Japan is FINE!
★2011/03/21 01:37

Are you leaving Japan too icon:h_hatena04

Are you asking your family or friends who are in Japan to leave icon:h_hatena04

If yes, why icon:h_hatena04

Ionizing radiation is leaking from the Nuclear Power Planticon:mark3_sign01 - that’s the reason!!

Oo, that’s scary..
Everybody knows, ionizing radiation is hazardous. It may even cause death.

Did you know, it takes a very Very VERY large amount of radiation to kill a live being?

As for Fukushima Nuclear Plant crisis, the amount of radiation that leaks out is only danger for the distance of 30km from the plant. Other than that, everywhere in Japan are safeicon:mark3_sign01 

Fukushima radiation levels

At one point, radiation for Tokyo has increased mSv0.8 more than usual from the leaking, but this amount is not at all a number that would affect any health problem.

Why ill-threat radiation?

Whereas everything are quite the same.

For example, “smoking”.

Cigarette is not good for health. Moreover a second-hand smoker.
Over-taking them could be hazardous.

People has too lil’ knowledge on radiation..

In fact, instead of radiation leaking, people should start “No Smoking”.

Even though it is fine here in Japan, the overseas media has been making a big fuss by exaggerating the facts and tell stories which are not existed.

That is cruel and I hate it!!

Didn’t everyone been saying “Help Japan”, “Pray for Japan”?

Being panic doesn’t helpicon:mark3_sign01

Being the one who makes everyone panic doesn’t helpicon:mark3_sign03

Stop working and leave Japan out of nothing doesn’t help eithericon:mark3_sign01

Cz any of that would only cause nightmare of a economy crisis.. icon:face3_kao27 

Please mean it when you say “Help Japan” icon:h_bikkuri04 and spread the right facts!

Japan will be even more advance, even more stronger when Japan overcomes the current difficultiesicon:mark3_sign03 It always does icon:face3_kao06

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See how all media from all over the world says about Japan..icon:a2_down too sad, too bad 
http://www.dannychoo.com/post/en/26052/Foreign+Media+Reporting.html

Stop the hysteria!! icon:a2_down
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH7JYAphuTE

If you do not really know what’s happening on the Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima, watch this! A very funny but true and positive facts that describes the current condition ! Love this icon:h_heart05
Japan is still the best icon:body3_te02
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* Sorry, I put the wrong one without the translation. Please see this for English icon:face3_kao20 (21 March – update)

21 March 2011 | No Comments » |

Category:harupi episodes

SUPERMOON so bright~! – 19 March 2011
★2011/03/19 23:33

Full moonThe MOONicon:mark3_sign01icon:w_6_fullmoon

And today’s a SUPERMOON dayicon:mark3_sign03 
- which a full moon or new moon at it’s closest approach to the Earth icon:w_6_newmoonicon:p_futabaicon:w_6_fullmoon
19 March 2011, the closest Supermoon since 1992.

A lot of rumors saying that natural disasters occurred when Supermoon is approaching.. some has said, the M9.1 Japan earthquake on the 11 March 2011 was influenced by this Supermoon (not proven scientifically)..
It sounded super for me.. maybe because of that, it then named as S U P E R M O O N icon:body_a_biceps

Check Wikipedia to know more about SUPERMOON  icon:f_been

I thought I had to see the Supermoonicon:mark3_sign01

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First impression, Supermoon is so bright icon:h_kira01icon:mark3_sign03 instead of big.. icon:face3_kao17


I thought it would be BIG seriously.. icon:face3_kao18  hmm..maybe not from here.. icon:face3_kao21

Supermoon from backyard on 19 March 2011
Supermoon from backyard on 19 March 2011
Though, it was really really BRIGHT~ icon:w_6_fullmoonicon:h_kira02

Go out and have a look at the SUPERMOON icon:mark3_sign03

How big is it from your placeicon:mark3_sign02 Is it bright tooicon:mark3_sign02

19 March 2011 | Comments Closed |

Category:harupi episodes

Big Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan 東北地方太平洋沖地震 11.03.2011
★2011/03/17 02:20

Everyone knows by now that a 9.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean so close to Northeastern of Japan followed by a tremendous tsunami causing a massive devastation to Japan on the 11 March 2011.

