Australia Adventure – Gold Coast Skydive

Maybel 0135This must be one of the best feeling in the world!

*Tick* on my bucket list! I have always wanted to try skydiving as I’m one who sought for fun and thrill. It isn’t just about being brave but to experience the adrenaline rush of leaping out of a plane is so exhilarating! I enjoyed it so much I would do it again anytime!

When my family decided on our trip to Australia, I was so determined to have it all planned out! I went to many social sites on skydiving and came across Gold Coast Skydive. Gold Coast seems like the perfect place for me as I enjoy being out in the sun, sand and sea and I thought why not do my skydiving and land on the beautiful soft sand along Kirra Beach? Moreover, there were many good reviews about Gold Coast Skydive and I was so decided.

The admin supports by Gold Coast Skydive was awesome! Like everyone else, I bombarded them with some of the most frequent questions one can ask and they were so professional and prompt in their response. I got their replies almost immediate or the day after as there were a 2 hours time difference from Queensland and Singapore.

Maybel 0009 Special thanks for my skydive tandem master, Steve – who is a very experienced skydiving master and he had done more than 20,000 jumps till date! Yes, he is 60 years old and I am so amazed how he could have so much energy in him. He was very encouraging throughout my skydiving experience from the time I stepped into the office, to getting ready and till the minute I leap off the plane 12,000 ft above ground.

I was constantly reassured by him on the safety measures. He was so attentive to my nervousness he tried to calm things down and reminded me that I was in good hands. Not just that, he commented that I was doing well and was a very brave girl to have come this far. I thought little things like that meant so much to me as it empowered me. I was somehow mentally prepared for my first leap. 

On our way to the airport, I casually mentioned to Steve that W was doing this skydive with me – without hesitation, he initiated a picture for the both of us ♥
Maybel 0036 Maybel 0038 Maybel 0044 Maybel 0053 Maybel 0056I was the last to board the plane and so I will be the first to go. Sitting by the door-less plane (with safety belts of cause) the experience was nothing describable. The view was breathtaking and phenomenal! We were literally 12,000 ft above ground and above clouds. I was the first to take the lead when Steve patted me on my shoulder and gave me a signal to get ready for our jump. I was nervous yet excited to experience the 200km/h free-fall and to view Gold Coast from a different light. I was ready.
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Yes, I did it! It was all worth it! The only regret that I had was it ended too quickly. I have never seen myself smiling so happily and simply being myself. The one who’s fearless and enjoys thrill at it’s best. For those who are hesitating, I can say everyone is afraid of heights initially but it takes courage and passion about enjoying the thrill. If you would ask me –  I am definitely going to do it again! The experience was nothing but awesome and it will be fond memories I bring forward in my life. Maybel 0208Maybel 0215Once again, many thanks to the team in Gold Coast Skydive and the one standing next to me with all my crazy adventures. I’m so glad to have you by my side. 

If you are heading to Gold Coast and planning to do a skydive, you’re in for a great deal! Gold Coast Skydive offer free pickups from hotels in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. They are really easy to liaise with, just drop them an email and book your slots. Be quick as they get quite a bit of bookings all around the world! Lastly, I would advise the early morning jump slots of 5.30am/6.30am/7.30am as the day breaks and the sunrise view is simply fantastic and breathtaking! 

xoxo ♥


 

Gold Coast Skydive

Add: 1/78 Musgrave Street, Kirra, 4225

Tel:(07) 5599 1920

Email: info@goldcoastskydive.com.au

Time: 8am – 5:30pm

Click here to Book Now 

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Kelong Times

10501748_10153059244962746_4428954599144904213_n This is definitely one of the best travel experience with the ones I loved most. Having nothing with us, but so much love and laughter. Getting away from the hectic city buzz to somewhere quiet and peaceful. Enjoying the sea breeze and simply, doing nothing.

