christmas days.

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In New Zealand, our Christmas celebrations pretty finish up at the end of Christmas day – every year, in the couple of days after Christmas, my family packs up as many Christmas decorations as we can bear to and then we head off to go camping at the beach. Basically the entire country takes a holiday until at least the 4th of January, so there’s this sudden transition from Christmas to beach holiday! My family also celebrates Christmas to the fullest – so our Christmas day is the most jam-packed celebratory time you can imagine, as we try to fit all of our celebrations into one single wonderful day. Continue reading

japan holiday day 8 / nearby wonders.

This was the last day of our Japan trip! Our flight back to Singapore was at midnight so we had a full day to fill with whatever we liked. I personally had two things I wanted to do on this day: a) buy a whole lot more stationery, and b) try the hot baked apple drink at Starbucks πŸ˜› (I know, I know, Starbucks is everywhere and all that but Starbucks in other places don’t have hot baked apple drinks and also hot baked apple drinks in winter at Christmas time was just something I had to do!). The rest of the gang also had a few last things they wanted to buy and shops they wanted to see, and so we decided to explore our local area around our hotel and have a look for things!

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So many cool streets!!!

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japan holiday day 5 / walking in a winter wonderland.

I LOVE KARUIZAWA. This day was such a magical Christmassy day. We’d been crossing our fingers for snow, but unfortunately the weather warmed up just a liiiiittle bit too much! Snow was due on the 24th though, which is nice πŸ™‚ We weren’t there anymore, but I hope Karuizawa did get a white Christmas! πŸ™‚ Anyway, snow or no snow, Karuizawa is this picture-perfect winter wonderland, and being there at Christmas-time just feels like a storybook πŸ™‚

GET READY FOR SO MANY MAGICAL TIMES.

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We took a very adorable old train out to the Hoshino area.

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Arriving in Hoshino!

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the dream team travels across worlds // day 6.

Day Six / 6th Dec

SENTOSA HERE WE COME πŸ™‚

Sentosa Island is a place I had not really been to – not properly anyway – the only time I had been there was when Glen and I went to that wedding, but since we just drove straight to the hotel and it was nighttime I don’t think it properly counts!

Sentosa has MANY things to do, way more than you could see in one day! We spent our day at Universal Studios, which is SO GOOD, and you can definitely spend a whole day there!!

We set off early and made our way over!

We’re hereeee! Universal Studios Singapore has 6 zones which are themed with a truly beautiful attention to detail: LA, New York, Sci Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Jurassic Park and Madagascar. All of the zones were cool, but the coolest thing was that it was like each of us had our own personal zone!

Sarah’s house: New York

New York is my house because it has Sesame Street AND all the retro-ness!!!!!!! I was so excited I couldn’t stand still πŸ™‚

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We had lunch in a drive-in diner.

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the dream team assembles // days 1-2.

The past week Caleb and Becca have been visiting me! We have been up to many antics and I literally took more than 1000 photos which is a lot.

Day One / 1st DecΒ 

I had my last exam on this morning, and Caleb and Becca had already arrived the night before, so I ubered over as soon as I finished to meet them because I was so excited that I couldn’t possibly wait for the train! We have all been staying together at the Pois, which has been a fun time!

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Glen was home because he’s actually quite sick, but he made it out of the house to have lunch with us, which was nice πŸ™‚ We went for waffles at Craftsmen Coffee!

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oh hey there melaka.

A week and a half ago (the 29th of November, if you were wondering), my flatmates and I took a day trip out to Malacca in Malaysia! We really wanted to go on an adventure together before we all moved out, and going to an adventure in ANOTHER COUNTRY is twice as exciting! It was a really great time and we all felt like we could have stayed for much much longer – it’s such a cool and colourful place πŸ™‚

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Crossing over to Malaysia – an exciting part of the 5+ hour bus trip!

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On another bus to get to the town centre – almost there!! This bus was very interesting becauseΒ there was no bus driver when we got there. Everyone just got on the bus, and then when the bus was full of people the bus driver arrived and went around the bus collecting change for the tickets, and then we were off!

This is a very interesting, vibrant place – it was colonised and occupied by a variety of nations at different times, and the unique combination of influences on the architecture and surroundings have lead to almost the entirety of Melaka City being named a UNESCO world heritage site.

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