Land of the Rising Sun: Japan Trip (Part 1)

So I took a short break from army (and in the process sacrificed a sizeable number of annual leaves) and flew to the land of the Rising Sun: Japan. It was June, and of course we totally missed the Sakura season. But there are always perks of visiting Japan around this season, and that is the lack of tourists.

We did spend a few days in this world’s most populated Metropolis, Tokyo.

Tokyo is the epitome of the Japanese way of life. The City is clean, efficient, and organized. Moving crowds can be chaotic, but they flow with order.

There is a sense of tranquility among the masses, a tinge of chaos among order.

Alighting at the imperial garden station, you will be greeted by the high-rise buildings and many other marvels of modern architecture. And then you walk into the Imperial Garden, it’s like travelling back in time.

Another popular spot for tourists is the Asakusa Temple. More popular for its local culinary goods than its religious services, the temples is replete with traditional toys, cakes and even ice creams (especially during summer).

At night my dad and I snuck out (without my mum noticing) for night sightseeing. We took a short train ride (proven wrong during the rush hour though) to Shinjuku and took a lift to the Shinjuku Government Metropolitan Building viewing gallery. Really fantastic view from above.

We came down around 9.30pm and was absolutely lost. Luckily I had portable Wifi and Google Maps (the wonders of Technology). We took a shortcut and walked through few deserted roads and I took this shot.

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That’s all for part 1! Will┬ácompile and upload part 2 soon!

Journey down South (Australia Trip Day 3: Great Ocean Road)

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And it’s Day 3. Our tour guide told us it is a free day, and we can feel free to explore the city and it’s surroundings. Of course, there are many optional tours available. Most decided to go for the great ocean road tour, and we followed suite.

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Scenery at the entrance of the Great Ocean Road

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Beach beside the highway

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A beach bay for surfers and swimmers alike

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Due to the amount of curves and loops on the highway, the maximum speed is limited to 60

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Ah the sky and the clouds

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We stopped halfway through at a small town, and look a Koala!

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Entering the part of the beach with 12 apostles

And the 12 apostles! Pretty amazing view out there.

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Journey down South (Australia Trip Day 2: Phillip Island)

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And it’s day 2! The tour guide was kind enough (and cruel enough) to ask the hotel clerks to give us a wake up call (literally) at 6 a.m. early in the morning. The sun has yet to show up but we are already all dressed up and ready to explore the great wonders of Australia!

Day 2 is the day when we will be exploring Phillip Island, an offshore landmark which was originally occupied a group of peace loving farmers. Due to rapid urbanization, many have moved over to the urban (or at least, the sub-urban area). The island is currently being commercialized and frequently hosts tourists from all over the world.

So what’s its selling point? You will see later.

Google Maps shows the location of Phillip Island relative to that of Melbourne

Google Maps shows the location of Phillip Island relative to that of Melbourne

The bus trip took us an hour and half, in which most of us slept through. The island has a very vibrant ecosystem, sheep, cows, horses, etc…It’s a real life farm! Not your usual FarmVille.

Sheep eating grass and looking cute

Sheep eating grass and looking cute

It's really cloudy that day...which explains why it's windy and cold at the same time

It’s really cloudy that day…which explains why it’s windy and cold at the same time

Gloomy much.

Gloomy much.

Ah, the beauty of mother nature.

Ah, the beauty of mother nature.

Applied saturation and heavy shadow, kinda look like a oil painting isn't it?

Applied saturation and heavy shadow, kinda look like a oil painting isn’t it?

 

The lunch was great, fish & chips, materials all harvested locally.

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After lunch we went for a walk around the island, the place is really cool. Best place to indulge in a slower pace of life.

a seagull looking good

a seagull looking good

The wind was so strong i couldn't open my eyes

The wind was so strong i couldn’t open my eyes

An attempt with panorama...click for more details

An attempt with panorama…click for more details

We visited the local farm next. This is a very new experience for all of us, especially the part where we get to milk the cow.

Well...Hello there!

Well…Hello there!

It's so cute i don't even

It’s so cute i don’t even

Me gently stroking a horse, haha the girl beside me looked appalled

Me gently stroking a horse, haha the girl beside me looked appalled

found this at the remote corner of the farm, i guess they really do know how to enjoy life

found this at the remote corner of the farm, i guess they really do know how to enjoy life

*with an Auzzie accent* "Hello there!"

*with an Auzzie accent* “Hello there!”

Just another day in the animal farm.

Just another day in the animal farm.

As we wave goodbye to the farm, our next stop (which is not very far away) is the Koala Conservation Center!

Lazy koala.

Lazy koala.

Absolutely stunning view in this park.

Absolutely stunning view in this park.

A curious looking koala

A curious looking koala

An intricate looking tree (in B&W)

An intricate looking tree (in B&W)

The bus driver (who was Auzzie) took us off road on the way back to explore the hidden coastlines of southern Australia.

Coastline of Southern Australia

Coastline of Southern Australia

Rocks eroded by waves. Oh the wonder of the nature.

Rocks eroded by waves. Oh the wonder of the nature.

I kinda feel like this is the end of the world.

I kinda feel like this is the end of the world.

The view behind me is equally beautiful.

The view behind me is equally beautiful.

That’s all for day 2! Stay tuned for Day 3: The Great Ocean Road!