Monday, 13 August 2012

Autumn And A Bit Of Rant

I've been receiving quite a number of e-mails this year asking me for information on Japan from those who took advantage of the cheap Air Asia X fares to Japan. 

I used to reply them but tried to gently "encouraged" these people to comment on my blog instead so that they can have more input from readers who are more knowledgeable about Japan - those who live in Japan and read this blog! Never seem to succeed though. 

All of them do not keep in contact after they get their answers and never give feedback about their trip either afterwards. Not that I expect any form of gratitude from them, but it's nice to have a two-way communication instead of one. OK, it is two-way. They ask. I answer. They ask again. I answer. Then quiet. Hmph.

The latest is a few e-mails about autumn in Japan. These readers seem not to notice one fact - I do not live in Japan! Plus I do not keep track of the seasonal changes in Japan unless I happen to plan for a trip. Please do not take this personally, but I can tell you when autumn will be in Japan if I check the information online. Like you.


Oh wait? I just thought of something. Just because I blog about Japan, does it mean I'm obligated to answer every single pertinent question about vacationing in Japan? I hope not. I'm not exactly paid to do this in my spare time.

Anyway, the rant is just one excuse for me to put more autumnal photos here. To answer a guy's question on whether he'll be too late to view autumn when he gets to Japan, I can tell him this - we visited Japan in late November - mid December 2011 and these were the view we got to see :
 Yokohama - late Nov, taken the day after we reached Japan via Haneda Airport.
 Yufuin - late Nov
Sasebo - early Dec
 Matsuyama - early Dec
 Nara - almost mid Dec
 Hakodate - mid Dec
 Tokyo - mid Dec
and when we back to Yokohama, the day we were flying back to Kuala Lumpur

40 comments:

  1. Fantastic to see autumn while we have the summer.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. I never seem to be posting season appropriate photos here in my blog. ^^

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  2. Lina... good morning from Takamatsu... yeap, I do get similar inquiries sometimes... on Japan in general... on how to get into a univ. in Japan... on how to apply for a scholarship... and the experience I get is more or less similar... anyway the pic on Sasebo is very nice...

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    1. I was one of them, before we went to Shikoku, right? xD

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  3. I usually enjoy helping people out even though I know that they won't get back to me later. I would love to hear about the trips people take but people have other lives and unfortunately we don't have that "bond". I don't think I ever gave you a personal reply to my trip to KL earlier this year, but I hope you had fun reading about it in my blog. If you don't want to help them, just refer them to me if you need to.

    I think we need a "tip jar" system on our blogs so that people can thank us in the future with money. I would love to make money off of my blog in the future once I figure out how. ;)

    Funny how you mention Air Asia X. I just wrote about it last week as you know. Yes, shameless plug.
    http://blog.hinomaple.com/2012/08/07/low-cost-carriers-air-asia-x/ (^^)V

    PS: I have a lot of videos on my post tonight. Hope you like it. ^^

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    1. It's the "bond" that you mention that made me rather.... errrr lazy to reply in detail to any questions over the e-mail.

      I doubt anyone would tip me here, even if I go all out helping them. I'd be lucky if I get a thank you e-mail after that, without more questions. A lot of them seems to want me to plan out their whole itinerary including the route & map of places to go to eat! I can't and won't do that! @.@

      Shameless plug away, Dru. At least we are sharing our "plug" with others. Not just between two of us. ;p

      ps can't wait for the video post! :)

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    2. Happy to share a plug with everyone. ;) The video post is up now. Hopefully you enjoy the videos.

      Also, route, map, itinerary, that's just too much. No way for me. I'll help a little but you gotta do a lot on your own too. :)

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    3. I do get queries asking on specific places they wanted to go. I mean, I'm not a walking map! I can't even read maps myself. Heck, even queries asking me to hook up to people offering baby-sitting services in Japan. Like, hello?

      Anyway, I'll look at the video later today. Tanoshimi! ^^

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    4. Why don't you tattoo a map to your back? ;) I know what you mean. I was once asked about hello kitty stuff in Harajuku, and I said to go to this place, but she was annoyed because she already went there or it was closed. Oh well, you try to help out but they aren't happy.

      Oh, the baby sitting service is called a TV. :P A portable game machine also works.

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    5. Judging from previous experience getting stopped by lost Japanese, maybe I should tattoo a may on my back! LOL

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  4. Always love seeing pictures of Autumn in Japan. Most Japanese say that the months of October and November are the best months to visit Japan. I think last year it was quite late due to the unusual weather, so you were very lucky :)

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    1. We are indeed lucky to still be able to witness the beautiful autumn colours last year! :)

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  5. Hmm, I hope that people will share their information a lot.
    At least, they should report their trips.

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    1. Some people don't mind but I find it tiring answering to personal e-mails sent by people I don't know.

      At least an e-mail after their trip saying how it went or whether my information was correct (or not!) would be good.

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  6. Lina, do you mind I ask you one question? I heard from Yvonne, u travel to Japan by yourself... So how frequent you went there? Flight not cheap, hotel not cheap too...my last 2 trips to Tokyo and hokkaido, we followed tour. We wish to visit there again.

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    1. I don't know about the rest of the people vacationing to Japan but for me & my family (2A 1C) the cost never exceed RM15K per two-weeks trip. Two weeks for three pax. I don't think that's too expensive.

      Certain adjustments though - we stayed at business hotel, eat at affordable places and try to minimise visiting places with high entrace fees unless we really want to visit it. Splurging once or twice - for meals & for a nice ryokan stay was always included though.

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    2. BTW, Selamat Hari Raya eh...heard you are coming to Taiping...

