msihua So we brought some friends from Japan back with us. Meowwww #catdonut #catdonuts #hazmazgazdoesjapan 22h

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msihua So we may or may not have bought enough snacks to power a tiny generator. Maybe. I also may have bought some shoes (4pairs) and various items of clothing. 😶😶😶 #hazmazgazdoesjapan #japanesesnacks #kitkat #meiji #royce #glico #pocky 2d
  •   s_hw79 @msihua maybe cos it's hot here in KL? But a couple times my colleague bought it for me from Narita airport and it had those cool packs wrapping up the chocs too. Not the potato chips though. 2d
  •   msihua @s_hw79 I think the dude forgot, as there was a sign about a cold bag. Oh well! 2d
  •   s_hw79 @msihua but most importantly the chocs are in good shape? My colleague have it to me in the cool packs and told me to refrigerate it AT ONCE!!! So there I was hiding my packs of Royce chocs among boxes of vaccines in the hospital fridge 2d
  •   mehwee @berniewong88 this is what a proper jap food haul looks like 2d
  •   msihua Hahahahaha @s_hw79 its just about to hit winter here and its freezing cold, so they're fine :) 2d
  •   s_hw79 Although I was telling my colleague even if they were not in good shape they wouldn't have lasted very long haha. My first Royce choc was a pear one and I was absolutely hooked! 2d
  •   eatplayshop Haha I must take a pic of my lot!! 2d
  •   okinoboo This is crazy haul. Check out her jap trip such nice pics @sakuranboz @pinkishpolkadot 2d

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msihua Back in Melbourne and embracing the cafe culture with a lunch visit to the ever busy and popular @toppaddock. Here's me getting back into the groove with some Cinco de Mayo feels with a Pan Fried Snapper, Chilli fried Egg, Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, Lime and a Corn Tortilla #toppaddock #cincodemayo 2d

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msihua It's hard to pinpoint a place and time, a moment of greatness, when the entire trip was so amazing. But if I had to pick one place, it would have had to have been Kyoto. Though we, like others were 'templed' out by this ancient city, we fell in love with its charm, culture and people. It was also the one place we felt the most relaxed despite our early wake-up calls and thousands of steps. I can't believe that we're no longer in Japan and back into reality (which is cloudy, windy and rainy incidentally). It's going to take me a while to stop bowing and saying arigato to everyone, or maybe I shouldnt stop? These pastries here were from La Pâtisserie des Rêves in Gion (approx 15-20min walk from Kiyomizu). We loved the Apple Tarte Tartin and the Paris Brest the most! #hazmazgazdoesjapan #lapatisseriedesreves #kyotolove #gion #kyoto 2d

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msihua A sneaky shot of Hidemi Sugino's Ambroisie. It was amazing and worth the wait (we were in line for about 45 mins). We tried 6 cakes between the 3 of us and only enjoyed half of them. This was the best thing we had as wll. Today we leave Japan to return to the real world. We've had a blast and an amazung trip. Can't wait to share the rest of our memories with you! #hazmazgazdoesjapan #hidemisugino #ambroisie 3d

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msihua Last night here in beautiful Japan. I can't believe that it's been nearly 2 weeks since we touched down here and I just wish that I could turn back time and experience everything again. Here's a video of one of the world's busiest intersection at the famous Shibuya crossing #hazmazgazdoesjapan Thank you Japan for everything. Domo Arigato Gosaimasu #shibuya 4d

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msihua Last full day (and night) here in japan and we're spending the remaining hours to shop and eat as much as we can before our early morning flight out tomorrow. Here's some #emojifood from last nights dinner at Ichiran Ramen. Where you sit by yourself in a booth to enjoy the feel and texture of the noodles and broth and slurp to your hearts content # #hazmazgazdoesjapan #dontwannaleave #ramen 4d

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msihua To wake up in the mornings and always have this greeting you, as you get ready each day. Thanks for the dream @hyatt Regency Osaka! #InAHyattWorld #hyattregency #HyattRegencyOsaka #dreambathrooms 4d

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msihua Goodbye Osaka! You were good to us and even fed us fried stuff for breakfast. Lots of fried stuff! Kushi-katsu everyday please #kushikatsu #dotonbori #gokakuya #hazmazgazdoesjapan #breakfast 5d

