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  • #136160
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    majesticgyrl
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    Konnichiwa and Nay hao ma? hahahaha…

    Read above! So have any of you ever been to Japan or Hong Kong? Well, I’ve never been to either, but hope on visiting both, I’m so fascinated with Japan and Hong Kong, read travelogues, seen them on the travel channel, those are definitely two destinations I plan on visiting at least once in my lifetime. If you’ve been to either one, I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedbacks, likes and dislikes of them.

    My boyfriend has been back to Japan (Tokyo and Kyoto) like a zillion times, since he has relatives there and his grandparents are there. I also hope to visit all of Southeast Asia and Western Europe, not too spellbound by Eastern Europe, but Europe and Asia are definitely at the top of my list.

    One of my good friends back in college, Diana who’s Cantonese went to Hong Kong to do her study abroad and she brought back cool souvenirs, postcards, etc. for me and I still have all of them…they have some of the most amazing skyscrapers and architectural structures there, same goes for Japan. They’re crazy with their technology. I remember my boyfriend brought back a talking watch from his last trip to Japan, Im like wow, they have those in japan, so funny! :D

    [Message last modified 05-20-2006 12:47pm by majesticgyrl]

    #136177
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    skubee-raw
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    yep, i’ve been there. i was deployed to okinawa for 6 months. our squadron did lots of joint training ops with skorea, hongkong and tawain.

    #136192
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    sounds like you want to do a lot of traveling.

    you should’ve enlisted in the military. as a marine, i’ve been there, done that, and got the damn t-shirt. i don’t mean to sound like a recruiter, but i’ve been to dallas, nyc, florida, cali, airbases in canada, enland, japan, australia, turkey, germany, iceland, EVERYWHERE.

    as a c-130 flight mech, our planes couldn’t land on ships at sea, so we stayed at airbases throughout the world. and most of the time, our co would fly with us, and he didn’t want to stay on base, so we each would whip out our government issued visa card and billed the tax payers for nights in the marriot. and how are we gonna visit the local spots without vehicles?!! whip out the visa card and rent us some suv’s and go crazy in town.

    sure, there were hard work involved, nuc bio chem training, all that physical training, working for days straight to complete the mission, but when we work hard, we play hard.

    just a thought, since you stated you wanted to see the world.

    #136206
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    KomLostBong
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    Yeah ! I did went to there Tokyo for couple years ago. The first trip of my visiting in there, I just heard only the sound of the Japanese ate the nodles…its very smell nodles all over the city of Tokjo…

    KLB.

    #136221
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    lo-ol
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    i is dreaming and planning to visit there Hong Kong and Japan one day in the future. japan is very rich!!

    #136236
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    majesticgyrl
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    Wow, you’ve been all over the world, thanks for sharing about your experiences.

    [i]Originally posted by skubee-raw[/i]
    sounds like you want to do a lot of traveling.

    you should’ve enlisted in the military. as a marine, i’ve been there, done that, and got the damn t-shirt. i don’t mean to sound like a recruiter, but i’ve been to dallas, nyc, florida, cali, airbases in canada, enland, japan, australia, turkey, germany, iceland, EVERYWHERE.

    as a c-130 flight mech, our planes couldn’t land on ships at sea, so we stayed at airbases throughout the world. and most of the time, our co would fly with us, and he didn’t want to stay on base, so we each would whip out our government issued visa card and billed the tax payers for nights in the marriot. and how are we gonna visit the local spots without vehicles?!! whip out the visa card and rent us some suv’s and go crazy in town.

    sure, there were hard work involved, nuc bio chem training, all that physical training, working for days straight to complete the mission, but when we work hard, we play hard.

    just a thought, since you stated you wanted to see the world.

    #136247
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    How did you like it? Were the people nice and friendly to you?

    [i]Originally posted by KomLostBong[/i]
    Yeah ! I did went to there Tokyo for couple years ago. The first trip of my visiting in there, I just heard only the sound of the Japanese ate the nodles…its very smell nodles all over the city of Tokjo…

    KLB.

