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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?
DISNEY RESORT LINE
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
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
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:
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.
Standing taller than
me, my beautiful youngest daughter, posing in front of the most majestic liner on the seas, S.S. Columbia.
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
(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
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
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
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:
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
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
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 Meagain 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
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.
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.
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,
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.
Going to NARITA AIRPORT
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
Some travel precautionary
measures I like to share are the following:
Don’t forget to bring your passport and visa;
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;
Never bring money more than what is allowed by the
Don’t bring items that are not allowed at the point
of entry and custom area, like fresh fruits, liquids, and other banned
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);
Always be ready to present your proper documents
like, passport, visa, and properly filled-up embarkation card at the
immigration to avoid hassles;
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;
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.
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.
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.
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.
HAKONE-YUMOTO Train Station
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.
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)andPumpkin 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?
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 (-.-)