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Phuket Work & Play @ Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort

Posted by: Copykate

June 10th, 2014 >> Posts

On April last year, I went to Phuket for the first time. Read my experience at Patong Beach, Phi Pi Island and Sea Sun Sand Resort.

Who knows that one year later around this time, I was summoned back to the beautiful island again? Except this time it was a work trip.



One of the reasons I always choose window seat.




First day was free and easy. We checked into Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort (such luxurious 5-star treatment!) which was located uphill around 5-minutes drive away from Patong town.

A quiet and secluded resort. It offers a private beach which in my opinion is way better than what Patong beach has to offer, unless you prefer a tourist-crowded area with vendors passing by selling you stuff every 10 minutes. My only complaint is the quality of food which was far from 5-star expectation.



We were exhausted after that early flight. Didn’t want to explore the town before we could get any rest so decided to pay 600 Baht for the breakfast buffet (which is normally served free to the hotel guests wtf). Took as much as possible even though our appetite was only THAT big. Teehee.



Every guest including us were presented a welcoming ornament while being ushered to the lobby.




Our room was impeccably clean and spacious.



A balcony facing the forest and the tennis court.



See-through bathroom! LOL. No bathtub though which kinda disappointed me :(



Off to Patong town after my beauty nap! Shuttle van is available every 30 minute for 2-way journey back and forth from Le Meridien and Patong town (with charges of 70 Baht per head if I’m not mistaken). We wanted to follow our own timing so decided to pay a little extra for the hotel chauffeur (240 Baht for round trip).



Randomly picked a restaurant that was the least tourist-targeted looking along Patong beach in order to fulfil my Tom Yam craving! Food might be cheap at other parts of Thailand but never in Phuket. One coconut costs 80 Baht T_T




When in Thailand, must eat pancake!



Chocolate banana is the best.






A lovely sunny day for beach walk.




Walked all the way to Jungceylon, a big shopping mall at Patong and Bangla Road. No there’s no bangla there. It’s the name of a famous street at Patong where all the night bars are located. Can easily find strip dance or Ping Pong shows here!

Nah we didn’t go for any of that. Wasn’t on a vacation remember? Long schedule ahead the next day :/



More Thai food for dinner.




Mandatory Thailand-made beer.



On the following day, breakfast by the pool. TBH I enjoy having meals outdoor especially when there’s great view (but kinda sad la can’t do it with my boy cause he complains about sweating all the time FML). Wouldn’t want to confine myself to the air-conditioned room 24/7.






Huge swimming pool right before the private beach.




Unlike Patong beach that rents their beach chairs for 100 Baht, here you get countless of them available FOC.






The weather wasn’t so good that day. First it was gloomy, then it started drizzling. I couldn’t get enough of the sun! Pfft.



Anyway do consider Le Meridien if you’ve got the budget. The private beach is definitely a place worth visiting if you’re seeking for serenity! :)


Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort
Address: 29, Soi Karon Nui, Tambon Karon,
Amphur Muang, Karon, Phuket, Thailand.
Tel: +66 76 370 100

Website: http://www.lemeridienphuketbeachresort.com/

Touristy Photos in Melaka

Posted by: Copykate

June 1st, 2014 >> Posts

Throwback: just some touristy shots taken at Melaka the day after Mixx Club's 2nd Anniversary.



Jonker Street.



Papa Tim.



Andy our great photographer.





The famous Nyonya Laksa and cendol stall at Jonker.




The Red House area.



Hard Rock Cafe!


The windwill.



The river.


Photos credit to Tim Chew and Malaysia's Hottest Bloggers.

My Thai to satisfy your Thai cravings @ Itaewon

Posted by: Jamie Liew

May 17th, 2014 >> Posts

if you do not know yet. Thai food comes close to being my first place in favourite type of cuisine. maybe just a few points behind the ever so magnificent Japanese cuisine. oh, I do not consider Malaysian food because I grew up eating Malaysian food. but nonetheless Malaysian food is said to be the best in the world. still, they lack in presentation ahahahhaha.

okay enough of crapping. so in Korea, it isn’t easy to find good places for REAL whatever kind of food. because they’d tweak the dishes a little every single time so it fits the Korean’s taste buds. but My Thai at Itaewon, does their role in satisfying my taste buds. =3.

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but still, they’d still have a small cup of pickle because Koreans just wouldn’t like it if there weren’t pickles. I don’t eat them. not that nice really. not talking about the ones here but basically everywhere =S. it’s a very Korean thing. My Thai is located near Hamilton Hotel and it’s really easy to find. almost impossible to not walk by this restaurant if you’re visiting Itaewon.

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my incredulously shy friend. he’s single and looking so if you reside in Korea and is also looking, I can set up some sogaeting!

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the interior. nothing too fancy but it’s really comfortable. loved it.

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food, glorious food!

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okay. to be frank, we ate before coming here hahahahaa. but we were both (Malaysians) dreading for some Tomyam. hence… =D. their Tomyam here is one of the best I’ve had so far in Seoul. wait. I mean, the best. =P. everything in it was perfect. I’ve had Tomyam here in various places and they tend to bring me down a little with their soup being too salty or watery. but this one was.. amazing. it’s priced at a hefty 16,000won if my memory did not serve me wrong. heck, we could get tomyam noodles back home for 5,000won T_T. again, this isn’t Malaysia hahahaha. so yeah. =(.

