What To Prepare Before Going To Tibet

What To Prepare Before Going To Tibet

Like I said on my previous post, before my Tibet holiday I had zero idea about going to highland, what to expect and how serious high altitude sickness could be. Now. After that unforgettable holiday expedition to Tibet, I want to share what to prepare before going to places with higher altitude, based on my personal experience. But before that, to know what altitude sickness is, caused, symptoms, treatments and such, I trust this web. ⊂(´• ω •`⊂)

Fyi, for those who have not read my previous posts, my trip to Tibet was not for hiking. The only tough activity we did was climbing up 432 steps at Potala Palace – it was fun but with that thin air we were all panting like crazy! The rest of the activity we just sat in the bus and walked not too far from where the bus parked. ( ゚o⌒)

Read more

Train from Jakarta City to Airport 🚝

Train from Jakarta City to Airport 🚝

Soetta or Soekarno-Hatta as locals called it. Foreigner would prefer to call it Jakarta Airport. But it’s not even located in the same province as Jakarta. As an engineer who designed one of the system in this huge building, I prefer to call it SHIA which is stands for Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. 🛫

There are several ways to reach SHIA from Jakarta city. Please check my comparison table below; ( ・ω・)☞

inside the brand new train to SHIA Station

But now I’m going to show you how to get a train from Sudirman Baru Train Station to SHIA, as it is the newest and most advanced option. (✧ω✧)

Read more

What Happened in Nagasaki on 9 August 1945?

What Happened in Nagasaki on 9 August 1945?

Inspired by the tragic moment happened in Nagasaki 72 years ago, I dedicated this post especially for those who are affected by the Atomic Bomb.

Nagasaki was a small fishing village set in a secluded harbor, Nagasaki had little historical significance until contact with Portuguese explorers in 1543. An early visitor was Fernão Mendes Pinto, who came on a Portuguese ship which landed nearby in Tanegashima. Soon after, Portuguese ships started sailing to Japan as regular trade freighters, thus increasing the contact and trade relations between Japan and the rest of the world, then Nagasaki became a centre of Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries.

On August 6, 1945, during World War II (1939-45), an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure. Three days later, a second B-29 dropped another A-bomb on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 75,000 people. Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced his country’s unconditional surrender in World War II in a radio address on August 15, citing the devastating power of “a new and most cruel bomb.”

Click “Read More” below to read about some sad stories I captured during my visit at the Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki.

Read more

What to Expect and What NOT to Expect from Sand Bath Onsen

What to Expect and What NOT to Expect from Sand Bath Onsen

You probably already heard about onsen. A natural / human-made pond with hot water famous in Japan, where we could soak ourselves naked with strangers in the same pond. But have you ever heard about SAND Bath Onsen?

I guess not many people heard about sand bath onsen. Especially those who are not from Japan.

I heard sand bath onsen during my research while I was planning my itinerary for my Japan trip, June 2017. I found one of the sand bath onsen in Beppu, only 2.5 hours away from Fukuoka. This interesting sand bath apparently has some good side-effect for our body. The sauna effect from burying yourself in a sand will make your body temperature higher and excrete poisonous toxins by sweating.

And after I tried this onsen at Beppu, now here I am going to show you what to expect and what not to expect from sand bath based on my personal experience! Click “Read More” and check out yourself!

Read more

is Ainoshima / Cat Island recommended to visit while you’re in Kyushu?

is Ainoshima / Cat Island recommended to visit while you’re in Kyushu?

Hello to all cat (or animal) lovers out there! <(o^▽^o)ノ

So you came across my blog and want to check if it was worth to go Ainoshima (相島) or Cat Island while you’re having holiday in Kyushu. You probably already checked some blogs and websites out there telling you how cute the cats are, how easy to get there, how you will get a lifetime experience and so on. And they probably right. But you are on my page now, and I will tell you what’s on my perspective about the island. <( ̄︶ ̄)>

I have three important questions for you, so you can tell will it be worth to go Ainoshima or not.

  1. Do you claim yourself as a crazy-cat lady but you never seen real cats in your life ever?
  2. Will you be fine get approached by cats with skin problem or eyes problem or even half of her face covered by blood from an accident, without your heart wants to help them or drag a vet to the island?
  3. Are you allergic to house feline softly meowed at you for attention, with big eyes and fur oh-so-fluffy?

If you answered “yes” to those three questions, congrats! You will find Ainoshima as your heaven! Proceed now to check how to get there and yes it is so easy! ٩(。•́‿•̀。)۶

*some of the good-looking cats I found*

Read more

about my blog address….

about my blog address….

dear my lovely readers,

My blog address has been changed many times. As you might found out from older pictures I posted here, my previous blog address was “negrisinga”. Then I realized that I didn’t talk only about one particular country in this blog, so might as well to change my address. I chose “pikuta” because it sounds cute in my ear. Then after few months I get bored of it and now changed to “purisu”.

“Purisu” was Japanese from English nickname “Pris”, which is shortened from my real name. So I think it would be nice to stick with my original name. But to be honest, I don’t know how long I will keep this blog address. My blog address keep on changing, please bear with it.

