Friday, January 22, 2016

A Pet Owner's Confession

If you followed me on my Instagram/Facebook you would've know that my pet dog, Hiccup passed away on 17th January 2016. A lot of you asked me what happened to my dog, therefore in short I would like to write it here so that everyone can read. 

What Exactly Happened? 
On 6th January 2016, we brought hiccup over to the vet (not going to mention the clinic) for diarrhea and vomiting incidents. Hiccup recovered from bacteria poison two weeks before that and his condition worsen on the following week. We thought that he was infected by bacteria poison again. 

After some scanning, vet confirmed that hiccup ate Rat Urine Disease in his body causing excess toxins, therefore we were told to let him hospitalize for a couple of days. 

The following day, we received a call from the clinic and they told us that it's something more serious than the case. Vet was suspecting him to have cancer in his pancreas as he had symptoms of it. 

What is Pancreas Cancer? 
Pancreas Cancer is a cheebye cancer that has NO CURE. 
It grows it's cancer cells and block food from digestion causing your beloved pet to vomit everything and also expands the stomach because food is being blocked and cannot be digested.
The cancer cells will also attack all other organs causing them to disfunction. 

Symptoms of Pancreas Cancer includes : 


- Eyes & Body turning Yellow. (by yellow means physically you see is yellow, hiccup's penis and gums turned yellow by the time he was about to pass away)


- Itchiness (hiccup scratch until one bunch of fur dropped!)


- Severe weight loss (Hiccup became 3.9kgs in less than 2 months! Became so skinny!
- Vomiting


- Indigestion 
- Loss of appetite 

What Causes Pancreas Cancer? 
- Obesity, intake of too much oily food and usually older breeds will kena. 
(But hiccup was always slim and was only 5years old)

All these symptoms were on hiccup and the vet told us, usually when you see all these symptoms it means the last stage of the cancer. 

We didn't believe it, because we thought it was just poison how can it be cancer out of a sudden? However hiccup was very weak at that point of time, so we did not bring him home as he needs to be dripped. 

On the following day 8th January 2016, I received a call from the clinic and they told me that hiccup's eyes turned more yellow and antibiotics wasn't working on him. They gave is 2 options. 

1) To operate him, and find out what is the cause of it. (This means it is just a discovery surgery, hiccup will not be healed as they do not know what exactly is his problem, the operation success rate was 40/60, with 40% chance of surviving) 

2) Continue to do what they are doing (Antibiotics, force feeding, on Drip) 

At that point of time, I was having the battle within myself. If I choose the wrong choice hiccup will die. 

I did the math and decided not to go for the operation. 


In a desperate attempt, We went to get hiccup discharged from the clinic and headed over to another clinic, to look for specialist.

Specialist took another scanning, and told us the same thing. But he can't confirm whether is it pancreas cancer but he felt the lump(tumor) in his pancreas when he was touching hiccup, he even walk through with us the scanning process and showed us where is the lump, and which part of his body are getting affected. 

Specialist then gave us a few options. 

1) Surgery, same discovery only.

2) put inside hospital drip.

3) Bring home, and spent remaining time with hiccup until his body can't take it anymore then put him down. 


After much discussion, we decided to bring hiccup home. We wanted hiccup to at least die at home, he wasn't happy in the hospital and looked pretty sad. When he was at the other clinic, the vet said he would stay up all night and dose off bit by bit but still trying to stay awake. I guess hiccup was just waiting for us to return. 


We brought hiccup home, immediately he was able to sleep and rest. 

At that point of time, we were all desperately trying to find a correct answer. A lot of people on social media recommended us Dr LY from ARC. But we came to realization that if hiccup has pancreas cancer. No matter how famous or skillful the doctor is, he won't be able to heal hiccup. 

Therefore we decided not to bring him over there despite nice people on Jack Russell Terrier Group was trying to give up slots for us in order to consult Dr Ly's fully loaded schedule. 


(taken on hiccup's death moment)

Hiccup was brought home and taken good care by me and my family for 10days, and on the 17th January 2016, Hiccup passed away peacefully on my sister's arms. 

The Struggle
- Although Hiccup passed away, life still have to go on, we are an average family just like anyone out there. Hiccup's medical bills were expensive. 


1st trip to the vet was $1600. 
2nd trip to the specialist was $500+
And lastly the cremation another $400. 

Over the years we had paid quite a sum of money for Hiccup. His broke his leg when he was 9 months old and that was $2000+ for surgery, consultation and hospitalization. 

Not to mention all those consultation to the vet when he was sick. 

As much as we want to help hiccup, reality was a bitch. 

- It was also a pain when you have to force feed him. He always struggle whenever we want to force feed him. He would hide or he would just totally not swallow anything. Sometimes he would vomit out immediately. It was really a painful to see him in this situation. 

- I was also prompted to make life changing options which was really tough to make. 


