Spill Sum Tea #2: Dreaming of Kyoto with Tim Fung aka @sunday.son

Spill Sum Tea #2: Dreaming of Kyoto with Tim Fung aka @sunday.son

Spring has sprung and flowers are in full bloom! It’s the perfect time to share with you the story behind one of your favourite blends, So Kyoto, and go down memory lane with fellow wanderluster, Tim Fung aka @sunday.son as he shares his favourite Kyoto moments.


It’s no surprise that travel is on most people’s mind. On days when travelling seemed like a distant memory, I would ask my friends, ‘where would you go if you could go anywhere?’ Other than visiting their hometowns, many said Japan.

There’s something about its rich history and beauty mixed with the weird and quirky that draws people in all year round. However, nothing draws more people than its beautiful cherry blossoms.

Kyoto temple in Spring with cherry blossoms

With rows of baby pink blooms along quaint rivers and canals, the ancient city of Kyoto looks like something from a dream (minus the crowds). Our So Kyoto tea is an ode to this ancient town and its spring beauty. With the season coming to an end soon, it looks like we’ll all be missing out yet again. Here’s hoping that we’ll be able to see Kyoto in full bloom next year. 

Until then, make yourself a cup of So Kyoto and let’s go down memory lane with IG wanderluster, Tim Fung, as he shares his favourite memories of his last trip to Kyoto.


When were you last in Kyoto / Japan?

The last time I was in Kyoto was in the Fall of 2019. I can’t believe it’s been almost three years since I’ve last visited Japan!

 What’s your favourite memory of Kyoto?

Visiting the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest at 7am in the morning to catch the perfect morning light

List 5 words that describe Kyoto to you

Calm, ethereal, cultural, quaint, friendly

What did you do in Kyoto? 

In Kyoto, I did a lot of sightseeing and visitIng various shrines and temples like  the Fushimi Inari Shrine. The intricate detailing and architectural design is astounding! I also love drinking tea so we visited several tea houses across Kyoto. It was such a treat to visit these traditional tea houses and drink authentic matcha tea!

Genmaicha green tea matcha kyoto japan

What was your favourite meal in Kyoto?

Honestly, every meal was just impeccable! From ramen to kakigori (shaved ice), each meal was a gastronomic journey for the palate! One of my most memorable meals was enjoying this heavenly matcha kakigori dessert inside this beautiful little eatery called Tea & Sake Tasuki that overlooked a beautiful stream lined with these beautiful trees of red, orange and yellow.

It really felt like I stepped into a movie scene against this euphoric Autumnal background. It was breathtaking!

For many people, travel is a way to unwind and recharge. In absence of it, how do you always stay so positive?

It’s all about having a daily routine that puts you in a good mood and nourishes your body, mind and soul.

For me, it is starting the day off with making a hot cup of tea or coffee and spending 10 minutes in the morning meditating.

I used to make simple breakfasts in the morning because it brings me happiness but lately I’ve been intermittent fasting so my routine has changed a little. I’ve also learned to focus a lot more on my health.

There are many things that may be outside of your control but one thing you can control is your physical and mental well-being

So I have been spending a good deal of time doing hot yoga as a form of physical exercise and meditation, and just eating right.

Another thing that helps me stay positive is maintaining my relationships with my close family and friends. To have a support system behind you that you can rely on and vice versa, you realize that you’re not the only one going through this. In fact, we’re all in this together. So these things are what keeps me going even in the face of adversity!

Photography by Sum Tea and Tim Fung. Follow Tim's pursuit of happiness @sunday.son