Yoyogi Park & Meiji Shrine

Greetings~!

Summer in Japan: Yoyogi Park

Finally, catching up with blogging about Japan again. Past weeks have been about charging up, reading all the books I’ve procrastinating on and feeding my obsession for instagram LOL

Just a month ago I was in Japan and I’m missing being there already!

It was summer, so the perfect time for enjoying the sight of blooming hydrangaes. I love these cute pompom flowers! Initially, I wanted to visit Hakusan Jinja which is famed for accommodating thousands of hydrangaes bushes but my already-cramped schedule wouldn’t allow it..

Still, I didn’t know you can find them in Yoyogi Park as much as they’re a regular sight in Japan. Not as many but still take lotsa photos hahaha

Summer in Japan: Yoyogi Park's beautiful hydrangaes

More hydrangaes~~

Hydrangaes in Japan

This one was taken with my Samsung S5, can you believe how clear is it?! *Impressed*

Hydrangaes in Japan

Went to Yoyogi really early in the morning and had my simple breakie there which I bought from Lawson.

Summer in Japan: Breakfast at Yoyogi Park

Largest dorayaki I’ve ever had and had to skip lunch afterwards because I was so full WTH

Summer in Japan: Dorayaki for breakfast

Cream bun which is equally as fluffy and sweet as the dorayaki. This is the first time I’m glad I actually had bitter coffee to go with the buns ( =a= ;)あますぎる!

Summer in Japan: Cream puff for breakfast

After a short stroll around Yoyogi, I headed to Meiji Shrine, my now favorite place in Tokyo! I don’t know how to put it in words but it gives me a feeling of tranquility which I appreciate.

Summer in Japan: Meiji Jingu

The torii gate leading to the shrine, so huge!

Summer in Japan: Meiji Jingu's torii gate

Then barrels of sakes lined together on the way towards the shrine.

Summer in Japan: Meiji Jingu

Summer in Japan: Meiji Jingu

Went to pray and then explore the shrine area. At one corner, dozens of ema boards a.k.a. wishing boards decorates the booth. I bought one too for 500yen besides an omamori from the nearby booth.

Summer in Japan: Meiji Jingu

Someone’s got a very bold wish. Saw that and I was like, “Ohkayyy…”.

Summer in Japan: Meiji Jingu

When I showed my omamori to my colleague, she displayed her own collection kept inside her handbag. Apparently she collects LOTS of them. I read about omamori online so I was really curious and asked “Wouldn’t the deities fight among themselves??” and my friends went huh? ( =.=;) Not sure if its just me reading too much..

My first omamori~

Summer in Japan: My first omamori

Witness this wedding procession in the shrine area and the groom’s a gaijin! Silently pray they have a blissful marriage and at the same time wishing the same would happen for the couple whose been very welcoming as to let me stay with them when I was in Japan (Ov≤)-☆

Summer in Japan: Meiji Jingu

Just before I left, I went to check out Kiyomisa Well, one of Tokyo’s “power spot”. There’s a history behind the well and the shrine, for that check Google. I’m too lazy to narrate them here.

This is Kiyomisa well~ The water’s amazingly crystal clear and when I showed my sis she initially thought it was a dried up well ( =v=; ) Touched it and refreshingly cold!

I sort of believe the whole wish-granting power thingy and have the photos as the wallpaper on my phone hahaha

Summer in Japan: Kiyomasa Well

A teahouse along the journey.

Summer in Japan: Kiyomasa Well

By the time I left, I’ve have bags of omiyages from teas to keychains and Hello Kitty dolls (=v=)v

Summer in Japan: Hello Kitty Omiyage

Oh, and the drip coffee’s from Nagoya. I found a shop which sells coffee beans and lotsa coffee brands. Coffee haven indeed!!

Those small kimono print containers contain green tea and they’ve got a really distinctive taste to it (O▽O)b

Summer in Japan: Omiyage

The little pink packets are sakura tea. Yes, SAKURA TEA!!

Didn’t need to think twice to add them into my shopping basket LOL. The prettiest tea I’ve ever seen! Other photos are on my Instagram here and here.

Summer in Japan: Sakura Tea

Since we’re on the topic of omiyage, just sharing the rest I’ve got the entire trip from Japan~

Summer in Japan: Omiyage

Summer in Japan: Omiyage

Summer in Japan: Omiyage

That’s all for now~!

OOTDs & I’m on Instagram

Hello~!

Lazy to write since I got to prepare for test next week so instead I’m posting some OOTD pics today on some of the new addition to my wardrobe from last month. Been building up my dream wardrobe yay (*⌒∇⌒*)~❤

First one work OOTD in my favorite Uniqlo cardigan blazer. So comfyyy I’m in love with it!!

