I eat so much until people call me Dr. Fish Fish.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Short Trip in Yamanashi (Pt 1, Aug 11)

After challenged Kitadake, we headed to Yamanashi to find a camp site for overnight.

On the way, we stopped by in this expensive supermarket to buy things for BBQ tonight.

It was very dark already when we finally found this Tozawa Center. (Pic was taken the next morning)

This was the car that we rented for this time. Mazda Atenza 2000cc. The car was just ok, not really my cup of tea. The engine was not as strong as a 2000cc. (Pic was taken the next morning)

This was Ray's tent. He bought it for 6000yen during sales. Very good deal. We only had 2 mats, and the ground was quite stony, so Ray decided to sleep in the car and let four of us slept in the tent. Such a sacrifice. Thank you.

We slept quite early that night after a messy BBQ in dark. Lesson learnt : Never do BBQ in dark. :P

The next morning, I woke up earlier. However, mmulibra was even much early. He has already gave a good shot session around the area when I was just going to do so. Ai yar~ early bird gets the worm.

Nice morning to be greeted by the calm Kawaguchi Lake. Unfortunately, it was not a good weather day, low visibility, so we couldn't see Mount Fuji.

Quite a waste.

However, it was a pleasurable moment to see beautiful flowers.



with fresh and cooling breeze.

I couldn't help myself but to take the moment to read my favorite cook story relaxingly, while waiting for the others to wake up. While reading the story, it brought back so much of my sweet memory. :)

They finally woke up. It was time to pack up.

The leftover chicken wings from last night. Poor wings, were left alone in the chilling night. Their destiny? Into the dustbin.

These were the 2 who brought them to their destiny. :P

We had simple breakfast.

I bought a bowl of this Sapporo Ichiban Salt Ramen the night before.

And put a lot of leftover mushroom and asparagus inside it as extra topping.

Once open the lid... man, the nice smell really made my stomach grumbled so hard.

Chomp chomp chomp... even until the last drop of the soup.


We felt totally recharged after the breakfast.

It was time for us to tour around Yamanashi.

I was here 3 years ago, with a Swedish friend, to climb Mount Fuji. Never thought I would come back to this place again. :) Quite a memory flash back for me.

We saw a Blueberry Park. So, we stopped to see what was going on there.

We didn't see much blueberry on the plants. Guess the nice one we have to pay extra money for it.

However, there was some nice flowers to spice up the trip. I love this orange colour. So nice under the bright sun.

But, all of all, it would not be a complete without a try on fresh blueberry product.

The blueberry ice cream captured our attention...

We either chose blueberry and vanilla mixture, or pure blueberry soft cream.

*yihiks* Fish Fish like blueberry a lot that she decided to take the blueberry soft.

Mmmmm~~~ it melted in my mouth, went down so smooth into my throat, soothing my dehydrated body. The blueberry fragrant stayed inside my mouth for quite some good time before it was vanished by other foods. :P

Yum Yum~

to be cont...

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Climb Kitadake (Pt 2, Aug 10)

The next morning, we woke up at around 3.00am. Try to climb to the peak earlier before the sunrise. My FM had headache. She decided to give up climbing to the top with us, as she afraid she most probably would not make it. So, we let her slept in the hut.

The other 4 of us were the few that started such early. Actually, to the top, it was only about 45 min from the hut. However, we worried with our pace, it might take longer than that. Didn't want to rush ourselves too much for the climb.

It was a very foggy morning. Even worse than yesterday evening. The visibility was very low. We hardly couldn't even see anything a little further than us. As my torchlight is a LED type, it gave a good sight for short distance. However, the normal yellow light torchlight hardly helped much for this early morning climbing.

We didn't really know how long we have climbed. All we knew were the wind was very strong, even could blow a slim young lady away easily. Tee hee hee... fish fish is too heavy to be blown away. :P There was certain part we walked out of the trail, as we couldn't really traced the proper trail with such a thick fog.

The strong wind and damn cold weather made the process of inhale-exhale a hard task. We were at the point more than 3100m by that time. Natural oxygen was kind of limited. mmulibra brought oxygen till the hut. Unluckily, he forgot to bring it along during the final stage climbing. He was having a great difficulty in breathing when we almost at the top. Almost till a point of suffocation. Plus, he hurt his leg earlier, which worsen the condition.

We decided to stop at one of the small platform for mmulibra to recover. He was shivering as he didn't bring enough thick cloth with him. The strong wind made the cold weather even more terrible. We tried to surround him so that the cold wind wouldn't attack him directly.

After a short while, a father and a son reached to our point too. He stopped at the same point as us for a short rest, as it would be too early to climb to the top with nothing to be seen. Too dark. However, the father and son decided to check for the real trail. Unexpectedly, he screamed back to tell us the correct trail. Very touch.

