A POWDERY, WHITE CHRISTMAS— HOKKAIDO, NISEKO VILLAGE III.

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Love this Moment: Being buried by the fluffy, powder-like snow.

#Day 3: Public Affection towards ‘SNOW WHITE’  

I yearn for nothing else but this moment.—where I am able to see with my own naked eyes, the fall of snow flakes that covers every ground bits into the colour of blank white papers. 
I brave through the negative degrees, cold shivers and icy feel on my hands, to just lie on the thick sheets of snow and get buried with piles and piles…


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The  heavy snow piled up on my toes, to my fat tummy, to my shoulders and chest, disabling my abilities to move and wiggle.–I feel like I’m a happy fat snow man just sitting there waiting for cameras to come snap a picture of me. 

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Having a quick bite on onigiri as lunch before we ski! Omnomnom….

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We pretty much acquired the basic skills from the day before and hence, we are ski-ing all by ourselves today. This is the ABC Family ski lift, which is open for beginners.-— more kids around

DSC03472Catch me on action on my IG: http://instagram.com/p/hdQG7AByEy/

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We are definitely enjoying this season, this activity, or rather sport that doesn’t seem to bore me at all.
I had bad falls along the way, so bad that I felt I had a short brain concussion. Even so, I still pick myself up and ride my way down the mountain.

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I’m on the ski lift! Credits to Maxine, which I remember clearly that after this picture was taken, her gloves fell off!!
Well, I did manage to retrieve it back after climbing up a trail on the mountain. Tough job.


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We ski-ed for 2 hours and our energy for the day pretty much got drained out from it.
We had snowball fights along the way back home.

But before resting back at our crib, we had to satisfy our tummy with their local ramen store for the last time!

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Fried pork rice= sex! 


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Hokkaido, one of the best countries to experience snow and I am looking forward to travel back here once again. 🙂

Check out previous post : https://cassandrafaith.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/a-powdery-white-christmas-hokkaido-niseko-village-ii/

A POWDERY, WHITE CHRISTMAS— HOKKAIDO, NISEKO VILLAGE II.

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A pleasant sight at 6am.—- I wish to open up my window in the daylight for this view everyday. 

#Day 2: Virgin SKII-ers. 

As mentioned in my previous post, I lived in a pretty luxurious apartment named, Shinsetsu.
Seriously, life here will be great. Boring as it seems, but there was a hell loads of leisure activities available. Not to forget, ultimate relaxation and spa one could yearn for.– Soaking in the hot onsen in a cold, snowy weather. Now, that is indeed life in paradise. 

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The exterior of Shintsetsu.
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The trail that we walk out of Shinsetsu to the mart and around the village.

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And just outside this wooden cottage, lies a pile or rather, a pool of powder snow.

Ever since I was a child, living in a one season country makes me desire for a day to see what makes christmas a jolly season.— Snow. 

Just like all kids on TV shows, they played Snowball fights, makes Snow angels and also, their very own SNOWMAN.
I want to do all that! And I am proud to say, Yes. I did it. 
I’ve waited 20 years of life to finally chance upon this magical season. Dreams do come true. 

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So, here I am, standing alone on the walking trail at the time of 8am. I couldn’t sleep at all since the last night. Not that I am scared or nervous, but more of the fact that I am too excited and I can’t wait to turn myself into a 3 years old kid to play in the snow.

Ski lessons only starts in the afternoon but already wide awake and ready for the day of excitement and fun!

After 30 mins, I build my own snowman. Because there wasn’t any props around except those lying sticks on the ground. The facial expression of my snowman turns out like this. (see image below).

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Well, it’s pretty cute isn’t it? >.<

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It’s so cute!! My creation! I am so proud of myself.
One of my lifetime wish.– Fufiled.
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OH! Have I forgot to mention that winter is also the best season because it makes your skin flawless! I swear I was on minimal make up only and my face still looks damn clean and fresh.

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Attempting to feel snow in my face as it was snowing non-stop again.
Caution: Selfie Spam below, can’t help it, but my skin really look so damn good! Flawless!

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Crazy it may sound, but I love falling down, especially onto these powder white snow.

Lying down on the snow like an idiot, ignoring all the weird stares from passer-bys, I am trying to form my snow angels.

