10 Things I Discover About Go Pro

Konnichiwa! こんにち!

As I share my third gadget review this month, I am also celebrating my first anniversary with my favorite travel buddy, Go Pro Hero 4 Silver Edition.

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Read our story here 👉 Celebrating 1 Year with Go Pro!

It’s been a year since I bought this camera from Gadget for Less. They actually have the cheapest price for a brand new Hero 4 Silver back in December of 2014. The transaction was very smooth & fast, we set a meet up in TriNoMa with no additional charge and I also got wonderful freebies from them. I was never wrong to believe in Chito Miranda‘s recommendation via Instagram. 

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Another commendation from Chito, this time on my re-posted photo…

Kinilig ako, kaya ayan may screenshot! 😂

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Gopring just turned 1 year old last December 19, 2015.

As of today, I can still witness that not all people know Go Pro. I won’t blame them if they are already contented with their smartphones or digital cameras that can also capture precious moments. However, as I continue to explore the beauty of our planet, I needed more…

Let me share you what I discover about Go Pro HERO 4 Silver on a beginner’s take.

1. Basically, it is small and can actually fit in your palm.

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It’s only 41mm in height, 59mm in width and 29.6mm in depth.

2. Not all Go Pro are expensive, they also have the pared down HERO for entry level.

(For as low as Php 6,000)

Entry Level 199 dollars w wifi wo 129

3. Surprisingly, this handy camera produces 12 megapixels shots at an astonishing 30 frames per second! Wow.

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Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines (January, 2015)

4. Since this is Wi-Fi enabled, you can easily control & transfer your photos immediately thru their FREE Go Pro App!

For better connectivity,  you just have to use the fastest memory card which is Class 10.

For Apple users, click here.

For Android users, click here.

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You also have the option to purchase your smart remote that can control distances of up to 180 meters.

5. You can creatively edit your own videos and photos using their FREE Go Pro Studio on laptop/desktop,

6. It has fixed, wide-angle perspective. (140-170 degrees!)

Your picture doesn’t only showcases yourself but the best view of your surroundings! If you are keen on it, you can remove the fish eye effect on Go Pro Studio.

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7. Since I have the Hero 4 Silver Edition – it is WiFi ready & has LCD touch screen.

You can also conveniently playback your photos and trim your videos!

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8. It is an ACTION CAMERA.

Using Go Pro is not just about taking the best selfie, it is also a high definition camera that you can take almost everywhere while enjoying different activities via land, water and air.

It can also capture 1080p60 and 720p120 videos with utmost clarity that offers ‘ultra high-resolution, cinema-quality capture’. So don’t forget to bring yours when trying extreme sports!

9. Mount it everywhere.

Mount it during skiing, cycling, surfing, diving! Pair it with drone! How about harnessing it to your pet? All of these sounds exciting, right?

So much things to try on your Go Pro, don’t hesitate to use it because it is ‘small, light, aero/hydro-dynamic, and tough’. – Gizmodo

10. Best part, it is WATERPROOF up to 131 feet.

Now, imagine yourself indulging under the sea with school of fish or even dolphins, captured at its finest quality.


♦ HERO 4 SILVER or HERO 4 BLACK?

Hero 4 Silver has the best value for money. Why? You can save extra $100 while enjoying your 1.7 inch touchscreen  which the Hero 4 Black lacks. In that sense, I can conclude that Hero 4 Silver is easier to use. PS. The only thing you give up is a 4K/UHD video.


♦ PERSONAL NOTES

There’s a lot more to learn about Go Pro, you just have to search online, read reviews and watch tutorial videos. If you’re experiencing something unusual, try to research about it first and if you still need assistance, you may ask fellow users via Go Pro Users Philippines. 

You can also buy cheap accessories at Go Pro Philippines Items for Sale. If you are hesitant, you can post in GPUP forum and they can vouch for the seller.

I haven’t tried contacting their Go Pro Support Team, but I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback that they are really helpful and generous.

* Request FREE Go Pro Stickers (not waterproof), here.

As a I go to different places, I am grateful enough that this camera is well worth the price for the usabilityquality and availability of great accessories. It’s a bit tricky and confusing on my first use and I just keep on trying until I get a hold of it. One of the best way to capture great images in just one snap!

I hope you learned something great about this worthy action camera! Simply take a snap, share and love it. 📷👌

PS. I’ll make sure to update this post as necessary. I might include editing apps and some troubleshooting.☺️

xoxo,

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Celebrating 1 Year with Go Pro!

Konnichiwa!

Can you imagine how time flies so fast? It was only last December of 2014 when my generous mother gave me one of the best Christmas present, a Go Pro Her 4 Silver Edition. Perfectly, it suits my personality because I love to travel and photographed the places I’ve been to! 📷

Let’s take a glimpse on where we have been for the past twelve months!

DECEMBER of ’14

We decided to spend our year-end climb at Mount Maculot, weather was not friendly then but we still push through with our exchange gift at the campsite.

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We are really a small family, relatives are mostly living abroad, but we always make sure to have a Merry Christmas for His birthday!

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Case Verde served as our last ‘mondate’ for 2015.

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JANUARY

New Year Salubong with High school, Loves!

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Quick day-hike at Mount Pico w/ my best frenemy, John Placer.

