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Instagram Image by โค๏ธ Mel's Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) with caption : "๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿถ Happy Lunar New Year from #Singapore!!
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๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŠ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿถ Happy Lunar New Year from !! . One of the most common food symbol of the New Year in Chinese culture is Oranges, as they are a symbol of wealth and good luck, which comes from resemblance between the words for "orange" and "gold" (wealth) or "good luck". It is common in Chinese culture for homonyms to become a symbol of one another over time. . In Singapore, the custom for Lunar New Year is to have a family reunion dinner and visit relatives' houses especially over the first two days of the new year. When you are doing visitation, you as a guest would bring two (mandarin) oranges and present them to the host while wishing happy new year - the phrase we use for this is "Gong xi fa cai". If you are not married, your married relatives will also give you ang bao aka red envelope containing money. Then on top of that you are also expected to eat copious amount of food! . I did not go home for the new years this year and I don't have relatives in Singapore, so I spent the weekend in the kitchen instead, experimenting with cooking my own meals. I tried replicating KFC and Ikea meatballs! It was successful ๐Ÿ˜‹ .

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Instagram Image by โค๏ธ Mel's Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) with caption : "#Momijigari part 3: The perfect autumn warm tones (late November 2017)
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๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ Onigiri at Akame 48 Waterfall. I love check" at ่ตค็›ฎๅ››ๅๅ…ซๆป - 1710231325564490660
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part 3: The perfect autumn warm tones (late November 2017) . ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ Onigiri at Akame 48 Waterfall. I love checking out the grocery stores and convenience stores whenever I am in Japan. My absolute favorite thing to get? The onigiri! These Japanese Rice Ball is a staple snack - I get at least one a day. There are many types of onigiri - with salmon, tuna, chicken, egg or vegetarian ones with pickled plums or beans and sesame. After this trip, I was convinced Japan is the most beautiful country in the world. Theyโ€™ve got something for every season โ€“ Sakura in the spring, beautiful snowy mountains in Hokkaido (which Iโ€™ve yet to visit) in winter, amazing diving in Okinawa (still on my bucket list) and Momijigari in the fall. I shot this with @moment wide angle lens - I've been playing around with moment lenses and I absolutely love them! They really do make a difference to your mobile photos.

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Instagram Image by โค๏ธ Mel's Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) with caption : "#Momijigari part 2: Brilliant yellow leaves amongst greeneries (late November 2017)
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#็„ผใใ‚‚ใก Yakimochi at Akame 48, a bea" at ่ตค็›ฎๅ››ๅๅ…ซๆป - 1709143162481890929
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part 2: Brilliant yellow leaves amongst greeneries (late November 2017) . Yakimochi at Akame 48, a beautiful waterfall trail about an hour out of Osaka. We came here for another round of Momijigari, the autumn leaf hunting tradition (visit my blog for more information on this). Akame 48 is an easy trail in Mie prefecture, following a main river which forms many small and big waterfalls. There aren't exactly 48 waterfalls on the trail, but "48 waterfalls" signifies endless waterfalls in Japanese language. The area is also known as Ninja valley โ€“ the birthplace of Ninjas and home to giant Salamander. At the entrance to the waterfall, you'll pass by several snacks and souvenir shop. I recommend picking up some snacks to enjoy on the trail! But please look after your own trash since there are no bins inside. My favorite pick is yakimochi (็„ผใใ‚‚ใก) from one of the shops for 120 yen a piece. Yakimochi is grilled Japanese rice cake, which has a very sticky and soft texture when hot off the grill โ€“ that's why it has the plastic wrap to keep its shape. It's stuffed with sweet red bean paste inside, but it has a hint of saltiness on the outside โ€“ super delicious! . ๐Ÿ’กTrivia: In Japanese language, aside of "grilled rice cake", yakimochi could also mean "to be jealous" depending on the context of the sentence.

Instagram Image by โค๏ธ Mel's Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) with caption : "#Momijigari part 1: The red maple leaves (late November 2017)
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part 1: The red maple leaves (late November 2017) . Zarame senbei while watching the red autumn leaves at Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto. Those red things in the background? They are all red maple leaves! I had seen on TV and photos how the vibrant red they become in autumn, but I never thought I would get to see it with my own eyes. @op.118 and I discovered this type of senbei (japanese rice crackers) while walking around Kyoto. I'm used to senbei being savory with bits of seaweed, but this one is coated with Zarame (large crystal) sugar so it is sweet but still retain the a hint of soy saltiness similar to other senbeis. And it's very delicious, so much that we each got two more to go. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Momijigari () is the Japanese tradition of visiting areas where leaves have turned red in the autumn. โ€œMomijiโ€ means red leaves, and โ€œGariโ€ means hunting โ€“ so quite literally, it means hunting autumn leaves. It is said the tradition began in Edo period when royalties started visiting certain areas of Japan to look at the autumn leaves. I could see why, because the leaves have changed into its beautiful fall colors โ€“ Ginko trees turn brilliant yellow, Maple trees turn vibrant red, and other trees turn various shades of brown while some remained green โ€“ it makes for a warm blend of colors that is very pleasing to the eye. ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ

Instagram Image by โค๏ธ Mel's Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) with caption : "๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐ŸŒฝ This is how i spent the first day of 2018 - chilling out with butter grilled corn outside of La Brisa, the latest be" at La Brisa Bali - 1703006517596694795
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๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐ŸŒฝ This is how i spent the first day of 2018 - chilling out with butter grilled corn outside of La Brisa, the latest beach club in Canggu, Bali. We went for a walk north along the beach just outside of La Brisa to Perenan Beach which seems to be more popular with locals... and there were more local food! Of course I had to get some ๐Ÿ˜ Aside of this grilled corn, I tried some Tipat Cantok from the street vendor for Rp 10,000 a plate - thats less than $1! Tipat Cantok is a dish made up of variety of steamed vegetable, tofu and rice cake served with peanut sauce and sweet soy sauce. In java this is called gado-gado, which means "a mix of stuff". . I wrote up some of my favorite Seminyak recs in my blog. As usual, find the link above! ๐Ÿ”

Instagram Image by โค๏ธ Mel's Food & Travel log (@girleatworld) with caption : "๐Ÿฆ๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ‰ A vanilla and pink dragonfruit ice cream at the famous Ceking Rice Terrace in Ubud, Bali. There are plenty of rice f" at Cekingan Rice Terrace Bali - 1697918279966086888

๐Ÿฆ๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ‰ A vanilla and pink dragonfruit ice cream at the famous Ceking Rice Terrace in Ubud, Bali. There are plenty of rice fields in Ubud but this one is special - the rice fields are located on a steep cliff, which makes for amazing photo location! It might look beautiful in the photo but the sun was out full blast that day and i swear it was a million degrees out there. This ice cream was MUCH needed even if I had to inhale the ice cream as it started melting within minutes. ๐Ÿ˜… You have to go here super early, like 7-8am early, because the sun in Bali can get very strong. . I spent a week in Ubud to kick off the year. You might remember I posted instagram stories throughout the trip and lots of you have replied and asked me for recommendations! Well, this weekend I finally got around to writing my Ubud guide - as usual you can find the link above ๐Ÿ” Let me know what you think!