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Whee~ I was having so much fun just by lying on them.
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My ‘sad’ face because annoying Jason keep pushing me down.
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It’s snowing! snowing! Just had to snap a picture before these beautiful sight are gone!
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One of this best trip was to spot this lovely snow dog. It is so friendly and it lives in the Australian house— that explains why it is so friendly since his owners are too!

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The ‘struggling’ stroll up the mountain and renting of skiis and boots took an hour plus before leading us to this magnificent snow mountain!

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Because we took an hour to reach the mountain, we were late for our ski lesson but our instructor was so nice to allow us to extend the time. He is from England. Amazing man, he only lives during the winter season with snow. — What does this mean? He travels to different countries for snow throughout the year to teach and to live. Amazing. 

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Snow flakes falling from the sky again!

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And so, to end this tiring yet exciting day, a group photo! Of course! 

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Ski, one of my favourite sport. For a first timer, I can proudly say I do ski pretty well! Even tho, the boots are heavy and seriously challenging my leg muscles, but still, it’s worth the muscle ache and pains for this wonderful experience. Marked vividly in my mind. 

Maybe I should be a Ski instructor one day and just live in the winter season… Idea? ^^

‘Dear Snow, you are so gorgeous that I want to marry you now.’ – C.fatih 

Continued from [ Hokkaido, Japan Chapter 1 ]

A Powdery, White Christmas— HOKKAIDO, NISEKO VILLAGE I.

IMG_6542Appearance of ‘Snow White’ —- I finally get to meet and feel her.

Hokkaido, a desired country in one of my holiday check list.—- Now, it is definitely checked with a tick at the side and not just a white blank box.

On 26 Dec 2013, I scoot off to Tokyo and this is when my ‘336 hours in Japan’ holiday, or rather, JOURNEY begins. In this well-planned, budget holiday, I had included Hokkaido to be one of the state land of Japan that I will visit. (This trip is two weeks, obviously it has to be EPIC!) 

Airline: Jetstar Airways

Accommodation: Shinsetsu Apartment (2 bedroom, 1 bathroom)—- by Holiday Niseko

Check out what housings they offer here: http://holidayniseko.com/  *Best travel agency I had encountered.

Duration: 4 Day 3 Nights

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#Day 1: A not-so-dreadful Travelling route to PowderLand. 

This is in fact our 6th day in Japan.

We got our ass up early from the comfy bed to take the Shinjuku highway bus back so as to transfer to the express train, NEX (which takes about 1hr and 30 mins long) to reach Narita Terminal 2 Airport.

To be specific, we had our eyes wide open at 6am.

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I’m surprisingly not that tired or sleepy. LOL

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By the time we reached the airport, it’s about 11am.

So, the same procedure of airport check in. Did some last minute souvenir shopping before we head off to take the bus ride to our small plane.

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Did I not mentioned that Japanese are extremely welcoming and courteous?! Despite the cold weather, this guy still stood there and greeted each and everyone of us. *Salute*

The short haul flight to Hokkaido took about 2hours.

To think we had finally reach powderland, there was still another 3hours of bus ride up to the mountain, Niseko Village. #dreading

We sat the plane and bus seats till our asses got all numbed.

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Welcome centre of Niseko Village.

As soon as we got off the bus, the ground was SLIPPERY! My boots were drowning in the white, powdery substance called SNOW. My feet are stepping on them that left marks of my boot prints and each of my steps, forming a path. I could sense shivers down my spines. Excited, elated, fascinated– heart jumping in joy. For God’s sake, I am feeling SNOW! For the very first time in my lifetime, SNOW!!!

And something magical happened, my face starts to feel ice. Initially, I thought I was just cold. My face was probable just freezing. But no, white soft flakes like feather were falling from the dark endless ceiling. It did not stop. It was so beautiful.

I am in Winter Wonderland. Indeed.  

We waited for the mini white van to pick us to our accommodation. Surprisingly, the driver speaks English. Okay, finally someone that speaks our language. What’s more surprising is the fact that, HOLIDAY NISEKO are established by Australians! #wowfact

Australians are really nice people. Polite and Fun. I love Australians. 🙂

Our accommodation, Shinsetsu apartment—- FANCY, COSY, CLEAN, ATAS. (beats 5 star hotels!) And the rate of the room aint’t expensive at all.