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I also started the year by not missing the chance to see Pope during his Papal Visit 2015. Thanks for making this possible Kuya Lawrence!

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First Anniversary w/ RK at Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

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Sun, Beach & Sand

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Chasing Sunsets at Kapurpurawan Rock Formation ☀️

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FEBRUARY

Follow me to Laoag, Ilocos Norte

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Follow me to Vigan, Ilocos Sur

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19th Hot Air Balloon in Subic w/ my ‘kinder-elementary-high school classmate’, Gemo Ian

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MARCH

I didn’t visit any places this month, we had to prioritize some family needs so I just focused starting on my DIY Room Renovation – I personally painted my walls from pink to white, installed wall shelves (w/ Lolo’s help) and bought a new bed & mattress.

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(Completed in June)

APRIL

Bataan Getaway w/ P4

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“Siblings that God forgot to give.”

MAY

Mount Batulao w/ RK (Our first hike.)

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Quick Escape to Bag of Beans, Tagaytay

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Overnight in Laguna w/ my best friend, Pia

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Night Market in Divisoria – perfect time to buy school uniform and school supplies for my cousins.

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JUNE

Unexpected Mysteries at Mount Manalmon w/ Daph

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Overnight at Zulaybar w/ P4, My cousin’s send off party.

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I’m still working on my night shots, this photos was from one of the videos we took that night. If I can only attach their video so you can hear their screams! Haha!

Davao w/ Jmelou & RK

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Davao’s Wild Water Rafting
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Traveling Besties  w/ Marri Jmelou =)
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Davao’s Pearl Farm Beach Resort
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Snorkeling in Samal Island

Surigao del Sur w/ Jmelou & RK

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Tinuy-an Falls, Niagara Falls of the Philippines

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Prayer Mountain in Calinan, Davao City

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Quick dip at Daranak Falls

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Tanay Church

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Mount Maculot “Tamaraws Unite”, My last PH mountain for 2015.

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JULY

On July 1st we landed at Narita Airport, Japan.

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w/ Mama & my Sister-in-Law

Strollin’ at Akihabara

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Tokyo Bay

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Odaiba

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Sibling & Cousins Love

Odaiba Night

Kamakura City

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AUGUST

This was the month I decided to “stay” in JP, for good.

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I used to pick up my Mama here, right after her work.

SEPTEMBER

My 24th Birthday at Mount Fuji

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Post Celebration at Fuji Safari Park

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OCTOBER

Solo Backpacking in Osaka City

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Taking pictures made easy by my beloved travel buddy, Go Pro.

One Day in Kyoto City

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Fushimi Inari Shrine

NOVEMBER

Solo Backpacking in Osaka City

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Mount Haruna in Gunma

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DECEMBER of ’15

Shinjuku

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Shibuya

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Roponggi

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Two more weeks before we end the year and I still have new places to go, will surely update this post SOON! =)


I just tried to choose one to two photos per city/gathering just to give you a highlight of where I was this Year of the Sheep! As you notice, I was in the Philippines for the first half of 2015, it will always be my home. On its second half, I decided to be with my family. Everyone close to me knows that I made my own choices between these two countries. I had so much changes and adjustments, but everything is possible with Him.

It was a ‘happy yet nerve-racking adventure’ kind of 2015 for me and my family. We survived family challenges and I think my Lola would be happy seeing us together. I’m still thinking of Lolo back in the Philippines, but he will be less troubled now that his two sons and grandchildren are with him. We are very grateful, millions thanks to the man above. ☝️

Despite of the events in our family, I am still able to go places and enjoy life (Thanks Ma, I love you!). I am still smiling regardless of my personal issues. I think that’s how life is supposed to be, to keep your world rolling even if it’s heavy, even if it’s hard.

2 countries, 25 cities.

Numbers above is just a recall, I am not rushing into booking airfares because I still prefer a trip with plans without going broke (that sounds painful, right?). I believe in right timing, if it feels good on the inside, then you may take an action to pursue it.

Think about the pros and cons. 👌

On the brighter side, I just renewed my passport for the third time, and I am preparing something special and memorable for 2016. I’ll surely make it happen with His provision. 👣🌏✈️

See you on my next adventure!

xoxo,

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My Scrapbook Buddy

Konnichiwa!

This year has been amazing and I am committed in capturing and saving all of my treasured moments in this borrowed journey. As I mentioned on my previous posts, I would like to keep my photos printed and kept in the traditional way, which is SCRAPBOOKING.

It might sound time consuming but with right items to start with, you will surely enjoy making one for yourself, for your kids, for your family, for your friends and the lists goes on!

Honestly, I can totally attest to the statement that if you love what you are doing, you won’t get tired of doing so. My creative juices are overflowing when designing my craft. Just keeping it simple and clean (my forever theme).

To make this hobby a bit easier and less time consuming, I am using Fujifilm’s INSTAX SHARE PRINTER.

Related Article: Instant Photo Frenzy with Fujifilm’s Instax Mini8 in Pink.

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My new scrapbook buddy at three months old. (September, 2015)

As we live in the world with so much use of technology, almost everything is made easy for the convenience of people. If you will think about it, I can simply save my photos in my computer or save it in a CD and label it accordingly. However, I am not this kind of person. I love printed photos taped on my notebook or posted in one of the corners of my room. I wanted to add personal touch on my captured photos and design it the way I like it.

