Life update: From May to now

I’ve just finished posting the latest Japan trip’s entry, but I thought I’d keep on with another blog entry. Better keep the momentum going xD I’m really not sure how to start or what to include so we are just going to let my fingers take over and see where they take us?

  1. I went to Qingyuan on a work trip for 3 nights, 4 days in the beginning of May. It was probably the only trip I’ve made into rural-ish China during my two-year stay in GZ. I was a bit apprehensive at first but it turned out to be a good trip.
  • We did some hiking, kayaking (which I didn’t do) and painted walls of a nursing home. The highlight of the trip for me is probably tea leaves picking and then getting to see how the leaves were processed. I even brought the finished tea leaves back home to Bangkok!
  • Also, another colleague that went on the trip with me was one of my closest friends in GZ so that made the trip even better. We made a great team 😉

2. Went to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 as soon as I got back from the trip and my goodness, it was amazing. I definitely enjoyed it way more than the first one. (I didn’t really like the first one, the climax had me go ‘WTF?!’.) I think I’ll make another entry just for films because I’ve seen a lot of films since then. Anyway, this film got me into 80s music. The soundtracks from both Vol 1 and Vol 2 are amazing, though I probably prefer Vol 1.

3. I discovered laser tag. xD I know, I know, it’s not really something full grown adults should be into but I really enjoyed it. I’ve done it 3 times in a space of… a month? It’s a great way to work out! And I never really thought that I’d be any good at it but I’m actually ok with the aims. I’m also very competitive… xD

4. I’ve started driving! Well, I took driving lessons for about a month and managed to pass my driving test on Wednesday! I’m so happy and proud of myself because it’s been getting a lot more difficult to pass a driving test here in BKK and I’m not sure how I managed on my first go.

  • The staff there basically said that, on average, about 12.5% of people pass. We can take retakes but the place is so far that it would be so much of a hassle to go. I passed the written test last month, took it even before I started my driving lessons xD That was ok, I’ve discovered an app that gave me questions to try and that was a really great way to revise. I also had to sit through about 5 hours of orientation. That, wasn’t fun.
  • The practical driving test, I wasn’t so good at each maneuvers during my driving lessons. I wasn’t confident at all so it was such a great surprise that I managed to pass them on the day! Such good luck. The driving lessons themselves were nerve wrecking, obviously, but I’m not adverse to the idea of driving anymore. I was actually more nervous taking the test than taking the car out to drive on real roads xD
  • Don’t think I’ll be getting my own car yet but I’m glad I’ve finally gotten around to getting a driving licence.

5. My family and I went on a beach vacation at the beginning of this month and I enjoyed the first 3 days immensely. I swam twice a day, 15 laps each and was at 7.5km record. Then I went and threw my back out somehow.

  • Or, well, some muscle inflammation in my back. It started with an ache on Wednesday. By Thursday, I was pretty much in pain. I had to sleep on my stomach and sitting hurt. Standing and walking was ok. I ended up sleeping on the floor on Thursday night because the bed was too soft for my back.
  • I woke up on Friday feeling much better and I was optimistic. Then I sneezed while I was on my feet. Oh. My Goodness. The pain that went down my legs almost had my knees buckled. Nope. Back to square one. Or even worse.
  • Long story short, I’m still not feeling 100% now and it’s been almost a month. I was so made at my body because it’d stopped me from going to see Tom Holland until more than a week later than everyone else. Urgh. I haven’t felt this betrayed by my own body for a long time.

6. I’ve also been on another trip last weekend to the North Eastern part of Thailand. It consisted mostly of us eating and sitting in a van ^^” We visited a few temples though and saw my aunt and uncle-in-law who moved up there about 6 years ago. This is a customary, twice-a-year trip for my family. It’s good for the soul and mind. We were very lucky to have moved the trip up to last weekend from this weekend because a water reservoir broke yesterday and many of the roads are underwater.

7. I’ve mentioned seeing GotG Vol 2 in the beginning of May so I want to just make a list of films I’ve seen. I will hopefully go into more details in some other entry.

Huh, I just realised that I kinda like seeing my films back-to-back, lol.

Overall, I’ve seen 14 films in the cinema so far this year (this may possibly be a new record). That is, on average, 2 films a month. I kinda discovered the joy of going to the cinema on Friday night too late during my time in GZ. It was so convenient having a new cinema within a 15 minutes walk from my apartment. Hence me going slightly overboard with the number of films in my last couple of months in China xD

There are quite a few more I want to go see this year too. I wonder how many films I’d get to see in the theatre this year.

 

So yeah, I think these are all that I want to have written down as an update in my blog. I’ll try and see if I can do a whole entry about my thoughts on all of the films I’ve listed out here.

Hope you are having a lovely Sunday!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

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[June in Japan] Day 5 in Tokyo (second day subway-ing)

Writing these blog posts made me realised that it’s a brilliant thing I take so many photos. Or else I wouldn’t remember much about what I did on each day, unless there was a highlight to it like visiting an amusement park. As I was choosing the photos for today’s entry, I also realised that there was a gap for about a couple of hours during this day that I’m not sure what we did, lol. We’ll talk more about that when the entry reaches that point.

