The first time I ever went on an overseas trip was when I was three months old and I was leaving Auckland, NZ to move to my dads homeland – Penang Island, Malaysia. I lived there just shy of 12 years and in that time my childhood was filled with many amazing South-East Asian adventures. (more…)
After four years living in Tokyo I never ever got tired of standing in the middle of Shibuya crossing and feeling the rush of people coming from every direction. It’s like nowhere else in the world and was one of my favourite places to take visitors on one of their first days in Tokyo just to throw them into the deep end and immerse them in all things Japanese. The neon signs, electronic billboards, loud music, endless foot traffic (fun fact: up to 2,500 people use the crossing at every light change) are a sight to behold and if you haven’t been yet, add it to your bucketlist.
I wasn’t prepared for how utterly enchanting Kyoto would be in the spring time, nor was I prepared for how bitterly cold the weather would be. Kyoto was a very (I mean VERY) last minute day trip destination pitstop, on our way back to Tokyo, after a couple of nights spent in Hiroshima/Miyajima Island, but boy was it worth it!
There are moments when I get a little cocky and feel like I have explored my fair share of Tokyo city, but those moments are especially fleeting when I decide to venture out on a sunny weekend like this one. This city is vast and so jam packed full of surprises and hidden gems that it’s impossible (and inexcusable) to ever allow boredom to set in. (more…)