Monthly Archives: March 2008

东京之旅~築地市場 (Tsukiji Fish Market)

築地市場是我最怀念的地方,因为这里反映了东京日常生活的一面。平时走在街上,感觉东京是个很繁华的城市,人民很富裕。不过来到这里就会看见很人性的一面。築地市場天还没亮就已经有拍卖在进行。我呢,爬不起来,所以没有参与。早上四点多,开始拍卖新鲜的鱼, 五点半则开始拍卖金枪鱼(tuna)。六点半拍卖水果和蔬菜。我们九点多才到,目的不是要看拍卖,而是想吃新鲜的鱼。来这里可要记得带足够的现金,因为都不收信用卡。东西也不是特别便宜,只不过在其他地方找不到吧!穿梭小巷会发现很多独特的食品,而且有些摊位会有免费试吃,所以别害羞哦!

这里不难找到卖面食的小当口,不过我们看到这摊特别多人排队,于是也就凑热闹。店和店之间的位不多,但是大家都很有规矩,排成“S”字型,井水不犯河水。虽然等不太久,(因为师傅一次准备八碗面),不过因为是早上,天特别冷,所以站在外面等还蛮痛苦的,怎么躲手还是冰冰的。

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就是这摊。

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我身后的人都在排队呢!

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在冷天吃热腾腾的面是爽!!好吃是好吃,但我也吃不出有什么特别,可能是它的面很有弹性,汤很够味吧!况且,我们也只吃这一摊的,没的作比较。

我这次还蛮有收获,因为竟然找到一摊让我学怎么弄煎蛋卷(Tamago),而且煎了之后还免费让我带走呢!好开心!

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东西放进纸箱,穿上围裙,准备开工!

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要煎蛋卷还真需要很多鸡蛋,因为是一层一层煎的,这样才够厚。

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我可是有专人指导的喔!

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快完成了。。。

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要把它翻过来,才会煎的均匀。看起来好像很容易吧。。。

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好了,轮到我把它翻在盒子里。。。嘿嘿,连表情也模仿的似模似样!(这个是我在不知情的情况下作出的表情喔!)

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Tada!我的精心杰作!!!

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噎!成功!师傅真的很可爱,因为我们无法沟通,一直比手画脚,然后我又一直笑,他也跟着笑,然后装的很害羞似的,惹得我更是哈哈大笑!

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每一位尝试煎蛋卷的人都能带回一张照片作纪念!哈哈,“浪漫”吧?嘿嘿!

辛苦之后我们躲进了一间小小的咖啡座避寒。

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外面摆着不同品种的咖啡豆,任你挑选。

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我的Cafe Vienna。

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Mmmm。。。

喝了咖啡后就去找寿司馆。小巷之间有很多间,我们也是误打误撞随便进去一间。里头的一切都是以日文为主。而且师傅都不说英语,所以点菜的时候真的很辛苦。我想吃Otoro寿司,而且因为我们都已经吃了不少,所以不想点套餐。结果我们好不容易叫了要吃的东西,才发现我如果叫套餐还更划算。

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Otoro 寿司。

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我叫了Otoro 和 Chutoro 寿司。很爽口!!(2000¥)

我还有更多照片将放在我的 Flickr户口,记得上去游览喔!

I love Tsukiji Fish Market because it’s where the Japanese way of life unfolds. I wanted to go to the fish auctions but because they start at 4.40 a.m. and I could hardly get up after cumulative fatigue from 5 days of walking, I gave it a miss. But there’s still plenty to do in the morning, ramen stalls serve piping hot noodles which is comfort food during winter. The small lanes are filled with shops selling all sorts of cooked and uncooked food. It reminds me of Pasir Panjang wholesale market, only most of the stuff on display look foreign to me, but nonetheless, whenever there were samples on display that didn’t look too unhygienic, we’d give it a shot. Not that the Japanese will confront you for not buying eventually, but some of them did look less than pleased when we walked away without buying anything. Most things taste better than they look so it really depends on how adventurous you are.

This is also where we can eat the freshest sashimi, because sushi bars are aplenty, we just had to decide which one to walk into. Some bars have picture menus, which would make ordering much easier, but it’d be good if you’re familiar with the Japanese names of your favourite sushi dishes, because it’ll help the chefs understand what you want in case you walk into one with no picture menus.

Check with your hotel if you’d like to visit Tsukiji Fish Market, because the fish market is not always open. It’d also be good to find out from your hotel the train route to the fish market because I wouldn’t want to be all alone and lost at 4 a.m. in the morning.

