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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.

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{Note: Actually this is my scheduled post as I am on my way to KL for 2 days to attend one of my coursemate’s wedding. Never thought that when I was small, received tons of invitation card to attend for friend’s birthday party but now receiving invitation card for friend’s wedding party. Oh ya! There is a tremendous changes in my blog. Find out what had I change.}

Without noticing, we were almost closed to the end of our Japan trip. During our second day in Tokyo, we went to one of the infamous Japan’s Holy Mountain, Mount Fuji.

Mount Fuji, a dormant volcano is the highest mountain in Japan and its perfectly symmetrical volcanic cone is well-known as Japan’s symbol. But do you know where is the best places to view Mount Fuji from a close distance?

As there is no direct access to Mount Fuji by train, the most nearer staging points are either Fujiyoshida or Kawaguchiko. Both of us opt for Kawaguchiko instead.

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Food vendor machines are everywhere.

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Saw the temperature?

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Lake Kawaguchiko is the easiest to access and offers more things to see and do among Fuji Five Lakes. The other four lakes are less developed and not as easy to access by public transportation.

However, the mountain is not always visible to view due to the clouds and poor visibility. OK! We are unlucky one to see the world most beautiful mountain and perfectly shaped volcano.

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I am dog lover.
If I see dog everytime I’m on going, sure won’t miss out any opportunity to snap them.
For example, during my Wales trip, few photo with dogs which I took (click here)

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We will come back to visit you again, Mr Fuji!

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Anyway, I got myself to grab this – Blueberry Cheese Cake Kit Kat (limited edition).
Only available at Mount Fuji train station.

There are more varieties of Kit Kat in Japan.
Want to know more? Stay tune for my never ever finish Japan post.mrgreen

[Credit to: Wikipedia, Wikitravel, Japan-Guide]

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Check out my ♥My Travel♥ page. Upload lots of edit photo which never seen before.

Now back to the post.

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Besides Harajuku (click here), Shibuya is also one of the most colourful and busy district packed with tons of Tokyo youngsters. It’s within walking distance from Harajuku but since Nicole and I had the unlimited railway pass, so we utilised it by taking the railway instead of walking.

Shibuya is a center for youth fashion and culture and it is popular for shopping and entertainment area. Shibuya is famous for its five-way scramble crossing, which just located once you step out from Shibuya Station.

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Scramble crossing [Pic credit to Nicole]

Too bad it’s raining and we can’t find the perfect spot to shoot the perfect pic to explain how is exactly scramble crossing looks like. So credit to google for the pic below.

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Over a dozen major of Tokyo large department and fashion stores located at here too.

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Seibu, one of the largest department stores

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As we moved on, we spotted this:

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Disney store.

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If you are planning to go Disneyland and in case unable to purchase online, it is advisable to purchase the admission ticket from here. Or else you might regret once you reach Disneyland.
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Look! Drop dead gorgeous looking model at the pink lorry.

What Shibuya notable for is Hachiko.

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Hachiko Statue

This is one of Tokyo’s famous meeting points, which located just outside the station. I guess most of you know what is the story behind Hachiko. But unfortunately for me (NOT AGAIN!!!), I can’t found this statue because of the rain. Everyone is holding the umbrella and blocking this statue, I guess!!!

More Japan post to come: Mount Fuji, DisneySea and accomodation I stayed when in Japan.

[Credit to: Wikipedia, Wikitravel, Japan-Guide]

Had you watch the match last Sunday between the Red Devils and Chelsea in the English Premier League? The Red Devils scored a goal within the first minute. OK! Now I sounds like I gonna blog about sport report. I am not gonna blog about what happens during the match and what is the final score but I am gonna blog about the Red Devils

Again, this is my backdate post and suddenly I realised before this, I ever said want to post about this (click here) but then again, blame my worst sickness, “Short-Term-Memory (STM)”. Not until last Sunday, accompanied TTM watched this match at my home together with my dad, while waiting for the second half match, I showed my picture to TTM. From there, I only realised that I never blog about this. And now, I’m taking this chance to bring you all to the Red Devils’s stadium.

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The Red Devils is the nickname of Manchester United and the name of the stadium is Old Trafford. During my study in UK, the uni organised a day trip of the virtual tour to Old Trafford Stadium, the home of Manchester United Football Club. So without thinking too much, immediately I signed up and registered for this day trip. My uni organised lots of day trip on every weekend for summer students like us.

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Here we come to kick the ball (Neh, I am kaki bangku=P)

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The journey from my uni to Manchester took almost one and half hour.
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Finally, I got the chance to see the glory and great stadium right in front of my eyes

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The place where the roar of 76,000 fans came from.

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Reserved for the players and also here where Fergie keep shouting “GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!”
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I’m not a big fan of MU but to show to my dad, who is absolutely big fan of MU.
He never ever miss each and every MU match.
During the virtual tour, we were also got the chance to visit player’s dressing room. This room contains a spa pool, six showers, two small baths and video facilities which can accomodate up to 22 players.

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Smell Ronaldo and Rooney’s soaking sweat =P

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The spa pool.
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Did you spot what I spot? Our own Malaysia’s budget airline on the sponsored board
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Spotted the former MU superstar player.

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Players’ autograph book.
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Guess who is Brooklyn?
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Although can’t take pic with the real player, but this already makes me feel satisfy for it.
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Before we ended the tour, we were giving a special certificate to serve a souvenir of remembrance for the visit.