Sounds exciting, right?

HOW TO USE THE INSTAX SP-1?

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Press the Power Button for 1-2 seconds.

Upon turning it on, if the film is loaded, Film Indicator will turn green according to the number of films available.

Battery Indicator will turn green to show battery capacity.

Turned On

Prescribed batteries are two CR2/DL CR2 lithium batteries which can print 80-100 photos.

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To save some bucks from batteries, you can also use an AC power adapter (sold separately).

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You can only use the prescribed films from Fujifilm which holds 10 prints per pack. (Image Size at 62mm x 46mm)

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One of the best part is that you can REPRINT your photos and share it to your loved ones! However, if you reprint a photo, the image will be stored even if you turned off the printer. Simply hold the button for 5 seconds, LED flashes for a second and it will be deleted.

ADVANTAGES OF INSTAX SHARE PRINTER

(1) It is very compact and handy; weighing at 253 grams with a dimension of 101.6mm x 42mm x 122.5mm

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My personal set up when making scrapbooks / journals.

(2) Download their free app, instax SHARE, from the App Store to print photos straight from your smartphone / Fujifilm camera!

Instax Share

Instax Share App features the following:

* Print real time photos.

* Print photos from your Camera Roll.

* Print photos from your Facebook and Instagram accounts!

* Different Photo Templates available. (Real Time, Limited Edition, SNS Template (Facebook, Instagram), Square Photo and Seasonal Templates)

* It also has Filter which includes “Fujifilm Intelligence Filter,” “Black & White,” and “Sepia.”

(3) You can print your instant photos in 16 seconds! No need to use Adobe/Photoshop to customize the size of your pictures to look like an instax print.

(4) Supported Image Format JPEG.

(5) Upload your photo after printing! (Facebook, Instagram)

(6) Compatible Fujifilm Camera Units [· FUJIFILM X-T10 · FUJIFILM X-T1 · FUJIFILM X100T · FUJIFILM X30· FUJIFILM X-M1 · FUJIFILM X-A2 · FUJIFILM X-A1 · FUJIFILM XQ2· FUJIFILM XQ1 ]

DISADVANTAGES OF INSTAX SHARE PRINTER

This printer costs ¥18,000 / P6,980 / $148.

It was a birthday present from my Aunt and some people may react that the item is a bit pricey, it would be unfair to say so if you don’t even have the product to try.


If you love pictures like I do, this printer is totally for you! 📷 I will be honest on this matter, if you are wishing to have your photos on an instax film, I will definitely choose this printer rather than the instant cameras. Why? Films are more likely to be wasted when you use the instant camera, most specially if you are not properly guided by the flash settings.

On the other hand, Instax Share SP-1 Printer will allow you to print photos in better quality (not as glorious as HDR shots) than the prints you took manually. You can also customize your prints by adding templates and texts on your photo, just simply use their free smartphone application!  👌

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Look at some of my current projects… ♥

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Related Articles: Hiking

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Travel Journal

You can maximize the use of this printer with fun and creative ideas such as memory keeping, room decoration and as a gift (personal touch!).

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Due to its fun-size, you can actually bring it on special occasions and print real time photos and share it with your loved ones. A special souvenir of your gathering.

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I hope you had fun on my second gadget review for December and please stay tuned for my last gadget review for 2015! 📷

xoxo,

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Famous Lines and Thoughts: A Second Chance Movie

Magandang Buhay!

After 8 years, from ‘One More Chance’ to ‘A Second Chance’, we are still here supporting the famous couple, Popoy and Basha. We are still the same person who longed to see forever on the big screen. We are still here, believing in the idea of true and unconditional love. Hoping that someday, one day, it will be ‘ours’. Do you agree that they certainly bring hope to every relationship that’s going thru a rough road?

A Second Chance

Let me share my insights about this much awaited film of the year(in the Philippines)…

Honestly, watching Popoy and Basha brings a lot of memory, most of the feelings I had, seems to be just like yesterday. Don’t get me wrong, I am with a different person already but the scenarios executed on the said film was relatably applicable to our millennial relationships. The movie tackled a lot of real life scenarios that you can see in a relationship, specifically those who are married. No need for recommendations, this film is a MUST SEE!

Upon watching the film, I have my notepad beside me so I can personally write their famous lines that struck me, 100%. 

Let’s take a peek on their happy-kilig-hugot lines! ♥

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Popoy: “I am best at loving you, Ikaw ang pangarap ko, Bash.”

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2.

Basha: “Happy first day-sary!”

3.

Popoy: “I have always dreamed of building homes with you Bash at sisiguraduhin natin na ung mga bahay na itatayo nating dalawa, hindi masisira ng bagyo, hindi matitibag ng lindol, hindi guguho, it will never fall down, it will never break apart.”

Basha: “Parang Tayo.

4.

Popoy: “Lahat ng mahal worth it, tulad mo.

5.

Basha: “Ang gwapo naman nito, crush ko ‘to.”

6.

Popoy: Ang hilig mo kasing bigyan ng ibig sabihin lahat ng bagay eh!

7.

JP & Rai: “Basta true love, lahat kakayanin. Forever and ever!”

