A Visual Guide to Asakusa & Ueno {Or How We Started Our 2015 Japan Trip}

Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa Senso-ji Temple Prayers Asakusa Koi Pond

When James proposed a 20-day travelling spree to three very different locations – Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong – I was sceptical of my ability to handle such a long trip. Especially knowing how much we tend to do in a single day when abroad. We’re the type to set out early and not return to our hotel until past 10pm, which results in us having perpetual muscle aches and sore feet from too much exploring. Sometimes we even fall sick from this overexertion. But despite my initial apprehension, I caved and let James plan the entire trip (for which I am eternally grateful). We’re now one week into Japan and I’ve got no regrets so far! We have seen and done so many amazing things. I’m stupidly excited to share! Continue reading

Maple Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins {vegan}

Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins

Konnichiwa! The boy and I are in the land of the rising sun and we’re loving the balmy heat of summer and the re-immersion into our much-loved second home (or third – I guess Singapore can be considered our second). This must be James’ fifth time holidaying in Japan (third for me) and I think we’re now very well acquainted with Tokyo. This time we’re staying in the Asakusa area, which is a change from our usual base in Shibuya. Tokyo’s all very well and good, but I am most looking forward to our stay in Shirakawa-go (an incredible historic village) and Fujikawaguchiko (where we’ll get a perfect view of that famous active stratovolcano, Mount Fuji). Gonna have a field day with my camera for suuuure. Just hope the weather will be good. It’s the rainy season, apparently. Continue reading

Hitting the Snow at Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak Coronet Peak

To James, I asked: “What is Coronet Peak to you?” To which he replied: “It’s the closest ski resort to Queenstown. Pretty easy to get to – the drive up is much easier compared to other snowfields. But the snow itself is generally not that great. It’s an acceptable place to ski if you are lazy and don’t want to go further.”

I can agree with half his assessment, but I am no snow sport expert, so I cannot give my honest opinion on the quality of Coronet’s powder or user-friendliness. I can, however, tell you with absolute certainty that the views of the surroundings from up there are quite spectacular on a clear day. Continue reading

Low Carb Crepes with Strawberries, Blueberries & Walnuts {gluten free}

Gluten Free Low Carb Crepes Gluten Free Low Carb Crepes

As you’ve probably noticed by now, we’re back home on the Gold Coast after our short stint in Queenstown. I know, depressing isn’t it? I’m already missing that ridiculous cold and million-dollar view. What’s after New Zealand, I hear you ask? We’re heading to Japan next Monday (yes, Japan again), followed immediately by Taiwan and Hong Kong! We’ll be gone for a good three weeks, but I’ll try my best to keep this blog updated. Anyway, more on that some other time. Today, I have a LOW CARB, GLUTEN FREE crepe recipe for you! Continue reading

Exploring “Osaka’s Kitchen” – Kuromon Ichiba Market

Kuromon Ichiba Market, Osaka Kuromon Ichiba Market, Osaka

“Oh my god, they have soft shell crab burgers!” was pretty much the driving point that motivated us to get our butts to Kuromon Ichiba on our second morning in Osaka. “Like, they literally stuff an entire deep fried soft shell crab between a bun and you eat it”. How could any true foodie resist such temptation?! We should have known the actual burger would look nothing like what was depicted on the big, blue advertising poster, but the important thing was that it tasted pretty good for a ¥600 burger. All that creamy mayo with all that crunchy crustacean goodness… totemo oishii desu yo! Continue reading

Arrowtown – A Former Gold Mining Town with a Rich History

Arrowtown, New Zealand Arrowtown, New Zealand

Situated at the foot of the mountains of Western Otago, on the banks of the sparkling Arrow River, Arrowtown is yet another iconic visitor destination on New Zealand’s South Island. Located only 20 minutes away by car from Queenstown, we ended up paying a quick visit on our second day. With a good smattering of boutique shops, galleries, bars and restaurants, Arrowtown is not quite as desolate as Glenorchy, but it is definitely no Queenstown. Continue reading

The Journey to Glenorchy (Or Middle-Earth, if you’ve watched Lord of the Rings)

Journey to Glenorchy, New Zealand Journey to Glenorchy, New Zealand Journey to Glenorchy, New Zealand

Our third day in Queenstown (yes, I’m starting with the third day) was my favourite. James took the car and we headed north towards Glenorchy, a frontier town with a reputation as ridiculously far-reaching as Hollywood. I could hardly believe the immense beauty that surrounded us all throughout our journey and we honestly could not have asked for better weather! Glenorchy itself was only about an hour’s drive away, but we stopped every few minutes to give our cameras a good run in the cold. Continue reading

Simple Fresh Strawberry Cobbler {vegan}

Vegan Strawberry Cobbler Vegan Strawberry Cobbler

Hello, lovelies! I will be heading to New Zealand tomorrow for a short 5-day trip with James and his insanely travel-obsessed parents. This’ll be my first time going anywhere with my other half’s family and I’m really excited! We’ll be staying in Queenstown and it will be freezing. Like, almost zero degrees celsius at night. Everyone knows I’m a summer sunshine kinda girl (I prefer shorts/skirts/dresses over restricting jeans and thick coats any day), so I’m not exactly looking forward to having to wear a million layers to fend off the cold. Continue reading

Dōtonbori (道頓堀) – A Food Lover’s Paradise in Osaka, Japan

Dotombori, Osaka Dotombori, Osaka

Osaka is well-known for being the gastronomist’s town of Japan. The prominent nightlife district of Dōtonbori (道頓堀, pronounced tombori) is often considered the mecca of the city’s penchant for cheap, good food. Inundated with restaurants, izakaya bars and street stalls selling signature Osakan delights such as okonomiyaki, takoyaki and kushikatsu, it is no wonder the eclectic area is often highlighted as a must-see destination in scores of different travel guidebooks. Good thing we stayed at the amazingly convenient Cross Hotel during our 4-day Osaka visit (the final leg of our Japan trip) – Dōtonbori was pretty much a two minute walk away. Continue reading