile or laugh, that’s when I switched back to my barok Malay.



My Bandar Seri Begawan tour, without a doubt, is my most boring trip ever. I’ve been to BSB and Jerudong a few years back with the family. We drove all the way from Miri and stayed overnight. I thought my mother was joking when she said that “that” was BSB. I thought we just reached a neighboring city or what. The place is small and there is nothing more to see after you’ve stared at the mosques for an hour or so. Going back on my own I realized that mother was not joking at all, and that we were able to see more when we were together because we had a car. For my stay this time I just stayed at the Bandaraya. I wanted to visit Jerudong again, but some Pinoys there have warned me that buses tend to stop operations at around 7 PM. I would have loved to try Jerudong’s Go Karts again if they are still operational, but I wouldn’t risk getting stranded there.



After the bus passed through the airport we went back to the city center, where I asked the driver to drop me off at Pusat Belia. The building is hard to miss. It’s big, red, and has a large label saying PUSAT BELIA both in Roman and Jawi scripts. I arrived on a Sunday so the front desk was unmanned. I was advised by some lurker to go back at around 2 PM, which I did. Checking in was as easy as filling out a sheet of paper, paying BND10 for a night’s stay (I am telling you, that is the cheap considering other alternatives) and getting a key for your dorm. Men and women go to different dorms and there are four of you in one room. I shared mine with a Swiss national and a Brit. The room looks like a college dorm but clean and not cramped. You can use the aircon 24 hours a day. I had no reservation but I don’t think you would need one unless there is a festival or something. Besides, they don’t answer e-mails anyway.



On my first day I just made tambay at Caffe Vito because of the WiFi. Pusat Belia has a pool (under renovation when I was there, unfair!) but they don’t have WiFi, and I needed WiFi so I just made tambay at Caffe Vito. It became my hangout venue. I ate lunch and dinner there. I had fries for snacks, all while surfing the net.



The tourist attractions surround that area, all within walking distance from one another. One block from Caffe Vito is a large square with a decorative archway in front, effectively “framing” the mosque at the back. That mosque is just one of the few here at BSB. Photo op! To the right are more buildings that also look interesting. To the left is Plaza Yayasan, a mall where you can eat Jollibee. The said place is just next to the harbor where you would see the Kampung, a water village.



The whole area is jam-packed with buildings that look grand or strange enough to hold your gaze for about fifteen minutes. After that you would realize that there is nothing left to do. There are bars around the area so enjoying the night life might be one option. There are also some cafes open 24 hours.



In the end the BSB leg of my tour was just a prolonged stopover. After two days I boarded the long distance bus to Miri to spend some time with my parents. Maybe BSB could mimic Singapore. Build some sort of Sentosa in there to lure more tourists in. Actually, they could just revamp Jerudong. It used to be THE theme park in Southeast Asia. Now it just harbors a depressing atmosphere, far detached from its former glory. Or maybe I should be saying, “THEN it harbors...” I don’t know how it looks like now. Perhaps, worse. Oops, I forgot to take a picture of the Sultan’s residence!

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: 02 - The Filipino Invasion of Brunei

Sunday, September 18, 2011

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: 01 - Pusat Belia



Pusat Belia is a youth hostel with facilities such as a gym, where events and tournaments can be held, and a swimming pool, which is unfortunately closed for some reason. That sucks because the charge is only BND1 and it seems so clean! It would have been a pleasant experience in this heat. I sent an email to two different addresses but those were probably out of date. I suggest you just walk-in like I did. The caveat was that I had to come back at around 2 PM to check in because I arrived on a Sunday and the people at the admin were nowhere to be found. I think they are just on call during Fridays and Sundays.



I got room number 1 of the boys’ dormitory. There are two double deck beds and there is only one other guest aside from me. The room is clean and there is a cabinet with locks where you could place your stuff, except I never really figured out where the keys were. Probably you ask for that at the counter. You get one key for the room, which you have to pay for (BND30) in case you lose it. The room is air-conditioned and just has enough space for you to breathe normally. The ceiling is high. The cream colored walls complement the varnished beds and cabinets well. The room is by the pool so you also get a good view. For just BND1 a night, this would be the cheapest accommodation you’ll get here. With a pool. And clean. And nice. I forgot to say: no WiFi. Sad.

