Video: Japan, Hakone Tokyo Day 1: Our Airbnb at Miyagino & Dinner at Odawara Fish Market Den!

I’m sure you guys have already read the posts written by Simon. Today I’m here to share the videos. Might as well break them into individual days so that it’s easier to watch right?

You can also read the below posts here:

[S-series] Tokyo-Hakone Travel Journal Part 1: Arrival in Hakone and Odawara Castle – 

[S-series] Tokyo-Hakone Travel Journal Part 2: Exploring Hakone 1/2 (Image-intensive!)

[S-series] Tokyo-Hakone Travel Journal Part 3: Exploring Hakone 2/2 (Image-intensive and excessive words!)

[S-series] Tokyo-Hakone Travel Journal Part 4: Let’s go back to Tokyo! Ichiran ramen, Cat Cafe & Senso-ji.

So here’s the clip for Day 1, we bought limited express tickets to Hakone Yumoto, then went to our Airbnb at Miyagino, and then Odawara to visit the Odawara castle and had dinner at Odawara Fish Market Den! I highly recommend this place for dinner!

During the journey to Hakone, we also laughed alot in the train. Videos allow you to know more about us and how lame we are LOL! So pls watch it! haha.

Day 2 will be published next tuesday!

@claireaudreylim

Claire and Simon heading to Japan! Osaka, Nara, Kyoto on 11th November 2017 for 8 days!

Hi hi people we are off to our favourite place again! This will probably be my last trip to Japan until 2019 because I have other plans for 2018. First in Feb would be korea! 😀

For the trip, we are traveling from Osaka to Nara, then Kyoto and back to Osaka again. This will be my longest trip thus far I guess, about 8days! Will be taking about 2 weeks leave next year November too so that would be the longest trip ever wahahha. Btw I can’t wait to see the autumn leaves. The autumn leaves in Japan are the best!

Remember to follow me on @claireaudreylim to watch my IG stories and @travelfarenough_ to see more travel photos! 😀

Claire

Claire and Simon heading to Montigo Resort Batam (Couple retreat!) on 5th November 2017!

Hey guys!!

Simon and I will be going to Montigo Resort Batam tomorrow! Very excited because I can finally rest and relax! Do follow me on IG @claireaudreylim to watch my IG story and I have also created a new IG account solely for our travel photos only!! It’s @travelfarenough_

I swear im going to sleep alot but we have fun activities to do too! I will probably feel very tired but it’s okay at least I got to go on leave on 6 Nov Monday. hehe.

I heard that Montigo is perfect for couple retreat! So if you guys are attached you definitely have to stalk me to see what I do there. Of course I will be back with a video and blog post but isn’t IG story better? :p

Update* Blog post is updated at

1. http://blog.myfatpocket.com/claireaudreylim/2017/12/02/claire-and-simon-goes-to-montigo-resorts-nongsa/ 

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Travel to Perth: 6D5N in Summary with video!

Hello!! Here’s me again with another travel summary! Wow I feel like I haven’t blog for a very long time… I have been pretty busy this 2 months. Not complaining at all. I am super super grateful for all the opportunities. 🙂

So before everything else, here’s the travel video for you!

This is my first family trip and it was so fun even though we lived like pigs everyday! It is the first time Simon brought his parents overseas and I can see that they were very happy. I would be too, if I have a kid next time and he does the same thing for me.

I met his relatives before, a few years ago when the cousins were still so young and small. Now they are all grown ups and looking so matured. Janelle is a makeup artist at MAC and she is so good at her job. They have really strong Aussie accent and I think if we stayed there longer we would too.

As it was a trip with the parents, we thought it will just be a follow our parents around kind of trip so we didn’t research anything at all. We ended up doing our research the first day in Perth because his uncle thought that it’s better for us adults to explore Perth on our own. LOL! Damn GG.

We didn’t go to Margaret River. I know I know, everyone say it is a must go. Next time we will go!

We scoot to Perth and the total fare was about $1700. Actually the fare can be lower, I couldn’t wait anymore so I just asked Simon to book immediately. 😡

Our flight was at 12pm + and we landed at about 6pm. There is no time difference between Singapore and Perth.