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10402437_10153059245092746_5049247166291043838_n11018110_10153059245202746_6649843646287613942_nEvery meal is so huge on the Kelong! We had our fair share of seafood in every single meal as being near to the sea, seafood were freshest and sweetest. We had 3 full meals, tea-break snacks and supper everyday! Oh yes, plus those durians we had everyday.

11261678_10153059698697746_8860901532010382172_n (1)As Father’s Day falls on that weekend, I specially requested for a cake to be brought from Kawal town all the way to the Kelong for all daddies on board! It was such a heart-warming sight to see them all healthy and active at their age.11054483_10153059699042746_2237577254274723747_nMy family and I enjoy outdoor activities very much therefore we love being at places near the sea, getting sun-soaked and exploring new things. We had so much fun catching small fishes and squids. I believe this runs in the family – we just love being carefree. All of us are closely knitted to one another and we simply enjoy doing things together. I hope that in future, my own family will embrace such closeness and love.

Growing up, I know my parents are growing older as well. The more I feel that time is precious with them. The only thing I wish for them now is to have good health, always.

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Racing for a Brighter World: Energizer Singapore Night Trail 2015

SAN_0149The iconic night trail from Energizer Singapore is back! Marking its 5th year on Saturday, 2 May 2015 at Mandai! The global leader in portable power solutions is pledging S$11,000 to support SportCares Foundation’s sports programmes for the underprivileged and at-risk youth. Since its launch in 2012, SportCares has reached out to more than 8,000 underprivileged and at-risk youth through sport platforms like football, basketball, running, dragon-boat and tennis. Also, connecting with passionate volunteers and community spirited corporate partners moved to do their part in giving back to the community.

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SAN_0219Set to test one’s determination and endurance! This year, the night trail consist of three competitive categories open to individuals – 6km, 12km, and 18km. Each participant will be equipped with a powerful Energizer Night Head-lamp for guidance while experiencing a totally different perspective of this unique night trekking race. How cool is that!! Personally, I would be taking part in the 12km category and this will be my first night trail! I am so excited and looking forward to experiencing a brand new night adventure with Energizer!

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Don’t miss out on the fun obstacles races for parent-and-child (children aged 4 and above) team! An outdoor experience the kids would never forget! Choose from 1.5km or 3km or sign up as individuals as long as you’re aged 13 and above.

Plus, there will also be exciting and fun activities at the carnival such as the Energizer treasure hunt, reserve bungee, rodeo ride, as well as games stations like “Flash & Dash S”. What’s more, go snapping away at Energizer photo booth which are designed to provide endless fun for participating families and friends! There will be food and beverages on sale during the race itself which includes Travelling C.O.W (Chef on Wheels), lunch box sets, fruits, isotonic drinks, ice cream, Nestle Fitnesse sampling and snack bars.

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Registration Open Now!

Enjoy the Launch Week Special (S$5 off all categories fees) starting from now till 22 March 2015. Early bird rates start from 22 March to 31 March 2015 and all normal rates resumes on 1 April 2015.

Going in a big group? Enjoy cooperate discount of 10% off registration fees when you register as a group of 20 or more, and 15% off registration fees for a group of 50 or more.

The race packs  collection period will be on 11 and 12 April 2015 at Suntec City Mall East Atrium. Participant will get to receive an exclusive official race tee by The North Face and goodie bag valued at S$80 with products from Energizer, Schick and The North Face. Not forgetting a unique medal of the year for participants who complete the race within the stipulated cut-off time!

Join me and hop over to Energizer Singapore Night Trail 2015 Official website to register now!

Alive Museum

Went to Alive Museum with W on our off day last week! The newly opened 10,000 square feet of 3D interactive art wow-ed us, as we snapped nearly 300 photos on our camera! W is such a poser, he can almost relate to every picture and start doing all sorts of different poses -.-

Anyways, Alive Museum was first opened in 2009 as South Korea’s first original 3D visual illusion museum; it claims to be the world’s largest chain of this concept where 2D art comes to live. It has eight branches in South Korea, three in China and one in Thailand, Vietnam and Turkey. This also includes 70 masterpieces like Trick Art, Digital Art and Object Art. Expect yourself to feel like a kid again, jumping, going on all fours, sitting in a boat or bend it like MJ!