The Death
The morning that he passed away, as his owner I had a feeling throughout the night that he was not going to make it. I woke up a few times to check on him and he was still breathing. Even the night before it was weird. My mum told me that hiccup woke up and went to drink loads of water and when I came home he came and greet me for the final time and went to hide behind the sofa. Until about 10.30am when I was sitting at the dressing table preparing for my shoot. I (for god knows why) turned my back to look at him and saw him pee on the bed as he "sleeps". I immediately told my sister and she woke up. In just a few seconds I saw hiccup's expression, shocked and motionless that's when I shouted my sis and she immediately performed CPR on him. 

He came back with a very weak heart beat but he was still motionless. That's when I turned on the Buddha song and told my sister to stop because he was already gone.


The Animal Communicator 
We were engaged by Ezekiel, the founder of Animal Communications Singapore. He told us that hiccup whispered to him and he wanted to help him with his last wishes. Eze is a nice guy. He didn't charge us for anything just treating hiccup like his own. Helped us for the last 10 days, and told me what hiccup needed and wanted. Without him, I wouldn't have done what I did for the last 10 days. 

The Last 10 days of Hiccup
#hiccupoftheday that's what the hashtag that I created for my baby hiccup as I was counting his days. At some point of time My sister asked me to stop me counting down, but to me it was more of a fresh start to hiccup. 


We brought hiccup down to walk everyday at about 5-6pm. (That's when the sun is not too hot, the weather is not too cold) 


We made hiccup wear clothes, because he is scared of the cold and love wearing clothes. 


We brought him to west coast park for a day's trip, and Eze helped to groom him too. 

The last 10 days was tiring and life changing to me, but it was worth it because if not for the 10 days. I would've live my life now full of regrets. 


My Hiccup 
Hiccup was a beautiful and clever boy, always hyper active , wanting to bite every other living things except humans (he probably thinks that he is human too) He would provide us with unconditional love and was a very sensitive dog. He would pat us when we cry. He was also quite timid, always afraid of the thunder, and would cry sometimes in his sleep.


The Realization 
Upon Hiccup's passing, I came to realize that how sad and lonely he was for the past 5 years. He doesn't go out everyday. Probably walk only once every month (if he is lucky enough) most of the time he was just sleeping at home because nobody has time for him. 

I feel sad that I couldn't make up for him. All he wanted was love and attention from me but I failed to provide him either. 

To have a pet, it is of great responsibility. When I first gotten hiccup, I didn't take any of that as consideration, at that point of time It was just wanting a pet. Wanting a pet VS taking care of a pet is really 2 different things. Ever since child I wanted to have a dog, when I got it eventually, I couldn't provide enough time for him, and now he is gone.  

If you would like to see hiccup's photos you can follow his instagram i will try to upload a photo everyday!
Hope that you find this post meaningful and informative. 


P/s I miss you so much hiccup. 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Hongkong 2015

Hey guys it's been awhile since you last see me! 


I went to HongKong from 9th December 2015 - 14th December 2015 (6D5N) 

We took United Air (Breakfast & Flight Entertainment Provided, along with 2 X 23kg Check-in baggage allowance) for only SGD$298 (quite a steal!) 

The best part was we were given the opportunity to change airline when we head back to Singapore with Cathay Pacific and it was really a pleasant flight! 

However our accommodation was indeed like shit! 

Me and my friends didn't want to waste a lot of money on accommodation therefore we booked a hostel via Airbnb called ' Ho Mongkok Hostel ' 



Good thing about the location of the hostel is really very near the MTR, Mongkok Station (Train Station) probably just 1-2 mins walk down the apartment. 

So here comes the part of the rant : 

The room was relatively small. (You have to sit on the toilet bowl to shower because there's no space for you to stand and bath, their hair dryer only works for 30 seconds and it will automatically shut off afterwards) We didn't complain much about it as it was fairly cheap. For 5 nights it was only SGD$300 which means per night is SGD$60 divided by 3 (SGD$20/night/pax) sounds like heaven but it given the opportunity again I wouldn't want to stay there. 

The annoying part was when the cleaner (aka the owner of the hostel) secretly comes into your room to clean your room during the day without your permission. I mean what if you lose something in your room are they going to be responsible? Not only that, as on our last night we decided to switch to a hotel  as we wanted to make use of the hotel concierge for storage purposes, we had an argument with the owner.

Firstly the owner came into our room without our permission.

Secondly she saw all our baggage were not there anymore and went berserk. 

Just in time me and my friends headed back to the hostel because we wanted to use the toilet we encountered the lady. She was furious and questioned about our belongings and asking whether we will be there for another night. 

She then demanded us to give her HKD$100 (SGD$18.10) as deposit because she was afraid that we would walk away without returning her her room key. 

I was very angry because we paid for our stay there even if we did not come back we are still entitled to the night why must we give her the deposit? If she wanted the deposit she should've done so on the very first day when we checked-in. 

