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    Grand Piano Studio: Otoren Shinjuku

    Piano studios in Japan are open not only for professional musicians but also to beginners and hobbyists. Otoren, a piano studio Tokyo city boasts, offers a wide variety of pianos for rent from upright and grand pianos, to digital pianos situated in a soundproof room. So, how do you rent a piano studio in Otoren Shinjuku? 1. Booking a Piano Studio Before coming to Japan, I registered at Otoren via email through their customer service. The staff was accommodating and able to communicate in English fluently.  Upon arrival, I went to the counter to fill up a form and get my membership card. This is a one-time process and subsequent bookings…

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    Manila Philharmonic Orchestra Review | Wedding Music Supplier

    Music is a major part of any event such as a wedding. For Cha and I, music is one of our non-negotiables in our wedding budget. It’s actually one of the things I’ve pondered on even before I met my future wife. And so we’ve made it a point to make this our dream–a live orchestra playing on our wedding. We’ve set that target so we know what we need, the only question was who to get? We’ve visited a few bridal fairs and on the 5th month after our engagement, we finally booked the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO). Now, here are the reasons and considerations why we chose the…

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    Taiwan Budget Itinerary for Couples: Travel for less than PhP 20,000!

    UPDATE July 2019: Filipinos may enter Taiwan visa-free for another year We never thought we’d be visiting Taiwan this year up until we saw a Scoot seat sale from Singapore. Mark and I decided to book a flight for his birthday and before we know it, we were already on our way to the airport! We made sure to bring only S$ 500 (around ₱19,400 or NT$ 11,200) to avoid overspending. Surprisingly, we were still able to save around NT$600 before we left for Singapore. I thought it would be nice to share the costing I made, as well as our itinerary, in case you guys are looking for a Taiwan…

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    Buy Cheap Chocolates Singapore: Where to buy pasalubong in Singapore?

    UPDATE June 2019 We recently (hehe) wrote about the Singapore Budget Trip Itinerary to give you guys an idea of how much it cost to travel in the Lion City. As an end note on that blog, we promised to share a secret on where to buy cheap chocolates Singapore tourists look for! Great, huh? On our second travel to Singapore in 2016, Mark and I found this obscure shop, neatly tucked away at the B1 of the Changi Citypoint mall. Valu$ or ValuDollar is our go-to place whenever we have to buy pasalubong for our family and friends back home. Most prices, if not all, are cheaper compared to grocery…

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    Sample Wedding Budget Philippines: Wedding Elements and Expenses Breakdown

    UPDATED June 2019:   One of the first things Anthony and I considered was our wedding budget. We discussed our non-negotiables (priorities), things we wanted for the wedding, elements we needed, and other stuff in between. We came up with this post to provide a sample wedding budget Philippines couple maybe looking for. How we came up with our wedding budget First. What we did was read, read, and read. We read a lot of resources online and in magazines, some of our favorites are Wedding at Works and METRO. You might also want to consider joining the [email protected] FB Group to gain more insight on detailed wedding preparations. We are both members of the…

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    Singapore Budget Trip Itinerary – Daily Schedule and Expenses

    UPDATE June 2019:   You’ll always hear people say that Singapore is an expensive country to visit. We beg to disagree. We believe that Singapore is a fun place to be in if you just plan out your funds and expenses well. Back when SGD was just around PHP 33-34 per dollar, we managed to spend PHP 7,500~ for a 5D4N stay, without airfare. Following the recent spike in FOREX, we have adjusted this Singapore budget trip itinerary costing based on our trip in September 2017. (PS. We are now based here in SG) Singapore Budget Trip Itinerary Cost Estimate Mark and I enjoy traveling together but we don’t like…

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    Amelia Blossoms Review | Tagaytay Florist Wedding Supplier

    UPDATE 2019: Mark and I knew from the start what we want to see in our wedding when we look back at our photos–lush and vibrant. The husband initially imagined a wall of flowers as our ceremony background, I on the other hand wanted soft flowing curtains. Amelia Blossoms came through with what we had in mind and more. She’s definitely the Tagaytay florist you’d want on your wedding. 🙂   On February, Mark and I got married at the Tagaytay wedding venue of our dreams in Balai Taal. The place was already gorgeous but Marinell of Amelia Blossoms went above and beyond to make the place more stunning for a…

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    Balai Taal Review | Wedding Venue in Tagaytay

    UPDATED June 2019 Mark and I initially had eyes for a different venue. However, during one Sunday service, Pastor Erwin (Balanay of Victory Katipunan) mentioned a wedding he officiated in Balai Taal. I wrote it down as a potential Tagaytay wedding venue. Then on December 2016, we drove up to Tagaytay to do an ocular on the venues we were eyeing. Since Balai Taal was just an option before, we headed there first. We called them up when we were there already, Mang Nelson was accommodating and offered to tour us in. So we went!   While driving down to the gardens, we were already dropping our jaws out. To…

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    How to Apply for Japan Visa Philippines Requirements

    UPDATE June 2019: Reli Tours Japan Visa Application is now located at the ground floor of Building A, along Julia Vargas. It’s in the same area as Kenny Rogers and EO Optical. Note that it is located outside of the mall. All Japan visa appplications are accepted and processed here. In 2016, Mark and I were so sure we will be granted a visa—we both had work, had pretty job titles, had a good amount in the bank. As far as requirements go, we aced it. But our application was DENIED. We were both disappointed. Mark, especially because he was apparently planning to propose in Tokyo plus the fact that…

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    The Fastest NSO Philippines Branch (PSA) to Get your Documents

    UPDATE June 2019: PSA East Avenue is now open!  The PSA Main branch at East Avenue, Diliman is now open again! Be sure to be early because you’ll need to fall in line twice: once to get a visitor’s pass to enter the building, twice to actually submit the request, pay, and wait for your certificates. When I was there, it took me a total of 4 to 5 hours because I went in the afternoon. Bring something to read, play, or eat. It’ll be a while.   We are in dire need of Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA) certified copies of our birth certificates and Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR)…

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    How to Get a Marriage License in the Philippines – A Guide

    UPDATED!  Like you, I was looking for a helpful resource on how to get marriage license Philippines tips in all possible platforms. But I couldn’t find one that actually helped. Haha. Due diligence, I called up a few friends, and a few government offices to help shed light on how I can get one for us around five months before our wedding. In the spirit of paying forward, I came up with this list to help the future bride to be’s and groom to be’s! Here’s a step-by-step guide on “how to get marriage license Philippines” that is easy to follow. If you still have a few questions after going through this…

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    Traveling Around Japan: 5 Tips You Will Ever Need!

    Japan has the power to excite even the most jaded traveler. From the majestic Mt. Fuji to the bright lights and energy of Ginza and Harajuku, no tourist is exempted from admiring a city borne out of centuries-old-culture mixed with a technologically advanced outlook. It is, as they say, the best of worlds. Traveling around Japan is experiencing a world apart–a grandiose melting pot of both the old and new. It’s no wonder why many of us are enchanted by it, a mystery waiting to happen to all brave enough to wander its land. However, traveling around Japan can be daunting specially if it’s your first time. This map is…