TeddyVille Museum @Penang

Well, a family friendly gateway wouldn’t be complete without visiting this place. Located away from the busy town centre, Teddyville Museum is situated at Batu Feringgi. To be exact it is actually at the Ground Floor of DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang.

For your info, I love all kinds of cute stuffs. 🙂

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To save the hassle paying on the spot, I purchased the online ticket via KLOOK few days before I came here. Not much savings tho, but its convenient. Moreover I can collect credits for my KLOOK account with any purchase I made through the web.

On a side note, there is a RM10 voucher attached to the ticket. You can use it as rebate from their souvenir store. However it is only applicable for purchase of Teddy Bear / T-Shirt.

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As we enter, we began with some old age bears, from one of the very first batches of teddy bears ever made since year 1900.

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The museum map. Floor size of 9000 sq.ft. You could easily spend an hour or 2 depending on the duration you take on each stop.

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Then we started of with some history about Fort Cornwallis.

Aren’t these bears look so cute! Wait a minute, was that Captain Francis Light ? To read more about the history of Fort Cornwallis, kindly click HERE

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3 Baba & Nyonya Bears were having a tea break. Do you want to join them?

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The Indians were celebrating Deepavali, and kuil at the background.

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Thaipusam festival.

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Above, we could see the Malays were celebrating Hari Raya. I could see them busy preparing the lemang, dodol, the popular Malay delicacies during Raya celebration. (Look at the adorable Mak Minah teddies)

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Kampung House – Wooden Wonders

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Gong Xi Fa Cai. The God of Prosperity to usher Chinese New Year. Also shown here the meaning of God of Prosperity and Lion Dance.

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Kek Lok Si. The Kek Lok Si Temple is a Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia.

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After learning about the 3 main racial of Malaysia, we moved on to the famous Char Kuey Teow at Siam Road (Jalan Siam). It is a popular local food.

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Look at the frowning bear. Getting under mood with too many orders?

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Pusat Penjaja Anjung Gurney is one of the biggest and famous hawker centre that is located at Gurney Drive.

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Check out the details of the foods on each tables. And did you notice the foodie bear there? *I shall take photo of the photo and post it on my Instagram* LOL!

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Batu Feringgi with water sports and night market.

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*Teddy having Sun Bathing*

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Penang Hill is also known by the Malay name Bukit Bendera, which actually refers to Flagstaff Hill, the most developed peak. 

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Tourists, adults and children were admiring the view from Penang Hill.

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Durian, the King of fruit. Both the human size bears were enjoying the fruit.

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Moved on to the famous food stalls in Penang. Toh Soon Cafe, a legendary cafe located at the alley of Lebuh Campbell. It is famous for its Roti Bakar or known as Toast Bread. I was told by the local, the crowd is fantastic. Advised to go early to queue.

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Mr. Teddy doing his Signature Teh Tarik or known as Pulled-Tea.

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Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul.

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“Reaching Up” Mural, Cannon Street, George Town, Penang

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“Little Children on a Bicycle” Mural, Armenian Street, George Town, Penang

Thanks to Ernest Zacharevic for these beautiful wall arts which draw much tourists here.

Click HERE to have the location map of the wall arts.

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Bread-man / Snacks on Wheels. They are popular during my childhood days. I used to chase them to buy snacks! 😀 But nowadays its rare to spot them.

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*Victory!*

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Penang Bridge Marathon is an annual marathon event held in Penang Bridge, Penang.

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Penang Dragon Boat Festival

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The Penang Dragon Boat festival is part of the culture’s history which took part since 30 years ago.

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Bayan Lepas Free Trade Industrial Zone. These human size bears were seen assembling the electronic parts.

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Barbershop, often operated by Indians are still popular among the Malaysians.

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Malaysian Batik is batik textile art of Malaysia. The most popular motifs are leaves and flowers.

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People who come to Penang, will usually bring home some local products (i.e biscuits) as souvenirs. Ghee Hiang is one of the famous and old brand in Penang.

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Next, they even have Malaysia’s famous athletes, Dato’ Lee Chong Wei and Dato’ Nicol David.

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End the exhibit with a lovely corner of a bear in a Hot Air Balloon (in conjunction to Hot Air Balloon Fiesta) and a message of I PG, I Love Penang.

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You can also get your photos printed out here by Canon.

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Last but not least, its shopping time! Don’t forget to utilize the RM10 voucher if you planned to buy any Bear or T-Shirt here.

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Before leaving, don’t forget to take photo with this 10ft tall Bear at the entrance.

This Teddyville Museum is like a Little Penang. Using the human sized bears and miniature sized bears to bring out the Malaysian culture, but also exhibit the popularity of Penang island. Be it food, street, tourist spots and also some history of Penang.

