Bread Street Kitchen










Another foodie entry! We tried Bread Street Kitchen a few months back, because of Gordon Ramsay name. Naturally, we came in with high expectation. While the taste was awesome, we were left asking for more due to the size of the dishes that were not exactly value for money :D

Dusun Bambu, Bandung

Eco and family friendly style of holiday is currently the trend in Bandung. The mountainous city has enough space, which combined with its picturesque surrounding, works well in enticing families to come by and spend the whole day in their sprawling, vast venue. 

Dusun Bambu is one of them, and in one place, you would find various restaurants, families' activities, and a very laid back place to relax, rolled in one. 

It's also perhaps a more palatable alternative than trying to chain various experiences that Bandung could offer, not because of the lack of it, but more due to the punishing weekend traffic that the city could suffer from.

Lunch at SELA


SELA restaurant is no longer open. I believe that we were there as one of its last customers. The foods were actually good, but a bit expensive compared to other restaurants in the vicinity. We went there because of a promotion that gave us quite a discount.

Shirakawa-Go Under the Snow

IMG_8134 If you want to visit Shirakawa-Go,  it is better to book your bus ticket as early as possible (which would be 30 days before your travel date). We almost missed the trip because there were no available ticket from Kanazawa. Fortunately, there were still some tickets left from Takayama, and we finally were able to visit the place.

It was snowing lightly the day before, and we arrived to a spectacular view of the Gassho-zukuri under the snow. The house's roof was designed in a way that it let the heavy snow slides down naturally. 

Strolling at Kanazawa

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Kanazawa might not be as popular as Kyoto, Tokyo, or Osaka, and it really has different atmosphere compared to the big cities. However, if you one day put Kanazawa in your travelling list, there are several things that you might want to consider visiting.

Firstly is the Ohmi-cho Market. Just like every other market in Japan, it is crowded and filled to the brim with good food. We tasted some grilled squid here, and you can feel the freshness by the sweet taste and crunchy texture. The bountiful sea of Japan surely demonstrate its kindness here.

The next one should be the Kenroku-en garden. A cloudy and cold day might take the colour and beauty away, but if you come in spring, you are in for a treat. Once you are done with this vast and beautiful garden, you can opt to visit Kanazawa castle just beside it.

We chose not to visit the castle, but go straight south to visit the Ninja-dera temple, and Nishi Chaya district. Unfortunately, Ninja-dera temple can only so much people as everyone has to follow the compulsory guided tour, and they don't have any more slot to accommodate us. For your information, the tour is only conducted in Japanese.

Hiroshima, Lest We Forget

IMG_7990 This is the eve before the bomb was dropped in Hiroshima, 71 years ago. The bomb was detonated mid air, just 150 meters from the Prefectural Industrial Promotional Hall, or now known as Genbaku (A-Bomb) Dome. The building, designed by Jan Etzel, maintain its structural integrity, even though the bomb itself incinerated an area of 1 mile radius, killing 70,000 to 80,000 people, almost a third of Hiroshima population at the time.

The event still incites debates today, with many people doubting the necessity of dropping such bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to secure victory for the allies. The more important thing is to realise, that innocent people have always been the victim of war or act of terrorism. Here to world peace, a cry to save humanity, in hope we can accept everyone as they are, fellow human being. 

Welcoming a Little One

One day, my teacher posed the class with this question,"What would you do, should an alien race come to this world, to say that we welcome them with peace?". We were 14 or 15 years old, and at that age, we thought it was cooler to have a space fight a la Star Wars.

He continued on, "We should send a couple with their baby as our ambassadors, because baby is a symbol of love", and as an easily impressed kids, we were looking at him with awe. It was SO deep, (that Adele might roll in it).

Today, I know that it's not necessarily true, some babies arrived due to circumstances, some get the wrong gender, and risked getting hated (or terminated) by their own parents. It might make someone a bit cynical, especially in a world where over-population is a major concern.

But, here we are, finding some of our friends, great people who has been waiting for a little one all their life. We are so happy to know, that these babies will come into a loving family, even though the parents' eyes is tinged with blood colour due to all the loss of sleep. In this circumstances, a celebratory welcoming, is indeed fitting. We hope you, little one, and your parents, really live, laugh, and more importantly, love. 

Miyajima Island

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The giant torii (the red gate) at Miyajima island is world-famous, and has been the island's main attraction, but we found that the island offers so much more than just the giant torii.

When we landed, we were pleasantly surprised by the welcoming committee, the deers of the island. They are curious and will try to nibble at everything, including your paper map, so keep them stashed away. 

The giant torii itself was very crowded with throng of people trying to get the best picture of the scenery, and it was near impossible to get a clean shot. It was worsen by the short day-time of winter and we didn't get the best picture at this moment. Instead of staying too long near the torii, just have a stroll in the alley, where you can find a lot of local delicacies, such as the beef bun, and the momiji cake. 

We spent most of our evening in this alley, before getting our dinner in a local okonomiyaki store further down in the village, which that night, only served us and another local couple. The food was great, and she cooked the okonomiyaki in front of us. 

We returned in the morning for the torii, well before the first ferry arrived on the island, and we got much better view. The golden hour definitely helped the vibrancy of the colour. If we have more time, we would love to go hiking on mount Misen, but it has to wait for other opportunity in the future. 

Koko-en Garden

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Koko-en garden is located just beside the Himeji castle, and while the castle is always crowded with visitors and tourists, it seems most people did not pay a visit to this beautiful garden.

True to the Japanese garden philosophy, Koko-en is not a colourful flower garden, but more akin to serene landscaping mastery. The garden consists of 9 smaller gardens with their own theme, from bamboo groove, to the ponds. 

When we were there, winter just started, and the garden lost most of its vibrancy, especially the spring and autumn colour. Having said that, it was still such a beautiful place that you need to visit when you have the chance.

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