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Monday, August 27, 2012

Azlan & Dian, Selamat Hari Raya!

Azlan & Dian

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir Dan Batin to our lovely couple -- Azlan & Dian! 

This couple are one of our crazy friends too. Yesterday, we gather a gang to "runtuhkan" their house ! haha~

Duit Raya ! ^^v

Thank you for the Duit Raya and food prepared for us ! 


Wishing you and family a blissful Aidilfitri, 

showered with love and happiness with 

our 

laughter !!! 

HAHAHHAHAHAHA ~ 


*Notes : Photos "curi" from Azlan's album. hehe*

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

In Love with Hokkaido の Onsen Experience

Onsen (温泉) = Hot Spring in Japanese language, though the term is often used to describe the bathing facilities and inns around the hot springs. As a volcanically active country, Japan has thousands of onsen scattered along its length and breadth. Onsen were traditionnaly used as public bathing places and today play a central role in directing Japanese domestic tourism. (From Wikipedia)

First night at Noboribetsu Spa Hotel Mahoroba, was so in dilemma of going or not to the Onsen. Been thinking for weeks before stepping my foot on Hokkaido. 

Naked.. in the pool.. (>.<) .. its kind of hard for a Malaysian proceed with this action, friends were making fun of this topics. LoL .. 

Well, tonight, I am here, I told myself, no matter how, after 7hrs flight to here, I MUST DO THIS ! 

Lets do it !! Just do it !!! 

Yukata (浴衣) was ready in the hotel room, didn't take any photos here.. for explanation, this is how yukata looks like ~



Dressed in Yukata, its an option for you to wear or NOT to wear anything (yea.. ANYTHING) underneath.

Approaching to the Onsen, felt so excited yet felt so scared, what will I see? how should I act?.. (>.<) *NERVOUS*

Stepped in, its a changing room, a big one, filled with cabinets with basket for you to keep your belongings, there's no locker, everybody leave their stuff just like that.


And the next thing I see.. people .. just.. take.. OFF.. their yukata, and then.. walk around barely ! O_O.. eventhough this was expected, but the feeling was still..weird.. (>.<)..

So, okay.. I'll have to do the same too.. Luckily, I did bring a big towel and a face towel. Wanted to find a basket which is not so expose, but it seems like all the same, everyone can see everybody.. T_T .. so, ended just simply choose a basket, leave my yukata there, and quickly cover with my big towel.

There's another door to go through to the onsen pools, an automatic sensor door. Once the door opened, steamy air has filled the whole body, felt stuffy, and I was wearing my spectacles, its totally covered, can't see anything clearly. Then I cleared off some of the steam on my spec, and the scene was like.... WOAH ~ "bodies" were everywhere ~ (till here, still feel weird! gosh.. am i not suppose to be here?)

It's like a big bathroom, there are shower facilities provided with shower gel, shampoo, etc. EveryBODIES sitting down to clean off themselves before entering to the onsen pool. I've to do the same too (its the rules, gaaaahh~ this time gonna do it for real), the shower area is totally exposed, not even a partitions in between, any kind of bathing pattern were in action here. (gaaahh~ i still couldn't accept it! (>.<) weird la ! mama said can not peek people bathing! but now... )

Geeezz.. die die have to do the same, sat down and simply, quickly rinse off, quickly covered with towel again and quickly walk to find pool, there are many indoor pools, some whirlpool, and 2 outdoor pools, I walked pass all the indoor pool, almost all with "BODIES" in there, then passed another auto-sensor door, here reached the outdoor pool (finally can feel some fresh air), and there's nobody in the pool, then I quickly, carefully walk in and sat in the pool (feel safe when hide inside water, LoL ~)

Finally ! I did it ! hahahahhaha ~

Aaaahhh ~  it's so relaxing.. oh yea.. I like hot bath!

Outdoor pools

Indoor pools


I sit still in the pool, still not used to be bathing outside with so many peoples. But others were so enjoy, some are families, they had fun, running from one pool to another. As for me, just sit still in one pool till the end... LoL!

Not sure how long I've been sitting in the pool, till I felt really hot and sweaty, then it's enough. Then again, quickly get up and wrapped up, head to the shower, again simply rinse off, done! LoL !

Dressed in my yukata again, have some cold water and sat there rest for a while. In the changing room, hair dryers, combs, body lotions, face lotions are provided too. I didn't use those as there were really many "BODIES" in there.. LoL ! 

It was really good.. its like .. "Wow ! what's an experience !" hahaha ~ 

till then.. 

ONSEN! I LOVE IT !!! 



