A true hidden gem, a paradise waiting to be uncovered!
If you're looking for a tranquil place away from the bustling cities for your next travel destination, you must definitely consider Kagoshima! It is the southernmost prefecture on mainland Japan, and while it boasts of just as much (or maybe even more) natural beauty as its more popular counterparts, the main charm is how this place is untouched by tourists!
I've been to Kagoshima twice this year, and I'm truly touched by the people, the scenery and their culture. I'm really hoping that more people from around the world would want to find out more about the Kagoshima and develop a love for the place like I did!
So here's a blogpost I've compiled from my trips (with the help of Kennard, who's stayed in Kagoshima for 6 years), and hopefully it'll help you plan your trip(s) to beautiful Kagoshima!
FEB 2018 - DAY ONE
The Kagoshima airport is located at Kirishima, and so this was the first stop of my first trip to Kagoshima! We had Tonkatsu pork cutlet lunch at Kurobuta-no-Yakata (Kirishima).
During this trip, we travelled as a group and moved around on a chartered jumbo taxi (more details on how to travel in Kagoshima at the end of this post).
The must-visit place would be the Kirishima Shrine!
"it is believed that Ninigi no Mikoto, the grandson of the sun godess Amaterasu, first descended from Heaven to rule the Earth at this location."
Generally speaking, Kirishima Jingu Shrine is a famous "power spot" that feels you sacred and shows its divine favor in "prosperity descendants" and "matchmaking".
(information extracted from https://www.welcomekyushu.com/)
Dinner at Nanshukan (Kurokuma-nabe hot pot)
Have you seen anything more beautiful and saliva-inducing?
Hotel for the night: Nanshukan
One of the most calming and beautiful gardens I've ever been to.
Heck, it's so pretty, even the flowers smell amazing!
You can also watch craftspeople craft their signature Satsuma Kiriko crystal glass live, and to our surprise, a lot of them are young, and some very cute and pretty girls! Talk about talent~~
You can also choose to purchase these Kiriko crystal glass at the gallery shop.
Mt. Sakurajima can also be spotted from Sengan-en!
Sakurajima Ferry ⇒ Sakurajima
One of my most unforgettable memory from our Kagoshima trip would be going on board the ferry to Mt. Sakurajima.
First thing's first, CARS AND BUSES COULD DRIVE UP THE FERRY.
To a suaku Singaporean, this was already so beyond cool and I was snapping videos and photos of it the whole time. LOL!The ferry to Sakurajima was only 15 minutes but many locals would buy a bowl of piping hot Udon and slurp it up. On our first ferry ride, we bought it at the very last minute, and burnt our tongues while trying to devour the entire thing quickly.
NO REGRETS! It was so comforting and delicious, we had one more bowl each on our return ferry! 10/10 would recommend!
Arrived at Sakurajima and had lunch at Café Shirahama.
The epitome of a "quaint and cosy" cafe every other cafe aspires to be, with a legit farm-to-table concept because they use fresh produce from their own garden in their dishes.
The vegetables were so delicious and sweet that even Sean, who usually hates vegetables, enjoyed them.
Another bucketlist item checked - Sakurajima radish harvesting.
Due to the rich and fertile soil from the volcanic ash (Mt. Sakurajima is an active volcano and erupts every other day), the radishes found on Sakurajima are the largest in the world (it is in the Guinness Book of Records)!
If you'd like to harvest the radish, you'll first need to make an appointment with the cafe owners, and visit around the harvest season (we were there in February).
While you're at Sakurajima, you can also drop by the Visitor’s Centre, as well as the nearby Nagisa Lava Park Foot Spa for a warm foot bath (it's free!).
Sakurajima Ferry ⇒ Kagoshima city
Another bowl of yummy Udon, please!
We had dinner at Tenmonkan and ate one of the BEST Okonomiyakis I've ever tasted in my life!
In general, Japanese food obviously tastes a lot better in their land of origin, but this was some next level goodness!
It was at a restaurant named Mangetsu Okonomiyaki.
Hotel for the night: Hotel and Residence Nanshukan
Meijigura Shochu Distillery (Makurazaki)
What left the deepest impression in me was that the vats (for making Shochu liquor), which are buried in the ground, gave this place amazing acoustics! And they placed a piano inside the distillery so that they can have quality live music during their company celebrations! So cool!