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they had another barbequed pork that I really wanted to try but this chicken looked really appetising too! and it was. we were so full we barely finished it but it really was some 5 star chicken. that sauce is kind of like.. some oyster sauce. the portion’s pretty huge and I think it’ll go very very well with some beer =3. reasonably priced at.. I forgot how much but it was definitely less than 10,000won. I’d really like it though, if they had some sweet and spicy Thai sauce or some sour and spicy Thai sauce as its dipping sauce. I’m addicted to everything spicy T_T. nevertheless, if you’re craving for Thai food, this is one of the best restaurants to visit! (there’s actually another one called Tuk Tuk Thai Noodle that I reallllly like. shall blog about that one next time!)

directions: get out of Itaewon station exit 1 and make a U-turn, walk straight until you see a pathway to walk on your left. walk up the “slope” and you’ll see My Thai on your right! ^^.

Gelati Gelati @ Hongdae

Posted by: Jamie Liew

May 11th, 2014 >> Posts

there are tonnes of special ice cream shops around. but most of them will just give you a “it’s pretty not bad” feeling. but this one will just make you craving for more.

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Gelati Gelati located at Hongdae was always packed with people whenever I go there. there’s always a long line and the weirdest thing is that the shop isn’t exactly located at a strategic spot. a spot where shops nearby aren’t really open in the day.

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you can also have it take away!

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you can pick 2 flavours on cup or cone. but I usually go for the cone. they have two types of ice cream; the gelato and sherbet (fruit). the amazing thing about this shop is that they have very unique choices of ice cream like hallabong (which tastes like orange anyway haha), grape, peach, plum, carrot, milk tea (not really my thing), RICE, caramel and so on. they also have daily specials which aren’t usually on the menu but it’s on the menu INSIDE. one of it was cherry pistachio. pretty good I’d say!

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the ice cream here are scooped with a huge spoon rather than how normal ice creams here are and their gelato texture is just.. soft. nothing like how baskin robbins or turkish ice cream are. it’s just.. something new. except for the sherbet which may be similar to other sherbets!

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one of the reasons why I like my ice cream in cone =3. chocolate inside the cone!!!!

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me and my gelati gelati. oh hello =D.

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we ordered rice, peach, pistachio and cherry. I know what you’re thinking.. RICE?! surprisingly, their rice is one of the best ice creams I’ve ever had. it’s really good and I highly recommend it! but my top favourite is still the cherry! because I love cherry too. it’s so yum. but it isn’t available everyday so you gotta be lucky!

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I went back the next day and got myself grape and tiramisu. they were both good but I still think rice and cherry are the best! my friends think pistachio and rice are the best though. but milk and yoghurt are amongst the popular ones as well! basically, most of their ice cream are really good so try it! it’s also reasonably priced at 4,000won for 2 scoops of ice cream. it’s pretty worth it!

it’s quite hard to explain how to get there but basically it’s near the aA Cafe. almost at the end of Hongdae. basically, just walk along the Hongdae street and and cross that road near Ssangssangmadang. continue walking straight and you’ll see Kkanbu Chicken on your left. walk straight and you’ll see Gelati Gelati!

well in case you’re not familiar with Hongdae. this is another way to get there =). there’s only one Gelati Gelati shop in Korea so if you’re in Hongdae, be sure to try it!

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Kyoto and Osaka in a day

Posted by: Jamie Liew

May 3rd, 2014 >> Posts

I am back here in Kyoto. again.

after 4 months. right after midterms. but the only thing was, I had REALLY LIMITED TIME. so this was what I did for a day! it might even be a good reference on where to go from AM to PM =D. I returned to Osaka since I stayed there at around 6pm though =D.

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ahhh. the streets of Gion. I actually like shopping here compared to other places because the OPA and some other malls here were actually pretty good!

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saw these. too pretty to not buy D=. it was delicious but it wasn’t worth its price T_T. it was around 500yen. T___T.

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it was a Sunday and here we were at Nishiki Market. I came here for the purpose of eating those sashimi on a stick. heard it’s reallyyyy good. but only one shop was selling it and they are off on Sundays T______T. WHYYYYYYYYYYYY.

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it wasn’t very long but it was pretty interesting. of course, nothing like Tsukiji, but if you have time, I really recommend you to come here! well, come here for the sashimi on a stick (which I have yet to try pfft). what’s more is that.. it’s pretty reasonably priced! for around 180yen for each stick ^^. so make sure you try it. and I’ll make sure I get back there on my next trip >=(.

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dried and salted fish store!

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beautiful CHEAP strawberries. they were really sweet too! only 300yen! the bigger ones were only like 100yen more expensive but I’ve never bothered about size =P. if you think of it, sometimes the bigger = the bigger the gap in the container = less strawberries. or is it just my silly inaccurate assumption.

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me and my ichigo! it means strawberry.

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pickled store. everything pickled. the only Japanese food that I hate so far. =S. my Japanese friends love these though >_>.

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I don’t know what these are but they are disgustingly photogenic.

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a famous fried fish stick store. but I didn’t like fried food =S.

