A thrilling trip to Universal Studio Japan with Birthday Discount!

Universal Studio Japan is located in Osaka, and with the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter added to one of the themed, it was indeed, very exciting to plan my trip to USJ! *winks. No matter how grown up you are, there will always be a little kid living deep down in your heart. I turned to be a little girl when I first stepped into USJ, the feeling is just like living back in my childhood! 

Now, before you plan to go USJ, there are a few things you need to be ready to face it. Being in the wrong period might brings you pain in long queue, but you should always plan before-hand. 

1) Purchase your ticket online before your trip.
2) Arrive early in USJ before the gates even open.
3) Check out which themes and rides you wanted to play, and go for single rider to skip long queue.
4) First thing first, head to Harry Potter Theme Zone to take a queue number from the ticket machine, it is located outside and nearby of Harry Potter Theme.

How to purchase a USJ ticket?

Through Universal Studio Japan website, and that's how I came to know about birthday discount, even though it is just a Y500, it could saves you a bowl of rice or noodle. However, in order to purchase a ticket with birthday discount, it will only available in Japan version site, this is the part where google translate came into a good use :)

Register an account with your birthday, you will be able to purchase 6 tickets with one account. You will be eligible to purchase discounted ticket on your birthday month as well as the following month.

Choosing which rides and themes?

Always remember to take a map with you, USJ is basically huge. There are a few must-ride on different theme that you shouldn't miss out.

1) The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, this is a 4K3D ride. It's like a MUST-RIDE thing in USJ. Soar across the vast sky above Hogwarts at high speeds and experience the intensity of the thrilling immersive realism as the Golden Snitch races by as if within arm’s reach. This unrivaled awe-inspiring attraction and its magical journey full of thrills and excitement is sure to be unforgettable.

2) The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

This is another 4K3D ride, brings you through the fight of Spider-Man with the bad guy, and experiencing how Spider-Man spurt and fly across building to building. It takes approximately 5 minutes.

3) The Flying Dinosaur

The flying coaster that swing you 360 degrees through the world of Jurassic Park, and this is so far, the best flying coaster I have ever play before! An out-of-control Pteranodon will seize you from behind and pull you high into the sky, with nothing but air space between you and the ground! 

4) Jurassic Park – The Ride

Prepare to be wet! Explore Jurassic Park thickly covered with tropical trees. This is an impressive river tour to encounter dinosaurs roaming around the land and witness the wonders of the science which brought back dinosaurs to life. But a raging T. Rex is waiting. You're in a desperate situation and to escape from the attacking T. Rex, the boat takes a 25.9 meter drop!


A boat tour at a peaceful port town with a relaxed air. It starts out in a friendly mood, but suddenly a gigantic, man-eating shark appears, throwing everyone into the depth of fear. Rifles and wall of fire are no match to this unimaginably huge body. With its humongous mouth and sharp teeth, it can even bite a hole in the bottom of a ship. Will you be able to find the chance and escape from the repeatedly attacking shark safely?!

After all the thrilling and exhilarating rides, now you should come to the kiddy relaxing zone. The sesame street yay! 

The story of me, I read a book.

I nearly couldn't believe that I was so into reading recently that I've done reading a over 300 pages book within just 6 days! Amazing. Big achievement for myself. Round of applause. For the moment of enjoying my imagination towards the story while reading, I've totally put aside this little girl in me who hates reading a lot back then in school time. Ha~

My mom would have been so grateful to see me holding a book back then, but I am grateful enough for being naughty during school time, because that was the best kept memories made in my childhood, stay in and forever in my heart, and that's what makes me to be myself as of today isn't it :)

What took me so long to finally pick up a book and start reading, a book with a title that attracts my attention! Basic rules. Just like picking up a magazine with an interesting cover page. The more I flip through the pages, the more I wanted to know about the content.

My first book ever after school - 'The Longest Way Home' by Andrew McCarthy. Talking about one man's quest for the courage to settle down. Talking about the same feeling I had in me to think about settling down. Have I enjoy long enough to finally settle down? Or did I ever really enjoy my life just yet? Well it's clearly still a very long journey for me down in my life.

I really do enjoy listening to other people's life stories a lot, perhaps that's why I love traveling around meeting new people and friends and learning about their backgrounds. It definitely makes me a good listener :) I keep secrets, a lot.