A really unique shrine by the sea where you have to challenge yourself to balance the rice pot lid on your head and walk the designated path towards the shrine, for your wishes to come true!
I love challenges like this haha!
Lunch at Tosenkyo (Ibusuki Somen Noodles)
I first had a glimpse of the refreshing taste of swimming noodles in Singapore during the Kagoshima Night event but having the real deal in Kagoshima was really an eye-opener!
Like literally though, I think my eyes lit up when I took the first mouthful of swimming noodles.
Naturally cold, refreshing and may I even add subtly sweet? These noodles are worth travelling for hours to enjoy.
The cold spring water is extremely clear and clean, you can see all the way to the bottom of the lake.
JR Nishi-Oyama Station
We then went to the southernmost JR (Japan Rail) train station – Nishi-Oyama Station.
With Mt. Kaimon as a scenic backdrop and fields of luminous yellow rapeseed flowers before us, it's truly an amazing sight to take in.
And the cutest part of the place is that almost everything is yellow - mailboxes, the pen for you to write your postcards, the decorative items etc!
Wished my sister was there with us because yellow is her favourite colour!
We also took a quick visit to Ibusuki Sand Bath Sayuri!
If you've tried onsen in Japan before and want a different experience this time around, it's said that sandbath "is 3 to 4 times more effective than normal onsen on fatigue recovery and beautiful skin."
(information from https://journey-of-japan.com/article/142/en)
Also, because you're fully clothed in yukata (Japanese bathrobe), there's no separation between male and female, so I think more conservative Singaporeans like me can enjoy this with our partners without feeling awkward seeing one another naked haha!
We had a wonderful dinner at Ibusuki Hakusuikan!
Hotel for the night: Ibusuki Hakusuikan (10/10 recommend!!)
Ibusuki ⇒ Tanegashima (Jetfoil 112)
Sadly, there's no udon on this ferry ride hahah!
But as this was a way longer ride, so we all got a good nap on board while hearing the soothing sound of the waves
Chikura-no-Iwaya Rock Cavern
I love caves!!!
And I remember the wind being so crazy I was so scared my wig would fly off LOL!
There's a great spot at the cave that everyone takes photos at too.
But remember to wear stable shoes because you really don't want to slip and fall~
Tanegashima Space Centre
When Sean saw the Space Centre on our itinerary, he was so so so excited ok!
Tanegashima Space Centre, said to be the most beautiful rocket launch pad in the world, is the one of two rocket launch pads in Japan (the other is in Shibushi, Kagoshima). They have scheduled rocket launches across the year, so if you're a huge fan of all things space, you'll be awed by their tour!
Hotel for the night: Tanegashima Araki Hotel
Before we left Tanegashima for Yakushima Island, we quickly visited the Matchlock Museum and Gessotei Cultural Home.
The Matchlock Museum showcases the history of how matchlock rifles were introduced to Japan (through Tanegashima) by the Portuguese. It also houses models of the early rifles being brought here. What's also cool about Tanegashima is that if you bring along a magnet to their beaches and stir the magnet around the sand, you'll actually find iron fillings all around!
Lunch at Yakushima Visitors Centre
During lunch, we saw some photos of wedding couples who did their photoshoot at Yakushima. It's really super dreamlike and beautiful! If you're looking for a unique location for your wedding shoots, Yakushima would be a nice place! And the best part.... NO MOSQUITOES :X
Check out the original photos at http://backpackwedding.com/category/yakushima/
Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine
We went on a little hike at the ravine, and if you just focus on listening to the sounds of nature, it's really very very soothing.
It's the most peaceful place ever. While you're in the presence of thousand-year-old trees and the thick, lush and green forest, you'll actually feel like there's so much more to life than just the daily grind, work, money, lame politics, and superficial things blahblah.
In a minute, all your stress and problems become minuscule and trivial.
And for the anime fans, you'll be pleased to know that Miyazaki Hayao’s Princess Mononoke was based on the forest of Yakushima, and here in Shiratani Unsuikyo ravine, there is an area dubbed “Mononoke-hime-no-Mori or Princess Mononoke's Forest."
Nagata Inakahama beach
Seibu Rindo Forest Trail
Take a relaxing walk down the trail and catch the common sightings of Yakuzaru Macaques and the Yakushika Deers chilling with each other.
