Ōsaka 2015

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Oh hiya!

About 12 months ago I decided I had no time and willingness to write on this space any longer. Because a lot of things happened and time mercilessly flowed through everything in between. There’s so much events to sum up and stories to tell, but i will draft another post for another day. Before all that, just to make this blog slightly alive again, here’s a travel diary to a country which I fell in love with when I first visited in 2013, and undoubtedly made me love it even more the second time I step foot on it. One of the reason that made me want to write here again is the urge for me to record in details of things that I did there. It’s a great thing to be able to recount your memories, step back in time when you needed a break and use it as a reminder to always be grateful for places you’ve been and things you’ve seen.

Let’s kick things off with a little travelogue i made! (And if you like the song maybe replay it again while you read the post below :p)

Enjoy!

The trip started out in Osaka on early April. The plan was to get to Japan in time for the cherry blossom season, and it was a crazy and stressful one week to try and sort out the accommodation there, because it was all sold out! We lucked out on Airbnb and managed to find a decent stay at the center of the city for 5 nights. We flew with Peach Airlines, a Kansai based budget airlines, from Hong Kong to Kansai. All set!!

Day 1 :

Night flight, transfer to accommodation, had a 12 midn supper at Matsuya and first experience with food vending machine.  Encountered the most patient and nicest waiter in the whole fast food restaurant chain.

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Day 2 :

Starting our first proper day early morning to visit Osaka Castle for this beauty.

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Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetPicnic under the sakura tree with amazing, amazing ice shaves, noodles and fried chickens. My ultimate dream. Was afraid that the flower pollens would make me allergic so I bought some allergic meds and masks, but everything turns out okay and i can confirm i am not allergic one bit. YAY. To be honest that day we lucked out so much on the weather and had the most perfect day to visit Osaka-jo Koen. Where it was supposed to rain on the weather forecast turns out to be a real sunny day. Too sunny one might say as I overdress myself a bit and slightly suffocated underneath the sweater. But it was still a wonderful day. Real good start for the trip!

Also visited the Osaka Museum of History, then headed to the shopping street for lunch (and some Takoyaki)!

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Dinner was sushi set, shabu shabu and donburi. Deeeeelllliiiish!

Day 3 :

Basically a day for shopping and accommodation transfer. Off to Shinsaibashi and Namba.

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big-ass Radar, priced at 4500yen #wtfjapan lol 

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Processed with VSCOcam with f3 presetbest beef in my entire life. Saga beef in Osaka for lunch. oh. my. lord. *unconscious* Thank you for your beautiful existence, Mr. Beef. You made me a real happy woman.

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Day 4 :

Starting the day really early to head to Kyoto, for yet another Sakura viewing session and oh boy was it a view..

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Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetOn the path to Ginkaku-ji, where all the sakura petals were scattered, rivers full of pink dots, giant Koi fishes swimming around and it was just the most beautiful scene I’ve ever seen. It’s unreal, and tens of times prettier than what I’ve imagined it would be like. One of those places that you won’t be able to forget easily.

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Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetTea break along the river. So so content.

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Local market, fresh sea products and countless souvenir shops. Caution for ‘Sakura Special Items’ literally everywhere and silently beckoning you to come and spend your whole fortune..

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Continuing to Gion temple alleys and Kiyomizu-dera night festival. The temple usually closes at night, except for Spring Night opening that runs from end of March till mid April. It’s packed, but not too packed to the point you can’t see anything. Most of the buds weren’t open yet when we visited, but it was still beautiful to see the famous temple and its grandeur.

Finished off the day with dinner at local restaurant and headed back to Osaka.

Day 5 :

Universal Studio Japan!!

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Ok first thing first…

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The Titans were Real™. And they were incredibly detailed asadacvhagadvjhvcd T_T  My biggest regret ever in this trip (other than not taking picture with Sailor Uniform Uncle in Tokyo, details coming up on the next post) , was being unable to go on the Titans attraction. It was a timed ticket and i was late to arrive at the area and there goes my opportunity to see it. Stalked some people and it was meant to be like a mini museum inside and there’s supposedly Levi and Mikasa life sized figure wtf T_T goddammit GODDAMMIT pissed beyond belief at myself. Also the Survey Corpse cloaks i wanted so bad were sold out. *incomprehensible cries*

If you have a chance to go to USJ, this temporary exhibition is available until 10th of May. And maybe do those things I couldn’t. I think i kind of scared/gross out the cousins by being such an otaku -_-

also i included a bonus of Attack on Titan Live Action trailer here, just to add more excitement lol


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Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetNight parade, private night parade actually. The parade was circling the park even though there were no visitors at all at some spot. Bizarre and awesome at the same time.