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: 01 - Pusat Belia

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Brunei Through Labuan Via Ferry



Coming from the Philippines, first you have to get to Kota Kinabalu. Both Air Asia and Cebu Pacific have flights to the said destination. Since most flights arrive in the late afternoon, you have to postpone your three hour Labuan trip until the next day. I suggest you stay at a guest house that is located near Jesselton Point, which would be your point of embarkation the next day. Sleep well.


Ferries from KK to Labuan usually take three hours and a half. The ticket price is 31 ringgit plus a 3.60 terminal fee. As far as I know there is just one counter selling this ticket. They also have discounted tickets if you are planning to go directly to Brunei on that same day. It costs around 55 ringgit. A single journey ticket from Labuan to Brunei, on the contrary, will cost you another 35. However, if you are planning a one-day stop at Labuan, I don’t think this ticket is an option. There are two ferries on a daily basis. One leaves at 8 AM, the other at 1:30 PM. If you want to reach Brunei on the same day, take the morning trip from KK. Upon landing at Labuan you’d still have time to run and change money or eat lunch before you ferry to Brunei leaves.



The ferry is air-conditioned and it would take you not more than three hours and a half to get to Labuan. It gets a bit chilly inside so better wear a few layers, or just bring a light sweater. There would be a TV in front playing a pirated movie. The film of the day was Too Fast Too Furious. You would be able to finish that movie because the trip is long and bumpy. May lubak ang dagat? Hahaha. I almost got seasick so I just tried to sleep but could not find the right position.



I guess it would be nicer if the ferry was of an open-air type. Nothing beats being slapped in the face by the strong winds of the sea while battling motion sickness. Projectile vomit! Better sedate anyone from your party who is paranoid because this part of the South China Sea is really rough, and it is not uncommon to see giant waves by the window. I no longer tried to find out if going outside was an option, or what the difference was between economy and business class. Better to just stay on your seat. You really don’t want to vomit on someone while trying to navigate the shaking cabin.



Since the Labuan Ferry is an international port, you would have to go through the immigration counter if you are going to or coming from Brunei. Having said that, please always bring your passport with you. The terminal is small so getting lost is not an issue. If you still need to buy a ticket for the next day (if you are not going direct) the ticket counter is just next to the arrival hall. In the arrival hall itself are flyers and counters for renting cars or motorbikes, which is a popular choice for foreigners who would like to explore the city on their own. A motorbike costs around 30 ringgit per day. A Proton Gen-2 would cost you some 70 ringgit, not bad for driving around Labuan in style. You will also see lots of paper ads for Uncle Jack’s guest house.



The Departure Hall is on the other side, but still in the front side of the building, next to the toilets. Both international and domestic departures pass through there. There is an X-Ray for your baggage and a counter at the center where a member of the staff gets one part of your ticket. After that you head straight to the immigration counter where your passport will be stamped for exit of Malaysia via Labuan. Again, only guests going to Brunei pass through here because Brunei is the only international destination. Check-in time is not that strict. The ticket would tell you to be there 45 minutes before. Do that and the crew at the terminal would tell you to wait until 30 minutes before the trip before they let you pass through immigration. There are around five daily trips to and from Brunei and not all of them are full. In our case, not even half of the ferry’s seating capacity got filled. Or maybe because it is a Sunday? Connect? Hahaha.




My seat number was not indicated on my Labuan - Brunei ferry ticket because as I already told you, it wasn’t full. Free seating! The toilet was pretty nasty. It was flushing but looked so unsanitary. And the smell is not something you’d really like. In other news the movie playing on the ferry TV was very inspirational. It was Titanic starring Catherine Zeta Jones. Okay. At least this particular ferry ride lasts for just less than an hour and a half. Upon arrival at Muara Terminal you have to line up for the immigration again. And then you go through the Customs’ X-Ray. I mean, your things go through the X-Ray, not you. Welcome to Brunei!



