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

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

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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! 

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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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Bali D3P2: Tegallalang Rice Terrace and Tegenungan waterfall if you want to do cliff jumping!

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Read the previous posts here: 

Where we stay in Bali, our airbnb villa review.
Dinner at Jimbaran bay on the first night! 
Bali 4D3N summary + outfits and travel VIDEO!! 
Day 2 Part 1: Pantai Pandawa Beach and Padang Padang Beach where Eat Pray Love was filmed!
Day 2 Part 2: Blue Point Beach, Single Fin Cafe Bar and Uluwatu Temple
Day 3 Part 1: Bali Zoo to feed elephants *scary* and Mount Batur, Batur Lake view!

And here we are at Tegallalang to see the amazing rice terrace!
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so nice right?

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Tourists everywhere.

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Amazing. wanted to go down but we didn’t because it was too crowded. I think you have to pay $1 SGD/pax if you want to go down, something like a tour.

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everyone is standing there taking pictures.

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trying hard to take a good shot and find out that candid is still the best.

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July 2016 me.

After this we went to Tegenungan Village to see the waterfall!

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shops along the road.

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entrance fee is $1Sgd/pax.

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you can buy hats here too. Bali is freaking hot.

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The waterfall from far..

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Took about 8-10mins walk/climb to reach the waterfall.

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Reaching soon!

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and here we are! Not safe for jumping that day by the way.

And if it’s safe we wouldn’t do that too. lol!

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Kids are inside this corner showering.

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nothing much to explore and we went back to our Villa before we head out to do some shopping. AND GUESS WHAT!?

We walked all the way to Beach Walk Shopping Center at Kuta Beach and during the routine security check, Simon got nervous and while leaving, he pry his toe nail from the nail bed when he missed a step on the stairs! WHAT THE HELL RIGHT? So much blood and we had to look for a clinic there. We couldn’t find one and he had to self treat himself by getting bandage and betadine.

We went to Changi General Hospital A&E when we reached Singapore the next night and we had to wait for 4 hours. -_- Lucky the nail already grow back now.

People please be careful when you travel. LOL! Shall continue my day 4 – last day in the next post! =D

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Bali D3P1: Bali Zoo feeding elephants *scary* and Mount Batur & Batur Lake!

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Check out other posts here: 

Where we stay in Bali, our airbnb villa review.
Dinner at Jimbaran bay on the first night! 
Bali 4D3N summary + outfits and travel VIDEO!! 
Day 2 Part 1: Pantai Pandawa Beach and Padang Padang Beach where Eat Pray Love was filmed!
Day 2 Part 2: Blue Point Beach, Single Fin Cafe Bar and Uluwatu Temple

Maybe one day I will rest for a year just to catch up on all these travel posts. :p But that’s impossible hahaha! Simon complained that he got so many photos to edit and I just kept adding new trips. hehehe.

So welcome to our July 2016 Bali 4D3N trip Day 3! We went to the zoo for a short while to feed elephants. Just to gain experience you know. Then check out volcano mountain, Mount Batur – to recce the area first before we do the actual trekking next time (probably). Next we went to Tegallalang to see the amazing rice fields and finally Tegenungan waterfall WHERE it’s the perfect place to do a CLIFF JUMP! I didn’t because I was scared. Obviously. 

So this post I will cover Bali Zoo and the amazing Mount Batur and Lake Batur!

Address: Jl. Raya Singapadu Banjar Seseh Sukawati Batuan Sukawati Gianyar Bali, Singapadu, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80582, Indonesia

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walking in~

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Us with parrots.

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and followed by feeding elephants! 

I was so so so so so so scared. I remembered riding an elephant when I was younger. Back then the elephant pooped so I didn’t have a really nice experience but feeding elephants is a completely different story.

Achmed asked if we want to try feeding the elephants and I thought we should try something different. Visiting Bali itself is already different from our usual travel destinations so I don’t see why we shouldn’t try something new. 😛

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We pay 60,000 Baht (~$6) for the basket of fruits. Didn’t pay entrance fees because Achmed’s friend worked there last time. :p

The entrance fee for Zoo is quite expensive! It’s about $32~ man.
Check out the price here: http://www.bali-zoo.com/index.php/ticket/list_ticket

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ELEPHANTS!!!

