[June in Japan] Day 8 in Tokyo DisneyLand

I’ve seem to be on a roll today so here I am, starting another blog entry! (3 July) I’m hoping that this entry won’t take another 3 months to be completed. 😂 It is going to be another long one though because I don’t want to cut it into 2 parts so please bear with me!

I just want to get right into it so 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 7 in Tokyo DisneySea

We started the day around the same time as the day before, except the weather was much worse.

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It was quite wet and grey in the morning. It was a good thing that I brought my cardigan with me, poor lune was quite cold in her short sleeves shirt.

As mentioned in the previous entry, Tanabata was just around the corner and Tokyo DisneyLand decorated its park to match the theme too.

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It looked like there were a lot of people but that could be because everyone didn’t fancy going out in the rain. There’s a roof over World Bazaar which made walking around in bad weather much easier.

We turned right in World Bazaar and gone into Tomorrowland for our first ride.

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Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek! It is a popular ride and I would recommend getting the FASTPASS for it. But since it was still pretty early, just before 10am, and the weather wasn’t nice, the stand by queue wasn’t too bad for us.

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“Working hard? Or hardly working?” This quote cracks me up because it hits pretty close to home, lol.

It was a pretty fun ride, where you shine a torch on the sensors and set the animatronics in motions. If you are a big fan of Monsters, Inc., you will have a fab time. And even if you aren’t (I because I’m not), I still have a fun time every  time I’ve been on it.

We then walked further into Fantasyland to get a FASTPASS for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt. We still had a bit of time before our time slot so we came out to Castle to snap a few photos.

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It wasn’t pouring per se, but it wasn’t a drizzle either…

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Hello Mr. Walt!

There’s a plaque underneath the statue and here’s what is written on it.

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It definitely is one of my happiest places on Earth!

We then made our way back into Fantasyland for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt!

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The interior is very cute, they make it feels like we are walking into a story book. Super fun ride, I really enjoy it every time.

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Since it was still raining, we popped into Mickey’s PhilharMagic to hide for the rain and see what was the ride like. Turned out, it wasn’t a bad choice to go into to hide from the rain, but it’s not a Must Do for me.

We then walked a little bit into our next ride, which was Peter Pan’s Flight.

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My sister really likes this ride, I quite enjoy it too but it’s not mind blowing or anything to me. I find it a bit funny that it’s a very popular ride in Magic Kingdom. I suppose if you are a fan of the film, you will get a lot of joy out of this ride. Not that I don’t like the ride, I do, but I wouldn’t say it’s on my the Must Do list.

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Anyway, I ate this rice ball while we were queueing to pass the time xD

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And look! My nails glowed in the dark! xDDD

Afterwards, we took a small detour to go to Critter Country to get a FASTPASS for Splash Mountain and I took a picture of one of my favourite corners in Tokyo DisneyLand.

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We then made our way back to Tomorrowland through Fantasyland (we walked by this path many times that day, lol).

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Sights along the way

 

Our next ride is the Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters in Tomorrowland.

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It’s a pretty fun ride, you have to shot at targets to earn points. I find it difficult to get the aims right so my score isn’t too high but I’m enjoying it more and more!

After that, it was time for lunch (1pm). It was still drizzling as well so we took cover at Queen of Heart’s Banquet Hall.

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The interior decor

It is quite well known to be one of the most themed restaurant in Tokyo Disney Resort, and the food is great here. I first visited in April 2015, with a cousin and a friend. I tried the Rotisserie chicken dish and I was hooked! It is some of the best roast chicken I have ever had.

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Since then, every time I visited Tokyo DisneyLand, this is the restaurant I go to for lunch. And I always have the Rotisserie chicken. 🙂

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I also ordered hot tea as well, because I could never drink too much tea. And look! Disney tea! (It just tasted like black tea, but more expensive because Disney. 😂)

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I also brought the strawberry cake from Ginza with me and it fit with the theming! 😂

We must have spent about an hour in there before we were ready to face the crowd and grey weather once more.

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When we came out, we saw parts of the parade too so here are some photos from that.

And then, it was time for my favourite ride in Tokyo DisneyLand: Splash Mountain.

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Of course we got a FASTPASS xD

I don’t know why, but this is my ultimate favourite ride in DisneyLand. It’s been my top ride since I was 13, I think, and now it’s just for my inner teen that gets giddy every time.

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It’s also not a short ride. As in, you are on the ride for about 5 minutes and it has a story line and it’s a thrill ride! Basically, everything I love in a ride. So every time I visit Tokyo DisneyLand, it’s an absolute must. Even if it’s pouring, I will be on that ride xD

And I have done that before as well. XP

After getting off Splash Mountain, we ventured further back in Critter County and found another restaurant, the Rackety’s Raccoon Saloon. I’ve been on Splash Mountain many times before, but I would head out straightaway after I’ve gotten off the ride. This was the first time I actually went further in.

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Tortilla Cheese Dog

I’m a fan of hot dog so when I saw the Tortilla cheese dog on the menu, I had to give it a go. It was all right and I’m glad I’ve tried it. I won’t get it again though, lol.

We had time to kill before our next FASTPASS so we went back to the Cinderella Castle so lune can have a walk through inside.

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It took a couple of visits before I realised that we could go into the Castle itself. If you are a Cinderella fan, you would love it very much. The attraction itself is called Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall.

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I’m not exactly a huge fan of Cinderella myself (my favourite Disney Princess film is Sleeping Beauty), but I still appreciate the theming and decor inside.

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There’s even a glass slipper for guest to try on as well!

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It’s a shame that the glass slipper is a tad too small for me. xDDD

After that, we went back to Critter County for our next ride, Big Thunder Mountain.

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Big Thunder Mountain is actually one of the star rides in Tokyo DisneyLand. It’s fun and I always aim to go on it every time, but it hasn’t got any dips in the rides so I can’t say I love it.

The last ride on my Must Do list is Star Tours, which is in Tomorrowland. So we walked back that way pass Fantasyland again. 😂

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Since becoming a Star Wars fan (I am a very late bloomer), this ride gives me more and more joy to go on. I mean, I appreciated it before I was a fan but now I can spot all of the Easter eggs!

The ride isn’t that popular in Japan though, and the queue very typically non-existent. I appreciate the 5 minutes stand by queue (which is basically how long it takes to walk into the ride) but I worry about it.

After Star Tours, we had a lot of time left (it was before 5pm). I wanted to stay and see if there will be any firework that night so we took the opportunity to just walk around and take lots of photos. xD

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We walked by World Bazaar and came out to see the Castle once more.

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Since it was the end of June, the roses were still blooming so we took lots of photos of that. The background to my phone is still a picture of the roses with the Castle at the back. 🙂

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Here’s another picture of the Castle.

Afterwards, I wanted some ice-cream and the only place (I think) that sell chocolate soft-serve in Tokyo DisneyLand is the Troubadour Tavern.

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I stumbled upon this while we were walking back to Westernland. One of the cast members must have drawn it to entertain the guests on a rainy day.

Troubadour Tavern is at the border between Fantasyland and Westernland. I actually didn’t know the name of this counter service, I just know where it is and have to open the map up to see what it’s called. 😂

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I only like my ice-cream in chocolate flavour so I would walk back around to get it. 😂 Sorbet, I would eat almost any flavour because I like most fruits. But if it’s cream based, chocolate only. Not even chocolate chip with vanilla ice cream. Chocolate. Only. XP

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Anyway, being the foodie that I am, I also ordered these baked cheese potato  from Captain Hook’s Galley (right next to Troubadour Tavern) to try as well. They were great, but I was so full that I couldn’t finish it. 😂

We decided to go have a look at Toontown so we made our way through Fantasyland once more.

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Pretty flowers as we were walking around.

Now, here’s where my memory is a bit fuzzy. I just remember that another ride I usually go on at DisneyLand is the Haunted Mansion. But I have only one picture of it and it’s a blurry picture of lune taking a picture of the Haunted Mansion. 😂

So I’m not sure if we went on it on our way to Toontown or if it was closed for renovation. I’ve asked lune and will come back to update the answer.

Update: We did go on the Haunted Mansion! I should take better care to take a photo at the entrance to remind myself. 😂

Anyway, we went into Toontown because there is actually another ride to go on: the Gadget’s Go Coaster.

