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{Japan Life} Hey, it’s February… And things are about to change!

{Japan Life} Hey, it’s February… And things are about to change!

Hey you, a lot of things happened in January (good stuff) so I’ve been a little behind with blogging. But basically, a few groups of friends visited Japan and therefore we hung out quite a bit. My closest friends came over too, and seriously, meeting up with them did make me a little homesick. It has been almost one year, after all. When I started this year in Kamakura, I never thought that I’d be having …

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The 6 books I’d like to read this year (and a bit more)

The 6 books I’d like to read this year (and a bit more)

One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to read 6 books. Thought I should start a list. And I lied about the “6 books” things, because I’m going to list more than 6. But yeah, I do have a problem with buying books so… Books I already have on my shelves that I really should read: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson I think Steve Jobs was a genius. I guess you can call me …

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A glance forward to 2017: Let’s plan and get these resolutions started, shall we?

A glance forward to 2017: Let’s plan and get these resolutions started, shall we?

Resolutions, so easy to make yet so hard to keep for the next 12 months. But if there’s anything I’m consistent at, it is in making these New Year’s resolutions year after year after year… Yep, ever since this blog started, I’ve been posting my resolutions here. But even before then, in my older blogs or in my head or on a piece of paper somewhere, I was very adamant in making resolutions. I guess failure doesn’t impact …

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A look back at 2016: Let’s reflect on a wonderful year in Tokyo!

A look back at 2016: Let’s reflect on a wonderful year in Tokyo!

This year has gone by way too quickly, and here I am at the end of 2016 wondering why I didn’t do enough of this and that. But hey, you really can only move forward in this thing called life, so we just have to keep moving on and stuff right?! But before I move on to 2017, let’s take a step back and have a peek at the year 2016… Revisiting 2016 resolutions So …

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{Japan} Cute Sanrio Boys themed restaurant at The Guest Cafe & Diner in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

{Japan} Cute Sanrio Boys themed restaurant at The Guest Cafe & Diner in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

What do you get when you imagine Sanrio characters as cute ikemen boys and then have a themed cafe/restaurant that centred around these cute Sanrio boys?! I know I know, it’s hard to imagine… Luckily, the Japanese had done all the imagining for you, so all you need to do is to just stare at all the cuteness and swoon… Note: I love Sanrio. When I visited Puroland, that was one of those “dreams do come …

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{Japan} Snow in autumn at Inokashira Park in Kichijoji, Tokyo

{Japan} Snow in autumn at Inokashira Park in Kichijoji, Tokyo

The news said it has been 54 years since it last snowed in Tokyo in the month of November. Yep, that’s in the middle of autumn! I was working that day, but asked for a 3-hour long lunch break just so I could take the bus to a nearby park and take some photos of the snowtumn. Here’s the video of everything that happened on that day! My purpose of going to the park (except for …

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Experience the magic of Harry Potter at Warner Bros Studio Tour in Watford, UK

Experience the magic of Harry Potter at Warner Bros Studio Tour in Watford, UK

I just came back from a trip to the UK to visit my sister and my little niece (celebrated her first birthday yo!) in early November. So this one’s a break from the usual Japan-related posts, but instead today I’ll focus on something magical: Harry Potter. I love love love Harry Potter and have quoted various lines from the books/movies randomly in this blog, because WISDOM! Seriously though, both my sister and I are huge …

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{Japan} Halloween 2016 in Harajuku & Shibuya, Tokyo

{Japan} Halloween 2016 in Harajuku & Shibuya, Tokyo

Japanese really loves their celebrations. Festivals, events, weekly cultural things at Yoyogi Park, flower viewing, anything that they can celebrate, they will. And that’s one of the reasons why I love this country, to be honest. No matter when you plan to visit, you can find something exciting to do here. One of the things that I got super excited about this year was Halloween. Yup, I’ve seen enough photos and videos from previous years …

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{Japan} Hidden gem (Part 2): Yanaka’s old town feels with cemetery & cats

{Japan} Hidden gem (Part 2): Yanaka’s old town feels with cemetery & cats

Living in Tokyo allows me to explore areas that tourists may not have the time to leisurely do so, like Sugamo or Koenji. Hopefully this will in turn entice you to take a different route when you’re travelling around Tokyo to see things that are off-the-beaten-path. This time, I visited a neighbourhood that’s easily walkable from Ueno, however still tucked away enough from all the hustle bustle of the busy city: Yanaka. How can I describe Yanaka? …

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{Japan} Hidden gem (Part 1): Sugamo’s Michelin star ramen & red granny underwears

{Japan} Hidden gem (Part 1): Sugamo’s Michelin star ramen & red granny underwears

I’m starting a new series called the “Hidden gem” which will take you through a number of lesser known suburbs in Tokyo that’s worth visiting once you’re done with visiting the popular areas of Tokyo. First off, Sugamo. It’s located on the Yamanote Line just a few stops north of Ikebukuro, so it’s really to get to if you just want to check it out for a few hours. Our visit was mainly for Tsuta the only ramen restaurant …

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