Here’s some pictures to prove my words ain’t exaggerating:

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Wide space living room connected with an open kitchen.

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Staircase that leads to a platform of 2 bedrooms and bathroom.

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Toilet bowl room is separated from Shower room.

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Bathroom interior.

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We settled down in our rooms for an hour before stepping out to find food! Highly recommended by our driver (also person in charge of us), we decided to listen to him and dine at this RAMEN shop.

It is a two storey building that sells delicious ramen and rice at the bottom and a souvenir shop of Hokkaido at the top.

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The exterior and interior of the ramen shop.

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Been travelling for more than half a day, we were famished!

So here’s what we ordered:

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This is a RAMEN shop, so what’s famous should be the RAMEN right? But no, for me, I would recommend any of you to try their FRIED PORK RICE. That’s right, the image above. #It’ssoyummythatIthinkIamgonnadie. Period.

The stroll back home was long, tiring and slippery.

Even so, I can’t wait for sunrise to let me see the  appearance of ‘SNOW WHITE’. 

( Continue on the next post)…

It’s Never too old to celebrate.

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Birthdays– The day that you Thank God and your mother for the chance to live in this world.

September had just passed and now we had no choice but to welcome October.
2013 indeed flies like a breeze, or rather, fast forward way too quickly that you could hardly catch a breathe.

So in the month of September, I had three special dates to celebrate.— THE SEPTEMBER BABIES.

1. 11 September—– always a date remembered, due to the loss of many loved ones, deaths of many because of the horrible terrorism of 911. And on this date itself, it is the birth of a child that had given me life and everything ever since.

MY MOTHER.

We went to Kiseiki Japanese Buffet restaurant to celebrate and feast. We are all suckers for Sashimis so a Japanese buffet would be best choice for all.

This restaurant located at orchard central offers a wide variety of Japanese food and also dessert.

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Well, but if you were to ask me, will I go back again? I would give this place a second thought. For the price its worth it and affordable, ONLY  if you are a SASHIMI lover. If you are looking for authentic Japanese food tasting, this is not the place for you. Not to forget, the massive crowd they have, its literally like a market that everyone is ‘fighting’ for food.

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But all in all, we did enjoy ourselves. And I am glad my dad came back for my mother’s birthday. 🙂

2. 19 September— Another birth of a child that I had met 3 years ago. MAXINE.
Its her birthday and I had lined out a list of plans and surprises for her. Initially wanted to give her a BIG SURPRISE TO GMAX, but unfortunately, it is under maintenance for a month?! Holy shit.  

Jess and I had to crack our brains to solve this last minute issues.  

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‘Surprise’ Fruit tart/ cake! 

We dined at a Lil’ French House, Ma Maison.
Review: Good ‘House/ Homie’ ambiance that gives the feeling that you are really in another country or state.

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I love how this Huge key is the key to our bills. ;/

Some images on how the restaurant inside looks like…

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Pastas are no doubt delicious. I would say you get to taste for how much you pay.

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Birthday girl trying to dig her present out!

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Tada! We got her an URBAN DECAY SMOKE EYE PALLETTE. Just as she wished. 

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Opps >.< I just had to take an #ootd by Jess! Think my outfit is pretty cute that day. 😛
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Movie was up next on the birthday celebration list. And I have to say, ‘The Bling Ring’— another genre of ‘Spring Breakers‘.
Conclusion:  Sucks. Do not waste your time and money to watch it.

As soon as the movie ends, we had to rush for the Last Surprise…. Maxine’s house. Literally, had to get to her place before she does  and hide at the third level. 

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It was a success! (Y)

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Group photo to end the day off.

Great friends are hard to come by. So, treasure every moments. And I can’t help but to Thank God for every joyous day I had.  

3. 27 September—– Girl I met an international known themed park. Maz.

Decided to dine at Fish and Co. because I remembered them having this ‘Fishy surprise’ for bday people. But, this particular outlet was a disappointment. 313 Somerset. 

Lack in manpower = Service to customers were bad. Fishy surprise was lead to a not so enthusiastic surprise.

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Danish fish and chip

Maz was embarrassed by the birthday shout out and surprise. But like I just said, it was NOT GOOD at all!

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I got Maz a new company, PAUL.

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Tgif with a bunch of awesome people I met from USS.

