Layover: Singapore

I bade Melbourne and Australia a fond farewell, promising to return in the future. Seven long hours later, I step off from the airplane and say hello to Singapore. It’s good to be back in Asia and good to know that home is only 4 hours away. However, to get home I have to endure a 13 hour layover in Changi Airport. Even before my trip, I decided I wouldn’t spend my layover cooped up in the airport, I decided to step out and finally see Singapore once and for all.  Continue reading →

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Japan Travel Tips

It has been over a month since our trip to Japan and since then a lot has happened. For one, I proposed and I am now engaged to my girlfriend of nearly four years. I was able to pull it off in a country that I never thought I would get to visit, in a place that I have dreamt of going to in the past, and above all else, I got to see and experience the culture, heritage of Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

Now that we’re home, written a whole trove of experiences, and reflected on everything that has happened since then. I would now like to share some practical tips for surviving a trip to Japan.

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Tokyo express experience

The time has come to finally say good bye to Japan. Staying in this wonderful country and saying good bye to it was a bittersweet moment. I had grown to love the country, all its quirks, its intrigue, and most definitely its allure. With only one full day left before our departure, we decided to focus on only one part of Tokyo: Shibuya and Harajuku.  Continue reading →

A Noodle Museum in Yokohama

On our second to the last full day in Japan, we took a side trip to the port city of Yokohama. Taking the bullet train from Osaka, we arrived at Shin-Yokohama station and proceeded further to Sakuragicho station via the local JR train. Over the past few days, I’ve noticed the weather tapering off, from the cold, rainy and freezing days and nights of Kyoto, to the moderate weather of Osaka, Yokohama was sunny and alive. Gone were our thick jackets and layered clothes, replaced by simple shirts, jeans, and not so thick socks anymore. The sun was out, the skies were clear, and the flowers were all blooming like there’s no tomorrow.  Continue reading →

Osaka Cultural Trip

iAfter that really exciting and enjoyable trip to Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it was time for us to see and explore another part of Osaka. On our second full day in the city, we decided to devote the day learning all about the city’s history and culture.  Continue reading →

Kyoto Day 2: Nara Park, Todai-ji, Kiyomizu-dera, and Gion

Unlike the previous day where Kyoto was just a sad, gray, and dreary day, our day 2 was very very different. The sun was out, the air was cool, the day was bright and shiny, and the city just majestically opened itself to us. Our itinerary for the day: Nara Park and Todai-ji temple, Kiyomizu-dera, and the shopping/historical district of Gion. Continue reading →

Kyoto Day 1: Kinkaku-ji and Arashiyama

As the day wore on and having just finished my proposal, it was time for us to move on to the next stops in our itinerary: the Golden Pavilion known as Kinkakuji and Arashiyama’s bamboo forest. Continue reading →