Uncle James picked us up at the airport and we went straight to his place. We are really blessed. San Yi prepared breakfast and dinner for us everyday. We wake up to smoothies and coffee waiting for us and always have wine and tea to go along with our dinner.

The next day, Uncle James drove us to Bassendean station and we took the train to Fremantle. This is a summary post so I only post some of the photos I have, remember to return to see the other photos. ^^

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Our first stop was to Fremantle Prison. The price was on the higher side but I thought it would be fun to visit. But the tour was about 1hr plus and we still have to wait for the next round so we decided to skip this and went to the market straight. 5

Here at Fremantle Market! This is definitely the must visit if you are in Perth! 11

The fruits and vegetables there are so green and fresh! 7

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Simon and I was like should we try Japanese food in Perth. We tried ramen in Melbourne and it was not a good experience hence we assumed that this won’t be good too. But my lecturer told me that the jap food was surprisingly not bad. If any of you are going Perth soon, go try this and let me know?

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Perth is a really chill place. We don’t need to rush and we just take our own sweet time everyday. We decided to roam around and happen to spot this field with my favourite trees. We continue walking and then decided to take the ferris wheel. More on that next time but it was fun although short! 18

Fish and chips are so popular in Perth. We went to 2 different outlets because we want to compare. One at Cicerello Perth and the next one at Kailis Fish and chips! 19

This is from Cicerello. We actually prefer the fish at Kaili’s. 

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Sorry no pic. Next time! 23

Then we walked to Megabes Products to find tshirts for Sebas and Ivy. I remembered Ivy told me she love tshirts with country names printed on them.

Day 3!

We went Kings Park with our parents and Uncle James.

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View from Kings Park! So pretty! 26

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After the walk, we went to Annalakshmi Restaurant at Barracks Square for indian food. It is buffet style but all vegetarian food. The concept is you eat what you want and pay what you feel. It’s a non profit institution basically. Even though the food choices are limited, it tasted pretty good. And anything for a good cause is worth visiting. 28

After that is our couple time again where we went to Crawley boatshed to take photos with the popular boatshed! 31

I love seeing those black swans! 34

then we end our day with a carrot cake at Dome Cafe before going back Sanyi’s house for dinner!

Day 4 – hunting for good wine! 36

First stop was to Sandalford wines! They have really good wines! A pity we cannot bring them back to Singapore. 38

Then to Providore, the chocolate sauce and condiments were so good. 40

We also visited the Margaret River Chocolate Company where we tried so many chocolates until I got ulcers. Chilli chocolate tastes really funny.

It was already raining but we decided to go Caversham wildlife park. Honestly we already don’t know what to do. LOL.

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We spent the rest of our afternoons there checking out animals. 43

I also recommend you to try the Connoisseur ice cream if you haven’t before. I think it’s better than Magnum! 44

There’s a meet the animals session where you get to hug the Wombat ( i think? ). If you are wondering if I did take a photo with him, no I didn’t. 45

We uber/grab to Yahava Koffeeworks next! 46

had coffee and bagel here and decided that the coffee from Yahava in Singapore is better. 47

But the scenery outside is so beautiful so it’s not a wasted trip afterall. 

Day 5 –

We went to Watertown Brand Outlet Centre then The Tuck Shop Cafe followed by Sayers Sister. Our plan was to follow our parents for the remaining days but we ended up wandering off again. 49

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If you google cafes in Perth, The Tuck Shop is always being recommended! And I got to agree the food is really good here! 53

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I never tried the other items on the menu but I highly recommend the lamb pie and fries with gravy! SO GOOD I tell you. I think I can eat 3 myself.

We went to Sayers Sisters next for coffee and cake. 56

I wanted to try the coffee only but Simon ordered the cake too. If I’m not wrong, it’s flourless chocolate cake. 

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Feeling like a stuffed toy now, we went to Hyde Park. It’s just a really huge park with basically nothing and only trees. But it was so relaxing and beautiful. 59

Since we have no where else to go, we decided to take a train to Cottlesloe to visit the Cottlesloe beach. 60

It’s amazing. 

Day 6. 

We went to Janelle’s workplace to find her and San Yi bought me lip pencil and lipstick! So nice of her! 61

then to Hillary Boat Harbour, and bought the super delicious honey cake.

http://www.thehoneycake.com.au/visit-our-shop/ if you go perth you must buy. It’s so good believe me!