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This is pretty similar to the Barnstormer in Magic Kingdom and that is probably the first roller coaster I’ve ever been on. So I hold the Barnstormer near and dear to my heart, hence the Gadget’s Go Coaster getting similar treatment. I’m surprised that it actually took me this long to go on it! 😂

After the ride, we went around Toontown and took lots of photos.

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There are the Chip ‘n Dale’s Treehouse (above) and Donald’s Boat (below) where guests can explore.

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There’s also the Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey.

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It’s a Disney Character Greetings place to meet Mickey himself.

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Look at the mailbox!

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There’s also Minnie’s House (above) and Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House (below) where guests can walk through as well.

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Further back, the area is themed to Who Framed Roger Rabbit (I think).

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Until this April, I didn’t know that there’s another ride in there called Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.

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It was still pretty nice to walk around through.

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One of the things I love about Disney Resort is the theming. They do go all out with it and it’s so easy for me to just immerse myself into the different parts.

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I took a picture of this sign because it cracks me up. Dr. I. Teethe! xD

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Castle in the evening

We walked back to the World Bazaar and were just looking around the shops. We then discovered a gallery on top of on the shops where guests can go up and have a look around.

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Sleeping Beauty, my favourite Disney Princess Classic film.

This was another place I discovered during this trip, even though I’d been to Tokyo DisneyLand many times before. The gallery was pretty amazing, especially the drawing board for Sleeping Beauty since I loved this film so much.

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I also discovered other animations that I’d never heard of before, like The Cookie Carnival.

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There are also figurines you can buy as well so I suppose it’s a combination of a gallery and a shop…? I actually can’t remember the name of the shop this was on top of either. All I remember is it’s roughly the opposite of the Penny Arcade…?

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I think due to the windy/cloudy weather, there was no firework that night. It was a good thing we already saw the firework in Tokyo DisneySea from the night before, but it’s a different feel to watch the firework with the Castle backdrop.

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Window display in front of one of the shops in World Bazaar. I love all of the Princess’s shoes!

Anyway, we decided that we should head back to the hotel so we slowly made our way back to the entrance. It’s after 8pm by then and we were both pretty tired.

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Another display from a shop.

One last picture of the Castle, all lit up at night.

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Two last pictures of the Tanabata decorations at night in the World Bazaar.

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A couple of pictures of the entrance of the park at night.

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As we were walking back to the train station, we popped into the huge shop at the front, called Bon Voyage.

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It’s basically the last stop guests can make to make sure that they have bought everything they want. xD

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I have another energy drink to keep me going on the journey back. It takes nearly an hour to travel from Maihama station (Tokyo Disney Resort) to Takadanobaba where we were staying.

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In total, it looks like we’ve walked more than our day in Tokyo DisneySea! We did walk through the path connecting Westernland, Critter County, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland multiple times during that day after all. 😂

 

And look! I only took 5 days to finish this blog post! It’s a massive improvement from 3 months. 😂

There are only 2 more days left of our trip, the other two entries should be much shorter than this one too because I did not take as many photos as I did in Tokyo Disney Resort. xD

 

Hope everybody is having a lovely weekend!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

PS – I went to see Incredibles 2 yesterday and it was, well, incredible! I know that The Incredibles is well loved and after re-watching it last weekend (in preparation for Incredibles 2), I could see why. It is a family film for both children and adult. And Incredibles 2 did not disappoint. The only thing I’d change is to have more Ednar Mode in it! Other than that, a brilliant sequel. Well done Disney and Pixar!

 

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

I didn’t think I would want to make a whole post about Ant-Man and the Wasp but I walked out of the cinema, already outlining my rant.

So I had the chance to see this film today (4 July), the first day it is released in BKK, in a 11.30am showing. (The film started closer to 12noon though.) It’s probably the first MCU film that I was able to go see so early, so I don’t have to be careful with spoilers no more!

I didn’t have that much expectation for it, because the first Ant-Man was so unexpectedly good and I’m still emotionally scarred from Infinity War.

It was such a fantastic surprise to see how enjoyable Ant-Man and the Wasp turned out to be.

Before I go any further, I have to say SPOILERS ALERT. I cannot write about these films without giving anything away so stop reading now if you haven’t seen the film yet!

Also, if you haven’t seen the film yet, I would recommend it. It was such a great summer flick and I would seriously consider going to see it again.

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There will be spoilers from this point on!

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I am still absolutely in love with Paul Rudd‘s Scott Lang. He was still lovable, kooky and such a doting father. Basically the same Scott Lang I fell in love with in the previous installment. His daughter, Cassie, is still adorable and I loved that she still loves him as much as in the previous film and isn’t afraid to stand by his side.

Evangeline Lilly‘s Hope Van Dyne still kicked ass and gave me life. I loved how she did the bulk of the action in this film. Like, Scott Lang would be in seriously trouble without Hope, which is very true in many, many aspects of life.

I still enjoyed Michael Douglas‘s Hank Pym and the addition of both Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne to the MCU GIVE ME LIFE. Especially Michelle Pfeiffer. She is such a talented actress and I cannot wait to see more of her in the MCU. Or, well, if Marvel doesn’t destroy my soul once more that is, but we’ll get to that in a bit.

Michael Peña‘s Luis still provided many the much loved comedic moments in the film. I loved his rambling narration, it’s a signature to the Ant-Man’s franchise now. And I’m glad that there was more of him in this film (I feel). Dave and Kurt were fab too, I’m glad they were all in this film.

Now, plot wise, there was A LOT going on in Ant-Man and the Wasp. And I quite enjoyed it. It didn’t feel like it was too much and when we were reminded of the other ‘side’, I went ‘Oh yeah, there are those guys too.’ It kept the momentum going and I kinda felt like it made the film less predictable somewhat…? Or may be I was just biased, lol. I truly enjoyed the film though so I was fine with the many sub-plots that intertwined together to make one big movie plot.

So it all worked out and everybody that deserved a happy, got their happy ending and I was just feeling all kind of good feelings I like to feel after a good film, when Marvel threw a bucket filled with ice water onto me.

The eff-ing first mid-credit scene.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

(This is the reason why I need to write this post. And please excuse my caps lock but I have to. I have to.)

YOU CAN’T DO THIS TO US MARVEL. YOU CAN’T GIVE US A GOOD, HEARTWARMING FILM THAT WE ALL DESERVED AFTER INFINITY WAR AND THEN TURNED IT INTO ASH. LITERALLY.

YOU CAN’T TURNED 3 OF THEM INTO ASH AND LEAVE SCOTT LANG IN THE QUANTUM REALM AND CUT THE FILM.

YOU CAN’T DO THIS TO US FANS. HAVEN’T WE SUFFERED ENOUGH ALREADY FROM INFINITY WAR? CAN’T WE JUST HAVE ONE FILM TO MAKE US HAPPY AGAIN?

NO. YOU JUST HAD TO CRUSH OUR DREAMS AND MAKE US FEEL AGAIN.

You guys are the worst. Especially when the last line changed from:

“Ant-Man and the Wasp will return.”

to

“Ant-Man and the Wasp will return?”

MY FEELS. YOU CAN’T DO THIS TO MY FEELS AND HEART.

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Eff you, Marvel Studio. Eff. You.

And then the post-credit scene with that giant ant playing the drum? That was just salt to the wound.

Thanks a lot, Marvel. Thanks a lot.

 

*Breathes out*

 

Right, ok, I’m glad I’m able to get that off my chest. Sorry about all of the caps lock and shouting and how I still can’t type the F word in full in my entry. 😂

But I was sitting there, shouting silently ‘F***’ ‘F***’ ‘SHIT’ ‘F***’ ‘SHIT’ on loop after that first mid-credit scene.

I just couldn’t believe they would do that to us. I mean, I should have expected it and people did say to me that this was probably the end game for Ant-Man and the Wasp. I suppose it was my fault for letting my guard down and was just hoping for some feel good MCU film once more. ;_____;

No such luck.

 

So yeah, I came home and had to watch Queer Eye to cheer me up a bit and now I’ve finished all of them so WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH MY LIFE NOW?

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I’m going to go into a corner and nurse my poor fangirl’s heart back now. If I disappear for another 3 months, it’s effing Marvel Studio’s fault.

 

(I don’t know how to close this entry now. 😂)

 

Er, I hope you week is going much better than my feels…?

