Let’s Drive: Mt. Fuji and Fuji Five Lakes (Japan Part Two)

This is a continuation of my Japan trip.  For more information on my climb to Mt. Fuji summit, read below.  For part one on Izu Peninsula, Hakone, and Gotemba, read here.  For part three on Nagoya, read here.  For part four on Tokyo, click here.

Accommodations

Mt. Fuji Station Hotel.  2-7-12 Matsuyama, Fujiyoshida-shi, Yamanashi, Kawaguchi-ko / Sai-ko, Mount Fuji, Japan, 403-0016.  Booked through www.agoda.com.

Similar to the Hotel MyStays; it’s like those very good budget hotels that aren’t terrible but is quite small but honestly it has everything you need, and it’s tidy and clean enough that you don’t have to worry about a thing.  Please note that this hotel was booked for the days we were suppose to visit Fuji Five Lakes AND Mt. Fuji, but this hotel is not exactly in any of the locations.  It’s still some driving distance (around 15-20 mins) from the lakes, and definitely far from the Yoshida 5th station at Mt. Fuji (more on that in 2nd post).  Also has parking. Continue reading Let’s Drive: Mt. Fuji and Fuji Five Lakes (Japan Part Two)

Let’s Drive: Izu Peninsula, Hakone, Gotemba (Japan Part One)

This is a series of four blog posts because of the number of different places I went to for my Japan trip, and I want each post short enough to keep you from getting bored but long enough to provide you as many details as I could.

This first post will focus on the western parts beyond Tokyo – Izu Peninsula, Hakone, and Gotemba.  The second part will focus on Mt. Fuji and Fuji Five Lakes, especially focus on Mt. Fuji since I feel it deserves a more special post.  The third part will focus on Nagoya, and the fourth post will focus on Tokyo.  The Gotemba was mainly going to the Gotemba Premium Outlets, and we actually went on two separate days.  So it was outlets, Mt. Fuji and Fuji Five Lakes, then a revisit to Gotemba again. Continue reading Let’s Drive: Izu Peninsula, Hakone, Gotemba (Japan Part One)

Surviving the Cambodian Heat – Siem Reap

While Phnom Penh may be the capital of Cambodia, the true tourist gems are in Siem Reap.  If you had a limited time and had to choose Phnom Penh or Siem Reap to visit, choose the latter.  Angkor Wat is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre for a reason.

In fact, because Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia,  you should be able to get even cheaper rates of Tuk Tuk in Siem Reap.  Visit Vithei Charles De Gaulle and the road has a lot of nice resorts there.

This post will focus on Siem Reap (Days 2 and 3).  For information on Phnom Penh and general tips about Cambodia, please visit: http://travelwithabutterfly.com/surviving-the-cambodian-heat-phnom-penh/ Continue reading Surviving the Cambodian Heat – Siem Reap

Surviving the Cambodian Heat – Phnom Penh

It’s amazing how two countries separated by a 2 hour flight can contrast so differently, and yet this is what I experienced during my trip to Cambodia.

Unlike the skyscrapers and luxurious cars in Hong Kong, Cambodia was about the dust and the beating sun.  We were at both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, with the former being extremely dusty.  The weather was extremely hot, but without the humidity, I personally found it more accommodating than the insufferable humidity that is in Hong Kong.

One thing I particularly noticed was the number of different international influences the country has.  The streets have prominent French figures named after them.  There are numerous US company brands everywhere, not to mention the numerous Chinese companies that also exist in this developing country.  When you witness this many different country influences, you know the country’s been through some turmoil. Continue reading Surviving the Cambodian Heat – Phnom Penh

Twenty Five Amazingly Helpful Tips To Enhance Your EDC Vegas Experience

Nooo, I’m not talking about drugs!!!  I’m talking about practical tips so you can avoid the hassle and actually experience EDC with ease.  Friends of mine have told me that EDC Vegas is a life changing experience, I kid you not.  By the way, even though I’m specifically referring to EDC Vegas in this post, I guess some of these tips are applicable to other dance music festivals as well.  (SPOILER ALERT) This post contains pictures of last year’s EDC event. Continue reading Twenty Five Amazingly Helpful Tips To Enhance Your EDC Vegas Experience

C’est Paris!

