Sweet Sapporo, Part 1

This is going to be quite a long post with a lot of photos.

I just love travelling to Japan and I plan to visit many cities there. This time, Sapporo in Hokkaido! This trip was also a gift from me to my dad. I’ve always been overseas working in the past years, taking care of my daughter and I hardly have time to really spend with my parents. So I thought this would be a perfect gift. My mom passed this one but we will soon have our next trip.

We have been to a few cities in Japan and Sapporo is #5 biggest (and new) city. I did some research about Sapporo and I think it would be a great place for a relaxing trip for my dad, not too busy I would say. 6 and a half hours flight from Bangkok to Chitose Airport by Thai Airways this time. Chitose airport screening was really quite slow just to added. Think we were queuing for an hour. Weather was great at 1°C. I arranged a car from hotel which took us an hour from airport to town area.

I chose Sapporo Grand Hotel, just because of a good location as reviewed by many other tourists. And I agreed on that 100%. Everywhere we want to go is possible just by walking less than 15-20 minutes or less than 15 by taxis. However, taxis in Japan are not cheap but I did not have many choices because of my dad’s leg conditions. At least I already prepared for this in advance. I recommend this hotel if you care about location. Their rooms are not spacious but most hotel rooms in Japan are. Cleanliness and services are good enough. Choices of breakfast are great. There are 2 different buffets spots on 1st and 4th floor and one local menu breakfast sets by garden views on 4th floor. Nothing fancy about their bars so I didn’t like it.

And here is the lists of what I think it’s best to do in Sapporo. Please take note that I crossed out quite a number of very commercial places and only focused on my travelling style. I simply do not like boring or overrated places.

Hokkaido Jingu (北海道神宮)

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A beautiful place to be and to pray. It’s the biggest shrine in Hokkaido. The outlook of shrine is so great with such weather. Also to observe the local cultures. And very peaceful I would say.

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Do not mind my almost bare face. I couldn’t be bother to put so much makeup after a crazy long day before flying. Well.. at least my camera helped.

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We spent probably about 45 minutes. There is a nice huge garden around their shrine to walk around and I saw a few local feeding squirrels.

Sapporo Beer Museum (サッポロビール博物館)

I like beer so I wanted to visit this place. Sapporo beer as we know is one of the oldest and most popular beer brand in Japan; brewed in Sapporo since 1877. This museum tells you about history of beer and the making process.

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After touring the exhibitions, beer tastings are also available at a low cost. It was actually more of a tasting session at the end.

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My favourite was Kaitakushi beer on the right which is more of a easy-to-drink and quite rich kind of taste. After tasting I was told that Kaitakushi was named under a 2-story wooden brewery building and it was the first brewery in Hokkaido. But I personally prefer Belgium or Germany beer a lot more.

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However, this place is not as huge as I thought so one hour would actually be enough unless you want to sip more fresh beer.

Shiroi Koibito Park (Chocolate Factory)

It is a theme park by Ishiya, a local chocolate company. I’m sure many you know this most famous cookies for souvenirs from Hokkaido. It is wrapped in green paper and inside is a white box with light blue design.The one which consists of two thin butter cookies and a layer of white chocolate in between.

There are quite many things to do and stroll around at this park such as cafe, restaurant, shops, chocolate related exhibitions and of course the cookie production process in the factory. Opposite this park is a huge soccer field.

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I just love their park. I’m pretty sure it’d look much nicer in December to January where all the new year lightings are set up. This is your place If you like to do selfies with nice background.

Next is my favourite of all, hot-chocolate cup room.

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I could spent a few hours in this room if I were by myself. Their rooms were nicely decorated and cups were displayed in such a way that is so grand and vintage. Rare kind of luxury.

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Below are some of my favourites out of a hundred photo I took of these cups/boxes. If they do not fancy you, just skip them. How I wish to have some of this for my home. They are just so beautifully designed in different years and places. They reflects the cultures of where they are from as well.

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Next, it’s the factory itself. From far I could smell a mixed of chocolate, butter, cookies before walking in this session. Very nice impression to start with.

 

 

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And a room full of cakes, beautiful ones.

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Ended with a random stuff of old collections. They are again, rare.

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This is a must to visit place if you have a chance to be in Sapporo. Out of all places I mentioned above, this is my most favourite. We went back hotel with some souvenirs of course. Simply a good day out.

I will be back for more of what to do in Sapporo as well as where to have good food over there. I hope you enjoy reading.