    #136261
    Avatar of majesticgyrl
    majesticgyrl
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    cool. cool.

    [i]Originally posted by lo-ol[/i]
    i is dreaming and planning to visit there Hong Kong and Japan one day in the future. japan is very rich!!

    #136275
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    Hai watashi wa Iku nippon desu. Totemo sugoi desu, demo takai desu ne…..I saw so street vendors sell 10 theap for 10 bucks I was like wtf….I could get a whole plantation for 10 bucks in cambodia….but other then that it was interesting, I was suppose to go their for foreign exchange but I didn’t want to go the the boneys so I couldn’t get into the program at tokyo university….so I settle for a jap. gf…hahaa

    [i]Originally posted by majesticgyrl[/i]
    cool. cool.
    [quote]
    [i]Originally posted by lo-ol[/i]
    i is dreaming and planning to visit there Hong Kong and Japan one day in the future. japan is very rich!!

    [/quote]

    #136290
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    Kadin
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    My brother lived in Japan for a couple of years.
    My sister is living in Japan at the moment.
    I visited Japan for about a week… stayed at Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka.
    I plan to go again next year to visit my sister.

    បានចូលសាលា មានសញ្ញាប្រ័ត មិន ប្រាកដថាមានសមត្ថភាពក្នុងកិច្ចការ នោះទេ
    #136304
    Avatar of majesticgyrl
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    Arigato BigP!

    Yeah, I heard things can be very costly in Japan. Everything’s expensive there. My bf used to do a study abroad program and he studied at Kyoto University. Is Tokyo University the same as University of Tokyo?

    haha. So you got a japanese gf? That’s funny, is that the reason why you went to study in Japan?

    My bf is half Japanese and it’s funny because every time he goes to visit his relatives in Japan, they (the street vendors) never rip him off, despite him being half white and all…so that was cool, but then he did speak Japanese to them too. hehe. =)

    [i]Originally posted by BigP[/i]
    Hai watashi wa Iku nippon desu. Totemo sugoi desu, demo takai desu ne…..I saw so street vendors sell 10 theap for 10 bucks I was like wtf….I could get a whole plantation for 10 bucks in cambodia….but other then that it was interesting, I was suppose to go their for foreign exchange but I didn’t want to go the the boneys so I couldn’t get into the program at tokyo university….so I settle for a jap. gf…hahaa
    [quote]
    [i]Originally posted by majesticgyrl[/i]
    cool. cool.
    [quote]
    [i]Originally posted by lo-ol[/i]
    i is dreaming and planning to visit there Hong Kong and Japan one day in the future. japan is very rich!!

    [/quote]
    [/quote]

    #136319
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    majesticgyrl
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    That’s so cool. I also have a cousin from Cambodia who recently moved to Tokyo, Japan last year with her company to work and live there. She learned the language too and so it wasn’t a hard adjustment for her at all. I hope on visiting her one of these days. I heard Kyoto is a very pretty city, rich with culture and lots of preserved buildings that dates back to history.

    Have fun on your next trip to Japan.

    [i]Originally posted by Kadin[/i]
    My brother lived in Japan for a couple of years.
    My sister is living in Japan at the moment.
    I visited Japan for about a week… stayed at Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka.
    I plan to go again next year to visit my sister.

    #136333
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    BigP
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    No I didn’t wanna do the program for her…since its an ex now….I just wanted to go to japan for my last quarter and just party my arse off…..but the place they wanted to send me to was like the country side where all they did was speak japanese. that would’ve been cool to learn but I wanted to go there to just have fun. but when I did visit it was to visit her….you should go with your bf next time…I love their technology especially their phones….their 1 dollar phone is still 2-3 yrs ahead of us…

    #136348
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    hehe, oh okay. I was just kidding…LOL.

    Yeah, I heard in the countryside, they aren’t as friendly as in the city, and some don’t speak English either, I can speak a little Japanese, but my Japanese is broken and sounds so funny, they’d totally laugh at me if I try to bust out “peasa japon” to them, but yeah, my bf’s teaching me the language right now, I’m better at comprehending than speaking it…still learning though, I have a hard time pronouncing a lot of the words. hehe.

