Friday, November 03, 2006

Tokyo Delight



When I first found out that we’ll be celebrating Raya in Tokyo, I was a bit apprehensive. Besides Disneyland, can Tokyo satisfy the excitement and fun I seek in vacations? What sort of shopping can I do there if everything is supposedly so expensive? And just how expensive is expensive? What about the food? Plus I don’t know any Japanese!




As the days went by, I found myself enjoying every bit of Tokyo, and then some! The weather was cool, a welcomed change from Malaysia’s hot and humid conditions.



The people were friendly and extremely polite. I find the ladies in Tokyo very chic and it was fun to see them dressed in funky clothes, with fancy boots and coats to complete their look.



Spending Raya in Disneyland was extremely memorable!



The streets of Tokyo are very safe and clean. I especially enjoyed walking to “the building” near our hotel that closes at 4am, to shop with the locals who do their shopping after midnight to accommodate their busy day schedules.



The food was also great as long as we had our guide to help us out with the menu as most restaurants don’t carry English menus. Mc Donald’s prawn burger was our personal favourite. Aside from being relatively cheap, it was really yummy!


Shopping was equally cool as we found some really neat stuff at reasonable prices. Customer service was excellent. Even our hotel, Villa Fontaine, was first-rate with impeccable service - no need for complaints or tantrums! Everything was available to cater to our every whim and fancy.




In a nutshell, we had a fabulous time everywhere we went, despite my ankle sprain and B's sniffles. It was actually pretty sad to say goodbye to one of the best vacations we’ve had in a long time! Selamat Hari Raya and Maaf Zahir Batin.


99 comments:

Anonymous,  December 04, 2006 2:26 AM

Nice one yang. Another great adventure for us! B.

Bobby September 29, 2007 3:25 PM

I love this post!!!!!!!! How charming:) Wow...only 1 comment. How your blog has grown. Marzie, I am so proud of you and you still treat every visitor with the same warmth that you did when I 1st met you.

Do you know that every time I reply to a comment, I think of the 1st time you replied to mine!!!!! You were so absolutely nice to me and it changed my whole perception of blogging. When people ask me about commenting, I tell them all to come see you.

I wouldn't the blogger I am right now had I not met you. For that I say THANK YOU:):):)Now you have 2 here...he he he:)

Mariuca September 29, 2007 3:51 PM

B,

Thanks love. To greater adventures ahead. ILY :):):)

Mariuca September 29, 2007 3:55 PM

Hi Bobby!!! Yay, thanks for this comment. Oh this is a special post for me, it was the beginning of Mariuca! Your first comment on my blog was extremely inspiring, so thanks to u too.

Actually, I lost all comments for this post when I switched blogs from friendster! :( So I told B about it and he decided to give me some comment love! :):):)

Nick Phillips October 01, 2007 8:37 AM

Hey Marz, cool first post :) I just had to check out your first post. You've come a loooooonnnngggg way and have gathered a huge following since then. Keep it up. Like I said before, yours is one of my regular must visit daily blogs!

Mariuca October 01, 2007 1:50 PM

Hola Nick, thanks so much for visiting my first post, means a lot to me! Yes, u are definitely one of my regular visitors, it's always great to see ur avatar on my page every day, thanks Nick, you're da best!! :):):)

Genie Princess

bokjae May 02, 2008 10:12 AM

Both of you look great! Must have an enjoyable time there by the look of things! I hope dawn will be able to cope in Japan! Thanks!

Mariuca May 02, 2008 10:47 AM

Hi Bokjae, thank you for stopping by with ur comment here. I'm sure Dawn will do just fine, everything is so efficient and clean. You must visit her and take lotsa pics to blog abt! :):):)

Emila Yusof September 27, 2008 10:56 PM

lol! now i'm reaching your first post!

Emila Yusof September 27, 2008 10:57 PM

ok, i will go back to the latest one!

lj, u-turn, k!

