A Visit to Doraemon's Neighborhood.
After getting to know Shibuya, the 'big city' part of Japan, me & Audrio went to visit Fujiko F. Fujio Museum. By using some sign language to the Lawson staffs (where we bought the ticket 2 days before) and a helpful guide from Kak Dina who apparently lives in Tokyo, we finally arrived at Kawasaki City, in the greater Tokyo area.
It took 45 minutes to get there by train, and the view during the ride was so beautiful. It exactly looked like the setting described on cartoons and mangas. I was a huge manga reader back then in elementary school, and we both grew up watching Doraemon every Sunday morning. There were lake, old trains, and we saw a neighborhood of Japanese little houses. No more tall buildings or busy roads filled with cars like we saw earlier in Shibuya.
As we arrived, we saw school kids --with that black Japanese school bags exactly like in the comics! I went crazy pointing at everything that looks like it's coming out from the comic books I read in amazement because it's all so real. All the houses looked like Nobita and friends' houses, also Chibi Maruko-Chan or Miiko. We then rode a Doraemon shuttle bus to the museum, together with the 5 years old kids and their moms. :))
The museum is filled with Fujiko F. Fujio's inspiring stories. The first time he made a comic from sketch, the first time he created the characters, his personal life and his family, his photography hobby... We weren't allowed to take pictures at some museum area but it didn't ease our excitement at all, in fact I was enjoying the museum too much that I only took a few pictures while we were in there. Me and Audrio were too busy being hysterical on our Doraemon experience (such as "OMG I can't believe we're in Doraemon museum! OMG OMG Look at this pink Anywhere Door!!"), and getting mad looking at the super duper cute Japanese kids around us. All our childhood fantasies have became reality in one day. They even have the 'Magic Memory Bread' (if you're a Doraemon fan, you knew this already, it's used for memorizing a book just by placing it against your school notes so you wouldn't have to learn for the test), sold as snacks in their souvenir section. SOOO COOL!
They also have a Doraemon-themed cafetaria, and the foods were not only cute-looking but also yummy! I recommended my Doraemon tiramisu with green tea sauce and apple pie crumbles for dessert.
For only $11 admission ticket, you can also enjoy the Doraemon movie in the cinema inside the museum. We had fun at the playground where we met Doraemon & Dorami, and we spent our coins on Doraemon vending machine and purikura-photo booth!
what we later did with our vending machine keychains.
Guides & Tips
How to buy Doraemon Museum ticket: Go to Lawson store and ask if they sell Doraemon ticket (1000 yen). The machine is in Japanese but they will help you book the ticket. You have to book at least 2-3 days before, and avoid planning on weekend because the ticket usually sold out.
How to get there: use Keio Inokashira Line (not included in Japan Metro / Toei line, you have to buy 120 yen ticket) to Shimokitazawa, then transit to Odakyu Line and stop at Noborito (pay 210 yen at the exit gate). Ask people where the Doraemon bus shuttle station is. The fare is 200 yen.
See you again, Kawasaki City!
If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say... (Opinions on Social Media, and How to React.)
I remember glancing at the comments section of some instagram accounts a few days ago. It’s sad how so many people have become so ignorant to what they’re saying, that these days we have to stay sane to set apart honest opinions, constructive critics, or just pure mean comments, to know how to react to them.
Yes, it’s social media. Yes, you have your freedom of speech. But we all have to learn the manner and think before we speak. Saying mean things without any objective reasons is not criticism. If you want to look smart, first be smart enough to learn the difference between delivering a reasonable criticism or just rubbish cynical comments that leads to verbal bullying. Trust me, the second one won’t make you look smart. Instead, it makes you look like a poor, pathetic envious little kid who got nothing to do than bashing people and desperately looking for attention.
The difference between constructive critics and useless hateful comments:
- hateful comments aren’t based on truth or objective matters, often out-of-topic, or said by anonymous or fake accounts. They’re afraid to reveal their identity because what they’re saying is not true. Hateful comments are said to bring you down.
how to react: Do not reply or react to what they said because that way you’re giving them attention they’re looking for. Simply ignore and block these attention-seekers, don’t waste your time on them.
- constructive critics might sting a little bit, but it builds your consciousness and leads you to do better on what you’re doing. Constructive critics are said because they care about you and they want you to know their personal opinion. They want you to improve.
how to react: be wise and take what you think as a good input for yourself, do not let it make you feel feel bad or slowing you down.
Reasons why those people say mean things (intentionally or not):
- They hate you / what you’ve achieved. They just hate everything you do. They don’t even know you but they hate you. Maybe you look like their ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend. Or maybe you are their ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend. I don’t know, but they are full of bitterness and negativity.
- They have low self-esteem / feeling inferior. They love to find out about you, and comparing themselves to you. But your achievement hurts them because they don’t feel as good as you, so they do things to make them feel no longer inferior, such as simply saying you’re not doing better than them or some people they know, or attacking you with mean comments to affect you and what you’re doing.
- They got nothing to do and just desperately looking for your attention. "Hey, maybe she’ll notice me if I drop cruel comments!"
- They’re clueless / simply lacking of manners.
It has been a blurred line since people attached these phrases to justified what they’re saying, such as:
"No hard feelings." / "I’m just saying."
This does not justify what you’re saying. Not everyone is as strong as you think, some might feel verbally bullied and they won’t get over what you said. Be careful on what came out from your mouth because you can’t take it back.