 

With love,

From BKK

 

PS – I’m scheduling this entry to go up tomorrow because I want to keep the posting to one per day and who knows when I’ll get a new entry up so I need to spread this out. 😂

 

[June in Japan] Day 7 in Tokyo DisneySea

Why, hello again. It is Wednesday night (4 April) so I thought I would try to write some bits up for a new post. Not sure when I’ll get around to finish this so I thought I’ll just add the date I start so I can keep track. 😂

Before I get started on one of the best days of (and one of the reasons why we planned for) this trip, if you haven’t read any of this review before and would like to start from Day 1, 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 6 in Tokyo (a chill Sunday) 

 

Both lune and I are Disney fans and absolutely love the Disney theme parks. Tokyo Disney Resort is such an ideal destination because there are 2 Disney theme parks within a 6-hour direct flight from Bangkok, with only 2 hours time difference.

And because we are relatively hard-core fans (we like to think we are xD), we started of our journey relatively early. As in aiming to leave our room around 7am so we could be at the park before it opened.

From the time on my phone, we did leave our room around 7am and we both grabbed a quick breakfast from 7/11 on our way to the train station.

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Onigiri with eggs boiled in shoyu. It was very good.

We might have taken the subway train and then switched over to JR line to head to Maihama JR Station because that might have been a quicker route than taking the JR train then having to switch at Tokyo Station…? I seem to remember crowding into the subway with the morning rush hour…

Anyway, we reached the station just after 8am and went to catch the monorail to get to Tokyo DisneySea or TDS.

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The decorations were all about the 15th Anniversary for Tokyo DisneySEA and it was all about wishes and crystals.

The first time I visited TDS, I thought that we could walk from the Maihama JR station to TDS without that much trouble. I didn’t want to ‘waste’ the fare for the ride (and back then it was 250 yen per ride, no matter where you are heading. I believe the fare has gone up to 260 yen now.)

I found out that it was a lot more complicated trying to walk to the TDS and I thought I wouldn’t make it to the park. Thankfully we managed to fumble our way to the entrance without wasting too much time. After that, I always use the Monorail instead. ^^”

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Duffy themed handle on the Monorail.

We must have arrived before or around 8.30am but there were already so many people at the park. 😂

The weather wasn’t too hot and the sky was crystal clear. Definitely a beautiful day to take photos.

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The voyage to search for crystals was what inspired the theme, I think. Hence this huge and beautiful centre piece at the front. I only spared enough time to snap a quick photo though because my main goal for visiting theme parks is the rides and there was one ride I needed to hurry to get the FastPass ticket.

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The decoration at the entrance to the park itself.

If anyone is interested in what TDS park looks like, here is the map of it: Map of Tokyo DisneySea

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There were already people sitting and waiting to see a show by the Mediterranean Harbor!

Lune and I quickly walked and turned left into American Waterfront and found…

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This long queue. 😱😱😱

But did we let this deter us? No, definitely not. (Like I’ve mentioned before, we are relatively hardcore fans. xD) And the ride this queue was for is definitely worth the wait. Mind you, this is only the queue for the FastPass only. The stand-by queue for the ride itself is about 3 hours long on average on a normal day at the park. 😂

Which ride is this?

It’s the Toy Story Mania!

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Here is the FastPass for the ride. I was quite happy that we were able to get the FastPass for it before it ran out! And if you look closely at the time on the bottom right, it tells you when we got this pass. At 8:52am. And the time on this FastPass is already at 17:45-18:45 time slot.

This just goes to show how popular this ride is. And I can confirm that it is worth the hype. I didn’t think much of it before, partly because I’m pretty ambivalent about Toy Story. But the ride is so well known and  there were always super long queues so I never thought that it’d be worth it.

Then during the trip back in April of 2015 where I went to TDS with my cousin and another friend. I thought I really check it out so we basically went to this ride first to get the FastPass (like what we did here) and it should have been a clue to me how great the ride is since the FastPass time was already at 4pm even though we got out FastPass before 10am.

Turns out that it was the only ride to have given out all of its FastPass that day. (The other rides closed their FastPass booth around after lunch because there weren’t that many people there because it was pouring cats and dogs on that day.

And because it was such a wet day, there were no shows for us (boo) so we ended up going back to queue for the stand-by line for Toy Story Mania! twice more. The ride was that good. 😂

Anyway, we got our FastPass this time and so I could finally relaxed and take in the decorations. We visited Tokyo DisneySEA at the end of June so the decorations for Tanabata was up.

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We are still in American Waterfront area.

We each got a card below to write our wish on, and we went to hang it up in the designated area.

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Here is a picture to show how Disney loves to use the theme and adapt it to include their characters. I love it.

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Tanabata princess Minnie

We walked by the Waterfront Park, in front of the Tower of Terror to snap a picture below.

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You can see children playing with the fountains to stay cool as well.

Another thing I always have to do when I find myself in TDS is to get the hot dog in American Waterfront area at a place called Delancey Catering (I just found this out from the website xD it’s actually just a hot dog wagon).

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I don’t think it’s a spectacular hot dog but I love hot dog and I just have to get at least one every time I visit the park. xD

We then made our way around to go to the Lost River Delta area, which is at the back of the park. We must have cut across Mysterious Island, may be to check how long the queue for Journey to the Center of Earth was, and I suppose it was long so we forwent it for now and just use the path to go from the west side to the east side of the park. On the way, we passed by a point where there is a perfect spot to take a photo of the Mermaid Lagoon.

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I absolutely love this picture. It’s got such great lighting from the sun and with that clear, blue sky backdrop. So. Beautiful.

We also passed by the entrance to Arabian Coast and there is a stall for curry flavoured popcorn, which is one of the few flavours I like for popcorn here in Tokyo Disney Resort. 😂

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I got the paper bucket one because there was no way I could finish the huge bucket all by myself.

And then, because it was so hot, we also stopped by the Sultan’s Oasis cafe for some shaved ice to cool down.

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Strawberry and milk shaved ice

I think this was my first, and only, shaved ice (or kagigori in Japanese) during this trip. I love shaved ice and it’s such a great way to cool down on a hot summer’s day. Shaved ice is also very popular in Japan during its summer months but I always find it a tad too expensive. So when the novelty of having kagigori in Japan wore off, I kinda stopped getting them even when I visited during summer.

However, I make it an exception here in TDS. It’s a nice way to stop and take a little break from all of the walking and enjoyed a bit of sweetness and icy snack.

 

Anyway, we soon made it to Lost River Delta and the first ride we went on was Raging Spirits.

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It is advertise as the only ride in Tokyo Disney Resort with a 360 degree loop. There is one but it’s pretty small and it’s actually not that scary. xD We didn’t use a FastPass for this ride. Instead, we used the Single Rider option. It’s for not letting any spare seats go to waste and there is no guarantee how long the wait would be. But the line is always shorter and I think the wait time is shorter than the stand-by queue.

I actually have stood in the cold for this ride, waiting for 2 and a half hours in the stand-by once when I came during Christmas time in 2013. That, was an experience. 😂

 

After Raging Spirits, we then moved to the ride next to it, which Indiana Jones® Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull.

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It is another thrill ride with a FastPass option available. But again, why waste a FastPass when there is a Single Rider option available. ;p It worked out quite well for me and lune this time around.

 

Oh, look! It’s nearly the end of May now (29 May) so this post is 2 months in a making! Let’s see how much I can get done today.

After the Indiana Jones ride, we walked back to Mysterious Island again. On the way, I spotted this plane and the name on it: C-3PO! At first I thought that it’s a reference to Star Wars C-3PO, turns out it’s a plane from Indiana Jones. 😂

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At Mysterious Island, we went on Journey to the Center of the Earth. It’s a ride inside the Volcano in the park. I think we took the standby queue rather than having a FastPass. There is no single rider line here either.

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There are a couple of things to have a look at while you queue up in here and the ride is worth the wait.

After Journey to the Center of the Earth, we went to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This is another attraction with FastPass available but the queue is not long at all for the past few times I’ve been to Tokyo DisneySEA. Sometimes, there are no FastPass available because it’s not needed with the short queue. I’ve been on it when I first visited the park and wasn’t that impressed with the ride. But since it’s lune’s first time here, we went on it.

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After a hot morning, it’s time to refill our energy with this energy drink.

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Grape flavour, very good. Highly recommended!

We also managed to catch a bit of the show in the Harbor as we were walking back towards American Waterfront.

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We went to American Waterfront for this:

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A FastPass for Tower of Terror! We actually waited quite a bit to get a night-time time slot to see the view at night. And we had to aim for a time slot after the night show and fireworks.

After that, we took a stroll down to Cape Cod to get some beautiful photos.