Love, nira

28th and Loved

Some updates about my life here.

Terena has just started her play school not very long ago. She did cry (and was clinging to me like a Koala bear) for the first 3 days right after I left her with the teachers but she is fine after fourth day onwards. It’s good that she didn’t take a long time to adapt. No mothers like to see their own kids tearing and begging for them not to leave right? But we have to do it anyway. Because the longer you stay, the more emotional and anxious they become. Bad for them. After 2 weeks her teacher mentioned that Terena is very observant, independent and likes to help other kids. As a mother, I’m happy to hear that and also very proud of her.

Anyway, it was my birthday last week. Believe it or not I almost forgot my own birthday this year, thanks to my family and friends. When people start asking me how am I going to celebrate this year, my answer was all the way “I don’t know”. Maybe a simple home-cooked dinner at home with my loved ones will do but my hubs wasn’t in town. I hope I’m not turning into a boring person. *chuckles* Then again, I think I’m a very lucky lady. Good things usually happens when I don’t expect them. First, a bouquet of beautiful white roses was delivered to my doorstep with a meaningful messages.

Ok. I took quite a bit of photos with this bouquet. Not everyday I have a chance to do this right. I love roses, especially white. x

This year I also received two lovely orange boxes. Thank you! Definitely love them a lot.

Richelle also bought me a cake before she was going to make her way to the airport. Even though I didn’t like the taste of it at all but I love and appreciate her thought and effort (she thought it was green tea favour but it wasn’t.. haha some kinds of nuts or beans). Oh yes, and I told her that. There is no need to lie between good friends. She herself didn’t like the taste of it too haha. But all of us (including Terena) had a great time. Terena loves cake!

You can’t see her face here but I think you can easily tell from her body gesture that she was waiting and wanting that cake! *chuckles*

Terena also received her belated birthday gifts. My girl was so happy. She loves that phone the most but unfortunately for her, I limit how much time she can play with it. My friend actually saved photos and videos of Terena since a newborn in that phone. Sweet and very thoughtful gift for her (and for me too).

And again, thank you to all of you, family, friends, acquaintances for your birthday wishes, gifts, good thoughts and efforts. Some of you’ve made my birthday so special to me and I feel very blessed with loves.

End this post with the best gift ever and forever, my Terena. I never believed love at first sight until the day I saw you as a peanut size in black and white screen.

Love, nira

Classy, Daniel Wellington

One of the happiest packages I’ve received so far this year is a watch from Daniel Wellington. I have been wanting to get one myself but I couldn’t decide which designs to get because I like many of them. If you don’t know about this yet, I LOVE watches. Not only the very luxurious kind of watches that cost you at least 5 digits but also those with nice and unique designs with reasonable prices too. I have to admit I’m quite fussy when it comes to all the little details about certain watches I like. Partly because my wrists are quite small and big face watches won’t look good on me.

Although I personally think DW brand is very famous for their big face watches (according to my online researches), but they also have smaller case sizes that look just nice on my wrist and thank you for making this size, really. What I like so much about their watch is a slim and classy design that can easily mix and match with everyday wear or even for a special occasion.

It was a very tough choice to pick one but I went for ‘Classy Bristol‘ in rose gold with 26mm case size. Just nice for my small wrist. And those Swarovski crystals make this watch looks even more classy and feminine. Not only that, the straps are interchangeable! Ok, I think I’m probably getting the black strap too.

I love how it compliments my whole look and I’m sure it goes really well even if I’m in T-shirt and jeans.

When I first saw DW wristwatch, I immediately knew that I need to own at least one piece and now I do. This is really a good watch to own especially for fashion lovers and their price is affordable too.

It comes in a nice leather stitched box for a USD149 worth of timepiece and not in a plastic or cardboard box. That makes me happy too.

If you think of getting one now, I have a good new specially for you my readers. You can get a special discount of 15% by using discount code ‘nira15‘ and is valid until 30th of September.

Love, Nira

Necomimi, Brainwave Cat Ears

I came across this new invention of an advanced brainwave technology online called Necomimi, brainwave Cat Ears. This is not an advertorial.

Basically, it’s wearable cat ears that MOVE and react to your moods with different movements. When you feel excited, ears perk up and wiggle. And they fold down when you are bored. I  have yet to try this myself and I would love to.

Watch this video and you’ll have a better understand of how it actually works.

You can consider this to make your cosplay more interesting. Halloween is coming next month isn’t it. Read more about this here if you are interested.

Love.- nira