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so I ordered the hugest hotate (scallop) I’ve ever eaten. it’s much bigger than what it look like in the picture pfft. I should’ve put my hand there for comparison D=. 400yen each stick. should’ve just eaten the fish that was 300yen! >=(. it was good but it wasn’t the famous thing there hahaha I ordered without knowing T_T.

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look at how they treasure those white strawberries. 2300yen!! D= *faints*. someone please buy me these? T_T. I eagerly want to try it but I am too much of a cheapskate to >_>.

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onigiri store! saw some girl buying PLAIN WHITE rice. I really wonder if there were anything inside.

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look at all those testicles and tentacles. yeap you heard me. TESTICLES and tentacles. Shirako (you can find a post about that on my travel page or simply type shirako on my search tab!) are fish testicles and they taste like mayonnaise. it’s delicious. I’m not kidding.

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really like how they displayed the apples <3.

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flowers in Japan are so pretty. don’t know what that purple ball thing was but it’s super cute!

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this was one weird juice store. they literally juice the fruit and serve it with its skin D=. but too little juice for 400-600yen no? =S.

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and at the end of the market, you’d find a beautiful shrine!

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THIS was why I came here. T_______T. the sashimi on a stick store. apparently they serve super fresh sashimi and seasoned it a little in a way that’s so unique everyone comes here for this. so please look for KIMURA (the shop’s name) when you are here next time! and NEVER EVER COME HERE ON A SUNDAY PFFFFT. there are quite a few types of snacks to eat around there (mostly overpriced too T_T. but don’t worry, Kimura isn’t!) so coming with an empty stomach is perfectly fine!

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Kyoto Opera house near the Kamogawa river.

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not a nice picture of me but… THOSE FLOWERS ARE SO PRETTY! <3.

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ngawwwwwwwww <3.

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don’t do this, kids! it’s dangerous there! =P.

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???! beautiful view and my foot. to proof that I was there teehee =P.

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my xD face.

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konichiwa!!!! onegaishimasu!!! I don’t know how can I forget most of my Japanese having studied it for half a year pfft. still could read and understand WORDS but.. T_T I can’t speak at all =(.

 

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don’t forget to visit Kamogawa during summer (from May) because they have YUKA!!! it’s the terrace outside the restaurants and you can dine outside facing the beautiful river =3.

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a more clear shot of the Yuka’s. but they aren’t available when I was there. just.. 2 more days pfft. this was their prep I guess hahaha.

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but I heard dining at a Yuka ain’t cheap. well, just once in a bluemoonnnnnn!!!

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I’ve always admired this restaurant every time I walk pass. it look so.. traditionally beautiful =3.

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=D! okay I am quite weird. I admit.

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spam.

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the famous Okonomiyaki(?) store! it isn’t famous for it’s Okonomiyaki I guess.. you should know why =D.

we walked towards the end of Gion later for….

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SABAZUSHI!!! I can’t express how much I love Izuju. this 100 year old restaurant has sushi made so well I felt like I was in heaven. every single time I take a bite. it was THAT good. their Hako sushi are delicious as well! I didn’t like their Inari sushi so much so.. I recommend getting one Sabazushi and one Deluxe Hako sushi which will cost you 2,000yen for the saba and 1500 for the hako. it’s worth it. trust me. because you can have tonnes of that Sabazushi. I can assure you that!

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I can’t wait to eatttittttttt. anyway, here’s a more detailed post on Izuju.

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after the glorious meal, we headed for Hanami-koji, the place to spot for Geishas. because I loved it here so much, it’s actually my 6th time here and it’s only my second time in Kyoto. hahahaha. but guess what.. I’ve never seen any Geishas T_T. tragic. but apparently I went during the wrong time. the best time to spot for Geishas are actually 5.30-6pm because they start work at 6. I DIDN’T KNOW!!! T____T.

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but nevertheless, a breath taking place.

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my favourite picture of the trip!

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will you give me dried chili’s instead of flowers? hahahaahahhaha. too darn funny. xD.

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everyone’s sitting by the river! I found it very scary because I keep sliding but it’s actually pretty fun xD. except the weather was too hot and the sun pierced through my socks. T_T.

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they do not have Gaenari (yellow Korean flowers) here, but they have similar ones! =3. oh-so-pretty!

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ohaizzz

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=D.

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spam.

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apparently my skirt was too short for Japan. I thought short skirts ORIGINATED from Japan >_>”. or maybe because it was Kyoto and not Tokyo. hahaha.

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look at my view! =P.

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and the prettiest view of the Kamogawa river.

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I was so disappointed when I went home the last trip and noticed that ALL the pictures I took with the Kamogawa river was blur. so I had it taken so many times this time until it focuses on me pfft. my camera prefers the view much more it seems T_T. well, obviously hahahahaha.

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Kiyamachi. linking to Gion. another beautiful alley. that’s why I love Gion. there’s also Pontocho, just an alley away =D.

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and my favourite Italian restaurant in Korea. which first opened at Japan. and is much more popular in Japan. hahaha. their lunch buffet’s super cheap. at 1000yen!!!! but dinner’s pretty darn expensive =X. I mean ala-carte. but they are one of the few restaurants in the world to have a certificate for making authentic pizzas so you should acknowledge how good they are and that they are worth the price! which is true. the best pizza I’ve ever had.

