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Thursday, December 25, 2014

My Travel -- Happy, Happy Me (Part 2) Japan


Which place did we go -- Disneyland or DisneySea?  There was a discussion among my daughter, her friend, and her friend’s family members.  Whichever place they want to go, I go because they are both Disney’s anyway (-.-)   They bought a one-day passport only. Who won?

We took another train through Resort Gateway Station going to where? Guess --- it's DISNEYSEA!  I never heard before about this other fantasy world of Disney.  I have been really missing the latest cartoon updates. Oh, my! It’s hard when you are getting older (^.^)  

 DisneySea Train or Mickey Mouse Train?
It was really exciting to see and marvel at the creativeness of Disney’s world of cartoons.  Let’s take a look what’s inside the train.  

Mickey Mouse Straphangers

Mickey Mouse Souvenir Items

It is a Mickey Mouse Train.  What’s inside? There are Mickey Mouse souvenir items, Mickey Mouse straphangers, and Mickey Mouse glass-shaped windows and doors. 


Train Ride to DisneySea
You can see how big and wide the area is and how many people go there just to have fun with their families. 


Entrance to DisneySea
At the entrance, you can see the giant globe called DisneySea Aquasphere. It’s the icon of Tokyo DisneySea.  Lots of people were enjoying the festive mood of the place.  Let’s take a look at the places we visited and took different fun rides as shown below:

Mount Prometheus 
Icon of Tokyo DisneySea

Disney’s Department Store

Broadway Music Theater 
There were many people sitting along the street at night waiting for the opening of the Big Band Beat musical show.  We didn’t enter this theater because of lack of time already.  We didn’t want to miss the last train going home.    

S.S. Columbia

Standing taller than me, my beautiful youngest daughter, posing in front of the most majestic liner on the seas, S.S. Columbia.

Turtle Talk
We watched a video of “Turtle Talk”  (^_^) Sorry, we are not allowed to take pictures or video inside the most majestic liner on the seas, S. S. Columbia.  We weren’t allowed to take a look on the whole ship also. We waited in line for more than an hour just to watch a video only.  Yes, I repeat --- a video about a turtle who talks live to viewers on a question and answer portion.  He talks a lot. The problem was I didn’t even understand what they were talking about (of course, it’s in Japanese language, silly (-.-)  But after the show, we saw these two theme park mascots on the street waving at us.  Who are they?  I don’t know either (^_^) because they didn’t even bother to introduce themselves to us.  At least, I got a good shot of them while they were walking, didn’t I? Can you guess who these cartoon characters are?

(Selfie) Group Picture Taking
We took a rest in a bench after a long walk. They took time taking selfie pictures for a while. My daughter managed to hold the cell phone of her friend with a selfie monopod, though it was partially damaged.  But at least, the picture ended up showing everybody good looking and happy in the picture (-.-) 

Temple of the Crystal Skull (outside)
This is where the Indiana Jones Adventure transpired as in the movie.  The temple is really tall and huge.  Let’s take a look what’s inside this ancient temple.

Temple of the Crystal Skull (inside)
The inside area of the temple can be seen above where lots of people were in line waiting for the next ride.  The ancient Mayan civilization is depicted on the walls. We waited in line for more than two hours going up the wooden bridge.  People were looking up at the sculpture of the ancient ruler to take pictures.  Everybody was eager to see what’s more there to see and experience.

Memorabilia of Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones Adventure
People ride by groups of 12 passengers in each military transport vehicle. The cave-like riding area doesn’t make you feel scared, though it is dark inside.  It was the turbulent, high-speed adventure inside the temple aboard the military transport vehicle  accelerating from slow to fast along the rail tracks, going up and down several hills that made us feel terrified (@_ @). Indiana Jones adventures are shown on each chamber of the temple as the vehicle passes by.  It was still an exciting and enjoyable experience though. We left the area laughing afterwards when we saw our different  facial expressions and reactions in the picture as shown above.  This picture was taken by the camera installed inside the temple and being sold to anyone who likes to buy it.  

My lovely daughter at a gift shop
While waiting for her friend’s relatives, she went inside a small gift shop.  At her age, she likes stuff toys like, Hello Kitty and cartoon characters like, Mickey Mouse.  I wasn’t able to give her this stuff when she was young.  Even though there are things that you didn’t have before, I still believe they won’t make you less as a person.         