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To sum up, we spend about 1.5 hours in the museum with continuous photo taking. It was pretty common to have similar poses as everyone else in the museum, but I think the joy of it will be fun taking the photos and laughing away. It will be a great place if you love taking photos, like I do.

I will recommend;

  • To go during off peak days/hours, like Tuesday 2-5pm, so that you wouldn’t get “photo-bomb” here and there while you are posing with those 3D art work.
  • Go with a small group of 2-4, otherwise it will be really difficult to coordinate the photo taking together.
  • Be sure to go to the toilet before you enter the museum as the ticket only allows one time entry and there is no toilet located within the museum.
  • Stand at the right photo point and angle to achieve the most realistic looking photos
  • Bring your own camera! As the harsh lighting in the museum does not portray the idealistic photo ambience and would not turn out well on phones-cameras.
  • For girls, do not wear a skirt as it will be really inconvenient for photo-taking whilst lying down on the floor or jumping on the trampoline.
Alive Museum Singapore
Suntec City Mall #03-372 (Between Towers 3 and 4)
Nearest MRT Station: Promenade
Operating Hours: 10am-10pm Daily
(Last admission at 9pm)

 

Till the next! ♥

Shape Run 2014

Hurray! This is the second year joining Shape Run with Bell and Windie. Shape Run had been an annual affair for us to bond together. Joining marathons together brings out the running spirit from runner to runner and the motivation for race completion. I love working out with the girls as there is a drive for us to push each other further than our usual self. Anyways, I had a swollen shin last 2 weeks before the race day due to a bad fall down the stairs. Therefore, no training was done in between the last 2 weeks from race day and I could not do my best for this race 😦 Boo

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First and foremost, the main essential necessity for a marathon will be the water points. Inadequate hydration is one of the main reasons that Shape Run 2014 fell short for. I do not want to elaborate on the consequences of dehydration, but to emphasize on the need for water in between a race. Honestly, we just want water. Why was it so difficult to set up a larger table for the water point station and hire more people to pour drinks instead of runners snatching paper cups and bottles just for that few sip?! There were even online feedbacks mentioning about some runners experiencing cramps due to the insufficient hydration during the 10km race!

Even whilst crossing the finishing mark, we were like lost souls. There were absolutely no proper instructions on how we could just get our water, finisher tee and runner’s medal. We started forming 4 queues as long as a 1 hour wait each. The queue for the finisher tee was chaotic, as there were neither pull up signage nor dividers to separate runners of different sizes. It was a total waste of time. Can you imagine the long wait with the thirst for water? How pathetic.

This overall experience marks one of the worst marathons I have joined in, so far. I felt that the organizing team for Shape Run 2014 was not as fantastic as last year. Still, I enjoyed the companionship of my girls and the striking pink race tee from Sketchers was awesome! Thankfully, those celebrities hunks were around for photo-taking. Feeling slightly compensated though. Heh.

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Just RUN ♡

“They will call you crazy. They will tell you not to do it. They will tell you that the human body was not made to withstand running long distances. But they will never understand.”

Recipe: Taiwanese Taro Balls

Taiwanese Taro Balls Recipe

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I love TARO balls! Fell deeply in love with taro and sweet potato balls during my first trip to九份, Taiwan. Renowned for their famous QQ balls! In Taiwan, they are basically served with red bean, cream milk, grass jelly and black pearls!

I decided doing some home-made taro balls as it is not cheap eating them outside with miser serving. I would love to see a mountain-ful of chewy taro balls. They are also known as yuyuan (芋圓) which is made with taro, or diguayuan (地瓜圓 or 蕃薯圓) which is sweet potato.

Ingredients

Taro Balls

  • 1 taro about 1.5 pound
  • 1.5 cups sweet potato flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar to taste

Directions:

  1. Slice and cut taros into pieces and steam till soft (about 15 – 20 minutes).
  2. Test the steamed taro by using a fork if the taro breaks easily, proceed to next step.