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    3. Yup, coming up to Taiping in mid-Sep for Taiping Marathon event.
      Though I'm not joining it and do a full marathon yet! Just a halfie. ^^

      Thanks for the wish.

      Enjoy the long weekend. :)

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  7. I quite often get people writing to my website (the other one) to ask for advice on their school projects on Lewis Carroll. I rarely get a thankyou. still the ones who do say "thanks" make it worthwhile. And I've learned not to bother with the requests from those who just want me to write their piece for them.

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    1. " And I've learned not to bother with the requests from those who just want me to write their piece for them"

      exactly!

      I've had so many questions about visa application to Japan and their response to the my answers generally made me want to say - call the Embassy yourself! I can't and don't want to supply you with the application forms, how to compose the application letter and so on. Do it yourself! Hpmh! xD

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  8. My last trip was in Autumn, but the leaves hadn't turned yet. I would love to see the trees in full autumn colours. Where I live in Australia, we don't get autumn trees - too hot and humid.

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    1. I'm going to sound stupid here - you don't get autumn trees there? @.@

      You went in the early autumn to Japan, right? Before us. :)

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  9. You could always refer queries to this site. :D

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    1. oooooo that's a really cool link. Everyone, check it out! ;p

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  10. I participated on Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree Travel Forum (the Japan site, of course) for a short while, but eventually gave up.

    "Is this itinerary OK?"
    "So where can I meet Japanese girls?"
    "Is Tokyo safe? What about the radiation?!"

    (+_+)

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    1. I participated actively in a lot of travel forums too, Japan-guide, frommers, etc... now, I don't even bother reading them. Too many silly questions from people who doesn't seem to know how to do their research. They should really check out your link you put up above. kekeke

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  11. THANKS FOR THE AUTUMN PHOTOS! Says she while wiping off sweat. I'll remember autumn and ganbare through the hell that is late August in Tokyo ...

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    1. I'm wiping off buckets of sweat too and wishing I can actually run somewhere where I need at least two layers of clothing ad not wish I can shed them all! ^^!

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  12. Sasebo looks like little Europe :D

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    1. I cheated. The Sasebo photo was actually taken at huis ten Bosch theme park located in Sasebo city :-D

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  13. Everyone knows you love visiting Japan. Maybe you should be a goodwill ambassador. Think of it as a compliment from your readers, but it's nice to get some feedback too.

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    1. There are nice readers who asked nicely and I didn't mind helping them.

      But there are those who asked questions like I am obligated to answer them and they asked without so much of a "please" and "thank you" for asking. That I do mind. :(

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  14. It is very hot in Tokyo too. But one month later,autumn will come to Hokkaido. I hope you and your family will come to Japan in next spring or auumn.

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    1. We will be in Japan for autumn 2014! It's still a long wait for 2014 to arrive! :(

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  15. Hmmmm some people sure have the cheek eh, to ask is one thing but not to say thank you or at least tell you how it all went is just plain not so nice lah, this is where I looooooveee to use these two words - COMMON SENSE. And those questions asked hmmmm do make me wonder of some people. Good on you to give them a piece of your mind Lina.

    Just dropping by to wish you and family Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri Maaf Zahir dan Batin, jika ada salah silap or tekasar bahasa, harap dimaafkan ye. Enjoy your Raya with your family. Catch up more on your blogs when Im back.

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    1. Common sense and basic courtesy. You gave them so much info and they come back shooting back queries because they don't believe my info to be correct. Don't shoot me. I just share my knowledge as I know it. I am after all not the effing Japan Tourism Board! xD

      Anyhoo... on a more cheerier note;
      Selamat hari raya! Maaf zahir batin!
      How was your celebration? You guys still aren't back to Malaysia yet?

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  16. Autumn is just around the corner!!! ^^ Love red leaves!!

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    1. Wooohooo!!!

      I am soo jealous of you people who get to enjoy autumn. :)

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  17. Hi Lina!

    In Europe, the months of July and August are summer school-hollidays in most countries.
    So my wife and the kids came back to Malaysia for 2 months in early July.
    My holiday is limited so I only followed in August. But I grabbed the opportunity to hop over to Tokyo for a long weekend.

    It was my first experience with AirAsiaX, and I had booked all flights already in March. The price was 100 euro (KL->Tokyo) + 100 Euro (Tokyo->KL) + 100 euro (seat reservation, on-board meal, video entertainement, extra luggage). So in total something like 1200 RM. It was my first time, so now I know I should not get the video (they give you a TablePC with movies, might as well use your laptop).

    It also was my first time to fly into Haneda, but the transfer to the city center went very smooth.
    Upon arrival I bought a Pasmo card with extra credit from a vending machine.
    Than took the monorail and after that the Yamanote line. It was already close to midnight, so a lot of drunk salarymen and noisy OL :) Welcome to Tokyo!

    Flying back was a night flight, so I didn't need food or video, just slept. I did see people take something to eat and drink onboard.
    At KL LCCT, I took the bus to KLIA, and from there the KL transit train.
    All in all the flight was not to bad, so I am confident now to take my family along next time.

    I spent my time running around in Ueno and Asakusa. Took tons of pictures. Gazed up to the Sky Tree, and down from the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Building.
    Went to Nippori and bought so much chomel fabric for my wife. Filled the (little) empty space in my suitcase with all the cute stuff from 100 Yen shop and Daiso (only to find out that these shops in KL actually have the same stuff for 5 RM :).

    I managed to eat all the delicious stuff that I wanted to try out, and had a real good experience.
    The summer in Japan is hot and humid, but for me the weather Malaysia is the same.
    Next time, I hope to do this again, take the family, and go outside Tokyo as well.
    Of course, we have to spend most of our holiday time to balik kampung and makan-makan :)

    See you!

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