We rode on this water bump car at Aquatopia and it was really fun, but all the fun ended after 3 to 5 minutes only.  Only 2 to 3 people can ride on this and the water in the lagoon is not too deep.  It moves at a quick speed, but be careful as splash of water coming from hidden water jets might suddenly get into you. Rail tracks are installed so, each bump car has one circle route only to take to avoid colliding with other bump cars.  It’s unlike the bump cars on the ground where it can really bump to each other’s bump cars and that’s why it is called bump cars.  Take a look on the video below.


Aquatopia -Water Bump Car

Sinbad’s Castle
This is the one I liked most.  It is the one that any child would really like to see.  The artistic designs of the cartoon characters, its background, sound and movement effects, are extremely fantastic.  I actually took video of the whole storybook voyage, but I can’t download everything.  Just watch this video below.


 Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage


Jasmine’s Flying Carpet
When you grow old, the feeling of being a kid or young, is something that adults like to look and  feel young again.  (Note: I can be one of them (-.-) That’s why, different clothes for the young ones are being worn by adults, too. On the other side,  a kid wants to grow up and become an adult, as soon as, they like to be.  Kids, like girls, for example, like to wear their mom’s shoes and put on make up on their faces.  They also imitate what their moms do or how their moms act.  This desire can be manifested even on playing with their dolls or toys.  Kids are full of fun and excitement.  They are always ready to try an adventure and explore.   

When my daughter and I took a ride on Jasmine’s Flying Carpet, it was funtastic for me because I could see the wide area of DisneySea at night, as the ride flew above and turned around.  It seemed like my world also turned around suddenly even for just few minutes only Yehey (-.-)  But my daughter felt dizzy and seemed like didn’t enjoy the ride and you can hear her voice on the video.  

DisneySea Electric Railway
After having our dinner, we rode the train at DisneySea Electric Railway where it’s situated at the top of a building.  While running, the view of the DisneySea area at night is amazing with lots of colorful lights.  A grand water parade of DisneySea cartoon characters was scheduled at 8:00 pm that night.  My daughter was even mentioning about it in this video where it should take place. 


DisneySea Electric Railway Train Ride

Triton’s Kingdom
We went to Mermaid Lagoon where there are also full of different rides like, Blowfish Balloon Race, Shell Coaster Ride, Jumpin’ Jelly Fish, and others.  We rode only the Blowfish Balloon Race and not even went to other areas of the lagoon because we didn’t want to be late for the grand water parade at the lake.  At least, I had the chance of taking a video of some rides as shown below:


Mermaid Lagoon 

Toy Story Mania (1)
I hate to admit this -- I have never seen the Toy Story even on television.  I heard about it, but I missed watching it.  Maybe I wasn’t interested to see it or maybe I didn’t have time or maybe it’s for boys’ only cartoon movie or maybe …… sorry, I’m running out of what to say already (-.>)  sorry.

Toy Story Mania (2)
We didn’t enter this building, but just had a picture taken with my daughter’s friend’s mother who is very friendly and accommodating.  At least, I tried to make up for this cartoon character I missed. 

Oh, my! It was getting 8:00 already and we need to be on the lake for the grand water parade.  Upon reaching the place, we asked a personnel about it. We couldn’t believe it -- it was cancelled due to bad weather forecast. But the night was really fine and it wasn’t even windy. How could they decide to cancel it at the last 15 minutes before the time where lots of people were already awaiting its commencement?? It was really sad that we missed that grand water parade.  One day pass per person costs a lot of money and not being able to see the most awaited parade is frustrating (^_^)  

Icon of Tokyo DisneySea
Before we went home, we walked towards the icon of Tokyo DisneySea, Aquasphere,  My last one to take picture of as remembrance of this wonderful visit.  I like it most to see it during night time rather than daytime when its lights are turned on and moves around. Disneyland and DisneySea are the main tourist attractions of Tokyo, well-known all over the world, as this giant globe symbolizes DisneySea.  I feel blessed to see this place together with my daughter.  I’m giving my sincere gratitude to my daughter’s friend and her relatives for their warmest hospitality and precious time they shared with us.   

Giant Disney Christmas Tree
A Christmas tree becomes a traditional and commercial symbol of love, hope, joy, sharing, unity, and family celebration every year in the whole world.  Another year will pass, but never will it pass the real purpose why we are having this celebration.  CHRIST-MAS - the Word from which everything comes from.  To read it clearly from this Bible reading:

"And the Word became flesh 
and made His dwelling among us,
and we saw His glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth."

This holiday season, I made two greenecraft projects that I would like to invite you to look at --- Nativity Scene in Coffee Can and Nativity Portrait.   Thank you very much.

