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Snacking Urges During Japan Travel? Munch on These Tasty Convenience Store Food

Japanese convenience stores are simply amazing—if simply for the variety and quality of goods they serve in their mini establishments. Japanese conbini food are not hot dogs. The sheer variety of conbini food you’ll encounter for the first time would be surprising, to say the least. So much so that there are lots of topics centered around budget eating in Japan with just convenience store food.

Snacking Urges During Your Travel? Munch on These Tasty Convenience Store Food

During your strolls on the streets of Tokyo, getting hungry, or quenching that impulse for a snack won’t be a problem. You also won’t feel guilty snacking because a lot of the food sold at conbinis are way healthier compared to the food sold in the convenience stores in Western countries. Why can’t we take their example?

Onigiri

This triangle-shaped delicacy wrapped in crunchy seaweed is both delicious and rich with fibers. Onigiri is the name for riceballs stuffed with various fillings, wrapped in seaweed. The price for one onigiri is usually around 100 JPY. They’re both cheap and filling. Eaten between lunch and dinner, two to three pieces of onigiri could already make you full.

Daifuku

Daifuku is a popular Japanese confectionary, some people know the term “mochi” better. Mochi is the dough used in making daifuku. Daifuku is commonly stuffed with sweet fillings. Sweet red bean paste is the traditional filling of daifuku. There are a large variations of fillings. One notable daifuku I encountered during my travels is a whole-strawberry fruit filled daifuku. Yum!

Seafood Futomakizushi

Futomakizushi literally means “fat rolled sushi”. These sushi rolls are slightly larger compared to the regular makizushi. They’re very filling and simply delicious. The seafood futomakizushi often has a large variety of fillings such as salmon trout, cucumber, crabs, and other fillings. These are beautiful, colorful sushi rolls great for both a big meal or a snack.

All the makizushis you can find

Not just futomakizushi—any makizushi you can find is something worth digging into. Makizushi is “sushi roll”, which are popular finger food in East Asia. They are plentiful in the convenience stores. FamilyMart and Lawson sell a good variety of these makizushi bento. There are kappa-maki, which is sushi made out of cucumber, shibazuke-maki, which is sushi roll with pickled eggplant, and many other mouthwatering varieties.

Dorayaki

Dorayaki is a Japanese confection that resembles pancake, with red bean paste called “azuki” as its filling. The store 7-Eleven once sold a modified take on dorayaki, attractively shaped like a crepe, a bit smaller than the regular dorayaki, served with maple syrup. Dorayaki price generally ranges from 100 JPY to 300 JPY. They’re a very addictive type of sweet snack that gives you much lighter taste compared to sweets made out of chocolate and cheese, for example, thanks to the taste of red bean paste.

 

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First Timer Basic for Komodo Island Tour Price Estimation

We all dream to explore the raw and wild Komodo National Park, but what about the Komodo Island tour price? Do you need to break the bank or can you fit a backpacker budget to the journey?

First Timer Basic for Komodo Island Tour Price Estimation

The legendary man-eating, cannibal Komodo dragons has evoke world-wide attraction despite its remote location. Living in the tiny Komodo and Rinca Island, the dragons has successfully lured local and international tourists to cross the Flores Sea. Boat tour quickly become the busiest industry in the nearest town—Labuan Bajo—following popularity of the dragons. Due to the remote access, however, tour prices can be quite high. For backpackers and budget travelers alike, these following tips can help you press the budget without forsaking the comfort.

Look for A Good Deal Komodo Island Tour Price

Well, looking for an affordable Komodo tour should be the first thing to do. If you are looking for cheap Komodo Island tour price, look for low budget liveaboard. They usually range from $100 – $300 per night. Some fancier, mid-range liveaboard are still quite affordable, if your budget allow. They range from $300 – $400 per night. It’s best to book online, as the price is quite steady all the year. If you plan to look for Komodo tour on the spot—particularly on high season—chances are you’ll get higher tour price than usual.

Water Sport Enthusiast: Book A Liveaboard with Water Equipment

If you come to Komodo for its divine underwater world, put special attention to liveaboard with water sport equipments. This way, you can further spent your budget by not having to rent diving or snorkelling equipments. Some boats even have kayak and stand up paddle onboard, which is surely a deal!

