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Trip to Australia (Day 2)

According to our tour guide, when this trip was planned there was a direct flight from Melbourne to Ayers Rock everyday.

However, today, the flight is scheduled on some days of week and we couldn’t use that direct flight for our tour schedule.

Therefore, we departed our hotel at 5 am to catch two flights (Melbourne to Sydney and Sydney to Ayers Rock) to reach Ayers Rock.

When we reached to the airport it was still dark.

Each of us received packed breakfast to eat at the airport.

Sun rose and became brighter when we departed Melbourne.

I was still full from a packed breakfast so I brought this banana cake back which was served on the flight.

Konnichiwa Sydney.

It looks a big city to me; perhaps, I should plan to visit one day.

I did some window shopping at the airport while waiting for the next flight.

It was fun to visit various shops to check the trend In the Australian market.

I can kill time just doing window shopping. hahaha

I had lunch on the flight; just nice for my stomach condition.

I also enjoyed smooth free inflight WiFi service. fufufu

I got excited when we were about to land.

I was lucky.; I could see Ayers Rock (Uluru) from the plane.

And Mount Olgas (Kata Tjuta: Many Heads).

Even we landed, we could have a good view of Ayers Rock.

It has proven that we safely landed at Ayers Rock Airport!

We headed for the Sails in the Desert, our hotel for two nights.

We were welcomed by mysterious local music.

After checking-in, we quickly went to our room to get ready (unpack) for the adventure.

We headed for Kara Tjuta.

There is an iconic street on the way to Kata Tjuta.

This road is called the shortest short cut to Perth.

Perhaps, one day I can try 2,000 km journey.

We had a nice walk to the Vally of the Wind in the Walpa Gorge Walk, Mount Olgas.

The Vally of Wind.

The mirror pond looked beautiful today.

Thanks Mount Olgas to welcome me today.

Sun started setting at the direction of Mount Olgas.

Now we are going to enjoy Ayers Rock’s way of sun setting with sparkling wine and finger foods.

First Ayers Rock is in dark colour.

I also tried to drink up Ayers Rock by placing it in my glass upside down.

Sun started setting, then…the colour of Ayers Rock changed to its Amazing red!

It was so romantic: cloud is in amazing gold and full Moon rose from left side of Ayers Rock.

Sun set and Ayers Rock returned to darker colour again.

The other side (the direction of Sun Set) is also beautiful.

We, Japanese, usually appreciate watching Sun Setting, but today otherwise.

We enjoyed Ayers Rock in colour of Sun Set.

Hummm I don’t like this… the dark cloud started spreading….

After enjoying beautiful Sun Setting View, we had a nice picnic dinner.

We supposed to have our romantic dinner at the table like this…

However, we started feeling rain dropping…Some of us took initiative to move to a table under the roof by taking a chair.

And others followed.

It became more romantic and created more cozy atmosphere to unite us closer.

We introduced ourselves and laughed throughout the dinner though rain became harder.

I also enjoyed dessert: a chocolate cake with a hot chocolate.

I made a cup of hot chocolate before announcement of dessert menu. hahaha

We were surely tired because we started today early.

We came back to hotel to rest, hoping to climb Ayers Rock tomorrow.

Please stop lightning, thundering and raining.

PLEASE!!!

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Trip to Malaysia (Day 2)

I took 11:30 pm flight for Kuala Lumpur.

I purchased the ticket at very last minutes; therefore, there are only two seats left when I purchased the ticket.

I’m glad to grab a seat.

I had a cup of red wine and watched A Star is Born on inflight movie.

I managed to sleep a while and took a breakfast before landing.

I landed at 6 am.

My BFF is so sweet to pick me up at the airport despite its early arrival.

She also requested for early check in at the Pavilion Hotel, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur so we could rest in the room upon arrival.

We also had immediate access to the Club Lounge to have our breakfast.

The hotel hospitality is superb!

We took a nap and went for a hotel complementary afternoon tea.

The afternoon tea set was light; therefore, we went back to the Club Lounge for snacking. hahaha

We returned to the room to chill and returned to the Club Lounge for cocktail dinner.

We surely maximized use of the Club Lounge today.

Since the hotel is nicely connected to the Pavilion Mall, we decided to do some exercise by walking at the mall.

We reached to the entrance of the Banyan Tree Hotel.

