Saturday, May 20, 2017

DAY 2 - Osaka City Adventure

DAY 2 is our Osaka City Tour.

We bought the 1 Day Amazing Osaka Pass (AOP) from KIX the previous day.  The 1 Day AOP costs Y2500 (Note: There is no child ticket. Since most of the attractions are free of charge for children, so I suggest simply getting a 1 day Enjoy Ecocard for you child at Y300) and covers most tourists attractions with unlimited bus and train rides in Osaka.

For more details on the AOP please check the AOP website: Amazing Osaka Pass - if you do the math, you would need to visit at least 4 of the attractions to breakeven the cost of the pass. I am afraid we failed maximizing the AOP since the boys were already too tired to try the Night Cruise and to visit the Umeda Sky Building (which we hoped to schedule after dusk).
Getting ready for the Osaka Castle.

Osaka Castle moat... (and a really excited child doing his thing)!

Entering the Castle Gates (and loving the camera)

The Osaka Castle
Loving the scenery...

And what's a child to do with matcha ice cream all around?

There were lots of people around and the hot pre-summer weather was getting pretty hot.  We needed some aircon relief and decided to go to the Osaka Museum of History, across the street.

Off to the Osaka Museum of History (Tip: Take the elevator to the 10th  floor, then make your way down the escalator)...

At the top floor (Ancient Floor) is a replica of  Daikokuden of Naniwanomiya Palace. 
A nice surprise, awaits you as your make your way down... the Osaka Museum of History overlooks the Osaka Castle.

Look we were just there a while ago...

At the 9th Floor is a Tour of the Water City...

The Archeological Challenge at the 8th Floor...
Modern Contemporary Period at the 7th Floor.

From the Osaka Museum of History we took the subway and made our way to another Museum ~ The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

My son hands on Japan's local toys  (way-way before Xbox and PS4s...)
Too cute, to scare...

And more pictures...

It would have been nice to be able to dress up in Kimono rentals - to take pictures in while touring the village.  However, we came in late in the afternoon and there were no more Kimono rentals left.

A short train ride from the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living is the Pokémon Center ~ Daimaru Umeda (Warning picture HEAVY.  My boys are addicted to Pokémon).

My little man literally losing it in Japan...

Checking the merchandise (lol)!

So many to choose from... and all so cute!

Paying for his LOOT!

The Winners are Eevee and Snorlax (PS. I like Snorlax too. He is so soft and huggable).

Goodnight Day 2, 
our Day 3 starts early, we are going to Nara.

Osaka Japan (Takoyaki Here we Come)

My family loves Japan. We had so much fun touring Tokyo that
right after our plane touched Manila soil from our Tokyo trip in April 2016, we knew we would be back soon. I found myself planning another Japan itinerary and this time our destination is OSAKA, in search of the ultimate Takoyaki (lol)!

Osaka is Japan's Ultimate Foodie Destination ~ so this got us really excited ~!

We bought our plane tickets from PAL in one of the travel expos at a discounted price.  Travel expos rock, we really get to stretch our hard earned Pesos getting good travel deals.  This time we saved about 30% on airfare on "forward seats", luggage allowance and hot meals.  

We arrived in Osaka via Kansai (KIX) Airport at 7:10 in the evening.  It was bit frightening coming in so late (and I do not recommend you do it, if you are a first timer in Japan with kids - I suggest opting for a noon time ETA) and with limited transfer options to our Airbnb accommodations which was about an hour away from the airport.  We took our host's advise and took an airport limousine bus going to the Osaka City Air Terminal (OCAT), which is about a 4 minutes walk to our rented apartment.

Onboard the airport limousine bus from KIX to OCAT. Convenient means of transfer to Osaki-Shi. I was so thankful, we did not get lost.

We first tried Airbnb booking in our Tokyo stay and decided doing another Airbnb in Osaka.  Airbnb is a very good alternative to a hotel, especially if you need a bigger walking space...  We also liked the idea of own private place ~ way bigger than a regular hotel rooms at less cost. Airbnb is a definite "YES" in our books! 

