Archive | March, 2011

Nishiki Market + Shinyogoku-dori

27 Mar

The Nishiki Market in Kyoto is part-wet market, part-street food paradise. The perfect place, in my opinion, to walk up and down around lunchtime to take little bites of everything and explore.

abalone

fresh hotate (scallops)

lightly caramelized sweet potatoes. perfectly crunchy on the outside,super soft on the inside.

soft shell turtle sadness : (

Perpendicular to Nishiki is the Shinyogoku-dori shopping district, which is pure awesomesauce.

Chicago Harajuku Thrift Store

super cute shop

Urban Research

Kitano Shop

this little aquarium of axolotls stood in front of an arcade for some reason

still not entirely sure why, but loooooooook at them! i’ve always wanted one.

Kyoto Station

chestnut mont blanc

mom had steak while my brother and i went for chirashi

after lunch we took a walk to this garden nearby. you had to pay Y500 to get in and i can’t recall its name, but it was completely beautiful. we didn’t think we would reach the cherry blossoms in time for our trip, but when we got there they had just started to bloom.

gay picture is gay, i know. they smelled really sweet though.

around this time i started noticing that i felt kind of disoriented, and developed a dull sort of headache which i quickly brushed off. we started getting one or two random text messages asking if we were okay because an earthquake had just hit the japan. now if you know anything about filipinos, you’ll know that tiny things (unfailingly) like to send us into a text-sending frenzy, so we brushed those off as well.

sat down at a UCC and everyone seemed completely calm, so we didn’t think that anything was out of the ordinary.

cafe latte with ichigo cream

sakura (cherry blossom) cream waffle

it wasn’t until we got back to our hotel that the scale of the earthquake started to dawn on us. the tv in the lobby was on and the first thing i remember seeing was a massive amount of water with these giant steamer ships in it that sat on top of where it looked like buildings used to be. a couple of panicked looking foreigners had gathered in the lobby and were presumably busy tweeting/texting frantically. we didn’t have time to really absorb everything because we had to catch the 4pm train back to osaka. when we got there that night and turned on the tv it was really heartbreaking to see how much damage was inflicted on the north east of japan, especially on Sendai.

we were really lucky that because of where we were when it happened, we didn’t feel a thing. some people that we talked to in both kyoto and osaka even said that their buildings started swaying. i really can’t stress enough how much i respect the japanese for the way they conducted themselves in the face of such a terrible thing, and for how determined they are to rebuild everything after the earthquake. being able to visit all these little towns throughout our trip helped me see how much of a loss it really is for them not just in terms of the human casualties, but also culturally; losing these places that, however rural or far away, the japanese people have really taken so much painstaking effort to preserve. : (

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Kyoto

19 Mar

Citadines Kyoto

took a trip to the tiny town of Kurama, which was freeeezing

at the bottom of one of the temples was a little restaurant where we popped in for dinner

soba with seasonal vegetables

train spying:

I see you, Japanese Max Fischer.

Gion, Kyoto:

one of the restaurants had this lewd little shrine that i thought was so cute and  funny

WHAT.

Sapporo x Royce Chocolate Beer

dear deer

16 Mar

took the train to Nara

“It’s awful for people!”

the ultra modern Nara Deer Support Club

fantastic lunch at Izasa

their sushi was so simple and wonderful. you could taste the flavors of the leaves that they were wrapped in.

warmed up at the super cute  Ban Inoue while waiting for the Fire Cleansing Festival to begin

matcha milk tea

i picked up this little deer at one of the temples… it’s supposed to hold my fortune in its mouth : )

ichigo

10 Mar

matcha soft serve + berries

subway pastries

chococro strawberry cream croissant from 10 min. ago

Osaka Loop Line

8 Mar

cold and food and cold

going out for sake in 5 minutes

rococorococorococorococo

5 Mar

Been busy these past few weeks doing pull-outs, styling, and putting together shoots for a new gig i have coming up, which is pretty exciting. Sandwiched between these things of course has been the usual dose of eating out, obsessing over jewelry, and other sorts of mundane shit.

chorizo pizza @ Ve Bene Pasta Deli, which serves excellent Italian food by a former pasta chef from Manila Peninsula. The restaurant is located, funnily enough, above the Petron Gas Station in front of Dasmarinas.

mozzarella salad / shrimp gnocchi

squid ink pasta / arugula salad w/ pears

shoot with Linn O. and Roy Macam

painted my nails something ridiculous in honor of our Japan trip tomorrow

Maru @ HK Sun Plaza in Pasay City

Shoot @ Heima with Bj Pascual and Bia C.

okok time to pack !