DAY 1

Oct 12 2016
She walks the earth freely,
yet her feet never touches the ground ...
when you meet her,
you will recognise her for who she is -
a free spirit,
a wandering star...

Changi Airport Singapore

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Haneda Airport

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The day that we've been waiting for!
Had a very pleasant flight aboard ANA. The morning sun is just rising here and we can't wait to start exploring the city!

Haneda Airport

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Osaka International Airport

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Sakuragawa Station

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Weather is a little chilly but i love the cold so i think it's fine. My cousin though, is freezing even though the sun is blazing down on us!

First stop was Osaka Castle! Headed over after dropping off our bags and grabbing a light snack!

FUN SPACE CAFE 心斎橋オーパ店

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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

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Dotonbori

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Our tummies were demanding for food 🍜
To Dotombori we go!

Went ramen searching - Ichiran Ramen to be precise! We headed to the second outlet in the area because the first outlet we went to had a really long queue. Maybe because the second outlet was a little more out of sight so not many people knew where it was.

Choose your own ramen and toppings and head up to the seating area!

Found out that Shinsaibashi was literally just besidesw Dotombori, across the bridge which will lead you past the Glico man! Let shopping at the 300yen store commence before we call it a night!

DAY 2

Oct 13 2016

Nankai Namba Station

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Mino Park

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Time for get started on shopping! Explored the streets of Shinsaibashi / Dotombori while we still had daylight and the shops weren't starting to close!

DAY 3

Oct 14 2016

Osaka Prefecture

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Kyoto

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First trip to Kyoto! Excited!

First stop is Arashiyama's bamboo forest! From the station we had to pass this bridge to get to our destination, which has a lot if history to it...

Kimono Forest

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Nishioji Station

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Kinkaku-ji

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Kinkaku-ji

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Nishiki Market錦市場

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So we decided to head to Nishiki market for lunch. But first i needed coffee! We went hunting for this coffee cafe slightly further away from the market. Lovely sort of ambience inside, it had that slight old school classy European feel to the interior.
After getting my coffee fix, we were walking back to Nishiki market when we came across this girl carrying an owl (yes a real owl). Found out that there was an owl cafe nearby so we made a detour and did not regret it.
Once our time was up at the owl cafe, we finally made our way to the market 😂
After having dinner of fresh oysters and beers, we wandered around Kyoto's shopping area before heading back to Osaka. We were going to come back the next day to explore more places anyway and needed our rest! We decided to just take an express train to Kyoto for 2 days rather than stay there since Osaka was so close to Kyoto and didn't want the hassle of lugging our luggage to and fro!

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Osaka

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🌙 Heading back to Osaka after an exciting day in Kyoto!

DAY 4

Oct 15 2016

Osaka Prefecture

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Fushimi Inari Taisha

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Heading back to Kyoto today! Got a full day ahead of us and so ready to explore!

Took awhile to locate this cafe on the way back down.

Fushimi Inari Taisha

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Gojo-zaka

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Kiyomizu-dera

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Unfortunately, Kiyomizudera was under renovation so we weren't able to get a picture of the main shrine :(

Pray for love ❤️

Now tips for praying at a shrine! Yes, I googled because I wanted to try and do it properly, and you can too!

When you enter, cleanse your hands and mouth using the water from the Chouzuya.
1. Offer a coin in the Saisen Bako (it's like a box, you can see everyone else dropping a coin in)
2. Ring the bell (use the cloth)
3. Bow twice
4. Make your wishes and pray
5. Clap hands twice
6. Bow again once.

Strolling around the street lined with traditional houses. To be honest, i think we picked out one of the nicest kimonos!

While wandering along the streets of Gion looking for a decent place to have dinner, we spotted maikos making their way to the restaurants! It was so exciting to spot one! They were so pretty in their kimonos 🙃

Settled on this cafe, Hoshino, for dinner before calling it a day!

So much better than the ones in Singapore!

This marks the last day in Kyoto. Missing this place before I even leave!

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Osaka Prefecture

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Good night world.

Recharging up for our last day tomorrow!

DAY 5

Oct 16 2016
Breakfast was at Kuroman Market in Osaka. I love exploring the city's markets, it's a totally different vibe from other places of interest and how should i put it.... it feels so heartwaming to see the locals interact with each other in a more ...should i say down to earth (?) setting.
Found a salon that had affordable prices! Waited with my coffee while cammie had her hair cut. They did a really good job with her hair! Looks fab and their service was so good, her hair stylist literally walked us to the lift and bowed to us as the lift door closed.
Talk about service! Two thumbs up!! 👍🏻👍🏻

Asked them if i would look good with fringe and he advised me not to. Oh well >.< But i would definitely like to have my hair trimmed or do something about my hair if I am there again.

We also went shopping in the huge 3 stories Uniqlo at the corner! Love my buys! ❤️
COULDN'T RESIST

Shinsaibashisuji

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Sumiyoshi Taisha

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Last night in dotombori :(
Last night shopping at the 300yen stores and drug stores :(
Last night to enjoy the cool autumn-ish weather :(
Loved the onsen experience at Kamigata Onsen! It had a very private atmosphere although it was a public bathe, the chilly night air coupled with the hot onsen waters was so relaxing for my body, and no one turned a head to scrutinize you even though you're in your birthday suit! Missing the onsen waters already~!

And can you believe it, we missed the last bus back to the train station! We've never missed the last bus or train until our last day!

Heading back 'home' to pack our bags 😢

DAY 6

Oct 17 2016

Osaka International Airport

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Narita International Airport

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Singapore

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Homeward bound.

"Because she had no place she could stay in
without getting tired of it,
and because
there was nowhere to go
but everywhere..."
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