Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Didn't really do much things these past few days. Perhaps because of the rainy days. It made me lazy to go out and being wet. Today is better though but since I took my antibiotics and cough syrup, it made me sleepy and really slept this afternoon.
Now watching 7pm series on Channel 8.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Doraemon shop - Tokyo, Japan

Me and my favorite cartoon!!! :)

Hehehe... Finally I went to visit Doraemon shop in Tokyo. Actually I was looking for a shop like this. Ever searched in internet before but never heard about this one before. My friends brought me here during my second night there but by the time we reached, it has already been closed (shop closed at 9pm there). Too bad...

Doraemon souvenir medallion vending machine - Tokyo, Japan

Doraemon catcher machine - Asahi Building - Tokyo, Japan

Various items sold - Doraemon in Tokyo, Japan

Dorayaki - Tokyo, Japan

Doraemon stuffs - Tokyo, Japan

Doraemon kids corner - Tokyo, Japan

Luckily we had spare time during my stay there so we went there again on my last day. It was located at Roponggi Hills. And I was so glad to have a chance to visit the shop. I know, most items there are very expensive. Since I can't afford to buy all, I just took their pictures as souvenirs. Hahaha.... Enjoy!!! :)

Doraemon snacks poster - Tokyo, Japan

Last but not least - mobile Doraemon snacks shop - Tokyo, Japan :)

Chinatown in Yokohama, Japan

Chinatown is one of the famous tourist spots in Yokohama, Japan. I've learnt few things from just browsing around the area.
1. Chinese snacks were well-known for its "Bao" and "Shao Mai". But their Bao are gigantic one. Some "bao" can cost up to 500 yen (S$6.40) each and "shao mai" can cost up to 200 yen (S$2.60) each. Crazy!!!
2. Most Chinese food sold in the restaurant are overpriced. Prices of normal dishes have an average of 2,000 yen (S$26) per plate. 4 pcs of Xiao Long Bao costs 1,200 yen (S$15). 8 dishes set menu costs 6,300 yen (S$80) per person. La mian costs about 800 yen (S$10) and above.
3. They make "Panda" to symbolize Chinese Icon. Lots of souvenirs were designed w/ panda. Even the "Bao" also decorated as Panda face.
Enjoy the pictures...

Japan - world of vending machine

Vending machine inside the Shinkansen from Kyoto to Osaka

Drink vending machine on the main street of Tokyo

If you go to Japan, you should see vending machines everywhere. Starting from the airport, on the street, tourist spot, in front of the restaurant, even inside the Shinkansen.

The most common Coca Cola vending machine in Japan

Restaurant/ ordering food vending machine - Japan

Hmmm... Haagen-Dazs nyummy.... Vending machine in Japan

Fujifilm vending machine - Japan

Tourist admission ticket vending machine - Japan

Beer vending machine - Japan

Fortune teller vending machine. Can you believe it??? Only in Japan!!!

All here are the pictures I took when I was there. Starting from normal drink vending machine, ordering food vending machine, ice cream vending machine, selling camera, battery, and film from Fuji Film vending machine, tourist spot entrance vending machine, beer vending machine, even fortune teller vending machine???  I took them from different cities.

Cigarettes vending machine in Japan

Indonesian surely loves this!!! Nusantara cigarette vending machine - Only in Japan!!! ;)

Cigarette vending machine in Japan

And the most popular one, cigarette vending machine. Some vending machine really provides a very international cigarettes. The brands they have included: Gudang Garam, Macho, Gauloises, Sobranie, Peel, Black Devil, Black Stone, Cobra, Pom Pom, Wings, Route 66, American Spirit, Cafe Creme Filter, Ark Royal Vintage, Naturals, Zhong Nan Hai (Chinese brands), Carlton, Lucky Strike, Kool, Kent, Vogue, Capri, Pall Mall, Dunhill, Gitanes, Keith, Royals, Seven Stars, Mild Seven, Lucia, Cabin, Caster, Hi-Lite, Hope, Peace, Frontier, Salem, Icene, Bevel, Pianissimo, Seven Stars, Camel, Premiere, Winston, Cherry, Sometime, Echo, Marlboro, Parliament, Virginia Slims, Lark, Phillip Morris, Next, Basic, and many other Japanese brands that I don't know how to read.

