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Manta Train in Palau

I wanted to post this movie at the previous blog: Trip to Palau.

However, it seems the capacity is limited for one blog; therefore, I am posting it here.

I caught this at the time of exit so I wasn’t prepared.

Perhaps, the quality of movie is not good to be posted but I’m so excited to catch the Manta Train so I’ll share this anyway.

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Trip to Palau

I was absent from Word Press but there are so many things that I wanted to post.

Sorry, I was too tired. hahaha

I took days off from 31 January – 5 February 2020 to go to Palau for diving.

I haven’t dived for a while so surely I was excited.

Unfortunately, the direct flight between Narita and Palau by Delta is no longer in service.

We took United to Guam and change flight.

I didn’t know it was preferred to obtain ESTA (electric VISA for the US) for transit at Guam.

We need to go through immigration to exit and re-enter at Guam.

I busily registered myself but I received a notice that it will take two days to process it.

I needed the internet access and rushed to the gate.

Hoping application would be processed by the time we reached to Guam.

I continued to register for others till losing internet connection before departure.

My seat was facing back so I could have a clear view of airplanes heading for runway

And taking off.

I purchased inflight internet access for an hour to complete registration for ESTA for friends.

I’ve done what we could do at that time.

I had Loco Moco for inflight lunch.

I thought the way serving lemon tea is cute.

Now landing to Guam.

Unfortunately, ESTA wasn’t approved by the time we landed.

However, we were informed by a flight attendant that we could queue at the line for ESTA holder for transit.

We exited and re-entered.

We had good four hours to connecting flight.

We chatted over drinks and light snacks.

United’s flight video is collaborated with Star Wars!!!

This might be showing at previous flight but I was too busy registering ESTA so I’m might have missed it. hahaha

I had sandwich for inflight meal.

It looks simple yet nice.

The person next to me placed her arm on my inflight monitor controller so I could not view anything.

When I managed to press it while she moved her arm but later she placed her arm to change the channel. Sigh

She was watching Japanese movie with English subtitle so I watched her screen.

It was less than 2 hour flight but I felt it longer…

I didn’t know that Palau is stop over for this flight and this continued to Manila.

I had to walk over two passengers to exit. Ahhhhh

Finally, we arrived at Palau and the Penthouse Hotel in Koror.

The internet connection is superb and WCTC shopping center is nicely located in few minutes walk away.

The hotel provides blue beach towel at the counter.

The next day we had a breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

For the next day, we bought breakfast at the supermarket at WCTC such as anpan (red bean bread), yogurt and orange juice for breakfast.

We departed for diving shop, Cruse Control.

Nice staffs looked after us.

I decided to take a license for NITROX this time.

We came to Palau in early February, especially new moon for spawning season for Tsunodashiuo (Moorish Idols).

If we are lucky we could see over few hundreds even thousand Moorish Idols in a group.

We dived mainly at Blue Corner where we can expect many various fish and of course Moorish Idols.

To my surprise there are many sharks swimming under a group of Moorish Idols.

I didn’t know sharks are not good at hunting.

Therefore, a shark targets Moorish Idols when they become weak at the spawning season.

Unfortunately; they swim deeper than us and light won’t reach them so it’s not clear on the photo.

However, these shadows indicate sharks and you would know there are MANY.

We were lucky that we managed to watch Moorish Idols at most of our dives.

We also watched other fish.

Can you find a fish?

And at the German Channel, we also caught Mantas!

I even watched Manta Train!

However, I noticed there is limited capacity for one post.

I will post the movie of Manta Train on the different post.

Sayonara Koror, Sayonara Moorish Idols!

These are lunch that I had on the boat.

And at the shop.

After 14 dives over 3.5 days, I joined a half day trip to Shell Island and Jelly Fish Park for snorkeling which is operated by Antelope.

Shell Island and also called Inoki Island.

Japanese retired Professional wrestler, Inoki has a property here.

It’s Shell Island because there are Shakogai (Giant Clams).

And some fish

The next is the major destination… heading for Jelly Fish Park!!!!

When I visited Palau in 2017, Jelly Fish Park was closed because of death of Jelly Fish due to global warming.

It was so much fun!

There are so many of jelly fish and these are harmless to touch!

Every night, we had nice food such as Thai, Indian and Sushi for supper.

On the last night, we and staffs of diving shop gathered to have a party at Italian restaurant.

Our departure flight was at 3:35 am, I slept through the returned flights.

I remember having breakfast only. hahaha

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Water for Coffee

I usually keep three types of water: soft water (Japanese mineral water), hard water (Contrex) and Sparkling water (Perrier).

I use different type of water for different purpose.

Soft water for hot drinks such as tea and coffee.

Hard water for simply drinking WATER.

Sparkling water for when I want to drink sparkling by replacing Soda and beer.

The other day, I was out of soft water when I wanted to have a cup of brewed coffee.

I brewed coffee with hard water and it tasted different from soft water: stronger and more bitter.

I used the same coffee powder and now I learned I can enjoy two different taste by using different type of water.