8.
Bash: “Kung gaganitohin mo lang din ako eh di sana hindi nalang tayo nagbalikan.”
Popoy: Baka nga dapat di na lang tayo nagkabalikan!
10.
Basha: “Poy you made me feel like I’m your life’s biggest mistake. Tanong ako ng tanong sa’yo kung ano ang problema. Inisip ko pa kung ako yung may diperensya. Para kong gago, tanong ako ng tanong, Ako ba? Ako ba ang problema? Tangina, Ikaw pala ikaw yung problema!

11.

Basha: “You want me to trust you, but you don’t even trust me. Because if you do Poy, you could have been honest with me. Hindi mo sana sinarili, di mo sana tinago. Poy, di mo lang buhay ‘to. Buhay natin ‘to. Asawa mo ‘ko, baka nakakalimutan mo lang.

12.

Krissy: “Kung nahihirapan kang pagkatiwalaan siya, pagkatiwalaan mo muna ang pagmamahal mo sa kanya.”

13.

Basha: “2 years, Poy. Now it all make sense. Kahit may nararamdaman akong mali, I chose to look away, I chose to keep quiet. Kasi ang sabi ko, ang nagmamahal, naniniwala, nagtitiwala.”

14.

Basha: “I have the right to know the truth no matter how ugly, no matter how painful because I am your wife.”

15.

Basha:Gusto na kitang iwan ngayon Poy. Gustong gusto ko na. Pero hindi ko gagawin, kasi nangako ako na kahit ang hirap mong mahalin, mamahalin kita. Kahit na nasasaktan ako, susubukan ko pa. Kasi nangako ako. I promised to love you even if it hurts and love you more when it hurts.”

16.

Popoy: “E di sige ikaw na lang uli. Ikaw nang magaling, Ikaw nang tama. Ikaw nalang lahat, at ako wala. Wala lang sa’yo! Tae lang naman ako sayo eh!”

17.

Popoy: “What if I made a different choice and a different life? I want to stop wondering what if, I want to know what is.”

18.

Popoy: “Why is it so easy for you to assume the worst in me?”

Basha: “Why do you make it so hard for me to see the best in you?”

19.

Basha: “Your love story is what you make it.

20.

Popoy: “Bash, wala na ang dating Popoy na pinakasalan mo. This is me at my worst. Kaya mo paba akong mahalin ng ganito?”

21.

Popoy: “I’m so sorry, Bash.”

Basha: “You are my what was, what is and what will be.”

22.

Popoy: “Magkulang man tayo sa isat-isa, mahirapan man tayong makita yung maganda sa isat-isa… Basha iyo ako, I promise.

23.

Popoy: “It’s brave to ask ‘what if’, but it’s braver to embrace ‘what is’. You, and only you, are my ‘what is’.”

24.

Popoy: “Our marriage is everything we never hoped for. Oo, masaya siya, pero minsan malungkot, minsan masakit, minsan ang pangit. Pero yun siya. That’s marriage.”


♦ My Thoughts ♦

LOVE/RELATIONSHIP

The said film runs for 2 hours and 12 minutes, but it felt like I’ve known them in real life. So much feels for this movie and I honestly saw myself as Basha over and over again. I was able to hold my tears but I was hit in the heart during the last part, the part wherein they decided to stay together and work things out. The part wherein they mean their mistakes and apologizes for all the pain and suffering they have caused each other. The part wherein they proved to everyone that no matter how tough and messy their marriage can be, they still chose love and forgiveness.

Would you do the same?

Would you forgive someone because he/she broke your trust?

Would you choose to fall in love with a person with tons of failures?

Would you believe in love after all the pain?

Would you continue to be your best when everything seems confusing?

Would you be ready to sacrifice for the person who matters to you?

Would you love him/her at their best and worst state?

The truth is, I am a fan of second chances. Iniisip kong kaya namin magbago for our relationship, that no matter how hard things can be, kami parin para sa isa’t isa. Kagaya ng relasyon nila Popoy at Basha, there’s no perfect relationship. We all have our ups and downs. Kailangan matapang ka to face the battles of love and life. I also came into a point that everybody were tired of understanding my ‘Popoy’, pinaglaban ko kahit masakit, inunawa ko yung sitwasyon kahit mahirap. It’s not being stupid, it’s learning how to love unconditionally.

The film was very realistic. I just wish that everyone who watched it will learn from it. For some men, saying sorry is a real struggle. Have you seen Popoy, genuinely apologizing to the person he love the most? It’s heartbreaking and remarkable at the same time. Huwag kang matakot humingi ng tawad sa taong mahal mo. Huwag mong hintaying mawala siya bago ka mag-sorry. Huwag mo hintaying may ibang mag-mahal sa kanya bago ka umamin.  Have the courage to admit your mistakes and talk about it. I do not promote break up/divorce and I am one of those people who believe that forever does exist. Ang ampalaya, kinakain, Hindi inuugali. 

Let me remind you the role of alcohol in the said film. Poy has a lot of things going on with his work and he ended up drinking so he can avoid discussions at home. Does drinking resolve the issue? No. It hinder them from talking. It hinder their relationship to communicate and grow. Ngayon kasi pag mayroong problema, alak agad ang takbuhan ng nakararami (hindi naman lahat). Mahilig tayong ipagpalipaban yung mga bagay na dapat pinag-uusapan. Aminin natin, mahirap ang komprontasyon. But we have to be honest, without reservations. Ganern yun. 

