What I learned from studying in South Korea

Hello Moonday!

Today I will talk about another aspect of my life other than travel. Though I guess it somehow counts as a travel post since I am in a different country? Anyway, I was offered an amazing opportunity to do a university exchange to South Korea. My exchanged university was KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) at Daejeon campus. The exchange runs for one months, it was a summer semester study. Great time to escape from winter in the southern hemisphere to be honest! I took a philosophy class, however this post won’t be about what I learned academically but rather a general experience with people, the city and the difference between studying in South Korea compare to Australia.  Continue reading

Hiking in Fushimi Inari Shrine

Hello! And welcome to another Moonday!

Today I would like to share my time in Fushimi Inari Shrine. I spent about half day here before heading off to Osaka in the afternoon. I left my luggage in a locker in Kyoto station, there are no large size locker at JR Inari Station unfortunately. Hiking through the Torii gates is extremely easy, you can go at your own leisure pace or stop and turn back anytime. It is free the enter and the shrine was absolutely stunning. There’s a food store right next to the shrine that starts to set up around 10 – 11am for lunch, selling common Japanese street food like yakisoba and fried chicken. So you can grab a bite before the hike or after (or both!). Anyway, let’s move on.

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A day in Nara (Temple visit and deers!)

Hi there! Welcome back to another moonday!

I wanted to share some pictures and my experiences of Nara, the deer hub of Kansai. I actually stayed in Osaka as a base and doing Nara as a day trip. It only takes 30 – 45 minutes to get to Nara, depending on where you are in Osaka. The main reasons I want to go to Nara was mainly for the cute deers. However I made an effort to walk from JR Nara station to Kofukuji Temple, Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha, while stopping to feed the deers along the way.

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East Kyoto on Foot

Hi there! We are back again to another moonday, another travel post!

This time I would like to share with you the map/path that I use to explore East Kyoto on foot. Walking in Japan is extremely easy and cost effective, not to mention that it’s a great way to cover ground since most places are so close to each other. As written earlier in my post on Arashiyama, dividing Kyoto into different sections (North, East, South, West and Central) is a great way to experience what Kyoto have to offer. That is if you don’t have a time constraint.  Continue reading

Relaxing at Neko Cafe TiME

A small moonday post,

I was browsing through my photos from my trip to Japan earlier this year. Anyway I found a collection of cat photos from my visit to Neko Cafe TiME, near Fushimi Inari Shrine. In fact I found the cat cafe by chance so I went to to spend an hour there. It was really a nice way to unwind and relax (charge my phone) after hiking. If you fancy a visit, click here to go to their website which includes pricing, location and opening hours ect.

Bye Bye for now~

Exploring Arashima on Bike

Hi everyone, welcome back to another moonday!

Today I am writing about how I spends my time in Kyoto, I divided Kyoto into east, west, north, south and central and use each day to explore certain part of the city. There are just too much to see that I did not even get to do everything that I want to. That’s why Kyoto will be a city that I will always want to return to when I go to Japan.

So for this particular post I will be sharing my experience in Arashiyama, the west side of Kyoto. On this day I considered it my favourite things to do in Kyoto. Continue reading

Japan Itinerary (19 days)

Hi! We are back to another moonday! Really no one will know for sure when I will post another blog, I should have a schedule. Sorry.

Anyhow, I am brainstorming what sort of contents/blogs to write on my website. If anyone have recommendations please let me know. I really appreciates all the support. One of the topic I wants to write about is my travel itinerary. So here we go!

I think sharing travel itinerary is important in helping others compare and plan their travels. When I did research about travelling to Japan I always struggle with knowing how much time is enough for staying in each city. But in the end it’s really depends on what activities each individual want to do in each city. I visited Japan in March 2016 and I’ll post the original itinerary and will make brief comments on where I go. Continue reading