Why Worry?

Have you always wondered why we worry too much? Worried that you won’t get the job, worried that you won’t be able to pass the exam, worried that you won’t meet the dead line,worried on how in the world you are going to afford a house, worried about what other people think, worried about life, worried about your kids, family and how it is all going to work out in the future.

Sometimes when I worry obviously it will stress me out. Can’t think straight, panicking and all, not enjoying life in general for that moment of your life. I guess you can say these are just some of the consequences of being worried. But this week a revelation from God came into my heart. I wondered how in the world did I manage to get here? 25 years old, 25 years on this earth, that is 365 days multiplied by 25 years, that is a long ass time! And yet even with all the worries that existed in my life I ended just….. fine. I think…. Ha! But seriously, the worries in our life may be valid, it may be logical but yet you and I are still here, reading this weird ass blog. We are still able to breathe, live, eat, shop and walk. How does that make sense?

The definition of worry(ing) is to think about problems or unpleasant things that might happen in a way that makes you feel unhappy and frightened

If we are worried about things of the future or life in general it means that at least something bad is about to happen. Maybe something bad did happen, but you are still here alive and well (or going through a rough season), maybe something bad didn’t happen, then sorry to tell you my friend, you and I kinda just wasted our time, thoughts and emotions. Do you really want to hear the truth? Here it is. You have gone through this situation from time and time again. Yes, you may say it’s different, but you have been worried before! It is pretty much a repeat of emotions and yet you still survived. What makes you think that you won’t survive again? If you know Jesus, He is a faithful God. You will get through the worries. Your worries may be like a storm, filled with wind, thunder and lightning while you’re in a boat. But always remember that Jesus is sleeping on the boat. He can calm the storm with His words. Maybe he wants your faith grow? Maybe he wants to test you? Maybe He wants to shape your character? Maybe he wants to teach you new things and revelations? We all forget sometimes that as long as He is in your boat He will not let you drown.

Matthew 8: 24-26

–Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.–

If you do not know Jesus, He is still faithful to you. There’s a reason why he is called ‘God’, never biased and always loving, unconditionally. He will always accept you for who you are and love you on where you are at. He is our father and our father will always love their child no matter what.

I have no idea why I am writing this, but I pray what I write will help those who are currently worried about things of this world. I pray that what I am about to write can bring His word to justice, that I can hit you straight in the heart and bring His word to life on where you are at.

The following verses came into my heart this week. Pondering, reading and meditating on it. Crazy, the Word speaks to whatever situation you are in. It’s like its alive. Funnily enough His Word is ALIVE! Read it, read it and read it.

Luke 12:25-34

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns—and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan?

And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the lilies of the field grow: They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was adorned like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans pursue all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.”

From the passage above we can see Jesus telling his disciples (and us) to stop worrying. I know. I know. It’s easier said then done. Trust me I struggle with it all the time. But He is speaking truth. Do you always think on how you are going to eat? How you are going to put pants on? Obviously we do not. Because these are the normal things that we do without having to think as it doesn’t make us feel frightened or unhappy. So why do we think about bad things that may happen in our lives? Or worry? The truth is, I don’t think we have enough faith in Jesus. We do not believe in Him enough to get us the right job, the right guy, the right girl, the right house, the right life. But seriously though, as Christians believing in Jesus, His miracles and His promises why do we need to worry? Ask yourself and find out the answer for yourself. It will challenge you as it has challenged myself. For me personally I need to put more trust and faith in Him. To leave everything on His feet and let go of my worries. For my future and for my life.

The animals of this world exist and lived for years in the wild. Do they worry? Probably not… How do they live? According to the Word, God feeds them because He loves His creation. If He loves the animals, how much more does He love us?! He loved us so much whether we knew Him, loved Him, hated Him, mocked Him sent his only son Jesus to carry the weight of our sin and died on the cross so that we could live. WOW! That is how much He loved us. He knows all the things that we need (want is another story) and He will provide as His promises will never fail. Trust Him, seek Him and pray to Him and the things that you desire within your heart will be given.

He is a loving Father and we are His children. From my understanding, a normal human father would love his child with all of his heart. I have seen fathers that would do anything for their child. Giving them candies when they ask, carrying them when they get tired, buying food that they would like and the list goes on and on. So think how much more God will love us! For those who struggle with worries in life (including myself) meditate on the following verse and pray. That is all we can do as we cannot control every issues or circumstances that we face in our lives. I pray that you would find peace in whatever situation you are going through. Blessings.