Only Eat Out Before and After Excursion

If you are taking a multi day trip, you will be living your trip days in the liveaboard. That means you will sleep, eat, and drink in the liveaboard. Basically, all Komodo Island tour price has covers full board accommodation in their stated price. That includes three meals per day, snacks, drinking water, coffee, and tea. During the excursion days, you gonna keep busy with hiking, snorkelling, diving, and exploring—without having to touch your wallet at all.

The only place where you gonna spend money for lunch (assuming you are not taking a quick lunch/ spending a night in nearby resort islands) is Labuan Bajo. Eateries in Labuan Bajo hasn’t really get into Bali’s restaurant level, but they are quite diverse and varied. Due to the increase of tourism, now you can find western-styled restaurants aside the local warungs (food stalls). A quick breakfast might take you about IDR 20K, while lunch can varied from IDR 30K – 60K depend on what and where you eat. Dinner in night market can be as frugal as 20K. Try the seafood, it’s their specialty and absolutely cheaper than anywhere else! If you choose to eat on fancy restaurant, however, you might need to prepare IDR 40K – 100K. Labuan Bajo has also recently welcome an affordable Italian pizza in town, which only cost you about IDR 50K – 120K.

Basically, you can prepare IDR 300K (about USD $20) and still get good food and and coffee for two days in Labuan Bajo.

Plan Komodo Island and Rinca in One Day

Not many people know that tickets entrance to Komodo National Park are valid for only one day. That means if you want to visit both Komodo Island and Rinca, put them under the same day itinerary. Visiting these island on a separate days will cost you double entrance tickets. The National Park entrance fee is IDR 150.000 /person (roughly USD $15), which can be double up to IDR 225.000 on Sunday and Public Holidays. If you want to compress your Komodo Island Tour Price, scrutinize the local calendar from now! Make sure to avoid Indonesian public holidays—they can fall on any weekday without you knowing.

Now you know how to fit Komodo island tour price to your budget, are you ready for the actual adventure?

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6 of the Most Popular Indonesian Street Foods

Indonesian street food is an inseparable part in the scene of Indonesian cuisines. Colloquially known as “kaki lima”, the sheer variety of Indonesian street food makes it something that could take up your whole trip, if you’re serious about it.

Indonesian street food are just too numerous to list one by one not to mention the variations of each region, varieties created due to Indonesia’s diverse ethnicity and culture—so let’s take a glance at some of the most popular ones you could find everyday on the streets, no matter where you are in Indonesia.

What’s “Street Food” in Indonesia?

Street foods are essentially sold by kaki lima’s vendor (pedagang kaki lima).

Pedagang Kaki Lima literally means “Vendors with Five Legs” which refers to both the seller and the pushing carts used by these mobile vendors (these carts have two wheels and one stabilizer wooden foot, plus two legs of the sellers themselves, thus, the name).

Sellers commonly wheel push carts, and while kaki lima sell things as they move around the area, it’s not uncommon to see carts stationed at certain spots, often on pedestrian sidewalks. Certain dagang kaki lima also rides bicycle to sell their items.

A notable example found in Bali is the vendor of kue putu (Indonesian steamed cake, commonly green-colored, with palm sugar fillings and coconut shreds topping).

The carts used by kaki lima often has LPG-powered stoves or steamer pots to prepare, re-heat, or cook the dishes as they are ordered. “Pikulan” is also something commonly used by street vendors, a method in which the sellers carry their food and equipments by using a rod and balancing them on their shoulders.

Bakso

Bakso vendors commonly sells mie ayam (chicken noodle), bakmi (also a type of noodle), and batagor (a short for bakso tahu goreng or meatball fried tofu).

Bakso is a popular Indonesian meatball or meat paste served in a bowl with a hot broth; often accompanied by hot chili paste and sweet soy sauce separately, that locals often put into their bowl and mix them before eating. There are numerous varieties of bakso both by ingredients and by regions variety.

To name a few, there are bakso urat, bakso tenis, and bakso Malang, bakso telur, bakso ikan, and many others.

Siomay

This delicious dish topped with rich and flavorful peanut paste is of Chinese origin (as much of Indonesian delicacies are). Siomay generally refers to fish dumpling with vegetables.