We were told there's a 90% chance you'll spot them, so no worries there!
Hotel for the night: The most amazing Sankara Hotel & Spa
My alma mater is Cedar Girls' Secondary School, and I was told that our name was inspired by the strength and sturdiness of Cedar trees, hoping that we'll be inspired to grow up into independent and capable ladies. When I was told that Cedar trees were tall and big, I really wasn't expecting THISSSSS BIG! I mean seriously though, these trees are over 1000+ years old, and you can't even see the top of the tree!
Photo credit to http://www.kagoshima-kankou.com/for/attractions/51260
Izumi Fumoto Samurai Residence Kimono dressing
My first experience wearing a Kimono! The entire process is so elaborate~
It started to snow a little when I was being dressed, and it was freezing cold, but we tried our best to take as many photos as we could haha.
Misono Maguro Ramen
Lunch couldn't have been timelier with a generous portion of hot soupy Maguro Tuna Ramen at Misono in the cold weather!
The tuna broth was light and flavourful, and very different from the usual ramen broth we're used to.
Satsuma Kinzangura Gold Mine Shochu Distillery (Satsumasendai)
This is one of the must-visit locations at Kagoshima because it's not only a location where you can learn about Shochu liquor production, but you can also take a tour into the old gold mines (which are now used to produce and store Shochu liquor due to the naturally cold temperatures all year round), and ride on the fun mining cart too!
They also have a Shochu which contains gold flakes. Super lux!
Iriki Fumoto Samurai Residence Samurai armour dressing
It's a totally different feel from the Kimono dressing earlier in the day.
In the morning, I feel like I need to sip my tea delicately, walk with small baby steps, and then in the late afternoon I feel really brave and empowered donning the samurai armour!
Each armour weighs at least 5kg or more. Mad respect for Samurais in the past who went to battles with it!
The last day before we headed back to Singapore was spent walking around Kagoshima City and going to the Shiroyama Park Observatory!
Sean was given a Saigo Takamori mask from the City Hall and he wore it while walking around. It was really fun when the locals react with surprise and amusement because they all really like Saigo! :D
Saigo Takamori is the real last samurai from Kagoshima with a fascinating story, and you can read more about it at http://jpninfo.com/61737
SEP 2018 - DAY ONE
On the first day of our second trip to Kagoshima, we started off with Tenmonkan! And because it's a lot warmer on our second trip, we could finallyyyyy try the famous Shirokuma shaved ice! :P
Shirokuma means polar bear, and it's the mascot of their famous shaved ice. It's a refreshing treat on a hot day, and the shaved ice melts in your mouth so nicely~
We also went to take photos with the Statue of Saigo Takamori!
Satsuma Kinzangura Gold Mine Shochu Distillery
We're back again because it's Nana's first time here and I was so excited for her to experience it too!
This time around, I heard that if you put the Guanyin statue as your phone wallpaper, you'll receive good luck! And ever since the trip I haven't changed my wallpaper haha!
Misono Maguro Ramen
Can't miss out on this delicious ramen everytime you go to Kagoshima! :P
Marutake Sangyo Company (Samurai armour)
This time, we headed to an even bigger samurai armour production house!
I've never seen so many samurai armours (and such amazing variety) in my life before, not even in photos!
We also saw the manufacturing process of the samurai armours and it's definitely a craft to behold.
Satsuma Students Museum
The history about the Satsuma Students is really interesting because you can really imagine the emotional conflict they felt - the pride they have for their country and not wanting to accept another's technology, versus the need to explore and learn new knowledge of the outside world to better protect their country.
This was also the place where the Satsuma Students set sail for their journey to England.
Sakurajima (Arimura Observatory)
Headed to Sakurajima again on this trip, and the view is still as breath-taking as ever!
Yukusa Ohsumi Umi-no-Gakko School (https://yukusa-ohsumi.jp/)
Just as an old gold mine was transformed into a Shochu Distillery, this abandoned school was turned into an experience-based accommodation cum chocolate factory, where both tourists and locals can arrange for short getaways here, sleep in classrooms with chalkboards and wooden desks, dine at the school canteen, do sports at the school gym, play ball at the parade square, etc.!
