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Life is unpredictable and u just can’t plan life.

I was outraged with the recent incident occurred here. An 11 years old boy died after being beaten by his school warden. His legs had to be amputated and the doctors was scheduling to amputate his arm too when he died. 

He entered the boarding school with high hopes. The school didn’t allow any communication outside school for 40 days and it was during this time his nightmare began.

I wouldn’t allow my son to go to boarding school. Nope, he’s staying with me until 18. Then he can go to college and university of his choice. 

I believe at 18 he will have enough maturity and responsibility for his own life. He’ll be able to speak up and act on it if something is wrong. That he understand he doesn’t need to be scared of anybody at whatever authority level if his life is in danger.

Before he get to 18, he’s staying with me.

I spend my high school life in boarding school. I hated it. I resented the rules, the teachers, the wardens and the prefects. I broke lots of rules just to prove my points that those rules are stupid. Purposely breaking the rules. 

Those were the stages in my life that I didn’t miss and hardly remember. However it did teach me about life, it did in some way shape me and the teachers did contribute tremendously to my education. But I hated it. I felt fear if someone come to me and say they’ve got a time machine and we will go back to your boarding school time. In a way the experience did affect me psychologically in a negative way. 

So, I hope my son won’t be attending any boarding school. And I really hope the ministry of education can come up with stricter regulations to ensure students safety at school.

The initial plan was to explore Odaiba and go to car parts store. I think the main reason why my husband agreed for this trip is because of japan famous modified car parts! 

However, plan changed. We went to fire museum and only one car parts store-Up Garage.

The fire museum was wonderful. It was just next to a train station and it’s free!!! 

There’s fire trucks, helicopters that kids can try. As Danish are fans of firemen related, this museum is another dream came true for him. 

There wasn’t a lot of crowd on the day we went, maybe cos its weekdays. It would be less fun if it’s crowded as the kids will have to wait for other kids if they want to ride the trucks and helicopters. 

After the fire museum, we went to Up Garage, a car parts store. It was quite a disappointment actually as the store is quite small. We should have gone to super auto bacs as i read the store is much bigger. However the distance to super auto bacs was quite far from our location hence we decided for Up Garage.

We had to walk quite a distance from Up Garage to the nearest train station that it made all of us quite cranky as we didn’t have our lunch yet so we were hungry and tired. 

We found a playground while we walked so Danish had a chance to release some of the stress. We went to family mart near the station for some onigiri and hot fries.

Then we went to Sushi Ken for dinner. It was expensive, we should have gone there for lunch as it’s cheaper. Oh well, at least we tried some sushi in Tokyo.

That end our day. All the walking made us so tired!

Another exciting day! We went to Gala Yuzawa ski resort to play with snow!!

As winter is coming to an end, there wasn’t any snow or traces of snow in tokyo itself. Only the cold weather to remind us that winter has not completely left yet.

So, we went to Gala Yuzawa ski resort to experience snow. Specifically for Danish to see and touch snow! It’s been one of his dreams to play with snow.

We bought a JR wide pass which covered bullet train to Gala Yuzawa. So, we took shinkansen to Echigo Yuzawa and take another train to Gala Yuzawa. 

After much researched, I found that Gala Yuzawa is the easiest ski resort to go to as the train station is inside the resort. There’s no need to take additional transport to reach the resort. 

It took us around 2 hours from Ueno station to reached Gala Yuzawa. We reached there around 1 plus and was amazed with the scenery. Snows everywhere! Thick and falling! We rent boots, gloves, ski wear and sled from the resort.

Danish started forming snow balls and throwing at daddy. He keep on saying, this is the best day of my life! Hahhaha, made all the thousands of yen cost of this trip worth it. 

We had a go at sledging. I totally don’t have skills in this though Danish aced it. He was like an expert, sledging as though it wasn’t his first time. Truly enjoyed it and it made me happy to see him like that.

The resort close at 5 plus and we want to catch the 5pm train so by 4.30 we said goodbye to the snow and the sled. 

I had initially planned to stay for a night at Echigo Yuzawa but then the idea of lugging our luggages put me off. Now I regret that, we should just bring some clothes for one night stay and leave the rest of the luggage at the apartment. 

Oh well, another reason to repeat tokyo 😉

Once we reached Ueno, we decided to try the famous Wagyu beef at Yakiniku-Panga. 
Food in Tokyo is always expensive but dinner leaves a much bigger hole in your pocket. 

The serving is small-fit for one person or two if small eater. Danish finished most of the beef and he said it was delicious and he keep on asking for more. I tried some korean dish, bimbap is it- not sure. it was rice mixed with all different veggies. 

At least we tried and we know for future trip, we will just eat some Brahims if we don’t have budget for expensive food.

After dinner, we went to Asakusa. I wanted to see the famous shrine. It was magnificent and the light made it more beautiful. 
We also went to Don Quijote nearby for more kit kats to bring home. 