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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 Egypt (Day 2 Part 2)

I’m spending relaxing Sunday with Chocolate at home today, cleaning room, doing laundry, etc.

Therefore, I decided to continue where I left it on my trip to Egypt.

I thought I would have time to upload about my trip sooner; but simultaneously, I had something that I wanted to share on that day that prevented me to continue.

Well, my second day in Egypt had been a long day.

We slept on the flight from Tokyo to Cairo; then continued our first half of sightseeing of the day.

We finally reach to our lodging for three nights: the Moon Dance Cruiser.

We were welcomed by Hibiscus Drink and my room is named my favorite “Da Vinci”.

To my surprise, the room is spacious for a cruise.

There is a spacious living room; I mainly use this room as my wardrobe.

There is a welcome fruit plate in the bedroom.

Fruits are delicious for deserted area.

Everyday, bed was made nicely.

Cobra hahaha

There is a basin then toilet, shower booth and…

Sauna!

First, I was excited about having a sauna in the room.

However, this sauna was newly equipped the the recent renovation; therefore, the staff doesn’t know how to turn it on properly or lack of informing us on how to use.

First night, it went up only 40 C.

I thought Egyptians enjoy sauna in low temperature.

I found it can go up to 70C from other tour mates the next day.

The second night, I asked the staff to on the sauna again.

Originally, I was informed it will take 10 mins to heat up so I prepared accordingly.

However, it took 10 mins to go up to 40 C and another a half hour to reach 70 C.

My body got cold while waiting for the sauna to heat up.

The third night, I turned on sauna early so that by the time I come back from dinner, it would be just ready.

Well, it reached 70 C before going for dinner.

I happily came back to the room and found sauna was cold as 40 C.

I was frustrated and I followed what staff was doing previous night.

I turned the switch and heard ticking sound… it has the timer.

Ahhhhh, I had to wait for 40 mins again.

I was frustrated so I put pajama and stick Hokkairo (hot plasters) on me and sat in the sauna and waited to reach 70 C.

I made my own sauna and managed to sweat.

By the time, I learned about the sauna, it’s time to get off the cruise. Sigh

After quickly inspecting our room facilities, we had our lunch on the cruise

It’s buffet lunch and I enjoyed food and drink.

Fresh fruit and vegetables are precious in Egypt; therefore, fresh juice is more expensive than alcohol.

Usually, it’s vise versa.

I enjoyed all fresh fruit juice and this is banana juice.

After lunch, we departed for the Luxor Temple.

This temple was built over 3,000 years ago…?

Therefore, this temple was used by others as well.

There is a mosque in the temple; Muslims modified the temple partially during their time.

At the other end, there is a church.

Nonetheless, we can find many Egyptian legacy in the temple.

This is Rameses II; the great Pharaoh (King) who united the North and South Egypt.

You find lotus and papyrus flower at the foot of two men who are tied by a rope.

Lotus is symbol of the North Egypt and papyrus is the South Egypt; therefore, this statue represents Ramses II united the North and South Egypt.

Ramses II had a beautiful and supportive wife: Nefertari.

I leaned a great lesson recently; I was like why this, why not, etc., I was frustrated.

Today, I realize I am happy just loving him.

I can understand how much Nefertari loved him by looking at her statue.

She is such a loving person.

There is another symbol of great love: Tutankhamen and Ankhsesnamum.

She also supported him with her great love.

There are many beautiful and meaningful motif.

We tried to read Hieroglyphic Alphabets from this chart to understand the story of motif.

There was culture

and great engineering skill.

How could it end…?

We returned to the cruise.

The cruise parked in front of the Luxor Temple so that we could continue admire the Luxor Temple in warm orange when the sun is setting.

On that day, or room was facing the Valley of the Kings.

We watched the sun setting from the room.

After the sun set, the petro station parked next to our cruise to supply the fuel.

It’s very convenient!

I enjoyed food and drink in Egypt.

After returned to the room, what happened with sauna is explained earlier. hahaha

Other than that the bed is comfortable and I slept well.

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Paper Tong

There is a movement to reduce use of plastics globally.

I listened to the announcement of Starbucks stating to stop use of plastic straws by 2020 in shock.

Plastic products cannot be biodegraded; instead, it produces a harmful substance to the environment, especially for the ocean: micro plastics.

Today. I attended a small reception at the Good Design Marunouchi.

I enjoyed having a nice chat on importance of design to improve products and even society with a designer and jury for the Good Design Award.

Then I spotted a paper tong there.

I have heard and seen paper straws at Daiso (100 yen shop), but not a tong.

I was excited to see these paper tongs.

In addition to the design, we also talked about food waste.

I understand restaurants and hotels don’t want us to take away left over food.

In fact, they strictly prohibit us to do so.

The industry might have experienced customers suing them for a food poisoning.

Perhaps, dining industry can take some action by asking customers to sign on agreement before they take away food.

It is sad to know that left over food has been destroyed at the back.

Nonetheless, today, I was excited to know there is a paper tong!