Friday, March 11, 2016

My Japan Experience

About a week ago, I was just in Japan eating sushi, drinking maccha green tea, visiting shrines, being a part of the infamous Shibuya crossing, adoring the Harajuku girls, and just learning everything I can about their culture. This is definitely one of my favorite trips I've ever gone to. Although, the beginning of the trip was something I wouldn't want to do again. Here's the quick story  of my Japan trip together  with the pre and post events.

Grabbed from my Snapchat: kymskie

Coming from my 12-hour night shift (7pm to 730am), I went home, took a quick shower and finished packing my suitcase. I knew I would be so tired that day to pack so I started packing three days before the trip but unfortunately did not finish and I ended up regretting it. Luckily, I was able to squeeze in a quick nap before I had to drive to the airport - 2-hour drive from my house. I got to the parking garage and left my car there. Once I arrived at the airport, I just dropped off my bags as I already checked in for my trip online. The 11-hour flight to Japan was not so bad at all. I just slept half of the flight but once I woke up, I was not able to go back to sleep. I just watched movies and listen to my Spotify offline. When I arrived in Japan, I opted to go to my hotel via their rail/subway system. It was a nice experience but the very first time I bought my ticket for the train, it felt really overwhelming. Good thing there's an English translation option for the kiosks. I reached my hotel, took a shower, and immediately went to bed.

My first day in Japan was consisted of walking, walking, and a lot of walking. I bought a sim card from BIC Camera to use for the rest of my stay and activated my JR Pass (which was very useful). My first stop was the Shibuya crossing but unfortunately I was not able to the a photo of it during the day. I chose to just live in the moment and not focus too much on taking photos and videos. I had coffee and then headed to Harajuku. So many kawaii stuff there that I didn't want to leave! Sanrio ad Disney overload! I wanted to buy everything. Haha. Harajuku is also famous for their cute desserts such as crepes and ice creams.

Across the exit from the Harajuku Station

Crepes crepes crepes

The next stop was Akihabara - the land of discounted electronics in Tokyo. There were so much feels in that place! Brought me back to my childhood by seeing Sega, Gundam Cafe, and other anime characters. I enjoyed walking around the area. I reached the infamous Cure Maid Cafe located in one of the floors of Don Quixote but the line was insanely long! I ended up looking for a place to eat and then went to the Tokyo Metropolitan building.


View from Tokyo Metropolitan Building

My parents and grandma arrived that night from Indonesia. We had dinner with my uncle who lives in Saitama together with some of their friends. The next morning, we joined a group tour to Mt. Fuji and Hakone. Unfortunately, we were only able to to go tot he first station due to the snow that occurred the day before. It was still an amazing view to see though! Some people hike up to Mt. Fuji  during the summer but it requires a lot of training.
Mt. Fuji

It was such a long and tiring day but definitely worth it! We rode the bullet train bus home to Shibuya and had an Izakaya dinner which was very filling. The next day was dedicated to just walking around Shibuya and some shopping. We went to Don Quixote which is a discount store that basically has everything you could think of. They are open until late night too. The one we went to operates from 1000 to 0400 in the morning. Bought a lot of snacks to take home and some Dolly Wink eyeliners. Everything in Japan is so kawaii!

Breakfast view

Hachiko Statue
 Of course, we couldn't pass up some ramen from Japan. We tried Ichiran Ramen in Shibuya which always seems to have a long line any time of the day. It was great! You're able to customized your ramen, pay for it, and hand the order ticket once you are seated in individual booths.

Seating chart in Ichiran 

Extra green onion and mushrooms for me!
When my parents and grandma flew back to Indonesia, I stayed in Japan for two more days and decided to do a one-day trip to Kyoto - which was not enough! Kyoto used to be Japan's capital. It's very unique and different from Tokyo. There's not much people walking on the streets. Very quiet and traditional. It was raining the whole day but there were still quite a few people who were in the tourist areas. I just visited the Fushimi Inari Shrine and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. It took me a while to take my photos due to the people passing by but they're so nice, they even offered to take it for me!

Tori Gates to Shinto. Each are donated by organizations and companies.

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
Aaaaahhh writing this post makes me want to go back there ASAP! I'd love to come back and visit Osaka next time. To end this post, here are some random photos I'd love to share from my trip.

Rainbow Bridge
Thanks to this JR Pass!
Wishes and prayers

Monday, January 11, 2016

Welcome, 2016!

I can't believe that we're almost done with January! It felt like I was just in the Philippines for my holiday vacation yesterday, and now, I'm sitting here in the classroom trying to stay awake for my 12-hour-long class day. With that being said, I'm writing a list of the things I'm looking forward to/excited about this new year!

  1. Obtaining my Master's Degree. I graduate in June and I couldn't be more excited about it! It's not only for my career but also my personal growth.

  2. Healthy Lifestyle. I haven't been at my healthiest state for the past 2-3 years and there's no one else to blame but me. Starting isn't the hardest part, consistency is. 

  3. New Travel Adventures. Traveling will always be one of my most loved things to do. As I grew older, I started to spend more on vacations, adventures, and memories rather than materialistic things. Traveling gives me a different kind of high and it's something I would love to do all the time if possible!

  4. Career Advancement. This goes along with obtaining my master's degree. Hopefully this year, I'm able to get a new position which will enable me to do more. 

  5. New Beginnings. I cam't really expand more about this but it's making me nervous and excited at the same time! When it materializes, I'll be able to talk about it more. Wish me luck!

Friday, April 03, 2015

Ramble on and on

I woke up this morning with the urge to write. About what, you may ask. I don't really know. I just wanted to write something. I have so many things going on in my head for the past few weeks now and maybe that's the reason why I'm doing this. Or maybe, I'm just trying to escape from all the studying I have been doing since last week. Either way, I'm here now to unravel all most of my convoluted thoughts. Why not all? Well, some things are meant to be kept to one's self. You'll probably notice by now how this entry is all over the place and might even find it annoying. Sorry, but this is how it's going to be. There are so many things I want need to do right now and thinking about it makes my head ache. Study, read, get nails done, sleep, eat, go somewhere, workout, organize, shop, and the list goes on and on. Twenty four hour days are not enough! What do they say again? Something much to do but so little time...yes, that's what's been going on for the past month now. I'm so busy I don't know which one I should do first. Most of the time, I feel like drowning. I remember just the end of last year I was thinking...I wish I had stuff to do with all the time I got right now. Yeah, right. Be very careful of what you wish for because when you get it there's no going back.

After all that ranting and rambling, I sure do feel a little better. It didn't get anything done on my to-do list but whatever. Sometimes all we need to is just breathe. Take it all in and let it all out. Unwind. Relax. Regroup. 

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Everyday Makeup Routine

New blog entry for the new year! Here's a video for my first entry of 2015!