How To Get to Tsukiji Fish Market:
Nearest Train Station: Tsukijishijo (Toei-Oedo line)

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东京之旅 (四):赤裸裸的体验

这次的旅行,我到了一个上回没有来过的地方,真的很有收获。这是靠近 Tokyo Dome 的购物商场 LaQua,有点让我想起Vivocity,只是,多了过山车还有其他游乐场的玩意儿。 这次来这里是陪我的朋友泡温泉。我不是一个很会欣赏这类享受的人,也不爱洗热澡,不过还是来见识一下,或许泡了之后会情有独钟呢?

要在东京泡温泉应该有好几个地方吧,我的朋友去过一个天然的,我所谓的天然是指那种有山有景的温泉,不过车程遥远。这个在LaQua 的是一间室内的,名Spa LaQua,不过它的水据说也是天然的。这间Spa 有好几层楼,而且它的形式很特别。电梯一开,就要脱鞋收在设定的lockers, 然后才登记。入门费是 2880¥,随便你要泡多长时间。我们都有自己的lockers,magnetic 的钥匙是套在手腕上的。在更衣室里,很多人都是裸着身子,因为衣服都收在lockers,去泡温泉也是大伙儿一块儿。当然男女分不同的地区。我朋友说每泡15分钟,就要上来去冲冷水澡,再回去泡。我觉得好辛苦哦,因为水很热,然后整个浴池好像很闷,透不过气。那里也有室外的温泉,一踏出去可是好冷的,但是一泡下去就觉得特别舒服。 我还是比较喜欢这个。泡了一会儿,还不时会听到乘坐过山车的“战士”害怕的尖叫声,因为过山车的设计是通过商场建筑的。

泡完温泉后,就得洗澡。大家都是坐在个小凳子上,隔着墙壁冲凉的。洗发水,香皂,护肤品,化妆品都是著名日本名牌货,任你用。除了化妆品需要你购买190¥的迷你刷子才能用之外,其他都是免费的,真的可以什么都不带,一切很周到。那里也提供按摩服务(要额外付费),不过最好是先去预定时间才泡温泉。还有你的钥匙可别弄丢了,因为那是用来记账的,然后在你离开之前拿到柜台总结数目。

有一点可要注意,身上如果有纹身,就千万别进去,因为是不允许的。我的朋友泡完温泉之后在洗澡时,被发现有纹身在背后,结果他们很礼貌的要求她梳洗后请离开。我们两都有点不好意思。

本来以为光着身子会很尴尬,但是没想像中那么可怕。我的朋友当然不会盯着我看,所以就算其他人在看我,也不觉得害羞,因为他们也只是“随眼看看”罢了!哈哈!
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LaQua combines shopping with a theme park and this is where you can get to enjoy hot spring at Spa LaQua, without having to travel to the mountains. Located near the Tokyo Dome, not only is it convenient, there’s plenty to do, so it’s one of my recommendations!

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There’s something romantically magical about carousels that draws me to them. Maybe because it always sets itself as the backdrop for unrequited love.

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I have to show you this monstrous roller coaster! Just standing where I was taking this picture sends shivers down my spine. How can anyone take this ride and survive it? The rails are so thin, it’s so high, and this is only the beginning of a series of death drops!!! Having said that, I just might have gone for a ride if I had been there alone, because that was my first impulse. But because my friend was there, and she was afraid, we merely stood and watch, and then my nerves kicked in and the moment of courage was lost.

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The other part of the ride that goes through the building.

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*gasps*-*screams*-

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This pretty shop selling all the pink, girlish, kiddish stuff…

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Aren’t they gorgeous! There’s a tiny flower shop on the first floor, and interior design of the store is rather sparse, while the flowers add colour and texture to the place. There’s a very light floral scent that is so rare anywhere else that I was greedy for more!

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I have no idea what this is, but it looks quite interesting, doesn’t it?

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If you look closely, there are stripes on the roses. Hmm… I wonder how they were bred…

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This rose in full bloom is so beautiful. I like the thick petals, they make the rose looks so neat!

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Our dinner. I’m curious about the KFC in Tokyo. They haven’t got any crispy chicken, so I ordered their special black peppered flavoured chicken, and regular chicken. I’m not a fan of their fries. Maybe because it’s cold, and the fries were a little soggy. The chicken is really yummy, doesn’t feel too oily too! YUMMY!!

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Trying to act cool while waiting for my friend outside the fitting room.

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My twin and I shooting weird looks at each other…

How To Get There

LaQua is at the doorstep of Korakuen station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line).

Kasuga Station (Toei Oedo Line) will be a short walk away from LaQua.

我Disneysea的日记

我个人觉得Disneysea比较好玩!虽然从地图上,看起来比Disneyland小,但是你可不要因为这样就觉得可以很快玩完哦~ 或许是因为冬天的白天比较短,所以时间更少了。而且早上的太阳很猛,很刺眼,拍照不好看,走在外头眼睛都睁不开,很辛苦,所以一直想排队乘rides,好闪太阳。一点钟,为了看表演,站在正面对太阳的广场活活被“烤”。有趣看表演的就要注意手册上的时间和地点,然后要在至少半个小时前前往地点,占个好位!

