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Travelling Together

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  It’s no joke to travel in a big group not only because of the logistics but because there are many personalities involved and you need to know how to make “pakisama.” With this group it was not a problem! Though we all had our own quirks- everyone was so patient and understanding of each other. No drama! haha!!

The first discovery!  When we arrived in our hotel, we realised we were all using Rimowa luggages!!!  One of the few things we have in common! haha!!
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As my husband always says, when you travel together, it is a different type of bonding :-) You have no choice but to hangout together! haha!! But seriously – travelling is like living together …for a limited time ( thank god haha ) ….enough time to enjoy and at the same time you get to know each other better – more than the usual friendship you already have!  So it is nice!!Travelling Together Means Getting to Know Each Other Better (6)

 Though we knew already how Steve and Lindy have their own requirements in travelling, we accepted that already before travelling so we knew that we would not be with them in everything but it was alright.  No complains or tampuhan – we actually just laugh about it and enjoy them/love them for who they are.  How boring life would be without them! haha!!

Travelling Together Means Getting to Know Each Other Better (5)  I loved this sweet and pretty lady ever since but i discovered one thing more this trip – Cherina @cheriris gets “hangry” if she does not eat on time!Travelling Together Means Getting to Know Each Other Better (4)And how sweet her husband Steve @stvsy888 is and brings her food right on time :-)  For that you deserve a photo ( even walang connection ) haha!!

Steve nisekrew Everyone was so accommodating and giving.  These Sy brothers are so quiet!!  But this Andre was always caught being so helpful:-) he even  tried to help me when my snowmobile got stuck ( because I was blocking his way haha )  and apparently he is a good cook!!!  Hoping he can cook for all of us one of these days!  HINT HINT! :-)  Andre nisekrew

Even Jancis was quiet!  Hoping to get to know these two more :-)
pat jancis nisekrewAnd apparently these two Sy brothers are Ramen partners with Elbert Cuenca!steve pat andre nisekrew

It’s nice to see cousins close but even nicer to see brothers that are close! Like how these two brothers are so so close!! They lived all together ( married already :-) ), they travel together and will soon be moving to their new home and still together! haha!!  They are inseparable!  How nice!

moreno brothers nisekrew And even their wives and kids are close to each other!  James is good friends with the two brothers and I am happy to be in good company with their wives!!

We are so lucky to be friends with them and we are looking forward to more adventures and spending more time with them!! :-)  Jose and Tin nisekrew 2

We were so lucky to have with us Kapibarasan Tina Tinio @tinatimeofficial who is a native in Japan! She loves the character Kapibarasan and has a collection of over a hundred things from stuffed toys to home goods!  Thanks to her she is the guide for the skiers ? in the slopes and can translate for us! She helped us talk to the owner at Bang Bang and helped us in ordering. Tina studied with full scholarship in Keio University ( the Harvard of Japan ) through the help of the Laurel Foundation ( grandfather of Rajo @rajolaurel )
She needed 2 years of immersion to get into Keio. The 1st yr she had to learn Japanese in the Philippines in PIJLC. After 5 years in university she went back to Manila and worked as the overall producer of Oh Tokyo, then became PR and events manager of Joey 92.3 radio and was a Freelance PR on the side. She then worked for
L’Oreal from 2002-2007 and launched Shu Uemura and Khiels. In 2007 she became Regional operations for Shu Uemura and Khiels in Singapore for the ASEAN region. After which she worked for LVMH ( based in Tokyo ) handling Parfums Givenchy from 2008-2015 and now she is presently the President of Dita Eyewear. And by the way, she is also the niece of Chef Vicky Tinio of Mammas Table in Baguio Travelling Together Means Getting to Know Each Other Better (2) And after having said all that – we get this good news after a few weeks!! Congrats Tina!!!

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We also discovered during this trip that Anna is a popular target for guys in bars!  Twice in one night when we went together in two places two guys tried!!  What  woman! :-)  Here is proof! haha!!  Anna nisekrew

We also realized why Chut fell in love so easily with Kim because she is just so easy to get along with and we loved her right away!  It’s so hard to catch this couple because they are so sweet it seems they are honeymooning already! haha!!  Since he has been to Niseko already he tried other places instead of repeating with us in some.

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 Chut is a great resource for food discoveries or anything in general!! So we always follow him!  Heart2Heart has many resources and he is one of them! He is way ahead of all of us!  So what’s “next” Chut? :-) Chutster nisekrew

My eating partner and partner in general during the trip!  Preggy pretty mommy Kai @kaisterprimo who is carrying her third daughter! How blessed!! She can’t ski so we hang out together.  I was so lucky because I was the only one who could not ski ( due to spine recovery) – and even if this lady can ski she could not this trip.  She is actually a very adventurous mommy – when I am trying to watch out for her – she just keeps walking and moving around making me nervous she might slip or fall! I miss being with her!  Travelling Together Means Getting to Know Each Other Better (1)

Though I knew Kai liked to eat, I did not know how grave and serious the problem was ( haha!! )  til this trip!  I saw how she ate and now wondering where all the food goes because she manages to stay so trim even when she’s pregnant!