*note : all photos extracted from internet*

Friday, August 17, 2012

In Love with Hokkaido の First Touch

22/07/2012, 11.15pm, after saying bye bye to lovely mum and brother, boarded on flight KE672 by Korean Airlines at KLIA (thanks Ivan for the ride to KLIA).

Journey of 7hrs20mins, arrived Incheon Airport on 23/07/2012 at 6.35am + 1 hr (Korea & Japan are 1 hour ahead than Malaysia). It's kind of like missing 1 hour when I reached here, so it was already 7.35am instead. 


At Incheon Airport, Korea
Next flight from Incheon to Chitose, Hokkaido will be at 10.15am, about 3 hours free time to be spent here.

Just like any other international airport, its filled with branded shops for facial product, bag, etc. Since its in Korea, expected some places/shop will emphasize on Korea tradition, but not really.

After wandering around, we head to a food court, everybody was busy lining up for food or enjoying their meal. Wanted to try some kimchi soup but the announcement of "please be at the gate 45mins before" was stressful, it just keep repeating (kkrrgg), end up decided to grab a Box Meal from KFC and wait in front of the gate.


Chose Box Meal No. 6 - Twister Box Meal cost 7,500won = RM20 (approx)

These are selling at Korea KFC too,


Fried Rice ? Chicken Pie?
Was expecting kimchi flavored fried chicken, but none. LoL! The Twister Box Meal was dissappointing, we asked for spicy chicken, its not spicy, the fried chicken, was not crispy (even my mom fried better chicken), the twister, hmm.. (still feel Malaysia one better), the drinks and fries, no comment, its just drinks and fries.

10.15am, boarded flight KE765, can't wait to be there !

12.55pm, arrived the dreamland -- HOKKAIDO !!!




Chitose Airport
Tour leader led us to meet the local tour guide, Teh Sang, a Malaysian who had sited in Japan for a long period of time, but he still chose Malaysia as his home.

From plane to bus, 34 of us, started our dreamful journey with our tour leader, tour guide and a driver.

Thru the bus window, all the things outside looks like in comic books as everywhere are filled with Japanese wordings, probably read too much comic when was a kid, LoL!

Some photos taken thru the window,


Hokkaido Police Car (yea.. so old fashion, lol)


Japan KFC (didn't get chance to try this)


I only can read the 2 chinese words, probably it means place for singing, a karaeoke maybe ? 


Noodle House? or Factory? 


This ! I can recognise the logo ~ Idemitsu! Its a petrol kiosk. 

First stop of our journey -- High Tea at Crown Plaza Hotel !


oh ya ~ the weather was cold in Summer ! 


They served a buffet style high tea, my first choice of the dishes -- the Legendary Hokkaido Ice Cream !!





the BIG snoopy sitting at the lobby. *its heavy!*


Hokkaido Taxi (antique?)

After satisfied our tummy, we proceed to The Chitose Salmon Aquarium.


the fish with legs !
(Species : Dicamptodon ensatus / California Giant Salamander / 娃娃鱼)


Outside of the Aquarium



Salmons spawning ground
Since its not the spawning season, we were not able to see salmons swimming back here for spawning.


Japanese eduction trip for these cuties.
Japanese kids are so cute and discipline, a group of them, stay together, walk together, follow  teacher's instruction, they don't make noise like we do as well. I doubt that could see this scenario in Malaysia. T_T.. 

Next, we headed to Jigokudoni aka Hell Valley located above the Noboribetsu Onsen - the hotspring town. 

The Hell Demon
A steamy view before headed up to the view point, its a total bald mountain at this side, while the other side are with beautiful greens. 


90m to Hell Valley
When reach to the viewing point, very strong yucky smell surround the air, walked nearer and saw this valley as if like being burnt, totally bald, not a single grass grow there, some spots with boiling water, now I understand why this place being named ask "Hell Valley". 



Yellowy gray volcanic gas seeps from the surface of the rocks, this makes the whole place smell strongly of sulfur, and gives it an image like that of hell. The valley is a 450-meter-diameter mouth of a volcano, which produces 3,000 liters of hot water per minute. (Quoted by Japan National Tourism)



There's a souvenir shop there too, 



Spent about 30 minutes here, it was rush, didn't have enough time to see for real of what were selling in the souvenir shop. T_T 

Last stop in today's itinerary, Noboribetsu Mahoroba Hotel, one of the largest hot spring resort in Japan. 

Buffet dinner was served at the hotel restaurant, main course of the night .. 

*roll drum*

CRABS !!!