Hope you enjoy :)

Back home

Finally I'm back home! The journey was good but it was really tiring. During my last day in Tokyo, we didn't go to Imperial Palace as per planned, but we went to Roponggi Hills again to visit TV Asahi and Doraemon's shop due to the hot weather. Good for me, 'cos I got a chance to look around the shop. But things are very expensive there! So I could only take pictures of the things they sold and only bought few things. Hahaha..

I went to Kawasaki again after that alone. Actually I was looking for gift voucher to my friends, but unfortunately, the shops that I went into didn't sell any gift voucher and I had no idea what to give to them, so I bought them dinner plus beer and dessert lor... We ate at home. I packed my things after that then went to sleep.

I had to wake up at 4.45am. I had myself prepared and went out at 5.20am to Shinagawa Station to take the train to Narita Terminal 1. It took 1.5 hours journey. My train departed at 6.01am and reached Narita at 7.35am. I checked my luggage in then had breakfast at McDonald before going in. I bought few souvenirs inside the airport, which I found cheaper than outside. I had to board into the plan at 9.30am while the plane flew at 10am. Everything went smoothly. I reached Bangkok in the afternoon. I had 1 hour plus in the airport before flying back to Singapore. So I sat in cafe and ordered prawn pad thai and mineral water before boarding in. But the pad thai was too spicy for me and very expensive too. Hahaha... Next time I won't eat there again. Then I reached Singapore at about 7.30pm and reached home about 8.30pm. Sooo tiring!!!

The next day was spent mostly at home.. took a good rest.

On Wednesday I went to SMC to take my medical's claim and to visit my ex-colleagues at the same time. I brought some tidbits from Japan and we chit chat for a while. My boss said she missed me *dunno if it's true or not... ^^ My hubby fetched me w/ his working's vehicle - Audi A8 - and brought me to his working place at UE Square. We had lunch together there and I took bus to Orchard to meet my friends and pass them something. I also went to post office to send things for my friends. Then I went to my bro's house to check into his mails and went back home at 7pm. My son kept calling me to go home. Dunno why after I came back from Japan, he misses me a lot and called me very often. Seems like he feels so lonely staying at home.

So at that night, I brought him to Hougang Mall and bought him Happy Meal at McDonald. My hubby joined us after he finished work. We had dinner at Kopitiam before going back home.
On Thursday I went out in the afternoon to apply job at the new opened hotel. I gotta know about it from my ex-colleague and tried my luck lor.. since I got lots of time.. no harms mah? Wow, I queued 3.5 hours before getting to see the person who interviewed me and I went back w/ regrets actually.. hehehe.. Perhaps I was too tired that's why I couldn't answer some of his questions. Anyway... just try my luck.. and I believe all will depend on the fate. If I have no fate to work there, no matter what, I won't be accepted to work there.

I still try to apply other post in other company as well.. Just see where my fate leads me lor.... =P
I went back home at 4pm plus.. so tired. I fell asleep after that.

On Friday, I fetched my son to school. The teacher brought the children to Giant Supermarket in Tampines. And suddenly one of the child's parent talked about volunteer taking care of children and she couldn't make it since she had to take care her sister's baby and asked me if I can make it. Since I had nothing to do on that day, so I agreed lorrr... It was really my first time to get involve in my son's school. Hehehe... So I went back home first to take a bath and be ready before 8.30am. Me and another parent volunteered to take care our children's classmates (total 17 students from my son's class). At first, I didn't even know where we would go. Hahaha.. I thought they would bring them to Pasir Panjang. But after knowing that they would go to Giant, I felt much better. Hahaha...

Hm.. first, I was a bit blurred 'cos I was not sure on what should I do. After reaching there, it was just natural behaviour to help and lead the students to follow their teacher. Help them draw the vegetables, milk, fruit, etc. Students also started talking and liking me. They called me "Auntie", which I found a bit weird. Seldom people called me "Auntie" mah? Hahahaha.....

Then some kids played with my Doraemon doll that I put on my sling bag. Some kids were asking me if they can start eating their snacks 'cos they were hungry.. Aiyah.. overall I felt a bit useful lor hahahahaha.... and glad that everything went well despite the heavy rain outside.

My hubby fetched us once we reached the school. He brought us umbrella and went back home together. Good experience for me. Hahaha...

