Vacationista: Fukuoka, Japan Day 3 (Rakusuien Garden, Canal City Hakata, Mitama Light Festival, Ichiran, Don Quixote)

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Since this was a chillax mode kind of trip, everyone just sort of woke up whenever. I mean, sure we had an itinerary but we were in no hurry. No alarm clocks for us.
Took our sweet time with our breakfast while sharing our devotionals, reflections on The Word and basically, making kwento and bonding. Except for ate who was fast asleep. Haha! Honestly, how many families can you find who are so koboy (fuss-free) in nature like us?


 When I said that our location was walking distance to everywhere, I was not kidding. For today, our first destination was the Rakusuien Garden. It was about a 20-minute walk going there and we thought since it was near, why not check it out? For a Saturday, our area was really empty!

We passed by the Hakata Traditional Craft and Design Museum but it was still closed. I think it opens at 10am. Passed by more vending machines (how surprising) and saw this can of energy drink which seems scary to drink. Just look at that crazy looking bunny driver!


 Rakusuien Garden is a simple family-owned (we assumed) Japanese garden, with plants and trees, a small pond in the middle with lots of koi, a tiny bridge and a tiny water fall. 


Entrance fee is Y100 for adults with brochure and you can buy a packet of koi food for Y50. There’s also this bamboo rod which you place somewhere in the flowing river and you can hear a melody or song.


 We were also able to go into the traditional rooms and spend a few minutes of silence there, along with the other Japanese who visited.


If you ask me, you can skip going to this garden if you’re pressed for time since it’s not too grandiose but we didn’t regret it since we were able to help out the family. At least, we and a few tourists were able to extend our appreciation to their tiny garden and serve as an encouragement to them to keep their garden in the middle of the tall buildings.

 Walking back, we then headed to Fukuoka’s most popular destination: Canal City Hakata! Shopaholics would definitely enjoy going here. It’s a shopping haven! It’s huge with lots of stores but maps and info booths with English-speaking staff are everywhere so you won’t get lost.


Right at the entrance was Uniqlo, which had super discounted items like Y500 pants and shirts! That’s roughly P230 each. My family went gaga over it (like they shelled out Y30,000 I think for all their combined items) but I only bought this body shaper, perfect for wearing gowns, at Y1065. So glad I found this because I’ve been looking for one for a while now. At least with this one, I know it’ll be made of quality. It would have been Y990 without tax, which can be availed for Y5000 and above with combined items so better to join forces with your group

 While waiting for the others, bought some cumin chips (Y170) from Kaldi Coffee Farm pangtawid gutom.


 We then checked the map and found a moving sushi bar called Heishir, which my cousin really wanted to experience. Yey for sushi! It was located on the other building so we had to do a bit of walking towards the 4th floor, where the restaurants were located. Good thing again we arrived before 12nn because come lunchtime, there was a long line already! Also, grateful that the resto staff went out of their way to secure 7 seats for us!


Aside from different types of sushi, they also had takoyaki balls, karaage and even desserts on the conveyor belt.

I was starving so I grabbed some torched salmon sushi (Y250) followed by salmon with fish eggs (Y200) and tuna sushi (Y100).


 It was taking some time for other types of sushi that I wanted to come out so I decided to order manually. Do what the locals do! Through the screen in front of you, punch in the items you want, punch the quantity then check out. Wait a few minutes and they’ll serve you the sushi fresh off the preparation table! I ordered fresh tuna sushi (200) and tuna with onions sushi (Y200). Everything was so good! For 5 plates, I paid Y1026. Super sulit for such yummy sushi! 

 With full stomachs, we walked around and enjoyed the sights. Only in Japan will you see women casually walking in kimonos or a cartoon standee with water coming out of its nipples!