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msihua Japanese Whisky Tasting experience right now @Hyatt Regency Osaka. I'm blown away. Hibeki 21 vs Yoichi 12 vs Yamazaki 12 vs Chivas Regal Mizunara (special edition). Loved the smokiness from the Yoichi but the Hibiki! OMG! Out of this world
#InAHyattWorld #TheBayLounge #HyattRegencyOsaka #HyattRegency #invite #hazmazgazdoesjapan (photo cred: @ironchefshellie )
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  •   ironchefshellie Bahahaa drunken photo cred 6d
  •   jpradun Hibiki 21 is worth every yen. 6d
  •   msihua @jpradun its about 3800¥ for this tasting! So worth it!!! 6d
  •   irinasarri Hibiki is always the best 6d
  •   swigflasks @msihua we're still talking about the whisky right? 6d
  •   msihua @swigflasks hahaha yes!!! And that's 5 words! 6d
  •   winceeee Hibiki!!! Another one I quite like recently is Nikka by the Barrel too. So happy for you guys lah what a wonderful evening 5d
  •   msihua @winceeee the Hibiki is just so smooth! Next time you need to try the Yoichi as its so super smoky 5d

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msihua Just the other night, we discovered a delicious and extremely affordable Ramen shop near Kyoto station. It was a great find, and as with all good things here in Japan, there was a queue waiting to get in. Our patience was well rewarded. Delicious salty broth, thin melty slices of charshu and fresh springy noodles! The gyoza here was pretty damn good too. All up, our entire meal cost us ¥2200. Super bargain! #ramen #honkedaiichiasahi #kyotolove #hazmazgazdoesjapan 1w

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msihua Last night was our final night in beautiful Kyoto. We treated ourselves with a stay at a refurbished Machiya (townhouse) belonging to the Akiyama family who ran a sake business (Kinpyo 'golden gourd' brand). 200 years of history preserved along with materials sourced from a sake brewery warehouse that was being pulled down now makes this machiya. There are not that many machiyas left standing these days as they have mostly been torn down to make way for modernisation, a cause which is now being regretted #machiya #gionkinpyo #gion #kyotolove #hazmazgazdoesjapan 1w

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msihua Found! Best Gyoza shop in Kyoto! With a picturesque location just around the corner from the Ponchoto. Both @ironchefshellie and @zeboy were neck and neck on a Gyoza eating challenge. They both ranked the crab gyoza (180mm of it, size does matter) as their favourite, closely followed by the shrimp gyoza as the second best gyoza. I sat backed and watched them go for it whilst enjoying my chicken wing gyoza (my favourite! ). In the end I think @zeboy won the competition by just one gyoza! Ding ding ding ding! #hazmazgazdoesjapan #gyoza #kyotolove #cannevereatgyozainmelbourneagain 1w

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msihua Today is Showa day or Greenery day, a public holiday where in the old days it was meant to celebrate the previous Emperor's birthday. These days, it signals the start of Japan's annual Golden Week (GW). Expect to see a lot of kimonos and Maikos' (apprentice Geishas) wandering around the streets if Kyoto as they visit the shrines and temples #maiko #maikospotting #geisha #kyotolove #hazmazgazdoesjapan 1w

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msihua Ohayo Fushimi Inari-taisha! Here's a video of Tori gates instead of a photo #fushimiinaritaisha #fushimiinari #kyotolove #hazmazgazdoesjapan 1w

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msihua Found a #KitKat bar. Bought all the Kit Kats #hazmazgazdoesjapan #onlyinjapan #chocolate #kitkatbar 1w

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msihua Today's breakfast was a little out of control. I couldn't fit in the whole table of food despite standing up. Thank you @hyatt Regency Kyoto for the epic Japanese breakfast experience. I recommend everyone do a traditional Japanese breakfast at least once in their lives! The last time I had something similar to this was when we stayed at a ryokan 8 years ago #breakfast #kyotolove #japanesebreakfast #HyattRegencyKyoto #hazmazgazdoesjapan #InAHyattWorld 1w

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msihua Yesterday we battled hordes of tourists and selfie sticks to take this picture that thousands of others have taken. Kinkaku-ji or the Golden Pavillion is gilded in gold leaf and is also not the original structure. Like most historical buildings in Japan (we have come to find), this is a reconstructed version (made more grand) after the original burnt down. Once during the Onin war and second by arson. Despite that, throngs of tourists still visit for this perfect picture #kinkakuji #goldenpavillion #kyotolove #hazmazgazdoesjapan #travelblogger 1w

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msihua Tonight, we were so lucky to have experienced one of Kyoto's fine hidden Kaiseki restaurants. One of the most interesting dishes that we tried was the Yuba (tofu skin), which was served in a hot broth in a tub and a dipping sauce. It was so fresh and refreshingly light. I was blown away by something so simple and traditional. I joked that it was as if the yuba was served in an onsen before we ate it :,) #hahaimsofunny #kyotolove #yuba #kapposakamoto #kaiseki @kyotosakamoto 1w

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