Sharing a Song this SUNDAY: Live while we're Young

So, it's NOW or NEVER!?

Oh yes, we should definitely "live while we're young".

HAPPY VALENTINE's DAY, everyone! (*wink*)

2015 Osaka/Kyoto Anniversary Trip: Kinkaku-ji Temple or the Golden Pavillion

Our first stop on our first whole day in Kyoto was the beautiful Kinkaku-ji Temple of the Golden Pavillion

Kinkakuji (金閣寺, Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408. Kinkakuji was the inspiration for the similarly named Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), built by Yoshimitsu's grandson, Ashikaga Yoshimasa, on the other side of the city a few decades later. SOURCE.

Kinkakuji is an impressive structure built overlooking a large pond, and is the only building left of Yoshimitsu's former retirement complex. It has burned down numerous times throughout its history including twice during the Onin War, a civil war that destroyed much of Kyoto; and once again more recently in 1950 when it was set on fire by a fanatic monk. The present structure was rebuilt in 1955. SOURCE.

Kinkakuji was built to echo the extravagant Kitayama culture that developed in the wealthy aristocratic circles of Kyoto during Yoshimitsu's times. Each floor represents a different style of architecture. SOURCE.

I highly recommend that you visit this beauty.

How to get to Kinkaku-ji...

Kinkakuji can be accessed from Kyoto Station by direct Kyoto City Bus number 101 or 205 in about 40 minutes and for 230 yen. Alternatively, it can be faster and more reliable to take the Karasuma Subway Line to Kitaoji Station (15 minutes, 260 yen) and take a taxi (10 minutes, 1000-1200 yen) or bus (10 minutes, 230 yen, bus numbers 101, 102, 204 or 205) from there to Kinkakuji.

2015 Osaka/Kyoto Anniversary Trip: Ready for Our First Whole Day in Kyoto.

Hubby and I woke up as early as 7AM for our first WHOLE Day in Kyoto. Yes, we were that excited! Even the rainy weather didn't put our moods down.

After all, we've been looking forward to this trip for monthssss!

Spring is like the rainy season of Japan. We didn't know this! We were just after the cherry blossoms so we didn't expect it to be this rainy.

But still, Kyoto was still a beauty.

And we are off to our first stop.

Kinkaku-ji Temple. One of my favorite temples in Kyoto. Will post more about it later! (*wink*)

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Happiness is...

1. Meeting up friends over the Weekend ♥
2. Long naps
3. Bonding with the Kids
4. Long Weekend!
5. College Friends
6. Photos and Photobooks
7. Friends from CFC
8. Beautiful songs
9. Hugs and Kisses
10. Family ♥

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2015 Osaka/Kyoto Anniversary Trip: Green Rich Hotel Kyoto and our First Dinner in Kyoto

After a long day on our first day in Kyoto, we finally went back to our "home" for the next two nights - Green Rich Hotel Kyoto.

Our initial reaction when we saw our room - Surprised and Excited! The room was huge ...and so was the bathroom!

We love that hotel was very new and the location was perfect too.

I would definitely recommend this wonderful hotel when you decide to stay in Kyoto.

And look, our first dinner in Kyoto was from a grocery nearby. We were in the mood for red wine too!

This dinner was definitely cheap yet very good! Didn't expect the food to be that good considering that it was cold and bought from a supermarket but really, we were impressed.

Japan, is now officially our favorite country! ♥♥♥

Change Your Thoughts...

Sharing a Song this SUNDAY: Story of my Life

Let's have a 1D kind of day today! (*wink*)

2015 Osaka/Kyoto Anniversary Trip: Shoefie in Gion and a Quick Coffee Date

Before leaving the beautiful area of Gion, I had to take a couple of "shoefies".

The colors of spring. ♥

Was here!

Now off to take a break and it's time to try Kyoto's Milk Tea and coffee...

5 Quick Ways to Take Breaks from Motherhood By Mariel Uyquiengco

Happy Friday, everyone! To all the Moms out there, are you thinking of taking a quick break this weekend?

Here are a few suggestions by Mariel Uyquiengco of

5 Quick Ways to Take Breaks from Motherhood By Mariel Uyquiengco

All moms consider their children as their pride and joy. We revel in being with our offspring, caring for them, teaching them, and shaping their lives.But even the most devoted moms need to take breaks from parenting duties once in a while to recharge, keep their sanity, or just be. We need to manage our parenting stress, before the pressure of juggling motherhood, work, and home take its toll.

A happy mom means a happy home, and a happy home means happy kids. Here are five quick ways to take little breaks from motherhood:

Exercise the stress away

Exercise releases feel-good endorphins that help relieve stress. The single-minded focus that we put into it helps us become calm. Being a health and wellness enthusiast, running is mom Cheryl Goodman’s number one choice for taking mommy breaks. She comes back from her runs “calm and grounded to parent again.” For those who exercise indoor, like blogging coach Martine de Luna, “30 minutes on the treadmill while watching Lifestyle network” is definitely a break for her.

Lose yourself in TV shows

Marge Aberasturi, founder of VA Support Pro, keeps her daily one-hour TV break sacred. Her homeschooledkids “don’t dare to speak to me except commercial breaks.” Her husband even prepares a drink and gives her chips, rounding out the queen-of-the-hour treatment. She maintains a long list of shows to watch, ready for her daily hour-long break.

Get a breather with a cup of coffee

Crafty stay-at-home mom Sheh Agustin waits for 3 o’clock to sit in her kitchen table. She treats herself to a much-needed cup of coffee and listens to her favorite jazz/retro radio station for a café vibe at home. The same goes for freelance writer Mitzi Dico who rewards herself with a cup after her six-month old falls asleep and half of her work for the day is done.

Pamper yourself pink

Most moms look forward to a day of pampering at a salon. Manicure, pedicure, foot spa, facial, and massage are some of the magic words that make parenting stress go away like magic. Martine treats herself to a facial every two weeks to maintain her skin and mom Tisha Rosales will welcome a foot spa-mani-pedi combo anytime. There’s nothing like a good pampering to cheer up a tired mother hen!

Run errands

Though grocery shopping and paying bills at the bank seem like work, home-based baker Iris Pulga enjoys running errands. It’s time away from her kids and considers it her breather. During errand days, mini-dates with one’s husband can also be squeezed in, making it a special break from the stressful part of parenting.

Sometimes, taking a nice, undisturbed shower is enough of a break, like it is for mom Joy Lojo. Taking the time to just be alone with one’s thoughts can do wonders in lifting up a mom’s mood. It is important for one’s mental health. For all the joys of motherhood, all moms just need to get some break time. This need should be encouraged and respected by the whole family.

Mom, take care of yourself and protect your alone time! Wellness-advocate Cheryl has good advice about how to achieve this: trade childcare duties with mommy friends or ask your husband, grandparents, and other trusted relatives to get this all-important downtime. Remember, children need happy moms and a happy home!


Enjoy your quick break, Mommies! (*wink*)

2015 Osaka/Kyoto Anniversary Trip: Gion.

One of the beautiful streets or area in Kyoto that you musn't miss when in Kyoto is definitely Gion.

Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district, located around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west. It is filled with shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where geiko (Kyoto dialect for geisha) and maiko (geiko apprentices) entertain. SOURCE.

Gion attracts tourists with its high concentration of traditional wooden machiya merchant houses. Due to the fact that property taxes were formerly based upon street frontage, the houses were built with narrow facades only five to six meters wide, but extend up to twenty meters in from the street.

A walk through this street is pretty amazing.

The most popular area of Gion is Hanami-koji Street from Shijo Avenue to Kenninji Temple. Will post more about it soon.