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One day in Kyoto trip guide

Kyoto might not be as big a city as Tokyo but there’s still more to see that can easily fit into one day. It is possible however, if you catch an early enough bullet train from Tokyo (before 7AM at the latest), to see many highlights of Kyoto if you really only have time for one day there. Arriving by about…

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Make your own McDonald’s Melon Ice Cream Soda at home

This is a McDonald’s melon ice cream soda from Japan. Common throughout Asia, McDonald’s offer a Coke variant as well, while in other regions like Singapore, you can get a ‘McFizz’ ice cream soda, made with Sprite mixed with fruit cordial to provide other flavours. In the case of Japan, it’s a Fanta Melon soda, melon being a popular soda…

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Ride the Tube in London and get twice as many competition entries in Android Pay promotion

To encourage take up of their newly launched Android Pay system, that lets you use your NFC enabled Android phone in place of your Oyster card or contactless bank card, Google are running their shop.tap.reward promotion throughout December in the UK that offers a chance to win a gift voucher up to £500 or cinema tickets at a number of UK…

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Kyoto to Tokyo and back again – the cheapest, fastest way to travel

The Japanese bullet train, or Shinkansen, is probably the best way to travel around Japan – fast, comfortable, smooth and reliable. But unfortunately also, expensive. Return journeys between major cities can cost more than US $400. Single trips can cost more than $200. About 20 years ago, foreign tourists used to be able to buy heavily discounted Shinkansen rail pass,…

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Great article on Japanese convenience stores at nippon.com

Live in Japan, or indeed anywhere in east asia, and you quickly become reliant on the ubiquitous convenience stores (or konbini in Japanese) of 7-11, FamilyMart and Lawson, not least because of their wonderful egg sandwiches and other ready to eat snacks. Over at nippon.com they have a detailed report on the origin of these nourishment-giving centres of excellence, check…

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Best place to buy latest mobile phones SIM free in Singapore

Shopping in Singapore can be a bit hit or miss. Many items can be found a lot cheaper in cities like London or Hong Kong. But if you know where to look there are definitely bargains to be had on certain kinds of items (but not cameras. NEVER BUY A CAMERA IN SINGAPORE!). There’s one place however where you can…

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McDonald’s review: Mega Muffin from Japan

Available for a limited time, Japanese branches of McDonald’s currently offer the Mega Muffin – a stacked McMuffin featuring two sausage patties, egg, cheese and a slice of bacon. Warning for McMuffin fans though – the Mega Muffin features copious dollops of ketchup, which may come as a nasty surprise for those of you who prefer your McMuffin in a…

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Where to buy G Shock and BabyG watches in Singapore

Shopping in Singapore can be a bit hit or miss. Many items can be found a lot cheaper in cities like London or Hong Kong. But if you know where to look there are definitely bargains to be had on certain kinds of items (but not cameras. NEVER BUY A CAMERA IN SINGAPORE!). One such item is G Shock and…

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Visual Identification Guide to Japanese drinks

If you’ve travelled in Japan you’ll surely have encountered the embarrassing moment where you dive into a glass of Coke only to find yourself swigging extra strong iced coffee. Fortunately you don’t need to read the language to be able to figure out what’s what (most of the time), with the help of our handy visual identification guide.

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McDonald’s review: Melon Ice Cream Soda Float from Japan

If it’s green and fizzy in Japan, then it’s not lime flavour, it’s Melon soda. Specifically if you’re at a McDonald’s then it’s a Fanta Melon soda. McDonald’s throughout Asia have long offered ice cream float options on their Coke and fruit flavour sodas (known as McFloats in Philippines and Singapore, and occasionally in the USA), where a big squirt…

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