Osaka

I’m sure there are a lot of things to see and do in Osaka, but V and I only had one day, so we wasted no time and went straight to Dotonbori for the glorious, hearty street food! You can’t tell from the photos, but it was actually raining and windy that day. Not that…

I Want My Noodle

Despite the proximity of the two cities (it takes less than 2 hours to fly between Singapore and Jakarta), it is impossible to find the kind of noodles you get to eat in Jakarta here in Singapore, a constant source of frustration for me and the reason why I eat more than I should every…

What We Wore to the Game of Thrones Exhibition

My sister and I are avid fans of Game of Thrones like every other person in the planet, so when we heard about the exhibition last month at Ion Orchard Event Hall, we both took a day off and checked it out. There were the iron throne we got to sit on, actual swords used…

Arashiyama

Besides being a wonderful city to explore in itself (V and I are already planning to be back, hopefully to spend a month or two actually living like locals), Kyoto makes an excellent base for day trips to other visit-worthy places in Japan. Say, if you’re a green tea addict like me, Uji is the…

Kyoto

V and I predicted that Kyoto might be more interesting to us than Tokyo and planned a longer stay there than any other places in Japan we visited on this first trip. We were right, and grateful we did. The previous capital of Japan, Kyoto has plenty of old world charm. The city is dotted…

Kiyomizudera Temple

It was golden hour when we approached Kiyomizudera, and the steep and busy street that took us there was alive with crowds and colours. I was flushed and out of breath when the vermilion gate appeared on our sight, but what made Kiyomizudera truly breathtaking is the dark wooden main hall at the top of the…

Fushimi Inari Shrine

From Hakone, we doubled back to Odawara and continued with shinkansen to Kyoto, arriving at twilight. Top on our list to visit the next day is the Fushimi Inari Shrine, a Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its rows of vermilion torii gates, featured in many travel pictures of Japan, but I…