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I love Chip&Dale!

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We made a brief stop at this popcorn stall for a sea salt flavour popcorn as per lune’s request.

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And then we headed into Mermaid Lagoon.

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Hello Ariel!

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Look at this beautiful blue sky backdrop…

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I also have just noticed the small details in Mermaid Lagoon as well. Look at these tiles!

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It’s an indoor area with air conditioning so it’s a nice place to have a sit down during the heat.

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After Mermaid Lagoon, we were on a hunt for lunch. Lune said that she wanted hamburgers. Somehow, we thought that there’s a restaurant in Mediterranean Harbor so we headed back that way.

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Turns out, we were wrong xD This is Cafe Portofino which serves Italian food, lol. It’s my first time eating in a restaurant in Tokyo DisneySea I think. (I normally go for a quick service counter instead.)

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It’s spaghetti with tomato sauce and shrimp. I also ordered a glass of orange juice (I think). It was all delicious!

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Beautiful interior design as well!

After lunch, we took a stroll at the back of the restaurant where it looked like we were in Southern Italy.

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We pretty much have been on all of the rides we want (the ones that are left, we have FastPass for) so we had time to walk around and chill.

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We also took lots and lots of photos xD I also took the opportunity to use my macro lens and snapped a few pictures of the flowers.

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Above are photos with the macro lens. Below are the flowers I took the pictures from.

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We also had time to go outside and take a picture (or two) of this ship from the Tokyo DisneySea’s 15th Anniversary.

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Afterwards, our beautiful, clear blue sky slowly disappeared as you can see from the pictures below…

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Along the border between Mediterranean Harbor and Mysterious Island.

 

We also had some gelato because chocolate gelato. xD

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You might have noticed that we were just chilling around, almost like we were waiting for something right?

We were waiting for this.

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Eeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Below are pictures of some of the interior design inside.

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All of the decor makes us feel like we are really toy-size and are about to step into Andy’s bedroom. The first time I’ve gone inside, I was in awe of the theming. This, is what makes Disney Resort so captivating to me.

And here are our scores! Mine is the red one 😀

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It must have been 6pm or close to that time when we came out and found a seat for the night time show. We then took turns to go buy food for dinner.

I went for a bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese from New York Deli.

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And here is one of my favourite snacks, a caramel filling Tokyo Banana cake.

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We also saw the Volcano erupting! I think this happens everyday, roughly around this same time.

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The sun slowly set as we waited.

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The show that I always made a point to camp out to get the best seat is Fantasmic. I don’t really watch shows or parades at Tokyo Disney Resort anymore other than Fantasmic and the night time firework.

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Such a joy to watch, no matter how many times I’ve seen it before…

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Thank you for another fab show!

 

After Fantasmic, we went to Tower of Terror to use our FastPass. We waited for a time slot that will be after Fantasmic so we can get the night view of the whole resort.

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And we found out that there was some technical difficulty. 😂 It did start running again and they let the fastpass holders go in first. I felt quite bad because other people in the standby queue must have been waiting for long.

And I’m not going to lie, I was a little bit worried that something might have gone wrong while we were on the ride itself as well. 😂 But everything was fine!

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Afterwards, we strolled out of the Tower of Terror to make our way out of the park.

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For all of the times I’ve been to DisneySea, I still haven’t gone into see the Big Band Beat. I may have to try the ballotting in earnest from now on. 😂

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One last shot of the 15th Anniversary ship!

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Bye bye, DisneySea! See you again soon!

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We took the monorail back to Maihama JR station to go back to our hotel.

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Total walking distance overall. This seems to be the average for a day spent in Tokyo DisneySea.

Lune and I had such a great time and it was fab to have the lovely weather for most of the day.

Tomorrow, Tokyo DisneyLand! Don’t know when that entry will be written and posted 😂 but hopefully it won’t take another 3 months. 😂

With love,

From BKK

Holiday

Three months later, here’s another blog post. 😂 Not going to lie, work has been keeping me so busy and I’ve lost the drive to keep this blog updated. Not that there’s a lot of things to write up about, but still.

Anyway, it’s been a whirlwind of, more or less, a year at my new workplace. I actually can’t quite believe that I have completed my first year here already. It’s so great to be living in BKK once more.

My body has been through quite a bit for the past few months. My stomach had enough about a month ago and I had the worst gastritis I ever had because of stress then. I was on rice soup, banana, crackers and ginger tea diet for about 2 weeks.

Then I gradually introduced ‘solid’ food to my diet. I kept having minor setbacks when I overexerted my stomach but then had another bout of a mild case of food poisoning again last Tuesday. It was very frustrating this back and forth.

And then I started having mild stomach cramp again on Saturday but I started to notice that the pain was lower. It kinda felt more like period pain but I normally only have them on my first day. It wasn’t until Monday when the period came (and let me tell you, I have never been so happy to have my period in my life). But the cramp got worst! I actually had to knock back 2 tablets of pain killers, rather than just one like normal.

I’ve eased off the pain killer today and the cramp is back but it is at a more manageable level so hopefully, I’ll be all right tomorrow.

I have really been taking good care of my health, especially my stomach, recently because I have a big trip coming up! Keeping my fingers crossed for everything to go smoothly.

Anyway, now that I’m on my holiday, I have a lot more time to binge on shows people have been recommending me. The latest addiction is Queer Eye.

Oh. My. Goodness.

I loved the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and I am absolutely loving this new, reboot Queer Eye. I am in love with the Fab 5 and I’ve binged through Season 1 and half of Season 2 in two days. Giving myself a break today but I think I’ll finish it by tomorrow.

Then what will I do?!

Also, I’ve finished RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10! Drag Race was the only show I followed consistently in the past few months or so. Season 10 has been so much fun to watch and I’m so happy for the newly crowned winner!

Aquaria really grew on me, I didn’t expect her to be funny! And the looks were fabbbbbb.

Though, my favourite of the season is still Miz Cracker. Her Review with a Jew is something I look forward every week, especially when she had the backstage stories to share with us. She is so funny and I can’t wait to see what she has for us next. Love her so much.

In terms of films I’ve seen since my last entry, here’s the updated list:

Avengers: Infinity War (27 April) – This film destroyed me. Absolutely destroyed me. I am now emotionally scared for life. Urgh. How dare you?!

Avengers: Infinity War (5 May) – Yes, I went to see it again a week later. I don’t know why I did that to myself. Watching it the second time didn’t make me feel any better. TT^TT

Deadpool 2 (15 May) – This film actually healed me somewhat from Infinity War. I laughed so much and was so entertained by it. 2 thumbs up Ryan Reynolds!

Solo: A Star Wars Story (6 June) – As a Star Wars fan, I had to go see this even if I had no expectation for it whatsoever. And it was probably a good thing that I had no expectation because I did have a great time watching it.

I kind of feel sorry for Alden Ehrenreich because there was, and is, no way anyone can be Harrison Ford’s Han Solo but Ehrenreich gave it a fair shot! I didn’t mind mind him being a younger version of Han Solo at all. It was great to see Chewy again and get the back story to how Han and Chewy started their partnership together.

I also enjoyed seeing Woody Harrelson on the big screen and I was surprised to see Daenerys Targaryen aka Emilia Clarke in the film as well! (I avoid all promotion materials when I make up my mind of a film I’d like to watch. Also, I’m so used to see Emilia with platinum blonde hair that I always can’t recognise her at first when I see her as a brunette. I am a bit embarassed to admit that I didn’t realise it was Clarke until I saw her name in the credit. 😂 I mean, I knew that I know this brunette actress with a British accent but there are quite a few of them now.)

(I didn’t not expect to see myself writing this much for Solo, lol.)

Oh! Also, it was a surprised seeing Paul Bettaney in a villainous role and I kept thinking to myself ‘It’s Vision!’ which made me cracked up and sad at the same time while watching it. Thanks a lot Infinity War!

 

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (10 June) – This was Chris Pratt’s chance to redeem himself from the shitshow that was Infinity War. And he kind of did. I still loved Blue, especially the parts when she was still young. So. Cute.

Ocean’s 8 (19 June) – Didn’t think I’d get to watch this but I’m so happy that I did. I’ve seen Ocean’s Eleven but isn’t a massive fan so I would have missed any Easter eggs to it. Went out on a Tuesday night with one of my colleagues-turn-friends and we both thoroughly enjoyed the film. It was clichéd but it’s a fun, summer film with an almost all female cast. I loved Cate Blanchett and Rihanna and Anne Hathaway and James Corden in it.

