Spring in Tokyo (Part 9): Tokyo DisneySea

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Day 6

Went to Tokyo station to change lines and bought bento for breakfast!
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Small variety where we were so I settled for a siew mai bento lol.
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The sides were all delicious but the rice was hard :(
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Bought café au lait from a vending machine because the can looked cute and said おいしい! But when I drank it, it was totally おいしくない :( Tasted more like diabetes-inducing coffee-flavoured milk.
Going to Tokyo Disney Resort is not difficult at all once you find yourself at Tokyo station. Just look for someone dressed up as a Disney character or is carrying a bag loaded with Disney plushies (mostly Duffy). It’s obvious. And following them will get you onto a train towards Maihama!

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!!!!!! Bought the 2-day passport online before the prices went up!! First day we went to Tokyo DisneySea!!!! :D :D :D
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My first time at Disney (sad child). Her first time at Disney (sad child). Parents can all of you please bring your children to Disney…
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If I lived in Japan how broke would I be?
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There’s this really cute but shy girl sitting next to us and at one point she was staring right into my camera BUT Yuxuan was blocking me and I mouthed to her about 30 times “move your hand away move your hand away” and when she finally did, she looked out of the window. Dammit :(

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YAY!!!!!!!! Didn’t know where to begin so just anyhowly walked.
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The whole place is intricate décor.
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I honestly have never thought of Earth as water planet.
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We didn’t take any transportation other than the Disney Resort Line so I didn’t know which Tomica to buy so I didn’t buy any :( That’s really unwise…

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There was a crowd gathered round the Mediterranean Harbor for Fashionable Easter and we were at the backside so we just went as close to the waters as possible to check it out.
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!!!
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The floats were all so far away but this kite thing was crazy amazing!!!!
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The reason for my terrible composition is that I wasn’t watching it through the viewfinder because I wanted to see it with my own eyes lol…
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Fireworks in the day! Something rarely (or never) seen in Singapore.
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We weren’t even intending to stay and watch but we wasted 30 minutes here because Disney-anything is so mesmerising???
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Chip & Dale
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Goofy and what’s that bird lol (ashamed Disney fan)…
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Donald and Daisy and Stitch. Stitch cock block sia…
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These flower balloons just inflated all of a sudden and it was so amusing!!!!
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DUFFY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and ShellieMay and Mickey and Minnie! :D :D :D
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You know what could improve Marina Bay? DisneyBay. It’d be bae.
Somewhere here, I spotted an e-ticket on the floor so I checked if it was mine. Mine was in my pocket. It was Yuxuan’s. OMG had I not seen it I don’t know how we’re gonna go to Disneyland the next day!!!!!

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This was really cool! The 5 surfaces form a seamless image when viewed through the lens!
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So I just had to do this hahahahahaha :D
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Why don’t they have adult costumes :( I want to be Elsa!! :(
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Got the FastPass tickets for Journey to the Center of the Earth and we had to return at night -___- Anyway, it was super fun!!!!! The ride was really fun :D It was worth the wait (or no wait)!

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Everyone wishes everywhere. Not just wishing wells.
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We’re in the queue for 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea because it wasn’t very long.
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We were 20,000 leagues in a really slow roller coaster tricking us into thinking we’re in a submarine hahahahaha! Don’t go if you are not a baby.

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The Japanese are crazy for Disney and also matching outfits. In a row here you can see 3 different outfits. I think one of them got lost because there shouldn’t be an odd number of people.
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Even babies are made to match their mums. So this was how they were raised…

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Mermaid Lagoon seemed promising but actually was made for little babies so we left really quick.
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The lighting was so magical though :)
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After we took photos climbing up here, so did everyone else #magnesia
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It actually feels like travelling around the world walking around TDS, except without drastic temperature fluctuations or change in culture lol… The only change there is is probably the unique popcorn flavours available exclusively at each area.
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We were queueing up for Caravan Carousel, which was a 2-STOREY CAROUSEL OMG!!!!!!
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It looks exactly the same and felt no different… I think we chose it so we could brag about being on the upper deck of a carousel #swag.
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Birthday princess!!!! I also conveniently DID NOT wish her happy birthday I’m so sorry but happy belated birthday you are super cute!
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Lol :)
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I thought Adele set fire to the rain… but she also set fire to waterfalls. Or waterstairs. What is this??? Anyway, she just never sang about it. It could be a pyromania she is hiding but we saw it in TDS.

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Time for 2pm lunch!!!!!
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I got myself a kids meal! :D They always have the yummy stuff no??
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Look at what’s on my ebi fry :( why can’t people realise it’s really not that universally accepted :(

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Went to the Magic Lamp Theatre. I think we got FastPass tickets for it? Or the queue was short.
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Not entirely a wise idea because we both couldn’t understand anything they were saying -___- but at least it was funny!! :)
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Was trying to get a picture of Daisy and I randomly shot this and it was so funny so I kept it hahahaha :D The kid’s such an ingrate though, being so whatever-Disney in Disney! Some of us only visit Disney for the first time when we’re 20!! Oh, there were many kids playing their Nintendo consoles like whatever-Disney. Omg this generation of kids…
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I just LOL-ed at this because the plane’s C-3PO hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

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Japan is so weird no one flinches seeing a weird tourist.
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Flowers are awesome.
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Where are parents when you need them amirite…
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I looooove everything!!!
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This flower arrangement was crazy!!!!!!!
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DUFFY and GELATONI made out of FLOWERS.
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Damn…
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Finally got to buy the Duffy popcorn bucket.
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But the design is getting worse T_T I really wanted the one that’s Duffy’s head but I’m years late…
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It’s ok :(
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The flavour here was (I forgot) milk tea? or something. It had a strange chemical smell and sometimes tasted like puke. The Duffy bucket was probably the only reason it could be sold.
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Duffy bunting I want in my life T_T
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The queue with the biggest suspense. Hiding Duffy in a nook so nobody can see him T_T
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Was taking picture of this giant Duffy (I WANT T___T) and they caught me -__- then the guy hid behind it and the girl just burst out laughing LOL you guys are so cute.
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Also saw (didn’t manage to get a photo of) Duffy with a Pooh shirt and I was like since when do they sell that??? then I looked around and found a naked Pooh!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA I have never seen a naked Winnie it’s like looking at Mickey without his pants or Donald without his top LOL!!!!!!
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Hais… professional photographer got a blurry shot with my DSLR T____T
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I bought the photo they took!
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I want to go to TDR 100 times a year!!!!!! T______T
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Then it became really gloomy…
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Saw birds flying in formation 3 or 4 times it was amazing!!! :D
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Minnie’s flower arrangement ^___^
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StormRider. Super impressive effects. Must go!!! Everything at Disney puts USS to shame, I’m really sad that’s sort of the only theme park I have access to where I live.

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Tower of Terror. Queued for more than an hour.
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The drop was so sudden I nearly died. But the view was really good. Thank god it wasn’t those sort of endless drop that keeps me from breathing lol…
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Yummy!

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It was really really dark when we were queueing for Tower of Terror.
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Went to Toy Story Mania after we were done but didn’t know what to do so we left… Lol.
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This is how dark Tokyo gets at night.
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My pictures become terrible.
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Got a postcard to send to myself because Disney would put a commemorative stamp on it! :D
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10pm and got to leave T_T
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What I bought there… Went crazy with the souvenir medallions because 100 yen for that quality I’m in!!!!! Was surprised to find the set of bento picks I got because I didn’t even know I bought them??? LOL what a (not so) waste of 800 yen!

It was midnight when we got back to Shibuya and had dinner!! So famished!!!!!!! Went to Ippudo Shiromaru Base because Ippudo rocks.
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It’s so-so…
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That was sort of disappointing but I was starving!
Since dinner was supper we had no usual supper. I think…

Also had to ration whatever’s left of my money and not splurge at Disneyland the next day. Ok that’s all! Stay tuned! This ultra long series is coming to an end (finally)!!

