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11 awesome Asian cities that should be part of your bucket list

“Travel sparks our imagination, feeds our curiosity and reminds us how much we all have in common” – Deborah Lloyd


I have a revelation to make. I only got my 1stpassport 7 yrs. ago when I was in my late 20s so that means I ventured into wandering around the world pretty late because I wanted to tick off from my bucket list most of the islands and places in the Philippines 1st; before traveling outside my country.

Just after visiting only 2 Asian countries (Malaysia and Singapore) in 2011, I was lucky enough to go to the US twice the following year (the 1st one was for work travel). Most recently, I went to Europe for the 1sttime and it was indeed a great experience.

I still want to go back to Europe maybe 2 to 3 more times in my lifetime and the US will always be a good place for vacation but if you want to be a little bit practical but still want to travel overseas, Asia does not lack variety and must-see places.

Definitely, there are a lot more than 11 cities worth a visit but this is by far my favorites. I initially wanted to list down only 10 but it took me a while to choose which 1 to bump off so just picking 11 made it a lot easier.

Certainly, this is neither a definitive ranking of the most beautiful nor the most well developed Asian destination but I have my personal reasons why and you don’t have to agree with my list. Not enough time in one blog to explain in detail but here it goes.

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1st Trip to the Land of the Rising Sun

Okay, this post is long overdue (same with the rest of my travels for the past 5 years that never made it to this blog as of yet haha).

I booked a trip to Japan via Cebu Pacific 9 months prior because of a promo (only Php6800 round-trip). Back then (December 2014), they still have fuel surcharge so it’s really a very good deal. The trip I booked was not until September 2015 and this was supposedly a solo trip. I initially planned on backpacking in Japan for the 1st time and avail of the Japan Rail Pass for one week.

Lo and behold, my brother and 4 more friends joined me in this trip. I didn’t get to do my original plan but I can tell you that it’s six times the fun with these folks.

Here’s a quick preview of the 1st leg of our Japan trip and of course the 1st stop is no other than Tokyo, the country’s capital. We also visited Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya afterwards.