Spell Saab

It’s been such a crazy week, I’ve hardly been at home and my laptop’s battery has died on me. It doesn’t want to work unless it’s plugged in huhuhu. At least I’ve got a reason to get a new one! Hehehe. Soon! Anyway, here’s a very delayed photo diary of our 3rd day in Japan also known as our day in Osaka which is about an hour and a half away via train. We rode our hotel’s free shuttle to Kyoto Station and began our adventure!

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Got no time for breakfast? Grab these delicious sushi thingies from Family Mart!

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Living in the danger zone o_O This guy gave us a heart attack!

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Layers

Layers

OMG this is really happening

OMG this is really happening – “ACCIO SAAB & JIM”

Funny etiquette reminders on the train

Funny etiquette reminders on the train

Finally at Universal Studios station!!!

Finally at Universal Studios station!!!

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Eeeeek!

Eeeeek!

Kawaii

Kawaii

The express pass that lets you totally surpass everybody else in line costs 1,500 yen more than the 1 day ticket and we thought it was totally worth it but all express passes were unfortunately sold out. On a Thursday, too. I guess we should have come really early!

LET'S GO!

LET’S GO!

We were told that if we didn’t want to line up to get into Harry Potter World, we could get a ticket (no extra cost) indicating our proper time slot. So we set off to find this magical ticketing booth but it was a little harder to figure out than we thought.

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Wait..

Wait..

Where is..

Where is..

Ummm..

Ummm..

Wait, I can do this..

Wait, I can do this..

Ito na..

Ito na..

Kaya ko to..

Kaya ko to..

Wait, it should be here

Wait, it should be here

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Also, I need to retouch my roots, jeez!

It says it should be here..

It says it should be here..

Wait..

Wait..

WHERE THE CORNELIUS FUDGE IS IT??!?!?!

WHERE THE CORNELIUS FUDGE IS IT??!?!?!

It took us a while because it was a little bit off from where it said it would be on the map. Haha. It was cool, we got a ticket and we had about 30 minutes to kill before our turn so we grabbed some pizza!

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AND THEN WE HEADED TO THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER AND WE TOTALLY SKIPPED THE LINE BECAUSE OF THAT TICKET OMG I WAS SO EXCITED!! WHEN WE ENTERED IT WAS JUST A WHOLE PATHWAY SURROUNDED BY BEAUTIFUL TALL PINE TREES AND THE THEME SONG STARTED PLAYING OMG GOOSEBUMPS ALL OVER. AND THEN WE SAW THIS!!!

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HARRY!!! HOLD ON!! – Ron

The entrance to Hogsmeade!!!

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Hogwarts Express just pulled in from Platform 9 3/4!

Hogwarts Express just pulled in from Platform 9 3/4!

ACK ANG GANDA

ACK ANG GANDA

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HI, HOGWARTS!

HI, HOGWARTS!

Okay, so there are only 2 rides in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, i did my research and most people recommended to skip the ride Flight of The Hippogriff. It’s really more for kids, like a caterpillar at our local grade school fairs.

Beside Hogwarts is the Black Lake which can only be found in The WWOHP Osaka. God knows why I didn’t take photos of it!!!

The ride you need to go on is Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey. We were warned that there was a 220-minute wait but we didn’t think twice. We were SO GAME. Also, it was no sweat because as I did my research, I knew it wouldn’t be a waste of time. Being in line for The Forbidden Journey ride meant getting to explore Hogwarts!

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Herbology classroom

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Unfortunately it was totally dark inside Hogwarts, too dark to take proper photos and I didn’t want to ruin the vibe with flash photography. You just need to know that the moving portraits by the Grand Staircase were SO believable! Of course they were speaking in Japanese and I couldn’t understand a thing but I didn’t care!

 

The moving portraits were so realistic!

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You’ll also see Professor Dumbledore’s office, The Defense Against The Dark Arts classroom, and so much more! And then you go into a room where there are free lockers for your things. Take the key with you and take your seat. The ride isn’t like a typical roller coaster. I can’t explain it and I couldn’t understand what the heck Japanese Hermione and Harry were saying but it was the best ride ever. My mouth was open the ENTIRE TIME I just kept saying WOWWWWWWWWW!!! Hahaha!! Won’t spoil it any further, you need to experience it for yourself if you’re a Harry Potter fan!

Flourish and Blotts where Professor Lockhart's books were on display!

Flourish and Blotts where Professor Lockhart’s books were on display!

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Next stop was Wiseacres Wizarding Equipment where I just HAD to get a Gryffindor robe

Next stop was Wiseacres Wizarding Equipment where I just HAD to get a Gryffindor robe

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"I want it NOW!"

“I want it NOW!”

