Osaka Trip 2012 – Day 1

First of all, I must apologize. My last post was in late last year, I was very tied up my new house renovation, wedding and then honeymoon. Its about time I get back to my blog again.

This trip to Osaka is part of my honeymoon. I spent the first half in Osaka then followed by Taipei. We have never been to Osaka, so this trip has been a real new experience.

I chose Jet-star for the flight since they fly to Osaka and Taipei and Jet-star allowed sports equipment as part of the checked in luggage. More of this later. Reached their Kansai airport and took a train to Kyoto. There, we deposited our luggage and travel light.

This is the Kyoto station. It is not just a railway station.

It is also a huge shopping mall.

We decided to settle lunch here, but most of the shops at level 1 and basement were western style. I insisted on having something Japanese, so we went up the escalator.

We went up till the 11th floor, where there is this ramen street…

and settled for this shop.

To order, we do so via a machine like this. Choose what we want, insert the money, press the respective button and get a ticket with the order printed on it. Then pass the ticket to the waiter at the door. This is very common in Japan.

The price list. What it says, is the main dish is this 德島 ramen. 味玉 means 德島 ramen with additional egg. 肉入 means 德島 ramen with additional pork slices. Last one means both. The three prices below each are for normal, large and extra large serving. The words at bottom right “生卵無料" means raw egg is free.

The free raw eggs are in the middle of the table.

Nice little cosy shop.

She ordered fried rice because we initially didn’t know if the meat slices were beef or pork. If we bothered to read the signs outside, we would have known.

My ramen. I find this even better than some of the nicest ramen I have had back in Singapore. I thought this was good.

After lunch, we made our way down to take bus.

We got this packaged ticket, which allowed us to take the bus services within the town area unlimited rides.

Along the way…

We missed our stop, and thankfully, one uncle who was fluent in English, approached us on the bus and asked where we were heading. He told us how to get back to where we should be.

After like fifteen minutes of walking up a slope, we finally reached our first destination 清水寺.

The sloping street that leads to the temple. Lined along the streets are many shops that cater to tourists, selling souvenirs and such.

One such shop is this one, selling the famous “七味粉" or “Seven Flavors Powder".

We walked for quite a distance before we were required to buy the entrance tickets. I find the idea of entrance ticket for a temple rather strange.

The tickets are in a very nice size for bookmarks.

Somewhere in the center of this photo, there was a lady in black walking towards the rock in the foreground.

The legend is that, if one can walk, with his or her eyes closed, from one rock to the other which is like ten meters away, one can then find his or her destined lover. That was what the lady in black is trying to accomplish.

One of the two rocks on the ground.

We left the temple and took a walk to the bus stop to go back to Kyoto station. From there, we went back to Osaka to check into our hotel.

This is the one. Grande Vista Hotel Osaka. Decently priced and comes with all the basic amenities. Location is pretty good too.

The Asahi “Dry" lighted advertisement is quite an icon here.

We settled here for dinner, its similar to Yoshinoya.

Again, its the same way of placing orders. Select the items we want from a vending machine instead of the waitor.

The famous Glico “Running Man".

At night, the streets near my hotel really come to life with all the neon lights.

This huge moving crab mascot is also a very famous landmark in Osaka.

This H&M occupies the all four levels of this building. There is Uniqlo which is like fifteen minutes walk away and also in a five stories building by itself.

福山雅治 in a giant advertisement for Toshiba tablet.

I got nothing to say when I saw this.

Walked past this shop and couldn’t resist buying takopuchi. Do you know that Takopuchi originated from Osaka?

This is the packaging for the Takopuchi.

Its really a bit over, we don’t expect the little balls of flour to be packed in some fancy box and then into a nice paper bag like this. You have to give it to the Japanese when it comes to packaging.

I said nice right?

This was all I expected actually. Haha…

I almost bought this to go along with my Takopuchi.



在差不多兩個禮拜前, 我坐在理髮椅, 看著電視上主持人在海里抓花蟹. 理髮叔叔一邊為我理髮, 就一邊跟在跟我講其實花蟹有多好吃. 我已經好久好久沒有吃花蟹了, 幾乎快要忘了花蟹的味道.

所以趁著這兩天有空, 我在網上找了一些花蟹的食譜, 想要試試自己煮. 今天早上我也去了巴剎和 NTUC 買了三只花蟹.

經驗不足的我, 回到家後才發現所買的蟹並不是那麼新鮮, 有一只的殼都破了, 沒辦法, 只好用剩下的兩只.

食譜我是跟著這裡的. 因為這是我看過比較簡單的. 我也在最後打了一粒蛋進去.

賣相可說是相當不錯的, 該紅的地方都有紅.

