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10 Things To See And Do In Arashiyama

March 4, 2018

When you think of Kyoto’s Arashiyama, the first thought that comes to mind is most definitely the famed Bamboo Forest. Tourists from all over the world flock here just to see it, making it one of the busiest tourist districts in Kyoto. While it serves as the main attraction in this quaint little suburb, there are numerous things to see and do here as well. I have only ever discovered Arashiyama for half a day but here is a list…

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Less Than 24 Hours In: Nara

February 6, 2018

What We Did We arrived Nara around noon and initially wandered around the couple of shops nearby, stocking up on Daiso’s heat packs before making our way towards Todai-ji Temple. It was crazy freezing on the day we were there, and when we stumbled across an old lady selling steaming hot sweet potatoes out of this portable wood-fired oven, we immediately started waiting in line (though we misunderstood the pricing and ended up paying 1,000yen for a sweet potato yikes). This…

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Todai-ji

January 31, 2018

One of Nara’s iconic landmarks. The main hall of Todai-ji, Daibutsuden (otherwise known as the Big Buddha Hall), is a vast wooden structure, housing one of Japan’s largest bronze statues. Despite its overwhelming size, it is actually only two thirds of the original structure, having been rebuilt after being consumed by fire. Twice. There’s something different about Japanese temples and shrines, where the silence speaks volumes and any tourist chatter gets drowned out by your sense of awe. I have…

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Hong Kong Diary

September 15, 2017

What We Did Day 1: Central, Sheung Wan & Lan Kwai Fong Melissa and i have always talked about visiting Hong Kong together, so it was a little surreal when we finally put plans into motion, despite being so spontaneous. Our flight got in at 9am and since we were only allowed to drop our bags off at noon, we took our time and had brunch at our first Michelin-star restaurant at the airport. Unlike Singapore’s humidity, it was that…

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Lantau Island

March 18, 2017

We were initially planning on hiking one of the trails on Lantau Island, but after researching directions the night before found out that getting to the starting point alone would take about 2 hours (i may have been extremely exhausted that night so wanted to sleep in a little as much as i could heh) so we decided to skip it and just wander around the village instead. After getting off at Tung Chung station (the end of the line. The…

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Chi Lin Nunnery & Nan Lian Garden

January 24, 2017

We were staying on the main island during our trip to Hong Kong, so decided to take a full day to explore Kowloon. Our first location was the Chi Lin Nunnery & Nan Lian Garden, located just across the road from each other. If this place looks familiar, it is because it is currently on the cover of Lonely Planet’s Hong Kong guide. It was a quiet and chilly morning on the day of our visit, and we could feel…

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