I wish we have more time and energy to wander around more. i miss the skytree area and the tower. 

On the third day, we spend our day at Ameyoko Street in Ueno. Ueno is just one station away from our apartment so it’s quite convenient.

First shop that we entered was a toy shop. Japan is full with toy shops and games arcade that it’s a heaven to Danish. We spend lots of our times and yen at the grab machine and toy shop. And we managed to get 2 toys from the grab machine! Husband did that really, i’m sucked at these stuffs.

Anyway, Ameyoko street is full of everything! it’s like a market- has everything that you need. one street is full of snacks and raw food while next street has rows and rows of shoes, sneakers, perfume and handbag. 
And of course, grab machine and games arcade!

i bought a pair of adidas running shoes as the shoes i wore from malaysia is soooo uncomfortable and was hurting my feet. i got blisters that when i wore the new shoes, i felt like my feet was in some shoes heaven! hahahah.

The downside to have all these cheap shoes around you was it’s hard to get one in your size as most japanese are in small sizes. I hate that especially when i saw big sales on some really nice shoes. sigh. 

We had our lunch at chicken man there. their chicken rice is different from malaysian style and frankly, it’s not tasty but as we were really hungry, we just ate it. i think we better off eating kebab. danish seemed to really enjoyed his kebab. 

After lunch, we did another quick shopping and went home for rest.

We went out again later in the evening to Yodobashi Akiba, which is just opposite the Akihabara Station. It’s a 7 storey shop with everything. 

We checked out the watches and spend our yen at the toys floor. As a frequent toys r us shopper, i can say that the toys at this store is so much cheaper and has lots of varieties too! It’s hard to spend on good toys for rm50 in toys r us in malaysia due to limited choices but there, we are in toy heaven! hahahha. especially boys toys. i think for girls the options is bit limited but i’m not so sure as i don’t have much experience buying girls toys. 

There’s a big section on make up etc too but since i’m not a make up person, i ignore it.

I wish i have more time to browse around the shop especially at the stationery sections.

Went to Disneyland! though the train system here is great, it was tiring changing trains and walking, as we are used to having a car and just drive the car until we reach our destination. 

It rained the whole day. Quite sad really as with rain, the weather get so cold that it’s hard to enjoy being at the happiest place in the world.

Danish love it though. he truly enjoyed everything especially the parade. its unfortunate because of the weather we cannot enjoy disneyland fully. 

as we reached around 12 pm, we started with watching one man’s dream. its a great musical show with all the disney characters. We didn’t get the best seat though so there were few scenes we can’t really see whats going on. 

then we started looking for space to sit for the parade. i’m very impressed with the staff there. they started to control the crowd quite early before the parade started. as it was raining, they even helped to wipe the bench for visitors. heck, they even swept the water on the road over and over again until the parade start.

after the ‘happiness is here’ parade, we walked towards the castle. played the famous merry go round and then off to ‘toontown’. we started with goofy’s house, splashing paints. then danish wanted to ride a roller coaster so off we went.

danish surprised me by joining me screaming when we ride the roller coaster. last time in legoland he just kept quiet and i screamed alone, hahaha. i think as i got older, roller coasters terrifies me. 

then we ride one the rocket thingy and saw frozen parade. danish enjoyed waving and shouting hello to all the characters. 

we chose the mark twain boat as our last ride. we cannot stand the rain and the cold anymore. seriously freezing and we had headache and runny nose. not a great weather to be in disneyland. So we said goodbye to Disneyland earlier than planned. Canot even stay for the night parade as it’s really freezing!

Later, we had dinner at Ayam-ya. I ordered rice with chicken and danish with his usual ramen noodles. their noodles are amazing! we didn’t enjoy the noodles at narita but this noodles at ayam-ya was really delicious. 

Ended the night with haagen daaz strawberry ice cream. It was so tasty and different from malaysian version. I kept thinking about Japan Haagen daaz ice cream, so many varieties, cheap and tasty. 

We went to tokyo early last month. I was so excited and been planning the itinerary for months! It’s our first long flight trip with Danish.

We departed from KL via ANA airlines on sunday morning and reached Narita airport in the evening. After clearing the immigration, we walked in circle looking for halal food at the airport. Anyway, it was at level 5- food court area. We tried some noodle, prawn tempura, chicken karaage and the taste was quite bland. i think i preferred sushi kings better, hahaha. 

Anyway, then we took Keisei skyliner to our airbnb at Nippori. After searching airbnb site for months, i decided on this apartment because there’s a direct train from narita, the host allowed late check out with no extra charges, there’s lift, and i saw in one of the comments, the host provide fresh towels every 2 days.

In the end, i felt that we made a right choice staying there, i really like the house and area and the host is living next door so if there’s anything he can help. he spoke english very well too.

So we didn’t go out or anything on the first day as it was so exhausting. missing my younger days where i can travel all day and my bones didn’t ached.


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