May 31, 2019

I arrived at Kansai Airport at 9.45PM. Can I still reach the hotel in time?

As a traveller, one thing that makes me nervous is to pass immigration during the night flight. When I came to Japan for the first time before, it was haywire, and we grab a taxi, which my brother paid RM600 for us to be at Airbnb in Shimokitazawa. When I travel with a friend this time, of course, I want to avoid taxi 100% and grab public transportation and safely arrived at the hostel. So here are our experiences and maybe some tips along the way!
Fushimi Inari Kyoto Curitan Aqalili
Timeline for third Japan trip: Osaka - Kyoto - Miyajima - Hiroshima - Tokyo - Yokohama - Hakone! 

1. Not the machine!

This is my first time to enter Kansai International Airport (KIX) first, beforehand I always went to Haneda. Honestly, it's a bit confusing, and I'm not prepared for anything. So, Nuriy and I just followed other people steps, it turns out to be time-consuming, and... we missed our bus to OCAT. But, thank god we prepared another plan which is the train! 

I can see that the line at the machine is much longer because two machines were operated by one person only. After the long queue, it took around 2-3 minutes to get our fingerprints and facial snapshotThen after done with the machine, we need to queue to get the immigration stamps. 

I'm not sure whether we are unlucky, due to machine or there are a lot of travellers, but it took us around 45 minute to get out from immigration. 

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Images for illustration purpose only. Source: Japan Times
2. Take the express train to Namba

At 10:23PM, we grab an express train to Namba from KIX for 920 yen (Adult). Again, we do not plan this thoroughly, and when we are looking for the train line information turns out they put everything on the whiteboard. If you got 1,000 yen in your IC Card, just walk through the train gate, but since we were tired and cannot think anymore, I just bought the train ticket through the machine.

The train will take around 44 minutes to arrive at Namba (Nankai), and there are 11 stops along the way. You can either sleep or play your phone, but since we meet a traveller from Singapore, we chatted until we arrived Namba at 11:07PM. If you plan to take a bus, take note of the price and timing here.

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Watch out for this whiteboard for clearer information.
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Use the small ticket to get into the gate.

3. Get out at immigration gate at 10:00PM? You still have time to exchange your JR Pass! 

KIX JR offices opening hour is from 5:30AM until 11:00PM. If you get out from the gate before that, just follow this path and you are good to go! After exchange your JR Pass, you can straight away use it. All you need to do is to show the pass to the staffed gate and voila!

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Bought for RM900+ and use this pass for RM1,000
4. Book accommodation along your train line.

Since your body is tired after the plane ride, you should make things easier for yourself and book accommodation near the designated train station. But, make sure they provide a late night or self-check-in. We are so lucky to find Khaosan World Namba at a reasonable price, and it's just 3 minutes walk from JR-Namba and 10 minutes walk from Namba (Nankai)!

As a first timer experiences hostel, it was a good one! I totally recommended for you to book at Khaosan because they have complete facilities like washing machine, dryer and refrigerator. I will write a review on it soon, so make sure to check it out! 

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Review about this Khaosan World Namba Osaka is going up soon! Make sure to watch this space.

5. Adventurous travellers? Stay safe! 

Nothing wrong with being adventurous, but you have to know what you are doing and what type of facilities the airport provided for late night and early morning flight passengers. If you didn't book any hotels, take note that you can sleep at Aeroplaza on the second floor of KIX, and they provide you with a blanket from 11:00PM until 6:00AM.

But, Please prepare for the worse too (especially during peak season) as the seat is limited to 300 people!

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Source: Kansai International Tourism Promotion Center 

Overall, you would definitely have an ample of time to get out of the immigration gate and grab a train because they operated until midnight. All you need to do are to have a backup plan, know your route and don't be nervous! I can assure that once you have the internet and HyperDia on your phone, you are good to go and ready to conquer Osaka! 

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Going to write a lot's of things about this third Japan trip! 
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May 5, 2019

How We D.I.Y our Pre-Wedding Photoshoot!

This is a post where I contemplating a lot to share on my blog, well one because I'm not that open about my personal thing in my life on my blog and two, it's just to avoid any kind of questions. Well, pessimist right? Just precautions. But the more I think, I should just share it because I believe that if you are the person that loves to plan everything on your own and only comfortable to work with your friends, maybe this can give you the guideline.

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One of my favourite!
Honestly, I'm not too sure how to plan a photo shoot. Then, I encountered this one tweet that said I need to prepare a doc about the timeframe, theme and others that related to the photo shoot. But, of course, the photographer has the freedom to shoot based on his/her creativity. 

At first, we don't want to do a pre-wedding photoshoot but something just hit me, and I felt because we will get married once in my lifetime, so why not. On 14 February 2019, I decided to WhatsApp my bridesmaid, Nuriy Arisa for the help, she said yes, and we did the shoot week after.

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This is the black theme from Fight For My Way!
That's the first step, the second one is to know what you want in terms of theme. I love K-Drama and minimalist style. So, I want to incorporate both into one photoshoot. Pinterest helps a lot in terms of this. Plus, I can share the board link with my them and it's easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Third, plan. I used this google doc to keep everything on track and to give the vision to Nuriy to make it into a reality. Initially plan is to shoot in Empire Damansara solely but since the guard said that we need a permit to do a photoshoot there, we did 50% shoot there and another 50% at Museum and Art Gallery Bank Negara MalaysiaIt was freedom in Bank Negara, no permit needed just respect that it's a museum. 

Nuriy also provide special edit! You can use it for social media purposes.
Fourth, execution. We can plan all day long, but Allah is the best of planners. This is where my fiance, Nuriy and Ayai (stylist) come together and make it into a reality. For makeup, I did it by myself because I could say I have a complete set and I did for my fiancee too. I just did the powder and some lip balm.

Because I did a WhatsApp group, it easier for me to plan the clothes and lets Ayai decide through the chat group (everything is made digital). He even bought his own clothes to do the second round shoot - dedication!

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Bank Negara is such a cool place to shoot!

To clarify things up, I paid Nuriy and Azraei for their services, and we even went for lunch and dessert after the shoot, just to treat our self for a great job. I don't have that many friends, to be honest, but when I do, I will appreciate and help them when they needed.

For a bride that looking for a female photographer, you can contact @NuriyArisa for further discussion!

Since a wedding is very personal for everyone, I want to surround myself with people that I believe and stay beside me through thick and thin. Because real friends are hard to find, and we really need to cherish them. With that being said, I'm so thankful having a really patience fiance and great friends! 

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Thank you guys for making it become a reality!

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