Philippians 4:4-6

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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This is INDIA!

Namaste! Never would I ever thought or say that India is dope, but here I am writing about the country. I would have thought that India would be the last country that I would ever visit just because nothing really stood out for me. But boy oh boy was I wrong. I encourage everyone that read the following to visit visit visit. Exceeded my expectation I have to say. Wow just wow… that traffic though! Haha. Just kidding! Other than the traffic it is an experience of a life time. Actually let me rephrase that for India first timers. Traffic in India WOULD BE an experience of a lifetime for y’all! Bottom line, I think I will go back to India some day. One day.

So you ask why is the country amazing? Let me start with FOOD (hmm hmm hmm)! Honestly, I have no idea what I was eating most of the time HOWEVER everything taste sooo gooooddd! Praise the Lord I did not get the Delhi Belly! For some reason I would always ask the waiter what I was eating knowing that I would not know what the ingredients were. So I would nod and pretend I know what they were talking about. Smooth right? I know I know! By the way DO NOT eat street food! Free tip from me to you. Another free tip – try everything, order food that will surprise you. This is the best part about travelling to ‘a whole new world…’. See what I did there? Ha! Leave your pickiness at your home country yo!

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Culture. Of course, if you travel to another country that do not speak English you will experience the culture. Well you probably would get hit by the culture shock. Just the crowd, the dirtiness, traffic, traffic, traffic, food, where lines do not exist, rudeness of people, hospitality and respect, simple life, near death experiences of the road, oh did I mention traffic? As you can read there are 2 things that I mention that contradicted each other. Rudeness of people and hospitality/respect. Well as you all know every country in the world will have rude homies, it is inevitable not to have them, but if you put into account the population of India it is given that you would meet a lot more of them. So expect to encounter a whole bunch of rude people. Make no mistake though, there are also a whole bunch of nice, respectful and lovely people as well! Do not let your encounters with rude people ruin the image of the whole country. I met some awesome and lovely people that were pure gold. Leaving conversations with such joy and thankfulness. Have some time and talk to randoms, ask them how they are, trust me it’s worth it.

Monuments. Yes I only visited Taj Mahal and Agra Fort but seriously I think all other cities would have an amazing experience and story no matter what. Just a surreal moment to step into the tunnel entrance of Taj Mahal and see the building itself from afar. It is truly truly magnificent. I mean I watched Aladdin and I thought that was cool. TRUST ME, it is even better in real life. Yes, I know…. I have also been told that Aladdin was not set India. Blah blah blah…. Let me live my life yo! Hehe.

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It was astounding to hear the history of how and why Taj Mahal was created from our tour guide named Rahul. To cut the story short Shah Jahan (An emperor during that time) loved his third wife Mumtaz Mahal so much that he built the monument to tomb her inside. Now you know how it got its name. Basically the Taj has nothing inside except a tomb. It took 10 years to build, all done with marble and jewels, and guess how much it would have cost today? US$800+ million!!!! #Allbuiltforlove. Romantic huh? To hear a story like that is kinda shocking. Good shock. Speechless and somewhat you admire the guy for doing that. I think it is what we all desire, for a person to love another human being just like Mr Jahan. Over the course of the tour it hit me…. the greatest love that anyone could ever know, is the love of Jesus. A love that we are so used to by now that we don’t really appreciate it any more. We should be in awe everyday that His love overcame the cross and grave to find our soul. We are His greatest creation. We are the temple, the greatest monument that has ever existed because of His love for us. Even better than the 7 wonders of the world. He sacrificially gave His life to die on the cross whether we know Him, love Him, hate Him or don’t know Him.

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John — 3:16-17 

The difference with His creation is that he doesn’t need us to love or know Him back. It is a one way love with no strings attached. How does He do it? To love people that doesn’t love Him back? It is already hard enough to love someone that loves you back right?  2 words…UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. Can you imagine a God that would only love us with conditions? That would never work. The thing is, we sometimes lose focus because of the world, we forget to just stop and appreciate His creation, us. No matter what anyone says about you, remember you were worth dying for. For the women out there, please do not let the world change or shape you for who you are. The word said you were created with perfection.  –So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.– Genesis 1:27. THAT is love.  (Exception: unless God tells you specifically to change, for example – bad habits. Hehe. Remember to always line it up with the word of God!)

