Thursday, 26 June 2014

日本 2014 (Japan) Part 1

During the mid-term break in Malaysia I had an escape to Japan for a week with my relatives, and going to Japan is a dream come true because I am absolutely mad about Japan and everything Japanese related.

It was my dream to visit Japan since I was in primary education, my obsession started off with anime then manga, after that I just got sucked into it and I never did grew out of it since then.

To some people, the manga/ anime obsession might just be a phase that they go through in their life and then they grow out of it but well I am already a uni student and I am still stuck with the obsession. You might as well call me an おたく (otaku) [click to find out more].

 
In the airplane while waiting for the captain to let us off the machine.



Waiting for our bus at the airport bus stop.


 
Long ride back to Keio Plaza Hotel



It was only 4p.m. (Japan time) in the evening.


I went during the last week of May and it was the transition of Spring to Summer so it was hot during cooling at night but because of the scorching weather we have in Malaysia, it was not that hot for me during the day. But the amount of walking a tourist have to do, I turned pink and hot during the day.

Too early for shopping, so we just use the opportunity to familiarise ourselves with the place.

During my stay there I managed to visit a few places like Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Ginza, Tokyo Disneyland and sea in Urayasu, Chiba and Kidzania in Tokyo.

I stayed in a hotel in Shinjuku named Kei Plaza Hotel whereby the train station is a 5 minute walk away from the hotel and I can easily go to Harajuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro and Ginza via train. There are many types of train line in Japan but I am only familiar with the JR line and the Keio line.

Honestly I get cross-eyed by just looking at the map at the train station, it is super confusing.

Walking through the underpass that leads to the train station.

Harajuku Station via JR line


Yes I siao already, even railway tracks I take also.

Shops in Harajuku open during the mid-day until 10 p.m. at night (the latest) and well we were quite early so we just drown ourselves in the architecture around us. The following pictures are on shops along the streets and back alleyways.

If you can spot 'Body Line', that's the name of my favourite shop :D









This shop is on the other side of the road that we had to cross to get to Harajuku Street.

I like the greenery on the building and Japan have quite a few shops like that.




After going through Harajuku Street we came to the main road where there are bigger (and branded) shops on both side of the road and we have to cross the main road to get to the shops.










We had lunch here at the sushi bar, as my relatives had eaten here before and they like the food here. I really like the sashimi there because its really fresh!
 
 
 
While waiting for the line, we sat down at the side where there were benches for people to sit (super considerate for tired legs, lol.) My uncle and aunt allowed me to go off on exploring on my own so I went back to Harajuku Street to walk around and explore the small back roads.
 
 
Oh goodness, cute things everywhere.

Did not get a chance to go into the use it was not open :(







 
 
The people there are so nice, I asked this group of guys where is Shibuya while I was exploring on my own and they showed me the direction. After thanking them I turned a wrong corner twice (I have no sense of direction at all) and one of them ran after me twice and directed me towards the correct direction. Then I turned towards the direction that the restaurant was and the group of guys saw me and pointed in the opposite direction.
 
I felt really really bad and I still do feel bad now every time I think of it. (But they were so cute. Kyaaaaaa)
 
Well I thought my relatives wanted to go to Shibuya after lunch but we did not and to the guy that ran after me twice, I am sorry but thanks for your hard work. (feels guilty)
 
 
After lunch we went to this shop called Kiddy Land and it sold all things kiddy, there are 4 floors I think and each floor has a character as a theme like there is the Rilakkuma floor and there is the Hello Kitty floor and so on.
 
The entrance of Kiddy Land
 
After shopping for the children, we continue doing what tourists do best.
 
 
All the shops are so nicely decorated and designed.






I fell in love with the shops over there.


Inside the brand Desigual shop.











 
As it got later in the afternoon more people came out but mostly older people. The street was only crowded with young people in the evening.
 
Met a really good cosplayer! My first!

I was lucky to have met them, I thought I was not going to meet any.

My aunt and her family were tired and so they decided to go back to the hotel first, I wanted to stay and walk around more so they left ahead and I continued my shopping (YAYYYYY).

These two were outside my favourite shop, and I was ecstatic that I got to snap them.

The locals going nuts for the crepes here, too many people so I decided not to get into the crepe war.




I finally got to see, smell and go into Liz Lisa and all their clothes are so nice and girly.

Crazily crowded during the evening


 
And this is my first day in Japan (part 1) , there will be a part two after this. (:



Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Reflective Journals

I have begun my degree course in early years and I realised that I made an emotional batter about it and it is just the beginning.

GREAT.

I am tired, stressed, hysterical, happy, curious, excited all at once. That is why I said I made an emotional batter out of it, whether I am going to put it in the oven I do not know.

