Day 1 in Japan: Arriving in Japan & Eating Yakitori!

Posted on 11-01-2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

We’re in Japan!  Landing in the airport felt so surreal, like 9hrs of flying time finally resulted in something!  I slept a lot on the trip, but not as well as I did on the way to Korea which was at night.  It felt a bit wrong to sleep during the day for this trip but I was exhausted anyway from waking up so early to get to the airport.

Unfortunately Bryan and I couldn’t get a wifi dongle online prior to the trip — and we didn’t want to spend like $90 each for a wifi dongle at Japan airport, so we decided to go without portable wifi for the first few days.  So far we have survived!  I was recommended a free wifi app, which occasionally works, but it’s the offline maps (maps.me in the App Store) that really impress me as you just DL them and the gps will still help you determine a route even without Internet.

We are staying at Hotel Horidome, so we had to take the Kesei Skyliner to Ueno, then walk to the Ueno station on the Hibiya line.  It’s important to know which line you are on or planning to go to, because not all of them are the same.  The Skyliner is very comfy, lots of leg room and a place to put luggage.

At Ueno, we took the train to Kodemmacho station.  Luckily, the time we arrived was not busy, and there was space on the train to put our bags :D  We got a bit confused about where to exit the station and get to the hotel though— it was a short walk away but we had no idea which direction.  Bryan asked one of the station officers where to go, it is actually not that hard to get through what you want in English, as long as you can point to a map or something.  They are so helpful here!  Even with the officer’s help, we got a bit lost and had to ask a random on the street for help.  She even went as far as to knock on the door of some restaurant to ask for directions for us!  So kind.

(To get to Hotel Horidome: At Kodemmacho station, take Exit 1 and walk up the stairs.  Turn left, then turn left again when you reach the lights/corner where there is a restaurant with cats on the window!  Hotel Horidome will be on your right after a few mins of walking.)

They led us in the right direction and we made it to the hotel, which is clean but absolutely tiny. It’s not so hard to stay here though because everything is ~just~ big enough.  Like the absolute bare minimum of what you could consider liveable.  But it is also a great price for a nice, clean place with a good location (I think it was around $50 a night for 2 ppl).

These aren't my photos of Hotel Horidome but this is basically how our room looked except ours was even more cramped than this!

These aren’t my photos of Hotel Horidome but this is basically how our room looked except ours was even smaller than this!

Despite the size of the Hotel, it is a really good location imo, especially for a few days of exploring around the Tokyo area!  The Hibiya line connects to both Akihabara (1 stop away) and Ginza, which is great, and it isn’t far to Tokyo station from Ginza either.  It is also right next door to a Family Mart convenience store.

After getting settled, we headed out to look around the nearby restaurants for dinner.  It is a business district, so it is quite quiet compared to the rest of Tokyo.  We stumbled upon a yakitori (chicken skewer) place with little booths.

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They had an English menu and I liked the atmosphere!  Bryan ordered a bunch of weird skewers, including chicken liver – I tried being adventurous and took a bite of it, but it almost made me throw up because of the texture (the ones on the top right) LOL.

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Highlights were the tea rice soup thing (not pictured, too hungry – ate it before I took out the camera) and the karaage (on the left).  Yum.


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Japan Travel Series 2015: I’m In Japan!

Posted on 10-01-2016 | Tags: , , , , , ,

Note: Hi guys, I am finally back from Japan!  So the next few posts will be about my trip – some of them I blogged straight from Japan so they are very detailed and in first person, but others I had to write post-trip because I was so exhausted each day!  I hope you guys enjoy the series.  Apologies for the phone pics in this post!  I promise I took some better quality pics later on

I’m in Japan!  Well, not quite yet as I begin writing this — I’m currently on the 9 hour flight to Japan after completing the 1 hour connecting flight to Sydney.

#01 of Plane Boredom: I figure that since I have some time to kill, I might as well blog offline a little so I don’t actually forget to!  Sorry for the crap pics, I haven’t had a chance to bring out my camera yet.

