Hanami in Shukugawa & Osaka

Before I catch up with some overdue posts, I wanted to upload these to celebrate what has turned out to be a very resilient sakura season — despite almost 4 straight days of… Continue reading

Day and night in Arashiyama

(Disclaimer: the two sets of photos were not taken on the same day…)  Back in 2015, I had the opportunity to meet my cousin and his wife while they were touring around Japan.… Continue reading

Kanazawa + Tokyo, Part 2: Around Tokyo with LK (+ extras)!

Continuing from my last post, in June of last year I met up with my long-time friend LK. We only had ~12 hours together, so we tried to maximize our time and went all… Continue reading

Kanazawa + Tokyo, Part 1: Day Trip Detour to Kanazawa

Back in June of this year, my long-time friend LK told me he would be visiting Japan and Hong Kong with his family, and I immediately requested a day of his time in… Continue reading

Visiting (the new-and-improved) Himeji Castle

Back in May this year, a few friends and I went to visit the renovated Himeji Castle, which had re-opened in March to cherry blossoms and great media coverage. We had hoped delaying our… Continue reading

Monkeys and a Castle in Nagano Prefecture

I’m loving working at a British international school, in part because the yearly calendar is very reminiscent of the ones I grew up with (the new school year begins in late August and ends in… Continue reading

Kobe Luminarie 2014

About two weeks ago, I ventured out on a weeknight to the annual Kobe Luminarie light festival. In the early morning hours of January 17th, 1995, the Great Hanshin Earthquake struck the Kansai… Continue reading

A Pre-Wedding Shoot in Soraku-en

Meet my friends G and her fiancé, C!     G and I both started work in Kobe at the same time this past August, and we bonded from day one (she’s also… Continue reading

Rokko Island

About a month ago, I made an afternoon trip to the nearby Rokko Island with my colleague, NG. It’s one of two major artificial islands in Kobe area, and was mainly constructed for… Continue reading

A New Hobby

I’m getting used to urban life again, but there are still some moments when I do double-takes. For example, a couple of nights ago a colleague and I went for ramen at a… Continue reading

I’m still alive!

It will take a full 20 days after my arrival in Kobe to set-up my internet – the horror (I’m currently updating this from Starbucks). To keep myself from going insane with disconnection,… Continue reading

Sakura in Kyoto, 2014

After the grand production last year, I really wanted to do a low-key hanami this time around. Last year, I didn’t make it to Kyoto in time before the sakura fell, so this trip… Continue reading

48 Hours in Yokohama + Tokyo

Back in late February, there was a two-day JET conference in Yokohama that I attended. If you are in the JET Programme, you’ll know exactly which one I’m talking about. For the uninitiated… Continue reading

S. Korea: The island of Jeju

I’m alive, and back with the last post in the South Korea series! This one also has a lot of pictures! Lots of new things will be coming soon, but I’m glad I… Continue reading

S. Korea: We ate so much in Seoul…

Wow, I didn’t realize until I started uploading, but there are exactly 100 photos in this post. Eep. To make things easier for you (and for me), feel free to use the page… Continue reading

Flashback Chronicles: Curtin University projects

This was about four months ago now, but I “recently” bought a second external hard-drive. My HP laptop (yeah, I know) had been showing signs of old age for some time now, so I… Continue reading

S. Korea: Modern Seoul

For all my griping about the boys being more interested in shopping and eating, I must admit I bought my fair share of products too (about half of which were cosmetics and skin… Continue reading

S. Korea: Traditional Seoul (also, skiing!)

In my travels around Asia from my home base in Japan, the flight to Korea was the shortest. Two-hour flights are really the best — I didn’t need to rush to KIX in… Continue reading

Flashback Chronicles: Goodbye, Adidas

I’ve been feeling a bit moody and restless lately (yes, I’m procrastinating on editing 300+ pictures from my Korea trip, again). With the sudden return of warmer weather a few weeks ago, I’ve… Continue reading

Taipei, Summer 2013: Out-of-town Special (Jiufen, Shifen, Keelung)

I’m wrapping up this long-delayed series about last summer’s Taiwan trip with a post about the day excursion PL and I took to the north-east coast of the country. If you can manage… Continue reading