This is not yet BSB. BSB = Bandar Seri Begawan, not the BackStreet Boys. There would be a bus waiting for you which would bring you to the city center of BSB, but not before it goes through the airport. Muara belongs to a different district. BSB is also in a different area, so expect around an hour of travel, or maybe just around 40 minutes. After that, welcome to BSB!

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Brunei Through Labuan Via Ferry

SABAH: Budget and Itinerary (2)

FRIDAY: September 16, 2011
124.00 - Taxi (Makati - NAIA 3)
1, 620.00 - Travel Tax (NAIA 3)
750.00 - Terminal Fee (NAIA 3)
50.00 - Piattos (Cebu Pacific)
50.00 - Pepsi Can (Cebu Pacific)
50.00 - Banana Loaf (Cebu Pacific)
1, 684.50 - Cebu Pacific (Manila - Kota Kinabalu)
PhP4, 328.50

7.70 - Balak (Nasi Goreng Kampung w/Coke)
25.00 - Borneo BeacHouse (1 night/1 bunk aircon)
MYR32.70

SATURDAY: September 17, 2011
1.00 - Bus 16A (Wawasan)
0.50 - Citybus (Jesselton Point)
31.00 - Ferry (Labuan)
3.60 - Terminal Fee (Jesselton Point)
20.00 - Uncle Jack Backpacker (1 night/1 bunk aircon)
8.00 - Jolly Roger (Nasi Goreng Cina + Coke in Can)
2.80 - Mini Bas 6 (Chimney)
7.80 - Jolly Roger (Milo Sejuk x2)
8.00 - Jolly Roger (Nasi Goreng Ayam + Coke in Can)
MYR82.70

MYR115.40 - SUBTOTAL

PhP4, 328.50
PhP1, 673.30

PhP6, 001.80 - TOTAL

****Estimate of MYR1.00 = PhP14.50


FRIDAY: September 16, 2011

Taxi (Makati - NAIA 3) 14:35 - 15:00
Check-in (Travel Tax/Immigration) 15:00 - 15:20
Delay (NAIA 3) 15:20 - 15:40
Boarding (NAIA 3) 15:40 - 16:10
Cebu Pacific (Manila - Kota Kinabalu) 16:15 - 18:00
Immigration (KKIA T2) 18:00 - 18:30
Walk (Airport - Borneo BeacHouse) 18:35 - 18:45
Check-in (Borneo BeacHouse) 18:45 - 18:55
Dinner (Balak @Perdana Park) 19:40 - 20:25

SATURDAY: September 17, 2011
            Van 16A (Tanjung Aru - Terminal Wawasan) 07:05 - 07:10
Citybus (Terminal Wawasan - Jesselton Point) 07:15 - 07:25
Ferry Tickets (Jesselton Point) 07:25 - 07:30
Ferry (Jesselton Point - Labuan) 08:00 - 11:30
Check-in (Uncle Jack Backpacker) 11:35 - 11:40
Lunch (Jolly Roger) 12:15 - 13:00
Ranjit (Money Changer) 13:25 - 13:35
Ferry Ticket (Ferry Terminal) 13:35 - 13:40
Sightseeing (Financial Park/Labuan Square) 13:40 - 14:30
Mini Bas 6 (Bandaraya - Chimney) 14:30 - 14:50
Sightseeing (Chimney/Bird Park) 14:50 - 15:50
Mini Bas 6 (Chimney - Bandaraya) 15:50 - 16:15
Drinks (Jolly Roger) 16:20 - 16:40
Dinner (Jolly Roger) 19:30 - 20:15

SUNDAY: September 18, 2011
Check-in (Immigration) 08:30 - 18:40

Saturday, September 17, 2011

LABUAN: 02 - So There's a Chimney Made of Bricks



And then what? Labuan is really just stop over for me. I could have easily bought an Air Asia ticket to Miri and asked my parents to accompany me for a weekend Brunei getaway by car (they live an hour away) but I really wanted to try the ferry from KK. Since my flight arrived in the late afternoon, I just went to Borneo BeacHouse to spend the night. I reached Labuan by ferry the next day during lunch time. For directions regarding the ferry, just refer to the Brunei Through Labuan Via Ferry article where the trip is discussed in detail.