First the planning stage — I very thoroughly planned this trip since I have been on holidays for a bit after my Summer unit finished!  What initially began as a loose itinerary became a 48-page document LOL.  Mainly because it is full of maps and train info, just in case we can’t get wifi over there (spoiler: we didn’t get wifi there HAHA).  I will let you guys know if we actually stuck to it though haha.  If so I may upload it here as a resource or something.

The trip to Sydney wasn’t bad.  We came to Melbourne airport like 3 hours early (our flight was at 6am) and didn’t know where to go to check in, so we waited for like 2 hours for the service desk to open at the International Terminal (because we thought they handle international luggage), only to realise that we were supposed to check in at the Domestic (which we thought wasn’t open ’til 5am). Actually, the Domestic Qantas area has a specific “Connecting Flights” terminal that you have check-in at.  But it’s okay, we got a mini-sub from Subway while we waited and got to speak to this nice English couple heading to NZ while we waited.

Things flowed smoothly from there, I took my favourite Travel Sickness tablets (Kwells) and we got brekky on the plane — a ham and cheese croissant which looked a little squished but was actually very yummy because it was heated up and melted inside.

When we landed in Sydney, Bryan and I were both worried about the fact that we would have to take a bus from the Sydney Domestic Airport to the International airport within 2 hours… But it was very easy as they told us the gate to go to (Gate 15) and we just had to present our International boarding passes to go through for free.  However, not everyone got a seat and some people had to stand.  It’s not that long a trip by bus but this might be annoying for people with large suitcases to carry.

Bry and I in Sydney!Bry and I in Sydney (with my no-makeup face)

Now I am on the flight to Japan via Japan Airlines.  LOL it’s crazy though, we’re not even in Japan yet and I feel a bit xcited that the airline staff are like doing the whole Japanese greeting thing.  I also realised how scary it is that neither of us know any Japanese, I did look up a few basic language things but they all speak so quickly that I can only get bits and pieces of understanding here and there, if that.

Anyway, the food on this airline is pretty nice!  I chose the creamy chicken dish, which I preferred over Bryan’s beef curry but he liked the curry more :P  They are so generous with their meals!  I didn’t like the fish or the little white chocolate cake very much though.

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#02 of Plane Boredom: We flew over the Great Barrier Reef!  It looks so pretty and sunny down there, but right now we are flying in some ridiculously  bright place so I have closed my window.
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#03 of Plane Boredom: Man, like 2 hours of flight time left and my butt is aching from sitting for so long.  A quick tip is to fold the blanket they provide and place it on the seat for a bit of cushioning.  I slept for most of the trip — every time I tried to watch the Attack on Titan live action, I fell asleep.  It doesn’t follow the proper story at all, hurr.  I don’t think I have the patience to watch stuff in-flight, I’d rather just try to sleep I guess.

The plane is pretty noisy compared to the SG Airlines one we took to Korea — but that may be because my seat is closer to like the noisy plane components or something.  It is also very hot in here and I didn’t prepare for that at all because I thought most planes were cold.  I would suggest wearing a t-shirt underneath your warm clothes to prepare.

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Anyway, that’s all I will say in this post for now.  I’ll probs blog about actually landing in Japan in another post with actual pictures.


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Korean Beauty Haul 2015

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My website is finally back up again, and I have changed my webhost so hopefully I don’t have any problems this time

So, you guys know I love Korean makeup and skin care – last time I did a Korean beauty haul post, I went absolutely crazy with the purchases.  I actually had some Korean won left over from my trip in 2013, so my friends Calene and David kindly offered to spend it for me on their trip to Korea (especially since I have no idea when/if I’ll be going back :().  So huge thanks to them for running around Korea for me!

I’ve only included the Korean branded products in this haul, I’ll be doing a MAC lipstick mini-haul and review later, along with reviews or first impressions of each of these (and hopefully a video LOL) :D  Now onto the products!

