Saturday, November 12, 2016

Travel: The difference between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando, Hollywood, and Osaka

We had the chance to visit the three parks in recent years and each visit was a blast of course :) But, if I had to choose, Orlando would be the best one to visit.

Here are my insights on visiting the the three Wizarding worlds:

Orlando was the biggest 'coz it had Diagon Alley (must see: the Gringotts fire breathing dragon) You also get the chance to poke around at Knockturn Alley which was really creepy even in the daytime. Another must see in the Orlando park was the Hogwarts Express train connecting Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. It was an attraction all in itself! Wouldn't want to spoil it for you guys so that's all I'm saying :p

Hollywood was the newest and had the same rides with Orlando. It was smaller of course. But I think there are plans to expand the park in the future. There weren't a lot of people when we visited and we had the chance to visit the Osaka and Florida parks first so we weren't that impressed with this one. STILL, we had a great time here. Any Potterhead would enjoy a visit :)

Finally, Osaka was similar in size to Hollywood and had the most people! We came during the first year of its opening and it was craaaaazzy. There was a scheduled visit time, and you had to go through the Forbidden Forest which also functioned as a lining area(?) for the timed entry. In total, I guess we had to line up for around 5 hours. Even Honeydukes had an hour and a half line just to enter the shop! But, this was the first park we visited so we were fangirling and had butterflies in our stomachs the whole time we were there.

All three had Butterbeer (get the frozen one!) and Gillywater kiosks. They all had the same street performances - the street choir, and the Beauxbatons parade. The shops were the same, except for the one in Knockturn. As for the rides, they were all similar, but the ones in Japan were, of course, dubbed in Japanese. Hehe.

My takeaway? All were worth it! :) Orlando's is the best of the three, but let's see. In a few years, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood might just turn out to be the best one to visit.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Manila Restaurant Reviews: Genki Sushi BGC, Taguig, Philippines

Genki Sushi is a super affordable sushi joint located in Bonifacio Stopover (a personal favorite), a convenient hang out place/ study area/ 24 hour establishment located in BGC, Taguig.

I tried checking it out previously and have been back around 3 times, but have always failed to post about the experience.

So let's delve into the Genki Sushi experience! 

First, when you go in the establishment, the staff would direct you to a booth and if it is your first time, they will also give directions on how to order. All the booths have a tablet connected to the restaurant's system. This is where you can look at the menu, order your dish, and request for the bill. IMO, this is super convenient for introverts - less human contact. haha.

Then, your food arrives via a small shinkansen aka bullet train. After taking your dish, you press a flashing button to send back the train to the kitchen. Trust me, it's super fun.

Shinkansen with our food 😋

I've tried quite a few of their dishes but I recommend getting the seared salmon with black pepper, the crunch salmon nori roll, and shrimp garlic butter sushi. The rice bowls are also actually good and can probably feed two not-so-hungry adults :)

BGC Restaurants : Genki Sushi : Crunchy Salmon Nori Roll 

All in all, Genki has never failed me. It has really affordable and yummy dishes. I'd recommend this for the value and for the novelty of the whole experience!

Rating: 4/5
Address of Genki Sushi, BGC: Bonifacio Stop Over, Rizal Drive Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila


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