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International Tulips Festival at Emirgan Park, Istanbul

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This post is dedicated to the people of Turkey. Thank you for taking care of me and my mum when we were there a couple of years ago. It is unfortunate that the capital city of Turkey, Ankara suffered a gruesome attack last week. Giving into fear is exactly what these monsters want us to do. They want us to live in fear, and triumph us over a psychological battle. 

But they will not get that from me :) 

Spoiler and warning: THERE WILL BE LOTS OF FLOWERS IN THIS POST. LOTS.

For my other posts about Turkey
For other posts about the International Tulips Festival by The Istanbul Insider

My euro trip with mum was initiated by photos from Fresh's Istanbul trip. I knew mum's favourite flower was tulip, so I showed mum some photos of her trip and she literally dropped everything from her hands, looked at me and said, "That's my dream". 

There's a long story of why we wanted to realize all my mum's dreams. The fact that she's much older now, she had gone through …

Last full day in Japan - Universal Studios Osaka Japan!

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I am motivated to continue my Japan posts - that finallll streeettch - Universal Studios Osaka Japan!

Remember my (more) love than hate relationship with Disneyland Tokyo Japan story? I talked about how it was the most magical place in the world IT ISSS but how billions of people almost crushed me to death (because I'm half of their height)? And also, the fact that none of the instructions at least the ones I saw (safety ones, no less) and guides were in English ..... they were all in Japanese...

Anyway, this time I'm sharing with you my experience in Universal Studios Osaka!

I WAS SO EXCITED TO HEAD TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, SOOO EXCITED YOU HAVE NO IDEA.

Theme parks make me feel like a guiltless kid, like I can do anything and get away with anything. And wait till you hear the Jurassic Park theme song welcoming you at the entrance T___________T

All the feels.

And then you start looking for areas to explore and you see more novelties that you know too well.. Like the Harry Potter …

Hi Osaka!

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The first thing I did when I reached Osaka, was to .. smell it.

Yes, smell it. 

It was an exciting blend of freshly stirred street food and possibly the carbon monoxide emitted by road mobiles, and humans, maybe. Variety of odors wrapped into one welcome. Ah, so exciting!

True enough, within seconds of walking towards our hostel we stumbled upon a lively okamayaki marketplace with loud yells, clinks and laughs. And then it hit me, "I'm, in, Osaka".

Which according to most of my friends: THE LAND OF AMAZING FOOD. 



My first impression of Osaka, was that -- this city seemed like the more human of a city between the four! Don't get me wrong, TokyoKyoto and Hiroshima were exceptionally lovely, to the point they almost seemed flawless? but Osaka, seemed intoxicating, exciting, colorful, flamboyant just like the multifaceted human. Or maybe it was that district I stayed in. To know about the airbnb place I stayed in Osaka, please read here. 

Japanese have got to be some o…