Kinkaku-ji: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

Kinkaku-ji Temple, in all its majesty is something you must see with your own eyes to believe. A stunningly beautiful temple covered in gold leaf, even seeing it in person feels almost illusory. It’s as if viewing a famous painting for the first time. But it is so much more than just art, it is a piece of history that solely rests in the peaceful pond of Kyoto.20160402_142656-01[1]20160402_142641-01[1]

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Walking towards the Golden Pavilion, you’ll see the hojo, (Ooops! this ain’t yet the temple) lol. :p This is actually the head priest’s former living quarters. 20160402_141542-01[1]20160402_141538-01[1]

Voilaaah! From afar you can see the glimmering glory of this temple reflecting its beauty in the surrounding pond. 20160402_142028-01[1]20160402_142251-01[1]20160402_143109-01[1]

The Golden Pavilion, as it’s commonly known, was originally built in 1397. It withstood wars and time only to be burnt down in 1950 by a monk suffering from mental illness. The current temple is rebuilt in 1955 based on the original structure and more extensive gold leaf coating was used in this version. In all its glistening glory, stands as a legacy of medieval Japan. It is a World Cultural Heritage Site and one of seventeen locations that comprise the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. 20160402_142448-01[1]20160402_142524-01[1]I wasn’t expecting it to be that gold! lol.
And as you walk past the temple is a small native hut with pretty old mementos. They also sell some souvenir! :p20160402_143215-01[1]

Just follow the pathway inside the temple grounds and it will lead you to their zen garden.

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There’s still a lot to see though, infact there is also a silver temple located nearby called “Ginkaku-ji”. Despite the name, the temple isn’t covered in silver but is believed to have earned its name from the moonlight reflecting on its dark exterior, which used to be covered in black lacquer. It isn’t not a waste if you can’t make it to the silver pavilion (my tip) :p

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From Kyoto Station:

Slowest and easiest route:
Bus #101 or #205 from Kyoto station, about 40 minutes, ¥230.

Fastest route:
Karasuma line train to Kitaoji, 13 minutes, ¥260. Then take bus #101, 102, 204, or 205 to Kinkaku-ji, 10 minutes, ¥230.

As per my Itinerary, I spent half day in Arashiyama district  (Click to read post). Leave the Scenic Countryside of Kyoto around 1 or 2 to visit Kinkakuji temple. You probably will end around 4-5 depending on the crowd, traffic etc. and just nice to be back in kyoto station before sunset. If you are planning to take the shinkansen ride bound for tokyo then this I say is the most time efficient course if you still want to explore kyoto before leaving for tokyo on the the same day. ENJOY!

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A Glimpse of OSAKA

Osaka is like a big downtown. Stayed there for 3 days before heading to Kyoto. For a first time traveller in Japan, many would be asking which part to go first? Should be Tokyo? Kyoto? Or Osaka? I’d say do Osaka first, I didn’t regret going there first, in fact I’m glad I did.

Osaka is a more compact Metropolis, much easier to navigate. A great way to get a feel of using the railway system and getting a glimpse of a Japanese way of life before heading to the larger Tokyo.

Osaka is the food mecca of Japan. A food lover’s paradise. The so called “Japan’s Kitchen”. Their love for food is so legendary that it’s given rise to the saying: “Osakans are ruined by spending on food.” Oh, felt guilty for this. Lol. So If you’re planning a trip to Osaka, then chances are you’re going there with one goal in mind – to eat. Food is one of Osaka’s main attractions, but as anyone who has visited will know – it has many other charms awaiting to be discovered!

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The one sign that has lasted the longest, for over 70 years, and is very famous for tourists, is the 33m Glico Man sign at the Ebusu-bashi bridge. It’s a simple graphic showing an athlete in a victory pose.

(So here’s my Obligatory shots for this famous landmark) lol.

Shinsaibashi-Dotonbori

The heart of Osaka. If Shinsaibashi is the city’s prime shopping district known to be the largest shopping area in osaka, then Dotonbori is its kitchen. Visiting Osaka without making a stop here would be like going to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. With its free-spirited decorations and glitzy neon signs, let Dōtonbori’s cuisine culture pull you in to its warm grip. Situated alongside a lively canal, there is no such thing as subtleness in this area of Osaka.  It is considered the best place in the city to try their regional dishes like okonomiyaki, takoyaki, udon and a lot more. Giant mechanical crabs and huge octopi statues adorn shop fronts, tempting passers-by with promises of what food specialty awaits them.

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Worth the queue. Hmm though pricey but so tasty! (2000Jpy, 25Sgd, 870Php)
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Takoyaki, one of the region’s famous delish dish 🙂
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Melts in your mouth! Urgggh!
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The Mekong Delta Experience

A trip to Vietnam would not be complete without a trip to the Mekong Delta.IMG-20160127-WA0202-01-01[1](you don’t wanna miss that Iconic shot on a canoe ride with a conical hat right?) :p

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IMG-20160127-WA0401-01-01[1]Heading to the Mekong Delta, never miss to drop by the Mekong Rest Stop. We halted at this place, had a quick drink, bite and pee. hee! :p Much to our surprise we saw a nice landscape garden behind the resto. The place combines man-made sight with modern facility in a very natural way. Seems that all the tour buses and all the people that will go to a Mekong River Delta, stopped here.

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Welcome aboard! The leisurely boat ride along the river. Viewed the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceeded to Tortoise islet, and finally! time to feed our hunger pangs in the orchard garden. 🙂

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Vietnamese honey tea
The canoe ride through gorgeous waterways with my conical hat. Oh yes! THIS was the Mekong Delta that I had imagined.