As we did not want to give her the deposit she demanded us to return her the key. - HELLO? I paid for the night already why should return you the key? So are you going to refund us our last night? 

Although it was completely unreasonable for her to have such demands, we did not want to Pursue further because it was our last night and we already had a new accommodation. 


Speaking of our new accommodation, we had a very pleasant stay at the Oriental Lander Hotel, just 5mins walk away from the nearest MTR, Prince Edward Station.

The hotel cost about SGD$88 (triple sharing room) (SGD$29.50/night/pax) on top of that they have baggage storage services and also offered to help us call cab to the airport the next day! Their service was excellent! Just SGD$9.50 compared to the stupid hostel. 


On top of that their hotel room was really big!! It had a proper bathroom, were you can shit and bath separately, they have a living room connected to the bedroom! It's like the size of a studio apartment in Singapore! Really big! 



Okay enough with the accommodation now let me further talk about our trip. 
Our whole trip was all about shopping, shopping and shopping! Indeed I bought a lot of things but actually the things in Hongkong aren't as legendary cheap. 

It's about the same price as Singapore, in fact sometimes it's more. 


When I said sometimes it's more it means that the shop owners are literally blood suckers. They just want to cheat your money. For example the same dress can be HKD$160, HKD$120, HKD$100, HKD$80. (I believe it can be even lesser) the moment you ask the price and walk away they will
Immediately start shouting lower prices from the back. Just how much they have inflated their prices? 

A normal night market can sell, for example a luggage tag for HKD$10, but if you walk a few more stalls up ahead you can find the same design at HKD$5. 


If you're a newbie like us, do remember to ask prices and walk away and keep on asking. The number 1 thing not to do there is ask for cheaper, just walk away because of you ask they will be very rude, but if you walk away they will continue to hard-sell you and shout for lower prices. 

But this whole shopping culture there really made me feel utmost disgusted. Most of the times when they do that, I already lost the feeling to buy the item, they can be so dishonest. Money not easy to earn but that's not the way to earn money.


After shopping there for 6 days, I would highly recommend youngsters to shop at Mongkok Central Mall, it is a 5 stores shopping mall that kinda resembles the old Far East plaza. All the things there are so cheap! 

Do remember to double check the things they sell because almost all the shops sells the same things but at different prices. The usual price range there will be HKD$39-$49.  If you're lucky or picky with prices you can shop like me! I only buy stuffs which are HKD$29-35, you just have to keep digging! Their special sales can be HKD$10-20. That's like SGD$2-3 for a nice top that probably sells at SGD$15 at Bugis Street!


The standard rate at a night market for apparels probably range from HKD$100-150 that's even more expensive than our dear Bugis street! So don't shop there! Shop at the central mall! 

However the whole mall we only managed to find 1-2 shops that sells man items and the rest are just FEMALE ITEMS! That's why I bought many apparels for my friends!! 

And of cause you're reading thekife.com so I'm going to teach you how to buy cheap MALE items la!!! 

Firstly my fav store H&M! It's December SALES period! I bought a couple of clothing ranging from HKD$70-$100 please don't bother to buy anything more than $100! 

Secondly their Esprit outlet! I'm not a big fan of Esprit but if you're going on a winter season Esprit outlet sells tshirts that are HKD$50-$69 (SGD$9-$12.50) and short sleeve shirts at HKD$99 (SGD$18) (only buy male items there, female not worth the price can get cheaper) 

And of cos that's not all to buying male items there is a super secret which is to shop in SHENZHEN!!


Shenzhen is a place in China, much like Singapore to Malaysia, just need to take the train via the East Rail Line (Kowloon or East Mongkok Starion) to Luowu (or Luohu/ China and Hongkong have different spelling) and transit to the Luobao line (green line) two stops to Laojie Station (aka the famous night market called Dongmen Street) and there you have it! All the male apparels there are so cheap!! 

Shenzhen is a nice place to shop for a lot of things! But the people there are generally rude and again, wanting to cheat your money you must be-careful when you shop there! 

There are a lot of things in Shenzhen that are cheap but do take note about the price range. 

A particular Denim Jacket is about RMB$100. I think can be even cheaper but if you convert to SGD it's only like SGD$22. To me it's cheap already la! Guy apparels are more expensive! 

Shoes can vary from RMB$99 - $130. This is the acceptable price for shoes there anything more than that is a no go! 

A normal long sleeve sleeve should cost RMB$45 (SGD$10) and nothing more than this amount! 

Another tip is only buy from shops which have price tags on! If you buy from night market and they don't have price tags chances are they will inflat the price like crazy! 



One particular incident we had was with this dishonest lady trying to sell me a Hello Kitty Luggage, she raised the price to RMB$200 (SGD$44.4)! I didn't want to buy and walked away she tried to stop me and pulled down the price to $150 then to $100. At RMB$100 its considered very cheap because I know at the mall in Singapore it sells the exact same one at SGD$60. So I purchased it.