Spring in Tokyo (Part 8): Omotesando & Shibuya

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Day 4 (continued)

Technically, it’s Day 5 because we were loitering about Shibuya past midnight when we returned from Odaiba.
It was 2am when we were hungry looking for supper because our dinner was sort of lame.
There were quite a few stalls still open and we went into Sushizanmai :)
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Ordering in Japanese a bunch of stuff was quite tough… especially for two separate persons… but whatever nonsense I spoke went understood so it’s ok :)
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Tamago! The chef used a huge slab of tamagoyaki and wrapped it in the most peculiar style! Then he cut it in half, and put each on both our plates -___- #tiopian but the egg:rice ratio was good!! :D
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Tako! Yum :D
I didn’t order sashimi like I said I would… it’s a branch from the super famous Tsukiji and what if I couldn’t ingest the raw fish T_T I was sitting right in front of the chef :( how can I spit it out if I couldn’t eat it????
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Kani! Said we didn’t want wasabi but he just put a dollop on each. Wasabi looked really different than what we’re used to seeing. It was dark green!!! At first it tasted good (I usually don’t like the taste of wasabi) and it didn’t have that spicy thing that goes up your nose. When I ate the second piece, it went ALL OVER MY FACE. I nearly died it was SO spicy T____T Whatever I ate afterwards just kept tasting like wasabi T___T but it’s really awesome wasabi :)
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Amaebi! Couldn’t taste this because it was like shrimp-textured wasabi… T_T
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Chawanmushi!
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Very silky smooth and loaded with lots of ingredients :D

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Walking back to the apartment and saw some graffiti getting done for the store or something.
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Singaporean graffiti appreciation always much more because we only see commissioned ones .__.

Day 5


Wore the awesome scarf thing I bought in Harajuku!!! :D
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Walked to Harajuku because we figured out the shortest route walking from our apartment! It was literally a straight road! We stayed in between Shibuya and Harajuku! Omg all that time wasted the day before because I suck at maps -___-
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Walked around Harajuku shopping and finding lunch but for some reason there was no food place in sight…
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Bought a watch on impulse (I should sell it), and was so amused they gave my paper bag a raincoat!!!!!!!! That’s so considerate and totally cute!!! Then I realised it was a norm and every paper bag in everyone’s hands was donning a raincoat. I love Japan!!!!
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Harajuku’s tourist information centre is soooo cute!! Went in to ask for directions to a yakiniku restaurant and the staff was so friendly and helpful, even though I ended up asking a lot of other questions too, since she spoke English and I won’t know when I can find such assistance :)

Had lunch at Seiko-en, the cheaper one out of the two yakiniku restaurants in the vicinity, the other being Gyu-Kaku :)
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Opted for buffet but we couldn’t eat a lot so it was quite a waste of money :/
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This was the starter plate with a standard meat selection.
Those half-moon slices are gyūtan (beef tongue), which I’d wanted to try. They are actually really yummy!! :D Tender and more lean than other parts I think.
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After lunch, we split up because Yuxuan wanted to look for boots while I wanted to look for some ulu coffee! Thank god she let me have the pocket Wi-Fi otherwise I’d be lost and meet up an hour later without any coffee -___-
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One hour wasn’t enough time to shop at Omotesando, so I went to look for Omotesando Koffee with the map I got at the information centre.
On the way there, I was really lost because it became streets after streets of residences behind Omotesando Hills. So I asked a deliveryman when he walked past me, who so very kindly showed me the way, although he walked super fast while pushing a trolley loaded with huge stuff.
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He left me at one street and told me to turn left.
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So I found this crowd at this beautiful old house and I couldn’t tell if Omotesando Koffee was actually here. I tried to Google but the maps failed me every single time I tried to use it. So I turned to Foursquare and it was actually the closest location to me… So I just joined the queue :/
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The queue moved a bit after a few minutes before I saw the shop’s sign. It’s so minimalist and small it was obstructed by the people in the queue -____- after seeing this, I calmed down LOL.
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The décor was so beautiful!! I wasn’t bored standing in line for 30 minutes to order a small cup of supposedly Tokyo’s best coffee.
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The little garden would’ve been so much more beautiful if it weren’t for the rain! But if it weren’t raining, I’d never get this shot because there’d be people on the bench right?
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I’ve never been so into any shop’s décor so much! Or I could be really bored standing in line. I doubt it’s the latter.
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Barista spoke fluent English and for the first time I didn’t have to try so hard and sound illiterate!!! :D
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Ordered a Baileys cappuccino.
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I should’ve ordered Omotesando Koffee -___- I mean it was named after the shop! Or the shop was named after the coffee?
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I liked everything about this place!!!
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I couldn’t get a good photo of it????
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The coffee was really aromatic and smooth T_T even better than my favourite Oriole Coffee!! ;____;
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The cup’s prints are also so nice ;___;
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It’s coffee worth waiting 30 minutes for. Also, if I come here next time I’ll buy 3 cups for myself because the cup is actually really small.
Was thinking of getting a cup for Yuxuan after I tasted it but the queue was even longer than when I joined it and I had 5 minutes to walk back to our arranged meeting spot. I was a little late getting back :/
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Passed this cool trailer (is it a shop??? It says open!) walking back to Omotesando Hills.

Walked along Cat Street back to Shibuya because the map says it leads us to Shibuya. What the heck, we emerged at the mosaic Astro Boy tunnel!!! We could’ve learnt about it sooner T_T
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Bought this pair of boots from Scrapbook (Jeanasis) :D I walked in because I always liked the designs at Jeanasis. Finances stopped me from buying more lol…

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I really like all these mosaic graffiti I see so often!! Found out the artist is Invader :D
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Walked around Shibuya looking for dinner. Looking for Yoshinoya, which we somehow just cannot find anywhere although we’ve seen it before. Yuxuan asked some strangers in English while I was looking for non-busy people to ask for directions -____- I have failed. It was right across the street, just really inconspicuous T_T
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I got the gyu-sukinabe-zen because Singapore doesn’t have it.
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It’s damn delicious!!!!!! And affordable!!!!!!!! I want to live in Japan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Continued shopping till most of the shops were closed. We found GU at the very last minute and I liked everything there!!! GU needs to open in Singapore!!!!! There’s more than enough Uniqlo outlets in Singapore already please bring GU here!!!!!! Hurriedly tried on clothes and bought some before it closed!!

After showering we went out looking for 2am supper. Why do we eat supper every day? Hahahaha I think we are just obsessed with combini food :P
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Bought mini ramen to try :)
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Turned out quite disappointing :( Maybe Japanese cup noodles taste good only when you are not eating them in the country with even better food everywhere!

Ok that’s all for the Sunday shopping!! Can’t wait to blog about the next two days! Disney!!!!!!! ^____^

Spring in Tokyo (Part 7): Harajuku & Odaiba

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Day 4

We were going to Yoyogi Park and with my very bad map-reading, I suggested we start from Shibuya station! :) Asked a stranger for directions because my map and the city map were both not very useful for a bad navigator. He pointed towards the street we walked every day -___- while uttering a bunch of Japanese that went unheard. So I thanked him and walked towards where he pointed. Of course, we were lost again. So I asked someone else and she, too, started rapping and pointing. But I roughly got it, so we made our way down. Passing where our apartment was. We wasted so much time!! :(
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Saw the NHK Broadcasting Center (NHK放送センター) so I know we were on the right track. The directions she gave (and I interpreted) was wrong?? But we just anyhow walked (as usual).

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Outside Yoyogi National Gymnasium (国立代々木競技場) we saw lots of colourful cars and tents around.
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It was Outdoor Day!
Suddenly Yuxuan was like “eh Casia! Dippin Dots!” then I’m like !!!!!!!
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So I bought a rainbow one :D even though it was so cold brrrrrrrrrrr anything for childhood!
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The vendor commented that I was also rainbow!! Hahahaha!!! :D
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Saw some really good-looking kebab! But I came here for Japanese food!!!! So I passed :/
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I want!!!!
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It was crazy steep why would anyone dare to test drive this on a small little ramp??
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Nice view of the suspension roof on a bridge. On the bridge, Yuxuan’s empty cup flew down onto some tent and the vendors below were all very shocked by what seemed like an imbecile tourist. Said imbecile tourist ran down and apologised but the nice locals offered to discard it for her. Japanese are awesome :D
Wasted a lot of strolling time at this distraction of a fair!!! :(

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We found Yoyogi Park (代々木公園)!!! With lots of street foods!!!!! :D
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Omgosh look at this mass of chicken skin :/
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It was already so crowded!! We also wanted to picnic but had no food and no mat -___-.
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Found more stalls along the way and quickly went to get some food for breakfast lol.
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Decided on an okonomiyaki although we had to wait around 10 minutes for it T_T
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This is obviously not ours. Because of me.
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Also got yakisoba while waiting for the pancake to be ready.
Our initial plan was to buy bento but Shibuya has none???? Especially early in the morning??? T_T
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Tried to look for an unoccupied bench to no avail. It’s the weekends after all :(
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Found this beautiful ulu sakura petal-lined pathway!!!! ^____^
Being so ulu, we sat on a tree’s root and started our weird botak-view picnic…
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Plastic bags were our makeshift leisure sheets, only enough for the food. Even so, we dropped so many bits on the dirt. We picked them up when we were done eating ok!!!
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Oishii!!!!!! :D Between the two I preferred yakisoba because okonomiyaki has a very complex taste lol. But they’re both yummy! :D
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After eating, we propped up her phone and connected my remote shutter and started taking silly shots in the forest. Benefits of uluness :)
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I swapped my brogues out for my trainers because my toes were busted from walking so much the day before. I also wore toe socks thinking it could prevent my blistered toes from further rubbing against each other. It really felt so much better with toe socks on!!!!!! :D I bought a lot more later, so I could wear them all for the remaining days :)
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AIYA.
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Wore my earrings out that day since I brought them. So not used to having earrings in my piercings for years, my ears bled and became crusty. Gross. No wonder it was so painful the whole day T__T
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鱼xuan can swim anywhere.
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So many selfie sticks on the floor LOOOOLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!
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YOU SHALL NOT PASS.
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Bird me.
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Bird them. The crows in Japan are really big!!! They contrast with the sakura a lot but it makes for a nice photo :)
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The flowers in Japan are all so beautiful!!!! Would be so motivated to go jogging if Singapore had flowers like these and a temperature that doesn’t threaten heatstroke…
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No time to sit and admire flowers ;___;
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Found our way out! Asked strangers for directions like an illiterate but they actually could speak English -___- They were so nice, going out of their way to help us! But… they gave us the wrong direction -___- Luckily we discovered a map that was easy to read lol…

