Thursday, February 4, 2016

Universal Studios Japan (❁´▽`❁)*✲゚* // Last night in Japan Summer 2015 (。•́︿•̀。)

On our final full day in Japan, Steph and I headed off to Universal Studio. We left our place quite early in the morning and we rushed to get the ticketing for the Harry Potter site. It was super hot that day so as we lined up under the sun, we used out hand towels to shelter our faces. 

The first ride we did was the JAWS ride. Can you see the fin!! The tour was in Japanese so if you're unable to understand it is still okay! You can pretty much guess what is happening anyway~

 So many people and new restaurants and cafe around the place. The cafes and restaurants were mostly One Piece themed, I believe there was a movie or something coming out during that time. 

 Can you see the marine sign too! Super busy busy day!

 As we moved along to our next ride, we saw the minions performing! So we had to stop by and watch!! Look how cute they are. 

 As we turned around we saw the minion buns! So both Steph and myself bought one bun each and a drink to refresh ourselves. 

Look how cute this bun is!! Inside is filled with anko (red bean paste!), it was surprising quite nice~ 

Too cute to eat, but we are hungry so bye bye minion buns! 

Next, we headed towards Hogsmead! It definitely is a bit off seeing the snowy scene of Hogsmead in summer. 

And there is the express Hogwart train! There were also performers, re-enacting the scene where two other wizarding schools come to Hogwarts. 

 In summer they also have butter beer, but frozen!! Which actually taste much better than the hot one (because it gets way to sweet!!). 
Steph and I got a frozen butter beer each, in a normal cup, since I didn't really needed the souvenir cup anyway. 

After the performance and butter beer stop, Steph and I quickly moved towards the Hogwarts castle to line up for the main attraction there. During my winter trip I didn't go because the wait was 3 hours long and it was raining too. 

Since we came early we should be able to avoid such a long queue right...NOP! No matter how early you are there will still be a queue, it says 3 hours (again). However, we lined up for about 1hr 45min, which is still a long wait but the ride was quite fun! It is really interesting how the took scenes from the Harry Potter movie and popped it into the ride itself. 

 Next we moved onto the souvenir shops! I found Fluffy the 3-headed dog headpiece! Look how big it is!! It also comes in a mini version too~

My hero~ Spider Man is one of the heroes that my boyfriend likes. So kiss kiss and make him jelly~ (He didn't get jelly at all, infact he wanted to hold Spider Man too!). 

Next I tried on Luffy's sun hat! HELLO!!!! 

For lunch we went to the Pirate restaurant by the younger version of Luffy's brother? Usually theme park foods are not that great, but this was actually really good! Really impressed with the quality and flavors!!!

We literally stayed at Universal Studio's till the end. We caught a glimpse of their night float show. 

Look how pretty this peacock float is!!

 Whose dress are the birds making???

 After the night float parade it was time to head back. Until next time!!!

Once we got back to Shinsaibashi, we went to have dinner at the same place, Isomarusuisan, for dinner again!

First off we ordered ourselves beer and cider! The refreshing feeling from drinking, after a long day is just wonderful. 

 Moving onto the seafood, we ordered clams, squid, salmon sashimi (Steph's favorite!). 

We also got their seafood salad, which has salmon, tuna, squid and seaweed in it!! Super light and refreshing to have during the summer. 

 Got some tofu too! It was smooth and delicious! 

And of course, the famous miso crabs!! Super good good good stuff! I had two of these for myself!!! My cholesterol level just shot up the roof that night! 

After dinner, we went to Don Quijote which is opened 24 hours in Osaka! So of course there was quite a lot of tourist buying like crazy and we shopped until 2am. 

I guess the reason why we shopped so late was because we were also fooling around with the stuff there too! There is so much to see, observe, try and buy at Don Quijote which is why I highly recommend dedicating a few hours to get through all the levels in the shop! 

Once we finished shopping we headed back to our apartment and started the huge task of packing everything! We packed until 4:30am in the morning so we slept in the following day for a bit. We then headed back out to Osaka to do some last minute shopping and visited places we wanted to see before heading to the airport. We then took the plane back to Hong Kong. 
It was an amazing trip I cannot wait to come back again! Hope you guys enjoyed reading all my adventures in Japan during the summer last year! Next up is to finish off my Hong Kong adventures before I blog about my more recent trips!! 