I’m amazed on how much effort they put everything into so detailed and fine. Especially the hawker food stalls at Gurney Drive. Thus, I also like how they explained every segment in story board. Oh ya…did I mentioned that the bears have very smooth fur too. You can gently hug these furry bears  😀

Plan your visit here with your child. Its fun and educational. I’m sure they will enjoy this place.

TeddyVille Museum

Ground Floor, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang
56, Jalan Low Yat, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia.

Contact : beary@teddyvillemuseum.com
Tel : 04 890 5345 / 016-550 5949

Open Daily  9:00am to 6:00pm

Website : http://teddyvillemuseum.com/beary/

 

Sky Deck @ Hatten City, Melaka

Where can we go in Melaka? Most of the popular tourist spots, we’ve visited them before.

Thus, I discovered about this place upon doing some Google search.

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*An aerial view of the location. Photo by Hatten City

Located at Hatten City , Sky Deck is adjoining to Element Mall. A mall that is quite big and new.

For hotel guests of Hatten Place and Double Tree by Hilton will get the privilege to enjoy free access to the Sky Deck.

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However for non-hotel guests, you just need to pay RM15 per person (Introductory Offer) which includes RM10 F&B Rebate voucher.

After you get your ticket, the friendly staff will lead you to the lift and up it goes to 44th floor of the building. The lift was quite fast. We reached 44th floor within few minutes.

p/s: You can skip the group photo shoot if you don’t plan to purchase the photo.

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So, I was at the Melaka’s highest 360° panoramic view. I am enjoying this spectacular view on a sunny day. Apparently the best view is during sunset. Perhaps, you can plan your visit during sunset then followed by a sky view dining here. hehe…..

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Its a nice place to chillax.

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At the observation deck, was so windy.

As you exit the lift at ground floor, there is a small souvenir shop in case you want to purchase some souvenirs.

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The F&B consists of :-

  • He’ Feng Chinese Cuisine at Level 43 (fine selection of a la carte Cantonese cuisine)

  • Aromas Coffee Club at Level 43 (a place for coffee fix)

  • Gales at Level 44 (a semi-fine dining Western fusion feast)

  • The Drift at Level 44 (an all-day free and easy bar)

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Too bad that I did not utilize the RM10 voucher. Hence I can’t comment much about that. Perhaps another round when I got the chance to stay at either Hatten City Hotel or Double Tree by Hilton. 🙂

I read some positive reviews about “Aroma Clubs Coffee”. I shall put this in my KIV list.

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Continuation to the above, you can also spend some shopping time at the Element Mall, which is at the same building.

Claimed as biggest mall in Melaka. Quite new, but there wasn’t much shops yet.

I think the interior is quite nice. It uses Melaka’s Historical spots as part of the design.

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Sky Deck @ Hatten City

Hatten City, Jalan Melaka Raya 23, Taman Melaka Raya
Malacca City 75000

Operation Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/SkyDeckHattenCity

 

**Good News for those born in Melaka!!
In conjunction to “Declaration of Melaka as a Historical City” on 15th April 2019,
you are entitled for Free Entrance on 14 & 15 April 2019 (10am to 10pm).

Hotel Review : Hotel Arissa Melaka

During end of last year’s school break, I decided to spend 2 nights at  Melaka together with my family. Although I did the online booking 1 month ahead, but there wasn’t much choice of hotel that has Family Room. It is either very expensive or its booked.

I came across Hotel Arissa Melaka, a boutique hotel which is quite new. The building has total of 74 rooms. If I’m not mistaken it was since year 2016. Read some positive reviews from the former guests. Hence I booked a Premier Room for 2 nights at around RM420 inclusive of breakfast. The hotel is located in Melaka city. So, I think location wise is considered good since its located in town.

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This is the Hotel Lobby.

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The check-in process was quite fast because I’ve already made payment when I did the online booking. However a security deposit of RM50 is required upon checking in. This deposit is refundable during check out.

If you are driving, you can park your car at the open-air car park just behind the building. It is free. I will usually drive and park at the hotel, then move around Melaka city using Grab car, to save hassle. hehe…..

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The hotel’s lobby has many nice photo spots.

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These old-school biscuits are available at the hotel’s lobby. And its free for guests! So, while waiting for check-in or your car to arrive, you can also munch on these biscuits. 🙂 That’s a very nice gesture.

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The room looked new and clean. Furthermore the interior is nice and modern. I like the color combinations too. Premier Room sized  29 m²/312 ft² with 1 single bed and 1 queen bed.

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  • no cupboard. just a rod with hangers
  • free mineral water (daily)
  • free instant coffee and tea
  • mini refrigerator, safe box, TV, hair dryer, kettle, mini size hair & body shampoo.
  • towels
  • Wifi

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Don’t worry about the glass window of the bathroom. You can use the blind to have some privacy. hehe…

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Daily buffet breakfast till 10am. The buffet spread was quite limited. But if you are not fussy, it is enough to fill your stomach too. Buffet breakfast is also payable on the post. If I was not mistaken it was RM15 per person.

