A lot of airports will have an outlet mall nearby. Recently, I went to Osaka. I used Kansai Airport. There is an outlet mall nearby too. That is the Rinku premium outlet. On the day, we went to Hong Kong. Firstly, we went to Kansai Airport to store our pieces of luggage.  Then we went to the outlet mall.   Rinku premium outlet is not far from the airport. You can go there by train or bus. There is a JR train. It only takes 6 minutes, but the station is a bit far away from the mall, it takes 6 minutes walking. Honestly, I did not choose this option. I do not know how frequent of a train.  I took a bus from the airport to the outlet.  It took about 20 minutes, but the station is in the mall. The disadvantage is the bus will arrive at the station every 30 minutes.  So you can prepare some waiting time. The ticket price is 200 Yen for adults 100 Yen for children.

Rinku Premium Outlets Osaka

After the bus trip, I found the mall is quite significant. It has shops from most of the famous brands, such as the GAP, Nike, Adidas, Hugo Boss, etc. For ladies, that is good for shopping. For myself, I am only interested in Nike and Adidas, but I checked the price, which is similar to the rate at their outlet in Brisbane. So, that is better for me to buy those brands in Brisbane.

Rinku Premium Outlets Osaka

Lastly, I got a little tip for the tourist. You can go to the information center in the mall. After you show your passport to the staff, they will give you a booklet of discount vouchers. The vouchers will provide you with a further discount at the stores. This outlet is a must-visit spot in Osaka too!

If you say you will go to visit a castle, then you should be excepted to see a historical building. But in Japan, that may be the case. Japanese like to rebuild the historical buildings, maybe because there is a lot of earthquakes. Most of them will restore to use traditional construction methods. 

However, Osaka Castle is a "modernize" Castle. It rebuilt by ferroconcrete in 1930. Moreover, in the 1990s, even it got more modernizations. It upgraded to be a modern museum, including installing elevators.

For us, with a young family member, that is very easy to visit. My daughter can sit in her pram during the visit

I was about to finish an app. I did a baseline test, so I used a Samsung s3. My new phone is samsung s8.  Suddenly, Samsung s3 is so slow comparing with Samsung s3. Of course, that is a number of generations old. I just realized there are a number of improvements during these few years. Nowadays, my phone is much faster and a better screen!

Last month, we traveled to Osaka. Initially, we planned to stay in Shinsaibashi, where is the famous shopping spot in Osaka.  However, a friend reminded us it is too crowded. He recommended Umeda, and he said that it is a more decent suburb to stay. I accepted his recommendations. Thus, we stayed at Umeda. I like it. The streets are clear. Most of the people I saw in this suburb looks like white-collar people.

Moreover, there are a lot of nice restaurants around too. Also, there is excellent shopping, a lot of department stores are in this area, such as Hankyu Department Store and Hanshin Department Store. For transports, that is good.  Umeda got the stations of JR West, Hankyu Railway, Hanshin Electric Railway, and Osaka Metro. I highly recommend staying in Umeda.

Naha Airport is not the major airport in Japan. However, that is not too hard to travel to CBD from Naha Airport. 

Last year, one of the hotels we stayed in Naha is in the CBD. That was the hotel we stayed after we landed in Naha. There were some ways to choose for traveling to CBD. We could choose from by bus, taxi or Monorail. 

Finally, we chose Monorail. Firstly, Monorail sounds cool. Secondly, the frequency of service is not bad, about 7.5 – 15-minute intervals. Thirdly,  there are multi-days pass available, 1 day -600 Yens, 2 Day-1000Yens and 3 day - 1400 Yen. We traveled to Kenchō-mae for shopping later in that day. So,  I bought a two-day pass.

Thus, if you will spend some days in Naha, I recommended you should buy a multi-days pass. Monorail can access the shopping malls in Makishi and Shuri Castle.

Naha Monorail

I found that is quite interesting to have 100 Yen Sushi in Japan. Each Sushi Dish only costed 100 Yen,  that is very cheap, each dish has two pieces of sushi. Moreover, the quality of sushi is not downgraded because of price, you still can have salmon or tuna sushi. That is value of money. I like it!

Because of the food, I quite like the way, they serve the client. The staff is very friendly. But everything is self-help. Firstly, you can enter the restaurant and you go to the tablet to check-in, then the app will give the seat number, then you can sit, and there is a little tap for hot water and the can of tea power is on the table. You can make a cup of tea by yourself. Even taking the orders, that is from the tablet on your table. The staff will come in unless you press "help" button or at the end of meal to fix up your bill


GU is a budget line of UNIQLO which is a favorite casual fashion chain. When I visited Okinawan a year before, GU was one of the must-visit spots for me. 

I like UNIQLO brand a lot. Their clothes are quite high quality and comfortable, but the price tags are quite expensive. I found GU got the similar quality of UNIQLO, but the price is much lower. I visited the Okinawan site got a discounted stocks. I bought a jacket under AUD$50. Moreover, if you go to play store and download the GU app, then you get the member price. Roughly, we can get 10% off on the full-price goods. That is not bad. If I visit Okinawan next times, I will visit there again.


I  remember when I landed in Brisbane around 18 years ago,  Hamilton was still a kind of industrial area, I remember there were a lot of warehouses. Now, it converted into a high market suburb. There are a lot of fine dining restaurants too! You can enjoy the riverside view in the restaurant!

Last times, I traveled to Okinawa from Hong Kong by Dragon Air(now is Cathay Dragon). My experience is not too bad. The flight was on time. Moreover, this is a full-service airline. Thus we got a lunch set during the trip.

Japanese Curry in Dragon Air

This Japanese Curry tasted ok. But it only had bottled water. If you need other beverages, you have to ask flight attendants for that. That is still ok, other beverages are still free of charge.  Also, they traveled with AirBus A320 which is a smaller plane and without flight environment system.

Dragon Air A320

Fortunately, that was a two hours trip. Boring was not the biggest problem. My priorities are the safety and on-time. Dragon Air fulfilled them for me. In conclusion, the flight was comfortable, but there was still some rooms to improve.


Last Thursdays, I was in Garden City. There was Tesla car show. That was my first times to see a real model x which is an electric suv. It looks cool. All of dashboards are screens. Even the console is a big tablet style screen. That is very fancy. Of course, it won't be my car. Its price tag is too expensive!

I grew up in Hong Kong. The food in Hong Kong has implanted in my memory. I like them. Especially, I like the Hong Kong Style breakfast. When I back to Hong Kong, I must have one every morning. I was in Hong Kong at the early of this year; I tried a new restaurant in Mei Foo, that is Hokkaido Dairy Farm Restaurant.  In Mei Foo, although there are more choices of restaurants than ten years ago, the most of the restaurants in there are Yum Cha style which is not my cup of tea.  Thus, when I found this Hokkaido Dairy Farm Restaurant, I was very very happy. This restaurant emphasizes all milk used in this restaurant are from Hokkaido Japan.  I tried ham and egg with instance noodles. That is very very tasty. The egg is cooked at the exact right level. It looks like a sun. Moreover, I tried their coffee. That is very good. The taste is very rich. 

Shop 09,
Ground Level,
1-15 Nassau Street,
Mei Foo Sun Chuen
Hong Kong