japan holiday day 4 / the train to karuizawa.

Today we’re off to spend a couple of days in Karuizawa, a small town north of Tokyo, in the Nagano province! It is a WINTER WONDERLAND and I am VERY EXCITED.

First up, before we go, here’s a day time view from our hotel window in Tokyo!

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See ya in a couple of days, Tokyo!

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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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nana and grandad are here! // part one.

The past week my Nana and Grandad have been visiting in Singapore! Despite it being a so called “hell week” at NUS (yes, that is an actual turn of phrase here, the assignments get that mad!), we managed to do SO MUCH STUFF together, so that was really really nice πŸ™‚ It was so lovely to have them here, and to be able to show them around, and just to see them πŸ™‚ ❀ Here’s what we got up to πŸ™‚

Friday

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PONTIEN πŸ™‚

Nana and Grandad got here Friday before last – I had a pretty crazy day of classes, but we met up for Pontien noodles for lunch which is one of the yummiest foods of all time! We skyped Mum and Dad too, as you can see πŸ˜‰

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more playgrounds: found.

Yesterday I had no classes, and so I took this opportunity to track down some more of Singapore’s heritage playgrounds! I found three more – in MacPherson, Bishan and Ang Mo Kio! Here are some more photos of playgrounds and playground-hunting related adventures πŸ™‚

MacPherson

First stop: MacPherson, to locate another baby dragon playground!

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The playground is actually really close to the MRT – but there is so much contruction going on for the extension of the Downtown line that I ended up walking a pretty roundabout route! Which actually was really cool because…

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let’s do the MRT hop.

On Saturday I had a SUPER-MEGA-EXPLORE-day. It was a beautiful sunny day, which meant that walking around so much was a very sweaty experience, but very worthwhile! πŸ˜‰ As some of you may know, I am on a mini mission to explore allΒ of Singapore via MRT (the train system here!). Singapore’s MRT is truly a thing of beauty, especially from the perspective of a girl who grew up in Auckland (a really, really lovely city, transportation asideΒ πŸ˜› ). So I have printed out a large MRT map and stuck it on my pinboard, and I’m pinning off the stations as I visit each area! I thought this would be a cool way to do some independent exploring, and also to see the non-touristy parts of the island πŸ™‚

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A photo Mum took of me with my map while they were here πŸ˜›

 

If you want to look up the map yourself to see where the places I explored to in this post are, you can find it here!

https://www.transitlink.com.sg/images/eguide/mrt_sys_map.htm

Or this one is the to scale one I printed, but note that it doesn’t have the Downtown line – I had to draw that in myself!

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a visit from the parentals.

HIIII sorry, I disappeared for three weeks, but I’m back now! It has been a very busy time – my parents came to visit, and then there were midterms and there were a few stressful preoccupying happenings inbetween! But as of yesterday afternoon (after my last midterm ended), life has resumed a more normal pace, so here I am πŸ™‚ With many adventures to update you on! Here’s what happened while the parents were here in a brief summary form that really can’t quite do justice to the hundreds of photos we took but I’LL TRY πŸ™‚

Day One

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The parents arrived! I showed them around UTown and we had dinner at Waa Cow, one of the campus restaurants πŸ™‚

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a visit from suzanne.

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Suzanne (my second mum πŸ˜› ) has been doing some talks at NUS this week (I managed to sneak in for a bit which was exciting and interesting!) so yesterday we had a whole day to hang out yayyyyy! I had such a lovely day, and it was so nice to show somebody from home around my new places. We started the day in Chinatown, visited Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay and had steamboat for dinner along Orchard Rd! Here are some photos πŸ™‚

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happy little one monthiversary.

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Today marks one month since I arrived in Singapore! I still feel so new, and still like things aren’t fully underway yet, but at the same time, I feel so comfortable here, and like I’ve been in Singapore for ages and ages! There has been an abundance of ups, and a fair share of downs, but in the past few weeks I feel like I’ve already learnt so much, and done so many things I never would have dreamed of before.

I bought myself a cupcake to celebrate this occasion! It is from a shop called Twelve Cupcakes, which has SO MUCH HYPE here, but I can tell you that the hype is not lying, because this cupcake was so fluffy and light and yum πŸ™‚

If this cupcake could talk, I’m sure it would be saying something like “Yay! Go you! You can do this! You’re already doing this! How great!” πŸ™‚ I think sometimes it is good to eat a cupcake and remind yourself of these things! πŸ™‚