22 May 2015

photo diary: tokyo disneysea.

Just a few photos from our trip to DisneySea! We chose to go here over Disneyland as it has more 'adult' rides and I love a good action/thrill/rollercoaster ride. We went on a Tuesday on a scattering rainy day and it turned out to not be that busy at all! I guess the early morning rain scared most people off but it only rained once in the morning for only 10 minutes! Once we got in at 9:15am, we got our Fast Pass straight away for Toy Story Mania which told us to already come back at 4:50pm. You can only get one Fast Pass every 2 hours (they scan your ticket so they can tell), so I recommend getting this one first (it's the most popular ride, followed by Tower of Terror I'd say) and then exploring/taking pics/going on other rides until you can get your next Fast Pass. The only Fast Passes we needed to get were for Toy Story Mania and Tower of Terror. For most, if not all of the other main rides we didn't even need a Fast Pass as we never had to wait more than 30 mins to get on a ride which made the day very successful efficiency wise. The park is pretty big and there is so much to see. There is so much detail in everything. You can really tell why and how the park cost $3.5 billion to create!
For a thrill-ride lover like me, I'd say that Tower of Terror is the most 'thrilling' ride of the park. Basically you get guided on a tour through a 'haunted house' then you go into a room, sit secured in a chair in an 'elevator' and then it gets dropped/bounces up and down 3 times! Another cool ride was Raging Spirits which was a small rollercoaster that had a small loop-de-loop, but it wasn't that thrilling. Journey to the Centre of the Earth is a guided tour rollercoaster type within a cave with cool things that you can see along the way. The best part was at the end though when the rollercoaster goes into pitch black for about 10 seconds! A similar, but better ride in my opinion is the Indiana Jones Adventure ride. It's another guided rollercoaster through a cave but way more interactive and thrilling which keeps you on the edge of your toes. There's fire, statues that blow 'darts' (you feel air), a giant boulder which seems like it's going to hit you and other scary stuff! Finally, there's Toy Story Mania which definitely wins the most fun points so I can see why it's the most popular ride. It's a 3D shooting game where you sit in a cart (wearing 3D glasse) and fire your gun at a digital screen, hitting targets that have points like you're at a carnival. I got a 56% accuracy in hitting targets haha. It's fun to vs whoever you're there with! We went on other rides too but for the sake of keeping this blog post from being too long I won't bore you. 
Oh yeah and we splurged a bit and ate at Ristorante di Canaletto as we wanted table service and didn't want to be around the plebs in a canteen style environment lol. The pizza was above average (they have nice woodfired pizza bases) but the pasta was just average. I had a beef ragu fettuccine which was pretty much just a glorified spag bols.
Next time I go to any Disneyland/world I will be dressing up a little. So many couples/friends/partners wore matching outfits. So kawaii~!


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20 May 2015

barbie.

shirt Uniqlo, skirt (no brand), bag Nicholas, shoes Saint Laurent, bag Celine 

Getting sick of basic bitches wearing non-stop black, white & grey outfits on their blogs/Instagrams? I know I am. I found this gem of a skirt whilst shopping in Harajuku, plus some other things I might blog later ;) COLOUR IS GOOD PPL. It was a complete bargain considering it looks really expensive heh~

Completely unrelated to fashion, my new favourite character is Gudetama which is a kawaii lazy egg. Literally. Oh and also a character called Kirimi which is a kawaii salmon fillet head thing... (just google it lols). I am spending way too much money on cute Sanrio branded things- including a Domokun frypan... oops.


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18 May 2015

photo diary: tokyo part 2.

Day 4
You never really know when it's going to rain in Tokyo so because it was perfectly sunny on our 4th day, we changed our plans and went to Harajuku instead. There is the Meiji Jingu shrine right nearby in the middle of a forest which we went to first. This would've sucked on a rainy day hence why we changed our plans! Also it's best to go to Harajuku on weekdays when it's less busy on the streets~
After seeing the shrine, we finally got to the good stuff...shopping!! We stumbled across an awesome mall called Laforet where I got some unique pieces (outfit post soon to come!). It's like a seven story building with 20 small women's stores on each floor packed with stuff, so it took us about 2 hours just to conquer it (my bf is a patient angel- kudos to him). Back on the streets, there were some cool novelty stores such as the Barbie store and then I found a second hand designer store in which I got an Alexander Wang l/sleeved top for $30 lol. We worked up an appetite obviously and stumbled across an oishii Hawaiian food chain called 'Eggs and Things' which served the best Eggs Benedict I've ever had! Big call I know... I've never been to America so it's kinda cool that I get to try some American food too in Japan. I am really missing Vegemite for breakfast though.
After refuelling (hehe) we hit Forever 21 & Zara in which I got quite a few things too. By the time we finished it was dark outside so we continued to explore around little streets until dinner, in which we chose a random hot plate place and ordered okonomiyaki (savoury pancake) and yakisoba.

Day 5
We went on a Nikko Heritage Tour. It was a 3 hour bus ride to Nikko, but to be honest it went really fast because the sights along the way were awesome (driving through small towns, etc). On the way, we first stopped at Lake Kawaguchi and there I got another glimpse at some Sakura that hadn't fallen yet. After the lake we went to a beautiful waterfall. I've never seen trees so lush and green before! The waterfall was on the top of a mountain which had 28 hairpin curves on the road going up and 20 going down, so 48 curves in total- same as the Japanese alphabet so on each curve there was a sign with a different character on it. It was fun trying to remember them all from my school days on the drive. We also saw a white-tailed deer on our way down the mountain! It was like a Pokemon heh, so cute :)
The Nikko area itself when we eventually got there was huge. It consists of multiple temples, shrines and even a tomb. We spent a good 2 hours there exploring, then it was home time!

Day 6
This was Studio Ghibli Museum day and Sumo Tour day! The Sumo Tour started at 1:40pm so we went to the Ghibli museum first.
It was mega kawaii. You pretty much just walked through this giant Ghibli mansion which had rooms full of sketches, illustrations, animation reels and little character displays. There was also a cinema where we watched a bit of Totoro! The rooftop garden is where the well known iron giant statue is and to get up there was a cool garden round staircase.
Like noobs we didn't leave enough time to get from the museum to the tour, but fortunately we got there just in the nick of time before they shut the counter! Sumo tournaments are only held in Tokyo three times a year (I think Jan, May & Sept?) so we were lucky to book a tour. Apparently tickets sold out for the day by 8:20am, so I would recommend doing a tour as this guarantees your ticket without the hassle.
Watching the tournament itself was cool, but in the end was a bit repetitive. The 'wrestling' part of a sumo match only goes for around 10 seconds. Before this, you watch them bowing, settling into the ring, throwing salt to ward off evil spirits for about 5 minutes (they repeat this process 2-3 times so this is a long time when you watch 30+ matches). We ended up leaving a bit early before the last few matches to beat the crowd and decided to take a night trip to Shinjuku to explore. This was the end of the day for us and also was the last of our tours for this trip. The only thing we have left pre-planned on our itinerary is Disneysea on Tuesday! Oh and we'll be going to Kyoto soon too...


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