Osaka: Kaiyukan Aquarium (part 2)

Jellyfish at Kaiyukan Aquarium

More from the Kaiyukan Aquarium. When I’m in the ocean I’m absolutely terrified of these little babies but put them behind a solid piece of glass and they really are so beautiful. I’ve saved the best (my favorites) from the aquarium for last so stay tuned for that! x

Jellyfish at Kaiyukan Aquarium

I wanted to create a jellyfish x-ray of sorts.

Jellyfish at Kaiyukan Aquarium

Jellyfish at Kaiyukan Aquarium

Jellyfish at Kaiyukan Aquarium

Osaka: Park and Castle

Osaka Castle

For our first full day in the city we ventured out into Osaka Park to see the famous Osaka Castle.

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

Osaka Park

Random person photographing the tree. I see an insta-moment happening.

Osaka Business District

The view from our hotel room.

iPhone snaps from day 1

iPhone snaps from day 1

Roadside View

Roadside View

Kryz and I took a spontaneous trip up Busay this weekend. With no destination in mind, we just drove on, enjoying the scenery. Until, we saw this. Tucked away behind a row of houses was this amazing view. Can you imagine getting up to that every morning? I was sans camera but luckily Kryz had hers with her so I was able to take this panorama to share with all y’all. ;) Click on the photo to get a larger view of the pano.

From there I contented myself to shooting with my camera phone. Here’s the glimpse I had of the scenery that made me immediately pull over. The gorgeous view aside, have you ever seen a more idyllic nipa hut?

This is the same photo with a little instagram-love. Oh yes, hefe.

We stayed until the sun was well below the horizon, just taking it all in.

Enjoy!

Jack x

Singapore: Food Tripping at a Hawker Centre and the Botanic Gardens

I just realized I’m not too creative with these titles. No really, I’ve been doing this for a few years and this just occurred to me. This post was originally titled: “Singapore: Hawker Centre and Botanic Gardens” (snore). So I thought to myself, let’s mix it up. What if I call this “Food Tripping in Singapore!” that’s fun right? And accurate given how food centric this is going to be. But for the sake of google-lability, I’ll leave it at “Food Tripping at a Hawker Centre and the Botanic Gardens” (at the time this sounded like a best of both world’s solution but now it sounds like an awfully boring and overly descriptive children’s book).

But I digress, let’s get started. First stop for today was the Old Airport Rd. Food Centre. Based on all the research I did before the trip, most bloggers agree that this is one of the best hawker centres in Singapore. It was easy enough to get there, the bus stop (Blk 39) was right in front of the building. What we weren’t expecting was that there were many buildings, all filled with food stalls. We didn’t know which was the best so from there we simply let our stomachs lead the way.

Old Airport Road Food Centre

Deciding which stall to try first is simpler than you think. I situated myself at the center and picked the stall with the longer line. Which was #05 Vegetarian Food. I’m sure that’s not the name but my chinese is failing me right now and aside from xiang and chu I’m not sure what the rest of those characters are. Anyway, if you wanna try it, it’s stall #05.

Old Airport Road Food Centre

I had the kway teow mee (photo above) since that was what everyone ahead of me ordered, with lots of tofu skin, lots and lots. Trust me on this, the more you have the happier you’ll be. I was sorely tempted to line up again and ask for me after I tasted mine!

Auntie and Uncle

Meet aunty and uncle who couldn’t stop giggling when I asked for their photo.

After we ate we decided to explore the other buildings around us (and walk off our meal) and found a food centre that seemed to be more popular than the one we went to. If you’re getting off at the blk 39 bus stop, turn left to meet uncle and taste his amazing kway teow mee, but turn right and you’ll find all the stalls all the popular Sing food bloggers wrote about.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Then it was off to the Botanic Gardens.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens

And whats the first thing we do there? Eat of course! Anthony Bourdain would be proud. We headed for Food for Thought, a restaurant inside the gardens. We were still full from the hawker center (most of us were anyway) so we decided to share. But oh my goodness, the burger was soooo good after the first bite I knew I would regret not getting one each. After the pancakes with bananas and walnuts arrived (and disappeared just as fast) our bulging bellies were ready to explore the gardens (or lead us back to the hotel for a nap).

Munchie at Food for Thought

Wall art at the Food for Thought cafe.

Wall Art at Food for Thought

Savour every minute

It started to rain while we were walking and we didn’t have any umbrellas so we had to get creative. Meet Sr. Sabrina.

Getting creative

The gardens were beautiful and massive. We were only a quarter of the way through when we started to feel the strain of all that walking (and pigging out). So I stopped taking photos (boo) and just focused on enjoying the view. Which looked mostly sort of like this:

Wedding Shoot at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Congrats to the happy couple having their wedding photos done in the park. And sorry if we photo bombs a few of your shots.

x,

Jack

p.s. I woke up this morning to find out I’d been Freshly Pressed again (that sounds wrong). Thanks WordPress x