Hongkong-Haneda-Chitose-Otaru

July 4, 2011 in Japan

Was the route in one day.

We woke up 5am (me la. Xiaxue snoozed until dunno how many times) and the awesome limo by Park Hotel Hongkong was waiting for us downstairs. Then we caught a 8:30AM flight to Haneda, Tokyo because there was no direct flight to Hokkaido that day :(

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Freaking empty flight!! We got 4 seats in a row each! :D
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Normally i don’t take photos of airports but i took this cuz Xiaxue took forever using the toilet. Which i totally don’t blame her because JAPANESE TOILETS ARE FREAKING AWESOME.

I blogged a long ass entry dedicated entirely to Japanese toilet 2 years ago.
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This is a handicap toilet in Haneda airport. Would you look at that?! It looks like a freaking laboratory where cure for earless bunnies are formulated wtf.

We had an almost 4 hours transit in Haneda before we flew to Chitose, Hokkaido. Luckily the airport was full of cute shit like this so we were damn busying Waaa’ing and Awww’ing.
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This is Shiro Tan!  Next time you dunno what to name your kids maybe you can consider this.
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Whole shop full of Shiro Tans.

If you think it only has cute shit for girls and all you people with a Y chromosome will get bored to death, check this out.
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A freaking massive mini racing track. Ok i just oxymoroned it but whatevs!!
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Hungry so we had ramen for lunch!! Xiaxue said she didn’t like it but i think it was quite nice! Mainly because Malaysian’s ramen sucks shit i guess.
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A huge Hello Kitty shop!!! U JELLY?! #trollface.jpg


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Kitty-yaki
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Some Haneda only limited edition thingie
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I heard this Kitty feature is for good luck!
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Haih when will i ever get tired of cute shit like this.
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More cute shit.
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Was thinking really hard if i should get this. Xiaxue is really a bad influence she keeps getting me go back to all the cute shit just when i decided to ditch it.
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We spent like forever deciding which cute shit to buy and were chatting with a Singaporean lady who works there.

Until she asked me what time was my flight. I looked at my watch, it was 2:15. Our flight is at 4:15PM. We had plenty of time to have a headache over which cute shit to spent our yen on!

AND THEN I REALIZED THAT JAPAN IS ONE HOUR AHEAD.=)

Means it was 3:15 at that time. And then i kancheong abit and told Xiaxue we should go. So end up i didn’t buy any cute shit and we rushed to take the shutter bus cuz our flight was in another terminal dark

We missed the bus so we had to wait 5 minutes for the next one. I pretended to chill because didn’t want to freak Xiaxue out but in my heart i was like ZOMG PLS PLS PLS LET US MAKE IT.

So the bus came and it was a 10 minutes drive to the other terminal and we had like 25 minutes left so we rushed and sorta half-run to the gate but we didn’t know where it was so we had to stop and asked someone and finally someone pointed where the gate was so we dashed over to the check point but our ticket wouldn’t go through the scanner.

Then the airport staff looked at me, nonplussed, and said, YOUR GATE IS IN THE NEXT BUILDING.

She didn’t say it in caps la but that’s what it sounded like to me wtf.

I totally freaked. Then i translated to Xiaxue and she totally freaked. Both of us just totally freaked. So we asked where’s the next building and apparently it is like SUPER FAR AWAY and we had to run for real this time and mind you both of us were wearing HIGH WEDGES.

So we run like forever up the stairs down the stairs etc etc etc etc and made it in the end. Luckily it was a domestic flight so last call was like 10 minutes before flight time if not we would have missed our flight and get stranded in Tokyo wtf.
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This is our after run look wtf. Was so hot i took of my meshy top and were all sweating and flushed.

MORAL OF THE STORY: ALWAYS ADJUST YOUR WATCH TO LOCAL TIME.

And find out exactly where you should be going. It was a flightening experience for us.
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It was one-hour to Chitose.
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View of Hokkaido from above!

And landed in Chitose!! First thing we saw?!

HOKKAIDO LOVES ME!

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I love you too!

After that it was pretty easy. We bought tickets for the next train to Otaru.
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People there are just soooooooooooooo helpful it makes me tear. T_T

He even came over to check and make sure we get down the right station. I guess maybe there isn’t a lot of foreigner tourists at the moment in Hokkaido :(

Everybody faster go there help boost Japan tourism please!!!
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Love this pic!
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Camho with the freakishly realistic looking soft toy that she bought
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Half way the train ride became super surreal the train is like floating on the ocean! So beautiful!!! <3
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it’s like out of a Ghibli animation <3

And then we reached!!
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This is the landmark of Otaru Chikko, and our hotel is just right next to the station!
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Blur but pretty shot.
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Grand Park Otaru hotel!!

