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Enhancing My Time @ Gym and Room

It is a Japanese national holiday today: Ocean Day.

It’s been hot in Japan and there was no national holiday in July.

Japanese government was smart to create a national holiday in July for a break.

However, my office opened today.

It’s been a quiet day so I went out for lunch.

I had a Freahness Burger’s Cheese Burger set.


It’s a nice Japanese burger shop and delicious, but I learned that calory is high… 

delicious food always with calories…… ahhhhhh


Boss left the office and I was alone in the office this afternoon.

I quickly finished writing reports and sending emails to make time to further study about privileges of being Amazon Prime members.

Annual fee of JPY 3,900 covers fast delivery fee, video and music.

I was considering to enhance my time at gym and room with these video and music.

I had time to Pochi.

Amazon Prime Music

Amazon Prime Video


 

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Trip to the US (Day 9)

This would be my last meal in the States… haaaaa


At last, I enjoyed my Peet’s Coffee at San Jose Airport. 

I will continue to enjoy it in Tokyo because I bought three packs. Yeah!


Time to go back to Tokyo… sob, sob, sob




I asked for an extra blanket (got it) and also gave me a cardigan.

I didn’t know ANA rent out a cardigan!


I started watching a movie: Hidden Figures.

This movie is highly recommended to watch; very encouraging how three women contributed for development of a space rocket.

Their passion even changed the society.


I had two lunches on the flight.

This was the first lunch; beef was nice and tender.

I asked for Japanese (warabi-mochi) and cake for deserts.


Then watched another movie: Gold.

This is also recommended; interesting story, unpredictable!


Your Name: this is Japanese animation movie.

I don’t know why, but I cried…


Then I enjoyed second lunch.

After second meal, it’s end of journey…

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Trip to the US (Day 8)

I really enjoyed the buffet at Las Vegas.


On the way to the airport, I spotted the Hard Rock Cafe Hotel.

One day, I would like to stay over at one of Hard Rock Cafe Hotels.


Sayonara Vegas…it had fun during my stay.

A challenge to use a LCC carrier is the weight.

I am usually good at managing the weight without using a scale. fufufu


Oh, this is my first time to see a cosmetics vending machine.


And wow, there are Casinos at every gates!


There are many entertainments at the airport, but it’s time for boarding.



On the plane, I couldn’t enjoy movies because I thought I can watch movies by using Gogo Entertainment apps which should be should be able to use on any LCC carriers, but for the Virgins America, it seems it requires to download their apps for any entertainment on the plane.

However, I enjoyed one entertainment: their safety video. 

It’s like a musical.

Yes, I happily pay attention to this video.


I had a nice American Chinese food for lunch: Panda Express.

I was told Panda Express plans to expand business in Japan.

I like American Chinese food and look forward to enjoying Panda Express’ food in Tokyo!

I did things that I must do in San Francisco.

Firsr, ride on a cable car.


Walk at Fisherman’s Warf and buy a Hard Rock Cafe’s merchandise.


Watch Sea Lions.


Eat Crab.


After dinner drove through San Francisco passing by few trains that were imported from overseas.


AT & T Park – San Francisco Giants Baseball Team Field.


And checked-in at the last hotel of this trip.


I was excited to watch the latest episode of Hawaii Five-O.


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Trip to Sipadan (Day 6)

It’s time to go back.

Sayonara & Arigatoooooooo!!!



Since it’s a last day of Japanese Golden Week holiday, a plane back to Japan is full.

I had to divert to Singapore: Tawau – Kauala Lumpur – Singapore – Haneda/Tokyo.

On the way to Singapore, I already started feeling sentimental by looking at movies and photos.

I arrived Singapore happily and saw a disturbing word on a signboard – Delayed.


Soon I found that my flight delayed for a half day – I missed going back to office on Monday. Ahhhhh
We get a free accommodation in Singapore, but this is unexpected.


It is a nice hotel, but didn’t have much time to enjoy my stay.

We arrived midnight and left hotel at 5:15 am to catch 7:45 am flight.
Luckily, I’ve been waking up at Kapalai/Sipadan early.


Hotel quickly prepared supper for us.

At the Changi Airport, I found a wine tasting server – interesting!


As usual, I enjoyed food and movies on the crowded plane.

Breakfast


Passengers


Collateral Beauty


I read a manga on the screen: Tokyo Tarareba Musume (Tokyo What If Girls).

My first time to read a manga on the airline screen!


Finally, I reached Haneda/Tokyo.

What a trip!

This trip become a memorable one for sure!

Would I do it again?

Absolutely!

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Trip to Sipadan (Day 2)

I took a midnight flight so it is technically day 2 even though I didn’t have a proper sleep.

I finished watching the movie, Silent.

I’m lucky that I could continue watching before I forget a story.


Breakfast was served on the plane.


In addition, I watched Miss Sloane, a story about a lobbyist.

I’m amazed how she reads people’s mind and plan a plot.

This movie is a must-watch-movie on a plane.

I arrived at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for transfering to a domestic flight.


I’ve been to Malaysia many times, but I don’t remember walkingn through here.

Could it be my first time?  hummmmm


Oh, I’m nervous, getting closer to Sipadan!


I asked for a typical Malaysian breakfast – Nasi Lemak on the plane; however, I couldn’t enjoy much because I was still full from a breakfast served on ANA.


We are approaching Tawau, Sabah soon…


This is Tawau Airport: a gateway to a diving heaven…


It takes 1.5 hrs to Semporna Port to take a jetty to reach Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort.


There is no land; it’s a water cottage village.


Absolute quietness.

I say ABSOLUTE because there is no TV in a room and hotel WiFi was broken during my stay!

Resort serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in buffet style.