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Distance to Jonker Walk is around 1km. However Hotel Arissa do provide shuttle to and fro Jonker Street. Above was the time schedule.

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Are you a fan of Melaka’s famous satay celup? The popular Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup is just a walking distance from the hotel. I would advise you to go as early as you can. (before 6pm). It will be quite crowded on weekends.

(Operation Hours: 4pm – 12am)

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Other than Satay Celup, what food can we can within this hotel? There’s this nice cendol and Nyonya Assam Pedas Fish available at Living Water Kopitiam. It it located at a row of shop just next to the hotel.

Besides that, there is a convenient store attached to the hotel. But in case you needed drinks or snacks when the store is closed, there’s a vending machine in front of the convenient store.

A simple hotel suitable for short stay. All in all the hotel is not bad. But it will be much better if the room is slightly bigger.

Hotel Arissa

No.2 Jalan Pelanduk Putih
75300 Melaka

Tel:  + 606 288 0303
Fax: + 606 288 0305

Website: http://www.hotelarissa.com.my

 

 

 

 

SNOWALK @i-City Shah Alam

The weather was really hot during Chinese New Year. Where can we go for a cooler weather? Other than Shopping Malls or turning on my home air-cond, lets go to SnoWalk at i-City Shah Alam! Literally I name it giant size refrigerator. LOL LOL.

During the past Christmas, Jet asked me why aren’t we getting any snow? (that’s how he imagined Christmas). Aww…I’m pretty sure everyone likes White Christmas. I too wished we will get snow here…. 🙂

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Hence, Snowalk at i-City Shah Alam will be the nearest point compared to Genting Highland. My previous trip to Genting Highland, I didn’t get the chance to visit the Snow World because it was closed for refurbishment.

 

There we ample of parking at i-city, basement parking and also open air parking. The parking fee is RM 3 per hour with a maximum of RM 10 per day.

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The new admission ticket price for Snowalk has increased very much compared to last year. When i asked the counter about the new pricing, I was told because they did refurbishment. Hence the price increased. Although there’s no time limitation to be inside the snow room, but charging at RM60 per adult and RM50 per child is quite alot I felt. Imagine if its a big family. Nevertheless it is still cheaper than travel to overseas for real snow.

Cash or Credit Card (Visa) is accepted here.

* Infant below 1 years old & pregnant women is not allowed to enter SnoWalk

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Winter Jacket & Boot will be provided by the premise. But some jackets with faulty zip.

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Ear muff, scarf or hand gloves and be purchase here. Otherwise can bring your own.

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Lockers are also available here with a fee of RM3 (one time usage). In case you want to store your shoes or other belongings.

If you want to feel warm after exiting, there are vending machines with hot drinks.

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I brought my own glove for Jet, which I bought from Daiso.

Tip: Let your child wear thicker clothes, long sleeve or sweater under the Winter Jacket. Because I felt the jacket provided for children is not thick and it is very cold inside!

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As you enter the room, you will be greeted by the staff photographer to take a nice family photo for you. If you like the photo, you can buy the printed copy for RM35 at the exit point. LMAO!! More money spend! 😀 😀

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The temperature here was about 5 degree Celsius.

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There were many ice sculptures here. YES! Many of them..I read that, these ice sculptures were made by international artists from Harbin China.

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By the way, there weren’t any snow at this area. More like a thin layer of crushed ice laid on the carpet. Becareful, it can be quite slippery too.

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Toboggan for children and adult.

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There were also ice sculptures with small slides for the young child.

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There’s a small area of football court which Jet enjoyed so much.

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This was the last part. The room is brighter and draws more crowd. Reason is that this area has falling snow and it looks like a playground. I actually got the urge to go on the slide. But I shy…. hahaha!

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Check out the fine snow.

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Jet told me to take a video of him throwing snowball.

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We didn’t spend long hours here because my mom & Jet was freezing cold already.

Anyway, we have achieved our snow experience. Mission accomplished!

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Most of the rides here are suitable for children. Price starts from RM5 per ride.

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My brother accompanied Jet for the car ride.

 

Address:

i-City
Persiaran Multimedia
40000 I-City
Selangor, Malaysia

Phone 1: +6 03 5521 8866
Phone 2: +6 03 5521 8800
Website: https://themepark.i-city.my/

After You Dessert Cafe @ Siam Square One, Bangkok

As long there’s a space in your tummy to fill, you can eat non-stop in Bangkok. So much food to try in Bangkok.

I often see friends who visited Bangkok, definitely dropped by this Dessert Cafe. It is well known for its Shibuya Toast.

After You dessert café first opened in 2007. Till today, there are about 30 outlets opened around Bangkok.

My last year’s trip to Bangkok, I didn’t get the chance to come here because I went to Hello Kitty cafe instead, my favorite Sanrio character. So, this year’s trip I told my friend to include this cafe into our itinerary.