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the view from a cake cafe that I like =D.

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and the other view. because we are not allowed to take pictures INSIDE the cafe so.. =(. I would like to show you all the beautiful french tartes they have. ranges from white strawberries to melon to mango to berries to green tea. they just have everything and you feel like eating EVERYTHING. but it ain’t cheap T_T. the white strawberry was like 1,600yen *faints.*

the outside on the shop was filled with a LONG LINE of people and getting a seat would take an hour of wait. so we just packed it up and ate it by the river =D.

anyways, its a chain shop so don’t fret if you’re not going to Kyoto because they have it in Tokyo and Osaka as well. not sure where in Tokyo but in Osaka, it’s at the huge Grand Front Osaka next to the Osaka Station. here’s the site of this cafe : http://quil-fait-bon.com/

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the cake shop is called “qu’il fait bon” which means.. that is good??? from what I learn it’s something like that, he/she does good. hahaha. anyway, I hate learning French it is so confusing T_T.

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I’ve tried their mixed berries and blueberry jam ones but I had it kept overnight so it wasn’t as nice anymore T_T. but I felt that it wasn’t too special either. BUT, THIS WAS AMAZING. it’s mango and almond. and they go along sooooooo well. <3. basically the cream are all almond cream. and I love almond flavoured everything. hahaha. it costs slightly over 600yen for this cake if I’m not wrong.

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we later headed on to ANOTHER dessert shop. well, you get why I only ordered one cake. I wanted to fit more in my stomach =P. this parfait shop has like hundreds of different parfait to choose from and they are mostly amazingly good! they even have this huge as hell parfait that costs 50,000yen! that’s 500USD. even though it’s super huge, it’s meant for 20-25 people (makes it 2,000yen each) so even if you divide it, it is STILL EXPENSIVEEEE.

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see what I say about the variety? because of its variety as well I kept coming back and picking something off the menu will never be an easy thing to do.

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I don’t know why.. I kept going back for the black sesame. maybe because I hardly see black sesame ice creams in Seoul =S. but they are so goooood T______T. their cream especially, was so light I didn’t feel sinned despite it actually being really sinful.

well other than the huge parfaits, there are WEIRD ones as well. which I don’t know if I would want to try D=.

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fried prawns and american dog parfait. well they say add some salt into your hot chocolate and it’ll become sweeter. errrrrrr.

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donkatsu and french fries parfait *pukes.*

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bye bye Kiyamachi.

returned to Osaka at 6pm and reached at 7pm. to be honest, I spent the most time strolling along Kamogawa and acting like a dork taking thousands of pictures hahahaha. I could probably fit in a shrine or temple in my itinerary. but I’ve visited most of them and they have expensive entry fee’s so forget it. hahaha. and the free and nice ones are far T_T. I started my journey at 9am, though. if you’re planning on a day trip to Kyoto I’d recommend going REALLY early as it’ll spare you much more time. common sense, I know.

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so in Osaka, we headed to the Umeda Sky Building. I never knew it was this pretty. they have the lock thingy for couples too but here they’d PRINT your name on the locks. very high tech but boring =X. how are you going to find your lock if everyone has an almost identical lock =S.

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the view from above. it’s even prettier than Seoul’s view from N-Seoul Tower in my opinion =X. because they had like red lights on all the high rise buildings and it made it really pretty.

 

 

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and this picture taken INSIDE the building. the one earlier was on the deck.

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it’s like walking on stars.

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I thought that this view reminded me of Seoul’s Han River hahahahah.

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stairway to heaven =P. it’s pretty scary to think that you’re on an elevator with NOTHING below you being so high up.

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the view from below. I zoomed in a lot. it’s very very very huge and tall. although only 40 stories but I mean, it’s really enough. and it’s basically two towers connected by the deck above to form a building haha. very creative architecture. I forgot to take a picture from afar but you can always google “Umeda Sky Building” =D.

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we later headed on to an aquarium and resort dining restaurant at Umeda. not sure where was it exactly because we took a cab. haha. cabs are very very very expensive in Japan but it was cold and I was tired =(. the cab experience was pretty cool though! the cab driver was extremely friendly and courteous and there’s no handle for you to open the door because the cab driver controls everything. it will pop open for you and close itself. qui’te scary if he’s a bad person now that I come to think of it. but the posh interior and the pretty and yummy food brightened me up totally. it’s really the first time ever dining in such a private manner. I was literally facing the aquarium and I kept spying on the tiger fish and puffer fish which was farrr away. all the expensive fishes hide themselves at a corner >_>”.

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you jelly? =P.

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I loved everything in this restaurant other than.. that tangerine sauce (so bitter T_T) and the Balinese music. they put weird Balinese music I swear. it isn’t even the relaxing one but rather some really mysterious and it’s just.. annoying. but they were having some kind of Balinese event for 2 months so.. their sparkling wine was good as well. surprisingly strong. it looked very very weak to me hahaha. their food and drinks (cocktails, wine and others) were actually very reasonably priced. half of the price of drinks at bars in Seoul. and heck, this restaurant’s located inside a hotel!

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they even do Birthday events. my birthday is this coming Friday so I didn’t expect the birthday song to be for me pffft. super touched T_T. Japanese people always surprise me the best for my every birthday T________T. for the past 3 years. I love Japanese people!!!!

that cake was as good as the famous strawberry cream cake at Peony’s (which I was going to get for my Birthday this year hahaha), to my surprise. was really not expecting the cake to be THAT good really.