Anyway, back to our travelling blog post!

If this is the first time you’ve just stumbled across my blog, welcome! Here is the first part of this amazing adventure in Japan last June (2016): [June in Japan] Day 1 in Kyoto

Previously, on our adventure: [June in Japan] Day 4 in Tokyo (first day subway-ing) Part 2

So we are still in Tokyo! It probably is my favourite city in this world… It’s the fifth day of our trip and we are also still subway-ing around Tokyo because we got a lovely 48-hour subway pass.

But first! Breakfast!

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From Yoshinoya near our flat.

A pork-bowl with lots of negi (Japanese leek) and a raw egg yolk topping with a small bowl of miso soup.

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While on the subway…

Also tea to get me through the day. Here is my favourite royal milk tea found in the Japanese convenient store. I don’t think every convenient store has this brand though, Family Mart does stock them but not 7-11 I think…

And I will stop here tonight. The battery of the laptop is dying and my eyes are drooping. Will hopefully come back to this soon!

 

And then I left this entry for over a month before I can manage to come back to it ^^” I’ve left it for so long that I didn’t remember starting this entry or how much I’ve written it until I saw the entry in my draft section yesterday ^^”

So here I am, coming back to continue by adding all of the photos first, since that seems to be a way to get me to finish an entry. Plus, now I can just keep typing and not have to fiddle with adding images.

Let’s continue with our day!

As you could probably guessed, we made full use of the subway because we had the subway pass and so went to Ginza. There’s a cafe there I had been wanting to try, since Henri Charpentier is one of my favourite dessert shops in Japan

Welcome, to Ginza Maison, Henri Charpentier.

I was a little bit disappointed in the menu selection. There wasn’t anything that sprang out to grab my attention and I’m comparing the experience with their normal dessert line in department store kiosks, which usually leaves me torn with which one to choose.

In the end, I decided to go for a seasonal crepe dish with lime ice and zest, mango sauce and coconut crunch.

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I have to say, I was impressed with it. But then again, I probably wasn’t expecting much because this isn’t really my normal go-to dessert, lol. The lime ice was fantastic though and it went very well with the mango sauce and the crepes. The lime zest was a great touch too. I don’t think I was that impressed with the coconut crunch, but then I’m not that fond of them in the first place anyway.

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I, of course, also got a pot of tea. I was suffering from period cramps (it being the first day and all), hence the hot beverage. It was also probably why we didn’t do too many things on that day. I don’t think I could have coped with a lot of walking in my state.

(I am fortunate enough that I don’t suffer from sever period pains. It’s just annoying and makes me not want to do anything but to lie down, especially on the first day.)

Anyway, here are two photos of the interior inside the shop.

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Love how it spells ‘Celebration’. Woo!

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And here’s the entrance to the female toilet! How anyone could have found it without asking is a mystery. I asked or else I wouldn’t know.

 

And then I left this entry for, goodness knows how long ^^” Anyway, let’s see if I can finish this entry today.

After finishing with our lunch(?) at Ginza Maison, Henri Charpentier, we went to a building that hosts a stationary store as lune was looking for something for her cousin. I browsed around but didn’t have the budget to splurge, lol.

After that… we must have gone to Shibuya! xD I don’t remember this bit but the pictures are telling me this fact, lol.

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Here’s a picture of the famous Shibuya crossing!

I think we went to Shibuya to go buy our tickets to Tokyo Disney Resort at the Disney Store there.

After we’ve finished in Shibuya, we then went on to Shinjuku… Here’s the point where there are a few hours gap where I’m not sure where it went. I think may be we went exploring in Shibuya to look for Animate just to look at anime/manga products. We definitely did that but I’m just not sure which day that was xD

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That sign on top of this building has been there since April 2011, so I make it a point to snap a photo every time. 

Anyway, we went to Shinjuku to get some dinner and I managed to drag lune to have my favourite Japanese dish: tonkatsu (or the pork cutlet).

There is a restaurant I wanted to try out at Takashimaya Department Store hence why we ended up in Shinjuku.

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One of my favourite part of Tokyo. 

The restaurant is called Katsukura, on the 14th floor. This was the first time I’ve tried out this place, and I was excited! I think we had to queue for a bit but it didn’t take that long.

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The bowl for the sauce. The toasted sesame can be crushed in this bowl and then the sauce added.

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This was the set I got where there was a piece of pork cutlet and this vegetable, wrapped in tofu skin then covered in bread crumb and deep fried like the pork cutlet.

The pork was amazing, I was totally hooked and Katsukura definitely made it on the list of restaurants I must visit in Tokyo. 😉

So in the end, it was a pretty chill day. Here’s a summary of how much walking we did today:

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Considering that we didn’t really have a plan and that I wasn’t feeling my 100%, it’s still impressive that we managed to hit 12km of walking!

