Cafe Crush: The Deck, Harajuku

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Have coffee, will travel.

I learned from this trip how much I’ve changed when it comes to travelling. Now, I’m happy with strolling around and finding coffee places.

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I intended to go to a different cafe but found out en route that it already closed. Good thing there were options around Harajuku and The Deck was one of the top recommended cafes.

It’s quite a walk from the JR Station. No complains though. Walking around Tokyo was enough of an itinerary for this trip. Plus, it’s a different side of Harajuku – more calm and subdued.

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Sadly we skipped the pies because we’ll have dinner after our short stop here.

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Coffee and memories. Here, my best friend from Italy and I had a hearty chat over a warm cup of coffee. Reminiscin’ the old times, how much we’ve changed and looking forward to what lies ahead.

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The Deck Coffee and Pie, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan. 2017.

 

Summer in ELYU

TBR 2I used to travel a lot to La Union when I was still working as a marketing specialist for a resort. The weekly 6-hour commute from Manila became common to me and stopovers were a favorite of mine.

Even though it took me a while to go back, there’s a part of it that still feels like home.

HEART ELYU

With a small budget at hand but a baggage enough for a week, we decided on this impromptu overnight DIY Summer trip.

FIRST STOP: Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point

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SECOND STOP: San Juan, La Union

We didn’t actually plan to surf. Our main agenda was just to chill and we were able to do that – thanks to coffee, uncrowded shore and artsy hostel.

 

Good to note that the 6-hour travel time was down to 4 hours. What I love about this trip: (1) not work related, (2) stayed as a guest, (3) first time to try a shared-room hostel, (4) no strict itinerary, (5) a lot of time at the beach, (6) travelling with the best friend to boot.