The dish is often served with vegetables such as boiled cabbage and boiled potatoes. Hard-boiled eggs and tofus are some of the most common inclusions to the dish. To those who want to eat Indonesian but is sick of eating rice all day long, Siomay is a perfect alternative.

Sate

One of Indonesia’s best known “national” dishes, quite renowned and popular overseas, Often served with sweet soy sauce known as kecap manis.

Most popular Indonesian street foods - Sate

Just like bakso and other Indonesian cuisines, Sate has numerous variations named after the region it’s originated, the sauce, or the ingredients. There is a unique satay originated from Bali, known as Sate Lilit.

Sate Lilit is often made of fish, but it’s also known to be made out of other meat as its ingredients. They are finely minced and grilled on a charcoal, letting the spices and seasonings absorb perfectly into the texture.

Soto

Soto is often named after the regions where they originated. One of the most popular soto with a regional namesake is Soto lamongan, in which some said it’s a variation of the Madura soto. Both soto Lamongan and Madura soto has yellow transparent broth, with shredded chicken meat, hard-boiled egg, often topped with fried shallots.

Pempek

Originated from the South of Sumatera, Pempek is reminiscent of Chinese fishcake. Although Pempek stood out due to the sauce it’s commonly served with; “cuka”, or as the South Sumatran people called it, “cuko”.

Cuko is a rich brown sauce that looks almost black, made of vinegar and palm sugar, seasoned with garlic, chili, and other ingredients. The taste is rich and sometimes spicy. Cucumber is often added to accompany the meal.

Es Kelapa Muda

Closing the list with a super refreshing natural re-hydration method; coconut water, or as the Indonesian called it, “kelapa muda”.

Generally you can find kelapa muda at nearly any corner of the street, often sold by individuals, usually run as a small family business. Kelapa Muda is often served in transparent plastic bags by the street food vendors.

It’s the perfect companion for any meals and a life-saver for the tropical Indonesian scorching hot climate!

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Staying Dry With the Hammock Camping Tarp in Your Journey

If you were buy a hammock before, make sure that you are also equipped with the hammock camping tarp so you can keep yourself and your goods dry.

Just as there are as many hammock products that can be purchased, there are also equally as many of the hammock camping tarp configurations to match. But you don’t need to be confused with that, just by choosing and buying one among some of the types, that will be a great thing you’ve done.

Keep dry with hammock camping tarp

With the various of hammock camping tarp configurations, then the rigging options are also vary to match. Both are actually the good things for you because later you can customize your hammock system to match the conditions you are facing. For more information about that, you can find more references about the types of hammock tarp for your outdoor camping. I will only share about how important it is in this article and some things related to it.

Your hammock camping tarp will not only keeping you dry, but also…

When we are hearing the term about the tents, sometimes we will immediately associates it with the rainy or snowy season. Tents are simply preventing us from getting wet when the waters are falling down from the sky.

But your hammock tent won’t only for doing that, it can also be used for dealing with excessive solar radiation and also makes you feel comfort from the light that is dazzling your eyes.

The best practice for this is not only when raining but also when you are camping at the beach or any other spots that is not possible to be protected from the direct sunlight. If you are bringing your hammock tarp, then you will only set it up and taking a rest peacefully.

If it is possible, your hammock camping tarp can also be used as your mat on the beach. Just makes sure that the day is not too hot or better in a cloudy day since it can be quiet warm for your skin. But, you will still be fine.

In its use along with a hammock, some travelers or campers are prefer to get a full coverage of their hammock while the others want the skimpy tent.

There’s nothing wrong with whatever you may also choose, because you may have some of the considerations for its weight, versatility, durability, and conditions.

Even if the tarp you are using is not specifically designed for your hammock, you can still get the benefits from it if it can provides the coverage that you need.

The full coverage of hammock camping tarp can be understood if there will be many that are using it. It can be the best to be used in four or most of the seasons the whole year. Anytime. It will also gives you a better privacy when you want to change your clothes in case the camping area is full with people.

But I should have also admitted that actually – in many conditions – the well designed hammock tarps can be set for a better coverage, ventilation system, and for good privacy.

If you want to use the small or skimpy tarp for your hammock, you have to realize that it will require the better, advanced or the great ability as well to keep you staying dry in a rainy day.