 As I mentioned, there’s this particular bag that I’m looking for. I’ve already allotted some budget for it and I told myself, if I found it in Japan and it’s within my budget, I would definitely buy it. Off we went to Komehyo and so ecstatic that I found my ‘dream’ bag for 2016! More on that later (it deserves a separate post) but below is a sneak peek =)

Sis got thirsty so she bought a bottle of ginger ale from the vendo machine and when we saw this resto with fish bread with filling, we decided to rest a bit. They also sold takoyaki balls but we were so full, there was no more space for that. Haha!

Met up with the group and headed back home to leave all of our loot! Sis discovered a short cut going back to our apartment, so we exited at a different gate, which is actually connected to the Kushida shrine and the shopping strip we had dinner at last night. We also tasted this watermelon sparkling drink (Y150) which was really good.

 Back home, rested for a bit until 5:30pm, as we were planning on visiting the Mitama Light Festival, best seen at night. This Mitama Light Festival was actually a happy accident. It wasn’t initially included in our itinerary but then one day, as I was researching for things to do in Fukuoka, chanced upon this site showing the light festival. Perfect timing because it was right during our time of visit!


This time, we took the bus going there (Y380). Walked to the bus station and took bus number 3. Upon entering, get the ticket and make sure you have exact change to pay when you exit, since they don’t give any change. If you have a Y1000 bill, you may have it broken down by the driver’s seat. Just put it in the machine and it will give you coins. The fare will be shown on the screen in front, based on the number on the ticket. Be sure to always check since sometimes the fare changes from time to time, I think depending on the distance. Passed by a branch of the famous Ichiran too.

We just followed the instructions on the net so we got down at the stop but still had to walk quite a while. Along the way was a long strip of lotus flowers.

Mom couldn’t walk anymore so me, her and aunt took a cab while the others walked. It’s a short distance so it was only Y570 for the cab ride. Going inside, stalls left and right were selling goods – both new and pre-loved.


 Further down were the food stalls selling all sorts of food – takoyaki balls, sandwiches, pizzas and even beer. It really felt like a festival!


We first checked out the main attraction – the 6,000 lanterns all lit up. Lanterns were so pretty. Some of them even had works of art by kids. This festival is actually a celebration of the return of spirits of the honorable dead.


At the Gokoku Shrine located at the end, the Japanese would pay respects and pray. Beside it were a trio of women playing their guitars. We heard both modern and traditional music. Seats were provided for those who would like to rest and listen.


Going back to the entrance where the food stalls were located, we decided to have some appetizer before making our way back to dinner. I bought chicken balls (Y550) and green tea (Y150). Sis made a new furry and kulit friend too.

 Recharged, we went to the bus stop and searched our way to one of the must-eat places in Fukuoka – the original Ichiran! Ichiran is known for the ramen and the one we visited was their original branch. We had to take two buses (Y290, Y190) to get there plus a bit of walking but it was worth it. Again, good thing there were only three people ahead of us. A small window gives you a peek into the hard working cooks preparing the ramen.


You order your food via a machine. Insert the money, choose which one you like – including the add ons like egg, extra pork etc – then get the ticket. I ordered the ramen (Y790) while the others added a soft boiled egg, which they say is recommended. While waiting in line, you’ll have to fill up a paper indicating what ramen you want – how spicy, with or without green onions, with pork, how rich etc. similar to Ramen Nagi in Manila. There’s an English paper so no worries. At the entrance, closed by a curtain and door while you wait, there are blinking lights, I guess showing if the seats are occupied, available or almost finished. A staff will tell you when to come in.

 We thought that we’d eat separately – depending on seat availability – but again, the staff went out of their way to secure 7 seats for us. How nice talaga! Once inside, you’ll have your own booth with your own water. Press the red button in front of you and give your filled up paper and ticket to the server. Tissue paper, toothpick and coat hangers are located behind you.

After a few minutes, the server will bring your food. You won’t even see his or her face when they serve the ramen! Samurai skills right there! Haha! Talagang inabangan ko pagdating niya. Once served, they’ll put down the bamboo curtain in front of you for your eating privacy.