“A Merry Christmas 
A Happy New Year to all “

Related Personal Travels:

Happy, Happy Me Travels:
   Introduction - Happy, Happy Me                
      Part Two                                                 
  Part Three                                                              
  Part Four                                                     
  Part Five                                                     
  Part One – Japan (2014)                            
  Part Three – Japan (2016)                         
      Part Four –Japan (2016)

Wonderful One-day Trips:
   Part One
   Part Two
   Sky Ranch, Tagaytay City 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

My Travel - Happy, Happy Me (Part 1) Japan

When my mother was young, she used to travel in other Asian countries like, Hongkong, Japan, Bangkok, and yes, even in USA.  My two other siblings had travel experiences, too, except me and my oldest brother.  I wasn’t interested initially to travel.  I was even asked by former neighbors to join them in a pilgrimage to Jerusalem many years ago, but I declined.   I had my two old passports expired without even any single travel stamp on its pages. 

One time, when my birth month was nearing,  I told myself that I will not let my new passport go expired without having a single travel stamp on it. So I decided to celebrate my birthday in Singapore together with my mother before that day.  I decided to have 5 days day off from my office work and personally booked our flight schedule.  During our vacation,  we weren’t able to view the whole city because I noticed my mother was having difficulty in keeping up with walking already.  I decided to limit our shopping spree time, so to give my mother more time to rest when necessary.   Though it was just a short travel, I still felt happy and fulfilled because it was a memorable day being with my mother in her last travel, while it was my first travel.  She retired from traveling because of her health condition.          

Travelling is something anyone can dream of, in spite, of the costs involved.  My destiny to travel has turned into a reality at a cost that my Lord allowed me to experience first before I started my first travel to another country.  He knows my sacrifices, struggles, and pains I went through in my life.  At the end, I believe there is a prize for every sacrifice anyone has made. The prize can be received in many ways. To have a chance to travel is an awesome and great prize for me, especially through the courtesy of my own youngest daughter.   My daughter whom I never thought is the one who can make it possible.  She  likes me to enjoy the fruit of her labor and be happy in life.  Having a daughter or son who thinks of her or his parent how to make them happy is very rewarding.  It is also a matter of consolation for any parent who underwent trials in life. 

I was thrilled when my youngest daughter told me that she liked me to see her last July.  But sudden turn of event happened that prevented it from materializing.  I just came back from my country last February this year.  I have never seen her for several years because of the nature of her job.   So she decided to  reschedule my flight this last second week of November.  She took a two-week vacation  to have me on her birthday celebration in Japan.  Remember – just like when I celebrated my birthday, I asked my mother to join me in Singapore.  And this is what makes me – Happy Happy Me again and again!

Before the initial boarding time at the airport, I noticed something that I forgot to take a picture before.   I heard the happy voices of children as they went around  the structurally-designed concaved glasses or I think they were made of plastic.  (Note: Sorry, I forgot to touch it, that’s why).  I became curious and went inside to see what was making them enjoy going around it.  I found out it’s a different kind of labyrinth.

Harmonic Labyrinth
As I stepped into the middle area, I saw this and realized it is really different because it’s a harmonic labyrinth.  As shown above, there is an instruction on how to go circling the urban musical instrument.    


Out of curiosity, I took a video of how it produces a sound. Listen to the sound of bell as it glows its light at the same time after I stepped on it.

 Boarding Time
Just anybody wanting to board the plane as fast as you can, I was very glad that the flight wasn’t so full pack.  I took the chance of asking a cabin crew to provide me an extra space, so I could lie down because I wasn’t able to take enough sleep the night before.  Luckily, she found an area and I thanked her for the accommodation.  I was able to sleep for several hours during the flight and felt reinvigorated. 

Movie Time
I really like boarding on this plane  because it has a built-in TV screen at the back of each seat. During the 14-hour flight, the enjoyable thing I did was to watch movies.  In reality, I don’t often go to see a movie or watch TV at home.  My usual everyday routine is work-home-work even on weekends.  I always come home late in the evening. But recently, I really have to take a regular Saturday day off,  so I can fulfill my church obligation and other things I have been neglecting to do because of my job schedules.  Oh, my! I have been neglecting doing my greenecraft, crocheting, and knitting projects, cooking, and gardening.
Anyway,  this is my GRAND DAY to watch these movies before reaching my final destination.  I enjoy watching  animated cartoon movies.  Remember my Happy, Happy Me (Part 5)? I went to see the movies like, "Lego" and "The Croods" with my grandkids. Here are the three animated movies that I really enjoyed watching:

How to Train Dragon – Part 2
The heroic Viking named Hiccup and his faithful, little dragon,  Toothless,  discovered hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, who turned out to be his lost mother.   They both fought the battle against the evil one  to protect the peace and survival of all the dragons. 