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Have a taste of Paul’s Macaroons.
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Red velvet white chocolate cheese cake. #orgasmicfood

September: Hectic shits and thoughts.
Lots of adventurous LifeHappenings. Be it bad or good. 

‘Live like there is no tomorrow.’ —- dailyquotetomotivatemyself

For all Themed Park Lovers– Osaka III

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‘Disneyland is the at the tippy-Top, Universal studios will definitely be the next climber.’ –#internationalwolrdknownthemedparks

Continue from Osaka Chapter 2 ….

#Day 6: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS Japan, LAST FASHION BAZAAR

We were all set for this EGG-CITING and THRILLING day!

Fyi on Universal Studios Japan, the official website : http://www.usj.co.jp/e/

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This is like a dream come true. I conquered yet another famous themed park in the world.

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The map of Universal Studios Osaka. –the one back home definitely can’t win the fight. 

IMG_5881Look! The queue was massive, and it was only about 9am in the morning.

But I like how they can queue up in such an orderly manner.
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First step into the park and we were welcome by Elmo and friends! Lucky~ ^^

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Even Woody woodpecker was all dressed up for the season.

Who wants some Popcorn?!
Who wants some Popcorn?!

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Me and Maxine went to take our first ride. – Hollywood Dream.

Its a thrilling roller coaster that you can have a choice to choose your favourite music to play. –Trust me, end up, you only hear screams. And it is a super long ride as it goes up and down, all around the whole park! #thrilling

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Such a Fancy Pharmacy!
Such a Fancy Pharmacy!

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Pink Panther cafe!
Pink Panther cafe!

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Well, Jess and Jo didn’t dare to take on the rides so they waited for us at the pink panther cafe.

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We managed to catch some glimpse of the Parade, but other than that, we were actually heading off rides to rides.

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So, the next ride in line was ‘The Amazing Adventures of SpiderMan’.

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As you can see, the design and features of the ride are similar to the one in USS. – The Transformers ride

I would say its exactly the same, except the fact that the 3D images is Spiderman instead.

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We walked to the Sesame Street and spotted Elmo and Cookie Monster! Oh, Dream Factory is literally loaded with Sesame Street Items. Well, this is special initially, but now that USS has it as well, it’s just too over-rated. IMG_5980 IMG_0325

Subsequently, we took on more rides such as ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Jaws- boat ride’.

We're on the boat ride!
We’re on the boat ride!

The last station was Snoopy’s world, more for the kids but Jo was already screaming on their mini roller coaster! LOL!

Friends of Snoopy.
Friends of Snoopy.

We were limited to 6 hours in the park only, considering the fact that we managed to take all the rides… we were pretty fast eh?

Snooopy!
Snooopy!

When you visit a foreign country, what’s the place you die die must go? SOUVENIR BOUTIQUES- Duhh! Typical tourists here.

And of course, some picture shopping.  A photo of the items are good enough to be considered as bought. 

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1 Cookie Monster, 2 Elmos
Sick Toy Soldiers.
Sick Toy Soldiers.

I was pretty fortunate to bump into the toy soldiers and betty boop!

With Betty Boop!
With Betty Boop!

I prefer this Betty Boop than the one back home! This one is more real, to me.

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Snoopy BAO!

It’s kinda sad that because it is winter, we cant take the Jurassic Park ride. The water will prolly freeze us. Oh well~

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Yet another long haul bus ride to a shopping centre. WE reached our destination in the evening when the sky was almost turning dark.

There was a pets’ shop at the end of the shopping centre, and grooming the pets’ was actually open to public to view!

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Look at the professional groomers, handling the dogs at ease!

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The cutest moment came when all the dogs on sale were PUPPIES!!!!!

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So I managed to buy some souvenirs back home.

Best buy: The stitch dog house.

LOOTS FROM OSAKA.
LOOTS FROM OSAKA.

For the last night, we stayed at Washington hotel. Kimono was provided and they had a 24/7 Family mart.

Wearing Traditional Kimono to sleep~
Wearing Traditional Kimono to sleep~

A mini party was thrown in Jo and Jess’s room, where we end up drinking and talking cock through the night before our morning flight the next day.

#Day 7: We’re coming Home. 

It was a dreading morning flight back home. Had a tiff but peace after.

