The Grand Launch of Tochigi Nikkori Pear and Ibaraki Sweet Potatoes.

Almost everyday I practice healthy eating choices. Hence, when i head down to the store for groceries i am rather selective at what i buy. It was a couple of years back that one of my gf shared with me that everything Japanese are the best (of course this is her opinion laaaa). But she insisted that i try buying Japanese vegetables and fruits and so i did. I came home and… My goodness it is true!!! There is a difference in taste!!! (How can this be, right?)

Ever since, i naturally brainwashed myself into believing that everything made in Japan seems to be somehow better and tastier.. (i’m not kidding) Today i can proudly tell everyone that i am crazy about Japan and every little thing about it!!!

It was early this week that i received an invitation to attend the official launch and ceremony of The Sweet Bearings Of Japanese Quality Agricultural Products to the Malaysian Market at Aeon Big Mid Valley.

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Aeon Big is the first hypermarket in Malaysia to be offering these high quality products imported in directly from Japan. In conduction with the launch there is a Japanese food fair happening at selected Aeon Big stores where Japanese products that range from cooking essentials goods to fresh cut fish. 

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The highlight for the launch however were the Nikkori Pear and Ibaraki Japanese Sweet Potatoes which are two of Japan’s finest agricultural products. 

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These pears are HUGE!!! No kidding@@

Nikkori Pear can only be harvested in mid-October and stored for a long period of time until Febrary, thus the specialty and superiority of this unique fruit. This is a new variety produced by crossing full figured pears Niitaka and flavorful Hosui. Hence, the Nikkori pear is created. These HUGEEE pears weighs over 1kg each and has a perfect taste of sweetness with a delicious aroma of pear to it. This is a must try AND they are having promotion right now.

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Japan also prides on their sweet potatoes. I love them and so does my kids!

Ibaraki is one of Japanese top producers prefecture on sweet potatoes and a number of varieties are grown and known as Beniazuma and Beniharuka in both Hokota and Namegata. The taste is remarkably sweet and soft with a flaky texture. Unlike our local sweet potatoes, these are rather fat and long too.

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*just a tip, steam it for 20 min followed by grilling it ~ the aroma will be fabulous and the texture is crunchy on the outside yet sweet tasting on the inside. These sweet potatoes will leave you yearning for more, no doubt!*

imageDuring the media launch, there were a small delight made from both Nikkori pear and also Sweet Potatoes. Needless to say, they taste pretty amazing!

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By the way, i kid you not when i say the pear is HUGE!!

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If you haven’t tried them! i highly recommend that you do. Doubt it will be cheap after the promotion too! 😉

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2015, Osaka Japan

Osaka is one of my favourite places to visit in Japan. The vibrant colours surrounding the tall buildings just brightens up my mood and the amazing smell of the street food just tantalises my tastebuds. After spending 3 days and 2 nights in Kyoto ( Click here to read it ), we (the family) were looking forward in exploring further in Osaka. 

In Osaka, there are a few things i personally love to explore. This trip unfortunately hubs and my little girl were not feeling that great so we had spent most of the trip indoors.. IMG_0324

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Hence, this means minimal sight seeing and most of our activities involves on indulgence on food and rest.

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We did walked a little on the first day along Dotonburi. The smell of grilled food along the walkway of Dotonburi was enough to keep my eyes peeled wide open. I just feel like eating everything i can see. It was superbly dangerous to my diet but definitely worth it! 

The aroma of these Grilled Scallop topped with garlic and butter caught us in a jiffy! It was Super YUMS!

We also had the famous Ichiran Ramen. I discovered it to be my sons favourite during my Tokyo trip. He practically can finish the whole adult bowl.
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The steps are very direct and clear on what we needed to do. And the eggs were simply like heaven~ IMG_0254

Needless to say, my daughter the egg lover ate 2 and wanted more! >.<IMG_0259

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Next, there were these charcoal grilled crabs.

