Monday, December 31, 2012

The end.

2012 has finally reached the end, must say this this year has been one of the most eventful for me, from travelling to Japan, saying goodbye to my last grandparent (my 奶奶/ grandma), turning 18, graduating from high school, and more exciting events that happened in the 366 days

What a blast.

No idea what 2013 will bring, looks like we'll just have to wait and see, once tomorrow comes~

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Boxing Day gets

Note to self:  Do not go to Chadstone next year for boxing day sales due to the following reasons:
  1. Finding a parking spot is (nearly) impossible
  2. There's way too many people, 真的是'人山人海'
  3. If your size is a popular amongst others, you'll either be left with stock thats not something you like or one with a defect or even something that's a few sizes too big for you
  4. The things you want are sold out, so you will be disappointed
So next year (if I go) I'll be going to the city for boxing day sales, goodbye busy Chadstone ~

Anyways the fussy me did manage to get something from the sales. 
Found this beautiful bring floral shirt from Zara which was reduced to only $49.95!  And got a pair of white Sony headphones which were only $27 from the original $40 at JB Hifi, I was planning to get these Urban Ears ones from Myer for $80 but I didn't think it was worth it
when worn

Glad I survived this mess of eager customers

Only 4 days until we say hello to 2013, bye~

Monday, December 24, 2012

Japan: Day 11 - Tokyo DisneySea *very pic heavy*


I will always be a kid at heart with my love for Disney's creations especially Mickey and Minnie mouse, song and dance, and cartoon characters.  What more could one ask for than Disney Land or Disney Sea (Japan has both)?
Since I've already been to 2 Disney Land's (California and Hong Kong) I decided to go with Tokyo Disney Sea as it only exists in Japan and is designed for an older audience with scarier and faster rides, as opposed to your usual teacup ride type of rides in Disney Land which are aimed at little kiddies.

Because I'm a foreigner, I somehow got a discount on my entrance fee when I showed them my passport, and got in for only 4300yen instead of the usual 5300yen!  So go show off your foreign passport to get a discount (even if you don't get a discount, show them you're special) :)

From riding the Disney resort line which took us from the nearest train station to each of the themed park entrances, you could feel as if you were on wonderland already! 
With the adorable mickey themed trains and buildings fit for a king arriving at my wonderland for the day (Disney Sea) sure wasn't too far away~

Say hello to Mickey, the magician?  Who brought joy to all the audience with his show 'Be Magical'.  Had the song stuck in my head for the whole day, must be magical haha

Winnie pooh and his gang :)

with Thumper and my leopard Minnie beanie
Mediterranean Harbour
This lady had a serious Shellie May and Duffy (and Pluto) obsession, just look at all of them on her bag!

Part of my lunch was this gyoza sausage bun which is only sold at Disney Sea, its really just a long asian meat bun

Went on this ride called 'Aquatopia' it's not like bumper cars where you control your own car, each car/boat is computered to run along a specific track so there are no crashs and makes it more exciting since you have no idea where you're going

Then my feet somehow brought me back to the early 20th century America, wait is this still DisneySea?  Yes, the American Waterfront themed port, which brings back memories of some alleyways in New York when I went there nearly 6 years ago.

Down on the American Waterfront we watched a new show 'A Table is Waiting', it was freezing cold when I watched it I could feel my lips turning purple ;w;

'hola amigos' - Chip and Dale
sausage lips ;)
curry duck
Japanese Goofy
nawwww the cutest couple ever

After 'A Table is Waiting' I then watched 'Big Band Beat' which is a really popular braodway show with jazz music and lots of tap dancing, not to mention Mickey on the drums!  Sadly no cameras were allowed inside, so I don't have pictures from the show..
After 'Big Band Beat' ended one of the best days spent in Tokyo, along with Mickey's magic my day was astounding!
I love you Tokyo DisneySea ~

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Japan: Day 10 - Harajuku

Harajuku, a famous fashion capital in the world, which also created the 'harajuku style' (not talking about Gwen Stefani and her harajuku girls here) because of the unique street fashion such as decora, lolita, mori-girl, visual kei which are popular in Harajuku and just to name a few.
However on the day I visited Harajuku I saw no harajuku style at all! I was sooo disappointed ;w;
Anyways, we got off at Harajuku station, and on the train I found their train line map system really awesome, it shows you where you are and what's the next train station (way cooler than our troublesome Melbourne system)

next stop 'Yoyogi'
Once we got off at Harajuku station we were welcomed by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's new CD, she's also the ambassador of Harajuku now, I love her quirky Harajuku-ness

The famous Takeshita dori (street) that is filled with wonderful fashion shops some are one off shops that sell the so-called Harajuku fashion style.  Love how they often change the entrance of takeshita street to suit the season or upcoming festivals

The biggest Daiso (I presume) in Japan that consists of 4 busy levels filled with amazing quality items which are all 100yen!! Crazy to think that each items only costs around $1.2, and they have nearly everything you could ask for! (except clothes that is)

Bought my first crepe in Japan with strawberries and fluffy whipped creme mmm, and the guy who served me at the store I bought it at (Angels Heart Harajuku which is one of the best crepe places in Harajuku) was so cute!! :3 
Gahhh all the guys in Japan have such good fashion sense, from their hair to their shoes everything just compliments them so well! slight fangirl moment?