Travelling Together Means Getting to Know Each Other Better (1)She researches and knows all the food places and what to look for.  When we see a restaurant directory, she really looks and studies it! :-)  Super enjoy eating with her.  Problem is I like to order one order and share – she wants to order one each! haha!!  Never mind that way we get to try more things! :-)
Travelling Together Means Getting to Know Each Other Better (2) Another “takaw” in the group is Lindy!  My gosh! Who would think that this sexy pretty lady eats so much! SHE DOES!!  WHERE DOES IT ALL GO??  NOT FAIR!  But we love it because she always shares them with us :-)  Travelling Together Means Getting to Know Each Other Better (8) We try not to stick too much with these two because they are always so fashionable we look shabby beside them!! ( That is us photobombing their photo! haha )  But I don’t care ever since I discovered that Jackie is a snack hoarder!!  I will stick with her wherever she goes haha!!

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You can’t imagine what this group would do for food!!! Even if at times we are not together eating, we share with the group in WhatsApp where we are going to eat, what we are eating, what we are dreaming of eating and where our next meal will be ?? Super enjoy eating with this group!!!

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One year ago, we planned this trip to Niseko. And finally it came true. We were 21 in the group and spent 9 days together.  Our friendship will never be the same again! Because we now have a special bond not only with the individual friendships that we already had but the friendship we have as one group. Niseko and Sapporo was beautiful and it was meaningful because we were together! It would not have been as fun without the group! The best time ever!!!nisekrew bang bang group photo

I love whoever invented WhatsApp – we are in touch as a group even on a trip and even when we are not :-)

Nisekrew whatsapp

Looking forward to more adventures and memories…. and overweight! :-)  Mommy Carmina where is our next adventure?  We have to vote and start planning already! :-)  We will have to change the name of the group again :-)

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New Chitose Airport

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Our group loved the New Chitose Airport because we love to shop for food and eat.  If you are like us, then I suggest you allocate 5 to 6 hours so you can relax and enjoy the place without having to rush!!  If you plan to shop a lot – make sure to keep one luggage ( or 2 depends on you haha ) to put all your shopping so you can put it inside and check it in.  Shopping is before checking in
New Chitose Airport (8)So many food stores that are all so nice!!!  I was hoping to go to all and check it out but did not have time.  So these are some of what I was able to capture.  This caramel place and Calbee were the first two upon entering the shopping areaChitose (2)Chitose (1)For those who want to bring home fresh seafood – there is lots!!! And they are all ready to pack them for you so you can take them with you!  It’s a domestic airport and we took a domestic flight so make sure if you are doing an international trip they pack it enough for it to make it to your destination. Uni, crab, ikura and everything else you can imagine.  Fresh, canned, dried, in all sorts of ways!Royce World in Chitose Airport_ (1)Royce World in Chitose Airport_ (2)Royce World in Chitose Airport_ (3)Royce World in Chitose Airport_ (4)Royce World in Chitose Airport_ (5)
Beside Royce World there is Steiff Nature world.  I know Stiff because my sister in law Keena collects these bears :-)  Chitose_ (1)Chitose_ (2)Chitose_ (3)There is also a Hello Kitty and a Pokemon shopNew Chitose Airport (29)

Here are more photos of food!!!  I tried everything I saw in sight that I wanted to buy but didn’t!  haha Though I got full just sampling! Everyone is offering samples!New Chitose Airport (28) New Chitose Airport (31) New Chitose Airport (2) New Chitose Airport (3) New Chitose Airport (4) New Chitose Airport (5) New Chitose Airport (6) New Chitose Airport (7) New Chitose Airport (8) New Chitose Airport (9) New Chitose Airport (30) YUM!!  It’s called a Snaffle but I am guessing it is a Japanese cheesecake.  YUM!New Chitose Airport (10) A MUST FOR US!!!!  Someone please bring this to MANILA!

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I am putting here the map of the airport so you can see what is in this airport!New Chitose_Airport(3)New Chitose Airport (9)New Chitose Airport (10)New Chitose Airport (11)New Chitose Airport (12)New Chitose Airport (13)New Chitose Airport (14)New Chitose Airport (18)New Chitose Airport (19)New Chitose Airport (20)New Chitose Airport (21)New Chitose Airport (22)New Chitose Airport (23)New Chitose Airport (1)New Chitose Airport (2)New Chitose Airport (3)New Chitose Airport (4)New Chitose Airport (5)New Chitose Airport (6)New Chitose Airport (7)New Chitose_AirportNew Chitose_Airport (1)New Chitose_Airport(4)

Royce World in Chitose Airport

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If you love Royce Chocolates, make sure to make time to pass by Royce World at the New Chitose Airport.  Royce is from Hokkaido :-)
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We Love Hokkaido Milk Soft Serve

