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Date of Visited: 1st November 2010

If you came back from Tokyo, besides Mount Fuji, sure most of the people you know will ask whether had you been to Tokyo Disneyland. Tokyo Disneyland is the first Asia Disney theme park opened outside the United States.

Tokyo Disneyland is one of three main entertainment sections of Tokyo Disney Resort which opened on 15th April 1983. Then Tokyo Disneysea came in September 4th, 2001 with a park themed based on nautical exploration to create a world where imagination and adventure set sail. Due to the time constraint, Nicole and I can only choose one; either the Disneyland or the Disneysea. Since both of us had been to Paris Disneyland and I just came back from Hong Kong Disneyland, therefore both of us agreed to visit Tokyo Disneysea. The other reason is because this is one and only ocean theme park exclusive to Japan.

In order to get to Tokyo Disneysea, we need to take Disney Resort Line monorail.

Note: Tokyo DisneyLand and Tokyo DisneySea are separate themed park. So, if you want go for both, you need to purchase admission ticket for two.

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Before this in my Shibuya entry (click here), I ever recommended that if you plan to go Tokyo Disney Resort, to take a safeguard in case you didn’t bought the online ticket, you are advisable to purchase ticket from there. Why?

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Don’t wait until you reach there or else you will regret.

Once we reached Tokyo Disneysea, we saw a huge model of globe which similar to the one in Universal Studio (although I haven’t been yet to any of the Universal) in the entrance of plaza. It is one of the two symbolic icon of Tokyo DisneySea.

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DisneySea Aquasphere
There are seven uniquely themed areas or known as “ports of call”. One of it, Mediterranean Harbour is the entrance of the park which opens up to another six more nautically theme ports; Mysterious Island, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, Port Discovery, Lost River Delta and American Waterfront.

1. Mediterranean Harbour – the main entrance “port of call” and themed as an Italian port city, complete with Venetian gondolas. Here, we saw an artificial gigantic volcano, Mount Prometheus, located in the center of the park. is another symbol of Tokyo DisneySea.

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1. Mediterranean Harbour (1)

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Another Venetian replica
2. Mysterious Island – the smallest “port of call” features a large volcano and located in the center of the park. It is also known as Vulcania Island. This area has little greenery, and is mostly rocks and ornaments.

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One of Mysterious Island’s attractions which featured from Disney movie

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3. Mermaid Lagoon – Tokyo Disneysea is incomplete without the home characters to “The Little Mermaid”. The facade is made to resemble like the Palace of King Triton and features colourful seashell-inspired architecture. This unique “port of call” is mostly indoors and recreates the feeling of being underwater. Lots of attractions and rides are available in this area but mostly are geared towards younger children.

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Time to be “Under the Sea”

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4. Arabian Coast – recreates an exotic Arabian harbour, combining another Disney popular animated film, Aladdin with an enchanted world from the 1001 Arabian Nights. As such, the architecture and atmosphere are inspired by many Middle-Eastern and Indian influences.

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5. Port Discovery – This “port of call” is hailed as the marina of the future. It is also sometimes known as “Tomorrowland” of Tokyo Disneysea.

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Align Center

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6. Lost River Delta – features the most famous attraction Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull, which based on the Indiana Jones film and it is the sixth collaboration between Disney and George Lucas. Don’t tell me that you don’t know who is George Lucas. Still don’t know? Go google it.

For this ride, both of us had to queue for almost two and half hours. Most of them are Japanese and I only saw few Caucasians in the theme parks. My most here define as 99% and I had checked the calender. Neither school holidays or public holidays but everywhere crowded with the locals. Guest they no need to work or school.

6. Lost River Delta (4)

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7. American Waterfront – represents the northeastern seaboard of the United States in the early 20th century. This land is dominated by the large passanger ship (picture as below).

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The most popular attraction, Tower of Terror. Not sure whether similar to the one in Paris Disneyland (click here) but what I know I don’t want another long queue again.

So there you have it. A brief introduction of the seven different themed areas and their attractions in Tokyo Disneysea accompanion with the picture I took. Lastly, never leave Tokyo Disneysea with empty hand.

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There are 2 items unable to allocate to be part of my collection – fridge madgets and Mickey T-shirts. Too bad!

How to go there:

Take the JR Keiyo Line to Maihama Station which is adjacent to Tokyo Disney Resort. Turn left once out from station to take the Disney Resort Line monorail which cost 200 yen. For Tokyo Disneyland, it is just few walking distance.

The admission fee and opening hours is vary from time to time. For safeguard, do visit the website for more details. Before I forgot, do print out the map as I can’t find any English version. Luckily I print out earlier for my research before I reach there.
[Credit to: Wikipedia, Wikitravel and Tokyo Disney Resort main homepage]

UPDATED: Tokyo Disneysea is being recognised as one of the world’s best theme parks (click here).