A short excerpt from Jan. 4, 2014 while on the train to Paris, “It’s Saturday 9am.  I’ve only slept a little over 2 hours at the moment.  It seems that the taste of beer hasn’t completely left my stomach yet.  Neither my stomach nor my head seem to be friends with me right now.  I am dehydrated.  Instead of sleeping and waking up early to catch the 6:18am train to Paris, my friends and I decided it would be better off to party our asses off.  We initially tried Ministry of Sound at first.  Yes the legend, the place where all EDM was created and played and the record label that produces many many super DJs.  To our disappointment, the place was closed.  It was cause Christmas and New Year apparently was an extended holiday in London, more like a 2 week vacation than a 2 day vacation.  No problem.  This time we decided to check out Funky Buddha.  It was a risk – we were wearing tourist clothes; well I was.  White pants with stain. A fur jacket which was layered with another twin jacket, a mullet, and white shoes, the killer of going to a classy club.  Anyway we tried going in and boom there we are, we managed to get into the ‘Sugar’ (old HK club) of London.  BURP.  There’s another weird taste lingering in my mouth.  That’s the taste of the salted roast beef we had walking back to (my friend’s) place pretty much passing Brick Lane and all the sketchy places there was but that salty roast beef was amazingly good.”

Arriving in Paris, I clearly wasn’t in my best state.  Neither did I have any time to recover as I had a short two day weekend before my trip back to London.  So within this short span, I was determined to visit all the touristy locations in Paris.  This included little sleep and well organized planning. Continue reading C’est Paris!

Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi

I went to an Australian trip with a couple of my friends (or mates, as the Australians call it, at least some) back in 2012 (specifically from Nov. 24 to Dec. 2).  In the span of 9 days, we covered three different places – first it was Cairns, then Gold Coast, then Melbourne (although for me, I only spent a full day in Melbourne for Stereosonic and at a nightclub called Love Machine and had to take the flight the next morning).  My memory’s a bit rusty from the trip, so I’ll share with you as much as I remember along with some pics.  But definitely one of the best trips of my life, great weather, great food, super fun, GREAT COMPANY, everything was awesome.  Thanks for my friends for organizing and being at the trip. Continue reading Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi

Hokkaido in November

Quick tips about Hokkaido:

Jr Train Map

  • The people here do not speak any English… like at all.  You’d expect the hotels to know English, but a majority of the staff couldn’t speak the language even one bit
  • As yen continues to depreciate, the value there keeps getting cheaper.  I was extremely happy with what I was getting for food and for shopping for the price I was paying
  • So yeah it’s a food paradise
  • Since public transportation is quite expensive, and since the weather can be a bit harsh in winter times, I would actually recommend renting a car if you have a group of three or more.  4 days rental was quoted at 29,000 yen including insurance
  • If you are traveling short distances and going with 3 or more people, you can consider riding a taxi too
  • Felt very safe the entire trip
  • If you want to see the autumn leaves, you should go there around Sept / Oct.  If you want to go for skiing / snowboarding, you should go there around December to February
  • Sapporo is a great city, but to appreciate Hokkaido’s scenery, you really have to go outside the city to other parts of Hokkaido

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Geneva Breaks My Wallet

About Geneva:

Geneva is a rather peaceful, quiet city for both the common tourists and locals.  Everything is very calm, it’s got an extremely low crime rate, everything is in order, and it just seems very serene to me.  Too serene in fact.  Sure, visiting here is OK for me, but I definitely cannot live here (otherwise I would be too bored.  I’m more of a big busy city person). Continue reading Geneva Breaks My Wallet