    Anyway, that reminds me when my bf went to Japan, he brought back so many crazy souvenirs, including a talking watch. I had no idea, this was until we were eating in a restaurant, I heard something….and I asked him, “I’m like did u hear that?…and he’s like “hear what?”….I’m like “I heard something, sounds like someone talking in japanese…gosh, maybe I’m hearing things?…but I could have sworn I heard something!!!”…and he’s like “Hahahaha, it’s my watch! Its talks, it tells me the time and all.” and I laughed so hard, I almost choked on my drink. It was so funny, I didn’t see his watch and he was messing with me by wearing a jacket until he showed it to me. I was like damn Japanese people are crazy. Them and their crazy inventions.

    I know what you mean with their technology being 2-3 years ahead of us. There’s such things as $1 phone, now that is hilarious. LOL.

    Originally posted by BigP
    No I didn’t wanna do the program for her…since its an ex now….I just wanted to go to japan for my last quarter and just party my arse off…..but the place they wanted to send me to was like the country side where all they did was speak japanese. that would’ve been cool to learn but I wanted to go there to just have fun. but when I did visit it was to visit her….you should go with your bf next time…I love their technology especially their phones….their 1 dollar phone is still 2-3 yrs ahead of us…

    [Message last modified 05-22-2006 09:36pm by majesticgyrl]

    #136362
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    japanese sounds like spanish to me when they speak it really fast. but the good thing bout it is they speak with a phase, I guess its how their language is built, like they put more emphasis into their verbage. I forgot alot it, I use to be able to carry a basic conversation now I all I know is simple one word sentences. But yea you def. go with ur bf there sometime…I”m gona go again next time I go to srok khmer as a stop over for a couple of days….I still have some bros that work and or study there.

    #136379
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    ^hehehe, I know what you mean, they speak fast though, it’s true…at least faster than Khmer! I’m looking forward to visiting Japan now from what everyone’s been telling me and STUFF! I can’t wait to be in the technology capital of the world. *wink*

    #136394
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    PRINCE
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    Stayed in Hong Kong overnight and passed through Tokyo. I think Tokyo has too many Japanese.

    #136409
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    simoneek
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    Hong Kong and Tokyo are very expensive.
    But, at least I can find an hotel room in Tokyo, but not in Hong Kong.
    We took a taxi to find an hotel in Hong Kong costed $80. All the hotels were all booked, so we got to come back and stayed overnight at the airport.

    When shopping at Tokyo, I was amazed by the Japenese people, they didn’t look at the price, they just took the merchandise and paid at the cashier.
    Unlike the Chinese people, they always looked at the price many times before deciding to buy.
    I don’t see any imitation in Tokyo, but in Hong Kong you can find anything for example the Cartier watch costed only $25.

    I loved the Japanese porridge with the sweet and sour cabbage.

    Hong Kong and Tokyo streets are so small. everything is small compare to Canada.

    I took a picture of my friend house in the surbub of Tokyo.

    .

    [Message last modified 05-23-2006 05:53pm by simoneek]

    #136424
    Avatar of majesticgyrl
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    Thanks Simoneek for sharing your experience! I appreciate it.

    Now why am I not surprised that Chinese people are always looking at the prices, and Japanese people aren’t, because Chinese people are known to be stingy…and Japanese people aren’t I guess.

    The pic looks so nice, I like Japanese houses and just the way the arrange everything…it’s so neat, orderly and beautiful in a simplified way.

    hehe, I like miso soup and sushi. I love Japanese food period.

    I’m picturing both places to be busy and crowded, so I’m not surprised that the roads are small over there. But yeah, I’ve been told that everything’s very pricey over there!

    [i]Originally posted by simoneek[/i]
    Hong Kong and Tokyo are very expensive.
    But, at least I can find an hotel room in Tokyo, but not in Hong Kong.
    We took a taxi to find an hotel in Hong Kong costed $80. All the hotels were all booked, so we got to come back and stayed overnight at the airport.