 I ordered medium spicy ramen with green onions and pork. It was so good obviously as I finished all of it! We then took the cab going home (about Y1070) due to our tired feet and super full stomachs.

Since this was our last night, we decided to make the best of it. After resting, we walked towards Don Quixote and passed by a pretty street art. Don Quix which is open 24 hours is known for cheap items ranging from beauty products, clothes, electronics, bags and food. It’s a must go to in Japan!


 When we got there, there were so many people. I couldn’t take photos anymore but just enjoyed my shopping experience. Spent Y8,548 for my items using my credit card plus Y1,244 for mom’s items but since the line for the tax free counter was so long, we decided not to avail of it anymore. Their tax is 8%. My loot was 3 pieces Japanese crackers as pasalubong (Y178 each), 5 packs of 52-pieces Softymo make-up remover wipes (Y265), 2 hair conditioners (Y128 and Y198), 1 box of 32-pieces Lulun anti-aging face masks (Y1500), 1 pack of 7-pieces Lulun face mask (330) and 1 pack of 7-piece Quality first face mask (Y400) for my friend, 1 piece K-Palette eyebrow pencil (Y1200) and 3 pieces BIfesta make-up remover (Y580). The other loot was 2 pieces Dove shower gel (Y280 each), 2 pieces toothpaste (Y178 each), hand soap (Y138), almond Pocky (Y88), 3 pieces chocolate biscuits (Y88 each) and two peach flavored drinks (Y128 and Y178).


Went back home and mentally prepared myself for the last day in Fukuoka. Huhu.

Vacationista: Fukuoka, Japan Day 2 (Kushida Shrine, Tochoji Temple, Tenjin Station, Kimono Dress-up)

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The next day, us early birds meaning me and kuya, woke up at around 7am. Bought some hot coffee at Family Mart (Y150) and walked around the area to see what was in store for us. Good thing we did an ocular because we discovered (1) there was a kimono rental nearby and (2) saw a shopping strip with different stores and restos.
 Us girls were actually planning on doing a kimono dress-up but the one I found online had a weight limit of 70kgs so my sister thought we wouldn’t be able to do it anymore. So this nearby rental was a good discovery! More on that later.

Went back to the apartment and started preparing for a long day. As always in Japan, saw tons of vending machines but lesser as compared to Tokyo or Nagoya.

 Our first stop was Kushida Shrine (free entrance) which was just a few minutes’ walk from our home.

We entered the side entrance and once inside, there’s a temple, a smaller version of the torii we saw in Nagoya, and other areas perfect for photos.

Brother saw a caped ‘bat dog.’ Haha.


 We headed to our next destination, rested a bit at a random corner and saw these rainbow tiles on the floor. Bakit kaya?

 
Next stop was Tochoji Temple (free entrance) which was really big. We lighted a candle and 3 incense sticks (Y50) inside the temple. 


At the side, there’s this other tall, orange temple.


 We were already walking towards the exit when mom saw this sign saying ‘Big Buddha is upstairs’. Good thing we decided to check it out at the second floor because it was a 16 meter (if I’m not mistaken) wooden Buddha which was so pretty! The carving was intricate and if one giant Buddha is not enough, there were small buddhas behind it and even tinier buddhas behind those small ones. Haha! Photos are not allowed inside but I highly recommend you take a peek. At the side, old photos during the planning and construction stage were displayed. So interesting!

 Our tummies were rumbling so off we went to the Tenjin Subway Station wherein we were able to hit three birds with one stone: the underground mall, Tenjin Core mall and Parco.


Both Tenjin Core and Parco have food courts. Parco also has a grocery store. Some shops to be found at the underground mall are the must-go-to 100 yen store and the must-eat Bake cheese tart. The cheese tart had a long line, about 10-15 people so it must be worth it. We tried it (Y200 per piece) and yes, it’s worth the wait. Crust is crunchy then the filling was so creamy and had just the right amount of tartness. No wonder there was a long line!