And after that, went to the station and waited for the train to come. That’s when my life got messed up 7 different ways as the craziest, most painful (and embarrassing) menstrual pain kicked in. I had to squat down for a good 10 minutes with tears streaming down my face and proceed to walk like an 80 years old grandmother about to give birth anytime. Then we made it back to apartment and I passed out pronto. To the cousins, if you’re reading this, I’m terribly sorry for being such a pain in the ass.(no pun intended.. maybe a bit)  T___T

Day 6 :

Final Day in Osaka! Not much to do, but I was catching the Shinkansen to Tokyo later in the afternoon. Before that, went for a final omiyage shopping and lunch, still with my annoying severe cramps. Later in the afternoon, the cramp wasn’t getting any better so I went inside a drugstore and bought a pain reliever. Couldn’t read Japanese but it was meant to be especially for menstrual pain. I took a pill…. and see what happened in my next post.

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Photo 24-4-15 11 52 47 amPurikura with the cousins.  Thanks for such wonderful trip, guize! Always such a fun trip with you all. x (y’all look real cute la,  don’t be mad at me for posting this? ;D) Special thanks to Allan for organizing yet another great Japan trip! Kudos, sir. Arigato!

That’s about it for Osaka. Phew that was real long post that took a long time to write too! Almost forgot how good it feels to finish a blog post and seeing it displayed on the space. *pats back* Tokyo 2015 is coming and I don’t know yet if I’m gonna be able to fit all in one post 0_0 Bear with me while I try to put things in order!

Until Tokyo!

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still thinking of u :’) 

PS: Don’t steal pictures! Credit or link me back if you wish to use any of the images above, k? Play nice! :) 

All pictures are shot & edited by me using Iphone6 and Samsung NX1000, unless otherwise stated. 

Little Bit of London

My last assignment for the term was submitted at 9.20 PM on 10 May, and it just seems so funny how on 9.21 my life instantly became so much brighter. On that day too i went to Scarborough with a group of really great friends and enjoyed a good day out on the beach. I went barefoot on 12 degrees, but who cares really. Bitches be like blowing bubbles and making sandcastle; which turns out to be sandman with weirdly shaped boobs.

The next day we visited Chatsworth House, nothing really special, except we just had to eat ice cream in the rain. Mmhmm. On Monday we went to Tissington to see the Well Dressings and continued with a walk to Dovedale. It was a beautiful walk on a springtime. Really worth the 2 hours boots dragging for a view of great nature.

Also visited London for a few days, weather was so lovely and cooperative that it contributes to why the trip was fun. Managed to take a day to walk slowly in Regent’s Park and enjoy the quaint view. We stayed at YHA St. Pancras and made new friends from China, stumbled upon some “problems” during our stay, but overall it was quite fun. That’s the thing about staying in hostel i suppose; you pay for what it’s worth and it’s probably unreasonable to complain much.

Off to some visuals.

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Camden Lock/Stables Market. Great markets for vintage, antique and creative arts. Most things are bargain-able, but lots of the stalls at front sells mainstream tourists merch with London/LDN/Union jack pasted everywhere. Go for the inner par of the markets to find independent brands stalls. That’s where the treasure lies.

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Managed to catch Kings of Convenience live after battling for the tickets on eBay (you might notice them from the previous post). So worth it, especially being at the very front. Funny enough that I came an hour before the venue opens and I was still capable on being a front row. The venue was gorgeous and exudes such intimate atmosphere when the duo sang in perfection. Love them love them love them.

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Primrose Hill/ Regent’s Park. The best day to spend a full force spring sunshine weather. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to see Gwyneth Paltrow jogging around; as some people quoted luckily.

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Harrod’s and Covent Garden. Was thoroughly impressed by the window display that matched the release of The Great Gatsby during our visit. Whether it was sponsored or was initiated by the department store, it was a clever and successful marketing. Also Yoda floating in Covent garden I met.

The last full day on London was focused on.. well. Retail therapies. Ha. We’re still girls after all. That would explain the lack of picture for this particular day. Oxford St on Friday was packed and in the midst of women stuffing their faces in Zara’s new S/S ’13 collection, I met Draco Malfoy (yes, the slytherine guy) shopping with his mum and tried his best to avoid eye contact with people. I literally needed to rudely check him out;if that’s the appropriate word, to make sure he was the real deal. The problem with moi was I could only associate him as Draco, I couldn’t pull up the string of what his real name was, hence I couldn’t ask for a picture. Well, shit. Anyway i think he left with nobody knowing he was there, and gave me a smile when I was stoned with my eyes drilled at him while holding a pair of jeans. His real name is Tom Felton.

That’s a pretty hectic itinerary for someone who’ve just finished their assignment, don’t you think?

Talk to you lots soon. xo