Monday, 27 October 2014

Done deal :)

Another program done. I'm so so so happy and almost in tears because I wanted it so badly and pushed myself beyond imaginable limits and I set the bar and expectations very high on myself, especially in the last 3 days.

In fact on Day 2 I screwed up quite a bit and I was very dejected and I told myself if I don't buck up and go all out, it will all be down the drain and in that would have disappointed many people. 

I'm glad I made it and held on till the very last with great support from my batch mates who were giving the support and help me in my journey and during the presentations especially. 

I love you all! 


Friends from Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City, KK and of course Fitness First Malaysia.. Cheers! 

Timetable screen shot over the weekend

My results!!! 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Japan Adventure [Part 5/5] - Back to Kuala Lumpur

The departure day has a post of its own? Why? Because I have more thoughts to write down..

1. You really do not need a JR Pass if you just want to travel in West Kansai region. 
If you want to go to Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, you really do not need a JR Pass.. It's not always that you will ride on a JR line - except to Universal Studios but it's so cheap you can just pay cash. If you want to go to further outside of Osaka region, then yes, that will make sense..

2. Shopping in Rinku Outlet.
It's cheap. There's "happy hour" like thingy and you can even get like 50% off the outlet price, like how I paid for my Adidas shoe.. it's just one station from Kansai Airport so unless you have a train pass, go on the day of your arrival/departure..

3. There are really cheap food.
Like ¥100 chicken burger from McDonalds. Surprisingly I only found 1 MOS Burger outlet in Universal Studios..

4. And cheap cosmetics.
Buy from Matsumoto Kiyoshi. I bought the Gatsby Moving Rubber for ¥600 or lesser, which after conversion is cheaper than in Malaysia.. Too bad they don't have much Gatsby hair colour selection.. I always only buy red to dye my hair :o

5. Make sure you get on the right subway/metro trains.
There's red-signboard limited express (that stops only at a few major stations), blue or orange signboard express (stops at most stations) and black-signboard local (stops at all stations, and longer stops in each station to allow the other two types of trains to overtake).

You CAN however, get on the limited express train and get off at the nearest station to the one you want to go and then change onto the express or local train - you DO NOT need to take the local train all the way. Just know where to get off.

And some trains terminate halfway. Check where the train terminates (whether halfway or at terminus) before boarding, otherwise you will have to waste time changing trains.

6. Like Australia, you CAN EAT and DRINK on the platform and in trains.
Not in Malaysia.

7. If you have tattoos, be aware that most onsen do not permit entry.
Check before you go. Spa World prohibits entry to people with tattoos. There's staff station at the lockers so unless you have a tattoo on your asshole, they are bound to see it and ask you to leave.

8. Japan is a technological advance country but half the place still do not accept credit card. 
Make sure you have enough cash on you. Such as the tourist desk that sells passes in Kansai Airport - only cash!

Some outlets do not require you to sign on the credit card slip.. And they don't verify your card either..  Always check on your credit card statement..

Some restaurants do not accept cards as well.. Ask ahead.. But at least it's better than Australia (most places in Australia do not accept foreign-issued cards as they have mostly done away with signature base, they only accept PIN-based credit cards)..

9. You literally can buy anything from vending machines.
They would have vending machines everywhere - parking lots, shops, alleys, sidewalks, toilets - that you can buy from.. And there's also plenty of gaming machines around that has cute soft toys in it..

10. It's hard to find dustbin. 
Seriously, tough to find a dustbin even in a market! But when you do, most are segregated according to recyclables.

So that concludes my Japan Adventure! My next trip is Singapore happening on next weekend which is a fully all-expenses paid business trip, staying in Marina Bay Sands and with appointments all through and through!

Some of my purchases

Rapit:a Train bound for Kansai Airport

Kaisai Airport

Kansai Airport

Osaka city & Kansai Airport




Main Course


Green tea Haagan-Daaz ice-cream!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Japan Adventure [Part 4/5] - Universal Studios Japan

Being the last day in Osaka with a very fine weather today, I headed out to Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in Universal City.

As it is the most convenient by taking the JR train from Nanba, I bought a paper ticket for ¥180 one way. The confusing part is, need to change train 2 times! And not knowing which train, I got on to a wrong train that goes in the opposite direction!

So I have to waste some time to back track.

Simple directions from JR Nanba Station (not Osaka station) for those who are wondering:
1. From JR Nanba Station, get on to the Osaka Loop Line towards Imamiya.
2. Change train at Imamiya station onto the train that goes to Nishikujo.
3. Change train at Nishikujo station onto the train that goes to Sakurajima.
4. Arrive at Universal City station, 2 stops later. Total journey is around half an hour.

I would advise buying the return ticket when you arrive to avoid queueing when everyone leaves, otherwise, stay till late (after 9pm) when the crowd has more or less subside.

The most awesome ride - Hollywood The Dream. The Backdrop is even awesomer!!

Baby T-Rex roaming around

All wet in the back from Jurassic Park ride!

Timed entry ticket to Harry Potter

Entrance to Harry Potter world

Hogwarts Express

Hogwarts! It's been 2 hours to queue to this point!

The iconic car LOL.

Some people say the ride is good, but I think it's so-so only.. it's a 4D ride anyway..


Before the park closes, there's the Magical Starlight Parade, headed by Elmo of course!

I found Sesame Street! So stop asking me how to get to Sesame Street.. I will tell you how!

I've always known Elmo and Cookie Monster are together.. they even lived together!

Add caption be continued..

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