Sunday, April 27, 2014

Osaka Day 1 - Neighbourhood

After our instant dinner, took a shower and siap2 nak kluar. BTW the hotel's bathroom is so small and compact  the size is about satu setengah depa but enough to have toilet bowl, sink and bath tub. We were excited nak rasa weather time malam kononnye. I think it was around 11°. Time nie la nak test my thick socks, leg warmer, mittens etc hehe. We came across an arcade two blocks away from our hotel.

Trip to Osaka, Japan

So we walked and ooh aah-ed

Trip to Osaka, Japan

Among other things we noticed...vending machines are like everywhere! Peeps like Jeeb totally enjoyed minom macam2 jenis air. Anyways, I tried to keep all the cute bottles in the hotel room, but after housekeeping all the bottles kene buang! BTW the vending machines are not just for drinks...for cigarettes pon ado!

Trip to Osaka, Japan  Trip to Osaka, Japan

Banyak shops like pachinko, restaurants, UFO catcher (claw crane machine) and gashapon (surprise egg/ capsule vending machine). Here is Namco store with rows of UFO catcher that have cute plush toy, biscuits, pringles, cotton candy, etc. Kalo macam food tuh, dari spent duit trying to get one baik beli truih kot?

Trip to Osaka, Japan
Trip to Osaka, Japan  Trip to Osaka, Japan

This panda character is shoo cute! But when i watched the video ad, the voice over was a major turn-off :(

Trip to Osaka, Japan

We walked further till we reached Hankyu Grand Building. The mall already closed but the staff were still working on window displays...something like musical fairy theme maybe. Each window display has own team because ada more than 5 windows and it was huge. It was just soo beautiful. Just look at this one!

Trip to Osaka, Japan

And especially this one. Dah macam a movie set for Peter Pan's tree house! I took a few snapshots gambar dekat.

Trip to Osaka, Japan 
Trip to Osaka, Japan  Trip to Osaka, Japan

Can't get enough of the window display! Thehehe.

Trip to Osaka, Japan

Jalan2 explore ke depan syiok ler. Nak jalan patah balik liat bebeno. 

Trip to Osaka, Japan

More photos on our Day 2 adventure in the next entry :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Osaka Day 1 - Arrival

I wish I can write in details of everything in Osaka for my own record like the cost of train tickets, which train line we took, name of each nook and corner etc. But looks like my brain space banyak nak store benda lain so i can't recall much all the details now even though I promised myself at that time to write down everything when I’m there. Blamed the heavy backpack jadik malas and too much walking jadik penat. We also relied on our phone instead of camera to take photos because tuh yang paling cepat and senang. Janji ada gambar kannnn. This was also the first trip away from home without Qeeb. Syiannn dia kene tinggal.

Trip to Osaka, Japan

I’ll just start on Day 1 where we went to LCCT by taxi. Checked in around 6am with our luggage weighted around 23kg. Talk about travelling light pfft. We boarded Air Asia X at 7.50 am. Had problem to sleep throughout the journey. We had chicken teriyaki and chicken green curry for breakfast J Touched down at Osaka at 3.40pm and naik shuttle to go to the main terminal to collect our luggage.

Trip to Osaka, Japan

When we were out from Kansai Airport terasa the weather yang sangat chilled and nyamannnn! Ahhh sukenya saya! We bought train tickets to Osaka which cost 1,160 yen each.

Trip to Osaka, Japan
Trip to Osaka, Japan  Trip to Osaka, Japan

We enjoyed the view during the 1 hour journey. Biler tengok luar rasa macam tengok gambar yang ada filter vintage. No tall buildings (yet), cute apartments and shop, the locals who just got back from work and everything looks relaxing...at first. Until we reached Osaka Station, it was totally the opposite, lol!

  Trip to Osaka, Japan  Trip to Osaka, Japan

Too many peeps, everyone is rushing into different directions, and there are a few exits like north? South? Where were we supposed to go? Dahler luggage besar so asik rasa guilty blocked orang when we stopped to read signs. After 2 kali tanya Tourist Centre we finally got our bearings right to find the direction to our hotel. Jenuhlaaa heret luggage here and there and after seemed like forever we found Whity Umeda which is the nearest to Osaka Tokyu Inn hotel via underground route.

Trip to Osaka, Japan
Trip to Osaka, Japan

By the time we checked in at hotel, rasa penat gilaaaa and nak tido jer trus. Lol! But sayang wooo precious time. After our grand dinner in the room makan Brahim's instant pack, we went out to check out the neighbourhood. Cute kan bicycle rental section in front of our hotel? And nope, we did not rent it hehe.

Trip to Osaka, Japan

More next soon!  

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Paleontologist a Day

We took Qeeb to Discoveria, Avenue K to experience the Mesozoic Era. Entrance tickets to Dinoscovery for adult are RM20 each and RM30 for a kid. I thought slalu adults punyer tix lagik mahal? Nevermind...

Dinoscovery @ Discoveria, Avenue K
What exactly is Dinoscovery? Featuring re-engineered life-size animatronic dinosaurs in true-to-life adventure-like settings, the year-long interactive exhibition will be held in a sprawling newly-constructed 13,000 sq ft exhibition space.
We were first greeted by a dinosaur wandering around at the concourse area...x sempat amik gambar though. Upon entering the exhibition area at level 4, the staff gave us a roadmap, a torchlight, a jacket and a rubber band which has RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). I'm so ready to explore the exhibition but Qeeb was a bit reluctant to enter mainly because the place was dark. Sib baik lah lepas pujuk dia OK because i promised to carry him all the way (sampai muscle ached). Rather than dia backed out rugi lagik haru.