And for now, I've taken myself to the next level of reading other people's life stories. It's interesting. They're interesting. They make mistakes, they were lost and found and indeed, it costs some pain in live. Andrew McCarthy's adventurous travels were his pathway home, going out of the house to find his courage to show up himself in the wedding, and learning about how much he'd loved his fiancee and kids when he was out in some continent on earth without knowing whether he could go home safely or not.

He's been there, done that, married and divorced and engaged and then married. He was totally a bastard, and then he was the only man for the wife and a father for the kids. He works for what he likes, he travels to find inspirations, he met peoples and make friends, and learn every new damn thing he could from them. 

When all you could think of is the courage to settle down, but all you needed was to meet one right person in your life. 

My One Day in Kobe City, Japan.

This post has been due for too long by me being too lazy to write or perhaps, I should say too busy with my drama and TV show addict :) And now, I seriously need to refresh my memories that left half buried in Kobe City, Japan with a cup of coffee.. Oh, well I am actually having a cup of hot chocolate instead at this time in the evening!

I have always wanted to visit Kobe when I was in Osaka, wondering how does the exclusive Kobe Beef taste like, strolling around China Town for some good food, and finally I made it to Kobe but sadly, I was alone during my first time in this lovely city, and more importantly, I never get to try Kobe Beef at all.. Oh god, what a shame huh.

I continue my journey from Himeji to Kobe after spending one night over there, travelling between these two cities were easy with only less than 40 minutes train ride. I hold a JR Pass, hence I never needed to pay for this trip. However, if by single ticket on JR Special Rapid Train, it should costs around Y970.

Kobe is more or less always a pass by city for tourists who plan for a day trip to Himeji, and they make a stop in Kobe on their way back, but spending a night should ease your itinerary if you ever wanted to go Mount Rokko.

In this small little city, the main attractions are connected to each other which makes it easier to travel just by foot. So firstly, I stopped by in Chinatown to grab some food, and follow by foot step to Meriken Park, Kobe Port Tower and Kobe Harbourland.

1) Chinatown

Nankinmachi is a compact chinatown in central Kobe and a center of the Chinese community in the Kansai Region. The area was developed by Chinese merchants who settled near Kobe Port after the port was opened to foreign trade in 1868. As the chinatown developed, it became known as Nankinmachi after Nanjing, the former Chinese capital.

Nankinmachi is a popular tourist attraction and shopping and dining district. Two main streets run through the district, meeting each other at a small plaza in the center. They are packed with shops, restaurants and food stands that sell popular items such as steamed buns (manju), ramen, tapioca drinks and various other Chinese dishes, many of which have been Japanized to a certain degree.

Those dumplings are freaking too good too tasty and definitely worth the long queue!

2) Meriken Park

The park was devastated by the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, but has now become a popular spot for locals and tourists again. A small memorial in the park commemorates the many victims who were killed in the port during the earthquake. A short section of damaged waterfront has been left unrepaired as a reminder of the earthquake's tremendous destructive power.

3) Kobe Port Tower

This Kobe landmark provides panoramic views over the streets of Kobe and the night sky, famous as a symbol of Kobe, the Kobe Port Tower is a 108 m-high landmark tower located in Meriken Park. The world’s first building to feature a pipe structure, it was nicknamed the Steel Tower Beauty as a result of its unique structure and shape, reminiscent of an elongated Japanese drum, and was awarded a prize by the Architectural Institute of Japan in 1963. Admission fee is Y600.

4) Kobe Harbourland

Kobe Harborland is a shopping and entertainment district between JR Kobe Station and the waterfront of Kobe's port area. The district offers a large selection of shops, restaurants, cafes and other amusements, which, together with the romantic evening atmosphere, have made it a popular spot for couples and tourists alike. The most prominent shopping complex in Kobe Harborland is Umie which consists of three parts: Mosaic, South Mall and North Mall.

That's basically my short trip to Kobe, and if you really wanted to try out the exclusive Kobe Beef, you better get to prepare for the heart-attack price :) If you are not a fancy fan for beef, but just want to have a try for Kobe Beef, the Lotteria in Kobe does offer a Kobe Beef burger which costs slightly cheaper than a steak (obviously I know)!

About that Kobe Beef in Rossio, MGM Macau!

Welcoming spring with a gastronomic specialities at Rossio, MGM Macau - The Kobe Beef Buffet Dinner! If you haven't already heard of Kobe Beef, now let me tell a brief about why the Wagyu of Japan has come to be known today as the most highly marbled and most expensive beef produced in the world. 