Torii gates of Jintoku Inari Shrine, Kanoya
If you've seen photos of people at the red torii gates in Fushimi Kyoto and felt envious, what if I told you that you can take similar photos at Kagoshima but with so much less crowd! :O
Additionally, Jintoku Inari Shrine went viral for having Japan's first crystal clear glass torii gate!
I had such amazing memories of Ogawa Waterfall!
The sky was gloomy when we were trekking there, and it was raining heavily.
We wanted to film the waterfall with blue skies, so we were slightly disappointed.
But who knew that within minutes, the entire scene changed (as if by magic)! The sky cleared up, the volume of water from the waterfall was amazing (usually it’d be small streams of water), and there was even a rainbow!
It was so beautiful I teared because I’d never seen anything so spectacular!
We also visited the Aquabase Café and got ourselves some waterfall inspired drinks!
Panorama Park Nishiharadai sunset
And just when I thought Kagoshima couldn't be more amazing, I was proven wrong yet again.
Calling it Heaven on Earth wouldn't be an overstatement after all.
The sun's rays were reflecting on the calm waters, and we were surrounded by lush greenery and clear blue skies, the surrounding was so peaceful and relaxing... I wish I could just wake up to such a view every day!
We slept in on the fourth day and walked a distance to enjoy the sunset while admiring Sakurajima~
Had dinner at Umeya again because their Sakurajima shaped tomato shabu-shabu was just so irresistible.
I later tried to recreate this at home and failed miserably. I need to head back to Kagoshima for this shabu-shabu, pronto!!
Yataimura Street Food Village
We also took a little stroll around the Yataimura Food Village, which is quite a refreshing experience for me! Lots of outdoor seats, grilled and fried food, beer snacks, etc. Such food streets are usually common in places like Taiwan and Thailand, but I've never been to one in Japan before.
Our little night stroll led us to an Oden shop called “Umeya”, same as the Shabu-shabu restaurant earlier. Out of coincidence, we later bumped into the lady boss and found out that these two restaurants are owned by her.
The lady boss treated us to free drinks~~ super lucky!
JR Kareigawa Station
On our last day in Kagoshima, Kennard rented a car and we went to one of the oldest JR stations on Kyushu island!
To be honest, I wanted to visit because Nana told me the train master of this station is a cat hahah!
Just as we arrived, we saw a bento vendor setting up his booth and a queue was already forming!
We later found out from Kennard that this bento was an award-winning bento of the Kyushu Ekiben (train station bento) Grand Prix. It's homemade flavours are so delicious and nostalgic that it was voted number one for three consecutive years.
Luckily for us, we managed to snag 2 boxes of yummy bentos :P
We also managed to catch the rare black train (called Hayato-no-Kaze scenic train) at the station!!
(must be the good luck from the Guanyin wallpaper ^~^)
He then drove us to this amazing spring water place which is so crazily pretty.
The water was so clear, its reflection made it look like there were two blue skies!
And you can drink the spring water from the tap directly.
Super super cold and refreshing!
Kirishima Open Air Art Museum
We also tried to cover as many exhibits as we could at the Kirishima Open Air Art Museum!
It's definitely a fun place for all ages, with optical illusion exhibits, interesting art pieces, and exhibits that interact with nature.
The entrance fee was really affordable (about S$3.60) too!
If you're looking for the easiest way to travel in Kagoshima, I'd highly recommend contacting CPI Travel (https://www.instagram.com/cpitravel/) as I know they can help you plan customised trips to Kagoshima.
As mentioned earlier, Kagoshima isn't as famous as other parts of Japan like Tokyo, Hokkaido, etc., and therefore many travel agencies don't offer Kagoshima-only packages, but that doesn't mean it's any less amazing or beautiful than any other destinations!
For those who prefer to buy your own travel tickets, CPI Travel also has land packages to offer.
FREE INDEPENDENT TRAVELLERS
For free independent travellers who really just want to experience Kagoshima in total privacy and freedom, you might face a tiny bit of challenge. But based on experience, getting lost overseas is also part of the entire holiday experience hahah!
Transportation in Kagoshima:
Public Transportation: Quite a bit of limitations (some places of interest are not accessible by public transport)
Chartered taxi: You have to first tell the taxi driver where you want to go (might be quite pricey)
Drive on your own: The most economical method, you can book this online, but to drive around you will really need GPS with good Wi-Fi.
