Yogyakarta in 4 days

Yogyakarta is quite a mouthful. So call it ‘Jog-ja’ if you will, as the locals do. Yogyakarta? Where? Jogja lies in the centre-south of Java island; Java in turn is located in the centre of the arc of islands that collectively forms Indonesia (around 17,000+ islands, still validating). […]

The Reflection vs Full Metal Panic!

I had high hopes for the Reflection. Because the title sounds quite cool. But after going through 4 episodes of Reflection (and reflecting), I suddenly developed an urge to re-watch Full Metal Panic! (FMP). Both are stories of characters who acquired special powers from a once-in-a-life-time-freak-event. But the similarity […]

Spirited Away to Ginzan

One day out of the blue, my mate asked: why are we going to Ginzan? (ok, she meant, why, out of so many onsens, did I choose this one?) I gave her the only answer that came to my mind then: because there’s a ryokan there that looked like the […]

While They Were Sleeping

Always expect the unexpected? It looked like we hit the jackpot when the sakura forcasts started rolling in: full bloom expected on 30 Mar to 1 Apr. Wasn’t that perfect timing? We’d be in town 26 Mar to 1 Apr. So I was expecting something like this. And […]

Shima Onsen

My dad has a new moniker: ex-chairman. (Forced to retire by one of his daughters but that’s another story.) So, the ex-chairman and I were reminiscing about Shima Onsen 四万温泉 (lit. 40,000 onsen). We remembered because it was Hinamatsuri when we arrived (Girl Festival, celebrated on 3 March […]