Month: October 2014

Mt.Aso

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This is not a photo of Mt.Aso, this is a photo of the public toilet outside the cable car station that takes you up to the crater. I like their design, but they are not very practical, since each small hut houses only one toilet, and not all of them are functioning. ๐Ÿ˜€

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This is the Mt.Aso volcano. We are not allowed get up to the crater due to the activeness of the volcano on that day. So as a replacement, our tour guide brought us to a volcano museum nearby. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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The view from the second floor of the museum is actually quite good. Had a good panoramic view of the mountain ranges around the volcano. I didn’t even bothered to watch the video about the volcano they are showing, as I know I don’t have much time there before we are rushed to another location.

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Luckily we are giving some time to walk around that area and do some souvenir shopping. I was kinda rushing around wanting to capture nice photos around that area.

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When the horses’s ‘shift’ ended, they are happily going around and one of them are rolling on the ground, taking a mud bath maybe? ๐Ÿ˜€

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It was a great experience visitng Mt.Aso, although we didn’t get the chance to get right up to the crater, but nevertheless we enjoyed the nice weather and scenery. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Morning stroll around Beppu Hotel Seifu

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On our first night we stayed in Seifu Hotel, Beppu. It’s a nice sea facing hotel equipped with a good onsen (hot spring bath). Using the free wi-fi provided there, I found out that we are facing the east, so I quickly find out when is the sunrise time. So i set my alarm on my phone 20 minutes before the sunrise, then I went to bed.
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There is a walking path between my hotel and the sea, but another layer of sea barrier is there and I cant seem to get there. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But nevertheless the anticipated sunrise was awesome. ๐Ÿ˜€ I walked further away from our hotel and found a small harbor.
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The weather is just so nice, I liked the autumn weather there so much I wish I can walk around there more, but I can’t, as I need to get back to my hotel before the tour bus leave me behind. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Walking around Yufuin.

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Yufuin is a popular hot spring resort, located about ten kilometers inland from Beppu, another, much larger and more developed hot spring resort. Yufuin has a wealth of art museums, cafes and boutiques, and many travelers come to the city just to stroll about town for the day. We too are there just for a couple of hour walking around. ๐Ÿ™‚

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We are lucky, the weather is very good. I feel so good walking around. There are many nice modern architecture there too.

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But there is more traditional Japanese houses and shops there. They are mostly small and compact.

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When i looked up, I saw this weird cloud formation, it reminds me of huge phoenix flying across the sky.

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And did I mentioned about the love for cats in Japan? ย They are all so well taken care of. Compared to cats in Malaysia, the cats living in japan are sure very lucky. ๐Ÿ™‚

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One of my favorite photo taken there, the sun are quite low and bright, it casted long shadow on the narrow road in Yufuin.

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Some random photos before I headed back to our bus, will be going for diner. ๐Ÿ™‚

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One thing I don’t like about joining a toured trip, as we are always traveling during the photographer’s golden hour, just looking outside at the scenery with the warm golden sunlight hitting on the scene makes me frustrated that I am trap in a moving bus (with dirty/tinted windows). ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Awesome weather at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine.

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The weather is so awesome that day, I was so busy taking photos, I didn’t even listen to what our tour guide is explaining. But now I did some research on my own. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Among the hundreds of Tenmangu Shrines throughout Japan, Dazaifu’s is the most important one alongsideย Kyoto’s Kitano Tenmangu. Tenmangu Shrines are dedicated to the spirit of Sugawara Michizane, a scholar and politician of the Heian Period. Because of his great learning, Michizane has been associated with Tenjin, a Shinto deity of education, and is popular among students.

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I love the big old trees there, they are well taken care of. ๐Ÿ™‚

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In Japan you will need to purify your hands and mouth at the “temizuya” water pavilion before you go into the shrine to pray. It’s good manners to follow the local customs.

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The place is so packed with local and tourist from other country, I can hear lots of different languages there.

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Even the surrounding buildings/area are very well taken care of.

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After walking around the shrine, you can go outside and there are many souvenirย shop there. It’s quite a good area to walk around, there are many small food stalls too.

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There are many cute little things to buy there, Japanese love cats and i find these cats very cute. ๐Ÿ™‚

From Asahi beer factory to RoboSquare. Fukuoka

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So we visited the Asahi beer factory in Fukuoka, Japan, to start of our tour in Kyushu, Japan. They didn’t allow us to take picture inside the factory. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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Taken some photo of the surrounding area while walking back to our bus. Great weather, it’s autumn in Japan now, it’s supposed to rain a lot but we are lucky enough to get bright sunny days.

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Took a couple of photo on my way to the RoboSquare, it’s a small science center about robots.

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TNC Tv Building, where RoboSquare is located inside on the second floor.

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A robot dance show had just started when we arrived.ย There is a group of disabled children there enjoying the show.

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The show is quickly over, and the RoboSquare is so smallย that I finish touring around in a few minutes, so I went around to take photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

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TNC Tv Building with the Fukuoka Tower on it’s left. According to our tour guide, the multi-awarded design of the tower successfully ensure the stability of the tower against typhoon and earthquake.

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The glass facade of theย TNC Tv Building was reflecting nice pattern on the ground. So i waited there for some random people to walk pass that area to get the shot i wanted. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Before we hop on the bus, I saw this eagle flying around the city, I quickly change to my telephoto lens to get a shot of it, then i realize it is still holding its lunch. ๐Ÿ˜€

Bangkok Floating market in color.

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Some more photos from my past trip to Bangkok’s floating market. Photo of my mum and my sis speeding on the narrow river. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Love how the locals are just hanging out around the vendors, chatting and chilling.

 

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I love how even the locals are enjoying themselves there, I initially thought the place will be too touristy, but I am wrong. Seeing how they live around the river market is a very interesting experience. ๐Ÿ™‚