The last day was all about getting home. We had packed everything the night before, put everything into our bags, made sure everything’s ready and all. Here’s a picture of my cute 6-year-old cousin on the morning that we were supposed to leave:
We rode a bus that goes directly to the airport. We kinda had a hard time because we had too many baggage. XD I mostly slept on the bus ride because I was really sleepy and tired and had nothing better to do. The rest felt really good. :).
After that we just waited at the airport for quite a while before checking in. I solved Sudoku puzzles to pass time.Then came the time for our flight. I slept a lot again. Sleep is nice. Sleep is good. Hahahaha <3 We got here to the Philippines and had a bit of a dilemma before actually reaching home. :) Just like that, our trip to Japan has ended. It’s not colder outside establishments anymore. Heaters were no longer needed. =)))))) Hello Philippines!
My cousin wanted to go to Legoland so badly and since it was literally beside Madame Tussauds, everything worked out well for all of us! We passed by a lot of picture spots on the way there, and there was even a parade (that we didn’t watch for too long because the blazing sun)!
We went to Madame Tussauds. I’ve always heard about it and wanted to go to that wax museum. It was really interesting! There were videos on how to make those wax statues, how long the process took, and more information about it. It was really fun seeing how they were made. Such intricate details! Amazing, amazing! XD
Me with Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp, E.T. (which happens to be my cover photo on Facebook), and Aubrey Hepburn. They’re just some of the stars in the museum. There were Obama, Steve Jobs, Madonna, and many more! I didn’t notice time pass by because we were too busy taking pictures. There were soooo many wax statues! Hahaha XD
Bow down to me, I am queen! =)))) Beside the Kate Middleton wax was that throne, and beside it was that fluffy thing (sorry, I don’t know what it’s called!) and crown that people can wear when taking pictures. Hahahaha it was really fun. XD We really took so long inside the museum, and we were so tired and hungry after it! So we ate lunch. Then after that we went to Odaiba and all the other places we went to four years ago, but we didn’t stay long. Long story short, we went to watch the fountain show and then ate dinner afterwards:
Yeay food! :) We did a lot of stuff that afternoon actually, I just can’t remember the places we went to and all. We went to this beautiful fountain somewhere. There were a lot of shops there as well, and I recall being very very tired of walking, but is still able to smile at pictures. XD Oh yes! We also bought tasty donuts. :)
This is a day well spent! I remember really wanting to go home, but it was probably because we visited a lot of places. :D When we went home, we went to pack our stuff in preparation for our flight back to the Philippines. :(
In the left pic, I was holding a cream puff. My sister and I wanted to try it out and some ended buying some for themselves as well. :)) In the right pic, I’m obviously inside the subway. We were headed to Ginza! :)
Ginza was a great place! There were so many shops. It was kinda tiring but very fun! We roamed around so many shops and seen so many clothes. We even bought lots of suitcases because they were on sale. XD We did a lot of walking, picture-taking, and roaming around. Too bad it rained. It was such a bother. Anyway, in the middle of our Ginza adventure, we also passed by the…
… Apple Store! We went there to get my iTouch fixed because my iTouch’s front cam was broken for months. They replaced it with a new one the next day, but few days after we went back to the Philippines, it kept freezing and freezing and nothing I tried worked. In short, it was broken again. So now we sent it back to my godmother. Few days ago I just received the news that they replaced it again. Thanks for replacing it Apple, but please don’t mess up my iTouch again ^_^
We went to that tower on the left picture after Ginza. On the way up, I saw the Studio Ghibli store that my sister and I read about in some guide. I immediately went inside and looked over all the stuff! <3 It’s fun that I recognized almost all of the merchandise inside. Ponyo, Chihiro and No Face, Totoro, Howl and Sophie, Princess Mononoke, and more! It was even more fun when I realized that the song they were playing inside the store was the Ponyo theme song. :’) Our time was short so I had to go but I really maximized the few minutes that I spent inside! <3 <3 <3
After that, we went to a little theme park of some sort. We rode that hot air balloon flower thingie that went up so high, then went down gradually. I actually took a video of our descent, but I can’t find it so yeah. =)))) After that, we went hoooooooooooome! :D
That morning, we went to Ikspiari but my sister and I eventually decided to just come to Disneyland instead of going around the shops. We made sure to make the best out of our time! We even took pictures with some of the characters like Goofy…
… and Robin Hood! (picture on the right) After that, we ate pancakes! <3 I really wanted to eat pancakes the day before but we weren’t able to, so I was really happy that my sister and I were able to eat pancakes that morning! They were very yummy pancakes. :3
After that, we went to the Country Bear Theater. and then lined up in Splash Mountain, one of my favorite rides. :3 After that we just did a lot of eating, taking pictures, and lining up. We also rode Big Thunder Mountain, which is just so <3 <3 <3 <3! It’s not really an extreme ride, and it’s the very first ride that I rode in the very first Disneyland I’ve been in. Just a short explanation:
Four years ago, this is the first ride that we lined up for. We were didn’t know which rides were good and which ones weren’t, then we saw that the line for Big Thunder Mountain was very long, so we decided to line up! :)
While we were just walking around, my sister and I kept seeing people holding something like a chicken leg so we looked for it to try it out and see if it’s yummy. It was Teriyaki Turkey Leg. It was very tasty, but after a while you’ll get tired of it partly because it’s so difficult to eat without getting stuff on your face. XD
Later that day, we rode Big Thunder Mountain for the second time. Then we just lined up on the attractions that we haven’t seen yet. When nightfall was upon us, we went to Toontown. Yes, the attractions are mostly for kids, but that didn’t stop us! We rode an amazing roller coaster. I thought it wouldn’t be thrilling because it’s for kids, but it’s actually really good! It’s like Big Thunder Mountain, but the ride is short and less extreme, but still extreme enough.
We saw that the time waiting is 5 minutes so we decided to ride it. Turns out, there’s nobody riding it and the space provided for the line was very long so that 5 minutes indicated there was the time you walk from the entrance to the actual part where you ride the coaster. XD It was so much fuuuuuuun! :3 I wanted to ride it again but I was tired and hungry already. XD
My sister and I bought something from the Pan Galactic Pizza Port before we revisited some of the attractions we visited the day before, including Star Tours. It was a good thing, because each “room” shows a different video! We didn’t know that so we were amazed all over again! The 3D was so amazing. <3 Then we ate dinner at a fancy restaurant and left. :((( It doesn’t sound like we did a lot but this day was the day the I had the most fun! We really did a lot and I felt that the day was really worth it and was really maximized! <3 :’)
For the sixth day, we went to Disneyland! (we went to Disneysea the day before, so we were really meant to go to Disneyland) :D
That’s the Mickey Tiramisu Sandwich. We bought two! Last time we were there, we bought Mickey-shaped Ice Cream. This one is definitely much better! It’s so delicious. :’)
The most common costumes that people were wearing are Alice, Belle (both blue and yellow wear), and Snow White. The costume I loved the most was the Queen of Hearts. It just looks so good! I swear when I get thinner I’ll come back and I’ll be Queen of Hearts on Halloween. <3
For this day, we visited a lot of attractions. A LOT. We watched so many shows, rode so many rides, and took very few pictures because we were enjoying ourselves. I don’t even know how I can summarize this day because so many things happened, (not just because it was so long ago) so I’ll just post a lot of pictures. :D
Really sorry for the huge delay! Things at school got really stressful! Please believe me. Those last three weeks of school for this year was the most stressful three weeks ever! :((( Hopefully I’ll be able to finish the remaining days today! <3
We left some of our stuff at my ninang's house. We only brought enough clothes for three days. We were to stay at the Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel Club Resort for one night. It was morning and of course we're not allowed to check in yet, but Disney is prepared! They deal with this stuff all the time because they actually have this guest services thing where you can leave your stuff and when you go to the hotel for the night, your stuff's already there! Amazing, right? :)
We had a 3-day Magic Passport, which meant we can go to Disneyland for one day, DisneySea on the other, and both on the third day! <3 Disneysea has more picture spots than Disneyland. Every place is just so beautiful! The American Waterfront, Port Discovery, and many more areas! You’d want to take pictures everywhere! @_@
We were able to go on many amazing attractions! We made sure to get a fastpass of a ride somewhere, and even though we were kinda early, the time of our Journey to the Centre of the Earth fastpass was at around 7:30 pm. After that, we went on different rides such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Indiana Jones. :)
At around lunchtime, we were at the Mysterious Island, so we decided to eat at a restaurant just within the area, which was the Vulcania Restaurant. My sister ate somewhere else. Before we ended up there, we passed by a stall that sold ice cream. I badly wanted to get one but I haven’t eaten lunch yet so I waited.After we were finished eating, we just waited for my sister to come back. I took that opportunity to buy that ice cream I wanted. I went to that stall alone and bought that Tiramisu Ice Cream Sandwich I wanted! It was so yummy! :3 (so yummy that others also bought it because they wanted to try it out)
( ^ that’s just one of the various places in which you can take pictures!) After that, we went to more attractions. Eventually, time passed and before we knew it, it’s already time to go back. We got on the bus that goes directly to our hotel and we ran into Beauty and the Beast! Hahaha they were so adorable! :3 We were like paparazzis, secretly taking pictures of them. XD Overall, it was a very amazing day! :”> Tokyo Disneysea is beyond awesome! <3 <3 :’)
On the fourth day of our trip, we were to go Tokyo (to my ninang's home). We got tickets for the Shinkansen bullet train. It's the kind of train you ride for especially long journeys within Japan.