Anyhow, rose will still be beautiful with any names, right?

Happy reading and thank you for stopping by!

Hope you enjoy my writings. And please leave some comments! 😉

xo,

プリシラ

MacRitchie Reservoir Park: Macaque Dos and Don’ts

MacRitchie Reservoir Park: Macaque Dos and Don’ts

So today, having unstable mood as I always do lately, I decided to visit a nature reserve at MacRitchie, with a hope that mother nature would lend me some strength. But who knows, this huge park has a lot of macaques!

If you love animals and want to take picture as close as you can, always be alert that these wild animals can always snatch your camera/phone. Don’t make any noise by clicking your tongue or make other funny noises, as they might think you were scaring them off. Don’t step on a dry leaves, as the sound would scared them as well. Be gentle when walking closer towards them. Be extra gentle and don’t make any noise when open your camera/phone. But bear in mind, ALWAYS BE ALERT!

I observed these wild creatures and learned that most of the time they will ignore you if you just walk pass through them without making too much noises and didn’t bring any food or anything that looked like food. If you walk around the park with food or colorful water bottle, just DON’T! They will try to snatch it from you. If you try to defend your food, more macaques will come. Macaques hunt in a group.

Most of the time they are afraid of human as much as human afraid of them. If you scared of them and decided to make a run from them, they will chase after you–it’s a basic instinct of a predator. If you think they are following you, don’t run. Just stop and turn around, look at their eyes. They usually just play around and don’t really trying to chase you. Always be alert of the wild animals. Animals can read human’s emotions and facial expressions.

CYMERA_20160618_174422

Read more

Flower Dome : Lilitopia, Gardens By The Bay

Flower Dome : Lilitopia, Gardens By The Bay

Since i never want to go to work on my birthday, i took leave today and decided to have a great time with myself.  I started with waking up so late. After I had my rainbow cake my colleague bought me yesterday for breakfast, off I went to Shaw Theater to watch Angry Birds. The movie wasn’t so bad, and it has a beautiful moral story.

Around 3PM, I decided to make a move to Gardens By The Bay. They were having Lily shows, called Lilitopia. I am not a fans of Lily, but I am certainly fans of all flowers and animals (I guess). So here are the pictures I took with my Sony phone.

*

copycim02 Read more

Two Heroes on The Plane!

Two Heroes on The Plane!

OK,, so finally i decided to write here. this is a true story of mine which i hope someday my story will reach the person who has saved my life. from the deep of my heart, i would like to say million thanks to them. this story taken from my other blog, and reposted here with some edited. here we go.

for the first time in my life–and i promise you it won’t be the last–i went to Japan. i was so excited to finally start my world exploration and also to fill one of my bucket list; church hopping during my holiday in any countries. but too bad none of my friends wanted to visit the church with me. so i decided to go one day earlier than them; visit the church, walk around the town, took train to neighborhood small town, basically had my very own solo day. that’ll be fun, won’t it? even though it means i had to lie to my parents–-mom would be strongly disagree if i traveled solo.

11 Nov 14, i checked the time every 5 minutes, i couldn’t concentrate at work. at 6 PM sharp, i rushed to get a cab and off to changi. i remember the cab driver asked me why i was in rush, my flight was still in 3.5 hours later, i could’ve had my dinner around my office. but i told him, i don’t want to be trapped in a traffic jam. anyway changi is a beautiful airport it has a lot of good restaurants too so i don’t have to worry about my dinner.

arrived at the airport, i called my mom. we skyped almost an hour. and she kept on asking me ‘where were your two friends?’ but i lied to her, they were still stuck in the traffic jam-–it’s peak hour. i never lied to my mom–-not until now-–because i didn’t want her to worry about me. and hey it’s Japan! i will surely be safe in that country. nothing could possibly go wrong, right? anyway it’s just one solo day, not a big deal.

after skyped with mom and had my cheese cake for dinner, i still had few extra minutes before boarding. i don’t like rushing for things, i’m a very punctual person. i cherished few last minutes at this beautiful airport, had my feet massaged before my flight took me from changi to kuala lumpur airport. from KLIA, i had 2 transit hours, chatted with mom and with some other friends, joked around, and ensured them i will have a hella fun in the land of the rising sun.

around 1 AM the plane took me from KLIA to kansai international airport. i didn’t have enough sleep since few nights ago because i was overwhelmed with the excitement of going solo to Japan. so that’s why i thought i must be really tired and my brain was still so active it wouldn’t allow me to sleep. or maybe because the girl sitting next to me was snoring too loud next to my ear.

i felt cold on my feet up to my neck, and uneasy in my stomach. i tried so hard to ignore it twice, and thought it must be just wind or too tired or my gastric. i remember i asked God to gave me at least 3 hours black-out so i’ll have enough energy to enjoy my solo day, or maybe move me to the business class so i could enjoy my beauty sleep there-–lol. i could feel something was wrong with my body but i didn’t know what.

