6 Days Vacation in Tokyo

Travelling Date: 10-16th March 2016
Total Expenses: about RM3,000

Main Expenses
Air ticket RM 800
Accommodation (6 nights) RM 533 (YEN 15,000)
Disney Sea Entrance RM 245 (YEN 6,900)
Train (Metro line unlimited day pass for 6 days (2 x 3 days) + Pasmo) RM 177 (YEN 3,000 + YEN 2,000)
Japan SIM card RM50 (YEN 1420)

There rest are food, entrance fee and souvenirs. In order to get a cheaper air ticket, you need to buy it early. We bought the ticket about 9 months in advance. My friends got it at RM500 plus but bought it 1.5 year in advance. Accommodation is normal budget hostel for twin sharing.

For city train cost, it is recommended to buy Metro line unlimited pass. This subway (underground train) covers 14 lines which is enough for city travelling. Pasmo is like our Touch N Go card for backup.

It is also recommended to order Japan SIM card in advance (at least 3 days before the travel date). When you order it, you can set the your hostel as delivery address. This SIM card is really useful especially to find the place you want to go via GPS which needs Internet connection. You can also get free Internet access in the train station. But you need to register first. For me, I sharing the SIM card cost with my travelling buddy since we travel together.

For food, you can allocate 1000 Yen per meal. But you want to go economical, you can opt for onigiri which is only 100 Yen per piece. Take 5 pieces only cost 500 Yen per meal.

IMG-20160323-WA0007Travelling Dates – We went on winter month (March is end of winter). So it is super cold. Morning is 7-8 degree while night is 2-3 degree. If got wind, you will be freezing 🙂 So, if you opt for winter months, then do prepare enough winter wears like thick coat, thermal wear, glove, scarf and mask. Yes, mask. Otherwise, the strong dry wind will make your lip so dry that it will ‘break apart’. April is the best month because Spring season starts in April and you can see very beautiful Sakura (Cherry Blossom). But the air ticket for April will be expensive too.

Direction and Solo Travel – Tokyo is very safe for solo travel even for ladies. There was a moment I was lost Akihabara. I could not find my travel buddy. After 30 minutes waiting, I decided to go on my own (solo). I ask train officer at the train information counter for which station should I take. Bear in mind, according to wikipedia, public transport within Greater Tokyo is dominated by the world’s most extensive urban rail network (as of May 2014, the article Tokyo rail list lists 158 lines, 48 operators, 4,714.5 km of operational track and 2,210 stations [although stations recounted for each operator]). But don’t worry, you just need to show your Metro pass to the train officer and tell them where you want to go. So, if there is one location you should not forget is the place you stay 🙂 And the train officer understand basic English will guide you and even provide you a location map to the right train platform.

What I miss out – I believe there are many things I miss out but here are some. Onsen and Odaiba. There was a day that I have to decide to go to Kawaguchiko to see Mount Fuji or follow my travel buddy to Odaiba. I went for the first choice. So, for the next trip, I will go to Odaiba. Then, in Kawaguchiko, we didn’t experience onsen (hot spring bath) too because of time constraint. Next trip, I want to go to Hakone pulak to view Mount Fuji and to experience onsen.

Here are some photos taken during this vacation. Happy travelling 🙂

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Realize that they put all sort of things in their sandwich including mee

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Many Japanese line up to eat this.

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Decided to have lunch in this sushi restaurant in outside Tsukiji Fish Market because we saw some local queuing up there.
Indeed largest in the world
Tsukiji Fish Market – Indeed the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind. Need 15 minutes just to walk around.
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Nice and fresh sushi. Cost is 1500 Yen
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Cheese hamburg steak – only about 650 Yen

Disney Sea, Tokyo – 6900 Yen

Lesson learned - Don't go during their school holiday and reach there as early as 6.30am to get the Toy Story Mania fast pass.
Lesson learned – Don’t go during their school holiday and reach there as early as 6.30am to get the Toy Story Mania fast pass. Lastly, do checkup the weather forecast. The whole week no rain except the day we went to Disney Sea.
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Disney Sea, Tokyo – 6900 Yen
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Indiana Jones Adventure – Temple of the Crystal Skull
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Found a crashed plane!

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Toy Story Mania FAST PASS
Toy Story Mania FAST PASS
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Toy Story Mania – This is the reason people are queuing up as early as 6 AM to get the FAST PASS. Well, I went twice 🙂

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Mr Potato Head singing performance. Below I took some video.

Big Band Beat
Big Band Beat
Big Band Beat
Big Band Beat

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Big Band Beat entrance
Big Band Beat entrance

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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Kawaguchiko – 2 hours by bus from shinjuku, Tokyo

Kawaguchiko - 2 hours by bus from shinjuku, Tokyo.
Kawaguchiko – 2 hours by bus from shinjuku, Tokyo.

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The previous day snowing
The previous day snowing
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Sign board super clear. Sure can find the lake from the train / bus station.
Beautiful Mount Fuji view from Lake Kawaguchiko. We have 20 minutes ferry tour.
Beautiful Mount Fuji view from Lake Kawaguchiko. We have 20 minutes ferry tour.

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Another beautiful view - Nearby the lake, you can take the cable car to a little hill for one of the best Mount Fuji view and photo taking.
Another beautiful view – Nearby the lake, you can take the cable car to a little hill for one of the best Mount Fuji view and photo taking.

