Karuizawa – Top Places to check out in the luxurious Resort Town near Tokyo

Karuizawa is a beautiful alpine resort in eastern Nagano just one hour away from central Tokyo. A suburban town tucked away in the mountains, its relatively cooler climate makes it an ideal retreat from Japan’s sweltering summer heat. I abhor summer, especially summer in Japan, where its daily average temperature of 40 degrees is even […]

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Writing to feel Alive in a Pandemic World

An open laptop, a pen lying across an open book with scribbles on it, with a cup and a vase of flowers beside them.

I recently came across a post that mentioned about how people turn to writing during times of crisis. I will never forget this particular description, for it truly speaks to my heart. “A diary can serve as a stimulant to feeling. It can remind the author, whether she is writing from prison or the warfront […]

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Why I Always Buy Sunscreens in Japan

If there is one thing I never leave Japan without, it is sunscreens. As a religious sunscreen user, I make it a point to amass several bottles of sunscreens whenever I visit Japan. What’s so good about Japanese sunscreens? And why do I buy them in Japan instead of in Singapore? Lightweight and Scentless I […]

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Eating Free-Flow Karashi Mentaiko

Hakata Motsunabe Yamaya is a chain restaurant from Fukuoka known for both motsunabe (hotpot dish with various offal) and Fukuoka’s local specialty, karashi mentaiko (spicy cod roe). There are several branches throughout Japan, and when I was in Osaka, there happened to be a newly opened branch in Takatsuki, DH’s hometown, so we decided to […]

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Where to view Plum Blossom in Kansai

Plum blossoms, or ume, are as beautiful as they are underrated. Many people head to Japan to view the celebrated cherry blossoms, but few realise that plum blossoms are just as enchanting, and they last longer. While cherry blossoms bloom for two weeks at the most, plum blossoms colour Japan in varying shades of pink […]

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The Ordinary made my once Acne-prone Skin Extraordinarily Clear.

Everyone says that living in Japan will give one clear skin. Perhaps it is their diet, or their traditional onsen soaking habits, for indeed, I don’t quite recall seeing any Japanese woman with bad skin. Almost every single one of them seemed to have such flawless, glowy skin. And yet, I had been battling with […]

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Kadomori Electric Hands Facial Shaping Experience

I was invited to Devonshire Hair Studio at Somerset for a special facial lifting programme with them. It is actually a special form of massage by an aesthetics clinic from Tokyo, called Kadomori. They specially invited the head coach of Kadomori, Keigo-san, all the way from Japan, to conduct a few special sessions in Singapore […]

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