 What fascinated me about the Tenjin subway was the ceiling – it was made of intricately designed iron! So pretty!

 

Their comfort room was also pretty! Pwede ka na tumira dun. Haha!


 At Tenjin core mall, we went to the 7th floor where the food court was located. But unlike in Manila where food courts are drabby, theirs was a beautiful and classy one with a communal eating place in the middle then other restaurants surrounded it. We went around and decided to try the first katsu resto on our left upon getting out of the elevator. Good thing we went there at around 11:30am because come 12:00, there was a long line already!

We ordered katsudon with a side of egg salad as sauce (so good!), karaage (chicken) with lemon (so good!), beef and chicken bowls, and curry katsudon. All meals came with miso soup, rice and cabbage salad with sesame dressing. Katsudon was for Y880 while the rice bowl was Y760.


 Now that our stomachs were filled with sustenance (haha!), we went around the area. Most shops had clothes, which of course were expensive. We also saw this Disney store with so many people. Was a bit tempted to buy the Disney character inspired facemasks (Y600) just for the novelty of it but decided against it.


Sister bought this fish dessert with custard filling, hoping it tasted like the one we ate in Nagoya. It didn’t.


 Our last stop was the grocery store  at Parco where we bought some breakfast food again. Look at their produce – so perfect (and expensive). I saw a piece of banana for Y100, roughly P50! In Manila, that’s already one whole bunch of about 12 pieces. Haha. No fruits for me here. I guess that’s the only con about Japan. Haha! Our grocery consisted of a liter of peach iced tea (yey peach! Y140), mint milk tea latte (yey mint! Y125), a loaf of white bread (Y135), butter (Y148), a cup of noodles (Y115) and three packs of sandwiches with fillings inside (Y100 each, peanut butter, tuna salad and noodles with egg which I found interesting) for a total of Y1040. I like these sandwiches – 2 per pack – because the crust was cut off and the sides were sealed. I think these were made for kids so they won’t make a mess. The Japanese think of everything!

We then went back home to rest. As I said in my other post, this was a very chillax trip. But since we saw that kimono dress-up rental place nearby, we decided to check it out. Good thing we didn’t skip on this because they were open and able to fit us all, no weight limit! Haha! It’s located at the third floor where you’ll be greeted by a salon. An old lady welcomed us, ushered us downstairs to the second floor and asked us to choose our kimonos. With another assistant, they started to dress us up. We arrived there at around 3:30pm and for the five of us, it took about 30minutes prep time. The outfit was made complete with wooden slippers, a tight belt which would be a bow at the back and bag. I was a bit worried that since we finished dressing at 4pm, we would only have an hour for the photo opt since it stated that rental was only until 5pm. It turns out, we have two hours to wear the kimono! I guess the 5pm is their last call for customers. Our clothes and bags were left with them, which is not worrisome because the Japanese are so honest. The rental fee was Y3000 each for 2 hours.


 We had three locations in mind: the nearby park, the canal and along the shopping area with the colorful paraphernalia (I think they’re supposed to be squids? Haha!). So off we went and had our own mini-photo shoot! Hehe.


We were able to go back home, show our outfits to mom and kuya and drag them both out for more photo shooting! Mom is our mama-san. Haha! I highly recommend this for any tourist. It’s a super fun experience and doesn’t even cost an arm and leg!


 Afterwards, we brought our kimonos back and went to hunt for our dinner at the shopping area.

We decided to eat at this tiny restaurant down a flight of stairs called Cochi Kinsaitei


We ordered 4 chicken noodles, 1 curry tantanmen noodles and 2 gyoza (total of Y4490). The gyoza was so good! The chicken in the noodles was a bit tough since they used native chicken. The tantanmen was so rich! Can be shared by two people.


 This was actually a celebratory dinner for two things (1) mom and aunt’s birthdays and (2) despedida de soltera (bridal shower) for my sister! Bought ate a small bouquet of flowers (Y480) at a nearby flower shop. We even had a symbolic gift ceremony for ate. Hehe.