Transfer flight at Hong Kong makes me wanna just get out of the Arrival Hall and meet dad! So near yet so far. :/

Memories of this trip live forever. 

As we seek for more from the world, till then~ Sayonara! 

For the Nightlife lovers– Osaka II

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‘Shopping is just an option, Exploring is more than just an option.’

#Day 4: Japan’s culture and belief. Mazda exhibition and Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To continue from 2011: Osaka, Japan Chapter 1 …..

We were all set for an early morning to discover more of Osaka. We were heading for Serenity, the temple that was well known for wish-makers.

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Entrance of the temple, where we gathered to enjoy the magnificent view of the architecture =. 

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The ‘fortunate’ well, located just outside the temple was said to be blessed and that a handful sip of it can make your wishes come true.

Holy blessed water.
Holy blessed water.

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Yes, of course I had to give it a try. Chilly water~  so? 

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Taking a sip while my brain goes, ‘ May all my wishes come true!’IMG_5453 IMG_0942

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These are zodiac-styled handicrafts and were believed to bless family and friends that would receive them as a gift.

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A variety of meaningful ways to make wishes and pray for good luck.

Paper knots of wishes.
Paper knots of wishes.
Wood blocks of wishes from all over the world.
Wood blocks of wishes from all over the world.

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Chicky!
Chicky!

I got a chicky for myself, and a full set for my family! Wishing for everlasting happiness and good health to the Leung family.

The visit to the temple did not take too long as we arrived at our next destination, Mazda exhibition.

Mazda exhibition.
Mazda exhibition.
Briefing before the exploration begins.
Briefing before the exploration begins.

Greeted with a warm welcome by the fellow Japan workers and they even hosted a short story telling to us on how Mazda was developed and later came alive!

Here we were at the exhibition, where we get an eye opener on the great development and creation of Mazda vehicles.

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A huge variation and different types. From lorry to bus to even mini displayed ones~

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This figure shows how ‘safe’ Mazda cars are, as a a damage to it is just SURFACE.

Now, I am introducing to you the two world’s (so far) most environmental-friendly, yet chic vehicle. 

These vehicles do not require petrol to roll, they work with hydrogen gas instead! Cool isn’t it? 

And the design of the cars are just too cute and pretty! I’ll purchase one if its avail in the market, but also if I’m loaded. Teehee~ ^^

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Talk about technology- the prodigious creations and innovations of human beings. Be inspired. 

Morning fest passed by like a flash of lightning, and lunch was served in a midst of time.

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Western buffet for lunch!

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With only 1000yen, you get to eat til your heart’s content. Varying from all sort of food, meat, vegetables and dessert. Not much photos were taken as we were all too famished and were busy digging in.

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Our next destination is Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street! 

At last, we were at the famous shopping district of Osaka! One thing I love about the Xmas season are the fascinating lightings. 

The long dreading hours of bus ride was immediately waived off as this particular night scene is certainly worth it.

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Dinner’s menu: OMU-RICE. *Yums* -The eggs are just so smooth and soft, like a tofu in disguise. 

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After dinner (a quick one in fact as everyone can’t wait to hit the lights of  Shinsaibashi-suji shopping street) , we rushed off to grab as many photos as we can. Also, to see as much cutsie stuffs as possible. The time given to us was short, so we need to make use of every minute!

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Sexy Lingerie Boutique- selling all sorts of kinky sex toys – guess they are pretty open minded here 

This is one of the famous Crepe house in Osaka. So, if travelling to Osaks is in your wishlist, remember to visit this special one! (image below)

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My last stop was PET PARADISE!

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This pet shop is indeed, PARADISE. Every little things are just too cute and irresistible. I literally feel like buying the whole shop for my dogs back home! Eventually, I got the ducky diapers and toys for Amen! 

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As mentioned, time spared for shopping is short. Today, instead of taking the bus, we were told to experience the common train ride back to our hotel. Apparently, it is just located a few stations away from here. Well, it wasn’t the shinkansen we took, just a normal one.

Ticketing machine.

what a complicated ticket machine -.-

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Courtesy of Japanese- they follow rules strictly.

at the Subway.
at the Subway.

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Oh, and one of their rules, phones are not allowed in trains.

Starbucks green tea latte!
Starbucks green tea latte!