Also, here are some of the goodies I’ve bought during the trip so far. They are mostly snacks xD

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These are some fruit jellies I bought back for my little sister. She wanted a mix of flavours so I got all that were available for her. 

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This is a ‘takoyaki‘ flavoured potato chips that I loved. I tried them the last time I went to Osaka (April 2015) and made it a mission to buy it again this time around xD 

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They are kind of like croutons but triangular shaped in 53% brie cheese flavour. 

And last, but not least:

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Ritz snacks with cheese fillings. So good.

 

So here you go, finally, this entry is finally done. I wonder how many months it has been ^^” Well, it’s actually a year and a month since this trip so I really should get going with the entry….

 

Anyway, I’m going to sign off here. Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

 

Dating Profile Quiz

Nope, you didn’t read the title wrong. I took a dating profile quiz, lol. I stumbled upon this while going through old journals and saw my results from, er, 8 years ago. I gotta say, I don’t think I’ve changed that much… My ‘date’s profile’ on the other hand o.O

So here are the results:

Your dating personality profile:

Liberal – Politics matters to you, and you aren’t afraid to share your left-leaning views. You would never be caught voting for a conservative candidate.
Intellectual – You consider your mind amongst your assets. Learning is not a chore but a constant search after wisdom and knowledge. You value education and rationality.
Adventurous – Just sitting around the house is not something that appeals to you. You love to be out trying new things and really experiencing life.

Your Top Ten Traits

1. Liberal
2. Intellectual
3. Adventurous
4. Big-Hearted
5. Wealthy/Ambitious
6. Practical
7. Traditional
8. Outgoing
9. Stylish
10. Athletic

Your date match profile:

Intellectual – You seek out intelligence. Idle chit-chat is not what you are after. You prefer your date who can stimulate your mind.
Practical – You are drawn to people who are sensible and smart. Flashy, materialistic people turn you off. You appreciate the simpler side of living.
Conservative – Forget liberals, you need a conservative match. Political discussions interest you, and a conservative will offer the viewpoint you need.

Your Top Ten Match Traits

1. Intellectual
2. Practical
3. Conservative
4. Traditional
5. Adventurous
6. Big-Hearted
7. Athletic
8. Outgoing
9. Religious
10. Stylish

Take the Dating Profile Quiz at Would I Date You 

 

I think my traits are pretty accurate though I didn’t realise that I would be considered this liberal, lol. The fact that ‘Conservative’ made it in the Top 3 of my match’s profile though, that threw me off completely. I don’t think I want a partner who is a Conservative.

I would like a traditional person, but if they are conservative, then there will be fights when it comes to political debates. Nuh uh. There are certain values I will not compromise and I don’t think I would be able to be able to be partnered with someone who do not share those values.

(Well, that got deep and personal, lol.)

Anyway, here are the results from 8 years ago.

From July 2009

It’s funny that ‘adventurous’ has made it for both times, lol. I would have never described myself as ‘adventurous’, but considered the fact that I have survived China, may be I am 😉

 

With love,

From BKK

 

PS – so many things to update on, so little motivation to do so, xD

PPS – Saw Spider-Man Homecoming on Sunday! FINALLY. It was great, I loved the final quarter of the film. Cannot wait to see more of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. I love his Spider-Man.

PPPS – I had some sort of a muscle inflammation with my back muscles and I couldn’t bend down for about a week in the beginning of this month. And then I had muscle aches from other parts which had to work harder to compensate and urgh, it was not a pleasant experience. I felt helpless and frustrated. And then just lazy ^^”

 

Life update, June edition

Oh wow, it has been a long while hasn’t it? Though is it really a surprise? *looks up at the blog’s name*

Still, a lot has happened since the last entry. The most important thing would probably be that I’ve moved! My contract has ended in Guangzhou and I am now back in Bangkok. New job will start in August so I hope that I will have time to catch up on other things. Like blogging. (lol)

I’m also excited to be back in the land where vpn is not needed to get on social medias. I’ve missed going on IG on my mobile phone and I am now back on Twitter! (I’m blaming lune on that but I kinda enjoy it… I forget sometimes though that I have Twitter now so I seem to tweet in waves, lol.)

Packing up and moving was stressful. And I realised now that I shouldn’t have left it so late but my excuse was/is that I was waiting for two more suitcases! I’ve managed to forget at least two things in GZ and I’m kinda kicking myself over them. But hey, a lesson’s learned.

Also, my suitcases and luggage allowance was up to the brim! Had to open the suitcases up by the check in counter to transfer stuff from one suitcase to another because one of them was too heavy ^^” (There is a limit to 32 kg per suitcase… mine was 35kg in the beginning ^^”) That was probably the first time I ever had to do that. Well, there’s a first time for everything eh?