First official class of an early years subject was today, my first class for degree however was not today and is not related to early years. And I am not going to think about that cause it brings out the ugly in me.

So I learned what is a reflective journal and the importance of writing one today, I have an idea of what it is like but I can't seem to bring myself to write one because it always ended up more like a diary than a reflective journal and I get deflated at the end.

I am told that it is very important for an educator to come up with reflective journals and I realised that I would need to practice to get it write. It also seemed that I would have to criticize myself, and I am good at belittling myself informally so much so that I can actually do Sméagol from Lord of the Rings. Yes I am that creepy.

So the problem is that I suck at reflective writing and my solution is to practice the thing and the ways of a critique and do a lot of reviews. But I think I do not possess the time, effort and the motivation to do it.

Nah, I am just coming up with excuses to say I do not want to do it. So therefore what I can do is that I can motivate myself to practice the darn thing and not kill it with excuses unlike the Malaysians do. Oh woe is mine.

I think I kind of did a bit of reflecting there, well umm informally (: and minus the theories that I would in future shove in the reflection somewhere.

So in conclusion, I am just plain lazy. There the Sméagol is emerging, you better run.

P.s. I hope I managed to put it a small element of reflective journaling skills in this post. ehehe

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Children at Bars

Over the past week, I have seen adults at bars and pubs with their children for dinners and suppers.

Is it okay to bring your child to a bar?

NO, it is not okay and I strongly disapprove. I am not happy with what I saw.

I saw children munching away happily on their dinner while their parents either played with their mobile devices or yakking away nonchalantly.

Why? Common sense la.

The ambiance itself is not made for children, the loud speakers and amps might hurt those small ears, chairs and tables are too high even the food is not for children. Need I continue?

I am not saying pubs are bad, I am saying that taking your 5 year old to a bar or pub does more harm than good as there is a thin line on being a 'sporting' parent and damaging your child's core value. But you are entitled to your own opinion,  and this is mine.

Honestly, teachers are puzzled when some parents just love to complain and meddle about us not doing it right when we wonder what goes on at home after dismissal at 12pm on weekdays.

I am merely expressing my disappointment because to me, values are eroding now and to those parents who stick with innocent fun, good on you! (:

But as I said that is my opinion, no pressure.

Feel free to share your opinions with me by commenting, I would love to what you think.

Toodles!

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Rebel?

There was a time where you would rebel or say anything just to contra authorities like your parents or lecturers. And we wonder why they have so much of complaints *giggles*

So whenever there are rules to follow, you would love to break them or if you are like me, bend them. But most of the times I do not have the guts, so I envy people who have the guts to break them. I do have that side of me I confess, dressing like a biker chick (Harley Davidson *eyes sparkles* Suzuki *salivates*) and listening to the Gazette (Jrock/ Visual Kei) and MCR.

So whenever someone of a higher authority give us questions like "You can't fit an elephant into a fridge right?" everyone will agree with her and I'll say "You can chop it into smaller pieces." Then he or she will give me that expression that say "KYNA, HONESTLY?"

Geehee.

I come up with ridiculous answers most of the time but its fun; and it is only at times. I found out that I am a crossbreed between an introvert and extrovert. How so? I'm an introvert when I am with people whom I do not know and those who are my friends I go nuts. Taadaa!!! Haha.

I only go extreme when I get sugar rush (: and those who know me knows what are the causes.

There are other people who deliberately go against anything and anyone, and they always get reprimanded (ouch!). But they do not care, they still do it. For the dramatic ones, I guess what drives them is their passion for things or the principles that they hold close to heart and I find that admirable.

I believe that there is a small rebel in everyone of us, it just needs to be triggered.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

A Lesson in Faith, A Level Up in Life

Dear citizens of planet Earth, I have established the understanding of the phrase 'moving on in life'. Yes, everyone has to move on and grow up which can be scary at times because of the unknown.

Recently I have attended what I would like to call it my pre-orientation which is a small orientation before the college/ university decided to surprise you with a tiring and tedious 3-day orientation (Yay).

And they have successfully managed to stress everyone out before our classes began (*applause); having a derogatory sense of humour, the lecturer warned us that we will be scared to our wits at the end of the day and by the time orientation starts we would be going 'Hey, maybe it isn't bad at all.' and she was right, I was at the biting-off-my-finger-nails-stage until now.

I am still young and I do not want to die of stress or eating disorder habits okay.

My dad did a lot of encouragement, reminding me that God is with me and lectured me on my faith. (I felt quite ashamed) So I snapped out of it, and now I tell myself:

Hey! I have God on my side, what is there to be afraid of?
 