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it’s called an aquarium and resort dining so.. this part of the restaurant is the “resort” I guess. the section I was at was much more private and it’s filled with aquarium after aquarium at almost every wall.

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found a cheap and yummy place to have my favourite sashimi at Namba! this was 580yen.

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and the sashimi set was 680yen. normally, when they are priced like that the sashimi would be just.. so-so. but the ones here were so fresh. so fresh that it’s good enough to be served at any nice Japanese restaurants back in KL. ahhhhhhhh. the tuna and kampachi was especially fresh. <3.

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wasabi kit kat. do you dare? it tastes funky but it’s actually pretty delicious ahhaha. it’s more like a milky wasabi taste. not that spicy so I highly recommend this!

even though I really only had a day and a half there despite it being 3 days, I truly enjoyed my trip ^_^.

Bobired @ Gangnam

Posted by: Jamie Liew

April 24th, 2014 >> Posts

hello all!

if you’ve followed me on instagram you have probably seen pictures of this Korean fusion pasta place that I go to pretty often back then when I lived in Gangnam. even now, whenever I head to Gangnam this is always on top of my pasta list as it is not too pricey and superbly delicious.

it is called Bobired.

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located near Gangnam Station, this place is quite hidden but it is definitely not difficult to find. even so, it was always packed with people as the pasta’s.. really amazing.

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these are some of their menu (they do not have a wide range though. ahhaha. there was like less than 15 items I think. but I always go for the same ones so..)

they have steak (cooked pretty darn deliciously), pasta and salad. and that’s about it. oh, they also serve coffee in wine bottles. but I don’t take coffee =S.

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located right next to Seoga & Cook! another famous pasta place which is a little overpriced and over-rated apparently.

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the waiting area. there are benches on the left.

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came here with my good looking dong-saeng. quite an old picture hahaha. but when you order, they give you some blinking light stick in red. it’s very.. fast food-like but if it were to be classified as fast food, this is uber high end. haha.

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my favourite pasta. you shouldn’t order anything else too. the RED CREAM PASTA. 13,000won. 7,000won for large. I like mine in level 3. there’s 4 level of spiciness. 2-3 would definitely be your best bet if you like spicy food. 4.. was a little too much from my memory. I mean, pasta shouldn’t be THAT spicy. this pasta is very.. Korean styled. but it isn’t something that people from the west/Europe would dislike. I brought my Swedish friend here before (very particular in food selection) and he said it was really good too! the best part of this pasta is.. there’s galbi in it!! if you do not know what galbi is, it means ribs in Korean. very very very tender ribs. *thumbs up for the ribs!*

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smoked salmon salad. nobody would say no to smoked salmon I guess? and it’s light but yummy dressing’s so good, it makes the perfect combo with the pasta as it balances your taste buds.

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here’s that red light stick I talked about. and that’s my sakura green tea kit-kat souvenir for him from Japan but this ungrateful boy went “HUH ONLY THIS?!” greedy little young boy!

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although you might only have a week in Seoul. but I highly recommend this place as it is one of my favourite casual restaurants in Seoul. ordering the large red cream pasta with a salmon salad will be my recommended menu for 2. if you eat a lot, you can also scoop some rice and seaweed and mix it to the pan of pasta-less sauce and create your own spicy mixed rice! that’s what everyone does anyways! too disgusting so I didn’t take a picture of it. hehe.

the salad in the picture above was the crab meat salad. highest rating (yes they have a rating system for their menu haha) but it was not as satisfying compared to the salmon. they gave a whole lot of crab meat, though. the pasta’s definitely worth its highest ratings =D.

directions to Bobired, Gangnam : get out of Gangnam station exit 11, walk straight until you see CGV and turn right into the alley right before CGV. walk straight and up the slope and turn right on the second right junction and voilà!

Passion 5 ??5 @ Itaeweon

Posted by: Jamie Liew

April 17th, 2014 >> Posts

ever heard of this famous bakery called Passion 5? bet you haven’t. if you’ve not lived in Seoul for a period long enough, you might not even know about the existence of this fabulous cafe/bakery which is ultimately posh; bringing bakery to a whole new level as IT IS THE BEST BAKERY SHOP IN TOWN. the name Passion 5 came from 5 elements namely: bakery, pattiserie, chocolates, cafe and the 5th’s the passion of the pattesiers. and of course, knowing that it is the best, you should already know that it is expensive. there are barely anything that goes under 1,000won. or was there none? forgot. but most of the bread costs around 3,000won and cakes 7,000won. =S.

even though it isn’t very popular amongst foreigners, this place is always packed with people and on the day I went, we had to wait for a seat despite paying so much for just desserts. there’s a posh cafe on the 2nd floor but that cafe’s queue was even longer. you can bring your breads, cakes, chocolate and ice cream to the cafe/restaurant on the 2nd floor =).

if you love cakes. I truly recommend you to stop by this bakery for the ultimate experience!

and here’s a link to the video I took there. you’ll definitely want to go there after watching the video. and.. I am sure you’ll laugh too. D=.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151965745886850&l=4877772332316760093

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from the outside, passion 5 look like every other office building and it definitely do not stand out that much.

