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Japan 2016 : Part 3 – Todaiji Temple, Nara

Published by on December 23, 2016

This is part of an ongoing travelogue. To start at the very beginning, click here.

From Kofukuji, we walked across the park toward Todaiji, the main temple in Nara. There is a long distance to walk and there are lots of things to see.

The Nara National Museum is large complex and quite popular, but we didn’t go in.

(Nara National Museum)

There are a lot of restaurants along the main road, but this particular restaurant caught our attention with the queue in front. What was so special about this place?? We would find out later in the day.

(what’s so special about this restaurant??)

(nice lake in Narahimuro Shrine)

One place you should visit in Nara is the Okumura Commemorative Museum. This centre is dedicate to a Japanese who invented a dampening system to reduce vibration during earthquakes. But more importantly, the centre is an escape from the cold, serves free hot green tea, and has a great viewing deck. And free toilets.

(Nara Okumura Commemorative Museum)

There’s a plaque here identifying all the landmarks in Nara. In the centre is Todaiji temple, and behind it is the sacred mountain where all the deers come from.

(excellent view)

Once you reach the walkway to Todaiji, it is lined with souvenir shops. Two popular local snacks you can try in Nara is Day-of-the-Boar mochi and narazuke, which are pickled fruits and vegetables.

(walkway leading up to Todaiji)

(cute deers!)

(this shop is run by a deer)

(MORE deers!)

(This deer is being punished)

The entrance to Todaiji is Nandaimon, watched by two giant Nio Guardian kings.

(Nio Guardian kings)

We didn’t go into the Daibutsuden Hall, but there’s a giant Buddha statue inside. (there’s an entrance fee).

At this point, I sat down on the bench and took out my map to study it. And a deer unceremoniously came and ate my map. BAD DEER!

(Somewhere here a deer ate my map!)

Beside Todaiji is a large park area dotted with many shrines, temples and landmarks, but we were quite hungry and were looking for food.

(two elderly ladies doing watercolours).

Next – Lunch in Nara

Japan 2016 : Part 2 – Meeting the Deers in Nara & Kofukuji Temple

Published by on December 22, 2016

This is part of an ongoing travelogue. To start at the very beginning, click here.

Day two started a little later than planned. Before the trip, I had planned to start early every day, since with sunset at around 5pm, we had limited day light. But almost every day we ended up leaving about 8 am plus, since we were always tired from the night before and also took our time to have a good breakfast.

By the time we reached Kyoto Station, it was past 10am, and were just in time to buy the train to Nara at 10:25am. We took the Kintetsu direct express (JPY 620 one way). If you can, take Kintetsu instead of JR, since the station is much nearer to the tourist district in Nara. This train ride took 45 minutes, there is a more expensive train that takes 35 minutes, costing JPY 1130. Anyway, with our horrible exchange rate, every yen counts.

Along the way, you can see lots of towns and residential areas between the two cities.

Nara, is a rather small city. The tourist district is located on the western side. You probably won’t visit the other side of the city unless you are staying a night here.

(its not a surprise the deer is featured prominently here)

(Kintetsu Nara train station)

From the train station, there is a short stretch to the park. The way is lined with restaurants and shops selling local snacks.

Even before you reach Nara Park, you will see the deers. There are thousands of deers around this massive park. There are deers on the grass, on the road, in the shops, in the shade, every where. Most of them are well behaved, they know how to use the pedestrian crossing (even some Malaysians don’t know this). They also bow to you if you bow first, but make sure you have food to offer them, or else…

(for public safety, their antlers are cut off)

The deers are considered sacred here, so I guess venison isn’t on the menu in this city. The only thing you should feed the deer are these cookies sold everywhere. And where they are sold are where the deers congregate.

(JPY 150 for 10 pieces)

You’ll see them everywhere, so you’ll have many more chances to feed and play with them. And be careful where you step, there’s basically deer poop everywhere.

All the historic attractions are within the huge Nara Park and within walking distance. The park looks beautiful in autumn, and towards the south, there’s a lake.

First stop is Kofukuji Temple. The main temple was under renovation when we were there, so we walked around the complex taking photos.

There is also a small museum but we didn’t go in since no pictures were allowed.

Next – Exploring historic Nara.

Japan 2016 : Part 1 – Arrival, Nishiki Market & Teramachi Shopping Street

Published by on December 21, 2016

This is part of an ongoing travelogue. To start at the very beginning, click here.