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When I poured out all the products onto my bed upon first opening, I was immediately drawn to how beautiful the packaging was on this!  I actually had no idea that Mamonde was having a limited edition version of their Cover Powder Cushion, but I’m really happy that they were because this is probably my favourite product of the haul, purely based on visuals alone.  IRL it looks even prettier because it’s kind of shimmery, PLUS it came with an extra cushion!

This is the Mamonde x Marymond limited edition version of the cover powder cushion, in shade 23 Natural Beige.  More info & swatches will be in my review next time.

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If you guys have seen my terribly outdated skincare routine video (please don’t watch me overwork my skin LOL I’ve drastically changed my routine now) – I raved a little about the Etude House Mascara Cleaner.  Well the packaging has certainly changed since 2013 and it now has a grey lid – but I’m hoping the product is the same (or better – if they can make it so that it doesn’t sting the eyes)!

The Dr. Mascara Fixer has been pretty raved about online so I had to try it!  This is the Perfect Lash version (pink/red) – there is also a lengthening one which I will probably purchase online, if I love this one.

Daydreamt-Wonderpore-02Last time I went to Korea, my friends both Calene and Jess purchased huge bottles of the Etude House Wonder Pore Freshener, and at that time I didn’t buy it because I had already gone ridiculously over budget.  But I finally get to try it now!  I am notoriously bad about being consistent with my use of toner/essence so we will see how this goes.

(P.S. I super love how this photo turned out because the Wonder Pore looks so glossy and like it could pop out of the screen, but that might just be me LOL)

I received the Skin Food Green Gram Cleansing Foam as a gift from David’s family friend in 2013, and I had no idea that I would love it as much as I do now.  IMO the Green Gram Cleansing Foam is far better than the Egg Pore one, so I was so sad to hear that it has been discontinued!

Luckily, Calene and David found it in a pack thing with the (I’m guessing, new?  ’cause I saw a CF on Youtube) Andes Salt 0.9 Moist Essence & Cream.  I was in a very yolo mood so they bought it for me, even though it was quite a bit more expensive than the Cleansing Foam alone – so we will see how my skin fairs with the 0.9 set (so far so good though).

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I have reviewed the Etude House Cookie Blush before – and later decided I liked it, so I am now the owner of the same blush in a peachy shade (#10).  Hopefully this doesn’t make me look too yellow-y!

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I’ve purchased a 3CE lipstick before and thought the colour was very pigmented so I wanted to give their new line a try!  This is the 3CE Lip Colour in Tell the Truth.  A pink lippie with an orangey undertone.

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I can’t get enough of trying out new primers and this one was really intriguing because it claims to be able to be used on it’s own OR with other makeup.  I’ve read some good things about this so I’m excited to give it a go!

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Too Cool For School has yet to impress me, but after seeing everyone rave about Artclass by Rodin, I really wanted to try it, especially since my Urban Decay Naked Flushed contour has hit pan.  Swatches soon!

That’s all for my Korean beauty haul.  I have a heap more pics but they will be in the individual product reviews/impressions posts.


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The Cleaning Bug

Posted on 19-07-2015

Hi guys!  Long time no post.  It’s almost the end of the holidays, which kills me :(  I’ve had a semi-productive holiday but there were a few things I wanted to get done, which I couldn’t.  Sometimes I feel completely lazy, but at times I have a sudden bout of productiveness.

What I did:

  • Went to Calene’s birthday
  • Caught up with Nelsonville and played board games
  • Cleaned my room!!
  • Caught up with Jenn and Simone
  • Went to a work networking function – successfully drove to St. Kilda by myself and made a few connections on LinkedIn LOL but still need to improve my conversation skills hurr
  • Used my $10 Kikki-K voucher on new highlighters and, instead of buying new pens, I found a heap of them by cleaning up the mess that was my room hahaha
  • Cooked stuff with Kaffie
  • Bought a Touche Eclat.  It’s okay, but definitely not enough coverage for my huge bags

 

To Do:

  • Finish coding and writing my portfolio website
  • Paint my dresser white
  • Paint the inside of my wardrobe white
  • Finish organising my clothes
  • Buy a new SD card so that I can get back on the Youtube train
  • Buy a new lamp
  • Buy a new black handbag (one that is work appropriate – but I’m picky so it has to be saffiano leather, mid-size and under $300 LOL)
  • Apply for clerkships/vac programs… maybe
  • Read ahead for uni LOL (yeah right)

Recently, the biggest productive thing I did was totally clean my room.  It took a whole day just to sort out the junk from the good stuff, but I feel so much better having everything clean now.