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but the landmark? this red chicken. or bird. or whatever it is.

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before entry, you’d see this amazing looking chandalier which I think would look even more fab at night. the architecture of this part’s no joke. it’s awesome.

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so we were hungry.

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3-in-1 cake/??? ?? ?? ??? 7,000won and Halla halla bong ?? ??? 8,000won.

the left is some 3-in-1 cake with a mixture of strawberry cream, coffee and I don’t know what’s the last one. it’s pretty good but not like super duper amazing. but it was super duper amazing just to look at it. the one on the right’s called Halla Halla Bong, which was named after Halla Bong, Jeju Island’s famous tangerine. it’s super sweet and the layers inside’s magnificent. not sure if it will fit everybody’s appetite but it’s worth a try because it’s very “wiggly.” teehee.

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and the entire table here costs 45,600won. I know, it’s a lot for breakfast and pretty damn expensive too. but they all looked so posh I was happy just by looking at them.

I ABSOLUTELY adore the cheese tart behind and that the strawberry pastries. bliss.

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this bakery’s expensive and it is well known for being expensive. but more than half of what we had were actually worth it’s price. because the desserts and bread were 5 stars like the bakery. but if you’re on a tight budget, you should still try their most famous pudding in a bottle which costs 3,000won. not like the ones from Paris Baguette, these are not as sweet and relatively addictive. make sure to scoop the caramel at the bottom to go together with the pudding! there’s no eating this pudding prettily, just deliciously. =D.

we also had a swiss roll. I’m not so much of a fan of that 4,000won swiss roll. too little for such a high price. =S.

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o hai =D.

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with my Malaysian foodie friend who’s as adventurous as me in terms of food, Fakegood hahaha.

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this was definitely one of my favourite. it’s called some orange in the chocolate lake or something. 2,000won and the middle part’s heaven. super moist and yummy. not like your average chocolate filling bread!

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another favourite was this. forgot the name but it looked like a strawberry boat. very very crisp and fragrant ahhh. <3. everything was in the right amount. definitely one of the most delicious pastries I’ve ever had. but of course, I’ve never been to France. but still, OMNOMNOMNOMNOM.

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that 3-in-1 cake earlier. I liked it layer by layer as well but I still found it nothing too special.

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Imma devour you all!

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had to take a picture with the awesome architecture.

okay, one thing that sucks is that you can’t take pictures inside. I was too scared to sneak pictures so… =(. but it’s really posh and the ice cream bar looked amazing. there’s even a chocolate bar! everything turned me into a little girl looking at yummy chocolates and cakes. and all the cakes were so pretty it was actually a hard decision to choose which to have. furthermore, they have many pretty whole cakes (not cheap! but not like unaffordable. still alright.) so if you’re thinking of getting yourself a pretty cake for your birthday this year,

picture from visit Korea website

see that round thingy there? it’s filled with the most gorgeous cakes I’ve ever seen in my life.

and here’s a great blogpost I found on the net =).

http://freeflowingmemories.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/desserts-for-queens-at-passion-5/

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directions to Passion 5, Itaewon : take the subway to Hangangjin Station (line 6) and get out of Exit number 3. walk straight and you should be able to see the bakery on your left!

Cherry Blossom Sights! SKKU, Everland, and Seoul Land

Posted by: Jamie Liew

April 15th, 2014 >> Posts

okay, the truth is my Uni isn’t exactly the prettiest place to view Cherry Blossoms. Sungkyunkwan University is basically.. not such a bad sight for cherry blossoms but the best would still be Kyunghee University. which I’ve never been because their European style buildings goes really well with the pretty flowers. but really, I felt that SKKU isn’t all that bad for cherry blossoms ^^.

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gotta start my post with a selca. teehee.

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those yellow flowers are called “kaenari” and according to my middle aged friend, she said that it is only available in Korea.

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gotta advertise my blog till the end. hahahahahahahaha.

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random street in SKKU.

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cherry blossoms this year was shorter than 2 years ago but it came a lot quicker. and it went away in less than 2 weeks. they were only here for less than 10 days I would say =(. the greens came out super quickly. but it differs from area to area.

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it was really nice to have our school being filled with cherry blossoms. and now.. cherry blossom petals. oh wait, I think the petals (on the floor) are gone too T_T.

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but this year, the cherry blossoms came in a good time because it usually arrives when everyone’s busy studying. but by being 2 weeks earlier, we still could squeeze a day or two to go cherry blossom sight seeing =D. and that was exactly what I did!

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it’s funny how they grow almost everywhere on the tree branches. and how it grows on the bottom part of the husk out of nowhere too.

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oh hello =D.

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okay lets move on to Everland. there’s many more pictures taken in Everland but.. I’m lazy so. =S.

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always visit during April because the tulips there are.. magnificent. the cherry blossoms are great too!

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the everland version of Holland

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you’ve probably seen this picture if you follow me on instagram. if you have not, FOLLOW ME NOW! my id: jamieliewdotcom

there are over 200 selca pictures of me there but I am too lazy to sort them out T_T. together with all the animals and stuff hahaha.