But now I am back in BKK and I suppose I’m kinda stuck in the in-betweens at the moment. I’m the only one in the family on vacation at the moment so I’m still kind of stuck with a routine. But at the same time, I’ve got a lot of time on my hands to do… something. Hence getting back to blogging (and also because lune has reminded me that I’ve got a blog to kind of keep xD)

Oh! I’ve been called down. I’ll (hopefully) come back with more interesting things to blog about later on this week but you know me… It may be another month before I emerge once more xD

 

With love,

From BKK

April update, films wise.

And it has been a while, hasn’t it? xD I also just found out today that I can access WordPress freely in GZ. Huh, didn’t realise that before…

I was about to give up posting a blog entry today but it looks like I haven’t got any excuse anymore ^^”

Today’s blog is all about films I have seen recently though. I pretty much hit the cinema to see practically a film each week.

A warning, this entry will contain spoilers because I don’t think I can rant about these films without going into the details.

Anyway, it started with Logan.

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I didn’t plan to go see it until it came out to raving reviews. Even then, I thought may be I’ll see it on a plane when I get a chance or something. And then a Friday night (10 March) freed up so I thought, why not go see a film?

It was a choice between Logan and The Lego Movie: Batman. I’ve never really seen any of the other X-Men films, not even on TV. Well, not all of the movie in one sitting anyway. So really, why go see Logan? And I did enjoy the first Lego Movie so may be I should go see that.

But the reviews were so good, I thought I should give it a go. And boy I wasn’t disappointed. I was already dabbling in the X-Men fandom (I have a weakness for Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr) and so I found myself being emotionally invested in these characters. The tears came when Charles died and I don’t think it stopped. The tears kept coming and I started to sniffle and really, by the end of the film, I was a mess.

My eyes were swollen and my nose, red by the time we came out of the cinema. It was one of the best experiences, even if it was heartbreaking, I’ve ever had watching a film.

 

The week after, though, was a much anticipated and awaited film for me: Beauty and the Beast live action.

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Oh my goodness. It. Was. Amazing. Fantastic. Breathtakingly beautiful.

It was everything I hope a Disney film would be. It was visually stunning, I love the costumes and the sets. Emma Watson was born to play the role Belle. I can’t get enough of Luke Evans and Josh Gad as Gaston and LeFou. The casting was perfect.

Sir Ian McKellen as Cogsworth. Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts. Ewan McGregor as Lumière. Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza. Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe. Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette. Kevin Kline as Maurice.

Absolutely perfection.

The songs. Oh, don’t let me get started on the songs. From Belle, to Be Our Guest to the famous Beauty and the Beast. I sang my heart out in the cinema. Or, well, as loudly as I think I could get away with in public. Although, I would say that I prefer the original version from the 1991 animation, I still enjoyed it nonetheless in this film.

The one song I prefer the Live Action’s version to the animation is Gaston. I didn’t remember the song Gaston at all from the 1991 animation but I absolutely LOVE it in this film. Easily my favourite song from this soundtrack.

The new songs didn’t really made that much of an impression on me. Though How Does a Moment Last Forever really grew on me after seeing the film the second time and now I love it as much as the other songs mentioned earlier. Evermore, not so much. I still found it too overly dramatic for my taste.

Ah, I didn’t mention anything at all about the Beast, did I? Well, aesthetically, I prefer the Beast from the animation. May be it’s because I’m more used to the Beast looking like that. The CGI didn’t bother me that much since how else were they going to make the Beast? So considering the difficulties of the task, I was completely fine with how it turned out. I just feel indifference to how he looked.

Dan Stevens though, oh Dan Stevens is a completely different story. I do much prefer him with short hair but he was a fantastic casting choice too. I have such a great time watching his various interviews to promote this film.

I, sadly, missed the first five minutes or so of this film during our first viewing, we were late. However, I did get to see it a second time in Bangkok when I went home for the Tomb Sweeping holiday so it appeased my appetite for this film 😉

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Mind you, I still contemplating looking up if the film is still available around here or not because I wouldn’t mind going to see it again… I just love this film that much. And I got to see it in 3D when I saw it the first time around, and 2D for the second time.

 

Anyway, the last film I saw was Kong: Skull Island.

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I didn’t think that the film would be released in China because I saw no promotion for it until the day I went to see Logan and saw its trailer being shown in the waiting area of the cinema. I quickly remember what the released date in China was and made plans accordingly xD

I have a thing for monster films (love Pacific Rim and do enjoy watching Godzilla), so I know that this will be up my alley. And it got Tom Hiddleston. I was sold. xD

And Tom did not disappoint! He was in his own, British, accent glory and his pec. His pectorals. And it was very classy of Tom because he was still wearing a shirt for the whole film (I think). But it was a very skin-fit shirt. I can pretty much see the outlines of his muscles. It was glorious. And that facial hair in the his first scene. *dead*

There was Samuel L. Jackson and I really like John C. Reilly’s role in this film. So yeah, I will be keeping an eye on this franchise!

 

Recap:

10 March – Logan

17 March: Beauty and the Beast

25 March: Kong: Skull Island

2 April: Beauty and the Beast

I don’t think I’ve ever hit the cinema this often in my life before! xDDD

 

I’ve also seen Moana on the plane back to Thailand and Jackie on my way back to GZ. It’s been a pretty film-packed month or so!!

