Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Cover Story - Kamakura And Kawasaki

It was a rainy day when we were visiting Kamakura and this particular manhole cover was almost left unnoticed by me.

It rained that day last year, and I was in pain - nursing a sore gum. If that's not a recipe for a "nice" vacation, I don't know what is! Haha
As far as I can make it, it featured a gold-banded lily, gingko leaves and seagull which are the symbol of the prefecture. I had at first thought that the round'ish image as a sun or something. ^^
I'm afraid the image for this manhole cover found in Kawasaki isn't clear. We were hurrying to cross the street when I noticed it. But it's some kind of flower. Azaleas, I think...

Anyone can enlighten me, please?

Anyhoo, wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!

Nothing big celebrated to herald the year 2013 but on the mommy front, mommy did this to close the year of 2012, dragging Daddy along to drive her to the race site :
A 25K Newton Challenge on crazy, killer hilly route. Super duper fun way to close the year of 2012. What's more fun than waking up at 2am, go out running with 3,000 other runners at 5.30am - right? Plus making daddy wait for her for 3hours! ^^
Raimie on the other hand is bummed as he'll need to start the new school term tomorrow. Mommy wishes she doesn't need to wake up early too. xD

24 comments:

  1. Have a lekker 2013! I've already said it over at your Backyard blog, but what the heck, we can never have too many good luck wishes.

    Kawasaki's flower is the azalea, so that's probably what it is! :)

    I love the way you grin when you run. Or, rather, the way you grin in photos taken while you run. :p

    Good luck with school, Raimie. Go get 'em!

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    1. I wished a few times already but hey! We can never have enough good wishes, right?

      So...
      HAPPY NEW YEAR!

      The grin can be easily replace with a grimace though. I'm vain enough to not want to look bad in photos, especially when they are going to be on people's FB updates! hahaha

      Thank you Auntie Ru for the wish. Raimie will hopefully be a good boy and study hard this year. ^^

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  2. good luck to your son's school Hapay new year

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  3. Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Hope you have lots of good races in the coming year as well as winning the lotto so that you can come back to Japan for a good trip. ^^

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    1. I would have to buy one first, to have any chance of winning. Hah Hah

      Happy new year Dru. And to Sox too! :)

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  4. From Chiang Mai, I wish you and family - Sawadee Pii Mai Ka (Happy New Year)
    May 2013 started off on a positive note for you and family and for me too hehehe

    How was your New Year celebration? We just stayed in at the hotel cos Isabella was fast asleep ahhhh Mummy needs to train her to be a night owl soon hehe but we are blessed with an awesome view where we got to see fireworks lit up here and there (with no tall buildings to obstruct the views) and everytime i come to Chiang Mai during the New Year I am always in awe to see people (Thais and tourists alike) lighting and letting go off lanterns up into the sky. I did get to see a poor (prolly jolly too) biker collided into a songthaew ..

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    1. Happy new year to you and family! You're at Chiang Mai! How cool!

      I'm thinking of making a trip there in Dec this year. We'll see how that goes. ^^

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    2. Really ? You'll enjoy it there for sure... December its not too warm there, just nice and night time a little late it cools down nicely.

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    3. Thought of entering Chiangmai Marathon. It's been highly recommended and I thought it'll be a perfect intro for me, to do an overseas run somewhere near at home first, in a cooler place before going for a big and COLD one in 2014. ;)

      But airfares for year-end sure ain't cheap!

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    4. I didnt even know theres a marathon there. Airfares for the year end is never cheap now compare to in the past its cheap but some reason people know its a good time to hit there in December ..

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    5. Chiangmai Marathon is rather small but Malaysians who do run in them are actually the who's who in the running circle. And they love Chiangmai, hence the lure for me to be there (and probably be the last runner to arrive and finish! hahaha)

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  5. Happy New Year 2013 oh school reopens again huh. Back to the rush hours and jams on the roads haha

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    1. Happy new year Bananaz.

      Yes, back to the FUN experience pf traffic jam again, not to mention early mornings too. Boohooo!!!

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  6. Welcome to the new year! What a way to start 2013! I guess this means an active year for you and your family. :)

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    1. I hope so. ^^

      I've a few exciting activities up my sleeve for 2013 and hope that I'll get to do all!

      Hope you have a great 2012 too! :)

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  7. Happy New Year Lina! 明けましておめでと! All the best for the year ahead!!

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    1. And to you & family too, JA!

      All the best with 2013 start in Japan. :)

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    2. Thank you! Really looking forward to it and not long to go now :)

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    3. Hope packing and moving will go smoothly! :)

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  8. Happy new year to you and your loved ones, Lina... and wishing you much joy and happiness in the year 2013...

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    1. Thank you Lrong. :)

      To you too.

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  9. Hi! Wishing yiu and your family a Happy New Year. Wishing you can run mamy marathon races.

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