The Asahikawa Snow Crystal Museum in Hokkaido, Japan

One of the places my family visited during our trip to Hokkaido last July was the Asahikawa Snow Crystal Museum. It’s not really a popular tourist destination, and to be honest, it’s not really much of a museum too as there’s limited things to do and see here – basically, you just go here to look at the snow crystals, as well as passing by and looking in awe at the huge chunks of ice that they have on display in a corridor.

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Upon entering the Snow Crystal Museum, this is the sight that will greet you. A crystal tree! πŸ˜€ Entrance to the museum is 650 yen for adults.

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The Beautiful Shikisai-no-Oka Flower Gardens at Biei, Hokkaido

Out of all the regions in Japan, Hokkaido is probably one of the youngest. There isn’t really that much cultural sights to visit as when you’re in the Honshu area (where Tokyo is located), but it’s still worth a visit as for the lack of history, it makes up for beautiful landscape and natural sceneries. During the winter, a lot of people go here because of winter sports like skiing and the like. However, during spring and summer, it’s also visited for several activities such as hiking, summer festivals, and of course, to view the pretty flower gardens there. One of the flower gardens we visited during our trip to Hokkaido was the panoramic flower gardens of Shikisai-no-Oka, which is fifteen hectares of land in Oka-no-machi Biei that provides breathtaking views of rows upon rows of flowers.

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Such a pretty sight! During our visit, it was really hot but being able to see this view was worth it. I suggest that you bring an umbrella and a hat when you visit though!

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The place sort of reminds me of Sirao Flower Farm in Cebu. Obviously this one is bigger though and there are much more varieties of flowers to be seen here compared to the ones you can see in Sirao.

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上桷廳 Shanghai Teng, Temple Mall HK

Ever since our first visit to Wong Tai Sin around two years ago, it’s one of the places we almost always never fail to visit when we’re in Hong Kong. Also, since the MTR stop to get to Wong Tai Sin is on the same line as Prince Edward and Mongkok, we would, more or less, always make a side trip to to visit the temple as well. πŸ˜€

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Something that I like about Wong Tai Sin is the fact that there’s a mall nearby so you can easily find a place to eat before or after your visit to the temple. During our last visit, before heading to the temple we went to Temple Mall and ate at Shanghai Teng – one of the various Chinese restaurants that can be found in the area.

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Hotel Review: ibis Central and Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

There are two ibis hotels in Hong Kong. One is located at North Point and the other is located at Central & Sheung Wan. Looking at various reviews, we opted to stay at the latter as though the North Point branch may be cheaper, the ibis in Central and Sheung Wan has rooms with a view overlooking the Victoria Harbour and for an affordable price too and that is what, more or less, sealed the deal for us.

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The room we opted for was the Harbour View Room. It’s little, but as there were only two of us, we had more than ample amount of space to move around. Also!! Look at that pretty view. ❀

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Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, England

No matter where are in the world, chances are, you know about Shakespeare. After all, he’s one of the most prolific and iconic writers in all-time. Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, and Othello are just some of his works. You may either love him or hate him, bottomline is at the end of the day, Shakespeare’s a household name.

That’s why, though I have sort of lukewarm feelings for Shakespeare’s works (haha!), I was still glad that Stratford-upon-Avon, his birthplace and the place where he spent most of his life, was included in our itinerary.

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This isn’t Anne Hathaway’s cottage yet, but this is the place that you will pass by first before seeing it!

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Can you spot the Shakesbeare? πŸ˜€ So cool that they also have a Monopoly Startford-upon-Avon Edition!

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A day in the city of Bath, England

One of the cities that I’ve been really looking forward to visiting during my trip to England would be Bath. A couple of years ago, I’ve stumbled upon photos of it and for a brief period of time, I was enamoured, not only because of its quirky name, but also because of the wonderful architecture and of course, the famed Roman Baths. So, I suppose I am glad to have finally seen Bath with my own two eyes – and even had the chance to go around the city too! ❀

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The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, although it is more commonly known as the Bath Abbey. It used to be a Roman Catholic Church, but like most (if not all!) churches in England, it is now an Anglican parish church.

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Really love this kind of architecture. ❀ We didn’t go inside the Abbey though so no photos of the interior.

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