A movie can be great and brilliant without infidelity, right? 👍

FRIENDSHIP

Favorite part!!! The ‘barkada’ that they have 8 years ago was still part of the film. From Krissy (supportive friend), Kenneth (blind husband of Krissy), Chinno (funny guy), Anj (pessimist), JP (another supportive friend) and Rai (JP’s soon to be wife). When life ain’t easy, run to your best circle of friends, they will surely make things lighter and better. They might have different reactions and opinion, but definitely they will lead to doing something ‘right’. Avoid running into your exes for comfort, it will bring nothing but chaos.

FAMILY

The family part was not too mainstream on the film, but there was a time when Bash can no longer handle the pain, he ran into her mother’s house. That’s what I do too, talked to my parents when all of me was already drowning. Keeping my faith that everything will be okay in His perfect time.


I don’t intend to spoil stuffs about the film but it’s almost two weeks on the big screen 😂. Don’t forget to hit the nearest cinema and cry your hearts out! Lol.

PS. Photos are from Star Cinema 🌟

xoxo,

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Me & My Instax Mini8: Instant Photos Frenzy!  

Konnichiwa!

Today, I am sharing facts and tips on how to maximize your Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 8. One of the best item I have whenever I travel because photos are printed immediately and I can even share it to my loved ones as a perfect souvenir! You can also start keeping memorabilia’s the traditional way!

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I have this camera for years now and I still love it! (Photo was taken last May of 2013 as posted in Facebook & Instagram!)

I bought mine during my first salary back in May of 2013, back then its cost was around P3,900. I had trial and error with this product because of too much or less light exposure. Films are a bit pricey too! As of this writing, it is still working pretty fine. ♥️

Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 8 is a manual camera (non-digital) that uses films to take pictures (business card size). I chose pink because it’s my favorite color and I know that you want or you already have one in your favorite color too! According to some reviews, the color faded too fast when they displayed it inside their room.

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PS. My camera’s color didn’t fade because I always keep it inside the box. (Photo above was set a little brighter.) ☺️

These are the colors available:

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Here in Japan, they released an updated version with new set of colors such as Mint, Strawberry, Cocoa, Vanilla and Honey. They simply added a Self Shot Mirror.

New Colors

SPECIFICATIONS

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Good job, Fujifilm!
  • Weight: 307g (10.8 oz)
  • Lens: f=60mm 1:12.7
  • Focus/shooting range: 0.6m-infinity
  • Shutter speed: 1/60 sec
  • Automatic power off: 5 minutes
  • Power: AA batteries x 2
  • Box Includes: hand strap, batteries, manual
  • Film sold separately

HOW TO USE INSTAX MINI 8?

Steps on how to use this camera is pretty basic and easy so you don’t have to worry. Let me share facts and more photos… 📷

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Press the button beside the lens to turn it on.

How To

Lens will come out as soon as you press the button beside it.

Shutter Button – as long as your lens is close, no photos will be taken. No films will be wasted.

Flash Settings or Brightness Adjustment Dial for Instax Mini 8 will automatically determines the appropriate brightness for taking a picture and will inform you for the suitable setting by lighting the corresponding lamp. Turn the dial and change it accordingly as suggested.

Flash

High Performance Flash is always ON when you take pictures. There’s no way you can turn it off.

Set Up

Finder is available to see your subject if they fit in the frame.

Film Counter lets you know how many films are available to use.

Film

Insert films (pack of 10) properly and please be advised that you can only use the prescribed films from Fujifilm.

Battery

It uses two AA Batteries. I honestly don’t know when was the last time I changed the batteries. 😂 If you will not use your camera for a long period of time, remove the batteries to avoid battery leaks that can damage your electronics.

Fast Print
Take a shot and have your picture in 1-2 minutes.
Films
Always check the date because expired films comes out white. No photo will be captured.

Films are very expensive that cost around 360 pesos ($7-8) for a pack of 10 plain sheets. It would be cheaper to buy the 20’s worth 680 pesos ($15).  There are also patterned films that hold 10 sheets for a higher price than the plain ones. If you don’t want to spend more on films, just design it with films skins (stickers). It’s cheaper than the printed films.

You will reach a time that taking photos will be hard because you were not able to achieve the right angle, right exposure and all. It’s very frustrating but along the way, you will get used to it. Trial and Error it is! So if you’re not willing to try and maximize its potential as a camera, then this is not for you.

Tips:

(a) Keep your camera away from extreme temperatures (keep it inside the bag/box) because it will affect the color of your photos and will cause pinkish edges on your films.

(b) No x-ray exposure. If you are bringing films abroad or bought some films abroad, keep it on your carry on luggage and insists that your camera has films in it. This will be the hardest part when bringing it during travels. If they don’t believe you, show them the box of films and point out “Protect from x-ray” (at the side of the box). If you don’t like being questioned at the airports during security check, just leave the camera at home.

ACCESSORIES

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You can buy bag, waterproof case, close up lens, films stickers and album to keep your photos and please keep in mind that these items are sold by a third vendor. Don’t miss the chance to show the creative side of you! 🙂

WHERE CAN I BUY THIS CAMERA?

