Sunday, September 14, 2014

First Day in Jogjakarta - Prambanan

As we arrive in Yogyakarta Airport, it was already 1230 pm hence we first went for lunch.  Since the dining place was on the way to Prambanan temple, which is the nearest tourist spot from airport, so we decided to see this first after our lunch.



Monday, September 1, 2014

Bandung : Land of Unique Volcanoes

Bandung is the capital of West Java province in Indonesia, the country's third largest city by population.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wander full Weekend in Batavia (2 of 2)

Second day in Jakarta - 

I wake up at around 7am and had 10 mins walk from hotel to Thamrin road, to witness the Car Free Day of Jakarta. 


Monday, August 11, 2014

Wander full Weekend in Batavia (1 of 2)

I didn't expect much from this trip, at first I was only after its good food at cheap price.  But surprisingly, there were several things to do in Jakarta. But travel-wise, Jakarta is difficult to get around because of the dense car population, and the pedestrian sidewalks are not so  commuter friendly.  Although their MRT service is under construction, hence in the near future Jakarta might be another tourist haven.



Sunday, August 3, 2014

NDP 2014 - Our People Our Home

Being a Singapore PR for 6 year, I tried my luck in online balloting for 2014 - Singapore National Day Parade (NDP), while filling out the online ballot, I purposely chose to be in preview show. Since I knew the chances of getting balloted is higher for preview show than during the actual day - August 9.

 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall - Open House


For the past four years, I was curious to find out what is inside this place whenever we pass by Boat Quay, or when going to Asian Civilization Museum - but it was always closed then.
Image from: National Arts Council (NAC)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Brunei, A Kingdom of Unexpected Treasure Day 2

During our second day in Brunei, we had our complimentary hotel breakfast and then we joined the free city tour provided by the hotel.  Our expected highlight for the day is another grand mosque and a 6 Star Resort Hotel.




Thursday, July 3, 2014

Brunei, A Kingdom of Unexpected Treasure Day 1

This is another weekend trip I recently had during the month of May-2014.  We had an exciting connecting flight to Bandar Seri Begawan (read here) via KLIA2. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Connecting Flight at KLIA2

A week before our flight, there was an article complaint from a passenger flying from Singapore to Brunei who also has the same connecting flight like us (AirAsia via KL). With 1.5 hours layover (in theory), any delay from Changi side will surely reduce the 1.5 hrs buffer time.  Hence we are already anticipating some risk of missing our connecting flight, especially AirAsia support staff advices us that we must get out of immigration (which is not really true) before connecting to Brunei flight.  


by: KLIA2

Monday, June 30, 2014

Retrospect of Central Japan

This article was first published in PinoyExchange,  it is to summarize the highlight of my 12 days trip in Japan. So I am posting it here to conclude my Japan travel blog series. 

AIRPORT:

Haneda Airport -
This is the most conveniently located airport in Tokyo. To avoid costly taxi fare, take the Metro line to the city, in just 30 mins.  If you will be arriving past midnight, would suggest you to spend the night in the airport (thru public seats, or capsule hotel), instead of spending taxi fare and accommodation in the city.


MUST TRY LOCAL DISHES: *in no particular order

1. Assorted Sashimi - try some exotic seafood such as: Fugu (Blowfish)
 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Japan Golden Week - A day well spent in Tokyo

9-May-2013:  

We left Amanohashidate at 8am, to travel back to Osaka for a quick lunch stop.  Then at 1pm we travel back to Shizuoka, and arriving Mochan's place at around 7 pm.

On the way back, we pass by some interesting sites, such as the mountain and village view in Kyoto prefecture:

 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Japan Golden Week - Discovering Amanohashidate

7-May-2013:

We had a long road trip (almost 6 hours) from Osaka to Amanohashidate a town in Kyoto prefecture.  Arriving in a beach house at Ine Town, we were welcomed by Kentaro-san  He showed us his fish caught that day, which he sliced it into Sashimi, for our dinner.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Japan Golden Week - Kobe


6-May-2013:

We left the house of Ohodo family in the morning, after driving 2 hrs we arrive at Kirin Beer Factory in Kobe.