Not very excited honestly because elephants are HUGE.

As usual I asked Simon to feed the elephants first because I am really scared. hahaha. The elephant trunk itself can already lift me up okay, I’m not kidding.

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Look at Simon’s face HAHAHA.

It’s my turn and…

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Moist moist one the nostrils LOL!

Along the way the elephants became a little aggressive, I suspect it’s because we feed too slow. lol!

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Too scared already I decided to walk away.

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There are still fruits though so Simon bring me back to them again.

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Then I don’t really remember what happened here but I think the elephant snatched the whole basket!?

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and the story continues…

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Then suddenly simon sayang the elephant? LOL!

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The elephant is fierce! I find them very sad because these guys riding on them usually hold a hammer or some tool to hit them if they turned aggressive. :/ (If I never see wrongly)

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Then Achmed asked us to take a photo with the elephant. :O

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Super weird pose because the elephant can’t keep still.

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Damn scary.

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Look at my sian face.

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Both of us run away quickly. There was this instance where the elephant trunk actually wrapped around Achmed! We were so shocked!! Luckily the elephant let go of him man.

I think I’m not cut out for this. It’s something fun but no next time LOL!

After Zoo, it’s time for lunch and to check out Mount Batur and Batur Lake!

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I kinda wish I was there to hike. But I’m only there to look at it.

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I think it will be awesome to stand over there instead of here.

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Another get fat day again. Instead of hiking, we stopped at Grand Puncak Sari Restaurant for buffet lunch! The food is alright. Not so fantastic but it’s only $11 or $12 per person so I’m not complaining!

Jl. Raya Penelokan | Grand Puncak Sari 2, Kintamani 80652, Indonesia

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The spread.

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fruits.

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Achmed managed to get us a table with wonderful view!

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Right outside the restaurant is a lookout area where we can stand there and take photos of the volcano mountain.

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Us and the volcano mountain!

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me!

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two of us again. 😀

Didn’t stay here for very long because we don’t have much time left, and next we head to rice paddy field at Ubud! Will continue this in another post. 😀

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Bali D2P2: Blue point beach, Single Fin Cafe Bar and Uluwatu Temple!

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Bali 4D3N in summary & outfits: http://blog.myfatpocket.com/claireaudreylim/2016/11/24/travel-bali-4d3n-trip-in-summary-and-outfits/
Where we stay: http://blog.myfatpocket.com/claireaudreylim/2016/10/18/bali-4d3n-part-1-where-we-stay-in-bali-and-my-airbnb-review/
Jimbaran Bay seafood on the first night: http://blog.myfatpocket.com/claireaudreylim/2016/11/04/bali-4d3n-dinner-at-jimbaran-bay-seafood-on-the-first-day/
Bali Day 2 Part 1: Pantai Pandawa Beach and Padang Padang Beach where Eat Pray Love was filmed! 

Watch our travel vlog!

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We had our lunch at Single Fin where we had good food with an amazing view. This place also overlooks one of best Bali’s surf spots, the Blue Point Beach! (Suluban Beach)

Pantai Suluban, Jl. Labuan Sait, Uluwatu, Kuta Selatan, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Bali, Indonesia

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We stayed here for a full 2 hours. The weather was good, the view was really amazing and I just felt really relaxed and calm sitting there.

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I ordered a salad for lunch because I can’t help but to feel guilty for having that heavy meal the previous day and Simon as usual ordered burger and fries. This guy always order burger and fries!

Here’s also the menu for your reference. I think the pricing is pretty acceptable.

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I ordered coconut but it is not that sweet.

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Here’s my pesto chicken salad.

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His chicken burger and wedges!

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Our view…

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David met up with us afterwards and helped us to take a shot outside Single Fin before bringing us to Uluwatu Temple. They have such a cute background for couple shot!

And here we are at the next location, Uluwatu Temple. This is one of the must visit because not every temple is perched on top of a steep cliff. Another must visit is Tanah Lot and I will share soon too.

Whatever you’re wearing should at least cover your knee. But they will provide sarungs and sashes at the entrance too. I was wearing a maxi dress but David gave me the sarung anyway. The sarungs and sashes are free, and you just need to pay the entrance fees.