If you are still after saving money, try to compare mall prices vs online prices.

* Online prices are way cheaper tho.

US (online)

Amazon $69 w/ twin pack + free shipping

Ebay $89.95 w/ twin pack + free shipping

Walmart $89.95 + free pickup at the store

Philippines (online)

 Price Price P3,200

Lazada P3,400 – P5,000

★ You can also visit Fujifilm’s physical store at Lower Ground, Building A, SM Megamall.


After sharing important details of this cute camera, let me share my own way of keeping my photos. ♥

Scrapbook #1 for my grandchildren.

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Art Journal Inserts

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Aside from giving photos to my friends as a souvenir of our gathering, I also make time in creatively keeping my printed films on my scrapbook / journal / planner. Aside from being a travel story teller, photos has thousand stories to tell as well.

I am also thinking of sticking films in one of the corners of my room, in a heart or globe shape. What do you think?

I hope you had fun on my first gadget review, expect two more reviews this month of December! ♥

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xoxo,

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BLOG SERIES for November ’15

Blog Series Recap for November 2015!

It’s been an adventurous month since I’ve been to new cities here in Japan and I have a lot of things to share with everybody – from traveling, photography and even art journals/doodling.

Here are the links to my November 2015 #BlogSeries. ❤️

Feel free to click on the links and read my stories. 🙂

Lately, I’m also loving the idea of traveling and doodling places and food on my journal/planner. It’s a creative way of preserving a memory in the most traditional way, that requires a notebook and a pen. I don’t have the best talent on it, but I don’t want to miss the chance of TRYING. You can also give it a try and you might enjoy and learn in the process.

I also shared my stories, tips and guides in exploring Osaka & Kyoto on a budget friendly manner while enjoying the cities. (Food Trip included!) If you want to feel the real vibe and see traditional Japan, these two cities are the perfect place to start your tour.

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Osaka (Autumn) 2015
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Kyoto (Autumn) 2015

Last month, I also wrote about climbing Mount Pico de Loro in Nasugbu, Batangas and earlier of this month, I shared my experiences in climbing Mount Maculot for three consecutive years (from 2013 – 2014 -2015).

You can read it here: Mount Maculot, “The Rockies”

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Photo taken during my third climb in Mount Maculot last June 2015.

I am still updating my story about Mount Haruna, my second mountain in Japan! I will update this post as necessary.

For now, take a glimpse of Haruna-san.

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At 1,449 meters or 4,754 feet.

 

November has been sweet and refreshing for me, from traveling to trying new hobby is pretty exciting! It’s like a breath of fresh air from studying Japanese writing. I can’t wait for December and its lovely surprises!

I’ll see you next year Philippines, I will work hard to meet you again. ♥️ ✈️ 👣

As always, Thank you for reading!

Blog Series for October ’15

I am currently doing my November #BlogSeries, however you might want to take a look on how I started it last October. It contains series of articles that discusses my other interests (reading books, doodling, scrapbook making, art journals) and personal opinions. 

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Here are the links to my October 2015 #BlogSeries. ❤️

You also might want to check how my October 2015 went. Successfully, I was able to visit Osaka & Kyoto in a span of three days on a budget-friendly manner. (Read my Solo Backpacking in Osaka here.) If you are staying in Japan for a couple of months, you can simply travel around the country using Willer Express, it is definitely cheaper, safe and comfortable enough to ride on a long trip.

The Wanderess:

OSkPS. I am still working on my story about Kyoto. (Will update this post as necessary.) Read it here.

Once in a while, I also take time to write about my previous travels and climbs when I was in the Philippines. If you are interested in mountain climbing, you can read my stories about climbing Mount Pico de Loro in Nasugbu, Batangas. It is highly recommended for beginners, even my best friend, Jme, was able to conquer the famous monolith.

Please don’t forget to read it and message your comments or suggestions about it. 😊

Have a H A P P Y Monday! ⛅👯

10 Things I love about J.A.P.A.N

Aside from the fact that I am half Japanese, of course, I Love JAPAN!

I started visiting Japan when I was 12 years old, my parents processed our papers as early as they can after they reunited in 2002. Basically, I am a resident in both countries.

Living in another country has distinct advantages and disadvantages. As for me, I was raised in a tropical country, the Philippines, and I am quite not comfortable with freezing temperature. Honestly, this is my first autumn and winter experience in Japan. A big luck for me.

For now, let’s talk about the reasons why I love Japan.

1. Availability of Vending Machines.

Yes, you can see vending machines everywhere and this is not your ordinary ‘jidō-hanbaiki’.

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What can you get in a Japanese vending machine or ‘jidō-hanbaiki’? Basically, it offers hot and cold drinks, and surprisingly some of these machines also sell ice creams, toys and even hot meals like hot dog, French fries, Takoyaki (grilled octopus) and Onigiri (rice ball). No worries, these machines are managed daily.

Convenience at its finest.

2. It’s not Japan without Hello Kitty!

She is a fictional character born on November 1, in the suburbs of London, England. She was produced by the Japanese company Sanrio, created by Yuko Shimizu.

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Hello Kitty stuff toy in Tokyo Solamachi of Tokyo Sky Tree.

