I’d apologize for being an absent poop! I have no excuses aside from the long weekend where I found myself in Singapore visiting my very good friend, Sammie S!
Before I say anything about hiking or traveling or the like, lemme just say that Google Maps is your friend. Your very very good friend especially if you don’t want to get lost.
While Sam was at work on Monday, I had the whole day to explore until we met up for dinner. I’d seen the usual Singapore sights but I have never taken a hike or anything strenuous because my city girl ass can’t take that.
I walked up the trail from the bus stop which you can see at the bottom right corner of the photo (Source: @micca.dj Instagram)
Fuunji Ramen has been on my bucket list since I learned what tsukemen (つけ麺/dipping noodles) was. Many blogs have said that this is THE place to go to even though I was also drawn to 大勝軒 Taishokenin Higashi-Ikebukuro which is said to have been the birthplace on tsukemen. Practicality took over and we went to Fuunji because it was right in Shinjuku and just a short walk from the train station where we left our luggage on our last day.
Tucked into the basement of an ordinary looking building, you’ll definitely miss the sign if you don’t recognized the kanji. The line went out to the street by the time we finished eating! (Source: miccadj)
Elephant Mountain (象山/xiangshan). I’ve seen it on Instagram very often recently and frankly, I wanted to catch a good view of Taipei too. Even if it meant hiking up a mountain in the middle of the city. Make sure the weather is nice and clear so all your hiking efforts won’t be for naught!
The fork on the trail (Source: mykafkaesquelife.blogspot.com)
Rainy days like these remind me of my childhood and being a burrito in bed because classes got cancelled (I have work now so that doesn’t get cancelled as often as classes do). My ultimate comfort food during rainy days are a packet of instant noodles and hot tea. Sometimes though, I really have to go for the fresh noodles especially if they’re right in front of me. Preservatives are bad for you, kids!
You can pretty much guess what I got! (Source: miccadj)
And once again I had found myself in Osaka, the nation’s kitchen and a city that I’m very fond of. Since it’s the first time my parents and I traveled to Japan together, I was looking for a special place/meal to cap off our trip. In my mind, Osaka has always kept a high standard for food which I do appreciate.
One of its institutions is Kigawa, a restaurant specializing in kappo (割烹) cuisine caught my attention while doing research since I like that whole “leave it to the chef” style of ordering. What I understand of kappo cuisine is that they harness the freshest seasonal ingredients when preparing a menu and the diners gets to watch the chef work everything in front of them. Open kitchens and tasting menus are always an A+ in my book.