Another tiring yet well spent day at Osaka. Stopped by the convenience store to grab this guy! (image above). Seriously, it taste exactly the same! Cheap too! Why can’t 7eleven sell this!

#Day 5.Chuou Oroshiuri Market Honjyou, Kobe Motachi and Chinatown 

Rise and Shine! Woke up exceptionally early because we were going to the fish market! Fresh sashimis! 

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Fresh Veggis and Fruits!!

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Photo-taking session! What else to do when  you are in a holiday! 

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It was just a mini exploration at the Fish Market, or rather man slaughtering fishes area…

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Yet another favorite #potd! 

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Ticking the to-go list, another museum was on the list. Here, we see ancient coins, lots of it.

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Just at the entrance, a BIG ASS one!

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Seems like Maxine was having a hard time carrying this small bag of coins. INDEED. 

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The walk through the museum didnt take long either.

The last learning journey was to the NHK BROADCASTING STATION.

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There was nothing interesting except the fact that we learned how real television works and how they made the settings for hosting shows. Just like another Mediacorp.

Here comes the long awaited, shopping time at Chinatown and Kobe Motomachi shopping street!

This time, dinner was settled by ourselves. But with such a short shopping time, we only bought some snacks to much on.

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We’re at lovely Chinatown! Well, every country has one at least.

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So many Kawaii Shops and boutiques. If only I can steal back to Singapore! Their design and architecture are just way too Marvelous and Sophisticated. ❤

Its the season to be jolly~
Its the season to be jolly~

And Duhh~ Its December bitches, of course I need a picture with this good O’ Christmas Tree.

To be continued in Chapter 3…

For the Nightlife lovers– Osaka, Japan I

Cherry tree on top.
Cherry tree on top.

In the December period, expect the best chilly weather in Japan!

This trip was 2 years ago, organised by school, under a CDS course.

We were lucky to grab this impromptu, yet last minute opportunity by Olivia to see beautiful OSAKA!

Airline: Cathay Pacific. Transfer flight at Hong Kong.

Accommodation: Stayed at a variety of hotel. Travel packaged by school. One of it was: http://kansai-ap.washington-hotels.jp/

Duration: 7 days 6 Nights

#Day 1. FLIGHT NIGHT.

We took the night plane to Osaka, Japan. Up in the sky for about 10hours, obviously a night flight was much more time conserving and feasible. Besides, we can get to sleep on the plane, which was one of my favourite to be on air!

I remembered how bad ass one teacher was, as he wanted to restrict us from going to DFS to purchase our cosmetics. Like hello, we ain’t 16 years old kiddo.

Me, max, jess and jo were the earliest group compared to the others, so we left for DFS. Who cares about that meanie?

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I was so elated! My first time onboard with my LGs! Plus, the fact that we were heading to Autumn season of beautiful Osaka, what else were better than that? We were all set for the flight!

As mentioned, it was a super late night flight there. Me and Max were pretty much fast alseep, which I believed everyone was….

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Except for these two young ladies~ Cam-whoring all the way! >.<

Food on plane!
Food on plane!

Oh, Thanks to Cathay pacific’s ever pleasant service, Supper was served! Delicious! And I love the fact that Haagen Daaz always comes along as dessert! ^^

We had a transfer flight at Hong Kong, or rather, to take a break for our ass off those seats.

#Day 2. NI-JO CASTLE AND GOLDEN PAVILION.

Good morning!
Good morning!

Finally, after that long hours of anticipation….

Greetings and a chilly welcome from lovely, Osaka!

As soon as we stepped out of the comfy airport, we could totally feel the strong COLD wind blowing at us! For God’s sake, it was about 4 degrees Celsius! 

Everyone literally just ran towards the coach to catch some warm.

BBrr… shivers down the spine…

We adapted and got used to the weather quite fast tho. Human Beings, we were MADE to adapt.

Despite that long haul flight, everyone managed to catch that few hours of nap and here we were at Ni-jo castle after 2 hours of bus ride.

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We are at Ni-Jo castle!
We are at Ni-Jo castle!

As many of us know, Japan is a modern yet traditional and cultural country as they keep and maintains lots of old, classic and vintage sculptures and buildings Their tradition can live up to 100 years old and still counting…. That’s a pretty amazing fact to know yea?