Tokyo Imperial Palace, Chiyoda

Tokyo Imperial Palace
Tokyo Imperial Palace
Tokyo Imperial Palace
Tokyo Imperial Palace
Tokyo Imperial Palace
Tokyo Imperial Palace

Other places

Tokyo SkyTree
Tokyo SkyTree
Robot Cafe
Robot Restaurant – I didn’t go in though. By the way, beware of this ‘red light district’
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Sensoji (浅草寺, Sensōji, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) – also walking distance from the place we stay.
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Tokyo National Musuem – In Tokyo, there are countless musuem for you to visit. So, you might want to pick your top choices to visit due to time limit.

Education Line – Something New

Train Tracks-Well, it has been almost half a year exploring into education business this year. Started with doing part-time teaching e-Commerce and now I am teaching Professional Diploma in Software Engineering. Overall, I am grateful to have this opportunity to venture into education line. The person who brought me in is my cousin, who is also the COO of this academy. Besides learning much from him, I also respect his leadership quality as a person.

Not only I learn more about how to be a better teacher/trainer/lecturer whatever you may call, I also sharpen back my technical skill in software engineering and web design which I find it pretty fun and interesting. Well, I do create website all these years but my skill are more into web usability side and reuse other people template. I still reuse other people’s template now, but I can customize and re-design from the bare template.

I am quite happy also to be given the change to create a web application back and get paid for doing that. It is an online school management system. It is used by our academy, Eduvo Academy. This ‘exercise’ also helps me to coach an APU student who seek help for her web application project for her Diploma in APU. The funny thing is I was also graduated from APU (back then is known as APIIT) and seek help from my friend for my final year project 🙂

Working environment here is good. My colleague and bosses are also good. Zero politic issue. Love the weekly meeting too which keep all of us focus, productive and improve in our career and as person. I have my own big ‘room’, which is a whole teaching room as well 🙂

This month is a break-through month because finally my Professional Diploma in Software Engineering intake has started. Although just two students, I am glad and grateful that we have this starting point. You know, every successful product or business also has their own starting point. And next month, there might be another part-time student sign up too. Hopefully, more students will sign up in upcoming months.

 

Why they look so young and beautiful on magazines and flyers?

As I returned a book to the library at Natural Health Naturopathic Academy (NHNA) two days ago, I accidentally saw something that bothers me a bit. I saw a staff editing Dr. Jessie Chung’s photo. For those who do not know, Dr. Jessie Chung is the founder for Natural Health Farm. What he did is removing the wrinkles at the bottom of Dr. Jessie Chung’s eyes. Now, I understand why Dr. Jessie Chung looks so young all the time on those magazines. I heard about such thing but this is first time I saw someone did it in front of me.

I know that it is important to look good on those advertisement. That’s why we hire professional photographers, professional graphic designer and professional people to do the marketing. But, I feel that it is deceptive and hypocrites especially they are selling beauty and health products and using software to edit the face to look young on the advertisement media like magazines, books and flyers.

Personally, although I didn’t so such thing, I also gotta be real too. When I am not feeling well, I struggle to be real because I am afraid that I will loose my reputation as ‘health consultant’. I am scared of how other people look at me, studying nutrition, selling and taking health products, and yet can sick. But, the truth is we all are just a human. Although we take good supplements, this won’t promise that we will never get sick. This is because optimal health is not just about taking enough supplements. It also covers healthy lifestyle, emotional health, mental health and spiritual health and many other more like your occupational health. And it is not easy to cope with all these and with the right BALANCE at the same time.

Secondly, we have to accept the fact that we will get old. And no one in the world can prevents that. We can delay the process, but not stopping it all together. Having said all these, let’s still strife to live healthier 🙂

Blessings of Jan-Feb 2015

Although I do feel much challenges in these 2 months of the year, I realize also that I have also many blessings that I should be happy and thank God for these. First, I am grateful that I have a family trip to Penang with my parents in the month of February. I really can’t remember when was the last time we traveled together. This trip is a memorable trip for me especially ‘realizing’ that my parents are getting older and that I should cherish them more. I will plan a trip next month to Bukit Tinggi to also celebrate my mother’s birthday. This time will include my elder brother and sister in law too.

Then, I am also grateful to receive my first pay cheque as property negotiator selling a property worth RM 280, 000 in December 2014. The 2.5% commission I received really helped me to cover much of my expenses during my current unemployment. And the buyer also kind enough to let me find tenant for him after the ownership process completed.

I also happy to see that my akusihat.com now more content and I think I have improved in producing more quality content too. Thanks also for the input i received so that I can do something about it now. Although ShuangHor result is slow, I also gained much knowledge and experience during these 2 months after meeting with many people including a cancer patient to share to them about health knowledge and attended many seminars and training.

For my Diploma in Nutrition, I have started my case studies too and have 3 case studies on hand and 2 more this weekend. I forsee that by May/June 2015, I should be able to complete and close all my 5 case studies and hopefully can pass my exam also this year.

I also happy that my family has been there for me much during my down challenging times, as well as the friends that God has put into my life. And I have a blast too with some of them during recent Langkawi trip.

Thanks for reading. Will share more next round 🙂