I finished packing most my stuff for New Zealand today, the only things I need to pack away are my chargers, camera & laptop. I'm also super excited for Chinese New Year Eve as I will be spending it with my relatives! YAY!! 
If you do celebrate the Lunar new year how are you guys spending Chinese New Year Eve this year?? 
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Clubbing in Osaka // Nara Deer Park again! (^◇^*)/

Continuing my Summer Japan adventures, we left Kyoto in the evening and I took a photo of Kyoto tower as I headed into the station. Once we arrived in Osaka, we had a very hard time finding our accommodation. Steph's iphone map was not showing us the correct way, so we tried to ask someone, but was rudely told to go away. However, we didn't let it get to us and we asked the worker at the 7-eleven shop. He was so nice and showed us where we were and which direction to head towards to find our apartment. In the end I had to connect my dying phone to my laptop, which was in my suitcase, to access the map route that will lead us in the right direction. Honestly at this point, I didn't care how I would look, opening a suitcase in the middle of the streets. I just wanted to find our place and freshen up! 

Once we found our accommodation, we didn't waste the night and we took a shower, freshened up and Steph managed to message her friend (who was also in Japan at the time), to come out and come clubbing. We walked towards Dontonbori/Shinsaibashi and along the way I saw a young child selling Turkish ice-cream! 

Steph and I have never tried it before and we asked the kid if he works every night, as we weren't intending on eating the ice-cream on the spot. However, turn of events, a young Japanese man offered Steph and myself 2 Turkish ice-creams and I was really surprised but without thinking I thanked him and took the ice-cream on his offer. THANK-YOU THANK-YOU!! This guy was the start to making our night so much better!!

The club we decided to go to this time was called PURE. Once again like the WOMB club in Shibuya, you can use your Australian driver's license as a form of ID there. 

PURE is an all-you-can-drink (free!) club and all you pay is the entry fee into the club. For women it is 2500 yen & men is 4000 yen. The all-you-can-drink was what made Steph and I choose this place and I definitely got my money's worth of drinks...The music and crowd was pretty good and it was also the first time I've ever gotten so drunk that I actually had blank spots in my memory. All in all, it was a super fun night.

We arrived at Osaka in the evening after our visit in Kyoto. The following morning we headed off to Nara, which is about an hour train ride from Osaka or Kyoto station. 

Nara is well known for the deers that reside there, which is why you will see tonnes of deer-related souvenirs and deer-shaped food too. 

Additionally, there is also a well known mochi pounding shop in Nara which is on display daily. The store is called Nakatanidou [中谷堂].

If you've read my winter Nara visit you will know that these mochi's are freshly made and super delicious. You can tell how fresh it is by look at the buoyancy of the mochi. The texture and taste is as good as I remembered it to be. Grab a few of these while you walk towards the Deer Park

Once we got to the park I saw so many deer's just chilling under the shade because it was quite hot that day.

There were also a lot more deer's with antlers this time round compared to my winter visit too. 

 I think we found the deer whisperer that day too...I mean look at how many deer's this guy has enchanted!!

Favourite photo that day was this derp photo of this deer. It's actually not that easy to capture a derp photo of them because they always look so cute. However, one managed to nib on my belly when I was filming because it thought I had food.  

After visiting the deer's, Steph and I headed back to Osaka city, where we shopped in Yodabashi Camera for electronics, makeup and skincare for family and ourselves. We stayed there for quite some time and by the time we came out, the sun had already set. 

We headed back to Osaka and did some quick shopping around Dontonbori & Shinsaibashi. Then we went to dinner at Isomarusuisan, which is a seafood restaurant that has many branches across Japan. The first time I ever ate there was in Shibuya Isomarusuisan
Their salmon sashimi was super cheap and delicious! Like consider super good quality here in Sydney! 

I couldn't leave the restaurant without getting their famous miso crab! It was so good and I was literally melting from the flavours and happiness of eating this. After dinner and some more shopping, we headed home as the next day we were off to Universal Studio's!! 

Only 5 days till Chinese New Year and 9 days till I fly off to New Zealand. I am super excited yet slightly stressed as I will be working heaps the next two weeks and I also need to pack for NZ. I need to get most of the packing done by tomorrow as I literally have no time to pack next week!
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