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Sungai Lembing things to do

Things To Do @ Sungai Lembing, Pahang, Malaysia

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ Refer to earlier blogging about her participation to Program Jejak El-Dorado Timur by Muzium Sungai Lembing. Yes, SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has just resumed her holidays within her own home country under the new norm way due to global health pandemic ๐Ÿš—๐ŸšŒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ This time she would like to sharing about her recent 2๏ธโƒฃD1๏ธโƒฃN trip to Sungai Lembing, Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ

Historically, Sungai Lembing was a rich town because of used to be main producer of tin in Pahang, Malaysia. The history of underground tin mining has started since it was intensively managed by the Pahang Consolidated Company Limited (PCCL), a British company in 1906 till being liquidated in 1986

It was known as the El Dorado of the East ie. A Village of the English community. It’s being revitalized as a heritage tourism attraction with the opening of Muzium Sungai Lembing

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So, let’s check out where are the places to visit ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“, things to do, local foods to enjoy & hotel accommodation at Sungai Lembing from her trip ya ๐ŸŽ’๐Ÿ˜ƒ

SiennyLovesDrawing & her travelmates had a safe comfy approximately 3.5 hours bus ride to & from Kuala Lumpur to Sungai Lembing, Kuantan, Pahang with bus transport service by Khalifakota Travel (๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/Khalifakota.Travel.Sdn.Bhd/ ) led by Mr Imraan. Then, four-wheel drive (4WD) exciting journey with Sungai Lembing Recreation to visit Sungai Lembing places listed below (๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/sungailembing.tour )

Places To Visit & Things To Do

1. Muzium Sungai Lembing

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ Finally she ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป is back here, this would be her 3rd visit if not mistaken. This museum is housed in an old bungalow once used by the mine manager & it houses a collection of underground mining artifacts

Slowly walking & reading the details of each exhibits in this museum making you understand greater of the view memorabilia & history about the tin mining days

Admission fee ๐ŸŽŸ is required โœ… & it may be FOC subjects to the final decision of the museum management as it will be on partial closure after Raya while it undergoing an upgrade of its artifacts exhibition with usage of technology then, read more via ๐ŸŒ https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2022/04/02/program-jejak-el-dorado-timur-sungai-lembing-pahang-malaysia-2022/

Her happy exploring Muzium Sungai Lembing TikTok clip captured via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSdrHreP5/

In particularly, she loves the underground tin mines model exhibited in this museum, do check out her TikTok clip captured via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSdrHmadB/, it was nicely done with very detailed artwork to showcase the situation of the underground tin mine

Address๐Ÿ“: Jalan Muzium, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Kuantan, Pahang, West Malaysia
Operation hours๐Ÿ•›: 9am – 5pm (Except 1st Monday of each month)
Website ๐ŸŒ: http://www.jmm.gov.my/en/museum/sungai-lembing-museum
FB: https://www.facebook.com/sungailembingmuseum/

2. Sungai Lembing Historical Tin Mines

During this recent visit, it was closed for continuous maintenance by its management, Kuantan Municipal Council (aka Majlis Bandaraya Kuantan) to ensure the safety of this underground tin mines for visitors. Do check out whether it has reopen during your trip ya

It’s the largest underground tin mine in the world ๐ŸŒŽ Actually parts of it has been refurbished as a museum for its visitors to enter the network of underground old mine tunnels which spans over 785km to observe & view the extensive collection of mining equipment that was used back in the days eg. tin samples, drilling machines, safety helmets, railway tracks & furniture from the mine managerโ€™s office etc.

Also to enjoy a tram ride to enter into the tin mine tunnels

Admission fee ๐ŸŽŸ is required โœ…

Her last visit in 2018 story via ๐ŸŒ https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2018/11/22/mita-productive-business-networking-pahang/ & tweets thread via ๐Ÿ“Œ๐ŸŒ https://twitter.com/SiennyLovesDraw/status/1056839707177283584

Address๐Ÿ“: Jalan Tanah Putih, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Kuantan, Pahang, West Malaysia

๐Ÿ“Œ https://maps.app.goo.gl/U26KRVo6x7qfURSm7

FB: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=511072778939518

3. Sunrise Hill (AKA Panorama Hill) ๆž—ๆ˜Žๅฑฑ โ›ฐ๏ธ

1 of the things must do at Sungai Lembing is to wake up early morning & hike up to Panorama Hill 400m for sunrise ๐ŸŒ„

She took a 4WD ride with friends to be up this round , can check out the tour services by Sungai Lembing Recreation

Absolutely love the beautiful breathtaking ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ sunrise panorama view shrouded by the morning mist & breathe in fresh cool air

Last time, she has hike by foot ๐Ÿฆถ๐Ÿ‘ฃ on the stairs going up the hill, only small sections are without the staircase. So, do bring a torch light for your early morning hike. Usually approximately 30mins to 45 mins hiking journey to reach the summit for amazing sunrise scenery

Free ๐Ÿ†“ admission

Address๐Ÿ“: Kampung Kuala Kenau, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Kuantan, Pahang, West Malaysia
FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bukit-Panorama-Hill-Top-%E6%9E%97%E6%98%8E%E5%B1%B1%E9%A1%B6/169658876424845 & https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunrise-Hill-Sg-Lembing-Pahang/106627994462324

๐Ÿ“Œ https://maps.app.goo.gl/BwfgFyn49hTBgnkF7

4. Sungai Lembing Old Market Square

It’s nice to take sight in the surroundings of where the Chinese clan houses are located. Can shopping for souvenirs eg. coconut biscuits, sugar-glazed buttery crispy egg crullers from here to bring back home ๐Ÿก

There are plenty of good food to enjoy here, do continue read on the food section below ๐Ÿ˜€

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.At here, you sure will not miss out the 1st digital petrol pump โ›ฝ in Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ

Yes โœ…, Sungai Lembing was very advanced due to its tin mines industry at that time, this small town actually owned it’s own digital petrol pump โ›ฝ, cinema with latest movies ๐Ÿฟ ๐ŸŽฅ, duty free brands shopping ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐Ÿ›’ etc.

Address๐Ÿ“: Jalan Besar, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Kuantan, Pahang, West Malaysia

๐Ÿ“Œย  https://maps.app.goo.gl/jqutD7MwDPoD2GWQ9

5. Sungai Jin aka Sungai Jing

On the way down from Sunrise Hill, your 4WD will passing by Sungai Jing picnic area, worth to stop by to enjoy a picnic meal, fishing or a river swimming here

Locals love to spend time here with family members especially weekends

Free ๐Ÿ†“ admission

๐Ÿ“Œย  https://goo.gl/maps/5rnJimEBbtzwyeJG8

6. Pasir Puteri FKA Pasir Kubur

Visitors can park its vehicles just by the river side & then enjoy picnic, river bathing etc.

Locals love to spend time here with family members during weekends at Pasir Puteri, a nice picnic area to chill, relax while enjoy fishing as well as river bathing

Vehicle parking fee is required

๐Ÿ“Œ https://maps.app.goo.gl/yKYiezJuaBBzUVTi7

7. Kolong Pahat Hanging Bridge ๆž—ๆ˜ŽๅŠๆกฅ ๐ŸŒ‰

Definitely not to be missed when visiting Sungai Lembing

Let’s feel the thrill from the mild tremble of this sturdy 200-year-old wooden suspension ๐ŸŒ‰ bridges which connect residential areas on the other side of the river to the main town

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It’s still strong & well maintained, though being repaired several times by the Kuantan Municipal Council

Free ๐Ÿ†“ admission

Address๐Ÿ“: 377, Lorong Pahat, Kampung Kolong Pahat, 26200 Sg Lembing, Kuantan, Pahang, West Malaysia.

๐Ÿ“Œย  https://maps.app.goo.gl/BRwaxcAgUMFp9Kr7A

8. Kolong Pahat tin mine tunnels using the “pahat” way

Just keep walking down from the entrance to the hanging bridge for 10mins, you will notice 3 tin mines tunnels at the road side

During her recent trip, Pak Tam , ex-staff with underground tin mines company actually has shared that these old tunnels were created manually using the “pahat” way ie. with chisel & each is not deep inside as compared to the underground tin mines. Chisel is a tool with a characteristically shaped cutting edge of blade on its end, for carving or cutting a hard material eg. stone by hand, struck with a mallet, or mechanical power. The handle & blade of some types of chisel are made of metal or of wood with a sharp edge in it

Free ๐Ÿ†“ admission

9. Indigenous Village ~ Kampung Mas

While on the way down from Sunrise Hill, you will passing by this indigenous village on your way to Sungai Jin picnic area, it’s managed by Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli (JKOA)

The majority of indigenous people here are puak Batik & puak Jakun as shared by her 4WD driver from Sungai Lembing Recreeation team

It offers exhilarating pursuits to learn the living cultures eg. blow piping, visiting the unique bamboo house & etc.

๐Ÿ“Œย  https://goo.gl/maps/nMc5GyZJC3aFMXzV7

10. Charas Cave

During the bus journey, 1 of the tour guides has shared briefly about this cave & SiennyLovesDrawing would like to share it here so she can personally visit it in the future

It’s a limestone cave complex with interesting geological structures of stalagmites & stalactites & a large reclining Buddha statue. The other side of the cave leads to an opening which provides a great view of the surrounding countryside

Address๐Ÿ“: Jalan Gua Charas, 26090 Kuantan, Pahang, West Malaysia

๐Ÿ“Œย  https://goo.gl/maps/qvtuaKrvJ3Pfqyq7A

Food ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿคค

1. Sungai Lembing Hawker Centre

It’s always crowded ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ซ Most of the visitors to Panorama Hill will enjoy breakfast at here ya

Must enjoy the tomatoes sauce noodles ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿœ served with fragrant Cantonese fried charred aroma topped with sweet & tangy tomato sauce

Also the Mee Jawa, Sister Fong mountain-water tofu, tau foo fah etc.