Little did I know when we came across another shop the luggage was only selling at RMB$70!!! And the bigger one was only RMB$80. See! Although it's just SGD$6 difference to me it's nothing much but from this you can tell how they inflat the rate! From $70 become $200. That's how many percent you go and count!!

Famous shops that you should shop in ShenZhen, this particular shop called KM, KiloMeter sell things like Uniqlo! It's a little bit more pricy but their items are really good in quality. I bought an umbrella there for RMB$25 (SGD$5.55). 

Another shop to take note is Minoso, it's like everywhere in Shenzhen and their things are so cheap! One bag with studs is RMB$29 (SGD$6.40) and pouches are like RMB$20 (SGD$4.40) I bought many things there too! 

iPhone cases are a must to buy there! The same iPhone case that you buy in Hongkong can be 1-2 times the price of that in Shenzhen! We saw it all the designs are the same but the prices vary by so much!

A typical iPhone case there should be RMB$15-20 (SGD$3.33-4.44) (depending on the design) whereas the same design in hongkong can cost you HKD$50-70 (SGD$9-$12.70).

Selfie sticks are also recommended to buy there one cute selfie stick is RMB$15-20 which is really cheap too! DON'T BUY IN HONGKONG!! Inflation!!

Of cos, I have a sister therefore I shopped female apparels there too! Believe me after you shop there you will think Hongkong stuffs are so expensive! I bought coats, jackets and tops for my sister from RMB$29-49. (SGD$6.40-$10.80) those that if you want to buy at Bugis street with a much lower quality that would cost you easily at SGD$20. Just lookout for shops with clappers! This means they have sales!! 

I would recommend shopping at Shenzhen on the second or third day of your trip to Hongkong because things there are much cheaper and you can find almost everything you see in Hongkong there in Shenzhen but at a much cheaper rate. (In other words just go Shenzhen la) 

I bought a lot of things in Shenzhen with SGD$200 to spend in a day! You will feel like a king there because things are so cheap! 

So far I've covered clothes and accommodation time to talk about food.



Hongkong is really well known for their food. Although I don't particularly have a very good impression of their food (I've been to Japan, what food can be better than Japan's HA HA) but I still have a piece to say about the food in Hongkong.


They are famous for their roasted ducks, pork, chicken... 

On average each meal range from HKD$50 all the way to HKD$120(that's the highest I've paid there and is a restaurant) I would recommend you to eat at 3 shops. 


Firstly the one at Mongkok Central Mall Basement, look for this place called ' Cafe de Coral ' it's filled with people but the food there trust me! It's delicious! Especially the pork filter rice with curry! Major Yuma! I ate twice there man and it's cheap! Only HKD$56(SGD$10.10) with a set that includes a drink. 


Secondly the long queue at the Australia Dairy Company their lunch set cost only HKD$32 (SGD$5.80) which consist of a coffee milk tea, sandwich with scramble egg and ham and pasta with Cha Siew! 


Lastly Crystal Jade! I know you can eat crystal jade in Singapore too! But their Xiao longbao is a must eat! 



The rest of the food I don't even want to bother mentioning so you can just drool over the photos although they just taste very normal to me. 

Overall my trip in Hongkong is very fruitful! I bought so many things let me show you : 


A total of 26 clothing, 1 earring, 1 pair of shoes, 3 pair of socks, 1 Luggage, 1 selfie Stick, 3 boxes of facial masks, 6 boxes of souvenir biscuits, 2 iPhone cases, 4 pouches , 1 bag, 18 luggage tags, 10 eyeliner pencils and many many more !! 

I spent about SGD$540 in Hongkong and SGD$200 in Shenzhen all which includes food and transportation. 

CHEAP HOR!!! 



Anyway I would like to use this time to thank my beloved Anton and Ahwei for this amazing trip! Although I have many many complains during our trips, like being tired, leg pain back pain everywhere also pain, but you know I love you guys right! 


However take note that I will never want to step foot in China and Hongkong ever again! I was culture shocked by everything HAHA! 


Okay hope you enjoyed reading my post! See you!!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Budget Your Japan Trip

Hey guys it's been awhile since you last see me! This blog post is dedicated to our 8days trip in Tokyo, Japan. (1/11/15 - 8/11/15)

We managed to hook up on cheap airfares because of Scoot's 5 million passengers celebration (50% off air tickets) 

Therefore our round trip flight cost :  SGD$412/pax (including insurance) 

It is highly recommended not to buy the insurance directly from Scoot SGD$39 because if you buy from NTUC or other insurance it will cost you about SGD$23 depending on their coverage. 

Before flying we purchased the SIMCARD , Docomo in Singapore it allows you to have data for 7 days but the speed is really slow and it cost SGD$35! Not worth it! 