And on that note, I’ll sign off here. Didn’t sleep much last night or the night before so I really should be having an early night tonight.

Hope your week is going well!

 

With love,

From GZ

 

PS – Crosswalk Musical Beauty and the Beast is an absolute gem. I’ve seen that clip so many times on Youtube that I can pretty much recite most of the dialogues. So freaking funny!! James Corden is blimming amazing. ❤

[June in Japan] Day 4 in Tokyo (first day subway-ing) Part 2

(I’ve never managed to finish this post on Saturday. Or Sunday. Or Monday. Or Tuesday. xD I’m hoping I can finish it today.)

Oh… New setting/format…? To the post page anyway… Not sure if I like this… But probably because I’m not used to it yet. Hmm…

I’m procrastinating from work. And I got cramps so the plan of going out to the coffee shop to do work is now in limbo. I will try to get some work done at some point today but the prospect is as grim as the weather outside today. (Which is pretty gloomy because it’s very foggy. Really, really foggy.)

Anyway, here’s the link to my previous post: Day 4 in Tokyo (first day subway-ing) Part 1 (WordPress makes it so convenient with the hyperlink!)

Now let’s see where I ended the post… Oh yes! The fig tart from Qu’il fait bon. (Now that I think about it, I think I bought the tart first, then saw the Tokyo Banana shop and bought the strawberry cake from Ginza after… but sat and ate them at the same time xD)

Lune and I found a small area with tables and chairs where people can just buy food from the shops around and sit and eat. So that was what we did with the tart.

Oh! I forgot another thing we got! From the Tokyo Banana shop, they were selling these. I think it says ‘Gin-no-budou Strawberry Milk Cake’.

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I believe it was a light sponge cake on the outside, and then fresh cream and some strawberry jam/puree on the inside…? It was quite nice and big but I prefer the other strawberry cake more. Though because this one got fresh cream, it can’t be kept for long. I think lune and I shared this one?

Anyway, we walked around the mall and then decided that we’d skip lunch and go straight to dessert.

Yes, even though I had a fig tart and strawberry milk cake, I still don’t think I’m full enough. xD There was actually a chocolate place lune wanted to visit so we walked around trying to find the place. Almost couldn’t find it…

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The Tanabata decorations around…

Apparently Max Brenner Chocolate Bar is well known. (I’ve actually made this spreadsheet where I typed out places I would like to visit around Tokyo, sorted by locations and colour-coded with what type of place is it. We ended going to the same places but it’s still nice having that spreadsheet ;D)

The location to this particular Max Brenner is here. We almost couldn’t find it because we actually had to get out of the building and walked around a bend to see the place.

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Chocolate lava cake with a scope of vanilla ice-cream. Oh! Found a menu! So the menu we got was called Melting Chocolate Heart Cake and Shake. I also got myself a cup of Earl Grey because I was in need of tea and that was the only blend of hot tea they served there.

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Chocolate is GOOD for you!

Such great decor 😉

We sat there for quite a while, just chilling and chatting with great chocolate dessert and tea for me.

However, there were still a few more places we would like to hit with the subway-pass so we gradually got a move on.

Our next destination was pretty close by as well so it didn’t take long at all on the subway. And it’s really popular among tourists.

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The classic red lantern in front of Sensoji Temple.

I actually can’t remember now how many times I have been to, possibly, the most popular temples in Tokyo. I definitely visited when I first went to Tokyo back in 2011 and then have taken numerous people to the place.

Asakusa was teeming with people as usual and then the rain started. ^^” Lune actually had to get some stuff from there for her family so we walked through (what I have just found out is called) Nakamise, looking at all of the stalls before coming to the main hall.

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The main hall of the Sensoji Temple.

As you can see, the umbrellas were out now…

I don’t think lune found what she was looking for but she wasn’t too worried so we went on to our next destination.

This time, it took quite a bit of time to get across Tokyo back to Harajuku again. Nestled in the middle of the buzzing city lies a huge area of so much peace that it has quickly become on of my favourite spots in Tokyo since the first time I’ve stepped inside it.

The Meiji Shrine is like a gem in Tokyo to me. The first time I’ve visited this well known shrine was, I believe, at the end of 2013. I was there with my family over Christmas and New Year so we had a lot of time to spare. I ended up wandering inside Meiji Shrine because I was looking for things to do. Imagine my surprise when I found out that what I thought was just another temple turned out to be one of the greenest, most peaceful place in Tokyo. That contrast was so jarring but it makes me love this place even more.

It was no different this time. As soon as you step through the huge wooden gate, it felt like I’ve stepped into another world.

(And this is as far as I’ve made it on Saturday. Let’s continue!)

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The main hall of Meiji Shrine.

It was even more quiet this time around because it’s been raining quite heavily for an hour or so. However, we weren’t the only one there either! I really like the atmosphere inside the Meiji Shrine, even in the rain. The rain actually made it refreshing yet peaceful.