One of the famous and must have food in Hokkaido ! The sweetness of the crabs are out of your imagination, it just simply boil till cook, and you taste the original sweetness of the crabs, hmmm..... its just .. so... yummy ~~~!!!! *drooling*

Taraba-gani aka King Crab

Zuwai-gani aka Snow Crab

Ke-gani aka Horsehair Crab

Besides the unstoppable crabs, a thumb size fresh scallops are available too ! 


Freshly Grilled !

Not overcooked, added some soy sauce and gulp ~ ahh~ i'm in heaven ~ !

Too bad I only had one of the scallop, over loaded with crabs before I found this lovely scallop (>.<). 

It's so much to eat, of coz the dessert were irresistible ! 

The dreamlike Dorayaki

Buuuurrppp ~ aahh ~ satisfaction! ^_^



This is one of the largest hot spring hotel, ONSEN (means hot spring in japanese) is a MUST DO activity ! However, I was in dilemma for few weeks before I step my foot to Hokkaido, dilemma coz... I must try the onsen, but..but... but.... have to be.. ... naked!!!!! (>.<)''' 

We then decided to "take a look" first, when reached to the doorstep, I don't even have the encouragement to go in ! =__=|||   

Its ok.. we took a walk first.. (coward, scared to go in, LOL!)

then say hi to Pikachu! Say cheeseee~ XD



There's a shop at ground floor selling local foods, fruits and souvenirs too. 

Cute version of Hell Demons

Hokkaido Melon! Cheapest selling price here is 4,800yen equivalent to RM189.00! O__O|||  





Luckily tomorrow I can have unlimited melon! haha.. its included in the tour fees ! ^^v


How about the onsen!?? haha.. i DID go for it! will share my experience later ! :-P ~ 

Time to end my 1st day in Hokkaido, tonight, we sleep in a tatami/Japanese style room! Its just like the doraemon's room! hehe.. 




Good nite~ *can't wait for tomorrow unlimited melon!* 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Chillax @ The Neem Boutique Resort, Melaka




THE NEEM, a place that welcome you with wavy trees, chirping birds and warm greeting people! The feeling is just like.....


~ HOME ~


Was here last weekend with a bunch of crazy friends, it is located a Banda Hilir, Melaka, just about 10 minutes walking distance to Dataran Pahlawan. 


Address : 117A, Jalan Parameswara, Bandar Hilir, Melaka.
As there is no "TURN IN HERE" signage at the junction, we had missed the junction and had to make a big round to come back here coz its a one way street. For the 2nd time, contacted the friend who been here before, after passing Hotel Equatorial, must slow down and look for the building of "Huang Association", right after the building, there is this small road turning in to the left (the road is VERY small, its just a lorong actually, ngam ngam for 1 car to pass only). 

Finally, we had reached the destination. Was welcomed by a great smile by Ms. Rebecca aka Becky, there were a couple sitting at the living hall, Becky introduced them to us too! She then guide us to to our chalet -- Ixora. 

An unique door bell grab my attention. 

Very comfy bed (miss it so much! oh ya! they even provide bolster! ^^ )

Simple and nice.

Hot shower with Rain Shower Head! 

Clean and bright.

Natural sunlight.
A Relaxing Pool

The Kids Zone




Chalet Cocos

A wind charm, nice to see when it turns.



Chalet Ketapang

Chalet Kemboja

Total are 4 chalets in THE NEEM, Ixora, Kemboja, Cocos & Ketapang. 

5.30pm, its tea time!!! hmm..where were my bunch of crazy friends !! Already waited till fell asleep ! haha.. its just too relaxing.. 


And here they came ~ 

yum yum yum ~

Missing someone? 

yum yum ~ kueh nyonya~ 

Sweet AiAi.


Chilling out at poolside..


Tonight, the pool has come ALIVE with our LAUGHTER ! AHAHHAHAHAHHAHA~ !!!!!
















Thanks JK become our beer kaki!! haha ~ 

The night had passed by our laughter... 

(yawnzz... wake up from the comfy bed... )

its... BREAKFAST TIME !! makan makan ~~

Specially cook by the owner ! 

Thanks JK for preparing a great breakfast for us ! Love the toast the most ! ^^






We had a GREEAAAATTT time staying here, it was a really cool that when you stay in a hotel/resort that the people are actually remember their guest's name. And, every guests are being introduced to each others as well, its really given a HOME FEEL when staying here. I wanna be a spoilt child here !!! haha ~


Once again, thanks JK as a great companion!! Such a cute guy~ how can I keep him secretly ! haha ~ please contact him at +6 012 213 2836 for any reservation or enquiries ! No worries, he's very kind and helpful! Just don't bully him! HAHA !