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Thursday, 7 November 2019 // 5:45 am

Hello, hello!

Back at it again, second time this year. Man, at this rate, posting here will be an annual thing. I hope that won't be true!

I'm feeling quite nostalgic about my Okinawa trip (it was just 3 weeks ago......................) and I felt compelled to share some photos and anecdotes about my trip. What better way then to use this digital space I have! I've also exercised this urge by creating a public instagram account (@jopostrophe), just for nice photos in my photo album that has been collecting virtual dust.

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This Okinawa trip marks my first ever road trip in Japan!

Driving in Japan was… different. Actually, I’ve never actually driven 'proper' in Singapore – parents always on my back about my lack of vehicular skills, and refusing to let me drive a car without them in the passenger seat. But boy, Japan was my chance. I had a navigator beside me (I would have panicked so hard without you), so it didn’t go as badly as I thought it might.

It was SO. MUCH. FUN.

A big plus on why it was fun – people are way nicer on the road there LEL. Not once did I get honked at even though I knew I fully deserved it. Meanwhile, in my own country, I got honked at for going too slow by a taxi uncle when I was learning. L PLATE, OKAY, UNCLE?

Okay road rant over – back to the trip.

From here on out it’ll mostly be photos and a few quips from me here and there. Our itinerary was a little bonkers tho, as with all trips I plan.

sweet potato whole-grain pancakes with mango and coconut syrup | @rakuen cafe

shuri castle (we visited a week or so before the fire... :( )

shureimon gate

nana musubi | @nana.musubi

chiku chiku cafe | website

the best chanpuru i had in okinawa + melt-in-mouth garlic steak @ masara

indeed, it sure is | life is a journey
out of naha! drove all the way to yomitan.

cape zanpa

zakimi castle ruins

got rejected by this establishment -reservation only- :( but all was well, because we dined at a gem of a restaurant recommended by our guesthouse host...  hanahou

the best rafute

rabbitfish on tofu

taco rice

umi budo / seagrapes - so fresh and yum! 
whilst parking, one of the members of staff rushed out to help and greet us. they also helped us reverse out of the parking lot when we were done, getting the keys from another patron (whose car was blocking us) and making way for us T-T +++points for waiting for my slow ass to reverse out. 10000/10 customer service! @hanahou

blue cave soba with a shisa @ cape maeda's cafe

diving with @natural blue! unfortunately the tide was too high that day and we were unable to visit the blue caves :(  but the entire experience was still pretty cool (but exhausting - snorkelling + diving consecutively ain't a joke, kids)

uv rays are bad

a quaint, unassuming chinsuko shop/mini factory we passed by and had to stop before we zoomed to nago | nagahama seika

nago pineapple park! cute. bigger than expected. delicious pineapple softserve.

fruitsland. not sure i felt about this one. give it a miss if you have no interests in fruit/birds.

peanut tofu! yum.

fried chicken + literal egg mayo

i'm obsessed with chanpuru.

sea lettuce tempura(? i forgot what i ordered) + pink salt
came upon this very tourist-filled place at the foot of a hotel near our guesthouse - food was pretty good, but they had a waitlist. probably because this was one of the only restaurants around, aside from mini foodcourts. @uminchu ryori kaihomaru

jinbe @ churaumi aquarium!!! so huugGGggeeegeeee!

view from atop the tropical dream center. visit if you like flowers.

 okinawa sun |colourful, happy little drink shop near churaumi aquarium. 
pardon my out of focus photo.

oshokujidokoro bunchan | hungry us, one of the few restaurants on kouri island, generous portions and cute, kitschy decor.

sendan | the accommodation and hospitality received here was top notch. they really set the bar for guesthouses for me! plus, the food was well prepared by the husband. his eggplant dish and sushi roll changed me. super near the aquarium too! 10000% recommended if you're looking to stay around the area.

hiji waterfall - an hour trek to see it.

rocks at daisekirinzan. 
interesting trek with many rocks. some formations were pretty cool, other were... interesting.

hiro's coffee farm | we met the owner's daughter! we had a nice group chat together with another patron (me attempting to vomit out whatever conversational japanese i knew). the coffee jelly was sooooo yummy.

on to higashi, to a small secluded town by taira bay. stayed for a night @ azuma no ozu | ran by an old man who enjoys fishing and cooking. had a funny conversation with him over dinner. thought he was a solo-yolo man living his life but turns out he's sorta doing LDR with his wife back in tokyo.

fresh sashimi he caught!

peperon rice, his own creation. one of the best fried rices i've had - probably because this is soooooo peppery.

complimentary sashimi

complimentary fruits - 'service', he told us, heh.

made our own earrings! passed by this pretty shop and had to stop. |

back in naha city!
first stop: we dyed cheesy souvenir shirts using coral fossils | @shuri ryusen

yakiniku!!! we were craving. | @yakiniku king

makishi public market - a very touristy place. 
we went up to the second floor and noped outta there.

starbucks halloween ed. vs goya (bittergourd) juice. +1 to the former.

fish musubi aasjhdgaj so yummm! there was a line when we went in the morning. | @porktamago

i did not fare well in this bird-filled mini zoo. can't find anything online, but it's along the shopping street!

creamy and sweet at the bottom, jello and fresh above! can't find anything online, but this was along heiwadori shopping alley if i'm not mistaken.

I don't have any decent photos of blue seal ice cream, okinawa's home brand, but we had a copious amounts of their ice-cream during this trip, heh.

This trip was definitely one of the most memorable ones for me! Japan is almost always a good travel destination :) However, the start of this trip was super rocky... largely thanks to Typhoon Hagibis that happened the day before I was supposed to fly from Bangkok.

I was in Thailand for Cheerforce Cheerleading Championships (which I will save for another post), and right after the competition I bound for a flight to Tokyo the same night - so I could make it for my friend's wedding (still a little bummed, but I'm glad she had a good one ♥). But because of the typhoon, my flight was cancelled and I was essentially stuck in Bangkok.

It was a very devastating few hours for me because I couldn't find a flight to Tokyo - and there were so many unknowns in the air. Eventually, I paid a hefty sum to Okinawa (part of my planned trip), since that region was completely unaffected by the typhoon.

Yea, it was quite a journey... but oh wells, things did pan out in the end! The islands of Okinawa will be the next target, whenever I go back - island-hopping, woooo!

Gotta prepare my motion-sickness pills.