Before the actual departure time, we were able to eat, rest, and sit for just a while. I ate a sandwich set. HAHAHA! While on the train, I ate more and then did some Sudoku. My sister and I watched an episode of New Girl. I wanted to sleep but I also didn’t want to, so I ended up not sleeping. XD If I remember correctly, the ride was for two and a half hours. :)
We reached Tokyo rather early. My godmother was supposed to fetch us at a certain time but we were hours early. It was so cold outside so I didn’t want to go out of the station. At some point, we went to a place where there’s free wifi and you can just sit and rest. Unfortunately, we only stayed there for one hour because it’s their closing time.
Long story short, we managed to pass time. (I read a book and some of us roamed around the mall that was nearby.) We rode a bus and then walked for a long time (or what seemingly felt like a long time). We reached their home finally! Yeaaaay! It was nice to see my little cousin again! Last time we were there, he was 2 years old. Now he’s six, and still very cute and adorable. :3
We had a very delicious dinner. Hooray for homecooked food! <3 There were lots of food and viands but I loved the salmon. I love salmon and it was just too glorious to find out that we’re having salmon for dinner. DIVINE! :’)
The night before, we arrived at Hotel Kintetsu. It’s a Universal Studios Hotel which means that it’s really very near to the theme park itself. There’s a convenience store that’s just around there as well so we bought our breakfast before we turned in for the night. It wasn’t enough (for me, at least. I really eat a lot) so after a few attractions we decided to eat brunch at a Chinese restaurant inside.
Well, I can’t really blog about every attraction we went to since I don’t remember the order, but I can say my opinions and observations. I’ve been to Universal Studios Singapore three times. I think that it’s better, for some reasons.
- There’s a lot of free space. Everywhere you walk, there’s something to see. Something to take a picture of. May it be a quiet place where you can just sit and think or a beautiful “road not taken” to other parts of the theme park, it’s perfect. There’s really no space wasted, unlike on the Universal Studios Osaka. I swear I can still remember walking around the theme park with a very large amount of space in the road I am walking on.
- You’re not in a different world. You can clearly see the “outside world”, and the gates that are used to keep people out are in plain view. They’re not even that tall. Ugh.
- It’s still amazing though! It’s awesome! <3
We were going around random shops and we stumbled upon this cute shop! It’s a Hello Kitty shop and I just absolutely love their clothes! (check the following picture) I love the four clothes in the middle, and the violet-black-pink dress in the left. Maybe it doesn’t look that pretty to you but when worn, it’s really very beautiful. @_@ <3
There was this one attraction, the Monster Rock at Pantages Hollywood Theater. I was so excited to see it! Since I saw that attraction at Singapore two times (and absolutely loved it!), I wanted to compare again. HAHA! :)
I was so disappointed. Dismayed. Crestfallen. It was still a lively show, and the songs were also English, but it wasn’t the same kind of lively. The monsters were so easy to like and appreciate. For a short period of time, you already know their personality, because that’s how good they are. It’s so difficult to explain but I swear it was such a let down. Sorry guys! I can let thev free space and obvious boundaries pass, but the Monster Rock Show is just disappointing. :(
Throughout the day, we went to many different attractions, and of course I can’t enumerate them all, but I know that I had a good time. Starting from the awesome hotel to the amazing theme park itself, everything was exciting! :)
Please notice my beloved sweatshirt! It’s soooo pretty. A lady even complimented me on it and told me it was cute (and it really was!). Yeay for my Panda sweatshirt! ♥ :3
Our second day was reserved for our Kyoto-Nara Tour. We ate breakfast at McDonalds. I love love love the designs on their paper bags and cups! (I’ll try to make a separate post next week, after I have blogged all ten days of our trip.) Morning was reserved for Kyoto, and the afternoon was for Nara. We visited three different destinations at Kyoto.
