Monday, April 30, 2018

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route - Amazing Snow Wall in Japan

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The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, which is accessible from different prefectures, is known as the “Roof of Japan”. The entire route is 90km long, and it's not open throughout the year. There are many beautiful and breathtaking sights along the way. You can even stay at one of the hotels, if you're interested. In April, the roads up Mount Tateyama(which experiences some of the heaviest snowfalls in the world) are cleared and a snow canyon is, hence, formed. The majestic snow wall, which draws thousands of visitors who are willing to brave the long journey, is only open from mid April to mid June. Our journey from Takayama to the snow canyon took about 5 hours, and involved train rides, cable car rides and bus rides. The route closes pretty early so be sure to get here as early as possible so that you can spend ample time here.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Best 2-Day Itinerary that You'll Need for Ibaraki(Japan)

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Ibaraki might just be the most underrated prefecture in Japan. It's pretty near Tokyo (about 2 hours away) and it's easy to get here. You can choose to take a train or bus to Ibaraki. Most people visit Ibaraki for two reasons — Kairakuen (especially during plum season) and the Hitachi Seaside Park. However, there's a dog amusement park, castle ruins, Tsukuba Space Centre, Fukuroda waterfall, museums, shrines, Mount Tsukuba, and many more attractions. Ibaraki's close proximity to Tokyo allows it to be the destination of a quick day trip from Tokyo. However, if you have time, we will recommend that you spend at least 2 fulls days here. We were in Ibaraki for 2 days, and we used Mito, the capital city, as a base to explore.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tsukuba Wan Wan Land(Ibaraki) - Hidden Doggy Heaven in Japan

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Ibaraki, which is considerably near Tokyo, is known to be the home of many educational institutions, especially colleges. While you're walking along the streets in the capital city, Mito, you'll see tons of school kids dressed in smart uniforms. Mito is a good base for you to explore some parts of the prefecture. A key attraction will be the Hitachi Seaside Park which is blanketed in different flowers throughout the year.

Tsukuba Wan Wan Land, a literal doggy wonderland, is hardly visited by foreign tourists, but is very popular with the Japanese. It might be a little difficult to get here, but I promise you that it will be worth the time and effort. Where else can you play with and spend quality time with so many dogs?

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hitachi Seaside Park - The Most Beautiful Park in Japan

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Tucked away in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, is the famous and iconic Hitachi Seaside Park that draws thousands of tourists and locals throughout the year. The park is located on the Pacific Ocean side of the Japanese coast and occupies a total area of 350 hectares. Japan experiences four seasons a year, and the Hitachi Seaside Park reflects the transition and change of season through the blooms that span the vast land. The blue flowers that you see here are called Nemophila. They appear in April and stay for about a month. The park is blanketed in a variety of colours(depending on which flower is in bloom at that moment) as the seasons come and go. If you're wondering what other flowers you can spot here, Hitachi Seaside park sees the full glory of roses, tulips, kochia, poppies, sunflowers, and more! So, you gotta be sure which flowers you wanna catch before you plan your trip!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hai Tien Lo - Luxurious Weekday Dimsum Lunch Buffet

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It's no secret that I love Pan Pacific Singapore. From Edge, which I believe has the best buffet spread in Singapore, to Pacific Marketplace, which has some of the most refined and unique entremets, to Atrium, where diners can dive into a beautiful selection of high tea delights, to the highly acclaimed Hai Tien Lo which consistently delivers delicious Cantonese fare with a modern twist, Pan Pacific is truly a food haven. Recently, Hai Tien Lo refreshed their dim sum buffet and there's so much to look forward to — a hot soup, unlimited servings of dim sum, 3 choices of Hai Tien Lo specialty dishes, 2 choices of dessert and a bowl of Chilled Homemade Bean Curd with Bird's Nest.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

NAMI (Shangri-La) - Sushi Making Class on the Last Saturday of the Month

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NAMI has been making waves ever since its opening. Perched on the 24th level of the Tower Wing of Shangri-La Hotel, the fine-dining restaurant boasts panoramic views of the city, and delightful traditional dishes crafted with the freshest and finest seasonal produce. If you're seeking authentic and delicious Japanese food, NAMI is definitely where you should be headed. NAMI is also holding sushi making classes, for sushi fanatics who will love to roll out some gorgeous hand rolls for an upcoming party, or just be equipped with the basic skills of making sushi.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

15 Things to Do in Rome - Beautiful Attractions You Can't Miss

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We spent 4.5 days in Rome and accomplished a great deal! 4.5 days is definitely on the longer side but we were able to explore Rome at a more relaxed pace. Here's a list of the things that we did, or places that we visited, in Rome and we've included 10 survival tips at the end of the post. Hope you'll find this post helpful!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Pierre Hermé vs Ladurée - Who's the Best?

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X and I stayed right next to Luxembourg station when we were in Paris and it was walking distance from the fifth and sixth arrondissement! The location is fantastic and the apartment is awesome too! Not to mention Ladurée and Pierre Hermé could be reached on foot!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Trattoria Da Garibardi - Best Fiorentina Steak in Florence

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X found this place in Florence for dinner and I must say that it was a terrific find! This was easily the best meal that we had in Italy!