02 August 2015

Call for Entry! N.E.mation! 10

There is no free lunch in the world, but sometimes, lady luck shines and it sends you travelling...

YOU MIGHT BE NEXT TO WIN A TRIP TO USA!
SEASON 10

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Good News!
N.E.mation! is back for the 10th season.


In line with SG50 celebrations this coming August, this year's theme:
Together We Keep Singapore Strong
"At the start of the next 50 years, it is a good time to reflect on and reaffirm the strength, values and beliefs that have brought Singapore this far and, more importantly, the values that reside within each and every Singaporean to take Singapore forward. Together, we will continue to play our part to keep Singapore strong."

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Last season's champion team went to USA where they visited renowned animation studios, landmarks and famous attractions. Take a look at their fun adventures!



 Wish that were your friends and you?
Well... if you are a student (between 13-17 years old)...
THIS COULD BE YOU!

Feeling excited already?

Registration is now open and 3 simple steps are all it takes to kick start your journey that may win you and your team a trip to USA. Isn't it a dream come true for most students???
Now I wanna be a student all over again...

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3 SIMPLE STEPS:
Step 1: Form a team of 3 to 4 students from your school

Step 2: Register online at https://nemation.sg/register/

Step 3: Submit your story ideas on the theme "Together We Keep Singapore Strong" by 16th August 2015.


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I remember taking part in such competitions during my schooling days, it's always the process that matters more than the end result. Plus, I got to meet many other like-minded friends from other schools as well (:
No worries if you do not have any experience in animations. The good part is that you don't have to have any experience to take part in NE Mation. heh, ultimately we have to start somewhere right, so long you have a passion for it, just participate! What's best? You will be given proper training and guidance, and in no time, you could find yourself discovering a new talent. For now, if you really are keen yet don't know how and where to start, you can visit the free online Story Workshop (click on the link!), where resources are kindly prepared by the organisers to get your creative juices flowing to craft the winning story! Try it!

Get started today, and who knows?
You and your team might be the next champions to visit the USA!

For more information, do hop over to the official site!
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23 June 2015

Tokyo: Mount Nokogiri

solo hiking, lets go!

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JUly 20TH, 2015

Nokogiri Yama (literally means"saw mountain"), unique for its nicely shaped rocks, derives its name from the rock outline that shapes like the teeth of a saw. Approx 3 hours away from downtown Tokyo, in Chiba prefecture, it is a perfect place for a day-trip! It's great for hiking and it's definately less touristy, well, I guess not many people know of this place, I have no idea why, but when I was there, there wasn't much people...

For me, I took a day trip there and getting there, I took the JR Uchibo Line to Hamakanaya station. On the train ride there, you will be greeted with a splendid coastline view, as Hamakanaya is a harbor town facing Tokyo Bay itself, oh yes there's a ferry port there too. From Hamakanaya station, assuming you walk in the right way, it takes about 15 mins walk to the Nokogiriyama Ropeway. The entire place was very quiet, almost no one walking around when I was there thus I had to slowly find my way to the ropeway, thank God when I was nearing, I saw a tour bus and that indicated I was on the right track, yay! (:

Okay, so...
I did something for myself - a solo hike up to the famous cliff spot, Jigokunozoki, literary means the hell-view. It just means that you can see the bottom of the cliff from the sharp-edge protruding rock. Well, I would say... it's actually a beautiful view, not a hell-ish view, so do not worry! It takes about approx 1.5hours hike between the station to the peak, depending on how fast you are... but anyways, that was my goal, to reach up to the peak! I mean since I travelled all the way there already, and the fact that I am already there... why not just go all out and climb all the way right! Don't give up! Along the hike, there are many historical materials made of carved stone such as a big Buddha statue, which is the biggest in the Orient.

After coming down back to the foot of Nokogiriyama Ropeway, I walked back to Hamakanaya station however, sadly I missed the train by a few seconds :/ How unlucky right! Do note that as it is not a frequently accessed station (not much people like I said), the trains back to Tokyo area come every hour only. But anyways, I kept telling myself everything happens for a reason, and indeed! Because, I managed to explore other parts of the place. It's not just a boring station (well, initially I thought I was just gonna be stuck there for another hour), but rather, I found out from the area map that there was a bay area. I was surprised, pleasantly surprised!

I chanced upon a fisherman's market where they sold fresh seafood and confectionary snacks. Along the bay area, there's a ferry wharf, where Koibito no Seichi (Lovers' Sanctuary) is located at! It's actually just a huge love bell monument overlooking the big blue sea, pretty sight for sunsets especially! Apparently, on clear days, it is said that you could see Miura Peninsula, the skyscrapers of Yokohama, Oshima and even Mt. Fuji.