You can travel between
Airport > Kagoshima City via Airport Shuttle (￥1,250 per adult)
Within Kagoshima City via City Tram (￥170 per single trip per adult)
Kagoshima > Ibusuki via JR train from JR Kagoshima Chuo Station
If travelling by JR train, you'll be able to explore Kirishima & Ibusuki
WIFI (DO NOT FORGET)
Because the first time we went there, we thought that we could get Wi-Fi at the airport/ in the city, but nope, we ended up going through the whole trip without internet LOL!
On our second trip, we loaned from Changi recommends at an extremely affordable rate. Wi-Fi was stable and fast so it was great!
If you're travelling in a group of 4, rent a car (~S$250 for 5 days)
For refuelling, it should cost about S$1.80/L
And just buy all the insurance just in case. That should set you back S$30-S$40.
All in all, it would cost about S$300 for 4 pax.
If you're travelling in a group of 6-8 pax, it's more worth it to charter a maxi cab.
It'll cost about S$600 a day, but you can ask the driver to send you to your intended locations.
For groups larger than 8, you can opt to book a mini bus to send your party around.
IF YOU ARE IN KAGOSHIMA FOR....
1 - 2 days: Good to explore within Kagoshima City, Sakurajima, Sengan-en Garden
3 - 4 days: Kagoshima City, Sakurajima, Sengan-en Garden, Ibusuki (sand bath), JR Nishi-Oyama Station, eat swimming noodles, stay at Hakusuikan (highly recommended)
5 - 6 days: Kagoshima City, Sakurajima, Sengan-en Garden, Ibusuki (sand bath), JR Nishi-Oyama Station, eat swimming noodles, stay at Hakusuikan (highly recommended), + Kirishima (shrine, Kareigawa station, outdoor art museum etc)
I'd also recommend visiting the area around Ogawa waterfall if you have time to spare!
To cover the islands in Kagoshima (Yakushima, Tanegashima, Amami), you'll need at least 7 or more days.
For Amami island, I've never been there (yet), but you will have to travel there by plane. It's a place surrounded by pristine waters, and very very pretty (based on the photos I've googled hahah)!
From our experience, we stayed in hotels in Kagoshima, but you could try looking for Airbnbs as well.
Shopping wise (clothes, bags, shoes etc), I think Kagoshima wouldn't be my top choice, but you could probably shop at Tenmonkan, Chuo station or Don Quixote!
WHO SHOULD GO THERE?
Kagoshima is the perfect place for anyone who wants to get away from the bustling city life, forget all your stress from work, and just get closer to nature without any of the noise, crowds and queues. The true meaning of going on a holiday.
Better visit the place before it gets too well-known and tourists start flocking over~
For those who are keen to visit Kagoshima, I hope this post helps!
You can feel free to DM me on Instagram if you still have any other questions and I'll try my best to answer them (along with Kennard's help, because he's stayed there for 6 years) :D
Thank you for reading!
Everyone has their areas of concern and insecurities regardless of how fat/skinny you think he or she is, and we all simply have different body shapes.
As I'm the type to eat a lot, the bulk of my fats skip my tummy and head right into my thighs (this doesn't mean my tummy doesn't have fats ok, just lesser than my thighs).. and it doesn't help that I'm not even 1.6m haha!
I have what they call THUNDER THIGHS.
Having been insecure of this part of my body for a long long time, I jumped at the opportunity when I heard that Dore Aesthetics offer Fat Freezing for thighs.
A highly accredited aesthetics establishment, you can see their awards and articles featuring them on the walls of their premises.
There are also many good Dore Aesthetics reviews online too.
Before any treatment, it's important to have a proper consultation to explain what you hope to achieve from the treatments offered, and what the procedure would be like, how it works, and pain level etc.
For myself, I told the consultant that within one treatment, I'm not expecting very drastic results (like from liposuction), but I just want my thighs to be slightly less bulky.
She explained that the Fat Freezing treatment (using FDA Approved Cryolipolysis Technology) at Dore Aesthetics uses a non-invasive cool body shaping device to eliminate fat without surgery. The applicators they use will freeze the fats in the target area, and these selected fats will be removed from the body by apoptosis process, which is the natural method of cell death. So I'll need to drink a lot of water after the treatment to help drain the unwanted fats away by our body's lymphatic system.
