Lovely cherry blossoms in my recent travel to Hokkaido, Japan. 😍💕🌸
Tea time with delicious moist and soft brownies from Becky’s Kitchen (Philippines)
It is said that drinking green tea has many health benefits. It has been used as traditional medicine in the Chinese culture for more than 4,000 years. Until now, green tea is still a popular drink especially in the homes of Chinese families and served in every Chinese restaurant. Mmmm.. I love free “in-house tea” from Chinese restaurants. I usually drink green tea instead of warm water when eating outside.
I drink green tea almost every day, during breakfast, lunch, snack time, and sometimes dinner. Some say that drinking tea in the evening will result in staying awake all night. I’m not sure if this is true though. 😀
Wondering what are the health benefits of drinking green tea?
Here’s a list of the benefits on why drinking green tea is good for you:
Regulates blood pressure
Its full of antioxidants
Gives healthy looking skin
Prevents or lower risks of various types of cancer
Improves brain function
Lowers risks of having Alzheimer’s disease
Lowers risk of obesity
Kills bacteria and improves dental health
May reduce risk of heart disease
Boosts your energy
Believe it or not? Try it for yourself. Happy green tea drinking! Haha.
Photo by: Sarah May Tanhuanco (me)
Tea Cup set from Japan.
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.
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