Krabi – A boat stop to Paradise …

When we first picked Krabi as a travelling destination, we were hoping that it would be less commercialized and developed than Phuket. Well … it was half-true anyway lol. Krabi town is pretty much laid-back and rustic but as we approach Ao Nang where the beaches are, we start to see some similarities in terms of crowd. Whilst Krabi-Ao Nang area is probably still less expensive and developed than Phuket at the moment, with the packs of tourists coming year-on-year, I suspect that it should not be long before we will seeing Krabi go the way that Phuket did …. commercialization. […]

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Noboribetsu Bear Park and more …

A visit to Noboribetsu should have the itinerary planned for at least a portion to explore and enjoy the Onsens available here, that is considered the Best in Hokkaido, and rank 4th in the whole of Japan. I feel most Asians generally have a concern about nudity that is required for Onsen. Put that thought aside, you will very soon realize it’s all in your mind that’s all. Having said that, Noboribetsu is not all just about Onsen. There are other activities too 🙂 One could drive to view the scenic crater-lake (caldera), Lake Kuttara located in the Shikotsu Toya National […]

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Noboribetsu – Hokkaido Best Onsens

White …. white …. white everywhere! That is the beauty of Winter, at least to someone like me that lives in a country that is all-year round summer, hot and humid. The only cool time is when one sets foot into an air-conditioned room or venue. We arrived at Noboribetsu station from Sapporo, and made our way to Noboribetsu Grand Hotel by cab, that took roughly 10 minutes. Yes! We have made it to the famous Hot Spring area in Hokkaido and we are so gonna spend the next 2 days enjoying the warmth of the onsens  😆 If you see […]

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Winter Trip to Sounkyo Ropeway ~ Hokkaido

Sounkyo is located in the Daisetsuzan National Park, situated in a gorge between high flanking forested cliffs. In the Spring and Autumn seasons, the views that can be seen are panoramic and colorful especially with the 2 famous waterfall here: Ginga no Taki (Milky Way Falls) and Ryusei no Taki (Shooting Star Falls)! Not to mention the onsen baths where some onsens offer fantastic views while relaxing in the hot spring water. In fact other than poor timing where I arrived in late Dec, the Ice Waterfall Festival Grounds were actually just in front of Hotel Taisetsu where my family and […]

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A Garden like No Others ~ Gardens By the Bay – Flower Dome [Part 2]

Many of us know that Gardens By the Bay doesn’t just consist of 1 dome but 2. In addition, there is also the non-domed area where we can see the Super Trees! The Super Trees reaches far into the skies at 16 stories high (~50 metre tall) … If one has the guts, there is the OCBC Skyway (~22 metres tall excluding the tree dome that is) that allows you to walk between two Super Tree at height with a panaromic view of the Garden as well. While the views are unique by the day (though hot haha…), it is […]

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A Garden like No Others ~ Gardens By the Bay – Cloud Dome [Part 1]

Yes, there are many gardens in the world. Gardens with nice themes, beautiful flowers, historic relevance even nice accompanying weather. But there would be nothing like this in the world that can only be found on the little red dot on the map, called Singapore. Singapore … a humid and hot country all year round, maybe wet sometimes but still humid all the same. Small country, but nevertheless, after the visit to Gardens by the Bay, I am almost certain that the beautiful sights in this garden will keep you going and going and going … and until you feel […]

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Shirahama – The Resort Town south of Wakayama

Shirahama is a onsen-resort town by the south coast of Wakayama. By train, it would take roughly 1hour 30min to reach from Wakayama as I don’t remember there being any express or rapid-express train for stops into the countryside, therefore the train stops at every stop until Shirahama station … and it does feel really long. Looking back on the trip made to Shirahama, I really do feel that 2 days would be a good enough time to explore this resort town, which I only had about 3/4 day then. So I couldn’t really explore this place to satisfaction having […]

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Shiroi Koibito Park (白い恋人) – Origins of one of the Best Chocolate Cookie ever from Hokkaido

It is probably one of the best chocolate cookies ever made, ever tasted. All my children, nephews, even my working colleagues and friends know this packaging, this name by 白い恋人. In case one is still not aware of how it looks like, check out the photo below, hopefully it could jolt your taste buds into an over-run 🙂 My kiddos were entirely fascinated to be able to visit these cookies’ place of origin, whereas for me … well … due to time constraints, I had to give the Sapporo Beer Museum a miss … no big miss though since I […]

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Tranquility at Koyasan (Part 2)

If you ask me as a typical person if a cemetery would fall into my Must-Go places? Most likely one would get a bewildered, big eye look from me, expressing “You Gonna Be Joking ?” Not unless Buffy is my good friend hahah! But here I am, bring my family exactly to one, not to mention that this is an ancient graveyard, but an enormous one too !!! In Mt. Koya, this graveyard is called Okunoin, wherein lies the mausoleum, the final resting place of Kukai (also known as Kobo Daishi), a legendary Shingon Buddhist monk who is believed to have giving aid […]

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Tranquility at Koyasan (Part 1)

At Wakayama, one of the MUST GO place is definitely Mount Koya or Koyasan. Koyasan is one of the religious location steeped in Japanese Shingon Buddhism, where there is opportunities to see many famous and majestic temples, some offering lodgings to visitors too. It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. For me personally, it was one of the place that I managed to see overnight snow in Autumn, for its attitude is ~ 900m above ground! To get to Koyasan is not hard. If my memory serves me right, we bought our tickets from Gokurakubashi station for […]

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