Spell Saab

When we had lunch with our principal sponsors tito Dot and tita Gina Escalona (parents of our friend Ryan whose family has been close to Jim for years), they asked where our honeymoon would be. We said we were postponing our planned NY honeymoon to next year because we wanted to be practical and use our money to do a little renovation project in our condo instead. Also because we are taking a European cruise with Jim’s family later this year anyway, so the two of us can just extend our stay in Paris or something – whatever we decide! The Escalonas said it was important to take a little break in between the wedding & going back to work. Right then and there, they said they would like send us anywhere in Asia for a week as a gift. I KNOW, RIGHT?! We couldn’t believe it either. But they insisted! Of course I said Japan because Japan.

The last time we were there, Jim proposed to me in Tokyo. This time we wanted to explore Kyoto and Osaka! Sharing photos I took on our first night in Kyoto!

We left 3pm of Tuesday, 3 days after we got hitched. Flew Manila-Osaka (Kansai airport) and rode a bus to Kyoto. Including airport transfers and all, we got to our hotel around 9:30pm Japan time (they are an hour ahead of us).

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Jim says airplane food is his “third favorite food.” Go figure!

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We took a cab to The Westin Miyako from the Kyoto bus station. The taxi driver, like all other taxi drivers we encountered there, was VERY nice. Ugh. I love the Japanese, they are so courteous and mindful of others. We said we were looking for a place to have dinner and he recommended for us to go to either Shijo Kawaramachi or Pontocho street.

We checked in at the hotel and got ready for dinner. Translation: layer, layer, layer! It was so cold! DSC04418

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Nice display at the lobby

Of course I had to take photos of the room.

"Babe, get your shit off the chair! I have to take a photo for my blog!"

“Babe, get your shit off the chair! I have to take a photo for my blog!”

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By the time we were ready to leave it was almost 11pm. We decided to go to Pontocho street! It’s a small alley right by a river and UGH, it looked super cool.

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Spotted: GEISHA!!!

Most of the restaurants along Pontocho were already closed. We kept walking and turning into different streets, I can’t even tell you where we ended up because it was so cold we didn’t bother looking at signs anymore.

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We kept entering restaurants that sadly didn’t have English menus and they did not know how to communicate with foreigners. Finally, one amazing guy left his post at his own restaurant and walked about 2 blocks to translate and look for a restaurant for us!! We kept telling him he didn’t have to but he insisted! How nice! We finally found a place that served delicious beef!! Sorry I’m such a flop, I did not take note of the name of the restaurant! Hole-in-the-wall lang siya.

Instead of giving you the name of the place, I offer you this montage of myself making pa-cute.

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I love Kirin beer!!

Naaliw ako sa white matchstick

Naaliw ako sa white matchstick

Grilled beef

Grilled rib eye

Japanese rice is the bessst

Japanese rice is the bessst

The gyoza there was lightyears away from the ones here in the Philippines

The gyoza there was lightyears away from the ones here in the Philippines

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Yakisoba

We walked back to the guy who helped us find the restaurant so we could thank him and he offered to take a photo of us by the river!

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Went back to our room and had a good night’s sleep to get ready for the next day!! Couldn’t stop saying “OMG we’re married!” hahaha. Now we always say “goodnight, wife” or “good morning, husband” to relish our new roles! Hehe.

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More Japan photos to come!

♥,
Saab

February 4, 2015
February 7, 2015

Saab

73 Comments

  1. Reply

    tish

    February 6, 2015

    I thought of a lot of things to say and now that I’m already typing all I can think is to comment “cool” but epicly cool!

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      Saab

      February 6, 2015

      Hahahahaha!

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      Dasha Mones

      February 9, 2015

      “grool” hehehe. (((=

  2. Reply

    Laarni

    February 6, 2015

    You both are so cute! Hrhrhr. lolling @ the third favorite food. Didja know that our taste buds are messed up because of air pressure? That’s why Airplane meal tastes bland on the flight. xx

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      Saab

      February 6, 2015

      Omg but he was serious!! Hahaha he wasn’t even being sarcastic. Hahaha. That taste buds thing is news to me. Thanks! xx

  3. Reply

    Andrea

    February 6, 2015

    U guys look so so inlove!More photos! hehehe

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      Saab

      February 8, 2015

      Hehehe thanks!!

