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Swissôtel Nankai, Osaka STAY REVIEW in central Osaka

Written by sylistic On July - 18 - 2014 under JAPAN

An exhilarating night view greets us on the 31st floor as the curtain withdraws. Tugging our luggage from Osaka Kansai airport, we were glad to find home just 31 mins by Rapi:t express linking us directly to Namba and just a lift that brought us to the check-in area. There isn’t even a need to change trains or bus or walk – you’re practically at Swissôtel Nankai, Osaka , just Read More…


Hokkaido Furano Lavender Flower 2014 Sapporo

Written by sylistic On July - 5 - 2014 under JAPAN

Lavenders – when was the last time you actually saw a whole purple stretch on hills? This July – mid July, you can and this will be the BEST season to catch the lavender in full glory bloom. We were here in Farm Tomita Furano, Hokkaido just few weeks ago to catch these lavenders in hope that they’ve at least popped out but they are still in their early stages. Read More…


Hiraizumi Chusonji Iwate Japan – A World Heritage-Site Visit

Written by sylistic On July - 5 - 2012 under Japan 3.11

On our last memorable day after a good sleep at the ryokan, we unwillingly dragged our luggage off the ryokan compound feeling sad that the journey’s gonna end here. Well, not really.. we have a last pitstop to make.. the Chusonji at Hiraizumi. Never have i imagined the Hiraizumi is that beautiful: capped with snow on trees and thickly stacking up on the grounds and softly melting when you scoped Read More…


“Where do you want to visit for the evening?” my guide questioned as i flipped through the brochures while laying comfortable on a couch at Best Western Sapporo. “Something beautiful for the night..” i mumbled and this caught my attention – Mt Moiwa. And off we set, without a question asked despite knowing it’s a little far about 1 hour from our hotel and though there’s a nearer one which Read More…

Read More >> featured on NHK JAPAN | Our 3.11 Japan Voyage

Written by sylistic On June - 7 - 2012 under Japan 3.11

Our 7 days 6 nights trip to Japan invited by MOFA Japan has since caught the attention of many, such as a local Singapore Volunteer group whom seeked directions from us to get to the disaster-hit areas and had set off to help the locals and rebuild efforts as well as queries from individuals on how they can assist in their efforts. Listen from 9:02 for our sharing experiences on Read More…


A night getaway in Tokyo Top Attractions

Written by sylistic On April - 5 - 2012 under Japan 3.11

Before you really decide to hit the beds, the night is still young for more exploration. Japan’s even more beautiful with its shiny glittering lights that blankets the city skylines and you sure won’t want to miss a part of it that captivates each traveler’s heart. Rainbow Bridge & Statue of Liberty Famous in New York, you can find the Statue of Liberty too in Japan, but a replica of Read More…


My 1st Ryokan Japanese Hotel Experience

Written by sylistic On April - 1 - 2012 under Japan 3.11

This article was featured on NHK RADIO JAPAN. More of the radio interview here. A breathtaking view rises ahead of us as my private car drifts through the curvy roads along the quiet scenic countryside. Soon, a beautiful sight appears right in front of the hill – a 6 storey high modern uniquely painted purple with white and black tiles that looks like a resort and a castle with its Read More…


Strolling through the dark within the premises of the Morioka castle, we soon found a glimpse of light shining from far and my tour guide smiled, “That’s where we are heading to”. I heaved a sigh of relief as uncertainty filled my thoughts earlier on whether we were heading in the right direction with our fingers unseen with no street lights within the castle though it was just 6pm in Read More…


Our ANA In-Flight Inspirations & Experiences

Written by sylistic On March - 25 - 2012 under JAPAN, Japan 3.11

Well Known as “Inspirations of Japan“, I flew off on All Nippon Airways (ANA Japan) to Tokyo Haneda with thanks to MOFA Japan on a mission to explore the disaster-hit areas and interact with the locals as well as the helpful NGO who has been contributing to the assistance of these quake-hit areas. I thought that the flight has inspired me with warm Japanese Hospitality right from the grounds of Read More…