The qilin, or kirin (Chinese: 麒麟; pinyin: qílín) is a mythical hooved chimerical creature said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a sage or illustrious ruler. It is a good omen to occasion prosperity or serenity.  It is often depicted with what looks like fire all over its body. It is sometimes called the "Chinese unicorn" when compared with the Western unicorn.



The park provides a brewery tour of the brewery to the public. When we visited the Kobe Brewery a young female guide showed us inside the building.


First she explained the outline of Kobe Factory. The factory was completed in May, 1997. Its area is 247,000m2 and its annual production is 300,000 kiloliters equivalent to 470,000,000 large bottles. She indicated to a panel to help explain the brewing process. Then we proceeded to the exhibition corner of materials such as barley and hops for beer and low-malt beer. 



Some of the participants took and handful of the materials and sampled their aroma. We were also able to taste barley juice that had been made in the brewing preparations.

Next we saw the packaging process through a window. I was surprised to observe the scene of the highest speed equipment of canning in the world, able to can 2,000 beer cans per minute. Cameras are off limits within the canning section of the factory.
 


At he end of the manufacturing plant tour, we were given a souvenir bag consisting of a can of Kirin coin bank, and a limited edition white can of Kirin Beer.


Plus, we were able to taste 2 glasses of fresh beer brewed (or other beverage for non alcoholic drinkers) there at the wide room that commanded a fine natural view of the surrounding mountains through the window.  
Many groups visited the Kirin Beer Park Kobe and after they earnestly listening to an explanation from the guide, they would chat merrily as they sampled the beer there.



View of the Kirin Brewery and Garden from the dining area -




After Kirin factory tour, we went to have lunch at AEON Kobe mall, I cant find Kobe beef in their foodcourt, so I had this Udon set instead,



After lunch, we drove to Kobe port city - Harbour view


Meriken Park is a waterfront park located in the port city of Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. The park features the Kobe Port Tower, Kobe Maritime Museum, and a memorial to victims of the Great Hanshin earthquake. 



Kobe Port Tower (神戸ポートタワー), a hyperboloid structure, is a 108 m high lattice tower in the port city of Kobe, Japan. Kobe Port Tower has an observation deck at a height of 90.28 meters. The red steel Port Tower offers a spectacular sight of the bay area and the surrounding area.




The construction of the Kobe Port Tower was completed in 1963. The unusual design with scaffolding cover at the top is liked by tourists all over the world. The massive tower decorated with lights all over presents a unique sight at night.



On the other side of the harbor are some food outlets, with some street artists
 




Since we don't have a CS host in Kobe, we drove back to Osaka for an over night at our own arrangement - I stayed at Super Hotel Namba, it is near Dotonburi, 黑門, markets, food streets.   This budget hotel is the best so far, since it is walking distance to shopping district, and it provides buffet breakfast.

That night, I went to have a unique dinner - Fugu.



Fugu (河豚 or 鰒 - literally "river pig") is the Japanese word for pufferfish and the dish prepared from it, normally species of genus Takifugu, Lagocephalus, or Sphoeroides, or porcupinefish of the genus Diodon. Fugu can be lethally poisonous due to its tetrodotoxin; therefore, it must be carefully prepared to remove toxic parts and to avoid contaminating the meat. 


After dinner, I stroll around the Namba shopping area, and was amazed by the artistically designed signboards of the restaurants around: 



Also tried the puff ice cream at this shop,


Electronic billboards along Osaka river never fail to amaze me.


Before heading back to hotel, I pass by an arcade shop in Namba, aside from the interesting computer arcade games,


another interesting place is inside the toilet, there is a small monitor on top of the urinal, which displays how much you have urinated in a video game format!


The day has been really fun, and each places we have been to has its own unique character and atmosphere which we will surely be missing.

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