26 May 2015

photo diary: kyoto.

For the last week of our holiday we are staying in Kyoto and using this as our base to then explore Nara and Osaka for the day (soon).
Our first day in Kyoto was absolutely beautiful. We rented bicycles just outside the train station where we got off and explored the Sagano Bamboo Grove and Arashiyama district which has many gardens and temples. Riding was amazing as the whole area is nearly completely flat so you barely break a sweat. I hadn't ridden a bike in years so I admit I was a bit wobbly at first, but as they say, you never forget to ride a bike! I felt like a kid again. Plus I fully mastered riding a bike in my dress without scaring onlookers haha. We felt very safe riding on the roads as everyone is very courteous, including vehicle drivers.
We firstly went to the Bamboo groves and Tenryu-ji temple gardens which are next to each other. Everything was so green and lush. There were little garden signs posted throughout listing the different types of flora species too. The bamboo forest made me feel like an ant as they were so tall and forming almost a canopy shielding the sunlight.
After exploring this area, we crossed the river to the other side. See in the last photo that house with the coloured flags? That photo is actually mega zoomed in from the other side of the river from the Tenryu-ji gardens, and turns out that we rode to it (called Daihikaku Senkoji temple) a couple of hours later. The uphill climb was huuuge omg but worth it cause I got to ring this massive bell a few times. Recounting backwards, this was after exploring the Ohkochi-Sanso Gardens which are where most of the lush, green photos from above are from. This garden was exquisite. Stepping stone footpaths, bridges, moss everywhere and little passageways. For the second time in a day, I felt like I was a kid again going exploring! Sorry for those who have me on Snapchat because my Story was spammed with garden cuteness heh~
If getting around by bike wasn't enough, we stopped for a little romantic rowboat sesh along the river after exploring the Ohkochi-Sanso gardens. I was totes nailing the rowing part for about 10 minutes, but then this turned into me steering us in circles so I retired the rowing back to James haha. We had to return the bikes by 5pm so we started heading back and taking mini detours along the way because we loved riding so much. When we go to Nara/Osaka, hopefully we find a bike rental place so we can do the same thing- cover lots of ground and explore!


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24 May 2015

totes.

shirt Seed Heritage, sunglasses Celine, skirt Missguided, tote (no brand), hair bow from Disneysea

This tote was totes an impulse buy from Laforet in Harajuku. I couldn't resist the totally cute flamingos! Time to throw out all the other shitty tote bags I have stashed in my closet when I get home. On the topic of new bags.. I also bought a totally cute Gudetama lunch bag and I can't wait to use it when I go to work heh :3 Oh and I was so proud of my Japanese kawaii dressing on this day as I received about 5 compliments on my hair bow from fashionable locals in Harajuku and Shibuya. Dat Harajuku fashun~ Oh and that's me walking into the famous Shibuya crossing. Yayz!


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22 May 2015

photo diary: tokyo disneysea.

Just a few photos from our trip to DisneySea! We chose to go here over Disneyland as it has more 'adult' rides and I love a good action/thrill/rollercoaster ride. We went on a Tuesday on a scattering rainy day and it turned out to not be that busy at all! I guess the early morning rain scared most people off but it only rained once in the morning for only 10 minutes! Once we got in at 9:15am, we got our Fast Pass straight away for Toy Story Mania which told us to already come back at 4:50pm. You can only get one Fast Pass every 2 hours (they scan your ticket so they can tell), so I recommend getting this one first (it's the most popular ride, followed by Tower of Terror I'd say) and then exploring/taking pics/going on other rides until you can get your next Fast Pass. The only Fast Passes we needed to get were for Toy Story Mania and Tower of Terror. For most, if not all of the other main rides we didn't even need a Fast Pass as we never had to wait more than 30 mins to get on a ride which made the day very successful efficiency wise. The park is pretty big and there is so much to see. There is so much detail in everything. You can really tell why and how the park cost $3.5 billion to create!
For a thrill-ride lover like me, I'd say that Tower of Terror is the most 'thrilling' ride of the park. Basically you get guided on a tour through a 'haunted house' then you go into a room, sit secured in a chair in an 'elevator' and then it gets dropped/bounces up and down 3 times! Another cool ride was Raging Spirits which was a small rollercoaster that had a small loop-de-loop, but it wasn't that thrilling. Journey to the Centre of the Earth is a guided tour rollercoaster type within a cave with cool things that you can see along the way. The best part was at the end though when the rollercoaster goes into pitch black for about 10 seconds! A similar, but better ride in my opinion is the Indiana Jones Adventure ride. It's another guided rollercoaster through a cave but way more interactive and thrilling which keeps you on the edge of your toes. There's fire, statues that blow 'darts' (you feel air), a giant boulder which seems like it's going to hit you and other scary stuff! Finally, there's Toy Story Mania which definitely wins the most fun points so I can see why it's the most popular ride. It's a 3D shooting game where you sit in a cart (wearing 3D glasse) and fire your gun at a digital screen, hitting targets that have points like you're at a carnival. I got a 56% accuracy in hitting targets haha. It's fun to vs whoever you're there with! We went on other rides too but for the sake of keeping this blog post from being too long I won't bore you. 
Oh yeah and we splurged a bit and ate at Ristorante di Canaletto as we wanted table service and didn't want to be around the plebs in a canteen style environment lol. The pizza was above average (they have nice woodfired pizza bases) but the pasta was just average. I had a beef ragu fettuccine which was pretty much just a glorified spag bols.
Next time I go to any Disneyland/world I will be dressing up a little. So many couples/friends/partners wore matching outfits. So kawaii~!


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