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    janine

    February 7, 2015

    Jim is so pogi, especially on the last photo!! I SWEEAAAAAR!! :’> I’m so happy to see you two as husband and wife! More to come Saab.

    P.S.
    I really love your face. So beautiful! xx Love you, Saab! <3

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      Saab

      February 8, 2015

      Hehehehe thank you!!!

  5. Reply

    Amy

    February 7, 2015

    Sorry I can’t figure it out! Huhubells

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      Saab

      February 8, 2015

      Yung aney??? Hahaha!

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        Amy

        February 11, 2015

        Why airplane food is Jim’s third favorite food?

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          Saab

          February 11, 2015

          I don’t understand either

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    Nikki Cledera

    February 7, 2015

    Grabe langggg! I ♥ Japan! So inggit with your snow motion experience! The boyfreng and I were in Tokyo + Osaka + Kyoto in mid-January and wala naman snow. Huhuhu. And yep, the people are super nice and sweet, talagang will go above and beyond just to help out. Seriously considering living in Japan. Hahaha. BTW, beautiful SDE! Congratulations again! ♥♥♥

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      Saab

      February 8, 2015

      Ang saya saya sa Japaaaaaaaan hahaha! Thank you!!:)

  7. Reply

    Sheryll

    February 7, 2015

    Congratulations Saab! Naiyak ako sa video nyo. Super sincere at nakaka touch. Have a blessed married life! :-)

    • Reply

      Saab

      February 8, 2015

      Thank you :)

  8. Reply

    Jasmin

    February 7, 2015

    You guys are the cutest!!!! Thank you for sharing saab!!! Love you both! ❤❤❤❤❤

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      Saab

      February 8, 2015

      Yayyyy<3

  9. Reply

    Jamie

    February 7, 2015

    GRABE ANG PAYAT MO LALO DI KO KINAYA. Ay sumisigaw? LOL

    • Reply

      Saab

      February 8, 2015

      Hahaha thanks?

  10. Reply

    Catt

    February 7, 2015

    hi miss saab! i just want to let you know that i enjoy reading your blog and that you inspired me to write again. i’m so happy for you and Jim! you guys made me believe in true love. love you miss saab <3

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      Saab

      February 8, 2015

      I’m happy to inspire!!:D Thanks!

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    Catt

    February 7, 2015

    i want to visit Japan too! thank you for posting your experience in Japan. may guide na ko in my future travels soon. :)

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      Saab

      February 8, 2015

      Yayyy!

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    Tina

    February 8, 2015

    Hi Saab! I’m curious. How did you communicate with the cab driver? Do you know a little nihonggo?

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      Saab

      February 8, 2015

      Not at all! They knew a little bit of English!:)

  13. Reply

    Tina

    February 8, 2015

    PS. I honestly can’t wait for your WWOHP trip blog post!

    love you Saab & congrats! :)

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      Saab

      February 8, 2015

      <3<3

  14. Reply

    Alou

    February 8, 2015

    So kilig for the both of you! One of my fave couples eveeer. Looking forward to your future blogs during your trip! God bless and stay happy! :)

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      Saab

      February 17, 2015

      Thank you :)

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    Dasha Mones

    February 9, 2015

    I’m smiling like an idiot just by looking at your photos. <3 HAHAHA. So sweet. Sobrang congrats!!! (((= You are both lucky and blessed to have each other. ((:

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      Saab

      February 17, 2015

      Yay thank you :)

  16. Reply

    Maica De Ocampo

    February 9, 2015

    What camera are you using? Photos are great!

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Sony nex 5n pero wala sa pana yun, nasa Indian.. LOL!! Joke lang. Maganda talaga camera ko hehe. But I do a bit of color grading thru Adobe Lightroom too :)

  17. Reply

    Triksine

    February 9, 2015

    Hi Saab! I love your photos! May I ask what camera did you bring to the trip?

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Sony nex 5n :)

  18. Reply

    Liera

    February 9, 2015

    Makes me fall in love again and again kay hubby at Japan! Haha Congrats again!

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      Saab

      February 9, 2015

      Hehehe thank you again :)

  19. Reply

    Kat

    February 9, 2015

    Hi Saab! May I know the brand of the shoes you were wearing in the last picture? Anyway I love the concept of your chill/homey wedding! Congrats and stay in love!!!

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      topshop :)

    • Reply

      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Thank you!!