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look at the mountains behind! filled with cherry blossoms!!! <3. it looked breath taking in reality but.. I didn’t bring my DSLR T_T. and I was too busy to take pictures. didn’t even bother to watermark because the quality’s so lousy xD.

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just look at the mountain!!!

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and more cherry blossom =D.

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I picked a place to go shooting just a night before and I was contemplating if I should go to Seoul Forest, Yeouido’s Cherry Blossom Festival (been there 2 years ago but it was super crowded. definitely over-rated) and Seoul Land. decided to come here anyways because I thought the further, the better. just get off at Seoul Grand Park station on line 4 and you’ll definitely find your way ;).

and oh, going to Seoul Land for their cherry blossoms doesn’t mean you have to go into the Zoo, Rose Valley nor Seoul Land (amusement park) itself. because the pretty cherry blossoms are all outside.

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so as soon as I reached, I went crazy over the cherry blossoms. I mean, upon arrival, you’d see a lot of street vendors selling the same few street food that you might want to buy as you might get hungry on the way.

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the cherry blossoms here are.. super duper nice. and it was super under rated. okay, there were loads of people when I was there but it wasn’t even 50% as crowded as Yeouido and it’s 200% prettier.

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I fell instantly in love.

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I mean, there are cherry blossoms here and there and they were all beautiful. but no doubt that Seoul Land is one of the BEST places in Seoul for cherry blossoms.

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I’m pretty goofy, as you can see. I spend all my time laughing when I can. =P.

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look at that mountain of cherry blossoms!!!

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teehee.

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<3.

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there’s also a picnic ground in front of Seoul Land’s entrance (as in the entrance of the amusement park. you gotta walk pretty far in from the subway station.)

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good photographer posture! =P.

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ahhhh <3.

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I am… BABARI GAL!!! or burberry girl ????, derived (myself) from babari man, which means flasher, in Korean. hahahahahahhahahaha.

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xD.

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say hello to Max. he only sent me two pictures. pfft.

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me trying to imitate him. phail because I wore skirt hahaha. but it’s already very brave of me! well I sat at the cliff too because Max told me to wth and some uncle yelled at me and said it was dangerous but he just walked away after saying that hahaha. can’t wait for the pictures. the weather was pretty damn cold by the way. U_U.

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here’s a picture taken my Max with his gun-like camera. such a big difference with pictures I took T_T. he does wedding and portraits and almost everything else that has to do with people. so contact him if you need his services in Seoul =).

https://www.facebook.com/maxeeow

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here’s my best friend in Seoul, Wai Kit.

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I laughed so hard at his picture I took one myself but it ain’t as funny pfft.

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=D.

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I like how the cherry blossoms grew over the border. =3.

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=3.

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so actually this was my 2nd round ROUND this huge place. it’s like one big circle. if you keep walking, you’ll end up back at the subway station haha.

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fake candid shot pfft.

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just love the view here I didn’t wanna leave =S.

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Casio’s Exilim’s cool “stand” which allows you to take a picture of yourself without anyone helping. the ultimate selca camera. but it does make me angry when I take pictures of food. the quality’s super bad for that pfft.

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with the gaenari’s~

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lalalala~

 

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and finally, leaving the pretty Sakura’s T_T.

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spam.

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spam.

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and oh, these were taken by my phone =D.

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Max the crazy fella.

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I have to admit, after dyeing my hair blackish, I look Japanese. everyone said so haha.

it was supposed to be dark brown but.. will make a separate post for my hair dye =).

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we walked and walked and ended up here at some lake. very very beautiful lake.

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the earlier picture was taken by my DSLR and this by Casio Exilim (compact). notice the differences?

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must selca here too!

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lens flare. only during sunset. =D.

Bali Ayu Hotel & Villas – Traveller’s Review

Posted by: Copykate

March 29th, 2014 >> Posts

This is a short review on Bali Ayu Hotel & Villas, the place where we stayed on the first 2 nights of our Bali trip last year. Located at Jl. Petitenget, Bali Ayu is of walking distance from Potato Head Beach Club and surrounded by many other restaurants and bars. Very convenient I would say.



Let’s start off with the morning view of the villas. These were taken from our balcony in the morning.

Bali Ayu is made up of a few 2-storey bungalows with wooden interior. Our room was located on the higher floor which gave us a better view of the villas. Moving our luggage upstairs wasn’t a problem as the hotel would send someone to assist. Just make sure to tip them reasonably :)



Refreshing welcome drink upon arrival.



The passage leading to our room was rather dark. I remember Angela accidentally kicked on a cat one night when we came back after dinner. She couldn’t stop crying out of fear! Not sure whether to feel sympathy or laugh as it was rather funny XD



Our bed with a pair of swan towels and rose petals scattered around just as shown in the photos. The room was way bigger than we expected. Love the high ceiling made of cooling wood. 



Bath tub – one of the important criterion I seek for when booking a hotel. You never know when you would need a hot bubble bath.  But we didn’t manage to use it in the end la since our schedule was quite packed. Teehee.




Our shower was open air concept. Quite intriguing especially in the daytime when the sun shines upon as you shower.



Our room at Bali Ayu does not come with a private pool but the next villa we stayed does (will blog about it next). Used the public pool that night we checked in and fortunately we were the only guests!





Cheap Bintang beer from the mart.



Day bed next to the pool.