Work OOTD in my fav Uniqlo cardigan blazer and Floral Dress from Kitschen

And, oh spot my new baby? Finally gotten my smartphone (my first on my own!) and don’t need to carry the super bulky DSLR to camwhore hahaha

Another work OOTD with this lace-detail collar chiffon tunic top from Miia. Splurge on this in Japan at Shibuya 109.

Lace-detail collar chiffon tunic from Miia and skirt Nichii

 

Close up on collar details~!

Lace collar details close up

Cropped stripe top from Kitschen and white maxi from Mira Mew.

Cropped stripe top Cotton On and maxi skirt from Mira Mew

Uniqlo’s cardigan blazer, again over Visalia pastel floral top, also bought from Shibuya 109.

Pastel floral dress Visalia and cardigan blazer Uniqlo

Padini balloons printed top and high waisted pastel yellow skirt (from Japan, forgot the brand name).

Printed tee Padini (old) and high waisted pastel yellow skirt from Japan

I am on Instagram now! Also, if you missed it, I’m also on Facebook which I do update. Do follow me for updates (*°▽°*)v

I'm on instagram!

Chao for nau~!

my freshest memories of Japan

… is eating nigiri sushi at Tsukiji Market. Don’t mind my lame pun LOL

This is Tsukiji Market, well a part of it.

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I didn’t make many food plans except wanting to eat fresh sushi at Tsukiji, dining at (any) Izakaya and eating ramen at Ichiran Ramen.

The rest of the meals for the 4 days? I was living off ice creams and drinking tons of soft drinks including two bottles of Calpis, good stuff (*´∀`*)

Then dinner at Ichiran Ramen in Shibuya didn’t quite work out though… I entered the building hoping to get to Ichiran Ramen which was supposedly be at the 8th floor but there was only up to 7th floor button option in the elevator? Might have been in the wrong building fml.

Anyway, this is the sushi shop I went~

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Camwhoring Taking photos while waiting for my sushi to be served.

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Someone tell me what is this? Is it uni?

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Tadaaa~~

My nigiri sushi set, served on banana leafヽ( ⌒o⌒ノ)~♪

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More sushi added onto my ‘plate’ while I was eating happily.

The one on the far left is herring roe/kazunoko which my least favorite among them because it was so hard to chew…

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Oh, the roe! I think it because they’re so fresh that’s why they tasted so different from the one I have here in Malaysia. This I can have more, so good!

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Probably the best-est (pardon my English) part and my favorite now_ANAGO!ヽ(;▽;)ノ Had always though unagi is the best until I popped this one into my mouth. Okla, I still love you, unagi.

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When I told Danny and Naoko (friends whom I was staying with) that I was going to Tsukiji, they say this tamago is a must-try so I did.

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So yummy I bought one packet of ebi flavored tamago to share with them( ⌒o⌒) ❤

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We had it for dinner together~~

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Our dinner which was prepared by Naoko in less than 5 minutes, I kid you not. Instant rice cooked in the microwave, topped with ready-to-eat baby anchovies and raw egg and we got one awesome don already #impressed

I was like, instant rice packets?! and Naoko went, do you want to take one back as souvenir? Sua pak kau me wth. The only instant rice I know you can buy here is nasi impit. Still need to boil to cook them so instant rice packets win.

And the egg!! Very bouncy and creamy I super love I can eat one everyday.

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Side was also ready-packed mixed sashimi, vege and sauce.

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Last food photo for today, the breakfast Naoko made for us on the day I arrived at Tokyo~ Got to try Japan hamburger (hidden underneath the egg lol). And yesss, egg again yayy (*°▽°*)v

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Gochisousama deshita!

Summer 2014 in Japan: Tokyo Tower & Asakusa

Haro~!

Finally, blogging about Japan weee\(*⌒∇⌒*)/

If you’re following my blog you probably have heard me raving again and again about my-oh-dream-trip to Japan until you’re probably sick of it LOL. So yesss, I managed to cover the places I on my to-go list during my short stay there which include:

Nagoya Castle – Sakae – Shinjuku – Yurakucho – Odaiba – Yoyogi – Meiji Shrine – Harajuku – Shibuya – Tsukiji Market – Asakusa – Tokyo Tower

I spent like 3 days in Tokyo and it’s still too short because there are just so many places to see! All my friends were like, “You should stay longer” and maybe I should but then I want to have an excuse to go Japan often LOL. Seems like I won’t have short of those because there are just tons of things to do in Japan! I need to come up with a whole list of them and then check every of them out maybe before I turn 30 wth.