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Little did I know, After You Dessert Cafe, Siam Square One is actually next to Hello Kitty Cafe. LOL LOL!! At the main entrance, one is on the left, and the other is on right. 😀

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As I entered the cafe, I could see almost all seats are filled. The atmosphere look alike in Korea. 🙂

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Over here, you gotto queue up at the counter to make orders. Kinda like self service. But they will bring the food over to your seating table.

Even though it looks crowded, but food was served not long after we placed our order.

I looked at tables around me, they would order either toast or kakigori (bingsoo) or both of them. All the desserts actually looked so mouth-watering and instragram worthy 😀

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Ice water is available for free.

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Extracted from the website, there are total 9 types of Shibuya Honey Toast here (1 is missing from the frame, Strawberry Cream Toast).

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I chose the Shibuya Honey Toast (195 baht), a rather classic one because I wished to taste the originality.

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Now I understand why people like their toast so much. Although the toast is thick, but it is not dry inside. Crisp outside but has a very smooth and moisture bread texture inside. Cut into blocks, every surface is spread with margarine. It was so nice eaten together with the vanilla ice cream.

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My friend also ordered the Chocolate Lave (175 baht).

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Dive in your fork and watch the chocolate flow. The chocolate filling was rich and smooth. However I felt the size is abit small lar. 😀

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Durian Crumbstick (95 baht) looking interesting. Therefore we ordered one to kill our curiosity. Shaped like a real durian pulp, but its actually an ice cream. Very smooth and rich durian flavor, for durian lovers.

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For drinks, I had Hot Cappuccino (115 baht) served with a piece of biscuit, while my friend had Iced Latte.

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Merchandises like T-shirt, Tote Bags and Stainless Steel Cup are sold here too.

I will definitely come for the Toast again if I visit Bangkok next round. There are so many nice cafes in Bangkok now. So, if you are a cafe hopper, do plan it well. 🙂

Oh ya, there’s also a small kiosk of After You Cafe at Don Mueang Airport. But it only serve cakes and kakigori.

After You Dessert Cafe
Ground Floor
SIAM SQUARE ONE
Tel no. 02 115 1949
Operation Hours:  12:00pm – midnight (everyday)

 

Hotel Review: Royal Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel

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Early this year, we went for a family trip within Malaysia via flight. It was Jet’s second time boarding on plane since he was 2 years old. But during that time he barely know much. Now he’s more bigger and chatty, he enjoyed the ride and know what’s going on.

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As we arrived Langkawi Airport, Jet said, “Mummy, lets look at the map”. 😀

At the airport arrival hall, there is a row of counters offering car rental and travel packages within the island. If you want to save some hassle, you can pre-book before you arrive. For my 3days 2 nights trip, I rented a car from this company. I was given a rate of RM140 (during non-peak season). Meaning its RM70/night. Very good price! However the price may vary during school break or festive holidays. I got a Proton Saga FLX (Auto). I wouldn’t say the car condition was tip top but still acceptable.

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Seems like hotels at Pantai Cenang are more expensive. Therefore I changed my mind to book a hotel at Kuah. I got to know about this hotel from my friend who was coincidentally traveling to Langkawi a day later than me. Driving distance from airport to Royal Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel is about 14km (approx. 30 minutes). From Pantai Cenang to Kuah will only need 14.2km. Since we got a car to move about, so I thought staying in Kuah wouldn’t be a problem.

 

Car Park is available at this premise. But quite limited. Otherwise full, you can opt to park at the opposite car park lot at RM5/entry. It is waiveable for hotel guest.

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“Initially it was known as Langkawi Yacht Club. In 1999, the royal patron of the club Sultan of Kedah state conferred the ‘Royal’ title to the club. Over the years, the club has grown in its stature and become one of the top favorites to the yachters from all over the world.”

At year 2015, the club undergone a major renovation. Level-1 there will be a lobby and a reception area. There are total 32 boutique rooms. So, I can say that our room is pretty new. 🙂

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Hill View Family Room.

We booked the room for RM622 for 2 nights inclusive of breakfast via Expedia. The 31 m² area room with 2 Queen size bed.

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There’s also sufficient space for luggage.

Other amenities are kettle, instant coffee, bedroom slippers, complimentary drinking water in bottle, television, free wifi, refrigerator, in room safe box.

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The Family Room does not have seaview but only nature view. We could see monkeys climbing the trees ……………

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also spotted the Macho Eagle flying around here. Not one but a few of them.

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The bathroom isn’t big. Only standing shower.

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Bathroom Amenities.

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The Swimming Pool is divided to children pool and adult pool. The swimming pool is onlooking the sea and yachts. What a breathtaking view!

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The AL-fresco breakfast area.

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The breakfast served was quite simple and not too much varieties unlike some hotels that serve like a feast. But it has the common ones like egg, toast, sausage/bacon, baked beans, hash brown, cereal, yogurt, nasi lemak, juice, milk and coffee.