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Meiji Shrine (明治神宮)!!!!!!!!!!
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It looks really grand and mesmerising in person but it dulls in comparison in pictures :/
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Really like this gate a lot. Don’t know why lol…
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I like this place!!! :D
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She never tried to tell me how bad buttoning my cardigan looks… It was really cold at Yoyogi Park ok??
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Please forget about my cardigan.
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You may keep this in your memory instead…
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Why is everything so beautiful???
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This led to Kiyomasa’s Well. We didn’t go in.
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Well… (that’s my well face) (please get it or GET OUT LOL) it costed 500 yen to enter…
Immediate revenge cos I got dirt on my trousers from kneeling for this photo -____- Sorry Kiyomasa I bet your well is great… So if any of you can fork out the 500 yen, please go in and improve your luck. Maybe then your pants will remain clean :)
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Sake barrels looking so cute and what they’re doing there explained.
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!!!! Spy a cutie pie !!!!!!
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That guy was just sitting there, blinking, breathing and,
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being the unfortunate subject of every tourist’s attention.
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Oh, and the little hearts in their roof wood are just so cute!!!!
Was buying some omamori and suddenly it grew really silent around us…
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BAM! Wedding!
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So beautiful!!!
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The topiaries ^___^
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Wedding photoshoot! I’m not the only kaypoh ok!!!!!! There were about 15 other people crowded around. I was just looking at the kimono!!!
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Eh???? I took photo of the obi stuff at the back… Don’t tell me I deleted the photo to make space??? :(
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Then I ran away from this area.
Also didn’t know where Yuxuan was… So, I just ran away silently because !!!!!!
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OMG!!!
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If you noticed from the pictures above, they all came separately???
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So pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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She was so sian and cheeky and superrrrrrrrrr cute!!!!!
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It looks like Shichi-Go-San Festival?? But it’s nowhere near November!!
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Sooooo cute!!!!!
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The little one was making everyone crowding around laugh. Me included :D
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She was really restless but sooooo adorable :D :D :D
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Hahahaha I couldn’t delete any photos because it’s too cute! And my photos weren’t blurry at all!!!
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Distracted by another wedding…
Then I found Yuxuan again!!
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Kimonos are amazing!! Look at the swaddle man!!!
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The toilets in Meiji Shrine are darn amazing!!!!!! Their cubicles were round and the door slides into the cubicle. Space optimising, gorgeous and futuristic layout!!!!!! And not to mention, spotless!!! Would’ve taken a picture of the interior but there were people inside and that’d be quite rude…

Walked to Harajuku to look for lunch and shopping!! :D
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Gindaco is a popular takoyaki chain and I wanted to eat takoyaki so… this I had for lunch! :D
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Best damn takoyaki I have ever had!!!!! Huge chunk of octopus within the crunchy soft batter that came piping hot ;___; Sweet Jesus ;____;
Can’t wait to have them again from the Singapore branch; it probably wouldn’t taste as good but definitely better than whatever else I’ve been having!
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Aimlessly wandered onto Takeshita Street :D
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They have 2 popular crêpe stalls adjacent to each other!!! How to choose when you only want one???
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So I walked around looking at which wrappers more people were holding… cannot count T___T
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Yuxuan said Angels Hearts had more wrappers so ok…
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Strawberry cheesecake is usually my choice of crêpe lol…
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Dayum!!!! :D Very delicious ^___^
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Wrapper is so cute too!! I hope I visit Japan soon again and get to try Marion Crêpes (and stuff myself with lots of food that I did not eat this time)!!
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Purikura centres are abundant and really cheap!!!!!! :D 400 yen per machine!
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The good thing is they print individual copies so you don’t have to cut up the sheet into tiny photos you can hardly see! But not knowing what they’re saying while there’s a time limit is so stressful! That’s why the first one came out it a wrong format -___-
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Look at Yuxuan!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA :D
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Tried to swag but the machine tried to cute me back. I lost the battle. PS I don’t pose like that (left image) ok!! I was just copying the example because I didn’t know what to do…
I liked shopping in Harajuku. I was skeptical at first because I thought it would be very Bugis Street and I have difficulty liking anything there. Takeshita Street had very nice and unique clothes (not just the Harajuku girls sort) and I bought a crazy awesome scarf thing for $50 with hardly any hesitation LOL.
Browsing stores offer comedy too, because of the slogan tee trend and their use of random English words that are seemingly cool.
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Out notice put. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
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Tear?????
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I’m discover! :D HAHAHAHAHAHA :D

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Strolled around Omotesando for a bit, but rushed off because we’re always behind time on the itinerary…
Took a train to Tochōmae station, hoping to go to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (東京都庁) and visit the South Observatory before night fell for a good view. The South Observatory closes at 6pm and we were just a little too late .___.
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Walked to Shinjuku station without the difficulty we faced the day before. Still really pissed about that…
Went to Muji, thought of having dinner at the café but decided against it. Went on and played at the arcade for a bit because I’m a sucker for UFO catchers. I really have badly influenced Yuxuan.
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Hehehehehe ^___^ Should’ve stopped at Kirimi-chan because I caught it with less than 500 yen. Gambling addiction? T_T
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Bought a Pasmo because I was running out of value in my Suica and I wanted to keep the cards lol .__.

Headed to Odaiba, and the ride on the Yurikamome line was very pleasant because the scenery was so night-vibrant!
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Odaiba is so bloody far we reached there around 9.30pm -___-
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Alighted beside Palette Town because we wanted to go on the Daikanransha (大観覧車)!!!!
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It’s so pretty! I’m still bothered by how dark Japan gets when the sun goes down and early.
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Had dinner at First Kitchen first. Even its name told us to eat there first before riding the ferris wheel! Thank god because it was 10pm when we had this and they were about to close as we were finishing. If we’d miss it, that’d be no dinner till midnight???
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Nuggets were yummy!
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A slab of chicken, kinda fat, so-so…
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Butter shoyu potato! Sounded so promising but tasted ok only…
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Transparent car duh!!! 900 yen each :)
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Yay! Check out the reflection of the ferris wheel on the building!
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I was standing most of the time and it got frightening halfway through because it was kinda shaky?
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The heart!!
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Tokyo Tower?
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Beautiful circuit!
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So difficult to capture it not over-exposed nor under-exposed.
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I tried…
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Oh ya, can I just express my disappointment in the Rainbow Bridge? The whole time I saw it it was Green Bridge.
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There’s also a bridge with a random stick poking out of nowhere and at first glance I didn’t know it was a bridge until she told me.
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I think Odaiba is a place you have to spend at least half a day at, because there are so many areas I had hope to visit but we only made it to Daikanransha -____-
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I’m a Hatsune Miku who can’t sing lol. Anyway, spent so much time in the arcade again… I had terrible luck and spent 2,500 yen on capsules and catching one small shiba inu. Thing about UFO catchers is, if you don’t catch anything, you lose! So you have no choice but to leave with at least one thing.
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Then we left because it was 11pm zzz -___- normally at this timing we’re heading back to the apartment or heading out to look for supper -____-
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Goodbye disappointing Green Bridge.
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You can also see here that Yuxuan uses her phone a lot. 很有钱 man.