My mini haul from Daiso and Paris Kids (a popular 315yen jewlery shop)

That's it for now, wish it was colder here in Melbourne it's going to be boiling 39 degrees celcius tomorrow *melts* gahhh, so I'll be typing up my next Japan trip post will be up within a few days.  Here's a sneak peak of it, try and guess where I went that day :)
Bye bye~

Friday, December 21, 2012

Japan: Day 9 - Tokyo (Shibuya) *pic heavy*

Finally arrived in Tokyo, the prefecture with the best shopping places ever! Ahh I just wanna go back there, okay a bit off track.. but after we arrived in Tokyo after our night bus ride (at around 6-7am) even though I was still half asleep and the cold weather made me even sleepier, the thought that I was in shopping-paradise woke me up instantly.  After checking into our hotel, mum and I took the train to Shibuya from Shinjuku and started our first day of shopping in Tokyo.

Hachi decorated for new years
First stop, le famous Mr Hachi/Hachiko (statue) which is right in front of Shibuya station!  Such a loyal beautiful akita-inu, you can read more about how he became a famous doggy from being tremendously loyal to his owner (even many years after his owner's death too) here.  There was even a movie made about Hachi called 'A Dog's Tale' if any of you are interested.
Shibuya 109!
The building of all building for girls, the countless hours I spent inside this wonderful 9 storey building filled with your popular gyaru brands each with their brands individual style.  They also have building for guys called 109-mens where all the fashionable guys go which is a street or so away.

waiting for 109 to open
Sadly no pictures are allowed inside here like many other stores, and I didn't want to be sneaky or get told off with some Japanese phrase which I won't be able to understand, so no pictures of the wonderful stores inside, sorry.

A sneaky picture of Double C / WC/ Wakatsuki Chinatsu, a better picture will come but mr policeman didn't look too happy when I took this picture :S

The famous Shibuya scramble

By noon they had changed the poster on Shibuya 109 from after school advertising 109's one week bargain to Dollywink with Tsu-chan and her new false eyelashes

Discovered my love for ramen in Japan, no idea what makes them so delicious, maybe the miso soup accompanied with the ramen or the ume/pickle or the mini side dishes that came with ramens (mostly ramen sets) but I'm pretty sure I increased my eating speed from the tortoise speed which I usually am.  Oh ramen please appear in front of my eyes now *grumbles*

Now onto my haul for the day:
WC gets, kuma-tan you so cute ^^

everything was 50% of (I think) at the Tralala store which also sold Liz Lisa Doll
These Liz Lisa items were an impulse buy because they were having some discount campaign, so if I can remember each piece was reduced to around 4500yen. 
Even though I'm no longer really into the girly style, mum persuaded me to, still haven't worn the dress or jumper out, but the jacket it now one of my to-go casual jackets since it's so soft and warm along with 'Liz Lisa' printed on the back.

I'll finish off with a night shot of Shinjuku where we stayed


Friday, December 7, 2012

Muck Up Day no.2

On this day, it's a tradition in our school to chop up our uniforms and make them into something else, each group with a different theme or dress up.
From first thoughts of 'german barmaids' which we thought were probably too 'slutty' or most likely taken by some other group (which did happen in the end), we decided to gnome it up with shortalls, pointy red felt hats, and our choice of props (I chose a fishing rod whilst others chose garden tools or a ukelele).  I think our group has something to do with gnomes; from gnome singlets and ceremic gnome statues (which we each have), I must say we really are gnome-ing it up
This muck up day we had a range of dressups: eskimos, playboys bunnies, cheerleaders, barmaids, red riding hoods,  cowgirls, nurses, Harajuku girls, Alice in Wonderland, scarecrows, and pirates just to name a few, not to forget those garden features - le gnomes.
hanging with my gnomies
rounder with the teachers anyone?
With my little sisters: my little year 7 buddy Rachel, Li-ju, Tracey and Alissa

A fun last day at school was well spent, but it would not have been accomplished without the hardwork each groupd put in to making their individial costumes.  For us, it was a day by the sewing machine, sewing away which made us sew happy hehe.

Next post will be about my valedictory dinner (graduation dinner)
Until next time :)
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