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I like that they served Nasi Lemak Bungkus (nasi lemak wrapped in banana leaf). It was very delicious too.

If you are lazy to drive out for dinner, you can also dine at Charlie’s Bar & Grill. A restaurant serving Western and also Asian food.

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Dataran Lang/Eagle Square, one of Langkawi’s best known manmade attractions, a large sculpture of an eagle poised to take flight. This 12 metre-tall statue is one of the island’s most recognizable monuments.

“The reddish-brown eagle at Dataran Lang was built as an emblem of the island. According to folklore Langkawi’s name came from two Malay words – ‘helang’ (eagle) and ‘kawi’ (reddish brown): hence lang-kawi. “

It is just situated 690m away from the hotel.

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I enjoyed taking photos of this hotel view, be it during the day or during the sunset. Really love this breathtaking panoramic view. I do not have any complains about this hotel. All of us enjoyed our stay here.

Apart from this, Langkawi is a duty free state. You can buy lots of chocolates and liquor at really good price here. But for liquor there’s a restriction of 1 liter per person in case you are bringing it home.

4 Best Duty Free Outlets are:-

  1. The Zon Shopping Paradise (at Pantai Cenang)
  2. Coco Valley Langkawi ((at Pantai Cenang)
  3. Langkawi Saga Shopping Centre (at Kuah)
  4. Teow Soon Huat Duty-Free Shopping (at Kuah)

 

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We enjoyed traveling together now. Just that traveling with a little one, mummy has to be like a hawk, more alert to guard them. Now, Jet kept telling me to go Langkawi. Looks like he really love this place. I also like Langkawi. This is my 4th time in Langkawi. Its not just an island mainly for snorkeling or swimming. But there’s more to explore.

 

Langkawi Yacht Club Hotel
Jalan Dato’ Syed Omar,
07000 Kuah, Langkawi,
Kedah, Malaysia

Tel: +6049664078 

Email: reservations@langkawiyachtclub.com

Website: http://langkawiyachtclubhotel.com/

Doraemon @New Chitose Airport Terminal

“Doraemon (Japanese: ドラえもん) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Fujiko F. Fujio. The series has also been adapted into a successful anime series and media franchise. The story revolves around a robotic cat named Doraemon, who travels back in time from the 22nd century to aid a pre-teen boy named Nobita Nobi. “

Doraemon fans would love this New Chitose Airport Terminal at Hokkaido. You can spend hours taking photos with your favorite icon, dine in the cafe, attending workshops, game arcade, and shop till you drop.

This New Chitose Airport Terminal is like a shopping mall. Many food stores, souvenirs shops and gifts stores. However I would not touch much on that, but I am going to focus only on Doraemon. 🙂

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First of all, you will be greeted by Doraemon upon arriving the airport. After getting the clearance from custom, luggage section, you will see him.

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Entering the ‘Smile Road’ is where we locate Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park. It is located at 3rd Floor.

At Waku Waku Sky park, it is separated into Park Zone, Kid Zone, Library, Workshop, Cafe, Gift Shop and Amusement Zone.

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Eventually this was our first stop! LOL! We were like grown up kids. I got fascinated with Japan’s vending machines.

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There were 3 different colors. Blue, Yellow and Red.

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I got both in Blue color. 😀 😀 While my friend Ashley successfully collected all 3 colors especially for her niece.

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Park Zone requires an admission fee of 800yen (Adults) 500yen (Age 13-18) 400 yen (Age 3-12) while children below age 3 is free of charge. At Park Zone, both children and adults are greeted by “secret gadgets”, themed attractions and large Doraemon.

I didn’t pay a visit here, therefore I am not sure whether is it interesting.

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Well, if you want to bring home some DIY crafts, do drop by the Workshop station. (i.e: paint Doraemon clay figurine)

The Library is adjacent to the Workshop. You can have some good read on Doraemon comics and books while waiting for your children to complete their workshop.

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Kids Zone. A spacious play room for children. And the main attraction has to be the Dorayaki slide!

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Amusement Zone. A game corner with lots of Doraemon related prizes. Lapel badges and keychains with photo are also available here.

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*are you skillful? 🙂

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Getting hungry after much workout? Don’t worry. There’s a Cafe here to serve you. Spacious dining area serving food, dessert and drinks to fill your stomach.

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The excitement will not end without visiting the Gift Shop! An official Doraemon merchandise store. Well, prices are cheap though. 😀

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Besides that, we also enjoyed the “Stamp Rally”. Feel like a treasure hunt. Complete all stamps at different floors (within New Chitose Airport) then you can claim a free gift. Choose from option A to J.

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It was really fun exploring this airport. So, are you a fan of Doraemon? Hello Kitty fans, don’t feel sad ya…because now they also have Hello Kitty Happy Flight le…  Too bad it was not ready during our trip. Else we will definitely go gaga!