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Now lets get back to the highlights shall we? Got a bit too intense there….Agra Fort! Man I have to say… it was gigantic! Currently, portion of it are still being used by the Indian army. Pretty dope! Ain’t nobody messing with them! I believe the fort was created for war purposes, that is a given…. However the most interesting theory and sad part was that Shan Jahan was actually kept under ‘fort arrest’ by his son as he spent too much money building monuments. Story was told that Shan Jahan wanted to build a BLACK Taj Mahal for himself so that he could be tombed inside once he passes away, just across the river from the White Taj Mahal. His son apparently was a humble man and did not like to spend money extravagantly. To stop his father, he had to imprisoned him inside the Agra fort. Rumour has it, he died at a tower with a marble balcony looking at the Taj Mahal.

Poverty. To see the poverty in India saddens my heart. So why would that be a highlight for me? Sometimes you need a reality check and see it for yourself to remind you that you are one blessed human being. It just encourages myself to become better, appreciate my life of where I’m at, be a blessing to others, thankful of where I am and where I live.  — In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Acts 20:35– #wordd

It’s crazy though, I could see there are people suffering and at the same time there others who are just happy of where they are, I guess it is all about perspective of what has been given to them. 2 choices, to dance in the hallway while doors are closed or to stand still with an attitude in the darkness. I guess my encouragement to everyone is to be thankful where you are at. Count your blessings. If you think you have it rough always remember there are other people that has it even rougher. You don’t need everything of this world to live a happy life. There were kids playing cricket in the streets with sticks as bats and stones as wickets,  they didn’t let their circumstances stop them, instead they were having fun, living a simple life.

— For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:25,26 — Remember that when we die we ain’t gonna take nothing with us. Live life to the fullest even if you don’t have the names, fame and money. Do not waste nor lose your life by chasing all of these things.

For my fellow Christians, let fire be lit up in your hearts for those who has lost its flame. For those who aren’t Christians, let my travel experience raise questions whether Jesus is real or not. One baby step at a time. Blessings.

#justsomeasianguythatlovestotravelandJesus

The WALL

So I started running a couple months ago… trying to get fit ya know… lose that belly fat from all that food that I’ve been eating… (as you can tell….from the food section) Got out of all the injuries and sickness that I’ve been having and now time to get ripped with no change in my diet but exercising more… let’s see if that works. Some say it won’t work and some say it will never work. Ha!

Nike run club. Every Mondays – well I try to go every Mondays… signed up and ran in the 5KM – 5.30 min/KM. Struggling quite hard and falling back from my group and all…so far after 5 runs my PB is 5.53 min per KM. But that’s not what I’m trying to talk to you all about….I want to talk to you about the message that I got from God by running. Yes. You read right. God speaking to me while I’m running… how is that even possible? I. Have. No. Idea. That’s how God works… He speaks to anyone in every aspect, moment, environment and you name it, He can do it all especially at the weirdest times…

So what did He speak to me about? How does speak to me? Is it a loud voice with the heavens opening up? Or did a spirit control someone else’s body? Morgan Freeman? What?!

He didn’t do all that.. it was from the mental side and experiences of running long distances. You know when sometimes you talk to yourself or you think you hear voices or you have ideas or thoughts that came out of nowhere… it’s pretty much a combination of all… revelations and thoughts that I would never think of or have any ideas or answers… but I got it… bible verses popping in my head like candy. Dropping rhymes and dimes.. You. Name. It!

When you haven’t ran or played sport for a very long time,  you’re unfit. BOOM! True story… I came up to the 3KM mark and I am dead.. like my legs feel tired already, like mum’s spaghetti (Ohhhh…killem), running out of breath and all I want to do is stop, lock and pop.. no seriously…all I want to do is stop running and walk.. simpler terms.. give up. Why? It was just tiring.. and was it worth to finish the race? No… did it mean anything?…. No… And this is how it all unravels.

My mind is telling me noooo but my boddyyy… no it did not go like that… my mind told me that I could not finish the race, body is telling me no, but deep down inside I don’t want to stop, I don’t want to give up, I want to finish the race cause I know that if I start walking it would be twice as hard to get back into the running motion once again.