IMG_0283These are simply to die for. The smell of the charcoal on the crabs were so authentic and the crabs were so sweet. I totally enjoyed it that hubs surprised me with them again the night before we were suppose to leave.

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*heartmelts*

Yakitori stalls are my favourite. Ever since i have been introduced to eating chicken bones (yes grilled chicken soft bones) i have been madly in love with them. Having to enjoy them in Osaka was a pure luxury as expected, it tasted so good!

Although not in tip top condition, we still did manage to have a good time together.

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Already, i can’t wait for the next trip! 😛

2015, Kyoto Japan

It was such a blessing to have been given an opportunity to visit the land of the rising sun again. It was the 2nd trip within a month apart and i left it to the very last minute to surprise the kids that this family trip isn’t just the four of us but with their favourite aunties and grandparents as well. IMG_0096

No doubt they were overjoyed with excitement!
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And so was i.. Family trips are just the best.. loads of bonding moments with love ones which we spend too little time with.

It was also a trip to surprise my beautiful sister in law’s birthday. Her endless smiles on the face was simply priceless when she saw us at the airport. IMG_0143

I’m so thankful to be bless with these beautiful people in my life.
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I have the best sister in laws in the world.. they helped babysit the kids almost throughout the whole trip.. even at night.. which means hubs and i get a chance to spend some alone time and check out the salsa scene in Kyoto.IMG_0155

The bar was a tad bit smaller than we expected but filled with passionate dancers who takes turn on the dance floor. IMG_0166

People there as usual were extremely friendly even to foreigners like ourselves.IMG_0159

So the hubs managed to steal a couple of dances as well..

Our visit in Kyoto was rather short but we did managed to squeeze some time to visit the beautiful Bamboo Grove in Arashiyama.

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A rather peaceful garden that brings us back to embracing the beauty of nature.

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The view was simply breathtaking.. with hues of gold, green, yellow, pink and red..IMG_0220

Despite the beautiful scenic view and treasured bonding moments with everyone, we took our indulgence on food quite seriously during our 2 nights stay in Kyoto..

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After a good 3 days and 2 nights in Kyoto.. i gave up my total diet plan and enjoy every single second of my indulgence.

Next stop~ Osaka.

2015, Tokyo Japan Day 8 (10.10.15)

Happy 6th year anniversary to my dearest husband!

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It was the last day in Tokyo, Japan and the past 8 days has been nothing less but amazing (except day 6). Our plane home was in the late afternoon so we had a fair bit of time to burn before heading to the airport.

As usual, we headed out early in the morning to search for breakfast. My little girl had a burst of appetite. She suddenly decided to eat eat and eat continuously one after the other.
image image image image image image image image image image I had no complains at all.. even though was really shocked with her sudden burst of appetite. I totally love watching her eat..it’s a really really rare sight!

The husband and i enjoyed some freshly made onigiri as well.. his was a normal Sake with Ikura (salmon fish with salmon eggs) 
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Soon after, we headed back to the hotel and grab our bags to head to the airport. The ride to the airport took us a good 40 mins.. so the little girl sat on daddy’s lap and took a nap. It was one of the most precious sight i have seen this trip. #fatherdaughterlove.
imageWhen we finally reached the airport, thats when it suddenly hit me.. this is it, we’re heading home to the horrendous weather thanks to the haze!

I was a little sad that the trip has finally come to an end. So, i asked the kids.. (“who wants to come back to Japan again?”) Their reaction was simply priceless.
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As we board our plane (we sat ANA Airlines) i was so grateful that their service was nothing less but polite and thoughtful all the way. They constantly checked on me and the kids. Provide us with bottles of water as well as juice. They even gave the kids cards to play. It really nice of them. They served the kids such adorable meals as well (without me requesting). There was certainly a huge difference in sitting a Japanese airlines compared to others. It was totally an eye opening experience.
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Can’t wait until the next visit to Japan again. *i heart Japan* 🙂

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*Side note to husband* – Thank you for being so wonderful in so many ways and this amazing 8 days trip! 🙂

2015, Tokyo Japan Day 7

The whole of Day 6 i was stuck in bed and most definitely i wasn’t going to let this food poisoning exploit my holiday away. I was feeling a tad bit better that i could keep my head up high without feeling the urge to run to the toilet or find the nearest plastic bag.

