Friday, November 2, 2012

Beautiful Nara

I panicked when I read comments in my last blog from my fellow HHB friends telling me that my blog has expired as usual with cobwebs, mushrooms and moss growing. It hit my head that it is now November and I have not posted all my Japan trips which was followed by the quick retreat to Taipei. I better be quick as I will be leaving for Xian in less than 2 weeks' time after a rush weekend to Singapore.

During my week long trip to Japan in Spring, I experienced the coldest & freezing day when I visited Nara. Nara Prefecture has the distinction of having more UNESCO World Heritage Listings than any other prefecture. It has a population of approx 1.5 million people with a lush surrounding of forests and mountains, making it a naturally beautiful place to live for retirement. The downtown is small with no hectic traffic jams like Osaka. The deers roam freely along the streets in this ancient capital of Japan! Nara is such a heavenly place to relax and read books.


It was cold and we saw 2 Japanese ladies in sexy shorts trying to keep warm by dancing on the spot while waiting to board the train from Kyoto. The downtown of Nara had little traffic.




This tranquil town is a haven for deers with their road signs everywhere to give way to them. You can still see smartly dressed muscular men pulling the ancient rickshaw along the tiny lanes. I loved the feeling to stroll along the back lanes to admire every single tiny and neat houses. We all walked almost 15km that freezing day and had head colds like ice blocks!




 At the entrance of the famous must-visit Todai-Ji Temple, there were hundreds of deers roaming in the sprawling green parks with tall pine trees. These friendly animals greeted everyone and would rub you hungrily for food. We all bought crackers and fed them. (Above Pix) - My dear with 2 Deers.... (Below Pix) My best friend who is the country manager for OMRON went along with his wife. They also went skiing with me in Korea and they make lovely companions!


Oh Dear! Oh Deer! They all bit me hard on my buttock, legs and even front!!!! Kaneeneh! So hamsap deers!


This huge Todai-Ji Temple is a popular shrine which still attracts thousands of Japanese and foreign tourists every single day! It is the largest wooden temple with the largest Buddha statue in all of Japan and was first built in year 751 before being destroyed by many fires and earthquakes over the centuries . That day, I was very amazed by the Japanese school kids. They would earnestly pray hard with clasped hands and try out anything they could lay their hands.


Look at the bimbo posing with the 2 wooden scoops. That is my other friend's idiot wife who created a havoc in our group of 6 and I swore never to travel anywhere with her again!.... The right pix shows the Pindola statue of Todai-Ji deity.



The left pix shows The Daibutsu (Great Buddha) statue which is 53 feet tall and made of Bronze which weighs at 500 tonnes! The right pix shows The Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) Statue.


Next to the giant statues, you will find the big pillar with a tiny orifice which many kids took turns to crawl through. Legends believed that it has healing power and you will attain enlightenment in next life by crawling through it. I was too fat to go through it.


 These tiny and neat Japanese homes were the most beautiful I had seen. I simply love Nara!




96 comments:

  1. Bananas can go thru that lubang n you cannot? How la? :-P

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    1. Shame on you, Annay, you cannot go inside that lubang. Must your crystal balls problem.

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    2. Kekekekek, all those gym sessions are useless.

      Did you get Letchumi to go through on behalf of you?

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    3. wei...the lubang real small la, Lina. Even school kids needs to be pull out of the lubang.

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    4. Yeah lah that Mak Rempit and 2 Hamsapress cock eyed la. No adults could crawl tru except slim small kids.

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    5. yalah, maybe the Mak Rempit and Y&Y too overestimate themselves, they thought the are so slim and can get through the whole.. hey, even meow has no confidence leh~~

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    6. I think Yannie might slip tru cos she is like a 2B Pencil.

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    7. But I thought Bananaz said he can slip through it when he went there.... like 30 years ago? He so slim ah? xD

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    8. tan sri put some lubricant and you sure can slide through the tiny holes.. lol

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    9. LOL! You think annay bring such big bottle of lubricant around ka??

      He may have sunblock leh, but not oily enough for him to slide through :p

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    10. Lina no need 30 years ago now also can haha.

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    11. See? Bananaz has spoken!

      Anay, your batang bengkak after kena gigit, that's why cannot fit there ke? Muahaha!!!!

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  2. I was in Nara too...many many years ago. I remember those deer.

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    1. You see!!! Rich mayor went everywhere long time ago before Air Asia was on air.

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    2. yalah, a poor student like me has not even stepped foot into Japan..

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    3. Eh! Harlow Thambee SK.... The number of countries you have been outnumber anay lah!!!