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It is super duper grand indeed!

We arrived about 8:30PM So we met the manager of Grand Park Otaru and went straight for dinner.

We were supposed to have buffet dinner at Terrace, the hotel restaurant, but because we arrived so late, the buffet was over. So the chef specially prepared a 5 course meal for us ZOMG.

I don’t normally blog about food, even if it is really good, but this is what i cannot NOT blog. In fact this is like the highlight of our trip (although there are many others).

(I mean, come on  it’s Japan.)
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So for the first course we had a cold seafood salad dish. And a corn pancake because corn is a Hokkaido specialty! I really love how in Japan they are always so proud of their own local produce.
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Then of course we had the famous corn soup!! This wasn’t my favorite but according to Xiaxue it was superb. I couldn’t finish mine so she was like, Gimme cuz it’s too good to waste!!
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And the best Ringo Juice ever. I cannot stress how much i love Ringo Juice in Japan.
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And the ZOMG BUTTER.

I should have taken a picture to show you how fluffy the texture of the butter is. It’s almost like whipped cream. So soft and it just melts like a fluff of cloud IT IS SO GOOD YOU JUST WANT TO PUT IT IN EVERYTHING.

Xiaxue and i actually considered stealing a whole chunk of them from the breakfast table during the next few days.
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Next we had some seafood thingie on seared vegetables with fried potato crisps.
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I think it’s pan fried prawn, fish and scallop. I am not a fancy writer about food but i just can say it’s really good.

AND THEN.

We thought that was it, cuz we were really full already. Mana tau the waiter brought out another two plates and we were like waving our hands and told him we were really full but the chef was like soooo nice he specially worked OT just for us T_TT_TT_T so die die we also had to try la.
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It was some beef with sweet pea and super nice carrot and SUPER SUPER NICE mushroom.

And the beef.

Was.

MIND = BLOWN.


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Seriously. Screw whatever best steak house in KL. No, seriously.

Never in my life had i tried beef that is so….. ZOMG. Xiaxue and i were just staring at each other in disbelief and our stomach was exploding but it was just SO. GOOD. that we kept eating it.

We kept guessing if it is some kind of super expensive beef like wagyu or kobe or matsuzaka even something more atas that we have never heard of. HOW COME IT CAN BE SO GOOD?!??!

So Xiaxue made me ask the waiter. So i did. And then the waiter ran into the kitchen to ask the chef and came back out.

“so what beef is it?” We were waiting expectantly for a mind blowing answer.

And guess what he said?

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“Errr…. it’s roast beef.”
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I’m sorry for boring you with so many picture of the same food.

Roast fucking beef.

A COW.

A random cow from a meadow nearby happily lived off green Hokkaido grasses. Why did i pay RM200 for Angus beef in a KL steak house again?

MIND= BLOWN.

So after the cow, there’s dessert. I mean, a meal wouldn’t be complete without it. But Xiaxue was like, I REALLY CANNOT I HAVE TO UNBUTTON MY PANTS. And she said she hopes it’s some chocolate thing that she doesn’t fancy so she doesn’t have to eat it.

I was feeling meh about it too because i memang am not a dessert person.

And this was our dessert.

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Apparently some pudding made of milk from a random cow that happily lived off Hokkaido grasses from a nearby meadow. With some milky sorbet and strawberry puree.

Xiaxue wanted me to try first because if it was meh, she will just skip it.

So i took one bite.

And my face was like

=)=)=)

So she was like DAMMIT so she took one bite and her face was like

=)=)=)=)=)=)

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I cannot describe it. The softness of the pudding and the special flavor of the sugar and everything else combined.

Maybe you will have to read Xiaxue’s blog to find out. But basically she told me the feeling can be described as “savoring angel’s brains”.

That’s some sick metaphor but i guess as far as “HEAVENLY” goes for food, she probably has a point.

That is not all. Guess what happened next.

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SHE TEARED.

Like, literally. I saw her wipe off a tear from the corner of her eyes. And she was like, i just feel so lucky that this is happening.

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And that made me tear too.

Maybe it sounds exaggerated or condescending or whatever, but i could really feel the sincerity in the food. I could taste the chef’s heart.

感動するほどおいしかった。
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i looked like shit but i insisted this picture. This is the chef (i forgot his name because i lost his name card T_______T) who made us tear with his food. ありがとうございました!

There’s a part two story but i’m really tired so i will stop for now.

Stored in Japan | 95 Cheesed

95 people cheesed “Hongkong-Haneda-Chitose-Otaru”

  1. so that’s the pudding…how can it look just like that? i cannot register!