There is no AC, fan only.

Don’t worry, this is sufficient.

I love relaxing at the balcony overlooking emerald green ocean.

Isn’t this gorgeous? 



Bath room is spacious with a toilet, sink, bath tub and shower booth.



After unpacking and getting ready, we went for a check dive.

First, we dived with a Dive Master to learn the House Reef so that we can dive on our own with a buddy.

A beauty about this resort is unlimited dive at the house reef is inclusive in a diver’s package.


I spotted a colourful sea slug.


And hello Nimos!


I wanted to share what I see under the water; therefore, I bought a small camera and housing for iPhone 5S for this trip.

I also bought a mask!

I’m glad that I bought these because these enriched my diving.

I will share many beautiful photos with you! 

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Trip to Taiwan (Day 4)

I’m going to miss the bunny and Chinese breakfast.


And fruit.

Appearance of the Grand Hotel is also nice, but I didn’t have time to take a photo.

It’s sunny today so went out to explore the hotel again after breakfast.


It’s a big hotel!

There are few spots that I haven’t visited.



I’m going to miss the hotel and of course, the room and its view.


Now it’s time to return to Tokyo…

Ahhh, I was excited when I landed here (Taipei International Airport) two nights ago. 


Do I need to walk through here…?


Do I need to get on this? Ahhhh


It took only 2.5 hrs to reach Haneda Airport.

I couldn’t finish a movie, Silent.

A movie is based on Japanese novel, Silent written by Mr. Shusaku Endo, and directed by Mr. Martin Scorsese.

It’s a good movie, meaningful, but this movie is not suitable to watch while eating lunch.

Too bad I couldn’t finish the movie before landing.

I feel hanged now. Sigh.

Now I return to my apartment and feeling sentimental having nice pot of Taiwanese tea: Oriental Beauty.

This Taiwanese tea has a nice story.

This tea is called Baihao Oolong and originally called Formosa Tea among the European.

Why is this commonly called Oriental Beauty today?

Well, when the Queen Elizabeth II tried it, she loved it and called it Oriental Beauty.

It also has beauty elements such as polyphenol compounds, various Vitamins, calcium, magnesium, etc.

I enjoy delicate flavour; simultaneously, it can beautyfy me!

Great!

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Trip to Taiwan (Day 3)

Unfortunately, it was raining in the morning.

But it didn’t discourage me to enjoy Chinese breakfast at the Grand Hotel.

First, I visited National Revolutionary Marty’s Shrine to pay a respect for people who lost their lives for the WWII.

A war will create many victims and they are all victims.

We should not start any war.


Next I went to National Palace Museum.


There are so many great things there and I could share some great master pieces with you.

I have no idea how these were created.

This is must to see at this museum: Jade Cabbage.


And a set of carved openwork concentric ivory balls with cloud-and-dragon decoration.

There are 24 layers and each layer/ball can move! 

There are many more.

I don’t mind to visit the museum again to spend more time admiring these arts.

Next, I visited Taipei 101, the tallest building in Taiwan.

He is a Mascot of Taipei 101.


It is 101 floors building and it takes only 37 seconds to reach observation floor, 89F.

There are many unique buildings in town according to Feng Shui.

There is a twisted green building that is currently under the construction.



It’s lunch time!

I really look forward for Din Tai Fung (Dim Sum) and I enjoyed, really enjoyed every bites!

Their XiaoLongBao (soup dumplings) is highly recommended! 

MUST EAT!!!

I ate five today. hehehe



I requested additional dessert.

I wanted to try a famous Taiwanese style Mango Snowflake Ice.


Since I didn’t have time to eat there, I asked for a take away.

It supposed to look like this.


It’s so Mango because ice is not normal water ice, it tastes Mango!!! 

And it’s so soft and melt like snow!

A take away style is like this.



After lunch, I visited Longshan Temple.


The stone curving on pillars are just amazing.

I’m here to pray, but at the same time, I get anazed by these breathtaking arts! 


After praying, I watched the ceremony of changing the guard at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.




Last stop was Jiufun.

This little town is located in the mountain because it used to be a gold mining town.

Now it became a hot tourist spot because it’s traditional looks and there is a rumor that Mr. Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese Animator, got an inspiration from this town to design a town for a story of Spirited Away.



We need to go up stairs to go to a main road.


A main road is narrow.


I tried Taiwan’s Stinky Tofu!!! Mmmmmmmm

I think trying once is enough for me.

To my surprise, many people, even youngs, like these Stinky Tofu. 


Well, I love Chinese tea and one of my missions for this trip is to get nice Chinese tea.

This tea house strictly controls quality of products and I love their products: smooth, delicate, nice aroma and delicious.

I bought varieties of tea and even bought new kinds.

Chinese tea is like herbal medicine; it can assist to detox, beautyfy and slimming.

After tasting Chinese tea, my skin improved drastically.

My parents already asked me to mail order before I open my tea.

I haven’t touch my stock! 

I can enjoy them for quite some time.


I continued to walk the town.


I reached the building/area that Mr. Miyazaki got inspired…

This is a tea house, but in the movie, it’s a bath house.

If you watch a movie, you can easily spot the scene.




I left Jiufun for dinner for a nice Taiwanese local food at Shin Yeh, Taipei.

It’s very delicious or was I too hungry…? hahaha

Earlier I achieved one of my missions.

Now I’m achieving another one: to try papaya milk.

My friend recommended me to try papaya milk.

(Hummmm, same friend recommended to try Stinky tofu…ahhh.)

Papaya milk is nice and I also recommend it to you.

I also tried a nice dragon fruit smoothie; it’s not a guava juice.


Guava Juice is the name of shop. hahaha