Seeing the term Kobe beef on a menu stirs up lots of excitement, with the Japanese doing an excellent job at marketing the elusive meat. Kobe beef is like black gold caviar. Like aged Chateau Margaux wine. Like hand-rolled chocolate truffles. In other words, it’s expensive, highly sought after, and a status symbol.

But why the fuss? What is it that makes Kobe beef so special?

Kobe beef is a special grade of beef that comes from the Tajima-gyu breed of cattle found in Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture. Introduced as work animals in the rice cultivation industry during the 2nd Century, Tajima-gyu became isolated from other breeds, hiding away in Japan’s mountainous landscape in small pockets of cultivable land. This isolation is said to be responsible for a completely unique taste and texture; one that depicts Kobe beef as the ultimate meat when it comes to flavour, tenderness, and high amounts of intramuscular fat.

Bringing the excitement to you by Rossio, MGM Macau will be offering an exclusive gastronomy journey for both meat and Cantonese lovers throughout April. Meat lover, you heard me right, now you should indulge yourself with the A5 Kobe Beef Dinner Buffet at Rossio!

Any meat-lovers will find heaven with the succulent roasted meats that are carved and cooked by chefs in the live stations, as well as the wide selections of culinary delights, such as the Salt crusted roasted Kobe beef, Braised Kobe beef brisket in soy sauce, Kobe beef sukiyaki and Torched Kobe beef nigari. Some of the specialties are added with innovative elements to surprise the guests, including the Kobe beef with cereals rice and cheese salad, as well as the Gyros grill Kobe beef with naan bread.
Kobe Beef Wrap in Paratha.

Kobe Beef Sushi.

Mini Portugese Egg Tart.

The excitement doesn't stop just yet, Rossio buffet dinner includes seafood, Chinese dishes, salad as well as dessert corner that serves over 30 different types of sweets to round up the meaty feast! This exclusive Kobe Beef Buffet is only available for dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

From April 21 to 30 in Rossio MGM Macau with the price of MOP 458/person, you are advised to make a reservation prior to your dinner. For reservation and enquiry, kindly call +853 8802 2373.

My visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site - Himeji Castle.

Himeji is well known for its magnificent castle, namely Himeji Castle, and its widely considered to be Japan's most beautiful surviving feudal castle. It was recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site as well as a national treasure of Japan.

A little information about Himeji, it is the second largest city of Hyogo Prefecture after Kobe, with half a million inhabitants. What makes it a popular destination for travelers is the distance from Osaka or Kyoto as a stopover on journeys along the Sanyo Shinkansen. As part of my Kansai trip, I plan for a stay in Himeji and follow by Kobe to ease my travel itinerary.

How to travel between Himeji and Osaka :-

By shinkansen

Osaka and Himeji are connected with each other by the JR Sanyo Shinkansen. Nozomi, Sakura and Hikari trains require about 30 minutes to reach Himeji Station from Shin-Osaka Station. The regular one way fare from Shin-Osaka to Himeji is 3220 yen for a non-reserved seat on any train, around 3740 yen for a reserved seat on Sakura or Hikari trains and around 3950 yen for a reserved seat on Nozomi trains. The Japan Rail Pass is valid on Sakura, Hikari and Kodama trains, but not on Nozomi trains.

By local JR trains

Direct JR special rapid trains (shin-kaisoku) take one hour and cost 1490 yen for the one way trip between Osaka (Osaka Station) and Himeji. There are departures roughly every 15 minutes. For visiting Himeji in a one day trip from Osaka using this train, the 1-Day JR West Rail Pass - Kansai Area for 2060 yen is a good deal.

By non-JR trains

Direct limited express trains from Hanshin Umeda Station to Sanyo-Himeji Station take 90 minutes and cost 1280 yen for the one way trip. Sanyo-Himeji Station is located near JR Himeji Station. While this route is slower than using JR, it is cheaper and can be used by holders of Surutto Kansai tickets.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change.

Travel around Himeji is easy, you wouldn't need any transportation from JR Himeji Station, the popular attractions such as Himeji Castle, Kokoen Garden, Otemae Street is within walking distance. However, if you are lazy to walk, there is a tourist bus that goes around the city.

I didn't manage to visit Mt. Shosha as it will takes some times to get there, you are advise to stay longer in Himeji if you're planning to visit Mt. Shosha.

