A quick trip to Singapore

I have wanted to go to Singapore for awhile now, I have met many people while living in Tokyo who used to live in Singapore and they all loved it! I had to go and see for myself why. I wasn’t disappointed, the place is great it is such a melting pot of cultures, colour, histories, traditions and great food. I can see why so many people love living there.

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The first but hopefully not the last trip to Norway.

I cannot believe that I haven’t posted any photographs from our Norway trip. This is a country high up on my bucket list and I am keeping it up there because I don’t feel as though I have seen it properly yet. For one thing it is one seriously long country! Another reason is because we travelled by cruise ship and it just didn’t feel the same as travelling around a country on your own with your own car. I can’t say that I would choose cruise travel again to be honest. But Norway, well I would go back there any day!

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a holiday I want to do over and over and over again

We went to Hawaii recently. That beautiful spot in the middle of the ocean that everyone wants to go to and for good reason its f-ing awesome! While living in Japan we knew we had to get across to Hawaii because the chances of us living as close as this again (still a 7-9 hour flight) is slim. Now that I have been though all I want to do is go back. Especially the island of Kauai, that was my favourite and I was very sad to leave it. But I am grateful to have been able to spend some time in paradise.

All I want to do is go back – today if possible 🙂

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Ishigaki – take 2

Ok so I am a fan of Okinawa. I have been a few times now and I really enjoy the big island. However Ishigaki is one of those islands I cannot quite figure out whether I like or not. I know that that may sound weird or nasty but it is the truth. This last trip though I think will be my last one there. Of course it doesn’t help that we had a typhoon while there and had to fly back to Tokyo through that typhoon, thats enough to put me off for life lol!

There is one island close to Ishigaki though that I love and that is Taketomi. It is such a cute little island and I have been there twice now and enjoyed it both time.

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that autumn feeling

Autumn has become my favourite of all seasons, and I have Japan to thank for that. I have never lived in a country that has the colour and beauty of Japan before. It is my favourite time of the year to travel here and I have never been disappointed. It also helps that the Japanese have an eye for details, Japanese hotels know how to make the most of this season with beautiful rooms, with beautiful windows showing the splendour outside.

This time we travelled to Oirase gorge in Aomori prefecture. This prefecture is famous for apples as well. We had a lot of rain and bad weather but it didn’t take away from just how beautiful this autumn viewing spot is. Anyway I hope that the pictures tell the story.

 

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China Town | Nagasaki | Japan

Nagasaki is a cool city. It has a lot of character, probably due to its history of being a trading port. It was freezing when we were there and we stayed in a very old traditional Ryokan and there was 2 little rooms in it only one of which had a heater which was off all day so when you got home it was FREEZING! The bathroom was furthest away from the heater and was made of stone – need I say more.

However, this city rocks and I was always looking forward to seeing Nagasaki’s china town. It isn’t as big as the china town in Yokohama but it is still good. We were lucky enough to be there during the lantern festival.

you can’t beat that street name

It was very difficult to get the photograph above but if you look closely those are all pig heads – WEIRD!

The place was full of lanterns and it looked particularly great at night.

The chinese shrines in Yokohama’s china town are very colourful and very ornate, the ones in Nagasaki are very different, they are very old and feel very atmospheric and characterful.

In some of the photos you can see the snow in the air, it really really really was cold!

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Huis Ten Bosch | Sasebo | Nagasaki | Japan

I have never been to Holland, I would love to see it one day and I have a feeling that I would really like it. Growing up in South Africa that had a lot of influence from the Dutch may be part of it as well as all the great photographs I see of it on Instagram. I have to admit though that I don’t remember ever meeting anyone that said that they had been and didn’t like it. I gotta get there one day, it’s just a little far from here.

In Japan though you can go to Huis Ten Bosch which is a Dutch themed fun park and it really looks like what I imagine Holland to look it. It is a really cool like place, and I am not one that really likes fun parks that much so it means a lot coming from me lol.

They also had chocolate fondues which myself and my little dude sat and stuffed our faces with. Yum!

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I love you Mt. Fuji-San

I do I really do! I love Mt. Fuji, there is something so special about it and watching it at sunset and then again at sunrise is amazing, even if it was -6 degrees celsius!

fuji sunrise

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