It was late but the day(/night) didn’t end when we reached Shibuya past midnight lol. Will continue in the next post!! :)

Spring in Tokyo (Part 6): Roppongi & Shinjuku & Shibuya

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Day 3 (continued)

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We went to Roppongi!
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Walked around and found the Roppongi Roppongi thing… But we were lost. Where is everything???
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We all by now know that I suck reading maps for this trip (I’m usually not too shabby at navigating). So we walked around aimlessly along some road, not knowing what to do…
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Found Hard Rock Cafe!! Yuxuan has a staff card and we got pins at 50% off :D YAY :D
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Walked past a mart and was reminded that I wanted to treat myself to strawberries ;__; I DIDN’T!! ;___; I always am too far from the apartment to buy it back for supper!!! T___T

It was 2pm and Yuxuan cued lunch. I really don’t know how I could be so preoccupied that I put off eating (especially in Japan???) :(
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Went into Komoro Soba since we walked past it earlier on and didn’t want to waste time exploring further.
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Oyako don and zaru soba set!!! :D
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Yummy! Actually I’m appalled that my favourite Ootoya that I frequent in Singapore have food that taste better than most of the food I had in their own country! But it’s really so much more affordable here :)
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Soba was delicious!! Halfway through I was very stuffed but I don’t waste food so I ate them all :D
There’s that little red pot of unknown liquid with the set and I didn’t know what I was supposed to do with it… so… I didn’t touch it. What is that??

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Roppongi is confusing… We were lost most of the time -__-
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Cute tiny little puppy!!!!!!!
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Then a staff approached me and said photography was not allowed :( but the other people in the pet store were also taking photos!! :( So many cute pets in there but you can’t see it here now :(
Ok then we gave up trying to explore this area and headed to Shinjuku.

We spent a lot of time figuring out how to get out of Shinjuku station -____-
But it was a nice place to be lost! Lots of food everywhere!!! Didn’t buy because I didn’t want to carry so many things while we were walking around…
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Pretty!!!
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Looks so good!
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Wanted to buy this so much but I was so full from lunch!!! :(
Next time I should stay in Shinjuku when I travel to Tokyo because ekiben land.
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Finally got out!!!!
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Shopped around some places like Lumine Est and Takashimaya and decided that Shinjuku was too big and messy and confusing for our tired and aching legs T___T
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We spent about 2 hours trying to get back into Shinjuku station to look for directions to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (東京都庁). For that I was rather angry T_T because we were tired and it was going to be dark soon!
Gave up trying to walk there and found a train that took us to Tochōmae station.
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Night scenery at observatories is not what I prefer :(
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At the North Observatory while the cloudy evening approached. How to see Mount Fuji? T___T
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It’s so dark I don’t really know what’s what…
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There’s this building that looks like Big Ben, then there’s Tokyo Tower and Odaiba Palette Town’s Daikanransha.
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Bought a post card so that I could get these memorial stamps!!!
Only after this did I realise that train stations have their own stamps too!!! I love collecting stuff!! But I’ve already missed so many T_T
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Some stuff I bought at the souvenir shop at 202m lol and the pins I got at Hard Rock! :)
I also love the quality of the coins/medallions, which were only 100 yen! You’ll soon see the depth of this love HAHAHA!!
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Bought this from a vending machine while waiting for a train back to Shibuya. It looked interesting and IT TASTES GREAT!!!!!

Looked for dinner around Shibuya and I was being quite picky that night so… it took really long.
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Went into Parco because there was some sign that said the top floor had lots of food.
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CCTV monitor = selfie opportunity! HAHAHAHA
Ok we left because none of them seemed appealing…

Looked for dinner while we were walking back to our apartment. We were exhausted and my feet were sooooo painful and blistered from excessive aimless walking!
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Saw this and YAKITORI!!!!!! I WANT TO EAT YAKITORI!!!!!!!
Also heard of Nanbantei before as they have an outlet in Singapore, so up we went! Took an escalator to the 2nd floor because my legs could hardly work anymore :(
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Raw vegetables were appetisers. They are so delicious. How can RAW vegetables taste so good???
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Pork wrapped asparagus! SO YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Salmon ochazuke!!!!!! Puts the instant ones I’ve been enjoying at home to utter shame.
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Stuffed shiitake!!!!!!!!!!!!! HEAVENLY ;____;
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Then a staff came and told us we had to order a drink. Izakaya rules? So I got this grapefruit juice! Not bad.
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Momo and tsukune!!!!!!!!!!!!! We had one each. Don’t know why Yuxuan was scrimping on this amazing dinner place???
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The price is really off-putting until you taste it. It’s worth it, honestly.
That’s all I had and it amounted to about 3,500 yen for me. Crazy but worth it.
Please eat at Nanbantei when you see one!!! Trust me!!!!

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On the way back, saw this slanted Hachiko statue at Tower Records and I burst out laughing!!!
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I bought an apple baumkuchen from a Sanrio store at Shibuya 109 Men’s!! Mostly because the box looked really cute :P and it was half-priced because it’s good till 6 April, so I wouldn’t feel so bad if I discarded it before finishing it.
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It wasn’t very delicious lol… Quite disappointing after all that packaging goodness.
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2am combini supper! I got Galbo Mini for half the price I paid for at the vending machine!!! #tiopian
Japan’s combini is great!!!! :D

Next post will have pictures of super cute cutie pie!!!!!!!!!! And of course, some sakura. Stay tuned!

Spring in Tokyo (Part 5): Mitaka

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Day 3

Got out of our apartment and went to look for
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Hachiko!!!!!!!
We have yet to take a tourist shot with Hachiko so nobody really knows we’re in Shibuya. So we took advantage of the not-so-crowded early morning with good lighting.
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Was gonna grab onto Hachiko’s leg and be a bro but when I got there, there’s bird shit everywhere. So I’m just grasping onto stone (it’s not easy when you’re not a goat) so that I don’t fall off the ledge.

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Don’t know where this was taken but ok!!
We were headed for Mitaka and because I was a lazy ass and found out there’s a line that takes us to Mitaka directly, we took a train towards that direction (bad planning).
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We alighted at Mitakadai station!!! :D But it was wrong :D It has Mitaka in it but it’s not anywhere near where we were going LOL so we’re like total losers waiting for the next train to alight at the next stop. Sorry…

Getting out of Inokashirakoen station was awesome!! It’s a residential area so the surroundings had a very different ambience from the busy cities we were frequenting.
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So many petals on the floor!!!! ^___^ There were strong winds every now and then too…
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So I was busy filming the ground :) but every time the wind picks up, a plastic bag starts trying to blend in with the petals T_T it doesn’t.
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Super cute dog!! Have a video of it chasing the plastic bag hahahaha :D
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THEN THERE WAS A SAKURA WHIRLWIND!!!!!!!!!! ^____^
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That Japanese man behind is totally not impressed. Must have had seen it every spring for decades.
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Everyone needs to get caught in one at least once in their lifetimes :D
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Students came out from the station and did the same thing #magnesia

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Started looking around for breakfast.
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It was too early or something, the only shop sort of opened was a florist.
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And can I just say $2 for a pot of beautiful blooms is so affordable?????
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Retirement plan: move to Japan and build a garden + pond + everything
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So there really was nothing other than combini breakfast.

Bought oden and onigiri before walking into Inokashira Park (井の頭恩賜公園).
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Very beautiful and relaxing place with very few people around.
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Love it!
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It’s so uncrowded that we managed to find a vacant bench on which we had our breakfast.
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DUCK!!!
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DUCKS!!!!
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Benzaiten (弁才天) Shrine
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The whole place is really so gorgeous ^__^

Finally found Ghibli Museum and I cry every minute I accept the fact that we didn’t manage to get tickets the day before T_____T
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I think everyone knows that I’m a huge Studio Ghibli fan and have watched every film (except My Neighbors The Yamadas) and some of my favourites multiple times.
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The amazing rooftop garden with all the Laputa stuff T__T
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Totoro T___T
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Susuwatari T___T
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The décor was so elaborate everywhere and I’m still weeping over this tragedy.
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A glimpse of the Laputan robot T_T
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Straw Hat Café T__T and the special beer inside (that I wanted to buy to not drink) T___T
Saw people exiting with souvenirs and I remembered that I wanted to buy the Studio Ghibli collection box set if there’s one T___T OMG T______T
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The T______T mainly comes from only me because despite repeatedly asking Yuxuan to watch their films she only watched one so she doesn’t really feel the T____T. Good for her I guess… :(
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Even the bus stop sign spoil market.
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So we took a bus to Mitaka station.