That can wait, for now here are  the photos from my trip~

Tokyo Tower

Jyan~~

A small boulevard leading to Tokyo Tower.

Tokyo Tower

Zojoji Temple and Tokyo Tower at the background. The temple was eeriely quiet compared to Meiji Shrine and Asakusa Shrine with Asakusa being the busiest.

Zojoji Temple and Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower close up!

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower

Oh, hello~(⌒▽⌒)

Moi at Tokyo Tower

From the viewing window~

Tokyo Tower

Views from Tokyo Tower~ See if you can recognize the landmarks (^o^ )

Tokyo Skytree

Fuji TV building and Rainbow Bridge

Zojoji Temple

#WhereIStand LOL wearing flip flops ’cause it is the more comfy compare to the sandals I had.

#whereistand at Tokyo Tower

Some of the souvenirs you get to find there. Here’s Funassyi Tokyo Tower keychain, it’s been gaining popularity recently.

Tokyo Tower souvenirs

Asakusa

Here are rows of Trishaw parked before the entrance to Sensouji Temple.

trishaws at Asakusa

From a distant, you can see Tokyo Skytree~

Tokyo Skytree

@Asakusa

Kaminarimon, the main gate that leads to Sensouji and was really packed with tourists.

Kaminarimon

Sensouji Temple

Went to pray for a bit and got my second omikuji~

At my level, I’m still unable to read the kanjis on the omikuji but there was English translation at the back which sorta helps. Apparently it’s good luck, but not the bestlah. Still, yayyy!

Omikuji at Sensoji Temple

Took selfie with the Skytree at the background LOL

Le me~

Strolled around Asakusa and spend most of my time looking for omiyage. It’s one of best place to get lots of local snacks, toys, yukatas, keychains and magnets, especially magnets because I don’t seem to find them anywhere else! It’s a family thing and I want to make a collection on my own too (*´∀`*)

Oh lookie, a whole family of mini lucky cats figures. Nyann~

at Asakusa

Found this one shop selling dozens of different flavored soft served ice creams. Soft served ice creams are awesome stuff, very different from the Malaysia, so totally recommended~! Plus I’m using summer as the best excuse to indulge in ice creams in Japan. This is like, my third one on that vacation (≥▽≤ )~♪

Asakusa soft serve ice cream

After some serious pondering, I decide to go with melon flavor~

It was a tough decision *nod nod*

Melon flavor soft serve ice cream

My other friends were recommending me to try amazake, a sweet sake and fried mochi when at Asakusa too, but I don’t seem to find them… Might have overlooked. Then again, I actually doubt they sell hot amazake on a summer (=__= )

In the same shop I bought my ice cream, they sell Hello Kitty water bottles too. Hello Kitty merchandises everywhere! Took lotsa photos to show my sis because she’s a Hello Kitty fan hahaha

Asakusa

Ok, this one is actually cute~

Asakusa

See what I found_freaking HUGE Hello Kitty plush toys at a store.

Asakusa

Later that evening, I head to Tokyo Station for some window shopping at the mall called Yasae (if I remember correctly) and walking around Tokyo Station to get more omiyage.

One shop at Tokyo station sells a whole lot of bentos and they have replicas of the bentos displayed on the wall.

Regretted I didn’t try…They all looked yummy. Everything in Japan looks is yummy.

Tokyo Station bento

Next, Tokyo Banana~ Bought a box of 4 only because it’s a bit pricey and since all my other friends were raving about it. But when I tried the plain one it was.. really nothing to go bananas for #lamepun

Tokyo Banana

Just a few days ago, another classmate who went to Japan brought us some too as omiyage with one with flower prints and ribbon printed on the packaging, so cute!! I don’t know how to describe it, but that one somehow tasted better than the plain one. So go for that or the ones with other flavors if you’re buying some.

more Tokyo Banana

Tokyo banana with flower prints

That all for now, more photos coming up! ☆-(≥vO)

A food post~

Haro~! I’m back \(*⌒∇⌒*)/

It’s gotten a bit quiet here on my blog, I know. After 4 days in Japan, I was really tired from all the walking and exploring and trying to get onto the right train. Or even looking for the right exit from the station. Like why are there just so many of them in a single station? ( m X__X)m

So I’m super thankful for the 2 days Hari Raya break that gives me extra time to recharge.

While I’m still trying to sort the Japan photos out for the next blog posts, I’m just making a quick food porn with photos taken from after I’ve got back from Japan. Been a while since I made a food post, so here they are~!