it must be more than hundred times i pleaded my brain to take a rest, i didn’t want to be a zombie in my solo day. but the coldness in my body, uneasy in my stomach, dizziness, there must be something was wrong with my body but i didn’t know what. when the cold feeling stroke me the third time and my stomach went worse-–as i wanted to vomit, i thought maybe i should get up and asked the flight attendant for nausea pill or something. by the time i was standing up from my chair, i suddenly felt like a hammer hit my head, my body shivering and my stomach was very painful it went much worse than i thought. lucky i sat only few rows near to the pantry area–-where i heard the cabin crews was chattering.

i managed to drag myself to the pantry, and grab the crew’s left hand who was standing at the door near to me. i didn’t have more energy left, i whispered to her “help me, i don’t feel so good.” And after finished that sentence, my knees couldn’t support me anymore. the cabin crew lady (the one I grabbed her hand for a help) helped me lying on the plane floor.

i must be around 2 or almost 3 AM. i was shivering even though the crews already put 2 thick blanckets over me. my head was going to explode, i wanted to vomit, my stomach was killing me. the crews were panicking and running around the plane quietly trying their best not to wake up the other passangers. one of the crew put oxygen on my face, but it didn’t help since my breathing was fine. another crew said i must have a high blood pressure (but i am sure i wasn’t) and he was trying to find me medicine for that. i felt like i was in a drama movie–a very dramatic scene where i had many flashback memories and felt so guilty because my mom didn’t even know what was happening to me. i really hope the plane would landed somewhere and rush me to the hospital, but that didn’t happen.

so i believe you can imagine how was the scene: i was lying on the floor with 2 thick jackets over my body and oxygen on my face. i couldn’t move, all my nerves felt like fall asleep, i couldn’t even open my eyes. but as i was lying there, totally aware with my sorroundings and i could hear announcement made in both English and Japanese, asking if there is any doctor on the plane. and thank God–there was a doctor on the plane!

i know i’m a lucky person, but this one is more than just luck. the doc said i was food poisoned and he gave me something looked like diluted charcoal. after i drank it the pain in my stomach went from ‘really really hurt’ to ‘really-really-really i mean, REALLY HURT that it glued my body to the floor–-i couldn’t even move my body. what’s going on with me! this isn’t my time!!

this one cabin crew lady–the one i grabbed her left hand, she never left me. she was sitting on the floor next to me, talked to me softly trying to keep me awake. i was in pain but she make me feel  so calm and i know everything’s going to be alright.

after almost one agonizing hour i drank the charcoal, the pain was almost gone. i had enough energy to stand up, and the cabin crew lady helped me move from the economy class (floor) to the business class (with retainer chair!!). there, again, God granted me with my 3 hours beauty-black-out in business class before the plane landed in Osaka.

i had another 30 minutes black-out on the train from kansai airport to the hotel. and when i woke up, i felt my energy was so full and i felt oh so healthy again! i went to the Tamatsukuri Cathedral (it was my very first intention for this solo trip!). and that was it, i didn’t go anywhere else, but i kept my promise to go Tamatsukuri Cathedral even though it was under renovation. but i already asked God to invite me again after the renovation finished–-and i know He will grant my wish again! 😉

so here i am now back in Singapore alive, healthy and still the same cheerful person as i was before. but there is a thing that i really regret, which is i didn’t say thank you to the doctor who saved my life and i didn’t say enough thank you to the Malay cabin crew lady as well. i didn’t know their names, nor remember their face. so if only this post somehow could reach my two heroes and if only God granted me for one more wish, i wish i could meet the person who saved my life once again to express my gratitude. ありがとうございました、!

– Priscilla –

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

2 years celebration.

2 years celebration.

so this is exactly the 2 years since the first time i stomped my feet at the lion city. and to be honest,, that was love at the first sight.

when i looked around, i noticed all the trees and grass are all green. and it was literally greener on the other side! everything was so nice here : the local people was so warm and helpful, the services was quick and satisfying, anywhere i go, everything was clean (that was before i visited hawker), i can see people queuing in a good manner, even though i’m not really a sing’s foodie, but to know that smoking and gums are banned, those were really make me agree; this is the place where i belong!

i do enjoying my life here: i make a lot of friends, i like my jobs, my colleagues and i adore my bosses (in a professional way), i like my condo, basically i like everything i have here. i really appreciate them, and can’t thanking enough to God.

but.

let’s be honest. after i visited the land of the rising sun on last nov, everything has changed. what ever good things i see in this lion city, they have it twice or triple better. and i do want to move there for good.

i know that the fun part of life is when you entering a new territory and betting yourself to survive there. but as i always tell to myself, changing job is a matter of gambling. especially if you are already like all about your current job; job desk, colleagues and bosses. you will either got a better one (i wish!) or a worse one. i still need some times to really think whether or not i move to a new place for the sake of my curiosity, youthfulness, and another love at the first sight while i still like being here, OR stay in this comfort zone, cuz my mom strongly disagree about the idea i’m going further away from her.

*

the girl on this pic is not me! ;)
the girl on this pic is not me! 😉