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Circled the area FOR AN HOUR trying to look for a toilet.
It’s something I’m really not proud of. 有钱也不是这样花的 is our motivation to never waste time in Japan but then this toilet thing. Walau…
Found one with a bidet so it’s not that bad. The one below the station was kinda rundown and only had squats!!
After that, we realised we should’ve just tapped in because there are always toilets inside stations -___-
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Got this lemon, white peach & apple juice. Their large is our usual small :( It tastes quite nice except there’s way too much lemon :(

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Look at this cool stairs-climbing machine!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, abrupt ending to this post. Day 3 was a really badly-planned day, mainly because we didn’t get tickets to the museum and the itinerary had to be rearranged -___-
Next post would be all about us getting lost everywhere and finding really great dinner :)

Spring in Tokyo (Part 4): Tokyo Skytree

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Day 2 (continued)

It was 8pm when we were heading to Asakusa to see Tokyo Skytree because it was dark out and it’s lit, isn’t it??
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Look at the cute wiggly stair rail!
Transferred to Tobu Skytree line to get to Tokyo Skytree station.
Now, I think that was really dumb T_T because if we went into the observatory, all we’d see is darkness and little blotches of light, and if we stood outside, we wouldn’t have a good view of the tower. We should’ve gone to Asakusa instead!! There’d be more to see I presume.
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Yup, our point of view.
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It’s nice and all but… :'(
Didn’t go up because entrance fee was close to 3,000 yen per pax so we’re like NOPE.

The trip here would’ve been a total bummer if it weren’t for the shops in Tokyo Skytree Town!!
There were lots of toys everywhere and a Tomica Shop and…
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GUDETAMA CAFÉ!!!!!!!!
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Wanted to eat everything but Yuxuan didn’t even want to eat so we couldn’t buy a bunch to share.
I was quite full from the street food although we didn’t even eat much T_T why T_T But for Gudetama I grew another stomach!
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Sooooooooooooooo cute!!!!!! ^___^
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ぐでぼう! Egg stick was very oily and not super yummy la… But cute!!!
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ぐでむすび! It was delicious until I bit into a ball of mayonnaise T___T Why does everyone keep hiding mayonnaise everywhere T_T I hate mayonnaise!!!!
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Good time to use the Gudetama Line stickers ^___^

Lots of gashapon there too, so I got some Gudetama keychains. Was a little sad I couldn’t find the first series because I really liked the Gudetama man.


I fell in love the first time I heard this song after a Gudetama clip.
Anyway, I was a bad influence to Yuxuan and she spent a lot of money (more than I did) on toys. Every day.

Then we went back to the apartment.
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Can’t get enough of mosaic Astro Boy.
Eh????? We didn’t have supper that night??
Erm… well, this post was boring… Sorry :(
OMG found it!!!
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Got some oden from Family Mart! We found this place from aimlessly walking nearby our apartment late at night because 7-Eleven was sort of boring. There were Muji products and plants and cool stuff at this combini! :) Loved it!!!
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Anyway, the oden was delicious ^_^ Yuxuan was initially afraid of it. What??? -___- But she fell in love with it soon.

Ok, that’s all for now. Sorry it was still boring after the update lol…
Next post will be filled with pictures from a really beautiful relaxing stroll in a park and also a bunch of sadness that was inevitable ;__; yea…

Spring in Tokyo (Part 3): Ueno

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Day 2 (continued)

Reached Ueno! Hungry and looking for lunch at 2pm.
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Rad geta! I want to wear geta too!
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I was sure I had the name of the shop somewhere (photos or check-in) but I can’t find it now??? Ok it’s just across the station and has a huge steamy bowl of not-food at the entrance.
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The vending machine for ordering! So I went out to look at the menu and back in to read the buttons for about 10 times before we could choose what we want lol.
There’s also no chance to take photo of the cute little ticket every time because there will be a highly efficient staff ready to retrieve it and feed you ASAP.
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Everyone who says food in Japan is expensive, NO???? Lunch is usually below 500 yen!!
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Kakiage with udon! :D Forgot what it’s called on the menu. Explains why I had to take so long to order -___-
Pity the tempura got soggy really quick otherwise it would’ve been so tasty.

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Crossed back and ??? where is the zoo??? So I approached and asked a stranger while everyone was waiting for the green man. She told me the way there and then said my Japanese is good HAHAHAHAHA after that I don’t know how to reply. I think she changed her mind right then. The green man could’ve come sooner!!
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So while walking through Ueno Park (上野公園) we saw potted flowers on sale! Of course I wanted to bring home some sakura. But of course I didn’t want it to die and become a potted twig…
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Also cute bonsai! Ok we continued walking. Me to avoid heartbreak, Yuxuan to faster get to the zoo.
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Wanted to go to the temple because it’s so gorgeous!! Also, we haven’t gone to any yet. But animals first.
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It’s quite a long distance to the zoo, not that it bothers me. Ok, it bothered my calves and ankles because my calves were growing into cows and my ankles were just not used to intense usage…
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Nonetheless, walking amongst flowers makes walking around tenfolds better.
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Yay! We reached Ueno Zoo (恩賜上野動物園)!!!
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It was already nice before we stepped in. Because entrance tickets were only 600 yen. It’s free for children 12 and below. Can’t initiate educational zoo visits better than free entrance!! Public holidays it opens free for all. Amazing.
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Five-storey pagoda :)
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A swan lepaking under a sakura tree.
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Omg its leg is coming out from its back??
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Don’t know what kind of monster I am but I look at this and think of chicken wings…
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Not sure what our plan of route was but we missed the main section of the zoo (panda, tiger, gorilla, etc.) entirely. It closes at 5pm, and we had about 2 hours left T_T
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The sign said there’s another species of deer and I was hanging around waiting for it to emerge from who-knows-where. The other deer on the sign is a super fluffy one! Almost a yak!!
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Then there’s this bastard crow. I thought it was those non-parasitic friend kind of thing, like helping it to get bugs off its body and stuff like that…
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But no! That bastard crow was like plucking its fur off???? For what?? Bird nest ah???
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Then the deer was like sad.
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The video embedded below will have a snippet of the intense deer battle lol.
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Cutie pie magpie :) posed for me and all that and flew away only after I was done. Thanks bro!
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“Should I jump?”
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“When is someone going to bail me out?”
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“I guess… never.”
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Prairie dogs are so not dogs. They’re so rodent.

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Cool monorail thingy that had queues forever so… we’ll walk.
Omgosh imagine having this sort of things going around a country, any country, at slow speeds like sightseeing board-trains, kinda like land-cruises. That’d be so awesome!!!
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What… the birds have real estate.
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Such pretty birds.
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Sparrows so plump :)
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Omg pelicans killed me. They were just idling around and trying not to move as much as possible. The second from the left is the ultimate derp!!!! Hahahahaha :D
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Got some ice-cream and yummy ice-cream in almost ice-cream-temperature weather is bae.
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Crossed the road and suddenly there was a lady shouting a bunch of things in Japanese and gesturing us to move aside. The only thing I caught was “うま” and I was like horse? horse? what horse??? Then after a few minutes…
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OH HORSE!!
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:D

Walked to the Madagascan area and they had so many lemurs.
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KING JULIANS EVERYWHERE!!!!
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There was some pro photographer beside me and he pointed and said something something “こども” something “あそこ”. Japanese is awesome. I just needed keywords to comprehend. There’s a kid!!!!
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Sooooo precious!!
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Suddenly forgot how to reply. Wanted to say I saw it but I forgot how to. It was weird to say thank you also. Zzzz… So I just “うん!” and made positive-sounding sounds.
Then I moonwalked out of the scene…
Sorry man, I was really grateful for that because I hadn’t notice it and was about to walk away! So thank you so much!! and positive-sounding sounds. :)
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Is this a camellia?
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Whatever it is, it’s a beauty.
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Stumbled upon this and I was like whaaaattt!!!! I WANNA!!!! But it was not a part of the zoo. The fence says it all.
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And how amazing are cherry blossoms? They sprout from wherever they please!
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Walked back through the lemur land again…
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LOL a bunch of them were huddled together on a tightrope???
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And a few were having a relay race??? Hahahaha animals are so funny :D

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These flamingoes pretty much made my day.
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Also noticed that they were really pigmented.
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In Singapore, the flamingoes I recall were mostly closer to a pale pink machiam laksek. Not sure if different species or different age or just laksek.
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Ok that’s the video I have. Didn’t film much in the zoo.
Watch with the subtitles if you don’t understand why I find them so funny :) Omg the flamingoes.