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After I got back, a colleague was hosting a housewarming and so we had a buffet ヽ( ⌒o⌒)人(⌒-⌒ )v  This is my plate with everything dumped on it LOL. They’re all yummy~~

Also got mini cendol and peach pudding.

cendol and fruit pudding

And my favorite Choya Umeshuu too~

☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

Don’t usually like to drink alcohol (because they’re bitter!) but this I can’t refuse LOL. Regret didn’t buy when I was in Japan! I drank like 2-3 glasses I can’t remember and then my face turned red wth and so I told myself I’ve enough for the night ( ; ___ ; ) Of course I wanted more but then don’t wanna turn all tomato face hahaha

my fav Choya Umeshuu

Satay to share among colleagues~

Satay

Some Friday tapau~

Nasi lemak with extra sides_ 2 different types of curry meat and sambal! Yummyy~

Nasi Lemak

On the same day the sachou brought more fruits for us all, so we sorta had a tropical food feast~♥

Tropical Food Feast :DD

Just a few days ago went back to home sweet home and had dim sum for breakfast.
Dim Sum

Lunch is duck rice with soup and salted vegetables~

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Sis birthday too so we had a small celebration (⌒▽⌒)~♪

a slice of sis' bday cake

Padang Brown’s Pasembur & Ice Kacang~

Padang Brown's pasembur

Padang Brown Ice Kacang

Also had seafood last weekend, crabs and lala but no pics on the latter.

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live crabs~~

Steam fish~

Steam fish

Had this lotus fried with salted egg I can get addicted to this. Anything fried with salted egg, like sotong is nice too!

Fried lotus roots with salted egg

Ate the new Magnum Gold which is hmm.. OK. Have you tried? Sis said color looks weird LOL

Magnum Gold

Then fast forward to what I had for dinner just now.

Bought this Quaker’s Instant Multigrain Porridge in Bubur Lambuk flavor just now because I thought its interesting because its instant (only 2 minutes to cook) and I like bubur lambuk. Though it didn’t turn out like the bubur lambuk I know since the whole multigrain thing altered the flavor a bit. Oh well at least it’s healthy~

Quaker Instant Multigrain Porridge

On a blogging hiatus, see you after my Japan trip!

Sorry for the lack of updates here. Most of the time I’m stuck at home studying for the upcoming JLPT which falls this Sunday so I didn’t want to bore you with details of my studies stuff.

And then, next weekend, I’ll be in Japan!!!

Finally \(T▽T /)

Though just for a short 4 days (T___T ) BUT OF COURSE I wish to go to Japan again and again after this trip for the sakura in spring and to “conquer all of Japan” as a friend put it. Fingers crossed.

But getting back to making plans for my maiden AND solo trip to Japan, it can be so frustrating to plan on my own! Mostly because I’m worried I’ll end up getting lost and then forgetting my Japanese at times I’d need them… If it’s me, it’s possible *awkward laugh*

So yes, trying to make sure I know where I’m getting and brushing on basic Japanese at the same time. Will only be back blogging after the trip and I’m definitely blogging about Japan, so wait for it!

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That aside, I am organizing My First Double Giveaway and if you want to be one of the two lucky winners for the awesome heels, do participate. Details are as in the link. I will be announcing the winners after I get back!

Till then, jya ne~ (*´∀`*)ノ

[CLOSED] My First Blog Double Giveaway

Hello, again~!

As I have mentioned in my earlier blog post, I will be running a giveaway and there’ll will be 2 prizes to be won! ヽ(*⌒∇⌒*)ノ

I am giving away either one of 2 of my pre-loved shoes each to 2 lucky readers so that I could make space for more wth lol. They haven’t been worn out before and I sorta prefer something different these days so that’s why I have decided to give them away.

The 2 pair of heels for this giveaway are a Vincci black ankle boots worth around RM100++ and a white platform see-through heels from Taobao worth around RM50. Both are in Size 6, btw!

my fist blog double giveaway~!

Prize #1

Blog Giveaway: Vincci Black high heel boots Blog Giveaway: Vincci Black high heel boots

Prize #2

Blog Giveaway: White transparent wedges Blog Giveaway: White transparent wedges

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How to join?

Follow me on my blog, Twitter & Facebook. Once you’re done, leave down your Name, Email Address and Blog URL(If any) so that I could keep in touch with you if you win!

Giveaway terms : Giveaway is open to Malaysian and will run for 3 weeks (ending on 18th July 2014). Prizes will be delivered to/collected from (haven’t decided) a local address only. The two winners will be picked at random and announced on my blog.

Hope you’re as excited as I am for this giveaway! All the best!! (*⌒∇⌒*)ノ