Me.. 私..Ako..


I am 30-something Filipina , working as a programmer in Japan. Traveling , eating and taking pictures in between are some of my simple joys in life.

Maniniyot is a Bisaya word – my dialect – for Photographer.

This blog is all about my adventures, misadventures, bloopers or just my everyday interaction with life and the people I met, going to meet and lost along the way.

Just like any blogger, I love comments hopefully you can announce your presence here and your thoughts as well.

You can also find me in Instagram; PinayOsaka. Flicker

Inspired by a fellow blooger :  T.B.M , I decided to update this page as I travel different countries. Below are the countries I have visited so far:

1. Philippines ( Home Country )

2. Japan ( 2nd Home Country ) 🙂

-> Kobe
-> Mito
-> Yokohama
-> Beppu
-> Usuki
-> Higashi-Osaka
-> Daito
-> Katano
-> Kadoma
-> Nikko

3. United States – California [2011][2013]

4. Seoul, South Korea [2012]

5. Malaysia – K.L & Melaka [2012]

6. Cambodia – Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville [2012]

7. Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh(Saigon)[2013]


44 Comments Add yours

  1. crazysumsum says:

    I’m glad to have found your blog. I read several articles on your blog and I think it is useful for the tourists 🙂

    Let me introduce myself, My name is Sam Wong, a HongKonger who love travel. Two months ago, I had created a travel site which aims to connect the bloggers and the tourists. Bloggers can share the link of their articles and let tourists find the useful travel articles more easily. I know you love travel and write a lots of articles about travel, so I would like to invite you to share your articles, let more tourists can know more about your travel story. Look for your reply, hope you all the best!

    Sam Wong

    1. samokan says:

      Thank you for visiting my blog Sam. I do hope it can help fellow travelers.

  2. dianablinda says:

    i just discovered your blog on the WordPress Daily post who encourage us to post more often. I like your posts about your travels to Japan. Have a look at my blog for a trip to Europe, in case you decide to come here. My blog is in Romanian, but Google translation works well. I do have one post in English about Tel Aviv, the city in Israel. Enjoy and keep writing 🙂

    1. samokan says:

      Thank you very much for taking the time to take a peek at my little blog 🙂 . I will definitely visit and check out your blog.

      1. dianablinda says:

        thank you 🙂 Let me know if you manage to read it translated, otherwise you might want to learn Romanian. And let me know if you like any article and which one. Enjoy !

  3. LindaGHill says:

    Hi! I’ve just nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award”! Go here to check it out:

  4. annabeldoyle says:

    This is fantastic! I love Asian culture and am hoping in the future to visit Japan and South Korea, learning…trying to anyways…Korean in the meantime….Glad I found this to help keep me excited for what’s to come…happy travels…Annabel

    1. samokan says:

      Thank you for that nice compliment. I will try to post more interesting travel entries :).

  5. elmer says:

    Nice title. Synonymous with pautographers. Ive just discovered your wanderlusts and i wont be looking much because of envy. Thumbs up

    1. samokan says:

      thank you very much for dropping by 🙂

  6. TonyJ2 says:

    Thanks for visiting my Escaping the Nest blog
    I have written very little on that one, so you might have to be patient!

    1. samokan says:

      No problem. I have patience :). Thanks for visiting too.

  7. Lovely blog…

    Beautiful shots… really wish I were there with my camera 🙂

    1. samokan says:

      thank you very much. glad you liked it.

  8. TonyJ2 says:

    Inspiring and exciting photos. Thank you also for dropping by my blog. Tony

    1. samokan says:

      Thank you, for that lovely comment. i’ll do my best to explore more interesting place here in Japan and abroad.

  9. TBM says:

    Ah I see you visited my home: California. I grew up in Southern California. It’s a great place, but not sure I would want to live there again. A visit yes.

    1. samokan says:

      Yes , twice already. It’s a beautiful place and the weather is nice but just like you I don’t see myself living there. The other half is from California too so visiting the place might be a regular thing.

      1. TBM says:

        Most of my connections have left California so I don’t have a good excuse to go back. So many other places to see. But not a bad place to go to visit the other half’s home. Next time you are there, say hello for me.

        1. samokan says:

          Sure I’ll shout a “Hello” for you the next time I visit 🙂

  10. cutenippon says:

    Hello maniniyot,
    I’ve just nominated you for the Liebster award. You can view it here I hope you accept it and take a look, and have fun answering the questions!

    1. samokan says:

      Thank you very much. I humbly accept it 🙂

      1. cutenippon says:


  11. R. K. MacPherson says:

    Very cool, blog. You’re way ahead on Japanese KitKats. 😉 I’ll have to up my game.

    1. samokan says:

      thanks for dropping by , i have my sources 😉

  12. Rooster says:

    Great photos. Always nice to read another blog about Japan!

    1. samokan says:

      I feel the same way. Thank you for dropping by.

  13. I so want to visit Japan… am green with envy 😉
    Nice pics!

    1. samokan says:

      thanks for visiting 🙂 , Japan is waiting for you 🙂

  14. Jean Alaba says:

    Hi fellow maniniyot. New word for me! 🙂

    Lucky of you to be staying there in Japan. And yes, I hope you get to visit more of the Philippines on your vacation. Keep travelling!

    1. samokan says:

      Thank you. Yes I will continue to explore our country till I cease to exist :).

  15. LindaGHill says:

    Hi! I just nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can check it out here Congratulations! 😀

    1. samokan says:

      Oh wow, its an honour. Thank you very much 🙂

      1. LindaGHill says:

        You’re very welcome 🙂

  16. galangpusa says:

    my wifey, who is from davao, also calls me a maniniyot, lol.

    1. samokan says:

      lol. I remember this word from Max Surban’s (sako ba) song titled “Maniniyot” 🙂

  17. I enjoyed your blog, especially the photographs of Cebu. It has been a very long time since I visited Cebu. We used to travel there to Mandaue where my Mom was from. I look forward to seeing more of your photos. Thanks for visiting my blog. Sally

    1. samokan says:

      I am glad you enjoyed this little blog of mine and thanks for visiting my blog too.

  18. mariekuran says:

    I saw your Oslob trip, did you try swimming with the whale sharks? 🙂 anyway, looking forward on your next trips /stories xxx

    1. samokan says:

      unfortunately not, we left the falls late afternoon already and our guide told us that we have to be in the beach area early to see the whales. Hopefully in the next trip 🙂

  19. Lily says:

    Great blog! Japan sounds so nice! Thanks for following my blog 🙂 Have a great day!

    1. samokan says:

      thanks for dropping by 🙂

  20. Zak Lloyd says:

    Fantastic blog! ive really enjoyed reading your posts and your photographs are great, i hope to read a lot more in the future

    🙂 Zak

    1. samokan says:

      Thank you very much for visiting my blog and for your comment 🙂

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