Our day 1 ends here.

Please follow our Osaka Itinerary..




(Saying hello to Mr. Harry Potter)


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Hotel Review: Infinity Tower Suites Makati City

It has been customary for my husband and I to take day off from work on Special Family Occasions. 

This year however, my eldest' birthday fell on a Tuesday and this busy office mama, can't afford to take Monday off as well... 

Thank goodness, I found a perfect solution,  I got a very good deal online on a hotel located barely 2 blocks away from where I work "wink-wink"... 

So the idea was, to do a Sunday check-in, walk to work Monday (and spend lengthy breakfast time,  meet with the family for lunch and not rush going home at night).  Since I was on leave Tuesday we had the following day ~ "free and easy". 

I bought 2 nights stay at Infinity Tower Suites via Deal Grocer, half of the cost paid using Citibank Rewards Points
(My cash out was only P4500 for a 2 nights stay in a 1 Bedroom Suite, inclusive of Breakfast for 2 with free parking and wifi).

Welcome to Infinity Tower Suites ~ a no frill  service apartment that is right on the budget.   Note though, that since I knew Infinity Tower Suites is already a bit old, I lowered my expectations bit.

Check-in was fast and easy.  The receptionist was very good natured.  We were greeted nicely and attended to immediately.  Really nice start to our stay!

>Our room comes with only 2 free breakfast sets and since we were a party of 4, I requested if we can get the 2nd day free breakfast on the 1st day, I was really pleased my request was granted.

We were offered assistance with our luggage, but we are light packers and declined their offer,  
so we led ourselves to our Suite at the 20th floor. 

There were 2 cupcakes welcoming our arrival. 
I think they are delicious, since my boys took one each and ate the cupcakes as if they are hungry, considering we just had lunch.

I was awed at how huge a 1 bedroom suite is. 
According to the Infinity Tower Suites website, a 1 bedroom is about 74sqms in size.   That's bigger than most condo units right?

The Bedroom has a Queen size Bed.  The bed was a bit hard for me, but my husband liked it. 

There is also a separate study area.

A working kitchen, with cooking equipment, utensils and dinnerware. And look at that full size refrigerator.

There is also a dining area for 4 and a living room area with a huge sofa facing a TV (with Cignal cable ~ very good channel selections, but my boys were tuned in to the sports channel the entire time we were there). 

I can like throw a party for 20+ in this room and would still have a personal space in the bathroom.

Toiletries were not top notched, but it was really not an issue.  Linens, towels and bathrobes though were soft and fluffy. They are new and nicely laundered. 

Also comes with the essentials, such as hair dryer, ironing facilities and in-room safe.

It was nice that there is gym and fitness room.  I wanted to try it out
but I did bring workout clothes and shoes.

The pool was a bit small, but it was clean and the water looked newly replaced when we came in.  My son had a grand time swimming with his papa, while I was working :P

There is also a mini playground beside the pool, but it is for small kids only.  My youngest is already 8 and can't hardly fit in the swing.

Our next day complimentary breakfast was at  The Wholesome Table.  The Wholesome Table offers organic food. My hubby, however is not fan of organic food. He finds the taste too bland. 
I on the other hand enjoyed breakfast. The boys seemed to like theirs as well.

Some photo snaps while waiting for our food. The place looks awesome. I felt like I am one with nature.

Our Free Breakfast

 Gluten Free Pancakes

Meat and Eggs Plate
(Free-range Eggs. Broiled Tomatoes. Breakfast Side Salad. Sourdough Toast) each for me, hubby and my eldest.

*Breakfast meals costs about P300 if not part of your room package.

Coffee is good too (P80 for 8oz if not part of your package).

  Extra order for our bunsoy "Almond Milk" (P180).

Infinity Tower and Suites is another "SULIT" Staycation Find!

We had a wonderful time and we would not have second thoughts in staying there again.

Infinity Tower Suites is location:
H.V. Dela Costa Street corner L.P. Leviste Street
Salcedo Village, Makati City, 1227
Metro Manila, Philippines

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