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Every time I visit, I always pay 100 yen to get one of these poems. I believe they were written by the Emperor and I have been keeping one in my wallet ever since. This was the poem I got from this trip and I felt like the message was what I needed at the time.

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I also couldn’t help taking this photo because I’ve just never seen anything like this anywhere else. Of course you show the visitors what the gate would normally look like when it’s not undergoing reconstruction. xD It’s very considerate of them though, so that visitors who might never have a chance to visit the Shrine again will know what the gate normally look like.

After the peaceful time in Meiji Shrine, lune and I ventured out again to the bustling Tokyo for one last place to visit for the day.

Why were we there, you ask?

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For these gorgeous goodies. XDDD Yeap, we went there to line up for these Arashi‘s Waku Waku goodies. Oh! And I’ve forgotten! We actually went the day before too but they weren’t selling then because there was a baseball match!

Now we thought that if we go in the evening, surely the line would be short by then. And this was like, around 7pm already and I think the ‘shop’ was only opened till 8pm. But nope. Still a pretty long line! Lune and I had to separate to line up in different queues for different things!

But I was so happy with what we’ve gotten. Oh! The concert goodies (Japonism Arena Tour) were on sale then as well, that was why we had separate queues.

After a pretty packed day, we headed back to our AirBnB flat.

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Saw this in a convenient store and of course I had to buy and try it because of the presenter! xD

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It was very lemon-y. Though, I actually prefer the grape one more.

And that was it for our fourth day!

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As you can see, we still walked over 10 km though we did start quite late into the day xD.

We also continued to have a very chill, very relaxing weekend in Tokyo too. Hopefully I will get to the next entry very soon! But I’m yawning right now and it’s not even 8pm yet, lol. It’s been an exhausting week so far and may be it’s time to get some extra sleep.

Hope your week is going better than mine!

 

With love,

From GZ

 

PS – I forgot to mention the new toy I bought that day!

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It’s one of those clip-on lens for your phone camera. I was actually talking about this with lune before because she has one. And then we actually found it in LOFT at Tokyo Skytree Town. And it was around 500 yen AND it’s in pink! Of course I had to buy it and try it out!

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Top row: normal phone camera on the left and one with the wide lens on the right. Bottom row: normal phone camera on the left and with the macro lens on the right.

It came with two types of lens and I really should remember to bring it with me more. It’s fantastic to take on trips.

 

 

 

Otanjoubi omedetou ne lune~

It’s lune’s birthday today! It’s another year where we’re not in the same country to celebrate together but here’s another blog entry for you and let’s do something special when I’m back in BKK!

I went back to reread last year’s entry to see what else I would like to mention on this special and I’m glad I haven’t told this story yet.

(This was the story that popped into my head just as I started writing this entry but I just wanted to make sure that I didn’t mention it last year. I must have saved it for later xD)

I almost broke my right arm when I was in 6th grade. And I said ‘almost’ because the bone wasn’t quite broken but I needed a cast for 2 weeks. I tripped and fell one morning (I think it was a Tuesday…?) so I had my arms out when I landed. Apparently that was enough for a crack. I didn’t know there was something wrong with my bone yet, it just felt sore and I could extend or bend my arm completely.

So my mum took me to the hospital the next day and the x-ray revealed that I needed a cast. For two weeks, I couldn’t write anything because I’m right handed and that was in a cast and a sling.

Lune was the one who copied my notes down during those two weeks. She had to write 2 copies, one for her and one for me, for every lesson. Including my homework diary.

And what was I doing? I was reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban under the table.

Yeap. I was that kind of friend. xD

But seriously, I love her to bits. And the fact that she worked double so I could build this passion for Harry Potter back then, I knew she was a keeper.

(Well, I didn’t quite realise it back then but I’ve known for a long while now that she’s one in a million.)

I hope I haven’t told this story yet… I kept feeling like I’ve typed out this story before into WordPress. But even if I did, today deserves a repeat anyway! xp

So honey, you are 28 now! We’ve known each other for nearly 17 years, that’s more than half of our lives but I hope there will be many, many, many more to come. I am so lucky to have gotten to know you from a young age so you have been with me so almost every significant things in my life.

I wish you the happiest birthday and that good health is with you all throughout this new year. I hope we can make more fantastic memories together like when we went on a trip together last June.

(Heck, we are planning a new mega trip now! Super excited for it!)

แฮปปี้เบิร์ดเดย์เน้ เปลี่ยนมาอวยพรเป็นภาษาไทยบ้าง เหมือนที่ลงบนเฟสไป ขอให้เนยมีความสุข สุขภาพแข็งแรงๆ แล้วตอนกลับไทยไปฉลองกันๆ :DDD

Lots of love ❤ ❤ ❤

From GZ

[June in Japan] Day 4 in Tokyo (first day subway-ing) Part 1

Oh it has been a long time for this series! xD Here is the previous entry to this trip series: Day 3 – To Tokyo we go!