After meals, you may visit the Thien Hou Temple which just opposite the hawker centre. The “Mazu” statue is certified as the biggest “Mazu” in the Malaysia Book of Record in year 2019. More info via ๐ŸŒ https://persatuanhainansglembing.org.my/

OR can consider to walk to visit the nearby 3D Gallery Sungai Lembing, ๐ŸŒ https://3d-gallery-sg-lembing.business.site/

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Address๐Ÿ“: Jalan Besar, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Kuantan, Pahang, West Malaysia
๐Ÿ“Œย  https://maps.app.goo.gl/jqutD7MwDPoD2GWQ9

2. Kedai Kopi Salmah

A must try for its nasi lemak, kuih muih & hot coffee

SiennyLovesDrawing personally loves the nasi lemak here as the spicy sambal is sweet tasty to enjoy & not spicy, yum max ๐Ÿ˜€

Address๐Ÿ“: 73, Jalan Besar, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Kuantan, Pahang, West Malaysia

๐Ÿ“Œ https://maps.app.goo.gl/CKexMuh9MwwoJvHQ9

3. Sg Lembing Noodles & Beancurd Pudding

The only shop cum factory that still produces the famous Sungai Lembing noodles & beancurd pudding aka “tau foo fah”. A must stopping by to enjoy refreshing smooth tasty beancurd pudding under hot sunny day

Guess what??

It’s now being operating by the 3rd generation & still serving tasty springy handmade noodles without preservatives

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Highly recommended!! She loves the noodle textures that just so delicious to chew on by just mixing the noodles with soya sauce & fish balls

Address๐Ÿ“: No. 376, Kolong Pahat 26200 Sungai Lembing, Kuantan, Pahang, West Malaysia
๐Ÿ“Œ https://maps.app.goo.gl/Yv8V6ZADGZdTCUQy6

4. Sg Lembing Coconut Biscuit Factory

This is the famous Sungai Lembing coconut biscuits by Mun Heng Bakery that all visitors will buy as souvenirs from Sungai Lembing

Guess what?

It’s now operating by the 4th generation of the family continue to bake this delicious crunchy biscuit

It’s a good match to enjoy with Kopi O, if you’re a coffee lover ya

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Address๐Ÿ“: No. AB-41, Kampung Tengah, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Kuantan, Pahang, West Malaysia

FB: https://www.facebook.com/%E6%9E%97%E6%98%8E%E6%B0%91%E9%A6%99%E6%A4%B0%E9%A5%BC-106879252677648/

5. Mee Jawa

SiennyLovesDrawing has heard about the famous mee jawa & must try while travelling to Sg Lembing, however she missed the chance as 1 of the famous mee jawa stall ~ Mee Jawa Pokyeh which near her stay at Jasa Resort was closed during her recent trip

The mee jawa serves here is slightly different from the usual mee jawa

Hmm…Will keep it for her next Sg Lembing trip to enjoy tasting then

๐Ÿ“Œ https://maps.app.goo.gl/SGAt35ohgBxzUkE49

6. Laksa Gebok

A special thanks to Muzium Sg Lembing team that served Laksa Gebok aka Laksa Pahang as 1 of the afternoon tea meal during the program & SiennyLovesDrawing got a chance to try this laksa

It serves with soft texture noodle, creamy coconut milk gravy which fine blended with sardine fish & spicy sambal (Optional) to enjoy

Address๐Ÿ“: Kampung Seberang Kuala Kenau, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Kuantan, Pahang, West Malaysia

Hotel Accommodation ๐Ÿข

1. Jada Resort

SiennyLovesDrawing & her room mate enjoyed their comfy 1 night stay in a spacious room in this resort

Guess what?

The famous mee jawa stall ~ Mee Jawa Pokyeh that the local people loves it actually within walking distance from this resort. This resort offers water sport, kayaking, team building activities etc. upon booking in advance

Address๐Ÿ“: Lot 1222, Kampung Kuala Kenau, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Kuantan, Pahang, West Malaysia
FB: https://www.facebook.com/people/Jasa-Resort-Sg-Lembing/100057174051966/

2. Lake Castle ๐Ÿฐ

SiennyLovesDrawing actually noted about this lake castle while passing by its main gate while on the way up to the Sunrise Hill with 4WD

So, when she googled about it & found out that it’s a beautiful resort to opt for, so list it here & also for her future visit

Address๐Ÿ“: A205, Jln Sungai Arang, Kampung Jeram Takar, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Pahang, West Malaysia
FB: https://www.facebook.com/lakecastle.resort/

So, when are you travelling to visit Sungai Lembing?

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SiennyLovesDrawing Sabah travel bucket list

#FlyMeToSabah Bucket List To Tick Off

Updated 14 April 2022, 5.40pm ~ So so sad that SiennyLovesDrawing only won the 1st 20 entries for this contest ๐Ÿ˜ญ She has tried very best, hope that she can be part of media member with Sabah Tourism, refer winner announcement post via ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=347716010722356&set=a.224387169721908&type=3 ~

Hey ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป all, SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป got to know about the #flymetoSabah โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ›ซ contest hosted by Sabah Tourism Board very recently from her participation in the March #SabahChats via ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/siennyyong/posts/1720355908139397 & it triggers her travel memories ๐Ÿ’ญ @ Sabah & actually urge her travel wish to join in to try her luck to be 1๏ธโƒฃ of the winner ( Fingers crossed ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป as the last winner to be announced on 14 Apr) to realise her dream ๐Ÿ’ญ to continue explore & tick off her โœ…SABAH bucket list in Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ

๐ŸŒ https://tourism.sabah.gov.my/news/newsdetails/fly-me-to-sabah-offers-opportunities-to-experience-sabah-bucket-list-holidays

๐ŸŒ https://flymetosabah.sabahtourism.com/

So, here a blog post to sharing in detailed about SiennyLovesDrawing ‘s virtual letter to Sabah Tourism #flymetoSabah ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโœ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’Œ๐Ÿ“ฌ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป


Dear Sabah Tourism,

Yes, Sienny Yong aka SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป would like to explore more about Sabah & Sarawak in the future which both made Malaysia owns the 25% of Borneo’s land. Borneo, the 3๏ธโƒฃrd largest island ๐Ÿ๏ธ in the world ๐ŸŒŽ & divided between 3 countries ie. Indonesia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ , Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ & Brunei ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ

Once upon a time…

Still recalled her 1๏ธโƒฃst fly to Sabah was right after her university graduation ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ“ & as a graduation celebration ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฅณ trip to reward herself by opting for a hike to Mt Kinabalu (Mt KK) โ›ฐ๏ธ (aka Akinabalu by the local Sabahan people), it’s her 1๏ธโƒฃst hiking ๐Ÿฅพ trip, also to explore Malaysia’s 1๏ธโƒฃst heritage site, Kinabalu Park. Hmm…It was really long long ago & at that time she has got no social media platforms to show off her summit photo with her full colour certificate at that time ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ She was hike up with Mesilau route, it’s with beautiful scenery, though slightly longer journey as compared to the route she opted to go down, Timpohon route, a stairs alike route & not comfortable for her tiring legs back then. Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ Her beautiful colour certificate is nicely kept in the safety deposit box with a local bank ๐Ÿฆ now, 1๏ธโƒฃ of her precious achievements in life โœจ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Then, her 2๏ธโƒฃnd fly to Sabah was as a volunteer to collect & supply stationeries & teaching to some Bajau Laut kids at the rural sea nomad villages of Semporna Island ๐Ÿ๏ธ Still recalled the chalet hotel that she stayed was being flooded due to a heavy rain ๐ŸŒง๏ธ storm & the rising level of sea ๐ŸŒŠ water at that time. She joined her other volunteers together with the chalet staffs to clean up the chalets surrounding. The pure hearts & smiles of the rural kids still warm kept in her heart โค๏ธ It was a memorable weeks spent with the local Sabahan kids & people, sure the kids have all grown up healthily now. Interactions with local people is what SiennyLovesDrawing enjoys & treasures the most, valuable juicy life stories, learning more about local living, cultures etc. Absolutely precious ๐Ÿ’•

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These 2๏ธโƒฃ travels to Sabah shared above were happened when she has yet to start her lifestyle blogging here at that time, also she wasn’t active in social media postings too

Then her blogging passion here โœ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป got noticed & received honourable media invitation ๐Ÿ“ง to join the Malaysia Inbound Tourism Association (MITA) business networking 3๏ธโƒฃD2๏ธโƒฃN trip in 2018. 3๏ธโƒฃrd fly to Sabah to explore & then shared her travel stories about the eco tourism at Sabah, read more via ๐ŸŒ https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2018/12/17/6-eco-tourism-must-see-in-sabah-malaysian-borneo/ & ๐Ÿ“Œ๐ŸŒ https://twitter.com/SiennyLovesDraw/status/1070869540232286208

She was truly amazed & proud as Malaysian because Dairy Farm ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฎ in Kundasang, Sabah making her really like being at a farm in New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ

So, Sabah Tourism, please #flymetoSabah

Now & future…

What’s SiennyLovesDrawing’s โœ…SABAH bucket listโ“โ‰๏ธ

โœ…Steam train with North Borneo Railway along the tracks from Tanjung Aru, through Kinarut to arrive at the Rice Bowl of Sabah, Papar to enjoy views of the paddy fields, traditional village homes on stilts & buffaloes as a train ๐Ÿš‚ travel lover. Ohh ya…Do you all remembered the famous Malaysian produced movie ~ Ola Bola โšฝโ“โ‰๏ธ SiennyLovesDrawing wanna enjoy the Tenom – Beaufort jungle train ๐Ÿš‚ ride as a train ๐Ÿš‚ travel lover which it was being captured in that movie & to enjoy the ride with the local communities in the old train cabin seating area. Then, to taste Tenom coffee โ˜• as a coffee lover. More info via ๐ŸŒ https://railtravelstation.com/sabah-state-railway/

โœ…Adrenaline canopy walks in Danum Valley Rainforest ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ to observe see Sabah’s wildlife in its most biodiverse jungle as a nature lover ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒณ by walking about 300m through a 130-million-year-old ancient forest on a suspension bridge 26m off the ground ie. Approximately the height of a 6-story building OR 363m high & 620m length canopy walkway aka Rainforest Skywalk @ Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sandakan

โœ…Beaufort bridge ๐ŸŒ‰ & enjoy Beaufort Mee is Chinese-style fried home-made local yellow noodles from Beaufort, served with choice of meat or seafood & fresh vegetables as a love local eats ๐Ÿ˜‹ traveller

โœ…Amazing milkyway galaxy โœจ๐Ÿ’ซ๐ŸŒƒ at Tegudon Tourism Village & Lasau Podi at Kota Belud. Or a hike up to Marangang hill top with a great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป view of Mt KK at Kundasang. Even at the peak of Mt KK โ›ฐ๏ธ

โœ…Hanging bridge at Mt Kinabalu (Mt KK) โ›ฐ๏ธ ie. The world ๐ŸŒŽ highest via Ferrata with a system of a balance beams & suspension bridges, hill paragliding @ Kokol Hill, Kinabalu OR Ranau Paragliding Park ๐Ÿž๏ธ๐ŸŒ„, https://instagram.com/montkskybike @ Mt KK & parasailing @ Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Yes โœ…, to explore more ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ’ & tick off the 7 districts in

โœ…S ~ as a train travel lover

โœ…A ~ as a nature lover with green surrounding

โœ…B ~as a local foodie

โœ…A ~ as a milkyway galaxy admirer

โœ…H ~ as an adventure explorer

bucket list as shared in above paragraphs (Especially those in Italics) ie. Beaufort, Keningau, Kuala Penyu, Nabawan, Sipitang, Tambunan & Tenom. More info via ๐ŸŒ https://www.sabahtourism.com/division/interior/

SiennyLovesDrawing Sabah travel bucket list

During her โœ…SABAH explore mentioned above ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ’, being a typical local foodie, she would like to enjoy a taste of local food in Sabah eg. Sweet crunchy kuih cincin (Will be grabbing a lot as souvenirs to bring back for her own snacks, family members & friends to enjoy), hinava (A sliced mackerel fish with chilies, onion, ginger & lime juice), latok (A seaweed with cili padi, lime & sambal belacan), Ngiu Chap, Tuaran Mee, Tamparuli Mee & many more from her interactions with local Sabahan people then ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Not just that, if time permits, during her #flymetoSabah trip, she wishes especially to exploring more of below ~ will continue updating this blog post for her next Sabah travels preparation

โœ…The rural tourism, more info via ๐ŸŒ https://www.sabahtourism.com/rural/, Kg. Sunsuron, Tambunan with more than 90% of its area is covered in rolling hills, plains & mountains ๐Ÿž๏ธโ›ฐ๏ธ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ & the community-based tourism @ Bingkor which currently in developing progress, read more via ๐ŸŒ https://www.sabahtourism.com/press-release/developing-tourism-in-the-interior-of-sabah/

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โœ… Tungog Rainforest Eco Camp, Kinabatangan (Camping stay ๐Ÿ•๏ธโ›บ)

โœ… Kinabatangan River Cruise

Virtual letter to Sabah Tourism #flymetoSabah

โœ… The Tip Of Borneo @ Simpang Mengayau, Kudat

โœ… Tindakon Dazang beachโ€™s cliff, Kudat

โœ… Murut Cultural Centre, Keningau
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โœ… Campsite P. Riui @ Sg Padas, Tenom & to enjoy the long hanging bridge that local Sabahan communities actually using in their daily commute ๐Ÿ‘ฃ to Panggi (Camping stay ๐Ÿ•๏ธโ›บ)

โœ… Polumpung Melangkap Campsite @ Kadamaian, Kota Belud to learn how the 2015 earthquake actually changed the landscape & made the village as a new ๐Ÿ†• riverside attraction in Sabah (Camping stay ๐Ÿ•๏ธโ›บ)

โœ… To explore the natural grandeur of the Taralamas River Canyon @ Kg. Tiang Lama of Ranau with river trekking experience to uncover the local flora & fauna as a nature lover

โœ… Mantanani Island is surrounding by mesmerizing clear turquoise waters & with amazing view of Mount Kinabalu

โœ… Rundum Highland @ Tenom, more info via ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community/rundumHighlands/

โœ… Umea Glam Kundasang (A unique staycation)

โœ… Pagoda Ling San @ Tuaran

โœ… Upside Down House @ Tamparuli

โœ… Endangered species ~ Sepilok Orang Utan, Sun Bear Conservation Centre & Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary to learn more about these endangered species & efforts being made to get them off the endangered lists

โœ… Gomantong Cave, largest cave in Sabah. Black Cave & White Cave (With inaccessible terrain, slightly challenging)

โœ… Floating walking @ Pulau Pasir Timbul (Pulau Terapung/ Pitas Floating Island), Kampung Malubang, Pitas, Sabah

โœ… To enjoy a unique natural volcanic mud spa @ Pulau Tiga

โœ… Ohh ya…If you’re into diving & love sending postcard, do send SiennyLovesDrawing (Typical postcard collector) a postcard from this underwater post box, 1st of its kind in Malaysia ya โ˜บ๏ธ

After attended the FB live @ 6 April 2022 by Ms Grace Leong via ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/siennyyong/posts/1728521580656163 , she would like to spend an early afternoon to enjoy slow walking & exploring the heritage @ oldest streets like Gaya street (FKA Bond street), Beach street & more in KK town, also to enjoy tasting the local food eg. Coconut pandan, satay jawi, roti kahwin etc. Also to enjoy the Api Api night food market @ Gaya street, 6pm to 12am every Friday & Saturday ๐Ÿ˜€

To visit & observe the baby turtles release to sea within months of June to Sept @ Lankayan Island , special thanks to her reader (IG sunstylefiles) who commented on her IG reel post about this island via ๐ŸŒ https://www.instagram.com/p/CcHCqKNBsa6/ . If you’re a diver & reading here, this beautiful tropical island in the Sulu Sea & Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area (SIMCA) is 1 of the famous diving spots in Sabah, Malaysia ๐Ÿ˜€ More info via ๐ŸŒ https://www.sabahtourism.com/destination/lankayan-island/

Regards,

Sienny aka SiennyLovesDrawing

Please #flymetoSabah this typical travel lover & local foodie content creator with https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/ to share more about her โœ…SABAH bucket list tick off & Malaysia places ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ


More exciting Sabah tourism updates via ๐ŸŒ https://twitter.com/sabahtourism/

Travel info to Sabah wef. 1 Apr 2022 via ๐ŸŒ https://www.sabahtourism.com/alert/

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Program Jejak El-Dorado Timur @ Sungai Lembing, Pahang, Malaysia

Program Jejak El-Dorado Timur @ Sungai Lembing, Pahang, Malaysia

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has just participated the Program Jejak El-Dorado Timur @ Sungai Lembing, Pahang, Malaysia with media invitation received from Tourism Malaysia Wilayah Timur & Muzium Sg Lembing. A special thank you for this honorable media invitation ๐Ÿ“ง to her & she has gained much more information about tin mines history in Sg Lembing, also a privilege chance to hear direct from Pakcik Tam, an ex-worker with the undergroud tin mine company named The Pahang Consolidated Company Limited (PCCL) as a underground lift operator

The main objectives of this program is to establish closer cooperation ๐Ÿค๐Ÿป between Tourism Malaysia, Sungai Lembing Museum ๐Ÿ›๏ธ together with the Tourism agency partners & the media members to promoting domestic tourism, especially Sungai Lembing, Pahang. All participants of this program are required to complete their full vaccination, including booster ๐Ÿ’‰with proof of vaccination certificate granted in MySejahtera app ๐Ÿ“ฒ

It also aims to introducing to all participants about the local tourism products available in Sungai Lembing, Pahang which are all rich in historical heritage values, arts & cultures, as well as its nature beauty. The involvement of travel agencies is also expected to develop more attractive local tourism packages in an effort to further increasing โฌ†๏ธ tourist arrivals to Sungai Lembing, Pahang in particular, & of course the whole state of Pahang in general, with the recent announcement of re-opening the Malaysian border from 1 April onwards ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ

SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปhas been to Sg Lembing many many years ago, it feels great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป to be back here to get to know more about this tourist destination after the waves of global health pandemic. She would like to sharing this round about what she has done during this 2๏ธโƒฃD1๏ธโƒฃN program participation with Muzium Sungai Lembing, Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ, as well as sharing about the things to do in her next sharing, do stay tuned ya ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜

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This program has started the travelling journey by a sharp departure at 8am from Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) with a great comfy bus transport service by Khalifakota Travel (๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/Khalifakota.Travel.Sdn.Bhd/ ) which led by Mr Imraan. All participants ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿป๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿป actually arrive on time for this exciting program participation ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐ŸšŒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป at event space, Muzium Sg Lembing