 

And I think we are up to date. I’m hoping to get a few more blog post up before my big trip but we’ll see…

 

Anyway, I hope you all are having a great week so far!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

 

 

 

 

Hello April

What an imaginative title, amirite? 😂

It has also been more than 2 months since I’ve last updated this blog. Oh dear…

Though, to be honest, I don’t know what I should write about because I feel like there hasn’t been any updates worth posting about lately.

I’ve turned 29 in January. Then lune followed suit last month. We’ve been meeting on a regular basis now that we’re living in the same city.

I’ve been to the cinema several times since the start of 2018.

The Legend of Muay Thai: 9 Satra – 21 January

(This was very good, the trailer looked promising and the film itself did not disappoint. Lune and I actually made a mistake and saw this with the English dubbed and it was still fantastic! Highly recommend.)

Black Panther – 14 February

(This was blimming brilliant. I loved this film so much I had to go see it again. It was worth going to the cinema on a weekday. So many fierce female characters, unbelievably beautiful cinematography and fantastic script. Had me laughing and crying.)

Black Panther (again) – 17 February

(I think I cried even more the second time around. So. Good.)

Tomb Raider 2018 – 11 March

(I think I prefer the original from back in the early 2000s… Though Daniel Wu was definitely easy on the eyes…)

Pacific Rim: Uprising – 25 March

(I have been waiting for this since I first saw the first film. I really, really, really loved Pacific Rim so I knew that this sequel would never be able to top it. Still, John Boyega was pretty fab in it. Though it kinda felt like he was just being… himself in the film? lol.)

 

I’ve hosted another get together with my uni friends at the end of Feb, and this time around, we played a board game called Bang! instead of Wii. It was still a lot of fun. I’ve also discovered a great Indian restaurant opposite of my flat complex. ^^b

I also ended up with a mild case of food poisoning again yesterday, hence me being in bed before 7pm. 😂

Work is still keeping me busy though the 2-weeks holiday starts next week and everyone is just about ready for it. I have a super busy day tomorrow though so I just need to get through that before I can see the end in sight.

Oh! I’ve also been pretty good at going to yoga twice a week. It’s been a bit tougher this time around to do 2 sessions every week but I think I’ve still done better than most people who have signed up for it. I skipped it today though because I can still feel a bit of ache in my stomach.

(This entry is turning into a word-vomit isn’t it? And it’s pretty jumbled up too…)

Oh!! Drag Race! How could I have forgotten about Drag Race! I have finally jumped on the RuPaul’s Drag Race bandwagon and I have now seen why it is so blimming addictive. And so entertaining and so GOOD. I’ve binge-watched parts of Season 9, parts of All-Stars 2, the whole of Season 6, 8, 7 (in this order). And then I watched All-Stars 3 as it came out and now I’m already pretty invested in Season 10! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee

 

You know what, I think I’d like to stop here tonight. ^^” Not feeling well and I think I should not fight the sleepiness that is creeping up on me.

Hopefully your Monday is going better than mine!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

 

[June in Japan] Day 6 in Tokyo (a chill Sunday)

Oh boy, it has been a long time since I’ve written one of these posts. Even longer since the trip has happened! ^^” But hey, better late than never right? (I think this can become a new slogan for this blog, 😂)

Anywho, 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 5 in Tokyo (second day subway-ing)

Let’s get cracking on.

We could afford another late start to the day so I think we must have left our AirBnB after 10am. We still aimed to still be early enough to use the subway pass one last time to Tokyo station. (It being 48-hour rather than 2-day so we can still use it on the 3rd day as long as it’s before the time we start using it on the 1st day. Perks!)

We headed to Tokyo station so I can buy more goodies and to check out the Character Street underneath the JR Station.

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Brunch today 😉 Tonkotsu ramen~

We were hungry and since there is also a Ramen Street there, we had ramen for brunch. (Because it was late enough to be brunch, lol.) Tonkotsu ramen is my favourite and I believe this restaurant is called Ore-Shiki Jun.

We actually walked around a bit to try and decide which ramen restaurant to go for and i think one or two weren’t open yet. I kind of wanted to try another type of ramen just to expand my pallet but Ore-Shiki Jun caught our eyes the most. It wasn’t out of this world good (because I don’t remember much of it) but it was pretty decent.

After refueling, we walked around Tokyo station and I bought quite a bit of goodies which I’ll show at the end of this entry.

From my photos, we then hopped onto JR trains to get to…

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Takeshita Street entrance

Harajuku~ Yeap, again. lol However! There is a valid reason why we ended up in Harajuku again (other than the fact that it’s one of my favourite places in Tokyo).

But first!

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Banana and chocolate crepe

Another must-have at Takeshita street in Harajuku, crepe! Managed to get lune to have one as well. She didn’t want any until she saw that there was a tiramisu one and she ended up having that, lol.

The funny thing about these crepes is that I wasn’t that keen on them the first couple of times I visited Tokyo. I thought all of them would have lots and lots of whipped cream in there and I’m not the biggest fan of whipped cream.

Then a few years ago, I actually went up and read the menu just to see if they have any selections without whipped cream. Lo and behold, there’s a whole section without whipped cream so I’ve been getting at least one crepe per trip ever since xD

I tried to branch out from banana and chocolate fillings once with apple-cinnamon may be but I didn’t like it that much. So I think I’ll just stick to banana and chocolate for now, lol.

 

Anyway, here’s the reason why we came to Harajuku again:

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Soft kitty

For the cat cafe! It’s called Mocha Cat Cafe and there are several branches of them around Tokyo. I find the Harajuku one the easiest to find because I’m so familiar with the area hence this choice.

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Warm kitty

We also chose Mocha Cat Cafe, even though it is a bit pricey, because there’s enough information on their websites and their cafe in English.

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Little ball of fur

It’s a shame that most cats are asleep and didn’t appreciate us petting them…

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Happy kitty

There were also quite a few people around as well so there wasn’t a lot of space to just lounge.

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Sleepy kitty

I think we both went for the price that included unlimited drinks, but you really don’t need to. Plus, we were pretty full so we didn’t have that many drinks either…

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Paw paw paw

 

After Harajuku, we hopped onto the JR train to come to Shinjuku because I was on a hunt for drip-coffee for my dad. There’s a picture below to show how many packs I bought. xD

After my success with the coffee, it was dinner time!

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We tried to find a Japanese curry restaurant in Shinjuku. There must be at least one but we couldn’t find it. So in the end, we settled for okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza) instead.

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We had to order 2 because there were 2 of us so we went for cheese and seafood I think. The cheese one was very good with pork and pesto sauce!

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This seafood one was a classic too. We were very full by the end of dinner.

It was still pretty light when we came out after dinner, even though it was close to 7pm. Bless long summer days.

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Beautiful evening sky above Shinjuku.

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It was a pretty chill day, we also had a full, fun day ahead of us so we headed back to our AirBnB.

 

I bought quite a bit of snacks today so here are the pics!

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This is my favourite Tokyo Banana brand product. It has caramel filling inside and they only sell this at Tokyo Station! There are also many Tokyo Banana kiosks at Tokyo Station and I always have to walk around a few times to find the right place. 😂

But it’s always worth it though and I always have to get them every time I’m in Tokyo. -^^-

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Here’s another Tokyo Banana brand snack, but I believe it was the summer’s special. The filling inside is custard and cream cheese I think. It was pretty tasty.

 

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Above: shekwasha (which is a type of tangerine) flavour Below: Dark chocolate sublime Kit-Kat

There’s also a fancy Kit-Kat kiosk at Daimaru department store in Tokyo station and I picked up these 2 things. I love dark chocolate Kit-Kat so I had to pick the sublime one up. The shekwasha looked interesting and I think it was dark chocolate as well so I tried one. I don’t think it made that good of an impression on me because I have no recollection of how it tasted like. 😂

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And here are how many pack of coffee I bought back for dad. 😂

 

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I’d say it was a pretty chill day for us, we started pretty late and ended the day before the sun has set. However, we still managed to walk more than 10km! I’m quite happy with that.

 

Next on the list: Tokyo DisneySEA!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

 

PS – finally finish this entry! ^^” I want to post this tonight since it’s the night of the super blue blood moon. I had to google it up why it’s called this. It’s a blue moon because it’s the second full moon in this calendar month. It’s a super moon because it’s close to the Earth. And it’s a blood moon because there’s a lunar eclipse that makes the moon appears to be a red colour! Pretty impressive. Especially since I can see it from my bedroom window! Can’t believe my luck…

It’s been 2 years!