Hello Kitty is almost everywhere in Japan. From clothing, toys, bags, shoes, key chains, stuff toy, kitchenware, food and the lists goes on.

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To eat or not to eat?

They also have Sanrio Puroland, a theme park that features Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars and My Melody. It is located in 1-31, Ochiai, Tama-shi, Tokyo for only  ¥3,000.

Shall I visit you soon?

3. Craft Haven!

I’ve been making art journals and doodling for a month now, and I cannot deny the fact that ZIG and Kuretake products are easy to find and cheaper.

Read my article about Craft Haven in Tokyu Hands.

https://lifeandmisadventuresofaki.wordpress.com/blog-series/crafty-wednesday/craft-haven-in-tokyu-hands/

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4. Electronic Japanese Toilet

What can I say? It’s amazingly awesome! In one press or merely the sensor can flush the toilet. If you need some rinsing after urinating, no need for physical bidet, just simply press the button.

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You can also increase/decrease its water pressure and sound volume.

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Most of the time it is located just beside the ‘throne’, however I found some establishments that simply install it on the wall.

Aside from these buttons, they are also generous with tissue paper and you can immediately dispose it off the ‘throne’. No worries, it won’t cause any clogs in the sewage system.

5. Accessible and Efficient Transportation

Japan’s Rail System is truly one of the best, you can never question its speed, cleanliness and astounding service of efficiency. You can even travel around Japan by simply riding their Shinkansen (新幹線)/ Bullet Train.

They have reloadable Suica Card for passengers, it works as simply tap & go. You can also use the same card when buying at the convenience store or vending machine.

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Trains have schedules and always on time, in case there is a delay, there might be suicide or earthquake.

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Watch trains, come & go.

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 You can reload your card or buy tickets here.

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If you don’t have Suica Card, you can still buy single journey tickets like this.

6. It’s a 4 Seasons country.

It’s just a four hour flight from the Philippines and you can experience spring, summer, fall and winter. Yay!

Sharing my Sakura experience! Cherry blossom usually starts in late March ’til May. They say that it’s the best season to visit Japan in a cool weather.

IMG_2064   Cherry Blossoms when we visited our relatives in Kamakura City.

(My mother will kill me if she see this photo. I love you, Ma!)IMG_2421  Cherry Blossoms in 2014

Since this is my first, I still don’t have any pictures of autumn and winter. As soon as I have one, I will update this post. ♥

7. Matcha Lovers!

Matcha (抹 茶) is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea, it’s widely available in Japan. Most of the restaurants I’ve been to offered green tea rather than water.

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                    Hot Matcha after Sushi.                                      Vanilla ice cream topped with Matcha.

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Matcha Biscuits

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Krispy Kreme’s Matcha Doughnut is ♥

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Of course, Starbuck’s Matcha Frappuccino.

8. Strawberry

Japan has the largest production and consumption of strawberries ichigo in the world. You can find it easily because of  its availability throughout the year, although the best season is from January to March. 

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Strawberry Shortcake, anyone?

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How about strawberry picking? Hey, that’s my beautiful cousin!

9. KitKat Assorted Flavors

Yes, I admit that I am trying and eating new flavors every month. They sell each pack of 12’s for only ¥230 – ¥250.

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From Tokyo’s KitKat Chocolatory

Few weeks ago I wrote about Tokyo’s KitKat Chocolatory, Read it here.

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                            Raspberry                                                                  Green Tea

They say that every city has KitKat specialty; next week I will look for new flavors available in Osaka & Kyoto.

10. Authentic Japanese Food!!!

I love their food! It’s tasty, healthy and comes in big servings. Even Japanese are travelling around their country to try different specialties offered by local towns.

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Fresh and Tasty Yakiniku

Authentic Karaage Set

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Authentic Tonkatsu Set

Ramen

 Shoyu Ramen

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Fresh Sushi Overload!


That’s all for my second post for Japan Diaries.

I know some of you are tech savvy, fascinated with kawaii stuffs and Gundam. I already have it listed and will include it on my next posts.

Again, Thank you for reading!!!

See you! / ja ne / じゃね ♥

Tokyo’s Kit-Kat Chocolatory

Who doesn’t love Kit-Kat?

According to Stewart Dryburgh, Kit-Kat’s Global Brand Manager, Japan really loves Kit-Kat ( キットカット). In fact, it sounds like ‘kitto katsu’, which means ‘you will surely win’. It is the best selling chocolate since 2012 in Japan that led Nestlé to launch its first boutique, Kit-Kat Chocolatory.

It was opened last January 17, 2014, in Seibu department store in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district, where you can choose from wonderfully experimental flavours.

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                     First Kit-Kat Boutique

“Its success has been fuelled by the launch of hundreds of unusual and innovative special edition flavours to meet Japanese consumers’ experimental tastes and sense of style.

