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25 Nov 2015 – Marine Parade Residence Committee

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Fri: TGIF – a wonderful weekend to all. SIN is amazing, this was hand-delivered to me this morning by the MPRC because I am a senior and living alone in public housing

Sat: sewing, packing and stressing out – my walking shoes seemed to have gone on holidays without me???

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Sun: got to the airport in time to buy another pair of shoes. Saw a wedding party in T3Basement and asked if they were having a Star Wars Wedding? They were not aware that Star Wars is the theme at present. When I went up to the Departure Hall, there they were! May the Force be with them and with us all. Time and tide wait for no one and I need to ride on the Tiger (RT SIN-HKG-SIN S$265.77)

Change to JetStar in HKG and thank goodness flights were on schedule. Tiger arr 1810hrs and JetStar (OW HKG-KIX S$187) dep  2045hrs, had to go thru’ immigration and recheck in again. Even time for a bowl of wonton mee, expensive and not good!

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Mon: JetStar dep on time arr Osaka 0110hrs. Immigration took nearly 2hrs but no worries as the first train into town was not until 0545hrs. Was not about to take a cab as that would have cost as much as my air ticket. Found 4 seats where I could close my eyes and lay down for a couple of hours. Safe with the police station there.

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First train from KIX into town 05.45hrs (JPY92- S$11). Good to see PP safe and sound checked into the Swissotel 24Floor for 1night (S$175). Nice morning stroll on this Labour Thanksgiving public holiday. The lines for the 0930hrs movies started before 0830hrs.

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Fresh baked goods selling like hot cakes but they was just too much for PP & me. But PP needed her coffee, even when the cup is red 🙂

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Finally found where to activate our JR Rail Pass (JPY38,880 S$442 for 2weeks) after being sent around 2 other different stations the whole morning! Only a few stations will activate the pass and you will need your passport to do that. Once activate, you can buy your tickets at most stations.

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Osaka Floating Garden and Observatory of Umeda Sky Building (JPY700 S$8+) and the area around it.

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Appreciations to Kazumi Kobayashi (friend of Yoshie Osawa) for her kind help and hospitality as our guide for the day!

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Unforgettable 12 course meal at Fujiya****(JPY15,045 S$157, our most expensive meal in Japan) to start our autumn trip in Japan.

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Tue: train from Osaka to Kyoto (25mins) to meet with #3 and so starts with the 3monkees and their annual get-together and this year to celebrate our 60yrs of friendship 🙂  Delicious lunch at Tousuiro Gion****(JPY2,494 S$30) Kyoto consisting of tofu and veggie.

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Strolling for an hour+ in Kyoto before catching the train to Ayabe.

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Train from Kyoto to Ayabe (1hr) to catch bus at Oomachi to be picked up to our accommodations – Ayabe Yoshimizu.

Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience – Francis Bacon

12 Dec 2015: edited

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