I wanted to make an entry on the real day this year, and even though it was on a Sunday (14 Jan), I still managed to procrastinate enough to not get around to it! My excuse is that I had packing to do for a 5-day work trip but still, it’s mainly because inspiration hadn’t struck.

Anywho, who would have thought that I would still be here, 2 years later! Albeit with a lot less regularity in posting but I believe I’ve posted more entries last year than the first! (Mostly because of the 30 day writing challenge, lol.)

There are 46 entries in total in the second year so I suppose I have to make it a mission to post more than 46 entries in this coming year. This is looking to be more daunting… May be I have to bite a bullet and do another 30 day writing challenge… We’ll see.

Anyway, there’s really isn’t much to update on at the moment. This past week has been quite tiring. The work trip took us to Khao Yai and even though the temperature in the morning was great, the facility was a bit… basic.

I didn’t really sleep that well for all 4 nights and even though the activities during the day weren’t too strenuous for me, I was still exhausted by the end of the trip. I missed my hot shower and bed very much, thank you.

Not that it wasn’t a good trip, I’m glad I’ve done it. It was a great chance to get to know more people better and outside of our workplace. But I’m glad I’m back home last night. Crashed before 9pm (which was later than I expected) and spending all day at home today. I think the full night sleep last night kept me from getting ill so that’s good.

Anyway, I’m going to go and switch my brain off again now. I think I’ve earned it, xD.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

Hello 2018

Happy New Year folks! I hope you all had a lovely start to 2018. Mine was actually pretty good. I normally sleep through the countdown but this year, we stayed up to catch the firework which could be seen from my own balcony!

It was pretty sweet but then I was probably a bit dehydrated and did not get enough sleep so woke up with a pounding headache. I don’t drink and never had a hangover before even when I did drink, but I suspect that was what being hungover felt like. It was horrible.

So I spent the afternoon finishing up binge-watching Stranger Things 2!

And then yesterday, I’ve invited uni friends and co over to my flat to just hang out and play Wii games. There were about 12 of us in total and we ordered Lebanese food in and just had fun. We caught up and laughed and teased and now have more inside jokes. It was fantastic.

I feel a bit crappy today but that’s probably because I’m tired and did not have my first cup of tea until nearly 10am, which was a disgrace. But hey ho. Will have an early night tonight and start waking up early now so my body won’t have so much of a shock comes next week.

So yeah, it hasn’t been a shabby start to the new year at all. If anything, I got to spend time with family and friends, which is one of the most enjoyable things for me.

Here’s to many more get-togethers like this in 2018.

I hope your 2018 turns out to be an awesome year and that you are having a great week so far. Happy Wednesday!

With love,

From BKK

 

PS – I binge-watched Stranger Thing over the New Year period. Started on 30 Dec and watched the whole of season 1 in one sitting. Could not stop myself. I tried to watched season 2 in one day again on the 31st but I was out during the day to go see Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and then we had relatives in the flat so I couldn’t actually hear some of the dialogues so I gave up after episode 4. Hence it took me 2 days to finish off the second season. But it was effing brilliant.

The cast is absolutely phenomenal, the story line was tight and I love me some sci-fi. The drama was a tad bit too much for me but I love the character developments. Spoiler alert! Especially Steve Harrington’s. The number of memes I’ve come across and loved about Steve being a mom to all those kids at the end of season 2 is now my life.

Here are some of my favourite buzzfeed articles:

32 Things You’ll Only Find Funny If You Loved “Stranger Things 2”

Just 17 Hilarious Reactions To Steve Harrington In The New Season Of “Stranger Things”

31 Jokes Only “Stranger Things” Fans Will Find Funny

21 Times “Stranger Things 2” Made You Laugh Despite Everything

36 “Stranger Things 2” Facts For All You Addicts Out There

 

PPS – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was way better than I anticipated. I wanted to go see it because I love the original and this one has quite a cast (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin HartJack Black and Nick Jonas to name the main ones).

Again, spoiler alert! It really exceeded my expectation. I really liked how they had these big actors playing teenager characters. They were all awesome, especially Jack Black. Then the jokes. All of the jokes! There were so many of them and the references to all things relevant in 2017. Felt like I’ve made the right decision going to see this film in the cinema. My last film of the year! Woo!

 

PPPS – Jumanji also rounded up the number of films I watched in the cinema in 2017 to 23 movies in total. That’s almost 2 films per month! I don’t think I’ll be able to top it in 2018 xD

 

 

Films update: September 2017

I sat looking at my screen for a couple minutes, thinking about what I should blog about. In the end, I suppose I should write the last 3 films I’ve seen which didn’t make it into the last entry.

No idea how long this entry will take, considering how it took, like, 2 months to finish the last one. 😂

(Ohhhh, I can paste emojis into my blog, sweet! 😁 Though, to be honest, I just only need the smiling and crying face, the rest I can do with just letters/characters on my keyboard. 😏 Oh wait, I can do with a lot more smirking emojis in my blog. xD)

Anyway, I saw 3 films in September! One film per week for 3 weeks straight, loved it. It was just like being back in GZ where I have a cinema within a 15-minute walk!

Without further ado, let’s get on with it.

Oh! Almost forgot, spoilers alert! These are my thoughts and feelings about these films so the plots of the films will be talked about. Possible extensively for one of this films…

So yes, be warned, spoilers for The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Baby Driver and Kingsman: The Golden Circle ahead!

 

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (9th September)

I thought I wasn’t going to be able to catch this film in the cinema! It came out on 24 August in Thailand and I was just busy to go see it in the first or the second weekend after that. Then I checked the showtime for the 9-10 Sept weekend and found that only one cinema in town (Paragon Cineplex) had it on and it was on in the evening. I was just feeling lazy so I resigned to not getting to see the film on the big screen.

Then I was talking to my mum and she was like, go. And take your sister with you. o.O This is very unlike my mum but after more thoughts, I did want to go see it so my sister and so I went.

I thought the film was funny and I loved Samuel L. Jackson‘s character more than Ryan Reynold‘s. Ryan Reynold’s character was just a more, erm, what’s the word… Ryan Reynold played himself (again) but just a version who won’t take any risks? A person who has a contingency plan for everything.

Whereas Samuel L. Jackson was just being his charming self and it was fantastic.

It was a pleasant surprise to see Gary Oldman in the film as well and it was a breath of fresh air to see him playing a non-British villain, xD.

The film, however, pisses me off with there female characters. Elodie Yung‘s character, who supposed to be a strong, female character, fell short and needed Ryan Reynold to save her at the end. I don’t like their romance either. 😑 Was not impressed with Tine Joustra‘s character either, I think she played the head of Interpol or something like that. They both really fell short of being ‘strong female characters’ so I was annoyed by it.

I really liked Salma Hayek‘s character, Samuel L. Jackson’s character’s wife, though! She was fun to watch.

So I suppose this was a bit of a mixed feelings film but overall, I was entertained. The two main leads carried the film through and that was what I paid to see!

 

Baby Driver (17 September)

Now this, was a bit of a disappointment. I heard great things about the films and I loved a good soundtrack album to films so this should really be up my alley. It just, didn’t pull through for me. Some of the music was great but I didn’t like it as much as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.

The first half was fantastic, great story telling, some great songs, Ansel Elgort‘s character, Baby, really pulled me in. Kevin Spacey was great as well.

And then, it kinda derailed in the second half. It started getting cliched, and not in a good way, and I just felt like some characters, like Kevin Spacey’s Doc, just didn’t stay consistent.

So yeah, it was a bit of a bummer because I really wanted to like it but it just felt flat at the end. I think out of these three films, Baby Driver is the one I liked the least…

 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (21 September)

Oh, this one. I have very mixed feelings about this one.

Let’s start from the bit that I didn’t like first.