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle (姫路城, Himejijō), also known as White Heron Castle (Shirasagijo) due to its elegant, white appearance, is widely considered Japan's most spectacular castle for its imposing size and beauty and its well preserved, complex castle grounds. The castle is both a national treasure and a world heritage site. Unlike many other Japanese castles, it was never destroyed by war, earthquake or fire and survives to this day as one of the country's twelve original castles.

I am not a castle person, but I made my way into the castle and it was truly amazing. You get to visit up to the top of the castle and have an overview of Himeji City!

Kokoen Garden

Kokoen (好古園, Kōkoen) is a relatively recently constructed Japanese style garden, which was opened in 1992 on the former site of of the feudal lord's west residence (Nishi-Oyashiki). It consists of nine separate, walled gardens designed in various styles of the Edo Period.

Among the gardens are the garden of the lord's residence which features a pond with a waterfall, a tea garden where visitors can enjoy green tea in a tea ceremony house, a pine tree garden, a bamboo garden and a flower garden.

Kokoen Garden located just beside Himeji Castle, entrance fees is not expensive if you purchase it together with Himeji Castle entrance ticket.

I found one interesting garden on the hill to have an overview over Himeji Castle, although a little exercise is needed for this view but it truly worth it! Find your way to Otokoyamahachimangu temple, and you will see a long stair case up to the hill. 

Follow the stair case all the way up to the hill and you will see a garden on top of it, it was chilling up on the hill. I really enjoy my times here :)

Otemae Street

This shopping street is easily access from the Himeji Station, once you step out from the station you will first amaze by the look of Himeji Castle, and you will need to walk pass by Otemae Street to reach the castle.

My first day in Himeji was raining, hence I never really get to enjoy the day. I woke up early in the morning on the next day, and I get to see such breathtaking sunrise! :)

Veet Sensitive Touch, No More Fear of Cuts!

This new innovative device known as Veet Sensitive Touch, it is design to make one's life easier with hair trimming! No bigger than an electronic toothbrush, it's in a convenient size to carried in a handbag through out the day.

As a girl, we have way too many things to take care of, nonetheless, one of those are hair removal and trimming from head to toe. It sounds as easy as only trim and cutting the unwanted hair, but some of the body parts actually require some skill and care, especially bikini lines, eyebrows and underarms are delicate area that needs a gentle yet precise trimming.

When comes to hair trimming, all we can think of are razors and tweezers which have been using for decades, isn't it the most traditional way? Well now you could have the 3rd choice! This new gadget is a game-changing device to make your life easier.

Veet Sensitive Touch device comes with various detachable heads for easy trimming, with just one device and you could use it for all. The cutting blades are specially designed to never touch your skin during usage, therefore, you need not fear of cuts no more :)

Each Veet Sensitive Touch comes with one beauty styler, one two-sided precision head for optimal eyebrow shaping, one bikini trimming head, two comb attachments, one styler cap, one cleaning brush, and one beauty pouch. The device runs on an AA battery, which is included in the packaging too. Veet Sensitive Touch retails at RM119.00 at major pharmacies nationwide and online retailers.

2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic is getting on set!

Yes you read it right, the exciting XXIII Olympic Winter Games that will be held for 17 days from 9th-25th February 2018 in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province is getting ready with all the athletes and officials with a test events.

The reason behind these test events is to give a unique opportunity for athletes and officials to familiarize themselves with the competition venues and the host region. They will be expecting a total of 3,000 athletes to participate in the test events with 1,000 volunteers, and many of them coming to Korea for the first time. This makes an ideal platform for the public to participate and engage with the events and the Games.

With a total of 29 events, including 20 Olympic events, 5 Paralympic events, 2 non-competition events and 2 non-sport events, through out the period of February 2016 - April 2017.

The events will taking place at several stadium and centre located in Pyeongchang and Gangneung.

Transportation has been made easy with a few highway to ease the traffic. The construction of the 2nd Yeongdong highway between Gwangju in Gyeonggi Province and Wonju has been completed, and the new highway between East Hongcheon and Yangyang is now under construction. When the new highway opens to operation, it will distribute the traffic volume between Seoul area and Gangwon province or Gangneung and improve the travel between these two regions. Also, for spectators who are going to Gangneung for ice sport competitions, the new highway between East Hongcheon and Yangyang will shorten the travel time.

More information kindly check out their Official Page :)