And so off we go on the itinerary proper!

So we took off from KLIA2 at almost 2am in the morning (after AirAsia rescheduled my flight TWICE in one month), and landed in Japan about 9am. After settling all our ticketing and transport stuff (check out my transportation guide here), we took a Haruka limited from the annex building right in front of the arrival hall.

Make sure you get into the right compartment, though. Some are for reserved ticket holders and some are for open tickets. And you definitely don’t want to be standing for 1 hour 15 minutes of the journey…

(our Haruka limited express train to Kyoto. Make sure you line up at the right queue)

Upon arrival in the massive Kyoto Station, we exited the station (after getting some info from the very helpful Tourist Centre). If you are taking a bus from Kyoto Station, all the buses stop right in from of Kyoto Station. Make sure you know which line to choose, as some queues can be very long.

(the magnificent Kyoto Station)

Once out into the city, you can see how modern Kyoto can be, as opposed to its reputation as an ancient city. All around the station there are skyscrapers including the stunning Kyoto Tower. Anyway, our Airbnb host gave very clear instructions to us to get to his place, so it was really easy. A tip for taking buses, its very much like in Seoul – every bus stop has a specific name, so just wait for it to be announced on the screen to disembark.

Here’s another thing about Japan buses – you enter from the back and exit from the front. Payment, whether by card or coins, is beside the driver just when you exit.

Finally we got to our Airbnb! Very cosy place in a rather quiet neighbourhood, with a few convenience stores nearby.

(our cosy Airbnb)

There’s a kitchen / dining, small living, and two small rooms separated by screen doors.

(can comfortably fit 4 people, 8 if you cram)

After dropping our luggage, its time to explore the city and look for food!

(out on the cloudy streets of Kyoto)

While doing my itinerary, I went through many versions, but I finally decided to visit Nishiki Market on the very first day. And it turned out to be a good choice. Nishiki Market is a very traditional food market that has been around for more than 800 years.

(first stop – Nishiki Market!)

The great thing about this place is that you can walk and eat, walk and eat, eat and eat…

(not sure what this is, but it is sold all across Kyoto)

This was one of the first thing we tried. The first of many, many green tea-flavoured food / drink during our stay in Japan.

(green tea mochi!)

Another two must-try things here…

(soybean donuts. A must try here)

(beef mantou. Recommended but not really that great)

(Nishiki market is indeed the food centre of Kyoto)

(sake tasting in progress)

Right at the end of the market is a small shrine. Kind of nice to find a quiet, serene place right in the middle of the hectic market.

(a quick sojourn to Nishiki Tenmagu temple)

Joined to Nishiki is a very famous shopping street called Teramachi, supposedly to be most popular in Kyoto. Shopping streets like this are very common everywhere in Japan, where they close off a street for pedestrians and cover it up above.

(Best cheese tart ever? Teramachi)

In Teramachi you can find snacks, restaurants, 100-yen shops (similar to Daiso) and boutiques.

We read about this particular shop selling fresh red bean pastry, but the taste wasn’t that great

(red bean pastry)

After a little too much eating and walking, time for a rest.

(pitstop for coffee and ice-cream)

Since we were in the area, and it was still early in the evening, we took a stroll along Pontocho Alley (2 streets away). They is a geisha district with lots of high end restaurants serving kawayuka (an elaborate Kyoto-styled meal).

(riverside restaurants along Pontocho Alley)

Its rather expensive to eat here, and we had already eaten lots of street food, so we just strolled along here to admire the atmosphere of the place. if you come here make sure to check out the riverside along Pontocho, where the best restaurants look out to the water.

(post restaurants along Pontocho)

After Pontocho we were getting tired, so we took the subway back to our Airbnb. Along the way, we walked past the beautiful Nijo Castle all lighted up.

Next – Day trip to Nara.

Japan 2016 : Transportation Guide

Published by on December 17, 2016

This is part of an ongoing travelogue. To start at the very beginning, click here.

Japan is one of the most advanced societies in the world and their transportation system reflects this. But the challenge for first time visitors is to make sense of the complex train, subway, bus and road networks to save time and money and avoid the hassle of getting lost. The first thing to do before going to Japan is to do as much research as you can. There are many useful websites available, the two that I found the most helpful was Japan Guide and Hyperdia. Japan Guide is one of the best to research places to go and how to get to them. The sections of ‘getting to and around’ each city is very helpful. I used Hyperdia to calculate the fares on subways. And not to for Google Maps, which is probably the most important tool to plan your journeys and travels.