The family headed back home but since it was early for me, and the fact that I like to spend as much time out as possible when traveling, I told them I’ll walk around first and just go home in an hour or two. Saw a beauty store and ended up buying a green tea peeling gel (Y1296) since they didn’t have the peach one, a 7-piece pack of Lulu face masks on sale (Y324 from Y400+) and one Softymo Make-up Remover Wipes(Y324) since I plan to check out Don Quuixote’s price first before hoarding. 


I also chanced upon a Y300 polo shirt, perfect for when I go home.


 I also saw the famous 100 yen store and wasn’t actually planning on buying anything since I only wanted to buy beauty products and this particular bag I was searching for. But, as they say, you can’t go out of a 100 yen store empty handed. So I ended up buying a cute atomizer and pair of Samurai socks (Y108 each with tax).

On another day, ate bought cute alpacca chair socks & cute bottle cap, also at the 100 yen store.


Walked back home and passed by the strip of yatai again. Hehe.

Vacationista: Fukuoka, Japan Day 1

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This is a much needed vacay for me since I spent the past two months organizing for a work-related event in Pakistan. I have been looking forward this trip for 2 months now ever since I found cheapo airfare via Cebu Pacific.
 I wanted to go back to Japan and since I had a 5 year multiple entry visa, I checked out flights for Fukuoka – the only Japan destination via CebPac I haven’t gone to – and saw P5187 roundtrip tickets. Super sulit! Immediately booked for me and mom, who is always down to travel. I then asked one of my brothers if he wanted to join and added him to the group, though unfortunately he wasn’t able to join us. Then I informed my sister, who at the time was in the US and so I assumed she wouldn’t want to join because of budget constraints but was surprised when she said she too wanted in! Asked my brother and aunt if they were interested and they were game, along with my sister-in-law and cousin. So now we were a total of 7! So fun!


At the airport, exchanged $300, thinking they’d have the best rate like in my Tokyo experience, which was Y114 per US$. But the yen was really low at Y98.62 per US$. So I had Y29,586. Sister in law said the peso to yen exchange rate was better in NAIA 3 airport. I guess it really depends on the season so make sure you compare if you’d like the best rate.

 I wasn’t able to take photos anymore but basically upon arriving at Fukuoka, you’ll need to ride a shuttle going to the domestic airport, since that’s where the subway is located. From there, there’s already a train going to Tenjin (most popular shopping area), Nakasu-Kawabata (our station) and others. As in the whole of Japan, train tickets will be paid at the counters which have an English option. Thank goodness my sister is a wiz when it comes to directions and navigating and all that. I’d be lost if I would do it myself. I’m just her ‘support’ system. Haha. We also did a communal fund (highly recommended if you’re a group) at Y2200 per person for all our transpo payments. Later on, we got back Y1000 each because we didn’t use up all of our communal fund!


We arrived at our AirBnb with not much trouble. Check out our crib here. First order of business after settling down was to look for food! We walked a bit around and most of the shops were already closed by 10pm! We were about to give up and just eat at Family Mart – which by the way is not such a bad idea because their convenience stores have really good meals which we could heat up in our microwave – when I saw some lighted food stalls around the corner. We went there and hallelujah! They were the famous yatai!
 Checked the strip of stalls, most of which had yakitoris (grilled meat) and even a full bar! We decided to eat at the first stall which had udon noodles. We ordered udon noodles and good thing the server was able to speak a bit of English. Brother ordered a big bottle of Asahi beer plus some beef brisket, which tasted like our patatim.