A smooth safe bus ๐ŸšŒ journey to arrive at event space, Muzium Sg Lembing at 11.35am & being warmly welcome by representative from Tourism Malaysia Wilayah Timur & Muzium Sg Lembing, Ms Fauziah ๐Ÿง•๐Ÿผ All participants respectively with SOP compliance of social distancing, MySejahtera app scan, participants registration, goodies bag collection & then being seated for the program

The program has kick started with awesome amazing state of Pahang, Malaysia traditional dance performances by dancers from Jabatan Kebudayaan Dan Kesenian Negara (JKKN), followed by opening ceremony by the management of Jabatan Muzium Malaysia & Muzium Sg Lembing with Mr Razaimi Hamat & Mr Peterson Augustine, also token appreciation ceremony by Ms Zuraini Abdul Ghani, the Director of Tourism Malaysia Wilayah Timur

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Next, all participants are invited for lunch, then check in for a comfy clean accommodation @ Jasa Resort ๐Ÿข ( ๐Ÿ“Lot 1222, Kampung Kuala Kenau, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Pahang & ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/people/Jasa-Resort-Sg-Lembing/100057174051966/)

Then, all participants will travel back to the museum again to participate exciting activities organised by the management of Muzium Sg Lembing

There are 4 groups of participants with 4 or 5 members each to complete below group assignments by scanning a QR code & online submission upon completion while exploring the artifacts exhibited in this museum

โœ… A list of quiz questionsโ“ ~ Tips given are all answers can be found within the artifacts gallery in the museum, absolutely a fun way to explore this museum ๐Ÿ˜€

โœ… Word search ๐Ÿ”Ž ~ Tips given are all answers can be found within the artifacts gallery in the museum, absolutely a fun way to explore this museum ๐Ÿ˜€

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Ohh ya…Insider news sharing ๐Ÿ˜€ Mr Peter Augustine has shared that in coming months, this museum will be undergoing an upgrade of its artifacts exhibition. There are many more artifacts collected that the museum needs to exhibit them for all its visitors. This upgrade aims to have more digital savvy, ie. Each artifacts with a short caption displayed, then with a QR code for the visitors to scan & then learning more of each artifacts details. That’s a brilliant ideas. He has added that during this upgrade, the museum will remain open, however partially of the museum, the management is still in the discussion whether the entrance fee will be free during this upgrade period, so check out their FB page for more updates. SiennyLovesDrawing is so looking forward to revisit this museum after its artifacts upgrade then to share more with you all ya ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜

โœ… Learn & perform traditional dance steps ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿป ~ It’s fun enjoyable to learn & dance with team mates, so much laughter, lol ๐Ÿ˜› Special thanks to all JKKN dancers who patiently guided us during this cultural workshop. Do check out her TikTok clip captured via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSd2qg8EH/

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โœ… Win Lose or Draw โœ๐Ÿป ~ SiennyLovesDrawing has volunteered herself to draw & amazingly her team mates all understand her simple drawing every well & guessed all the traditional games. Hmm…She forgot to ask her team mates to capture a TikTok clip for this ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜Œ

โœ… Traditional game ~ Coconut bowling with recycling plastic bottles ๐Ÿฅฅ ~ This is so so fun, it’s not easy to aim right with the coconut to hit all the plastic bottles to score points ya, again lots of laughter here, lol SiennyLovesDrawing only hit a bottle as captured in her TikTok clip captured from her time spent with this amazing program via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://www.tiktok.com/@siennylovesdraw/video/7081534097935387930

โœ… Jigsaw puzzle ๐Ÿงฉ ~ Oppss….SiennyLovesDrawing & her team mates had a challenging puzzle time to solve the tin miner hat puzzle ๐Ÿงฉโ“โ‰๏ธ

โœ… Creative group wefie ๐Ÿคณ๐Ÿ“ฑat the front of Muzium Sg Lembing ๐Ÿ›๏ธ ~ Don’t you all think this is good? All team members discussed & positioned own self to form this group wefie with NST photographer hold the wide angle phone to capture. Yeah!! Sure win :D, not shy ohh

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During this recent Muzium Sg Lembing visiting, SiennyLovesDrawing truly amazed with the Underground Mines Model displayed. This model was nicely built to portray the exact underground tin mines & how its tine mines workers’ life while working in the tin mines being detailed drafted in this model. If you’re visiting this museum, do spend more time to slowly viewing this model ya ๐Ÿ˜€ Do check out of SiennyLovesDrawing’s TikTok clip captured from her time spent with this model in her next sharing about the things to do at Sg Lembing, Pahang ya ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜

Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ

She also managed to hear the direct voice from Pakcik Tam, an ex-worker with PCCL in sharing the underground tin mines working situations. Pak Tam as the underground lift operator has shared how the accurate signals being given by the tin mines workers is important for him to take the lift to reach different deepness within the underground tin mines. He told that he needs to be extra careful to ensure it’s the right signals given before he operated the lift each time to avoid any death accident. Hmm…In a way, Pak Tam actually owned a very good hearing ears to carrying out his role. Do check out her TikTok clip captured from Pak Tam’s sharing via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSd2qfSw9/

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This exciting program continues with some exciting beautiful local tourism destinations visiting in the next day. All participants got latest updates of each destinations within Sg Lembing to bring awareness & then promoting these amazing places to visit

  • Sunrise Hill aka Panorama Hill
  • Picnic spot @ Sungai Jin aka Sungai Jing
  • Picnic spot @ Pasir Puteri
  • Indigenous Settlement @ Kampung Mas
  • Hanging Bridge Kolong Pahat
  • Tin mine tunnels @ Kolong Pahat
  • Sg Lembing handmade noodles making
  • Sg Lembing coconut biscuit making
  • Sg Lembing old sreet

Not just that, as foodie & food lover herself, she would like to share some of the local foods that she has tasted or recommended by local at Sg Lembing eg. Mee Jawa, Laksa Gebok, handmade Sg Lembing noodles, beancurd pudding, Sg Lembing coconut biscuit, nasi lemak & coffee at Kedai Kopi Salmah

Meanwhile, do check out 1st her beautiful photo album captured from this trip & being shared by Tourism Malaysia Wilayah Timur via ๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/tourismmalaysiapahang/posts/346281834209009 , the main tweets thread of her program participation via ๐Ÿ“Œ๐ŸŒ https://twitter.com/SiennyLovesDraw/status/1509513754710446086 & do stay tuned for SiennyLovesDrawing’s next sharing about the things to do at Sg Lembing, Pahang ya ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜

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Program Jejak El-Dorado Timur @ Sungai Lembing, Pahang, Malaysia

Time flies, this exciting 2D1N program has officially ended with another amazing state of Pahang traditional dance performances by JKKn dancers, good lunch served, announcement of winners & prize giving ceremony, as well as certificate of participation giving ceremony to all participants. More photos captured from this great program via ๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/nationalmuseumkl/posts/5020309814673514

Let’s check out of SiennyLovesDrawing’s TikTok clip captured from her time spent with this amazing Program Jejak El-Dorado Timur @ Sungai Lembing, Pahang, Malaysia via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://www.tiktok.com/@siennylovesdraw/video/7081534097935387930

Do also check out these videos captured from the fun excitement during this program via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/sungailembingmuseum/videos/671949744129086/ & ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/sungailembingmuseum/videos/645748456503426/

Have you plan your #cuticutimalaysia โ“โ‰๏ธ

Do always enjoy travel safe, following SOP while exploring more local domestic travel destinations within Malaysia ya ๐Ÿ˜€ More of SiennyLovesDrawing’s travel within Malaysia stories via ๐ŸŒ https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/category/travel-tourism/malaysia/

Stay safe while travel local #cuticutimalaysia ya ๐Ÿ˜€

Website ๐ŸŒ: http://www.jmm.gov.my/en/museum/sungai-lembing-museum
FB๐ŸŒ: https://www.facebook.com/sungailembingmuseum/ & https://www.facebook.com/tourismmalaysiapahang

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6 Prefectures in Tohoku region, Japan

Tohoku, Japan ~ Fukushima Prefecture & Things To Do

From SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป earlier blogging about the 4 sessions of Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Tohoku Online Seminar Secretariat attended with aims to promoting & endorsing Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Tourism in Tohoku region, also to providing the latest information from local municipalities, Tourism Federation & Malaysian presenters who are familiar with the mentioned areas ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Tohoku region in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

Again, she really enjoyed this 5th session @ 26 Jan & would like to share some of the important information she has learnt about Fukushima Prefecture ็ฆๅณถ็œŒ, the 3rd largest perfecture in Japan

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Similarly, this online seminar kick started with the updates in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต by Ms Farah. Japan international border remains suspended. self quarantine period for cross border travellers has shortened to 10 days. More updated Japan travel details via ๐ŸŒ https://www.japan.travel/en/practical-coronavirus-information/ & ๐ŸŒ https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html

Ms Farah has also shared about some typical Japanese-style breakfast ie. Washoku, a traditional Japanese cuisine which being recognised as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of its diverse & fresh ingredients, exceptionally well-balanced & healthy to convey the beauty of nature & changing seasons. The common composition of Washoku including rice (Carbohydrate, either plain steamed white, brown/ genmai or mixed rice – seasoned with soy sauce/ dashi/ seasonal ingredients) + 1 soup (Hydration, miso soup – made from fermented soybean paste & a dashi broth with chopped green onion, wakame seaweed & tofu) + 3 dishes (Protein – grilled fish/ rolled eggs, minerals, vitamin & fibre – “Kobaci”, assorted vegetables prepared in different ways) . Ms Farah also honorable mentioned the Natto & TKG – Tamago-kake Gohan. As a typical love to eat foodie, she wants to taste the Kitakata Ramen as recommended by Ms Farah. It served in a refreshing soy sauce soup, consisting of thick noodles with slices of pork, bamboo shoots & spring onions

Sharing from Ms Abe ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ from Fukushima Tourism Department about 3 major regions of Fukushima ie. Aizu, Nakadori & Hamadori. It’s 90mins train journey from Tokyo. She has shared some famous destinations to visit by each season in Fukushima. The highly acclaimed Fukushima Peach is in Summer season, must enjoy the refreshing tasty Peach Parfait. Also Ms Abe has recommended some unique experiences ie. cycling around to appreciating the beautiful scenery of autumn leaves, winter sports to enjoy at Alts Snow Park & Resort & Higashiyama Onsen, drift taxi, ramen tasting, Samurai performance, Akabeko painting & etc.

