Saturday, 23 June 2012

If We Were In Japan, Mommy...

You should hear Raimie muttering that over and over while we were queuing for tickets (tokens, actually) at the hot, stuffy and packed Masjid Jamek LRT station yesterday evening.

If we were in Japan, Mommy
"We wouldn't need to queue so long"
"The queue won't be so slow"
"That machine was out-of-order. It wouldn't be in Japan"
"It won't be so hot"
yada yada yada
and I kept having to shush him. You'd think my Son had lived for years in Japan, not a mere two-weeks vacation there each year, the way he compared our LRT with the train stations in Tokyo! That boy! Ahahaha... Malu only. *paiseh*

Anyways... we were in Masjid Jamek and used the public transportation because Mommy needed to go to Dataran Merdeka to collect her (and Raimie's too) race kit yesterday, after work.
 Raimie, in front of the kids' dash counter.
Virtually no queue there yesterday evening so we were spared from long queues or waiting ages for our stuff.
 
 
We were done by 7pm and Daddy was still busy at work so Daddy told us to come over to KLCC and have dinner there. Dinner was at Miss Kwan. Miss Kwan ka, Madam Kwan ka... our choice will be Nasi Bojari! The very sour prawns, the soft beef rendang and the crispy, must try fried chicken. Yummy!!! Raimie had Chicken Rice and he managed to clean up everything on his plate. Good boy. ^^
 
Then, some browsing time at Kinokuniya. A place where Daddy would spend a lot of his lunch hour, browsing Japanese travel magazine. 
Isetan food mart was next but what did we get there? This! Because it's super cheap. This 1.2kg kimchi pack is sold at RM38.50 at other supermarkets, but this (old stock) tub is only RM27.90 at Isetan. My family can finish this tub in less than a month. Now, better replenish my stock of gochujang and doenjang too.
In Brickfields. One of the temples there. We took the LRT back from KLCC to Sentral (which is in Brickfields, if you don't know. ^^) before heading home.
Almost ready for tomorrow!

46 comments:

  1. Tokyo Marathon 2013 will open for registration (lottery picking to confirm the place later) in August. You have plan to have a vacation plus a Marathon?

    I am thinking of putting in one oversea Marathon next year, still undecided between HK, Tokyo or Gold Coast... Wife is interested to go HK or Tokyo, but both marathons are happen in Feb 2013, that is too close to CNY.

    How much a family will spend for a week in Japan (Tokyo area + Disneyland may be)?

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    1. I will definitely do a Japan marathon, one day! If it's not Tokyo, there are others, smaller scale ones at places that I'd love to return to for it. ^^

      A week in Japan for us would cost :
      7 days hotel : 70,000yen - 80,000yen (business hotel for us)
      Daily train rides : 5,000 - 7,000yen per pax for the week (excl airport transfer) this however, is the max amount allocated. We'd spent less as we walked... A LOT ^^
      Meals : 500yen - 2,000yen per meal. Ramen/curry rice place can be cheap. As do bento bought at supermarket/konbini. Our dinners usually is below 1,000yen per pax per dinner.
      Airport transfer : if you are taking Air Asia, and coming in to Haneda, then it's definitely cheaper than coming into Narita. A train ride from HND to Tokyo cost about 600yen for per way for adult. You might choose the airport limo to avoid the hassle but it cost more.
      Disneyland : 4,000yen ono (child) - 6000yen (adults). Totally worth the yen. ^^

      Plus be prepared to spend lots on cute souvenirs! LOL

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    2. Thanks for the very detailed costing.
      Look like it will cost me RM15~20k for the family trip. Need to start saving money now :P

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    3. It cost us RM12K for 2A 1C for a two weeks holiday all around Japan... ^^

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    4. Do note that those train rides I stated is for 7 days, not 1 day x 5,000yen. That would be expensive! ^^

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    5. You forgot the chocolate payments for your friendly local foreign guide! :D

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    6. ahahaha... yes, that I did forget. Soory guide.

      But chocolate currency fluctuates greatly between that coin-shape chocs, to cadbury to Patchi to Godiva. Which currency do you take, guide? ^^

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    7. I'm cheap and easy. KitKat will do. ;)

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    8. Yup, I heard about the 7 days Japan Railway pass too. Let see if I can plan out something. Thanks for the info.

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    9. Use the JR Pass if you are traveling out of Tokyo i.e. to Osaka/Kyoto etc. Otherwise, it might be a waste.

      Also there might be local passes, Kanto Pass, JR East, etc that may have promo on the dates you are traveling.

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  2. Girl good luck .. all the best..
    Forest run forest run .. kakaka

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  3. well I love japan too ..
    but i still prefer to live in Malaysia...

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  4. that day when I went to KLCC ..
    i saw Ms Kwan..
    is it the same franchise or someone tryig to get a share of it?
    I guess that the food should be almost the same and of course should be a lot difference ya...