Day 1


when we arrived at the Narita Airport (It is highly recommended for you to arrive at Haneda Airport because it's nearer to Tokyo, but because ours is budget so doesn't matter, just need to travel more) 

First thing when you reach the airport, go to the counter at level B1 (JR East Travel Service Center) to purchase your Suica Card (Ez-link Card), upon purchasing you will have to pay 500yen (SGD$5.88) deposit to the card and make a refund at the end of your Japan trip. 

What's so good about the Suica card? It allows you to tap in almost every train-line in Tokyo Japan. 

In Tokyo there's many train-lines, for Example the JR-Line which you can travel further out and the normal Tokyo Subway and Metro which are relatively cheaper. 

The Metro is relatively cheaper compared to the JR-Line, however Metro and Subway are limited to their destinations therefore it is necessary for you to travel with the JR-line. 

If you're only traveling within Tokyo, please do not purchase the 7-Day Travel Pass which cost SGD$360 because it is not worth it. 

The 7-Day Travel Pass allows you to take bullet trains out of Tokyo (traveling out of Tokyo will cost you a bomb if you buy a single ticket without the pass). However if you're only traveling within Tokyo then it is recommended for you to purchase the Suica pass as you can save about SGD$100. 

You can also purchase the 1-Day Tokyo Subway Pass for 800 yen (SGD$9.41) at the service center if you're planning to take the subway multiple times within the day itself as it will be cheaper if you plan correctly. 

The first thing we did was to travel to our apartment as we bought tickets for an attraction. 

We traveled from Narita Airport to our place. 



As this is our first time in Japan, we were very puzzled with the streets and routes and most of the signboards are written in Japanese we could only rely on asking people most of the times. 

Believe it or not we are all experts in hand signs now because Japanese aren't very well versed in English, but they are one of the most helpful people you can find on Earth! You can download the line app with the Japanese translation (works best if you translate with Chinese) or easier sake google translate! 

We met an old couple along the streets of our apartment, we couldn't find our place and they ran up and down to find for us. Communication barrier which slowed the process! They even offered us to put our luggage at their house and let us rest there while they find our apartment for us! They lend me a bicycle to cycle! Super nice!! 

Finally at about 4pm we found our apartment! We settled our accommodation with Airbnb. We stayed at Sezar Daini Nozawa (10mins walk from Komazawa Station, 3 stops away from Shibuya) an apartment with 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 living room and a balcony accommodated to 6 which cost : 
SGD$270/pax for 7 Nights (SGD$38.50 per Night)

The apartment is relatively small. We wasn't expecting it to be that small as there were 3
Bedrooms (I actually thought that it would be about the size of a 5 room flat in Singapore) as a matter of fact it is about the size of a 3 room flat in Singapore! But for the price I guess it is definitely worth it! 

When we were at the apartment our parcel arrived! We bought tickets to Studio Ghibli! Studio Ghibli tickets are often sold out fast you should try your luck purchasing it one month before your travel time in Singapore. One ticket is SGD$20 when you purchase in Singapore! If you buy it in Japan it's SGD$11, but if you're buying it there on the spot chances are, it's going to be sold out. Tickets purchased must be sent to your Japan address! Get your landlord to sign the parcel for you! For our case we booked a timing for the tickets to arrive and the Postage companies there does wonders! It came at the perfect timing when we arrived! 

After collecting our tickets we headed to Shibuya for our first meal! We are Ramen at Ichiran Ramen! 


The ramen is DAMMMM NICE! The restaurant is really cool too! You purchase your food from a machine and you will need to use the ticket to exchange your food! 

The ramen is relatively cheap! I bought the pork ramen, with 2 eggs, extra slices of pork, extra noodles for 1400 yen (SGD$16.47) 

After eating the ramen, I realize that whatever ramen I've eaten before in Singapore are just rubbish. Really! The soup is damm good! Must eat! It's 5 out of 5! 

Waiting time is about 40mins but it's worth the wait! Also take note that all restaurants have a weird closing time and last order timings! Some opens in the morning close in the afternoon and opens again at night! So do remember to do your research before going there! 

After eating we decided to walk around Shibuya for a bit as it was already dark! Japan sun sets at 4.40pm and shops mostly close at 8pm or 9pm! 


We saw the famous Shibuya Crossing, basically it is just like people randomly walking across the streets! 


Also went to se the Hachiko Statue, Yes the famous dog that died while waiting for his dead owner to return at the station, therefore Japanese credit him as a Loyal dog and made a statue to remember him. (My friend Jiaren was dying to see it) 

Day 2 


We woke up early in the morning and rushed out for Studio Ghibli! There's a time slot for the attraction and ours was catered from 10am-12pm) you can stay there longer if you want but you must arrive within that time slot! 

We took the metro to Shibuya and changed a few train-lines to Mikata Station! You should experience the morning peak hour when you're taking the metro! It is definitely very squeezy! So squeezy that you can't move and Japan trains are so quiet it hurts your ears! Japanese are very nice people so they will let you try and squeeze into the train! Now we are all trained experts to squeeze on trains, whatever peak hour you've experienced in Singapore is bullshit! Try a metro in Japan and you will get what I mean! 