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Next, sharing from Ms Tan from JNTO about 6D5N Southern Tohoku Tour suggestion by flying in/ out through Tokyo in autumn season by car/ bus

  1. Fly in ๐Ÿ›ฌ, free & easy in Tokyo. Must taste the Tsukishima Monjayaki pancakes ๐Ÿฅž
  2. To Lake Inawashiro Akabeko (Its legend story & lucky ๐Ÿ€ charm) / Aizu candle ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ making experience Tadami River Bridge viewpoint Hotel ๐Ÿจ: Aizu Ashinomaki Onzen โ™จ๏ธ to experience Demon Slayer scene alike ryokan
  3. To Kitakata City for Kitakata Ramen ๐Ÿœ, brewery tour & sake๐Ÿถ tasting Uesugi Hakushakutei Hotel ๐Ÿจ: Ginzan Onsen to experience spirited away scene alike onsen street & former official royal ๐Ÿ‘‘ family accommodation
  4. To Naruko Gorge Matsushima islands ๐Ÿ—พ Ichiban-cho to experience local gourmet grab & go Hotel stay at Sendai city to experience the Sendai Pageant of Starlight
  5. Shopping ๐Ÿ›๏ธ trip at Sendai-Izumi premium outlets Zao Fox Village Adachigahara Furusatomura Hotel ๐Ÿจ stay at Koriyama city to get in touch with the rural life of Japan
  6. Kawagoe city street strolling for time travel to the past & last mins shopping ๐Ÿ›๏ธ before flying out ๐Ÿ›ซ to Tokyo/ back home

More Japan travel planning via ๐ŸŒ https://www.tohokukanko.jp/en/itineraries/index.html & ๐ŸŒ https://www.japan.travel/en/my/beauty-of-hokkaido-tohoku/

Lastly, live sharing by a Malaysian student, Ms Admirah about her favourite shine muscat grape, powdery snow in winter โ„๏ธ Ohh ya…She reminded all visitors must bring a good camera to capture the beautiful scenery etc. when travelling to Japan

Things To Do @ Fukushima Prefecture

SiennyLovesDrawing loves train ride, so definitely she will enjoy a scenic railway ride on the Oku-Aizu Railway (Tadami Line) which offering fantastic views of the striking natural scenery ๐Ÿšžโœจ, especially during autumn & winter seasons

Aizu region with historical sites eg. Tsuruga Castle & Nakadori, with mountainous natural landscapes ๐Ÿ”๏ธ, orchards & hot springs โ™จ๏ธ, both have basin areas that remain warm in winter & mountainous areas with cool summers & snowy winters

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Mugenkyo-no-Watashi River Crossing on the Tadami River via Japanese boat trip around 15mins per way & run between Hayato Onsen pier & the Mifuke area. This was named after the truly wondrous scenery created by the river mist in the mornings & evenings of summer

Tsuruga Castle ้ถดใƒถๅŸŽ ๐Ÿฏ was known for its strong defense, enduring for an entire month under the enemy’s attack during the 1868 war. It’s said to be the only castle in Japan that still has the same red-tiled roof from the time before it was demolished. At top floor, it offers a view of Mt. Bandai & Iimori Hill, also the townscape of Aizu. Ms Abe has recommended this castle as must visit during spring & autumn season

SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป also read about this unique Buddhist temple built in 1796 named Sazaedo Temple ่žบๆ—‹ๅ ‚ โ›ฉ๏ธ (Aizu Sazae-do, officially named Entsusansou-do). It’s still standing strong now after about 220 years, this 3-story temple solely made of wood, looks like a spiral staircase shaped with its ingenious double-helix slope (It allows visitors to ascend & descend the temple structure without meeting those moving in the opposite direction) that makes it in National Important Cultural Property listing in 1995 & also was showcased in Michelin Green Guide in 2018. Visitors will observe a discontinued practice by local Japanese from the plastered family placards of visitors who completed pilgrimages to the temple & gave donations on the roof & walls of this temple. She would definitely visiting it when she is at Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima. More info via ๐ŸŒ http://sazaedo.jp/

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Hanamiyama Park ๐Ÿž๏ธ sets on the slopes of the hills to offers a plethora of cherry trees with many different hues of pink. Must enjoy the walking trails & exploring the recommended picture-taking spots during the sakura season, middle of April in Fukushima

Miharu Takizakura ไธ‰ๆ˜ฅๆปๆกœ is ranked among the Japan’s “3 greatest cherry trees ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’ฎ” ~ The Takizakura literally means “waterfall cherry tree” is 1 of the most popular single cherry trees in Japan. The wonderfully shaped weeping cherry tree in the hills of Miharu Town is said to be over 1000 years old

Bandai-Azuma Skyline (Nakadori) is 1 of selected Japanโ€™s top 100 roads, a scenic driving ๐Ÿš— route stretches 28.7km to meandering through the Azuma mountain range, between Takayu Onsen & Tsuchiyu Toge Pass. The highlight of the drive is the Fudosawa Bridge ๐ŸŒ‰ spanning over the Tsubakuro Valley, the view from the bridge is spectacular as if you’re floating in the sky

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Tatsusawa Fudotaki Recreation Forest ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ in the Tatsusawa Hot Spring village, a great place for an outdoor adventure in this rural setting ie. hiking, waterfalls, visit temples โ›ฉ๏ธ, skiing โ›ท๏ธ๐ŸŽฟ, picnic, camping etc.

The Nagatoko is Shingu Kumano Shrine’s worship hall which is designated as a Nationally Important Cultural Asset. Built in 1055 as the main structure during the Heian period to the Kamakura period, its thatched roof is supported by 44 massive pillars, each one 45 cm in diameter. This comprises a single large, open stage with no walls, and is said to have been used for ascetic training by priests, as well as kagura dance festivals

Ouchi-jukuๅคงๅ†…ๅฎฟ is a small village which is located in Aizu Wakamatsu, the west of Fukushima & famous for its beautiful snow โ„๏ธ๐ŸŒจ๏ธโ„๏ธ scenery of the Japanese traditional houses village covered by snow in winter

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Lake Inawashiro ็Œช่‹—ไปฃๆน– is Japanโ€™s 4th largest lake, highly transparent, also called โ€œTenkyokoโ€ in reference to its โ€œmirror-like lake that reflects the heaven. Visitors can enjoy lake bathing, fishing, canoeing etc. Ms Abe has recommended it as 1 of the destination to enjoy winter sports

A long-established sake ๐Ÿถ brewery named Toyokuni Brewery ่ฑŠๅ›ฝ้…’้€ , which started its sake brewery business in the Edo period (200 years ago) made from regional rice ๐Ÿš๐ŸŒพ that local farmers grow in Fukushima & its sake has won a variety of awards ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ…๐ŸŽ–๏ธ

Website ๐ŸŒ : https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/tohoku/fukushima/ & https://www.pref.fukushima.lg.jp/site/portal-english/

Tocoo! ~ The Japanโ€™s ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตLeading Rental Car Reservation Site for Your Japan Travel

Ohh ya…For travel convenience, you may check out Tocoo! ~ The Japan’s ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตLeading Rental Car Reservation Site for your car rental ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš— booking service with hundreds of their outlets throughout Japan of various car rental brands during your trips via ๐ŸŒ https://www2.tocoo.jp/en/?asp_id=1679&utm_source=1679&utm_medium=affiliate

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Doodle art live life to the fullness

Self Care Self Love Ideas To Stay Feminine

Updated 23 March 2022, 9.30am

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ 8 March is to celebrating the annual International Women’s Day &

Yes, you’re amazing the way you are

Self love has to be nurtured & you deserve it ya ๐Ÿ˜

SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป would like to sharing here with you all the self love self care ideas to stay feminine , healthy, pretty, happy glowing from inside to appearance ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’—

  • Stop to comparing your own self to others because thereโ€™s only one you in this world ๐ŸŒŽ Instead, focus on own self & own journey. Do always remind your own self every day that being in the moment & being you is all that matters
  • Not to worry what society thinks or expects of you. There’s no way to make everyone happy. Instead, make your own self happy. Life is too short not to be happy ๐Ÿ˜

Art me time with macarons & coffee

  • Everyone makes mistakes, so allow you to make mistake, then learn & grow with those experiences to be a greater self. Learn to take the good with the bad & then embrace the imperfections in your own life stories. There is perfect in imperfect, rightโ“โ‰๏ธ
  • You are valuable because you are you, NOT because of your body or how you look. Grow your inner beauty, be a better you everyday ๐Ÿฅฐ
  • Do stay away from situations or people who are draining your energy or bringing toxicity into your life. We all need to stay positive โž•โž•

