• Singapore,  Travel

    Gardens By The Bay: Blossom Beats – Cherry Blossoms Comes to Singapore!

    There’s every reason for Singapore to be happy about. Praise the Lord for our tiny red dot to be ranked as the happiest nation in the region. Here’s a news that got everyone up to their feet and makes a trip back to Gardens by The Bay! All those pink dainty Cherry blossoms is making everyone’s faces lit in delight. Gardens by the Bay’s “Blossom Beats” floral display at the flower dome features more than 20 varieties of beautiful cherry blossoms. I used to be able to admire cherry blossoms from my computer screen but right now, I am able to see it live, without having to fly to Japan…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Teathos: Organic Matcha

    If I have a selection of tea to choose from a menu, I would go for green tea. But there are several types of the green tea with Matcha as the highest quality of green tea. That explains why a small packet of matcha powder can be quite costly. It is actually finely-grounded tea leaves from Camellia sinensis plants. It’s brilliant green colour is retained as it is stored away from light and oxygen. Matcha is high in antioxidants and it provides a multitude of benefits from losing weight to boosting memory and concentration. This is such an amazing superfood so how could anyone miss out on that? Teathos, a…

  • Events,  Food,  Western

    Take Me to Japan, The Soup Spoon!

    It was one of the best decisions I’ve made this week to attend The Soup Spoon’s second party launch for their second set of Japan Souper Inspiration Soups. Occasionally, The Soup Spoon would introduced some new soups to be launch in their menu for a limited period of time. It excites the taste buds of the fellow Soupers who love trying out different flavours of soups.  We not only get to savour the essence of Japanese soups but also getting an opportunity to visit Japan. The peeps at The Soup Spoon are nice and generous – I must say. There’s a reason why I like to take part in their…

  • Japan,  Travel

    Kyushu, Japan : Day 7 – Senganen, Kagoshima Ikeda School and Shinkansen

    On our second last day of the trip, it began to drizzle a little. In fact, this is the rainy season. It rains quite a bit. But it was just a tiny downpour. One first stop was Sengan-en gardens and museum shoko shuseikan. Sengan-en was a villa of the Shimadzu family that was built in 1658. This garden itself was huge and there were several souvenir shops selling cut-glass, local product, wood-made products and many more. There are also a couple of restaurants too. The next stop was Kagoshima Ikeda school, an elementary school in Kagoshima. We received a warm welcome from their principals, teachers and students as we entered…

  • Japan,  Travel

    Kyushu, Japan: Day 6 – Sakurajima

    One of the highlights of this tour is to visit the active volcano, Sakurajima which is still rumbling where we were there! We took a ferry (including our bus) to Sakurajima-Kinkowan Geo Park. It’s a short 15 minutes ferry ride from Kagoshima port to Sakurajima. Sakurajima is currently still rather active!  It is originally an island. We visited the Arimura observatory and Sakurajima Visitor centre. Today, there are approximately 5,000 people living at the volcano site. But I really how they are able to withstand the volcanic ash particles which pollutes the air. The ash dust settles quickly on plants, cars and maybe on us humans too. I could feel…

  • Japan,  Travel

    Kyushu, Japan : Day 5 – Minamata Disease Museum and Shiroyama Observatory

    Minamata Disease Museum Our day began on a solemn note as we entered Minamata Disease Museum which triggered a memory from my secondary school days where I studied about how the fishes at Minamata bay poisoned its people through bio-accumulation of toxins. The Minamata Disease museum was built with the aim to educate the world about this pollution-caused illness and the importance of keeping our environment clean. Admission to the museum is free-of-charge. We are honored to have Rimiko Yoshinaga, whose Dad was affected by Minamata Disease, to share with us about what her family went through and how it all began. There are also storytelling sessions recounted by victims…

  • Japan,  Travel

    Kyushu, Japan : Day 4 – Kumamoto Castle, Grapes Picking and Kumamoto Kita High School

    The visit to Kumamoto castle took us through the history of Japan where the samurai warriors fought their way through victory. There was a bunch of historic information shared by our tour guide, Fumiko, but it was information overloaded. Yes, there’s only so much information you can retain while at the same time, soaking into the new atmosphere. This castle is one of the top three castles in Japan and is located right at the city centre. However, some parts of the castle now is under restoration.  In the afternoon, we went for grapes picking at Kichijien. We can pluck as many grapes as we want but we need to…