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I fall in love with D since I was a little girl. The first time I saw D was during my 20 days of Europe Trip in Paris. I can’t explain why I fall for D but I know that my love on D is getting more deeper after the moment I had in Paris. From that onwards, I keep telling myself no matters how far is D, I will try my best to visit D.

OK! Cut the crap. Actually D refer to Disneyland. I think I like D because my name also start with D. I do love animals start with D too such as dog and dolphin except for dinosaur.

Thanks to the founder and creator, Mr. Walt Disney for create such an incredible, fun and amazing amusement and theme park around the globe. Besides that, I also do love with his world’s most well-known fictional character, Mickey Mouse.

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Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse behind me!

Before this, I thought the first Disneyland Parks that I will visit was Hong Kong Disneyland but turns out, Disneyland Resort Paris was the first one that I visited.

Disneyland Paris comprises of two theme parks; Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. Visiting Disneyland Paris was not in the package during the tour around Europe but I urged my friend that we should visit it no matter how. Here goes my first step on D in Year 2008!

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Disneyland Park where you can feel the fairy tales.

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Walt Disney Studios Park filled with thrilling attractions and spectacular shows.

After the attempt to visit Hong Kong Disneyland failed for 2 times, finally I made it. Visiting Hong Kong Disneyland last year reminds me of Disneyland Paris but the differences was Hong Kong Disneyland is very small. Just take half of your day visit it and you manage to visit all unless you are going there on weekend or public holidays.

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Even you can take photo with Disney’s favourite icon without waiting for the long queue.

A month after Hong Kong Disneyland, I never thought of visiting Asia’s first ever Disney Park. There are two types of theme parks – Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disneysea. As the time of visiting Japan is so limit, we need to sacrifice one of theme park and we sacrified on Tokyo Disneyland as I think most of the Disneylands are the same. Therefore, both of us opt for Tokyo Disneysea.

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Tokyo Disneysea – Coming up on the next post.

There are two more Disneyland Parks which located in USA. I wonder when will I able to fly to there to enjoy the non-stop excitement and thriller like a little kid. Hopefully one day!

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I went KL last month for 2 days or I can said not even reach 48 hours and this is my first ever shortest trip to KL. Mostly people will go KL for 3 days 2 night but what to do, being attached to a job with limited annual leave which I could only apply for 2 days off only.

17th May 2011

The day before I went to KL, TTM and I going to 1B for a movie. After the movie, we went to Digi Centre to subscribe the Digi Plan. As what he promised me for this year birthday present, at last he granted my wish. Although my birthday had been passed for almost 2 months, but it is better than nothing. I never force him to give whatever I want and I couldn’t think what I want for this year birthday present. Out of sudden, he suggest handphone and this is what he bought for me.

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Thanks to my dearest TTM for this HTC Desire HD razz

Initially, he suggest iphone 4 but too bad no luck. There is a story behind why I didn’t manage to get iphone (really really long story and too lazy to write it out) and end up, I plan to get HTC Desire HD. Actually I never thought of HTC at all but maybe influence by most of my friends especially two of my bestie who are currently using HTC too, so I think it is not a bad idea to have a try on it. And also it’s time to change my 6 years old SE w810i.

However, I never thought that Digi Plan only works after 24 hours you subscribe that plan. End up, I brought 3 hp to KL (HTC, my old SE w81oi and borrow my bro hp). Sounds crazy, rite?

18th May 2011

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This is my firs time taking AirAsia’s plane pic.

Once I reached KL, taking Skybus to KL Central. It had been one and half year since my last visit to KL. Sometimes I do miss KL. Without noticing, there is few changes in KL.

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Especially on their LRT. Got code somemore.

I still keep the Touch n Go card with me and the balance is RM10. Wow! So immediately start my KL trip by going to Central Market or known as Pasar Seni. Someone requested for Baby Milo T-shirt and all I can think is to get it from Pasar Seni. But I not just purposely went Pasar Seni for that, I even bought almost 2kg of dried meat for my family. Can’t find the best dried meat in KK, therefore need to get it all the way from KL.

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Bargaining at Petaling Street or commenly known as Chinatown

After that, took KTM to Serdang to find my friend who check-in in Asia’s most extraordinary and world-class award winning luxury hotel,

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The Palace of Golden Horses (will blog about this)

End my first night at KL by attending my friend’s wedding dinner at the Mines. This is the main purpose I went to KL for. Shamed on those who lived in KL but unable to attend the dinner meanwhile for me, who all the way from Sabah also managed to attend his wedding dinner.

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Congratulation to Lee Bing and Kinki.

19th May 2011

Kicking my day by having breakfast as Wangsa Maju. Loves to have breakfast at Wangsa Maju. Cheap and varieties of choice to choose from.

