Monday, June 17, 2013
Hello folks, I am in Okinawa again!
They are developing a new tour concept to showcase the island’s secret of living healthy and maintain an active life well into 90s and possibly 100s. I hope to be able to show some of that when I get back.
On my previous trip, we also got to see some of their lifestyle, diet and outlook that help to contribute to happy and long lives.
I wrote a piece then for Yahoo Makanation.
Food plays a big part, but so does their attitude. "Nan kuru nai sa" (難来る無いさ) literally meaning "hardship won't come" or everything will be all right.
You can also see all my earlier Okinawa posts - Churaumi Aquarium, Cape Manzamo, JAL Naha (incredible food) and an intro.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Behold! Hong Kong Disneyland's latest attraction! See the unusual and exotic looking Mystic Manor behind us? It's part of this new zone called Mystic Point which officially opened May 17, 2013. This area is located just beyond Grizzly Gulch.
Mystic Manor is the home of eccentric explorer Lord Henry Mystic, showcasing all his art, antiquities and oddities. You'll get to board the Mystic Magneto-Electric Carriage for a tour of his private museum inside this Victorian manor house.
So yes, you'll embark on a ride that's about five minutes long, with a soundtrack composed by Grammy and Emmy award winning Danny Elfman (also Oscar-nominated).
Oh yeah. Surprises at every corner.
Ultra-high-definition (4K) HD cinema projectors are used to create 40 types of special visual effects. The carriages rotate around, allowing all the guests to have a mobile theatre experience.
Also outdoors is the Garden of Wonders with ancient sculptures and mosaics with 3D illusions.
And if all that activity makes you hungry, there's a 500-seater restaurant within Mystic Point offering cuisines from Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia.
I really liked the Blueberry Myst drink, which has a special LED-lit acrylic cube amongst the real ice cubes. It just glows on you.
Mystic Point is also the final expansion zone in Phase 1 development of the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. There are more exciting plans afoot for Phase 2: Marvel Land! Comic book action heroes!
Please see the other posts on Hong Kong Disneyland Resort:
- main park attractions
- hotel and accommodation
Friday, June 14, 2013
There are plenty of dining establishments at the Hong Kong Disneyland Park. But the one most people would look forward to might be the Crystal Lotus restaurant which features the signature Disney dim sum.
It's pretty, it's posh and it's got some of the best food in the park.
A little starter first to whet the appetite: Pomelo nectar and duck breast salad
restaurants located at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel.
The other highlight of eating at Disneyland that you won't get elsewhere is character dining. Yes, Mickey and the gang might just make an appearance during your meal to thrill kids and adults alike.
Over at the Secret Garden, also at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, you can enjoy breakfast in a tranquil garden-like setting. There are certain time slots during which you'll see the characters.
Meanwhile, over at the other hotel, Disney's Hollywood Hotel, you also get a few dining options.
he may make an appearance, and even give you his chef's hat, autographed.
A little something for everyone, for sure.
Check out the following other posts:
- Hong Kong Disneyland park attractions
- Hong Kong Disneyland hotel and accommodation
- latest attraction, Mystic Point
Photos of Crystal Lotus restaurant taken with my own Canon 400D; rest of photos are taken by the Canon EOS M that Canon Singapore loaned me.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Julia and I stayed at the Disney's Hollywood Hotel, one of the two available within Hong Kong Disneyland. The Hollywood one is decked out in art deco spendour, with Disney accents throughout.
The rooms are spacious for Hong Kong standards, and are certainly clean and comfy.
There are whimsical details all over the room. From the very obvious big silver engraved plate of a retro Mickey and Minnie Mouse, to tiny details in the furniture and fittings.
If you look closely, you'll see them everywhere.
Bathrooms are more than decent, with regular amenities.
I like the Disney cups which store your toothbrush sets. They cater for a family of three, so you have big, medium and small cup all nested together. Every day you get a fresh set.
Even the soap and toiletries are Disney co-branded with H2O.
So that's the Disneyland Hollywood Hotel. This is a cloudy day, but I do think it looks better at night.
Let's go over to the other hotel to have a look. There are shuttle buses connecting the hotels to the park and each other.
Over at the Disneyland Hotel, the theme is a bit more castle-like. The building is low-rise with reddish pink roofs and intricate balconies.
Welcome to the hotel.
The doors open up to a spacious lobby with high ceiling, made even grander by the chandelier from a stained glass dome.
That's a nice grille enclosure for the elevator.
The decor pretty much follows what's at the other Disney resorts worldwide. So I hear. I haven't stayed at any other Disney hotel.
Bibbidi Bobiddi Boutique, where little ones can transform themselves into the princesses they so often see.
The staff will help you with costumes, shimmering make-up, hair styling, finger nail polishing and all the accessories you need.
There is so much to choose from. You'll see more than a few princesses of all ages running around Disneyland.
I'll cover the food and the park itself in separate posts.
- Hong Kong Disneyland Park Attractions
- Dining at Hong Kong Disneyland
- Hong Kong Disneyland's latest attraction