By this time, mmulibra could at least breath normally already. However, we were trying to wait for the wind to get weaker and the day to get brighter. We heard the father kept screaming "Yaa hoo~~~ Are you all ok?~~~" from far. It was a very warm feeling for him to worry so much for us. We kept responding that "We are alright. Don't worry~~~"

Eventually, he decided to make a U-turn to see how we were doing. After confirmed that 4 of us were alright, we went back to the top again to be with his son. Such a good Samaritan. *Thank you*

Even though mmulibra was kind of risky for him to continue climbing, he didn't want to give up. All of us wished so much to reached the top, regardless we wouldn't be able to see anything there except white fog.

We finally continued again...

Wah~~~ KITADAKE!! 3193m. We reached!!!

The feeling was great. It was like "YES!! WE DONE IT!!"

It was a different feeling than the time I reached the top of Mount Fuji. Both I would say great experiences, but I like Kitadake more... maybe because of the process of climbing was more challenging. More things to see too.

It is so Japanese even on the top of mountain in Japan. The little Jizo is there to guard the peak. I decided to pray hard for the smooth trip to go down the mountain later. mmulibra and Ray also did.

We didn't stay there for a long time as nothing much to see. Too foggy. After a short photo session, we decided to go back to the hut.

On the way down, we met more and more people that climbing up. It was a contrast to see our relaxing faces with their strenuous conditions. It was our turn to say "Ganbatte" to the climbers.

Soon, we saw our huts.

Weather was still very bad. My FM was enjoying her nice sleep inside her sleeping bed.

We woke her up. After for quite some time, we decided that there would be nothing much we could do with the bad day.

So, we decided to go down after a simple breakfast.

Argh~ on the way down, we were so near to see a beautiful Mount Fuji. See the blur image of the mountain in the picture? That was Mount Fuji.

It was not our luck. But can see partly better than see nothing.

Good! After a nice sleep, My FM was totally ready for going down. She was much excited to do it, as she finally can get out from this mountain, that gave her so much unforgetable memory.

So, down and down we went...

The scenery was much better now. At least the fog had gone away. No sunrise, no Mount Fuji, at least we still have the beautiful green.

Didn't know how many flower fields that we past through.

However, when we reached this flat land in the middle of mountain... we knew we were out of the yesterday trail. We were kind of slanted to another path. Too late to turn back.

This was the path we walk down till the lake with the camp site. Not a tough walk though till this point, except it was kind of slippery due to falling rain.

Beside the lake, there was a construction going on. Seem like another new hut was building up there. We were thinking to have a rest inside the building while waiting for the rain to get milder. Too bad, we were chased out by the staffs there.

However, they allowed us to stay under another small roof before we moved.

We were so glad to see this signboard that saying go to the right would bring us down to our starting point. Little did we realise the tough has yet to come. -_-"

Get what I mean? The trail was steep most of the time. We climbed down many wooden staircases. Some part, we even have to hold on grass to support us from rolling down.

The going down was much tougher than going up. A rainy day and slippery ground made it worse.

We didn't really know how long we have walked down. However, all of us were kind of exhausted. There was not much pushing on My FM already as everyone was too tired to deal on their ownselves.

mmulibra luggage was too heavy. It was kind of difficult for him to balance himself in certain slopes. He fell a few times. The most terrible time he twisted his leg. But still, he endured the pain and made his greatest effort to finish the path.

fish fish pants got a big hole due to a hard scratch by the stone. I only knew it after I went down. ai yar~ Still can wear, nevermind.

It was nice to see a few kinds of mushroom. Too bad, look so delicous, and yet can only see , no touch. *sob sob*

Our energy was spent till the limit.

But we know we musn't stop until we get till the starting point.

Phew!!! We finally get out of the mountain. How glad it was to see the bridge nicely laid in front of us with such a good weather.

If only we had such a good weather at the peak. Bah~

Ah~ nice weather. Perfect time to have a camp. But we were not going to stay there longer. We need to move to the next point.

So, we rushed down to car park area with this bus. My final glimpse on this beautiful and yet mysterious place.

Finally, we were back to the civilization.

What would be better than to have a bowl of nice hand-made-soba and warm bath to clean the 2-day terrible smell away??

Stomach Pan Pan... Body Xiang Xiang...

mmmm~~~ I love it.

Yes, we are ready for Yamanashi!! ;)

Tata~ Kitadake.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Climb Kitadake (Pt 1, Aug 9)

After a long drive to Kitadake, and were in time to catch an early bus, our journey of climbing Mount Kitadake finally started.

My first entrance into the woods were greeted by this "blackwidow". Hohoho...

