Friday, April 26, 2013

Time to Stock Up!

Because I like making lists. And I don't want to sleep just yet.

Am running low on my daily necessities!

Stuff to buy :

  • Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara (GREAT STUFF)
  • Maybelline Magnum Volume Express Mascara 
  • Maybelline Eye & Lip Makeup Remover
  • Body Shop Ginger Scalp Care Shampoo
  • Garnier Light Face Powder
  • Hada Labo BB Moist Emulsion
  • Canmake Cream Cheek in Love Peach
  • Revitalift Laser X3 Eye Cream 
  • Any sort of serum that happens to be on sale
  • Any strenghtening nail base/topcoat
  • Any nail colour - black
  • Monitor power cable


There goes my splurge of the month! #foreverbroke

Remember how much I absolutely love driving so much? The times where I'd take a drive with the windows down and my music loud, cruising on the longer route to the beachside for some fresh air. Really appreciate the times when I can have some alone time in the car and sometimes, I don't even feel like reaching my destination just so I can keep driving. Lately though, I've been going for meetings and events all over Klang Valley so many times especially in the past couple of weeks. Adding in the traffic conditions, shitty drivers and all, I think I've come to dread driving. I don't like getting lost, paying tolls, getting lost again, all while chasing time for an appointment. I find myself feeling so grateful when someone offers to take over the wheels, am sick of having to be in control all the time. 



Kuala Lumpur, for taking away one of my life pleasures, you suck big time.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Strawberry Yogurt at Meiji Jingu

Picking up from where I left off from the last Japan travel post...

We left Harajuku with a happy tummy and took a short walk towards the
Meiji Jingu entrance!

This shrine dedicated to the late Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken is one of the most popular and important in Japan. Officially completed and finished in 1921, the original building was destroyed in World War 2 and in 1958, it was rebuilt again to the same design we see today. Apparently (or so says Wikipedia) the surrounding forest covers about 175 acres of some 120,000 trees donated by the people of Japan during the early establishment of this shrine. Mind, the shrine entrance is just literally two minutes walk from hustle and bustle of Harajuku Station, one of the busiest train stations in the heart of Tokyo. One minute you're bumping elbows against a crowd of uber stylish teens, and next minute you're hearing birds chirp in the middle of a peaceful, quiet forest. This is the very reason why I cannot help but to admire Japan so much, that balance of old and new, modern and traditional, fashion and culture, that makes Japan so unique. We've got so much to learn from them in this aspect. Moving on now to the visuals! Ok no more descriptions already, I also don't know how to explain. Oh let me explain first, the title is titled that way because I had strawberry yogurt ice-cream before we started the pretty long walk in. It look us like 20 minutes I guess to reach the inner shrine buildings. My feet were so tired I was like dragging them like a zombie hahahaha!



(It's summer okay I cannot resist ice-cream. I think I had an average of two ice creams everyday!)




















Half done for the day! Laziest post ever hahahaha! 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

夢を描くよ

I've been dreaming quite a bit lately. From boring everyday-life scenarios to crazy-shit-that-could-happen-at-work to wildly fantastical adventures. Sometimes I wake up feeling relieved (especially work-related dreams), emotionally-drained, or sometimes just plain old tired. But more often than not, I wake up thinking "wtf just happened" hahahaha! Last night I had a pretty interesting dream! From saving the world to having superpowers but the part that I remembered most in details was stepping into my new home for the first time!

I remember walking along the hallway into the living room, and the walls were painted brightly in blue and green. It was so blue and green that it couldn't possibly pass as any other colour like navy, or mint green, or any variety of blue and green shades. It was simply blue and green. I remember thinking to myself, "Colour blocking gone horribly wrong, but I suppose I can live with that." hahahaha so I did some research on the meanings of colours in dreams. Ok I literally Googled that out, picked the first site and got these!