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If there is one thing you can’t bring home and just eat it while in Hokkaido – it is the soft serve!  So whenever I saw one, I had to have it! :-)    I like the plain milk flavor because that is where you can taste the true flavour of the milkWe Love Hokkaido Milk Soft Serve (5) Niskrew sharing their soft serve finds too :-)  We Love Hokkaido Milk Soft Serve (4) Almost everyone has their version including Royce :-) We Love Hokkaido Milk Soft Serve (3) Even the hubby loves Soft serve :-)  but he likes green tea!We Love Hokkaido Milk Soft Serve (2)He says he is buying for me We Love Hokkaido Milk Soft Serve (9)hmmmm……. haha!!!
We Love Hokkaido Milk Soft Serve (8)These snack monsters love soft serve too!!  Kai who does all the research told me about this – Cremia which is the ultimate and the richest soft serve ever!!Non stop eating of soft serve even at Haneda airport!! We were at gate 47 and there was only one food stall. A MUST!!!! Cremia soft serve! Cremia is a new kind of soft-serve ice cream dessert that has become extremely popular here in Japan. The creators of this ice cream were aiming for a new high-end soft serve ice cream that would surprise the world.

While normal soft serve ice cream consists of somewhere up to 8% of milk fat, cremia consists of 12.5% of carefully chosen Hokkaido milk. Cremia is also made from 25% of heavy (whipped) cream giving this ice cream a creamy texture and strong milk flavour.
The major difference between normal soft serve ice cream and Cremia is the cone. While normal ice cream cones are the wafer cones that you can find at any ice cream shop, the Cremia’s cones are actually made from langue de chats.
This cafe located in Shibuya, Tokyo and is the head shop of cremia in Tokyo. Silkrema ( http://jpninfo.com/16412 )

We Love Hokkaido Milk Soft Serve (1) Have no fear if you miss having soft serve in Hokkaido – when you get to the airport – ask for the ice cream map!!! or grab these two photos and use it as your guide!!! SOFT SERVE heaven is right at the New Chitose Airport!!!!  I want to live here for 2 weeks so I can try 2 a day! haha!!

 The most important map in the Chitose Airport! The ice cream map!  I counted 26 places in this map! I wish I could try all  We Love Hokkaido Milk Soft Serve (7) We Love Hokkaido Milk Soft Serve (6)

The hubby with 4 cheese LeTAO soft serves!  I love them both!! haha!!le tao cheese soft serve chitose nisekrew

Calbee at Chitose

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As soon as we entered the Chitose Airport, this was the first thing I saw!  LOVE CALBEE!!!Calbee at Chitose (2) Everything CALBEE!!!Calbee at Chitose (1) Calbee at Chitose (4) Calbee at Chitose (5) And I have been wanting to try this!! I always see it in Tokyo but never had the patience to wait in line.  Freshly made potato chips! Someone please bring this in Manila!!!Calbee at Chitose (3) This is one of my favourite snacks which I always buy in Japan! So since I could only finish one, I chose this one to tryCalbee at Chitose (7) YUM! Super yum!  It’s like french fries but with their flavouring!! Excited to try the next one when I go back to Japan! Better yet, waiting for someone to bring this to Manila!Calbee at Chitose (8) Calbee at Chitose (6)

Suginome

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Our last dinner for the trip!! Celebrating yet sad it was the last nightSuginome (12)NISEKREW in Suginome sapporoYear of the Monkey ice sculpture in front of the restaurant :-)
Suginome (13) Private room for 17 of us.  Thank you Marco for organising the dinnerSuginome (14) We an an Omakaze of all the specialties of HokkaidoSuginome (15) IkuraSuginome (16) Hairy CrabSuginome (17) Suginome (3) Squash soupSuginome (1)Seasfood SashimiSuginome TempuraSuginome (2) Salmon MisoSuginome (4) Suginome (5) ChickenSuginome (6) Suginome (7) Sweet PotatoSuginome (9) Hokkaido RamenSuginome (10) Ice creamSuginome (11)

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Japanese restaurant serving dishes that use only the freshest ingredients from Hokkaido. Course meals to enable diners to fully enjoy northern seafood, and a la carte dishes only available in Hokkaido, are offered.

Japanese restaurant serving dishes that use only the freshest ingredients from Hokkaido. Course meals to enable diners to fully enjoy northern seafood, and a la carte dishes only available in Hokkaido, are offered.

Hats

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 I was able to capture some head gears!  Make sure you protect your head from looking like you have dandruff haha!!  When it’s cold, you really need all these accessories to protect yourself.  Boots, gloves and hats :-)Hats (6) Hats (5) Hats (4)JAckie beanie Hats (3) Hats (2) Hats (1) Hats (10) Hats (9) Hats (8) Hats (7)

Ramen in Sapporo

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There are ramen streets in Sapporo but they say it is touristic so we did not go to any of the streetsRamen in Sapporo (3) Ramen in Sapporo (4) Ramen in Sapporo (2) There is a Ramen place in Esta building which is right beside our hotel JR Tower and supposedly all the best ramen places in Hokkaido are all here!!sapporo ramen kyowakokuRamen in Sapporo (1)Hokkaido RamenSapporo ramen esta kyowakoku 2Ramen esta sapporo 1 kyowakokuRamen esta Kyowakoku sapporo 1We went to one and Kai had a bowlRamen in Sapporo (7) Chasu Miso Ramen and she said it was good! 😉Ramen in Sapporo (5) Ramen in Sapporo (6)Ramen Kyowakoku sapporo esta

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