SHIN SHIN RAMEN NOODLE!!! 🍜
Remember Haru chan mentioned about Shin Shin restaurant when I visited her in Fukuoka? I met Haru chan last September during my solo trip in Bangkok, she was on honeymoon back then. We exchanged our contact then I visited her during my holiday in Fukuoka. She is a Fukuokan. And when I asked her recommended ramen restaurant in Fukuoka, in a split second she mentioned Shin Shin Restaurant. I went there the next day to the said restaurant but it was a snaky q. I can’t stand a long queue when I’m hungry, so I skipped the restaurant and finally found this instant noodle at one of the souvenir shops at JR Hakata City. ♡ ～(‘▽^人)
Click “Read More” to check out how I cooked it… Read more
Tuesday, 27 June 2017. Another Cloudy day in Fukuoka.
Our flight was actually due on tomorrow morning, 10AM. So basically today was our last day in Kyushu…. And for our last day, what’s better than shopping!! ヽ(o^―^o)ﾉ
We started this day by having our brunch somewhere at AMU Plaza. But my bruch today wasn’t the best. CiMel had gyoza. I’m not a veggie person, so I ordered something with chicken and a sauce on top of it–see I don’t even remember what I ate! So anyway, we had our brunch then we started our first shop at Daiso, JR Hakata City. And Daiso here is HUGE!!! (╯✧▽✧)╯
From JR Hakata City, we went down to Tenjin area; Tenjin Core, VIVRE then we crossed to PARCO. I wouldn’t talk so much about my day, since it’s just a normal shopping day. So I will post pictures and more pictures here, with comments on each of it. (⊃｡•́‿•̀｡)⊃━✿✿✿
comment >> a kimono lady; she’s the “guardian angel” guarding the Hakata Eki-Mae.
Inspired by the tragic moment happened in Nagasaki 72 years ago, I dedicated this post especially for those who are affected by the Atomic Bomb.
Nagasaki was a small fishing village set in a secluded harbor, Nagasaki had little historical significance until contact with Portuguese explorers in 1543. An early visitor was Fernão Mendes Pinto, who came on a Portuguese ship which landed nearby in Tanegashima. Soon after, Portuguese ships started sailing to Japan as regular trade freighters, thus increasing the contact and trade relations between Japan and the rest of the world, then Nagasaki became a centre of Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries.
On August 6, 1945, during World War II (1939-45), an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure. Three days later, a second B-29 dropped another A-bomb on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 75,000 people. Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced his country’s unconditional surrender in World War II in a radio address on August 15, citing the devastating power of “a new and most cruel bomb.”
Click “Read More” below to read about some sad stories I captured during my visit at the Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki.
Monday, 26 June 2017. Cloudy in Nagasaki.
On my first itinerary (when I supposed to travel to Kyushu alone), I supposed to go Kumamoto and took the Orange railway, had dinner while enjoying the best sunset at the western side of Kyushu. But then ciMel decided to join me (and how I was so glad for that!^^)/ …and she wasn’t so sure about going to a shaky land of Kumamoto after a 7RS earthquake hit the prefecture on April last year. So we finally went to Nagasaki. (*/ω＼)
I wasn’t sure when she first suggested the site where the atomic bomb landed 72 years ago. I was like, why should I go to ruins city where seventy-thousand people died? I heard my other friend told me about how sad she was when she visited the ground-zero, and I watched the movie on NatGeo documentary few months ago, I remember the story about the bloody river, people with illness caused by the atomic bomb, sad stories of the survivors, still… how would I enjoy this abandoned city! (ᗒᗣᗕ)՞
And again, how I was SO wrong! Nagasaki was not only a place to learn history lesson, but this beautiful little town has its own beauty, and I believe it deserves more recognition! The town was peaceful, pretty, and with all that sad stories, this town now has touched many hearts! ♡( ◡‿◡ )
*nothing to see here. Just me and ciMel squatting at Yasaka Shrine*
Sunday, 25 June 2017. And you know what it means!!^o^)/
And if you don’t, it means me going for a Mass. It’s a regular thing I do, but it become more interesting if I do it during my holiday abroad and see how the locals do it. (´｡• ᵕ •｡`)
But before that, woke up late this morning, both of us now too hungry and need brunch urgently. We were looking for Haru chan’ recommendation about a local hakata ramen restaurant at JR Hakata city, called Shin Shin. The restaurant located at the 2nd Floor, Ramen Street. And you have to stand in line to enjoy the ramen. (；⌣̀_⌣́)
Nope. We’re both too hungry to queue for a ramen. So we walked around the Ramen Street area, and found another ramen restaurant. Still crowded but no queue. This called Hakata Ichiban Ramen (not ichiran!)
You probably already heard about onsen. A natural / human-made pond with hot water famous in Japan, where we could soak ourselves naked with strangers in the same pond. But have you ever heard about SAND Bath Onsen?
I guess not many people heard about sand bath onsen. Especially those who are not from Japan.