What did I learnt? What was the most fulfilling part of the day?
Solo hiking sounds scary coupled with my fear for random creepy crawlies and wild animals, but by conquering your fears and stepping out of your comfort zone, it can be really rewarding, especially being greeted by a beautiful sunset at the end of the day

05 June 2015

Leisure Lunch

missing my alone time

BECAUSE I CAN
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One of the little joys in life is the fact that I can make breakfast and eat it at home. I love food art, plating and all the pretty breakfast platters you can ever think of. Being able to have time (and effort I may add) in the morning to do that is really a luxury. Imagine taking a whole hour to prepare, cook, plate it, take photos of it, eat it and lastly clean up without any stress of time, whoa, that's something I am thankful for and will never take for granted.

Yes, by doing all of the above, half a day is already gone... I know... that's why I said, luxury. The luxury of time, indeed, especially when life gets so busy and it feels like everyone wants a piece of you or everything needs your attention. Oh my god.

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I want to have time for myself, some alone time, do something right for myself. It's time I love myself because I deserve it.

So yup, I wanna relish in the dream of being able to experience with cooking, baking and food art.

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don't you think they are beary-cute!

That's something I will do, improving my skills, exploring my sense of creativity and tastebuds, oh and probably a good way of finding myself.


25 May 2015

Beyond Travelogues

and all else...

Travel musings

In Keio, I'm currently taking a module on Travel Writing. I thought it would be fun like writing travelogues and blog entries but oh my I was utterly wrong. Instead it was about reading up on 19th century travelers and how they set out on their long term voyage. I hate doing research especially not on history or historian figures. Gosh like why must I read and write someone from the past plus traveling back in those days (probably on a ship) is already so different from today's context.

But for the sake of class, I had to do my research on some famous travellers and to my surprise, I actually do respect them. They are the meaning of traveling, they set out to explore the unknown and to make sense of different cultures. Fast forward to today's world, we tend to travel for beautiful sights and probably for amazing photos. You know there's this "Places to go before you die" kinda articles which entices you to Wanna visit that city or so. I myself am no exception, I'm always so amazed at these photos and I tell myself, one day I want to be there. Truth. But for these historical travellers, their mindset probably wasn't that reason being there wasn't the Internet showing them how the place looks like, directions there and so on. They were really in for an adventure. Which sets me thinking  Instead, I set out to do something for myself more than anything else. Traveling allowed me to explore the possibilities and to see the great big world out there (come to think of it, we are really that small). You will never ever finish exploring every part of the world, even if you are in a particular country for a long time, there's bound to be a part that you won't cover. And someone else may or rather would. Like I always say, going to touristy areas are not enough and will never be enough, to truly experience being a part of the city that you are in. You need to live in it! Which is why I always enjoy long trips so I can truly say yes I've been there, done that.

It's never going to be easy. No one said it was.
But, I'll do it, because I want to.

14 May 2015

Hokkaido

Having a rather bumpy flight back from Sapporo to Tokyo while I’m typing this right now. Everyone else around me is fast asleep. It’s an early morning flight (we almost missed it) and I honestly had a good piece of mind to sleep too but after using my laptop for awhile, the announcement that we are arriving at Narita airport in 25mins time was made. So I decided to put my writing cap on and blog, finally something, for the longest time ever. Sometimes, I wonder… where’s my commitment to my precious blog. As much as I love blogging, truth is, I prefer travelling. And when I travel, sometimes I just have no time (or yes I am lazy?) to seat down and pen down my thoughts and reflect on each trip. You see, every time I seat down, it’s to plan the itinerary for the next day or even, the next trip. So yup! Planes rides are probably the best time to do so. Plus, thoughts are definitely fresh from my head since I just had the trip!

First time flying on Peach airlines, thankful for domestic airlines at a lower fare which makes travelling so much easier. Always very thankful for a safe flight regardless of how bumpy it gets. Safety is of utmost importance.

Anyways, back to the past week spent in Hokkaido, mainly Sapporo and some day trips out of the city.  In Hokkaido, it is best to drive, do a roadtrip or something. In fact, roads are wide, traffic is not conjested; it’s a great place for a road trip. I love road trips, reason being it lets me stop by anywhere I wish, like if I drive pass a scenic route or a very beautiful photo-worthy spot, I can just simply stop the car by the road side and snap a picture! Sadly, for this trip, it was just the two of us so we didn’t choose to drive. Well, on hindsight, it’s a good thing because now I can share with you how to get to the places with public transport! Well, it’s an alternative (and probably cheaper) way to get by… J

Highlights of Hokkaido:

Blue Pond

Cape Kamui

Lake Toya

Sapporo – Odori Park, Nijo Market, T38 Observatory Deck

Chocolate Factory

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Travelling to Hokkaido May is probably the wrong season, yes it’s less crowded, non-peak, great and all, but it’s not the season for seeing the attractions I wanted to see. We decided to give Farm Tomita a miss, no rainbow flower fields and all, reason being the flowers only bloom in late June-July period, so yes, it will probably be a barren land if we visit it. And since, it was quite out of the way, with a sunken heart yet practical mind, yup lets not go. On this note, it made me want to come back again in July (but we’ll see about it, hahaha, I want to, BUT there’s so many other places to explore!). The statement of “so many things to see, so little time”, is very true.

Till then,
Toodles!