Just chilling on the lounge contemplating whether to go for a night swim.



Did I tell you that Bali is a mosquito infested island?? Thank god for repellent spray which was highly effective.





Had a quick dip at the pool before heading back to our room to reenergize for our second day.

Over all it was a pleasant stay. Breakfast was provided at an Australian football bar in front of the hotel with the choice of continental or local food. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. And not to mention, the room was definitely up to standard for the affordable price we paid!


Bali Ayu Hotel & Villas
Jl. Petitenget 99 X,
Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia 80361.

Tel: +62 361 731263

Izuju : the 100 year old Kyoto style sushi

Posted by: Jamie Liew

March 25th, 2014 >> Posts

my friend living in Kyoto didn’t even know the existence of this fabulous small scaled restaurant. but once he had it, he said it’s amongst the best top 10 sushi he had ever eaten. and guess what? he’s from Hokkaido; where all the amazing sushi’s are.

there’s also another place called Hanaore which is said to serve the best Sabazushi (came here for this!) in Kyoto but I placed my bet on Izuju as it has a longgg history plus it is more affordable (main point!!!!)

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opposite the shop is Yasaka Jinja  Shrine. a relatively famous shrine at the Gion area. we went near new years day so there were LOADDSSS of people.

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had to take a picture with it!

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and because the place is too tiny, you have to write your name and number of people and wait for your turn to be called the best thing is that you write it with a brush. the traditional way!

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love how the place is more to of a cozy setting rather than a posh setting. makes me comfortable. I really hate it when I dine at super expensive places because I get very shy and stiff. =S.

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the take away menu! I’ll read it for you. with the price! from left to right.

Mushi Sushi 1,500yen, Sabazushi 2,000yen, Hako sushi 1,600yen, LONGER ROLL of Sabazushi 4,000yen, [dunno how to read, but its something CHI sushi] 4,000yen, Inari Sushi 750yen, [dunno how to read] 1,100yen.

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the humble entrance!

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and the crowd in front of the entrance X_X.

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I guess this picture doesn’t need captions. when it survived for a 100 years, you know it’s good.

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the english menu! click for a larger version ^^. since 2,000yen for only 6 pieces of sushi is VERY expensive, I’d recommend to go for these sets. much more affordable especially for the variety. =D.

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super huge pottery-cup! they have nice Ocha too!

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the interior of the place. there are more seats behind of course but about like 3 more tables and 2(I think) more rooms. so basically the place have like only 7 tables. it’ll be worth the wait. trust me. but the first time when we got there we barely waited. we went at some odd hour so..

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we ordered the Inari sushi, Deluxe Hako sushi and SABAZUZHI set. oh my sweet heavens. D=. just look at it. wonderful plate of gorgeous art. my stomach is growling as I type U_U.

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ITADAKIMASU!!!

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okay, firstly, let me describe about the Inari sushi here. this place is really famous for the Inari sushi and I just had to try it. but.. I’ll never order this the next time I go there. that little small chunks of herbs are.. like.. the skin of oranges? it has sort of like a minty, bitter taste to it. and it reminds me of some applicable Chinese cream. =S.

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I hate stuff with leafs inside. but this is absolutely delicious. I never liked small leafy stuff so much. I just kept wanting more. every piece of box-looking sushi is heavenly. I like the one with anago the best. anago’s some sort of eel. and the egg one was very fluffy and sweet. loved it so very much U_U. if only I can have it right nowwwwwwww. =S.

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and the main dish I came here for…. THE SABAZUSHI!!! (Mackerel Sushi) I’ve never had anything like this. it looks different, tastes phenomenal, and looks absolutely cute. this is to die for. although, apparently the taste of this sushi is quite acquired, I am pretty sure everyone who loves sashimi would love this too! but bare in mind. 3 pieces of this costs 1000yen. that’s like over RM10 for one piece. NOT cheap. and Izuju is already the more affordable shop for good sabazushi.

how it really tasted like? I’d say it’s not fishy. but very fresh fish (although pickled) and well, tastes like mackerel haha. as for the rice, it’s seasoned with the right amount of vinegar and since it’s wrapped with seaweed, the outside of it is very gooey.

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stunning, no? Deluxe Hako Sushi

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well, if you are not one who can wait for a seat, there’s always the take out!

the owner of the shop’s very nice as well. recognizes customers and relatively shy. I could take as much pictures as I want at his shop but not of him hahahaha.

 

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and it was so good, we came here again on the day I left.

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this time we didn’t order the set because we wanted  MORE Sabazushi and didn’t want that Inari sushi as well. so we replaced it with this multi-seaweed seaweed roll. lol. which was pretty good as well!

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also ordered a clear and fragrant soup to warm my tummy ^^.

I’d give this place 10/10stars. so if you’re at Kyoto, MAKE SURE TO DROP BY! ^_^!

directions: get off at Gion Shijo Station and walk towards Yasaka Shrine for Exit 7. really easy to find! and my favourite spots are just nearby! like.. Hanamikoji where you can spot a real Geisha if you’re lucky. I’ve been there 5 times  but never seen any T_T. my friend went there once and saw a GROUP pfft. but I went either in the day or very late at night so.. =S. but the entire area gives a nice traditional vibe since you’ll be seeing many people strooling around in Kimonos ^^