And today PY asked me out for movie. We watched Ratatouille (read: ratatuwee) at Cathay, Dobhy Ghout with Irene too. It was a funny movie. The graphic was very good. Worthed to see. PY treated us lor with her tickets. Thanks PY! We had Yakun Kaya before it and KFC for dinner. Hehehe... And we went back home at 10pm. My son kept calling me and asking me to go back home faster. Haiz... dunno I should happy or sad..

Well.. write till here first. I still not sleepy yet. But still no mood to write a lot of thing about what I've seen in Japan. Wait lor.. ok??? Gud nite everyone!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Last day in Tokyo

Tomorrow morning I'll be flying back to Singapore, so today can be considered as my last day and night in Tokyo. My two friends are still sleeping (it's 8.35am now) so I use the time to go online. Wish to meet my sis online, but she doesn't. So I just write a blog here (edited on 27th August 2007) ^^
Now the blogspot is in Japan version, so I just guess which botton to click in this page kekeke...

Day 1 - 12th August 2007
I arrived in Tokyo on that day and went to Tokyo station alone using Narita Express *see pic.. then met my friend somewhere near the station. Wow, Tokyo train station is so big.. Lucky there were public phone so I could contact my friend and met him.
I spent whole day on 12th August in Tokyo covering Shinagawa, Sony Building, Ginza, Uyeno, Ameyayokocho, which basically are shopping areas, and ended with view of Senso-Ji (Senso Temple) at night.

Day 2 - 13th August 2007
Also in Tokyo, covering youngster shopping areas, such as Shibuya, Harajuku, then having sukiyaki all-you-can-eat at Ikebukuro, and last place was Roponggi Hills to find the Hard Rock Cafe.
*see picture on the right side - Hendra, Me, and Lucky at Ometosando Hills at Harajuku area (new shopping mall selling high class branded things)

Day 3 - 14th August 2007
We went out to Tokyo station first to purchase shinkansen ticket for Kyoto. After that, we spent the rest of the day in Tokyo DisneySea. Actually there are 2 Disney to see in Japan: DisneyLand Park and DisneySea Park. But I heard that the rides in DisneyLand are almost the same with what they have in LA and HK, and since both my friends have gone there before, so three of us agreed to go to DisneySea Park.
Hm... We could see that most visitors were Japanese. Perhaps it was because it was a school holiday and/or maybe they bought annual passport since they stay nearby. The storyline was quite different with what they have in other Disney, which makes them interesting but the rides were not daring enough! Overall, I wasn't really satisfied with it.

Day 4 - 15th August 2007
We went out early in the morning to catch our 6am shinkansen. We took N700 Shinkansen, which is the new type (started in July 2007). It was fast. The journey from Tokyo to Kyoto was 2 hours and 11 minutes (normal Shinkansen took 2 hours and 42 minutes).
Reaching there, we began searching for ryokan (Japanese traditional guesthouse) *see picture on the right. There was a public bath there.
After taking rest for a while and planning on what to do, we then went out to downtown area started with Nisikhi Market. I love this place so much because inside it, there were lots of shops selling Japanese any kind of food ingredients to cook the Japanese food, including bento set, snacks, souvenirs, etc.

We also visited some nearby Japanese temples and shrines. By the way, there are over 2000 temples and shrines in Kyoto city. We had sushi for lunch. Not so good, perhaps because the price was cheap (only 105 yen per plate - around SGD 1.35) *see picture. Then we walked up to Gion and went up to one temple. I took lots of picture in Nishiki Market and it made my battery flat so fast hahaha.. So we went back to ryokan to charge the battery. At the same time, each of us took a bath at public bath. It was my first time naked with other women hahahha..... The water was hot but it made my pain and ache gone f0r a while. I took a short nap before we went out for dinner.

We went to Ponto-cho - nightlife's area - narrow street filled up with lots of restaurants and bars *see picture on the left. Before deciding where to eat, we took a look also at Gion area then at the end we decided to eat Unagi at Ponto-cho. The set was quite expensive. My set costs 2,100 yen (unagi w/ rice - medium size, chawan mushi, soup, and little bit of achar). My friend's one costs 2,850 yen (all of the above plus sashimi and little bit of vegetable). We sat at 3rd floor and facing the view of the river. Very nice view =)
Most shops were closed at 9pm in Japan, so after having dinner, we all went back to Kyoto station. Before going back to Ryokan, we took a look at Kyoto station. It was huge!! We went up to 12th floor to see the Kyoto view from top.

