Initially we wanted to spend less time in Tokyo and more time in Kyoto/Osaka, but after researching and speaking to friends, it seemed that Tokyo was really full of interesting spots, good food and activities.
My must-do list included: Tsukiji fish market, sushi sushi sushi, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, hunting for special Japanese Kit Kat flavours, Owl Cafe
His must-do list included: Yodobashi Akiba Megastore, Bicycle store
Tokyo Day One
Area stayed in: Hamamatsucho
Hotel: Hotel MyStays Hamamatsucho , S$100 per night
Getting from Haneda (HND) airport to the hotel was easy. HND is well connected to the city by monorails and other trains.
We arrived in the middle of February and it was freezing cold in the city’s wind tunnels for us tropical folk. Thankfully, every building had fantastic heating down to the toilet seats
Hotel rooms in Tokyo can be painfully small, and a double room … Read More »
A little background information about the plan for my trip:
For all the travelling I have done in the last 30 years, I somehow have never had the opportunity to go to Japan. Whilst my friends were returning to Singapore with stories about how wonderful Tokyo and Hokkaido were, I was eating cheap sushi from the supermarket here. That was until I read this article by Conde Nast Traveler in 2012. Focusing on nothing more than the Nishiki Market in Kyoto, it enticed me and lingered in my mind for the next couple of years.
Around September last year, I booked tickets when Singapore Airlines had a sale, planned out a rough itinerary and started looking at hotels online.
I’ll take you through our trip in this and the next few posts, with some explanations about why we chose this or that place … Read More »
21+ only – Enter the dark world of an adaption of Lewis Caroll’s well-known piece of Alice and Wonderland – “Then She Fell.” Admitting only 15 people per performance through a guided tour of the enchanted Wonderland, we are welcomed by a nurse with a clipboard (as if we will become patients of this asylum ourselves) of a former outpatient building of the Greenpoint Hospital in Brooklyn. The great thing about interactive plays is – no visit is ever performed the same way twice. Your imagination has no limits. It is quite exhilarating to watch a story unfold before your eyes at a moment in time that both audience member and character exist in together.
The stage is set as you enter the building one-by-one and given very specific directions. The eery music and atmosphere of the … Read More »
Planning a trip abroad? Racking up the card is definitely easier than carrying tons of cash around when traveling. Some of the concerns we may have is the hefty foreign exchange fees that are tacked on or getting jipped by the exchange rate compared with exchanging cash directly. Let’s gear you up with some useful tips to consider for carrying the right plastic!
Things to consider that seems obvious but you’ll probably not pay attention:
1) Deciding between Mastercard/Visa/American Express/Discover
– Your best bet is go with Mastercard or Visa – which are widely accepted. Discover have the lowest foreign exchange rates, but they are not widely accepted outside of states.
2) Choose a card with “Chip and PIN” technology. This has been a long standing standard in Europe and adopted by … Read More »
I wanted to try something different in Montreal that I couldn’t experience in Boston. A Scandinavian Bath – let’s see what that’s all about. Just a 20 minute drive to what appears to be a community of it’s own – Île-des-soeurs, Montreal. I was getting really hopeful as we took the exit. We see the nice town houses, decorated rotaries, a fancy golf club, and rich people walking their swanky looking pups. You know your wallet won’t be loving the prices of this place. Every aspect of the spa rang a “ka-ching!”.
Of course you cannot compare this to the onsens in Japan – it’s a completely different experience of it’s own. There were 6 different pools for you to experience, varying in different temperatures ($46 -weekend price). I highly recommend the … Read More »
Shopping for airline tickets could be such a stressful and dreading task – Just going through numerous websites and comparing prices gives you a headache. Flight prices go up and down – seemingly with no particular rhyme or reason.
I don’t know about you – but i’d rather not spend my time in front of the screen for hours looking up airfare tickets and searching for great deals. Traveling should be simple and relaxing. I’ve put together some tips and tricks for airfare shopping – compiled from my extensive travels and just dealing with numerous airlines and websites that I lost count of.
Best Time to Buy Airline Tickets – Tuesday 3pm EST
The best time to buy airline tickets and shop for travel (domestically) is Tuesday at 3pm Eastern – yes shopping on … Read More »
How many times have we been out on the street in a foreign country, looking for water and mulling over the inflated prices of bottled water? Personally I won’t want to pay $3 for a bottle of water (rather have a soda, isotonic or juice with that price, right? Or beer.)
If we’re in a country with potable tap water, lucky us, but it’s not that often, especially in many developing nations. And sometimes we’ve just gone way too far off the beaten track into the bush for a trek or camp that doesn’t have a tap, duh! Viruses or bacterial infections are really the last thing you want to get while on the road.
So what have we always done? There’s good old iodine – ack! Boiling – sure, if we have a kettle. Filters don’t really do it for bacteria. … Read More »
If you have the good fortune of being in Tuscany, Italy for a summer vacation right now, head down to Castiglione della Pescaia. Tenuta La Badiola, a beautiful property surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, is organising a summer market this Sunday evening, 30 June 2013. Try street food prepared by The Alliance Restaurants, delicious local CASA dell’Acquagiusta wines and attend a taste workshop.
For a spectacular end to the evening, make a reservation for Dinner with the menu prepared by Chef Omar Agostini, whom I had the honour of meeting and having him design and prepare a meal for me. The menu for this event is mouth-watering: Bonite fish, Cream of Mortadelle from Prato, “Maremma” Risotto, Strawberry soup, topped off with generous servings of wine.
For more information, visit http://www.andana.it/en/l-andana or email firstname.lastname@example.org for your reservations.
Hi Everyone! Wanted to share some snapshots from the last two days that I’ve been cycling in Bhutan. I’m staying in Thimphu, the capital. Most of the routes are paved roads, but we did go off-road a little today. Never done so much climbing at such high altitude! It’s 2700-2800m, and my lungs, used to sea-level breathing, are struggling to acclimatise.
Yesterday we started out with an easy ride, about 6 km from the city to Buddha Point. The world’s largest Buddha statue sits on the side of a hill overlooking the city.
Climbing up, it’s about a 8% average incline with endless switchbacks , so my guide and I had to zig-zag up.
This morning we headed to the Bhutan Broadcasting Station, also located on a hill. The weather now is pretty warm, about 25-28 degrees celsius during the day.
From the climb … Read More »
Savoring over 200 kinds of cheese. Uncorking countless bottles of wine. It was worth the 4-hour bus ride from Madrid. Spain is known for it’s fiestas and festivals – we couldn’t leave without experiencing at least one! National Spanish Cheese Festival – right down my alley, didn’t have to ask me twice! Trujillo is a very small, cozy town. If you’re looking for a little getaway, a breather from the big city, Trujillo is your place.
Spaniards are pretty serious about their cheese competition. This 5-day festival held in Plaza Mayor (Main Square) was hosted from May 1st-May 5th. Prizes for the best annual cheese winner is given to the stalls at the end of the festival. Of course on the hottest day of our trip, we did not put sunblock! The blazing … Read More »