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    4. Yalah...
      Itu Mr Arthur flew everywhere when the airfares so crazy expensive. Naik full service flights some more. Which one? ANA? JAL? SQ? MAS? Wow...

      I naik AirAsia saje. less than RM2000 airfare for three pax that time. ;p

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    5. Japanese is full of nice places.
      I personally love Nara a lot..
      I went to Japan and all trip sponsor by my company..
      i was there fro few times .. the longest was about 3 months...

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    6. SP went there for 3 months to enjoy all the sushi and AV? Fuyoh, best time of his life. I think that was the time he befriended the deers and influenced them to become hamsap >.<

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    7. Last time, baru kahwin, no anak. Every year, saved...saved...end of year went on holiday with wife, came home pocket kosong...started all over again. Nasib, anak came...grounded...and could save money!

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  3. OMG, your outdated Japan post!

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    1. You need 1 year to compile for you 10-day Japan trip is it? Don't make me spit vulgar words to you, bad karma~~

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    2. After he comes back from Singapore and Xian, his Japanese trip posts still haven't finished. Then, he has Singapore and Xian posts queued up for posting.

      Annay, please update your post more frequently la!

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    3. Eh, where's you Taiwan post??

      SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!! SHOW!!

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    4. Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! Sorry!

      The Taiwan post will be out this week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    5. so outdated i have forgotten Anay went to Japan, and thought this is his second trip to Japan recently!!

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    6. Time flies so fast. I really thought it was just last month I went there.

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    7. Your Taiwan post going to be up but your Japan post all finish already ke? So sikit?

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    8. yah le outdated post le ..
      after so long... the stuff that you eat in Japan already become digested and flown to the big sea liao..

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    9. Let me dig out my old holiday photos...can also post in my blog, tak nak kalah. Muahahahahaha!!!!!

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  4. You fed your royal jewels to the deers in the park?? Aiyoyo.... habis la~

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    1. Does it really hurt? They don't have beak to "tiok tiok" you wert. They can only nibble-nibble and leave sensation feeling to you afterwards, kakakaka!

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    2. That's why Annay enjoyed feeding deer with his jewel.

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    3. The hamsap deers were so aggressive and hungry to eat anything! My jewels are still intact la. All insured and assured safe!

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    4. LOL at Yvonne's comment!!! They can only nibble-nibble and leave sensation feeling to you afterwards.. sure she plays the role of deer on the bed at night everyday~~ :D

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    5. Kakakakakaaka that Ah Hua is a very imaginative lady compared to all the Hamsapress! She is very detailed one! In KL, she could be hired to be Creative Director in advertising agencies and earn RM50K a month for her dirty brains!

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    6. I remember that the deer tongue is very long ..
      it will slrpp slrppp slrrp you.. kakakaka

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    7. SK, I'm the dear of my hubb <3

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    8. The poor deer all dies soon after...of food poisoning!!!! LOL!!!

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  5. First you said your best friends make lovely companion for holidays, then you said his idiot wife created havoc and you swore you'll never travel with her.

    Apa lu mahu? So inconsistent one!

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    1. Sorry lah i was dreaming at midnight. There were 4 couples who went but 3 couples moved around always. So the bitch is my other friend's wife. I have corrected my post. Kam Siah Ah Hua.

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    2. Eh?? You confused me again. A group of 6 how to make 4 couples?

      You went with 2 preggie ladies? One is having a boy and another having a girl?

      @.@ Pening~~

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  6. memanb full of cobweb mah....good to do some spring cleaning

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    1. I am so shy la.... I salute you aunties and SK who could blog everyday!!!! So much willpower!

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    2. when there is a will there is always a way!! we do experience difficulties sometimes but we make it through..

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    3. I have the way but I don't have the will.

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  7. la...cold cold but wanna be sexy...die lo.

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    1. It's normal for them la, show their sexy leg and dance to Oppa Gangnam Style!

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    2. The temperature was warmer the week before in Nara. It dropped very low suddenly and caught them off guards.

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    3. actually those girls wear some stockins that is termo warm... so they will not feel cold..
      last time I was there during winter and i see a lot of my japanese colleagues all wear mini skirts..

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    4. Because the Japanese colleagues knew SP was there and were trying to seduce him, so wear short-short and let SP drools.

      Did you fall for the trick, Hamsap SP?

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  8. just saw those deers in Sonia's blog.

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    1. Best friends of SP, kakakakak!

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    2. Who is Sonia? Yeah the deers are SP's dears.

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    3. Sonia is Nasi Lemak Lover.

