Tuesday, June 25, 2013 :: Japan Travelogue Day 5
Been so busy of late and finally been able to get down to blogging! Worked late into the night yesterday so I can make some time today for myself, to clear outstanding work, to blog and to prepare for VGY shoot tomorrow!Something to rejoice this new week! The haze is finally clearing up! I have so much breathing difficulties during the past week – coughing my lungs out, constant flu, and tightness in chest. I was probably THAT close to an asthmatic attack. But I shan’t complain about the haze. It was quite the experience isn’t it? Haha.
Decided to blog on just Day 5 in Japan instead as we visited Disneyland on Day 6 and the amount of photos are…I doubt you can even load my blog if I include Day 6 in :/
Day 5 was spent visiting a famous landmark in Japan and getting souvenirs for our loved ones.John planned a day off for light activities so we can get enough rest before Disneyland the next day.My eyes were still swollen and my nose was peeling terribly from the massive use of tissues the previous night!
I enjoyed dolling up in Japan so much seeing countless women on the streets dressed and groomed immaculately even though it is a weekday. I was even more motivated to spend more time on makeup with John’s encouragement to “blend in” haha. He spent time curling my hair and insisted we have to look good on the streets of Japan hee.
I was fascinated by how the trains operate in Japan.
So I ran out to stand in the middle of the tracks to snap a photo once the barricades were up.
It was such a frantic moment because right behind me there was an oncoming train!
Our destination for the day was to visit the newly built Tokyo Sky Tree on the Tobu Isesaki Line and Oshiage Station on the Asakusu Subway Line, Hanzomon Subway Line and Keisei Oshiage Line. It is the tallest building in Japan and second tallest in the world at the time of its completion.
The highlight has got to be the observation decks which offer spectacular views over Tokyo.The view was not clear on this day so this is the best we could see. At this level (350m), we were already on top of the clouds!
A digital screen showing what we were supposed to see when the sky is clear.
There is nothing fantastic about this place but if you are realllyyyy lucky, you may get to see a glimpse of Mount Fuji on Tokyo Sky Tree if the view is clear!
At the base of the SkyTree, there is a large shopping complex with an aquarium. The prices here are pretty steep because it is a tourist attraction area. But it is really nice to just walk around these pretty shops and shop for food and souvenirs.
Took me several fake promises to get John to pose for this hahaha.
This is one of our favourite! Anyone going Japan soon? Please help me get 2 of this! XD
Got these pretty stained glass bookmarks for my angels. I really have a thing for stained glass! Got another 3 of these for myself! But sadly, I lost every single one of them –_- Wonder which of my books had them now.
These Tokyo Bah-nanas are quite the sight, aren’t they? :p We lugged MANY boxes of this back to Singapore for our family and friends!
Took a train back and walked around exploring the streets andddd we found this really cosy alley with many restaurants! (so sorry I forgot where is this place exactly!)
In the alley, there were many people queuing for a seat to eat in every one of these small “restaurants” or rather stalls. It was like Teppanyaki style where the chef will cook your food in front of you. The weather was freezing cold and we realized many people walked into the alley for some comfort food and they will finish their food and leave in 5-10 minutes. It was that fast!
There were many people waiting to eat at this stall so being Singaporeans, we decided to join in haha.
This photo was taken from my seat. There was only one seat available so John had to wait for someone else to leave before he could sit at the table.
Udon noodles soup with fried tempura. The serving was so big I could not finish it on my own.I was guilt-trapped in my seat because everyone around me finished their bowls cleanly in 5 minutes and I felt bad to have to hand the unfinished bowl back to the chef (eeks). As people around me leave and more people were queuing behind me for my seat, I just felt smaller by the minute haha.
Took a stroll out of the cosy little alley and we were greeted with this sight.
We got really hungry quickly in the cold weather. John and I concluded it is because we walked alot (hell we walked alot) and the food digested faster to give us energy to walk and keep our hearts warm. John brought us to this hugeee supermarket where there were many pastries and food stalls – something like the one we have in Takashimaya.
When it comes to food, John buys me whatever I like hahaha. So I had one of these pretty pastries which I brought back to the hotel ;)
I am in love with everything that is made of milk and cheese so when I saw these cute puddings like the ones sold in Paris Baguette, I couldn’t say no! Got 6 or 7 of these in the end and brought it back to the hotel for snacking at night!
So I got separated from John and went looking for him. When I finally found him, I can’t help but snap this photo. Throughout the ENTIRE trip, he could never say NO to food. When I gave him the death stare, he would go “please please let me try”. I really don’t know whether it is plain annoying or funny haha.
He was queuing up to get some bento set and I caught him grinning to himself while watching the chef prepare the food –__- On his hands, there were already bags and bags of food which he went around like a rat to buy while we got separated.
Like the foods/souvenirs we bought at Tokyo Sky Tree, he just had to open and eat them there and then. SEE!
The weather was sooo cold we decided to head back to the hotel to enjoy our dinner ;)Used our luggage as a table and this was only some of the foods we bought at the food market!
With Love,What a great way to end the night! We headed back to the hotel pretty early at about 9 odd and it was a much-needed rest before we expend our energy for Disneyland the next day! Holidays can be quite tiring because you will usually wake up earlier than you would back home unless you can pace out your activities properly. So thankful that John is always the one doing the planning and even the itinerary! :*) And I am sure I will be completely lost in Japan’s complicated subway and direction maps. John navigated the map like how an earthworm burrows under the earth in dark haha. Not sure if that analogy even exist but he is pretty good with directions and maps ;) Plus plus point for a man!
I will be back again to blog about Day 5 as the photos are already 3/4 prepared for the post! I have also been attending many events thanks to Evonne and I will blog about them in July! :) Pinky promise! I am really looking forward to July because I am taking an important exam and this can really be the turning point of my life! To add on, I have lined up more VGY manufactured apparels to arrive in Jul onwards so please stay tuned! So many have been asking me to make more maxis and I have prepared three crazy gorgeous designs to be launched between Jul to Sept! I have seen the samples and they are absolutely stunning :*) It is only possible because of all the support I have been getting from the lovely customers who email me and let me know what they want to see on VGY! So please feel free to email me! I may not be able to reply to all but I do take time to read every single one of them and your feedback/thought/opinions influence me to a great extent :)Lastly, please load up on water, and on ventolin inhaler if you are prone to coughs and asthmatic attacks just in case we face another bout of haze! That’s all for now! Have a lovely week! <3