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walking along the pathway and taking shots here and there. We were early and couldn’t wait for the sunset. I heard the sunset view is amazing.

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Love this shot but look at his eyes!!

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Awkward face because we are not used to others taking photos of us HAHA.

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We didn’t go in by the way, honestly I don’t remember why too but we just walked around the temple.

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Looking down can be quite scary.

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Uluwatu Temple opens daily from 8am to 8pm and the entrance is $3 per person. Another highlight of this place is the Kecak dance that starts everyday at 6pm. We didn’t wait for that but maybe next time. I heard it is very loud and full of Bali history so if you’re interested in history and culture do wait for the dance when you go next time!

It’s $10 per pax to watch the Kecek dance and if it rains, they will perform indoor but of course it won’t be as nice as the outdoor performance. So if it rains, don’t buy the tickets for the show.

and also quote from Achmed:

we have the best stage to watch dancing in Bali…. open view stage with sunset and temple view. 

😀

So if you want to watch the Kecek dance, the total fee for per pax would be $13.

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It was very crowded that day and I couldn’t get a good shot of the temple. Simon probably has the picture but I don’t dare to ask him for it. hahhaa because he has like thousands of photos to edit now. 😡

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And here’s a guide for you!

  1. Pay entrance ticket
  2. To be dressed neatly and properly
  3. I don’t understand point 3 
  4. Women who are having period can only go to the steps of the temple
  5. Keep the environment clean.

Left the place and went for souvenirs and grocery shopping at Discovery Shopping mall. Right infront of the mall there is a beautiful beach too. Seriously Bali LOL.

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Beaches everywhere. 😀

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David drove us back to our villa and we went swimming. Not exactly swimming because the pool is not big enough.

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And here I am ending our day 2! Day 3 I will touch on Bali Zoo, Mount Batur and more!

Till the next time people! 😀
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Travel with Kipling DARCEY, a premium, light weight and functional luggage!

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This is my first time using a carry on wheeled suit case and I must say I’m hooked to it! It makes my travel experience so much better and also lessen the weight on my shoulders.

What makes the luggage even better is that it is light weight and super functional. There are also multiple compartments for me to keep my essentials, like my portable charger and moisturizer!

I have a few instances where I have to search high and low for my essentials because I’ve packed them deep into my backpack and I always ended up taking all my things out at the airport just to find that item. Now with proper compartments, it really makes my life easier! 😀

I always carry a backpack if I’m going on a short trip, but even though it uses both my shoulders to share the weight, the bag is still heavy and if I were to bring along my laptop, which I have been doing so for the past few trips, my shoulder will ache real bad and Simon will suffer because I will be in a nasty mood for that few hours before we checked into the hotel.

This time round at Bali, I didn’t. With the wheels I just need to maneuver it around and make sure that the luggage is close to me. 😀 I’m very happy because I feel so light and carefree!

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Before I continue, let me share with you the Specifications and Features of the bag first!

Specifications: 

  • Size: 35 W x 55 D x 20.5 H cm Small
  • Weight: 2.3000 kg

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Features: 

  • Volume: 30 Litre
  • Material: 100% Nylon
  • Adjustable packing straps to avoid creasing
  • Front zipped pocket
  • Four flexible spinning wheels
  • Fully lined interior
  • Soft structure exterior
  • Monkey Name: LEANDRO! (LOL)

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Fully lined interior with adjustable packing straps. This is also where I keep my laptop.

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The 2 front zipped pockets allow me to place all my essentials there and I don’t need to worry about wasting time and messing up my bag anymore. :p

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My favourite signature monkey key chain! Leandro!

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Super adore the exterior too, excellent quality but very soft to the touch. The handle can be hidden as shown in the photo above as well.

Really wanna thank Kipling for sending this over to me. 😀 will be bringing it to Taiwan in Feb on top of my usual luggage! 😀 Will plan more holidays too! haha.

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Till the next time people! 😀
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[Travel] Melbourne trip 7D6N summary + outfits

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Hey people we are back! It was a super tiring trip (again!) but we totally enjoyed ourselves! I actually missed chinese food because we had cafe food almost everyday. Eggs, toast, coffee, cakes and this repeats. I think I probably gain a few pounds but it’s okay cos I enjoyed myself so much! :D:D

I was abit stressed up during the trip because I had to come up with an idea for work but other than that everything is well and fun!