 
But I am also preparing myself for the fact that I would have a lesser life than other kids my age (Fuhhh kids my age, as if I'm all that lol). I guess that is one thing I find difficult to accept because I might lose my freedom to do the things I love and want to do. But in life we all have to make sacrifices for our priorities.
 
In short, things are going to be exciting for my family and I this year as we face each challenge with our Father's love.
 
May you all have a blessed week ahead!

Friday, 31 January 2014

Lunar New Year 2014

 
Happy Chinese New Year everyone!
 
新年快乐! 恭禧发财! 马到成功!
 
 

Pre-new year celebration

The start of every lunar year is different to me and it is mostly on how I celebrate it, one year with my paternal family and another year with my maternal family or another year with my friends. This year is a little different as I realised that the fun is not on the eve of the new year nor is it on the first day, but it is when I start preparing for it.
 
Specially this year when my family decided to spend it amongst ourselves just the 4 of us, I had fun going out scouting for the supplies. My favourite place is at the night market near my house that only opens every Thursday night before the lunar new year.
 
I had fun doing my shopping there because there are so many things to see and the smell of food from the food vendors are so strong you can guess what they are selling a mile away especially if its asam laksa haha.
 
To be honest I did not have the Chinese New Year spirit in me I seriously feel so 'sian' about the whole dragging myself out to crowded areas (I'm not a crowd person) but going to that night market really get me into the Chinese New Year mood.
 
 

The Eve

Grandmama sent her famous pineapple tarts and a roasted duck over (yum) and we had half a duck, tossed the Yee Sang and fried rice wrapped with Chinese lettuce (I think, but in Cantonese we call it Sang Choy) for the reunion dinner.
 
 
I pigged out.
*feeling guilty*
 
 
 
Then we had a stroll after dinner around our housing area which to our surprise, there were firecrackers and fireworks going off around us, even from the housing area around our housing area (am I confusing you?).
 
The night air was delicious to the skin, cooling enough not to give you the chills and as we walked we talked about everything possible amongst ourselves. Even my youngest sibling was in her chattering mood which was good as she rarely talk that much.
 
The best part about the walk was when le sibling and I was standing under the fireworks.
 
 
It was BEAUTIFUL.
 
 
It flew up to the night sky, burst into millions of stars and it rained down on us. I can actually say that it was romantic and I was on a date with my sibling haha.
 
After that we went back, did some mischief and slept while breaking every rule if it is a normal day.
 
 

First day

I woke up late and still am the first to get ready (hohoho) in my new clothes and everything. First day of New Year basically allows you to dress up and get paid when you invade other people's privacy. but we did not go visiting so we lived the lives that only exist on the telly (where they look pretty when sleeping on the bed).
 
We did not do much just calling relatives over the phone, then some board games like Monopoly then there is the eating and the drinking and the talking and the laughing.
 
Not much people playing with gunpowder tonight though, what a pity and I thought I could get lucky with my Nikon.
 
Found ways to keep myself away from boredom
 

Details like fish scales (:
 
xoxo


Monday, 27 January 2014

Nostalgia

It has been two years since my last post, this shows that I am not good at time management or too good at prioritising lol!

It's nostalgic when I signed in and re-read all my past post, some even gave me goose bumps and I realised that I missed blogging and releasing all those rants. It is a hobby whereby I have fun and not worry myself over anything. I'm pretty carefree when it comes to things like this.

I figured I should bring you up to speed or summarise what I have been doing these 2 years. A lot had happened and its gonna be a point-form so I would not be going into the nitty-gritty details (and you would not be bored to tears).


Where I ended was Halloween so I shall continue from there.


  1. I am still in the college's dance club but with a responsibility now (secretary). Not much pressure required just a name to fill in the blanks lol.
  2. The siblings are growing like weeds (like dandelions and lalang)
  3. I am not a probate on the road now!!!!!!!
  4. My hair grew, I dyed it red at a point of time and then switched back to a brunette and now I am considering another time maybe?
  5.  I am still having PMSing issues.
  6. I play with makeup quite often but not often enough to feel intimidated by pretty girls.
  7. I am still thin and short (even though I have put on weight)
  8. Loving people is hard but I have made the first step by working at a kindergarten 3 days a week.
  9. The children taught me so many things during my internship in 2013.
  10. I'll keep trying to shine for Him.

Does not sound much but these are the highlights of the two years except for number 5 and 7, in between I have been taking short trips to Ipoh, Port Dickson and Singapore with the family.

Some of the SSDC members from their last showcase


The privilege of being a class teacher








Snippets of significant events of M.I.A


I wonder if people even bother to read my blog, but I am really happy if there is someone out there who takes their time to read it.

Thank you person (: