Edited the first set of pictures for the blog. Taken at Meiji Shrine. The light and the dark greenery were just so beautiful. 💚 • More pictures on the blog. Link in profile.
Kan Yasuda’s The Secret of the Sky. A work that invites you to sit or lie down on the marble and just stare at the slow-moving clouds. ☁️
Pain au chocolat and figs for breakfast. ✨ - Lots of throwback coming soon haha. #styloohayō
Contemplation. - They were viewing Bruce Nauman’s 100 Live and Die (1984).
Headed to the airport after having breakfast at HOTEL GRAPHY this morning. This trip has been really meaningful and memorable - my first solo trip and ticking off an item on bucket list with my visit to Naoshima. So many precious moments and encounters that I can’t put into words. Thank you Japan! I’ll be back soon. 😘
Randomly chanced upon the tea room when I was strolling in Heian Shrine’s garden yesterday and I decided to go for it. Wrote my name down using a calligraphy brush, took my shoes off, and was brought to a room full of locals dressed in modest but formal attire. Then the tea ceremony began. Interestingly, it was a Caucasian dressed in kimono who was preparing the tea while another was introducing the tea room, the pottery and the tea. I didn’t catch anything because it was all in Japanese haha. After a few minutes my mind also turned blank because I couldn’t feel my feet anymore since we were sitting in the seiza posture (kneeling) but I was too embarrassed to move about since everyone was treating the ceremony with so much respect. Oh my what a memorable experience haha. Well I’ll be sure to read up on the ceremony so that I can fully appreciate it next time!
This morning at % Arabica Kyoto Arashiyama. Kyoto is really worth waking up early for. Things get so crazy from the afternoon onwards with the overwhelming crowd in the shrines and temples. I shall wake up early for Ginkaku-ji tomorrow. Gardens should feel peaceful.
Yesterday's meals at Naoshima. A grandmother prepared the seafood rice bowl I had for lunch and she was explaining to me how to eat a clam that looks like a rock with spikes. It looked like an alien haha. A couple from Europe were the only other diners at the restaurant and we were all laughing at how funny the clam looks and exclaiming how yummy it was. The grandmother was smiling while watching us enjoying the meal she prepared. I was really grateful. 💖 • For dinner, I ordered a few dishes and Japanese sake from Okayama. The food was thoughtfully prepared and even the garnish tasted excellent with the mains. It took me a whole hour to finish the sake (I can't drink haha) but I really enjoyed people watching and listening to their conversations. Another wonderful meal!
Naoshima, can't believe I'm actually here and experienced the works of James Turrell, Tadao Ando, Claude Monet, Walter De Maria, Lee Ufan and of course, Yayoi Kusama (work pictured here). Art on this island aren't just paintings and objects. The art here are experiences that we often don't get living in cities. Feelings of wonder, awe, freedom. And the pumpkin here isn't just a pumpkin. If you stand there looking at the pumpkin against the sea as a beautiful backdrop, it tickles you and brings a sort of light-heartedness to your day. You'll see figurines of this pumpkin on the doorsteps of the locals here as well. It feels like a guardian of Naoshima haha. Exploring Chichu Museum was so surreal because the space was built in collaboration with the artists, instead of filling up an already built space with art. The former approach brings an entirely different experience on how you would enjoy the works. It was spellbinding. ✨
I can't help but smile when I see these pictures of Ito! Met @suisleet and her daughter, Ito, yesterday. She told me Ito is shy but luckily she opened up after she saw this merlion soft toy I brought from Singapore! I showed her pictures of the actual merlion and she couldn't stop giggling at how funny it looks haha. Ito named the doll 'Lion' and kept feeding it with milk and coffee haha. I think my heart was about to explode when I saw how tightly she hugged Lion. 💖 • I started following @suisleet years back and found her account due to the MUJI hashtag. It's amazing how time flies and she has a 2 year old daughter now and we actually got the chance to meet up! 素晴らしい時間をありがとう! 🤗 • (If you read Japanese please let me know if this translation doesn't make sense hahaha.)
I'm in Tokyo!! Dedicated my first day to MUJI haha, visited MUJI at Yurakucho and Found MUJI at Aoyama and I was so impressed with my self-control hahaha. Pictured here is MUJI Yurakucho and I loved how they designed the space to include books scattered everywhere according to the product section - e.g. recipe books at food section, interior design at the home and furniture section. Pity (or maybe lucky) that the books are all in Japanese. I was sighing while admitting that there was no point getting them if I can't understand. • It was so hard to step out of Found MUJI. It's a really unique experience and I don't want to take it away from you by describing it with my words. I love the stories shared there. ❤️ • MUJI you totally stole my heart. #MUJIrer #MUJI #FoundMUJI
Kimchi fried cauliflower rice with pork belly and topped with a sunny side up! It looks messy because there was a breeze and the seaweed started flying everywhere. 😅 • You won't get the texture of the standard kimchi fried rice if you substitute with cauliflower rice, but honestly it's still really yummy taste wise. Make sure not to add too much water (kimchi juice, sauce) to make sure that it won't end up like a porridge haha.
Chicken marinated with soy sauce and sesame oil served with soba and cucumbers. Easy and satisfying! 💖
New shoes. ✨
D-10 to #styloohayō! 🇯🇵👋🏻
Warm and hearty soondubu jjigae (Korean tofu stew) for weekend brunch. ✨
Just realised IG has some UI design updates, recently realised I can upload multiple pictures in portrait, and then boom came iPhone X with so many crazy features. I need to catch up.
Last weekend's brunch - roast chicken thigh and cherry tomatoes over cauliflower rice. This was really a five out of five haha. Merely rubbed salt and pepper on the fresh chicken, placed it over some sliced yellow onions that's sautéed with butter, and wrapped all of it loosely in foil so that the juices won't be wasted. Then it went in the pre-heated oven for around 20 min, at 230 degree celsius. Tender, juicy roasted chicken with crispy skin. 👌🏻
Very proud of a friend @caffeinedaily who has worked very hard to open a cafe of his own, @theglasshousesg! It's a beautiful space, with great coffee at prices that are easy on the pocket. @mossingarden also worked on adding greenery to the space and it almost feels like you are in a greenhouse when you are there. Do drop by if you are around Cityhall.
This crazy weird weather and the sore throat is making me crave for tau huay...