Saturday, October 1, 2016

Japan Spring Trip: Tokyo - Tokyo Disneyland (Apple Holiday)

In continuation of my previous blogpost on my Japan trip, here's what happened!

It was my second time at Disneyland, my first was at Hong Kong. My siblings and I grew up watching Disney cartoons and, undeniably, we kind of let loose little kid inside of us. :p

It's such a magical land.

Look at how happy the little girl is!

The other time when we went to Hong Kong Disneyland, we had no idea about the Disney FASTPASS service. This time, thankfully we had a tour guide and he kindly led us and taught us how to strategically use this service.  

Got to thank God that the crowd that day was "extremely little" compared to the usual standards. There were much lesser people, which was a good thing for us since the queues were shorter. But the atmosphere was still lively nevertheless. 

The famous Disney Jumbo Turkey Leg! On a usual day, it may take up to one hour to buy this from the stall but thankfully, since there wasn't many people we got to buy it immediately - no queue! Yay :D It was nice.

Weather was extremely fine. Forecast said it would rain but thank God it didn't BUT, the wind was extremely strong - violent at times - that the parades had to be cancelled. That was my only disappointment :( Didn't get to watch the parade nor stay for the fireworks this time but most likely it would be cancelled too due to the weather.

When I came back, many people ask me which was my favourite ride or attraction but I can't tell. I only went for a few: Mark Twain Riverboat, It's A Small World, Pooh's Hunny Hunt, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Mickey's PhilharMagic.

To me, I love every single moment I spent at Disneyland and everything was equally great. Even if I didn't get to play any rides (but it would be a waste :p), just mingling around and watching the characters interact with the public was good enough.

Admittedly, I wished I took more photos on that day but I was too busy living the magically moment. Time flew by too quickly and boy were we reluctant to bid goodbye to Disneyland :( Would have wanted to spend more time here. Even just sitting down and watching everyone else made me happy. This is the Disney effect.

So we left, and headed to this place to have our final dinner at Tokyo, before we head home the next day. 

Two slabs of Kobe beef (upper right). 

Food was greatttt. The meat selection was awesome and the sushi was not bad too! Even there was a great variety for drinks! I prepared myself mentally that I was going to smell like BBQ meat at the end of the meal but lo and behold, I still smell good when my belly was fully :P How did that happen? Amazing ventilation system!

Anyway, this was some of the things we got back from Disneyland. Photo taken at home haha. Would love to visit Disneyland again one day :)

I guess this is the end of the Japan trip posts. It was a great trip. As it was a group tour, I thank God all the participants were cooperative, everyone was punctual most of the time and there was no drama. I'd love to visit Japan again another time when I can. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Japan Spring Trip: Tokyo - Day 5 (Apple Holiday)

In continuation of my previous blogpost on my Japan trip, here's what I did for day 5:

Woke up early to have breakfast at Tokyo Dome Hotel of course.

Went to visit the Akusa Kannon Temple, didn't go in but we walked around the vicinity.

In Japan, it's rude to eat and walk at the same time. The vendors put up a sign to tell tourists that they have to stand at the stall and finish the food before they could walk away.

We went to Watami for lunch and.... it was the most forgettable meal in the whole trip. Not so onz. I think I had better ones here in Malaysia.

Shortly after that, we made our way to Ginza, Tokyo's most famous upscale shopping, dining and entertainment district.

We actually didn't plan to spend much on shopping but we ended up at GU, Uniqlo's sister brand and everything is so cheap there! Like RM9 (converted) for a top cheap! Imagine Uniqlo's quality at RM9. Yeah, we did bought quite a bit of clothing here, but all from GU.

Lunch was utterly disappointing but the dinner - whoa - redeemed the day for us. We had a feast! We had Kaiseki Crab Cuisine for dinner. Some pictures:


Fried crabs!

Super fragrant crab rice.

Best chawanmushi I've ever had. My sisters agree with me. The BEST.

Dessert! Vanilla ice cream with matcha. SO GOOD!

Day 5 wasn't really eventful so I don't have much to say here. First half of the day was spent walking around at Akusa Kannon Temple, looking for merchandise to buy back for souvenirs but didn't buy much either. Spend most of the second half of the day at Ginza shopping.

Night time, we went out again. Since we were staying at Tokyo Dome Hotel for the second consecutive night, we kinda knew where to walk. It was raining again by the way. Wet, wet Tokyo.

Wanted to get this for supper but in the end I didn't.

Had gyoza instead! YUMS.

So that's the end of Day 5. The next post should be a little more exciting because it's DISNEYLAND!