When we had lunch with our principal sponsors tito Dot and tita Gina Escalona (parents of our friend Ryan whose family has been close to Jim for years), they asked where our honeymoon would be. We said we were postponing our planned NY honeymoon to next year because we wanted to be practical and use our money to do a little renovation project in our condo instead. Also because we are taking a European cruise with Jim’s family later this year anyway, so the two of us can just extend our stay in Paris or something – whatever we decide! The Escalonas said it was important to take a little break in between the wedding & going back to work. Right then and there, they said they would like send us anywhere in Asia for a week as a gift. I KNOW, RIGHT?! We couldn’t believe it either. But they insisted! Of course I said Japan because Japan.
The last time we were there, Jim proposed to me in Tokyo. This time we wanted to explore Kyoto and Osaka! Sharing photos I took on our first night in Kyoto!
We left 3pm of Tuesday, 3 days after we got hitched. Flew Manila-Osaka (Kansai airport) and rode a bus to Kyoto. Including airport transfers and all, we got to our hotel around 9:30pm Japan time (they are an hour ahead of us).
We took a cab to The Westin Miyako from the Kyoto bus station. The taxi driver, like all other taxi drivers we encountered there, was VERY nice. Ugh. I love the Japanese, they are so courteous and mindful of others. We said we were looking for a place to have dinner and he recommended for us to go to either Shijo Kawaramachi or Pontocho street.
We checked in at the hotel and got ready for dinner. Translation: layer, layer, layer! It was so cold!
Of course I had to take photos of the room.
By the time we were ready to leave it was almost 11pm. We decided to go to Pontocho street! It’s a small alley right by a river and UGH, it looked super cool.
Most of the restaurants along Pontocho were already closed. We kept walking and turning into different streets, I can’t even tell you where we ended up because it was so cold we didn’t bother looking at signs anymore.
We kept entering restaurants that sadly didn’t have English menus and they did not know how to communicate with foreigners. Finally, one amazing guy left his post at his own restaurant and walked about 2 blocks to translate and look for a restaurant for us!! We kept telling him he didn’t have to but he insisted! How nice! We finally found a place that served delicious beef!! Sorry I’m such a flop, I did not take note of the name of the restaurant! Hole-in-the-wall lang siya.
Instead of giving you the name of the place, I offer you this montage of myself making pa-cute.
I love Kirin beer!!
We walked back to the guy who helped us find the restaurant so we could thank him and he offered to take a photo of us by the river!
Went back to our room and had a good night’s sleep to get ready for the next day!! Couldn’t stop saying “OMG we’re married!” hahaha. Now we always say “goodnight, wife” or “good morning, husband” to relish our new roles! Hehe.
More Japan photos to come!