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Tried to take a stealth shot of a super cute sleeping baby with rosy cheeks but it turned out so blur ;___;
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Armadillos are energetic as hell I didn’t have a single clear photo of them! And they’re darting about without purpose whatsoever hahahahaha :D They did remind me of cockroaches though, with a stiff back and tiny limbs scuttling about lol.
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If this isn’t a fruit bat I don’t know what is.
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It’s clutching a piece of fruit, if it’s not a fruit bat at least it’s fruit and bat.
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The giraffe is so cute!! But its enclosure is really small T_T
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And this is an okapi!! OMG I’ve never heard of an okapi before and it’s as cute as its name!!!!! It’s like a hybrid of giraffe and zebra.
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Don’t know if I go to a zoo to look at animals or plants -___-
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Falcon…? Sorry, I’m just guessing.
Then they were playing music and getting people to exit over PA. There was another exit closer to the end we were at so we left through that gate. Also because that’s the direction of the pond!! :D

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Street food galore!!!!!!
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Yakisoba!
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Wakaranai…
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Oden! Was tempted to get some but the vendor was smoking right there so nope.
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Got some yakitori :) Not bad. Tsukune was better than momo.
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Literally tako yaki. Like the octopus is getting grilled.
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Don’t know why it seemed so appealing but it was nice.
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Darn cool way to grill fish!!!! Was all set to video it but the vendor kinda gestured a no-photography-pls then I took a picture anyway. It’s too fascinating!!
People who were eating there just before the picture were sitting around the charcoal square. So campfire!!
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More yakitori.
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Dango! I still remember hearing 団子三兄弟 from way back when I was in Japan as a kid.
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Okonomiyaki!
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Toumorokoshi!
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Felt like buying but I didn’t. I’m kinda regretting not feasting non-stop while I was there.
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Takoyaki!! My appetite wasn’t its usual humongous while I was there. Dammit.
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Yakitori again.
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That shoulder made me miss the smoke shot! :(

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Google suggests that this might be Benten-do Temple (弁天堂) but I could be wrong.
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Found the boat pond of Shinobazu Pond (不忍池)!!!!!!!
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Don’t know how ticketing works and it seemed like it has closed.
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So I tried to ask a person. Of course I had no idea what he was trying to say. All I understood was that there was not enough time. BUT WHY WERE OTHERS ALLOWED TO JOIN THE QUEUE????
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So we’re just standing there and umm… what…. and then suddenly he said something something “15分” and I was like 15 minutes??? We can go for 15 minutes???!?!?! Don’t know how to say all that in Japanese so just said “OK!” and we got the tickets!!!!! :D
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Walau… if I understood from the start we probably would have 10 minutes more! T_T
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Hanami on water is so much better!!!
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I was all pro-rowboat but Yuxuan wanted the pedal boat and then I remembered I needed my hands for the cameras.
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Was gonna type some caption on Instagram and after typing “Boat” I was busy taking pictures and somehow a bunch of exclamation marks were typed and it posted on its own??? But LOL so I left it that way.
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After a while I started waving at strangers walking along the pond. Because you can’t do that in your home country… And there were people who waved back! :D Hahahaha :D One lady even paused walking to bow!!!!! :D kawaii :D
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Ueno is great <3
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Some petals falling :) Everything is so pretty I love it alllllllllllllllll!!!!
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Ok time to go back because they were closing.
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Pedalling to dock is so difficult!! Because when we had to leave, so did the whole pond! Knocked into many people and also had to bastardly push another boat away because we were trapped in the wrong section -___- sorry man…

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Awwww :)
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I want to live in Japan!!!! T___T
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Only person wearing more than 2 colours.
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See you, bae pond!

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No idea what this is but it looked delicious!!
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Asked them and I heard things like “豚” (pork) and “お好み焼き” (okonomiyaki) and I’m like ok!!
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Yum!!!!!!!!!
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K I honestly thought these were real crab meat!
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Then I got distracted by the next stall with ice shot glasses and candies??
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Then I went back to the crab sticks…
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It’s not crab lor…. It’s fish cake T___T #tiopian
I have snippets of these food in motion, by the way. I will edit the videos soon and upload on the last post of this trip.

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Walked back into the park and…
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Such a majestic Kiyomizu Kannon-do Temple (清水観音堂) before me!!! Framed with sakura and lanterns and all.
This is probably my favourite shot of the day. Although it’s like… blur…
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Ummm… night fell really suddenly???
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Ok, that circle tree. It’s circle. !!!!!!
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Confused, don’t know which hand, but chinchai…
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The view from the stage is really breathtaking. Even when it’s dark.
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This tree is really fascinating.
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Ok then we left and headed towards the station.
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Went into L’Ueno to use the toilet first.
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YESSSSS BIDET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Finally a bidet!! *takes selfie with bidet*
I used to despise it because I accidentally pressed a button while getting off the toilet bowl when I was a kid and a jet of hot water just shot my ass and it was boiling or something OMG. I love it now. It’s genius.
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Had to eat cakes in Japan!! Ginza Cozy Corner was right there and they had sakura specials :)
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Yuxuan’s strawberry mille crepe! Yummy!!
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My sakura shortcake. Maybe that’s not its name but it sounds about right lol. Yummy!!! Prefer this because I love sponge cake :) There’s also a layer of mochi and it gave the cake really interesting flavour :)
On hindsight, I should’ve eaten a slice of cake after every meal. T_T

Ok then we took a train to Asakusa and that will be in the next post because it’s 5am now and I need to sleep lol.

Spring in Tokyo (Part 2): Chiyoda

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Day 2

I woke up early and it was so cold. So while I was getting ready, I thought of taking a soak in the tiny ofuro because I was up so early. It was very shiok but I came out after a while and Yuxuan was like what were you doing? What T_T I thought you were still sleeping what T_T
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Combini breakfast from the 7-Eleven just below our apartment.
Hojicha and karaage and yakionigiri and I had to give Yuxuan the egg one because mid-eating I encountered a mass of mayonnaise :( Onigiri was yummy though, even the one I couldn’t eat.

Then we made our way to Tokyo station! :)
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Grand ceiling caught my eye the moment I stepped out. You have to see it in person because this picture is so cropped even at 18mm. Also only realised there was a netting when I zoomed in on my computer.
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Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building. Gorgeous!!!!!!!
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Bicycle lanes that the whole world ought to adopt.

So we were heading towards the Imperial Palace Plaza (皇居前広場). The map wasn’t of much help but there were signs guiding us along. The signs were huge too.
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Halfway through, the signs will disappear. But all you need to do is follow tourists (they are easy to spot).
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Somewhere around here on, I started to not know where exactly I was because everything and everywhere was so pretty.
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We weren’t even there yet but wow, anything could be the Imperial Palace.
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Sakura everywhere!
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A lot of backlight and I don’t know how to make it better without reflectors or anything :(
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*starts building home under tree*
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Took a selfie, looked like a drag. Selfie workshop somebody please…
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If I lived in Japan, I’d probably jog too. But all of them were looking down at their phones. Jaded by sakura???
Then we moved on because I was spending too much time without having reached the destination.

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Thank god we moved on because I fell in love with one tree.
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I gazed so long in awe of such beauty.
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;___;
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Same tree. Can’t get enough.
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It’s a forbidden love. They had a fence around this garden just like a chastity belt.
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Don’t go sightseeing with me if you can’t stare at just one thing for long. Coming from someone with short attention span lol.
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Took a selfie. Petal on my chin.

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Ok I started walking again.
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Cute stuff! Want to study horticulture now.
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Don’t know where I am…
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This could be Nijubashi Bridge (二重橋) according to the map. Who knows? Google does. Let me Google it.
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Erm… Looks like half of it. Anyway, it was a dead end so we went to look for Otemon Gate (大手門).
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I gave up reading maps because I discovered I had no flair for it. I preferred asking people and letting them point while rapping in Japanese I only partially understand, then thank them and walk towards where they pointed.
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Otemon gate really means big hand.
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I want to wear kimono too!! But money!!!!!
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Here it is! From the inside… and construction works all around it.
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Not sure where I was, but it’s highly likely the Imperial Palace East Garden (東御苑). LOL touring or losting?
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I really wished I hadn’t planned the itinerary so ambitiously because I wanted to spend a full day on this patch of grass but we were already behind time -___-
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That suit guy is always in the frame. Photobomb goals!!!
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I’ve told some people that I hope that one day I can follow a family around a theme park and keep appearing in their photos with the same face. Not in the form of a ghost la. Also hope that they’d send me all their photos LOL :D
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This was a stupid thing to do, especially with knit on. Yuxuan started saying omg Casia you become hay Casia T_T It was enjoyable while it lasted.
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Why can others do it without becoming hay :(
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Can’t read this but all it leads to is just an elevated rest area.
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Very nice view but if you actually rested on the benches in the centre, you get to see sky is all.
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Drowning in sakura because they are everywhere.
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So pretty everywhere :)
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Don’t know what this is but the mosaic is ultra neat!!!
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Kita-Hanebashimon Gate (北桔橋門) was for exiting and ??? we thought we were lost ??? so we turned back around.
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Wanted to take a panda selfie amongst these bamboo but the area was sort of crowded and it would’ve been awkward.
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Then we realised that we weren’t lost and we were supposed to exit so we walked back there again. At least we got to see more pretty flowers :)
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#ootw #outfitonthewall because the wall looked really nice but unclimbable. Also check out my calf muscle (it was only day 2 T_T)! It was transitioning from a calf (leg) to a calf (cow). Can you not…

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Walking towards Kitanomaru Park (北の丸公園) and Chidorigafuchi (千鳥ヶ淵).
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We were very behind time – it was about noon and we had plans for Ueno and Asakusa on the same day!! So we chose to visit Chidorigafuchi out of the two adjacent places.
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Here we were rushing around (in a stroll) because our days in Tokyo were numbered and then there’s this man leisurely painting the scenery. I need to learn to paint too, to prepare for future awesome retirement.
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Climbed a hilly terrain of sorts with some difficulty because it’s steep and rooty. Also saw elderly walking around like it’s nothing.
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Why are we opposite Chidorigafuchi???
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Beautiful but far T_T
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Yuxuan was worried we wouldn’t have time for Ueno if we continued trudging without a guaranteed route so we turned back.
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Walked and asked for directions to the nearest station and took a train to Ueno from Takebashi station.