Our late lunch was at D’Big mama at Coventry Village.

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Uncle James recommended us this place and we really like the food. 64

I honestly eat alot during this trip. Simon gained like 3-5kgs?

On our last day! We have some time to spare before our flight so we went to Swan Canning Riverpark and then University of Western Australia UWA. 65

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The university is so beautiful. How I wish I was studying there.

For lunch we went back to D’big mama again to try the new bamboo noodles. 68

Read the review here!

And we went back to San Yi house to eat duck meat and nachos before packing up and to the airport.

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71Thank you San Yi and San Yi Zhang for hosting and taking care of us! It was such a wonderful week! We will visit you soon. 😀

And that’s all for today. Anyway people I have decided to cut down on my travels to 2-3 times a year. I have been spending my extras on my travels and I realized the amount of money I could save if I could just practice a little bit of self control. What would I do if I don’t have the extras anymore right? I can travel anytime I want after I retire. So now my priority now is to save and retire early.

And in the meantime look forward to my Japan trip in November!! yay!!!

Till the next time people! 😀
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S-series, E45: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve with our friends!

Hi,

A couple of months back we went and challenge ourselves going up the Bukit Timah Hill.

Traditionally, by saying ‘we’ I meant Claire and I. But this time we have awesome company joining us in our long-awaited hikes, Ivy and Sebas. Well anyhow, we started our walk from the classic entrance

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I liked what the site Huckberry does everytime they end their newsletter in my email.

Show me someone’s awesome outdoorist photo with the caption: “See you out there.”

So I’m gonna spread that ideal now guys.

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See You Out There.

[Claire and Simon’s Explore Series]

[S-series] Tokyo-Hakone Travel Journal Part 2: Exploring Hakone 1/2 (Image-intensive!)

[S-series] Tokyo-Hakone Travel Journal Part 1: Arrival in Hakone and Odawara Castle 

[S-series] Tokyo-Hakone Travel Journal Part 3: Exploring Hakone 2/2 (Image-intensive and excessive words!)

[S-series] Tokyo-Hakone Travel Journal Part 4: Let’s go back to Tokyo! Ichiran ramen, Cat Cafe & Senso-ji.

Watch day 1 here:

Hi

We woke up early today, hoping to cover all the places we shortlisted. Its a long list and it involves a lot of walking. Ambitious. We will be attempting what was known as the Hakone ‘Loop’, which goes one round around the popular tourist sights in the Hakone region, but I’ll skip all the museums and art exhibits because I’m an uncultured swine. I preferred to visit  what nature has to offer rather than paying entrance fees to see man-made art pieces and wasting time contemplating what the heck the artists were trying to tell me. Limited time limited funds and limited interests, that’s about right for me.


SENGOKUHARA SUSUKI-SOGEN

Susuki is the Japanese name for Japanese Pampas Grass, also known as Chinese Silver Grass. I think I’ll stick to susuki because its so much shorter than the others.

We woke up early in the morning to catch a local bus for Sengokuhara. The buses were easy to navigate thanks to the popularity of Hakone to foreign tourists. The buses all have a few languages showing on the screen telling you which stop is coming up next. Combined with Google Maps, even though its not very accurate, its good enough for us to navigate.

The bus took about 20mins from Miyagino town to Sengokuhara.

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We stopped opposite the cute bus stop, absolutely have to snap a shot. Then we made our way to the Susuki-Sogen or the Japanese Pampas Grass Fields. So long-winded..

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…Then the disappointment.. You see, we expected to see at least a little of the golden grasses on the fields.. But I found out too late that we can only see the golden grass during autumn. Its summer now and all the susuki are green. Bummer.

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Claire was very impressed by the neat rows of pine?/spruce? trees up along the tree lines. We had a tight schedule, if not I’ll probably drag her into the forest just to see how its like inside. But if a bear appears I won’t know what to do, I know I wont win.

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So after taking a couple more photos, we made our way back to the cute bus stop and catch a bus back to Miyagino, where we’re based for this couple days.

