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by Tzy Ling Tan
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A wanderlust at heart I always wish I could travel more. The most beautiful wonders are often when you least expect it. I invite you to join me in sharing travel experiences and tips to enrich our lives and open our eyes.

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Photo uploaded at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyōto-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 23 2017 10.43 PM UTC
After walking around the bamboo forest some ice cream is in order. We spotted this stall that does a "tasting cup" (or cone) of 4 flavours - Matcha, Sencha, Oat Tea and Roasted Rice Tea. Each flavour had a subtle difference but distinct enough to tell. The Oat tea one was my favourite!
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Lyf&Spice 2 days ago
Look at those pastel soft serves!!! 😍
Tzy Ling Tan 1 day ago
Taste even better than it looks 😋
Photo uploaded at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyōto-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 22 2017 10.33 PM UTC
absorbing all the chi from Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Amazing feeling here!
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Lyf&Spice 3 days ago
Ooo.. would love to hike here 😊😉
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Kinkaku-ji, Kyōto-shi, Japan
Photo uploaded at Kinkaku-ji, Kyōto-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 21 2017 10.53 PM UTC
A closer look at Kinkaku-ji golden pavillion
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Kinkaku-ji, Kyōto-shi, Japan
Photo uploaded at Kinkaku-ji, Kyōto-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 20 2017 12.56 PM UTC
There she is. The gorgeous Kinkakuji in all it's golden glory under blue sunny skies. Got here early to try and get a spot. It rained hard the night before so the water wasn't as clear hence a lesser reflection. Still a pretty sight nonetheless
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Photo uploaded at Maruyama Park(円山公園), Kyoto, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 18 2017 10.39 PM UTC
Came across a quiet part in Maruyama Park and saw this. Loved the way it looked so I took a photo with my poser husband 😂😂.
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Lyf&Spice 1 week ago
What a lovely shot 🖒
Tzy Ling Tan 1 week ago
Thanks Lyf&Spice 😄😄
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Nijō Castle, Kyōto-shi, Japan
Photo uploaded at Nijō Castle, Kyōto-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 17 2017 11.30 AM UTC
Nijo Castle in Kyoto is looking mighty fine.
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Shruti Sahu Gupta 1 week ago
GUEST QUESTION
Hi, what do you​ prefer to do when in a layover for a long time in an airport and stuck with no card to give access to lounges ?
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I always plan my trips with little layover time but that also means I don't get to see the airport or explore much. If I have more than 6 hours I will try to take a bus/train/monorail out to the city. Or anything nearby (make sure you don't need special visa for that country). If it's under 6 hours and I've exhausted all the shops in the airport I grab a drink, hunt free WiFi and a charging station and use that time to catch up with my social media, family, emails and read. Hahaha boring I know.
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Shruti Sahu Gupta 1 week ago
Thanks
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Shruti Sahu Gupta 1 week ago
GUEST QUESTION
Hi, you must have experienced a lot of airports while traveling. which one is your favorite and why ?
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Hello Shruti. I have indeed come across my fair share of airports, some better than others. I'd say Incheon Airport, South Korea is efficient, clean, good layout, easy to navigate, good staff and amenities/services available. Hamad Airport in Doha is my second pick, again it's clean, comfortable, good facilities and well designed.
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Photo uploaded at Kyoto Station Building, Kyōto-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 15 2017 12.59 PM UTC
More from the Kyoto Station Sky Walk
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Kyoto Station, Kyoto, Japan
Photo uploaded at Kyoto Station, Kyoto, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 15 2017 12.20 PM UTC
More from Kyoto Station. There is a free Sky Walk where you could walk the roof of the station and take a closer look at the architecture. It's a pretty cool experience.
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Photo uploaded at Kyoto Station Building, Kyōto-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 14 2017 12.02 AM UTC
Kyoto Station is a rather impressive building with a multilevel shopping complex, nice architecture, rooftop "garden" offering a view of the city and plenty of good food options. I took some time to check it out. More pics to come.
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Photo uploaded at Maruyama Park(円山公園), Kyoto, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 13 2017 01.34 AM UTC
OMG check out this Samurai dog at Maruyama Park. so cute!!!!!
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Tzy Ling Tan 2 weeks ago
Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto, Japan
Photo uploaded at Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 12 2017 03.57 AM UTC
When the sun comes out to play and the flowers are blooming in spring you will find many food stalls set up. Sit among the gorgeous cherry blossom trees and simply enjoy life. This world is amazing when you pay attention. Such a great feeling.
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Yasaka Shrine, Kyōto-shi, Japan
Photo uploaded at Yasaka Shrine, Kyōto-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 11 2017 10.16 PM UTC
Hanging out at Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto. Looks like a ceremony is in progress today on the stage.
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Sarvesh Sah 2 weeks ago
GUEST QUESTION
How many days are you in Japan for and covering which cities?
Video uploaded in Travel with Ling by Sarvesh Sah on May 11 2017 01.23 PM UTC 00:10
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We just did Osaka and Kyoto over 8 days including a day trip to Nara. It's a decent span of time to see and experience the main things in each city.
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Sarvesh Sah 2 weeks ago
Awesome..thanks Tzy Ling Tan
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Kiyomizu-dera, Kyōto-shi, Japan
Photo uploaded at Kiyomizu-dera, Kyōto-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 11 2017 08.02 AM UTC
Finally we went inside and got to the other side of Kyomizu-dera - the famous historical stage built with no nails. It was a shame that restoration works were in progress and the bamboo scaffolding covered up the building but it was still a nice sight from up here anyway.

