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Old 12-01-2018, 06:58 PM   #541
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Continued walking down the length of the canal and saw a rickshaw guy. Had a brief chat with him, and he told me about the places of interest and recommendations. Didn't sell me anything at all, but I like his friendliness and enquired about a ride. It cost ¥3000 for the cheapest option, a 12-minute ride. I took it up without hesitation.

These rickshaw dudes are super hardy and weather resistant. My rickshaw puller, Yoshida, hails from Asahikawa, where temperatures could go as low as negative 30 degrees Celsius he said. Today, despite the constant snow and reading of negative 6 degrees Celsius, it was "very warm" according to him.

Yoshida's service is excellent, first securing me with two layers of blanket followed by a wind guard. His spoken English is above average and I learnt a bit about Otaru's history.







He also stopped at numerous points along the route and assisted me for pictures. A dishonest guy would probably just rush through the ride without stopping.









Notice how he isn't wearing any head dress at all? I asked him if he was alright, and he replied that all rickshaw pullers are "very strong". The 12-minute ride ended shortly, and along with the receipt, I received a discount coupon for my next usage, with a 3-year expiry.


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Old 12-01-2018, 07:06 PM   #542
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Oh and before I walked to the canal, I had to borrow an umbrella because SOMEBODY STOLE MINE.

In Otaru, and Sakaimachi, anyone can borrow one of the many umbrellas available. They all come with a tag saying anyone can use it, and list down the places they could be returned at (quite extensive). Because of the heavy snow, umbrellas are super common, and the practice before entering any shop is to place your umbrella outside in the umbrella stand first. However, some joker took the one that I BOUGHT, probably thinking it is a rental umbrella despite not having the rental tag. Must be tourist from XXX country.

When nature calls, you gotta answer, snow or not.





A lot of Pinoy, Thai, Jiu Hu, Indon, HK, PRC, Korean, SMLJ Asian tourist also got.... Really lousy place full of tourists, and especially Pinoy... I didn't really like it.
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Old 12-01-2018, 07:18 PM   #543
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Otaru is like our merlion park, full of foreigners and locals wonder why foreigners like to come.
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:38 PM   #544
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Wanted to have lunch at this famous fried chicken place called Naruto. They have two branches, one at the Otaru Station and the other somewhere nearby also. Unfortunately, both are quite a distance away and with the relentless snow, I couldn't go far before seeking shelter.

So what to do? Pop into all the different shops to browse and try their samples lo. Ended up buying a box of chocolate biscuits from Le Tao.

This is Kitakaro, home to the best cream puff. Those who swear by Chateraise, I please you la.



This truck is hawking baked sweet potatoes. Splendid for the cold but I didn't get any. Smells wonderful and they play a really catchy song. Not "Don Don Don Donki" if you're wondering.





This is 1 of 1845193519351952 Le Tao shops in Sakaimachi. The Singapore outlet doesn't carry as much variety

Nearby this place got a prominent clocktower like building right?
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:51 PM   #545
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The rickshaw puller guy's face very rosy.
这个颜色很健康

How marvellous they not scared of cold just wondering, he had also went through other seasons before transitioning to winder right..

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Old 12-01-2018, 08:57 PM   #546
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Old 12-01-2018, 09:30 PM   #547
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Old 12-01-2018, 10:04 PM   #548
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letao must eat the fomage cake leh, if no eat loser
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Old 12-01-2018, 10:05 PM   #549
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Think he can win yr 9min 2.4km record easily.


Notice how he isn't wearing any head dress at all? I asked him if he was alright, and he replied that all rickshaw pullers are "very strong". The 12-minute ride ended shortly, and along with the recipient, I received a discount coupon for my next usage, with a 3-year expiry.

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Old 12-01-2018, 10:06 PM   #550
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I was at naruto earlier hahahaha

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Old 12-01-2018, 10:07 PM   #551
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Chicken is the best . KFC can siam 1 side

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Old 12-01-2018, 10:24 PM   #552
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ok la.... travel alone and go everywhere to eat... quite brave
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Old 12-01-2018, 11:06 PM   #553
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how come every photo...............there is so intense sadness in your eyes...............
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Old 12-01-2018, 11:09 PM   #554
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ok la.... travel alone and go everywhere to eat... quite brave
if he get lost.....he might die in the snow........and his money running out....you can see extreme sadness and worriness in his eyes............like a scarred kitten and constantly posting in edmw........to ensure he can find some form of comfort.......
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