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MIYAGINO

We noticed the Little Prince Museum along the way on our bus. Claire thought it looked very grand and the little Prince is cute, even though both of us never read the book and know next to nothing besides the name ‘Little Prince’. We still end up alighting our bus and made a detour to visit the place. We entered the lobby, went up to the ticket counter and inquire about the entrance fees, saw the price, and left. LOL. It was a little over our budget so we just took a few pictures in the front garden. FOC.

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We then catch another bus and went on our way back to the town. Where we followed the dreadful short cut up to Gora station…

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Its dreadful because I nearly died here, climbing down the crumbling, moss covered stairs with 2 luggages on my hands. Luckily, we don’t have our luggages with us today. So I get to shoot some moss. DSC04408

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Fancy us finding red maple leaves in summer. Onwards to Gora station for our cable car ride. The Cablecar is really just a few cabins on a track hanging by a few steel cables by the side of the mountain. We got dragged up by the cable from Gora to Sounzan station, and the journey was best described like a sardine in a packed can. The cabin is our tin can, and we are the sardines, dragged along the side of the mountain to Sounzan. In between both terminal stations are a number of stops to other attractions in the area, but everybody seems to be going to Sounzan, hence the metaphor.


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The Sounzan station is the terminal station for 2 services. The Hakone Tozan Cablecar from Gora, and the Hakone Ropeway to Togendai. After escaping from the can (of sardines), we decided to take a breather outside the station. Its mid day now and all the tourist never bothered to come out and explore the area, they just went straight to the ropeway. Well we usually try to avoid crowded places, because that’s the essence of exploration isn’t it?

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And this is what we found, right outside the station. A little caravan kinda cafe. Well I don’t see the ‘locomotive’ attached to it anywhere so I think its quite permanent here.

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Claire decided it was cute and so she posed in front of it.
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There isn’t any other customer inside the cafe, I thought since its such a hip(pie) coffee joint it must be crowded right? Well its either his coffee is bad or the tourists here only follow what’s shown on travel guidebooks. Anyways, since Claire posed at the door step of the place, I have to patronize it right? So we ordered 2 coffees to go. Its decent coffee this guy makes, so it must be the tourists here don’t know how to explore then.

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We then went out to the carpark and took in the view. There’s the mountain with the word (大) on it, in Chinese it means ‘Big’. I believe it means the same thing in Japanese too. Intrigued by it, we decided to take a wefie with it.

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After the coffee break, we went on to take the ropeway. I took our very own cablecar back in Singapore, so I know what to expect. But Claire never done that, so she quite excited, or scared. I don’t which is more true in her context.

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OWAKUDANI

Owakudani is a volcanic valley with active sulphur vents as you can see from the ropeway. It gives a great vantage point to see the whole valley, its especially awe-inspiring when your ropeway car goes over the mountain and the whole smoking valley comes into view. Its also equally awe-inspiring when you got hit with wave after waves of sulphurous stench.

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See what I mean? Look at that lady covering her nose in the ropeway.

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If only those smoking vents were some aroma-therapy-eucalyptus-essential-oil-kind-of-stuff if you know what I mean.

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Well before we ride the ropeway, we were each given a piece of disposable wet tissue to cover our nasal orifice, but because no one is using it, so we didn’t as well.

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We alighted at Owakudani to see those fuming sulphurous vents and eat the black eggs. Legend states that eating one egg can extend our lifespans by 7 years. So we bought a pack of 5, split them equally between us, and now we each have 17.5 years added to our original lifespan. Duh.

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After eating the eggs, we took some wefies with the help of my well worned 2nd hand tripod.

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Then I noticed in the distance, hidden behind the clouds, was the magnificently symmetrical cone of Mt Fuji. But its so cloudy over there its like its hidden behind a veil. Too bad for us, best season to see Mt Fuji from Hakone is autumn I heard, we’re one season early.


Now my friends, I realized how I’ve made this post a rather long winded one. That reflects my character, I’m a 32 yrs old male with a mental state of an elderly man. With that, I shall end it here and adjourn my relentless ramblings till next time.

Yours sincerely, with lots of saliva,

Simon

Melbourne 7D6N (Spring): Day1 P2 Southern Cross Station and the Higher Ground Cafe Melbourne! 

Travel on Airbnb and get more than $20 in travel credit! Click here! 

Watch our travel video here!