 We were then joined by two Japanese men who said they were doctors and they started chatting with us the whole time we were  there. I wanted some yakitori so we pointed at the raw meat in sticks – without actually knowing what they were or how much it would cost us – and had them grilled. We had the ‘bacon’ wrapped veggie, a kebab-looking one which we found out was made from duck and chicken (so good!) and some meat which tasted like gizzard. When the yakitori was served, the served said that our two new Japanese friends would pay for it. Wow! What a treat! Made the food taste so much better. We then saw the Japanese men point at strips of beef to be grilled and before we knew what was going on, they were serving it to us, free again! Such gentlemen!

The two men spoke good English and had so much to share – like how much they liked Pacquiao, how they went to Manila at the time Ninoy was shot and have never gone back since and how happy they were when mom finished her bowl of soup, which is a sign that you enjoyed the meal. I couldn’t believe it when one of them even started talking about the World War II and started apologizing to us for what happened – though it wasn’t during their time – and said that Filipinos are really their friends. How polite and kind of them, right? After some more chikka, we asked for the bill for the udon noodles only to be told that the gentlemen will also pay for those! So we didn’t pay for anything that night! What a way to start our Japan trip!


After thanking them profusely, we said our goodbyes and dropped by Family Mart for our supplies of breakfast food, bread (Y118), milk tea (Y159) and coffee (Y142), 2 1-liter bottles of water (Y98 each) and ice cream (Y128) for a total of Y743.

 Not bad for Day 1.

Vacationista: Fukuoka Japan AirBnb Review

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It was a no brainer for us to stay at an AirBnb for our Japan trip, especially after my raves of our Tokyo trip. It’s convenient, super affordable (P4700 each for 4 nights for a group of 7), you get to stay with the whole group for more bonding moments and you feel like a local! After much research, sister found a perfect place for us from the owner Mi-yu (who gave really good instructions). The apartment was a few minutes’ walk to the train station and other shopping areas, nearby the Hakata Canal itself, walking distance to the tourist sights we wanted to check out and even had a Family Mart at the corner. It was at the quiet part of town with a small park nearby but a few minutes’ walk would bring you to the shopping districts and in the middle of the hustle and bustle.

 Upon arrival, we had to key in the number code for the first gate. There’s an elevator so very convenient for our mom. We were at the second floor and had a small balcony. At the main door, there’s this high tech code system which is black and has no numbers; that is, until you cover it with your hand and suddenly, numbers would appear. You’ll have to quickly key in the code so it would open.

The apartment was spacious and oh-so-complete! We had a total of 5 beds – one for me, mom and ate, one for kuya and his wife and one for aunt and cousin. In fact, the listing said that maximum would be 10 pax in the apartment, which would work because the place was spacious and beds were big! Best part was each bed had two sockets each located at the headboard for convenient charging!
 The toilet and shower area were separate which is great for a big group like ours. Plus, another sink was also available beside the washing machine. I also love how their toilet has a sink on top, which recycles the water to be used in the toilet. How resourceful is that? Why can’t we have that! Haha! And look at the toilet slippers – it’s a kid squatting with his cute lil’ butt. Hehe. Oh, there was even a washer and dryer! Other inclusions were towels, cabinets, clothes rack, extra pillows, hand towels, hair dryer, microwave, toaster, refrigerator, TV, complete utensils and plates, toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and even toothpaste, cotton buds and a razor. Trash bags, detergent and dishwashing soap were also available. Most important is the pocket wifi – very helpful in navigating since you can bring it with you when you go out for the whole duration of yor trip! 


 The only downside I observe with Airbnb’s is that it would take some time for everyone to get ready since we only have one shower and toilet, unlike if we had hotel rooms with separate toilets each. But as long as you wake up early or have a system like wash your hair in the evening to lessen prep time in the morning, it’s manageable. This was our home for the next 3 nights. It’s amazing how AirBNB has changed our life. 

 

Public service: Pay your Philippine Travel Tax Online!

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It’s such a hassle whenever I travel  via Cebu Pacific & have to pay the Philippine travel tax – which by the way is only done in this country (probably) while other countries already include it in the ticket – at the airport counter at the far end of NAIA terminal 3.