We were also rather hungry by then. Have I mentioned I constantly disregarded time and had to have Yuxuan remind me about lunch and dinner?? I know right. How unlikely when all people think of me is food.
Next post will be about Ueno. Can’t carry on here yet because I’ve not made any videos and I really want to put the LOL flamingoes in the same post :) Will do soon!! Stay tuned :D

Spring in Tokyo (Part 1): Meguro & Shibuya

Yes, I’m going to blog in parts (finally) because I have to – 8 days and 1,000 pictures (after deleting hundreds). All my pictures are up on Flickr and for once, #casiaintokyo is quite useless because 1) I had a hard time connecting my phone to FlashAir and 2) Why would I want to use my phone when I’m in Japan with so much more things to see?

Day 1

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Flew on Delta Air because round trip tickets were $623 a.k.a cheapest direct flight to Narita on a full service carrier, which was also cheaper than low cost carriers. TAKE.
Actually, there was this SQ promotion going at $700 but the travelling period ends just one day before we intend to depart. T_T
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Scrambled eggs for breakfast.

(image stolen from Yuxuan)
Travelled with Yuxuan and I had to plan the whole itinerary because I read a lot about Tokyo (and Japan in general) and she doesn’t know a thing other than Hachiko. My bucket list has things like going on some African safari tour and climbing Mt. Everest, and hers is like see Hachiko. ;___; Am I being too unrealistic ;___; of course not…
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THIS JNTO TRAVEL GUIDE FOR TOKYO was a total life saver because it has maps and descriptions and it’s all in English! Loosely followed it because WHERE GOT TIME??? I totally underestimated the time we needed and I was so ambitious thinking we could hop about 3 areas a day comfortably. As if T___T

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Touched down and omg sakura omg sakura!! It’s like that in most places – forest forest forest sakura forest.
The pilot then casually announced that we had to park at a deserted area and take a shuttle bus to the immigration area HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA DESERTED.

(image stolen from Yuxuan)
Anyway, it was raining when we landed and my eyes also started to rain because the weather forecast for the week was mostly rain.
Panicked when I found out my Olympus PEN had locked my SD card and I have no idea how to salvage it. Luckily, I brought an extra SD card and that it was my secondary camera lol.

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Bought a N’EX Tokyo round trip ticket because 4,000 yen (S$45) for a direct train to Shibuya with luggage space and guaranteed seats is so worth it.
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Taking trains turned out more complicated than I thought would be because I have no idea what the ticket is saying lol. God bless station masters.
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The Narita Express was awesome!!! Too crowded at boarding for me to take clear pictures of the luggage area but the locking system is genius! Seats were so spacious and all… and windows were huge and clear :D Except I didn’t sit by the window ;__;
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Many blurry photographs were taken.
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It was going fast and I had to zoom in, so motion blur is inevitable :'(
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I got so excited whenever I saw cherry blossoms amongst the other foliage.
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Although pictures mostly turned out like that.
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Shibuya the moment we stepped out of the Hachiko exit.

(image stolen from Yuxuan)
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The Hachiko bus is so cute!!!
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This is how dark 6pm in Tokyo is. What!?!! Singapore turns this dark at about 8pm!!
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I love this mosaic Astro Boy! Good thing I got to see it twice every day :)

(image stolen from Yuxuan) (I should get a new hairstyle)
Got to our Airbnb apartment. (Ya, sign up through this link and you can get S$34 credits, which I didn’t have because I signed up without referral zzz)
I am 160cm tall. I have friends who probably can’t stand up in this apartment… The room was unexpectedly tiny but it suffices. Perhaps it’s a standard Tokyo-sized room but I wouldn’t know. The owner was really helpful though! Free pocket Wi-Fi was provided too :D
Headed out after leaving our luggage and reoutfitting for the weather, which was about an awesome 10°C.
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The ever so popular Shibuya scramble crossing. Bad angle but whatever. I don’t understand why it’s only this one that’s super popular because scramble crossings are sort of everywhere! I love it plenty because waiting twice to cross diagonally is so pointless :)

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Bought a registered Suica from the machine!! You can buy it from a ticket machine (in English) without talking to anyone and you can put your name on it (My Suica) :D Forgoing the 500 yen deposit to keep this card with a 10-year validity is a complete duh. Just found out about ic Card Wear for you to vamp up your transport passes and LOL at The Last Supper Suica hahahaha!!
I’m still waiting for the world to embrace mascots like the Japanese do because they’re super cute and a great avenue to earn money from people like me…
By the way, if you’re not travelling out of Tokyo, don’t splurge on the unlimited access JR East Pass that’s supposedly affordable, because it only is when you travel across cities. I charged only 6,000 yen (S$68) in total on my IC cards for my 8-day transport and some convenience store purchases.
Also noticed that many stations leave their gates open, so that it hastens the traffic flow during rush hours, but NOBODY ever tries to sneak a free ride or anything. Amazing.

Disclaimer: I take better pictures than these. Wait for the next post.

Took the JR Yamanote line to Meguro station. I had no idea it would be this dark so early in the evening but we went ahead with the planned hanami (cherry blossom viewing) anyway.
I was so afraid all the sakura would be gone because we were there 1 – 8 April, which is the usual full bloom week, but this year it came early on 29 March!! T___T What if everything is on the floor T___T
Getting out of the station and looking at the area map was no help. So I went and asked a security guard nearby for directions to Meguro River (目黒川) and followed it. We walked for maybe 20 minutes and kept doubting the accuracy of our route the whole time!

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But yo!!!!!! Lanterns and sakura and WATER! It means we’re at the river hahahahaha!
The area with more life is actually nearer to Nakameguro station. We should’ve alighted there instead T_T
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The lanterns read “Meguro River Sakura Festival”.
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Uhh… what festival? There was hardly anyone there to see sakura (at 7pm you really can’t see much with so little light) and people were using the pathways as a medium for crossing from one end to the other.
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I think she was way sian because the whole time I looked like:
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All my pictures were blurry because it’s really very dark.
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I have no tripod nor shutter release and I was shivering like mad when it was about 8pm.
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Upper body was frozen despite 3 layers of tops…
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The lighting wasn’t helping.
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The wind wasn’t helping either.

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Breathtaking even in the dark and photos don’t turn out well.
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I wasn’t kidding about the wind. Look how much the branches shook!
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I thought this was bad.
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Then this happened.
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Oh ya, this was what I was afraid of seeing. But it wasn’t so bad because the trees were still in bloom :)
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This is how dark it was.
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This is perhaps the brightest picture of me at Meguro River but I look like I’m scared of heights standing on this ledge and am trying to keep my cool so you wouldn’t know.
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Then I’m happy again to be closer to the ground.
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Also found out I have very bad posture.
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And I’m capable of vanishing.
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Could’ve been an #ootd but it’s too dark and you wouldn’t know what I was wearing.

If you’re wondering why I stole so many photos of us from Yuxuan, it’s because I suck at selfies.
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When I tried, I looked like I was in prison.
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When I tried again, I looked like photobombed my own picture to annoy myself. ???
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So Yuxuan is the selfie master. But I don’t know whether it’s my camera or her that makes my photos very blur when I’m in the frame.
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I took this.
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Then I got in and it became like that.
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It was also raining and the temperature was maybe 2°C so my fingers and nose were numb and frozen.

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We probably trudged for an hour and were nowhere near Nakameguro.
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We nearly gave up and walked back, but we kept walking straight down, without being sure that we were walking towards the right direction.
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We were quite yolo in that aspect.
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Anyway, Yuxuan has a wonderful sense of direction, which also made me realise that my body-compass is spoiled and I’m now worried for my globetrotting dream lol.

