Showing posts from April, 2014

A Samurai's Residence

We have been watching so many Ninja and Samurai programs on TVs and the movies over the years. It has been my lifetime dream to visit a real Warlord Samurai's house someday to observe and appreciate the way they lived.

1. We visited the Kumamoto Castle earlier in the morning and took a short slow walk to see a Samurai's residence which was located just outside the castle's grounds.

2. The Spring's weather was cold and perfect for a lovely stroll, passing all the pretty Japanese styled landscapes. The Spring's air was so fresh and clean too.

3. We reached the entrance to the beautiful gardens of the Hosokawa's Residence. This Hosokawa Clans were powerful samurai descendants who ruled Kumamoto from the early 17th Century until the Meiji Period of Japan.

4. My wife is always flexible like a rubber band and there is nothing she could not do on earth! She has finally won my approval to climb the base camps of Mount Everest. God knows when I will embark. My poor leg…

A Visit To Hashima Island @ Nagasaki - Japan

The weather was cold & gloomy during our visit to Japan in Spring as it was under 10 degrees on most days. However, it was a perfect weather when we made our way to Nagasaki to catch a boat to tour the famous ghost island - Hashima Island. So many movies have been filmed there including the current Thai horror movie - "Project Hashima" and also the James Bond's.

 1. We took a 2 hour fast train from Fukuoka City in the morning and jumped onto a tram to reach this part of Nagasaki's town. This quaint town has been beautifully rebuilt from ashes and everyone here lives in a peace loving community.

2. We had to book our boat tickets online before leaving Kuala Lumpur and signed after reading their long list of "Do's & Don'ts" as they fully protect this heritage island which has a rich history. We walked to their sales counters to collect our actual tickets and paid 3,600 Yen each. This lovely harbour lies along the port of Nagasaki.

3. Our crui…

Congratulations To The Winners

I have decided to announce earlier for My Next Holiday Destination as no one has commented further. Although it was supposed to be just prizes for the first 3 correct guesses, I decided to be generous to give my small token to all the 7 winners. The comments were so fun and hilarious to make me crack up. Thank you very much for participating. I bought these special Sakura Season Hand Towels from Fukuoka, Japan and will send them out to the winners by registered mails. 

The correct answer is (D) Cruise To Thailand. We will join the 3 nights cruise to Phuket and Krabi.
Congratulations to the lucky 7 blogger winners:
1. mNhL** 2. SK 3. Lina 4. Small Kucing 5. Will I Am** 6. Reana Claire 7. Princess Ribbon**
Will the above 3 names with ** please kindly send your name and mailing address to me at

4 Countries in One Day

I am back home now after enjoying 6 eventful days away from Malaysia. Now matter how beautiful and advanced another foreign country may be, I still love my own Boleh Land - Malaysia. We boarded CX from Japan to Malaysia with stop overs at Taipei & Hong Kong - making it 4 countries in total.

Look at all the lovely flowers and landscapes all over Fukuoka and Kyushu Island. The lovely sights would put a smile on everyone. We can plant more flowers in Kuala Lumpur too but I have seen some idiots driving off with the potted plants at night. Wakakakaka

It was really very tough to find postcards in the whole of Fukuoka and Kyushu Island if compared with Osaka, Kyoto or Nara which would spoil tourists with so many lovelier postcards. I manage to grab some 20 simple cards and made a mistake! The posts offices close on weekends! A kind passing old man stopped and offered me help. He spoke in thick Hakata's Nihon-go with some simple sign languages which saved my day. He told me to buy s…