Central/Eastern Hokkaido Day 5 – Going Home

Day 5, the end of our Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program. We packed up and after our breakfast, we boarded our limousine mini-bus for our journey to New Chitose Airport for our afternoon domestic flight to Narita Domestic Airport before transiting for our flight in the evening from Narita International Airport back home to hot and sunny Singapore. Our hotel hosts, Mdm. Chida Tamami was there to say goodbye to us and Mr. Ichinetsu Sensei was also there too! We were touched by their warmth hospitality and friendship that they showered on us yesterday and on the morning of Day 5 …

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Central/Eastern Hokkaido Day 4 – Kamikawa, Sounkyo

Day 4 of our program started off with a very early start, continuing from where we left on at the end of Day 3. We went to the nearby Tokachigaoka Park from Kangetsuen, for our hot air balloon adventure, operated by Tokachi Nature Centre! The hot air balloon ride is dependent on the weather conditions and for that morning, it was clear for our hot air balloon adventure! It was very interesting to see how they do the setup for the hot air balloon and we were busy clicking away on our cameras! Hot Air Balloon Ride at Tokachi Another …

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Central/Eastern Hokkaido Day 3 – Akan, Ashoro, Tokachi

Day 3 of our Hokkaido Photographer Invitation Program began with us checking out from our hotel in Akankousou. We had an awesome and really fun Day 2! Our breakfast at Akankousou was very interesting and it’s also my first time having such a huge Japanese breakfast! Lake Akan (阿寒湖) Before leaving the Akan region, we stopped by at Lake Akan and enjoyed the beauty of Lake Akan. It was tranquil, quiet and gorgeous, while walking around the edge of the lake, the morning sunshine slowly enters and gives warmth to the Lake Akan and surroundings. It was interesting to hear …

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Central/Eastern Hokkaido Day 2 – Shari, Teshikaga, Tsurui, Akan

Waking up to a cold and chilly Hokkaido morning, looking through the windows from my hotel room, I can spot the rain clouds over the horizon and rain falling down over a part of the sea and coastal area. After a hearty breakfast, having a good mix of local and international cuisines. We checked out and were getting ready to start our Day 2 Photographer Invitation Program schedule. Just as we were loading the luggage and getting into the mini bus, it started snowing! Yes, it was getting colder with the snowing and strong winds!! We all got pretty excited …

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Central/Eastern Hokkaido Day 1 – Utoro

This marked the start of my awesome travel photography experience of a lifetime with newfound photography friends for Central/Eastern Hokkaido Familiarisation Trip (Photographers Invitation Program). Meeting at Changi Airport Terminal 1, I got to meet this special band of photographers that were going together on this big adventure. Moe Anan – our beautiful and kawaii tour coordinator, translator Dennis Seow of Superadrianme.com Jensen Chua of Jensen Chua Photography Yip Weng Seng of YipWengSeng Photography Manami Iwatani, the pretty and bubbly Ran-san of Ninja Girls Departing on Japan Airlines JL36 to Haneda Airport, Tokyo at 2200hrs Singapore time, we arrived at …

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Central/Eastern Hokkaido Familiarisation Trip – Introduction and Overview

Hokkaido has always been one of the many destinations that are on my travel bucket list for my years, having heard so much about the beautiful place and viewed landscape sceneries photographs taken by my friends and photographers who visited Hokkaido. When I was nominated and invited to a photographers invitation program to Central/Eastern Hokkaido, I was very thrilled and very happy (and some stress too!) to be nominated for this photographers invitation program. After going through the application process, I prepared the photography gears and got ready for Central/Eastern Hokkaido familiarisation trip, one of the most fun and exciting …

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Grandma’s 90th Birthday Celebrations

My grandma is an awesome Iron Lady, strong and fit, with a heart of gold. On 30th June 2007, we all held a grand yet simple home cooked feast birthday celebration at her home in Bukit Pasir, Muar, Malaysia. Her extended 4 generations of family came under 1 roof to be with her and be part of her grand celebrations. We drove in and started to help out in the preparations for feast. We prepared the tables and chairs, brought out the food, drinks and desserts prepared by my aunties. It was a really great feast of delicious food and …

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