Prepping for Tokyo

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I have been extremely busy the past few weeks because I’ve been prepping for my Tokyo vacation. Because Japan is one of my dream places to visit, you can image how excited I am about this trip.

This trip is actually a gift from my sister who’s about to come home this week. I am pretty stoked about the whole thing and I cannot believe I’m actually visiting Japan, finally!

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Getting the visa was the most difficult part of the whole process. I had to get all the documents, wait hours in line, etc. Thankfully, the Japanese embassy is no longer as strict in releasing visas as before. I was able to secure a tourist visa just three days after completing all my documents! NOTE: I hired an agency to do all the filing for me.

Unfortunately, I am visiting Tokyo in winter. I like the concept of winter, with the snow and all, but I’m one of those people who feel absolutely arctic all the damn time. This served me well here in the tropics but in snowy Tokyo, I’m not so sure.

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This is why I’ve started stocking up on winter wear. I got three very thick fleece coats, heat tech innerwear and scarves. My sister got me several winter wear because she knows how much I hate the cold.

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I also got me a cute pair of winter boots at Marks and Spencer! The winter boots are pretty low cut which I like. I love the sparkly details on the upper of the boots too! I will only bring a couple of boots, the other one is a pair of Aldo studded boots. I’m hoping I have enough footwear for my 7-day trip!

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I also got a new luggage! Check out this hot pink number:

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I am also eyeing the hand-carry version of this luggage. I will probably get it when I get back to the city this week. I have a couple of old luggage, but I needed a new one because I’ve been paranoid about the “laglag bala” scam happening right now in PH. As if the PH government hasn’t embarassed us enough in the international press already!

The plastic exterior will prevent unscrupulous checkers from slipping a bullet in my things. I hope! Oh and yeah, check out the lapad:

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I had a hard time looking for a bank that will exchange my PH monies into Yen. Seriously, I had to go to the mall to exchange currencies, which is a bit of a hassle for me.

As for the tickets, I booked through Reli Tours in Megamall. I let them handle my visa too. I also reserved mobile internet through them, which is very convenient! They really thought of everything.


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Tina Lee

Tina Lee-Almazar is a writer with an insatiable appetite for all things bright, shiny, and beautiful. She's a beauty junkie, a shopping connoisseur, a book collector, a purse addict, and a budding mom-tepreneur. Tina has a long-standing (and well-documented!) but one-sided love affair with cats. Special talents include: the ability to eat again an hour after eating, shopping at 3 different malls in 1 day, and taking a 3-hour power nap every day including weekends.

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