There are many jelly fish and they are harmless!
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.
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
I’m not feeling well for nearly a month now.
I start using these to comfort and protect me from flu.
I have sensitive skins so I don’t like to wear a mask.
However, it prevents me from virus and I really need to avoid virus because I’ve been continuously catching it.
First I was diagnosed virus flu followed by virus gastroenteritis.
I’ve been buying masks from various manufacturers.
To my surprise, it doesn’t hurt my ear nor damaging my skin.; the mask has improved I guess.
Some masks are designed face to look smaller.
Looking at my condition, wearing mask will become my daily routine.
I bought a box of mask which has three layers of filter to block house dust, pollen and PM 2.5.
These are in individual pack which allows me to carry one extra in case I need to change it.
I also bought Ryukakusan.
Ryukakusan is name of product as well as company name.
Nowadays I buy their herbal medicated cough drops.
My friend recommended me their original powdered herbal medicines for throat.
According to her, she takes it whenever she feels any irritation at the throat.
I tried it for the first time and I agree it works directly and more effectively.
I have never shown interest in this traditional product which has been aiding throat for 200 years.
I didn’t even know the drugstore sells this traditional medicated powder. hahaha
I bought the smallest size (20 g) for trial and also to carry it if effective.
It so cute that it contains a small spoon.
And my spa beautician made and gave me lavender body milk lotion.
According to her, lavender has sanitation effect.
So sweet of her to add lavender essence to body lotion.
Yes, when I felt worse, I should have massage my body to increase blood flow to fight back virus.
And lastly, I bought this Egyptian mint essential oil when I visited Egypt last year knowing my throat is weak.
I should burn Egyptian mint oil with Egyptian aroma burner to comfort my throat.
I should practice all these to get better or even not to get sick!
My friend arranged Christmas Golf at Satsuki Golf Club Kanuma Course.
I caught 6:50 am subway for Kita Senju Station to catch Tobu Express Kegon 5 (Departing Kita Senju Station at 7:42am); this train reaches far as Nikko, a nice UNESCO heritage place.
The uniqueness of this train is it’s entrance is located at platform of other line.
I enjoyed peaceful Winter views from the window.
There are many ducks.
Mountains with snow.
I even spotted Mt. Fuji!
Mountains can be seen clear and closer.
The club bus will wait for us at Shin Kanuma Station.
We checked in at the club and got ready.
Today, we can drive in the cart in the course; yeah, we can save energy!
It was nice weather, sunshine without cold wind.
I enjoyed the first half; then I had a Genghis Khan, Mongolian Style mutton BBQ for lunch.
I played okay for a player who hasn’t played for nearly two years (Score: 95).
After the game, we quickly took a bath to catch a club bus back to Shin Kanuma Station.
We went to our usual place, Micchan for after game party and Bonenkai (Year End Gathering).
We wanted to continue chatting, eating and drinking but we had a train to catch.
We continued on the train.
We even stopped at Kita Senju Station to further continued.
I had a good laugh with my friends so I could conclude that my Christmas was ver Merry.
I didn’t have a proper weekend for for rest for months so I took Monday and Tuesday off.
I also needed time to clean dirty dishes and clear garbage from gathering.
It was before noon, Choco and I packed up and left house.
It’s his first stay over.
We stopped every two hours for Choco’s toilet; nonetheless, it’s good to take a break for a driver as well.
We took a quick bite for lunch at the parking area.
It was a nice clear day.
I expected to see Autumn leaves changing in colours.
We drove to mountainous area and the scenery became more scenic.
There is snow….
Enjoying looking at the rice field after harvest.
We stopped at the Parking Area for toilet break.
There is some snow and I wanted Choco to experience his first snow.
I thought he would enjoy it but he didn’t; he angrily asked me to pick him up.
We continued driving country side.
We finally arrived Unohama Onsen (Unohama Hot Spring) Wan Yado, Niigata.
Our room is typical traditional Japanese style Tatami room.
Choco looked happy.
The inn had a problem with boiler so we couldn’t use shower.