IMG-20160127-WA0184-01-01[1]IMG-20160127-WA0139-01-01[1]IMG-20160127-WA0155-01-01[1]As the local man rowing our boat took long, sure strokes to propel us through the groves of water coconut trees, we all marveled at the beauty of this part of Vietnam. Truly in awe at the simpleness and at the silence.

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“Holidaying” in France?

“Holidaying” in France? No, it’s Colmar Tropicale in BUKIT TINGGI MALAYSIA – BERJAYA HILLS. 

Colmar Tropicale, a French-themed village and resort inspired by the old town of Colmar in Alsace, France, which is known to be one of the most beautiful city in Europe.

This spectacular French-Themed Resort is a perfect place for a quiet laid back getaway with a picturesque and romantic environment.

It does look like you are “holidaying” in France.

Feel the French atmosphere.
“Relish in century old Alsace charm at this French-themed resort, settled at 2,700 feet above sea-level amidst 80 acres of rainforests.”

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It’s quite a unique experience, really. Think of it as a resort situated in Malaysia role-playing as a French village. Cool isn’t it?

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Knitted slit dress & sweater Tokyo fashion 
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Denim on the Coast

Few things are as classic and versatile as denim. As for my favourite grab-and-go outfit which is an all black outfit, wearing denims are also one of my catch. It works for a range of occasion. You may run your denim outfits with heels, flats or even sneakers.

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As for this, went on the coast to have a bbq sunset dinner with my colleagues so a slip on sneakers is perf match!

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And oh can’t stop taking a bunch of snapshots!

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Do you love the idea and the look of a denim dress on the coast?

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Yay or Nay? 🙂

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Sneakers from  Charles & Keith

Button down denim dress by Toki Choi

 

 

 

 

Macau: A day trip from Hong Kong

Macau is a startling one day trip from Hong Kong. For only 55 minute boat ride you can experience a version of Vegas but with old town Portuguese flare mixed around it. It’s absolutely a different vibe from the big city of Hong Kong.

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Truly It’s a sleepy colonial city that has now ballooned to become Asia’s gambling capital.
The one thing that stuck out from our trip was just how many casinos there were.
Huge themed casinos dominate the skyline with each newer one outdoing the previous new kid on the block.

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Macau Tower

You can’t expect to cover all the casinos in a single day trip. You can cover only two or maximum three casinos in a single day with all its spectacular shows and attractions. And the good thing there is you can visit them without any restriction, even if you are not interested in gambling.

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This Macau trip was really not planned at all. Haha :p
But since It’s a breeze from Hong Kong so why not explore.
To start off, I didn’t even know which place to go first after touching down.
Transport? Routes? Etc… Apologetic though for being jumbled. Haha

But worry no more! For the moment you stepped out from their terminal,
lots of travel agents will come your way in case you haven’t planned your day trip or so.
(and that’s what I totally need. Yehey!)

Decided to have a car hire. It was perfect!
Loved the luxury of time to stay longer on one place and visit the next attraction even faster. What’s even nice was getting a really friendly and accommodating driver.
(Nothing I could ask for to this unplanned trip) Wohooo!

But if you want a no cost tour around Macau you can actually take free shuttles,
Oooops! (sorry I never knew about this the moment we came) haha
I still wont regret though coz it made our trip purely free and easy!

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I Fell in love with the cultural sights.
The lovely little area full of Portuguese architecture, shops and food stalls.

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The driver was too good to take me on this Heart shaped tree.
He knew I would totally love this!haha

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Headed off to Macau’s Best known landmark, Ruins of St. Paul’s.
You should have a mandatory tourist shot for this famous landmark!

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The famous A-Ma Temple in Macau existed since 1488.

img1440521717285[1].jpgOooops! Don’t ever forget to drop by Margaret’s Café. It’s a small, no-frills coffee shop (of more questionable hygiene standard. Oh sorry! haha) Don’t expect to be treated cordially there, and I reckon if this was any other coffee shop, the surly service would surely be enough to turn customers away. BUT the famous Portuguese Egg tart was the BEST! Served piping hot, too drooling for the custard filling and pastry was so greasy and buttery. Yummmm!

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A day will give you enough time to get a decent feel for Macau, see the main sights and just be back in Hong Kong Island for an evening cocktail – perfect! Really had an extraordinary trip in ‘Vegas of the East’!

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Denim on Denim

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Everyone is wearing double denim.
Should you or shouldn’t you double up on your denim?
Take a look! Twice as much denim is twice as good. (:

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On this trip, I played with denim on denim. It is totally fab! Trust me. haha
The weather was kinda erratic by that time so I wore a midriff cropped top as an inner for my denim polo
(Incase Mr. Sun is out again after a low rainfall, I’ll be totally ready to feel balmy wearing my slinky inner) yay!

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You can never go wrong with faded jeans. Thumbs up! :p

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It was in the month of June, (ssshhh… my birth month) when we visited Hong Kong.
These shots were taken at Harbor Grand Kowloon Hotel.
( I have my review about the hotel on a separate post. )
Take a peek of it as you might want to stay there when you visit Hong Kong.

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Accessories: Michael Kors Bradshaw Oversized, Bentein FJ Gold Black Necklace.
Jeans from Giordano
Cherry cropped top from Bugis Street for 5 bucks
Cheap deal denim polo top on flea market, hurrah!
You don’t need a bunch of bucks to look fab.
Always remember It’s not about the clothes you are wearing, It’s how you wear it! 🙂