Doesn’t that sound very familiar? Being a Christian, we are all running in a race or even a marathon until the end of days… a race that is freaking tiring, sore, getting stitches along the way, losing breath and the list goes on and on. The easiest way out is to give up.. no doubt.

What I found is that if you keep running during the time when you really really want to give up… the tiredness and soreness disappears… no joke! Your legs feels lighter and you can start breathing once again. I have been told that state is called ‘the wall’. Once you get over that state of tiredness everything becomes easier…

Whatever situation you are in, it might be toughest season of your life, you could be in ‘the wall’ state of your Christian race… keep running even when your body is telling you no… it will get easier as you progress and push through! All the troubles, issues and challenges in your life will start to become smaller. The more you run the more you will get used to the situation and that will become an experience. That experience will become your teacher knowing that you have been there, done that. That means you can go through it all again with more knowledge and wisdom in the future. Knowing you can finish that race without stopping any more. Some day you could look back into your life knowing that you have conquered all the issues of your Christian walk because you kept running pass ‘the wall’ state.

The most important revelation for me is that once you overcome a challenge that challenge is no longer a challenge.. therefore the enemy can no longer take you down no more! Even if they do try with newer challenges, always remember ‘the wall’ state and keep going… they cannot stop you as you pass that stage and momentum will start to come… you will keep running and running and running…

I am not a pastor nor a preacher… just a guy that loves Jesus. All I want is to share my revelation of my Christian walk (or in this context run) and leave you with a couple of verses. Hopefully these verses will trigger some sort of your own revelation from God in your current situation and in your life as it had in mine. Let it flow, let is speak to you, let it ask questions. Maybe a change of thought from ‘I don’t believe in Jesus’ to ‘Is Jesus real?’ One small step at a time. Blessings.

2 Timothy 4:7

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Philippians 3:12-14 

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus

2 John 1:8

Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.

Travel to Japan for the First Time

OK. OK. OK. So, I travelled across Japan for 2 weeks with some friends and I wish we had a proper guide with tips and tricks to help us figure out Japan before we left, however we could not find the things that we wanted to know about prior my trip (yes we did look online etc….), so here it is! I am writing one of my own guide to help YOU travel across Japan with ease and breeze (like that rhyme?!). Also, my 2 weeks itenary included as a bonus. Free of charge. What a nice guy! You’re welcome. (TBC)

FYI – if you do not know how to speak Japanese you will be fine. All the people that we spoke to knew a little bit of English. If they didn’t we just said a simple word or location and they will direct or help you easily. You can always download apps via mobile.

Before you travel to Japan essentials (TIPS & TRICKS):

