Monday, March 9, 2015

Boston&New York 14D13N Trip : December 2014-January 2015

Omg... i've always wanted to blog about this trip for soooo long but i'm always lazy -_- but finally here it is!!! So i went to Boston and New York for my winter break last year! I flew from San Francisco to Boston all by myself... T_T the weather was so different once i've reached omg... seriously cali's weather is nothing :S 
My travelling partners for the trip...Emily and Patrick! great to see you guys after so long! 
Patrick brought us for sightseeing around the city... 

Pampered ourselves so much because we only had 2 days in Boston... look at our meals omg... everything was so good!!!!! 
Patrick brought us to a fancy restaurant during the first night... OMG... this platter was so GOOD. so so so GOOD.

there's something about boiled lobsters+butter sauce... omg 

went up to Prudential Tower for night view.. Boston definitely stole my heart omg...
finally tried the desserts in Max Brenner!
lunch for day 2!!! Lobster rolls.... still prefer the ones in San Francisco :P
a famous pastry shop in Boston called Mike's Pastry... not what i expected and it does not look appetizing at all-_- wtf

headed to Quincy Market for the christmas lights!!! it was drizzling the whole day T_T

The lights were really pretty!

day 2's dinner in Union Oyster House, another famous restaurant in Boston!
New York: 
Headed to New York by bus from Boston.. and all of us stayed in my uncle and aunt's house! They drove us around their housing area once we reached because there was a christmas house deco competition going on... look at the efforts for these houses.... the winner gets USD10 million :O

 the details... INSANE!!!!!
 this is an actual house with people living inside!!!
Uncle and aunt brought us for AUTHENTIC Malaysian food for supper... ugh everything was pretty good for US standards! Such amazing hospitalities they provide us!!! so blessed...!

misfocused photo but the satay WAS SOOO GOOOOOD. tasted exactly like malaysia's!!!'s some of the tourist attractions!Brooklyn Bridge! 

Top of the Rock NYC... Still a better place to look at the full NYC's view...!

Central Park! The park was really huge... and smelly lol

Wall Street! Obviously it's one of my dreams to work here... :P

Shopping in Soho was amazing!!!! Love the environment so much!!!

My first broadway show! 3D Christmas Spectacular! Really fascinating to watch!

we went in Abercrombie&Fitch for a picture with the model :*/ so awkward omg... we queued with all the China aunties :/  some even purposely touched the model's abs... i really pity him lol

Momofuku milk bar!!! SO DAMN GOOD!!! A must try in NYC (in my opinion)...!!! Malaysia recently just opened one ice cream shop inspired by momofuku as well ;)

Sprinkles !!! Famous for it's Red velvet desserts... A little too sweet for my liking but worth a try!

BCD Tofu house.. one of the best korean restaurants i've been to! aaaargh

Seriously San Francisco needs to keep up... When is Laduree coming in????? first time having Laduree ice cream! I liked it!

Super yummy korean fried chicken shop my aunt brought us to... oh my :O

and guys... the BEST CUPCAKE I HAVE EVER EATEN IN MY WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE from Chikalicious....!!!!! and i don't even like cupcakes at all... omg... i was speechless after my first bite :( it's that good.... craving for one now :(
Really good dim sum i had 3 days in a row! hahahaha!
Spent my 20th birthday visiting the Statue of Liberty! hahaha

with the other ADP-ians! 

My birthday dinner... Patrick and Emily tricked me to this restaurant that my Uncle and Aunt booked a table for... Thanks for everything that night :) and the gift guys!!! 

sorry if i looked retarded... i wasn't ready for a photo :(
Countdown (Ball Drop) in Times Square for 2015.... this was the craziest craziest day of my life..... we literally waited for 10 hours outside the cold... and it was -1 celcius that day... without going to the toilet for 10 hours *I SALUTE MYSELF FOR THAT* T_T OMG never will i do such things again.... this photo makes the whole situation look more pathetic omg.....

Patiently waiting..... bought this 2015 glasses for $5 lol omg

Thank God we were pretty close to the stage... *excusing the fact that i was scolded by a few idiotic Japanese dudes*....and the performances were pretty bad too.... at least i got to meet MAGIC! and Taylor Swift... but still... it's so limited pfft.....

Finally... the ball dropped... Happy 2015!!!!

The day before I flew back to San Francisco, it FINALLY SNOWED!!!!!

Can you tell how excited I was? i never really liked snow though... lol

i'll be back soon NYC!!!!!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hokkaido 10D9N Trip : July 2014