Mariuca September 27, 2008 11:07 PM

YAY! Emila, I transferred this post from my Friendster blog, so lost ur old comments on this one, so happy u left me one here he he! Wah u went through almost ALL my posts, GP is impressed!!! :):):)

LadyJava September 28, 2008 12:48 AM

Aww how sweet.. your first comment was from B.. :)

I used ILU as opposed to ILY..heheh.. sometimes ACPILU.. can you figure out that one?? lolz!!

Mariuca September 28, 2008 12:51 AM

He he, sweet kan? My first post at my new blog (that time la) and he commented first! Mariuca LOVES B! LOL!!

Hmmmm ACPILU = Aku Cinta Padamu I Love You? ;)

LadyJava September 28, 2008 12:55 AM

hhehe.. bijak2 lol..

So extremely sweet and so supportive.. does he comment now??

Mariuca September 28, 2008 3:13 AM

LJ! He left me a comment at MPG and pretended to be someone else it seems!! I was so excited cause the commenter seemed to know exactly what I was saying in that particular post, so quickly rushed out of my opis to tell him, and then... I found out it was him ha ha ha ha!!! :):):)

LadyJava September 28, 2008 3:17 AM

LOL!! that's so cute of B lah.. I'm sure you laughed like mad after that right..lolzz!!

Ah so best to have husband kan?? lolz!!

LadyJava September 28, 2008 3:18 AM

hehe..nanti i cari that post kat MPG eh.. for now nak kena buffer away from Emila ni...

But I am so glad I did this digging.. I love your blog!!

Mariuca September 28, 2008 3:25 AM

Awwww thanks for digging around here tonight LJ, Mariuca loves ya! :)

That's why la this B, got me excited for nothing he he... and I think I happily answered his comment at MPG!! LOL!!!

LadyJava September 28, 2008 3:29 AM

lol GP!! I can just imagine you rushing out to tell him of your super intelligent visitor when all along it was him...lolzz!!

Did he own up straight away or did he pretend to listen intently?..heheh

Emila Yusof September 28, 2008 6:30 PM

yea, i remember this post too! i also transferred some from friendsters.

Emila Yusof September 28, 2008 6:31 PM

talk about acpilu, me and hubbs use ACPM.

Mariuca September 28, 2008 7:44 PM

LJ & Emila,

I rushed out of my opis to happily tell him, and halfway through my story, I can see the fella smiling oredi! Really tricked me la he he!! :):):)

ACPM ye..panjang tu, ILY je senang..easy to pronounce oso lolz! :)

LadyJava September 29, 2008 3:27 AM

hahaha B so cute lah.. cannot contain his laughter anymore eh?? lolzz... mesti gelak besar after that kan kan kan??

Emila Yusof October 03, 2008 6:40 PM

ok, marzie, might change to ily...pendek satu character!

LadyJava October 03, 2008 10:20 PM

Emila.. make is short and sweet!!

LadyJava October 03, 2008 10:20 PM

Eh you dah work on the pipes ke??

Emila Yusof October 07, 2008 1:35 AM

yelah...short and sweet...

Emila Yusof October 07, 2008 1:36 AM

eh alamak...belum lagi...masih tidak berpeluang...dol-doli yang mantap segala itu enggak bisa melepaskan aku deh..

Emila Yusof October 09, 2008 3:38 AM

marzie, tully coffee tu sedap ke?

Emila Yusof October 11, 2008 9:25 PM

Hola today! Am waiting for Debbie to make appearance on this post...

Hi Debbie, hello in advance!

phatelara October 12, 2008 3:53 PM

Hi Emila! I am here, patutla terbatuk2 these few days. Back to 2006, rupanya kat sini someone mentioned my name..hehe

phatelara October 12, 2008 3:54 PM

So cute and sweet la B, Marzie! :):) I plak like, awwwww...

phatelara October 12, 2008 3:55 PM

For C and me, 143, not ILY..hehehe

Wah LJ, pjg tu ACPILU..hehehe..

phatelara October 12, 2008 3:57 PM

Alamak, C was behind me when I wrote that comment la..hehe..