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3. Smashed taro and add in sugar. Do this while the yam is still hot for ease-sake; it’ll be easier to mash and mix with sugar while it’s warm.

4. Add sweet potato flour to the mix and (optionally) a bit of water. Dough should be mashed up evenly, feeling elastic and smooth. If the taro mixture seem dry, add more water (1 spoonful), otherwise if it is too wet add in more flour.

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5. Continue mixing all the flour with the taro mixture and continue kneading it until mixture becomes dough-like.

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6. After which, you may roll up and chop taro mixture into cubes (like what I did) or roll it up like an ah balling! The texture, regardless of shapes will taste the same if taro mixture is properly mixed and kneaded.

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7. You may toss taro balls in cornstarch, before cooking to prevent them from sticking together. Do place them to a container to store if you are not cooking them right away, as to prolong the freshness of the taro balls.

8. Cook the taro balls in a pot of simmering water for several minutes until they float. (If you are going to cook the frozen ones, there is no need to defrost them)

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In this case, I cooked them with brown sugar (after Step 1-9)! I prefer cooking uncooked taro balls in water and cooked them again with brown sugar. In this case, the taro balls preserve it’s chewiness and the base of the dessert will not have additional flour taste.

10311365_10152175121502746_5954180152704344283_nHere you go! Yummy tummy taro balls! Best with grass jelly and coconut milk! This recipe is simple to follow and hope you all enjoy it as much as I did! 🙂

Malacca Getaway

image_15_zpsfcc56072Planned for a short getaway with W for the longest time, and we both decided on the nearest town to explore; Malacca aka Melaka. We booked bus tickets from Starmart Express priced at $45 per pax (two-way). The bus was comfortable and spacious, making the 3 hours drive pleasant!

Day 1

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This was the first time I traveled to Malacca and was so excited after seeing photos and reviews online about the delicious food around Malacca Town! One of which is definitely the chicken rice balls originated from Malacca, and that was our first stop once we reach Malacca Central.

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We visited Kedai Kopi Chung Hwa which is known to be the best chicken rice ball stall in Malacca. The famous queue was a 35 minutes wait and finally both of us got ourselves a table! Excitedly, we ordered our usual portion. The chicken rice balls are served in a plate of 5, golf-ball sized. Chicken rice balls are steamed rice with chicken stock, cooked with extra water for more sticky texture for the rice balls shaping purposes. Not forgetting, the smooth and silky steamed kampong chicken served with thick ginger sauce. The combination of both sums up a perfecto meal! Combining it with their garlic chilli sauce, I guess I had the best chicken rice balls ever! Both W and I gorged out on 1 whole chicken! *Rub tummy*

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Kedai Kopi Chung Wah
18, Jalan Hang Jebat,
75200 Melaka

Opening hours: 7.30am – 3.00pm

After our meal, we headed to Jonker Street for some street shopping and realized that there were many antiques shop and vintage street backgrounds for awesome OOTD shots! Not just that, but Jonker Street is full of cute character themed boutique shop, like Hello Kitty, Mr Potato and Mamee Monster! Too cute!

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10336826_10152186443142746_3104071555373021667_n1504020_10152186443082746_3430763792122263117_nCute little eggs popsicle ice! SAMSUNG CSCWe came across I Sayang Bikes(单车生活馆) across Jonker Street and saw bicycle rental for just RM3/hour. Under such cooling nice weather, we thought it would be a great idea to explore town further with our bicycles instead of just walking around the same area. It was such a pleasant experience as it was my first time cycling in a foreign grounds, amusing. I like the idea of having control of where we are heading and being flexible in that sense. Cycling seems to be one of the best way to explore and travel.

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After our little adventure tour we had, Jash came over to pick us up. Both Jash and Huizhen came up from Kuala Lumpur to meet us! Glad we made time and effort for this short getaway together, cause we miss each other too much! They bought us to Malacca’s most famous food; Satay Celup at Capitol Satay.

