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this blog will touch on daily outfits, lifestyle picks, cafes to lurk in, streets to shop, restaurants to try, and cities to see

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The recent monsoon in Seoul has finally come to an end. Though I live for rainy days, it does get hard to run daily errands (ahem, shopping) when the torrential downpour prevents you from making it… Story Time, Monsoon, Rainy Days, Losing Me, Seoul, Lifestyle Blog, Live, Shopping, Rain Days

Story Time: Lost My Passport in Seoul

The recent monsoon in Seoul has finally come to an end. Though I live for rainy days, it does get hard to run daily errands (ahem, shopping) when the torrential downpour prevents you from making it…

My goodness how many months has it been? I recently fell into a very deep pit of writer’s block. The semester caught up to me and suddenly I felt no drive to write about anything. My moving … Brown Paper, Bustle, Suddenly, Lifestyle Blog, Writer, The Past, Corner, Felt, Mood

Haphazard Update on the Past Few Months (and Cafes to Visit in Manila)

My goodness how many months has it been? I recently fell into a very deep pit of writer’s block. The semester caught up to me and suddenly I felt no drive to write about anything. My moving …

Japanese supermarkets really make a show out of displaying their food. These are just some snaps of the colorful world we stumbled into along Kyoto Tower! Utterly fascinating little octopi. Little Octopus, Kyoto, Lifestyle Blog, Tower, Japanese, Colorful, Food, Rook, Computer Case

Kyoto: Diving Into the Supermarket (and accepting awards)

Japanese supermarkets really make a show out of displaying their food. These are just some snaps of the colorful world we stumbled into along Kyoto Tower!

Locals, however, make the pilgrimage up the sacred Mount Inari and through the gated path to pay tribute and pray for good fortune. The shrine is dedicated to the Shinto god of rice, Inari. Foxes are believed to be his messengers, and so fox statues litter the grounds. Fushimi Inari Taisha, Pilgrimage, Foxes, Kyoto, Statues, Lifestyle Blog, Paths, Pray, Rice

Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Taisha

One can hardly mention Kyoto without thinking of the iconic vermillion red gates or “torii” that make their appearance into many a travel-blogger’s portfolio. Fushimi Inaria Taish…

Sometimes I drop by Style Nanda after work to absorb some aesthetic inspiration before heading home for Ajhumma’s home cooked Korean meals. Hongdae, Stylenanda, Korean Outfits, Cold, Interior Design, Lifestyle Blog, Dresser, Freedom, College

Seoul: Style Nanda & Chuu | Styling the Cold Shoulder

Since I’ve been in Seoul, the residence I’ve been staying in has been tantalizingly close to two very dangerous establishments: Style Nanda and Chuu. In case these aren’t already …

When the train stations look like airports and the subway looks like a high class shopping mall, you realize that your standards for infrastructure and innovation will never be the same again. Train Stations, Nagoya, Muji, High Class, Airports, Shopping Mall, Kyoto, Lifestyle Blog, Innovation

Kyoto-Nagoya Station: Trains and Manga

When the train stations look like airports and the subway looks like a high class shopping mall, you realize that your standards for infrastructure and innovation will never be the same again. Muji…

Leaving the charming geisha district of Kyoto was not easy. All the little streets and traditional Japanese architecture beckoned us to stay. I could feel the culture slipping away as the quiet tow… Japanese Architecture, Traditional Japanese, Yukata, Geisha, Kyoto, Lifestyle Blog, Culture, Easy, Outfits

Kyoto: Gion District, Kyoto Tower

Leaving the charming geisha district of Kyoto was not easy. All the little streets and traditional Japanese architecture beckoned us to stay. I could feel the culture slipping away as the quiet tow…

It was also very fun to meet people who wanted photos with me and the other kimono-garbed women. It felt as though we had just stepped off of the film set of a period drama! My Dream Came True, Meet People, Period Dramas, Kyoto, Lifestyle Blog, Felt, Women, Feltro

Kyoto: Kiyomizu-dera Temple

A lot of my dreams came true that day. No, seriously. I fulfilled my exotic hime-sama (princess) reverie. I teetered on the brink (have you seen the slope of the temple stage?) between fantasy and …

Had to fight off a hoard of fellow tourists to get this photo. Kinkaku-ji is always going to be packed! Kyoto, Lifestyle Blog, Temple, City, Beautiful, Temples, Cities

Kyoto: Kinkaku-ji Temple, Yasaka Shrine

The first thing I caught sight of upon entering the Kinkakuji complex was this beautiful amber-hued tree. I knew to expect a golden pavilion, but I wasn’t expecting to have the surrounding fa…

 light filtered through the leaves Light Filter, Lifestyle Blog, Leaves, People, People Illustration, Folk

Arashiyama: Bamboo Grove, Kimono Forest

I really had hoped to arrive at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove by 8 am and evade the demon hordes of tourists. Due to a combination of factors, that plan failed miserably. And so we were greeted by a caco…

We took the pleasent, old fashioned ‘torokko’ along the scenic Sagano railway running alongside the Hozugawa River. It moved at a relatively slow pace, as its purpose is really to have its passengers appreciate the seasonal views. Tenryu Ji, Bus Terminal, Bus Stop, Train Station, Lifestyle Blog, Purpose, River, Running, Street

Arashiyama: Sagano Torokko, Tenryu-ji Temple

I must say: dragging my family from airport to train station to bus terminal to bus stop to Airbnb to train station and further through the streets of Arashiyama was a logistical nightmare. But as …