  • Acknowledge & understand your fear, then interrogating & evaluating your fears to help gaining clarity & unmask issues in your life that are causing you with anxiety or worries. Once conquer, you will be ๐Ÿ†“ from any worries
  • Trust yourself that your feelings are valid & you will make good decisions for own self. Everything you do matters & it’s all in the little decisions you make ๐Ÿ€
  • Seize the moment or opportunity that come to you to move on to next big step ๐Ÿ‘ฃ in your life because it may never come back, just be bold. You only live once, so live your life with no regrets ya ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป
  • Always have a dedicated time slot to decompressing & recharging own energy for greater mental or emotional well-being. Me time is important to keep us being present with your own self โค๏ธ Keep it simple, just enjoy a cuppa of your fav drink ๐Ÿฅคwith just you in that moment

  • See at least one beautiful, small thing around you every single day. Make note of it & be grateful for it ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’“
  • Join a silent retreat to experience being with your own self the silent way, you will be amazed after the retreat for sure ๐Ÿค
  • Digital detox day ~ Allow yourself to completely disconnect from it whenever you desire. See if you can notice any changes in how you feel โŒ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ฑ
  • Live your favourite day ~ What does the perfect day look like for youโ“โ‰๏ธ Make yourself a priority today ๐Ÿ˜‰ SiennyLovesDrawing’s recent happy artsy me time with her fav macarons & coffee โœ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŸข๐Ÿ”ต๐ŸŸก๐ŸŸฃ๐Ÿ”ดโ˜•, do check out her TikTok clip captured via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSd8XsWAg/ , ๐Ÿ”Ÿ% promo codeโ€œEatCakeToday-Siennyโ€ with no min. purchase required via ๐ŸŒ https://www.eatcaketoday.com/
  • Pick a book ๐Ÿ“–, get cosy somewhere & enjoy reading for however long you like without distractions

  • Plan a beautiful date for yourself & enjoy every moment of it
  • Recall what you enjoy most in childhood, do it now to enjoy being a child again. Play. Have fun. Lol ๐Ÿ˜†
  • Stay hydrated. Make a cup of flowers tea or infused water, then sip on it in peace before getting back to whatever you were doing
  • Try ๐Ÿ†• recipes, play music & enjoy cooking or baking something from scratch, then enjoy the tasting moments. SiennyLovesDrawing ‘s favourite food & ingredients online shopping platform recently via ๐ŸŒ https://bit.ly/3GkTgFl with agent code “Sienny” , anyone can cook now with lots of ready to eat, ready to cook food items in the market now ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
  • Enjoy a good massage to ease any tension in your muscles & help you feel relaxed & pampered
  • Travel alone, traveling in a journey just your own self you will learn more about your own self. What you like, what you don’t like, ๐Ÿ’ฏ% being you, please your own self, not others

  • Pick one thing youโ€™ve always wanted to do, however have put off out of fear, so do it today eg. Quitting job, retiring early, asking someone out for a date etc.
  • Enjoy you favorite dish or snack, no worry of your diet, be a happy foodie the way to enjoy the most ๐Ÿ˜‹ SiennyLovesDrawing ‘s favourite food & ingredients online shopping platform recently via ๐ŸŒ https://bit.ly/3GkTgFl with agent code “Sienny” , anyone can cook now with lots of ready to eat, ready to cook food items in the market now ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
  • Being really honest with yourself & exploring your deepest feelings that give you anxiety or fear
  • Do something youโ€™ve never done before. Invest in yourself because this is never a waste
  • Donโ€™t be afraid to ask for support in times of need

  • Keep learning more about yourself, take some time to figure out exactly what stresses you out, what types of people you enjoy being around, what makes you feel calm or what energizes you
  • Taking a different route to work , to school or back home. This is to take care of your brain by challenging it, because your brain is subject to the โ€œuse it or lose itโ€ theory
  • Move your body or enjoy body sweat for at least 30mins
  • De-clutter or clear out of your home or office space, start with a small space 1st & you donโ€™t need to do it all at once
  • Journaling โœ๐Ÿปcan be a cathartic way of releasing any pent up emotions & making sense of your feelings. It will leave you feeling lighter. At times you might even find the answers to the questions you hadโ“โ“

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ Life is short, let’s live life to the fullness

SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป will continue to add on this list with more ideas from time to time โ˜บ๏ธ

You are all welcome to share your thoughts with your own self love self care ideas at the comment section, let’s learn from each other ya ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿค—

#selflove #selfcare #wellness #female #females #woman #women #internationalwomenday #stayhealthy #mentalhealth #health #life #lifestyle #sharing #sharingiscaring

Refired Not Retired Day To Live Life To The Fullest

Updated 6 March 2022, 12pm

SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has recently read about how to celebrating Refired, Not Retired Day, 1st March annually, it’s as simple as reevaluating any of your ideas (If yet to have, can start exploring now ๐Ÿ˜ƒ) of what it means to you to be retired. What have you got planned for the years after you retire or even retire earlyโ“โ‰๏ธ

Refired Not Retired Day is dedicated to all those people who have retired already OR about to get retired. During retirement period of life, live your life to the fullest, yes, just enjoy your life & make the most of these retirement years by doing things that you always wanted to do, as you finally got time to do all the things that you love to do. Read more via ๐ŸŒ https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/refired-not-retired-day/

Hmm…SiennyLovesDrawing actually wishes to retire early, yes โœ…, since she has graduated & starting to work ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป, this is a life goal ๐ŸŽฏ that she is working on. It means good financial habits count, be discipline in your budget set, not wasting money unnecessarily etc. Some of her tips are reduce eating out, no unnecessarily phone upgrades, unnecessarily clothing & apparel shopping, not to opt for extended warranties & not to fall into emotional impulse shopping etc.

โ€œPlanning to retire? Before you do find your hidden passion, do the thing that you have always wanted to do.โ€ ~ By Catherine Pulsifer

Apart from the major concern ie. Enough financial to support early retirement, the rule of thumb widely recognised is only withdraw 4% from retirement savings each year

Personally to her, enough meant differently by each retirees, if you can be living on a lower budget that you’re comfortably adapting to, without any luxury elements, then your “enough” for early retirement surely more achievable, as compared to those that wish to enjoy a more luxury comfortable retirement life. So, a honest & reality self reflect is required to consider your retirement lifestyle, current or long term healthcare needs, living downsizing etc. ya ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

The important factor that drives her to achieving early retirement is what she is gonna do to fill her time after retire. Once retired, it means literally you have extra hours of 9 to 5 on your own, no need answering to many bosses, hurrayโ€ผ๏ธ She knows herself well that she needs to keep her time occupied, she just can’t be doing nothing for a long time, she just can’t, lol ๐Ÿ˜†

Frankly, initially when she wishes to retire early, so she can backpacking around the world ๐ŸŽ’๐ŸŒŽ, however with the global health pandemic now, she needs to pen down what she is gonna do instead before her long backpacking journey then

Let’s start to craft out an actual plan for your post-retirement years OR plan a fun bucket list that you can happily tick off after each exciting completion during your retirement

It’s just a new ๐Ÿ†• beginning after your retirement, enjoy new ๐Ÿ†• life for your own self. It’s a 2nd chance for all retirees to live life to its fullest to stay happy vital

In this sharing, SiennyLivesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป is gonna sharing some pointers/ ideas of what to do to fill your time during retirement. It’s important to plan well to enjoy the max benefits of an early retirement ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

What’s your answers to these questionsโ“โ‰๏ธ

  • When you were a child, what did you love most? Isnโ€™t it now the time that each of us remembered the simple joy of being a child?
  • Anything you wished you would have done? Not done?
  • Who matters to you?
  • If money were not a problem, what would you be doing now?
  • If tomorrow is your last day in life, will you have any regrets?

Healthy Living

Practicing healthy eats, do more home cooking or baking as you wish to enjoy your daily meals

Home cooking ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ by enjoying the joys of trying different wellness recipes, mixing healthy ingredients that you like, creating healthy dishes that you would love to taste etc. SiennyLovesDrawing ‘s favourite food & ingredients online shopping platform recently via ๐ŸŒ https://bit.ly/3GkTgFl with agent code “Sienny” , anyone can cook now with lots of ready to eat, ready to cook food items in the market now ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Stay active, keeping brain cells remain working active eg. Crosswords, chessโ™Ÿ๏ธ, jigsaw puzzles ๐Ÿงฉ, board games etc.

Hobbies/ Passions

Travelling ~ SiennyLovesDrawing would like to backpacking ๐ŸŽ’๐ŸŒŽ & travel around with rails ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿšž, how about youโ“โ‰๏ธ

Even simply planning โœ๐Ÿปโœˆ๏ธa trip now can boost happiness levels because you’re anticipating the good times to come โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽ’๐ŸŒŽ

For those with love for cooking & baking, sure indulge with kitchen experiment time for new ๐Ÿ†• recipes ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ SiennyLovesDrawing ‘s favourite food & ingredients online shopping platform recently via ๐ŸŒ https://bit.ly/3GkTgFl with agent code “Sienny” , anyone can cook now with lots of ready to eat, ready to cook food items in the market now ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Happy air frying ready to eat food item TikTok clip via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSeKCdSKF/

Doodling art ๐ŸŽจโœ๐Ÿป

Reading ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“š ~ Google Phyllis May’s publications & pick 1 to read ๐Ÿ“–, she is the creator of this Refired, Not Retired Day ๐Ÿ˜€

Work out to enjoy a good sweat ๐Ÿ˜… whether being indoor yoga, gyms ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ or outdoor activities ๐Ÿšต๐Ÿง—etc.

Learning

Lifelong learning is the key to maintaining cognitive function. When you’ve tune to deep dive into learning new ๐Ÿ†• skills, it will keeping your brain flexible & in its tip top shape for longer

So, sign up for a new ๐Ÿ†• language, knitting, art classes, crafting, cooking, baking etc.