Read the other posts here:

Melbourne 7D6N in summary plus my outfits
S-series: Cafe hopping in the coffee capital MELBOURNE, visited 11 coffee places! Check this out!
S-series: Gear review: Carl Zeiss Batis 25mm F2 lens + some shots of our Melbourne trip! 
Melbourne 7D6N: The Airbnb we stayed- Light & Airey Collingwood loft apt
Melbourne 7D6N (Spring): Day 1 Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, Skybus Express and Myki Card!

Welcome back people. It’s Melbourne again. So continue from the previous post.. I was eating burger at Hungry Jack’s…..

After our unhealthy meal, we took tram 86 from Spencer St/Bourke St to Rose St tram stop, then walk the rest of the way to our Airbnb. Along Bourke St, the tram had to stop because of the demo going on outside.

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All these grandmothers are so cool and friendly. Because of them the tram couldn’t move so we spend quite awhile watching them walk by. They even wave and said hi to me. Maybe cause I was videoing them haha. 25

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After like don’t know how long the tram finally started moving and we continue our journey to Rose St. 33

We had to walk about 15mins to the Knife Shop at Wellington St to get our keys from the bnb owner.

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Along the way there are many interesting stores and one of them are The Craft & Co. Love the building too. 

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And here we are at the Knife Shop Cafe which is just beside the Knife Shop. I seriously thinking if the owner owns all of these.

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Finally checked into our Airbnb. Before that we met the owner, she was this elderly lady sitting in the knife shop. She saw us wrapped in thick clothing and shivering. She asked were we cold? We told her we were freezing. She comment: ‘Freezing? Its nice today, yesterday was really hot, it was like 27 degrees I think?’ Oh my goodness.. My aircon at home is always at 27 degrees…

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We settled in and familiarize ourselves with our loft room. Its got all the basic necessities, even have a kitchen sink in the room! It was so spacious it could pass off as a studio apartment in our home country.

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We went out to explore the area around our Bnb and begin looking for our dinner place!

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Stopped at Pavlov’s duck to take our couple shots. Wanted to try the food here but didn’t have time. 434.5

Beautiful flowers everywhere! It’s spring you know! 6

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Love this shot! Simon left his camera on a window ledge across the street and dashed back and forth to get the best shot you see above. Who said we need to hire a photographer when we have window ledges. 🙂

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Then we took the tram back to Southern Cross station. 45

to check out the different timings for the train, prepare ourselves for the next day. 46

Then we went to Woolworths. Tim tam is only $2.50 here! 48

47Mango flavour was damn sweet. 

Its getting dark real quick, so we decided its time we go get our dinner settled. We were near one of our shortlisted cafe places to visit that’s still open at this hour. Many cafes don’t serve dinner as we soon found out in our trip.. So we were really lucky The Higher Ground is open at 7pm. We went in, a little lost because we were really shy, but a waitress soon attend to us and showed us to a table. Not knowing what to order and still struggling a little with the Aussie accent, we managed to order the following for dinner. LOL.

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Our appetizer: Almond Hummus, seed cracker, roasted chilli and spices.

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We shared a main, recommended by the waitress: Confit Duck leg on pan seared sweet potatoes. This is the best duck dish we ever had to date. Honest.

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And how can we not have coffee in Melbourne? Latte and Mocha for me! Our first quality coffee in Melbourne and we savour every last drop!

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And that concludes our first day in Melbourne. It was really awesome, the chill vibe after 5pm, unlike Singapore where our rush hour goes all the way till 8pm. LOL.

Day 2 coming up next so stay tuned!

Ciaoz.

[S-series] Tokyo-Hakone Travel Journal Part 1: Arrival in Hakone and Odawara Castle 

Travel on Airbnb and get S$40 in travel credit! Click here! 

Watch the video of our day 1 here:

[S-series] Tokyo-Hakone Travel Journal Part 2: Exploring Hakone 1/2 (Image-intensive!)

[S-series] Tokyo-Hakone Travel Journal Part 3: Exploring Hakone 2/2 (Image-intensive and excessive words!)

[S-series] Tokyo-Hakone Travel Journal Part 4: Let’s go back to Tokyo! Ichiran ramen, Cat Cafe & Senso-ji.

