Day 2 – Full Day at Lake Toya

This is day 2 of a 14 day trip to Hokkaido. Going thru the west side of Hokkaido island starting from Chitose where I landed, and then headed over to Lake Toya for a quick over night before I head over to Hakodate. In Lake Toya – it is a quick lay over on the…

Chiang Mai – The Big Gallery

Going to Chiang Mai was an impulsive action where I wanted to take a break from all the craziness at work (not that crazy). I do believe that taking little breaks every now and then does give me some recharge (or not). Also – this year is where I am taking a strategy to do…

Nara – Mochi Making at Nakatanidou

After spending time in Hiroshima – I then head to Osaka to revisit places where I used to eat – like Kuromon Market. One of the main thing that I wanted to do in Osaka is to take a day trip to Nara, which is not so far from Osaka. Apart from looking at deers…

Jobless in Japan – Day 10. Hiroshima

This is my fourth city after Nagano, Kyoto, Kagoshima and Nagasaki of my jobless south tour of Japan. The way the route was designed is to go as far as I can first (long train journeys) and then move to shorter ones. In fact – after looking at the last 4 cities. It may not…

Day 5 – Jobless in Japan: Exploring Kyoto

This is Day 5 of my jobless trip to Japan. I have been bumming around for 1 week and the withdrawal syndrome is really catching up on me. The typical me will be trying to check on my email every 2.5 seconds or so, but given that I have quit from my current job, I…

Day 4 – Jobless in Japan: Arashimaya via Kyoto

Today is the day that I am going Arashimaya. Arashimaya is a western district of Kyoto. It is a major touristy site! Going there just for the check box exercise. In order to go there from where I stayed, I need to take a local train from Kyoto Station. It is a 15 mins ride….

Day 3 – Jobless in Japan: Nagano to Kyoto

My trip in Nagano is done. I’ve achieved couple of things: Went to see the temples in the city (and also experienced Murphy’s Law where most of my cameras are not working except for my phone! Visited a Winter Olympics site – never been to one before! Saw some Snow Monkey! So today.. I am…

Day 2 – Jobless in Japan: Nagano – Snow Monkey Park and Obuse

Today is my second day on holiday. This year – I am actually nursing a foot pain, hence walking for longer distance would be extremely painful. Well, at least to start and once the pain goes away, its actually quite ok. This is probably resulted from my massive preparation for this holiday in which I…

Restaurant Review

Last Sunday I tried out a new restaurant in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. It’s called PaperFish. The main dish here is Poke bowl. They do portray themselves as a healthy food joint. Joining the new sets of hipsters cafe along the road – Grumpy Cyclist, Goodness Greens and Wood/Steel. From wiki – Poke /poʊˈkeɪ/ is…

Japan Food

Completely have no clue what my plans are.  All I know is that food is great in Osaka.  I should be cutting my carbs.. Yet I am going to a place where most of the food are paired with rice.  Hopefully I’ll enjoy my trip. I am sure I will!

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice is one of my favourite makan dish. There are few reasons why I like it… Cheap and cheerful “Steamed” version is allegedly healthy Can get it pretty much everywhere In fact, I wanted the steamed chicken more than the rice, but due to the fact the rice is a by product of…