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Satay Celup is very popular in Malacca and exclusively famous. We see lok lok everywhere in Malaysia, but it is just not the same. Both Jash and Huizhen go to Capitol Satay every time they visited Malacca. Renowned for its ridiculously long queues, we arrived at 4.45pm and waited near 2 hours for a table. The queue were the length of 7 shop houses!

Capitol Satay operates from 5pm and queues starts forming even before 4pm! WHAT?! This is the one and only Capitol Satay Celup in Malacca, they do not have any brother, sister or other branches. Satay celup is also known as steamboat satay, where sticks of raw or semi-cooked meat and vegetables are dipped into a boiling pot of satay gravy for several minutes. There is a very wide assortment available and each stick cost RM 1, randomly customers who ate more were given big prawns and scallops which cost RM 1 too! That’s the catch!

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Capitol Satay

41, Lorong Bukit Cina, 75100, Melaka, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm (Closed on Mondays)

Being the lead of the day, Jash bought us to “Longkang Siham (Back Alley Si Ham) located near Madam King Shopping Complex. Packed with more than 40 years of history, I felt like I was in a reverse time-zone! There is no such back alley food stalls in Singapore or any part of Malaysia, except in Malacca. They sold boiled cockles also known as si ham, calms (la la), prawns, cuttlefish with kang kong and 4 Treasures which includes beancurd skin, fried dough, fish cakes and tofu. Super yummy!

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Off Jalan Bunga Raya Lane, Melaka
(near Madam King Complex)

Open from: 7.30pm onwards

Much needed walk along Jonker Street; Pasar Malam (Night Market). We got ourselves lots of goodies from vegetables cutter to shower tap to glues to towels! Heh!

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Rise and shine! Headed to a coffee shop where W’s relative introduced us for breakfast. I love their toasts as they uses charcoal instead of a electric stove. We had steamed and toasted bread with coffees!

10390416_10152186440437746_502744512376423907_nTried their local laksa too! A lot like the ones in Singapore, curry mee + beehoon.

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As we had the best chicken rice ball yesterday, we decided to head back again for more! I will miss this very much! Even W was full of praise with Chung Wah chicken rice balls! Yes, that is a crazy amount of 40 rice balls. Let’s dig in!

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What’s a trip to Malacca without eating Chendol? We had the original chendol with Gula Melaka along Jonker Street. Chendol is typically made of coconut milk, green starched noodles with pandan flavoring, red beans, shaved ice and palm sugar.

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ONE BITE DURIAN PUFFS! This was listed a must-try along Jonker Street and Jash suggested that we each try one, even though we are stuffed to the brim! Non-stop eating trip! But it was worth the calories! The durian puff burst inside your mouth and oozes! Slurps.
10366038_10152186437982746_6091225332724128000_n10257987_10152186437792746_6610949583806603476_nVisited A Famosa, a Portuguese fortress located in Malacca after shopping at Pahlawan Shopping Mall. A Famosa is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in South East Asia. The Porta de Santiago, a small gate house, is the only remaining part of the fortress still standing. 10380998_10152186436827746_9210027534214334445_n 10402992_10152186436952746_1383901395420448585_nBefore heading to Malacca, I have heard all about their famous mille crepes cakes! When Windie learned that we were going to Malacca, she urged us to try the Mille Crepes from Nadeje and also warned us that they usually sell out by evening. Nadeje is conveniently located at Mahkota Parade, which was nearJonker Street.

Mille crepes are not kueh lapis. The multi-layered cake is made of fresh homemade custard cream and is best eaten chilled. Four of us shared 2 slices of cake, as we were too stuffed from chicken rice, durian puffs and chendol. Burp.

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Chye Seng Huat Hardware

GOOD SATURDAY MORNING FOLKS!