This treatment is best for adults who are lazy to work out, or have busy schedules, and don't want to go under the knife.
Best results would be from 1 month to 3 months' time.
Common areas of treatment:
I found the consultation session really informative, and it feels like they really knew what they were doing, so it gave me a lot of assurance.
Time for treatment!
Took some photos before the treatment & marking my fatty thighs to target the specific areas.
I was informed that the problem with my thighs is actually the back part, resulting in the bulky outlook. Thus, this was where they needed to focus more on.
They first placed gel pads on my skin to prevent any frostbites as the machine would freeze the fats till under 0 degC!
Next there was a tight squeezing sensation (totally bearable) on my thighs which I was secretly happy about because I know it would destroy my fats hahah!
Pain level: 0.5/10
The machine would squeeze and freeze the fats for about 45 minutes (usually treatment time is 45 mins to 1 hour per area), so you can really just take a quick nap like I did.
Aftermath of the treatment - a really cooling sensation on my thighs, some mild redness and that's it!
I walked around in heels with no problems after that too.
You might want to avoid wearing mini skirt or shorts for the next few days if there are any tiny bruising.
I had some small bruises for 3 days before they completely subsided.
Absolutely no downtime, I still went to enjoy a carnival after the treatment, knowing that I can look forward to slimmer thighs!
My favourite part during consultation was the therapist telling me there was no need to restrict my diet :D
I was so so happy to hear that, cause I'm the type whose mood is heavily reliant on food LOL!
Back 1 month later for Dore Aesthetics review photos to be taken.
BEFORE & AFTER
Sorry I don't have a nice butt or thighs ok, and yes I have a lot of stretch marks too which ijs why I don't like to wear revealing clothes. Try not to judge too harshly....
And TBH I don't work out I just eat eat and eat hahah.
As you can see, no edits done (stretch marks all still there), and the results are way better than I'd expected!
I'd thought it'd be something really mild, or I'd also be okay with no visible change, because I've been binging a lot during Xmas & New Year's Eve.
So I'm really quite shocked myself at the results.
The targeted treatment area was quite visibly improved, and even the cellulite marks are less obvious.
And this is just after ONE treatment. I'm totally tempted to go for more now lol!
The therapist also told me the best results would be from now till 3 months after treatment, I can't wait!
Thanks Dore Aesthetics for showing me the wonders of modern technology, such that I can have a safe, non-sweaty and super comfortable way of dealing with my fatty thighs!
Visit Dore Aesthetics’ website now if you're keen in enquiring about the same treatment I did or any other aesthetic treatments available! Also, check out the Dore Aesthetics reviews online too!
Here are some of the Dore Aesthetics reviews I have found online:
Dore Aesthetics review by Kristina C:
Experience is nice! I see visible results after few sessions.
Dore Aesthetics review by Jun Hong K:
Thank you for the wonderful treatments. It's one of the best I've had. Excellent service!
Dore Aesthetics review by Jessica F:
Treatment and service are excellent. Best of all their packages are affordable! Have recommend many of my friends to try their treatment.
Dore Aesthetics review by Angelica F:
Treatment was good! Personally, I feel that my skin condition has improved. I don't feel that my skin is dry anymore even after a few weeks. Sales consultant was not pushy at all. Hope that my skin condition will continue to improve further after few more sessions.
Dore Aesthetics review by Ashley G:
Highly recommend their fat freezing treatment!!! The therapist is very friendly and professional. Consultant is nice and not pushy for sales.
Dore Aesthetics review by Melvin E:
I'm very happy with the results and will continue on this package until I have finish all my sessions. Money worth pay off for the results and kudos to Dore Aesthetics Services too.
Dore Aesthetics is located at SBF Center, 160 Robinson Road #4-02 S068914 (via MediPlex Lobby).
Operating hours: Mon – Fri, 11am to 8pm and Sat, 10am to 2pm (Closed on Sundays and PHs)
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Finally, I'm blogging about my Japan trip!
I'll be posting my itinerary at the end of the entire post when I'm done, so do look out for it! :D
It's actually my first time planning an entire trip, so please pardon me if our planning isn't very efficient ok hahah!
For example, our first stop was Tokyo and we already booked our flight to arrive at the wrong airport (which was further) LOL!
