Osaka

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All these feelings coming back looking at the photos of Osaka. I met great people here. Some brutally honest, some slightly more rude but it was romantic. Romantic in the sense of a movie-like scene of a foreign girl in a foreign country. The experience is really quite unforgettable. Osaka to me was a complete contrast to Kyoto, people were less self-conscious and more rowdy. English is also more commonly spoken here but still really rusty for most. It was a good mix to end the trip off in Osaka where every night was a party. I stayed near dotonburi, opposite the notorious Namba district. Namba is known to be a thriving sex district in Osaka, where love hotels are commonly spotted. Nothing eeky or anything, the place is actually really pleasant! Just ordinary Japanese people walking about. Sex in Osaka or Japan is special! it is treated as another aspect of life totally removed from the taboo commonly found in other parts of Asia. So interesting right? That it’s so integrated into their lives and its so normal. About the night life, it’s amazeballs but really pricey. I spent about 2,100 yen on entry, and no re-entry included. 😦 Popular clubs close really early (1am) but really packs a punch. I went giraffe located along the dotonburi river and it was so packed! Heard that the crowds are pretty standard every single day of the week. Argh… i miss japan

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Tessellate Co.

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This is long overdue but I recently received some amazing pieces from Tessellate Co., a jewelry brand that specializes in gypsy-inspired jewelry. I really am in love with the delicate pieces – most of them are hand made by their dedicated owner. She’s a real sweetheart as well, since this post was supposed to up ages ago but she didn’t say a word. The pieces are really versatile as well and are bang on trend. This brand also donates 3USD from each piece sold to Fior Di Loto, a non-profit organisation in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, that was founded in 2003 and has since helped to improve lives of hundreds of girls. You can find out more about it .

The name of the pieces as shown above:
1. Faux Stone Septum Ring 2
2. Plain Septum Ring
3. Sterling Silver Ethnic Bangle
4. Moth Fly Loop Earrings
5. Kayle Single Stone Ring
6. Ganesh Amulet Ring

You guys can check them out here, http://shoptessellate.co

Arashiyama

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A small town located on the outskirts of Kyoto, Arashiyama is a real tourist hot spot. The bamboo forest was the main reason why I wanted to visit the place, as it seems so majestic in photos. But… it was quite a let down though, kinda felt like macritchie replaced with bamboos. Besides that, the town is really beautiful and lucky us the weather was perfect! The town has this “old kyoto” feeling, which I love. There are also so many other activities in town besides visiting the forest. The little stalls along the road offer really good food as well! There is also a monkey forest, but we didn’t visit that. It’s hard to put into words but the place was really breathtaking. Kinda felt like I was in an old school manga? The town is also famous for its beancurd, where most meals are prepared with soya beans. I also heard that the town is really nice to visit at night, for a more chill escape away from the city. Despite all the tourist on the street, the feeling of irritation doesn’t come to you. I guess it’s just the atmosphere of the town, where everything is slow and tied in with their surroundings. A fun fact of Kyoto is that everyone cycles, and it’s a great way to get around town. Bike tours are readily available online but sad to say I didn’t get to go on one… But it’s a real must try when in Kyoto.

Nijo Castle and also sad rant

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This is Nijo Castle. Day 2 of my Japan trip, and I was in absolutely in awe with this place. It’s just breathtaking. Honestly, it’s quite hard to explain how I felt when I saw the castle. The glistening of the gold and the snow (so lucky) just added to the total experience. You don’t really need to know much about the castle to appreciate the grandeur. While at the Castle, I was lucky enough to make 2 new friends! One of them being from Singapore (how coincidental), while the other from Australia. Both traveling alone in Japan. I would love to experience that one day… Thinking about it, it would be nice to just run away and live in solitude for awhile. Seeking solace in the inanimate things around you or the new people you meet. Which reminds me of a funny story! While in Japan, I told every Japanese person I met (mostly dudes that tried to hit on me. Don’t take it wrongly though I spoke to many girls as well) that I was a lawyer and spoke 5 languages. I don’t know why I chose to be a lawyer and supreme linguist… but I enjoyed the looks of flabbergast. 🙂 Due to the language barrier, they didn’t really second guessed me. Conversely, it could have been due to the language barrier that made them unable to rebut my claims. Haha, it was so fun being a different person, escaping whatever pre-determined notions of yourself. Well.. but I’m back in Singapore writing this right now, thinking about the shit I have to do and the shit that cascade down upon me. This weight. The unbearable weight of reality. You know what I say to that? Fuck you. I don’t want realism, I want magic. Traveling and meeting new people is the ultimate escape.