Hokkaido, Japan 2016 Day 7: Mitsui Outlet Mall and Last Day

breakfast at Mecure Sapporo Hotel

Another wonderful breakfast at Mecure Sapporo Hotel

October 8, 2016 ~ Day 7 in Hokkaido, Japan.

A week has passed by just like that!  Today’s itinerary was nothing more than a stop to the Mitsui Outlet Park Sapporo Kitahiroshima and flying back to Hong Kong.

We started with a later morning than usual with checkout time at 9 a.m.   Continue reading

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Hokkaido, Japan 2016 Day 6: Miniature Horse Farm, Sapporo Museum, and More Food in Sapporo

Daiichi Hotel views

View outside Daiichi Hotel

October 7, 2016 ~ Day 6 in Hokkaido, Japan.

Today, before leaving Daiichi Hotel, we had a amazing spread of breakfast downstairs in a dining room next to the one we had the Kaiseki dinner last night.

I was so impressed with the variety and spread of food that was available.   Continue reading

Hokkaido, Japan 2016 Day 5: Waterfalls, Parks, and Public Onsens

Akan National Park

First view of Akan National Park in Hokkaido

October 6, 2016 ~ Day 5 in Hokkaido, Japan.

Day 5 of my Hokkaido trip and it was more of a tame day in terms of travelling and events I have to say.

Before leaving the hotel, we went for a second morning dip in the salt-based open air hot spring bath on the balcony.  It was great!   Continue reading

Hokkaido, Japan 2016 Day 4: Museums and Parks Galore in Hokkaido!

Abashiri Prison Museum

Visiting the Abashiri Prison Museum

October 5, 2016 ~ Day 4 in Hokkaido, Japan.

Today was great and full of short excursions to interesting museums and pit stops.

Just before breakfast, we squeezed in another dip in the onsen hot spring bath.  This time, taking it in the morning meant a different feel and experience.   Continue reading

Hokkaido, Japan 2016 Day 3: Snow Museum, Daisetsuzan National Park, and Private Onsen

Hokuten no Oka Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort

Hallway leading into our private suite at Hokuten no Oka Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort

October 4, 2016 ~ Day 3 in Hokkadio, Japan.

On the third day of our Japan trip in Hokkaido, we woke up early for another amazing breakfast downstairs on the third floor of the Mercure Hotel for a hot continental breakfast.  As I had already blogged about it on the second day of our trip, I raved about all the amazing selections that this continental breakfast buffet had.   Continue reading

Hokkaido, Japan 2016 Day 2: Exploring Otaru & Sapporo

Otaru Music Box Museum

Day 2 of travels in Hokkaido included the Otaru Music Box Museum

October 3, 2016 ~ Day 2 in Hokkadio, Japan.

Breakfast was at 7 a.m. on the 3rd floor where the reception area was.  I woke up at 6 a.m. to get ready.  I was impressed with the continental breakfast.

I’ve had Japanese continental breakfasts before and this one sure didn’t disappoint.  There were typical Western choices like eggs, toast, and cereal, and also some Japanese style congee, vegetables, meats, and more.   Continue reading

Hokkaido, Japan 2016 Day 1: Arrival in Hokkaido!

Hokkaido night life

The night life of Hokkaido city centre!

October 2, 2016 ~ Day 1 in Hokkadio, Japan.

My trip to Hokkaido began bright and early on Sunday, October 2, 2016.  We checked out of the hotel in Hong Kong and went to take the bus to the airport at 6 a.m. so that we could make it for our 9:25 a.m. flight to Hokkaido.

I’ve been to Japan twice before (Tokyo/Osaka/Mount Fuji, and Okinawa) but this was my first time going to the northern island of Hokkaido.   Continue reading

South Korea 2016 Day 6: Samgyetang and last day

Samgyet'ang ginseng chicken broth

Enjoying Samgyet’ang, last sightseeing around Myeongdong, and eating at the airport on the last day

Day 6 Korea.  Sept 19, 2016.

It was the last day in Korea today in 2016.  I’m typing this out on the way flying back to Hong Kong.  I’m so sad to leave!  These past 7 days were quite eventful and I enjoyed a lot of different dishes! 😀 😀   Continue reading

South Korea 2016 Day 5: Eating & Sightseeing in Myeongdong

Eating cheese chicken galbi

Cheese chicken galbi in Myeongdong! 😀

Day 5 Korea.  Sept 18, 2016

Today started off with a happy bang!  After casually getting up around 8:30 a.m., we got ready and went out at 11 a.m. to have breakfast in Myeongdong.

I was looking for a rice porridge shop or something that would serve local Korean cuisine and I was elated when I came across a dakgalbi shop!  What excited me was that this was the spicy chicken galbi with cheese fondue that I had been wanting to try since seeing it in other people’s photos on instagram in Toronto several months back.   Continue reading

South Korea 2016 Day 4: Arrival in Myeongdong, Seoul

Myeongdong subway station

Myeongdong subway station, Seoul

Day 4 Korea.  Sept 17, 2016

Today we left Gangneung and headed to Seoul!

First of all, since Gyeongpo Beach (and actually Gangneung itself) is well known for their majestic sunrises for being located out east, we got up at 5:45 a.m. to try to catch the sunrise from our room.  According to Google, the sun would be rising at 6:07 a.m.   Continue reading