Shanghai is relatively easy and safe to get from places to places with so many forms of mode of transports. However, Cabs and Uber services are cheap compared to Singapore, so that were what we took most of time to get around. We did hop on to the Shanghai Metro once, and acted all local by nonchalantly walking (literally) through the security. Having said that, within the core city of Shanghai, it is quite walkable as well.
It was my brother’s company’s family day, and he purchased tickets for the whole family. I was actually quite excited since 1) I have not seen the pandas, Jia Jia and Kai Kai, since their arrival, 2) I have not taken photos of anything else but my dog, Wangzai, in a while, and 3) it is always great to go out with the whole family.
Tsukiji Fish Market is one of those things you must see in Tokyo, Japan, despite its declining stature as the provider the most overpriced bluefin tuna. Sure, it is the biggest fish market in the world. Yes, the auction is said to be quite an experience to watch. And, yes, until March 2015, it is probably the last time you will be able to catch the auction at Tsukiji before it makes way for some prime real estate development. But, it is really worth waking up in the wee hours of the morning just catch a few minutes equivalent of Singapore’s Hungry Ghost Festival auction? I think so, since I do like to watch the Hungry Ghost Festival auction too.
At the end of the day, I simply could not imagine the effort Willing Hearts and their daily pool of volunteers have to put in on a day to day basis without “tourists” like us. Kudos to those amazing unsung heroes at Willing Hearts!
Roppongi, 六本木, is an upper class district in Tokyo which is, also, home to numerous embassies. The reputation as a high class area preceded itself even before I had done any research, as all I heard about were all the LVs, the Pradas, the Ritz, the Clubs.
Even though, this trip was for work, coming to Bandung fulfilled a small part of a promise I made to myself; Visit more cities around my region (South East Asia). I was there for 3 weeks with a exception of a weekend back in Singapore for a wedding. Apart from the client’s office and the cafe around the hotel, I didn’t managed to see much, having only one weekend to do some sightseeing. I did ate a lot though.
Bandung, Jakarta, Mumbai, Osaka, Kyoto, Okayama, work and more work. These were the things that happened. Most of which I cannot wait to write about them here. All except work, obviously.
There are a coupled of planned breaks coming up for me. One in September, for I will consider it as a one week home sabbatical. Another one in December, I will returned to Tokyo once again for a year end family vacation. Fun timez again.
Meanwhile, please enjoy the beautiful scenery above from the beautiful inland island of Naoshima.
Ueno is one of my favourite area of Tokyo. When you walk around Ueno, you could see, and feel, the layers of time gone by in Tokyo. In Ameyoko, where you can find a market of fresh food and world-class denims and workwears, it felt like time was frozen in the 80s. At the same time, the train station’s exterior remains relatively unchanged since 1932. And, on the main road, parallel the raise railway tracks, you can find your modern architectures so ubiquitous in urban Tokyo.