Within a day..not even a day, towns near the shore of Northeastern Japan turn into a disaster..

Natori, Miyagi prefecture
Natori, Miyagi Prefecture

Every pictures that I’ve seen from all the medias is just unbelievable.
They just look so unreal. They are like scenes from movies like “2012″ or “The Independence day”..

How can you imagine a town can just be gone in minutes??


Natori, Miyagi prefecture after tsunami stroke on 11.3.2011


Natori, Miyagi Prefecture after the Tsunami swept through..
(Kyodo News / Associated Press)

And they are not toys or miniatures that you usually see from above..


Light planes and vehicles swept by the tsunami

Sendai Airport in Northern Japan


(Kyodo News / Associated Press)

They are real.
One of the world worst disaster just destroyed part of Japan merciless..


Houses swept by tsunami in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture

Tsunami hit Natori, Miyagi Prefecture 
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Damaged town of Yamada, Iwate Prefecture from a tsunami hit

 Fully damaged town of Yamada, Iwate Prefecture
(YOMIURI SHIMBUN / AFP / Getty Images)

All the cities which were hit by the Tsunami, yes.. all gone in a sweep.

Yuriage, Sendai

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Mouseover for before and after 

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Yuriage in Natori

I am not able to provide 100% informations over here in Japan, but I hope people would now more about the exact facts of what’s happening. Gain more knowledge and know what to do, how to react, how to support, how to help, how to not go negative.

Being panic, can’t help..
but will make things worst..

We wish not to have worst economy crisis after this tragedy..

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Websites regarding the Earthquake and Tsunami that struck Japan on
11 March 2011
 

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(newest on date 16 March 2011)


News

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CNN news
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Agency: Damaged container may be causing smoke, radiation spike

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The New York Times
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Japan Says 2nd Reactor May Have Ruptured With Radioactive Release

Photos

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boston.com – Massive earthqukes hits Japan


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the Atlantic – Earthquakes in Japn


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the Alantic – JapanEarthquakes Aftermath

Google map

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ABC News – Japan Earthquake befre and after


Check the upcoming weather, climate and Earthquake information! Be UPDATE of the condition!! – includes WARNINGS & ADVISORIES of Tsunami


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気象庁 – Japan Meteorological Agency 

Yahoo Japan info on scheduled blackout

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Yahoo Information -
How to reduce electric power and to prepare for the planned power outage

Google access to Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Crisis

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Google Crisis Response

DONATION

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Japan Red Cross Society

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American Red Cross

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UNICEF

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Save the Children


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MercyCorps



EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION for foreigners in Japan!!!


Tohoku area pacific offshore earthquake multi-language support center

English, Bahasa Indonesia, Español, Português, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, ภาษาไทย, 中文, 한글, Easy Japanese


Local Japan Emergency dials:
171 + 1 + line phone number to leave a message
171 + 2 + line phone number to listen to the message
Phone numbers to consult about missing persons: (Japanese language)
Iwate: 0120-801-471
Miyagi: 022-221-2000
Fukushima: 0120-510-186 / 090-8424-4207 / 090-8424-4208

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Everybody please keep safe, be positive, be alert and be GOOD.
Japan is strong and will rise again.
When Japan regain and recovered from what have been damaged from the current disaster, Japan is ready to move another step higher for their community. 
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I have faith for Japan.

I love Japan.

 

17 March 2011 | 1 Comment » |

Category:harupi episodes

Journey to Singapore!
★2011/03/08 00:10

I lied..
I said I’ll be updating my trip on my blog xxx days? ago and I didn’t..
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Sorry..and I hate it too when I’m being lazy..
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 at least I made new video very often now on YouTube! 
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Anyway, I’m gonna blog on my lil’ trip around Asia
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 I’m sharing tips of backpacking and for those who loves travelling! 
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I’ve moved my whole house from Tokyo to Hokkaido! I had my last few days at my old house in Tokyo trying to clean and pack everything and send everything to Hokkaido home~

We had to depart straight to Malaysia from Tokyo after the house-moving..
Didn’t really had time to really really organized my trip to the MAX, but I did make a lot of research and planned my schedule for a BackPack 
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My planned schedule 2 months before we depart 
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Schedule trip to Asia

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All prices in that schedule are for two unless it was written there for one!!

