Thursday, March 23, 2017


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017


This was the book I finished reading during my travel to and from Osaka.The long flight to and fro had made it possible for me to finish reading the 339 pages story, a light family drama that does not require a lot of thinking to be done while digesting it. I better write about this while I still remember what the story and the names of the characters.

Jack, a war "veteran", was diagnosed with a (rare) terminal disease that could not be cured and was waiting for death to come. (I suddenly remember the line in the poem I learned in college:  because I could not stop for death so he kindly stopped for me.) He was worried that he had to leave his very much beloved wife Elizabeth and the three children, but thing was turned: Elizabeth died in a car accident when she was getting his husband's medication. The plot got complicated as who would now take care of the three children as Jack was immobile and he himself needed others' assistance to live. To know how the story ends, you better read this yourself. I just can tell you it ends in a happy note, to my delight.

I just found out Baldacci has other novels too and there is a movie adapted from this very novel. One of these days, I will need to check it out.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


the last dinner of sushi and its kind
My journey back home started as early as 6:00 a.m., leaving the rented room, walking in the morning drizzle to the train station and finding the bus station where the express bus would take me directly to Kansai International Airport. I managed to catch the 7:00 a.m. bus and arrived at the airport an hour later.

To my delight, all the shops and restaurants were already in operation at that hour. I got my hot and delicious bowl of (halal) udon, and even managed to buy some things from the souvenir shops.

The AirAsia airplane landed at KLIA2 at about 5:00 and I then boarded my flight to Senai at about 8;15 p.m. There was a slight delay (nothing surprising in Malaysia) and by 10:00 p.m. I was already home.

So that was the end of my short trip to Osaka and Kyoto and that would be considered as the end of my school holiday this time *sad*. I will have to be on duty in school tomorrow morning. *double sadness*

I would definitely have to thank Mr. Syafiq Basir for all his effort and dedication in making the 4-day trip an awesome and memorable one.

More stories and photos of my trip to Osaka and Kyoto coming your way, when I am ready to write. Do come back and check it out for more.

Sunday, March 19, 2017


We arrived in Kyoto this morning and had been walking non-stop for hours. Tomorrow will be the last day to explore the place and we will be venturing out from the city for more attractions in the old city of Kyoto. Praying for another day with sunshine and blue sky.

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Osaka second day: Osaka Castle

I arrived in Osaka on Friday, 17th March 2017 and was welcomed by an ex-student of SMK Taman Universiti Johor Bahru at Kansai International Airport, Mr. Mohd. Syafiq Basir who is currently studying here in Japan. We had so far gone to a few of attractions in the city and tried the local (halal food) here. With two more days to go, we are going to another nearby city after this and hope to see and experience more.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Kualanamu International Airport is the new and modern airport replacing the old one, Polonia. I always like the name Polonia, it sounds like one of the characters in Shakespeare's play.

The airport was clean and most importantly, I could see it was well-maintained. It is important as Medan is the main entrance/exit point into/out of Sumatera Island. The special feature of this airport is that there is a train station attached to it so people could just take the train to get to Medan city directly.

This should be my very last post of my trip to Medan. I was glad I finally made it there, but I am quite sure there are still other places in Sumatera Island where one day I should visit.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


This was the fourth hotel we stayed in Medan and the second in the city. We just wanted to try a different place and fortunately, this one was better than the first one. Grand Impression Hotel is located by the main road and is attached with a supermarket on the ground floor. Other than that, it is also near to the market.

In the evening, you could walk along the shops opposite the hotel. We did not really have the time to see if there was anything interesting but we managed to go there once and there were many shops selling all kinds of shoes.

Another reason the hotel could be a good choice was because of its reasonable price.