Japan Self Drive in Kyushu 6 – Kumamoto Prefecture : Kumamoto Castle and Kumamoto University

Kagoshima to Kumamoto – How far? From Kagoshima to Kumamoto is about 175 km, took us about 2.5 hours. Kumamoto /熊本  Kuma mean bear in English and Moto is origin, so Kumamoto is the origin of bear.  It has another nickname called Hi no Kuni meaning Fire Country because of the nearby giant volcano Mt Aso …

Japan Self Drive in Kyushu 5 : Kagoshima Prefecture, Kagoshima City & Sakurajima

Kirishima to Kagoshima City – How far? Kirishima to Kagoshima city took us about 1 hour drive, about 40km.  Both places are located in Kagoshima Prefecture. Kagoshima/鹿児島 highlight Sand bath at Ibusuki When we talk about Kagoshima, people often relate to their warm beaches and sand bath.  Too bad it was winter when I was …

Singapore Garden By The Bay with Sea Otters & “Baywatch”

Singapore Garden By The Bay This is truly an amazing place to spend in Singapore, I didn’t know there are so many thing to explore until I re-visit again few weeks ago. Supertree Grove When you entered the garden, you will see giant man made supertree which can be up to 16 storeys high. These …

Japan Self Drive in Kyushu 4 – Kagoshima Prefecture : Kirishima

Miyazaki City to Kirishima – how far? It takes about 1.5 hour to reach Kirishima from Miyazaki. Kirishima (霧島)  Kirishima (霧島) is an active volcanic mountain range that lies on the border between Miyazaki and Kagoshima Prefectures.  It has lots of mountains, highlands, volcanic lakes and hot springs, if you love hiking through mountainous surroundings, …

Japan Self Drive in Kyushu 3 – Miyazaki Prefecture : Is Miyazaki City not Easter Island! Is winter but feel like tropical atmosphere in Miyazaki!

Beppu to Miyazaki From Beppu to Miyazaki is about 3 hour drive.  We stopped in the rest area on the way.  It was drizzling when we stopped for our early lunch break. Rest Area on highway to Miyazaki We bought the tickets from the vending machines and passed the tickets to the counter so that …

Japan Self Drive in Kyushu 2 – Oita Prefecture : Sanrio Hormony Land and Hells of Beppu

Why Self Drive in Kyushu? Kyushu is a great place to self drive, the driving seat is on the right which is same as most commonwealth countries.  Driving in Kyushu is like driving in Australia, roads are wide and spacious, no hassle at all.  Not everywhere in Japan is good for self driving.  I won’t …

Japan Self Drive in Kyushu 1 – Oita Prefecture – A quiet getaway in Yufuin/湯布院

Self Drive in Kyushu Island Japan Kyushu 九州 is the most southern island in Japan, this island is most suitable for self drive because of it wide roads and less cars.  There are total 7 prefectures in Kyushu and the capital is Fukuoka.  The size of Kyushu is about the size of Taiwan.  I am …

Nature in Singapore – Labrador Coastal Walk for Nature Lovers

Labrador Nature Reserve Park Labrador Nature Reserve is an oasis of tranquility and natural wonders.  A great place for nature lovers.  The Labrador Nature Reserve is very big, if you go up to the hill, you will find old cannon used in the world war II and some old tunnels. Old Cannon on top of …

Top attractions in Singapore Chinatown 牛车水

Welcome to Chinatown in Singapore/牛车水 Chinese translation of the Chinatown is Ox Cart Water, such a cute name right?  Do you know why it was called as Cow Car Water or Ox Cart Water?  Lets go back to the history,  this is due to the fact that Chinatown’s water supply was principally transported by animal-driven carts in …

China Guangxi 5 – Guilin & Nanning

Guilin Guangxi –  Top landscape in the World Elephant Trunk Hill in Guilin Guangxi We had a morning boat ride in the River Lijiang and pass by the most iconic landmark, the Elephant Trunk Hill/象鼻山.  It is also a symbol of city of Guilin.  If you look carefully, between the legs and the trunk, there …