And so we departed on the 6th of October 2010 from Narita (Tokyo) to KLIA (Kuala Lumpur), 3 of us, Mami, Yapi, and me 
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There’re various ways to Narita from Tokyo and this time we took the New Skyliner which we have not been on one before! 
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Only
36 mins
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 - it has always been an hour to Narita 
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The New Skyliner now is,

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 More spacious!
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 Well-designed!
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 Faster!



Skyliner train to Narita
At the vending machine corner inside Skyliner 
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Yeah, I went to a few places in Malaysia but I guess I wanna keep Malaysia as my last one to blog 
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So on the 22 October, we took 5hours in a bus instead of 45mins in a plane from Malaysia to Singapore..
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The reason is, coz the bus is way more cheaper
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 and the bus was great compare to any of the budget flights!


Aeroline bus

AEROLINE
bus, is comfortable with big seats, lounge in the bus with big TV, yummy lunch is served, and the service captain was really PRO and polite 
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Price
RM90
(from Bandar Utama, Malaysia → Harbour Front, Singapore)
RM70
(back to Malaysia!)

Not a waste of time at all even if took 5 hours all the way to Singapore! Experiencing the journey is one of an excitement too! 
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AEROLINE
Official website: 

https://www.aeroline.com.my/


Video on my journey with
AEROLINE
 
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Click YouTube and watch it there for bigger size!! 
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This bus series a lil’ bit boring.. but yeah, just get an idea how does the bus looks like!! 
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And so, we arrived!

Basically, I haven’t been to Singapore since I was a kid and I didn’t really know how it works in Singapore..

When I first arrived in Singapore 
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We arrived at Harbour Front and I didn’t know whether I should take a cab or the subway to my hotel..

Just walked around, to the mall, up and down, till we saw a MRT station in the mall!! 
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I know I need to go to Aljunied Station
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 where my hotel is 
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Singapore MRT signage

A sign at the MRT station reminding parents that their kids are now old enough that you have to PAY!! 

It takes only 10mins ~ 15mins from Harbour Front to Aljunied station 
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In Aljunied, again we have to look at the map to search for the hotel..
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A hotel 20mins away from the station.. and we’ve walked for an hour (or more!!) to reach
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On the way, we walked pass all these old shops 
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Geylang old shops

Geylang old shops - Chinese praying culture



Geylang old shops


I always have an image that Singapore is a big city with modern buildings everywhere 
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But when I first arrived here, I was impressed 
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I love old retro stuffs, love the atmosphere, and the feel of nostalgia
 
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I’m glad that I chose this place to stay for the first 2 days in Singapore! 
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By the way, this place is called
Geylang
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Geylang
is an old town of Singapore, a town which is kept as it has been since the past 20 years.
It is not a place pretty much straightened-up. Quite a lot of snack bars (prostitution) around
Geylang
as well. Girls walking alone in Geylang, be descent or you will be the target of hunger-for-sex uncles on the street! 
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Geylang
is also a place where all the budget hotels are gathered!!! 
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Fragrance Ruby hotel

Fragrance Hotel 
Ruby

First 2 days, we stayed in this hotel and it was cheap!

Twin Room -
SGD$65 / night
 
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              Room was moderately clean

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          Space quite small..but it was ok 
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      Love the location
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 to see a more cultural side of Singapore. 
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          Staffs were fairly good!
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          Wifi is not free!!
          


Geylang street


Geylang
main street traffics in the evening. 
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Hazy sun in Singapore
Hazy sun shines softly and pretty 
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It was so hazy when we were there caused by the fire in the forest from Indonesia..
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08 March 2011 | 1 Comment » |

Category:2010 Asia backpaking Singapore

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