It is summer time here at Wales, UK and I’m loving every minute of it! Had a long walk at the Swansea Beach. The longest beach walk ever in my life. Hahaha.. My legs hurt but it was such a great experience. Passed by a lot of seaweeds, weird-looking worms, pretty shells and crablets!
Kiyomizu-dera temple- one of the most celebrated and popular temples in Kyoto. Kiyoi-mizu” 清水寺 means pure water.
Going to see the Kiyomizu dera requires you to climb up a long path. As you approach the Kiyomizu dera entrance, a lot of souvenir shops -left and right are waiting for you. You need to allot time if you want to visit all the shops there.
At last, was able to reach the entrance. This is the Deva Gate. *huff and puff* getting all tourist-y, I took this shot and saw the NO PICTURE sign afterwards. Ooops! But why? All tourists were taking photos anyway. Haha
That’s me posing at the Kiyomizu-dera Stage just infront of the Main Hall. This was built using a special method, the pillars were assembled without using a single nail! Awesome isn’t?
The stage. Famous for its location overhanging a cliff. Down below you could see the Otowa Waterfalls.
Spectacular Kyoto City view from the Kiyomizu-dera Main Hall/Stage.
Pagoda view. Write your prayers and wishes.
Stairs going down the Otowa Waterfalls!
At the Otowa Waterfalls just beneath the Kiyomizu-dera stage. Here three channels of water from the spring of the mountain fall into the pond. According to local beliefs, each channel represents: 1 Health and Longevity, 2 Success in Love and 3 Wisdom and Knowledge. (Not in particular order)
A person can only choose one channel to drink because the Buddhist monk doesn’t want greedy people. So.. Choose wisely!! The water is also said to have healing properties too. Young and old people lined up to be able to get a drink.
People come to drink water from the falls by collecting it in long-handled tin cups. The tins cups are then placed in a ultraviolet machine for reheating.
Walking around the area. Very calm and serene.
Spotted: Japanese school children
Hope you enjoyed the Kiyomizu-dera tour!! Tune in for more Japan travel photos!
This is it. 17days to go and I will be traveling to the “Land of the Rising Sun!!!!” I still can’t believe it. Such a blessing to be invited to join this Trip!!! I can’t wait to stuff myself with sushi, miso soup, salmon and lots of KITKAT lol. 😍 I’m also excited to take photos with authentic cosplayers and visit Mt. Fuji and Hachiko!!!
Anyway, my friends and I ate at a Japanese restaurant called Donburi Don. They only have rice toppings. We told them to add more dishes to their menu such as noodle soup and sushi.
Here’s what we ordered.
You only have one life, true? So do your best and enjoy life to the fullest! This year I’m taking a lot of risks but I’m sure God will never leave me. I trust in His plan for my life and I know it is the best. ❤️
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you.”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, ” says the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future.”
Have a great day everyone! ❤️
I always love to travel especially to far places and planning the itinerary and packing stuffs can be a challenge! Honestly, I enjoyed planning and packing and never really complained because it means one thing: I AM TRAVELLING AGAIN! So who’s complaining right?
April is Stress- Awareness Month. Travelling is seeing different places, learning and admiring new cultures and meeting new friends. We don’t want to be too stressed before traveling right?
So I came up with some tips that’s been useful for me and I would love to share these to other travelers as well. I understand each traveler/tourist has their own stress-free travel ideas, so not all tips here are for everyone. It might work for some, and not for others. Haha..
Here’s what I’ve been doing before the trip- not in particular order:
- Plan your itinerary ahead of time or you could talk to your travel agent about your plans.
- Choose how you want to travel: backpacking, travel with a group, travel alone or travel with a fixed itinerary (Check out: Globus, Trafalgar and Cosmos Tours)
- Plan your budget for: accommodation, food, airfare, tours, souvenirs, and others.
- Pack your things one week before you leave, so in case you forget something, you still have time to buy them in the mall.
- Research and read about the place you’ll be visiting. It is important to have knowledge beforehand and be aware of the culture of the country you’ll be visiting. Read about their culture, etiquette, government laws etc. Example: Slurping your soup loudly in Asian countries means you enjoy the food while in other countries it is frowned upon.
- Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months past your arrival date.
- Visit your doctor for a check-up and ask for travel medicines you might need to bring. You don’t want to get sick during your trip!
- Prepare medicines for emergency:
- Stomach ache
- Gas pain
- Allergy medications
- Apply for your VISA and pay attention to all the details and requirements. For UK: They have online visa application. For some countries like Japan and Korea just fill up the application forms and submit all the requirements.
- Arrange your travel insurance.
- Book tickets for popular shows and sights earlier to avoid the long lines. Or join a tour group like Trafalgar wherein they will be the one handling all the ticket reservations ( like in my case: A ticket to the Eiffel Tower second floor!!! ) so you don’t need to wait in line for more than 2 hours.
- Know your luggage limit requirement so as to avoid being charged for excess baggage.
- Check out the taxes and refunds that might be available for visitors.
- Check the location of your hotels – Is it within the City? Or in the province? Know what restaurants, shopping boutiques, souvenir shops and train station/bus station are near your hotels.
- Visit TripAdvisor for reviews of the places, restaurants and hotels. (You can download the app for Android and iOS)
- Always bring a map with you or better yet, download maps from the internet and save it in your phone or iPad/tablet.
- Prepare your gadgets ahead of time. DO NOT forget to bring all the chargers and batteries.
- Have a friend travel with you. You’re lucky enough if that friend knows how to navigate and travel to different places without a need for a tour guide! Discovering places with a friend/s is one of the best experiences you’ll ever had!
- Bring biscuits, some chocolates or candies and water for long trips. (I get hungry every 2 hours! Imagine. HAHA) These help you have enough energy for the whole day. Food can be expensive in other countries too!
Traveling sometimes leaves us worried about security especially when no one is at home. But do not fret, you can now keep track of your house while you are away. Check out https://www.dropcam.com/home-security for more details!
Always remember: CHANGE is inevitable. So be prepared. Life goes on.
*Photos not mine. Credits to the owners.*
During Easter Sunday, our family went to TANABE, a Japanese restaurant in Malate, for lunch to have bonding and to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord! I wasn’t able to take photos of the restaurant inside because I was so excited to take photos of the food we ordered! How will you know if a Japanese restaurant is authentic? Check out the customers! Most of their customers are real Japanese!!! Need I say more? 😄
Get ready for scrumptious Japanese dishes in 3..2..1
But wait! Posting my solo photo first! Hahaha
I’ve been craving for Japanese food these days -I think its preparing me for something!!!! And even if eating makes me chubby (hahaha) I still went on and visited YABU: The House of Katsu at Robinson’s Magnolia with my dad and brother.
Here’s what we ordered:
Menchi Katsu Set (see photo below for details)
I enjoyed Yabu’s delicious food because the meat they serve are really good! Its soft, juicy and tender!! Whenever I eat at restaurants or even at home, I prefer the meat to be soft and tender as ALWAYS.. Or else I won’t eat them. Haha
The best part is the miso soup, vegetables (my fave!), Japanese rice and fruits are all unlimited!!! Ask for more as long as you can take it!