With all these shops and cartoon characters, you could easily spend at least half a day in the airport. 🙂

 

Note : Travel date was on year 2016

 

Operation Hours : 10am – 6pm

Website: www.new-chitose-airport.jp/en/doraemon/

Bangkok Day 3 (Pratunam, Baiyoke Fashion Wholesale, Big C Supermarket, Central World, Talad Neon Night Market)

Our hotel is just an alley away from Pratunam Morning Market. The street gets busy as early as 4am. The morning market will closes early too. At about 10-11am.

The streets are filled with street food and clothing. Mostly are female clothing, minimal of children and men’s clothing.

Assorted cooked dishes.

The Thai grilled pork from this stall was delicious. If I’m not mistaken, it was just 100 baht?

Porridge with condiments was delicious too.

Trying the Bangkok popular rubber slipper, brand Monobo. It is very comfortable and lasting wear.

Not much bargaining is allowed here because most of the prices are quite low. You can get better deal if you purchase 2 or 3 items at once. (wholesale price)

We are now walking towards the Pratunam Market. (red signboard is Baiyoke Tower)

Pratunam Wholesale Market is filled with shops and tiny stalls flowing over to the sidewalks and extending all the way to Baiyoke Towers I and Baiyoke Towers II on Ratchaprarop Soi 3.
As you can see the crowd especially during weekends. It was so packed and I felt that I am in a maze. You can also see people dragging their luggage size bags to fill their loots. Try to avoid entering this area on weekends.
Pratunam Market
Opening Hours: 24 hours (retail shops open from 10:00 – 21:00)

Location: Intersection of Ratchaprop and Petchburi roads to Ratchaprarop Soi 3

Big C Supermarket.

Depending on which part of Pratunam you are, walking from Pratunam to Big C Supermarket will take around 5~15 minutes.
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00
Location: Ratchadamri Road (opposite CentralWorld)

BTS: Chidlom

Big C is one of the biggest supermarket chains in Thailand. Most of the people come to Big C Supermarket, visiting the supermarket is to shop for the local products. Wide range of products with good deals.

You may refer to this link on what is best to bring home.
Well, if you didn’t get a chance to visit this supermarket, you can also easily grabbed some of the above local snacks from 7-Eleven convenience stores which are easily spotted around Bangkok.
Central World is just opposite of Big C Supermarket.
World Food Expo which went on from 23 Mar 2017 – 09 Apr 2017, held at the entrance of Central World.
Street Food and Food trucks will operate their business throughout the 18 days of the event.
There were also other activities going on, plus cooking demonstration. But we are more interested to eat! Especially the local Thai food 😀
Time to indulge in more local delicacies. (but its more pricey)
In the evening, we decided to check out Palladium Night Market.
Located outside of Palladium World Shopping Centre slightly opposite from Platinum Shopping Mall. We seem to get different operation hours from the internet. We were here at around 7pm. However we noticed that not many stalls were there. Moreover it does not attracts us. We did not want to waste much time there. Hence, we decided to walk over to Talad Neon Night Market which is just around 10 minutes.
We felt that Talad Neon Night Market has more stuffs that suit our liking. A night market that not only focus on clothing. But also handmade items which can personalize names…best to get as souvenirs or gifts, not forgetting there are also food stalls.
Haircut at a night market? Very artistic.
Last round of shopping before we head home the next day. Bangkok is a shop and eat place. You can shop endlessly and you can eat endlessly.
Snacks stall.
We are checking out what to have for dinner.
My friend wanted Salt Baked Fish. So am I. Therefore we settled ourselves at this stall, named Pen Hnung Grill Fish & Seafood.
The grilled talapia fish was big and meaty! Only 260 baht. Compliment with raw vegetables and chili dipping sauce. The chili dipping sauce was awesome.
Grilled Seafood Set (Small) – 399 baht.
Mixed of cockles, prawns, squids, mussels.
Before I end this post, there is something you should take note when you travel.
Day 3 was really a bad day and also unforgettable day!!
My backpack was slashed! Indirectly should be I got robbed!
Where?
at Pratunam Wholesale Baiyoke Tower. Refer to above photo where I did mentioned about the crowded place and maze like area.
It was also my carelessness for carrying a backpack with my belongings. If you need to carry a backpack putting your important belongings, carry it front facing.
I felt I was being pushed as I was sandwiched in between the crowd.
I didn’t thought further. Little did I know, my backpack has such long slash as I wanted to fetch my wallet to pay a dress.
My wallet and mobile phone is gone! My friend tried calling my number. But couldn’t get through anymore.
I was like WTF! Why am I so careless. Why does it happen to me. I felt like crying but in shocked stage.
Luckily I still have my passport.
Hotel staffs were helpful to get a person to send me to and fro the nearest police station to file a police report. I even offered a small tipping to him although he was reluctant to accept. In the police station, there was another tourist who was crying while making her police report too. She was robbed too.
This police report is very important for me to come back Malaysia to redo my identity card without having to pay for penalty. Besides that, it is also useful to claim insurance from the travel insurance that I’ve purchased before the trip.
Chatuchak is also another popular place for bag slashed. The thieves are really professional!
I do hope the local authority there would do something to tighten the security and safety of the popular spots.