  • Book your flights correctly – so I think one of our mistakes was booking a return trip from/to Tokyo. What we should have done was to fly to Tokyo and fly back home out of Osaka. With this format, you MAY be able to purchase a 7 day JR pass (which would save you about $200) instead of a 14 day pass JR pass ($500+). It really depends how long you are travelling across Japan. We went from Tokyo – Kyoto – Hiroshima – Osaka – back to Tokyo to catch our flight (14 nights). If we were to redo our trip I would fly out of Osaka back to AUS. Saves us the shinkansen ride back to Tokyo. But then again we got cheap tickets via Cathay ($700) return (thank you to my travel secret agent). #winning
  • JR pass – required for traveling to different cities/states across Japan. If you are thinking to catch planes – terrible idea! Why? More expensive. Trust me. I’ve calculated it (I’m Asian). If you are thinking to drive – terrible idea! Why? Traffic in Japan is RIDICOLOUS and also tolls are expensive. TRUST ME! (Unless you would like to travel to hidden areas where there are no public transport – an exception, go ahead) Go online and purchase a JR pass from their official website. It comes in 7 day pass about $350 or 14 day pass $550 (we purchased this one) or 21 day pass $700+. No need to purchase the higher class tickets unless you are rich then go for it. The economy class is sufficient and comfortable. You can only purchase it 90 days prior your arrival to Japan. It will be mailed and you will receive it within 5 working days. TIP – When you arrive in Japan don’t bother trying to activate your JR in the airport train station. You will cry because of the line. Instead go back to your closest JR station near your accommodation and activate it there. You should ALSO book all your JR/shinkansen tickets at the same time. You will save so much time! Why book JR/Shinkansen? You need reserved seating or you may have to stand/miss out on a train if it is full. Just make sure you don’t change your plans. IF you miss your JR do not panic. You can rebook via the JR front desk not the JR office. For some reason, we weren’t able to rebook via JR office because we weren’t allowed. We went inside the station and rebooked via the front desk. Maybe they were being nice? Or lucky? JR PASS CAN ONLY BE USED VIA JR LINES OR SHINKANSEN. IT CANNOT BE USED IN METROS OR SUBWAYS AS THEY ARE OWNED BY DIFFERENT COMPANIES. More information below.
  • Cash – I originally did not want to bring cash, glad I bought some. Why? If you love street food you need cash. I struggled with no cash when I saw some awesome food. I cried. Catching subways/metros/buses you would also need cash. Not to pay for the fares but to top up your cards. I will explain a bit more about the public transport cards (AKA SUICA card). Other things like markets and small shops have no EFTPOS. So, keep that in mind. If you don’t enough cash do not worry. You can always take money out of the ATM. Another tip in the next section about taking money out.
  • Credit card/travel money card – Don’t bother using a credit card overseas. That doesn’t mean you do not take one. Take one for backup! I use the Citibank debit card. The best debit/travel card in the world! Why? So, it acts like a debit card where you put in your country current money. When you go to Japan and pay using the card it converts to YEN automatically without having ANY fees whatsoever. No transaction fees, no conversion fees. Best thing about it…wait for it.. if you don’t use all the money in the card, it will still be in the same currency that you top it up with. Example if I topped it up in AUD, I come back with AUD again, unlike most travel cards where it would be in YENs. You can also cash out with Citibank Debit card via 7 Eleven ATMs (NO BANK FEES OR WITHDRAWAL FEES). Don’t worry you will find these ATMs literally everywhere – English language available as well. You can take out 10,000 yen in 1000 yen notes – recommended.
  • Travel Insurance – go to TID. Less than $100 – coupons available online. You should get one regardless.
  • Data SIM card – So Japan has a portable Wifi available for you to use if you choose certain Airbnb places. Just double check your accommodation. However sometimes you may get a crappy one. For example, in our trip the Wifi sometimes dies by midday or it won’t work in certain places. Therefore if it dies, you’re screwed. Yes, there are free Wifis around the country, but they are quite hard to find and you have to sign up etc. Kinda weird, you would think Japan offer free Wifi everywhere.. but no. Also, if you have a data SIM card for every person that goes on the trip, it means that individuals can go anywhere instead of staying with a dedicated person that is holding the Wifi. You can split up and still can contact each other via FB or Whatsapp or any other communication app. Where to get it? JTB in Sydney CBD. $50 for 3GB and easy to use. Just follow the instructions. Don’t try to purchase a SIM card while you’re over in Japan. It is a hassle. If you do your research, you will have to sign up, line up, call up and so on. Make your life easier and just buy the SIM over here. It works well for us. Fast and lasted for 2 weeks (the Data SIM expired after 30 days). Oh, and if you finish your data you can top it up easily I believe.
  • Battery pack – This was a life saver. I bought an Anker battery power pack. A legit one from Europe. Seriously the best device ever! Able to charge 2 phones at a time and even able to charge the portable Wifi (due to its features – look it up, you will know what I mean). Charges all the devices within minutes and able to charge 8 times before it runs out. My friends were loving it. No need to worry about having flat battery! #MVP
  • Accommodation locations (IMPORTANT) – Do your research and find the best locations for each city and most importantly close to a train station! (The trains cost a lot of money over time!) When I say best locations, I mean central to everything! You do not want to stay too far away from Shinjuku or Shibuya for example as they are the top spots in Tokyo. We were to lucky to choose the best locations in all the cities and close to a train station. Most importantly – our area was quiet. Away from the hustle and bustle as it can get too much. Note: All Airbnb people will give you instructions on how to locate the place. Follow the instructions and you should be fine.
  • Suica Card/public transport card – This is pretty much your public transport card used for buses, subways and metros. JR pass can only be used to JR lines and Shinkansen as they are owned by different companies! Remember that! How do you know which are JR and metros/subways? JR have JR signs and all different lines have different entrances. For example, if you go to a JR line, you show your pass and walk through for free. If you show your JR pass to a metro, they will stop you. You can always try that like I did. After a while you will get it! Ha! Know that subway entrance and JR entrance are seperate! You must exit one before you enter another. That’s how you tell the difference. If you go to a JR office, ask for a JR line map. This will show you all the JR lines ONLY in the city. Why use Suica card? You top up money instead of buying individual tickets. No need to line up. Top up using the machine which has English translation. Insert card then money then approve. DONE! Where to buy one? Any train station desks. There are 2 different cards. Pretty much the same but owned by 2 different companies. The beauty with the following cards – you can use it in convenience stores like Lawson, 7 eleven, Family mart and some other outlets. Use this card as it is used across the country.
  • Google maps – pin drop all the locations that you want to visit (touristy locations, food, shops, you name it). Trust me this is the best advice that I can give you. I did it and we never got lost…. well sometimes. Ha!