So, i got up and perked myself up with some makeup and decided to head out to the electronics town!

My daughter had the chance of wearing her new cloak out as well which daddy bought for her in DisneyLand the day before. She’s completely hooked with frozen fever, as you can already see.
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image Upon reaching Akihabara, we decided to bring the kids to have an experience at the Maid’s Cafe (a unique one of a kind cafe where you see ladies/girls dressed up as a maid/maiden and act cute in front of you)image

Momma’s little girl obviously found the place amusing. 🙂 image

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Photos of the maid/maiden were not allowed… but we did somehow accidentally managed to capture a few shots of them behind us. image

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Everything they served were cuteness overloaded. image

image Okay, maybe not this one in particular, but she (the maid/maiden) did try her best. 🙂

Before we left, to commemorate our trip to the Maid’s Cafe, the little ones had a photo taken with them.
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We then headed for a walk at the Asakusa Shrine as well as pay our yearly respect before we headed over for lunch. I had to be rather watchful over the things i eat as i was still under medication and recovery.

But how on earth can i resist thisssssss!!!

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The perfect tamago. image

The bowl of specially seasoned seafood batter with rice.

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So.. i told myself.. eat first, settle later (total glutton i know! ) >.<

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Being a little unwell, we decided to head back to Shinjuku a little earlier and explore the malls nearby before heading back to the hotel to rest.

We came across these premium yogurt which was AMAZING!!! image Although being unwell, this did not stop me from trying them. It was so good! We ended up buying a few tubs to keep in the fridge for dessert after dinner. 🙂

By dinner time, the husband suggested a wonderful place to try out walking distance from our hotel.. image

Like always, good food brings smiles across my face even with little appetite. 🙂
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imageNeedless to say, the food was amazing!

2015, Tokyo Japan Day 6

This is definitely one of the worst day among the whole trip in Japan. I am never in my life eating CoCo Ichiban again! Be it in Malaysia or Japan or any other countries.

I spent the night literally puking until i wanted to die. Every 15 minutes i had to either tilt my head towards the plastic bag or gag until something comes out in the toilet. It was so bad.

It was definitely the seafood i ate in CoCo Ichiban. Everyone else was fine, but me (THANK GOD FOR THAT COZ IF THE KIDS WERE AS SICK AS I WAS.. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ALOT WORSE).

The poor hubs even ran out to the pharmacy to get me some sort of medication at wee hours in the morning, hoping to give me some relief…but na da~ nothing works!

Once the sun was up, i was admitted to the nearest hospital and had to be on drip.

Food poisoning + gastronomy disorder. (I literally puked until i had gastric! )
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I felt incredibly ill that i was so thankful to my awesome husband that had settled both kids that morning and yet taken such good care of me the whole night.
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Needless to say, Day 6 wasn’t at all fun! After i was discharged from the hospital.. i was sent back to the hotel to rest.

And so i did.. i slept the whole Day 6 away!

imageI’m guessing not many people knew about this (not at all eventful day) as i did not post it up in my instagram. But don’t be too surprised, it can happen to anyone at anytime.

So i’ve learnt my lesson and i’m most certainly bringing medication to whatever trips that i’m going for in the future! YOU SHOULD TOO!!!

2015, Tokyo Japan Day 5

On Day 5, it’s the photobomb day!!!

A day at Disneyland! The kids were overjoyed when they heard that we were going to go Disneyland. It was my first time as well. 😛 Being all excited we headed off early in the morning. The skies were beautiful that morning unlike the horrible haze polluting Malaysia’s air and environment.

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I remember looking up at these smokey clouds feeling so blessed and thankful to be breathing clean air at that very moment. Never in my life will i ever take it for granted.