Regarding to the size of the hammock tarp itself, you can exceed between 10 – 40 cm over each ends of your hammock. The bigger your tarp is, when compared with your hammock size, is usually the better, but make sure that it won’t burden you too much in its weight and volume.

So, have you found one best hammock camping tarp you need? Hope when you are staying dry while resting in your journey, you can really enjoy it.

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Sticking on Your Diet While Traveling

When you are on diet, you do everything you cold to keep on track. However, is it possible to mishap your diet while traveling? The possibility is high for you to mishap your diet during travel.

Diet while traveling

Lots of restaurant provides foods which are high in carbs and fat and low in protein. This makes you hard to maintain your diet. As the result, you ruin your diet plan and feel guilty afterwards. In the end, you will no longer able to enjoy the travel and you cannot keep your body in shape like you have planned before.

Tips to stick to your diet while traveling

For some people, successful diet is priceless because it sacrifices many things to achieve the goal. However, dieting during travel is not an easy feat to do.

There are many temptations and challenges around you cannot easily ignore. These tips will help you to stick to your diet even when you are traveling around the around the world.

  1. Before booking a hotel, try to find the one that has refrigerator or microwave. By having those in your hotel room, you can buy your own groceries and make your own meals. Then, you eat just like when you are at home. Your diet won’t be in danger then.
  2. Always carry your protein pack wherever you go. Protein bar or protein shakes are easy to carry everywhere. You can add your protein when your meal lacks of it. Protein bar is the most recommended pack to carry since it is simple and you can even put it in your pocket.
  3. Always carry healthy convenience foods with you when you are traveling. This will help you a lot to stick to your diet while traveling. You can reduce calories you consume as well as save your money from buying unnecessary and unhealthy foods. Convenience foods you can carry are granola, bread, dried fruits, seeds, nuts, tuna, and many more. Those don’t need refrigeration so you can eat them right away when you need.
  4. You can also ask the server before ordering food from the restaurant. You ask them how they prepare your foods to find out if they put too much oils or butter which will make your food high in calories. You can ask the server to steam or grill your foods instead of frying. It works in many restaurant especially when they have reliable cooks or chefs who are willingly do everything to satisfy their customer and understand the importance of your diet.
  5. You can also try simple trick by asking the sauces or dressing on the side to your server. Thus, you can control the amount of them you want to put on your foods. Another trick is to ask for substitutions. You can ask your server to substitute fries with salad or veggies. Customizing your meals like this is beneficial to stick to your diet while traveling. Make sure you ask your server in friendly manner so they understand your urgency and not mistaken you from being a rude customer.
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Shouldn’t I Think About the Web Design Bali Services?

There are some of the web design Bali that I know are offering the web services for their clients. In the world where digital life is taking over the real one, where people consume many of the information from internet, has a website can give you more of the advantages.

You may running a business, should promote your manufacturer’s products, personal branding yourself, need to offer your services, and many more. You can do that all by simply build a website.

But since making an online is not what many of us are capable to do, then let the web design bali do the works for you.

Think about web design Bali to hire

It can be hard to learn how to code from the beginning. Even the professionals should learnt about it for years. No shortcuts. You can make a website using many one of the chosen CMS like WordPress or Joomla, but running it the right way and way to maintenance the site won’t be as simple as you thought.

Not to mention about the contents you have to provide and many aspects that you have never thought before.

If you have decided to use the web design Bali either hire the freelancer for the cheaper cost or find the best web design and developer agency, it can be a good a start for you.

The first thing you can actually do is to determine the type of website you want to build. If the site is used for your company that need not to be published regularly, then you can choose to say to the web designer to make a company profile site. But if you need to make your business online, then you may will need an e-commerce one.

There are various type of it where it also can be the first thing that will help how your website will be designed. The way it will looks like along with all the available site elements it included. A blog and the community may will be different in not only the visions of an online portal, but also may not the same in their appearances.

It is about the design processes where you don’t have to think a lot about anything if you have found one of the best and affordable Bali web designer as you need.

Anyway, let’s talk a bit about the real advantages why you should use the web design agency or freelancer for starting your successful online business. And for that, I would like to takes an e-commerce or online shop’s website for an example.