Since wanted to check out the sky bar: VERTICO, we went for a drink.

It is a bar with incredible Kuala Lumpur Skyline View.

I enjoy overlooking two iconic landmarks of Malaysia: PETRONAS Twin Tower and KL Tower.

It plays nice music so definitely a place to chill in Kuala Lumpur.

I am enjoying a very relaxing vacation in Kuala Lumpur.

I have no motivation to go for sightseeing, food hunting or shopping.

All I want is chit chatting with my BFF.

Obviously, that’s what we’ve doing in the hotel especially in the room. hahaha

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15 December 2018

I’ve been sick since 3 December 2018 because I was busy with work and private matters such as moving, hosting home parties and Christmas preparation; therefore, I get more sick.

I couldn’t stop coughing.

Finally, I went to see doctor for medicines because over- the-counter medicines, Loxonin is not working.

I was shocked to see the amount of antibiotics.

After taking medicines, I continued to assist Mom for table setting.

It was quite a work to prepare for ten but I managed.

After finishing preparation for dinner, I went to classic concert at Suntory Hall, Akasaka, Tokyo.

My parents gave me two tickets so that I can ask my friend to accompany me to kill time outside. hahaha

We had Thai for dinner at Kaaw, Ark Hills, Akasaka, Tokyo; nothing to do with Christmas.

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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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twitch

Have you heard of twitch?

This application is to stream game related news, activities and performance.

I am not a gamer; though, I promote game artists as one of my jobs.

My friend recently performed at PAX EAST 2018 – Final Fantasy XV A Special Orchestral Performance in Boston.

You need to download twitch application and register yourself; however, you can enjoy a good quality visual and sound for free.

I’m not a gamer; however, I simply enjoyed nice orchestral music and I believe you would, too.

The founder of Video Game Orchestra, Mr. Shota Nakama gathered talented musicians to play game sound with professional choirs and orchestra; he created a new game music industry.

He is a guitarist, performer, composer, MC and many more.

The next show is coming up: CAPCOM LIVE at Irving Plaza, New York on 9 June 2018.

If you are in the area, please join the live to rock together.

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Crazy Action

On Monday, I had a full day back-to-back business meetings because all meetings became 2 hours meeting.

I even missed my lunch.

When we finished at 5 pm, we rushed to Tokyo Station to catch a Shinkansen (bullet train) to go to Kyoto.

I was invited to Ohana (private time with Geisha) to have fun with Geisha!

I had an important meeting next day at 9:30 am at Kawasaki, Kanazawa.

It’s a crazy plan but it was manageable if I take the first Shinkansen back to Tokyo…hopped on the next available Shinkansen for Kyoto.

Quickly checked in at Kyoto Century Hotel which is conveniently located next to Kyoto Station.

The room is modern, clean and cozy.

Then rushed to Ochaya-san (Geisha Tea House).

Others waited for us to arrive to start the evening.

We had nice tori-nabe (chicken pot) for dinner; chicken are so fresh that it requires a few tens of seconds of cooking in boiling soup.

Followed by dance.

We also played Ozashiki Asobi (games).

It was magically fun!!!

The next day, I managed to wake up 5 am to catch 6:17 am Shinkansen back to Tokyo to attend meetings.

After meetings, I attended a business dinner.

Since I had to arrange the dinner, I decided to organize it at my favorite Tempura restaurant Mikaku, Roppongi.

This restaurant is my favorite because tempura are so crispy; chef cooks in front of us!

I had nice Haze Hire Zake (grilled goby fish fin sake) to enjoy these tempura.

Grilled fish fin adds nice roasty smell and flavor to sake.

I had Ten-don (tempura rice bowl) for my rice.

We had nice home made strawberry sorbet to refresh our mouth.

Chef grows vegetables and even these strawberries.

The following morning, my friend left Tokyo for Hong Kong to continue her business trip.

Nothing was planned in advance, but these three days became memorable.

Yes, this time I took many crazy actions; but I think crazy actions add spice to our life. hahaha

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Embarrassing Moment

After lunch, I played music to enjoy coffee.

Surprisingly, the volume was low; I turned up the volume and people at next table looked at me.

Ahhhhhh

Music was playing from my mobile…I was listening to Lady Gaga to boost me after lunch.

Lady Gaga, is it a safe choice or bad…?

How could it happen?

I heard from earphones that it’s connected…?