这次的主题是“Season Of Love”,所以到处都贴上了浪漫的标志,卡通人物也都是一对一对的!有空到我的 Flickr album 看看其他的照片哦! ds36.jpg
大家可以在这小纸上写上心意. 很有意思吧!
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Donald 在向我示爱。。。

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哈哈!其实Daisy在上面!

Disneysea 的rides也比较刺激。很多人以为Disneysea 就是有很多水上的玩意儿,也不完全是。

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这里要特别介绍几个刺激的rides,你们有机会一定要去试:

  1. Raging Spirits
  2. Indiana Jones
  3. Journey to Centre of the Earth
  4. Tower of Terror

其他有趣的包括:

  1. Storm Rider
  2. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  3. The Magic Lamp Theatre
  4. Triton’s Kingdom

最好是有时间什么都玩,不过如果没时间就不要错过这些哦!
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在Indiana Jones 外排队。。。

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我还在排队,就拍下了里面的布景。看起来好像很恐怖,但我觉得还好。第一次坐最好玩,因为不知道车子要带我们到那里,所以又好奇又害怕。而且最好是坐第一个位,这样才能够充分的享受effects,还有感受气氛。它没有高空掉落,所以不用担心!

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Triton’s Kingdom 外。里头更漂亮,好像进入美人鱼 Ariel 的海底世界!

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真的有海浪的声音哦。。。

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嘿嘿~

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竟然有棵樱花树早开花了,我好开心,虽然看不到茂盛的樱花树,不过好过没有,真的很幸运!我啊,在不知不觉中发现自己很爱花,因为每次看到花,都会很开心,很兴奋,很想上前扑倒在花丛中。而且天气冷看到花,更是增添了色彩,让整个心情也开朗起来。

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这间店里卖的Disney bear 比较特别,在其他店都找不到。最重要是有很多花!

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这次看到很多人捧着这一只熊 (Disney bear),而且你可以给它买不同的服装。很可爱吧!它好像在跟你挥手呃!

Disneysea分成了七大范围:

  • American Waterfront
  • Port Discovery
  • Lost River Delta
  • Arabian Coast
  • Mysterious Island
  • Mermaid Lagoon

每个范围都很有特色,感觉好像真的走进另外一个世界。它的建筑物都很壮观,也很符合范围的主题。因为不是很卡通化,所以好像比较适合大人,不过这样也好,不会和Disneyland 有任何冲突。两边所售卖的东西也不一样,我觉得这里的纪念品比较精致,虽然款式没有Disneyland 多,但是手工好象比较好。就连吃的,也有不同哦!

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熏制鸡腿 (Smoked Chicken Leg, 400¥)和热巧克力 (Hot Cocoa),哇。。。是人生一大享受!

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烧烧出炉。。。

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吃起来根本就是包子,不过是很有性格的包子,嘿嘿!

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Maple Churros!!! 我超爱任何 Maple 的食物,它的香味让我很有家的温暖。咬下去甜中不腻,又爽口 ,我可以吃十多支呢!我一说到Maple就要流口水了,不说了不说了!

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Minnie Mouse 的草莓口味巧克力。本来以为是吸引游客卖的纪念品,应该只是包装美的普通巧克力,没想到,巧克力里还有草莓的小果肉,不是骗人的哦!

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到了傍晚,太阳下山了,景色真的很迷人。虽然开始冷了,人也少了 ,但是走在 American Waterfront 真的好像到了美国,很有一部好莱乌电影落幕后的那种寂静和平凡。

Mediterranean Harbour 也很漂亮,只可惜我们来晚了,没有机会坐那里的 gondola,要不然就能圆满的结束浪漫的迪斯尼之旅。

下次吧!

Tokyo Disneyland 完结篇

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好了,我差不多该介绍下个地点了 (Disneysea),哈哈,期待吗?嘿嘿,我已经开始在写了,大家耐心点哦。在这里先给大家一些关于 Disneyland/sea 的小贴示:

How To Get to Disneyland

  • Nearest train station: Maihama Station (JR Keiyo Line)

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  • Turn right after you exit the train station and just follow the crowd!

These people are waiting to enter the park.
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大家已经买了票,在等公园的大门打开!