Landing in Kansai Airport

The airport very easy to navigate. Clearing immigration is fast, I was very impressed with the staff who were really helping to manage the crowds. But a word of caution – if you are staying in Airbnb, make sure you write the address and telephone contact of your home or they may not clear you to enter. The address has to be complete in English or Japanese.

JR Pass or Haruka & ICOCA?

It took me quite some time to fully understand these passes, so this what I can explain. If you are traveling between cities a lot, like say Osaka to Tokyo and back, then get the JR Pass. Its quite expensive, but usually 2 discounted rides on the shinkansen (bullet train) will justify the price. To buy the price you need to purchase it online (its available to foreigners only) and redeem it when you arrive.

(ICOCA prepaid card)

I wasn’t travelling a lot between cities, so my choice was the Haruka & ICOCA. Haruka is special ticket from Kansai Airport to a few nearby cities like Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe (these cities are all in a region called Kansai). The ticket can be return or one-way only. The benefit of Haruka is that is a limited express (meaning they don’t stop at every station) and it is slightly cheaper. There are cheaper ways to get to Kyoto, but they involve switching trains at a slightly longer time, and this was not favourable to me as I was carrying large luggage. ICOCA is prepaid card, like our Touch ‘N Go or the Octopus Card in HK. You can use it for buses and most trains. Some convenience stores also accept payment with it.

Haruka & ICOCA is sold separately but better to be bought together as a package as it is slightly cheaper.

To get all these cards, once you exit immigration, go up one the escalator and cross over to the annex building. You will see the JR (Japan Railway) office on your left. Can’t miss it. Once there you get all your passes and can get all your questions answered (but please show your passports for all your traveling companions).

If you are planning to take the Sagano Scenic Railway in Arashiyama, do get them here beforehand as they tend to sell out very fast.

Trains in Japan

It is important to note that there are a few train companies in Japan, with at 2-3 running within each city. JR is the main railway company, much like our KTM. In my time in Japan, I also took Keihan and Kintetsu lines. They all have different stations within the same area, so make sure you don’t enter the wrong station. Their ticketing are also different, so make sure you check if the ICOCA card is accepted.

(the ultra modern shinkansen)

(Super crowded platform at the Fushima Inari station)

Getting To and Around Kyoto

However you get to Kyoto, you will most likely arrive in the cavernous Kyoto Station, one of the most impressive transportation hubs I have ever seen. All trains and subways stop here, as do most bus routes. There is a very helpful information desk right at the entrance with English speaking staff. First thing to do is get the bus route map and subway map from them.

Kyoto being such a large city, has rather limited subway coverage compared to other Japan cities. There are only two rounds running East-West and North-South. The problem is all the tourist site aren’t covered by these routes. So in order to get around the city, you need to use a combination of subway, trains, buses and taxis.

Subway – if you can, use the subway. Its cheap, fast (no traffic lights) and frequent.

Bus – second choice, use the bus. Their bus network is fantastic and the service is truly world class. The downside is the buses are usually crowded during the day time, and although traffic in Kyoto is very sparse, they stop every 500m to 1 km, so it takes a long time to cover long distance.

Trains – Trains function very similar to subways, and is equally cheap. But they have limited routes, so do study how the best to utilize them. But they do travel slower than subways.

Taxis – most people will tell you that taxis are expensive and best to avoid them, but for my family of 4, a short distance ride is almost the same price or only slight more expensive than bus or subway. This works really well if you are really tired and not looking forward to walking 1km from subway to your destination.

Getting To and Around Nara

There are two train lines from Kyoto – Kintetsu and JR. Use Kintetsu, it is nearer to the tourist spots. Once reaching Nara, we walked around the historical area, but there are loop. buses if you want to take them. But I strongly suggest walking, it is not far and you will truly appreciate the atmosphere (not to mention the deers).

(nice guy offering to be tour guide in Nara. But i really suggest you to walk)

Getting To and Around Osaka

On the sixth day we returned to Osaka from Kyoto by taking the limited express train. There are 5 different trains run by 3 companies (JR, Keihan and Hankyu) with varying prices and travel times.

In Osaka, there are two central stations separated by a river – Osaka and Shin-Osaka (don’t get off at the wrong station). Osaka is Japan’s second largest city, and is very much a modern city as compared to the older Kyoto. The subway here is excellent, so I didn’t take trains or buses. I did use taxi once, the rate is almost similar to Kyoto. So plan your journey with the subways, just make sure you have enough credit in your ICOCA card.

