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Disney Friday

Last Friday, I took a day off to visit Tokyo Disney Resort to celebrate its 35th Anniversary with the theme: 35 Happiest Celebration.

We met at Hotel Dean Gate Maihama which is conveniently located at JR Maihama Station.

It is literally located JR Maihama Station because the hotel stands under the rail way.

Hotel guests can use their free locker.

Once we reached to Disney Sea by Disney monorail, we rush to get a Free Pass (FP) at Toy Story Mania.

Unfortunately, FP was out by 10:06 am…

We took a FP at the Nearest ride, Tower of the Terror, and went to Nimo & Friends Sea Rider.

We queued for more than an hour to get on Nimo.

After queuing for an hour, we became hungry and thirsty.

At Disney Sea, we can drink alcohol such as beers and beer cocktails. Yeahhhhh

First, we get a coin and go to the bar to get a beer.

I had a Special Pirates Lunch Set.

After lunch, I had a dessert: a tropical shaved ice.

Then we caught a ship, Steam Liner to return to the entrance for Tower of the Terror.

We had a packed schedule in the afternoon, we rushed to the Pirates Summer Battle “Get Wet” performance.

We need to be careful where to stand to get wet and not to get wet.

We took a break after the show at Aladdin section: Arabian Coast.

After satisfying our throats, we watched Magic Lamp Theater.

We also visited the Mermaid Lagoon to watch Mermaid Lagoon Theatre.

We couldn’t get a FP at Toy Story Mania, therefore, we decided to queue for the ride because we don’t want to miss it.

It was fun though I’m only fourth place among five of us.

We took a rail way back to Lost River Delta section for more adventure.

We rode Indiana Jone’s Adventure and it was fun!!!

As our last event, we took a photo with Minnie and left the adventure land by a rail way to go for dinner at the sandwich shop that opens at late hour.

We rushed to this restaurant because this restaurant is one of few restaurants that serves alcohol.

This time I had a beer cocktail for sandwich.

My stomach enjoyed both food and a drink!!!

Indeed, it is a dream land!

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Business Trip to Wakayama (Day 1)

I was frustrated because I could not post my blog: Trip to Bulgaria and Romania (Day 4).

I tried to post again and again but I still failed.

I thought I should post in order so I took a break since then.

I will try to post about my Trip to Bulgaria and Romania when I find time to redo.

Today, I decide to restart my blog.

It is nice to share a small happiness that I find in every day life.

Today, I came to Wakayama to participate in a workshop and forum.

It’s about 4 hours journey by train from Tokyo.

I took a Shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka then changed to Tokkyu Kuroshio (Express Kuroshio).

This is my first time to try Tokkyu Kuroshio.

Seats are comfortable.

There is one seater seat.

It took one hour to reach Wakayama from Shin-Osaka.

We visited tourism office, market and historical display area.

Then checked in at Daiwa Roynet Hotels Wakayama.

Yeah, I’ve got a Castle view!

We even walked to the castle.

It was a nice walk.

After visiting the temple, I had nice Japanese dinner with my boss.

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Trip to Bulgaria and Romania (Day 4)

Today is the main day of this trip: Rose Festival.

We are scheduled to leave hotel for Kazanlak at 6:45 am; as such, I took a quick breakfast at 5:30 am then Sayonara Plovdiv.

Bulgaria has rich soil so the country’s self efficiency is high.

Bulgaria imports food only during winter.

I can see many farms at the road side.

Kazanlak is famous for production of poppy, lavender and rose.

This is lavender farm, looks nice in purple.

The type of Rose suited for extracting rose oil is Damask Rose.

Bulgarian believes Damask Rose was brought by Thracians.

On the other hand, some claim Damask Rose was brought by Turkish/Ottoman.

This theory is also supported because production of rose oil was industrialized during Ottoman Empire.

Rose requires rich soil, enough sunshine and balanced humidity.

Due to above requirements, roses are commonly planted at winery grape yards to alert soil condition.

To produce 1kg of rose oil, it requires 3,000 roses; 1 drop requires 120 roses.

Once rose oil was traded equally as gold.

No wonder it’s precious.

Rose is national flower of Bulgaria.

This morning, we departed early for rose picking.

It is better to pick roses early morning to keep better/stronger fragrance.

Rose oil is commonly used as one of ingredients for major brands’ perfume to keep lasting fragrance.

Rose oil is also used as an ingredient for cosmetics because of its performance: anti-aging, antibacterial effects, moisturizing and even good for applying insect bites.

It is also used for supplement: kidney stone, constipation, etc.

When we consume rose jam, we need to be easy with it; it might force you to go to toilet often! hahaha

I bought rose oil, hand cream, jam and lokum for myself.

I can enjoy rose picking, shopping and even watching Bulgarian Folk Dance at Ethnographic Complex Damascena, Kazanlak.

Bulgarian Folk Dance and songs.

We moved to the Rose Festival Parade.

This parade started in 1903.

The total population of Kazanlak is about 50,000, but over 100 buses of tourists visit the town for Rose Festival.

They are Queen of Rose.

This parade is heart warming because it is obviously hand-made by local community.

At last, all of us (local people and tourists) dance together.

We had BBQ for lunch,

Drinks are included. Yeah!

After lunch, we visited Shipka Memorial Church, also known as Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ.

On the way to Veliko Turnovo, we stopped by at one of parking areas to try pure water buffalo yogurt with local honey.

Both yogurt and honey are so rich and delicious that I would recommend to try it.

We arrived Veliko Turnovo and checked in at Hotel Meridian Bolyarski.

It has a tremendous view.