Hi,

I rarely write about our travels, I usually just take the photos and be done with it. But wifey had been asking me to post more of my photos, because when we go out and take nice photos, its to be shared and enjoyed by whoever who enjoys my work. While its not much, my photography is always a spontaneous overwhelming urge to steal the moment. Its often unplanned and therefore, a hit or miss job. More so with the latter. That’s why on a trip like this, I usually take about 2-300 photos per day, on average. But the ones that passed my QC number at around 10%.

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GEAR

Anyways to cut the story short, we went on this trip on a whim and rushed through the planning. The kit I brought with me was poorly planned as well.

  • Sony a7II
  • Zeiss Batis 25mm f2
  • Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8
  • Voigtlander Super-wide Heliar 15mm f4.5 III
  • Velbon travel tripod (flimsy old unknown model)

The heaviest lens and also the most under used one is the Batis 85… Throughout the trip, its only there in my backpack to weigh me down.. Voigtlander is a specialty lens so its understood that it will see little usage. So I’m only left with my Batis 25 to cover most of my shots, and I can’t count the number of times I wish I’ve had my Zeiss C-Sonnar 50mm f1.5 with me.


GORA, HAKONE

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Gora Station of the Hakone Tozan Railway. This is the terminal stop where we will be taking the Tozan Cablecar up to Sounzan Station tomorrow. Well that’s for the next post.


MIYAGINO

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What a peaceful place, our bnb was at Miyagino Town. On the map it looks really close, but I neglected the terrain, the short cut from Gora to Miyagino involves multiple narrow flights of stairs that nearly sent me to my Maker, as I carry both our luggage and negotiated those endless, crumbling stone steps… This tranquil river is the exact opposite of my mental state.

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And finally some rest in our traditional Japanese home styled bnb. Tatami floors are awesome, they gave us that peaceful zen feeling unlike those cold hard tiled flooring in our HDBs. I just lay down on the tatami and stayed there for like 30mins while Claire dolled herself up.


ODAWARA

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We next spent an hour on a local bus all the way to Odawara, on which we dozed off and missed our stop. Ended up walking an extra 5mins to Odawara Castle. By then every’s closed, so no visiting the castle and no shopping for medieval Japanese souvenirs…

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Escape the castle.

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And stumbled into a forest of hydrangea.

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And after a little while, the sun begins to set. Guess we should move on to dinner.

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Odawara Fish Market Den (小田原 魚河岸 でん)

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And here’s our dinner place, after walking for half an hour. Claire found this place online and as the temperature turned Southwards, we welcomed the large bowls of piping hot miso soup with lots of scrap fish meats inside. 100 yen each if you bought it with a rice bowl. I’ll let Claire tell you about how awesome this place is. Stay tune. 

Odawara was a small town that we didn’t have much time to explore properly. I believe they have much more to offer, but our highlight for this trip is exploring the Hakone area. That will come in my next post. For the night, we ransacked the snacks section at the 7-11 in our bnb area and went to sleep early.

Signing out for now.

Simon

Melbourne 7D6N (Spring): Day 1 Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, Skybus Express and Myki Card! 

Travel on Airbnb and get more than $40 in travel credit! Click here! 

Watch our travel video here!


Check out the other posts!
Melbourne 7D6N in summary plus my outfits
S-series: Cafe hopping in the coffee capital MELBOURNE, visited 11 coffee places! Check this out!
S-series: Gear review: Carl Zeiss Batis 25mm F2 lens + some shots of our Melbourne trip! 
Melbourne 7D6N: The Airbnb we stayed- Light & Airey Collingwood loft apt

6 months probation means I cant go anywhere far during this period. I shouldnt complain actually.. should take this time to rest, relax, and clear all my travel related posts. (Update: i can start taking leave after september already hehe)

The more time I think I have, the lesser time I catered for myself to rest. Why am I so weird.. maybe its like how they say, I am too used to having too much on my plate and when I have the time to rest, I get into a panic attack. LOL.

So here we are, officially starting on my Melbourne posts! Oh god I love travelling so much! 😀

Landed into Melbourne Tullamarine Airport after our 6hours plus flight with scoot.

We walked out and saw this ePassport self service machine and wonder if we should queue for it too. It is our first time there and we really don’t know what to do. Lol.
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So tourists being tourists, we followed the other people since we got ample time to spare.