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Wangsa Maju or more known as Desa Setapak is my lepak place during my study life in KL.

Thanks to Yin Yin,who drop by me here. After the breakfast, went to KL Central to deposit my luggage at the luggage storage for just RM3. OMG! Before this, I thought it cost me more than that not until Yin Yin told me. I feel like want to bang my head to the wall because I brought along my 5kg luggage with me when I went to Pasar Seni for almost 2 hours.

As my flight back to KK around 6.30 pm, so I went last minute shopping at Bukit Bintang. Enjoy the feeling of shopping alone because I managed to shop around 5 shopping centre within 3 hours.

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Not only shopping centre around Bukit Bintang, I also managed to visit Suria KLCC by taking shortcut behind Pavilion. Which means within 3 hours, I had shopped around 6 shopping centres and all by just walking.

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The purpose I went KLCC is because of the bookstore, Kinokuniya and also having lunch with my deariest, Purplefish. If talking about shopping at Suria KLCC, I would rather shop around Petaling Street or street markets even though under the hot and sweaty weather because I am not those chasing high end products and brand person.

Finally, bid goodbye to Kuala Lumpur.

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Even LCCT changes a lot. More shops are opened.
Three funny things happened when on my way to be on board:

1) Before check-in to the boarding gate, there is an inspection on your identication card or passport. While the security checking my IC, I was almost shocked to death when he knew my dad’s name without any computer besides him. WAH! I never knew my dad is so famous. Actually the truth was coincidentally my dad has the same name as Malaysia’s infamous producer who has produced uncountable of Malay movie in Malaysia. Guess who is that?

2) During the scan on the hand luggage or cabin luggage, I were being asked to open what’s inside my wallet. WALLET??? What had I stored inside my wallet which I never know? They said my wallet contains many metals and guess what? I had too many coins with me. Like that also they can’t differentiate coins.

3) Finally, I almost miss my plane because I was queue on the wrong gate. Despite queue on Gate 10, I was queue on Gate 11 due to too much addiction of the new toy (what else non other than new handphone). With my stupidity, I still saying “Wah, that line so fast one!” then I just realised that was my gate. Immediately run through that gate. Lucky enough for me to aware or else, I will heard my name or maybe my dad’s name during the annoucement.

Say it is the shortest trip but I blog like I went KL for a week. You might boring with my rants and ramblings of my KL trip as most of you had went there before but this blog serve as a place where I share my travel experience, adventure and journey throughtout my life. Who said go to KL from KK cannot treat as travel adventure?

Before sign off, wishing everyone

“HAPPY DUMPLING FESTIVAL”

I’m going to have my mom’s homemade dumpling as my dinner. Yummy yummy!

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Date of Visited: 31st October 2010

I almost forgot about this not until I browse my picture few minutes ago.

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Don’t you think the two towers look the same?

The two towers actually looks alike but actually these are two different towers. The first pic is Japan’s Tokyo Tower wherelse the second pic is Eiffel Tower, France. Nicole and I went for sightseeing after we went to Harajuku for second trip.

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Tokyo Tower’s structure is actually inspired by Eiffel Tower and it is painted with white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations. Stands at 332.5 metres, Tokyo Tower is Japan’s second tallest artificial structure after Tokyo Sea Tree with its full height of 634 metres which is currently under construction. By the way, Tokyo Tower is 13 metres taller than Eiffel Tower.

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Looks my phototaking skill is much more better than Nicole. =P

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The big and huge Christmas tree and present under the Tokyo Tower.

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Miniature of Tokyo Tower at the lowest ground floor.

As Nicole and I did not had the intention to go all the way up to the top floor of the Tower, both of us went to the first floor to check it out any special place to visit. Without noticing, there is sourvenir shop. Spend few minutes to buy Japanese snack and local foods.

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Japan is the place for those who likes Hello Kitty as it is everywhere.

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Banana soft biscuits. Regret for puchase 1 box as it is so crunchy and tasty.

How to go there:
Stop at Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote and JR Keihin-Tohoku Line and walk for 15 minutes.

Admission fee: 1420 yen (to top floor), 820 yen (to intermediate floor only)
Opening hours: 9.00 am – 10.00 pm

[Credit to: Wikipedia, Tokyo Tower main homepage, Japan-Guide]

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It’s cool to spend your public holiday by going for a trip; either inbound trip or outbound trip. But the next thing you know is that your holiday is over and you don’t have enough time to be slack on your bed because most of your time had been spending walking for non-stop during your trip.

This is my 4th trip after working life and once I came back from a trip, the next day I will start working without taking any extra leave. It’s quite tiring sometimes but for me, travelling is always within my blood and bone. It is my passion or I can said. “I was born to become traveler cool“.