Grow a garden ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿก

If you’re a green fingers, start now or continue to grow your garden so can harvest & enjoy tasting your own harvest. If got extra harvesting, sell them online or gifting to neighborhood too ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿฅฌ๐ŸŒฝ๐Ÿ…

More time with loved ones

You will have more time to dedicate in building relationships with people who matter to you eg. Parents, kids, relatives, friends, loved ones

Yes, it can be the time for intergenerational bonding moments by baby sitting grand kids with educational activities, educational trips etc.

Low impact living

Planning your adaptable downsizing life, being financially ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ณ smart, spending wisely, being environmental care eg. Downsize house, change to daily commute with public transportation etc. ๐Ÿš‰๐Ÿšˆ๐ŸšŒ

Side hustle

You may consider whether to start up own business, get a part time job, on freelancing, diversify investment etc.

For considering freelancing or part time job, do check out this IG profile to be aware of the current salary across various industries in the market via ๐ŸŒ https://instagram.com/malaysianpaygap

For considering ๐Ÿ†• business adventure during retirement, do check this IG profile for some ideas & insights sharing from existing entrepreneurs, good learning from other experiences via ๐ŸŒ https://instagram.com/malaysianbusinessinsights

Volunteering

You may even contribute back to the needed communities by volunteering with what you’re expertise with or with your free time now ๐Ÿ˜

Step out of your comfort zone

Do something that you have never done before eg. Sky dive, road less traveled, hiking, get that bachelor degree or PhD you’ve always wanted

Write a book or blog, even you know well that youโ€™re the only one who reads your book/ blog. NOW is the time to write that book you always wanted to, set up & manage a blog, write articles to be published in magazines or elsewhere, poems or your memoirs etc.

Expand social connection

It’s important to maintain healthy social networking after retirement with communities that share the same life purposes. This can eliminating any depression or mental health with post retirement ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿป

Join some meet up groups/ communities that are geared to certain interests or populations. Also participating events that interest you, meet new ๐Ÿ†• friends etc.

So, let’s think about how you like to spend your years of retirementโ“โ‰๏ธ How & why do you wish to retire earlyโ“โ‰๏ธ Welcome to share your thoughts at comment section, let’s have a discussion to learn from each other

Some of the stories by some retirees for your reading pleasure

๐ŸŒ https://www.aarp.org/retirement/planning-for-retirement/info-2020/second-act-careers.html

๐ŸŒ https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/30/42-year-old-retiree-lost-600000-coronavirus-second-guessing-early-retirement.html

๐ŸŒ https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/01/why-early-retirement-is-one-of-the-worst-money-mistakes-youll-regret-says-harvard-economist.html

๐ŸŒ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3061466/

#retirement #earlyretirement #retireearly #lifegoal #enjoylife #selflove #selfcare #wellness #female #females #woman #women #internationalwomenday #stayhealthy #mentalhealth #health #life #lifestyle #sharing #sharingiscaring

6 Prefectures in Tohoku region, Japan

Tohoku, Japan ~ Aomori Prefecture & Things To Do

From SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป earlier blogging about the 3 sessions of Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Tohoku Online Seminar Secretariat attended with aims to promoting & endorsing Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Tourism in Tohoku region, also to providing the latest information from local municipalities, Tourism Federation & Malaysian presenters who are familiar with the mentioned areas ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Tohoku region in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

Again, she really enjoyed this 4th session @ 13 Jan & would like to share some of the important information she has learnt about Aomori Prefecture ้’ๆฃฎ็œŒ here

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Similarly, this online seminar kick started with the updates in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต by Ms Tracy. Japan is experiencing its 1st heavy snowfall in 4 years as we read from international news. Some of the rare sceneries were explained during this session ie. Central Tokyo with 10cm of snow, temperature hovered below 0 degree Celsius etc.

Ms Tracy has also shared that the Japanese are celebrating the most important holiday in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ie. New Year from 29 Dec to 3 Jan annually. Typically families will gather together. A Japanese tradition of 1st worship of the new year aka Hatsumode at 12am sharp on 1st thing in the morning of 1 Jan (More info via ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/599813696836168/posts/2062470093903847/) & 1st sunrise of the year aka Hatsu-Hinode, rising or sun setting aligns with the peak of Mt Fuji ๐Ÿ”๏ธ & causing the peak to shine bright like a diamond ๐Ÿ’Ž, well known as Diamond Fuji ๐Ÿคฉ The Japanese also practicing Otoshidama tradition, a slight different to our Malaysians Ang Pow ๐Ÿงง tradition. The Japanese working adults would be giving Ang Pow to the kids in the family within range of JPY1k to 5k (Approximately RM36 to RM182)

More updated Japan travel details via ๐ŸŒ https://www.japan.travel/en/practical-coronavirus-information/ & https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html

Then, sharing from Ms Lee Nyok Peng ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ (Malaysian from Kluang, Johor, the director of Jumonji Cafe since 2015) & shown us a live walk around her cafe in Kuroishi & has explained about the thick snow on the rooftops & on the streets. She has recommended a must try sake which won an award ๐Ÿถ ~ ็ด”็ฑณๅคงๅŸ้†ธ ็จฒๆ‘ๅฑ‹ๆ–‡ๅ››้ƒŽ” Junmai Daiginjo Inamuraya Bunshiro at Sake brewery named Narumi Jozo, more info from its FB page named narumijozoten. Yes โœ…, SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป is gonna pay her cafe a visit when she is travelling to Kuroishi, Aomori Perfecture then ๐Ÿ˜ More about her cafe & Malaysian menu served via ๐ŸŒ http://kuroishi-machisodate.com/cafe.html

Next, sharing from Ms Kaori Kogawa ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ from Aomori Tourism Department about some famous festivals & places to visit within Aomori by each seasons

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Ms Chessie has shared her travel highlights at Aomori with nice photos & videos. She actually shared also during the Akita online session, always inspiring happy to hear more of her Japan travels ๐Ÿ˜ She has highly recommended a cycling trip from Chuo-Hirosaki station to Owani station & all you can eat cherries ๐Ÿ’ (Other than apple ๐ŸŽ picking) from Tsugaru Yume Ringo Farm during summer. Also shared that must try the Garlic Yakisoba which doesn’t taste the normal smelly garlic ๐Ÿง„ SiennyLovesDrawing is really curious ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿค” & wanna try it whenever she is at Aomori then, she is never a garlic fan โŒ๐Ÿง„ since young

Update from Fukushima online session by Ms Farah @ 26 Jan, must enjoy Japanese breakfast experience, indulge in fresh local foods & interaction with the locals at Tatehana Wharf Morning Market, Hachinohe, Aomori. It’s 1 of the largest Sunday morning markets in Japan which selling seafood, fruits, flowers, coffee, pastries, antiques etc. More via https://www.849net.com/en/

Things To Do @ Aomori Prefecture

Aomori Prefecture is well known for its nature beauty & World Heritage ie. Jogakura Bridge, Shirakami-Sanchi, Lake Towada, Oirase Stream & more ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has read more about Aomori Prefecture after this online session & really wish to personally travel & explore below things to do โ˜บ๏ธ

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Nebuta Matsuri ใญใถใŸ็ฅญใ‚Š, the biggest Tanabata festival held in August annually at Aomori City & famous as 1๏ธโƒฃ of the 3๏ธโƒฃ great festivals of the Tohoku region. Haneto”, the dancers who dress up in flashy outfits & chant “rasserah” as they going down the streets

Warasse Nebuta Museum ใญใถใŸใฎๅฎถ ใƒฏใƒฉใƒƒใ‚ป to learn more about the history & culture of this festival

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Approximately 60% of Japan’s apples ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ are harvesting here, including Aomori apple pies containing whole apple. Also can enjoy apple picking & eating freshly picked apples ๐ŸŽย Hirosaki City in Aomori is producing 1/3 of delicious Aomori apples, the single largest producer of apples in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต which for the intense sweetness & delightful crunch apple ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Must experience the mixture of new western wave with traditional Japanese culture at Hirosaki Park & Hirosaki castle ๅผ˜ๅ‰ๅŸŽ It’s constructed in Hirayama style, the main tower was built on top of a hill for easier defense & surrounded by defensive walls, moats & yagura towers. Along with the Japan’s oldest Yoshino cherry tree, the sakura tunnel with a cherry blossom light-up making it a famous spot in Aomori during sakura season ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ Also famous to viewing beautiful autumn leaves ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ & Yuki-Doro Matsuri aka snow lantern festival ๐Ÿ˜€ More travel tips via ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/599813696836168/posts/961814290636105/ & https://www.facebook.com/599813696836168/posts/1248273411990190/

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Lake Towada is the largest caldera lake on Japanโ€™s main island, Honshu which formed by volcanic activity since about 200K years ago. At 327m deep, the 3rd deepest lake in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต which surrounding by greenery in spring & summer, autumn leaves ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ in autumn & snowy scenery in winter โ„๏ธ More info via ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/108836341523879/posts/129218346152345/

Aomori Gyosai Center aka Furukawa Fish Market is a must eat place. The Nokke-don which literally means a rice bowl with toppings is a dish allowing customers to pick & place on top of the rice. Yeahโ€ผ๏ธAmazing experience to creating own unique “my-best don” ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://fb.watch/aLKtOHo06z/

Aomori is well known worldwide as 1๏ธโƒฃ of the cities with the heaviest snowfall in the world ๐ŸŒŽ The 18 mountains ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ” which form the volcanic complex called the Hakkลda Mountains have their trees ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฒ covered in snow โ„๏ธ & ice resulting in frozen tree formations called “snow monsters” via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://fb.watch/aXrVRBrh6j/ . Many visitors also amazed with its beautiful autumn leaves scenery ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ

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The Seven Swamps of Tsuta & a scenic lake called Tsutanuma especially popular during autumn season. In the surrounding area is the Tsuta Onsen, 1๏ธโƒฃ of the top ๐Ÿ’ฏhot springs in Japanโ™จ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

Shirakami Sanchi ็™ฝ็ฅžๅฑฑๅœฐ is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993 & known for its primeval forests of beech trees, the Anmon no Taki waterfalls & the region’s vast wildlife

In Inakadate, between June to Oct, must enjoy the Rice Paddy Art aka Tanbo Art in Japanese , an elaborately designed works which created by planting different colored rice ๐ŸŒพ via a perspective drawing method. Yes โœ…, similarly to what she has shared in Akita blog post earlier
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SiennyLovesDrawing loves to travel with train ๐Ÿš‚ & the Konan Railway is a local line that runs around Hirosaki City. On snowy winter โ„๏ธ days, a Russell snow plow train will be in action to remove snow from the tracks. It will be very lucky ๐Ÿ€ if can spot it ya โ˜บ๏ธ More info via ๐ŸŒhttps://konantetsudo.jp/for-foreigners/ & ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://fb.watch/aLLfagG19c/

Hop on the Tsugaru Railway Winter Stove Train from Tsugaru-Goshogawara Station for an unforgettable delightful moments to admiring the beautiful winter rural landscape of Tsugaru area

Sannai Maruyama Archaeological site features excavated items eg. Japanโ€™s Paleolithic age thatโ€™s chockful of interesting artifacts, accessories & sculptures that date back 10K years being discovered in 12 different ruins

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Ohh ya…For travel convenience, do check out Tocoo! ~ The Japan’s ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตLeading Rental Car Reservation Site for your car rental booking service via ๐ŸŒ https://www2.tocoo.jp/en/?asp_id=1679&utm_source=1679&utm_medium=affiliate

Tocoo! ~ The Japan's ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตLeading Rental Car Reservation Site for your Japan travel

#ๆฑๅŒ— #Aomori #AomoriPrefecture #japan #japantravel #tourism #Tohoku #Aomori #travel #traveltojapan #discoverjapan #tourism #beauty #wanderlust #city #nature #ๆ—ฅๆœฌ #landscape #japanpics #japanlovers #temple #shrine #art #familytravel #heritage

6 Prefectures in Tohoku region, Japan

Tohoku, Japan ~ Iwate Prefecture & Things To Do

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ Happy New Year 2022 to all ๐Ÿ˜

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From SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป earlier blogging about the 2 sessions of Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Tohoku Online Seminar Secretariat attended with aims to promoting & endorsing Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Tourism in Tohoku region, also to providing the latest information from local municipalities, Tourism Federation & Malaysian presenters who are familiar with the mentioned areas ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Tohoku region in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

Welcome to read more about the 1st session about Akita Perfecture & things to do via ๐ŸŒ https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2021/10/26/tohoku-japan-akita-prefecture-things-to-do/ & 2nd session about Miyagi Perfecture & things to do via ๐ŸŒ https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2021/11/23/tohoku-japan-miyagi-prefecture-things-to-do/

Again, she really enjoyed this 3rd session @ 15 Dec & would like to share some of the important information she has learnt about Iwate Prefecture ๅฒฉๆ‰‹็œŒ here. Ohh ya…She has won a lucky draw gift ๐ŸŽ ~ a Tokyo 2020 Olympic: Mino Ware Small Cup , special thank you ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Similarly, this online seminar kick started with the updates of new ๐Ÿ†• normal travel in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตby Ms Tan that Japan border remained closed as at to-date for foreigners. More updated details via ๐ŸŒ https://www.japan.travel/en/practical-coronavirus-information/ & https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html . Ms Tan also shared about some recent MATTA survey statistics gathered ie. Top 5 popular elements in Japan are Japanese foods, accommodations, 4 seasons experience, hot springs (Wellness tourism) & winter activities. About 50% consumers will rely on travel agencies to arrange their overseas & Japan trips post COVID19

The session was continued with the interesting travel & living experiences in Iwate by various presenters ie. Ms Munirah, Ms Doris & Mr Isrami

Sharing from Ms Munirah ๐Ÿง•๐Ÿผ (Malaysian student) & shown us a live walk around the Takamatsu Pond, Morioka etc. nearby the Iwate University where she is studying currently. She has explained about the Morioka Sansa Odori Festival @ Morioka city, more details via http://www.sansaodori.jp/foreign/english.php . A halal restaurant for Wanko Soba @ Azumaya Honten , Morioka city, more details via https://wankosoba.jp/en/wankosoba/

Next, sharing from Ms Doris ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ from Iwate Tourism Department about some festivals at Iwate ie. Morioka Sansa Odori Festival, Chagu Chagu Umakko & Hayachine Kagura (Intangible Cultural Heritage) . She recommends the 2 hours 11 mins ride from Tokyo to Iwate with Tohoku Shinkansen. Some of the must visit World Heritage Sites in Iwate are Hiraizumi & Hashino Iron Mining & Smelting Site. Also Hachimantai Aspite Line Snow Corridor, Hachimantai Dragon Eye, Tenshochi, Jodogahama Beach & Kitayamazaki

Mr Isrami actually shared that he has planned a Sakura tree ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ˜ Wowโ€ผ๏ธ Also he has recommended some must visit places in Iwate ie. Geibikei Gorge, Koiwai Farm ๅฐๅฒฉไบ•่พฒๅ ด, to enjoy summer ski, cycling (More details via http://www2.pref.iwate.jp/~hp2516_4/index.html) , ๐Ÿ˜€

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Things To Do @ Iwate Prefecture

SiennyLovesDrawing has recently read online about the ONLY lone surviving tree ๐ŸŒณ of the Takata Pine Forest from the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami in 2011 in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ—พ

This 250-year-old “miracle” pine is the only 1 among 70K trees left standing along the town’s coastline after the disaster. Actually it’s initially survived, but was removed last Sept after its roots died from exposure to saltwater

Now a reconstruction of it stands at its place. Some young pine trees are growing again along the city’s coastline ๐Ÿ—พ & thanks to the great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป restore efforts

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Mr Isrami has highly recommended Geibikei & must be one in the top listโ€ผ๏ธ Geibikei is a gorge located in Ichinoseki area of Iwate. It’s with beautiful scenery of red, orange and yellow color of autumn leaves ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ on the cliff & both sides of the river during autumn with a boat ๐Ÿ›ถ ride which steered by local Japanese. Easy ๐Ÿšƒ access by taking train to JR Geibikei station & walk for about 5 mins. More info via ๐ŸŒ http://www.geibikei.co.jp/en/index.html

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For hiking ๐Ÿฅพโ›ฐ๏ธ lovers , Mt. Iwate is the tallest mountain in Iwate prefecture. It is 2,038m tall & can be seen all the way from Aomori Perfecture. It gets snow before most of the other mountains & snow can been seen on it from Oct onward every year

Ms Doris has recommended Hiraizumi for Chuson-ji Buddhist Temple listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, itโ€™s a place not to be missed when visiting Iwate @ Tohoku, Japan. More info via http://www.chusonji.or.jp/en/ . Also to visit the Motsuji Temple which possess 1 of the few remaining Pure Land Gardens in Japan, ie. a popular garden style in ancient times & attempting to recreate the Buddhist concept of the Pure Land or โ€œBuddhist Paradiseโ€. More info via http://hiraizumi.or.jp/en/archive/sightseeing/motsuji.html

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Hachimantai, it’s a scenic spot in the Iwate Prefecture which shared by Ms Doris in her session. There is a mountain which stands at an altitude of 1,614m & straddles the Akita & Iwate prefectures, it has a plateau around it which has been designated as Towada Hachimantai National Park with seasonal flowers from spring to autumn & snowing in winter. Not to miss the Kagaminuma on the Hachimantai mountaintop promenade aka Dragon Eye when the snow melts from mid-May to mid-June. About 2 hours by bus from JR Morioka Station to Hachimantai & Kagaminuma

Hachimantai Aspite Line Snow Corridor is a 27km mountain sightseeing road that runs through Towada-Hachimantai National Park straddling Iwate & Akita. 1 of the best roads in Japan for a scenic drive with impressively high walls of snow on both sides. The snow walls which can reach a height of 6m. Note: It may be closed during winter due to heavy snow as shown via https://www.facebook.com/Visit.My.Japan/posts/1823397997811059

Ms Doris also recommends Jodogahama Beach aka โ€œPure Land Beachโ€ which located within Sanriku Geopark in Iwate Prefecture. The clear blue water, white rocks & green pines actually listed in Japan’s 100 Best Beaches of Japan
The Koiwai Farm ๅฐๅฒฉไบ•่พฒๅ ด as recommended by Mr Isrami to visit for its Mt Iwate backdrop & a agrotourism destination in Iwate, Tohoku. A 3000-hectare private farm since 1891 located scenically at the base of Mt. Iwate & is most famous for its dairy products ie. milk, cheese, yogurt, milk ramen etc. Must visit the museum in Kamimaru Cowshed area to learn about the 125 years of Koiwai Farm history. Must enjoy a ride on the horse tram about 10 mins that has been used for 50 years since 1904 for sightseeing, see sheep grazing on pastures & the view of the beautiful 100 years supervised forest. Also can enjoy a dairy barn shuttle too. More info via https://www.koiwai.co.jp/makiba/en/.

Website ๐ŸŒ : https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/tohoku/iwate/ & https://visitiwate.com/

You may enjoy some videos via https://www.japan.travel/en/my/beauty-of-hokkaido-tohoku/

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