• Photography,  Travel

    Japan in Spring: Osaka, Nara, Kobe

    I landed in Narita Airport (close to Tokyo) on the 25th of March. There I met a Filipina (if you’re reading this, Hi Andrea!) who was traveling to Japan all alone for the first time. She reminded me of myself last year in November. I was full of excitement yet terrified (maybe she wasn’t terrified, but I sure was), not knowing what to do or which way to go. We talked for a little while, I helped her with some things and we had lunch together. Then she went on her way to Tokyo, and I stayed back in the airport waiting to catch my flight to Osaka.   Osaka…

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    Magical Sakura Days in Kyoto, Japan

    The cherry blossom season in Japan has made me realize how colorful and magical life can be. <3 Going to Japan in full-bloom cherry blossom season got me expecting a sea of crowd everywhere, especially in touristy Kyoto. Thankfully, I was able to find spots that were not the usual tourist destinations. I thought that spending 8 days in Japan hunting for cherry trees would bore me in the end, since they are all just the same trees after all, with slightly different shades of pink or sometimes white. I was wrong. While these sites were not all completely different from each other, they all had their own charm. My…

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    Photo Diary: Seoul in Winter

    There’s just something about the deadness and coldness of winter that appeals to me. These were taken in Dongdaemun Design Plaza, N Seoul Tower and in some park I don’t know the name of. We wandered off here trying to find Haneul Park. Sadly we couldn’t find what we were looking for, but this was quite enchanting too. Photos by Pal and myself

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    Kyoto: Arashiyama, Ninenzaka, Kodaiji Temple

    Oh my god. I took so many photos in Japan, it’s so hard to go through them! But every time I do, I never fail to get this giddy feeling, thinking to myself.. wow, did this really happen? Kind of unbelievable how beautiful it is, honestly. This is day 2 in Kyoto, which was also my last exploring day of the trip. So.. here goes. First thing on the schedule is Arashiyama. Zenrinji Temple I don’t like walking in the rain, but it gives the place a different kind of charm. Life is too short for plain ol’ black and white socks!   Arashiyama Bamboo Grove I was very eager…

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    Kyoto: Eikando Temple, Kiyomizu-dera

    Best day of the trip! This was such an incredible day, that I had to split it in two blog posts. So after having lunch somewhere… I honestly don’t even remember anymore. Did I skip it? No idea. Anyway, I went to Eikando temple. To my surprise, it was 1000 JPY (~400-500 PHP)! I did not research entrance fees beforehand, and it was a good thing. If I did, I might not have gone to Eikando because it’s so expensive. But… it was the best temple I went to on the trip!   Eikando Temple Inside temples, you have to take your shoes off. It’s always such a relief! My…

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    Kyoto: Fushimi Inari-taisha, Tofukuji Temple

    At five in the morning, I was dropped off in Kyoto from my overnight bus. At 11 degrees, it was the coldest I’ve ever been. I grabbed my scarf from my backpack, put it on, and started my kilometer-long walk in the cold to my hostel. The streets were empty, and if it were any other place like *coughs* Philippines *coughs*, I would be shitless scared to walk alone. And while I was a little bit scared, I was happy to be there and was fascinated by the difference of Tokyo and Kyoto. I found a way to perfectly describe Japan, from what I’ve seen on the trip – TIME…