The colour blue vibrates with the energies of wisdom, truth, heaven, devotion, eternity, tranquillity, loyalty, openness, receptivity and loyalty. Seeing blue in your dreams may suggest a feeling, need or desire to get away from a situation.The colour blue appearing in dreams may symbolize your Spirit Guide and Divine life path and soul mission. It also suggests clarity of mind and optimism for the future. Alternatively, dreaming of blue may be suggesting ‘being blue’ or ‘feeling blue’. When blue appears in your dreams it helps you to attain inner-peace and harmony, mental security and a desire for deeper understanding. Blue is stimulating to our spiritual security. If there is a long of blue in your dream it allows for composure, patience, gentleness and contentment. The colour blue appearing in dreams inspires: love, kindness and compassion, wisdom, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, healing, contemplation and sensitivity. Seeing blue in your dreams releases: fear and anxiety, self-pity, self-rejection, worry, depression and detachment, passivity, coldness and isolation.

Also on the colour green:

Green symbolizes growth, positive change, healing and peace. Seeing green in your dream may suggest or symbolize your efforts to establish your independence or gain personal recognition. Green resonates with natural life, vigour, growth, hope, good health, healing and balance and when appearing in dreams symbolizes and stimulates feelings of love, harmony, peace and personal growth. Green seen within a dream is beneficial for healing any deep brooding feelings of regret and/or remorse. Green appearing in dreams helps with overcoming and limiting attachments. Green energy is very healing on feelings of self-doubt and insecurity. Overall, the colour green is a very healing energy and vibration to experience in your dreams. The colour green signifies positive changes, growth and fertility, peace and serenity. Dreaming of the colour green may be giving you the ‘green light’, implying that you are to go ahead with current plans. Seeing green in your dreams can be implying that you are inexperienced or lack experience is some way. Green appearing in your dreams may be symbolic of your ambitions,  also may be suggesting that there is a need to balance your masculine and feminine aspects and attributes. The colour green can be symbolic of money and wealth (OOOOH I CERTAINLY HOPE SO) and is also the colour of envy and jealousy, depending upon the tone or theme of the dream. Seeing green in your dreams inspires: generosity, vitality, power, expansion, encouragement, open-heartedness, a need to nurture, compassion and empathy, sharing, harmony, balance and growth. Green appearing in dreams releases: possessiveness and jealousy, selfish attachment, envy, insecurity, mistrust and self-doubt.

There was also quite a bit of black, in all the sofas and furnitures in the blue and green living room:

Black is the colour of the unconscious, mystery, change and protection. It resonates with indifference, gloom, death, darkness, obscurity and secrecy. Black is often associated with death or major changes. Seeing black in your dream may represent the death of old ideas and/or the endings of a situation or phase in your life. Seeing the colour black in your dreams may also suggest a hidden or rejected aspect of yourself. Black can symbolize the unconscious, hidden things, the unknown and endings. Black appearing in dreams invites us to delve deeply in the subconscious mind in order to gain a better understanding of the ‘Self’. Black appearing in your dreams may be representing potentials and possibilities and may be symbolic of a ‘clean slate’ or ‘blank slate’. Within the context of the dream theme, seeing black can suggest Divine qualities and heightening spirituality.

The story of this dream was, I had somehow gotten married wtf and the faceless nameless husband bought a house and gave me the free reigns to do whatever I want with the house before we move in. I was so excited because this is like the The Sims in real life! I love decorating stuff and making things look better! So I explored the house and once I reached of the kitchen, opened up the curtains to see a chap fan store there wtf hahahahaha rupanya it's an apartment on ground floor facing the streets and I was quite annoyed la like why must buy ground floor unit later cockroaches and insects come in how. A clear influence from reading Vivy's blog haha! So I was like, fine, we robohkan the whole wall and seal the whole place up so it's completely indoors and don't have to see the chap fan store. Then I continued on a renovation/decoration frenzy! Here's what I got from the Internet on such a dream:

Moving into a new house in a dream symbolizes your feeling that you are moving into a new phase or stage in your life. A new opportunity has presented itself in your waking life. It may occur when your children leave the nest or you get a new raise or promotion in your work (HAHA). If you dream about moving house or about construction on your dream house this can indicate change is needed or that your relationship with yourself needs to be repaired or worked on. Also look at health matters as the house or home can represent your body as well as your personality. Take note of any damage or decay that has occurred in your life and see how this is represented through your dream house. 