When we arrived at Mikata Station we board a bus at Lane 9 to Studio Ghibli! One-way bus ride there costs 210 yen (SGD$2.47) you can pay cash on the bus or you can purchase a round ticket at the machine beside the bus lane which is cheaper! 


Reached Studio Ghibli and was fascinated at all the incredible artworks there! Unfortunately we couldn't take photos in there! 


If you ever go to Studio Ghibli remember to try their Pear & Milk mixed Ice cream! It costs 400 yen (SGD$4.70) but it tastes so good! They also have a merchandize shop there for you to buy souvenirs! Obviously I bought some Hahaa! 

After the Museum, My friends Miki & Lynde went to Hello Kitty land! Not a fan of hello kitty, Jiaren Shawn, Jonah and I walked to Inokashira Park and took some photos there! There's also a pond where you can ride on the famous swan boat but we didn't because the weather was too cold!


Entry to the park is completely free! (Some parks you have to pay in Japan) so it is really a nice place for you to just go and enjoy the environment! Inside the park includes a shrine and Autumn leafs are really pretty! 


We found a restaurant inside the park with very nice crepes! Their crepes are really tasty and have a very good atmosphere for you to just sit down and chit-chat! 


I would highly recommend their Earl Grey Tea as its freshly brewed (tea leafs) 

We ordered 2 crepes and a drink which cost about 2100 yen (SGD$24.70) 

After eating we went to the Shinjuku station to purchase some tickets at the Odakyu Service Center! 

As we planned to go to Hakone (to view Mount Fuji) we needed to take the Odakyu line, called the Romance Car (1hour to reach Hakone at 850 yen / SGD$10 for One-way) and also the Hakone Free Pass at 5180 yen (SGD$60.94)

This Hakone Free Pass allows you to take any transport, Bus/Train/Cable Car/Cruise, Second Class Cabin within Hakone Region for 2 consecutive days! It is relatively cheaper if you want to try all their transports for sightseeing! 


After purchasing the tickets we went to Harajuku and walked around we went to try the Takoyaki there! IT IS SO TASTY! I ordered a 8 pieces takoyaki with cheese at 680 yen (SGD$8) 

Shortly after, we wanted to try the famous curry rice, Minoringo! Unfortunately it was closed because of public holiday. 


Therefore we randomly went to a ramen store to eat... Hmmm not as good as Ichiran Ramen but still better than Singapore's food. 

After dinning we went to shop at the 4-storey Daiso, with their things at 100~200yen (SGD$1.17~$2.35) I bought dog food there at 100 yen HAHA So cheap for treats! 

Day 3

Woke up very early in the morning again because we wanted to go to DisneySea! It was a pain in the ass to travel there because it is quite far! 


Upon reaching Maihama Station, we needed to take the railway to DisneySea! They offer a round trip ticket at 520 yen (SGD$6.11) BUT! If you go in a group of 6 or more you're in luck! They offer a bunch of 11 tickets at 2300 yen (SGD$27) therefore we bought 11 + 1 ticket = 12 tickets (2 tickets each for round trip) at 470 yen (SGD$5.52)! Yay saved money, because if you go Disney you will spend like crazy! 



Well, Disneysea was not bad the attractions are, I would say for kids not my age (I'm 22 if you don't know) the rides are not scary but the environment set-up there was really amusing. 


(What I'm holding now is called the priority pass that was given to us because we were stuck in the attraction for 40mins)

Disneysea have this thing called the Fast-Pass which you can book a slot for the ride (only certain rides) to skip the tedious long queue. However at about slightly after Noon (12pm) all the slots of the fast pass will be taken therefore it is advisable to scan for Fast Pass as early as possible. (Disneysea opens at 8.30am!)


The food however isn't really very cheap Miki and I shared a meal together with one chicken dish, one dessert, one prawn dish and 2 drinks at 4170 yen (SGD$49.05) and they don't even taste good! 

We wrapped up Disney at about 4.30pm because we were bored! The land is too big we walk until our legs sore, and there was so many people! Like orchard road during peak hours! We only managed to take 3 rides, which 1 attraction had technical fault and another one had a technical delay. Quite a horrible experience needless to say we spent 6800 yen (SGD$80) just to take 3 stupid rides there and call it a day. 


However, I would recommend you to try 'House of Terror' if you ever want to visit DisneySea! That was the only attraction which I find special and creative! (Well I only tried 3 rides though) 

After Disney, we went back to Harajuku to walk around and wanted to try our luck again at Minoringo's Curry rice. GUESS WHAT. It was closed again despite the website saying that it is open! 

After that I got saico-Ed by Miki to take NEO-PRINT THERE! I tell you all ah. THIS IS THE ONLY REGRET THAT I HAVE IN JAPAN!!!! 