I segan ni!! *blush*

Emila Yusof October 12, 2008 6:59 PM

debbie! you're finally here!!! hehe

Emila Yusof October 12, 2008 7:00 PM

sorry ya you terbatuk debbie! nanti i belikan ubat batuk!

Emila Yusof October 12, 2008 7:00 PM

cute kan marzie and b?

Mariuca October 12, 2008 7:36 PM

Hola ladies, thanks for commenting on my very first post here yay! :)

LJ, tergelak and tersipu-sipu his face, really got me going for a while ha ha! I was so excited some more! ;)

Emila kelakar nye you ha ha! Waiting for Debbie to make an appearance and the best part is that she did today he he! ;) Oh Tully coffee tu mmg best, biasa la I, coffee lover mah! :)

Debbs! Nice to see u here too sweetie! 143 tu apa?? Blur la me!! Also blushing from ur cute compliment for us, love ya! :)

phatelara October 12, 2008 9:37 PM

Kak Emila, mmg cute la GP and B.. :)

Batuk takpe, jgn tersedak masa mkn dah lerr..hehe

phatelara October 12, 2008 9:41 PM

Marzie, 143 tu I Love You or I Miss You, tapi kira huruf dia. hehe..1437 plak I Love You Forever. Lol!!

Thanks for taking the trouble to reply. :):)

LadyJava October 12, 2008 11:02 PM

I can just imagine his face lah GP!

LadyJava October 12, 2008 11:03 PM

1437.. awesome tu.. cute gak eh..

Emila Yusof October 13, 2008 2:17 PM

good idea jugak the numbers...

phatelara October 13, 2008 3:01 PM

78 tu apa Kak Emila? Hehe blur la I..

Emila Yusof October 13, 2008 11:56 PM

debbie, forever together!!!!

Emila Yusof October 13, 2008 11:57 PM

wahaha, baru reka tadi!

Emila Yusof October 13, 2008 11:57 PM

aiyoo debbie! you overtook me oredi!

Emila Yusof October 13, 2008 11:57 PM

kalau macam ni kena pakai gear 12!!!

Emila Yusof October 13, 2008 11:57 PM

debbie, you naik basikal apa ek?

Emila Yusof October 13, 2008 11:58 PM

i nak kena beli basikal jugaklah!

Emila Yusof October 16, 2008 10:37 AM

i love this post too, bobby!

phatelara October 17, 2008 6:19 PM

Kak Emila, I naik basikal tua, now you dah overtake me.. :):)

phatelara October 17, 2008 6:20 PM

Kalau B ada blog, sure famous jugak mcm Marzie kan? ;)

phatelara October 17, 2008 6:20 PM

Kak Emila, best la 78 tu..together forever rupanya.. :)

Emila Yusof October 17, 2008 11:51 PM

hehe 78 tu come masa tu jugak

Emila Yusof October 17, 2008 11:52 PM

hehehe semalam i pinjam your bike...tak perasan ke hilang bike you?

Emila Yusof October 17, 2008 11:53 PM

tulah, kalau B ada blog sure famous!

phatelara October 18, 2008 12:28 AM

Bila masa plak? Mmg I tak perasan la..semalam I tak naik basikal pun! Apa ni ambik tak bgtau..angers ni! Lol!!

phatelara October 18, 2008 12:29 AM

Kalau B ada blog, bleh dia letak pics artis2 dia jumpa kan? Sure famous giler! Atau ambik autograph pastu jual..budak2 yg giler High School Musical mesti nak beli autograph Zac Efron.

LadyJava October 18, 2008 1:28 AM

Emila.. patuller.. i saw you on a bicycle yesteday... rupanya basikal debbie!

phatelara October 18, 2008 1:29 PM

Lol!!! Pagi semalam pun Kak Emila kayuh my bicycle lagi..sbb tu I was stuck here..so I boring2, I sambung la mengomen..lol!!

Emila Yusof October 18, 2008 2:49 PM

wahahah debbie...tulah lain kali lock beskal tu! senang jek I angkut!

Emila Yusof October 18, 2008 2:49 PM

haha lj you saw me?!