Sean has never been to Japan before, and the last time I visited was yearsssss ago with my family, so I can't really remember how to travel around Japan either. So we're starting from a blank slate here.
day one - tokyo (shibuya station)
We arrived in the afternoon and after checking in Shibuya Tobu hotel (few minutes uphill from Shibuya Metro Station), our first meal was Ichiran ramen!
The hotel was spacious and clean.
I was told by countless people who've been to Japan before that Ichiran ramen is a must try.
True enough, one try and we're hooked!
Ichiran doesn't have other franchises in other parts of the world, so it's definitely worth travelling to Japan for :P
Just had an extremely restful off-day at a gorgeous black & white themed hotel that's just about 3 days old - Hotel Nuve Urbane.
From an extremely comfortable, clean and huge bed with a ton of squishy and soft pillows & blankets to their complimentary mini bar, 2 small balconies, Nespresso Machine with capsules provided, quick wifi to a sleek bathtub, Hotel Nuve Urbane is possibly one of my favourite hotels to have a staycation at!
With it's chic black & white decor that is meticulous down to the small details, I'm pretty sure I'll be back again at Hotel Nuve Urbane!
So many potential photo spots, I'm in love!
Couldn't stop taking photos in the toilet!
After our nap, we also explored their Roof level in the evening!
Some amazing photos from their IG account!
As the hotel is really really new, their pool is still not ready yet, so I'll definitely have to head back when it's up! :D
Got a sneak preview of it under construction, and I'm so excited for it!
You can check out their rooms and pricings here:
Better book it fast!
Such a chio looking & new hotel, confirm get hyped up super quick haha!
Thank you for reading!
Did a really impulsive decision to get cheek fillers at my favourite clinic the other day..
And I realised that a lot of impulsive decisions actually end up really good haha!
My eyebags have always been a problem since I was a kid. So finally, I just had the "heck it, let's just see if this works" attitude when I agreed to cheek fillers!
Take a break from cafe-hopping, because the first Rainbow Prata in Singapore has surfaced!
At only $1 per prata & thosai, plus complimentary Chicken curry or Pork curry, you'll be doing your wallet a favour while still having pretty photos for IG!
71 Woodlands Industrial Estate Park E9
@ Wave 9, Singapore
Tel: 9321 8081
🌈 From the creators of Pork Briyani comes these stunningly coloured pratas & thosais.
With no compromise on the taste, they're still crispy and delicious, as with their traditional counterparts 💕
People from Republic Poly, this is really near your school, and they open from 7AM so you can have your breakfast there! 😍
💕 They're opened for less than a week, and are expecting crowds already!
Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/porkbriyani/
If you haven't already heard of Glamping, it simply means glam + camping.
Think IG worthy tentage with a cosy interior set up, full of fairy lights, and packed with #roomgoals decorations.
Located at East Coast Park, http://glampingcity.com/ lets you glamp fuss-free as they provide a picnic table set up, comfy clean pillow & bedsheets, a cooler box, a portable fan for the tent with spare batteries, and Wifi in their lounge!
5 things you must bring
A few months back, I did my most painful facial treatment ever - Thermage.
I've read quite a bit about Thermage online, and I chose to get my treatment done at my usual facial clinic since I'm using their skincare products daily as well.
I was told that the most obvious results of the treatment would be seen about 3 months later, so I wanted to post some comparison photos and share the process.
DC Super Heroes Cafe @ MBS
2 Bayfront Avenue, L1-03/04/05 Bay Level,
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Tel: 6688 7610
Opening Hours: 11:30AM - 11:00PM
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Always wanted to visit the DC Super Heroes Cafe at MBS ever since a long time ago, and the previous time I went there it was at night (playing PokemonGO....) and it was closing so I'd only managed to buy their 3D ice creams.
This time we went early to check out their Limited Edition Wonder Woman themed dishes, drinks & desserts!
These days, experts say your hair is what really betrays your age.
Here's how to stay forever young — follicularly speaking.
Concerned about how my hair's really brittle these days due to my obsession with bleaching, and also some bumps from clogged follicles on my scalp recently, I went to TK TrichoKare at Serangoon NEX the other day to get my scalp checked.
Waiting at their comfortable treatment room with a lovely cup of tea for consultation :)
Hello! I'm Rachell Tan,
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