wheeee! finally another blogpost about Japan! I went to Hokkaido last month in July, as usual, Japan was always amazing :D! just trying to record everything i did during travelling by writing down in this blog post! *hehe* 
Day 1: 
we arrived pretty late after a 9 hours flight (including transit in Korea), reached New Chitose Airport and had to rush for the local train to Lake Toya! 
me & mama's really really tired face upon arriving :(
first night's hotel! we got to stay in a tatami room! note: we changed to 5 different hotels during our stay in Hokkaido lol.
left the hotel and walked around the town, Lake Toya was really pretty! but it was around 7pm when i took this photo :(
first night's dinner was in the hotel, we were too exhausted to look for a good place to dine in T.T but surprisingly, for the price we paid (around RM70 per person), we had a feast ^_^!
changed to yukata for onsen at night!!!!! felt really good :P
Day 2: 
took a local public bus to Mount Utsu, for sightseeing! and we took a ropeway up to the mountain for a better view :)
 weather was really shitty that day, it drizzled non-stop! but still the view was really pretty! this was taken in the ropeway! 
after coming down the mountain, initially we decided to visit the bear farm... but then it rained again T^T here's a photo in front of the entrance! 
walked around and saw a stall selling Hokkaido melons! was really sweet and juicy!
and then i had Ishiya ice cream! Ishiya is a very very famous biscuit in Hokkaido, the ice cream was really smooth =P
Day 3:
we headed south to Hakodate city!!! i was really excited because they have the freshest seafood in Hokkaido :P for lunch we had sashimi don, one of my favorite in the whole trip! 

Hakodate's specialty- LIVE SQUID SASHIMI. the squid was literally still moving when served to our table. was quite disgusted so i requested to have it grilled, but kept the squid sashimi slices raw. IT WAS GOOOD. kinda cruel but it was really GOOOOOD! T_T 
we went to Hakodate tower after that, for the view of the amazing star garden! so pretty!!!
walked around the city and passed by this STRAWBERRY themed cafe. i almost fainted. T_T (benefits of not following a tour hehehe) bought their parfait for a try!!!! Hokkaido has really good milk ice creams :P
 Day 4: 
woke up early in the morning for the fish market right across our hotel! was packed with tourists T_T bought a packet of dried squid flakes.... freshly made in front of us! it was soooo good T_T 
 and we had Hokkaido's specialty also! WHITE CORN!!!! and what can i say more... IT WAS THE SWEETEST CORN EVER. it's supposed to be eaten raw as well :) secretly took a bite :X 
and more Hokkaido melon! this time the one we had were more expensive because it's better quality, well, you pay for what you get. this was one of the best melons we had in Hokkaido :O
then we went to the Bay area, there were lots and lots of souvenir shops there! I really really love that place because it reminds me of San Francisco so much!!!!!
even the road structures were the same like San Francisco OMGGGG. it was all mountain roads. 
ate the cutest dessert ever.... SOOO YUMMY!!!!! and momma's pumpkin cream(on the right) was REALLY REALLY GOOD as well!

during night time, we went up to Mount Hakodate for Hakodate's night view (ranked no.3 prettiest in the world).... so i was really really excited!!!!! another picture taken in the ropeway ^_^
 but then.... THE MIST CAME. so the whole plan  was ruined :O  really disappointed T_T
Day 5: 
left Hakodate and headed north to Asahikawa!!!!! spent half of the day in the train, finally arrived in the evening! a little bit of the dinner shot we had that day, bacon with asparagus!!!! :P yums!!!!!
 Day 6: 
it's LAVENDER FARM DAY!!!!! one of the main reason why we went to Hokkaido... for the LAVENDER SEASON!!!!! we took the lavender train(only available during summer) to the lavender was so stuffy T_T
 Happiness in life is simple <3
 Lavender flavored ice cream! :)
 lunch we had in the farm!!!! finally had curry rice!!!! it's all vegetarian and can i say something.....THEIR FRIED POTATO WAS SO DAMN GOOD!!!!!!

 we walked to another section of the farm and stumbled across a melon festival! only available in summer as well :) huge tummy in this picture, i blame on the wrong sitting posture wtf. 

finally had ice cream on top of a hokkaido melon! SO SO SO SO SO GOOOOD!
Day 7: 
we're heading to Hokkaido's largest city- Sapporo!!!!! but before heading to Sapporo, we went to Mount Daisetsuzan... for sightseeing again... one of Japan's largest national park!!!
love love love open air cable cars <3

then we took a train to Sapporo, we reached around 6pm! it was like a 2nd Tokyo.... the amount of people were crazy O_O we had dinner in the train station (also an underground shopping mall).... one of the best meals in my life.... THE UDON WAS THE BOMB. IT WAS SO GOOD AND CHEWY i don't know what else to describe. IT WAS DAMN GOOD.
 and for dessert we stumbled across this dessert shop.... and waffles are my favorite! :D
at night we took a subway to Susukino, something like Sapporo's ''Lan Kwai Fong'' area hahaha! keep in mind there were almost 1000+ restaurants located there as well!
Day 8:
we took the train to Otaru!!!!!! but the weather was SO SO SO SO SO bad, probably one of the worst days in Hokkaido. the rain did not stop. AND IT POURED!!!!!! how unlucky... all my pictures turns up to be me holding my pink umbrella T_T
managed to find the famous 7 layered ice cream though. super pretty huh? flavor consists of (from top) soda,strawberry,green tea,melon,milk,lavender&chocolate! tasted pretty good as well! and the rain stopped for awhile when i was eating the ice cream. seems like it's fated lol.
 Day 9:
last day in Hokkaido!!!! we went a little sightseeing and then souvenir shopping afterwards :) not much pictures because most of the day were spent on shopping lol! 
 but for dinner we had this amazing bowl of ramen! a perfect ending for the trip! <3