Kansai Trip 2015

Incheon Airport

For my 30th birthday, I decided on a trip to Osaka and Kyoto. It all started with my boss and I talking about visiting Japan, with her wanting to go to Universal Studios Japan, and me wanting to go to Tokyo. However, I’d no idea USJ was in Osaka, but once I knew that, I figured visiting Osaka and Kyoto would be a good opportunity and it’d satisfy the Hakuouki/Shinsengumi fan in me, haha! My boss left most of the planning to me, and after much researching, our itinerary consisted of:

January 16: Arrive in Osaka and explore Universal City Walk.
January 17: Go to Kyoto to check out Nishi Hongang-ji, Nishiki Market, Shosei-en Garden, and Pontocho.
January 18: Go to USJ, Animate Tennoji, and Namba area.
January 19: Fly back home.

That was our basic itinerary. The following below was what really happened :D Continue reading this entry

Version 26 “The Modern Novel”

Screenshot of Version 26

After years of not getting a new layout, here’s a new one! I introduce to you Version 26, “The Modern Novel” :) This theme was designed by Raisa! It was a joy doing business with her! She’s super-talented, and she’s very reasonable.

I love how this theme turned out. It’s very minimalistic, yet it’s doing what I need. Plus, this theme is now mobile-friendly. So yay for that! I no longer have to zoom in and out on my phone, haha!

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy this new theme as much as I am! :D

Happy 30s Club to Me!

Google Birthday Graphics

As one door closes, another one opens. Today, I said farewell to my 20s and greeted my 30s rather . . . grudgingly for two reasons: 1) My Kansai trip ended and 2) I am not ready to be a 30-something adult. However, I cannot stop time, so I’m doing my best to accept the fact that I’m OLD.

Old or not, I still woke up at 3:30am to catch my flight back to Seoul. Waking up was super rough since I’ve already not been getting enough sleep, but I persevered and got ready. I had no problems with my travels, other than losing my boarding pass under my seat, which was a lovely little thing . . .

Boarding Pass Birthday Greeting

I never expected to get a birthday greeting from a boarding pass. I’m deeply saddened by its loss.

Eventually, I made it home without any other issues (well, I discovered that my broken suitcase became even more broken X___X), and I unpacked and went to my ENT appointment. After the horrendously pricey visit and medication, I decided to treat myself to getting a sterling silver bracelet with my leftover trip money to replace my old bracelet from years ago. I bought my new bracelet at Lloyd.

Lloyd Sterling Silver Bracelet

After all that fun stuff, I made it home in one piece, despite having an icy fall somewhere. By the time I got home, my mum had made me my birthday dinner — budaejjigae aka base stew or camp stew. This is one of my favourite Korean dishes that I have to beg my mum to make. My aunt made it for my birthday last year, so this year my mum took on the cooking. It was NOM, superbly delicious to where my palate sang in happiness.

Birthday Budaejjigae

Then it was time for cake. This year, my uncle’s birthday fell on the same day as me (he celebrates by the lunar calendar), so that was why there are two cakes. One was like a whipped cream cake designed in different styles, and the other was a sweet potato cake. I much prefer the latter.

Birthday Cake from Paris Baguette and Tous le Jours

And that’s my birthday. I’m bloody knackered from my trip, but I’m also happy and content with all the wonderful love people have shown me. So many people have wished me a happy birthday on Facebook, Twitter, KakaoTalk, and email. I got a $50 gift card from my best friend in Guam, Tales of Xillia and Legal Drug Omnibus from Knownickname, and money from my mum, dad, and aunt. I know I’m super lucky to be surrounded by so many great people. And now, let me end this with a photo of one of my other gifts — a Snoopy pen from Universal Studios Japan, given to me by my travel companion! ^^

Snoopy Pen from Universal Studios Japan

Anyway, I’ve got one more tasks to conquer before I post about my Kansai trip. Stay tuned!

Countdown to Kansai

Japan

Two months ago, my boss and I decided on a trip to Osaka and Kyoto. Two months ago, I was thinking January would never come. Now? With just mere days left, I now believe that this trip is happening. Eeee!

My boss left all the planning to me, so after much researching and pulling hair at how complicated Japanese subway systems are compared to Seoul’s, this is the itinerary I came up with:

  • Universal City Station area
  • Universal Studios Japan
  • Animate Tennoji
  • Minami aka Namba Station area
  • Nishi Hongwang-ji Temple
  • Shosei-en Gardens
  • Nishiki Market
  • Pontocho

Animate Tennoji and Nishi Hongwang-ji are the two things I told my boss we had to do. No ifs and buts! The first is to do my obligatory otaku shopping spree, and the second is to satisfy the Hakuouki fangirl in me! :D I wish I could go to more places featured in Hakuouki, but we’re on a major time-crunch. But really, an amusement park, an anime store, a temple, a garden, a market, and several shopping/entertainment district to wander around in? That’s not too bad, I think.

Oh, I can’t wait! And now I need to pack! /o\ Would be a nightmare to go without anything!

My Favourite Things: Janaury 2015

Before I continue with this post, I want to wish my fellow bloggers and readers a happy new year! I wish you guys all the best in 2015 :D

My Favourite Things

Another month, another “My Favourite Things” post :) Warning — this post has been hijacked by The Hobbit.

Thorin, Fili, and Kili

My Hobbit-y marathon occurred. I watched the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, and I watched The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies three times in theatre. Watching these adaptations has pretty much made me a huge fan of Thorin Oakenshield, Fili, and Kili. Men with beards never really did it for me, but these three have convinced me that men with beards are HAWT. *swoons* Oh, and Richard Armitage’s performance of Thorin Oakenshield? Perfect. Just, GUH. I also have a fondness for Bofur, Dwalin, and Nori, but the heirs of Durin are currently making me swoon like a lovesick fool.

Bagginshield

Another thing I’ve been obsessed with? Bagginshield, aka Thorin Oakenshield being paired up with Bilbo Baggins romantically. Granted, I’ve liked them since September, but I now really like them after seeing the films. And don’t get me started on the obviousness of this pairing in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Two words: ACORN AND MITHRIL. Oh, and I am also totally digging the other pairings like Bofur/Bilbo, Bofur/Fili, Dwalin/Nori, and so forth so on. :D

Remember my love for Thorin Oakenshield/Richard Armitage above? Well, when I heard him and the company sing this song, I was smittened. Head over heel smittened. I just absolutely adore this song to the point I keep singing it and trying to memorise it to the point one of my friends just starts laughing when this comes in my head and I sing it. Seriously, I haven’t been affected by a song in ages.

Then you have this song. I love this arrangement so much. I love how this piece combines the theme of Erebor and Thorin Oakenshield, and with the choir singing in the background, and remembering the scene this was played in . . . GUH. This piece is just the perfect theme for the heirs of Durin. Just, my mind is completely blown away. Ironic since most of the OST for this trilogy really didn’t do much for me, but this song and the previous song are my absolute favourites.

And that’s my favourite things for this month’s entry. If you really want to know just how obsessed I am with The Hobbit, just go to my Tumblr to just see how crazy I’ve been these past few weeks . . .