Train System: The most confusing train system I have ever experienced! No blogs or sites explained the following to me. So hopefully this can help. Do not bother using taxis or buses. Once you are used to Tokyo’s train lines you will be fine for the rest. WARNING: ALL TRAINS LEAVE ON TIME. LIKE DEAD SET ON TIME. IT WILL CLOSE NO MATTER WHAT ON THE DOT! There are 4 train lines:

  • JR – Known as Japan Rail. You can use your JR pass on the following lines. Always good to book JR tickets as you get a guaranteed seat. Otherwise you can always get into the non reserved carriage. All JR lines are marked with JR sign and separated from other train lines. These are not bullet trains! Get a JR pass as these are expensive! Again, if unsure ask for a JR map from the train station or office.
  • Shinkansen – Bullet trains. Known for longer distances and they fly!! Not literally but speed wise. You will get seated tickets, must be booked. Free with the JR pass. Always good to book ahead of time as it will get filled up! Pretty much like a plane, toilet and food available on the train. TIP – if you have a large suitcase you can place your bag at the back of the carriage behind the last row of seats. However, they have limited spots so be quick! You can also place your baggage above the seats however you cannot place huge suitcases, only medium size. Otherwise you must place your bags in front of you. It’s not too bad. You will have a little bit of leg space unless you are 6 foot.
  • Subway/Metro – city owned train lines. These lines are not owned under JR therefore you cannot use the JR passes. You must use the SUICA cards which can be purchased at a station and top up via a machine or the officer that stands near the gate. Use cash or coins and can only top up 1000 yen minimum unless you ask the officer to top up. You can tell the difference between all the train lines via the symbol/logo. Try to walk to places as it will add up. Most of these are underground compared to shinkansen or JR lines. Always remember that all lines have different entry point and exit.

Well that is all I can think of for now. I will update is I remember more information. Hope it helps!

Click here to view my 2 weeks itenary. More tips and tricks within cities. (TBC)

Blue Mountains Weekend Getaway

Tried to catch some snorlax… no luck

Weekend away with the crew to Blue Mountains. Pretty much chilled the whole time. Sow good. Too good. Stayed at some cozy place as well. DOPE.

Wake up…eat..hike Grand Canyon….catch pokemons….settlers of catan…sleep..repeat.. #greatweekend

Sand Boarding In Dubai!

Port Stephens

Just a couple of snaps while sandboarding at Port Stephens… cheap as chips through groupon! Pretty fun but man.. so tiring going all the way back up to the dunes after sliding down. Can’t believe a place like this exists in NSW!

 

Third Wave

Prahran, Melbourne

I love american food/bbq and I heard that this place was really good. Tracked it all the way here after an AFL game. The place was pretty neat, simple setup with white chairs. One thing I noticed as soon as we walked in the restaurant was the smell… hmmmm smoked american bbq meat smell. So good!

It wasn’t packed at all, I think it is because we came quite early. There weren’t too many tables either. Anyways to the food! I ordered the pork ribs, mac and cheese and kipfler potatoes.

When the food came out it looked so good! However the taste, I have to say I was disappointed. The pork ribs were ….different… it wasn’t juicy nor saucey nor tender… it was dry…. really dry.. that is because that’s the style of cooking the chef made for this specific dish. Unfortunately for me it was a miss. The mac n cheese was nothing special, it was more chewy and plasticy, no flavouring at all,  the potatoes too were just plain  nothing special. Real gutted as I heard so many good things about this place.

Maybe I just picked the wrong dishes… I saw the burgers on the other hand and man they look amazing. When I get back down to Melbourne I will definitely try the burgers!

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