  20. Reply

    Camsy

    February 9, 2015

    As expected, tambay na naman ako sa page mo. Haha! I really enjoy reading your blog posts, it feels like kasama ko sa trip mo. Keep inspiring and sharing good vibes always. Thank you pretty saab! <3

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Thanj you!!:)

  21. Reply

    Aya

    February 9, 2015

    I CANNOT WAIT FOR YOUR WWOHP BLOG!!! AAAAHHHHH <3

    • Reply

      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      It’s up!!

  22. Reply

    Anne

    February 9, 2015

    You look good together before but after the marriage…. You guys look ADORABLE..AWESOME.. Aaaaggghhh basta.. You guys are perfect! Hehe.. My dream place is japan.. Out of topic.. Can you tell us like how much do we need to budget for japan trip? :)

    Have a blissful marriage saab and jim!

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      I am not entirely sure but I’m guessing 80k is good for 5 days?:) kasali na konting shopping and eating!

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    Ina

    February 10, 2015

    I know so many people have asked you already——

    What’s the brand and model of your camera Saab? Hehe. Many thanks!!!

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Sony nex 5n :)

  24. Reply

    ynah nicolas

    February 10, 2015

    what camera are you using? :)

    • Reply

      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Sony nex 5n :)

  25. Reply

    Kathy

    February 10, 2015

    Love reading your blog! :)

    • Reply

      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      :)

  26. Reply

    Pauline Mission

    February 10, 2015

    you guys are match made in heaven! enjoy your new roles as husband and wife! More Japan posts please :) God bless!

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Thank you!!!!

  27. Reply

    Lalai

    February 11, 2015

    I am so happy for you, Saab. Crush ka namin ng boyfriend ko! Haha

    • Reply

      Saab

      February 11, 2015

      Hahaha thanks!

  28. Reply

    Ami

    February 11, 2015

    I’m so curios about “third favorite food.” hmm!! hahaha what does it mean? :O

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Hahaha I don’t think he meant anything by it, really. He’s just a little weirdo

  29. Reply

    elian057

    February 14, 2015

    Hi Saab! Going to Japan this coming April! Which hotel did you stay in Osaka and Tokyo??

    Thanks!

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      Saab

      February 14, 2015

      Tokyo I don’t remember na the name of the hotel!! You can ask bookie.ph because they helped arrange that trip. Didn’t stay in Osaka, only in Kyoto – Westin Miyako Hotel :) Balikan lang to and from Osaka it’s just like we went to Tagaytay :)

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    gelbeans

    February 15, 2015

    saab! para kang japan ang ganda mo!!! haha
    congrats! cheersssss!

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      HAHAHAHA JUST ALWAYS PRAY AT NIGHT!!!

  31. Reply

    Aurelit

    February 16, 2015

    Hallo my wife admires You and Your bag.could you please tell her the name of that bag and give her a tip where to buy it ? thanks in advance

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Hi, my Prada bag was a gift from Jim for our anniversary. I have no idea what the model is but I know he got it from Italy so I’m not so sure it is available here? Thank you :)

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    aurelit

    February 16, 2015

    thanks .one more question what is the size of your bag small or medium ? I assume it is bought in Milano. Is it leather or linen ?

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Hmmm i would say medium. And it’s linen :)

  33. Reply

    Aya Rosales

    February 17, 2015

    Hi Saab!! Did you know na-feature ang wedding niyo sa US based website na Elitedaily.com?! That’s my fave website next to yours!!

    You look beautiful and congraaaaats!! <3

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    Mawi

    February 18, 2015

    Hi Saab! We are going to Japan this April 9-14. Our port of entry and exit is Nagoya but mainly sa Tokyo and Osaka kami pupunta. Just wanna ask, enough na ba yung 5 days and 5 nights to cover our Osaka and Tokyo trip? Thanks in advance! (Yep, I’m the one who asked on Twitter which one is better: Disneyland or Universal. Haha :D)

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      Saab

      February 22, 2015

      Hi Mawi! Yes, I think that’s enough! We were there 6 days and 5 nights and we got a lot of stuff done given that we were super chill. Not really tourist mode cos it was our honeymoon and we like going around and just entering random stores and cafes pretending to be locals. Hehe. Just make an itinerary beforehand and check if the places you want to visit on the same day are not so far away para you’re practical. Good luck and have fun!!

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