Today I’m going to share what I wear for this trip and also all the places (pics not included!) we’ve been to! Detailed post will be coming up after Bali and that will probably take awhile so be patient yeah!

Finally Australia is checked! I love Australia! I want to come back to Melbourne again! Actually I don’t like to visit the same place more than once or twice. For me I like to spend money on places that I’ve never been to instead of the same city. But Melbourne? Yes I will definitely go back again. But not so soon because I will want to visit Perth and Sydney first. =D

We took Scoot to Melbourne and my overall fare was about $1100 for two. Added insurance and checked in luggage for both of us. I almost upgrade to ScootBiz because it was a 7hrs and 40minutes flight but Simon nearly killed me for that. =P

Our Airbnb was about $640 for 6 nights and we spend about $1100 (food and expenses) for 7 days.

Alright let’s start with the blog now.

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No make up with my open shoulder green knit top at Changi Airport.

Day 1: Took Skybus to Southern Cross station and had lunch at Hungry Jacks. Their Hungry Jacks is like our burger king!

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We took tram to our airbnb next, which is at Collingwood. (will do full review on that!)

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Tram got stopped and delayed because of the demo going on outside.

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arrived at our Airbnb and changed to a new outfit.

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Colorful off shoulder knit that I got from Ezbuy and my suede skirt from Carousell. Also with my new Gola sneakers I bought just one day before my trip because I think I can’t survive with Superga. This pair costs me $130 bucks but I’m very happy with it.

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Couple shots around the neighbourhood just outside Pavlov’s Duck at Smith Street.

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We were freezing but still need a selfie. Sweet right this shot LOL!

Dinner was at The Higher Ground Cafe (little bourke street) where we had atas Duck Confit, side dish and Coffee.

2nd Day: Hiking day. 

Breakfast at Breakfast Thieves (Gore Street) before going to the National Rhododendron gardens.

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selfie.

Had Pie in the Sky for lunch (apparently #1 in Victoria), ordered takeaway and ate it at the Gardens.

Explore National Rhododendron Gardens (so many pretty flowers!) and HUGE TREES!

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couple shot again. ^^

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Big yellow tree!

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Us admiring the super tall trees. Honestly I have a thing for tall trees, I don’t know why myself either but I find them very pretty. I don’t know if I blog about it before but one of the places on my to go list is the Sequotia National Park at California. The trees there are HUMONGOUS! Go google it.

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The tiny me with the BIGBIG TREES!!

Simon told me there was this super huge tree where I can stand inside the trunk, YES but we didn’t have enough time to head over there. 🙁 So end up we took a bus and head to Kalorama lookout instead. 🙁

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Didn’t have much time anymore so we are here waiting for the bus to go back to the station where we will head back to the city 😀

And here’s my tiring face with my ootd. Can’t show you the details of my dress cos I was freezing but it’s a dress from Warehouse.

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For dinner we had Mappen Ramen (bourke street), (rhymes like melbourne?) and it was full of MSG. lol!

Day 3: 1 Day Grampians National Park tour with KKDAY. 🙂 Will write a full review on it too.

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Standing at the Grand Canyon. I think I might have developed a interest for climbing rocks now. :O

Top H&M, neckerchief H&M, Denim shorts Cotton On, Stockings Topshop.

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Outfit definitely not appropriate hahaha.

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Melbourne sky is so blue!!

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Us looking at the silverband falls. 😀

Dinner was Mcdonalds and lunch was provided.

Day 4: Exploring the city, EUREKA SKYDECK and shopping!

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Using Maybelline Colorsensational Velvet Matte on the lips. 🙂

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Breakfast was at Hammer and Tongs (Brunswick street).

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then went to St Patrick Cathedral Melbourne. So magnificent!! Also visited St Paul’s.

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Took some photos there too. And this is one of it.

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Top from theclosetlover. 😉

Lunch was at Industry Beans (Rose Street) and Simon bought his aeropress there too.