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Kiyomizu-dera, Kyōto-shi, Japan
Photo uploaded at Kiyomizu-dera, Kyōto-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 10 2017 02.46 AM UTC
Next stop - Kyomizu-dera. This isn't the famous stage but the pagoda sure looks amazing. How about the weather!!
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Tzy Ling Tan 1 month ago
Tenjinbashi, Osaka, Japan
Photo uploaded at Tenjinbashi, Osaka, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 9 2017 07.04 AM UTC
Clearly eating more grilled rice cakes because I'm in Japan! That sweet miso glaze is so addictive.
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Photo uploaded at Nishiki Market錦市場, Kyōto-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 8 2017 01.31 PM UTC
If you like matcha this is out of this world! Look for the matcha stall in Nishiki Market and treat yourself to this Extra Thick Matcha Soft Serve.

best. thing. ever!
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Tzy Ling Tan 1 month ago
✌ it's a strong matcha flavour but no bitterness at all. So so good
Lyf&Spice 1 month ago
Awsm!
Photo uploaded at Nishiki Market錦市場, Kyōto-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 8 2017 11.03 AM UTC
First time having Soy Donuts! They are so fluffy and delicious. Especially when it's freshly fried and piping hot.
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Photo uploaded at Nishiki Market錦市場, Kyōto-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 8 2017 07.05 AM UTC
Hands down the BEST black sesame ice cream I have ever had. Served with toasted ground sesame and soy flour this is incredibly delicious. Absolute must for sesame fans!
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Photo uploaded at Nishiki Market錦市場, Kyōto-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 8 2017 05.35 AM UTC
Today let me show you some of my Nishiki Market faves. Kyoto is inland and so traditionally fresh fish was harder to obtain. You will find plenty of preserved, cured and pickled foods here. First stop check out this pickled vege store!
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Sarvesh Sah - Pepo
Sarvesh Sah 1 month ago
GUEST QUESTION
Have you taken photography lessons? Your photos look unprofessional, unfiltered and naturally good.
Video uploaded in Travel with Ling by Sarvesh Sah on May 8 2017 04.31 AM UTC 00:26
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😄 I haven't taken any lessons Sarvesh. Just been taking a lot of photos over time I suppose. Still a lot to learn ✌
Photo uploaded at Sakunosaku Ramen House, Ōsaka-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 7 2017 02.04 PM UTC
Hello my friends. Introducing this overflowing pork ramen. Tonkotsu Ramen with extra pork for 1080 yen. Totally worth it and so so delicious!
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Lyf&Spice 1 month ago
Yummilicious!
Photo uploaded at Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyōto-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 5 2017 12.45 PM UTC
A brief moment where no one walked past. ✌
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Lyf&Spice 1 month ago
Perfect! 💥
Photo uploaded at Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyōto-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 5 2017 12.12 PM UTC
Playing Peekaboo while still trying to get an empty shot of these famous red Tori Gates of Fushimi Inari Taisha
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Photo uploaded at Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyōto-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 5 2017 03.02 AM UTC