Labuan is referred to as the Pearl of the South China Sea. It is composed of the main island and surrounded by around five or six smaller ones that serve as weekend getaways for both locals and foreigners alike. It is also known to be an offshore financial center. I've read somewhere that there are around 65 foreign banks in here. I don't know if it's true though. The place is also popular for Duty Free shopping and is well connected to the rest of Malaysia through its international ferry port with connectiona to Brunei, and its airport with daily flights to KL.



After checking in at Uncle Jack's, I had my typical nasi goreng lunch in a bar nearby where the waitresses were Filipinas. There are a lot of Filipinos here and it should no longer be a surprise to anyone. When in doubt, talk to them in Tagalog. Again, physical appearance is not the best indicator of nationality here. You could also try to distinguish them through their accents, which is a bit hard to do because some of them are proficient in Malay.



I ended up not seeing a lot. Just like its neighbor Kota Kinabalu, Labuan has the same set of tourist attractions which mostly consist of beaches and vacation islands. I decided to do a city tour in lieu of island hopping. The city center is small and most sights could be reached on foot. For tourist spots located north of the island (mostly beaches and historic structures) you can ride one of the vans which they call Mini Bas.



Heading east I was able to visit Labuan Square, the Labuan museum (did not go in), Labuan Walk behind it, and the Tourism Info Center next to it. The Financial Park is just a few steps away in front of the Grand Dorsett. The said business center has a handful of skyscrapers that make up a good looking skyline, specially when viewed from the ferry offshore. The Grand Dorsett seems to be the most expensive accommodation here as per the Tourism Bureau list, with rates going upwards of 390 ringgit per night. I only paid 20 for Uncle Jack, haha.



Farther east are the Labuan International Sea Sport Complex and the Marine Museum. Both could be reached on a leisurely stroll from the Waterfront although a ten minute bus ride is also an option. The corresponding bus would be Mini Bas 1, which go farther north to reach the Botanical Garden and the World War II Memorial, none of which I was able to visit. I'm lazy. And it was hot! I just wanted to find a public pool and jump in, but it didn't happen. Instead, I went to the Bus Station and boarded Mini Bas 6 to the Chimney.



The said van could bring you to three tourist locations: the Chimney and the Labuan Bird Park which are just next to each other, and the Pancur Hitam beach, which the flyer claims to be the most developed on the island. The Chimney is a tall tower of red orange bricks,  a remnant of the British occupation and had something to do with the coal mining industry. I had to spend some time looking at it because buses were infrequent, and I did not walk around to discover soon enough that the Bird Park was just three cartwheels away. The Chimney has a museum by the entrance by the way. For the Bird Park I just took a photo before heading to the bus stop once again to wait for the van. I never reached Pancur Hitam in fear that a bus wouldn't come to pick me up. The place is a good 15 km away from the Bandaraya if I'm not mistaken.



It was time for rest and two iced Milo glasses after that. I just stayed at the guest house and finished my Osaka backlogs before falling asleep. Some more tourist spots in Labuan if you are interested: Layang-Layangan Beach, Peace Park, and Surrender Point, all of which are to the north and could be reached by Mini Bas 4. If you are a diver, Labuan has around four wreck dive spots that you could visit, seems like fun but most likely to be expensive.

LABUAN: 02 - So There's a Chimney Made of Bricks

LABUAN: 01 - Uncle Jack Backpacker



What’s noteworthy about this place is Uncle Jack himself. He is very hands on. In fact, he sleeps with us one one of the bunks in our dorm. The guest house is new and I guess that is the reason. Nevertheless I admire the dedication, enough to forgive the minor setback the guest house gave to the scheduled publication of my blog articles because the Internet was down. I guess it is not a normal thing, but I hope they get to fix it soon for the benefit of the other visitors. Nowadays, WiFi is a must and no longer a luxury or an added benefit. Our dorm room has a total of four double deck beds, but the place does not look cramped at all. The neat arrangement allows for some generous space at the middle, making it ideal for claustrophobic guests.



