First posted early this morning on Instagram @ilovelongvacation
Wanted to post this earlier and was preoccupied. And what a difference this procrastination made – from yesterday to yesteryear. A timely reminder to procrastinate less in 2018. To follow our heart, to let nothing (or less things) hold you or others back, to be kinder/nicer in every interaction with others because you never know when it will be your last in years or in a lifetime.
Have always been a believer that days are long and years are short. Its amazing how fast/faster time passes every year. 2017 was a crazy good/bad year. My best nine in IG says all the good and the bad are best forgotten…. 2017 – First time to Tokyo for my first Sakura party! First white strawberry (almost no bad Japanese food from where it originates). First snow encounter after 5 years – totally unexpected. First trip to Maldives at the start of 2017 was beauti-full of sun, sea, sand – also marks my first close up with dolphins and turtles and my first snorkeling trip without life jacket! First time to After You in BKK and First time to JB via train after it stopped running from Tanjong Pagar railway station.
Life’s good in our very own backyard too – something we often take for granted be it time spent with our family and friends or the food/places at home. Finally tried the Michelin Star Tsuta ramen – happy that there was no Long queue and to see the order machine (come to think of it, Japan has started on its digital journey quite a while!) Our sunny island has become home to so many big food names that we no longer need to fly to eat good food. And for my only trip to our national gallery in 2017, it was to see the work of Yayoi Kusama – another example of how we need not fly to see world class art. But we still want to fly to do all these. Well, it’s always good to have more wants than needs! And back to the topic of art, the painting in this picture depicts the saying 比上不足，比下有余 – which literally means there will always be someone or something better than us and vice versa. A reminder to compare less in 2018 – to be (or try to be) thankful for something at the end of Everyday.
Enough of rambling. Happy New Year Everyone. Cheers to a better year and a better us!
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Starting Saturday with a press feels great! No better time to continue from where I have left off on my Hakone Reminisce since July (Hakone Reminisce #1 – Gora to Souzan to Owakudani). From Togendai to Moto-Hakone, from Lake Ashi to Hakone Shrine.
Splendid view of nature from Hakone Ropeway from Owakudani to Togendai. Is that melted snow or rain on the glass pane?
A shot of the Hakone Sightseeing Boat from the Hakone Ropeway station. These pirate-like-ships that took me to Moto-Hakone are a bit too cute but I thought they add an old-town charm to Lake Ashi.
Togendai looks like a quaint town that I would enjoy exploring. Alas, not enough time.
Lake Ashi and mountains as my selfie backdrop in Togendai! One of the few times I used the self-timer mode on my camera on this trip.
Last shot of Togendai before I board the pirate ship to Moto-Hakone. Feeling blissed to be surrounded by Lake Ashi and wooded mountains.
View from the boat. Apparently, you may get a good view of Mount Fuij on a good visibility day.
The view of Moto-Hakone from the boat. Spot the Tori gate?
Cold day. Heart and hands warmed by hot tea from the vending machine! Wish Singapore has these vending machines that dispense warmth too.
Another selfie. This time with Hakone Mountain as the background taken en-route Hakone Shrine.
Looks like a nice spot to soak in Lake Ashi. Wondering what these ladies are looking at?
The Tori gates that welcome us to Hakone Shrine.
Walking through the dense forest to Hakone Shrine. Soaking in the beauty of mist and sunset – that golden hour of the day.
Make a wish.
A close-up with the famous Tori gate. Wondering if it is the most photographed Tori gates in Japan. What do you think?
Wondering what I have been doing in my one-month absence from wordpress? Well, July was such a crazy month at work in Singapore. But I did managed to steal time for a 4-day trip to Bangkok 😛 Photos are on Instagram @ilovelongvacation, so check them out!
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Hakone was great – one of the best in this trip in fact. Got the Hakone 2-day pass from Shinjuku station and enjoyed unlimited use of Odakyu-affiliated transport and discounted admission to some tourist attractions in the Hakone area. Worth … Continue reading
I will always remember Ueno Park. Because of the many firsts I experienced here.
My first close encounter with the cherry blossoms in Tokyo. Was amused to see so many Sakura fans taking pictures under the trees. It was not as splendid as I imagined. But still pretty.
The first time I saw Hanami parties. Not like anything I imagined. Was amazed by the many Japanese having picnics under the Sakura trees everywhere in the park. Could not resist the Sakura Party and had a mini solo one with a flask of hot green tea and a pack of Calbee chips! 🙂
My first visit to a museum in Tokyo. Have always like visiting museums (and yes, Ueno Park reminds me of Europe) and Tokyo National Museum was a good introduction to the Japanese history and art. A pity I had only an hour to spend here.
Will definitely visit Ueno Park again when I am in Tokyo. There are several museums and a zoo to explore. There’s a huge Star Bucks too. Having a coffee and reading a book in the park would be nice, ya? 🙂
My very first up close and personal with the cherry blossoms in Tokyo
Pretty but busy Ueno Park in the Sakura season
Sakura Selfie! 🙂
Another close-up of the flower in season.
As I walked from the park entrance to the heart of the park, I was greeted by this picnic scene.
What a Sakura party!
Another shot at the Sakura. Can be addictive!
Picnics every where.
Imagine the splendid sakura stretch in full bloom. Wish I was in Tokyo later!
Greeted by the first sight of Tokyo National Museum
Spotted an ice cream truck and had one before the museum visit.
Last shot of Tokyo National Museum