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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Roller-Coasters, Mt Fuji and Okunomiyaki

Was in Japan on 8~12 Sept, courtesy of E's mileage points + amex rewards points :D

7 Sept
Didnt sleep a wink on the red-eye SG-Tokyo. watched 4 movies. *yawn*

8 Sept
hit Hakone immediately upon arrival, and checked into a 7-storey traditional-style hotel with a public bath, private bath for couple or family, breakfast (7 course) and dinner (12 course) included. was too tired, rested.

9 Sept
took a train to Fujikyu Highlands, tried all the attractions and spent the WHOLE day there.

world's faster roller coaster
at 176km/h. you absolutely feel the g-force as they shoot you out of the tunnel. they didnt allow E to wear his glasses, and i had to take off my wollen skullcap. it went by so fast, up and down the tip, that by the time you scream, the ride is over. bad part was we waited 1hr 40min for this ride, which was over in 60sec.

Funny bit was everybody clapped their hands BEFORE and AFTER the ride. maybe the BEFORE was to build up courage (but please lah, already strapped in and moving off liao, no courage also cannot get off laaaaah), and the AFTER was for nobody died. :p

world's highest roller coaster
at 79m. it was the scariest ride, because there were 4 peaks, and darn long with unexpected twists and turns, at some points, we were practically horizontal from the side. i kept thinking "are we done yet?" "what ya mean there's MOOOOORrrreeee, ahhhhhh~"

red tower
kinda like a bungi with seats. you go up sitting facing out, waiting there with you legs hanging out (cos only the bums are supported), and then suddenly FREEEEE-FALLLLLL! it was so fast that i was lifted off my seat and was held on only by my safety harnest.

the pizza
this was the most exhireating ride. basically a pendulum with a wheel at the end, with pp seat facing out, the wheel turns round and round while the arm swings like a pendulum. one sec you are up and then you turn and swish, you are at the side and going up and back up.

haunted hospital (pics not allowed)
The longest walk of a haunted house. Scary. the show begins right outside the main gate of the hospital, a crazy looking unkempt hospital attendent sweeps the floor in his white uniform with red splash stains. then you are directed to the main hospital hall, the smell of antiseptic and dust hits you before you adjust to the low light. you sit down for an explanation of the rules (in jap), warning of visitors who have weak hearts to NOT continue. a screening of the history of the hospital in the waiting room. bangings from under the floor. screams.

you queue up for the walk behind curtains. it swings violently and you let out an involuntary scream when you see a nurse in gothic uniform shoves a small torchlight into your hand and urges you on. you pass by the operating theater (beep beep BEEEEEP!), wards, go upstairs, nursery (with babies in bottles), counters, dentist (lots of blood splatter, restraints on the chair), downstairs, kitchen (body parts in pots), store (body bags and parts hanging), upstairs, prayer room (a corpse that is disturbed). scary. cos you dont know what is waiting for you at the next corner.

E and I walked arm in arm (not hand in hand hor), sharing the weak light from the torch (which had to be returned half way). hospital attendants and ghosts and crazy patients jumping out when you least expect it.

2 that scared us the most:
1) we walked past what looked a very real looking dummy just inside a door, expecting it to move but it didnt, loud sounds on our left, and then the dummy JUMPS. ARRRRRRGGGGGHHHH
2) we thot the walk will never end when we came to the last corridor and daylight streaming in at the end. a crazy patient comes after us, we walked faster, and then ANOTHER patient jumps, scream and run... ARRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH. (and then when we told our Jap friends about this part, they said that it is indeed true and famous that pp have met real ghosts there, especially in autumn. thank goodness they didnt tell us BEFORE)

crazy mouse
this is like a kiddy roller coaster ride. not too tall or long, but it jerks violently and has the least safety harness, so we got thrown every which way and got bruised hips. perhaps the fatter pp will have less prob, but then, got fat pp in Japan one meh?

flying swing
i suppose the most romantic ride for me. free, relaxing and easy, not scary even tho it was very high. some pp have to leave their shoes and slipper on the ground :D funny.

ferris wheel
longest and most boring ride. only excitement was that we got BEEPed at when i stood up to take pic of the roller coasters. ;p

went back to hotel for a satisfying bathe and dinner. but before that, a side story, E thot he lost his wallet, but then he didnt. heng*

10 Sept

went to mt. fuji 5th step. glorious day, no clouds and the peak could be seen clearly. beautiful.

back to tokyo

had okunomiyaki and maja (sorta wet version of okunomiyaki) for tea time (weird huh?) at "okunomiyaki street" and the restuarant we had it was supposed to be #6 in ranking. HA. yum. only prob is we didnt have beer with it, in consideration of the poor designated driver friend. :(

went to tokyo bay area to look around at the newest shopping center there. cant remember the name, something to do with the seas/ boats/ shore/ coasts *&^#$#)!

E & I decided to have dinner from takeaway from Jap version of 7-11. ha. i couldnt read allll the words, and we ended up with rice with salmon, rice with plum, salad, ice cream which we wanted, and what we thot to be fried chicken pieces (E wanted the smaller pieces, say will be more crispy instead of the bigger pieces pack i chose which i knew to be chicken kurage), ended up the smaller pieces were chicken CARTILEDGE kurage. HAHAHA


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