Short summary of Jakarta Day 1 before I concuss myself on my bed.
1) Felt like I’ve eaten a lot of beef today. Favourite for today was Nasi Uduk Semur Daging!
2) Spent a lot of money cabbing around. But we only took the Blue Bird as recommended.
3) I wanted a ride a horse at the Monas….but it started to rain ಥ‿ಥ
4) Got laughed and jeered by the local Indonesian because we were running under the rain at Fatahillah Square. But they were mainly laughing at me. ಥ‿ಥ
5) Had Turkish food for round one dinner. Signature lamb shanks at Turkuaz with their salty yogurt drink (photo). I like the drink so much I’m going to tell everyone I like my drinks salty from now on.
6) But then again, why did we choose to have Turkish food in Jakarta again? ಥ‿ಥ (Quite expensive too, bill was 1,073,800 rupiah omg will I be haunted by zeros and rupiahs in my dreams tonight)
7) Displayed magnificent command of Bahasa Indonesian when going for dinner round two at the street food stalls near my hotel. I have used up whatever Bahasa I know in a simple ordering of food. I only left ‘Selamat Datang’ haven’t say only.
Flying to Jakarta in about 8 hours time!
Have not start packing my luggage, it’s actually just gonna be a short 3 days getaway trip. Very excited about the food! INDONESIAN FOOD SLURP SLURP!
Wanna pack lightly for my flight later but when I look at the empty luggage I just felt very obliged to fill it all up with useless things. O.O
Actually my birthday is already over by 4 hours (April 15)
but still Happy 22th Birthday to myself!
Poor imitation of Rose from Titanic
I forgot to jio Jack. Paiseh.
27 March was my last day in Tokyo.
And that day also marks the end of my Tokyo city life before I took the morning flight to Osaka. I have a few places in mind that I want to visit, but decided that I should go to the one that I wanted to go to the most for this entire trip, which was Okunoin at Koyasan.
People asked me "Okunoin? What do they have there?"
Well...they have souls. Countless souls. Okunoin is the largest cemetery in Japan.
Entrance to Okunoin
"Okunoin is the site of the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), the founder of Shingon Buddhism and one of the most revered persons in the religious history of Japan. Instead of having died, Kobo Daishi is believed to rest in eternal meditation as he awaits Miroku Nyorai (Maihreya), the Buddha of the Future, and provides relief to those who ask for salvation in the meantime. Okunoin is one of the most sacred places in Japan and a popular pilgrimage spot.
The Ichinohashi Bridge (first bridge) marks the traditional entrance to Okunoin, and visitors should bow to pay respect to Kobo Daishi before crossing it. Across the bridge starts Okunoin's cemetery, the largest in Japan, with over 200,000 tombstones lining the almost two kilometer long approach to Kobo Daishi's mausoleum. Wishing to be close to Kobo Daishi in death to receive salvation, many people, including prominent monks and feudal lords, have had their tombstones erected here over the centuries."
(Source from here)
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Today's my 5th day since I came back to Singapore!
If there's anything particular I want to say or comment on ever since I came back, it would be the heat.
Is 32 degrees even fit for humans...
I used to think the same when I was in Japan throughout the entire winter period and the lowest it gets was around -4 degrees at night. I turn into human ice cube at night if I don't turn on the heater to sleep, which I sometimes do it because I want to save electricity bills (but the bills just get higher every month anyways >_>), then I wake up in the morning to defrost myself, but I'll take about 30 minutes at least to try to get off the bed because it was so cold that flipping away the blanket takes a lot of determination.
Everyday was a battle.
I didn't put on makeup in Japan at all so when I met up with friends a couple days ago I forgot how to draw my face LOL
This is going to be a very wordy post of my experiences and feelings about my life here in Japan.
Did a few errands today!
1) Finally went down to DBS today to cancel my card that was involved in fraud transactions since last December. That bugger used my card again 2 days ago ಠ_ಠ Well, hope I get my monies back after investigations.
2) Collected my diploma after being away for so long! Business modules were nightmares to me (for eg: Econs) but glad I still managed to do okay for everything. ^q^
3) My diploma was partially subsidized by NTUC, and I realised they credited my bank account with money when I went to cancel my card today. I don’t really know why, maybe because of my results are quite okay? O.O Or they made a mistake, or the money wasn’t from them. (I’m only affiliated with NTUC because of my diploma though?)
In any case, today’s a good day! Except the unpacking luggage part.
Seoul Day 4!
1) Visited Seodaemun Prison! This could probably be my favourite part of my entire Seoul trip. O.O Learnt a lot from this today! It’s an educational historical site now but this place was really where the original prison was located, and was restored/reopened as Seodaemun Prison History Hall in 1998. It was really hot at 21 degrees today, but when I was visiting the prisons and torture rooms it felt really cold inside that I have to wear my jacket. Would really recommend anyone to come visit this place if they ever come to Seoul.
2) Went to Gangnam to visit Psy, but Gangnam was such a boring place I left after like, 20 minutes. Just felt like Orchard.
3) Went to Hongik University to have mystery dinner and to people-watch. And then home early to catch up on anime!
Tomorrow would be my last day in Seoul before I fly to somewhere else again. Guess where? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Seoul Day 3!
One of the most uneventful and eventful day ever. D:
1) Specially made a trip to Dongnimmun to visit the prisons today but it’s closed every Monday. Bad luck Esuta. Going back again tomorrow!
2) Went to Gireum and rode a public bus to get to Bukhansan because I needed some quiet nature time. Sat on a rock in the middle of the nowhere up the trails and took the uploaded pic LOL. I didn’t manage to reach the top because I climbed for an hour and still couldn’t see if I’m anywhere near the peak. Not sure if I went the wrong way? I decided to head back down since the sun was setting soon. The hiking damaged my shoes so there’s a big slit on my soles. ^^;
3) Decided to take the bus again, this time with an unknown destination! Rode the bus for more than two hours, got to see a slightly different Seoul. I dozed off halfway through the journey and woke up not knowing where am I. O.O Hurriedly alighted and walked to the nearest train station, which was Yongdu, and it was the second last station of Line 2, Green Line. I CAME FROM LINE 4.
4) Went to Myeongdong to see if I can get any shoes (must be red, to replace my damaged red shoes ) and found a simple one which I like. ^.^ And then I came home forgetting to eat dinner. So very hungry now but lazy to go out and get food.
8 degrees in Seoul tonight and I don’t feel cold at all. I have really turned invincible.
Seoul Day 2! ＼(^o^)／
1) Tried on a hanbok! ^.^
2) Walked two stations from Jongno 3(sam)-ga to Cityhall because the train broke down. Initially wanted to take a cab but I’m kinda used to walking stations to stations in Tokyo so I decided to walk in the end.
3) Was at Anguk area before that, went there because I wanted to visit a certain tourist spot but suddenly I got into the mood to explore instead so I just randomly roamed around without a direction in mind while people-watching.
4) Koreans have very good skin complexion!
5) I bought a very expensive pair of shoes because the shop assistant was very enthusiastic and I didn’t know how to say no (as always). T^T That’s how I used up all my available cash, which was supposed to be my expenses money for the entire Korea trip. But thank God for Citibank. LOL
6) Mystery food ordering is fun because you don’t know what to expect, but it’s also not very fun because you can’t exactly choose what you want to eat.
7) There are many Taiwanese here.