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Kyoto Travel Guide

My night arrival at Kyoto was greeted by a huge confetti made of metal cold rain. While rushing into a cab, I banged my head on the car so hard I saw a flash of white light coming from inside my head. I can’t quite explain, but it was SO painful I literally COL (Cried Out Loud) at my clumsilliness (clumsiness + silliness) while the driver, who heard the bang, was more in-shock […]

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Fushimi Inari-taisha

If there was one valuable lesson I learn from Kyoto, it would be that ’2 days 1 night’ is not enough, and I learned that with a short sharp pain. As much as I’d like to visit Kiyomizu-dera, Ryōan-ji and The Golden Pavilion, this shrine that boasts thousands of torii gates was my second main highlight after Arashiyama bamboo grove. I did a mistake by placing it as our last stop of […]

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Kiyomizu-dera

Can a romanticist not visit a place with the word -Love attached to it? No, she can not. Ohayo from a faraway temple in Kyoto, where I walked through a pitch black basement dedicated to Buddha’s mother, designed to symbolize a mother’s womb (you hold a rope and walk till you touch a stone – there is NO turning back – marking the l-o-n-g-e-s-t minute of my life). Then, I took the […]

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Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Fixing my itinerary for Kyoto was almost as frenzied as actually touring it, especially when Typhoon Vongfong hit Japan, hence the connecting train we were bound to embark stopped operating. The transfer via the bus was the most organized havoc I’ve ever seen in my life. Despite the extreme panic, the Japanese queued and waited patiently for their turn. I wondered how that would look like in Malaysia. I remember how […]

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The Road Not Taken

My all-time favorite poem is by Robert Frost, which I named as this blog post title. It revisited me when I came across two diverged roads at Ryōan-ji, leaving me feeling terribly sorry knowing that I can’t travel both; as we had 6 places in our Kyoto itinerary to cover in 1 day. This photo diary is all about ponds of pink lilies, lazy bamboo leaves casting beautiful shadows, and rock […]

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The Golden Pavilion

Amongst the many things my best friend, Ai Rene, storied me about her home-stay in Kyoto, one of two highlights that really stayed with me was to experience an authentic Japanese tea tradition – for real. I didn’t manage to find out exactly where or how I could taste that kind of exquisiteness the way she described it, but what I did know was that I must visit The Golden […]