Day 5, Fri 8 Dec – Fuji Five Lakes

The view from our room was stunning. Managed to capture the changing colours as the sun rose. Breakfast was a mix of Japanese and Western food. Having read about houtou, a Yamanashi Prefecture speciality, I was eager to try the stewed flat udon noodles. It was yummy. Comfort food on a cold morning.  Just before…

Day 4, Thurs 7 Dec – Fuji Five Lakes

Thankful for blue skies and a hotel that allowed us to leave our luggage so we could just pack an overnight bag for our Fuji stay. Took a 15 min walk to Nippon-Rent-A-Car’s Tsukiji Higashi-Ginza branch to pick up our Mazda Premacy. Settled everything within 10 mins – insurance, ETC card, except for the Central…

Day 3, Wed 6 Dec – Shibuya

Been to Tokyo thrice but never set foot in Shibuya and the neighbouring Harajuku and Omotesando, so this trip I made plans to spend a day exploring the area. Breakfast Wanted to start off with a hearty breakfast. There’re fast food options like Macs, chain cafes like Starbucks, Doutor and Cafe Veloce, and classier cafes…

Day 2, Tues 5 Dec – Tokyo Disney Sea

Rides Fourth time visiting and I felt like a pro. First things first, make a beeline for Toy Story fast pass once the ticket gates open. By 9 am, all the passes will be gone which means an average queue time of 60-90 mins for the ride.  Next best ride was Indiana Jones Adventure. This…

Day 1, Mon 4 Dec – Autumn Foliage

Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki Avenue (Gingko Ave) One of Tokyo’s hot autumn spots. Such a pity to miss the festival held from 17/11 – 3/12. Would have loved to soak in the atmosphere and eat street food. Still it was fun walking under the gingko trees among all the fallen yellow leaves.   Koishikawa Korakuen…

Day 0, Sun 3 Dec – Arrival

Decided to take the afternoon instead of the overnight flight so we could have a good night’s sleep before we kick-start our trip. Flip side of this choice was a late arrival at Haneda International Terminal, almost 10pm, closing time of the Keikyu Tourist Centre, which means no “Welcome! Tokyo Subway Ticket”, a discount ticket…

10 Day Tokyo Winter Itinerary

There are 3 parts to this trip. Part 1: Tokyo Day 0, Sun 3 Dec – Arrival Food – McDonald’s Ginza Accommodation – Hotel Montery Ginza Day 1, Mon 4 Dec Places of Interest – Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki Avenue (Gingko Ave), Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Ueno Ameyoko Food – Isen Honten, Runoa Coffee, Mitsukoshi Ginza…

Family Fun @ Hakone

I recently launched my travel concierge service and I’m now planning 3 trips, a honeymoon and 2 family holidays. Researching new places is fun. Revisiting familiar places and discovering new things is just as fun. And Hakone is one such familiar place. Having been there twice, there are still many activities I didn’t know about….

See, Eat, Shop @ Shibuya

What to do when I want to travel but can’t? Read and plan. Instead of just filing away articles on pinterest, I decided to create note posts on places I want to visit. First up is Shibuya. See @ Shibuya 1. Scramble Crossing Starbucks on the second floor of the TSUTAYA building for great view…

Snack in Melaka

Jonker 88 Chendol, one of my favourite Asian desserts and the best ones are found in Melaka. I’ve heard so much about Jonker 88 chendol so it’s a must try. Well, it’s huge, has plenty of ingredients and comes with super thick gula melaka. Can’t put my finger to it but it’s not my kind…

Lunch in Melaka

Wild Coriander   Beautiful interior. Super friendly waiter. We took his advice and ordered all the signature dishes except the rojak. Overall a wonderful place for a meal. It’s quite a distance to walk from the main Jonker Street area but if you drive, there’s open air parking just outside the restaurant. Remember to display parking…

Hokkaido I Saw, I Ate, I Bought

Some go on free and easy trips armed with a detailed itinerary. Others adopt an adventurous spirit and only decide what to do when they arrive. The rest fall in between these two extremes. Personally, I’m skewed towards the detailed end of the spectrum. Besides itinerary, I like to come up with lists of where…