And I’ve already put a ‘Part 1’ up in the title because I know I’m not going to get through to the end of the day because it’s 10 minutes to 9 and I’m sleepy but also stubborn xD And that I’m still waiting for a.) the rice to finish cooking, and b.) the laptop to finish charging. So I’m going to write and add picture till when both of those are done, click post and come back to finish it another day.

Right, here is what me and lune did on our 4th day!

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We went to get this subway 48 hours pass from Bic Camera near the West Exit of the Shinjuku JR station. They sell a slightly cheaper price for these there. I remember from the last time I went to Tokyo and they still sold it in June! You just need to show the staff your foreign passport with a tourist visa or the equivalent.

And this was an improvement from the previous 1-day/2-day/3-day pass. Those would expire at midnight no matter when you’ve started using the pass. These will only start counting the hours from the first time you’ve gone through the ticket gate. So we used the pass on the 4th, 5th and the morning of the 6th day ;D Very worthwhile!

We also got this pass because our first destination of today was the Tsukiji Fish Market! I believe we had ‘brunch’ there xD

But first thing first:

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We both love this tamagoyaki so much ❤

Lune loved them as well. She loved them so much that she ended up eating 3!! xD She got 2 first, then we went to have some food then came back and get one more. Now I felt like I should have gotten the second one with her as well… xD

And then we queued up at a restaurant and then this:

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I’ve ended up at this restaurant almost every time I go to the Tsukiji Fish Market ^^” And also ended up getting the same thing too! Especially the rice dish (on the right in the picture). I was greedy/hungry so I got the salmon plate on the right too. I normally would share this with my little sister but I think I finished this on my own this time, teehee.

After we were full, lune and I took a leisure stroll and slowly made our way back to the subway (after lune had her third tamagoyaki of course, xD).

We then head of to the tallest tower in Tokyo!

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From the subway station, coming up to the ground level. This was a common sight to see during that time, I believe these are the decorations for the Tanabata festival.

And here we are:

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Tokyo Skytree!

I really like the mall here (;D) which I believe is aptly named Tokyo Skytree Town. There are so many shops that I like as well as sweet shops that I adore *-*

For example:

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I’m not a big fan of their original ‘Tokyo Banana‘ but I love these Strawberry Cake from Ginza ❤ There are also flavours unique to Tokyo Skytree where you can only get them here too but I’ve never tried them. There is a another flavour that I love, but I think they only sell them at Tokyo Station. That, will come up later 😉

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A slice of fig tart from one of my favourite dessert places in Japan *-*

Ever since I’ve first visited Tokyo Skytree, I’ve always get one fruit tart from this place: Qu’il fait bon

I first heard of this place from a Japanese TV show that I love (Arashi ni Shiyagare) and the shop was recommended as one of the best fruit tart places in Tokyo. So I wanted to try it out. I did my research and found out that there is a branch in Tokyo Skytree and have been visiting the place ever since. This time wasn’t an exception, I looked around but when I saw that they got fig tarts, I really didn’t have any other choice xD I love fresh figs, so sad that it’s not easy to get them in Asia. I loved having them in England.

Oh! The rice is done and my laptop is fully charged! And it’s past 9pm, so I think I’ll sign off here for tonight xD Will try to come back to finish Part 2 on Saturday! I really do want to finish with this series, I’m now more motivated from the 30 day writing challenge!

Hope you are all having a good week! It’s Friday tomorrow ! Yay~

 

With love,

From GZ

 

PS – the weather was so gloomy today! Very British of GZ, lol. Rainy and grey and quite cold. But I think it will get warmer again tomorrow.

 

[30 Day Writing Challenge] Master post

I just thought that it would be nice to have another entry with the links to all of my posts for this challenge.

(And yes, I am procrastinating too.)

I got these challenges from here, thank you to whoever came up with them!

Day 1 —Select a book at random in the room.  Find a novel or short story, copy down the last sentence and use this line as the first line of your new story.

Day 2 —Tell about a character who lost something important to him/her.

Day 3 —Write about the worst time you’ve ever put your foot in your mouth.

Day 4 —Write a story/excerpt to include the line, “Sorry, we can’t insure you for a journey like that.”

Day 5 —Pick a letter of the alphabet.  Now imagine two aisles of your local supermarket.  List everything found in those two aisles that begin with that letter of the alphabet.

Day 6 —Write about a person who would buy all of those items in Day 5.

Day 7 —What sets you apart from the crowd?

Day 8 —Tell your life story from someone else’s point of view.

Day 9 —What was your favorite childhood toy?

Day 10 —What do you want to be remembered for?

Day 11 —What was your first childhood pet?  Describe it in detail.

Day 12 —What is your favorite day of the week?

Day 13 —Write about a random picture you would find in an envelope of finished prints at Costco.

Day 14 —Elvis still gets 100 Valentines each year.  Tell about one of the people who sent one.

Day 15 — Create a character who is falsely accused of a crime.

Day 16 —If we assume ghosts are real, what type of ghost would you like to see?