Day 5 - 16th August 2007
In the morning, we had our Japanese breakfast at the ryokan *see picture on the right side- Japanese traditional breakfast w/ dining room's background.
After makan, we went to Kyoto Tower Hotel to hop in the bus (we booked a morning local tour). The tour consists of viewing Nijo-Ji (official Kyoto residence of the first Tokugawa shogun, Ieyasu), Kinkaku-Ji (Golden Pavillion Temple), and Kyoto Imperial Palace *see picture below - view of Kyoto Imperial Palace.

The weather of the day was damn hot!!! It felt like 40 degree Celcius! But no choice, we still had to browse around the area since the 3 places were best-know places in Kyoto.

We finished tour at 12.10pm and having a break until 1pm. Then we went up to Kurama (around 1 hour journey by train) to have the outdoor hot spring bath or Onsen in Japanese. Nice view from the train but it would be much nicer if we went there during winter time. Hahaha..

And it was also my first time to get naked outdoor together with other women. Hahaha.... But it was damn nice! No wonder lots of Japanese love to do so! I wish Singapore had one onsen too.. hahahahha.. *above pictures taken near Kurama Station.

We went back to Kyoto station and had our ticket change. We supposed to return to Tokyo that night, but since we had save some time, we still managed to go to Osaka, which is only 29 minutes away by train from Kyoto. And luckily there were seats for the train on the next day. So we headed up to Osaka. We also managed to find a good hotel with reasonable prices, New Hankyu hotel

We reached there around 8pm. The tourist information centre has closed, so we had to find hotel by ourselves and we just went to the hotel nearby walk-in. At first, we requested for a room for 3 and it costs 27,000 yen or 9,000 yen each. We still thought about it and discussing but since we took quite some time, the front office officer offered us another rate for 3 single room at 8,000 yen for each room (all w/out breakfast). Since my friend has long time never slept alone inside the room, so we all agreed with the arrangement. Hahaha... And we found the room very nice *reminds me of the day when I stayed in Geneva... see picture. We had dinner nearby the station (omelet rice), and had free time 'til sleeping time. I browsed around the station area before going back to hotel and slept.

Day 6 - 17th August 2007
We checked out from the hotel at 9.30am. We headed to Kyoto Castle as our first destination. It is Osaka's landmark - place that must see!!! Hehehe... *see picture on the right. Beautiful, right? We went there until 1pm. The weather was as hot as the day before. We had to endure though.. And the best thing, u know what? I didn't bring my sunblock to Kyoto and Osaka. I left it in Tokyo. 'Cos during my stay in Tokyo, the weather wasn't that hot. Haiz.... now I bring some souvenir from there - black skin.. hahaha...

We then went directly to Universal Studio and spent our evening there until 8pm. It was very fun! I enjoyed the ride "Hollywood Dream" very much and took it twice! There was personalized stereo in back of each seat. We could choose on what song to hear during the ride. I chose Pop English and they played "Girlfriend" song by Avril during my ride, which was DAMN GOOD!!! Hahaha...
We had burger set for dinner at one Diners inside it. Quite expensive for the portion like that.. but no choice lorr... We were inside Universal Studio lehh... We also took some other rides, by using 'single rider' pass - made us faster reach the ride.. hehehe..

We set back to Tokyo by Shinkansen N500 and reached Tokyo around 23.42pm *see picture - me & Shinkansen. The Shinkansen series N700 is much better than N500. But we didn't inform clearly with the person who changed our ticket, that's why we ended up taking N500 on our way home. Oklah, at least we still arrived safely to Tokyo. Hehehe... ^^
We had our supper at Yoshinoya nearby the house before headed home.

Day 7 - 18 th August 2007
I spent first half day nearby my friend's apartment to browse around the supermarket and having Udon alone for lunch while both of them went to wash their clothes nearby the area.
At 2pm we started to go out to Yokohama area. First we stopped to see the Chinatown. It was quite big and most shops selling the 'bao' - Chinese meat bun. The sizes range from small to big and some were even decorated in Panda style. The Chinese food there were very expensive so we only bought some buns and other snacks while browsing the area.

