Japan, Nov 2010 (Part 2)

Continuation of my favourite pics from Japan.  Sigh.. seeing the photos make me want to go Japan again!

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Hakodate & Hakone

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Goryokaku Star Forte at Hakodate.

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I really love the autumn leaves!

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Check out the generous serving of ikura!!

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Hakodate city at sunset.

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I just thought this was really smart – a baby seat to free up mothers’ hands while they do their biz.

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Yummy Japanese curry rice from this shop at Shinagawa JR Station.

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Food stall along the streets of Tokyo.

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Train to Hakone

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Hakone’s really beautiful!

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Taken at the onsen where we stayed.

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Stingray being grilled!

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Cable car to the top of Mt Hakone!

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That’s Mt Fuji in the background.

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Temple gates

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Temple (forgot the name)

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The obasan getting ready our dinner at the onsen!

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Mt Fuji at sunset

That’s it for Part 2!

Japan, Nov 2010 (Part 1)

This post has been long in the making.  I know I’ve said a few times that I will eventually post my Japan photos… but never got down to it.  Problem is that I took loads and loads of photos and after uploading them to FB, it just became too much effort to post the photos here.

That said, on this hot Sun afternoon, I’ve decided to just pick my favourite photos & share them here.  I originally wanted to diarise my trip my doing a day by day post of what I did in Japan… but like I said… it’s just TOO MUCH EFFORT!

And for those expecting the last instalment of my HK (Mar 2011) trip photos.. sorry lah.  Change my mind.  Hahahahaha.

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Sapporo & Furano

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Pokemon plane!

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Another cutesy plane!

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First taste of ramen in Japan.  My favourite combination – scallops, butter, corn & char siew!!

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Even the construction work signs are so cute.

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Sapporo Clock Tower

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Pretty leaves & berries.

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Tiny houses at the Shiroi Koibito chocolate factory.

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Pretty wedding cakes!

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More pretty cakes!

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Patience enjoying the view at the cafe at the chocolate factory.  (Well, she was enjoying the view before taking the pic).

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Yummy chocolate!!

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Love the reflection.

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Choo!  Choo!

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Love the colours of this pic.

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Char siew being flame grilled (Sapporo Ramen Alley).

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The end product – the best char siew I’ve ever had in a ramen!

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Squid ink cheese from Sapporo Cheese Factory.

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I’ve always liked this sort of long paths framed with trees. Smile

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Lavender scooters at the Furano Lavender Farm

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Lavenders at the green house at the farm.More photos coming up in Part 2!!

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Haven’t blogged for so long because my boss went on a 2-week Japan holiday.  Nearly died trying to cover all the deals that seemed to flood in.  The minute my boss came back, I took leave to just nua.  After that, I got busy preparing for my own Japan trip.  Hehehe. 

Here’s what I did…

1. Hair Cut!!

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To ensure that I earned the right to walk next to Booze Queen in Japan, I went to cut my hair.  In fact, I got it cut not once, but thrice!

I showed the stylist a pic of what I wanted.  It was risky – ‘cos the style I wanted required waves at the back and my chin length hair was a little short for it.  Nonetheless, he decided to take up the challenge and thus my hair got permed, then trimmed.

Unfortunately, it totally didn’t come out the way I wanted.  So I decided to chop it all off, and go with this 2nd choice of hairstyle (which I also had a pic of).  I didn’t leave the salon till 11:15pm that night!  Heh.  Poor stylist.

Anyway, that was last week.  I visited the salon again 2 days ago, with the intention of colouring my hair.  The stylist was however, rather traumatised that the curls he did for me all straightened.  So he insisted on perming and cutting – again!  What was supposed to be a 2.5-hr perm & cut, stretched to 4hrs!  The pic above was taken by Azure when she arrived at the salon for her hair appointment!

 

2. Winter Wear

The last time I travelled during winter was way back in 1995 and I used a winter jacket borrowed from my mom’s friend then.  The hunt for winter clothing thus started.

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I initially couldn’t decide to buy a trenchcoat like jacket, or a leather jacket, but chose the latter since I figured it would go with both boots and sneakers.  Bought the above from Mango at an obscene price and earned myself membership rights at Mango at the same time.

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I was also very tempted by this white down jacket from Uniqlo.  It’s sooo light!!  Only 200g!  And you can fold it into this small bag so it’s extremely space efficient. 

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Here’s a pic of me trying it on for size.  Was dissuaded from buying by Booze Queen since I probably can get it at a cheaper price in Japan.  Heh.  Cute hor?

Uniqlo also has a range of inner wear with their “heat tech” technology that’s supposed to keep you nice & warm.  I bought a black scoop neck long sleeve top, as well as the polka dotted turtleneck top.  Here’re more pics of me cam-whoring.

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I also bought nice & warm knitted socks from Uniqlo.  Am a little worried about my feet cramping in Japan – they tend to cramp if I have to stand for more than an hour, or if it’s too cold.  Given that I’m likely to stand more than 1hr in cold weather in Japan, I’m… quite screwed.

I also liked this beret from Uniqlo but decided that I can get it in Japan.

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If my ears get too cold, I have these cute furry ear muffs borrowed from Booze Queen.  Hehe.

I also bought heat tech leggings but didn’t really like them – ended up giving them to my mom who’s also going to Hokkaido the same time as me!  Hehe… but she’s going with a tour group whereas I’m going with Iceman, Azure, Ms Trenchcoat & Booze Queen (only for Tokyo leg).

I’m so looking forward to the trip.  Hehehehe.  I will, however, miss Twitter and Weibo terribly.  Sigh.

Ok.  I gotta get back to doing my policy wording now.  Ciao!!