REALLY LOUD and noisy even with ur windows closed.
there are especially a lot of them near our school/dorm. the amount is insane, maybe hundreds of them per tree or something. am NOT EXAGGERATING.
and when i walked out of the dorm to school (20 steps away lol) i could feel the heat. i could feel Singapore and more humid, i could feel SUMMER.
talk about summer vacation, if i'm not going back to Singapore, i'm travelling for sureee.
and the first trip.. to Hokkaidoooooo!! 夏に、涼しいところ行こうぜー！
and i am thankful to all the Japanese friends that we have met in Hokkaido, especially Taka.
We touched down Sapporo in the evening, it was so cooling outdoor!
we then had some good food for dinner near the hotel before meeting Dani's brazilian friend, Sachi (pure Japanese blood thou) who is staying in Sapporo now.
we joined her and her big group of friends (mostly of the same dorm) to play some hanabi! :D
but my favourite was bumble bee hehe. when it did fly, it was so pretty, better than those in M'sia lol.
Jiahuey arrived around midnight and we went to pick her up at our hotel's train station.
All the 4 nights together, we were supposed to sleep early coz every night we went back to the hotel pretty late and we had to wake up early the next day but we ended up having girls talk coz there's too much to talk about X)
In the end she slept in the car. lol
Day 2: Check list, The Lavender Field
We met Dani's online Japanese friend, Taka for the first time and i really can't thank him enough for driving us around for 2 days.
Today it was all the way to Furano, a 3 hours journey!!
Without him, i don't know where we'll end up. Furano is at countryside and transport is really inconvenient.
So good to have him here with us (,:
Photos of us and the flowers and LAVENDERRR! ♡
but as u can see from the photos it was a pretty hot day, sweating alreadyyy.
I wanted to walk further more but taka seems to be hurrying off (he didn't rush us) but i could feel the "okay let's go" feeling but i guess it's okay coz as we follow him, time management is better lol.
for lunch, he brought us to this restaurant for some AWESOME SOUP CURRY!!
confirm GOOD FOOD i tell you. BEST :d
we couldn't even go on other days coz it was too far from Sapporo T_T
sian ttm. everyone was so looking forward to this.. huuuhuuuu saded.
That night, we met Kaho and Saori for dinner! (*^_^*)v
(my Hokkaido friends we met during my first year of poly)
SHABU SHABU 食べた！
hehe :D and we had fun (:
we met up for just this night so i felt that it wasn't enough, especially being friends for almost 5 years, i wanted to do more but she's busy with part-time work so.. とにかく、会えてよかった！
Day 3 itinerary:
Moerenuma Park >> Sapporo Chocolate Factory >> Taka's grandparents's house >> Karaoke >> Sushi >> Asahiyama Kinen Park!
So here we are at the glass pyramid of Moerenuma Park and the beginning of our group jump shots.. lol
it was really cooling and cloudy windy today (:
love the weather d(^_^d)
and this place is pretty cool, i really likeee <3
and there we go up the hill, (this park is actually quite big but we didn't go through everything coz Taka was hurrying off again haha) seen enough though (:
but i likeeee so cooling and shioook :D
Shiroi Koibito of course! the famous 白い恋人 chocolate so oishii u can't deny ;)
After that Taka brought us to his grandparent's place for a Tea Ceremony!
His grandmother is a professional okay. 先生だよ！
Even for the people drinking it there's steps to follow and i can't even remember what we had to say before and after drinking lol. i can't do this.
like, i can drink the one they made and say it's oishii but the one we made.. bliak! it's bitter lol.
after the tea ceremony, they even prepared watermelon for us! (,:
After that we went for a 2 hours Karaoke session!!
IT WAS DAMN CHEAP OKAY.
like, the price for 4 students + 1 adult = price of 1 adult in Osaka. we were so shocked, lol.
anyway zhong dian, taka can sing damn well, and he's the vocalist in a band?!!
can u find any cooler teacher here? (oh right, i havent tell you he's a High school English teacher!)
what's with Japanese people!! why all of them can sing so well har?
imagine your own teacher singing B'z ichibu no zenbu in karaoke.
KAKKOII <3!! hahaha
anyway, he totally doesn't match the image of a teacher. He smokes and he always break traffic rules and he plays pachinko? lol. but the best thing is, HE CAN SING and that ROCKS, haha.
do i sound like a fan-girl now? hahahaha.
He brought us to this sushi restaurant where i can't eat much coz mostly raww! :<
but it's okay haha ;)
Finally, the last destination of the day and our final moments with taka.