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    4. Meow,
      My blog also got show deers. You never visit that blog only. *sobs*

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    5. hahaha ... my old best buddies .. my deer.. lol

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  9. guess I should make a trip to Japan..
    Japan is so amazing!

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    1. Time to see beautiful Asia. I think you have seen enough of European buildings.

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  10. Glad than u come back to clean the spiderweb in your blog :-)

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    1. I know I am a lousy blogger. I prefer being a busy body and read other lovely blogs.

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  11. haiyoh the frequency you update your blog and your japan trip makes me almost forgotten you have been to japan this spring!! and it's already autumn now!!!

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    1. I am so opposite with you. I often asked myself whether I could blog everyday by just using 1 photo. Maybe no one will drop by everyday.

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    2. i still have 58 more posts to go to last till end of the year so that my goal is achieved.. and after that, i shall not be blogging everyday already.. very tiring!!

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    3. Woiiiii!!!! You don't come and threaten us that you won't blog so often anymore. Our lives will be affected and all will part ways!

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    4. SK, please don't. Continue to write daily, one day English, one day in Chinese. Easier for you like that.

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    5. What?! I object the Chinese post! I can't read and will pester Yannie to translate to me even when she's busy or half brain damaged!!

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    6. Echo you Yvonne Bananaz can't read Chinese too

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  12. at first i thot what is that lady doing there raising one of her legs so high up in the air.. thought she itchy bawah and on her way to go and give herself a nice comfy scratch down there!! :D

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    1. Wakakakakaka.... My friends said the same thing too!

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    2. i saw on facebook, a girl in shanghai really scratched her bawah in front of everyone, and after that, smell profusely of her fingers!! so disgusting!!

      this is the link to the photo: https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/58790_492918210741571_1148850675_n.jpg

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    3. Goodness! You macam SP always read nonsense!

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    4. Oh, SK has becoming so gross like SP!!

      SP's new disease >.<||

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    5. SK, the China doll so disgraceful. Bluek!

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  13. because the deers knew you are also a hamsaper, that was why they found the same gang and then hamsap with you..

    Birds of the same feather flock together
    Deers of the same kind hamsap together

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    1. Good proverbs! My friends said my jewel and ass were stinking bad!

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  14. that hole is so small and narrow.. if anay cannot get through that, thambee also cannot lah.. thambee will be stuck in there, and then waiting for days to slim down without food before he can comes out!!

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    1. LOL.... Only your big head could go in.

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    2. LOL!! SK is so funny!! Wakakakaka! I was laughing like crazy reading this comment and my colleagues thought I suffered jaw-ous breakdown!

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  15. The deers are cute but not when they are after butts.. hahaha...

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  16. Haha Lina can still remember my Nara incident. TM which part of you that you think cannot go through the tiny timber hole? haha. Bananaz went through without any problem back in 1984 and am confident can go even through now haha. My colleagues who went to Vietnam on an incentive tour visited a site where how the Vietcongs fought the guerrilla warfare there. Most of them can crawl into the underground hole merely the size of A4 paper, only ladies with huge boobs & guys with beer bellies dare not try. So the hole in pillar at Todai-Ji temple is much bigger than A4 size.

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  17. wow, nice trip. thanks for sharing~

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  18. so what next?
    singapore and china trips?

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    1. What about you, SP? Everytime post on food, food becomes shit already...flushed down the drain already...still no new post! So lazy want to check already...can know every line in the post by heart...still no change.

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  19. I loved this post ... and the comments! :D Lots of Malaysian expressions that I don't know, but I can guess their meanings.

    You know that I've never been to Nara? Isn't that terrible?! Kyoto so many times; Nara never.

    But that other crazy jungle woman Lina is considering running a marathon in Nara in, umm, 2014?, and I promised her I'll be there cheering her along.

    You coming too, Twilight Man? C'mon, join me, let's embarrass Lina! :D

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    1. Come come. The more the merrier!

      But I think instad of you guys embarassing me, I'll embarass you more with whatever I decide to wear that day for Nara Marathon! Bwahaha!!!!

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  20. Imagine if you got stuck in the hole!

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  21. wahhhh!!! my friend went there and he loved it! :D

    LOL @ the hamsap deers! they knew where to strike for jackpot huh? hahaha

    lol @ bimbo wife... dont let your friend read this!

    love the quaint old houses... did you go skinny dipping in their onsen too? wakakakaka

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  22. i tot u r writing about the gossip blog, beautifulnara hahaha! and yes, nara is beautiful. when i was there, it was raining the whole day! hmph!

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  23. Nara is korean language ke or japanese language? I remember Beautifulnara (blogger) told me is korean language hahaha

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