The first one was a shogun palace. Taking photos inside was strictly prohibited so there’s not much pictures. I swear I loved this one! It was really interesting knowing about all these. They showed us the different rooms inside the palace. There are sliding doors and creaking floors. There’s a receiving area, where gifts to the shogun were received by the ministers. There were also rooms painted by young artists of their time. There was even two beautiful rooms painted by a 25-year old. The design was a big pine tree. It was very pretty. :3
There were also rooms where the tasseled red door handles indicated that there are bodyguards hiding, ready to attack if the shogun is in danger. Amazing, right? They even showed us the room where the shogun rested, ate, and slept. I love how sturdy the floors are, no matter how old. The floors creak when you walk on it, so the people inside would be alerted if there’s an intruder. Kyoto was previously the imperial capital of Japan. Shoguns were the leaders and dictators. There was a bloodless revolution that happened when they changed the capital to Edo (which is now known as Japan; I love how I knew that because I read it in a Magic Tree House book before). :)
Next, we went to a Shinto Temple. It is said that people go here mostly around January to February, which is the exam season for high schools and universities (entrance exams). They go there to pray for success, to pass the exams. Shintoism and Buddhism are mostly the religion in Japan. Shintoism is something about the nature and ancestors. We tackled it once last sophomore year. Actually, we didn’t just tackle it. My classmate and I even reported it to the class. I can still find our powerpoint presentation in our Sampaguita facebook group if I wanted to. :D
I just recall random words… (Misogi, Matsuri, Bushido Code, Torii) Hahahaha! Anyway, the temple was pretty interesting as well! We were mostly walking around the place, looking at things and taking lots of pictures! I’m not sure if that temple was the Kitano Tenman-gū. I think it is… :)))
The was a location where it looked so pretty and so my sister and I took lots of pictures. This is just one of those. Hahaha! :) After that, we went to the Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavillion. Our tour guide told us that Paul McCartney once paid a lot of money to spend his honeymoon here. Lol.
There was a lot of people there! The road was one way and it went around the palace. You could get lost in the crowd, but you would be heading towards one exit so you won’t remain lost forever. We had vanilla and green tea ice cream afterwards. It was very tasty! (the vanilla, that is. not the green tea. I didn’t like it that much. :P)
We had lunch afterwards! It was a small buffet that included chicken, macaroni, fries, and some other stuff. It marked the end of our Kyoto Morning tour. We had to transfer buses afterwards, to a Nara Afternoon Tour. We headed to Tōdai-ji, a Buddhist temple. It reminded us of our trip to Thailand many years before. There was a large statue of Buddha inside. (You can search it on Wiki!)
While walking towards the temple, we encountered a lot of deers! There were just roaming around the area. I was like, “Oh dear!”. Heh. Anyway, we were given around 20 minutes free time to just roam around and take pictures. Needless to say, we maximized every minute of it. I removed my jacket because it wasn’t that cold and because I realized I look better without it. =)))
We stopped at another location. It was the Kasuga-taisha or Kasuga Grand Shrine. It was another Shinto temple. There’s not really much to see. I saw rice wine and this some kind of board where you put wood and there’s some writing in it. The higher amount of money you donate, the higher the position of the wood with the writing. There was a lot of spots perfect for taking pictures, though! Below are just two of the many pictures I had. :))
Heh. =))) After that, we went to a souvenir shop. We didn’t buy anything, just took more pictures. We headed back to the hotel. I sounds simple but it’s not. Nara is far from Osaka so we had to ride a lot of trains to get there. It was difficult, but fun. We then got our stuff and and went to Universal Studios. We were to stay at Hotel Kintetsu for two nights and three days. We left our luggage at our rooms, rested for a while, then went out again and roamed around the area. It was night so it was a lot colder than it was in the morning. We went to the hotels around the area, some of the shops, and even bought breakfast for the following mornings. We also did another thing…
You guessed it! We took lots and lots and lots of pictures! <3 Yeay for this cute family picture. :3 After that, we slept and prepared ourselves for a great day ahead. :D