Next – we’ll get to the itinerary proper.

Japan 2016

Published by on December 17, 2016

More than a year ago, I booked a trip to Japan as a birthday present for my wife.

At the time, a few of my friends had recently returned from Kyoto and surrounding areas and were telling me it was a must visit – Kyoto is Japan’s most beautiful city. And visit either during the spring cherry blossom or autumn colour season.

So after some thought I book my trip a year ahead. The plan was to land in Kansai Airport, Osaka in the morning, and take a train straight to Kyoto. There in Kyoto I would spend 5 full days. Then I’d return to Osaka to spend 3 full days before flying back to Malaysia on the morning of the 9th day. So in effect, I had 8 days to plan for in a country with the most advanced and complex transportation system in Asia, with English not widely spoken or read. But no matter, every new country is an adventure.

From Kyoto we planned to do a day trip Nara. We also wanted to visit Hiroshima, especially to see giant torii gate floating in the sea. But after studying the cost of taking the shinkansen (bullet train, 95 minutes) from Kyoto, it was just too expensive. The better way was to have taken a much cheaper overnight train (6-7 hours). We had already booked our hotels throughout our stay, so it did not make sense take the overnight train. So we had to scratch off Hiroshima from our itinerary. We also planned to visit Himeji Castle and Kobe as a day trip from Osaka. Himeji is Japan oldest surviving feudal castle and is the most beautiful, featured in the movie The Last Samurai starring Tom Cruise. But after studying our itinerary, we decided to drop Kobe / Himeji and instead spend the 3 full days exploring Osaka.

So with our itinerary roughly done (and with lots of reference maps and notes in hand), on the 29th of November we set off to Japan.

Posts in this series:
Japan 2016 : Transportation Guide
Japan 2016 : Part 1 – Arrival, Nishiki Market & Teramachi Shopping Street
Japan 2016 : Part 2 – Meeting the Deers in Nara & Kofukuji Temple
Japan 2016 : Part 3 – Todaiji Temple, Nara
Japan 2016 : Part 4 – Ramen Lunch and Kasuga Taisha
Japan 2016 : Part 5 – Dinner at Kamameshi Shizuka
Japan 2016 : Part 6 – Kiyomizudera Temple
Japan 2016 : Part 7 – Traditional Kyoto Sushi at Izuju
Japan 2016 : Part 8 – Gion and Fushimi Inari Taisha
Japan 2016 : Part 9 – Arashiyama
Japan 2016 : Part 10 – Togetsukyo Bridge and Kinkakuji Temple
Japan 2016 : Part 11 – Ryoanji Temple
Japan 2016 : Part 12 – Ginkakuji, Philosopher’s Path & Eikando Night Illumination
Japan 2016 : Part 13 – Tenjinbashi Shotengai and Harukoma Sushi in Osaka
Japan 2016 : Part 14 – Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Japan 2016 : Part 15 – Osaka Castle
Japan 2016 : Part 16 – Umeda Sky Building
Japan 2016 : Part 17 – Umeda & Osaka Station
Japan 2016 : Part 18 – Dotonbori & Ichiran Ramen
Japan 2016 : Part 19 – Kuromon Ichiba Market
Japan 2016 : Part 20 – Den Den Town, Shinsaibashi & Shinsekai
Japan 2016 : Part 21 – Our Last Dinner in Japan
Japan 2016 : Wrap Up

One of the Few by Jason B. Ladd

Published by on November 2, 2016

Some years back, after some concerns about my health and general wellbeing, I started getting into the whole gym and fitness thing. I signed up for a gym, went 4 times a week, started running long distance. First it was 2 km, then 5 km and then 10 km (that was the max, honestly I don’t see myself going any further than that). Getting fitter and slimmer is always better than the alternative, but when it comes to being the peak of physical condition, it is being a Marine.


Or more specifically, a US Marine Corp. I think many of us hold to that ideal that to be a Marine, you are definitely the very best of an already elite crop of soldiers. It doesn’t just mean being physically elite, they are also trained to be mentally sharp, exhibit comradeship and integrity, etc. I think this ideal is somewhat perpetuated by years of watching movies and TV shows portraying Marines in the many battles throughout history, fictional or otherwise.