After that we moved to Sakuragi-cho station to view the Landmark Tower (the tallest building in Japan) and Cosmo Clock Ferris Wheel (the world's highest ferris wheel at 105m and has the world's fastest lift - 45km/hour). We only saw the view from a far and didn't go up as the weather was cloudy at that day *see picture on the left.
We then went to Yokohama station, which consists only shopping malls like Sogo, Porta, etc, and set ourselves to Kawasaki to have our dinner at food court. I had Hamburg steak Japanese style *see picture - Oishi nee..., while my friend had a chicken rice and ramen. After that we went back home and took a rest.

So, today, 19th August, we plan to go to Tokyo Imperial Palace. Going to put more pictures once I returned back to Singapore. Ciao!!! - As per mentioned in the blog after this, we didn't go to Tokyo Imperial Palace due to the hot weather. And I've put lots of pics in this blog. Hope you enjoy my trip too... Peace!! ^^

Friday, August 10, 2007

Jakarta trip

1 week just passed like that.. It flies really fast!

Thursday, 2 Aug
Arrived at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at about 6pm. My parents and my sis' children fetched Reever and I. We went back home and had our dinner together. Chatted w/ my 2nd sis, and my cousin who stays there temporarily to study TOEFL. This time we slept at the room at the 1st floor instead of the room at 2nd floor that I used to stay.

Friday, 3 Aug
Morning my mom cooked fried noodle and wonton soup. She has bought the wrong wonton wrapper so my aunt, Reever, and I went to Pasar Pluit to buy the right one. I bought 'buah lontar' there, very sweet and nice ^^ Then we ate lor... My aunt bought jambu, mangga, and kedondong - cut one - sold by asinan buah seller in the market. We ate it w/ spicy brown sugar. In the afternoon my mom accompanied me to Mega Mal together w/ my sis' son. We brought the children to Timezone. It's much cheaper to play there rather than in Singapore. I filled up the card Rp 65.000 and they played it until the account finished. We then headed to Carrefour. I bought things to be brought home to Singapore and went back home.

Saturday, 4 Aug
Morning I joined my mom, sis, and aunt to Pasar Muara Karang. We went around then they had nasi tim there while I bought 'bihun bebek' or duck noodle takeaway. I ate at home. In the afternoon my sis's friend came to our house and she drove us to Pancoran, which is also called Jakarta's Chinatown. We went to the building where my mom used to have a shop over there. Now it's Bata shop selling shoes. We went to Gloria too to buy some batik clothes. And we had 'kuo tie' for our lunch! Wow! Wonderful! It cost around $3 per 10 pcs. I think I almost ate 15 pcs alone. haiehiaheiaheia... My 3rd sis also likes the kuo tie very much. Last time each of us could eat 20pcs or more.. kekekeke...
In the afternoon I went to my high school friend's house, Siska. She is now 5-month pregnant. We chatted for about an hour before I went back home. Finally I got a chance to know her husband, Yance, whom I never met before.
At 5pm, we went to Senayan City w/ our driver. We met my eldest sister, who just finished schooling. We had our dinner at 'Duck King Restaurant' serving Pecking duck and other Chinese food. We ordered 1 pc Pecking duck - 20 pcs duck skin wrapped w/ spring onion and hoisin sauce - the meat was deep fried w/ mango and wrapped like spring roll. It costs S$30/pc. There were prawned cooked w/ honey, steamed fish, vegetable, siomai dim sum and chikcen feet dim sum. Very nice!! But it costs quite expensive. It costs around S$160 overall (almost 1 million Rupiah!!!)
We walked for a while before we went back home.

Sunday, 5 Aug
All of us went to Pinang Sari to have our bakmi breakfast. The portion was big! It was nice though hehehe.. At about 10am we left Jakarta and headed to Puncak. Puncak is a mountain areas located about 2 hours drive from Jakarta. My bro-in-law drove us there. Our first stop was Puncak hotel. Children spent the time to ride the horses (half an hour costs S$5) while adults were sitting down enjoying drinks & snack. I ordered 'kopi tubruk' - Indonesian traditional coffee and ate the pisang goreng and Holland pancake as the snacks. We also bought 'gemblong' - fried glutinous rice coated w/ brown sugar, which is also the favourite snacks in the area. 10 pcs costs Rp 8.000 (about S$1.50) so cheap ya? *see pic - at Bumi Aki

