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How to prepare for first time solo flyer

Last quarter of 2012 to mid-2013 I had a wonderful opportunity to work with a great boss and organization that allowed me to travel and e new friends in different countries. Once or twice a month I was out of the country for work travel.mak

I was welcomed to the team with sassy passport holder. A very useful organizer when you are always traveling by plane as you do not need to dig into your hand carry bag to get your passport and essential documents.

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Frequent flyer tips that I have learned by experience:

  1. Have a passport / document holder– put inside your passport, airline ticket, valid ID, money for airport fees, pen, map
  2. Prepare for customs – know hotel/residential address of your destination, flight number – departure and arrival, and passport number
  3. Have a backpack – it will serve as your hand carry, put inside your laptop, tablet, phone, earphone, book, jacket/shawl/scarf, snack, and other personal essentials
  4. Suitcase – put a tag or an identifier at your suitcase, surprisingly suitcase makers are not keen on producing varied designs on luggage.
  5. Wear comfortable shoes – shoes that you do not need to balance to walk, comfortable to have long walks, and easy to remove for some strict airport inspection Image
  6. Do not wear too much accessories – such as jewelry, watch, hat, scarf as it will be requested to be removed as you pass by the scanner. Instead put it in your hand carry and you can wear it once you arrived at your destination.
  7. Eat before you go to the airport – Airport food can be expensive and waiting can be long if there are delays. Though you can have free meals on the plane depending on the airline.
  8. You can request for blankets if you are cold
  9. Drinks are unlimited – Alcohol included!
  10. Check the movie choices at the pamphlet inserted behind the seat in front of you
  11. You can pre-order your food if you have preference – such as vegetarian, halal, or any diet that you have
  12. You can request your seat upon check-in – that is if there are still available seats that you can choose
  13. Get the WIFI password at the customer service area
  14. You can have tax refund in the airport if you buy items for a certain amount in a foreign country
  15. Airport currency exchange rate is usually higher and almost the same in most banks. Smaller currency exchangers in town have better rates
  16. If language at your destination is a challenge make sure to print address of your hotel (preferably with a map) written in local language and script. Image
  17. Pack smart casual clothes that are easy to match – not too casual and not too formal.
  18. Bring a swimsuit – most hotels have pools
  19. If you do not want casual talks with strangers put on your headphones and pretend to sleep or read
  20. If you want to make new friends just put on a smile!

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Have a safe trip!

What are your frequent flyer tips and experience?

Carpaccio Ristorante

Carpaccio Ristorante is a fine Italian restaurant along Yakal street Makati. Carpaccio Ristorante has a good ambiance and service. They offer pasta, pizza and meal dishes. Prices range from Php 300+ to 1,000+. They serve free bread appetizer, and bread sticks with three sauces of salsa, mayo garlic and pesto.

We ordered Pizza Emilio. It is stuffed with tuna, white sauce, tomato, lettuce, sandwiched in a very thin crust. Serving is good for 2 person. A good meal for healthy conscious people.

Carpaccio Ristorante is recommended for a date place if you want to spend on good food and good service.

Botan Restaurant

One Saturday as Pam and Poum was deciding what to eat for lunch and they passed by a cute signage at the back of Burgundy condominium along Buendia. The street is along the back of Makati Med. As curious explorers, they stopped by and went inside to see if the menu would appeal to them. Definitely the decoration and ambiance was appealing to Pam as it was bright, colorful, with flowers and dolls.

Botan is a Taiwanese restaurant and the menu has similar names of Filipino food. I think they named it after the Pinoy foods for the Filipino patrons to somewhat know what to expect. Pam and Poum ordered the mixed adobo platter with marinated beef, eggs, tofu and sticky rice with pork blood. It was presented on lettuce leaves and topped with a special sauce. It is not like the Pinoy adobo but maybe they named it adobo because of the beef and somewhat similar salty and sweet flavor of adobo. For Pam it is better than adobo because of the unique Taiwanese flavor.

Botan menu has unique Taiwanese food which adopted Filipino food names. Aside from their special adobo they also have special milk and fruit tea which are green tea based and black tea based.

Botan is unique as it is different from the usual burgers, chicken, fried, sizzling and grilled food found in every Pinoy street.

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo is a piece of Japan in the business district of Philippines – Makati. Little Tokyo is a garden enclosure of genuine Japanese restaurants. It is has a typical Japanese garden and interior design with low tables and sushi bars. Chefs in Little Tokyo Makati are Japanese. They make your maki, ramen, and sashimi the same way as they would in a Japanese home. The experience in Little Tokyo is like being in a local area in Japan.

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Every restaurant at Little Tokyo has their own speciality. If you hungry and crave a little bit of everything there is a restaurant that serve the large Japanese bento box. If you want grilled Japanese food on your table another restaurant will be serving that. A different restaurant specializes in big bowls of ramen. And another restaurant one has a special sushi bar.Image

My favourite restaurant in Little Tokyo is Hana. It is the only restaurant that serves real Japanese Takoyaki that has a generous serving that will make you full. Another favourite in Hana restaurant is the spicy tuna maki. I am not a fan of raw food but they make it fresh and you would not feel that you are eating raw fish inside the rice rolls. What makes their spicy tuna maki special is the crispy rice that they use as cover of the rice roll. For sure you will return to Hana restaurant because for every minimum purchase of 70rinks the next visit.

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(8.6 beer was not bought in Little Tokyo)

Budget for 1 meal = Php 200-300

Location : Little Tokyo can be found at Chino Roces, beside Makati Square