KitKat fans in Japan have been able to choose from varieties including Purple Potato, Cinnamon Cookie, European Cheese, Bean Cake and Wasabi – unwrapping sticks of pale green, delicate pink and lilac chocolate that look and taste very different from those anywhere else in the world.” – Nestle 

Take a look on what we found…

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      Special packaging for “Pasalubong” / Gifts

I am very fascinated with Kit-Kat. Whenever I get the chance, I try new flavors available at the grocery. From the usual chocolate kit-kat, Japan offers exquisite seasonal flavours such as Dark Chocolate, Green Tea, Apple, Orange, Cheesecake, Mandarin and Lemon, Strawberry, Raspberry, Wasabi, Azuki Red Bean Toast, Rum Raisin, Roasted Tea, Purple Potato and Cinnamon Cookie. Each box cost ¥400 that contains four packs.

There are also three special varieties created by Chocolatier Takagi, which are Sublime Bitter, Special Sakura Green Tea and Special Chilli. Two of which were out of stock when I visited the store.

On the other hand, I was able to get three awesome flavors. 

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I got Strawberry Maple, Sakura Green Tea and Ginger. 

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Cute packaging, good for gifts. 

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Individual packaging. 

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Yummy Treats from Kit-Kat!

You can never go wrong with these treats as ‘omiyage’.

      Omiyage (お土産) is a gift or souvenir you give to friends, coworkers, and family after returning home from a trip. 

 Don’t forget to buy some new flavored Kit-Kats when you visit Tokyo!

Aside from Kit-Kat Chocolatory, you can also visit big supermarkets such as Seiyu, AEON, Yaoko and Ito-Yokado, they sell kit-kats for only ¥220-280 per pack (12 pieces)They usually have Green Tea, Dark Chocolate, Apple and Cheesecake.

Sometimes it is better to try something ‘new’, rather than the usual.

KIT-KAT CHOCOLATORY

Address: Seibu Department Store, 1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku

Ikebukuro Station, East Exit

(Click here for Map)

Hooray to all chocolate lovers! Thank you for reading another sweet article of mine!  ♥

Ladurée; A taste of Paris in Tokyo.

Upon checking the official website of Ladurée, I found out that they have 4 branches in Japan. Two of which happened to be in Tokyo, so I decided to grab my chance in trying their famous macarons.

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Ladurée, the famed salon de thé (teashop) from France. 

 “It all began in 1862, when Louis Ernest Ladurée, a miller from the southwest of France, founded a bakery in Paris at 16 rue Royale. In 1871, while Baron Haussmann was giving Paris a « new face », a fire in the bakery opened the opportunity to transform it into a pastry shop. The decoration of the pastry shop was entrusted to Jules Cheret, a famous turn-of-the-century painter and poster artist.”

Paris is always a good idea, and you know that tea and macarons are part of it. So let me share you a story about my “first time” experience in one of France’ best tea rooms.

While looking for an english book in Kinokuniya Bookstore, my sister-in-law and I decided to check Ladurée before heading back to the train station. I am quite excited and persistent because it was her birthday the next day. I always thought of giving cake during birthdays.

Japanese are a bit of selfish. Lol. I was only able to take few pictures of their store because taking pictures is not allowed. Since it is their policy, and I am a resident of this country, I followed. However, I asked permission if atleast I can take one photo of their macarons selections.

 Who wouldn’t love these luscious macarons?

 For August, they offered their signature flavored macarons including the seasonal ones. They have Lemon, Orange Blossom, Salted Caramel, Raspberry, Iced Mint, Guava, Earl Grey, Pistachio, Rose, Vanilla, Chocolate, Marie-Antoinette Tea and Strawberry Candy “Guimauve”. These yummy treats are not wallet-friendly for me, each macarons cost  ¥240. I bought Rose and Iced Mint, taste was very unusual since I never ate rose, while iced mint tasted like toothpaste. They said that Ginza branch has a larger place and has more flavors to offer.

Shinjuku’s branch is heaven with tasty macarons, jams, cakes, ice cream and sorbet. Macarons’ boxes are too pretty, you can use it as a memory box. They also have macaron keychains, tote bag and variety of tea for gifts, or take home.

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          Ispahan. It is named after a fancy rose that grows wild in Iran.

I just love pink and berries.

I just love pink and berries.

Not all Ladurée offers Glaces, soft serves. It has few different flavors such as Ispahan, Malesherbes, Pistache Griotte and Suggestion de Saison. Along with a variety of syrups, fresh fruit, and crumbled macaron shell toppings. Price ranges from ¥500 to ¥900. 

I love pink and berries, so I tried Ispahan. It is a rose flavoured soft-serve ice cream drizzled with raspberry sauce with fresh raspberries and juicy lychee hidden within. Topped with crushed raspberry macaron shells sprinkled all over.

       

Since it was my sister-in-law’s birthday the next day, I asked her to choose her cake and she decided to have La Fraise for  ¥ 1099. Small strawberry shape cake, with strawberry mousse and confit with a bit of coconut crunch.

If you’re in Tokyo, dropped by and see it for yourself. Life is good, just like fresh tea and macarons.

LADURÉE SHINJUKU

160-0022 Tokyo
Shinjuku Lumine 2, 1F 3-38-2 Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku

+81 (0)3 6380 5981

Open everyday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

LADURÉE GINZA MITSUKOSHI

104-8212 Tokyo
Ginza Mitsukoshi 2F
4-6-16, Ginza Chuo-ku

+81 (0)3 3563 2120

LADURÉE GINZA MITSUKOSHI open everyday from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Website: https://fabricantdedouceurs.laduree.com/en_int/#!houses