We then went to 'Kota Bunga' - which locates lots of villas and each house has different type of design resembling the cities all over the world, e.g. Paris, Venice, Holland, Japan, etc. This time we went directly to Arena Fantasy, which is the entertainment place for children. Children were having good times there. The entrance was about S$6 (if you play) and $4.50 (if you don't play). After that we went to Brasco - factory outlet. I bought some clothes for my hubby and myself. We stopped there for about an hour plus and our stomach started to grumble hehehe.. Then we had our early dinner (at about 5.30pm) at Bumi Aki - a restaurant which serves Indonesian traditional food. The food there were really nice! We ordered fried chicken, fried fish, tumis kangkung, tongseng lamb, chicken & lamb satay, sour soup, chilli, etc. I really enjoyed it! We reached home at about 8.30pm. *see pic - kids at Arena Fantasi

Monday, 6 Aug
We went to Mega Mal at about 10am. First destination, hair salon. I had my hair creambath and cut completed w/ wash and blow as well. It's a package for only $8. My mom had her hair creambath and pedicure. My sis had her hair rebond and pedicure. While my son and my sis' son had their hair cut. My sis took quite some time to finish her hair rebond. So I brought the 3 kids to have lunch first at KFC, then took the animal's ride around the mall and we stopped at Gramedia book shop. I looked for interesting books while they took a look at children's book. We then had ice cream at McDonald's until my sis came. Once she came, we bought movie's tickets, Surf Up. One ticket only costs Rp 15.000 or S$2.5 per person (only from Monday to Friday). How cheap it is!!! After watching the movies we went back home. Not long after, I went out again together w/ my son and mom to Taman Anggrek looking for my sis-in-law's Levi's Jeans. Still had chance to eat D'crepes. Hehehe.. I ordered Tuna Pizza while my son ordered Strawberry special and altogether only costs S$2.50 while in Singapore, both crepes could cost S$6.30. Wow!!!
Since we came back quite early, at about 8pm, I asked my cousin, Fong, to go to warnet, to go online. It's almost a week since I checked my last email. We went there for an hour, and it only costs $0.50/hour. So cheap neee...

Tuesday, 7 Aug
My friends, Jeni and Sani, came to my house in the morning. Jeni came w/ her son, Fukutaro. When she told me her son's name, I thought she was joking, but actually she didn't. Hahaha.. what a cute name! We chatted for a while before we went out to have our breakfast at our school's canteen. Reever and I had bakmi while my friend had siomai. After makan, Sani and I went inside our school and met some teachers there, like Pak Bambang, Pak Charles, Pak Slamet, Pak Joko, and many other teachers that I forgot their names. I still can recognized their faces and they too recognized my face, but most of them forgot who am I. Hihihihihi.... Too bad I didn't meet my favourite teacher, Pak Buyung. He was out somewhere at that day.

Afternoon time was spent at home. Oh.. I went to Carrefour alone to buy some things. Then at 5pm, Jeni fetched me to Pantai Mutiara. Sani asked us to go swimming w/ her and her son. I brought Reever and Cici - my sis' daughter. Not bad. The place has a very nice view facing the sea. Since I didn't bring my swimming cloth, I was just there to accompany them and took some pictures. After finished swimming, all of us took bajaj. We dropped Sani then continued the journey to Nyun Njan, my mother's favourite restaurant. We used to eat at the restaurant. Then recently they opened the branch near our house, that's the place we ate that night. My parents had reached there and started eating when we reached. Just nice! Hehehe... Good food, still same like before. After makan, we went back home on foot. Since it was still quite early, I went to my high school friend's house, Wenny, who stays next next to my house. She was at home having her dinner. So we chatted for a while lor before I went back home at 9.15pm.

Wednesday, 8 Aug
Most people were having half day off because 8th Aug was the day to elect the Jakarta's governor. I got the card as well so I went in the morning together w/ my parents and sis to the election's place. Kekeke.. I had no idea on who were the candidates... but I still chose anyway.
We went out having our breakfast at Bakmi Abadi. Actually at first we wanted to go to Bakmi 17, but it was closed due to the election. It's ok lah..
Then we went to Mangga Dua and reached there at about 11.20pm. We only realised that they only opened after 12pm due to election. So we waited outside the building togehter w/ other people until it opened. We went to my uncle's shop to try jeans jacket and pants, but no suitable one for me. Then we walked to other shops and I managed to buy few t-shirts for my hubby. We had our lunch at Hoka Hoka Bento, my favourite Japanese fast food in Indonesia. I ordered chicken katsu meal plus meat ball soup and completed w/ es delima. Hehehehe.... My sis bought their things too. We reached home at 5pm.
My father asked me on where did I want to have my dinner since it was my last night there. At first my aunt suggested to eat at 'Lestari' - restaurant served Hakka food. But I suggested to eat satay babi - pork satay and my father agreed. Hehehee... so we went to Pecenongan to have our satay babi and paikut soup there. Wow, very nice!!!!

