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Filmshots | Japan

During our memorable trip to Japan last November, I took the chance to allow myself to view the world through my lens again. Lately, I’ve stopped photography for the most part and just allowed myself to be photograph only what I want to remember. I want to remember, the blooming of these beautiful flowers even as the trees shed their leaves in preparation for Winter. To remember my wonderful husband who is constantly behind the lens and always being my favourite travel partner. Remember that moment when my best friend dressed up in a Kimono and walked the streets of Arashiyama. To celebrate our friendship and to be thankful that she is a wonderful Mama to my godson, C. Filmshots is a series that showcases memories documented on film, to see more of those on these series, click here.  Captured with the Nikon F2 and Portra 400

Exploring Japan | Himeiji Castle

One of the largest castles in Japan, Himeji Castle was one of Japan’s first UNESCO sites and a beautiful place that totally worth the trip out to visit. We were on the rail pass, so visiting Himeji from Osaka meant a 22 minutes ride on the Rapid Express Trains with no extra charges. The weather was beautiful when we visited. It was a nice change the fast paced city life that Osaka was all about, and fresh crisp air was just refreshing. We got ice cream from the vending machine and munched our way up to the castle. The climb to the top of the castle is not for the weak-hearted: slopes to the castle doors, steep staircases that are mega slippery. Yet, the view from the top is totally worth the climb. On a clear day, you could see the entire city. We also jumped at the opportunity to take the Shinkansen from Himeji to Kyoto, and paid a fortune for it. Captured by S. Benjamin with his beautiful Sony A7M2

Wanderlust | Scenic Kyoto

Kyoto plays a huge part in Japan’s history, once a Capital city, it’s now a beautiful city steep in history and infused in nature. Many of Kyoto’s tourist attractions has been appearing on my instagram feed for years, and it would have been a real pity if we didn’t visit some of them. We visited Kyoto on 2 separate days, and we loved it. On one of those days, we took the train to visit the Arashiyama bamboo forest, we were slightly disappointed that we couldn’t get a ticket for the Sagano Romantic Train, that was said to be the best way to view the autumn foilage. To make up for the disappointment, we snacked on the delicious homemade Strawberry Mochi that was being sold in tiny carts and shopped in traditional stores of unique gifts. The crowds to the bamboo forest was staggering, especially when we have a child in tow, so we made a decision to pop into a random Udon place for lunch in hopes that the crowd would dissipate. The Udon …

For the love of Kobe

Mornings are usually best spent wandering down Osaka’s Kuromon Market eating up a feast. Even after a week, one can still wander down the Market and never get bored. Traveling with a child means taking things slow and we loved it. We took the train from Osaka to Kobe via Kyoto. The ride was really enjoyable as it meant that we could take all the time we wanted and this makes a huge difference with a child in tow. We stopped at Kyoto for lunch, got really yummy chocolates from the Kit Kat Chocolatory and visited the Pokemon centre. If you’ve not figured out by now, we are basically 4 grown up kids gallivanting around Japan with a 14 month in tow. Kobe is a beauty. Whilst our main purpose was really to have Kobe Beef for dinner, we still managed to make our way up to the Kobe Ropeway and Herb Garden for an afternoon stroll. The view from the top was breathtaking, but the ride up on the ropeway saw my Acrophobia taking …

Universal Studios Japan

Over the last 7 years, I’ve often visited Universal Studios Singapore and it has provided me with tonnes of memories. When Universal Studios Japan (USJ) introduced the Harry Potter world, I knew it was a trip I had to make. When the opportunity arose from our crazy impromptu trip to Japan, I jumped at the chance to squeeze it into our trip. Planning the trip to USJ with a 14 month old child was a challenge and we were skeptical that it would work out. After much research and planning, we decided to take the risk (child switch doesn’t really work in USS) and bought the tickets from JTB Singapore due to the great pricing that they had. However, we got the Universal Express 7 from Klook as they did not sell them at JTB. We arrived at the Universal City Station at 8.30am in the morning and decided to have breakfast outside of USJ since the park only opens at 9am.  However, it was a huge mistake as the queue to enter the park was …

Lost in translation | Osaka

Growing up in a small cityscape like Singapore, and in between cultures, like most Singaporeans, I’ve always had a sense of wanderlust. Travel is an addictive thing, and I’ve always looked forward to it becoming a meaningful part of my life. Honestly, it’s easy to feel depressed about the many awful things that are happening but at the same time, when you get out there, you realize how awesome the planet is. There are much to discover, that is both wonderful and humbling. Curiosity is a definite travel essential – to understand the culture, the people and to ask questions to better understand. It’s like a good book that you can’t wait to read, yet, it also requires patience and the attitude of letting everything takes its natural course. When I travel, I usually do my fair share of research and with time, I came to realize that the best moments are not engineered, and it those serendipitous encounters makes people fall in love with travel. Traveling with an open mind and no expectations is …