Thank god we queued here because its like a fast lane for us. Once we insert our passport into the machine.. which is abit like singapore airport.. we will get a ticket to let us pass through another exit.

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We continued walking without our jacket because it is not that cold YET inside the airport.

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Welcome to Melbourne!

Anything else after that is self explanatory and since I am not allowed to snap any photos inside.. im gonna skip this part. :p

I was so excited because it was my first time to Aussie. You are the happiest if there’s no expectations!

It was spring in November and we were super cold. The wind is the killer I tell you. We were already shivering the moment we stepped out of the airport.

Our first stop is of course our airbnb, and to get there we have to get to the city first.

To get to the city, we had to take skybus. The counter is just outside the airport, and we bought the tickets (AUD56 for 2pax) and wait for our bus. It is pretty fast, if Im not wrong theres one every 10 minutes.

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It was a 30-45 mins journey to southern cross station.
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Theres wifi in the bus too. Very important business.

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A cafe at the station! Didnt order any drinks here because we have like a week to try really good coffee from elsewhere!

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Then we need to get a card for public transportation. Please keep all these cards for future use. A pity this cannot be used for other Places, only Melbourne.

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Hi this is my Myki card!

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We were very hungry and so we went to find a place for breakfast/lunch.

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Pie Face no. Hungry jack’s maybe.

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Building opposite us.

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Hungry jacks is like burger king right?

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I was just happily looking outside because it is so not asian looking lol!!

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Wifi in hungry jacks too!

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Our meal!

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fries are so crispy and thick in aussie!

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the burger tastes very good too! Not sure if I’m bias cos everything overseas are just better. ^^v

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Just sitting here and eating my burger I already know I will love this place. Doing this post makes me miss Melbourne but I miss Japan even more. 😀 Can’t wait to go back this year end again! I just realized that March is the only month that I haven’t traveled this year 😮 no wonder I feel so tired and I feel like I don’t have enough time to catch up on blogging.

I am so sorry that I haven’t update as regularly as before.

Now I got the next 3-4months to rest, I just wanna covered 8 more places first then will rest more so I can save more to go further 😀 I am very sad that I missed the chance to go Korea in September but it’s okay, my luck is good. More opps will come. hahaha. I have already psychoed Simon to go with me next year. He say OKAY!! YAY! FYI he don’t really like korea.

Anyway alot of people have been asking if my trips are all sponsored. They are not okay. LOL and I am proud to use my own money.

This is just the start of the many posts to come and I shall stop here and continue in the next post. I haven’t edit my videos for Perth and Japan too. oh well. SOON!! 😀

Till the next, 
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[S-series] Perth Foodie Find – D’ Big Mama, Freshly made Delicious Bamboo Kneaded Noodles!

Watch our travel video here!

And read the summary post over at —-> http://blog.myfatpocket.com/claireaudreylim/2017/09/26/travel-perth-6d5n-in-summary-with-video/

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We live in an era where the machines aid us in everything we do. We have simple machines like a bottle opener all the way to precision robotics that made sophisticated parts where human hands used to be. Now even noodles were made using machines and food loses its ‘human touch’, except for when the chef opens the pack and touch it with his hands before cooking us our favourite noodle dish.

Once upon a time, there were noodle masters who knead the noodle dough themselves before cooking it, this is as fresh as it gets. From China we have ‘la mian’ or hand pulled noodles (which are rather common actually..), there were also the bamboo kneaded noodle dough. Today I’m fortunate enough to taste the latter.

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We were visiting our relatives in Perth and my Uncle brought my parents, Claire and myself to a Malaysian Restaurant in Coventry Village at Morley, Perth. The place is like a small neighbourhood mall for a small town in Perth, much like what we have in Singapore. The restaurant offers a large array of Malaysian food we all loved so much. In my opinion, Malaysian food and Singaporean food are like siblings. We have our own differences, but in the end we are born into the same family.

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We tried Bak Kut Teh served with rice and youtiao, Hei Mee (Prawn Noodle Soup), Hor Fun, Curry Laksa and a secret dish! Why secret dish? Well because its not on the menu, that’s why.

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The bak kut teh tastes nothing like the chain stores sprouting all around Singapore like mushrooms after the rain. Its soup is dark and you see goji berries floating all around with slices of TCM herbs in them. Herbal Pork bone broth that is. I love it, it tasted just like how my mom would cook her bak kut tehs, unlike the white broths that’s getting really common in Singapore.