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    1. Food from Ms Kwan comes from Mdm Kwan kitchen. Same food, diff pricing. Anak cheaper than the Mommy outlet. Less classy too. Plus it's a self service place so you don;t have to pay 10% svc tax at the "gadis" outlet. ;p

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  5. wow .. kimchi? ur family really a big fan..
    I don't like it .. dunno why..
    maybe I am not a spicy person..
    when I eat spicy stuff my head will be itchy and then whole body sweating..

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    1. For me, they are more sour than spicy.

      Absoultely lovely to pair with a bowl of instant noodle. ;)

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  6. I can sort of understand why Raimie kept comparing Japan with M'sia. I was only 1 week in Korea, I did the same thing like your boy. I kept talking about how good people country was to my husband. I even told him that I want to migrate when I retire. Why me like that ah?

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    1. The grass is always greener on the other side. kekeke

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  7. Hahahha! Dont compare Malaysia with Japan! :p

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  8. 1) If Raimie is getting Japan withdrawal symptoms, he's very welcome to come visit this doting Tokyo obachan! ^^

    2) Japan comparisons, Kinokuniya, Isetan ... JapanJapanJapan! :D

    3) Is it my imagination or is Raimie resembling his dad more and more?

    4) Malu only - translation, please?

    5) Paiseh - translation, pretty please?

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    1. Don't spoil him, you! xD

      We somehow always managed to go to Japanese outlet, even in Malaysia don't we? Need to stop doing this! LOL

      Malu = malay
      paiseh = hokkien
      trans. ashamed, embarassed, bashful, disgrace...you get the meaning, right? :)

      You were off on a jaunt earlier today? Where to? Where to?

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    2. BTW woman? There is one photo I took while at Kinokuniya, thinking of you. Did you notice it?

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    3. Wheee Sky Treee!

      東京スカイツリー グルメ散歩, Tokyo Sky Tree Gourmet Walk. It just took me about 11 minutes, as per usual, to realize that グルメ gu-ru-me is gourmet. I'm NOT a katakana fan!

      Incidentally, I see everybody's now writing Skytree one word. Hmm.

      I didn't go jaunting yesterday. I was working. Tough life, lah!

      You're probably running as I write this. Go, Lina, go!

      \(^ω^)/

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    4. Thanks for the translations! They've been added to my Malay Word List. :)

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    5. 8 minutes past 6? Yup, slowly jogging at Dataran Merdeka with a few thousand other crazies. LOL

      Working on a weekend, especially on Sunday should be a crime, I tell you! A crime!

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  9. it seems that he adore Japan so much hehe.. actually basing Japan from the news that I read or from those news on TV featuring Japan technology.. I wouldn't mind to stay there for good.. If I were given a chance haha

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    1. On the flipside, do you the crazy hours Japanese workers put in each day. @.@

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  10. yalah, don't ever compare with Japan as this will make you feel even worse!! hahaha.. just have to take it for you are in Malaysia~~

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    1. true... but sometimes I wonder why we can emulate them at least a little bit? :(

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  11. so you walked to Dataran Merdeka from the Masjid Jamek station?? hmmm, sounds so "Bersih" to me, haha~~

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    1. hahaha... sensitive wor... ;p

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  12. oh, nasi bojari!! once i see that photo, i straight away know that's Madam Kwan's nasi bojari!! hahaha..

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    1. because this is the dish that i will always order by default whenever i go to madam kwan.. haha!!! no need to think of other things to order lah..

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    2. Nasi Bojari is the best deal. You get a lot of stuff served. ;)

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  13. so it's another day out with raimie at shopping malls huh?? i can see he is more interested in KLCC than the mickey mouse in MV, haha~~

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    1. KLCC has Kinokuniya mah... ;p

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  14. oh, i love the new KLCC Isetan supermarket!! haha, after the renovation it's moved to the ground floor, so much more convenient now..

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    1. I like it too!

      They made it to be kinda similar to basement floor of Japan's supermarket with food hall and supermarkets. :)

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  15. you took the LRT to KL Sentral and walked to Brickfields?? oh, i just hate this so-called "connecting station" between the LRT and Monorail..

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    1. come on, it's like a 10 minutes walk detouring that dirty and polluted construction site.. that's really a mayhem i try to avoid..

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    2. Absolute mayhem at KL Sentral. @.@

      We walked using the elevated road to Brickfields instead of using the bus area. Less polluted.

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  16. I can understand the complains of your dear son.. I was complaining non stop when I first came back from Singapore to Malaysia for good.. even now still complaining after 7 years of good return.. Even Singapore we are not at par, don't mentioned on Japan... :p

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    1. Yeah well...

      It's sad and I guess what we can do apart from complaining is try to make a change ourselves. It may not amount to much, but at least we are teaching our children different values to emulate. Right?

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  17. I thought U really in Tokyo by only seeing the photo haha

    and LRT is so dam smooth and convenient right? Why I say that? because KTM is much more worse like hell lol

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    1. Compared to KTM Komuter, yeah the LRT is damn smooth. Sad case, right?

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