As we head towards The Kingdom of Fantasy, we bought some sandwiches for the kids.. which they love so much!
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I just love watching them eat.. 🙂 image The ride took us a good 30 mins before we finally arrived our destination. My boy was so excited that he smiled and laughed until we literally can’t see his eyes. HAHHAH.

We finally reached and it was time to take loads of photos!
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There were limited rides that my kids could ride on (due to height restrictions) but that was alright for us as we were there to mainly explore and be exposed to the fun surroundings!

I must say that surprisingly, even though the rides seems to have a long line all the time, however the wait for each ride wasn’t that bad at all. It took us a good 20 min wait only for each ride we had. Unlike our previous trip to HK Disneyland.. it was pure torture, one hour per ride. >.<

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Some rides were just a little too overwhelming for him..
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We also visited Cinderella and the kids had a geez of playing a particular character as well. 😛

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Snacks as usual is a must for us to recharge. We totally dig this!

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And ice cream as well.

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I was lucky enough to have my son drove me for the very first time in a car race.

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while daddy’s little girl drove him around and won the race. (sure win laa, she started driving before they blew the whistle).

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Did i mention the kids loves watching toy story? Being a toy story fan.. they insisted to take photo with *kiss kiss* as they called these alien looking creatures. image

By the time we were done, it was already almost dinner time so we headed back and decided on something fast, and easy.

Coco Ichiban. How can we go wrong with these ugly but delicious meal, right?image

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Once done feeding ourselves, we headed back feeling completely exhausted and in urge to recuperate for Day 6.

2015, Tokyo Japan Day 4

It was our 4th day traveling at this remarkable country and we decided to spend the day in Ueno sight seeing plus bring the kids to the zoo. How can we visit Tokyo and not visit the zoo in such perfect weather, right?
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We headed for breakfast nearby.. image

Oh yeah~ this sandwich was soooo good!

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We headed to Ueno Park once we finished up with breakfast.

It was only a couple of stations away, so we reached our destination really fast. Just outside the zoo, there were a man performing tricks and aecrobatics. It was rather remarkable and entertaining even though i can barely understand a single word of what he was saying.

The kids LOVED the performances. image

We then head on into the zoo. The kids were so excited! image
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They even have a section just for kids. A wide range of farm animals for kids to see, learn, and play with the animals. imageimageimage

After a good 3 hours, we finally finished walking the whole zoo.image

We then headed over to Ueno’s market in search for lunch. image

It’s a long street that consists of a variety of food, clothes, souvenirs, shoes and more. We simply couldn’t resist… so we just bought some snacks that was sold along the road to eat. imageimage

One of the uncle was so kind that he even offered my boy some biscuits as well. (japanese people are really so thoughtful and nice).

As we went further in, we stopped for some seafood. I was thinking to myself this amazing market sells everything! imageimageimage

We then had some panda buns and desserts. image

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Our walk along the market probably took us a good 2 hours. We then headed back to Shinjuku and headed for dinner.

It was our 2nd time this trip that we’re back having this amazing bowl of .. (yes it was that good that we got to eat it for the 2nd time!) imageimage

After that, we walked along the streets and malls of shinjuku and decided to stop by for some desserts. (By now, i’m sure you can guess i am rather a dessert person). imageimage

I guess, this little one got her mommy genes. 🙂

After that, it was time to head back home for some rest in preparation for our day 5 adventure!

Our day 4 passed by with such enlightening experiences, priceless faces on both of our children, and a full on colourful adventure that i would most certainly want to do again!

2015, Tokyo Japan Day 3

Been back home for a good 3 weeks and i am already missing the food in  japan already!

Day 3 of my Tokyo trip started with amazing Onigiri. These were bought at the convenient store at shinjuku train station, just a walk away from our hotel.

