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Japan, Bloody Expensive...


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Cost of Japan

The pound isnt as strong as it used to be, and as long as the treasury are printing money then its not likely to get any better soon. If you want to have a cheap get away then Japan might not be your cup of green tea, Japan is expensive, ridiculously so and it was painful at times to pay through the nose for some of the things that you would take for granted in the UK.

Just check out a few of the prices to understand what I mean, and one thing I noticed.

Apple £2 each – it was red though
Oranges £3 for 4 small ones
Guinness (not full pint) £8
Coffee £4 – average price
To sit at a table in Shibuya area, Tokyo £5 each, this included NOTHING…. So for £10, Victoria and I had a seat!!
Domino’s Pizza - £30
Muesli (I have missed Muesli) - £5 for a bag fit for maybe 1.5 bowls, I will have to miss it a bit more
Frosties £3.50 for a bag fit for 1.5 bowls (haven’t eaten Frosties for years but I bought a few packets over here)

Even the 100 Yen shop was 105 Yen per item, work that one out, that’s got to be the most expensive 100 Yen shop going.
Japanese do not tend to eat fruit and vegetables, tending to prefer Rice and Noodles, with meat or fish. I can't wait to get my hands on a Broccoli or a Cauliflower, and Spinach; oh man my mouth is watering.

I have loved Japan, but after spending 3 weeks here you do begin to resent paying extortionate prices for things that you know would be a tenth of the cost back home. I'm now off to South East Asia where things will be a hell of a lot cheaper, and I just might be able to get hold of that Broccoli.

Article By David Beattie of Rounton Coffee

Posted by beatski 03:39 Archived in Japan Tagged japan of living expensive pint cost price Comments (0)

Japanese Toilets


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Japanese Toilets

One thing that I have realised is that I seem to have a fascination with toilets and the different types of clap traps that I have seen throughout my journey. So far there has to be only one country that wins the ‘Best Shit House’ awards, and that country has to be Japan. Japan is a lot of things but Toilet Champion it will remain until Mongolia drags itself out of Nomadic hibernation and buys the first musical toilet with heated seat.

Why?

1. Heated Seats for that ‘Somebody has just been on here feeling!’
2. Speaker System to emit those pre-recorded flushing sounds for those times when you need noise to conceal your toilet murmurs
3. Odorising mist sprays to quench your foul smell
4. Water jet with variable pressures, and joystick control to position the High Pressure wash where appropriate
5. Automatically Opening and Closing Lids
6. Water saving option, fill up your cistern and wash your hands at the same time…

Many times I spent longer pissing about with the controls than actually doing my business.

So well done Japan…. You have achieved the best shit house award 2011!!!

From this.........
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And this.....
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to this.....

this...

this

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Once again, well done Japan, your the greatest!!

Article By David Beattie of Rounton Coffee

Posted by beatski 03:25 Archived in Japan Tagged tokyo kyoto japan toilet nomadic mongolia toilets controls Comments (0)

General Update

30th January 2012 – General Update

Just a quick update since I have been un-attentive over the last few weeks, this has been mainly to the festive period and Malaysian censorship. I did not know until I arrived here that there are some sites that Malaysia will not allow to be published and travellerspoint is one of them. Not sure if the same rule applies to all blogs but since I spent so much time in the peninsular of Malaysia then the inactivity kind of explains itself. I heard that the internet censorship in Malaysia is equal to that of both China and Iran!!

I am currently in Singapore and will be here for a few more days until I go back to Malaysia to see the Festival of Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur. Since Japan I have travelled to only to Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia, I have found that I have hit a point in the trip where my aims have changed, I have done a lot in the first half of the trip and now I need to slow down, I have begun to spend longer in each place that I have been to and done very little sightseeing and tourist things, I have seen enough Temples, Monasteries and Churches for a lifetime.

I think somebody wrote once, ‘the more I travel, the more I stay in one place’ and it seems that now, after 6 months of staying in places for no longer than 3 nights, I have started to slow down. By doing this though it feels a little less hectic and I can attempt to feel how it is to live in a certain place. Saying that of course, I still intend to see as much as I can in the time I have given myself. My loose plan for now is to spend some time in Sumatra, Indonesia before going to Brisbane Australia and then on to spend a fair old time in New Zealand.

My return leg home I am still undecided on, originally thinking of South America, but now thinking perhaps Africa, or home via train from India through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Europe, the train trip from Tehran to Istanbul is supposed to be amazing….. Decisions decisions….

I am also suffering from Travellers decision making fatigue, basically any simple decision takes a little bit too long to make, so perhaps I will or I won’t, I really don’t know yet.

Watch this space….

Article By David Beattie of Rounton Coffee

Posted by beatski 03:18 Archived in Singapore Tagged update Comments (0)

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