Bangkok Day 2 (Wat Arun, Wat Intharawihan, Erawan Shrine, Siam Square One, Terminal 21)

Day 2 weather was good. Warm but not too sunny. We started Day 2 by joining a half day tour to several destinations arranged by the tour agent. We began our journey from hotel to Wat Arun by Van then transferred to pier.

Driving through the bustling city with heavy jams, hence it took us almost 30 minutes to reach the destination.

Located on the west side of Chao Praya River (opposite Tha Thien Pier). Hence a shuttle boat/ferry is required to cross over.

It was just a short distance.

From Sapphan Taksin boat pier you can take a river boat/ferry that stops at pier 8.

Panoramic view from Wat Arun.

The temple is open daily from 08:30 to 17:30.

Front entrance of the “Ordination Hall”. There are two demons, or temple guardian figures.

Apparently, Wat Arun is known as “Temple of Dawn”.

Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple.

The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand’s landmarks and the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple.

Thai King passed away on October 13, 2016. The King was a very respected person. Hence the Thais would mourn for a year before their beloved King was cremated a year later.

The main feature of Wat Arun is its central prang (Khmer-style tower) which is encrusted with colorful porcelain.

For the foreigners, the temple charges an entrance fee of 50 baht.

There were several souvenir stalls in front of this temple. My friend and I stumbled upon this stall which offers rental of Thai traditional costume with photoshoot. The fee was 20 200 baht/person.

From Wat Arun, we were then transferred to Wat Intharawihan. The traveling time was about 20 minutes.

Wat Intharawihan or Wat Intharavihan is a wat located in the Phra Nakhon District of Bangkok.

Every colors (candles) comes with a different meaning/purpose. But all are of good cause.

The main attraction of this temple will be this 32 meters high, 10 meters wide standing Buddha.

The Wat Intharawihan is open daily from 8:30 am until 8 pm. Admission is free.

Coincidentally the temple was having a ceremony. We spotted many monks there.

They also offered free food to the public. The rice in soup was delicious!

We then proceed to gemstone factory. HAHAHA!! I knew this is a trick of every tour. They will anyhow bring us to some buying place. Anyway, we get to watch how a stone is handcrafted into a beautiful gem and made as jewellery.

*Do not ask me if I left this place empty handed. LOL LOL!

Our half day tour ended here. At Erawan Shrine.

Erawan Shrine, is a shrine in Bangkok, Thailand, that houses a statue of Phra Phrom (four-faced Brahma), the Thai representation of the Hindu god of creation Lord Brahma. A popular worship statue that draw people all over the world to do their prayers here.

Road side traders selling birds in cages.

Thai dance performance.

Since Erawan Shrine is located nearby Central World shopping mall, therefore we settled a quick lunch at the Mcdonalds. One thing you must not miss at Bangkok’s McD would be the ‘pork burger’ lar.

Getting to Siam Square One from Erawan Shrine was not tough. Using the skybridge linking from Central World to Siam Square. By foot it take around 10 minutes.

Our intention here was to visit Hello Kitty House Bangkok.

*duck cafe spotted*

This area is more fashionable and also filled with youngsters.

There were flea market going on during our visit. Varieties of selling items. From handcrafts to food.

Our next stop and final stop for the day will be to Terminal 21.

Hoop on to BTS from “Siam” station to “Asok”. The fare is 30 baht. Traveling time was about 15 minutes including some walking.

For tourists, you may collect a ‘tourist privilege card’ from the information counter to enjoy some discount from participating outlets.

Terminal 21 is a one floor one theme shopping mall. The concept is market streets of the world. It is decorated based on well-known streets in cities such as Rome, Paris, Tokyo, London, Istanbul.

1st Floor – Tokyo

4th Floor – San Francisco (City)

Food court is located at 5th floor. It is known as food court Pier 21. You are required to purchase a prepaid card from the assigned counter. The balance money in the card is refundable. There are varieties of food at this food court. However my choice of food court still Siam Paragon’s. 🙂

Since this is a theme mall, even the toilets are designed with themes. Perhaps a toilet hopping at Terminal 21 mall? hehe….

Clothing here are more expensive if you compared them with Platinum Mall.

There goes Day 2. My friend and I, we felt too tired to travel back to our hotel via BTS + walking. Therefore we sat tuk tuk, which was available at the entrance of the mall. Remember to ask the price before getting in.