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Next is the Hei Mee, partly because its set in front of me that’s why I keep eating from it. But I the soup tasted of fresh seafood, the prawns used were large and juicy, cooked just right. No fishy aftertaste, I imagined they must’ve dump a really large quantity of prawn heads to make it taste so good. I couldn’t stop eating it, but I of course left some soup for the others and Claire. Claire loves soups.

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The hor fun was the only lackluster dish comparing to the rest of the dishes. Its still good, I’ll still give it 3/5, I disliked the gooey gravy but this is just my personal preference. Can’t expect the chef to suit everybody’s taste buds right?

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Then the Curry Laksa. Like its name, it tasted more like curry than laksa, so don’t make unreasonable comments like it tasted like curry! I actually liked it too, all things with curry tasted awesome. Its gravy is slightly thicker than a regular laksa you can find in Singapore, and its nothing like the Assam Laksa I love so much from Melaka. There’s also something about noodles that’s cooked al dente that make all the noodle dishes here so good.

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The Secret Dish. Is called Rochor Mee. Its basically the fried Hokkien Prawn Mee with more gravy and served with sambal chilli. But doesn’t that sound like Hokkien mee? Yeah it does. A quick search online told me that Hokkien mee as we know it today in Singapore was sort of a combination with Rochor Mee, because we Singaporeans like our sambal chilli. Hokkien Mee in the past was fried till almost dried and served with sliced chilli only. Nevertheless, the rochor mee here was made by order and it takes some time to cook, just like in Singapore you see the hawkers at the hokkien mee stalls usually take about 15mins to fry a batch of noodles before they serve it to you with prawns, sliced pork and fish cakes etc, the Rochor Mee here takes a while to cook too. And like all good things, the noodles were well worth the extra waiting time, they were cooked just right, the consistency of the gravy was excellent, not too watery and not too viscous. The noodles were slightly charred and that’s how a good Hokkien/Rochor Mee should be like! I Loved it!

The chef/owner came out to talk to my uncle and he told us he wanted to try making his own noodles using the bamboo kneading method, just like how he does for years before. I can see that in his physique, he look like he’s into his late 50s but the muscles on his arms are still very well defined like someone who frequents the gym. I have heard of the bamboo method and I’m pretty sure its very physically demanding to be making noodles fresh like that. The owner was operating from another location previously where he made fresh noodles all day for the customers then. He has since moved to this cozy place and was dying to ply his forte again, but due to various reason he was not able to do that full time.

We commented that the food was very good and the chef offered to cook us bamboo kneaded noodles for us tomorrow. Because he also wanna give it a try, making fresh noodles like that at this restaurant. Wow that’s a chance not to be missed right!

And so, the next day we came back again to try his handmade noodle dishes.

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He showed us how its like kneading the dough using that thick bamboo. But we came a little late so he already done all the kneading, here’s he just being a good sport and showing us how he does the kneading.

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He made Bak Chor Mee and Wanton Soup Mee. We were all eager to try it and we were pleasantly surprised by the springiness of the noodle! Its texture is soft yet never losing the springiness or Q-ness of the noodles. It look a little dull in colour compared to factory made egg noodles because the factory made egg noodles adds colourings to make it look so nice. And unlike the factory made ones, which usually stinks of ammonia if you never rinse them many times before serving, the handmade noodles at D’big Mama tastes like something you can pluck out of a tree, if only noodles grow on trees. It can’t get any fresher than this.

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I gobbled all the noodles down greedily once everyone had their fill. I especially love the Bak Chor Mee even though it doesn’t have the many ingredients you can find locally, its just Bak Chor (minced pork), some vege and sauce on the handmade noodles.

If I live in Perth, I’ll definitely visit this joint everyday and try everything on the menu. If I go back to visit my aunt again, I’ll make sure I at least visit once.

D’ Big Mama

Coventry Village, 243-253 Walter Road Morley, Western Australia, Morley, Perth, WA
Sun – Wed: 10 AM to 5 PM
Thurs – Sat: 10 AM to 8 PM
Simon
P.S. not sure why the ratings online weren’t too good, I actually honestly sincerely love the food here..