Emila Yusof October 18, 2008 2:50 PM

best naik beskal debbie, basikal tua tapi ala2 scrambler gitu!

Emila Yusof October 18, 2008 2:50 PM

very the tahan lasak!

phatelara October 18, 2008 3:19 PM

Lepas ni nak beli lock la Kak Emila..tapi sales kat Craft store takda hari ni..nampak gaya kena tgu la..huhu

phatelara October 19, 2008 8:55 PM

Aiseh gelak plak dia..haha

phatelara October 19, 2008 10:47 PM

Penatnya berbasikal sambil pegang payung...

Emila Yusof October 21, 2008 4:23 PM

marzie, kawan you tu comel macam minnie mouse!

Emila Yusof October 21, 2008 4:23 PM

ingat tak program mickey mouse?

Emila Yusof October 21, 2008 4:23 PM

ala...yang opening dia nyanyi lagu...M...I...C...K..E...Y...

Emila Yusof October 21, 2008 4:24 PM

M...O...U...S...E...

bem69,  May 14, 2009 4:55 PM

Spock is envious that you've gone to Tokyo, Japan for your vacation. How expensive were the other stuff Marzie? Like I know accomodation costs a bomb, but what about the other necessities of a good vacation like meals, shopping and plumbing?

Recent blog post: Spontaneous Hairdo

bem69,  May 14, 2009 5:01 PM

Seriously, this is not bad at all for your first ever post, but you're a good writer at the first place kan heheheheh.. :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$

Recent blog post: Spontaneous Hairdo

Mariuca,  May 14, 2009 5:01 PM

Bem!! You’re here!!! Actually I tensi ni Bem cause we were “supposed” to go here again next month!!!!!!! Then last minute ada hal, so cancel, just found out this week tak jadi gi Tokyo sigh!!! For me, mcm not so expensive la Bem, cause semua cakap expense expense but it’s like spending when we went to Melbourne (http://www.mymariuca.com/2008/01/melbourne-memories.html) biasa je, lebih kurang. So for me not so expense and ada byk benda murah jugak! B went crazy over the gadgets and star wars stuff, shopping spree it seems! Meals oso okay tak lah mahal gila! Sedap some more! :):):)

Mariuca,  May 14, 2009 5:05 PM

Awwww thanks Bem! Since small dah tulis, wrote my first short story when i was 8, boleh? LOL!!!!

bem69,  May 14, 2009 5:05 PM

Ohhhh, thanks Marzie, for giving me hope for a Japanese vacation hehehhe, if
you can compare it with Melbourne then ok la, cause I know what's it like in
Australia last time. Banyak bende murah murah jugak ke, gadget murah semua?
Aiyoyo amma bestnyeeeee, what about dessert? Supposedly sedapkan, aiyoyo
amma! You didn't go for shopping spree ke? Accomodation? Plumbing how much?

bem69,  May 14, 2009 5:10 PM

Oh yeke, I'm not really great with grammar la but my dad forced me to write
to earn stuff, so that's where I get my creativity, but the lame jokes I
have no idea where that came from. Hmm, I wonder. I was writing stories just
to get toys! hahahah kinda like dejavu la if I start writing PB now hahah

Mariuca,  May 14, 2009 5:16 PM

Bem!!! See la Im so in a Japanese mood now so having yoshinoya for dinner tonight hehe!! Akomodasi sponsored, cause actually I ikut hubby gi for this event at Tokyo, so didn have to pay thank god! And mmg best la bem, I of coz went on a shopping spree. Bought so many cool gadgets, B especially. I bought lotsa perfumes too of coz. Dessert pun best, and mmg rasa mcm obersea la, some more ppl oso friendly greeting us everywhere. And the best is mmg efficient la. Kita pi taim tgh sejuk, and the toilet bowl pun ada heater, so u duduk je rasa best gitu! I love la Japan Bem, I hope u get to go, mmg worth it I tell you!!!!