  2. ZOMG you make me wanna go Hokkaido right NOW. Sadly i don’t have a passport wtf wtf. #poor

  3. ooooomg the food *_* I can almost taste it from here.. :cheh: :cry:

  4. OMY!!!!!!!!!!!
    i can feel the sincerity of the chef from this side!!!!!
    so touched!!!!
    and once again everything is juz gorgeous!!!!
    love the hello kitty cuteness!
    love the train passing by the ocean!
    and the hospitality too!!!
    i’m juz amazed awed!!!
    super super super happy you blogged!!!!! thankssss!! all smiley!!! :) :lol: :grin: :)
    can’t wait for more!!!!

  5. omg.. You actually teared over dessert? Now that’s something we all gotta try.. lol I’m not a fan of beef but that one looks yummy x_X And the seafood thingy too!

  6. OMG! Looking at those food made me hungry *drools* i want those!

  7. Omg the food looks super awesome & delicious!!! Think my fav would be the soup, beef and pudding. Looking at your food pics more will just make me drool!

  8. I guess one of the reasons why you guys were tearing might be a relief of the tension you guys had on that day, especially when you guys almost missed a flight.. but you guys made it. Sorewa yokatta desu ne. :twisted:

    • yea it could be but for me it was mainly because we really feel touched that he puts so much effort into his cooking to make sure we have a good dining experience. We were keeping him late in the kitchen!!

  9. So cool, I want to go there! ;-)
    – Ida / couturexx.blogspot.com

  10. OMG how I envy you both :twisted: I wanna try the chef’s food toooooo.. I hope I can win the grandparkhotel’s contest so I can has chance to try and visit it T___T
    ZOMG PURINNNN <333 :cry: :cry:

  11. ~great post!! love the pics of all the “cute shit” & food!! haha could you do a YouTube tutorial on your boho braid hairstyles, and fashion?! also what fall trends will you be following?! XO!~

  12. Damnit. I wanna try that beef although I have never eaten beef before. XD

  13. OMGGGGGGGGGGG. I feel like dying now T___T.

    THE FOOD SOUNDS SO AWESOMEEEEEEE. :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

  14. Okay the bunny is BEYOND REALISTIC. I want one!!

  15. by just looking at the beef i know it is awesome! T_______T omg update soon! cant wait for the 2nd part!

  16. I got to admit, that #16 picture you took of xiaxue is horrible LOL!!!

  17. i love otaruu!
    hey, never get tired of cute shit ok! xoxo

  18. The bunny is adorable! where did you get it?? :)

  19. i swear i can taste the food :D

  20. your passionate blog post of you tearing over a chefs passion for cooking made me tear too, i so wanna have angels brain right now :cry: *forevernotinjapan*

  21. I was literally LOL at the dessert part, hahaha :lol:

  22. That bunny is a soft toy?! Oh my goodness I want one!!!

    (and let’s not talk about the food because I might start drooling :P )

  23. Love the shot from the plane, everything looked so miniature. I thought we have direct flight to Haneda, how come need to make transit at HK?

  24. Love the way you narrates every single detail in your post! That’s really interesting. It makes me wanna go Otaru NOW! ;D

  25. so many nais food ! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: kitty-yaki, ehheh me want ! :razz: cuteness were everywhere in Japan ! :lol: :lol: :razz: arghh, you made me want to go there ! ;-)

  26. Ringo,

    Everyone should love Cheesie!

    The huge Hello Kitty was asking you to give it a home.

    Had to skip over the yummy-nom-nom food pics. I gained several kg after the first couple looks.

    You and Xiaxue appear to be having great fun!
    More please, (cheese that is…)

    David

  27. Ringo, when I first glance at your last pic with the chef, I thought tht was Amber Chia. Somehow, you gave me tht feeling. Good look, no shyts.

  28. moral of the story, there’s always something good waiting after almost disastrous event lol
    lucky u! n how fun a trip like that with a fun gf. cant wait to read the next post :razz: i kno u worked hard for this one but faster finish the next post lol xo

  29. You are damn cute <33

  30. That sure is one cool airport. And that food! Damn, the food looks awesome! :shock:

  31. omg the ocean T___T reminds me so much of spirited away <3
    AND THE FOOOOD. My tummy is incredibly envious of both of your tummies right now!!!!!

  32. Have you gained a lil weight? You look like you have. You still look beautiful but a little curvier now. This is a good thing. ;-)

  33. omg i freaking want to fly over rite now..

  34. :shock: Wandered over here from xiaxue’s blog.. :cry: I really want to go to hokkaido now but my mum won’t let me thanks to the stupid radiation :cry: the food looks soooo amazing ;___;;;;

  35. i love your white bunny!! where did you buy it? haha such a random comment.. oops :)

  36. I really want to visit Japan ^^ ! Lovely post, can’t wait for part 2 ^^ xx

  37. I just went to Japan to see the alps at Tatteyama in Mid May this year when the flight tickets by SQ is dirt cheap like $50 for 2 ways. I wish i can go Japan again soon!

