Dubbed as the most boring city in Japan - Google's findings, not mine! - one goes to Nagoya without any expectation. It's not as modern as Tokyo, nor as traditional as Kyoto. We arrived late in the afternoon, with only about 3 hours to spare before the last train to Osaka. We saw the Nagoya TV Tower from a far, but other than that, we didn't get to see much. We did, however, have a lovely dinner at one of the most charming cafes I've ever stumbled upon - Air Cafe.
The streets of Tokyo were nearing empty. Or maybe just in this stretch from Haneda to Shinagawa. I watch the storefronts go by, mostly convenience stores I would find myself in over the next few days, over the next few cities. I think to myself, so this is Japan. And it was, and it wasn’t just.
How today's sunny afternoon transported me to brunch in Singapore
Maybe we need to work on our passion projects even on days we don't feel inspired.
Brunch at this Aussie eatery's Notting Hill branch
The best way to warm up after a cold trip.
Because fast food can be good food.
There's more to Baker Street than Sherlock.
Talk about major life moment!!
I know, I know. I haven’t been updating. Things have been really busy at work lately and whenever I get home, all I wanna do is just plop in bed, watch my TV series or read a book. Basically rest my brain from producing any output. But the past weeks, I’ve been taking my work home too. I don’t want this lack of creative output to continue. I need things on my blog or else I’ll feel bad about myself later on (hehe!), so it’s time for me to finallyyyy post photos from our London trip last December 2015. I know, I know. Ang tagal na. But hey, I’ve never posted them online before. Plus, at least it’s October and maybe you’ll get ideas if you’re planning to visit the UK some time soon? My next 7 posts will be reeeeally photo heavy, I’ll be sharing with you sights we visited and the food we ate. All of it. If you have questions, I’d be happy to answer them too. So, let’s start shall we?
Luke and I flew direct on British Airways from Changi to Heathrow. If you’re flying on BA, always remember to check Business Life. It’s a publication by BA, but it’s not always readily available in your seat pockets. The first time I read it, it was, but subsequently, you have to get it from the shelf or ask a copy from the flight attendant. It’s always a good read. But if that’s not really your thing, knock yourself out with the in flight entertainment. I like checking out the foreign films selection on long haul flights coz you never know what gem you’ll stumble into. I know it seemed artsy the way I said it, foreign films selection, but in reality, it’s more of feel good romcoms set in picture pretty locations.
This is the Heathrow Express on its way to Paddington Station. The Heathrow Express can get a bit tricky. Ask, ask, ask It’s also probably best if you ask people who work there rather than random travelers who may give out the wrong info.
Luke probably wondering why someone would like to take pictures at this ungodly hour after taking a long ass flight. He may or may not be also judging me at this point.
Mood when this picture was taken: Yay, I’m in London!!! I’m finally gonna be able to explore it properly!!! I’m so tired but whatever, I’m in Londonnnn!
Candy coloured clouds during dawn at Notting Hill. NOTTING HILL!!!
The door to our Notting Hill Airbnb apartment aka: our home for the next 8 days. The moment I saw this flat on Airbnb, I fell in love with it. It had 3 flights of stairs but it was worth it. Remember my apartment daydreams? This falls right into it.
Before I show you the flat though, let’s talk about this very British view – CHIMNEYS!!! Ughhhh, how so very non-Asia! HAHA!
Shortly after arriving, we decided to venture off because I wanted to correct my body clock (spoiler alert – I had jet lag until halfway through the trip). Our plan? Walk around the neighbourhood and head to Portobello Market
Passed by this beautiful church
Ang taba ko sa picture na to (I really was fat to be honest, hahah!) but I’m posting it because of the sheer happiness on my face
These houses are so pretty! But it must be a pain having so much pedestrian traffic on weekends.
We then made our way towards Oxford / Bond Street. An area I distinctly remembered from our previous London trip as Ingrid mentioned it was one of her fav areas.
For our first lunch, we went to Ponti’s coz it was nearby and I didn’t really do proper research beforehand on where to eat – a task I am now OC on when traveling. Hehe!
For dinner, we went to the Lebanese restaurant just near our place. It took us less than 10 minutes to walk there.