 Interesting huh. Sigh. もういいよ.





Monday, April 8, 2013

WeChat Party 2013

The first time I heard of WeChat (originally launched as Weixin until last April 2012) was about a year ago, on the final day of Japan Study Program where all the participants were busy exchanging contact details and Facebook names. I remember we were quite close to the participants from China and we started talking about the messaging apps on our smartphones. Apparently WeChat is one of the most used app in China, all the Chinese have them on their smartphones and even suprisingly, quite a number of participants from other countries use WeChat too! For quite some journey (we were in the bus!) they were all exchanging their WeChat details but I didn't have a smartphone so I was like yeah whatever, put my earphones on and tuned them out hahahaha! #antisocial wtf




So two weeks ago when I got the invite for this
WeChat Party 2013 ( I already have a smartphone now by the way, just so we're clear on this haha ) , I was thinking "Ehhh that WeChat thing that they this and that at that time!" and my colleague who heard about the event was telling the team how great WeChat is as compared to many other similar apps. WeChat is said to be a new and powerful mobile communication tool that supports sending voice, video, photo and text messages, among many other convenient functions. Anyone with iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Symbian and Blackberry devices can download WeChat you know! Guess the WeChat Party 2013 will be a great opportunity to find out even more! (。◕‿◕。)


Now here's a promising start to the party!


Tri Xha and I arrived at Neverland super early, thank goodness our office is just so near. Neverland seemed pretty familiar from the outside and that's when I realised that I've been here before, a year or two back for some Sunsilk Mini Concert event! That, and also the other thing that Neverland reminded me and Tri Xha of hahaha! Good thing we got there early though, because we didn't have to wait to take some pictures at the purikura photobooth purikura photobooth yeay! They even printed the pictures out for us, great idea for a personalized souvenir! Now we'll forever have copies of our silly faces hahahaha clearly not taking the #topblogger responsibilities seriously enough wtf


Time to download the WeChat app meet some party people first!


Elie Lam's facial expression is so epic here I couldn't resist!


Now time to download the WeChat app! Tadaa! (☆^ー^☆) 


Okay la okay la I cheated. The above picture's not even true haha that's Tri Xha's phone! My signal strength was terrible and Tri Xha got to download it first so I figured I'd better take a backup picture first just in case I couldn't get any line at all to download WeChat for real on my phone. Had to keep trying because I want to see my message on the group chat live update on the mega screen and win the new iPad hahaha!! It wasn't until the WeChat Party 2013 officially started that I got enough signal strength to download it! FINALLY!


Start stalking okay jangan tak stalk, because Lisa Surihani and Shaheizy Sam the ambassadors of WeChat are waiting!
See, even Daphne Iking and Angelababy are available to chat up with!


So many things pictures and stalkings, and yet the party have barely begun haha! The emcee of the night was Rudy, whom Tri Xha describes as the Malaysian version of Jack Black (I almost spelled it as Jet Black wtf had to go Google it to confirm lol) hahahaha kind of true right if you look at him! The party started off with an energetic street dance performance that I didn't take a picture of because we were too busy stuffing ourselves full with food and here you have it Henrey Hii and Vivian Chua prepping for a duet soon! Oh and the vice president of Tencent International, Mr Poshu Yeung also came up stage for a quick welcome note to get us all in the party mood! 



Look at 'em WeChat cupcakes!