During this virtual tour you’ll get a taste of the history of Manchester United, and move a little closer to understanding just why the club has touched the hearts of so many. Enjoy your visit.” – by Sir Bobby Charlton.

[Credit to: Manchester United Official Website, Wikipedia]

>Mother’s Day celebration is this weekend. So how is your preparation to celebrate for the one who sacrifice everything just to provide the best and love for you?

Every year, my siblings and I will bring mommy for dinner and we also will buy a gift for her. Instead of doing the same celebration every year, I decided to bring my mom to Green Connection on last Monday, which was the replacement holiday for Labour Day. When she knew that I am going to bring her there, she is so exciting (like a litte kid). Hahaha…

The Green Connection is an aquarium and ec0 theme park of Sabah. In a nutshell, Green Connection offers eco-treasures of Sabah which featuring over 500 species of animals.

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Green Connection is also a rescue centre for the endangered and rare marine animals of Sabah.

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Start your journey by walk through the cave when you can see creepy creatures such scorpion, tarantulas and etc.

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The turtle is so smart. Both of it stop swimming just for me to take photo of them.
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Meet the Snakes Zone: Dare to grab the chance to take picture with the huge pythons.
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The highlighted area will be the huge aquarium tank where you can see the rare of guitar shark, leopard sharks, sea turtle, bat fishes and even the ultimate underwater predator, SHARK!
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Here is the guitar shark, leopard sharks and bat fishes.The everyone waiting moment.

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The fish feeding time which took place exactly at 11.30 am (everyday).
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This sea turtle is the star of the day. It caught everyone attention during fish feeding time. Do you know what is it name? Called it “Gangster”. Want to know why? Just heading to Green Connection and you know why.
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It is so entertaining and fascinating.

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“Say No to Shark Fins Awareness Campaign”

Do you know that actually shark fin does not bring any nutrition to human body but content mercury which may cause sterility in men if consumed in extremely large quantities. Shark fin may also harm pregnant woman too.
After the show, mommy and I continue to the other zone where you can touch and up close with the marine species.
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Puffer fish or ikan buntal (in malay).

I called it “balloon fish”. By the way, this fish is not edible and don’t simply eat it if you go for fishing because it believed to be the second-most poisonous vertebrate in the world.

Green Connection is not just served as a center for you to get up-close and see the animals, there even got a “Science and Life Dome” where you can learn and play at the same time.
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Not forgeting before leaving Green Connection, there is souvenir shop for you to grab unique and cute gift for your beloved family and friends.
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T-shirt, soft toys, postcards, books and lots more is available in their Souvenir Shop.

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Mommy and I took a pic before we leave.
In conjuction with Mother’s Day, why not taking this opportunity to bring your mom and family and even friends to this informative and interesting aquarium and eco theme park.
“More than just an aquarium, not quite a zoo, and a discovery centre that’s fun for the whole family.” – The Green Connection.


Location:
Badan Sukarelawan Complex,
KM2, Jalan Tuaran,
Likas Sabah.

Opening Hours:
10 am – 6 pm (Last entry 4:30 pm)

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11.30 am and 4.00 pm (Mon – Fri)
11.30 am, 1.30 pm and 4.00 pm (Sat, Sun and Public Holiday)

Ticket Price:
RM25 (adult), RM15 (child from age 2-16) and free for baby


How to get there:
Walk to Karamunsing complex.
Take Jalan Tuaran away from town, at 2nd mile turn left by Wisma Wanita.

For more info, please do check out their website The Green Connection.

Before I sign off, I would like to wish every mother on earth;

“HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!”
[Credit to: The Green Connection homepage, AquaticaKK homepage, MySabah.com, Wikipedia]

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Sabah Fest, a cultural extravaganza is happens again and this year happening at Magellan, Sutera Harbour. The State’s colourful cultural event will be held starting from today until 1st of May 2011.

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Organised by Sri Pelancongan Sabah, it is open to the public and the entrance for handicraft and foods exhibition is FREE. Come and watch handicraft-making demonstrations by the respective ethnic groups and try out their traditional foods at the Magellan Grand Ballroom, Sutera Harbour from 10 am to 10pm.

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HANDICRAFTS AREA

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FOODS AND BEVERAGES AREA

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Tonight, there will be a Premiere Show held at Magellan Grand Ballroom at 7pm. The 23rd edition of Sabah Fest will bring the highly-anticipated show with the themed “Papakang” – The Odyssey of Seven Brothers”, an one-hour musical theatre-style production based on a local folklore of the legendary Nunuk Ragang.

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Normal walk-in rate: RM50 and student for only RM30. Come and grab the ticket to enjoy tonight show from this counter

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Kadaiku & Sabah Tourism Board.

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In case you miss out my Monaco Part 1 post, then click here for more info and understanding.

Cont: We visited Monte Carlo, which is one of Europe’s leading tourist resort. It is one of the four areas of Monaco, is the principal residential and resort area. At here, we catch a glimpse on a few, ok, not a few but lots of luxury cars. Frankly to tell you, really a lots lots lots of luxury and expensive cars during our tour to Monte Carlo.

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~dt~in Monaco
If you are fans or love to watch the fastest circuit-racing car, you will know that Monaco is also one the street circuits where Formula One Monaco Grand Pix will be host annually.

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This is the Ferrari car I saw at Monaco. Brrooommm, broooomm……. Smart and elegant car by the way.

Now is time for me to test you:
If Monaco is the second smallest country in the world, then which country is the SMALLEST country in the world?

That’s is my second and final part of Monaco. Do follow me for my next destination. razz



  • 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