Big trip coming up! This is pretty much the thing that is keeping me busy over the past few weeks.
I always try to make it a point that I travel yearly. Over the past few years I’ve been to Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton… but this time I’m going big! All board the13thgeek:JP-Express!
For this trip I will be visiting places outside of Canada – Manila, Osaka and Tokyo! I have not visited the Philippines since moving to Canada for almost 6 years now, and it’s exciting to visit the relatives, college buddies and old friends. The thought of going back there with a fresh perspective and as a Canadian gets me pumped! Oh and of course… Japan!!! I’ve always dreamed of going to Japan since I was little. At one point I even thought Japan would be the first country that I will be visiting abroad, especially when I landed my first job at a Japanese IT company.
Actually, I do not have any Philippine itineraries ready at the moment… what I did was to schedule “meetups” with several groups of people from the different phases of my life: grade school friends, high school buddies, college colleagues, relatives, former coworkers and such. I will leave the itinerary to them and I will let them surprise me. I’ll bet that much has changed in the Philippines since I left, so I’m delegating that job to them.
As for Japan, my first stop will be in Osaka, where I will be going to Universal Studios Japan and checking out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I’m a huge Potterhead and I can’t wait to get there! I will be staying at a hostel while spending the first few days in Osaka; then I will backpack upwards the country, taking a shinkansen all the way to Tokyo – where I will be staying at my aunt’s place. I intend to visit a lot of places there and obviously, shop for more toys and action figures and of course, soak up the whole Japanese experience!
In light of these, I will be posting a new series of blog posts detailing my adventures in these two countries. My flight departs on the 9th of September and my first day in the Philippines would be on the 11th… so watch out for it! It’s going to be quite an adventure!!
We go big this time!
the13thgeek: JP-Express (9/11 premiere)