Sunday, October 31, 2010

Furano 富良野


Furano (ふらの) is also known as "Navel town”, an extremely beautiful place located in the center of Hokkaido.


Furano is renowned for LAVENDER field. Many tourists visit this place during summer to admire the celebrated lavender fields and the beauty of their deep purple signature. Lavender in Hokkaido usually starts blooming in late June and reaches its peak from around mid July to early August.


I was looking forward to the lavender fields and rolling hills covered with summer blooms when I arrived in Hokkaido but only managed to feel the lavender on Day 6 when I arrived at Biei and Furano.


So here you go. These are part of the essence extracted from the aromatic lavender fresh from Hokkaido.




Shinzo Maeda Photo Art Gallery

This gallery features a Japanese photographer famous for his beautiful landscape photos of Hokkaido. Hokkaido is so so so beautiful in every season.



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Entrance


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Photos shooting is strictly prohibited in this gallery but I was very naughty because I wanted to have some memories on every places that I visited. Photos behind me featured the awesome view during winter.


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I spotted a beautiful flower garden nearby the gallery and without any hesitation, I ran towards it and took a lot of photos quietly with my hubby. I hate my photos being spoilt by strangers or crowd. Yippie!



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A small lavender field with patchwork slope as backdrop.





Shinkisai (四季彩の丘)


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OMG! The view is simply amazing!


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I found rainbow field and sunflower field too!!! Just couldn't control myself and I even ignored my hubby (because he was walking too slow and only snapped close up photos for those flowers) and asked other to take photos for me. Pity :(


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I love this photo sooooo much


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My hubby's close up photos.


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Say hello to me!


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I was going crazy with all the flowers!


But too bad as before we finished walking in this beautiful field, it started to rain and we got no choice but to leave and head for lunch.


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Vast lavender field. Nice view from bus window


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I wanna stay here forever can?


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Sunflower + lavender field opposite the restaurant that we had our lunch. I spent only 20 minutes to put in everything inside my stomach during lunch time and ran towards this lavender field. I wanted to have more time to camwhore with these pretty flowers!!!


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OMG! What a lovely composition!


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I totally fell in love with this romantic lavender field.


STAY TUNED for more photos. I will make sure the coming lavender photos fulfill your sense of smell.



Other Hokkaido posts:


Sapporo Shopping Time
Biei (美瑛町)
Okurayama Ski Jump
Hokkaido Crabs
Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura
Shiraoi Ainu Village
Coffee Days in Hokkaido
Hell Valley @ Hokkaido
Hokkaido♥Konbu♥Cherries
Yukata
Onuma Lake 大沼湖
Crowning Glory of Hakodate
Hakodate Highlights
Hakodate 函館


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Think of Penang, think of FOOD


I’m back from Penang!

Had been working there for a week but too bad we stayed at Prai and thus, we ended up having same food at same place almost every day.

But, we were able to discover some delicious Penang food too!


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Hokkien Loh Mee

I had this three times a week as my lunch because I can never find this in Seremban. Yum yum…..


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Char Quey Teow


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Mediocre Wantan noodles


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Pasembur


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Chicken drumstick mee suah with herbal soup


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Duck drumstick mee suah with herbal soup. Love the herbal soup and felt the healthiness. Yummy!

This is so cheap! With only RM3.80, you can savour a bowl of herbal soup with chicken drumstick at this price!


Crossed Penang Bridge and went to Gurney Drive for food hunting because we gotta go to airport to fetch our manager.

The food court at Gurney drive is a food heaven!


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I supeeeeer love the fried oyster omelette there. Every morsel is a mix of crunch, freshness, and juice. Strongly recommended!!

Alice and me couldn't stop eating and we ended up ordered 4 plates!


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The oysters were so fresh and according to Debbie, the "ohmic" moment was when she bite and the fresh oyster juice burst and spilled into her mouth!!


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Tau Hu Fa. This is extremely super ultra SMOOTH and it melted inside my mouth within 2 seconds.


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Char Kuew Teow again


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Dried style ikan bakar. This tasted very good too!


After tasting so many different kinds of yummy local delicacies, we headed to another place in town for blissful bite dessert.



Tadaa………



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Hong Kong glutinous rice ball. A very hearty dessert that made us drove all the way to the town.


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There are many types of sweet broth – my favourite is red bean soup and soy milk!!! Drooling now OMG!

They features black sesame filling and peanut filling. Perfect match!


Some photos taken at Gurney Drive after our hearty meal.

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We went to Queensbay Mall on the last day for karaoke to release our stress. The view opposite Queensbay Mall .


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Love the blue sky and Yeah, I’m sunny girl :)


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How one can forget Tau Sar Pneah during the visit to Penang?


BYE BYE Penang and see you again on next year! Yes, I'm going there again on January for final audit.


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Akira, hopefully my work schedule will not be so packed so that we can meet up for good food on January. Haha!


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sapporo Shopping Time!


This is my third day in Penang doing field audit. I miss my bedroom very much because the chalet we are staying is too small.

Really hope time can fly faster so that Saturday comes sooner and I can pack all my things and say goodbye to this place.

Since I can't access the Hokkaido lavender photos, let me post something that can motivate myself to work harder for another trip. Haha.....


SHOPPING @ SAPPORO!


Tanukikoji Street, it begins from Street 1 till Street 7, with shops and cafes on both sides. It also has a lot of Pachinko and games outlets.



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It's just like our Petaling Street, but so much bigger, cleaner and of course is beautifully decorated. 100 times better than Petaling Street ok?

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The decoration are very impressive. I didn't really shop because I spent all time walking around to look for skincare shop and most importantly, camwhoring!

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Searching ........

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Pharmacy similar to Watsons!

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Japananese school girls

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A stranger posed in front of my camera out of a sudden when I wanted to take photo of the shop behind him.

What's so special about the shop? It's because every one was squeezing inside to grab the souvenirs!

The shop will give a 5% discount for all the products. So it's the cheapest place to buy!!!

Those of you who got my chocolates and snacks, this was the place I bought the Fubari rock melon candies, milk candies, green tea and milk daifuku, Shiroi Koibito chocolate, Royce chocolate potato chips, Royce chocolate bars and many many more.

The shop even help all their customers to pack the things inside a box as a check-in luggage so that your snacks are not being smashed into pieces. Thumbs up for the service. Hassle-free!


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Proceeded to underground shopping mall for more surprise

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This shopping mall is so huge but we didn't have much time to shop.

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Hubby was looking for some comics

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Japanese restaurant

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And this is the Panasonic tower at Odori Park. Looks a bit like Eiffel Tower in Paris. Haha

I really had a fun-filled shopping experience at Sapporo. Miss the place so much!


Ok. Mission completed. Time to sleep. Good night!



Other Hokkaido posts:


Biei (美瑛町)
Okurayama Ski Jump
Hokkaido Crabs
Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura
Shiraoi Ainu Village
Coffee Days in Hokkaido
Hell Valley @ Hokkaido
Hokkaido♥Konbu♥Cherries
Yukata
Onuma Lake 大沼湖
Crowning Glory of Hakodate
Hakodate Highlights
Hakodate 函館


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