Which made me quite interested to read the book One of the Few by Jason B. Ladd, who tells his journey from childhood as an army kid, to a seasoned Marine and his struggles being both a Christian and an instrument of war. The book starts of peacefully enough, detailing his like moving across the United States, and even to Iwakuni in Japan. Then he meets his future wife as a kid, falls in love, gets married. Along the way he joins the army on the way to being a Marine. A pretty average story for an All-American soldier.

But what makes this book different for me is how he intersperse every chapter of his life in this book by asking the relevant questions about life, mortality and God. As his life gets more entwined in both his marriage and his training to be an elite soldier, the questions get tougher and more difficult to answer. Certainly, when faced with a life and death situation, you really start to wonder about the deeper questions of God and life. This is generalizing a lot, but the book goes into very detail on the struggles that he faced and how it relates to his walk with God.

I think because of how he handles this duality in his life, makes this book very different and rather special in the sense that there aren’t many books that I’ve read like this. Many people are interested in a memoir of a Marine, and by adding his Christian journey into the story takes the book on a whole different dimension. One complaint I would make, though is that the story doesn’t take a chronological path, it was quite confusing for me to keep track of the point in his life when reading through.

Hua Hin & Bangkok 2016 : Wrap-Up

Published by on September 12, 2016

This is post concludes an ongoing travelogue. To start at the beginning, please click here.

Well, its been more than two months since my holiday to Thailand, and I have finally finished my travelogue here. What started out as a last minute unplanned trip, turned out to a rather enjoyable holiday. I remember we didn’t really get down to doing the itinerary until about 2-3 weeks before leaving.

In retrospect, Hua Hin was a rather laidback, family holiday. There isn’t much sights to see, nor many places to go around the town for day trips. Well, actually there are, but we didn’t go for them. After so many holidays where had packed programmes of seeing and doing as much as we can, this was a welcome change.

Bangkok, in contrast, is hectic and frantic as ever. But with only a weekend there, we only visited Chatuchak weekend market and Platinum Fashion Mall, with a detour to the husky café.

Hua Hin is recommended for a relaxing holiday, it’ll be good if you get a good hotel on a stretch with a nice beach. Check out the night market, eat some of the delish seafood on offer. It’s one of those holiday places you go once in your lifetime, I don’t think it will change much in 20 years.

So until the next mega year end trip, goodbye.

Hua Hin & Bangkok 2016 : Part 16 – Love Eat Bistro

Published by on September 4, 2016

This is part of an ongoing travelogue. To start at the beginning, please click here.

Our long holiday in Thailand have come to an end. It’s our last meal in Bangkok, and after a long day of Chatuchak, we decided to have dinner near our hotel. Based on online recommendations, we went for Love Eat Bistro, located in a hotel.


The place serves a mixture of Italian and local food. But the décor is what sets this place apart. I really liked their frilly, almost Victorian-esque design.



(a group of aunties having a lively dinner)

(my beautiful dinner party)

We ordered some pad thai (as usual), burger, and spaghetti.



Food was quite good, and pricing was reasonable. Would recommend it. They have a few branches around Bangkok.

So with after our early dinner, we went the nearby 7-11 to buy some snacks and buns for tomorrow’s our flight home. I love 7-11 in other countries, they have such wide variety of food stuff.

Next – the wrap-up of our trip.

Hua Hin & Bangkok 2016 : Part 15 – Chatuchak Weekend Market

Published by on September 3, 2016

This is part of an ongoing travelogue. To start at the beginning, please click here.

One of the reasons for extending our stay to include a weekend in Bangkok is to go to Chatuchak weekend market. We went there in our last trip a few years back, this time we wanted to make sure we covered the whole market.

The market is just a few stations away. The hotel provides free tuk-tuk service to and fro the BTS station.


(Sanam Pao station is deserted during the weekends. But as you get nearer to Mo Chit, the trains get packed)

We reached there about 10 am, and the crowd was already slowly building up.


Can’t really describe the experience of shopping here. You can buy (almost) anything here. But we were concentrating mainly on clothes and souvenirs.


Didn’t take many photos, too busy shopping.


This stall is the famous JJ coconut ice-cream, you can see the long line of people. I tried it, it was okay, not sure why its so popular.


For lunch we went across the road to Or Tor Kor market. This time, though, it seemed more crowded than usual. Or Tor Kor is a covered market that sells fresh fruits and vegetables, and there is an excellent food court.


(durian season is also in full season in Thailand)

Food court was so full we had to wait for our table.


Finally had lunch at about 3 pm. Pad Thai and chicken rice as usual.


