Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man

Synopsis: Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy, and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr Curt Connors, his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero. [Source: Yahoo! Singapore Movies]

A great touching movie that showed there is a limit to how much a super hero can do. For this movie, the director has shot it in a slightly different angle, deciding on focusing Peter's quest to search for his perents' disappearance and how he got to be the person he is today. Great acting and great fighting scene with the lizard. A worthwhile movie to catch for the summer.

Rate: 7/10

Sunday, July 08, 2012

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Friday, July 06, 2012

Japan Day 11 - Nakano & Departure

13-May, 1145 - Visiting Nakano Broadway is our main aim for today. Nakano Broadway is a commercial and residential complex created as a part of the development of the area near the north entrance of Nakano Station in 1966. The first four floors are commercial facilities, with residences from the fifth floor up. The second through fourth floors of Nakano Broadway are the home to many shops for otaku and fans of comics, animation, teen idols, music, action figures, and rental showcases, etc. This shopping mall is visited by many fans from around the world, and even just looking at the displays is enjoyable.

Side streets from the Nakano Broadway where we are going to eat our dinner.

One last look at Shinjuku before our departure.

Haneda Departure Hall

Singapore Airline Check-in counter

Last minute shopping for tibits

With this, our wonderful Japan holiday trip ended with an overnight flight back to Singapore. A wonderful experience for a free and easy with our customized itenary.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Japan Day 10 - Harajuku, Shibuya, Akihabara

12-May, 1000 - As our Japan trip was coming to an end, we decided to spend the last few days visiting the surrounding cities. Our first stop for the day is the Takeshita Street in Harajuku.

Takeshita Street (竹下通り Takeshita-dōri) is a pedestrian-only street lined with fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants in Harajuku in Tokyo, Japan. Stores on Takeshita Street include major chains such as The Body Shop, McDonald's and 7-Eleven, but most of the businesses are small independent shops that carry an array of styles. The shops on this street are often a bellwether for broader fads, and some are known as "antenna shops," which manufacturers seed with prototypes for test-marketing. [Source: Wikipedia]

Tokyu Plaza, a new shopping mall which opened in April 2012

View of the street from the mall entrance

After our lunch at Harajuku, our next stop is Shibuya.

The famous Shibuya Crossing.  It is located in front of the Shibuya Station Hachikō exit and stops vehicles in all directions to allow pedestrians to inundate the entire intersection. The statue of Hachikō, a dog, between the station and the intersection, is a common meeting place and almost always crowded. We visited the some of the famous malls in the area such as Shibuya 109 and 109Men's.

In the evening, we finally reached Akihabara, which is one of the must visit for Japan. Akihabara is a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, and otaku goods, including new and used items. New items are mostly to be found on the main street, Chūōdōri, with many kinds of used items found in the back streets of Soto Kanda 3-chōme. New parts for PC-building are readily available from a variety of stores. Tools, electrical parts, wires, microsized cameras and similar items are found in the cramped passageways of Soto Kanda 1-chōme (near the station). Foreign tourists tend to visit the big name shops like Laox or other speciality shops near the station, though there is more variety and lower prices at locales a little further away. Akihabara gained some fame through being home to one of the first stores devoted to personal robots and robotics. [Source: Wikipedia]

The Mandarake - one of Tokyo's largest vendors of used anime and manga-related products.

A cafe for Gundam