I heard sand bath onsen during my research while I was planning my itinerary for my Japan trip, June 2017. I found one of the sand bath onsen in Beppu, only 2.5 hours away from Fukuoka. This interesting sand bath apparently has some good side-effect for our body. The sauna effect from burying yourself in a sand will make your body temperature higher and excrete poisonous toxins by sweating.
And after I tried this onsen at Beppu, now here I am going to show you what to expect and what not to expect from sand bath based on my personal experience! Click “Read More” and check out yourself!
Saturday, 24 June 2017. It was Drizzling!
We only had 1 day in Beppu, and we knew we can only choose 2 out of the 3 places we really wanted to go. The places we actually went are; African-Safari and Sand Bath Onsen. Sadly we didn’t have time to go Jigoku (Hell) Hot Spring. (っ´ω`)ﾉ(╥ω╥)
It was only cloudy when we stepped out from Naho’s place at 6AM to Hakata Train Station. We were going for African-Safari at Beppu, Oita Prefecture. So I was expecting to see those animals in another hot-sunny day like we had yesterday at cat island. (＃￣ω￣)
I bought another bento from the same Ekibento store at Hakata Station, while ciMel bought her favorite mentaiko croissant for breakfast. We then bought sonic train ticket from Hakata Station to Beppu Station. The train ticket cost ¥3090 per person, and it took us about 2 hours 10 minutes to our destination. <(￣︶￣)>
*Beppu Train Station*
Hello to all cat (or animal) lovers out there! <(o＾▽＾o)ノ
So you came across my blog and want to check if it was worth to go Ainoshima (相島) or Cat Island while you’re having holiday in Kyushu. You probably already checked some blogs and websites out there telling you how cute the cats are, how easy to get there, how you will get a lifetime experience and so on. And they probably right. But you are on my page now, and I will tell you what’s on my perspective about the island. <(￣︶￣)>
I have three important questions for you, so you can tell will it be worth to go Ainoshima or not.
- Do you claim yourself as a crazy-cat lady but you never seen real cats in your life ever?
- Will you be fine get approached by cats with skin problem or eyes problem or even half of her face covered by blood from an accident, without your heart wants to help them or drag a vet to the island?
- Are you allergic to house feline softly meowed at you for attention, with big eyes and fur oh-so-fluffy?
If you answered “yes” to those three questions, congrats! You will find Ainoshima as your heaven! Proceed now to check how to get there and yes it is so easy! ٩(｡•́‿•̀｡)۶
*some of the good-looking cats I found*
Friday, 23 June 2017. It was SUUUPER HOT day!
Cute cat. Soft cat. Sweet cat. Purr cat… (^=◕ᴥ◕=^)
Going to Ainoshima or Cat Island was one of my bucket list for this Japan trip. Since I didn’t get enough sleep on the plane, and my stomach felt so funny since last week and a bit headache, I asked ciMel to go Ainoshima not too early. We agreed to go a bit later and stay there for 1 or two hours only.
After we had our bread we bought from Canal City yesterday, off we went to Hakata Eki-Mae. We stopped by to buy lunch at Ekibento, for ¥860. The bento was consists of rice, nori, sweet fishes, salmon, tamago and some veggies. And it was superb! With the cat foods and bentos on our bags, we ready to leave for the cat island! (=^-ω-^=)
HOW TO GO TO AINOSHIMA / CAT ISLAND >> take train to Fukukodai-Mae > change bus bound to Shingu Port >> board a ferry to Ainoshima Island. For more details information, please click on “Read More” below to check my instruction on how to go Ainoshima island. 👇👇👇
*on the train to the Cat Island*
Thursday, 22 June 2017. 8:30AM.
So here we are! Still sober at last, even without my beauty sleep on the plane! <(￣︶￣)>
Arrived at the immigration, I gave the Embarkation Form and Custom Declaration, surprisingly the immigration officer didn’t ask for my fingerprint at all! He didn’t ask any single question, and just let me go with my passport after he glanced at it for 5 seconds. Was it because I looked like an innocent girl who wouldn’t hurt a small critter?🤔 OR maybe they already got my fingerprint scanned all over Japan because they considered me as a soon-to-be-japanese-citizen!! 😂🤗 Anywho, I went through the immigration without a single problem. ciMel got a little bit question she couldn’t answer the officer, but then she finally got away with another officer in two minutes. ٩(｡•́‿•̀｡)۶
Collected our luggage downstairs, we then queued for the highway bus at Bust Stop #2. The bus took us from Fukuoka Airport to Hakata Train Station in about 20 minutes, and cost us ¥260 per person. You can pay the fare with coins or with your Japan card (mine is ICOCA from Osaka). And remember when you’re in Japan, you get in the bus from the back door, then get out from the front door. It’s the opposite you do in Singapore, even tho in some cases you can also get out from the front door. (*¯︶¯*)
And who knows! Fukuoka was apparently bigger and more crowded than I expected! I was expecting a quiet little town where I could lie down on the street and no cars would honk at me! (*≧ω≦*)
*moominmama was so cute with flower on her head, we just instantly fell in love with her!*