This was so funny! We went to the buffet line to take pictures of these cupcakes and once we were done, we didn't know what else to do with them because we can't just put them back and risk getting caught in the act and we were way too full for any more food so we just walked around awkwardly holding them hahaha! Speaking of food, the buffet line was pretty good! There were tons of STRAWBERRIES on the fruit platter! ♡^▽^♡ I bumped into Chrisy there too, what a coincidence! So nice to catch up with her again and there we were taking a photo with the awkward cupcake haha!


After that we were pretty occupied with the performances from Awi Rafael, DJ SkyGroove and the several generous lucky draw sessions! So many people won so many awesome prizes man! We also had the honour to be check out the three commercials specially produced by WeChat Malaysia in Bahasa Malaysia, featuring the two very popular Malaysian sweethearts Lisa Surihani and Shaheizy Sam. What makes WeChat so special compared to other similar apps, you ask? Let's see what Lisa Surihani and Shaheizy Sam have to say about that!



Pretty cool eh! The commercials are pretty cute, so natural too! I've always liked Lisa Surihani, she's really such a sweet person in real life. Also something extra about WeChat, aside from the fact that it's absolutely free to download, install and use right away, you also can't tell if someone has read your messages. Which could be a good thing because when random people message you, you may choose to ignore it after reading without feeling guilty at all hahahaha! If you don't have WeChat on your smartphone yet (living under a rock I see) , head on over to WeChat to find out more and download it now if you know what's good for you!


Saying goodnight with my super cute WeChat plushie we all got in the goodie bag! (∪。∪)。。。zzz

(Hah as if anyone actually goes to bed with full makeup)

Monday, April 1, 2013

☆♡ Harajuku Lovers ♡☆

"A pedestrian paradise
where the catwalk got its claws
A subculture in a kaleidoscope of fashion
prowl the streets of Harajuku
Style detached from content
A fatal attraction to cuteness"

-Harajuku Lovers by Gwen Stefani

One of my favourite songs from Gwen Stefani's debut solo album, Love.Angel.Music.Baby! I honestly don't think she could have described the fashion aspect of Harajuku any better than that. I absolutely absolutely
absolutely love Harajuku! My favourite place in Tokyo, ever! Granted, I've only been there like three times but every single time there's always something new to discover. A quiet street bearing the most outrageous fashion boutiques, a small corner shop selling an assortment of quirky knick knacks, or uber fashionable shopkeepers hanging out outside their shop dressed in full lolita outfits! Yes, the one thing about Harajuku is that it's never ever boring!


The oh-so-charming Harajuku Station ♥



I love these pictures above. I guess there's that thrill when so many people are waiting at the other side of the road and when the green light appears, everyone starts walking across, chattering so happily while looking so stylish and you get that "ah I'm really in Japan" sort of feeling. Nothing could ever beat that feeling.

View of the street you must cross haha!


This is the crowd you will see on your right upon crossing over the road from Harajuku Station. 
Guess everybody's meet up spot is here since everyone hanging here literally look like they're waiting.
Including myself wtf was waiting for my friends to show up hehe!


Depending on your luck, you might even see GAP selling drinks! How peculiar haha!


 Once you crossed the road and joined the waiting crowd, head to your left and you will soon find
the very street that practically defines Harajuku in all the tourist guides - Takeshita Street! Spot me in the below pic haha!



I LOVE TAKESHITA STREET. (●♡∀♡) As you can see, the arch changes designs ever so often, probably according to the season. The top picture is during mid-summer, and the bottom is late-winter. It is so insanely packed to the brim with all sorts of people during weekends and every single shop that lines both sides of this street is so different from the next. Sure, they're mostly clothes, shoes and accessories but in various styles okay! There's lolita, goth, punk, mori, decora, otona, and so many more! One shop called Momo has really affordable clothing too that you should totally check it out, we spent quite some time there going through all three floors and there was the summer sale going on at that time. I went into Forever21, H&M and Daiso too haha couldn't resist! Tons of secondhand clothes shops around too (some selling Vivienne!) and the shoes shops aren't too expensive either, going for about ¥1500 for a decent pair of really cute heels, approx RM55. The exchange rate wasn't too much in our favour at that time and it was a Strict Budget Trip so no excessive unnnessesary shopping for me. *stern

So. Many. People. 



