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A day in Tokyo (Akihabara + Ueno Park + Asakusa)

It's been over two months since we went to Japan and I don't think I'm over it. Japan is the type of place that you can go over and over, and don't get tired of it. (Although, I would say this applies for Australia too). We had this whole two week trip planned out, visiting Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Our itinerary is jam-packed but it was worth it, we were able to see all these temples, gardens and tourist spots. Plus, Autumn in Japan is spectacular. It can be a bit cold and windy but it is always a welcome change to the unforgiving Manila heat.

Baked Chicken Katsu

How do you imagine a perfect lunch? For me, it's as simple as having chicken karaage (made by the fiance) and store-bought garlic sauce, coupled with hot steaming rice. Nothing fancy but ultimately memorable. For the last few weeks, I've been randomly reading recipes on food that I want to cook in the near future. I have this internal panic that I want to be a good wife and be able to serve something edible to my soon to be husband. I imagine that there would still be days where we could order in pizza or go out for dinner (A welcome break from dish cleaning! Something that I am not too keen to do :P) but for the most part I want to do some real cooking.

Sydney Observatory Hill (+ Life Lately)

I kept reminding myself to regularly write a post but it has been nine months since my last entry and I have no excuse. I wanted to say that I'm busy but I know that everyone else is busy with this thing called life and work. Anyway, all is well in my part of the world (and I hope yours is too). So many good things have been happening to me and I am immensely grateful :)

The day before my flight back to Manila, I went to this park that offers a different view of the Harbour bridge. It has been saved on my must-go list for quite a while but was only able to go that particular day.

Pylon Lookout and Milsons Point

Two of the most iconic landmarks in Sydney are the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. I've always been fascinated by the latter and seriously considering doing the Bridge Climb in the near future (I have to save more because it costs around AU$300). For the meantime, why not go for the next best and cheaper thing?

Cafe Spotting: The Grounds of Alexandria

Sydney prides itself of its brunch culture. With hundreds of cafes flocking the city, finding the right one could be a bother. Thankfully, there are such places that we can consider as go-to or must-visits, one of which is The Grounds of Alexandria. Aside from being a café, a restaurant, and a nice outdoor eating spot, The Grounds has a lot of other things to offer such as pretty interiors and exteriors, luscious greens, and even rustic feels. Not to mention they serve up some of the best nutella doughnuts and most refreshing lemonades!

The downside, this place can get pretty crowded especially during the weekends. If your schedule permits, time your visit away from the peak days (usually weekends). Go on a Thursday just before noon to get the most out of your visit. Plus the doughnut cart is open! :P

On the other hand, during weekends they would have The Grounds Market, where around 80 stallholders would sell their unique and local wares to the general public. It's up to you if you want to brave the crowds but I can say this place definitely deserves a visit or two.