Perhaps what people would find as a disadvantage in this guest house would be the bathroom, which I find too narrow, and there are only two of them, although there is an open shower area at the veranda. Still, staying at Uncle Jack’s is a steal. Have I mentioned that I only paid 20 ringgit for a night’s stay? The room is air-conditioned. The place is just a five minute walk from the international ferry terminal. I believe this place is the cheapest accommodation you would get here at Labuan. And the many positive feedback from visitors from all over the world is hard to ignore. If you are still in doubt, check Uncle Jack’s Facebook page.

LABUAN: 01 - Uncle Jack Backpacker

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Zombadings 1: Patayin Sa Shokot Si Remington

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As a kid, Remington (Martin Escudero) used to make fun of homosexuals by calling them “Bakla! Bakla! Bakla!” straight to their faces. One day at the cemetery he meets his match when he gets hexed by a grieving gay played by none other than THE Roderick Paulate. Fifteen years later, Remington is almost turning 21 and behaves like the typical neighborhood bum: drinking in the middle of the day while chasing skirts. Meanwhile, his mother (Janice de Belen), a policewoman, is trying to solve a serial murder case in which all victims are gay. At the same time, Remington’s curse starts to manifest. Is he the next to fall prey to the serial killer terrorizing Lucban’s third sex population?

Most of what I am going to say here is in consensus with what various reviews have already stated. First of all let me join the bandwagon by saying that Escudero should be nominated for an acting award for his role in this movie. His transition from neighborhood bum to loud homosexual is so natural. There is no instance where it seems that he is faking it. The gradual shift in character is flawlessly achieved thanks to his nuanced performance, which does not seem technical at all.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Receiving 1,500 Yen from Someone I Barely Know

In the end all the blame on this one would be on me. I just know it. You know how people would tell you that you should always be prepared, that you should always anticipate errors and misfortunes along the way, that what happens to you is entirely your fault. Sometimes fate uses some people as instruments to victimize you, to learn a lesson, as they would love to say. At times, this lesson comes to you in cahoots with giant worldwide banking companies or their fvcking machines that you just want to axe-kick, karate chop, kidney punch (I do not care if ATMs do not have kidneys), bitch slap ad nauseam, douse in gas, and set on fire. Sorry, I got carried away. So, what really happened? I almost got stranded in Osaka, that is what happened. What is my defense then, your honor?

KANSAI: Budget and Itinerary

THURSDAY: September 8, 2011
117.50 - Taxi (Makati - NAIA 3)
1, 620.00 - Travel Tax (NAIA 3)
750.00 - Terminal Fee (NAIA 3)
3, 049.00 - Cebu Pacific (Manila - Osaka)
PhP5, 536.50

1, 030.00 - JR Kansai Airport Ltd. Express (Tennoji)
120.00 - JR Loop Line (Momodani)
7, 500.00 - Bonsai Guest House (3 nights/1 bunk aircon)
JPY8, 650.00

FRIDAY: September 9, 2011
680.00 - McDonalds (Quarter Pounder Meal)
105.00 - Lawson (Suntory Mineral Water 550 ml)
120.00 - JR Loop Line (Morinomiya)
105.00 - Lawson (Suntory Mineral Water 550 ml)
498.00 - Lawson (Microwavable Tonkatsu w/Rice & Egg)
110.00 - Vendo (Pepsi Glass w/Ice)
200.00 - Tanimachi Purple Line (Higashi Umeda)
100.00 - Cookhouse (Natural Mineral Water 500 ml)
300.00 - Cookhouse (Choco Croissant + Danish Bread)
20.00 - Cookhouse (Service Charge?)
170.00 - JR Loop Line (Momodani)
210.00 - 100 Yen Store (Instant Ramen x3)
105.00 - 100 Yen Store (Suntory Mineral Water 550 ml)
298.00 - Lawson (Microwavable Baked Mac)
JPY3, 021.00

