One complicated piece to understand and rectify.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
The Choral Speaking Competition for Johor Bahru District was held today at SMK Damansara Alif. I was there with Puan Jamiah Zainal and Mr. Bobby Chan to judge the choral speakers from 18 participating schools.
Listening to and observing to 18 competing teams was not an easy task. I was already having a migraine while judging and thank God, most of teams finished their performances earlier than the allocated time. I think I should just stick to Public Speaking competitions after this.
Luckily, the unbearable headache was cured soon enough by eating a buffet lunch at Seoul Garden Plaza Angsana, a treat given by Mr. Haiqal Johari. All's well that ends well. :)
Friday, April 21, 2017
|the handwritten hotel card|
To search for the most reasonable accommodation in Osaka this time I used Airbnb for this time. Upon checking-in, I was surprised to find out that I actually had booked a dormitory that could house 6 strangers at one time. Lucky enough, there was a private room still available so I decided to upgrade straightaway. I just needed some space for privacy as well as a place to perform daily prayers which seemed quite impossible in the small dormitory.
Zen Labo Guest House was strategically located in the city centre near Dotonbori. Other than that, it was near the train station and there were many convenient stores like 7-Eleven nearby.
The guests had to share the bathrooms and toilets. Our room was on the fourth floor and unfortunately, when we were there, the showers were not working so we had to go the common bathrooms on the second floor, which was quite a hassle.
All in all, everything was alright especially we were out early in the morning and would only be back by almost 11.00 p.m.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
18TH MARCH 2017 ~ We went to Salzeria Restaurant for dinner one more time, but this time at a different outlet. Apart from that, we were accompanied by Mr. Syafiq's friend, Miss Izza Maisarah, a Malaysian student studying in Japan. There were also many people having their late dinner at that time and I guess the free flow of coffee could be one of the main attractions of this place, and the place was spacious so people could hang out longer.
I ate more Italian food more frequently in Osaka more than anywhere else. How I miss Italian food already. I really need some sort of gastronomic adventure now.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
18th MARCH 2017 ~ The last place visited in Osaka was Umeda Sky Building. The two tall buildings are connected by a bridge which is known as Floating Garden Observatory. It was quite dark when we were there so I did not see any floating garden around.
This place was also swarmed by visitors and there was a (very) long queue at the lifts to get up to the bridge. *sigh*
With our Osaka Amazing Pass, we did not have to pay the entrance fee of 1000 yen.
Then we were on the observation deck, enjoying the beautiful Osaka, amazingly bright at night and the cool early spring air of the evening. With the large crowd all over the place, it was not easy to find a spot to take photos.
In every big city, there seems to be one prominent skyscraper for people to visit and I had "been there, done that" kind of moment for me to remember. However, if I were to make a return trip to Umeda Sky Building, I would go during day time as the view seems to be spectacular under the bright sun. (I have checked the photos on the internet.)
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
18th MARCH 2017 ~ One more activity included in the Osaka Amazing Card was the Ferris Wheel ride. Fortunately, this was the only place where there were not many people and there was almost no queue. We hopped into the gondola when the sun was about to set and the sky had turned grey.
We just sat quietly and watched day turned to night and the buildings and roads were soon lit up with bright lights, enjoying the panorama from high up in the sky.