The way we do shopping are changing. Many have been experienced before that they didn’t need to go to the mall or market just to buy fruits and some drinks. They were doing it with only some of the finger taps on their smartphones or laptops.

That also a big chance for many businesses around Bali and even beyond Indonesia to make a good money. I won’t say it is easy, but many have also been proven that it is possible.

If you have a website for your business, then your target markets will also highly increased since there will be no obstacle in the form of distance as seen in the real world.

And the only one you need to start grabbing the chance is build a website.
But not only just a website that can be accessed, but also the one that perfect designed to please your visitors. Included with the clear navigation to make the visitors easier to look around your site, valuable menus, etc.

Moreover, how the website is designed is also counted as one of the SEO factors to rank your site. I mean, it is also part of the user experiences (UX), right? And it should have been understood by the website designers.

Related to this web design Bali, have you found one agency or the freelancer that you need? Or should I tell you where the best around Bali? But keep in mind that the most important thing is, somehow, most of us will need to hire the website designer or developer for that.

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Travel Tips to Water Blow Nusa Dua Bali

Nusa Dua is one of the beaches located in Bali Island, Indonesia. Bali itself has been famous amongst international tourist due to its exotic beaches and other attractions. Water Blow Nusa Dua Bali is another attraction you can enjoy while visiting Indonesia, especially Bali, the island of gods.

Water Blow Nusa Dua Bali

The location of Water Blow Nusa Dua is easy to spot. It is located behind Grand Hyyat Nusa Dua Resort. You can easily spot the location using Google Map if necessary. However, it is not difficult locate this attraction since it has been very popular these days.

Useful tips to use when visiting Water Blow Nusa Dua Bali

When you search Water Blow Nusa Dua Bali in Google, you will find photos of high waves hit a big rock cliff. Yes, that is the attraction of this beach.

This place is popular especially amongst young people for hanging out. The place is quite dangerous so that is why there is an iron barrier with well-made footpath. It is dangerous to go to the cliff since the waves hit strongly.

Iron barrier is placed to make sure the safety of visitors who want to enjoy how beautiful it is for the waves to keep hitting the cliff in strong manner.

It creates good view especially for those who like photography or posting beautiful photos in social media. Here are what you need to keep in mind when visiting this attraction:

  • The place is safe and comfortable for hanging out. There is a gate made of white stone you will find to enter the area of Water Blow Nusa Dua. There is also Water Blow inscribed on the wood board, next to the entrance. The path from the gate to the location is also safe with footpath laid out smoothly. You can enjoy the walk to the area and also not to mention the greenery surroundings the pathway which makes the short journey to the location even more captivating.
  • There is warning list in the entrance gate of Water Blow Nusa Dua Bali that should be followed by visitors. Thus, make sure to read carefully and thoroughly the warning lists so you can enjoy your visit safely. The alert list includes do not swim. Since the waves in this area are relatively strong, swimming is not recommended for visitors. You can only enjoy the view. Another alert is not to get close to the shore break since it is dangerous.
  • Climbing the cliff is prohibited so you are not allowed to cross the iron barrier. Other alerts are high surf, sudden drop off, and slippery rock. If you neglect the warning, you may get an accident so it is better to follow the rule.
  • Any water activities such as swimming, diving, or snorkeling are not recommended since the coral is sharp and the current is high. It is not safe to interacting with water directly. It is enough for you to watch the Water Blow Nusa Dua Bali and take some cool pictures while enjoying the environment surroundings.
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When to Buy the Double Parachute Hammock?

Have you got a double parachute hammock before? Size clearly matter especially if you want to buy a hammock. Many are thinking that the bigger is often the better. While it is true for many conditions, when two or more people are swinging together, it is usually better than one person with the single hammock size.

When to buy double parachute hammock?

Double parachute hammock size is the better choice for the larger space. And when I say that the size is large, mostly it means wider. The advantages of it surely will save more spaces in small room and you can also share it with another person. Mostly the manufacturer will recommend the customers that it can only be fit for two adults.

Best times to get your own double parachute hammock

You can always buy the double parachute hammock or any other sizes at any times you want. But, since the bigger size is not only for one person, than there are certain times and conditions when the best moments you will need it.

It is not just about when you want to go for camping with your best friend that can be fit into the hammock, so both of your luggage will be more lighter. You have known that, so I think i should haven’t included it as the reason. Nor I will inform you about the durability.

