Wednesday, July 23, 2014

P365 TE Day 204

Make Your Own Cup Noodles



Travel Bite: One thing you can do in Japan, if you love Cup Noodles or Instant Ramen is Make Your Own. The Cup Noodles Museum (with branches in Osaka and Yokohama) allows you to make up to 5,460 different kinds of Ramen. For 300Yen, you get to decorate the cup, choose the soup, and up to 4 different toppings. 

Added Bonus, the Cup Noodles Museum in Osaka is Free of Charge but is much smaller than the Yokohama Museum which charges 500Yen entrance fee.

Location: Osaka, Japan
Date Photo Taken: July 2014

P365 TE Points for today: 2 out of 3 (for now)
P365 TE Points from Audience Interaction as of July 18: 198
P365 TE Running Points: 605 out of 612 (as of posting)

You can read the background of Project 365 Travel Edition here.  
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

P365 TE Day 203

Hankyu Tourist Pass



Travel Bite: We discovered that the most cost effective way to get around the Kansai Region if you want to go to places in Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe is by using the Kansai Pass (which starts from the Umeda Station in Osaka).

An added bonus is that unlike the JR Trains which take you to the Main Kyoto Station, the Hankyu (Kawaramachi) Kyoto Station is located at the heart of the main shopping area with the Nishiki Market just a street away.

Location: Kansai, Japan
Date Photo Taken: July 2014

P365 TE Points for today: 2 out of 3 (for now)
P365 TE Points from Audience Interaction as of July 18: 198
P365 TE Running Points: 603 out of 609 (as of posting)

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Hong Kong Star Ferry and A Symphony of Lights Show

One of my favorite tourist things to do in Hong Kong is to ride the Star Ferry to get from Hong Kong Island to the Kowloon side. It's a great experience because you get to see the Hong Kong skyline from the water, and it's much cheaper than taking the train too, but it's not as fast or convenient if you just want to go from point to point.

On our last trip to Hong Kong, we just went on the Star Ferry for the ride, hopping on from the Hong Kong side, just in time to catch the Lights and Sounds show from the Cultural Center side, then hopping on again to go back.

This is us on the way to Kowloon. If you take the lower deck,
the fare is a bit cheaper (HK$2.80 on weekends).
Sofia with Auntie Stella
Please excuse the blurry picture, it's the boat, not me.
View from the ferry.
Sofia was just happy snacking on her Kinder Egg.
Approaching Kowloon side.

Hong Kong has "A Symphony of Lights" show which involves more than 40 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour and is named by Guinness World Records as the World's Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show. This happens at 8:00pm every night and if you catch it from the Kowloon side near the Hong Kong Cultural Center, you'll even hear the music and the narration.  If you plan to catch it from somewhere else, you can also download the Symphony of Lights App for your smart phone. 

This was before the show started.
The best place to watch is from somewhere you can lean, and where you
can rest your feet, especially if you're tired from exploring the whole day.

Here are some random shots I took:
Group Selfie with the Monopod.
 The Hong Kong Clock Tower, one of the oldest
landmarks in Hong Kong.

After the show, we just jumped on the ferry to take us back to the Hong Kong Side.
This time we found ourselves on the upper deck.
A bit more expensive at HK$3.80 on weekends,
but still very cheap.
Another group selfie. Sofia was so made because I was covering her.
Thanks for taking us Auntie Stella and Uncle Joel
Maybe next trip if we have enough time, we can actually explore and shop around the Tsim Sha Tsui area. I haven't done that in ages. just saying.

Monday, July 21, 2014

P365 TE Day 202

Seafood Chowder in a Bread Bowl



Travel Bite: Just like the San Francisco Wharf must eat, if you're in Seattle, you also need to have Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl. There are a lot of seafood places that offer it, but we enjoyed it so much when we tried it from Lowell's at Pike Place Market (where you can even enjoy a nice view of the water from the second floor) that we went back to have it again when we came back from the cruise.

You can read my post on our Seattle layover here.

Location: Seattle, USA
Date Photo Taken: May 2013

P365 TE Points for today: 2 out of 3 (for now)
P365 TE Points from Audience Interaction as of July 18: 198
P365 TE Running Points: 601 out of 606 (as of posting)

You can read the background of Project 365 Travel Edition here.  
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

P365 TE Day 201

First Starbucks in Pike Place Market



Travel Bite: Being the coffee lover that I am, my favorite tourist attraction in Seattle is the First Starbucks Store in Pike Place Market. Be ready for long lines when you visit this branch that still sports the original Starbucks mermaid logo. You can order your favorite drink, but seats aren't available, however, they have a collection of merchandise exclusive to the First Starbucks Store in Pike Place. It's almost impossible to walk out without a tumbler or mug.

Location: Seattle, USA
Date Photo Taken: May 2013

P365 TE Points for today: 2 out of 3 (for now)
P365 TE Points from Audience Interaction as of July 18: 198
P365 TE Running Points: 599 out of 603 (as of posting)

You can read the background of Project 365 Travel Edition here.  
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

P365 TE Day 200

Visiting Oscar Wilde at Cimetière du Pere Lachaise



Travel Bite: If you've visited Paris numerous times and you are looking for something to do in between eating and watching the world go by while having a coffee in the numerous over-priced cafes, one thing you can do for free is visit the Cimetière du Pere Lachaise (or Pere Lachaise Cemetery). There's a map of all the famous people buried there. Just make sure you don't miss the Kiss-Mark filled tomb of Oscar Wilde.

Location: Paris, France
Date Photo Taken: April 2014

P365 TE Points for today: 2 out of 3 (for now)
P365 TE Points from Audience Interaction as of July 18: 198
P365 TE Running Points: 597 out of 600 (as of posting)

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Friday, July 18, 2014

P365 TE Day 199

Foie Gras Broschette



Travel Bite: Good food in Paris is expensive, but there are still some places where you can have good food and ambiance without breaking the bank. Foie Gras and Pimiento on a Stick is definitely a MUST TRY from L'avant Comptoir, an Hor D'Ouvres Bar in St. Germain.

You can read my post on L'avant Comptoir here

Location: Paris, France
Date Photo Taken: April 2014

P365 TE Points for today: 2 out of 3 (for now)
P365 TE Points from Audience Interaction as of July 18: 198
P365 TE Running Points: 595 out of 597 (as of posting)

You can read the background of Project 365 Travel Edition here.  
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