London Escape

During the end of August to early September, schools in Japan go on summer vacation. My workplace, a Japanese high school, was no exception (although, most students and teachers continue to linger around school for extra classes and extra curriculum activities – aka school club activities). Luckily for me, my job role did not bind me to any work commitments of the sort.  Not sure whether it was the travel bug or the stress built up from work, but I had to go for another holiday to unwind. Together with my friend, A, we booked flights and headed on our […]

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Onsen Away

Around the end of April “slash” beginning of May, it was Golden Week in Japan. Golden Week is one of the best holidays in Japan because people get a consecutive three day holiday during the middle of the week. Now this doesn’t sound like much, but trust me when I say it sure does mean a lot to the Japanese working society. Fortunately for me I didn’t have any commitments at school during that week, so I was able to fully enjoy the time off work. I do know some people, however, depending on where they work who did have to work even over the holidays… which […]

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Living Alone – The Truth

It is nearly one-year since I moved away from my hometown and started a cultural luxurious life in Japan.  I moved away from my home town about one year ago.  The move was overwhelming, exciting, tiring, frustrating yet satisfying. This was my second time moving out but truthfully the first time to know what moving out really meant. My first time moving out, you could say, was a bit of a failure.  I was still back in my home town and choose to move out of home to live closer to work.  The idea seemed good at the time, but […]

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A break before the rush

Before work began getting hectic for the new school year, I headed off on a trip to Hong Kong and Korea.  It was a 10-day trip with my friend, A. The purpose of the trip was to relax and get away from work.  There was also another goal we had for the trip: and that was to eat! Hong Kong Our first stop was Hong Kong.  Hong Kong is a place I had always considered as my second home. My dad moved from Hong Kong to Australia in 1982.  My first trip to Hong Kong was when I was four. […]

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Treasure Hunting in Nagano

I was lucky that Japan had a long weekend from January 8th to 10th, so I headed there for the getaway. Why did I choose Nagano? One of my reasons were I wanted to go somewhere that was within the 3 hour radius of where I lived via bullet train.  Because it was snow season, heaps of people I knew where posting up photos on facebook of the snow monkeys they saw at the Monkey Park and I wanted to see for my own eyes.  Nagano has many national treasures and was the place that hosted the 1998 Olympics.  If […]

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Trekking around Takasaki

Having only 3 days into the new year, I started my adventure for 2016 and I chose Takasaki City (高崎市) in Gunma (群馬県).  I actually had no idea about what Takasaki had to offer until I decided to go the evening before.  I knew it existed because when catching the train often enough, you start to notice the terminal stations on certain lines you get on in between.  A quick search online and I found that Takasaki is like a gem that does not get enough attention.  During my research, I came across a website, visitgunma.jp.  The website had a […]

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Tripping into Edo world

Over a weekend on October 3rd and 4th of 2015 to be exact, I headed off to explore Nikko with my two friends, A and N.   For us, it wasn’t a long weekend or anything. It was intended to be a relaxing weekend at the onsen, but it turned out to be much more.  The trip became an adventurous trip into the past of Japan. Traveling to Nikko was very simple and easy.  A and I took a train from the town I lived in to Nikko.  We started around 8:30am in the morning and getting there about 10:30am […]

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Christmas Japan Style

Christmas time is a funny time of the year.  Yes, I say funny.  My own family does not celebrate it. Not in recently year at the very last.  Growing up in an Asian family with hardworking parents, you end up working along with this.  The so-called celebration for me was generally at the family restaurant and meals eaten not at a table but a fridge top.  On a handful of years, my family had gone to a Christmas buffet at a restaurant down the Gold Coast.  But, this year, I celebrated Christmas and New Years in Japan.  It isn’t the […]

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Off to Kamakura

During December 2015, my parents visited me in Japan.  I was lucky to be able to take a few days away from work and use that time to take my parents around some parts of Japan. One of the places we went to was Kamakura.  I had meaning to go for some time since arriving in Japan, but never really found the time.  I visited a couple (literally) of the major shrines there and walked the local streets.  It is no doubt a “touristy” place; nevertheless, a delightful place to adventure around.  I managed to also see a little bit […]

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