Fire and Rescue
Though he knows that he may never race again because of its damaged gear box, Dusty proved to be not only a world-class champion plane racer, but a true hero when he decided to train with the Aerial Force Fighters at Piston Peak Air Attack Base and saved the lives of many casualties in a forest fire.  

After being betrayed by the man she loves, so he could  become a king, Maleficent turned against his own daughter by putting a terrible curse on her.  The child was left under the care of three small fairies by her own father and grew up to be a lovable one.   That’s why, Maleficent’s heart changed from being vindictive to being a caring fairy godmother to the girl.  But the battle between good and evil continued for the father and Maleficent. 

Passengers are not allowed to take pictures inside the airport. I took only this picture as shown above the way going to Narita Airport.  The plane arrived late as per schedule in Japan. My flight was delayed for more than 30 minutes.  Did I not say, I travelled for 4 days before I reach my final destination?  But at least, the most important thing in travelling is arriving safely at your final destination and being safe always during your stay in the country.

Some travel precautionary measures I like to share are the following:
  1. Don’t forget to bring your passport and visa; 
  2. Don’t forget to bring first aid medications for fever, diarrhea, allergy, disposable mask, and your daily vitamins.  Getting sick while travelling is hard and costly.  Protect yourself always from getting viral infections;  
  3. Never bring money more than what is allowed by the custom;
  4. Don’t bring items that are not allowed at the point of entry and custom area, like fresh fruits, liquids, and other banned items;
  5. Don’t lose your baggage and even money or debit /credit card and cell phone  (Note: Speaking of losing something, actually, I lost my long coat in the plane during my last travel before this);
  6. Always be ready to present your proper documents like, passport, visa, and properly filled-up embarkation card at the immigration to avoid hassles;
  7. Corresponding contact numbers of friends, family members, or airline customer support should be listed on your cell phone or notepad, as well as, the travel agency’s information, if you’re are travelling on a package tour;
  8. Lastly, In case the person who is going to pick you up at the airport is late or missing, you should have contingency plan especially, if you are travelling by yourself only.  

Final Destination
Anyway, the moment I saw my youngest daughter and her friend at the airport, I felt happy and relieved.   They both carried my two suitcases and rode on three connecting train stations before we reached the house.  The picture shown above is my final destination.  Japanese people like to bike in going to grocery stores and train station.  From the train station, we took a walk passing by four streets.  Though the weather is cold, I still like walking because it's a good exercise.

We had our late dinner and felt satisfied.  I went to bed late, feeling tired, and woke up early in the morning the following day reinvigorated.  But I went to bed early before dinner time, as my body clock was not fully adjusted yet to the new time.    Sleeping beauty first….ngork, ngork…. Thank God I’m still alive the following day.  

Simple meals
During my daughter’s birthday celebration, I prepared two simple meals only, like egg roll and noodle  soup with mixed shrimp and tofu recipes.  Any celebration need not be always grand.  It is the sense of appreciation by the receiver and the thought of the giver that matter most. Then we pray--- "Bless us, O'Lord ....

Cutest Birthday Cake
Her friend bought an additional fried chicken and a small sponge cake.  She really decorated the cake by making a funny face on top with melted chocolate and sugar. Set up little candles around, made a birthday wish, and then shazam!  It’s the thought that counts which makes it more cuter. 


Train Ride to Yunessun
The next day, we rode a train and I took a video of the city as the train was passing by the sea area, in parallel with the long highway bridge, their community / residential areas, and the giant ferry’s wheel.   


Japanese Foods
In one train station, there are Japanese goods being sold in small stores, like foods and souvenir items also.  I took the chance of tasting the Japanese food being offered for taste test while I took a video.  They really taste good.    

 After passing by two more train stations, we arrived at the Hakone-Yumoto station, the final train station.

Hot Spring Bath House
We took a bus going to a place where the hot spring bathhouse called Yunessun is located. It was a three-hour long trip by train and bus ride.  The usual route is a narrow and zigzag road because it is a mountainous area.  The driver should be an expert one in driving in this type of road because accident can happen anytime. Before we reached the place, I saw this sign as the bus passed by. Take a look.


Craft House
I love not only Japanese foods, but also their crafts.  Japanese people are very artistic.  I wish I have a time to go inside the Craft House and take a look at what kind of handicrafts they are doing (^_^)

 The building is situated in a mountainous area and the weather is really cold.  It’s no wonder Japanese people like to go to this hot spring bath house throughout the year and enjoy a relaxing dip.

