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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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One of the cute pups at Clawset Cafe, DJ
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Let's take a break from food to introduce you tho this amazing happy place - Clawset Cafe! It's a pet cafe where you can bring your dogs to play. There is a resident grumpy cat and a few dogs that do great PR work. Super cute and happy. Oh and it helps that they make great mocktails too!
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Moving on with my food adventures in Malaysia here's a mix of takeaways including a special delivery from my dad's hometown 2 hours away courtesy of my aunt. Teluk Intan Chee Cheong Fun! These rice rolls have extra ingredients rolled in that make them super delicious. Also featured here are Village Park Uptown's famous Nasi Lemak Fried Chicken and Beef Rendang. Best of the best!
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Another childhood favourite of mine is this Pork Noodles but it has to be a good one are it's not enjoyable. The clear pork broth is so delicious. I like mine with vermicelli noodles. The toppings include pork slices, pork mince balls, fried lard, pork liver and vege.
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Mud Crab is one of my favourites! There are so many ways its cooked and my favourite is Chilli Crab (pictured), Kam Heong ( Golden Fragrant) and Butter Cheese. When I go to Malaysia I revisit my childhood favourite Wong Poh for my fix.
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The simplest of foods are sometimes the best. My staple breakfast of Maggi Goreng which is fried instant noodles mamak style.
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Nasi Kerabu - A Kelantanese dish with many elements to it. Fragrant rice coloured naturally with blue flower, a mix of chopped raw veges and herbs, delicious fried chicken, crackers and spicy sauce. I love the herby tastes you get with this dish and the different textures.
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Tzy Ling Tan 2 months ago
Moving on to noodles this is one of my favourite street food dishes - Mee Rebus. Yellow noodles in a thick spiced sweet potato gravy with all the toppings. 😍 This one's from Gerai in Centrepoint Bandar Utama.
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You saw the Nasi Goreng now comes the Pork Ribs. It is ah-mazing!!!! Well marinated, delicious sauce, super tender pork. 100% winner.
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Naughty Nuri's is a successful restaurant chain from Bali serving really good Balinese food. Lucky for me there's one near my house. Their Nasi Goreng is to die for with such delicious flavour. The aroma alone is super appetizing!
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Lyf&Spice 2 months ago
Lovely food. Cute name ;)
Next Stop, home sweet home - Malaysia! I come from Petaling Jaya in Selangor. I'll be sharing some top picks and favourite eats in the area. Our first breakfast was at Jin Xuan Hong Kong Dim Sum. Best Dim Sum/Yum Cha hands down. We especially like their Xiao Long Bao (Soup pork dumplings) though everything else is great too. The Golden Custard Bun is delicious and fluffy while the Prawn Crystal Dumplings (Har Gow) are fresh and yummy.
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I want to conclude my adventures in Japan with this beautiful snapshot in Gion, Kyoto.

Shirakawa-minami Dori is known as the prettiest street in Kyoto. A cobblestone road alongside the Shirakawa Canal, lined with trees hanging over. To me it's most beautiful at night and this was captured at 7.30pm in spring. Sayonara beautiful Japan.
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Lyf&Spice 2 months ago
How lovely. Will take tips from you
More little morsels of tofu and mochi made delights. So delicate!
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Dining on some Kyoto cuisine. I love all the little morsels and variety of dishes. Everything tastes so fresh and clean as well, a healthy lifestyle.
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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 months ago
Look at those pastel soft serves!!! 😍
Tzy Ling Tan 2 months ago
Taste even better than it looks 😋
absorbing all the chi from Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. Amazing feeling here!
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Lyf&Spice 2 months ago
Ooo.. would love to hike here 😊😉
A closer look at Kinkaku-ji golden pavillion
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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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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 2 months ago
What a lovely shot 🖒
Tzy Ling Tan 2 months ago
Thanks Lyf&Spice 😄😄
Nijo Castle in Kyoto is looking mighty fine.
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Shruti Sahu Gupta 2 months 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 ?
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.
Shruti Sahu Gupta 2 months ago
GUEST QUESTION
Hi, you must have experienced a lot of airports while traveling. which one is your favorite and why ?
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.
More from the Kyoto Station Sky Walk
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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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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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OMG check out this Samurai dog at Maruyama Park. so cute!!!!!
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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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Hanging out at Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto. Looks like a ceremony is in progress today on the stage.
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Sarvesh Sah 2 months ago
GUEST QUESTION
How many days are you in Japan for and covering which cities?
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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 months ago
Awesome..thanks Tzy Ling Tan
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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Next stop - Kyomizu-dera. This isn't the famous stage but the pagoda sure looks amazing. How about the weather!!
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Clearly eating more grilled rice cakes because I'm in Japan! That sweet miso glaze is so addictive.
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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 3 months ago
✌ it's a strong matcha flavour but no bitterness at all. So so good
Lyf&Spice 3 months ago
Awsm!
First time having Soy Donuts! They are so fluffy and delicious. Especially when it's freshly fried and piping hot.
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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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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 3 months ago
GUEST QUESTION
Have you taken photography lessons? Your photos look unprofessional, unfiltered and naturally good.
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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 ✌
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 3 months ago
Yummilicious!
A brief moment where no one walked past. ✌
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Lyf&Spice 3 months ago
Perfect! 💥
Playing Peekaboo while still trying to get an empty shot of these famous red Tori Gates of Fushimi Inari Taisha
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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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If you didn't spot the deer in the last photo surely you can spot it in this one! #backtonature
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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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More Sakura (cherry blossom) shots because we just can't get enough!
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Lyf&Spice 3 months ago
How sweet! 💙
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 3 months ago
GUEST QUESTION
What is your opinion of Venice as a destination? Keeping aside guandola rides, is there much in the city?
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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 3 months 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..
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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Sarvesh Sah 3 months ago
GUEST QUESTION
Which places to include while planning a trip to Japan - Tokyo, Kyoto, what else?
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I think Osaka is a must, just for the street food! Hokkaido is also great in summer for rolling rainbow hills of flowers and winter for the snow villages. Hokkaido is also known locally to be the no. 1 for food produce so get in as many seafood buffets as you can. 😊
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Sarvesh Sah 3 months ago
That's awesome..would take 10 days I think to cover it all in a good manner..thanks Tzy Ling Tan
check out these giant spider crabs!! 😱😱
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