    When shopping at Tokyo, I was amazed by the Japenese people, they didn’t look at the price, they just took the merchandise and paid at the cashier.
    Unlike the Chinese people, they always looked at the price many times before deciding to buy.
    I don’t see any imitation in Tokyo, but in Hong Kong you can find anything for example the Cartier watch costed only $25.

    I loved the Japanese porridge with the sweet and sour cabbage.

    Hong Kong and Tokyo streets are so small. everything is small compare to Canada.

    I took a picture of my friend house in the surbub of Tokyo.

    [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/simoneek/simjapan/simjapan1.jpg[/IMG]

    .

    [Message last modified 05-23-2006 05:53pm by simoneek]

    #136439
    Avatar of mikekek
    mikekek
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    I lived in the suburbs of Japan (fukuoka) for 8 months. I made a list of things to keep in mind if you visit.

    Friendly People- you might hear a story or two about rude japanese people but people their are very friendly. Someone once gave me a $10 subway card. Another story, I know a guy who was carrying expensive camera equipment in tokyo and it started to rain. He had a plastic bag to cover his camera but he didn’t have a umbrella. A women then comes up to him at a intersection and puts a umbrella over his head and walks him to where he was going. She didn’t speak english.

    Japanese People and English- Japanese are forced to learn english for 7 years so they speak basic english but if you are looking to have a conversation in english, that aint gonna happen. Signs are in English and Japanese. Resturants in large cities will usually have english menus or have pictures u can point at.

    Tip- Learn how to pronouce english letters the “japanese way (its like french).” So when u dont know a work in Japanese, Pronounce the english word the Japanese way then add a voul to the end if it already doesnt have one.

    Electronics- All the new stuff is released there first but it costs the same as the US if not more.

    Smoking- Not sure about tokyo but smoking is usually allowed in resturants and bars.

    “Love Motels”- the name sounds dirty but its a good place to go to if u need to sleep for a couple of hours.

    Onsens- Get naked with the locals. They are public bath houses that are awsome. One catch, u gotta go in naked. At least the traditionals are like that. If u are a foriegner, they are so gonna be the checkin out your “junk.”

    Change- get a change purse. They use coins a lot.

    Okie, thats it for me.

    #136455
    Avatar of majesticgyrl
    majesticgyrl
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    Thanks for those tips regarding Japan.

    #136470
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    simoneek
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    You’re welcome.:)
    Me too, I love all Japanese stuffs. I always wanted to go back to Japan, but everytime I’m thinking of
    the earthquaue, then it made me changing my mind.

    [i]Originally posted by majesticgyrl[/i]
    Thanks Simoneek for sharing your experience! I appreciate it.

    Now why am I not surprised that Chinese people are always looking at the prices, and Japanese people aren’t, because Chinese people are known to be stingy…and Japanese people aren’t I guess.

    The pic looks so nice, I like Japanese houses and just the way the arrange everything…it’s so neat, orderly and beautiful in a simplified way.

    hehe, I like miso soup and sushi. I love Japanese food period.

    I’m picturing both places to be busy and crowded, so I’m not surprised that the roads are small over there. But yeah, I’ve been told that everything’s very pricey over there!

    [quote]
    [i]Originally posted by simoneek[/i]
    Hong Kong and Tokyo are very expensive.
    But, at least I can find an hotel room in Tokyo, but not in Hong Kong.
    We took a taxi to find an hotel in Hong Kong costed $80. All the hotels were all booked, so we got to come back and stayed overnight at the airport.

    When shopping at Tokyo, I was amazed by the Japenese people, they didn’t look at the price, they just took the merchandise and paid at the cashier.
    Unlike the Chinese people, they always looked at the price many times before deciding to buy.
    I don’t see any imitation in Tokyo, but in Hong Kong you can find anything for example the Cartier watch costed only $25.

    I loved the Japanese porridge with the sweet and sour cabbage.