I even washed all my makeup brushes and hung them in my new brush holder thing I got from CoTD.  I want to buy some Muuji draws because Xian has some and they seem to work well, but I’m a bit cheapo so idk if I really will LOL.  My dresser is okay for storing my current makeup collection, especially because I just hauled a lot of my rubbish makeup out.  I’m a bit of a hoarder, so I had kept a lot of my old makeup, even though I never touch them.

I finally let go and it feels great!


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I’m going to Japan!

Posted on 25-05-2015 | Tags: , , , ,

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Hey guys, I kind of forgot about posting about this, but then I was trying to make Daydreamt a mobile site (I ended up just using a WordPress plug-in because I’m lazy) and I stumbled upon this post about my friends hilarious misfortune. Omg. So funny. ANYWAY.

It inspired me to talk a bit more about my upcoming trip! As you may have guessed from the title – I’m going to Japan at the end of the year :D  Cue the embarrassing power point slide for the trip plan… courtesy of Bryan.

I’ll be going with Bryan’s family, but a few of my friends will also be there at the same time as us, so we might catch up with them a bit.  This will be my second trip overseas ever.

I’ve always wanted to go to Japan but honestly I was very reluctant to go on this trip, because traveling isn’t cheap and I have been trying to save money… but I suppose now is the time to go, since I don’t have full time work or anything.

You guys know that I am a crazy obsessive planner.  Like, I go all out when it comes to planning things I’m interested in… not only do I stalk hundreds of Youtube videos and blogs but I stalk the products, I stalk the street style.  I’ve even been trying to learn some Japanese through a few iPhone apps, like I did for the trip to Korea.  I find that there is nothing that helps you learn a language more than the pressure of a trip LOL.  I’m still noob though, I don’t really have time to learn at the moment because of uni exams.

It’s been a little easier planning for Japan, compared to Korea, because I know a few people who have gone multiple times (i.e. Matt, Kenneth & Reuben).  I’m still gathering products on my to-buy list but I definitely will not go as crazy as I did for Korea since the AUD is low.

So, what have I planned this time?

I’ve made a power point presentation with the days and activities I want to do in Japan.  For our 18 day trip, we will be in Tokyo, then visiting Osaka for a week, then back to Tokyo.  Unlike Korea, I haven’t got many “top” things I want to do in Japan because I think everything will be interesting and I’m not going to be as shopping-centric about this trip LOL.

I suppose my top things this time are:

  • Visit Harajuku on a Sunday
  • Eat Kobe beef
  • Use the vending machines
  • Go to Akihabara for the anime/manga
  • Shop Dolly Wink to my hearts content
  • Go to Harry Potter land in Universal Studios

The thing I’m most worried about is the fact that it is going to be Winter there.  AND I HATE WINTER.  I need ways to keep warm and what clothes to bring… I watched like an hour of some guy just filming the streets of Tokyo in winter and all the girls wore skirts…wtf.  I know they use heat packs but wahhh.  I definitely don’t want to get sick on the trip, because I’ve seen on Texan in Tokyo that they shove some stick up your nose or something to test you and I am deadly scared of that thought so, if I am sick I’m just going to tank it out (but I really don’t want to get sick).

Anyway, if you’ve been to Japan in Winter before, pls senpai give me your tips. (。・Д・)ゞ  LOL.

I’ll be posting my itinerary soon but for now it’s time to try and study :C


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