Thursday, 9 Aug
I woke up at 7am and took a bath. I woke my sis up and both of us took the motorcycle and went to the petrol kiosk first to fill up the petrol's tank then we had our breakfast at Bakmi 17, our favourite noodle since when we were in school's time. Hahaha... my father shook his head knowing that both of us woke up so early just to have our bakmi there... ckckck....
At 8.30am, my other cousin fetched me to Iva, the place for me to have the facial. Normally I go there to facial when I was back home. So.. it took me 1.5 hours to enjoy the process but I didn't sleep this time. I went back home by bajaj. We had 'Padang food' for lunch. My aunt bought it home. Wow.. very nice!!! Chicken curry, BBQ chicken, sayur nangka, daun singkong, kikil, and rendang. Its green chilli was amazing!!! Hahaha... At 3pm I had body massage at home. My mom asked the auntie to come to house. It was my first time massaged by this auntie. And her method of massaging was very different w/ other massages that I ever had before. She actually pressed our bodies' nerves from head to toe. It was really painful!! I kept shouting 'aduh' and she kept saying that I had lots of problems w/ my back, leg, hands, breath, liver, digestion system, maag, etc. She also said I kept my emotion inside myself so much.. She kept saying "Capeeekkk, deehhh...!!!", which means "Tired lahhhhh...." hahahaha...
Once finished, I got myself ready. My mom and Kong cai fetched us to the airport. Our flight was at 6.50pm and reached Singapore at about 9.50pm.
My sis-in-law, bro-in-law, their son, my mother-in-law, and uncle fetched us from the airport. I was sooo... tired... but still unpacked my luggage. I took a bath and slept at 12am at night..

This time our trip was very enjoyable!! Eat, shop, met families and friends, do things I like like facial, creambath, pedicure, massage, riding motor, etc.. Hope to go back home again anytime soon!!! Thanks, Mom! *see pic - My mom & me

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Tired... =(

*From left to right: Soh Chiew Guek, Mak Lye Jan, Zainab, Irene Chang, Ellen Tein, Christy, Magdalene, Susan Lim, Vivian Sim, Jenny Kay, Hasni, Rahman, Joyce Eng, Lee Yin (my boss), Edith (who replaces me), and Ning Xi

How time flies... Yesterday was my last day working in SMC. I bought Oreo cheesecake for finance staffs to share and original one for my boss. She seems quite like it. Great to know! Thanks PY for helping me buy using staff rate!
So, I finished clearing, and went around to say goodbye to everyone I met. Then went back home w/ my things. Took some pics w/ colleague and stored it in my mobile so I can take a look at it at anytime.
I stopped by at Hougang Mall looking for the medicines that my mom ordered. Waited quite long until the pharmacist came back from his dinner, but at the end, I couldn't buy it 'cos I didn't have doctor's prescription for that particular medicine.
Went back home tiredly. Took a rest for a while, had my dinner - rice and soup. Took a bath, then started packing my luggage. I prepared both luggage, to Jakarta and Japan 'cos I'll only have 1 day rest before flying again to Japan. Very tireeedd.... Also had to prepare the interview this morning. I managed to sleep at 11pm.
This morning I woke up at 7 plus am and got myself ready for interview. Overall, he said I'm over qualified for the job offered. So, I don't think there will be any chance for them to choose me. Anyway.. after the interview, I went to buy bakua and laobobing for home, also stopped by at Hougang to buy sandal for my father before buying my lunch and headed home.
I just finished the rest of the packing. Now taking rest for a while, before get prepared. I will leave home at 2pm, which is 15 mins from now.. So, I can't talk much now... Hope I can get enough sleep later.. well.. I'll be back in 9th. See you again guys!!! Take care!
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