Look at the eager park goers!
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不是走,而是冲哦! 这是shopping street。

Things to Note (Disneyland/Disneysea)

  • Don’t miss the parade that takes place throughout the entire park, but do take note of the timing and grab a good spot.
  • There’re fireworks at night too, although on the day we went (which was incidentally Valentine’s Day), the fireworks were cancelled.
  • Do read the show schedule and special programs leaflet carefully for information on shows, venues, show times and how to get tickets if they are required.
  • Do make use of Fast Pass to minimise waiting time.
  • Don’t be shy when approaching mascots for photographs. If there’s a queue, join the queue, otherwise, just make sure you get your camera ready and give the mascots a big hug!
  • Do your shopping last so you don’t have to lug the things around. The shops remain open till the park closes, except for some selling specialised jewellry or crystal ornaments.
  • Don’t bring too big a bag. Most bags should fit under the seat or nets provided in the cars.
  • Remove your headgear when taking the rides or watching the shows.
  • Check the opening hours of the park from the website (www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp) as they may vary. Make sure you’re there early!
  • One day passport costs about ¥5,800. If you’re visiting both Disneyland and Disneysea, it makes more sense to get a two-day passport at ¥10,000, but you have to specify which land is for which day when you purchase it.

Tokyo Disneyland 之“玩的不亦乐乎”

As I list out the rides we took, I realised it’s not that many. This time round, the queues were much shorter but so was daylight. By about 5 pm, the sky started to turn dark and the temperatures fell. That’s when I just want to snuggle in bed with a cuppa hot chocolate.

1. Space Mountain

2. Star Tours

3. Pinocchio’s Daring Journey

4. Peter Pan’s Flight

5. Gadget’s Go-Coaster

6. Minnie House

7. Pooh’s Hunny Hunt
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When we joined the queue, it’s like walking into a huge story book. We had no idea what the ride was about except that it was very popular because there was Fast Pass available. Fast Pass just allows us to cut the waiting time by taking a special ticket which will indicate a time frame that you are allowed to return for the ride without having to join the regular queue. So meanwhile, we could take other rides and then return to this one when the time is up. I really like this ride! Maybe because when we took it, it was already dark (5.45 pm), and it was getting quite cold outside, but inside it’s all bright and warm. The cars are Pooh’s honey pots, andwe followed the blur-looking Pooh into his world. It’s very fantastical, and I was completely fascinated!

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8. Chip & Dale Treehouse
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9. Mickey House
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Mickey is a mega-celebrity, because we need to queue to visit his “house” and finally meet the mascot himself for photo-taking. All the other houses didn’t have live mascots! 😦

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10. Donald’s Boat
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11. Snow White’s Adventures
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有机会真的很想看看香港,美国,和法国的迪斯尼乐园。大人来这儿让自己买回了一点童真, 小孩则是梦寐以求。我是幸福的大小孩!

Tokyo Disneyland 之“吃不完的美食”

嘿嘿,又要介绍吃的了,我真的太喜欢美食了,不过最好是有人分享,这样就能吃多些种类的东西,每样吃一点啊!

要去迪斯尼乐园可应该要敢于尝它的食品,不过我发现要买自然水,好像不太容易找,到处所卖的饮料都是有口味的,只有在Toontown 在买的到自然水。

很多食品会在carts卖,而且每辆cart大多数都会卖不一样的东西,所以要上前看看哦。很多纪念品店和餐厅都接受信用卡,不过从carts买吃的,有现金当然是比较方便。去年来迪斯尼乐园,可能是公定假日,所以人很多,买什么都排长龙,当然玩什么,更是要排队。当时,我单单买Caramel Popcorn 就排了一个小时半,和朋友轮班,因为太阳很晒,不想被烤焦。而那时的我并不是很喜欢popcorn,只是想买那装爆米花的桶。不同的地方有不同的款式,当时不懂,去那里就买到那里,结果背了好几种款式的桶回来。

这次我没买桶,因为只想吃爆米花。我很幸运,因为轮到我的时候,爆米花可是新鲜出炉的,所以又烧又甜,天气又冷,所以吃的额外开心!
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太阳真的很晒! 虽然这样,天气还是冷的,不戴手套的话手很快就会冰冰的。可是我还是买雪糕来吃,不是因为想吃,而是包装很吸引人。
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我这个是香草口味的。而且这个陶瓷般的杯子还可以留着作纪念呢!
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这是熏制火鸡腿。超大,肉多(460¥)又不会太硬。在Westernland才吃的到!
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不赶快吃,很快就冷了!
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春卷 - Egg and Shrimp。有两种口味,可以在Toontown买到。好吃!
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Sweet cheese cream pretzel。
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这是那里的快餐,看到左上角的Disney“饭盒”吗?上回,我就买了一个回来。哈哈,很可爱,我好喜欢哦!
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这间上回好像没有,是一间餐厅,用餐的形式和这里的Ikea 一样。就是排队点指定的几道菜,然后到收银处付钱。有位侍应生会在那儿接待我们,然后指定我们坐的位子。
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这是牛排,这样要1450¥,好贵哦!
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这是在Sweetheart Cafe 买的。那里有面包之类的食品,我就是喜欢那Disney的象征形状。
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Orange Danish. 还有Kopi-O Kosong ,嘿嘿,只是没拍下来。
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