I looked like I was in a fat suit before removing most of my layers so I could take these photos and pretend I wasn’t freezing and my nose wasn’t falling off my face! DSC04942 DSC04946 If you’re just getting butterbeer and not food, go to Hog’s Head instead of The Three Broomsticks because there is absolutely nobody in Hog’s Head. Plus there’s an actual Hog’s Head that moves, it is SO creepy. Heehee. The butterbeer was WAY too sweet for my taste, but it’s okay at least we got to take home the mugs!

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Unfortunately, because it was winter, USJ closed at 6PM and we didn’t have much time left. Jim wanted to check out the Spiderman ride before the theme park closed. So we did and it was K lang. We’d done most of the other major rides at Universal Studios Singapore anyway so there was nothing else we HAD to see. I already got my marauder’s map and some chocolate frogs as pasalubong so we were good to go!

We left at 6pm and set off to eat at what we heard was THE BEST wagyu steak place according to our friends. Matsusaka Wagyutei is a small restaurant in Osaka and the steak was absolutely amazing. It’s located at 1-6-9 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture. Make sure to check it out!

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This is apparently what wasabi really looks like

This is apparently what wasabi really looks like

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The very nice waiter even gave us a certificate proving they used only the #1 wagyu beef in Japan

The very nice waiter even gave us a certificate proving they used only the #1 wagyu beef in Japan

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It did NOT disappoint. Omg guys, did I have the best honeymoon or what?!?!?!?! I am still on a high! Hope you enjoyed that photo diary! I still have more photos to share from Japan, hope you’re not sick of it yet!

♥,
Saab

February 16, 2015

Saab

64 Comments

  1. Reply

    gigi

    February 15, 2015

    I’ve been reading your blog for almost 4 years and I don’t like it. I love it!!!

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      Saab

      February 15, 2015

      Aww yayyyyy!!! <3

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    Nina

    February 15, 2015

    Japanese Hermione, Harry, and Ron are saying na papapasukin yung people (which is, yung mga sasakay sa ride) sa Hogwarts. What I can remember is just one line from Harry, “You did it, Hermione!” when Hermione made you “fly” dun sa ride. Then sa gallery of portraits, I think the Hogwarts founders were just arguing as I wasn’t listening to what they were saying because I was really just looking around the castle sa sobrang amazement haha :)) hope you can visit WWOHP again when they (hopefully) open a Diagon Alley in Japan! I’m so happy for you ❤️

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      Saab

      February 17, 2015

      Hahahaha thank you!!!!

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    Tina

    February 15, 2015

    Saab! Love this post!!

    btw, What camera are you using? :)

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Thank you!:) sony nex 5n :)

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    Jamie

    February 15, 2015

    Yung map seraching, tawa ako ng tawa habang nagscroll down. Hahahaha!!

    ALSO! Harry Potter <3 <3 <3

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Hahahahaha :))

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    Wannie

    February 15, 2015

    Thanks again for the tour!!! Enjoyed just looking at the pictures!

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    Kat

    February 15, 2015

    waaah!! Harry Potter!! thank you for sharing your wonderful photos, and it makes me think that I need to save a lot of money for my Japan Trip or can I just apparate? or can I just use a portkey!! Omg! i super love your post! thanks saab!

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Hahaha I’m sure there are portkeys lying around somewhere!!:p

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    Romy

    February 16, 2015

    Sobrang ganda ng marbling ng karne. Naluha ako.

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Nakakaiyak talaga

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    Rhea

    February 16, 2015

    I am so happy you got to go to WWoHP, too. I got to go there last year for my birthday. I was so stoked about the Forbidden Journey ride. I fangirled like crazy. I can understand a little Japanese and it was good fun to listen to the portraits brag which Hogwarts house was the best. During the Quidditch match scene, Ron said there were dementors and Harry said to raise your wands to help him and I screamed Expecto Patronum at the top of my lungs. It was exhilarating. haha.. The dragon was amazing too, even if the steam was hot. At the last 10 seconds, the ride shut down because of some safety thingie and when the videos came back we were already at the scene where everybody was cheering. I was sad but when we got off, they led us to a shortcut tunnel to the start of the line and let us ride it again to make up for the missed parts. Lucky! haha…I bought myself a wand, Golden snitch and a Slytherin scarf with their house seal. I wanted Gryffindor’s too but apparently, they sell out fast. It was the best birthday ever! It’s definitely the place to be for Potterheads. Reading your blog post made me remember that day. :)

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      OMG yes yes yes!! And those dementors were freaky as fudge!!! Hahahahahahhaaha IT WAS THE BEST EVER!!!!