    There are a lot more YUMMY food in Japan!

    this is a great post! :twisted:

  38. love this post so want to go and check it out

  39. Wa~~ You make me want to go to Japan. I’ve been there before, but my experience wasn’t so great. I’m taking Japanese class right now and I’ve been lazy and not studying. But thanks to you, I am going to study a lot harder!

  40. WOW! I like the way you write. :twisted: :twisted: Looks like your trip to Hokkaido is awesome. I feel like going too! :lol: Do post the next part! :roll:

  41. love this post! will visit Japan in the future!!!! i just love good service! and good food! :twisted: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  42. I think that dessert is a modified version of trifle. :)

  43. あゆみ says:

    だから日本人は海外に行くとき、「外国の食事はまずい」と言いますよ。 :razz:

  44. hello:) where do you find your host family when you visited japan previously. do you think its better to stay in a hotel/host family. your post makes me very excited for my japan trip!! :))))

    thanks!

  45. CherAlsoLovesBubbletea says:

    i want to go to japan too after looking at the pics u n xiaxue posted ;-) the food look sooo nice(: the shops look fantastic n last but not least, the hello kittys look AWESOME! :twisted:

  46. Hi! i’d like to find out what is the name, brand of your nail polish! preeetty! thanks!

  47. HI! your post is so awesome! Those food seems so damn yummy!!!!! HAHA, feel like flying to jap now!!!! LOL, can’t wait for your next part of the post!! :grin:

  48. :shock:

    The beef… The over flowing store of Hello Kitty… The Tiny but Awesome looking dessert…

    Ack. They all tempt me to just fly over to Japan.

    THE BUNNY ZOMG THE BUNNY. HAHAHA

    I love how you can make me laugh with your narration~ :twisted:

    Plus… Lucky you for seeing a picture saying that they love you HAHA

  49. Aw boo, both you and Wendy didn’t put the chef’s name! Now how am I gonna stalk him and marry him lor?? Guess I’ll have to spend $4000 on a trip to Japan and that hotel to spy on the kitchen lol. Now I’m hungry! You guys should start a food blog, between the two of you I would like to see a video of you tasting various things and crying, haha! <3

  50. I love your pants here! Where can i find it?

  51. Cyn Deschanel says:

    Omg I went to Hokkaido 2 years ago and it was the most AWESOME holiday I ever had!! I know why you and Xiaxue teared and were like so happy haha, cos Hokkaido’s freaking awesome!!!! :D After seeing your post, I really wanna go back to Hokkaido! The food, scenery, people, environment, service, EVERYTHING in Hokkaido is too good to be true :) I went in winter, so it was like a winter wonderland, which made everything seem like a dreamland come true :D Awesome post!

  52. Joon hyuck says:

    You’re a very active friends was very impressive ^ ^
    ^ ^ I go tinkle :twisted:

  53. Oh my.. I drooled over those food photos! :oops:

  54. This post is so awesome. Makes me want to go to Japan :) Great blog you’ve got here. Some of it is really funny :)
    xx
    creamycookielove.blogspot.com

  55. lol ur blog sucks shit

  56. Love your blog ;-)

  57. Food divine. Oh if we can only have that everyday ~

  58. Zhihuiwang says:

    :twisted: Hi Cheese, this is the first time I go into pp blog. Yr blog for Hokkaido trip is impressive n interesting. U looks pretty (the pic taking with the Japanese Chef). One comment abt yr blog can u try not to use this word Fu…king in yr blog? It makes yr blog look cheap. This is just a suggustion. Btw, where did u learn yr Japanese language from? :razz:

  59. you are so cute

  60. Totally unrelated :oops: , but I saw your bag and I fell in love with it~! Do you mind enclosing what brand and where to get it? :razz:

  61. I so want to go to Japan! But the food constraints we muslims have might be a bit difficult especially for my partner who’s particular about food! But nevermind, probably one day my wish will come true!

  62. Omg!! I love it! Chessie you look so pretty! I love all the ‘cute shit’ that you posted :) And your blog is Fabulous~

  63. Hi… Landed here from Xiaxue. I’ve been to Otaru, but I stayed at Sapporo. Just had some of the finest time there and thinking of going back there. The roast beef is especially inviting. Thank you for sharing. :D

  64. oh em eff to the frickin’ gee.
    here I am, at, like, 12am .. alone in my bed laughing my ass off.

    the food was the best part. oh god. totally imagining you guys crying over some milk-custard thing.

  65. OMG THAT LOOKS SO FREAKING YUMMY although I already went to Japan and ate all the stuff there and bought a lot of hello kitty things. :D

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