Day 17 — Write a short scenario set in the kitchen of a fast-food restaurant.

Day 18 —Take a reader behind the wheel with the worst driver you’ve ever known.

Day 19 —Write a list of 25 (or just 5!) things you want to do in your life.

Day 20 —If you could go on only one more vacation in your lifetime, where would you go and why?

Day 21 —Find a job ad in the paper.  Write about your life if you had that job.

Day 22 —You wake up with a key gripped tightly in your hand.  How did you get this key?  What does it lock or unlock?

Day 23 —Pretend you’re a cartoon character.  What type of a character would you be?  What would a day in your life be like?

Day 24 —Write about the longest amount of time you’ve ever gone without sleeping.

Day 25 —Write a story about ‘What the Neighbors Saw.’

Day 26 —Write about your worst habit.

Day 27 —Make up a near-death experience (unless you have a real one).

Day 28 —You read about yourself in your brother/sister, girlfriend/boyfriend’s diary.  What did you read?

Day 29 —You are at a cemetery reading gravestones.  Write about one of the people you find.

Day 30 —Write a short entry that ends with the line, “The silver dust of moonlight settled coldly on the night.”

 

Hope you will enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them!

 

With love,

From GZ

[30 Day Writing Challenge] Day 30

I’m so sad that I didn’t manage to update/post for 30 days straight for this challenge. But something came up on Thursday night that completely took my attention and it just slipped through my mind.

And then yesterday, the internet connection was so bad that I gave up and went to bed instead. So here is last entry to the 30 Day challenge.

As always, here is the list of all of the 30 day challenge I am doing at the moment.

Disclaimer: All of the characters are fictional. Any details that may be similar to a real person is entirely coincidental.

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It was a quiet evening. They had been having more and more of them recently. He didn’t mind it though, spending time with Riley was always good in his book. He supposed they had been together long enough not to need things to do to fill the space between them.

It also helped that they had known each other for longer, that they were friends first. The companionship was definitely familiar and gave him more comfort than what he normally acknowledged.

They were not officially living together yet but he had definitely been spending more nights in Riley’s flat than his for the past month or so. He had actually taken to leaving a toothbrush at Riley’s place and a couple sets of spare clothes, just in case.

His own place was larger but Riley’s was closer to the city centre. He wondered when they would decide where to move in together. He wasn’t sure either if he preferred his place more or Riley’s.

May be they would find somewhere new together. His lease was coming up in 2 months anyway so may be that would be a good time to talk about things and decide.

He would cross that bridge when they got to it.

Dinner tonight was made by Riley. They didn’t really have ‘roles’ in the relationship. They both took turns cooking and doing the dishes. Though he was particularly more partial to doing the laundry and ironing than cleaning the flat.

He was also pretty sure that they both hated cleaning the bathroom so they would probably have to come up with some sort of rota for that once they had moved in together.

His body froze by the window once he realised what he was idly thinking.

(Another pro of Riley’s place was that he got a ridiculous view out the bedroom window. He liked to tease Riley that he stayed over because of the view more than anything else.)

Once they had moved in together.‘ Huh, not ‘if’ but ‘once‘ like it was certainty.

So even though he wasn’t sure where they would move in together, the moving-in-together was definitely going to happen. And what made him stop in his tracks wasn’t the fear that Riley wasn’t going to be on board with it.

If there was one thing he was certain, it was that Riley was as serious about their relationship as he was. If not more… He wouldn’t be surprised if Riley was already looking into the process of moving in together even though they hadn’t been together for a year yet.

He just had never realised up until this point that how sure he was in this relationship. And it was making him… happy. Really happy.

“C’mon Ashley, come to bed.” He turned around to see Riley taking off his shirt.

He wanted more nights like this. Just them together in bed, legs entwined under the soft duvet to keep them warm.

The silver dust of moonlight settled coldly on the night.

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Day 30 —Write a short entry that ends with the line, “The silver dust of moonlight settled coldly on the night.”

Yay! It’s done! Hopefully the last line doesn’t clash with the fluff in the story. They are happy together even if it’s cold outside! Because they are cuddling under the blanket! I’m jealous! xD

 

I’m a bit sad that I didn’t manage to complete this challenge within 30 days but I am so glad that I’ve done it and that it’s now done! Even if it’s two days late but hey, better late than never!!

I’m not sure how long it’s going to be before I update the blog again… I’m not going to lie, I have been looking forward to not having to update the blog every day. But I’m hoping that I would be updating the blog more often.

It’s a Saturday! But I’ve been unsuccessfully trying to work but I really can’t procrastinate anymore and should get going with it. Urgh.

Hope your Saturday is going much better than mine!

 

With love,

From GZ

 

PS – I believe that this is my 68th entry which means that I have posted 34 blog posts this year already and it’s only the beginning of March! I only need to post one more entry before 1 January 2018 to hit my goal of updating my blog more often than last year! Whoo! xD

 

PPS – Also, anybody recognise where else have the characters in today’s challenge have come up before? 😉