The stupid Neo-print cost 400 yen (SGD$4.70) and the photos were incredibly UGLY. They auto photoshop your face into a V-shape, Bloat your eyes and put fake makeup on you!!!!! We took together! Three of us were guys! we became she-male!!! 

Day 4



Another early day up! Headed to Ginza Station. We wanted to eat the famous Sushi at the Tsukiji Fish Market! Trust me you must be there damm early because the queue is crazily long! 




The shop, 寿司大 opens at 9am, we reached there at 9.30am and it was already sold out! 

Luckily there were other alternatives we went to the shop beside it called 大和寿司! AHAHAHA okay la hor the difference only one 和! Queued for about 40mins (I totally hate queueing but Japan train me to be one patient bitch)



We went into the restaurant it was more like a small store with a sushi bar and they make fresh sushi for you, they have a chef's recommendation of 7 course sushi at 3780 yen (SGD$44.47) I know this sounds crazy for just 7 pieces of sushi! BUT TRUST ME IF YOU EAT IT YOU WILL FEEL THAT THIS IS THE BEST THING YOU'VE EVER EATEN! 

Whatever sushi you have tasted in your entire life you will feel like it is SHIT after eating this one! It is really heavenly good! I rate it 6/5! Exploded my rating already!!! 

For the price, for the waiting time it is totally worth it! If you never eat you will regret!




Before visiting the Tokyo tower we headed to the Tokyo Imperial palace! The place is awesome because some parts of the park allows free admissions and they have very nice trees! 


After visiting the fish market we headed to Tokyo Tower! Well we were all craving for Curry rice because our 2times failed attempt at Minoringo therefore we went to eat curry rice in Tokyo tower! 


I ordered a cheesy chicken curry rice for 1800 yen (SGD$21.17) quite expensive but not bad also the taste! 

We headed to purchase tickets for the Tokyo tower view. They offer a 100m view and a 150m view! Which if you want to go for the  150m view you will have to purchase it with the 100m view too. If you're a JCB credit card you can enjoy the 100m view for free however you will have to top up money for the 150m view! We decided to opt for the 150m and Lynde had a JCB credit card therefore we kinda had a shared discount of 1300 yen (SGD$15.29) 


The tower itself is a beauty. In the morning it's red and white, at night it's gold! The view inside the tower is spectacular! 


There's also a glass view at the 100m view where you can stand on a glass to look down! 


At the 150m view you can expect to see the ' shadow ' of the Tokyo tower in which the route built looks like the imagery of the Tokyo Tower! How creative! 

After the view we headed to Pinochika, a nearby art themed cafe! I previously went into their Facebook to make a reservation and they have an English translator! 


Dinning there was really delightful! The owner warmly welcomed us and translated everything for us! I would totally recommend their Pino-pie! It is so good that we ordered 2! 

The price is a little bit pricey - it cost 10800 yen for 6 pax (1800/pax SGD$21.17/pax)

Day 5 






The day has come! Hakone!! We were so excited to travel there to see Mt.Fuji despite needing to wake up so early just to travel! As Hakone is very far we had to take the Romance Car there early! As mentioned with the Hakone Free Pass we could take all the transport in Hakone Region (except taxi) 




Reached Hakone, guess what. WE CANT SEE MT.FUJI!!! It was covered by clouds! So upset! They said this is not the season to see Mt.Fuji!! This one we didn't know. Kinda sad! 

With an empty stomach we went to this restaurant that you have to remove your shoes and sit on the tatami to dine one! Pretty cool!


They are famous for their giant prawns which cost 750 yen (SGD$8.82) for one prawn! I ordered a set meal of a bowl of Chicken meat with egg and rice and also cold Soba and 1 giant prawn. 

The meal was so good too!! Although it cost 2300 yen (SGD$27.05) but it was worth it! The prawn is worth every single cent spent!




After filling our stomachs we headed to the water gate which is the not gate in Hakone that is on the water itself! Took some photos there and called it a day! 



Traveling back was expensive though! We needed to purchase a bus ticket that fetches is from Hakone to Shinjuku (1hour ride, if we take train it will be 2 hours) which cost 1680 yen (SGD$19.76) 


We reached Shinjuku and decided to try the KFC in Japan. I was having a very high expectation for the KFC there but it tasted like shit! And it was quite expensive! 790 yen (SGD$9.29) for 2 piece chicken (even pasar malam chicken wings taste nicer) and 1 drink. 

Day 6 


Jiaren wanted to go to a park that can take nice photos with yellow trees! So we went to do a research and found gingko avenue. We went to a wrong park at first at we thought that gingko avenue was the place for the park. But in actual fact gingko avenue means a place that has like trees at both side of the street down a lane. So we traveled again and reached Showa-kinen Park! We had to pay 410 yen (SGD$4.82) to enter the park!



The money was well paid because the yellow flowers were really mega pretty!!