People wait for their companions to arrive at the lobby or they also wait for the next  bus to arrive. But take a closer look at what are those hanging on the walls.

YUNESSUN Cartoon Characters
Wow! more cartoon characters. Yippee!  Different pictures of them are hanged around the lobby area. They are cute, funny, and adorable ones.  Maybe the owner of the building is also a cartoon lover (-.-) When my children were still young,  I made a letter holder made of wood. (Note: We call it Palo China in our native language.  Others call it simply a crate box). I drew Cookie Monster of Sesame Street on each surface of the box.  I used also the same kind of wood to make a small study table for my children and drew a picture of a Hobby Doll on its side surface.  I like drawing and that’s why I made a simple facial drawing in Pumpkin Hat (Female) and Pumpkin Hat (Male) under my Greenecraft Projects.

After gazing around those pictures, we went to the reception area and checked in to ask for our locker keys.  There are different kinds of pools and bath tubs.  At the entrance , we saw the big pool, while the slide pool is at the back area as shown in the videos below.  There is also a cave pool, but I wasn’t able to take a picture or video because it was dark inside.  


The Big Pool


The Slide Pool
Talking of bath tubs, who likes to dip into these different warm bath tubs with corresponding real liquid mixtures?  The name of each bath tub corresponds to what kind of liquid it has in it as shown below:

Yakult Bath Tub
I have never dipped in this kind of bath tub before. I like drinking a bottle of Yakult everyday because it promotes healthy digestion.  While in the office, there is always a woman who delivers a pack of Yakult everyday and I buy 2 packs of Yakult for my  children.  For just one day, this Yakult drink is consumed easily because they love it.  Drinking Yakult is very beneficial to our body, while soaking in this bath tub with this same liquid is really funtastic and I felt like tasting it (-.-) The temperature of the liquid is just right to bring warmth and comfort to your cold body.  There is a limit to the number of people who can soak in this bath tub.   It’s an awesome and funny feeling, though, but we really enjoyed it.  

Wine Bath Tub
This is really the funniest idea I thought about asking my daughter to pose.  It looked like my daughter is really drinking the wine from the bottle while I singly held it up for her. Funny, isn’t (-.-)


Wine Bath Tub
In this video, the guy was really pouring real wine to all in this bath tub as its name is called.  

Coffee Bath Tub
I like the aroma of coffee.  My mother used to drink coffee every morning and I liked the taste of her coffee with cream.  When I was still in high school, whenever she prepares a coffee for herself and leave it unattended on the table for a while, I always take a sip or put two or three tablespoons of coffee to my rice.  I always do that everyday without her knowledge, until she saw me doing it one time Oops (-.-)  She just asked the reason why I was taking her coffee. I told her it tasted good with my rice, though I had  fried fish and banana on my plate.  She didn’t prohibit me from drinking her coffee, but she rather would like to give me milk rather than coffee.  She bought a Nido powder milk for me afterwards.   I’m no longer a coffee drinker, but a green-tea drinker today.  But I love using the coffee can for my greenecraft projects.  Remember, my coffee can flower pot, coffee can birdhouse, nativity scene in coffee can, coffee can hanging planters, and coffee can with upside-down tomato plant?


Dr. Fish
This is really a funny experience being swarmed over by many fishes called Dr. Fish. They like to bite your skin and it can tickle you. They like my feet more than the others in the pool. Hmmmm, maybe my skin tastes and smells good (-.-)

The City at Night
Busy city and busy people    Mostly people walk after their train ride.  Japanese people like to take a train in going to their job. They usually park their bikes near a train station and then take the train everyday.  


Dinner at Gyu-Kaku Restaurant
We had our dinner at Gyu-Kaku Restaurant after our Yunessun escapade.  We had barbecue, pickle relish, rice, and vegetable salad on the table. You have to cook the meat yourself on a small barbecue grill as shown in the picture. I like using chopsticks when eating in a restaurant, as my daughter likes it, too.  Disposable ones are better, but I save them for my greenecraft projects.  I did one project made of these chopsticks as shown in Oriental Showcase Décor. Japanese foods are delicious, delicious, delicious …. hmmmmm (-.-)

To be continued ...

Related Personal Travels:

Happy, Happy Me Travels:
   Introduction - Happy, Happy Me                
      Part Two                                                 
  Part Three                                                              
  Part Four                                                     
  Part Five                                                     
  Part Three – Japan (2016)                         
      Part Four –Japan (2016)

Wonderful One-day Trips:
   Part Two
   Sky Ranch, Tagaytay City