Made a quick stop at Calbee for some fried potato snacks! I love these stuff
I buy them at every convenience store I pass by (which is like every two minutes walk wtf)!


To get to see them make it fresh and buy them on the spot is so exciting for me! (⊙▽⊙)



The menu, obviously. The top left is salted butter flavour drink set for ¥380
(approx RM11 homaigawd can buy dua kantung  of Australian potatoes already!)
and the rest I dunno just point at whatever looks good okay?



TADAA! Here's what I got! I think la, I ate so many of these things I cannot remember already!



I even bought more home teehee! Spicy Cheese from the "Adult Flavour" range is so good, another one of
my favourite flavour is Ginger Chicken! Sounds weird, but seriously good stuff don't doubt me!



After that we went around shopping shopping and it was time for us part from the group.
They are so sweet they bought us snacks! There you see in the plastic that I am awkwardly holding in the picture! ♡♡♡


We kind of speed walked all around Takeshita Street, barely stopping for window shopping it was all zoom zoom zoom until I see a drugstore every ten minutes and YK had to pull me away then it was zoom zoom zoom again! We didn't have much time to spare okay this is a jam-packed trip haha! Next thing we know our stomachs were growling - lunchtime! Rina earlier suggested this really affordable udon place called Hanamaru Udon. It's located in the middle of Takeshita Street so you got to keep an eye out for the orange sign because the restaurant is kind of at the basement, you'd have to go down a flight of stairs. Look out for this okay see I kindly took picture of it for everyone's reference. Eventhough it's kind of half-assed but whatevers okay make do with it!


One of the best meals I've had throughout this trip, serious shit. So simple, so affordable, so good. That, or I was way too hungry to have proper judgement. If it's during lunch time, you kind of have to line up starting from the flight of stairs and as you close in to the ordering counter, you'll see menu with picture displays all around (don't remember if there's English or not, but I don't think so) so just point at whichever you want. Pick something simple like mine! 


Then after you order they will prepare and pass you your bowl of noodles in like 20 seconds (all this while you're still in line) and you need to put that one a tray to continue on the line to payment counter. Along the way, there'll be some tempura and fried sides you can pick and place on some plates they have ready there. I took two prawns! Once you reach the payment counter, they'll see what you have on your tray, you order your drinks (green tea is the safest bet) and you pay on the spot once they've calculated the bill total. This meal for two costed us approximately RM50-RM60 in total, if I remember correctly. WHICH IS CHEAP OKAY. Once you've paid, you pick up your tray and find a spot to sit in the packed restaurant, which is pretty difficult.


Luckily it was only YK and me so we menumpang  table with two random girls. Wait there's more! See the bulat bulat  crunchy thing on my bowl of noodles? You can totally to the back of the restaurant to scoop out however much you want of these stuff, and add in chilli powder, soy sauce and basic condiments as you'd like. Yeay free stuff hahahaha!


Control ayu.


No control ayu.


Once we had our fill, it was time to explore more streets around Harajuku! That's it for captions hahaha it'll be all pictures from here on. These are the little alleys and streets around Harajuku I found so utterly charming. They're relatively quiet from all the hustle and bustle of Takeshita Street but oh the charms of Harajuku can surely be found in every quaint little corner you turn to. It was simply delightful to get lost in these maze. Take a look for yourself, and tell me how can one not fall in love with the charms of Harajuku?







Eh sorry potong stim hahahaha some back alley in Takeshita Street!
The above picture is the OTHER end of Takeshita Street!


Damn panas  the cuaca . That's all I can say. Don't go during summer.
No wait, go during summer for the summer sales! But don't stay outdoors too long ok!


Ending it with a close up of the Takeshita Street arch.
Spot the super cute Kyary Pamyu Pamyu!