Entrance of Ni-Jo castle.
Entrance of Ni-Jo castle.

The castle was magnificent! I am a nature lover, thus, stopping me from capturing all those nature images was practically, impossible.  

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Shrine!

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Pretty maple leaves!
Pretty maple leaves!

Autumn! Maple leaves season. The flash light made the picture look fake, but it’s REAL people~ One of my favourite picture!

Cotton candies in the sky!
Cotton candies in the sky!

To be able to stand and breathe this fresh atmosphere, it’s a blessing indeed. #Blissfulthoughts

As we walk through the paths and enjoying the scenic views and ancient, antique sculptures, we chanced upon the odd-looking tree. Yes, ODD. It own grows out roots-like leaves! Funny right?

The roots-only tree.
The roots-only tree.

Amazingly, it still looks good even though it is ‘bald’. #naturelover

We strolled our way through and finally reached the GRAND GOLDEN PAVILION, KYOTO also known as  Kikakujin- a Zen Temple.

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Grand golden pavilion!
Grand golden pavilion!

Interesting Fact: The top two levels of the pavilion is covered by gold leaves. You can read more about this enchanting temple at: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3908.html

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Jo- the red riding hood >.<

Oh! Did I forget that the crowd there was massive! Hundreds of cameras up high to capture the gold pavilion. Of course, we were one of the few people that adds on to the crowd. But, we attempted to selca instead. Girls, that’s how we roll~ 

Continuing our walk through the garden took us to the Temple side, where you see people pray and hold joss sticks– FUDO hall.

In the process of praying...
In the process of praying…

Clapped both hands together twice, Pray, toss a coin into the ‘BIG BOX’ and lastly, shook that big ass bell! Just like all anime on TV yea?

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I got this amulet for my parents. May the Japanese God bless us~ ^^

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The Exit path. See how high we had climbed and walked!

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This is the end of our first tour and off we head for Brunch!

Alighted the bus and just across the street, we saw this ‘Big Boy’ restaurant. Cute~

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So, What’s for lunch? Local delights- Tempura!

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Nothing else taste better than the original. It’s fried in this manner that the only sound you hear is “crisp*!

Brunch was super filling and it was time for us to move on to our next destination!

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This picture speaks our location.

In this particular museum, we got to try the simulators of the natural disasters in Japan, such as typhoon and earthquakes.

The typhoon simulator was damn fun! The strong wind blowing at us was so huge that you can barely grab firmly on the grip bar provided. I swear, you can literally fly away with the real typhoon!

Earthquake simulator.
Earthquake simulator.

Then, we tried on the earthquake simulator as well. This simulator has a concept and making and letting the people feel the real earthquake in a room setting. This explains why there are dining tables and all. So, we entered this ‘room’ and was told to switch off necessary electrical appliances in it and hide under the table. I felt that I was in some sort of game.

Seriously, after the earthquake simulator, we felt so damn dizzy. The shaking was too powerful. To be frank, I was rather scared. It felt damn real.

The afternoon was well spent! Very soon, the sky turns dark, night fall. Time for dinner.

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After such an exhausting first day in Osaka, nothing beats a nice warm place for dinner. Once again, local delights!

We had sushi on trays!! Everyone was limited to 1000 yen of plates. It sounds little, but trust me, we were all so full after.

Sushi tray!
Sushi tray!

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Fresh salmon sushi!
Fresh salmon sushi!

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They have exquisite sushis that looks peculiar and adorable! Not found or seen in Singapore!

Looks as if Maxine ate all of these!
Looks as if Maxine ate all of these!

Yes, and these were how much 5 of us ate! *Burps*

What’s next? Hotel!

As mentioned, I don’t remember what hotel we stayed, except the last one.

But here are some pictures of the hotel.

small and compact toilet
small and compact toilet

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Well, the rooms are not big, but it’s acceptable. 😀

#Day 3. HIROSHIMA & PAPER CRANES. 

Ohayo! It’s a road trip that we were going to experience on this marvelous morning. We were heading to Hiroshima, which is located a distance away from Osaka.

It was about 3 hours of long bus ride before we had a stop over at a small street.

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At this street, small bites were sold. It’s also a place where lots of coaches and vehicles stop by for toilet!