Dinoscovery @ Discoveria, Avenue K

They gave us a few minutes briefing about a Dino Quest where we will be rewarded with a certificate once complete. Then we took a family photos (in a very very dimmed room) and we were blinded by the flash! Mengamuk Qeeb sebab saket mata (T___T). Unfortunately no cameras allowed inside so we only had few photos before and after.

Dinoscovery @ Discoveria, Avenue K

We also got the chance to climb a dinosaur! Gayat woo nak naik tapik gigih gak panjat tangga tuh. Risau jer dinosaur tuh takleh tampung my weight but the staff convinced me the dinosaur can hold more than that. Phew! But tak jadik pon beli gambar nyer hak hak because it cost RM25 each.

Dinoscovery @ Discoveria, Avenue K

There are a few interactive sections that i can remember...like Jeeb wore a dinosaur's tail and try to whack a punching bag. Next was a race with a dinosaur on the screen, find fossils in the sand, and few other stuff. They also played a movie in a mini cinema but we did not stay long. Then there are few tables here where kids can do colouring comfortably.

Dinoscovery @ Discoveria, Avenue K

So there goes our adventure as a paleontologist for that day. And here's me with my herot berot shawl sbb dukung Qeeb kiri kanan while Jeeb was in charge of the scavenger hunt.

Dinoscovery @ Discoveria, Avenue K

We bought this small cute erasers of dinosaurs to entertain Qeeb while waiting for us to take turns pegi surau. Serious tak larat dah nak jalan time nie haha. Kalo dak slalu tuh laju jer iols gi browsing any kedai.

Dinoscovery @ Discoveria, Avenue K

We had a lovely quiet dinner at Swensen's. Qeeb had his kid's meal, a pizza for me and burger set for Jeeb.

IMG_7245Dinner @ Swensen's, Avenue K  Dinner @ Swensen's, Avenue K
Dinner @ Swensen's, Avenue K

Dah makan baru ada energy sket. We went out of the building to check out KLCC view and then balikkkk :)

Dinoscovery @ Discoveria, Avenue K

Friday, April 18, 2014

GLC @ Serai, Paradigm Mall

Aigoo lamanyer tak update. So many things to write end up no update at all. Our trip to Japan in March was awesome. But need sometime to sort and watermark all my pictures. Talked about watermark, my mobile photos kene cilok and that person claimed it as hers. Unbelievable! slalu baca about mangsa copycat but now sendiri terkene. Cut the story short, it has been sorted out (i hope).

Back to the reason i'm writing an entry today is because i wanna share some photos from recent GLC meetup. Only 5 of us this time though. First we set nak jumpe kat Nu Sentral but due to parking rate yang cekik darah, #tetiba we changed venue to Amcorp Mall at the very last minute. Lawak betol time nie... kat dalam whatsapp group pon dah huru hara. Dengan Mas yang dah sampai komuter ready to go to Kl Sentral tetiba kene carik transport lain to go to Amcorp. Shara lak tetiba sangkut kene buat kejer. While myself lak takde line telepon so i had to linger around for a while to use the wifi to make sure i did not missed any important updates. Once everyone reached Amcorp Mall, duduk kat Secret Recipe kejap. Sempat ler minom 2 glasses of lime juice and 1 brownie with vanilla ice cream.

GLC @ Serai, Paradigm Mall

Dah start berkira2 nak choose other place or not because it seemed like Amcorp tak banyak options and cozy place to hang out. After calculating the route and what not, we decided to stay. But time bangun nak pegi restaurant at upper floor, #tetiba i said "aaahh jom jelah pegi Paradigm Mall. Lol! And we made it.

GLC @ Serai, Paradigm Mall  GLC @ Serai, Paradigm Mall

We had a great time catching up at Serai, Paradigm Mall. Dapat update buku GLC, belek shawl atheeya by D, passed some souvenirs from BDO + KIX and planned for our next gathering.

GLC @ Serai, Paradigm Mall

Medan berniaga

GLC @ Serai, Paradigm Mall

Our lunch

GLC @ Serai, Paradigm Mall  GLC @ Serai, Paradigm Mall
GLC @ Serai, Paradigm Mall

Also coffee and dessert - banana fritters with gula melaka and ice cream.

GLC @ Serai, Paradigm Mall  GLC @ Serai, Paradigm Mall

Before we made a move, took some group photos. Tayah panggil orang dah kali nie untuk tolong amikkan gambar....pakai monopod jer sonang hehehe. Can snap banyak kali ^.^

GLC @ Serai, Paradigm Mall  GLC @ Serai, Paradigm Mall

Weols ramai2 naik keta D heading back to Amcorp because i left my car there. Except Shara yang bawak keta and balik terus. Sakan sangat borak sampai terlepas simpang nak masuk Fed Hiway. Terpaksalah layan jam hala ke Puchong before we dapat carik simpang to exit. Sampai Amcorp, K.Fara tunggu her husband while me and Mas proceed to Kl Sentral because iols nak pickup le husband. Parking kat Amcorp kene RM9 btw. Dalam keta pon dok sakan borak ngan Mas sampai terlepas simpang Sentral. Lol! Macam2 hal...but yang besnyer sumer take it easy :)

A last note before abeskan this entry, iols nak selit about customer experience kat Serai @ Paradigm nie. Time memula sampai ok jer all the waiters. It started when a waitress took our order for dessert. When she's starting to walk to the kitchen we holla at her because nak add warm water jer. But she kept walking and leaved us watching her back. Pehhh tak bother to pusing or nod pon. Luckily the warm water came heheh! And then after bayar kitowang nak balik, selonggok waiters tgh lepak kat counter tuh wat derk jer. C'mon laaa can't you even at least said bye, come again! We've paid a lot bukannyer duduk lama minom air kosong jer. Haishh!