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Went through a beautiful tunnel seeking some warmth but NOPE, cold as ever :'(
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Look at all the petals on the river!!!!
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Was trying to teach Yuxuan how to say “excuse me” in Japanese. So she kept repeating “sumimasen” quite loudly zzz… Then a passerby suddenly stopped in his tracks, and very seriously responded: “hai!” and I just about died HAHAHAHAHAHA!! At that state I couldn’t think of words to string together so both of us were just waving it off and apologising LOL :D
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Don’t know how many kilometres we walked but we still weren’t there yet.
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Lesson: It’s easier to transfer trains at Ebisu station than walk along an endless river in the cold without gloves.

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Yes rain, go ahead and ruin my lens because lens flare is awesome (I don’t even know if I’m being sarcastic or not because dammit lens flare and woohooo lens flare).
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YAY WE FINALLY REACHED. STARVED AND COLD AND TIRED LOL.

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My Chinese is really bad but is that xiao long bao???? I love xiao long bao man.
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Love thunderbolt? What????
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Thunder stand??? Ok, seriously, can someone explain these lanterns to me??
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Anyway, it was so much brighter and livelier here, I totally regret alighting at Meguro station. Please learn from my mistake.
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Even my pictures are so much less blurry here!
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It was 9pm when we found civilisation.
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Of course we were famished!!!
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Went around assessing places to dine at.
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Spoilt for choice, much unlike a few hours before where it was barren everywhere.
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Settled for ramen at Ittetsu because it was too cold to continue looking for anything else and Yuxuan wanted to eat ramen.
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Ordered from a vending machine!! Really difficult because I took like 10 minutes to read and match the menu to the buttons before we can finally order… Gave the ticket to the guy and because there are options for noodles and stuff, I had to try to understand what he was saying with gestures.
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Some normal ramen with ajitama. It was delicious, especially when I mixed in the red stuff (near the eggs)(I think it was some onion concoction) with the broth. Chashu was thickly sliced and quite fat. The little shop had us and 2 others for customers, and it was so yummy. I wonder what those of stalls with very long queues taste like!!
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Frankly, I really didn’t want to have ramen for my first meal in Japan because it’s so typical. Everyone thinks Japan is all about ramen. No, Japan has so much more. In fact, ramen was borrowed from China and as with many other foods, Japan made it its own. It’s ok.
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HAHAHAHA this is a shellfie. Please laugh. I’m still laughing at this 17 days after this joke. HAHAHAHA :D
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Walked back to Ginza Taiyaki Sakuraya, which we passed by while looking for our dinner. They didn’t have red bean taiyaki anymore T_T so we got a custard taiyaki. The batter was nice but the filling was too creamy for my liking. Yuxuan said it was nice though. I think she did.

Then we headed to Nakameguro station because it was getting quite late. Guess what? There was a direct train between Nakameguro and Shibuya!!!!!! T_______T If we didn’t spend 1 or 2 hours walking from Meguro station, we probably would have time to explore Ebisu too!! T___T I’m so sorry…

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At Shibuya station, we saw this giant wall mural of a cat. A REAL FURRY 3D CAT!!!
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As if that wasn’t cute enough, a man who was sitting beside it (I thought he was just a random person sitting around) stood up and STARTED BRUSHING ITS FUR WITH A HAIRBRUSH!
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IT IS SO CUTE!!!!!! BRUSHING YOUR ADVERTISEMENT!!!!
He very proudly announced “He is my friends.” How much cuter can this get :D
Of course, it belonged to Yamato Transport because black cat. They had many advertisements in trains and stations and they’re all so cute!
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#magnesia

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Also saw a stylish old man with a kick-ass jacket. Honestly, he was the only other person in Shibuya who isn’t confined to beige, navy and black.
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That is me on the morning of day 2 at the scramble crossing, the only person in colour.
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Hachiko is still waiting for his owner.
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Statues being cute as heck.
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This one especially.

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Walked around, with most malls closed but lots of eateries bustling with life.
There’s a pharmacy that was like Smile Everyday and it was so funny every time we walked into it. My favourite toothpaste (Ora2 peach leaf mint) was like S$3 there and S$7 in Singapore. I bought 3 tubes lol.
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There’s a club called Gaspanic and Yuxuan bursts out laughing at it every time we pass it. Walau, what if it was named after the Nazi massacre of the Jews? HAHAHAHA there were also some drunkards here and there when it’s late.
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Found Don Quixote and omg they have everything. I saw packs of Shiroi Koibito for super cheap, about 500 yen per box and I was going to buy it closer to departure because they have expiry dates. When we came back days later, they were gone!!!!! I even asked the shopkeeper and he said they don’t have them. How do people live life with no regrets????
It’s a very interesting store, and the toys section at the 3rd floor was awesome, but I didn’t get anything except 2 Tomicas. Luckily I didn’t because I’d have ran out of money before the last day.
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One of them is not real.
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End of Day 1. Sorry for a post loaded with bad pictures T_T
Stay tuned for Part 2, which will have nicer sakura. And maybe animals and street food.

Ito-Kacho

No man, I didn’t go to Ito-Kacho for yakiniku :( I went there for a $30 lunch bento because I was hungry and it looked good. I entered minutes before lunchtime ended and took a long time to eat the huge ass filling meal. I think that’s why the staff were somewhat unwilling to serve me or something.
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Salad. Lotus root chips yum.
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Chawanmushi but with some starchy stuff on top. Not bad actually, but the camera can’t focus on it lol.
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That’s right. Tori karaage!!!! Tempura!!!!!! WAGYU BEEF!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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YUM!
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YUM!! Prawns + shiitake mushroom + onion! The onion is surprisingly really good, although I’ve not seen it being tempura-ed before.
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YUM!!! This was mildly spicy but goes really well with the rice! The rice was kinda strange, actually. It was hard and like… wrong. But the dishes made my $30 totally well spent. Non-beefers can opt for kurobuta too!
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Miso soup was almost cold by the time I finished everything and got to it. Quite ordinary.
I’d love to return for yakiniku someday!! Hopefully someone pays for me… I glanced through the beef pages on the menu super quickly because I didn’t want to look at the prices. It cannot be affordable for peasants in any way looking at the marbling on the images.

Went out with Yuxuan the day after. Brought her to Ootoya!! -___- I’m sorry I can’t part with this place. It’s like an oasis in Sahara. HAHAHAHAHA Sahara. That was how Yuxuan completely misspelled “hahaha” :D
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Chawanmushi photo for the nth time.
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I think I don’t glorify their miso soup enough. There are so many ingredients in the miso soup it’s pretty much the most flavourful one I’ve had in Singapore.
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Oyako jyu. Again. I eat this too much. Just not enough to make me sick of it. I don’t think I ever will be sick of it. It’s too perfect.

Right after that, she was still hungry and so we headed to Sunday Folks to satisfy her cravings. I think I make her sound rather pregnant. She isn’t. Unless… *gasp* jk
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Usual roasted pistachio ice-cream.
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Just for once, not in a cone. They changed it to one that tasted not better than the one I love. Tell me if I’m wrong T_T I really enjoyed the cones T_T

Then we went to Orchard for fun. I must’ve looked a sight dressed in my jinbei and flip flops but who cares? I love it. At Muji, we found these bean bags made of figurative gold. However you plant yourself on it, it cannot be uncomfortable. Sat there for a good 15 minutes or so. I want it :(
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Dinner was some takoyaki from Wow Tako. Let’s just say it was far from wow. Especially when it’s to do with the tako. The first ball, was EMPTY. Then I had another to confirm that the first was really empty and not just small. The ones that had tako was disappointing. Puny. I don’t even want to talk about the batter man. Should have taken it as a cue to not order when they weren’t even actively making any balls, having a few stacked up ready to serve (cold).


Ducky!!!


Hakata Men-Oh Ramen (Isetan Scotts Supermarket) for lunch.
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$10 only but more delicious than several raved-about ramens which are easily 1.5x its price. The broth is very rich and fat but not so fat that I’d be repulsed.
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Picked this box of Kumamon Castella up at the Kyushu fair because I love Kumamon and I love Castella cake :)
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Out of the three flavours, custard is the nicest. Anko made it taste like mini dorayaki.

Then I met Joe to pass him his birthday gift, which he pestered me non-stop for. Making this really hurts my fingers because hello 1,000 knots or something.

Spent so long making this for him, who demanded it full of beads, as a birthday gift in exchange for I DON’T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT but he gave me a tie-dye bag. I honestly wish I didn’t say ok to his request. Some people are willing to pay me to help them wrap theirs but I declined. One of the biggest regrets of my life.
Then I showed him the said bean bags and we brazenly sat there for more than an hour chatting.

For dinner, I went to Wala Wala to listen to Randolf Arriola and eat the wings I’ve not had for a long time.

Every time I go there on Fridays, the crowds just talk really loudly and drown out Randolf Arriola. Sian. Should have left after the 1st set.


Chicken pepper rice at Pepper Lunch. Last time I had one was more than a year ago!! :O

By the way, scheduled posts are awesome.