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We happen to bump into this cute little guy, BULLDOG. It was dressed up in pink dress. Super FAT and CUTE! Oh, it even came right in front of us and rolled over to let us touch it. Aww..

We didn’t had the chance to grab breakfast so we bought some food.

Tako yaki!
Tako yaki!

Jo bought tako yaki! *yums!*
As for me, I got myself a Hot Hokkaido Goat’s milk. Heavenly.

Best Milk I've ever tasted!
Best Milk I’ve ever tasted!

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In a cold weather like this, nothing beats a warm milk in your tummy! Besides, I’m not a breakfast kind of person. So, it was the most suitable morning crave!

The stop over lasted about 30 minutes and our road trip continues for another 2 hours.

This time, we had another stop over for lunch!

Ramen for lunch
Ramen for lunch

Today’s lunch mene: Local delight- RAMEN and fried rice.

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This place is like a foodcourt. But it had stuffs sold like souvenirs and cakes too! We ate as fast we could so as to go outside and walk to capture glimpse of the place.

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It was the ‘HELLO KITTY FIESTA’, and also the GACHAPONS!

The toilet was located about 5 minutes away from the foodcourt. I love Japan toilet because they are always so clean and their toilet bowls have remote controls to clean your dirty assholes!

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After lunch, it’s back to another hour of road trip before we reach Hiroshima. Apparently, we were heading to a place famous and full of paper cranes. Hence, we were each given colour papers to fold paper cranes!

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Yet another cultural place to to experience and appreciate.

6 hours of bus ride, the longest road trip I had done so far in my life.

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War memorial building.

We finally got our bottoms off the bus. The tour guide was so nice to explain every details of the place to us. But trust me, no one bothers.

As for us, it’s camera time!

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Following the tour guide, we finally reached one of our destinations! The paper crane statue.

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A story lies behind every art piece.

Colourful paper cranes!
Colourful paper cranes!

We contributed our paper cranes to these artefacts too! 

The tour didn’t stay long at the paper crane area. Our destination was the museum.

As the sun was about to set, we were rushed to head off quickly.

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Epic JY's look!
Epic JY’s look!

Well, as much as we were rushed to our final destination, we still managed to take this group shoots of ourselves! 🙂

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At last, we got here!

All the historical artefacts and stories about Japan’s war can be found here.

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We were not exactly museum kind of persons, so we merely just look-see-look-see.

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But of course, some photos of this place must be taken!

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Burns that people get from WAR
Burns that people get from WAR

Jess managed to capture horrendous artefact. It shows how badly burned people were during the period of WAR. Sad isnt it? So, I pray for world peace.

I remembered clearly at the end of this trail in the museum, I managed to get Wifi. I had a FACETIME call from bro! It was so funny how we interacted and feel so proud showing him where exactly I am, OSAKA! Whee~

The sun had set by the time we walked out of the museum.

Today’s Dinner menu: Local delight, OKONOMIYAKI- fried pancake noodles with cabbage, eggs and yakitori sauce

Teppanyaki-style. Everyone sat before the chef and look at how cool he was, whipping and tossing those cabbages

Chef whipping out the food!
Chef whipping out the food!

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Look at how much of it must he cook for all of us! 

Okonomiyaki,
Okonomiyaki,

We had a great time watching the chef! And did I forgot to mention, even though sun was set, dinner was only 6pm!

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Just had to snap a picture with the awesome chef! 

Moved to another hotel, and this time I get to bunk with Maxine. Also, this hotel was so much bigger and nicer than the previous one.

Hello! This is our crib.
Hello! This is our crib.

The night was still young. Our desire to see more of Osaka brought us out of the hotel to discover more.

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Yes, indeed it was the right choice to make! Look what we found! CREPES!! HOT CREPES! *screams*

Look what we found!
Look what we found!

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Best CREPE ever! Best DESSERT ever! Get fat, we dont care!

CREPES
CREPES

Despite it was freezing in the low temperature atmosphere, I just had to purchase their green tea ice cream. It still feels damn shiok!

Freeze also must eat this godly Greent tea icecream!
Freeze also must eat this godly Greent tea icecream!

Our adventure didnt just stop here.

We walked further till the area with bars and pubs/club.

As what the title says, Osaka was certainly a place for night life. If this was a free and easy trip, I will definitely take that step into the pub/club. 

It’s never enough to see more.