1. When you want to change your bed with the double parachute hammock

What can I say? We are capable to use the hammock as our own bed. We could sleep in it while hanging inside the room. Using the single hammock size is also recommended, but the wider hammock can be more useful for your sleeping.

It is because you will get more rooms in your double parachute hammock. So, you can start fills it with the pillows, thick blankets and probably the sleeping bag, and other stuffs that can make you more comfortable.

2. When you decided to setup a hammock in the living room

All the family members can use the double hammock to relax in living room. It may also add an aesthetic to the room, too. You can simply sit on it or taking a nap in a lunch break or in the night.

3. For the family with children

The more children you have in your family, the bigger size of hammock you will need. The double parachute hammock is a good start for that. You can then laying your head down inside it with the baby or the child.

I think, toddlers will love the idea too since they will have another place to play. If your child is difficult or hard to sleep and maybe often crying, putting them inside a hammock may calm them down and falling asleep faster while you swing the hammock gently.

4. You can also use the hammock at your backyard

At outdoors, especially at your house. Either it will be at the garden, patio, front yard or the backyard, or even the balcony and terrace, you name it. Find your best spot for relaxing or taking a nap after reading!

In case you are worrying about the heat of the sun for days, if you don’t want the hammock breaks, find a shed around or use the hammock camping tarp.d

There still some of the best times and conditions that probably required you to buy a double parachute hammock. What I have mentioned above simply can only be used at home and you might have other opinions. Share this article so many people will know this.

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One Stop Trip to the Supermarket: Tokyo Cheap Eats Under 500 Yen

Tokyo Cheap Eats Under 500 Yen

 

Everyone loves the sheer convenience Japanese convenience stores (conbini) provides. it’s located basically everywhere, at any corner of the road that you can find. It’s so easy to lose track of your spending as you buy a piece of dorayaki at FamilyMart, then spend 200 yen more at a warm bottled ocha at 7-Eleven. While that’s good and all for your in-between meals snacking, relying on conbinis for your meals might falsely led you to believe that you’ve cut down your meal expenses to a maximum just because you don’t eat at a cafe or a restaurant.

You can definitely cut more.

Obviously as opposed to the conbini, supermarkets are considerably cheaper. At conbini, you pay for the convenience. So make sure to make regular trips to supermarkets if there is one near your place. Traditional markets are obviously cheaper, so that’s an option too. However supermarkets are infinitely easier to find in the midst of Tokyo metropolis. If you can’t find one on the main road, usually very well within walking distance, then it’s probably just one or two stations away.

Cook!

If you have time and the facility of where you stay allows it, cooking by yourself as you travel can be extremely rewarding, as you navigate through the process of acquiring the ingredients yourself and finding the time to cook amidst your packed itinerary—and perhaps even preparing a lunchbox for yourself. The feeling of domesticity could be very fulfilling. No need to fret if you simply can’t sacrifice the time to do the mundane task of cooking—or simply too lazy to. You can find slices of chicken, beef, fishes, and the likes, ready to season and cooked. If you’ve been eyeing some Japanese cooking recipes, then starting in Japan is the best way to go about it, as ingredients and seasonings like shoyu, wasabi, mentsuyu, mirin, and many others could be easily found.

The Snacks

A pack of toast bread that have anywhere between 5 to 10 slices are priced anywhere between 100 JPY to 400 JPY, depending on the type of bread and the brands. A pack of 10 slices of peeled bread I usually bought is priced at 130-150 JPY, enough for at least three days of breakfast.

Fruits are often expensive in Tokyo supermarket, so make sure to watch out for the price tags. Except for bananas which are reasonably priced across many shops. A pack of 3 Cavendish banana is priced at approximately 200-300 JPY; you could find them cheaper or more expensive depending on the supermarkets/stores. The bananas last for a few days; more if stored in the fridge. Banana toasted sandwich first thing in the morning? Yum!

Instant Food

You can also find delightful instant food that won’t make you feel as if you’re eating something instant. If you have access to a microwave or a stove, instant okonomiyaki and takoyaki are among the packaged instant food you’d have to try. There’s also a pack of Hamburg steak complete with the sauce ready for you to heat up and dig in. Then of course, there’s the complete set; Bento. A fancier pack of bento would easily cost you over 500 JPY, though, so take notice of the Yen tags!