So it was such a relief when I saw a post at the counter that you can now pay online! Just visit tieza.gov.ph


Instructions are pretty simple. Creat an account, fill up the needed info & pay via credit card. There’s even a tab for the needed requirements depending on what type of tax you’ll pay – full, exempted or discounted.


I still dream that our tax would be included in the total amount of airfare but for now, this is a good improvement for our tourism sector. No need to wait in line & pay manually. Good job, Philippines! 

Feel free to share to others so that Pinoys & tourists alike will know of this service. 

Vacationista: Fukuoka, Japan

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Spent the weekend in Fukuoka, Japan for a much needed breather! 


Kwentos to follow but here’s a summary of my trip:

Date: 11-14 August 2016 via CebPac (P5187), 3pm departure (from manila), 12mn arrival (in manila)

Added 20kgs baggage for 3pax

Accommodation: via airbnb (P4723 per pax; apartment was for 7pax)

Weather: approx. 30 degrees, summer

Outfit: jeans, shirt or dress with sneakers

Pocket money Budget: $300 (excluding luxury bag)

Mode: super chill mode since traveled with elderly. Hehe! 

Itinerary:

Day 1: arrival, walk around the area (dinner at yatai)

Day 2: Kushida Shrine

Tochoji Shrine

Tenjin subway station: for underground mall, Tenjin core mall (with foodcourt), Parco (with foodcourt & supermarket)

Kimono rental dress up

Dinner at shopping strip near house

Day 3: Rakusuien Garden

Canal City (shopping haven)

Mitama Festival (light festival)

Dinner at the original Ichiran

Don Quixote

Day 4: free day! & departure :) 

Review: Olay Pro X Advanced Cleaning System

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As I mentioned before, I don’t have much of a problematic skin. I like taking care of my skin & have followed the basic 3 step face care since I was a kid – cleanse, tone & moisturize. Add to the fact that I drink tons of water, don’t smoke and make it a point to get at least 8 hours of sleep (not much of a gimikera here. Haha!). I’m not afraid to get old and show my wrinkles since all of us will get old and have wrinkles & I’m actually already showing wrinkles but honestly, my greatest “vanity” accessory is my clear skin. No need for me to hide behind make up or cover ups. I really think having clear skin makes you look like the best you! 

During our Tagaytay trip, I noticed how my cousin’s face was a bit more smooth than before. She’s been struggling with pimples so the change was really obvious. My aunt mentioned it was because she was using Clairsonic facial brush, which is basically this really expensive facial brush which promises to clear your face of blemishes. I’m not a fan of facials and have never done it nor do I plan to go through one in the near future so a facial brush was a good alternative for me to up my skin regime. 

I’ve heard and read about the wonders of brushing your face but never really planned on buying an expensive brush. Good thing when I went to Robinson’s supermarket, I saw this Olay Pro X Advanced Cleaning System (approx. P1500+), which is basically the more affordable version of Clairsonic. But since my sister was in the U.S. at the time, I decided to have her buy it for me there because it was cheaper (only about $20). I also had her buy me a box of spare head brushes too, so you can replace your brushes after a few months of usage.

  
It comes with batteries, the brush head, the brush itself and a 20ml cleanser. It’s easy to use as you only turn it on with one button while the other button controls the two speeds. I’ve only used the slower speed and it feels fine. I use it once a week – when I’m not using peeling gels – after cleansing and followed by my face masks. I must say and I’m saying this as honestly as I could: right after the first try, I instantly saw my face brighten. No kidding, no bull. I couldn’t stop looking at my face for the whole weekend! There really was a change. Couldn’t believe my skin could get any better (may ganon talaga?). The brush was the only new thing I introduced to my regime so I knew it was the culprit. It’s also relaxing to use since it feels like a mini face massage! 


I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to give their facial cleansing regime a face lift (get it?). Between this and peeling gels, I go with the brush because if its instant brightening effect! Best part is that it’s cheaper than facials and readily available here in the Philippines!