SATURDAY: September 10, 2011
400.00 - Mister Donut (4 pcs. Donuts w/Glass of water)
100.00 - Vendo (Coke in Can)
120.00 - JR Loop Line (Tennoji)
300.00 - Entrance (Shitennoji Garan Area)
150.00 - Entrance (Tennoji Park)
100.00 - Vendo (Meiji Ice Cocoa Can)
105.00 - Lawson (Suntory Mineral Water 550 ml)
380.00 - Yoshinoya (Beef Bowl w/Refillable Green Tea)
160.00 - JR Osaka Loop (Momodani)
JPY1, 815.00

SUNDAY: September 11, 2011
100.00 - Vendo (Coke in Can)
160.00 - JR Osaka Loop (Shin Imamiya)
3, 000.00 - Hotel Toyo (single tatami fan room/2 nights)
170.00 - JR Line (Shin Umamiya - Universal City)
6, 200.00 - Universal Studios (1-day pass)
170.00 - JR Line (Universal City - Shin Imamiya)
380.00 - Yoshinoya (Beef Bowl w/Refillable Green Tea)
105.00 - Lawson (Suntory Mineral Water 550 ml)
105.00 - Lawson (Suntory Mineral Water 550 ml)
JPY10, 390.00

MONDAY: September 12, 2011
105.00 - Lawson (Suntory Mineral Water 550 ml)
120.00 - Vendo (Coke in Can)
380.00 - Yoshinoya (Beef Bowl w/Refillable Green Tea)
950.00 - JR Line (Shin Imamiya - Nijo)
600.00 - Entrance (Nijo Castle)
1, 600.00 - Souvenir Plate (Nijo Castle)
220.00 - Raku 101 Bus (Kinkakuji Temple)
400.00 - Entrance (Kinkakuji Temple)
220.00 - Bus 204 (Marutamachi)
105.00 - Lawson (Suntory Mineral Water 550 ml)
105.00 - Lawson (Van Houten Cocoa 500 ml)
250.00 - Matsuyama (Beef Bowl + Refillable Water and Soup)
250.00 - Kyoto Subway (Higashiyama)
220.00 - Bus 205 (Kyoto Station)
890.00 - JR Line (Shin Imamiya - Nijo)
JPY6, 415.00

TUESDAY: September 13, 2011
250.00 - Matsuyama (Beef Bowl + Refillable Water and Soup)
115.00 - Mister Donut (1 pc Donut w/water)
63.00 - Lawson (Milk Choco Candy x3 21@)
1, 030.00 - JR Kansai Airport Ltd. Express (Tennoji - Kansai Intl.) 18:30 - 19:20
490.00 - Starbucks (Iced Choco Tall)
7, 949.00 - Cebu Pacific (Manila - Osaka)
JPY9, 897.00

JPY40, 188.00 - SUBTOTAL

PhP24, 112.80
PhP5, 536.50

PhP29, 649.30 - TOTAL

********Estimate of JPY1 = PhP.60
 
THURSDAY: September 8, 2011
Taxi (Makati - NAIA 3) 13:50 - 14:00
Check In (Travel Tax/Immigration) 14:00 - 14:40
Boarding (NAIA 3) 14:45 - 15:20
Cebu Pacific (Manila - Osaka) 15:20 - 20:20
(Time Zone Shift: GMT+8 to GMT+9)
Immigration (Kansai International) 20:20 - 21:00
Figuring out MRT System (Kansai Station) 21:00 - 21:20
JR Kansai Airport Ltd. Express (Kansai Intl. - Tennoji) 21:20 - 22:20
JR loop Line (Tennoji - Momodani) 22:30 - 22:40
Check-in (Bonsai Guesthouse) 22:40 - 22:45

FRIDAY: September 9, 2011
Dinner (McDonalds) 00:20 - 01:00
JR Loop Line (Momodani - Morinomiya) 12:40 - 12:50
Microwavable Tonkatsu Meal (Lawson) 13:00 - 13:10
Walk (Morinomiya - Osaka Castle Park) 13:10- 13:15
Lunch (Osaka Castle Park) 13:15 - 13:45
Sightseeing (Osaka Castle/Park) 13:45 -17:15
Tanimachi Purple Line (Temmabashi - Higashi Umeda) 17:20 - 17:30
Malling (HEP 5) 17:35 - 18:00
Malling (Whity) 18:00 - 18:15
Snacks (Cookhouse) 18:15 - 18:30
Malling (Float Court) 18:35 - 18:45
JR Loop Line (Osaka - Momodani) 18:45 - 19:10
Dinner (Microwavable Baked Mac) 21:00 - 21:30