Therefore, we went to the inn across the street – Mikaku – to use their bath.
There is a bath inside
And outside (this style is called Goemon Buro, bath tub is in the shape of bowl).
The beauty part of our inn is there is a room for Choco.
Incan freely take and use basic necessities for Choco such as treats, food bowls, toilet sheets, etc.
I can ask to look after Choco as well (charged service).
We had a private room for our dinner.
Choco could join us and he had his plate as well.
We ordered crab menu; there are various way of cooking crabs.
Nabe (Pot Dish)
Osashimi no Funamori (raw fish on boat)
Other fish dish and Chawanmushi (steam egg)
Rice and Soup
Oops I forgot to take a photo of dessert Matcha (Green Tea) Pudding.
We are all tired so we went to bed early.
Next morning, we started with a morning bath by visiting Mikaku.
I didn’t notice a manager was quietly sitting at reception.
I got ready and went down for breakfast.
We cook fish on our own plate.
It’s a long way back home, about 4 hours to return Tokyo.
We left the place after our breakfast.
People visit Onahama for beach.
It’s Autumn/Winter; therefore beach is quiet.
We took a different road back to Tokyo.
We admired different mountains such as Myoko.
Choco looked excited during the trip; however, once we reached home…. he suddenly looks exhausted.
I hope Choco enjoyed his first stay over.
I was in Toyama from 30 October – 3 November 2019 for business trip.
Originally, we plan to go to Toyama by Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) but it was suspended because the railway was damaged by Typhoon 19.
I had a confidence that a Japanese railway company, JR Nishi Nihon (JR West Japan) will do their best to recover the line; in fact, it started its operation on 25 October 2019, meaning JR Nishi Nihon recovered Hokuriku Shinkansen in two weeks.
However, I was worried that it might take longer to recover to affect our business trip; therefore, we flew.
We safely arrived Toyama Airport.
There are four flights in a day between Tokyo/Haneda and Toyama.
It’s either two flights in early morning or 2 flights in late evening for convenience of business people.
Therefore, we arrived Toyama early on 30 October 2019.
We couldn’t check in so we dropped our luggage at hotel and walked to Toyama Station.
We took a taxi to visit Toyama Castle before going to exhibition hall, Toyama Techno Hall, for preparation for our participation in T-Messe 2019.
We climbed to Castle Tower.
There is a nice garden.
We had to make a move; we returned to Toyama Station area for lunch.
We had our lunch at Shirohacha.
Then went to exhibition hall, Toyama Techno Hall.
There is a vending machine for ice cream so we decided to take a break; I had a salty caramel.
We finished booth set up and returned to city centre to check in at hotel: Comfort Hotel Toyama Ekimae.
We went out for dinner at Chohachi.
I really enjoyed local specialty: Shiroebi (Japanese glass shrimp).￼
This Shiroebi no Oshizushi (Japanese glass shrimp pressed sushi) was awesome!
Work hard during day time and enjoyed nice dinner at night.
I also had crab at Sakanaya Dojo Toyama Ekimae Store.
Honestly, a casual dining place like Izakaya in Toyama serves very fresh, delicious seafood and very reasonable!
On last night, I had two dinners with different people.
After eating a quick dinner at Sakanaya Dojo Toyama Ekimae Store, I went to a train sushi restaurant.
I already had a nice seafood at Sakanaya Dojo so I thought I’m gonna have few sushi to accompany them.
But big NO.
After queuing for some time, we managed to get a table at Mawaru Toyamawan Sushitama Toyama Eki Store.
It was also awesome!
I enjoyed fresh seafood very much in Toyama.
I also enjoyed watching cute Murata Seisakusho (Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd) cheer leader’s cheering while working.
Murata Seisakusho is Japanese leading machinery and parts company.
By the time leaving Toyama, I start liking Toyama.
Now I want to go back to Toyama for seafood, Onsen (hot spring) and nice sceneries.
I started missing Toyama and feeling melancholic but soon I get excited finding Star Wars wrapped aircraft at Haneda Airport!