Japan – Osaka Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street

Located just a short distance away from our stay is the Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street. It is a 2.6km long shopping street that starts at from Tenjimbashi-suji Rokuchome Subway Station and leading south until close to the Tenjinbashi Bridge. Inside this arcade, there are approximately 600 stores, old fashioned diners, cake patisserie shops, traditional tea, china ware, snacks, toiletries and makeup and even knife shops. Look out for the dolls at the entrance to this shopping street.  Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street We were so hungry by the time we checked in the airbnb stay and walked through this street in search for good japanese food. Whilst checking out the street, we also noticed that there were a few side alleys that provided authentic local dining experience. The neighbourhood atmosphere was so different from the main tourist streets. However, in order to eat at one of these authentic privately owned restaurants, you would need to be able to converse in Japanese or you will be turned away.It was this restaurant which caught our eyes and it was still packed at 9pm!Outside this restaurant, we found boxes of seafood which contained crabs, big clams, oysters, fish, snails etc. and were attracted to the selection of seafood. We noticed that most of the customers are locals. The waiter spoke to us in japanese at first but switched to chinese when he realised we could speak chinese. The 3 friendly waiters from this restaurant are actually Chinese whilst the chefs are Japanese. We ordered the grilled crabs, salmon roe and salmon slices don, clams soup for the night. The above costed us only 1,380 Yen, or about SGD$17.50! The food is FRESH, Tasty and very value for money. The clams soup was by far the best I’ve tried. Crabs were so tasty that I’m still salivating whilst writing this post. The salmon roe was crunchy and salmon slices were thick. I do not fancy eating wasabi in Singapore but I found the ones in Japan nice as they are freshly grind and do not cause me to tear or cough. From that night onward, we visited this shop frequently for supper til the waiters could recognize us! Haha. Note: Opening hours are from 11:00 till  23:00hrs. Last order is at 22:30hrs. Not far from this shop, we found big fat yummy japanese strawberries for 280 Yen. 🙂 Happiness for our tummies. I have posted some photos of the other shops along the main street. You would be...

Pre Wedding Photography Macau Experience (Part 2)

Following my blogpost on Pre-Wedding Photography Thomson Wedding Collections (Part 1), I will now blog about the whole travel photography experience with Thomson Wedding Collections (TWC) in this post. So just 2 days before we flew to Macau, we visited Fiona at the TWC Tanjong Pagar branch to collect: 4 Gowns, 3 Suits, 1 Can-can, Crystal Flower Bouquet, Hair Accessories, Necklaces and Earrings, Veil. All these are provided by TWV and are required to be brought by us to Macau. Although TWC had our measurements from earlier fittings, Fiona got us to change into all the clothes again and her staff helped with the last minute alterations. They were quick in making the amendments, say 10-15 minutes. The staff then rolled up and folded the gowns into our baggage and we were all set to go! Note:      1. Please bring a BIG size luggage! We brought a medium sized luggage and had to repack because all the wedding stuff just can’t get into the medium sized luggage… Zzz! 2. The gowns/suits etc. will roughly weigh slightly <20kg. Therefore, select your baggage weight wisely when buying your air tickets I previously got TWC to prepare a Crystal Flower Bouquet for me (See Blog: The Pre-Wedding Preparation) but it didn’t turn out to be what I expected. Anyway, I didn’t want to be a bride-zilla so I made do with what was done.  This was put into my hand carry baggage as I was required to return it in good shape to TWC after the wedding shot. — M . A . C . A . U .      P. H . O . T . O . G . R . A .P . H. Y —  We checked in at Hotel Okura Macau (Blogpost: The Perfect Getaway in Macau at Hotel Okura Macau) for 2 days and I got myself tanned. =__=    A little wrong planning on my end but whatever… For the actual photography, we checked into Royal Hotel Macau as we didn’t want to spend too much on the room since we would be most of the time outdoors. This hotel is situated on a steep slope and is near to attractions like Casino Lisboa, which is one of the oldest casinos in Asia, and is also a good base to explore heritage such as Ruins of St Paul’s – a Christian church dating from 1607. The night before the actual wedding shoot, Dawn and Joyce came by our...

BMW Car Show – BMW World 2014 Stories in Motion

We attended the BMW Car Show – BMW World 2014 Stories in Motion at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Singapore, which as held at MBS’s Expo & Convention Hall from 1 – 3 Aug 2014. “The BMW World 2014 Stores in Motion is set to be the largest single automotive group showcase in Asia. It tells captivating stories of BMW and MINI on innovation, design and luxury.” Our free tickets: The mini was the first car to greet us at the entrance and I simply adored the chic display! As there were many car enthusiasts attending the Car Show, we had to queue and were only allowed in by batches by the organizer to avoid overcrowding. Despite this, it pays off waiting to check out these awesome rides that you’ll like. Ranging from the retro to modern and futuristic designs, all these displays are housed in the same compound. The BMW1, M6, BMWi3 and BMWi8 series and Bikes are all displayed just metres apart. I took picture of the bike as the design reminded me of the Ghost Rider Movie image. Test drives of the latest BMW and MINI models are also available! Just approach any of the Sales Consultants onsite to book for your test drive. The new BMWi8 Concours d’Elegance Edition packs a punch in its special design which makes it unique. I don’t usually fancy matte cars but the BMWi8 is decked out in matte grey, blue accents at the headlights and a curvy sleek back design.  BMW M6 Coupe – Personally, I prefer the M6 designs. Official figures say that the acceleration from 0-100 km/h (62mph) comes in about 4 secs, with the electronically governed top speed at 250 km/h! It’ll be great to drive this on long distance road trips. BMW M6 Convertible BMW i3 For eco-friendly drivers, the BMW Smart Charging is now available in Singapore! THE RETRO CARS BMW M1 – The M1 was conceptualized as a race car, and then homologated through civilian series production. These cars were hand-built from 1978 to 1981 and the M1 is the rarest production BMW sports car in the company’s lengthy history. Classic Isetta Mini-Car – This model was the world’s first mass-production in 1955 and was the top-selling single-cylinder car in the world. Classic MINI Cooper The New MINI Cooper – promotes lifestyle of a young funky executive. Fancy mini cars and bikes for your little ones? These are really cute that the kids just refuse to leave these rides. Seems like the brand is...

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