Dinner was at Nandos because we were too tired to walk. We went to Eureka Skydeck 88 after dinner and it was so scary. We paid extra to go into the glass cube (the edge) and this cube extends from the tower’s 88th floor!!! The whole cube is glass made so the experience was quite scary! Will talk more about it in future posts!

Day 5: City, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, State Library of Victoria, Hosier lane! 

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First time sitting and playing around a tree. LOL

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State library of Victoria is so beautiful! Went to Mr Tulk’s cafe too.

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Vivienne bow tie top from Pomelo. 🙂

Then to Hosier Lane to check out all the graffiti! It’s a must visit!

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I’m just quoting but yea, ‘fuck trump’ is on the wall.

Dinner was at Emporium, Spud Bar. Amazing potato dishes! Before we head back we also bought sushi from Sushi Hub.

Day 6: St Kilda, Queen Victoria market and Night noodle market! 

First thing in the morning got coffee from the cafe right beside our Airbnb. It’s called the Knife Shop Cafe.

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Me with coffee! 😀

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Took a bus to St Kilda to visit St Kilda Pier! We spotted penguins hiding behind the rocks! I also wanted to visit Luna Park but it was closed!! =( Only open from friday to sundays!

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Pink biker jacket from Ezbuy and my dress from (I forgot where).

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Selfie!

Had lunch at Little blue restaurant. 🙂

Went to Queen Victoria Market next and had mussels from The Mussel Pot, fish and chips from the market food court and coffee from Market Lane Coffee! Wanted to go Old Melbourne Goal but we were too late. :/

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All the beautiful architectures there. 😀

And Last stop for the day? Night Noodle Market at Birrarung Marr!! Didn’t plan for this at all, all thanks to my love Eunice for telling me. hehehe <3

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Had beer, peking duck on fries from Bao Stop and thai cracking pork salad from Shallot Thai! The food were so good we nearly died! Will post the pics soon!

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and of course it’s more pics of me again! =D couldn’t miss the golden hour!

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Day 7: Had breakfast at The Knife Shop cafe and rush to the airport to catch our plane. LOL. Really fun trip! I miss Melbourne already!!

Oh by the way I actually spend money on the plane for the first time in my life. 20 bucks for instant food and coconut water. Guess we were too hungry. lol!

Till the next people! 😀 Counting down 2 weeks to Bali!
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[Travel] Hongkong Day 2: Hongkong Disneyland!

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http://blog.myfatpocket.com/claireaudreylim/2011/09/15/sneaks-of-day-3-hk/
http://blog.myfatpocket.com/claireaudreylim/2011/10/06/hongkong-day-3/

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Kam Wah

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my friend asked, why ur food so long

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i wait very long for my charsiew to come!

hahhaha egg sandwich, i want to laugh again, bf tot french toast is egg sandwich as stated in the menu, he also paiseh to say french toast to the lady as she might not unds! so no french toast for us -.-

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fishy fishy!

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smell damn nice!

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free internet! i was checking fb & email! HAHA

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i forgot we took this before food or after nvm la ok hahha!

then, SHOPPING TIME! @ SHAM SUI PO! 深水埔 sorry ah the ‘pu’ i cant find the word.

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all the wholesales!

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DISNEYLAND AH! i edit the pictures to a slide show so it’s easier for you all to see, see, i so nice, CAN U SEE THE SLIDESHOW? IF NOT PLS TELL ME. also put your cursor over the pics to see the captions 😀 sorry ah load abit slow 🙁

VERY ANGRY BECAUSE MY SLIDESHOW KEEP SCREW up! i swear i will never do slide show again!

these are the pictures..

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below is the pics for small world

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we went back to autopia, this time round i drive! HAHAHA.

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COTTON CANDY

BYE DISNEY! 🙁

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did a survey which i thought was a waste of time, okay la at least she’s friendly..

next, we went to TST, Tsim Sha Tsui, 尖沙咀!Avenue of Stars!

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we got free coke, damn funny, i was saying come hongkong, buy 1 mineral water, get one coke HAHAHA!

Yes, dinner at Tsui Wah 翠華 again.. the crispy noodles f**king nice! the bf’s 牛腩面 also v nice!!

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loots for the 2nd day!

day 3 next!

ps: pictures worth enlarging 😀

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