I came to like him a lot, so does Jiahuey and i believe the boys too.
though he smokes, (which gave me a bad first impression on skype) but he has NEVER smoke in front of us.
like at some time, he disappear somewhere to smoke and then comes back without even having the smoke smell on him. so considerate! (:
and he's so kind enough to drive us around for 2 DAYS lahh.
and i like how he always lead us around to where we go or what we do, like a big brother whom we can lean on (:
i love him lah!
We had a really good time, and today was the BEST of all.
Day 4: We are on our own
now we have to get to places ourselves by public transport.
(without Taka around, i had to take the lead, again, i realised i'm the eldest, by few days. and i hate it when the boys don't seem to care and just leaving things to me. tsk tskk. but how can i count on them if they are all 路痴 lehh)
anyway, the first one is, Sapporo Sculpture Park!
took bus in Japan for the first time, (wwell, my first time was with my otou-san but he did everything and i just followed so not counted haha) and there we are!
anyway i am fair :p but i wanna be tanned for once, can i?
Some sculptures are quite interesting buttt why is everything spread around the forest... zzz
have to walk here and there and i think we wasted too much time here :/
To be honest, it was quite boring for me or i don't know how to appreciate it but anyway, following up with interesting photos..
Next, we bus-ed down to Takino Park which is near by and i liked it more we should have come earlier!!
It closes at 6pm ):
WELCOME TO THE KID'S PARADISE!! COZ IT'S A PLACE FOR MEEE HAHAHAHA.
it's my favourite coz so fun! jump and bounce and jump and bounce! weeehehehehe i couldn't control my excitement and i was behaving like a kid laughing so loudly i think the other 3 were embarrassed by me lol.
and this is the longest slide i have seen other than those in pools.
it would be more fun if it's more slippery hahaha was stopped half-way by friction.
How to play: roll the ball down the hill and jump on and over it.
Understand not? HAHAHAHA. anyway it's fun lah :p
COOL RIGHT, felt like spring NOT SUMMER, WE LIKEEE :D
coz there's no more bus back. lame horrr the park oso not yet close the last bus wanna set so early leh -_-
so it was the first time i ride in a taxi in Japan and i thought it would be my last...
Oh right, i lost my appetite that day, for some reason or no reason.
i didn't even eat half of my lunch and at dinner, we had good ramen but i didn't finish it either :/
Sachi was late but we manage to meet her for the last time.
I really like her smileeee!
If u have seen her in person you would know, she has such a nice smile it gives people a comfortable feeling ^_^
Day 5: Otaru
also my second time here but a totally different experience (:
When u come to Hokkaido, u want to eat CRAB!
and we did! but cheap ones! lol so it was err... normal.
but we should have came on Day 4 so we could stay a little later to view the night scene..
my mistake on planning, too tired to think.
but the view was nice and cooling! i think the most cooling, probably because it's uphill too.
i even had to borrow dani's jacket, and it's summer hehe (:
A photo Jiahuey took of us, we were actually taking photo of Yoshi alone hahaha.
because we had a dinner meeting with dani's friend, Ryota and friends! (:
I think we might have gotten a little fat in this 5 days eating so much good food.
i wished we could spend more time together but Jiahuey had to go back hotel and pack her luggage coz she had to leave freaking early next morning.
(on a side note, we took cab for the second time when we travel back to the Otaru station from 天狗山, reason being, MISSED THE LAST BUS AGAIN! -_-)
don't understand why Japan's taxi fare so ex.. u know, if Jiahuey takes cab from our hotel to the airport, the taxi fare can buy her a air ticket back home. ridiculous. ばかばかしい！
So in the end, she took cab to Sapporo station then train to the airport. timing was quite tight and we were so worried but she had reached Singapore safely! (:
we had Macdonald's Breakfast and then it was our turn in the afternoon.. don't wanna leaveeee! X(
never even get to do shopping! (coz duno where the shopping area like shinsaibashi/harajuku/bugis are and shopping mall so expensive)
so all we did today was to shop for souvenirs and we had CURRY SOUP for lunch!
they only have it in Hokkaido! ): i bet we'll crave for it in Osaka.
Since then, i started to miss home a lot. probably because coming back from Hokkaido feels like i just went on a holiday trip and it's time to go home.
On the plane back, i could imagine myself flying back to Singapore (delusional lol)
but somehow i wished i was on the plane home.
i wanna go home so badly, i miss home so much.
Coming back to my room in the dormitory felt kinda empty..
heart filled with homesickness, i showered and went to sleep.
This homesick lasted a few days.. and when i finally told dani about Mom, i reminded myself how much more i should work hard than what i am doing now. The reason why I can be here and why i am here..
i can't let anyone down, my family, myself, my Mom.
While things aren't going well back home, i seem to be having too much fun.
I know i'm a super duper lazy person but i know when i need to, i CAN discipline myself.
sooooooooo, until the new beginning of school term with much more to learn, 日本語頑張ろう！！