25 August 2012 (Saturday)
Decided to snap more photos of our guest house – Kimi Ryokan to share in case some travellers are interested in staying here as well! (:
More pictures of the facilities on my Day 4 post!
But of course, these were taken before Joanjoan and I came back realising that there were actually bed bugs in our room! =/
Maybe it’s just for our room, but we did see some tiny ladybird-lookalike bug which I told Joanjoan it’s kutu from her hair and I was still playing with it in the morning, trying to trap it in a container but apparently, there was more than just one.
Set off early because it’s gonna be a challenging day! We gonna cover 2 places and then rush back for a dinner date!
We did not really have time to explore the whole of Ikebukuro even though it’s where we stayed; only went to the places recommended by my brother and one of which is the Sunshine City which we kinda missed the other night.
Glad to see most of the shops were already opened and it was actually quite a nice place to shop! Though I did not really find anything for myself except 2 belts D:
We kinda settled for one that is of average queue in the end since all the stalls look about the same =/
We saw kids walking around with a weird device, scanning walls and every corner and I finally realised that they were playing some games! But we only bought the entry ticket, which excludes the games and etc~
So other than all these, there is actually nothing much to do in Namja Town =/
Felt so bad to make Joanjoan waste her money~ In the end there was no other characters to take pictures with and we took with Mr Tiger…haha!
Left Namja Town and did a quick shop around the remaining parts of Sunshine City, but there was nothing much left to see~ Most of the clothes were too expensive for us x.x
Left to find our long-awaited ramen lunch which my brother really highly-raved about, claiming it’s the best ramen he had ever eaten in his life! But because it is at the other side of Ikebukuro, we had a real hard time finding under the extremely hot sun!
Finally our turn to find out after about 20 minutes of queuing!
As it is a small restaurant and there is a perpetual queue, it is not a place where you can stay and chit-chat with your friends. It’s more of an eat and go place but I guess everyone is here for the ramen anyway~
So the verdict is … it’s really GOOD!!!!!!!!! I finished every bit of it (except the soup because it’s real fatty, but that’s also what makes it so thick and nice) and I was feeling sooooo full after that! Noodle is also damn Q and nice! (:
We kinda overran the timing because by the time we finished our lunch, it was 2 plus and we still have the whole of Odaiba to explore! Not to mention that the travelling time took about 1 hour and we finally reached the pretty place~
While in the train, we saw crowds and activities going on in the area and it seems like a very happening place! We had 3 malls to cover, starting with Palette Town, which consists of Mega Web and Venus Fort~
Reminds me so much of Macau!
There was nothing much to shop because they are all the common stores in shopping malls. But we did take down some interesting places to visit, like the history garage where many vintage cars are exhibited~
You can watch her cute dance here xD
Oh did I mention that ever since we missed our salmon sashimi on Day 3, we had been looking out for supermarkets to get them and somehow we only came across like 1 or 2 supermarkets so far!
Happened to find one at an ulu corner while heading to Decks and we finally found our salmon sashimi there!!!!!!!!! Unfortunately, after much miscommunication trying to ask for soy sauce, we were informed that they ran out of it D:
Did not really find anything for ourselves in the malls but I chanced upon a shop selling toddlers’ apparels and managed to find something for Isaac! Cho~ happy because I would be sad if everyone gets something except my dearest boy~
I knew we need to go off for the dinner date soonnnnn but I really wanna see the rainbow bridge light up! I mean what’s the point of rainbow bridge when the rainbow lights are not up?
Finally rushed off to Ebisu to meet my Japanese friend for dinner! It’s actually Reiko’s friend – Kei, whom I have met once when he came over Singapore!
He is super nice, patiently answered all my queries for the trip and even when I was there, I was still bombarding him with questions via Facebook! Haha!
He brought a colleague – Arisa along and she is super nice too! I mean so far other than the weird ojisan on Day 1, I have not really met any Japanese that is not nice~
At first I thought the restaurant is purely a BBQ place and I was like deadddddd, because Joanjoan and I were still feeling full from the ramen! But luckily they do serve other Japanese food like sashimi, sushi and so on~
We let Kei make the choices for us and initially I was afraid that if there is anything that is too exotic for my liking, I wouldn’t know how to react, especially when Japanese are always so polite and other than oishii, you don’t usually hear negative comments right?
And because I told Kei that we are big fans of sashimi and our unfated visit to Tsukiji Fish Market, he ordered this sashimi platter for us to try! I think it’s the better kind of sashimi because we have not seen them before and one of them is the puffer fish sashimi! =O
Was super full after topping up our ramen-filled tummies that we had no space for desserts! But Kei and Arisa insisted that we try theirs and it was too nice to resist in the end…hehe!
Apart from all the good food, we also had a nice chat about Japanese culture. I was telling them how everyone is so nice and polite there that sometimes I am afraid I will offend them easily with my ignorance and forthrightness.
Sometimes they are so polite that I don’t know how to react. Like when I told them about the weird ojisan encounter on Day 1, Kei was like, “Oh no~ I’m so sorry that that happened!” I was like, “Ahhhh? No no no! It’s not your fault!” LOL. They are really soooo polite and it’s so cute!
Felt so bad when Kei insisted that it’s his treat because it’s so weird letting Reiko’s friend pay for me! But it was really a great meetup with them because this is my first time meeting up with friends overseas!0 It means so much to me and it’s so good having someone there to help you whenever you need ((:
Oh Arisa is actually the same age as Joanjoan and I! OMG~ I think we dress like kids! @.@
Reminds me of Robertson Quay somehow (:
Managed to reach Ikebukuro at 11 plus after Kei taught us a shortcut, which reduced a few stops from our journey~ A pity we only learned about it on our second last night…haha!
But despite it being our second last night, we still almost couldn’t find our way back to the new guest house again!!! Gosh~ It was already the third night there and we still couldn’t remember the way =/
Only 2 more days left! Boohoo~