Being an avid cafe hunter, I am always looking forward to weekend brunch and am constantly on the look out for great all-day breakfast places to try. As Windie and I met up to collect our Run350 goodie bags at City Square Shopping Mall, I brought her to explore this area. Hopped over to Chye Seng Huat Hardware for the second time, it’s conveniently located near my place – a stone throw distance from Lavender Food Square. The cafe name itself is catchy as it is uniquely one & onlyCSHH is a fictional name created by the landlord and the Papa Palheta owners, its aim was to commemorate all the past hardware and metal shops that had once been there. 

The frontal of this cafe will definitely caught you off-guard, as they do not have an “official” entrance. Patrons have to enter via the side door. Considering that the place is large, CSHH has both indoor and outdoor seats. The overall atmosphere was very relaxing for an afternoon too. Weekends are love!

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IMG_9349Standard Latte and Flat White; I thought the coffee was average-tasting and both tasted similar. We could not tell the difference between, as in comparison of ratios of espresso and milk.

1907611_10152128682452746_3531564318599338176_nWe ordered French Toast and Huat Breakfast, food was pretty decent. We opted for a plain toast without whipped cream, as both of us didn’t like it. What I love most was the fluffy toast with maple syrup, that wasn’t too sweet to my liking. Yay! Eggs in Huat Breakfast was silky and milky; but I thought it will be complete if there is sauteed mushrooms in it! My favourite.

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A great catch up time with Windie over a hearty brunch sums my Saturday, would definitely head back for more to try other sets!

Chye Seng Huat Hardware

150 Tyrwhitt Road
Singapore 207563
Tel: +65 6396 0609
Tue to Thu: 9am – 7pm
Fri to Sun: 9am – 10pm

Back to the past

old schoolCame across this really old-school shop which sells almost anything from the 90s. How much we grew out of this “era” and now it’s the gadget era. So Wayne and I went a little crazy in the shop and spent almost 10 bucks here. Like seriously, buying all kind of sweets, biscuits and bubble balls! (So much of saving money?) LOL.

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HAHAHA! He is trying to say that his bubble ball is bigger than mine! Damn kuku! I think age is catching up liao, cause after blowing 1 bubble ball I think I almost went breathless. Okay, not that exaggerating but kind of.

Wayne got the little kid face. Now I feel like I’m older than him but in fact, OBVIOUSLY not. Thankfully he is tall enough to justify his age, else I will be like a old hag bringing the kid around. Lol. YES! It’s time for a haircut! Can’t wait to get rid of the curls!! I did the perm last year Sept, almost 6 months now. Good enough for ROM and now it’s time for a change. I still prefer bob haircut cause I feel younger & my face looks smaller? Cause can cover.. Haha!

Still haven’t got the time to sort out the Japan pictures and will do them soonest! On the note, we booked a mini trip for July already! Yet again with the whole family. Now that age is catching up, it will definitely be more for my parents. I hope that I can give them happiness and enjoyment before everything is too late. Okay, I’m being emotional but who knows what will happen next? Family is always first.

Busy with all the runabout these weekdays and weekends. Probably something good will happen soon! Yay! Can’t wait for July already.

私は日本が大好き(Part 3 & 4)

1904126_10152030065622746_2114952416_nHello snow! Today will be an exciting start off as we depart to Mount Fuji! One of the favourite attractions in the world! And for me, a strike off that bucket list finally. Mount Fuji, also known as富士山 Fujisan is located on Honshu Island and is one of the highest mountains in Japan at 3,776.24m.

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The perfect cool weather allows Mount Fuji to stand out and was visible from every corner nearby, especially at Gotemba Premium Outlet Shopping. Gotemba Premium Outlet Shopping carries big labels and one of the flagship center, situated within view of World Cultural Heritage site, Mount Fuji. I bought Helio Pole green boots and GAP navy green jacket! They were in such a great deal and couldn’t resist buying them within minutes of trying. Heh! Indeed, a shopping haven.1604396_10152030073837746_891978547_n1625621_10152030071437746_237965835_n1622011_10152030058637746_286517575_n1620587_10152030069232746_206245365_n

Lunch time! We went to Oshino Hakkai also known as 忍野八海, a small village in the Fuji Five Lake region. They sell food like Mount Fuji tofu and crab roll, super interesting and yummy! We also had a simple udon set for lunch, slurping up a piping hot bowl of soup is one of the best thing ever in such a cold weather! Yummy tummies!