  1. How quickly they killed off Roxy. URGH. I don’t care if they’ve made it ambiguous enough that may be they will bring her back for the next one. It’s a fact that she was only in a tiny part in this one that annoys me to hell. I love a good, strong, female character and she definitely kicked ass in the first one. And yet, she only appeared a little bit, helping out Eggsy (of course he needed saving -.-), and then, BOOM, gone. T^T
  2. How they killed off Merlin. AHHHHHHHHH HOW DARE THEM KILLED OFF MERLIN LIKE THAT? I felt like it was worse than the shot in the head they gave Harry Hart in the last one! URGH.
  3. How there was so very little of Eggsy’s family. We got to see like, 3 seconds of his mum during the final scene but no trace of his little sister at all. Considering how important family was to Eggsy in the first one, this is so out of character. It also makes Eggsy seems a lot more selfish and more like a dick in this second one.
  4. His relationship with Tilde. Oh. My. Goodness. First of all, I can’t believe they reused her character. Secondly, how unrealistic is it to have them paired up and then married off at the end? That wedding scene made me so mad! Eggsy has only been a Kingsman agent for a year. And now he’s willing to give that up for a woman who doesn’t understand that sometimes, needs must in a mission, especially one that would ultimate save millions of lives? So. Unrealistic. Even for a spy film.

Things that confused me:

  1. What exactly does the Statesman do? Why were they not involved with the Valentine’s shit in the last film? Because they seem to have more advance tech and more money. I suppose it could be because they only came up with in for the sequel or they weren’t sure how well the first film was going to do so let’s not go into that much detail for the universe, but still. The Statesman still didn’t do that much in this film, most of the action was carried out by Eggsy and co. What did the other agents get up to when that many people suffered from Poppy’s drug?
  2. The role of Tequila aka Channing Tatum. Tequila spent about half of the film in a cryofreeze. From the posters I’ve seen, I was expecting him to be the lead from the Statesman but that clearly did not happen. What…? ^^” I get it that he’s more well-known than Pedro Pascal (aka Whiskey) but he wasn’t there for the majority of the film!

 

(The problem with being a procrastinator is that it takes me so long to finish a post and now I actually don’t remember all of the things I want to rant about this film… ^^” I’ll come back and add them on later if I remember it…? Unlikely but thank goodness for the ‘Edit’ button xD)

 

So let’s finish off this with the things I did like/love about Kingsman 2:

  1. The fact that Eggsy did become Galahad and inherited Harry’s house. I had to hold my screams in. MY HEADCANON. THANK YOU.
  2. I nearly cried with tears of joy when we FINALLY got to see that breakfast scene that got cut out from the 1st one. I felt cheated when I found out that they had that scene filmed but cut it off from the first film. BUT HERE IT WAS IN ITS GLORY.
  3. Harry Hart reuniting with Eggsy and Merlin again. ❤️ AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH YASSSSSSSSSS
  4. Julianne Moore was amazing as the villain. The character was crazy, ruthless but still beautiful and freaking smart. And Julianne Moore played her so well, thumbs up.
  5. The action sequences. Still as fantastic as the first one!
  6. The jokes and scripts. Still had me laughing/giggling in my seat.
  7. Elton John playing his sassy self. Loved. It.

For all of its faults, Kingsman is still the only film franchise so far that motivates my inner writer and pushes me to churn out work. I managed to write a 10k, canon-divergent work to how I would have liked my Golden Circle to be minus the Eggsy/Tilde pairing that was pushed up our faces, where Roxy is alive and well and kickass-ing, where Merlin did survive and where Harry and Eggsy finally did something about the sexual tension around them. With a bit of help from Elton John. Because Elton John is the best.

 

So yeah, I think that is it for the films I saw in September. And because I am such a procrastinator, this entry is, what, 3 months late? ^^” But again, better late than never!

And to bring you all up to date with all of the films I’ve watched since September:

It would probably be an entry and a half if I want to write about all of these films properly. But let’s be real, it probably isn’t going to happen ^^”

Anywho, I better sign off here so I can just publish this entry (finally!).

 

Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful time whether you celebrate Christmas or not! My family don’t because we’re not Christian but I do like the festivities and the idea of getting together and spending the time with the people you love during Christmas time. And I love all of the decorations and food! xD

 

With love,

From BKK

 

 

 

 

Films update: May – July 2017

I contemplated putting a trailer for each of this film too (embedded on to here for your convenience) but then it’s too difficult to choose just one trailer! xD I mean, there is a trailer on the IMDB page, which is linked for each film anyway so hopefully that’s good enough!

Also, a warning to say that my rambling will contain spoilers of films, not just the ones that I watched but any other that I think are related to these films! So please be warned!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (5 May)

You wouldn’t believe how much I was looking forward to this film, considering how I felt about the first GotG.

It’s not that I didn’t like the first GotG, I just didn’t like it as much as other people… I’ve heard quite often how GotG Vol 1 was the best MCU film for the past few years and I just can’t agree with that. Sure it was fun and it does have a great soundtrack, but I was underwhelmed with the film as a whole. Especially the climax, it didn’t really hit my expectation. That dance-off bit? Threw me off and made me go, ‘WTF?! They can do that in a film like this??’

HOWEVER, there was a lot of hype for GotG Vol 2 and from the little promotions that I saw, it looked promising.

(I actively avoid promotions of films I definitely want to see so that the film can surprise me as much as possible. It hasn’t always worked out well but I’m still happy with this method for the time being. I definitely avoid movie trailers as much as possible because I find watching them can spoil the film for me.)

Back to GotG Vol 2. As I have mentioned in my previous entry, I hit the cinema as soon as I came back from Qingyuan which was the day the film was released in China as well. I was super jealous of lune, who got to see the film more than a week before me because the film was released one week earlier here in Thailand!

So I went the see the film with two friends. Only one was coming for sure in the beginning but I met up with Kathleen for dinner and she ended up joining us.

GotG Vol 2 definitely exceeded my expectations. Baby Groot is AMAZING. I love him so, so much.

AND YONDU. The Mary Poppin comment was just gold. AND THEN HE GOT KILLED OFF?!? WHY?!?!?!? So yes, I ended up crying again in the cinema. It almost became a thing now that going to the cinema with me might end up with me crying. ^^” BUT IT WAS SO SAD. I lost it when the other Ravagers turn up to pay their respect to Yondu and set off fireworks. Just thinking about it now gives me a bit of goosebumps…

I find the Ego’s arch and Rocket’s a bit cliched but it was still fun. The two hours passed by quickly, I enjoyed the film thoroughly and, of course, stayed right through to the end for all of the end credits.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is definitely one of my favourite MCU films now. 🙂

 

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (12 May)

Here are the reasons why I wanted to go see this film:

1. I love Charlie Hunnam in Pacific Rim

2. I like myths and legends like King Arthur

3. apparently it got a great cast…?

4. er, did I mention that I like Charlie Hunnam?

You can imagine that I wasn’t really expecting much. I haven’t seen any of its trailers at all either so wasn’t sure what to expect (I didn’t even know that Jude Law is in it!).

So you can imagine my surprise when I thoroughly enjoyed the film.

I’ve got to say, the humour is right up my alley. I laughed and snorted so many times in the cinema and I was hooked for the whole film! It was clichéd, of course it was. But I love clichés when they are done to my taste 😉

And yeap, the cast was fantastic. Not everybody will like it as much as I did, but I’m sure as hell very glad to have gone see it in the cinema!

I also found out later after I came out of the cinema that it was directed by Guy Richie, who also directed the two Sherlock Holmes films with RDJ and Jude Law! I actually really liked the first Sherlock Holmes and enjoyed the second one too so I think I do quite like Guy Richie’s films. It also made me go ‘ohhhhh, duh’ because the slow motion sequences in King Arthur were definitely similar to the ones in Sherlock Holmes.

Also, I didn’t know that Charlie Hunnam was in Queer As Folks UK version!!!

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (26 May)

I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to go see this film to be honest. I mean, I was going to but I wasn’t dying to see it. The first three Pirates of the Caribbean were good, #3 is my favourite which may surprised quite a few people. Apparently, many liked that film the least. But I loved the battle scene in the end and I liked how Will and Elizabeth Turner’s arc.

#4 was underwhelming for me so I wasn’t expecting much from Dead Men Tell No Tales. It got a good cast with Javier Bardem but I was mostly excited for seeing Orlando Bloom as Will Turner again! And that Keira Knightley would make an appearance as well! I kept waiting for her and I was almost annoyed that she might have not made it into the final cut because she did came up right at the end didn’t she? But then there was that post-credit scene as well… So happy for that.

Brenton Thwaites aka Henry Turner was also very easy on the eye. I’m glad that he’s joined this crew. Even if I found his arc to be almost exactly the same as Will’s during the second and the third film. Which, c’mon guys, can’t you come up with a new plot or something??