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    Romzs

    February 16, 2015

    Grabe naiyak ako sa WWoHP omg hahaha <3 <3 <3

    Btw, do you remember how much the scarf was? Kahit estimate lang haha

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      I just checked my receipt! It’s 4,800 yen so roughly Php1,600 :)

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    Love

    February 16, 2015

    Waaaah! One of the ultimate reasons why I want to go to Japan so badly with my boyfriend… Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!! We’re both fans of the series. I bet I will cry inside once we get there. Thank you so much for sharing this Saab!

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      You’ll cry for sure!<3 have fun!!

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    Amiel

    February 16, 2015

    Saab, what camera do you use? Great photos!! ❤

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Thank you! Just my usual Sony NEX 5N :)

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    Jae

    February 16, 2015

    Hello, ang ganda ng WWW of Harry Potter. At ang ganda mo! ;)

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Thank you!!!!:)

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    Chesterlyn

    February 16, 2015

    I have always been a fan of your blog since day one. This is the most wonderful post I have read from your amazing blog. I am also a Harry Potter fanatic and I just want to thank you for sharing pictures. One of my long term goals is to really visit Universal Studios to get a chance to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Thanks Saab. More pictures please :) Btw, have you seen Harry’s nimbus 2000? I really wanted to get one someday :)

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      No I didn’t see his Nimbus 2000!! I definitely plan to go to wwohp again not necessarily the Japan one!:) good luck and I hope you get to go as well!!:)

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    secretwalangclue

    February 16, 2015

    |Jim wanted to check out the Spiderman ride before the theme park closed. So we did and it was K lang.

    i lold. so honest and straight. i love it! moar please!!!

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      Saab

      February 16, 2015

      Hahahahahah!! Thanks!!

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    Cha

    February 16, 2015

    I’m always excited to read your posts and I love this one! <3

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      Saab

      February 17, 2015

      YAY!

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    Sam

    February 17, 2015

    Hi Saab! I’m going to Osaka this Saturday, the 21st! Absolutely MUST go to WWOHP! May I know how much the tickets you got cost, the one that let you skip the line? And what time you arrived in Universal Studios so you had enough time to explore everything? Thank you so much in advance! I’m so excited!

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      Saab

      February 17, 2015

      I suggest you go first thing in the morning! We went after lunch na but only because I only cared about WWOHP :) All the info you need abt tickets are here: http://www.usj.co.jp/e/ :) HAVE FUN!

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    Dani

    February 17, 2015

    Felt like I’ve been to THE WONDERFUL WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER with your blog! Hehe! My favorite part is when you’re looking for the magical ticketing booth and you keep on saying ‘WAIT’ Yay! Can’t wait for more blogs of your new life with Jim. Ang cute nyo super ♥

    Love from a 17 year old girl.
    Dani ♥

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      Saab

      February 17, 2015

      Hahaha glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much, 17-year-old Dani!<3

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    Dona

    February 18, 2015

    WAAAAAH! HARRY POTTER POST! :D :D :D This is absolutely one of my favorite blog posts of yours, Saab! <3 Thank you for sharing this! I hope to get there someday. Medyo na-teary eyed ako while reading your post tapos may pictures pa! (Sobrang HP fan lang? Hehe.) Na-feel ko talaga agad yung moment na paano kaya kung nandyan ako. Hihi. ^.^

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      Saab

      February 22, 2015

      Awww ang saya sobra I hope you get to go!

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      rixbajns

      March 25, 2015

      Glad to know it’s not just me [who cried]!

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    Ciara

    February 19, 2015

    Hi omg i’m going to WWOHP too! May I know how much you bought the marauders map? :D

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      Saab

      February 22, 2015

      I can’t really decipher my receipts haha but it was about 2,000-3,000 pesos if I remember correctly?

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    Regie Palmones

    February 19, 2015

    Hi Saab! Re: you macbook that only works if it’s plugged in, I encountered the same problem with my mac. Turned out, the thermal paste has to be repaired. May problem sa contact ng plug sa mac. The repair cost me around P2500 at Liteware. Hope this helps.;-)

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      Saab

      February 21, 2015

      Where is Liteware? Did you have to leave your Mac?

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        Reg Palmones

        February 21, 2015

        Re: Liteware location, it’s near GMA-7. Exact location is Kamias Road, Quezon City. Checked it’s address using google and it showed 58-C Kamias Road, West Kamias, Quezon City, Metro Manila
        Phone:(02) 925 6756. If you are coming from EDSA-Kamias, just drive along Kamias Road, just a little past K-H street, still along Kamias is Liteware. You will find its office with a few talyers beside it. It’s between K-H and K-6 along Kamias Road so you won’t miss it. Yes, you will have to leave your laptop with them so be sure to remove sensitive and important files.

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          Saab

          February 22, 2015

          Thank you, Reg!:)

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    Tsikiboom

    February 20, 2015

    YAY!! Seems like you had a fab time!!