Just returned from my holiday and guess who got it right where had I been to? Tiara Dryden, you are absolutely correct. Yes, I went to China for 4 days with my family – including my bro who currently studied in Kuching and my sis and even her boyfriend all the way from Singapore. I still remember my previous family trip was in year 2005 to Hong Kong together with my late grandfather. rolleyes

Anyway congratulation to Tiara Dryden as you might receive mystery gift. I will contact you later. This is my first ever real gift-away. razz For Jeff Chuah, don’t be dissapointed as I will do it again next time.

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Will post more on my China trip.

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It’s not the first time I’d been to China as I had been there and it was the greatest birthday gift from my dad. Went to Beijing and other cities in 2006 during my birthday.

>Note: Another scheduled post again and this will be my final post for this month!

Exactly 5 months after my Taiwan trip, now I’m on holiday again. Vacation! Travelling! Trip! Whatever you name it but what I know is I am going to shopping like mad but will not make myself shop till drop. wink

Which country this time around? Hint: I had been to this country before but just different city and I never blog about it.

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Make a quick guess which country am I right now cool

Before signing off, I would like to wish every Sabahan

Kotobian Tadau Tagazo Do Kaamatan”.

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{Note: Air Asia is having BIG SALE currently and the fare is incredible cheap for just as low as RM0.10. Did you manage get the ticket you want? As for me, after trying for 7 hours and 10 minutes, I just managed get 1 while one of my friend within 2 hours after the sales start, he managed to book to 3 places. I wonder how he get through the irritating waiting room} confused

Tokyo is well-known to be one of the most expensive city and finding an affordable and cheap accomodation is not an easy task. So for those who are going to Tokyo soon after bought the most cheapest ticket I ever knew (imagine just RM330 for return ticket), here I would like to share the place where I stayed during my last year autumn trip to Japan in an affordable price that would not burn a hole in your pocket during your trip there.


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Tokyo House Ikebukuro is conveniently located in the heart of Tokyo area, Ikebukuro. Its located 5 minutes from the Ikebukuro Station and if you take the C1 exit of the station, it just take less than 2 minutes walk to this guest house (we only realised about this on the last 2 days of our stay ==”). Not to worry about the language barriers as this guest house are managed by the Taiwanese.

There are two types of room;

1) Japanese-Style – 16 japanese-style rooms featuring Japanese tatami and matress. No bathroom or toilet attached but there are 4 separate public bathrooms with shampoo, conditioners and shower gel. It is so damn clean and sometimes I almost fall in love with their toilets. Inside the room, there are heater or air-con, TV, alarm clock, hair dryer and closet.

2) Annex Suites – 6 suites with private bathroom/toilets. There even has a mini living room, refrigerator, water boiler and microwave oven inside the suites.

Nicole and I opt for Japanese-style room to experience the living style of the Japanese.

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Cosy and warm room for two guests cost ¥6,000 per night.

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Ignore the messy things and bag.

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The super duperb clean bathroom.

There’s even an open kitchen for you to cook your food and enjoy your meals.

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THREE MAIN REASONS I love this guest house are:

1) Free breakfast provided (bread, fruits jam, butter) at 7 a.m. But the lady is so kind when she heard that we are leaving as early as 4.30 to the Tsukiji Fish Market (click here), she prepared and put on the table for us.

2) Free 3 minutes call to call back home – During our 8 days trip in Japan, we were unable to call back home. Don’t know what is the problem with Digi and Maxis line (not sure for Celcom). The only way to connect back home is through net. But thanks God! The lady told us that we can use the phone which located at the front desk for free. So, immediately call my mother and told her I am OK.

3) Not only free wireless Internet in the room, but they even allow us to use the Internet PC for free. I almost need to pay ¥50 for the usage of half hour of Internet PC during the stay in J-Hoppers (click here) but luckily I hold on my plan to do so. The reason why I need PC is to transfer all the photo from our camera to the external hardisk which I brought to there. You know how life could be miserable while you are taking photo during travelling and your camera is showing this, “MEMORY FULL”! Gosh.

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The free PC which I conquered most of the time.

I’m almost forgot. There are coin-operated washers and dryers available. But the lady (the management of the guest house which I refer to) told us that we could use the washing machine which located at the back of the guest house for free. I guess there are more than three reasons I love this guest house.

Highly recommended guest house for those who travel with budget that comes with good amenities and facilities and great location. There are two 24 hours convenience store such as 7-11 and even McDonald nearby the guest house.

For more details, check their website www.housejp.com.tw/englishindex.htm.


    • ken: >so cool ah the miniature world.. gotta admire the precision and accuracy of the structures :)
    • Diana Diane Teo: >CathJ and ladymariah - Thanks so much! =)
    • Diana Diane Teo: >Armstrong - Although quite sad because it comes to the end, but I am quite happy to see it ends with good ending. :)Sailor - Thanks for the compli