We had dinner at hotel restaurant.

We also enjoyed live music while eating and chatting.

We had a good time at our table.

After dinner, we went for a short walk; this town is very peaceful.

It’s been a long day.

I soaked my body to rose bath to unwind my tired body.

Good night.

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Trip to Bulgaria and Romania (Day 1)

I joined a 10 days tour package to visit Rose Festival (once in a year event) in Bulgaria and Romania.

I departed Narita Airport for Sofia, Bulgaria by Austria Air.

This is my first time traveling by Austria Air.

Austria Air started operation again after a year and 8 months absence.

Austria Air stopped the operation between Vienna and Japan because the number of Japanese tourist dropped due to active terrorist attracts in Europe then.

I quickly walked through immigration because I had shopping to do.

I usually get my supply of cosmetics at Narita Airport.

It could be cheaper to buy cosmetics in overseas duty free shops but the quality of cosmetics are better in Japan because the stores always get new supplies due to the large number of shoppers to visit the shop.

I learned this through my experiences.

I bought cream eye shadows at the overseas duty free shop but when I open it, one of them was cracked and others are firm though it’s Chanel cream eye shadows, these must be already dried.

The shop is too far to complain or ask for replacement…

This time, I get mascaras (Chanel one’s in gray. I look forward to wearing it) and nails.

I didn’t have much time to rest at the lounge, but it’s okay.

Austria Air shares the lounge with ANA so I’m already familiar with their food and facilities. hahaha

Then time to board!

The facilities are nice: thick blanket, nice headset, beverages, food, desserts, even COFFEE!

These are in a bag of amenities.

I had lamb as my main dish for dinner.

I also enjoyed Austria dessert wine (a blend of Chardonnay and Welschriesling) with cakes.!

I was amazed by the coffee; there are so many varieties.

I tried Maria Theresia: an exclusive Wiener Coffee which is black coffee with delicious orange liqueur!

I enjoyed watching movies with a nice headset and sleep on a comfortable seat.

Look what I found at the laboratory.

I found stain remover for clothing; how thoughtful they are!

I kept them in case I need them.

I had roasted chicken breast broccoli potato pepper gratin for breakfast.

I love having my breakfast with a glass of champagne. hahaha

I enjoyed my flight and safely arrived Vienna, Austria.

I still had to catch a connecting flight for Sofia, Bulgaria.

I haven’t visited Vienna yet so I will make sure to return here.

It is international flight, but it took few hours to reach Sofia, Bulgaria.

I had snacks on the flight; we can choose from either sweet and salty.

By the time we reach Sofia, it was already dark; of course, we landed at 11 pm.

We finally reach to our hotel: Hilton Sofia.

I soaked my body into a tub to relax.

It was a long day due to long journey and time zone. Zzzzzzz

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Long Weekend @ Kamogawa, Chiba (Day 3)

It’s time to return to Tokyo.

I took a morning bath; then the last breakfast at Kanpo no Yado Kamogawa,

After breakfast, I played with niece at hotel’s children play area till I get tired.

I’ve been playing with her for three days.

She never stops playing!!! hahaha

I drove through woods, then Aqualine to reach Umihotaru (Sea Firefly) Parking Area for sightseeing and lunch.

This parking area is located on the highway Aqualine which is crossing Tokyo Bay between Kisarazu, Chiba and Kawasaki, Kanagawa.

I can see Tokyo skyline on the horizon.

I had Chiiiba Don (Chiba Local Food Rice Bowl) for lunch.

I had after lunch coffee at Starbucks.

This is Chiba’s mascot charactor: Chiiiba-kun.

I couldn’t take many photos today because I was driving.

I safely arrived home and ready to go to bed early tonight.

It was a nice family gathering.

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Long Weekend @ Kamogawa, Chiba

I woke up early at 5:30 am because we forgot to close the curtain.

I went to a morning bath; to my surprise, there are many people at 6:00 am.

Today, we plan to go to Kamogawa Sea World.

We reached at the entrance of Kamogawa Sea World. Yeah.

There are many performances by many aqua creatures.

First, watched Shachi (Killer Whales) Performance.

Great performances and splash!

Then Ashika (Sea Lion) Performance

Smile Family performed a comical play.

Then continuously watched Iruka (Dolphin) performance.

Four dolphins performed acrobatic show.

Then we took a break: lunch.

The last show: Beluga Whale Performance

They are cute!

Would I have an opportunity to swim with them?

And there are aquariums to meet many more creatures.

Yes, these are the situation that I want to swim with them!

After enjoying spending time at the Kamogawa Sea World, returned to hotel to take a bath before dinner.

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Long Weekend @ Kamogawa, Chiba

My family organized a special Buddhist ceremony for my grand mother: 13Kaiki (13th Anniversary Special Prayer).

First, check in at Kanpo no Yado Kamogawa at Kamogawa, Chiba.

The room is not ready so I had a coffee milk at the hotel lobby.

There is a special vending machine for various milk and somehow coffee milk reminds us school days because coffee milk was served at elementary school lunch, not a chocolate milk.

Chocolate Milk such as Milo is considered baby’s drink; though, now I enjoy it.

It was sunny day and we had a nice ceremony.

After the ceremony, we went up to the room and took a bath at a large public bath before dinner.

We had local food for dinner.

We started with these…

Beef Shabu Shabu (Cook in Boiling Water)

Takenoko no Kamameshi (Bamboo Pot Rice)

And dessert.

We all watch Yonimo Kimyo Na Monogatari (Weird Stories) together.

This is the seasonal special TV programme on Fuji Television.