Of course when it comes to fresh produce in Japan, heed the age-old tip of closing time discount. Nearing closing time, usually one hour to 30 minutes, the tenchou (manager) would put up discount stickers—in which the discount rise gradually. From 10%, 30%, 50% and even up to 80%. You can easily get a pack of bento priced at approximately 150 JPY for a non-frilly bento, and 300 JPY for some makizushi or even a few of nigirizushi! Each store’s closing time is different, so make sure to check to notice the pattern.

 

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Bringing the Kids to Komodo Island: Can You, Really?

“Can your kids go to Komodo Island?”

Bringing the Kids to Komodo Island

The Komodo Island boasts with its wildness. The raw nature, prehistoric giant lizard, and wonderful landscape promise a wonderful adventure. When you go around April to June, you will be greeted by highly contrast, technicolor landscape—which will be very exciting for the kids. In the season, they’ll get to see sparkling white beach bordering rolling green hills with pristine azure sea. They will have a precious chance to meet with the Komodo Dragon. one of 7 New Wonders of Nature. As if it’s not enough, your kids will be thrilled by pirate-like adventure in the liveaboard and get the chance to snorkel in shore water which is very alive with marine life.

All the experience they can get in Komodo Island will be very beneficial for their growth and development. However, given the rough condition, travelling with kids to this frontier require special attention. Here’s the tips to have successful holiday with Komodo and the kids—and keep everyone happy.

1. Keep ‘Em Away from the Dragon

Seeing the Komodo Dragon in the real life can be very thrilling, especially for the kids. These scaly beasts appear like straight from their Dinosaurs books (PS: albeit looking like  one, they are not a dinosaur). The danger lies in Komodo’s behavior. The giant lizard often seems kinda sleepy and languid, sometimes heavy with full belly. They provide false sense of security while in fact they can move in a flash to bite you.

Komodo might appear like a strange creature that sparks the curiosity of the kids. However, never let your kids touch them. Don’t even let them go any nearer than 2 meters from the lizard. Keep the kids close, especially in a National Park where the lizard are left out roaming free without any fence.

2. Stock Up in Labuan Bajo

Before you hop on the cruise, better to spend a good time in Labuan Bajo. This is the last ‘civilized’ city where you can find the best range of necessity. Fill up your bag with diapers, medical supplies, milk, snacks, toiletries, and any other thing you might need. Keep in mind that it’s best to stick with small-sized cartoned milk for the kids. The big one can only life for a day after opened, and you might not have private refrigerator in your boat. 

3. Always Bring Snack and First Aid

Here are five things that should be in your bag wherever you go: first aid kit, sunscreen, mosquito repeller, and snacks. The sun in Komodo Island (and generally anywhere in Flores) is very hot. The kids will get very bad sunburn without regular reapplication of sunscreen. And it’s one of high malaria area in Indonesia—you don’t want to risk it. Meanwhile, the snack can help to soothe down the weary kids after so much adventure.

4. Bring Your Own Equipment

What is a trip to Komodo Island without one or two snorkelling? The Komodo National Park is one of the best preserved marine life as well as best diving site in the world. The trip is bound for some underwater exploration! Unfortunately, not many ship provide kids-size life jackets. You need to bring one. The same thing applies for snorkelling equipment—you will have difficulty to find kid-sized equipment. If your plan to have some water sports, make sure you bring all the kids’ equipment before going.

5. Bring Suitable Shoes and Mosquito Nets

Any day in the Komodo National Park is a trekking day. You will trek with the dragons in Komodo and Rinca Island. Going to a hilltop view in Padar? Trekking. Resting for sunset in Kelor Island? Another short trek. Exploring the savannah in Gili Lawa and Sebayut? You got the trek ready. Make sure each of the kids are well equipped with comfortable short shoes. It will help them to trek easily and avoid the swollen foot.

And the mosquito nets? You’ll be super thankful to yourself to bring one as not all places have it. It protects everyone from mosquito bites and the malaria dengue .

6. Take them to Exercise Before the Trip

With so many snorkel and trekking rip, it’s better to get the kids for some exercise before going. It can be a simple jog in the park or bicycling.

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