Then, green scene like this started to reveal more and more. It feels good to get away from concretes once a while.

We spotted one good scene to take photo. It made my leg weak when I stood in the position where Ray was standing.

Almost felt like falling down...

Bah~ the five silly, just because we wanted to take this man made waterfall. :P

Of course, there were nice natural waterfall here and there. Big and small, steep and mild.

My FM was having difficulty in climbing up. Her stamina was quite weak as she never really into hiking. She regret she under-extimated this climbing. But it was too late for her to turn back.

We have to take turn to push her up with words. The photo showed Ray and mmulibra were climbing the same pace with her to give her moral support.

I was wearing summer sneaker only, not proper hiking boots. Didn't know beforehand that there would be a lot of this water path. As a result, my sneaker kept soaked by this cold flowing water. Not a pleasurable feeling at all.

We were climbing higher and higher...

Finally we saw a group of people who has climbed to the top. They were having lunch that time. Luckily we met them, as they told us the direction of the easier path to the top.

We went into the woods again. Some of the growing patterns of the plant kind of amazed me. Like the way how a sunflower grows.

It is interesting to see how each plant adopt themselves to gain sunlight to the maximum.

We stopped for quite a number of times, mostly in a shaded place. We were worried My FM might faint anytime if we didn't do so.

The scene was getting nicer...

We even saw one small glacier spot from far away. We were heading towards it.

My FM couldn't managed her luggage weight anymore. So, without any other choice... The other 4 of us decided to carry them for her. At least, now all she has to worry was to carry herself up.

Finally, we were on the location nearest to the glacier.

But soon after that, we walked further from it again.

It was only 2pm somthing... but the thick fog made scenery around turned darker.

All we hope was to climb to Katano Koya Hut before dark fell.

How glad we were when we finally see the sign of saying "Katano Koya" on the stone.

We were on the right path.

Met a guy that climbing down. He said there would be another 1 hr to reach the top. My FM heard it... somehow it was like a great recharge for her.

GANBATTE... My FM. ^_^

As it was a slow climbing, I managed to take many picture of flowers and other plants. I tried a bite on this wild cherry. Wah~~~ sour.

Click here to see all kinds of flower that fish fish spotted during the climbing. Any of them is your favorite? ;)

Most of the flowers were tiny. But if you noticed carefully, they have brilliant shape and patterns.

It was kind of difficult to spot animals. Maybe too cold. This was the only caterpillar that I encounter.

We kept climbing. We didn't even have to wear any extra cloth as our energy burnt a lot. Kept sweating.

Finally, we were on the point were bed of flowers laid nicely in front of us.

We thought we were going to reach to the top soon, as earlier the guy told us it would only take 1 hr.

So, we made our final rest before we decided to move till the top non-stop.

Tee hee hee, mmulibra was appreciating the beauty while taking a deep breath.

Tall plant were getting lesser, meaning that we were getting nearer to the hut.

However, the weather was kind of bad for us to have a good view from top.

The only noticeable tall plant was pine now.

Ray pushed My FM harder as she seem to getting more impatient when she realised how come climb, climb and climb never end.

Until 1 point, she lost her patient.

She screamed, "Where is that BLOODY HUT!!!"

mmulibra heard it.

When he told us, we couldn't help but to laugh out loud. Well, undeniable, MY FM have her unique cute way. Already no energy to walk, still have the energy to talk.

"My FM, how come you walk until half dead you still got energy to blah blah blah one?" The guys asked her.

"Hello... walking and talking are using totally different energy source ok? Of course I have energy to talk."

o_O We were speechless with her theory. SALUTE!

Ah~ we finally reached some flat land with breathtaking view. If the weather was good, I'm sure the scene will made me fall in love at first sight.

Silly FOG!

Even with the fog, the scenery was great.

I was quite amzed with the varities of landscape during the whole climbing process. Like a beautiful woman that have many different expression. Cute, sexy, elegant, mysterious...

Oops... Choo was too attracted by the good scene, that he led us to a wrong path. Ai yar~ kind of a quilty to step through the pines.

This was one of the hardest climb when we almost reached the hut. Took us quite an effort to get through it. What more the weather was getting colder.

We were so relieved when we saw another flat land.

By now, everyone energy have burnt till the border line. Nobody have extra energy to push My FM anymore. But My FM was trying best, though slowly to do the last part climbing.

Yippie!!! After more than 8 hrs of climbing... we finally reached Katano Koya.

There were quite a number of tents there.

Soon the weather was so bad that we couldn't even have a clear view on the tents.

This, was the "clearest" shot I could get that day. See how bad the weather was?

Anyway, after had our dinner, we decided to have a very earlier sleep around 8pm to recharge our energy for tomorrow's climb-to-the-top.

*yawn* *SNORING*