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Followed on, we took a bus to Nagoya for BBQ dinner (didn’t have photos as we were too famished)! We visited Nagoya TV Tower and Oasis 21, it seems like Nagoya’s very own “Tokyo Tower”.  That’s about for Day 3, a short yet fulfilling day! (Image credits: Google)


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Morning Kyoto! We arrived in Kyoto town after a 2 hours bus journey and our 1st station of the day will be Kiyomizu Temple, also known as Kiyomizudera or 清水 (literally “Pure Water Temple”) is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. Certain parts of the temple were under construction during our visit there, but not overwhelming impact. Later in the decade, the main hall will also undergo renovation which can be expected to have a bigger impact on a visit.

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We also got some Japanese good luck charms, omamori also known as お守り. There are a wide variety of omamori for the young to the old. Blessings to be with people who carries them around. We also saw many Japanese girls dressed up in their kimonos and going to the temple. So cute! Thereafter, we went around shopping near the streets of Kiyomizu Temple and tried out their specialties Matcha cream puff! So good!

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Proceeding to take on Japan JR Shinkansen Bullet Train to Osaka, traveling at the maximum speeds of 240–320 km/h. Both daddy and I was Vicks fanatic and was applying it while on the train ride! Hahaha! Mentholatum is best!

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1922359_10152030647072746_660507885_nWe reached our destination within 15 minutes! The weather in Osaka was fantastic! It was at about 16 degree Celsius, grab-a-jacket-and-go kind of weather! I like! 🙂 It was easier for us without the thick jackets and long john, wearing them for days sometimes feels like a chore! We alighted at our first station at Osaka Castle Park also know as 大阪城公園, it is a public urban park with many locals doing their usual workout routine. Love the weather and people around. Moreover, in Spring this will be one of the best place to view cherry blossom and plum blossom! Look at the bald trees here, within a month they will bloom into blossoms!

1796604_10152030659102746_674152589_n1653619_10152030647407746_1881489_nTAKOPACHI! Just queue and eat only! I really like their pull out store from the mini van. So cute! Japanese are always the best at innovation!
1958223_10152030659992746_1947654281_n 1972257_10152030649622746_1459468959_n1921895_10152030660242746_780519391_nYay! It’s shopping time! We went to Shinsaibashi, the main shopping area of Osaka. Shinsaibashi is famous for its covered shopping street. We went insane with the amount of cosmetics, collagen powder, supplements and creams available in stores! Those Japanese girls are so well-groomed and health conscious. Crossing to Dotonbori, a popular tourist destination, it is famous for its giant crab and other restaurants. We combed Daiso, with so many “special” products” not available in Singapore retailing at $1.20 only! Buy buy buy!

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What’s so special about Kobe Beef?

Kobe beef is considered by many to be the best form of beef available in the world, although it is prohibitively expensive and importation from Japan is virtually impossible. Therefore, you will never get to taste Kobe Beef in any part of the world expect in Japan! Gourmet chefs prize Kobe beef for its tenderness, flavor and amount of intramuscular fat, called marbling. Heavy marbling gives steak its satisfying mouth-feel.

I am absolutely in love! It was an expensive add-on for Kobe beef to be served on our dinner plates, but it was worth it. Each slice of this Kobe cost us $125, here’s 2 and that’s $250. The meat is so tender and it practically melt in your mouth. Awww…Delicious! Grilling it brings the best out of Kobe beef, as we can taste the meat directly instead of heavy cooking or ingredients-adding.

1904121_10152030712332746_926680783_n10001545_10152030712282746_794966263_nThat’s about it for Day 3 and 4! To the next! ♡