味道嘛…..就有點差強人意了. 是有點失敗. 不過, 既然你只能看到照片, 那你也無法知道味道如何, 哈哈…

本來想把每個步驟都拍下, 只是手上的魚鮮味好重, 實在不想去動相機, 所以只能在全部都完成後才把手洗好了拍照.


今年, 我打算對 自己好一點, 於是就趁這聖誕節買了一隻自動表, 寵一寵自己.

我對表不是很有研究, 也不會只看得上幾千塊或幾萬塊的表. 我的要求很簡單, 而且只對 SEIKO 或是 CASIO 情有獨鍾.

這次所看中的是 SEIKO 5 用精工表 7S36 Movement 的 SNZF17J1.


接下來, 就是把我的全部手錶一起亮相了.

首先是電子表. 最右邊開始, TIMEX Marathon, CASIO Riseman, CASIO G-7300G.

TIMEX 是我今年註冊 OCBC Cycle 所得的. 另外兩隻 CASIO 是我老婆送的, 現在已經很難找到像 7300G 這種全電子又鐵鍊的 G-Shock 了.

左到右, SEIKO 5, SWATCH IRONY, SEIKO Criteria SNA501P1 Quartz.

那只 SWATCH 是我在快要完兵時買的. 表帶已經斷了, 還沒有空和錢去換.

Happycall Double-sided Pan / 韓國 Happycall 雙面鍋 小試

如果你有在週末早上打開電視, 或許你曾看過以下的廣告.

連續看了幾個禮拜, 我和我媽都有些蠢蠢欲動. 沒有在電視購物是因為價格太貴了. 之後我在網上找到在 Gmarket 有售買而且便宜一半, 二話不說, 便買了兩個.

我的那一個是留到我搬家, 所以是用我媽的來小試一下.

這已經是我第三次用這個兩面鍋, 還沒算上得心應手.

(廚房有點亂, 不好意思)


另一條是我不熟悉的魚, 我媽只說那是白魚.

關上後, 就是等了.

約五分鐘後, 開始可以聽到滋滋的聲響. 這是就把鍋給翻過來. 再等上個約十分鐘就把鍋子翻多一次. 用這鍋, 必須確保要開蓋時, 較深的一邊要在底下.

這是完成品. 好像有點難看, 白魚的皮都脫落了…


雖然外相不怎麼樣, 但味道卻是相當不錯的. 沒有加任何調味料, 只吃到魚的美味. 當然, 要用這種鍋, 所用的魚必須是非常的新鮮, 否則魚鮮味可能滿重的.


不知不覺的, 會從電腦裡找出這首歌播放.



2011 台北金馬獎, 最佳新人獎得主是 ‘那些年’ 主角柯震東. 恭喜恭喜!!!!


已經很久沒有這樣, 被一部片子所感動. 看完 “那些年" 之後,我是這麼想的.

還記得, 在影片上影的前幾個禮拜, 友人興致勃勃的向我介紹, 說這是今年一定要看的片子. 當時我看了演員表和導演都是一些陌生的名字, 電影海報也沒有很特別, 實在有點難了解友人. 可是近幾年, 台灣片如 “不能說的秘密", “第三十六個故事" 和 “海角七號"都相當不錯, 讓我有點小興奮.

影片的前十五分鐘都是笑點. 在這些笑聲中, 我也對主角柯景騰與沈佳宜有了認識. 而當故事發展下去, 笑點減少了. 取而代之的是一陣又一陣的哀愁, 對男女主角的曖昧卻不能轉換成一段美好的愛情是又憐惜又心疼. 儘管在最後, 結婚的那一幕, 主角回顧過去與想像的平行時空時, 我的心已經是揪成一團, 還好我把我的眼淚硬吸了回去, 不然早已是個淚人了.

也就是因為很久沒有如此感動了, 我也做了一件我沒做過的是, 就是在隔天友人們的叫說下, 又在買了票看多一次.

為甚麼我對 “那些年" 有那麼深的感觸?

我想, 不只是我, 只要是有認真喜歡和追過女生的男生, 都會對 “那些年" 有多多少少的感覺. 跟何況, 結局不是我們已習慣的美滿為收場, 這是非常現實, 也是非常殘酷的.

對於此片, 值得一提的, 是作者兼導演的九把刀. 就是有他的這一次豁出去了的賭注, 造就了一部讓許多男生覺得可以代表他們心聲的影片. 這對我們來說, 是非常可貴的.

更新: 在 2011 年金馬獎, “那些年" 入圍了 ‘最佳女主角’ (陳妍希), ‘最佳新人’ (柯震東), ‘最佳導演’ (九把刀) 和 ‘最佳原創電影音樂’ (那些年 – 胡夏). 結果成績柯震東贏得最佳新人獎, 陳妍希則奪得影帝劉德華的告白. 只有可憐的九把刀空手而歸.