Welcome to Kyoto! I'm standing in front of Fushimi Inari Taisha with its famous red Tori Gates. Today we worship rice and be kind to the messenger foxes. About to start the trek and test my patience to get the crowd free shot. It is peak season after all 🙈
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Kasuga-taisha, Nara-shi, Japan
Photo uploaded at Kasuga-taisha, Nara-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 5 2017 02.42 AM UTC
If you didn't spot the deer in the last photo surely you can spot it in this one! #backtonature
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Kasuga-taisha, Nara-shi, Japan
Photo uploaded at Kasuga-taisha, Nara-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 3 2017 09.54 AM UTC
The path to Kasuga-Taisha Shrine in Nara. It is said over 3000 lanterns guide the way. It's a beautiful reinvigorating walk through the trees. Keep an eye out for deers popping their head up here and there. Can you spot the deer in this picture?
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Nara Park, Nara, Japan
Photo uploaded at Nara Park, Nara, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 2 2017 11.52 AM UTC
More Sakura (cherry blossom) shots because we just can't get enough!
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Lyf&Spice 1 month ago
How sweet! 💙
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Nara Park, Nara, Japan
Photo uploaded at Nara Park, Nara, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on May 1 2017 02.23 PM UTC
Welcome to Nara Deer Park. As soon as you get out of Nara Train Sation there are deers roaming everywhere. To be truly rewarded head towards Todaji Temple where you shall find a big park full of even more deers. Such an amazing place
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Sarvesh Sah 1 month ago
GUEST QUESTION
What is your opinion of Venice as a destination? Keeping aside guandola rides, is there much in the city?
Video uploaded in Travel with Ling by Sarvesh Sah on Apr 30 2017 06.58 AM UTC 00:29
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Hi Sarvesh! I have indeed and I didn't take a gondola ride because I felt exactly the same way. Overrated and expensive. I did however like Venice, apart from getting lost in little lanes, Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco, it might pay to venture out to the surrounding islands such as Murano. There you can see more art and sights such as their famous glass blowing.

As for the smells, I think it depends when you go. I went in October and there was no smell. Even with the fresh seafood market stalls all over the place. Unfortunately when it's warm the smells rise and waft through so perhaps avoid going in summer.

Venice to me is just a 2 day stop but the views from Piazza San Marco left the biggest imprint in my brain.
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Sarvesh Sah 1 month ago
Thanks Tzy Ling Tan ..I have to agree to:
1. I felt bad about the smell but I went in March, so may be it starts from then?
2. The view from Piazza San Marco is definitely good.
I spent only half a day in the city and liked getting lost in the by lanes behind the Piazza and exploring small restaurants/cafes for coffee and lunch..
Photo uploaded at Daruma Kushikatsu, Ōsaka-shi, Japan by Tzy Ling Tan on Apr 29 2017 09.53 AM UTC
Some people have asked me how to find Daruma Kushikatsu in Osaka (the one we tried). Well there are a few branches across Osaka so all you need to do is look for this man!

Kushikatsu literally means deep fried skewers so it's meat or vegetables coated in egg, flour and panko breadcrumbs then fried to a crispy fragrant golden brown. Make sure you dip in the dipping sauce which is a bit like Worcestershire but not as tangy. If you're dining in, the dipping sauce is communal, please only dip ONCE!
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