Heart Like Yours


Here's an acoustic cover of Heart Like Yours from the movie If I stay.
Press play to never pause, hope you like it!



The Kyoto National Museum 

The movie is Lost in Translation. Scarlett Johansson stands beneath a dark umbrella; the sound of rain is another percussion track in AIR's instrumental piece; a bride takes a careful step, smiling at her new husband.

This is, unfortunately, a rather unrealistic picture of Kyoto (at least during the holidays). A quiet moment in any of the city's many Buddhist temples is a rarity. That doesn't mean you shouldn't take the time to see them. Come during the less crowded months, so you feel like you're in actual place of worship instead of a tourist attraction. There's the Fushimi Inari-taisha: red gates (torii) in the thousands, snaking upwards in wayward streams like a forest of worship. Kiyomizu-dera overlooks a hill and a smattering of trees that powder the landscape with flowers in the spring. A still, shining circle of water holds the image of Byōdō-in's Phoenix Hall. One towering statue of the Amida Buddha resides in the Hall, surrounded by Boddhisatvas, floating on clouds stuck to the walls just below the ceiling. There is a museum that even shows you what the Hall must have looked like in the past, when it held all its original color. You're not in Kyoto for the temples alone, though, and you shouldn't be; there's a lot you'll want to take in.

Some parts of Gion (most famous for being a geisha district) look like they were lifted straight from the Edo days. A warning: this is an area frequented by tourists, so the shops lining the main streets are pretty pricey. Duck into a tiny alley and enter Gion NITI, a small restaurant-slash-bar that is both full of contemporary elegance and Japanese to the bone. Trust the menu, because the food is kind of insanely good. Everything is written in kanji and kana but the staff will explain everything you need to know if you ask. Not far from there, you can find the Leica Store, almost invisible except for the tiny red circle on the blue cloth hanging just in front of the door. Leica is a German company that manufactures cameras, but the store looks and feels like it was never meant to be anywhere but in Gion. The second floor is dedicated to a photography exhibition that explores the theme of traditional craftsmanship in modern times. 

For an exhibition with a touch of history, head to Yoshio Taniguchi's new Heisei Chishinkan Wing at the Kyoto National Museum. The items on display range from statues depicting religious figures, to swords forged by masters, to sprawling scrolls with stories told in vivid brushstrokes.

If you're looking for a gallery experience that transcends the definition of a regular museum, Kyoto holds a real gem: the Garden of Fine Art, which has reproductions of paintings that are probably familiar to you already--da Vinci's Last Supper is placed just before a wide waterfall--but what really makes the experience is the Tadao Ando's masterful manipulation of geometry and space. You follow the ramps spiraling downwards in a maze of concrete and falling water, past Monet's Water Lillies submerged in a shallow pool, and finally arrive at a reproduction of The Last Judgment that stretches from the floor to the sky, framed by shadows. Breathtaking stuff.

The Sfera Shop

Practical matters:
  • It's always nice to end the day in a comfy room with a large, fluffy bed, but if you want to go for a wholly Japanese experience, try 9hours, a futuristic-looking capsule hotel which somehow manages to be a lot more convenient and comfortable than some four-star hotels elsewhere.
  • Kyoto has a nice subway system. Grab a Suica or Pasmo card that you can top-up as you go along, so you can avoid the hassle of using the tiny one-ride tickets. This might cause you to lose track of how much you spend on transport, though, so if you're on a budget and you're forgetful, it might be better to stick to buying tickets whenever you need them.

Meal at Efish Cafe

After that, you can head to Teramachi Street for some shopping. There's even a record store on the second floor of some novelty shop. Grab a bite at Churrostar (self-explanatory) or Breizh Café (crêpes and galettes). A few blocks away there's a Dean and Deluca that serves a nice seven-course lunch. Just west of Teramachi you'll find Nishiki Market. It's a clean, lively marketplace that boasts a fair variety of temptations: fish, octopus and eels are laid out on ice; sashimi sticks stand up on a styrofoam stage; fruits seem to glow with color; pickled vegetables swim in translucent liquid. Finally, sit down for a quiet cup of tea at Café Independants, which looks like a meeting spot for revolution-starting nineteenth-century youths (except for the pop art posters that adorn the walls framing the staircase that leads down to the basement where the café is located); if you don't mind walking a bit, head to efish café or the Sfera Building on opposite sides of the Kamo River. The quiche at Sfera is great, while efish's teas and curry rice are perfect during cold nights. Both places sell curated wares for the home; and if you manage to find it, Whole Food Café Apprivoiser in Shimogyo-ku serves healthy, delicious egg-free, flour-free and milk-free dishes.

Nusa Dua


I got a henna tattoo in the Bali Collection in Nusa Dua like, a day ago

Lace Top (New Look) | Sunglasses (Topshop) | Cardigan (Forever 21) | Shorts (Bershka) | Gladiator Sandals (Zara) 

My recent trip to Bali was not my first visit to the beautiful Indonesian island, and certainly not the last. It was refreshing to go to Bali to focus on the simple things, like the sun, sea and well-being. I traveled in between the Westin and the St. Regis which are both located in Nusa Dua, on the Eastern side of Bali, meaning it is quiet enough to hear the waves from your room and the perfect spot to see the sun rising over the horizon every morning.

In this photo, I'm in the St. Regis Bali which, by the way, has like, the best coconut ice cream ever. I know that it's pretty strange that I'm wearing a cardigan on the beach but having my arms sunburnt off kinda left me no choice to tote it around my shoulders the whole day. Other than that, I'm wearing something really comfortable that I can lounge around under the sun in- cotton twill shorts and a lace camisole paired with gold gladiators and sunglasses from Topshop that I bought the day before.

Shop similar styles:  The Lace Camisole

Sweater Weather


Nails (China Glaze)

Sweater (Zara) | Necklace (Forever 21)  | Leggings (Topshop)

Sweater (Topshop) | Leggings  (H&M)
Cardigan (H&M) | T-Shirt (Uniqlo)  | Leggings (Zara)
Cardigan (H&M)

Sweater (Calvin Klein) | Leggings (H&M) | Socks (Marimekko)

Socks (Marimekko)

Happy New Year!

It has already been established that there is no winter in Indonesia. When international retailers start packing their stores with winter items, is there any use of those garments to us staying in the country? Absolutely not.

However, we do have an "alternative" cold season. From the last, maybe 2 months of 2014 all the way to the first few months of the new year, it's rainy season! Although those super thick winter coats are still not of any use, sweaters, socks, raincoats, hats, umbrellas, etc etc are definitely a must have!! Here's how we styled ourselves--indoors--in this year's, what we'd like to call it (and what the band The Neighbourhood called) Sweater Weather!

Shop similar styles: Chill Sweaters