After taking a million photos we went to the lake restaurant and I ordered curry rice at 900 yen (SGD$10.58) it taste not bad also. Not going to comment much but the meat was fried with a very good crispy texture! 


After that we decided to go for a Boat ride! There are two kinds of boat ride there - one is rowing and one is paddling! The rowing one is 700 yen (SGD$8.23) for 1hour while paddling is 700 yen for 30mins!

We split up into 2 groups after dinning Miki Lynde and I went to Shinjuku to shop because I wanted to go Takashimaya to buy SKII! Takashimaya in Japan have 5% off store wide now and they will give you a hello kitty member card! On top of that I can claim a 8% tax free! So good right! 

Unfortunately I wanted to look for Burberry Blue and Black label but the staff told us that Burberry didn't renew their license with Japan and now the two labels are only available in the UK. 


We met up again at 6pm in Shibuya and went to eat something like you can fry the food yourself one I forgot what's the name of it unfortunately but it was really quite affordable one person only paid like 1k+ yen! 

Day 7


Last full day in Japan, we decided to go around to shop! In the morning we went to Yoyogi park walking around since it's free! Took some photos there.


We wanted to try our luck again at Minoringo and luckily it was open! 11am open 11.30am inside full Liao so we need to wait! 

Well I must admit this curry rice is worth the wait and attempt you must always remember to add cheese on in! Adding cheese cost 200 yen (SGD$2..35) and I ordered the chicken curry because I can't eat beef for 900 yen (SGD$10.58) 


It was totally delicious! They also have the extremely spicy curry which my dear friend Shawn ate half of it and gave up! I had a small sip of it and it was so spicy the spiciness spreads the moment you put it on your tongue!

Luckily most restaurants in Japan offers free ice water! Good thing about Japan to take note! Don't need to spend extra money on drinks! (Although we literally go to the vending machine every single day -HAHA)

Speaking of vending machines! Do note that all the vending machines have different prices! If you buy drinks at the station it will cost you about 130~160 yen (SGD$1.53~$1.88) while when you're at the streets, the same drinks would usually cost 100~130 yen (SGD$1.17~$1.53)

If you think the difference isn't very big... You're wrong! Because when you're there you will feel like drinking every moment! So every yen counts!

If you're luckily enough the vending machines will have 100 yen sales which all types of drinks are 100 yen only and sometimes they have collaboration with anime so when you buy the drink it will drop out together with a nice keychain!



After eating we split into 2 groups and went on to shop! First stop we went to Harajuku as I wanted to buy a bag (my bag pack broke) I bought this brand called New York Yankee for 2975 yen (SGD$35) got a 5% off from the shop because I went to sign up for their stuff (I honestly don't know what's the sign up for because it was Japanese and done by the staff) BUT WHATEVER GOT DISCOUNT LEH! 

Shopping around was fun and I found out that Nike in Japan is really cheap and also Potter Bags are the cheapest there! One Nike flyknit is about SGD$260 while one pair of the same design in Japan is about SGD$150 talk about the big difference! 

I gian the cheapness so I went to buy one pair for 7776 yen (SGD$91) haha!! So cheap only man and I was really kiasu I walked a few shops and the same design they were selling at 9445 yen (SGD$111) I'm so lucky and happy haha! 

After shopping and like spending all my money we headed to this flower market to dine! 


The appearance of the restaurant was really good but the food there taste like shit! All the dishes were vegetables! Felt like a rabbit eating grass. And their supposed to be ' famous ' flower tea taste like shit also. I drank the Early Grey Tea and it tasted exactly like Lipton's Earl Grey Tea which is a tea bag that can be purchased in any supermarket -.- it was pricey too a whole meal there cost 1620 yen (SGD$19.05) consist of one sandwich which is like probably shorter than an angmoh dick and one jug of Lipton-alike tea. 

Day 8 


Early morning went to the airport and spent 20k yen buying Tokyo banana and the chocolates ! Royce chocolates are only 720 yen (SGD$8.47) and if you buy inside the airport it's cheaper because there's no tax! Remember! If you want to buy Tokyo banana or the famous 恋之人 chocolate, Royce chocolates remember to buy inside the Narita Airport as it is cheaper! 


Im writing this on my flight while on my way back to Singapore. Overall I had a really fun experience! I would really like to thank Jiaren for planning the whole trip! 


I would also like to thank Jonah for waking up early in the morning to make breakfast for us almost every morning, 


thank Lynde for getting the Studio Ghibli tickets because it was the only thing I wanted to see in Japan, lastly thank myself for washing all the clothes every single night for everyone that wanted to wash clothes hor! 


Miki & Shawn no contributions one. Only know how to disturb me ask me drink milk when it smells like vomit! Still bluff me! 


Lastly, I would like to thank myself for washing all the clothes and being one Ah sum for the family! 

I will see you again Japan! Thanks to this trip I have gotten a picture of Japan and will have an even better experience when I come back next year! 


Here's my Travelogue:


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