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      Saab

      February 21, 2015

      We did!!!!

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    Alou

    February 20, 2015

    Been reading your blogs during your stay in Japan and this has got to be my favorite! Your blogs will surely be one of our references when we finally be able to go to Japan. Stay happy, newlyweds! ;)

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      Saab

      February 21, 2015

      Glad to be of service!:) Thanks!!

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    Mary

    February 26, 2015

    Hi Saab!

    My friend and I are planning to go to Osaka and Kyoto and follow your itinerary, how much should we allot for everything kaya? :) Thanks!

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      Saab

      March 4, 2015

      For flight and accommodations, I don’t know because it was a gift <3 For everything else, I think Jim and I spent about 70-80k between the two of us.

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    K Martinez

    March 8, 2015

    Hi Saab.
    Nakapunta ako ng USJ last 2012 pero wala pang WWoHP. After a year ata nagbukas yung WWoHP. Ang lungkot lang. :( Sana na-experience nyo din yung roller coaster ride na umiikot sa buong USJ. ang saya lang nun. hehe. Lalo ko tuloy gusto bumalik ng Japan specifically USJ pagkabasa ko nitong post mo dahil sa WWoHP. haha. Harry Potter fan din ako, at nakalakihan ko na ang harry potter. :) Tingin ko isa to sa mga Must Visit Places ng mga HP fan. :D Anyways, pwede ko bang i-share tong post mo na to? Salamat.

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      Saab

      March 17, 2015

      Go ahead!!:)

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    valganda

    March 14, 2015

    saab, we were not allowed to get inside HP world when we went there because of that ticket kasi. we dont know where and how to get that magical ticket. huhuhhu

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      Saab

      March 17, 2015

      WHAT?? Pwede kasi! The magical ticket thing is only so you don’t have to fall in line. Otherwise, you don’t need to present anything to get into the Wizarding World!

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    rixbajns

    March 25, 2015

    Me reading….
    Me seeing the bus with the Golden Trio…
    OH MY GOSH! Naiiyak ako.. haha! Any Potterheads who felt the same way, please raise your wands – este – your hands!
    I’m 30, mom of 2, been a Potterhead since 2001, been your fan/follower/Saabscriber for about 6 years (medyo late ko kasi na-discover ang blogging world hehe), anyway… When I first saw your pix on IG, I was speechless… It’s like hitting two birds with one stone! Reading your blog about the Wizarding World… Thank you, Saab… Wish my letter arrives, too. hehe

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      Saab

      March 25, 2015

      Hahaha!! Awww thanks Rika!!<3 Potterheads unite!

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    Samantha

    April 6, 2015

    Hi Saab! :) What is the name of the magical ticketing booth?

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    Shai

    April 14, 2015

    Hi Saab! I became super excited for WWoHP after reading your post. Hopefully I can still avail of the express pass that gets you ahead of the line.
    May I ask how much did you spend for the Wagyu beef at Matsusaka Wagyutei? I would like to include it in my budget since I heard getting a Wagyu meal in Japan is quite expensive. Thank you!

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      Saab

      April 15, 2015

      Mag-budget ka lang ng 3k/person for the wagyu, sobra na yun :) but the thing with trying a Wagyu meal, you only need to taste it so you don’t need to spend so much. I suggest trying it lang then grabbing a bite somewhere else. You’ll save up. Wallet and tummy happy :)

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    Anna

    May 25, 2015

    Hi Saab! Great photos! Did you purchase the Griffindor robe? I’m dying to have one!!! :))

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      Saab

      May 25, 2015

      Of course!:D

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    Knoll Tolosa

    July 11, 2015

    Hi saab! i’m ao excited ti visit wwoh this october!!!! thanks for this blog! i’m just wondering how much yung robe and scarf? wee! ☺️☺️☺️

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      Saab

      July 13, 2015

      ACK I can’t remember huhuhu allot around 8k for souvenirs :))

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    Arielle

    February 13, 2016

    Cold butterbeer tastes a thousand times better than the hot one! We loved it so much we ordered more. Mom decided to order the hot one the second time coz it was getting cold but it didn’t taste as good as the cold one X( too sweet X( u might have ordered the hot one X( Cold butterbeer forevs :D give it a second chance :D

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    Isay

    December 22, 2016

    Hi, Saab! May I know if the Wagyu beef is pricey at Matsusaka? Would love to try it this coming Feb!! Thanks!

    PS I already have taken note of the restaurants you’ve visited from Kyoto, though. Hehe

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      Saab

      December 24, 2016

      Yes, a little pricey, we only really ate there for the taste. Hindi kami nabusog kasi ang mahal masyado. Haha! But sakto lang cos we also really wanted to eat curry that night so we had 2 dinners that night WAHAHA

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