We landed in Incheon, South Korea the day after Christmas. Still high from the festivities from home, we anticipated winter like children about to receive their presents at Christmas morning. It had become my family’s thing, after all, to chase the cold whenever we can. Just the past year we went on a winter trip to Japan and loved every minute of it. In 2015 I also got to see snow for the first time during my visit to Canada. Those trips confirmed my long-standing belief that I preferred the cold over the tropical heat I grew up with. Continue reading “Winter Wanders in Seoul”
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It was 3pm. The Mexican sun was scorching hot as we stood on the empty dock at the Puerto Los Cabos Marina. We were supposed to board the boat now. But it was nowhere in sight. Continue reading “The Nautilus Explorer”
I woke up early that morning with some jitters in my belly. I would be snorkeling with sea lions today. And while I’m never one to say no to adventure, I always find myself asking “Is this going to kill me?”.
The heat hit me like a brick wall the moment I exited the San Jose del Cabo Airport. I heard Mexico’s air was supposed to be dry, but the humidity was so thick it felt solid when I breathed. All too familiar, I thought. Like I was back home again. Continue reading “5-Day Daze in Baja California Sur”
That’s right, I just got a photo published on Lonely Planet Traveller’s November issue. It’s a photo of a farmer’s market in the Okanagan Valley, which was included in their monthly Instagram picks for #LPPostcards. Continue reading “I got published on Lonely Planet Traveller!”
It was too short. That sums up my visit of Kyoto. Bad weather on top of tight viewing schedules and complicated bus transfers resulted in only a few hours in the city. Thus we missed the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the long stretch of beautiful, red torii gates, and the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove – two of Kyoto’s most iconic destinations.
Of course, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the quick tour of Kyoto I had. We visited the Kiyomizu-dera Temple and strolled through the streets of the ancient city. It was still really enjoyable for me since, of all the spots we’ve visited so far, this looked most like the streets in the Rurouni Kenshin live action movie and I was fan-girling over it. Between that and my penchant for old architecture and conservation, I was on a high.
The rain prevented me from taking as many photos as I wanted, so all I have are a handful of snippets from that day. Despite the weather ruining my opportunity to shoot, I did like the cast it put over the city. The dull grayness of it all complemented the busy narrow streets and the old buildings in such a way that it added more character. Next time though, I’ll have to time my visit for more sun so I could capture everything bathed in brightness.
here is a small collection of shots from Kyoto’s streets.
A gust of wind hit my face like a sharp slap as I stepped out of the warmth of New Osaka Hotel. The morning was blustery, almost 0 degrees C, a true winter morning. We marched to the Shin-Osaka Station across the street, gloved hands in pockets and heads bowed against the cold. Continue reading “Osaka in a Day”
Eighteen months. That’s how long it’s been since these photos were taken. Too long ago, to be honest. I’d much rather be back here now, staring out the Shinkansen window at the blazing countryside, seeing the face Japan takes for late Spring. Continue reading “Tokyo Time Machine”