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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…?

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Music

I’ve been listening to Amazon Music and I enjoy listening to their play lists.

My earphones are working excellent and now I can enjoy music with better quality sound.

I decided to try Apple Music.

Currently, Apple provides three months trial for free.

Let’s check out Radio Stations.

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Completing My Dream Set

I updated my iPhone and Apple Watch; it’s time to update my earphone.

I mentioned before that I was disappointed that iPhone X doesn’t come with AirPods even though it’s written on the box.

Apple perhaps provides AirPods for overseas market; however, I believe Apple decided to provide a cable earphone for Japan because it’s not necessary to provide AirPods to attract users because iPhone occupies Japan market high as 70 percent.

Apple sells AirPods separately for USD 170 and connector for old earphone to new earphone jack/charger jack for USD 10.

Recently, I enjoy listening to music; therefore, I decided to update my earphone when I update iPhone.

I went to Yodobashi Akihabara, Tokyo today to check on totally wireless earphone such as Sony.

After trying few others, I decided to get Sony WF-1000X.

I am enjoying clear sounded music with its noise cancelling function.

I’m happy with this investment!

Horey!

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Day 1 at Magic Kingdom

I had an exciting week this week.

I took few days off to go to Magic Kingdom!

Went to one of official Tokyo Disney Resort Hotels, Hilton Tokyo Bay, to drop my car and luggage.

We took a Hilton’s shuttle bus to Maihama Station/Tokyo Disney Land.

There is the Welcome Center for official Disney hotels, including Hilton Tokyo Bay.

If you are taking a train to Maihama Station, you can check-in and drop your luggage here so that you can go straight to Disney without wasting any minute.



Then, took a Disney monorail to Disney Sea!

Monorail excites me because it’s filled with Mickeys! 

I mean many Mickey!


Even the view looks different through this cute Mickey window!


Yes, we are all dressed up for Disney!



When we reached there, we were greeted by Mickey and others by their show: Perfect Christmas! MICKEY!



We watched another show: Broadway Big Band Beat.


We took a ride: Nimo & Friends Sea Rider.


I forgot to take a photo of Aquatopia because a queue was so short that I didn’t have to wait at all, just walk in. Yeah!

It was raining so we decided to return hotel for resting and dinner.



On the way out, I bought blueberry popcorns with Duffy popcorn case.

I can buy Duffy Popcorn Case only at Disney Sea at selected popcorn wagon.



We met Mickey at the exit. 

Hummmm, how to meet him privately to take a photo with him…?


We took a Mickey bus from Bay Side Station to Hilton Tokyo Bay.

At the entrance, there is a play area for children.


Many children also enjoy watching trains.


We stayed at Magic Family Room for a little niece.


We received a letter when we checked-in and it says I can meet a girl, Tiara, who is studying magic in a mirror.


There is a key in a room and it lights up.


I also enjoyed lying on a bunk bed. hahaha

After room inspection, we went to enjoy buffet dinner.


Then we returned to Disney Sea for Colour of Christmas.




Also visited Mermaid Lagoon to enjoy rides, too.


I queued for Indiana Jones Adventure twice in the past; however, both time I couldn’t get on due to a system error.

But that night, I finally rode… twice!

It was awesome.


Yes, we enjoyed very well for the first day at the Magic Kingdom!