Arashiyama Kyoto Tour in Japan - Lion's Roar Garden, Tenryu-ji Temple, Kijirou and Sagano Chikuji-an!

We went to Arashiyama twice for this trip and I found that I can still go back here again when I go back to Kyoto. It's a popular tourist destination and I think there's plenty of sites here for everyone aside from the infamous bamboo grove. This is around a 5-hour slow walk with lots of photo stops for us. I believe we started out on the right foot for this one so I wasn't overwhelmed with all the crowds! 


Visit Kyoto Festival in May - Kanko-sai Festival of the Shimogoryo Shrine !

I considered myself lucky when the Visit Kyoto Facebook page posted their bi-monthly schedule of Kyoto events before our trip! There was something happening while we were there and it was very close to our RESI Stay Kyo Ryuvilux Nijo apartment - the Kanko-sai Festival of the Shimogoryo Shrine. We figured we will just check it out depending on our impromptu itinerary for that day. So every year, the mikoshi portable shrines are carried around the city. Please read more about the Shimogoryo shrine in this link and translate to English.


Our Hotel Room with Kitchenette in Kyoto - RESI STAY Kyo Ryuvilux Nijo !

We booked RESI STAY Kyo Ryuvilux Nijo in Kyoto for a week via! Aside from it being cheaper, we liked that the area was on the quieter side of Kyoto. I got a Quad Kibune Room with 2 double beds and a small kitchen. Jeff and I both loved it so much and we would gladly book here again. Apparently this is a popular chain all over Japan and it had many location options in Kyoto to choose from.  


Easy Osaka Kansai Airport Transfer to Kyoto Using the JR Icoca and Haruka Train!

Guys, if there's another great trip I can provide you while travelling with your husband, just let one of you do the planning and navigating for a major trip ;) Jeff found this very convenient transfer for us from the Osaka Kansai International Airport in Japan to go directly to JR Kyoto Station! Of all the options, he decided that this is the best one - valid for one day only, the ICOCA card with Haruka discount ticket combo. The ICOCA card can be used on subways, railways, buses and shopping in Japan, while the Hello Kitty Haruka train is for a one-way trip (perfect for our itinerary). As the follower, I can say that it was very convenient even if we had 2 wheeled luggages in tow.


Songdowon Korean BBQ Restaurant 송도원 Quezon City Branch in Manila!

The hunt for Korean restaurants in Manila is ongoing before my big trip to Korea this month! This time, we tried Songdowon Premium Korean BBQ in Quezon City. I was intrigued by this restaurant due to the extensive menu and beef options. I was so excited that I forgot to take our picture while eating haha. We had lunch here on a Wednesday and everyone thought it was worth going back to again and the service we received was excellent. Their main branch is in Pasay and we were told that the one cooking there is a Korean.


Holiday Classics Kitchen Sessions Experience by Innobake Philippines in Pasig!

One of the recent experiences that J and I enjoyed was participating in the first Holiday Classics Kitchen Session of Innobake Philippines in Pasig! It was a free demo cooking class hosted by Innobake's resident Chef John. He showcased the different product lines sold by this company, now being made available to home cooks and bakers (before mostly only for commissaries, restaurants and big bulk clients). I am sharing below the recipe for Spanish Sardines that they gave us. If you want the other recipes for the other holiday bestsellers below, please feel free to send me a message via Facebook and I can send it to you.