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!

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

Tax-Free Logo Japan

In Japan, there are 8% Sales Tax. If you buy anythings, you need to pay 8% top of the price tag. But if you are a tourist, you do not need to pay sales tax for any goods you bring back to your home. Remember you any goods you use in Japan. 

If you spend more than 5,000 Yen in a single store with the Tax-Free Logo and within a single day, you won't need to pay tax.  There should be a counter in the store to process the tax return. According to our experience in a Japan Trip early this year, that is simple:

1. We go to the tax return counter; please present the receipts and our passbook. 

2. Then the staff will stick the receipts in our passbook and seal the goods we just bought with a bag. Please do not break the seal before you leave Japan. This is to make sure you won't use it or give it to someone in Japan.  The items are tax-free, because you will bring them oversea.

3. Finally, the staff gave you the refund for tax or process the final payment without tax

4. When you leave Japan, the customs officers will take the receipts of the tax-free items. Moreover, they may check whether the items you bought are still in a sealed bag. So, last times, we put all of those items in our hand-carry. 

That is not hard!


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.

Okinawa Cup Noodle

I got a habit I will try their local cup noodle for each place I visited. Last times, when I visited Okinawa, I bought a cup noodle from the AOEN supermarket. It tasted good. The noodle is Okinawa style Ramen, which is very different from Japanese style. That is white and more flatten.  That is similar with I had in restaurants in Okinawa. Moreover, the soup base is clearer, which is not different from Miso. Lastly, there were many local vegetables. That is not bad. I love this cup noodle.

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.

I like Shuri Castle in Okinawa, although that is the real palace of the Ryūkyū Kingdom, which is a reconstructed copy. According to Wikipedia, the original one is almost destroyed during the second world war. It looks beautiful and can show the royal family life.  Moreover, there is an exhibition to show the history of Okinawa and the king life.  That is very very informative. Besides, the scenic from there looks beautiful too.

I love there. That is a must visit spot in Okinawa.

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

I have uploaded my photo I took during my trip to Canberra. That times, I joined a local bus tour from Sydney to Canberra. Mainly, I visited Parliament House, War Memorial, and National Museum of Australia.

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Salt Ice-cream - Okinawa

Ice cream should be sweet! There should be plenty of sugar. But Okinawa has a unique of Ice cream. Its selling point is added salt. This is a salty ice cream.  That is because Okinawa is formed a set of islands. You can imagine there are a plenty of ocean, therefore a lot of sea water.  Many Many years ago, Okinawa people evaporated sea water to make salt. That become the great goods from Okinawa. That is the reason, a lot of shops make Ice cream with their ocean salt! 

I bought a cup of ice cream from a store in Kokusai Dori Street. I like that. Although ice cream added sea salt, I still tasted that is sweet, just less sweet. That was amusing, sweet is mixed with salty.  That is so unique. So you must try it if you visit Okinawa.

As a part of websites upgrade projects, my personal homepage, MichaelLeung.info, got upgraded. It got a new logo, the latest Joomla CMS, and a new template. Today, I updated my IT Blog, ITBlogs.Info, too. It got a new skin. In the past, it got two separated skins for Mobile and desktop. Now, it has a responsive skin. We have a single skin both for Mobile and desktop. I believe this change can improve the search engine ranking. And I wish you will like it too!