SATURDAY: September 10, 2011
Brunch (Mister Donut) 12:20 - 13:00
JR Osaka Loop (Momodani - Tennoji) 13:05 - 13:15
Walk (Tennoji Station - Shitennoji) 13:20 - 13:30
Sightseeing (Shitennoji) 13:30 - 15:40
Sightseeing (Tennoji Park) 15:45 - 17:00
Sightseeing (Sinsekai) 17:05 - 17:30
Early Dinner (Yoshinoya) 17:30 - 17:50
Sightseeing (Denden Electronics Market) 17:50 - 20:40
JR Osaka Loop (Shin Imamiya - Momodani) 20:45 - 21:00
Midnight Snack (Ramen 1 pack) 23:30 - 23:50

SUNDAY: September 11, 2011
Lunch (Ramen 2 packs + Coke Can) 11:10 - 11:40
Check-out (Bonsai Guest House) 11:40 - 11:45
JR Osaka Loop (Momodani - Shin Imamiya) 11:45 - 12:00
Check-in (Toyo Hotel) 12:05 - 12:20
JR Osaka Loop (Shin Imamiya - Nishikujo) 12:40 - 12:55
JR Yumesaki Line Through (Nishikujo - Universal City) 12:55 - 13:10
Sightseeing (Universal Studios) 13:10 - 19:30
JR Yumesaki Line Through (Universal City - Nishikujo) 19:30 - 19:45
JR Osaka Loop (Nishikujo - Shin Imamiya) 19:45 - 20:00
Dinner (Yoshinoya) 20:15 - 20:40

MONDAY: September 12, 2011
Lunch (Yoshinoya) 11:40 - 12:15
JR Osaka Loop Line (Shin Imamiya - Osaka) 12:20 - 12:50
JR Kyoto Line (Osaka - Kyoto) 12:55 - 13:45
Sagano Line (Kyoto - Nijo) 13:55 - 14:05
Sightseeing (Nijo Castle) 14:15- 16:00
101 Raku Bus (Horikawa Oike - Kinkakuji) 16:15 - 16:30
Sightseeing (Kinkakuji) 16:35 - 17:20
Bus 204 (Kinkakuji Michi - Marutamachi) 17:25 - 17:50
Sightseeing (Imperial Palace) 17:55 - 18:30
Dinner (Matsuyama) 18:30 - 19:15
Kyoto Subway (Imadegawa - Higashiyama) 19:20 - 19:40
Geisha Hunting (Gion) 19:40 - 20:45
Bus 205 (Kawaramachi Matsubara - Kyoto Station) 20:45 - 20:55
Sightseeing (Kyoto Station Sky Garden) 21:00 - 21:20
JR Kyoto Line (Kyoto - Osaka) 21:25 - 22:05
Kansai Airport Rapid (Osaka - Shin Imamiya) 22:05 - 22:25

TUESDAY: September 13, 2011
Lunch (Matsuyama) 13:20 - 14:00
Window Shopping (Namba Parks) 14:00 - 14:30
Window Shopping (Daimaru) 14:40 - 14:55
Window Shopping (Big Camera) 15:00 - 15:15
Window Shopping (Doguyasuji) 15:15 - 15:30
Window Shopping (Denden Town) 15:30 - 15:50
Snacks (Mister Donut) 15:50 - 16:10
JR Kansai Airport Ltd. Express (Tennoji - Kansai Intl.) 18:30 - 19:25
Check In/Immigration (Kansai Intl.) 19:25 - 19:50
Delay (Cebu Pacific) 20:10 - 20:40
Boarding (Kansai Intl.) 20:40 - 21:00
Cebu Pacific (Osaka,- Manila) 21:00 - 23:35
(Time Zone Shift: GMT+9 to GMT+8)
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