I wasn’t really a fan of Carina Smyth aka Kaya Scodelario though. I don’t know… her character annoys me even though she’s supposed to be a strong female character who is very much into science… I loved Keira’s Elizabeth Swann and she became a very strong female character. Kaya’s Carina, not so much to my taste for whatever reasons…

Anyway, I’d still go to the cinema to see the 6th one though if they ever come out with it. I am kinda curious to see where they would go with that post-credit scene.

 

Life (27 May)

It was a long weekend during that time (the Dragon Boat Festival I think) but none of my friends were around for that much so I thought, I’d go to see another film. Life got both Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds in it. And it’s a sci-fi. Sure, IMDb has the film as ‘Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller’ but surely it can’t be that scary.

Well, I was wrong.

I should have listed to IMDb.

It was a horror film for me. *shudders* I almost left the cinema a couple of times as I was watching it. I had my hands covering my eyes for about at least a quarter of the film. It was terrifying.

I think the story line has a good philosophical approach, but the execution of it was too much for me. And having Ryan Reynolds done that much promotion for this film was a bit misleading.

Well, actually, I only saw him in one clip with Jake Gyllenhaal for this film and that was the WIRED Autocomplete clip but he was on the poster with Rebecca Ferguson and Jake Gyllenhaal when he was the first to die and the other two were there right to the end! So yeah, misleading promotion stuff. I was very shocked when Ryan Reynolds’s death scene came because, as I’ve mentioned before, he was the first to die!! ^^”

I managed to stay through to the end because I needed to know how it ends. (Kudos to the twist at the end where it wasn’t the ‘happy ending’ we were expecting.) And Jake Gyllenhaal’s acting was superb in my opinion. I really liked his character.

Anyway, I think Life was a good film but the genre just wasn’t for me. And I have learned, the hard way, to listen to and trust IMDb.

 

(I’ve left this entry unfinished for a long while, and I’m not sure it will be finished tonight. I just want to contribute to it and see how far I can take it.)

 

Wonder Woman (3 June)

Oh, this film. There was so much hype around it and I was super excited for it even though I knew that setting too high an expectation can be the cause of disappointments. So I tried to keep cool.

The film came out on Friday 2nd June, but there was a work social event so I had to postpone it to the next day. (I also had something organised with friends in GZ since that was my last weekend on my own there but I had the afternoon free so I hit the cinema!)

I went to see it with friends and I was blown away. The film definitely met the hype and exceeded it to me!

I loved, loved, loved Gal Gadot. I think she was perfect for the role. She was my favourite part of Batman V Superman and I was a little afraid that she might not be as good in her own film. I was wrong. She was perfect.

And then Chris Pine. Chris. Pine. Urgh. He was so gorgeous, both physically and in character. It was heartbreaking that his character died because WE NEED MORE STEVE TREVOR DAMMIT.

I also loved the line, “I wish we had more time.” That hit just the right spot. The “I love you” after that, not so much. I though that was a bit of an overkill.

Themyscira was absolutely breathtaking on the big screen. And the Amazonians. So. Much. Love. For these ladies.

Oh! I also loved the fact that the war is WWI, and not WWII. I feel like we have enough of WWII on the big screen now.

So yeah, I absolutely loved this film. Even though I am an MCU fan, Wonder Woman was definitely one of the best superhero films I have ever seen. Possibly my favourite. May be. I can’t quite commit to that yet. ._.

 

The Lost City of Z (4 June)

As you can see, I went to see another film the very next day. Perks of having a cinema so near by!

Not going to lie, the main reason I was interested in this film was because Tom Holland was in it. xD So imagine my slight disappointment when I found out how little he was in it ^^”

Charlie Hunnam was still a joy to see though I’m not so sure about his character as a whole. RPattz and Sienna Miller, though, they jumped out from the screen to me. Really liked both of their characters.

I found the pace quite… slow and the the film, monotonous…? I supposed I was hoping for a more Indiana Jones type of film with a bit more action, rather than a biographical drama. My bad on that part since I didn’t allow myself to look up what the film might be like in details or even see the trailer. All I had was the title of the film and the posters. ^^”

Tom Holland was a joy to see though! Especially when he was a bit more grown up in the film, wearing leather boots xD Not a fan of the facial hair though.

The ending was also a bit bizarre. I was expecting a bit less of an opening ending? I had to come back and googled what actually happened, lol.

So another film I walked out of the cinema, wondering what I had just watched ^^”

 

Despicable Me 3 (17 June)

I was originally going to take (drag) my sister to go see Wonder Woman in the cinema but then I realised that Despicable Me 3 was in already. So I asked her to choose, and of course, she picked Despicable Me 3. T^T (lol)

I had a good time watching it though. I laughed with it and squeed over the minions and was quite entertained. I think I prefer it to The Minions Movie as well, lol. Steve Carell was great as Gru, as per usual. He’s becoming more and more attractive now that his hair is greyer. A silver fox indeed!

 

The Mummy (18 June)

Ah, now this was one that should have been promising. With a new Monster Universe and a great cast, I felt compelled to go see this first one in the cinema. Lune wanted to go see it as well so we saw it together with another friend. And I supposed I was entertained while I watched it but Tom Cruise, man. I’m not so sure about you…

I liked Russell Crowe and his character though and Jake Johnson! I’m glad he was brought back from the dead! lol (Sorry I don’t even remember your character’s name, Jake. I promise I really did like your character! Totally shipped you with Tom Cruise’s character xD)

If I have the time, I’ll probably go see the next one as well just because I do like the action-monster film.

Oh! Also! I recognised the scene that was shot in Oxford even though it wasn’t mentioned at all in the film! Well, I wasn’t sure whether it was really in Oxford or not but I was sitting there, thinking, that looks awful lot like The Radcliffe Camera, xD.

 

(It’s been a long while (again) since I was last writing this entry but I’m back again to try and get it finished!)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (16 July)

Oh. My. God. I had to wait so long to go see this film. This was when my back was not cooperating and I couldn’t sit for too long. I was initially going to go see it on Friday 7th of July, then I moved it to the weekend, then the following weekdays until I could finally sit long enough the following weekend. Urgh.

Even my sister, who was not a fan of seeing films, got to go see it before I did. (Because I gave her an idea to go see a film with a friend whom she has kinda grown distanced of but were meeting up and she didn’t know what to do when they hung out.) The silver lining of this whole ordeal might be how much she loved Spider-Man after having seen this. And how she’s been converted to an MCU fan ever since. She has now seen all of the MCU films and have been watching Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.. We now fangirl over MCU things together. It’s a bit of a dream come true to be honest, xD.

But I digress.

The film! It was a bit cliched but then I really do think that Tom Holland is the best Spider-Man so far. For once, he actually looks like an awkward teenager! I loved Michael Keaton as Vultures, he’s such an amazing actor. It was an absolute joy to watch him.

I had to stifle a squee when I saw Coney Island during the climax! My Brooklyn Boys reference! And then the end with Tony and Pepper!! Eeeeeeee

I don’t ship that many canon-pairing but Pepperony is one of them. ❤

 

Dunkirk (27 July)

Ah, Dunkirk… I will confess that I went to see purely because of the male, British cast. ._. (I found someone jokingly called it DNK48 and yeah, I love it and have used the joke myself!) I especially loved Tom Hardy and James D’Arcy in this. And the way the film developed is quite cool with the 1 week before, then 1 day before then 1 hour before. Took me a bit to get on with the programme, but once I did, it was cool to see things panned out from different POVs.

The film itself was on the stressful side for me. I was on the edge of my seat and I was emotionally invested in it. I didn’t realise how little ‘actions’ there were and a lot more emotional things. It was, after all, a war film.

 

So there it is! Finally, I’ve caught up to… July ^^”

Since then, I’ve been to see The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Baby Driver and Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Oh, it’s never ending with this film review entry, isn’t it? xD

I’ve just enjoyed going to the cinema to see films though, especially this year. I also have no problem going to the cinema by myself which makes it so much easier to just pop into the cinema, by a ticket and just go and enjoy a film! I definitely have at least 3 more films I have my eyes on to go see before the end of this year…

Let’s see how many films I’ll see in total in 2017!

Anyway, I am exhausted today so I’ll sign off here. Hope your week is going great!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

PS – it’s been raining a lot in Bangkok at the moment. I think this is the 3rd grey day we’ve had in BKK, which is quite unusual! It does mean that it’s cool though, so I’m not complaining.