    Hong Kong and Tokyo streets are so small. everything is small compare to Canada.

    I took a picture of my friend house in the surbub of Tokyo.

    [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v161/simoneek/simjapan/simjapan1.jpg[/IMG]

    .

    [Message last modified 05-23-2006 05:53pm by simoneek]

    #136484
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    majesticgyrl
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    ^me too, see that’s what I’m afraid of the most. Their earthquakes. lol.

    #136499
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    I was stationed in Okinawa, Japan on Torii Station and I have travelled as far to mainland Japan. One thing for sure that is it crowded and everything is tiny, small, and little.

    It is terribly expensive, and money goes really fast.

    Great place to dive, snorkel, and beach is Okinawa,Japan.

    Good luck…

    #136512
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    simoneek
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    I went to see a giant Buddha and see the Fuji volcano.

    #136527
    Avatar of majesticgyrl
    majesticgyrl
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    Yeah, I’ve been told everything’s really expensive over in Japan…but thanks for sharing about your experience.

    [i]Originally posted by CambodianFabio[/i]
    I was stationed in Okinawa, Japan on Torii Station and I have travelled as far to mainland Japan. One thing for sure that is it crowded and everything is tiny, small, and little.

    It is terribly expensive, and money goes really fast.

    Great place to dive, snorkel, and beach is Okinawa,Japan.

    Good luck…

    #136542
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    haha, me too….I’ve seen tons of picture of that giant Buddha.

    [i]Originally posted by simoneek[/i]
    I went to see a giant Buddha and see the Fuji volcano.

    #136556
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    My co-worker is chinese from Hong Kong says it’s very dirty. Where ever you go, you have to wear a mask and always wash your hands. It’s also super crowded. He says it’s the melting pot of germs. There’s so many industrial companies and their’s so much waste in the air and on the land. This is probably because it’s in a major city. I’m sure there are areas that are pretty nice but not in hong kong.

    #136568
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    majesticgyrl
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    Wow, that’s interesting. Most of the feedbacks on this thread were about J-Pan, so I appreciate you asking your co-worker about Hong Kong and sharing his/her experience with all of us. Thanks for the inputs. :)

    [i]Originally posted by taekwondolist[/i]
    My co-worker is chinese from Hong Kong says it’s very dirty. Where ever you go, you have to wear a mask and always wash your hands. It’s also super crowded. He says it’s the melting pot of germs. There’s so many industrial companies and their’s so much waste in the air and on the land. This is probably because it’s in a major city. I’m sure there are areas that are pretty nice but not in hong kong.

    #136584
    Avatar of majesticgyrl
    majesticgyrl
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    You know that giant buddha statue, I was wondering which city is located in? I want to know! hehe…arigato!

    [Message last modified 06-19-2006 01:36pm by majesticgyrl]

    #136602
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    anthony_310
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    Japan sounds nice! I’d love to visit someday. My boss’s son is heading there for a 2 week vacation in mid August.

    #136618
    Avatar of majesticgyrl
    majesticgyrl
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    Yeah, everyone’s like going to J-Pan these days! heheh….:D

    #136633
    Avatar of anthony_310
    anthony_310
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    It’s a very popular tourist destination for Americans.

    #136647
    Avatar of simoneek
    simoneek
    Participant

    Sorry for taking so long to response.:)
    I think it’s located at Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan.

    Douitashimashete!Hehehehe….:)

    [i]Originally posted by majesticgyrl[/i]
    You know that giant buddha statue, I was wondering which city is located in? I want to know! hehe…arigato!

    [Message last modified 06-19-2006 01:36pm by majesticgyrl]

    [Message last modified 07-28-2006 05:03pm by simoneek]

    #136661
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    khmaicece
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    My fiancee’s from hong kong. His aunt visit Hong Kong almost every month.I would love to visit Hong kong too. Japan would have to be one of my top to do list. I would love to visit japan fashion district. This topic makes me want to pack up my bags, drive to the airport and go to hong kong and japan.

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