After spending 5-6 hours of walking and shopping, I think we went through the length and breadth of Chatuchak. with exception of the section that sold kitchenware. The thing with this market is that towards the afternoon, the heat gets a little too much and its probably time to go back to the hotel.

Next – Last meal in Thailand.

Hua Hin & Bangkok 2016 : Part 14 – Playing with Siberian Huskies at TrueLove @ Neverland

Published by on August 28, 2016

This is part of an ongoing travelogue. To start at the beginning, please click here.

Friday morning was an odd day to be leaving Hua Hin. Most people recommend to visit Cicada, an artist market, that is open only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. But we wanted to make it back to Bangkok for Chatuchak Weekend Market, and we were already leaving on Sunday. So we had to give Cicada a miss, besides I think in the past week, we had our fair share of markets and shopping.

Before that, one last look at our wonderful hotel for the last 4 nights.


Getting back to BKK from Hua Hin was pretty much a straightforward thing. Lug your baggage to the same place you disembark, and pay for the ticket, and board the next available van. Our van was leaving immediately, so we didn’t have to wait long. This time the van wasn’t full – two other ladies, plus a farang and his Thai girlfriend and the driver. I slept throughout the entire journey and by the time we reached Victory Monument, it was almost noon.

From VM we took a walk to our hotel, Bangkok Patio.


It’s a (really) small hotel, chosen primarily for its vicinity to Victory Monument, Chatuchak and Don Mueang. But for the price we were paying, we got a cosy little apartment with 2 room and living room.




Here’s the pool we never used.


After checking in and leaving our luggage (and signing in the wifi), we set out to play with huskies! There’s this café we read about where you can play with rare Siberian huskies, and it was quite near our hotel. But since the hotel provided free tuk-tuk services (only to and fro the nearest BTS station), they were so kind enough to drop us off the café, which was about 2km away.

Unless you have a map with you, finding this place on your is tough. [email protected] (yes, the name is quite a mouthful) is located at the end of a very long (try not to walk there) lane in a housing area. It is basically a double storey bungalow with a huge compound refurbished with special kennels and large play area for the dogs.


In order to get in, you need to buy tickets for your appointed time. there are limited time slots available, so please check their website or you will end up waiting a really long time as this place is indeed popular.


Tickets to enter cost a hefty THB300 per person. This entitles you to drink, a slice of cake, and up to 2 hours of time with the dogs. If you come at the right time, you can go and play with the huskies first. Or else, you can wait in the café with your food and drink, but also depending on the limited seating in the café.

We were slightly early for our time slot, and we managed to get a seating inside.



There’s a good selection of food drinks here, and you can opt to order ala carte if you want. But its all rather pricey.



After food and drinks, it was time to visit the dogs. Getting to it isn’t so simple. First we have to watch a 10 minute video on screen about the rules. It was don’t very professionally and in a humourous way – but basically don’t let the dogs lick you, don’t feed them anything, don’t put your rosy cheeks near them, or else they mistake it for their favourite food i.e. carrots.

then you remove your shoes and wear plastic coverings over your feet / socks. After that, the proprietor makes you line up to wash your hands in the bathroom, followed by a long wait for the dogs to come out into the yard. Not sure why this last part takes so long, I imagine them prepping and giving pep talks to the dogs before they are let out to entertain the crowd.

But once they are out, what a beautiful sight! Siberian huskies are known to be fierce and powerful, but here they are well trained that even toddlers are encouraged to play with them.



The dogs live better than some humans – air-conditioned quarters, the best food, ice water to drink, and professionally groomed everyday.


They put some of the dogs in smaller enclosures to allow you to get up close and personal with them. Here they are feeding the dogs their favourite carrot bits.



The only 2 non-huskies here -a shih-Tzu, and an aging Australian sheepdog in the background.


The dogs lap ice water throughout the day to keep cool.


After that, we planned to visit Platinum Fashion Mall, and getting a cab from this area was a huge problem. But the café was kind enough to order a Grabcar for us. We got into some 5pm traffic, but made it to Platinum in good time thanks to our awesome driver.


(serious shopper lady in front of us)

Platinum Fashion Mall is pretty much the same since our last visit years ago, but prices are more rigid now, less tiered pricings. We bought lots of stuff, and after 4 hours, we were really tired. Time for some dinner.


After that we had to settle for a pricey cab ride back to hotel on account of the traffic.

Next – Chatuchak Weekend Market.

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