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    Being Tourists in Melaka 2017 – Part 3

    Day 3 in Melaka. Breakfast at the hotel as usual. Today we decided to go to a mall to walk about. Before that, we decided to visit 2 places near our hotel first. The first one was the goldsmith once owned by my family. The name of the shop is still on Google even though it has been closed for many years. My grandparents’ generation lost ownership of the shop after someone broke into and stole everything. One of my uncles tried to open another small shop but it didn’t succeed. I’m surprised after so many years, the shop is still here and the name is still engraved on the…

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    Being Tourists in Melaka 2017 – Part 2

    Day 2 of Being a Tourist in my second hometown, Melaka – breakfast at our hotel. Since my hotel is very narrow and compact, the breakfast is served in another lot across the street, located inside a nyonya kebaya boutique. Breakfast here is a very low key affair, but serves good food. On the last day here, the chicken rice served for breakfast was excellent. Today, we’re going around out of the city. First stop is to visit my grandmother’s house in Ujong Pasir. My father was born in an old wooden house in Kubu Road, near where the stadium is now. Over the years, they moved around a few…

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    Being Tourists in Melaka 2017 – Part 1

    Melaka, or Malacca to some of us, is my father’s hometown. All the relatives from his side of the family are from there, most of them still stay there. When I was little, every weekend we’d drive up from Muar to spend the day in Malacca. During the long school holidays, my parents would leave all three of us (me, my brother and sister) to stay in Malacca, together with my grandmother and my cousin (she is the same age as my brother). Those were great times with many wonderful memories. We’d play card games and children games. Sometimes I’d hang out with the neighbor Jimmy. Sometime’s all 4 of…

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    My 2016 in 9 Points

    This year’s edition is late again, for most of December and January, I was doing my Japan itinerary, so this had to wait for that to end. Can’t believe I’ve been doing this annually for 9 years now, next year will be a decade of this. You can view the previous years’ editions here: 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 Anyway, let’s get started. (if you are wondering why 9 and not 10, read one of the earlier posts) 1. Bernie Sanders Most people will remember 2016 as annus horribilis, with Brexit, Donald Trump, and the celebrity deaths. The US presidential election was an especially hard pill to…

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    Japan 2016 : Part 21 – Wrap Up

    This is the concluding post in an ongoing travelogue. To start at the very beginning, click here. On the final day of our stay here, we had to get up early for our flight. The journey back to Kansai Airport consist of a subway ride, and some walking to transit to a lengthy train journey. (so we had to go downstairs for breakfast right when the restaurant opened) (the modern and sleek bullet train. too bad we didn’t get to try it this trip) Once you get to Kansai, make sure you get your money and deposit refunded for your ICOCA card. You can only get your refund from the…

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    Japan 2016 : Part 21 – Our Last Dinner in Japan

    This is part of an ongoing travelogue. To start at the very beginning, click here. So it has been a long final day for us. Walking the length and breadth of the central district of Osaka, and visiting Kuromon Ichiba Market twice. Before leaving the market in the late afternoon, we stopped for a caffeine break in this place. As with all the coffee shops here (with the exception of Starbucks), there’s a one-person-one-order policy. I did not know that UCC is actually a Japanese brand until just before my trip. No wonder the brand is used by a lot of the coffee places here. There’s even a UCC Coffee…

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    Japan 2016 : Part 20 – Den Den Town, Shinsaibashi & Shinsekai

    This is part of an ongoing travelogue. To start at the very beginning, click here. After our morning walk through Kuromon Ichiba Market, we headed to the south towards Den Den Town. Today, the whole itinerary is located around the same area, but at different ends. So there’s quite a fair bit of walking involved. From the market, Den Den Town is about 3 blocks. Den Den Town, or formally known as Nipponbashi, is a large commercial district specializing in electronic equipment, PC and gaming stuff, manga and anime. I was specifically looking for some anime figurines, which are not available in Malaysia. I reckon I would be able to…

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    Japan 2016 : Part 19 – Kuromon Ichiba Market

    This is part of an ongoing travelogue. To start at the very beginning, click here. Day 8 and our final day in Japan! And also our third day in Osaka. Today was supposed to be a day trip to Himeji Castle and Kobe, but was dropped in favour of spending another day in Osaka. So for today’s itinerary, first is to visit Kuromon Ichiba market, then walk on down to Den Den Town (Nipponbashi), then visit Shinsaibashi Shopping Street, then if we’re feeling up to it, drop by Amemura and finish off in Shinsekai. Well, we’re probably not going do everything in the itinerary, seeing that we’re coming to the…

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    Japan 2016 : Part 18 – Dotonbori & Ichiran Ramen

    This is part of an ongoing travelogue. To start at the very beginning, click here. As of today, we’ve been here in Japan for a week, and we seem to be getting easily tired from all the walking and shopping. So today we had to take a short nap at the hotel after the morning’s long itinerary. It was evening when we went out again to for dinner and more walking. Our destination? The most popular place in Osaka – Dotonbori! Dotonbori is a long shopping and foodie street in the centre of the city. It is situated next along a river and is surrounded by many shopping streets and…

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    Japan 2016 : Part 17 – Umeda & Osaka Station

    This is part of an ongoing travelogue. To start at the very beginning, click here. From Umeda Sky Building, it is quite a distance to walk to Osaka Station. There is a long underpass where you go beneath the train tracks. Once you exit the underpass, you are in the midst of the many skyscrapers in Umeda. It is really nice to walk along the open plaza area and take in the atmosphere. The area between Intercontinental Hotel and Osaka Station is especially nice. (that’s Grand Front Osaka on your left and Osaka Station up ahead) (there’s even an outdoor skating rink) (this strange building is shaped like a ship)…