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Needless to say, my kids loves the onigiri! image image

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We had a great deal of things to EAT for that day on our list (Japan is all about food, food and more food for us). 🙂 We decided to wait for the human traffic to reduced before we headed out.. We headed to Harajuku soon after we finished with the mission to shop and most importantly to eat eat eat…

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In Harajuku, the all time famous must try were known to be the Marion Crepes. I had the exact same thing back in 2010.. Click here! You can read about it. 🙂

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This time around with the kids (knowing that they probably won’t be able to finish one whole crepe) i decided to get them an alternative. image

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Their faces were simply priceless… endless smiles from the first bite to their last..

As for the crepe.. this is how it looks like.. folded inside with whipped cream, ice cream, syrup, bananas, strawberries, chocolate… its a complete full package of FAT FAT FAT in one package!! *but it was sooo worth it*image

It’s almost as big as my face.. no kidding!!image

We then walked around.. shop a little and soon after headed to eat Ichiran Ramen.

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The above without chilli is for the kids. Don’t get me wrong, my kids were not sharing.. My boy finished one whole bowl himself.

The broth is made from pork but weirdly enough.. it didn’t have any porky smell like what we get in Malaysia. (which i can’t stand.. as some of you know, I’m allergic to pork.. but no worries…i had stood by some medication just in case of allergy reaction. YES I’M GOING ALL OUT ON THIS TRIP… ALLERGIC ALSO I EAT!) 

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The egg was the BESSSSSSTTT…

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Once we were finished we headed back to the train station to head back to the hotel to get some rest.. but on the way back we couldn’t resist the smell  as we walked past the The Famous Gindako Takoyaki!!!!!!! These were made fresh on the spot. image

Soon after, we headed back to the hotel and gotten ready for dinner time! 🙂

It was rather random but we simply walked into one building searching for good Yakiniku.. image

we had.. mushrooms.

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this was their famous… but i didn’t really fancy it.. it’s beef mixed with a variety of vegetables.. however the beef seems to be so chewy (because its filled with fats.. some would call it collagen). After two pieces, i surrender and gave the rest to the husband to finish while i had the vegetables instead.image
For the kids, we ordered scallop porridge. Tasted pretty good! image

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This plate of beef was seasoned. I personally prefer the first plate of beef that we ordered.

And thats it for our food adventure for day 3.

2015 Tokyo, Japan Day 2

The day started of as early as 6am! I totally forgot all about daylight savings in Japan (because its non existence in Malaysia) and worked my way up once the sun is up. I got myself ready, and soon after the kids and husband as well.

As always, the urge to eat when we’re in Japan is always on high alert. We went down to the convenient store and got a simple sandwich and yogurt before we started of our day. I’m always so amazed at how amazing their sandwiches are. It’s all so soft and fluffy.. i think it could be their water that seems to make everything taste that much better! 🙂 image

Day 2 was a long traveling day. A local japanese friend of ours drove us to Hakone temple to pray and show respects. It’s actually our yearly affair. A must for us as its known to bring us good luck, health and success in whatever we do/want to do.

On our way over, we made a quick stop for sinful SNACKS!
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The journey took us about an hour plus before we finally reached out destination.

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We walked and walked and walked…

That’s our little friend Jun Jun..

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The above walking didn’t last too long.. soon..

imageThe husband regretted for not allowing me to bring along the stroller to Hakone.. and i’m sure you can see why!?! (I couldn’t decide if i should laugh or cry on his behalf.. hhahaha!)

After paying our respects and praying for blessed wishes we headed of to EAT EAT EAT! 

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For lunch we had amazing sushi! It was our first official sushi in Tokyo and it will certainly mark an amazing memory. It was remarkably fresh and tasty that all of us just ate and ate and ate.

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The day went by with loads more walking, some shopping and the hour plus ride back home..(no photos during shopping time) by the time we reached back to our hotel.. we were all exhausted.

I walked so much despite me wearing my comfortable shoes that i have a big blister just to prove it! But, its obviously all worth it! 🙂

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The night ended rather simple but utmost fulfilling as we had burgers for dinner/supper!!! (super awesome overloaded.. i can’t even recall the last time i had a burger before this day) !

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Can’t wait to do it all over again next year! 🙂