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Japan 2017: Osaka Castle

We arrived at Narita Airport at six in the morning. After having breakfast at McDonald’s (yes, I know, not the best choice) and getting our JR Passes, we headed to Osaka. To get to Osaka from Narita Airport, we had to ride the Narita Express and the Shinkansen. Total travel time was a little under four hours. It was a long ride but it was a great start (we got super excited about riding the Shinkansen) to our trip. After settling into our hotel and freshening up a bit, we headed to Osaka Castle. The construction of Osaka Castle started in 1583 on the former site of the Ishiyama Honganji Temple, which had been destroyed by Oda Nobunaga thirteen years earlier. Toyotomi Hideyoshi intended the castle to become the center of a new, unified Japan under Toyotomi rule. It was the largest castle at the time. However, a few years after Hideyoshi’s death, Tokugawa troops attacked and destroyed the castle and terminated the Toyotomi lineage in 1615. Osaka Castle was rebuilt by Tokugawa Hidetada in the 1620s, but its main castle tower was struck by lightening in …

Japan 2017

Last October 11-18, I was blessed to be given a chance to spend eight days in Japan. In all honesty, I don’t really know anything about their culture or country. I don’t really watch anime or read mangas. It’s such a surprise when I booked the tickets and found myself in the land of the rising sun. We land and depart at Narita Airport but we also plan to see the Kansai Region. With this plan in mind, we opted to buy the JR Pass for convenience and comfort. Sure it costs a bit more but with hours of travel in between, it’s a price we gladly paid. Our plan was simple – to maximize the JR Pass, we had to go to as many places where we can use it. We ended up with this map and plan for our Japan trip. Day 1 – Arrival at Narita. Travel to Osaka. Day 2 – Kyoto Day 3 – Universal Studios Japan Day 4 – Nara Day 5 – Himeji. Travel to Tokyo. Day 6 …

Review: Neogen Dermalogy Real Fresh Foam Green Tea

Neogen is one of the brands that I’ve been wanting to try for the longest time. Aside from being a cruelty-free and all natural brand, they also use six core technologies for ultimate skin benefits. They really take skin care to the next level. One of the products I’ve set my eyes on is the Real Fresh Foam Green Tea. I’m really into products that have green tea because it has so many benefits (anti-aging, helps with acne, less sebum) for our skin. It was a no-brainer when I bought it. Neogen Dermalogy Real Fresh Foam Green Tea is a non-irritating, extremely gentle foam cleanser with fresh green tea water and natural nutrients. It gently yet effectively cleanses skin and lifts away impurities without upsetting skin while leaving skin smooth and moisturized. I have to be honest, even if Soko Glam says that it is the perfect water-based cleanser after an oil-cleanser, I paid it no mind. I was convinced that I could use this as the only cleanser in my skincare routine. That’s my …

Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder vs Innisfree No Sebum Blur Powder

These two powders are my favorite powders in the entire world. Not only do they get the job done but it’s also dirt cheap! If you’re looking for a powder that can help with the sebum on your face, I highly recommend any of these two from Innisfree. The original one is the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder. It has a faint inexplicable smell to it (but I like to call it the mineral smell) that helps control sebum for the whole day. It has a brightening effect that I attribute to its white color. When using this product, I highly advise to blend it into your skin really well as it sometimes gives off a subtle white cast. The Innisfree No Sebum Blur Powder, on the other hand, doesn’t have any distinct smell. It also has a beige color which helps in its blurring effect. It helps cover up any pores or subtle impurities that your face might have. It also greatly helps with controlling sebum and keeping you matte and fresh all day. One …