Spell Saab

Japan Holiday: Osaka Castle

January 28, 2017 13 Comments

Let’s pretend this post is not a month delayed. Hehe. I totally skipped blogging about the last day of our Japan holiday!!

For our final day in Osaka, we woke up early and snuck in a trip to the famous Osaka Castle.

“Ito ba yung Castle?” “Hindi, servants’ quarters palang yan”

“Ito ba yung castle?” “Hindi, pero mukha kang KWEEN”

Osaka Castle

It was such a beautiful day out, we got ice cream and coffee from the vending machine and watched this amazing street performer right outside the castle

We decided not to go inside the castle anymore. Instead we just walked around the park.

And naglandian nalang kami


We saw this nice structure perfect for photos and, of course, we took advantage



Glad I married this little weirdo

Nunki is a pro!!

We took a train to Dotonbori for lunch and found this little outdoor food market and it was perfect because we wanted to try eating something more casual, like Singapore’s hawker centers.

Here’s the exact address if you want to check it out: 1 Chome-4-20 Dōtonbori, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 542-0071, Japan. Just put that address on Google Maps and you’ll find it!

Tempura on a stick

This kiosk is called SMOKE and their smoked salmon is very yummy!

Make sure to try the noodles kiosk: it was A+

Filmed a little travel show segment with Nunki – she’s such a natural!!

After lunch, we split up to go shopping! I took the girls to Don Quijote and we said we’d only stay for 30 minutes but I think we ended up staying for over an hour. Haha! That place has everything.

Even this “handy massager” which I think is code for vibrator. Or maybe I just have a dirty mind. Oops!

Then we went to Village Vanguard where we got all the pasalubongs and stuff-we-don’t-need. Jim and I got a star projector. It does exactly that: projects the stars onto your ceiling. It’s so pretty, I should take a photo of it and share with you. It’s also where we got all our Star Wars jacket patches.

If you only knew the power of the

A photo posted by Saab Magalona-Bacarro (@saabmagalona) on

After shopping, we all met up for dinner at Ganko Hozenji! We had a private room and it was a great New Year’s Eve dinner with the family.

We shared our resolutions for the year. Mine is to be in bed by 10pm at the latest every night (except when I have gigs) and to read 2 books a month. So far so good!! I’ve read 3 books this month and I’ve been asleep by 10pm most nights. I really hope to keep up the better sleeping habits and reading instead of watching Netflix to sleep. Hehe.

Went back to the hotel to pack, met up at the hotel lobby at 11pm to countdown to the New Year, took a quick nap before getting picked up for our airport transfer at 4AM.

Super nakakaloka sa Kobe Airport because our flight to Tokyo was at 7:10AM but the actual airport doesn’t open until 6AM. There were lots of people waiting for it to open and we were kind of panicking because we didn’t want to miss our connecting flight (Tokyo-Manila).

Exactly at 6AM, the airport gates opened and people rushed in! We almost ran up the escalators with them until we realized the check-in counters were just on the ground floor. Apparently, people rushed to the rooftop to get a good view of the first sunrise of the year. Awww!

Anyway, the airport was so efficient we had no problems making our 7:10 flight.

We landed in Manila at around 2PM and Jim and I went straight to my mom’s house in Antipolo to pick up my baby bear!!

My Anello backpack makes a cameo

Hihihi look at all of Joey’s hair on my pants

It was back to regular programming when we got home

Unpacking hehehe

Candy’s Ate Jill left a Christmas gift for me at the lobby. It was this tiger face mask and I put it on to rejuvenate my skin after exposing it to Japan’s harsh winds! Jim got so scared when he saw me. Hahaha

Anyway, this post may be late but here’s another resolution I’m making a month late as well: I want to regularly update my blog (I aim for more than one post a week!!). Hoping I stick to it especially with the new look! Do you like it?! Because I LOVE it.


January 28, 2017



  1. Reply


    January 28, 2017

    Nice Luggage! It looks like the one from MUJI. 😍

    • Reply


      January 28, 2017

      Yes that’s the one!:)

  2. Reply


    January 28, 2017

    I am loving the new look!!! ❤

    Ang sasarap ng food dun sa Dotonbori food market pictures palang!! 😋

    I was gonna say blogger ang peg ni little Nunki while taking photos/posing! So cute! Is the travel video you shot going to be a new SaabTV episode? Hehe. I hope there’s going to be more SaabTV to come as well!! Nagaantay pa rin ako ng make-up tutorial vlogs hahaha. ✌

    • Reply


      January 28, 2017

      Hi Mayee!! Yes, definitely making SaabTV content!! I’ll ask ate Mia to edit Nunki’s video hehe.

  3. Reply


    January 29, 2017

    I love your blog! It’s so fun to read your travel posts that it made me want to start writing my own. Blogging is very therapeutic rin pala. Love the new look!

    • Reply


      January 29, 2017


  4. Reply


    January 29, 2017

    What color is your Anello backpack? Hehe

  5. Reply


    January 30, 2017

    YAY! Love the new blog layout! :) Saya ng Osaka trip nyo.

  6. Reply

    Ria Suing

    January 31, 2017

    Ang cute po ni Jim kasing cute ng new blog template! Hahaha! Yey!! Bagay po talaga kayo. <3

  7. Reply


    February 1, 2017

    Pwedeng album cover yung ahrt photo niyo. Also, natawa ako dun sa “It was back to regular programming when we got home” tapos pagscroll ko picture ni Joey and Jim in their natural state, I’m assuming. Hahaha!

    • Reply


      February 1, 2017

      Hhahaha you got that right :))

  8. Reply


    February 2, 2017

    Hi Saab! Have you been here?
    If not, I hope you get to drop by when you go back to Japan. ♥

    P.S. loooove your new lay out! :*

    • Reply


      February 2, 2017

      Aww wow! Not yet! Thank you!!