24.4.16

Naurah Goes Japan! (Day 1 & Day 2)

It's been about two weeks since we came back and I've been putting blogging on hold due to the hectic work load that I had to handle since we came home.

Alhamdulillah, this year we managed to visit Tokyo during the cherry blossom season and to sum it up, I've fallen head over heels with Tokyo, and I love the city more than I love Paris. Hahaa!

And what made it more fun was that we had Naurah to entertain us. My little niece and her antics is just so adorable.



During the flight, Naurah was not extremely cranky. She was just anxious and wanted to crawl around but we couldn't allow that. So we had to find various methods to distract her.


Touchdown! yayy!



The ginormous van that picked us up from the airport to the accommodation. This van can easily sit 10 people or more and there were only 5 of us!

First thing we did when we reached our apartment (booked via AirBnB) was to go to the convenience store. Haha (and this was at 12am at night).


Me being jakun!

The next day, we headed out to explore what Tokyo had to offer.



We stayed on the 9th floor of an apartment building so the view was pretty spectacular. And to top it off, the train station was just across the road made it more convenient.


First train ride!




First stop was Shibuya, and of course the shibuya crossing. I honestly kind of liked the Shibuya area and wished I had more time to explore the place. 

It was quite a long walk heading towards our destination from Shibuya. Going uphill and downhill, but I thought it was nice to be able to see smaller neighbourhoods in the middle of Shibuya. 


Mama making a pitstop from all the walking.



Our destination was... Meguro River!





We were so happy when we managed to see the cherry blossoms! SubhanAllah cantik sangat :)

Next, we took a bus and headed back to Shibuya. 


Tired and hungry faces. We decided to look for those cheap sushi places and found one called Robot Sushi. Most of the plates there costed only 100Yen (excluding tax), and that's pretty cheap for high quality sushi as compared to KL.


They deliver the sushi that you order (using the touch screens) on the metal rod thingy.




Of course we melantak all the salmon and tuna sushi there ever was. Haha

Next, we headed back home and at night, me, my brother and BIL took a walk heading towards Tokyo Tower.


It kinda looks like Eiffel Tower doesn't it? 

Next, we went to Akihabara. 




Melantak Takoyaki. Sedap!


Not much to see in Akihabara, maybe the locals would know more interesting places to go but since I'm not that much of a gadget or game freak, I wasn't really interested in the shops there.

To be continued!

















20.2.16

A weekend in Bangkok

So a few weeks ago I flew to Bangkok with my parents and little brother over the long Hari Wilayah weekend. Right after my Friday morning Accounting class we went straight to KLIA2, and that was actually my first time flying from that airport, and I didn't like it.

Anyway...

We arrived Bangkok at about 6pm Thai time and Mama booked an airport van to send us to our hotel. And guess what? If you've never experienced the bad traffic then you've missed out the essence of that city. First thing that we had to go through was the crazy traffic. And it took us about 2-3 hours just to get from the airport to our hotel in Sukhumvit.


My little brother who wanted to be cool and wear his school uniform from the airport till Thailand. My parents were coincidentally in the buggy next to the travelator. Haha

I think to write about every small detail would take forever, so let me just sum it up.

Chatuchak Market



Now I know people say Bangkok is a shopping haven, but not necessarily for people who don't like to hoard things. I've stopped hoarding stuff that I don't need, especially if they're cheap things without any quality in it whatsoever. So, nope! I didn't buy anything there.

We had brunch at this halal stall that even if you google you can find it online, but I mean like, for a stall in a market, the food was friggin' expensive IMO. 


Like you see above, that bowl of mihun sup was like, 150 Baht? Mahal kan? Yes it was good and can I say that Thai people's level of pedas is on a whole other level. Pedas please! Don't put too much of those.



Thai Green tea. Mission accomplished.


Floating Market

We woke up as early as 5am to get ready to head to the floating market as the van pick up was at like 6am+. Crazy. It took us 1.5 hours to get there, and... I was disappointed.


The ride heading towards the canals.


Monk rowing his sampan.


Okay this... this is divine. This beats every single coconut ice-cream I've ever had in KL.



All in all, the floating market that we went to had too many tourists but not that many floating sellers. I was expecting fruit sellers with loads of colourful fruits or anything truly authentic. But I guess that market has been too commercialised to the extent that there was even a floating traffic jam. 

I'm not sure about the other markets, but the one we went is called Damnoen Saduak, and I wouldn't recommend it. Not worth your sleep to wake up at 5am just to get there.

Siam Niramit Cultural Show

One of my favourite parts about that trip was the cultural show. It's an award-winning theatrical display portraying all the different cultures that exists in Thailand. Highly epic and amazing. Definitely one of the best shows I've seen, besides the acrobatic show that we've seen in Shanghai.

Another nice addition to the theatre place was that they built a small village consisting of all types of traditional houses that exists in Thailand. Siap dengan sawah padi bagai... hahaha.









Other than that, we went for the river cruise, and visited a few shopping malls which aren't that much of a hype. We didn't even get to have authentic Thai tomyam until the very last meal before heading back to the airport. 

Would I revisit Bangkok? Yes. But just for the green tea, coconut ice-cream and thai food. Hahha