bem69,  May 14, 2009 5:25 PM

Hahahha you like Japanese food ya? I love Japanese food that's the closest
I'll be to Japan hahahah sad tak that statement. Ohhhh sponsored
accomodation! What a lucky break! Takyah bayar accommodation, more cash for
vacation splurging la kan! bestnyeeeee, you went winter time ke? Best nye
what was the temperature there? Oh heated toilet bowl? Well they have the
cleanest toilets ever right, including automated pencuci somemore right
hahahaha. I'm real sorry your Japan vacation tak jadik, but hopefully ada
rezeki nanti :)

Mariuca,  May 14, 2009 5:38 PM

U tak pernah write PB ke Bem? Actually addictive la this PB, at first pun I malas but now rajin cause mmg best to earn from the net, alih2 je dapat duit from the net, know what I mean? :)

Mariuca,  May 14, 2009 5:42 PM

Thank you Bem, Monday dapat tahu tak jadi pergi, B oso depressi thinking abt it cause we both love Japan! Takpe hopefully next one get to go. :)
Yeah best best makan jap food I tell you, and it was good cause B’s client (the sponsor) planned everything for us u see? Gi Disneyland semua and dat day ada thunderstorm, massive one fuyooo!!!! Beli umbrella kat Disney but koyak cause the wind was crazy I tell you and mmg sejuk, kena pakai jeket all the time but I loooooooooove it la Bem! Mmg one of my best vakasis ever!!!

bem69,  May 14, 2009 5:45 PM

PB? I would like to la but its a skill to get the rhythm of your own blog
topics and changing it into a PB thang, I always analyse your PBs hehehe

bem69,  May 14, 2009 5:46 PM

The sponsor was Japanese ke? If Japanese then they will take care of you
like crazy one, wah so nice la to get the first class treatment some more.
Lucky you and B lah. Was it snowing time tu?

Mariuca,  May 14, 2009 5:53 PM

Bem!!! Don worry!!! At first I pun not sure how to go about doing this PB, then slowly2 u will find ur rhythm of coz. For me, I don take topics yg tak interesting or unrelated to my blog of coz, mcm politics ke or finance stuff ke, hardly take. You can always work around the topic to make it suit ur post and thanks for always analyzing my PBs he ehe!

Mariuca,  May 14, 2009 5:55 PM

Sponsors were Singaporeans woo hoo! So yeah they took excellent care of us, everything dah ready! Dat time tak snow lagi but dah sejuk gila dah. And the ppl there, dressing dahsyat, funky gila!!! So nice to people watch while having coffee! :)

bem69,  May 14, 2009 5:57 PM

Japanese kan OTT, even OTT is an understatement for them, dressing dorang
memang gila hebat. You balik tak jadik cam orang jepun ke? Ada bowing
syndrome tak?

Mariuca,  May 14, 2009 6:03 PM

I balik Tokyo, totally rejuvenated, so refreshed!!! And that’s the reason I started blogging!! So inspired was I by Tokyo (one week kat sana) balik je terus happy, smiling, inspired and productive gitu, sampai terblog lol!!!!!!

bem69,  May 14, 2009 6:05 PM

Really? I didn't know Japan had that effect that you can bring back their
working culture with you when you get back home hahahaha

Mariuca,  May 14, 2009 6:11 PM

Exactly Bem!!! Seriously, I was so inspired for one whole week I was on Japanese mode, efficient gitu hahahhaha!

bem69,  May 14, 2009 6:14 PM

Efficient for a week? Hahha so I guess you were bowing to everyone!

Mariuca,  May 14, 2009 6:19 PM

Ha ha tak la sampai bowing to ppl but I was just on the go la, sikit sikit tak blh duduk diam, kena je be productive u know? And it was such a refreshing change from my dreary schedule right before the vakasi so yes, was well worth the week we spent in Tokyo!

bem69,  May 14, 2009 6:21 PM

I see, I thought you were so fired up that you went all Japanese and bowed
to everyone. Did you do the pre-working hour aerobics? That culture is in
Toyota Malaysia jugak it seems.

Mariuca,  May 14, 2009 6:46 PM

LOL tak la sampai buat aerobics Bem!!! Ha ha but the feeling was good while it lasted, then went back to the regular routine. :)

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