 

 

Visit Shiroi Koibito Park, Sapporo

Shiroi Koibito Park is a theme park by Ishiya, a local chocolate company. However this theme park doesn’t involve any thrill rides. It is more like a fairy tale world! Of gardens with beautiful flowers, candies, chocolates and European-style Tudor Building.

How to get here:-

By Subway

  • Get off at Miyanosawa Station on the Tozai Subway Line.( Approx. 20 min. from Odori Station )
    ( Approx. 10 min. on foot from Miyanosawa Station )

By Bus

  • From JR Sapporo Bus Terminal ( Otaru direction )
    Get off at the Nishimachi kita 20-chome bus stop. ( Chuo bus or JR bus )
    ( Approx. 10 min. on foot from Miyanosawa Station )

By Car

  • Take the Hokkaido Expressway ( Sapporo Junction ) from New Chitose Airport.
    ( Approx. 10 min. from Shinkawa IC )
    ( Approx. 60 min. from New Chitose Airport to Shiroi Koibito Park. )

The atmosphere in here is totally contrast to the surroundings outside.

There’s no admission fee for this park.

**For areas with admission fees.

I’m pretty sure Children would love this place too. Because there are many areas for them to explore.

The English-style courtyard is filled with colorful roses and the beautiful scenery of rose arches, and a fountain. Some roses bloom later, so the garden is colorful until late October.
About 120 types of 200 stamps of roses, such as the English rose and the classic rose.

But the best time to see more blooms would be during the Summer.

Shiroi Koibito Park housed Shiroi Koibito Factory where this well-known Hokkaido confectionery is produced, the park also has a cafe to allow visitors to savor Ishiya’s original sweets, the Cookiecraft Studio (where you can try making your own Shiroi Koibito cookies).

 

Shiroi Koibito Park is divided into two areas: the large outdoor amusement facilities and the indoor factory tour facilities. However the indoor factory tour requires admission fee. (We skipped the tour and cookie deco)

The Sapporo Automaton Clock Tower, or Gran Meister, stands as the symbol of this park. Every hourly, different characters come out to perform a parade (musical show) known as the Chocolate Carnival for spectators. It’s a must-see!

grand staircase leading us to 2nd floor.

This is where we locate Old-style Children’s ToyBox.

A whole lot of toys collections.

We then head down to the souvenir shop (Tudor House) at 1st floor.

You will not leave home empty handed without visiting the souvenir shop.

Jar of Mix Candy / Jar of Stripe Mix Candy

Large size ( 200g ) : ¥ 1,404

Small size ( 75g ) : ¥ 648

Middle Bag Candy / Small Bag Candy

Middle bag ( 60g ) ¥ 432 ( Incl. Tax )

Small bag ( 30g ) ¥ 216


You can purchase these colorful and lovely candies from Candy Labo.

Besides purchasing them, you can also get the opportunity to see candy artisans make a variety of designs by combining differently colored candies.

photo from web

What is the specialty here?

Langue de chat

A langue de chat is a french baked cookie with a light texture that easily melts in your mouth. The dough is made by mixing equal amounts of sugar and butter that has softened at room temperature, and adding flour, egg white and vanilla. The dough is formed into long, thin bars and baked in the oven.

photo from web

You can also get your favorite photo to be printed on the cookie tin.

36-cookie tin ¥3,075(incl. tax, with photo)

54-cookie tin ¥4,345(incl. tax, with photo)

A box of “Mi-Fu-Yu” which I purchased here.

6 pc : ¥ 761 ( Incl. tax ) 12 pc : ¥ 1,522 ( Incl. tax )

It is a wafer biscuit coated with milky chocolate, which tasted good!We also met Pepper, the humanoid robot. Kids got fascinated seeing Pepper.

Soft serve ice cream, a popular dessert here. Priced at ¥ 300, served in a cone. The milky and creamy soft serve ice cream here, I gotta be honest….I felt that the Mcdonald’s soft serve ice cream is much creamier! 😀 Sorry…..

We had our Ice Cream from Takeout counter at Tudor House. But if you want to enjoy your ice cream with scenery, you can do it at Courtyard Shirakaba Station. Unfortunately it was raining, therefore we had to settled it indoor.

Other than that, you can also have your meal at Restaurant Owls, with views over Consadole Sapporo’s training field.

this walkway is so romantic.

Some random flowers I shot here. Felt so romantic surrounded with beautiful flowers.

Bringing home some sweet memories, I would say that the Garden is breathtaking and spectacular. If you are a garden person and loves a relaxing place, you can consider including this place into your itinerary. Otherwise, you may skip it. Besides that, I also enjoyed taking photos of every nice spots.

Shiroi Koibito Park

Address:Miyanosawa 2-jo 2-chome, Nishi-ku, Sapporo 063-0052
Opening Hours:-
Factory Tour of Shiroi Koibito

9:00~18:00 ( Last admittance / 17:00 )

Souvenir Shop

9:00~19:00

Website: www.shiroikoibitopark.jp/english