japan day 7 – osaka . todai-ji . shunie

Prepared noodles as breakfast, we shared a big cup which I think it’s just nice for both of us.

Bought Nissin’s new nugget and fries cup noodles. Looks interesting. The little pieces of meat really taste like nugget, whereas the fries… hmm… not so much. It’s like Jagabee potato sticks in soup. Nothing amazing about it, soup is just normal chicken soup.

The strawberries we bought the last time was sweeter. This has the sour note.

My favourite chocolate cake from Family Mart!

Out shopping and TC wants to get a Cremia to try, I had a little bit, it was soooooooo milky. I cannot.

So I got a chocolate waffle to wash down the milky taste.

Shopping got crazy when we were at Muji. Everything is so much cheaper than Singapore! some of them are even like 40% lesser because got sales. We bought things like cutlery, flooring mop, portable diffuser… Click here to see what other interesting Muji items that you can only get in Japan.

So we had to travel all the way back to our Airbnb to drop the stuffs, wouldn’t want to be carrying the bags around Nara.

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Dropped by Coffee House Abuki for some food.

Fluffy egg & ham sandwiches, honey toasts and coffee. Simple fare but sooooo good.

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Heading to Todai-ji Temple!

Pick acorns and see deers.

Enjoy the scenery.

Almost there!

Shunie is not at the main temple. We have to travel up to another site.

I guess these will be the bamboos that the monks will be using for Shunie later.

Always arrive early to get a good view! Shunie starts exactly at 7pm, so it will be good to reach at least an hour earlier.

Remember to prep some food and drinks too, just in case.

The crowd.

Oh. Let me give some background information first.

Shunie, a series of events held annually from March 1 to 14 at Todaiji Temple. This collection of Buddhist repentance rituals has been held every year for over 1250 years, making it one of the oldest reoccurring Buddhist events in Japan.

Omizutori is performed at Nigatsudo Hall, a sub-complex of Todaiji, which stands not far from the temple’s main hall on the slope of a hill. Nigatsudo literally means “second month hall”, referring to the second month of the lunar calendar, when Omizutori has traditionally been held. The second month of the lunar calendar roughly corresponds to March of the solar calendar.”

You can find more information here.

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The fireworks is so awesome, ‘wow’ every single time.

It has been a good day.

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Onigiri to fill us up a bit before dinner.

Although they are salmon cooked in different styles but very salty.

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Beef don at Sukiya!

montana . haidilao delivery . vintage mercedes

TGIF!

Love this corner, very nice place for a quiet lunch. Got mood hor?

Dry flowers can be pretty too.

The is chocolate brew and it looks nothing like chocolate but it smells like it. Very mindf**ked. I taste some coconut in it. ๐Ÿค”

And look at this mac & cheese waffle. Surprised that it isn’t smelly to me at all. Can’t feel the mac though.

Here’s my truffled eggs rosti. Yum. ๐Ÿ˜‹

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This view will be even more perfect if it becomes high in future.

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Haidilao has delivery leh. Amazed.
This is my experience with Haidilao. Yes, suaku is me. The queue too long la.

Wooo. Got these little stuffs too. Nubbad.

Seriously ah. Haidilao overrated. So ex somemore. Don’t even have like Iberico pork or wagyu beef. ๐Ÿ˜’
Then people tell me their food very fresh. I double ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’

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This vintage mercedes ah…. 10 mil. Can you believe it?

But it really is so so so pretty. ๐Ÿ˜
Hilter used to go around in one of these too, so can you imagine how long this car has been around?

๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Everything is on point.

taiwan day 1 – taipei . ximending . oven coffee . shida night market

Yes, we have left Seoul and we’re back in Taipei!
Seoul is great but food wise is nothing very amazing to me, that’s my opinion la. They are crazy with cheesy stuff, not me. I don’t like spicy stuff too and their chilli is the same on every single thing. Fried chicken is yummy and can hardly go wrong. Most of their food is starchy; very high in carbs and it’s difficult to get a balanced diet.

Shopping is great; the clothes, skincare… you’ll get it.
The thing about skincare – it’s everywhere. After visiting Korea, I don’t feel so bad about my skin anymore. I feel that most of the girls in Korea have low self-esteem shown on all of their faces. Their makeup is so thick until it can be quite scary; face very white but the body is of a darker shade, almost like wearing a mask. It’s obvious that they are not comfortable in their own skin. It’s sad because they are trying to be somebody that they are not. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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Damn dayima. Why? Why do you have to come now?
That also explains my swollen face. ๐Ÿ’ฃ

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Our hotel room!

Got bathtub but cannot use. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

We got nice view from here but too bad Taipei 101 will no longer have fireworks for New Year countdown.

Fill up our hungry stomachs with cakes we got from Paris Baguette first.

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Ximending
Oyster omelette, carrot cake and iced tea. ๐Ÿ˜‹

Then it’s time for some grilled mochi. I always ask for ้†้†็…ง็ƒง (I think it’s teriyaki)

Such a simple and yummy thing.

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Seriously… this is the first time I’ve seen the Ximending red house, even though it’s just opposite.

The guys wants some coffee and we ended up here at Oven Coffee. There was another which he wants to try but they were fully booked, it’s called Men-Cady.

Thanks ๅคงๅงจๅฆˆ for making me swell.

By the way, I got more Sylvannian Family capsule toys! Yay!

Can’t remember very well but I think I ordered a hot orange milk tea, sort of. It was good.

And a marshmallow waffle! I did expect them to roast the marshmallow, a bit sad when I saw this. The marshmallow did become soft and it was nice, just that it will be even better if the marshmallow was roasted. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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Shida Night Market
Shida is one of my favourite places to shop at. Things here may not be the cheapest but you can find unique designs. And there are lots of good street food here.

Must buy ็”Ÿ็…ŽๅŒ… when at Shida Night Market!

Woohoo! My must-have every time I’m in Taiwan! Even though I have a huge ulcer in my mouth and I can only eat in small little bites, I will still eat you all. ๐Ÿ˜

Time to cool my heaty body with bittergourd juice

Nice sausage stall, not too sweet and can taste the meaty juices. ๐Ÿ‘

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Apparently this is very good, the queue is very long.

Tadaa. Actually quite close to blackball leh, so don’t ask me to compare.