The hells of Beppu Hot spring

Beppu Hells was one of the most interesting places I visited during my time in Japan. It is located in Beppu, a lesser known place in Japan (kind of like chill, and quiet - like a retirement town), where they have 8 different hot springs. Unlike conventional hot springs, you probably don't want to enter into these ones, as you can tell from their names.

Of the different types of Hot Springs, we only managed to visit 2. Each hot spring was like an attraction on its own, but according to online resources, the 2 that we visited were among the best.

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Beppu Hells hot spring 2
Beppu Hells hot spring steam and ootd
Beppu Hells hot spring entrance

The 2 hot springs Chinoike and Umi Jigoku were coloured one red and one blue.
You have to squint just to see the actual colour of the water because of all that steam rising up. Since it was the start of winter, the cool weather mean that way more steam was being emitted from the hot spring.

But that amount of steam definitely made for interesting shots. Oh, the experience when you walk through the steam is just FUN.

chinoike blood water Beppu Hells hot spring
chinoike jingoku Beppu Hells hot spring steam and blood pool water

Chinoike Jigoku was the first hot spring we went to, and it is known as the blood pool because of its red waters. To be honest, amidst the smoke and the red painted signs, it is pretty convincing in terms of the whole bloody red hell pool vibe.

The blue hot spring called Umi Jigoku was a lot bigger and had more greenery, ponds and even several Torii gates.
As we went there in the morning, we had a lot more time to explore the region and take lots of photos.
There were other ponds and even a green house with lovely japanese lotuses in this area.

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blue waters of the umi jigoku beppu hells japan
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What I Wore
Cardigan - Primark | Top - The Box | Skirt - Sheinside | Boots - Timberlands | Leggings - Uniqlo 
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what to wear to hot spring beppu
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We also got to try some mini red bean buns, steamed using the steam from the hot spring. Apparently the minerals are suppose to provide some added nutrition to one's body.
The buns tasted pretty normal, but they did smell slightly coated with steam from the hot spring, I found them rather odd, but still, very much edible!

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green house hell umi jigoku beppu hells japan

Among the 6 other hot springs we did not visit, there was one filled with crocodiles and another pretty much like a mud pool. Sadly these hot springs aren't exactly located side by side, so after knocking 2 out of the park, and seeing as we took quite sometime exploring each of them, we decided that 2 was enough for our time in Japan.

I can see why people choose to visit a small town like Beppu. The Beppu Hells hot springs alone are worth a stop during a road trip, it is definitely unlike any other attraction i've been to! Even though there are 8 different hot springs, visiting 2-3 of them is probably more than enough for a single trip to the south of Japan!

The Hells of Beppu, Japan

4 January 2016 Beppu, Ōita Prefecture, Japan

I LOVE clothes, fashion, shopping, and dressing up (unfortunately, my bank account cannot handle another shopping trip - online or in real life). Also, I don't share my outfits or take OOTDs as often as I would like, because,
1) I don't dare to ask someone else to help me with an ootd, apart from jerald, who has no choice but to oblige, and not judge.
2) I'm no model, I feel awkward, and the pictures look awkward.

But hey, I figured, as long as my face is not the main focus, and its not too close up, it doesn't really matter. 
So here's me taking a leap of faith and sharing. 

One saturday afternoon, I decided to wear my floral patterned pants I got when I was in Paris during the summer. And here's me showing off my new birthday gift. I've just recently got into wearing watches. I never use to like having something around my wrist in the past, but now that i've been converted, there is no going back.

I'm almost always seen wearing a watch, and finding nice new watches has become a thing.

Can I also say, I really like the collar on this shirt. Formal with a little touch of fun. Such a good buy for $15. 

So this is the awkward constipated look I get when i'm trying to take a photo!

Black and white pieces are fantastic for traveling! I have gotten so much use out of this white top and my comfy textured black cardigan separately, but never thought of wearing them together for the fear of appearing too "boring". But well, boring isn't too bad after all.

Outfit Diary: Falling B&W

24 November 2014 Shoreditch, London N1, UK

If you've ever talked to me about sports, you'll know that my only form of exercise comes from dance. Or walking. I don't run or play sports, I've never enjoyed playing ball games, or made any form of effort to visit the gym/go for a hike. The only time I climb the stairs when I'm on a holiday, is to get up to the highest level of a building to get a good view. 

Basically, I'm just quite lazy. If there is an escalator, i'd take the escalator.

The last evening in Barcelona, we took a little walk to Parc Güell. If I'm not wrong, it's the biggest park in Barcelona. We were walking from the train station and some how came face to face with a steep inclined hill, accompanied buy what seemed like 80 steps. We climbed up mid way and I questioned if we were heading in the right direction. 

We approached a local, and she said yes, we were, and that we just had to go on straight, turn right, continue on straight, turn left, continue on ahead and we'd arrive at Parc Güell.
Well, that was when we realised every turning involved climbing more steps. 

After finally reaching what seemed to be the park entrance, to my dismay, we saw a stretch of escalators leading up to it. On the account that my throat was sore, and my nose was blocked/ I was feeling really lethargic - that was pretty much a hike up a hill.  The plus side to climbing up is you do get to enjoy really good views along the way, and stop to take photos. You can't exactly stop on an escalator.

We decided to sit down at one of the wooden tables and benches before attempting to find the place with the Monuments. When we were about to sit down, we saw the same old lady we met on our short "hike" up to the park. She was just chillin' at one of the other benches, as if her climb up was effortless.

And here's me post climb, standing there staring towards the sun looking very tired, refusing to move my feet. As 2 supposedly fit and healthy young adults, Jerald and I felt really ashamed for taking so long to get up there and yet, feeling quite tired from the climb.

Parc Güell has more of an organic feel to it, unlike the usual pretty well groomed and clean parks i'm so used to visiting in big cities. It felt more like a forest/jungle - really tall trees covering the sunlight, slightly muddy, and narrow trails. Well, I have never been to a forest or a jungle, but you get what I mean.

After a 5 min rest and taking my medication, we headed towards the monuments in Parc Güell. This part of the park seems to be a lot more populated. 

As I wasn't feeling too well that day, we initially thought of heading back early and giving the park a miss. But, I insisted (and convinced my body - mind over body!!) that I was well enough to continue  with the day's plan and I was glad we ended up going to Parc Güell!

The part of the park with the monuments was more touristy, plus you have to pay to get in. That being said, it was nice to take a look at different parts of the park. After climbing all the way up, we might as well pay to go in since it wasn't that expensive. It was an interesting place to explore and watch the sun set. Unlike the other areas of the park, this area around the monuments felt more resort like. I don't remember if there were student offers, but if you do decide to go into the paid area of the park, ask anyway.

The thing about Barcelona is, sometimes, they don't display the student prices or announce that they have discounts/offers for students even though they do have them. So just double check to be sure you're not over paying.

Thinking back, I'm quite glad Jerald and I took a longer route up to the park. The climb up was nice and quiet. There were houses on top and along each slope, and its so cool how the people living there are so used to the "work out". An elderly man just walked right past us and he was not panting one bit! 
I think everyone should climb up to Parc Güell instead of taking the escalator. It isn't that much of a climb really - compared to 300+ steps up various towers in Europe. If I'm pretty sure I would have enjoyed the climb so much more had I not been sniffling the whole time. 

"Hiking" in Barcelona

2 November 2014 Park Güell, Carrer d'Olot, s/n, 08024 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

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