“You only hear what you want to hear, you can’t take criticism." / “Don’t listen to criticism, they’re just haters.”
There is a line between not taking criticism or moderating which one’s good for you and which one’s destructive. Don’t be defensive. Be wise to know what’s what, either way it’s for your own good and it’s also your loss if you mistaken a gold input for a rubbish.
Any kind of the opinions you give on others, however always have impact, either it’s good or bad. They said ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’. But it’s your choice anyway. You can make fake account and bash people with your negativity. You can also say constructive comments, magnifying people’s strength, and see the massive impact you can make only by your words. Instead of shutting them down, you can inspire them to do more wonderful things. Make the world a better place, shall we?
Best Places on Earth: Tokyo.
Forever21 beanie hat, Chicago thrift store teal green coat, AYE denim pants, Air Jordan 1 Retro.
Continuing on yesterday's 'drama', surely I was quite upset but I chose to not mourn over my missing luggage and not let it ruin our traveling plan even more. Backpacking plan it is! :D Also I'm not alone, I have Audrio with me, the worst scenario would be having to shop and buy things to wear (it's Tokyo! I'll be happy to do that), and later buy new luggage to bring all of my stuff back home. And luckily what's in my tiny backpack is enough for me to survive without the luggage:
- make-up items: compact powder, eyeliner & lip tint
- passport and cash
- phone, charger and electric plug connector
- Egyptian Magic all-purpose skin cream (it saves your skin like magic in winter!)
For the first day, I had to buy all the toiletries at the nearest mini market. Tokyo's convenient stores literally sell everything from sushi, cute-looking desserts (they even have macarons & crepes), bathroom supplies, winter accessories, to comic books... It's definitely the first place I'll go to if there were zombie invasion in Tokyo.
For clothes, you'll go crazy if you're a thrifty hunter like me because you can easily find thrift stores and vintage shops in every corner of the streets! I can't wait to list all the thrift stores worth-visiting in Tokyo on the next post. We didn't even check Forever21, H&M, Zara and any fashion retail stores in Shibuya because we're too busy checking out cool vintage shops. We shopped a lot that I thought the next time we go back here again we might just bring an empty suitcase. I found this coat at Chicago thrift store, near Harajuku station, for only $13 and it matched my hair! :)
Today's plan is strolling around Shibuya - Jinnan - Harajuku, enjoying the view after the snow and getting lost.
The morning was cold and quiet, just how I like it.
The Haneda Airport crews were sooo helpful, it's amazing how they can be so practical and informative, they called us almost everyday for the updates wether they have or haven't found my suitcase. The suitcase was delivered 6 days after my arrival. It's not a good experience but it's a plus that they can handle it professionally. :)
(PS. I changed my blog layout, and thanks for the feedbacks! As I'm getting older I feel it's time to update the blog appearance as well. I don't change my blog layout so often, the previous one lasted for about 3 years, but I do change it when I feel like it didn't represent me or the blog's personality anymore. My first blog template was chaotic (believe it or not, the background was black), but I'm glad it's getting cleaner and tidier on each period of this blog's years. I've got rid of the clutters and old stuff on the layout, this makes me more comfortable to write on the blog that represents my personality *I feel like redecorating my diary*, and I hope this also make it easier for you to read and browse on my blog! :)
Backpacking to Japan.
Heck yea, it's not one of my impulsive idea -- well, actually yes it is. A few weeks ago in the middle of the night, me and Audrio randomly browsed for some airplane tickets, and we found a promo ticket to Tokyo. We immediately bought it, without having anybody there that we know, we have completely no idea where to stay, we don't know what season it is in Japan right now, one of the Japanese words I know is 'Banzai' (my friend used to say that a lot and after I googled it that word means 'attacking fiercely and recklessly' and it wouldn't sound so good when a tourist say it), make me believe this trip can be thrilling. BUT IT'S TOKYO! What could go wrong when you're in one of the best place on earth?
The night before our morning flight, we just heard that a snowstorm hit Japan, and Tokyo was snowing heavily like never before in 50 years that hundreds of flights were cancelled. It scared us a little bit but thank God we had a safe flight. The only problem was, my luggage didn't arrived with us, it's still missing somewhere. The airport crew said they need time from 5-7 days (or quoting my friends, it might take forever) to look for the missing luggage and deliver it to me when they found it. So yes, I'm stranded in snowy Tokyo in the middle of the night with the only clothes that attached on my body, and a tiny backpack. Backpacking in Tokyo, starts now! :D
Outfit of the Day, or the better caption, The Only Outfit I Have on Me.
I'm wearing Aye Denim sweater & denim, Uniqlo coat, Forever 21 beanie hat and Air Jordan 1 Retro shoes, luckily my airport outfit is enough to keep me warm for the first day. They said the weather was horrible because Japan has never been this cold and snowy before. But it's me & Audrio's first snowy winter so we're probably the happiest people under the storm! (we literally walked through it for shopping) and we were kind of lucky to be here because we can experience the snowy Tokyo. And it's true because the view was breathtaking. I tried to capture every beautiful scenery that I saw but believe me, the real version is hundred times prettier. :)
This ramen shop located in Shibuya easily topped any ramen we've ever tried in our life. No kidding.
You can pick any random sushi stall here and it's still taste better than the one in your hometown
(except if you're living in Japan.)
(except if you're living in Japan.)
...Continuing tomorrow for the tips on How To Survive Japan with only a backpack! :D
...This Staccato pair is by far my comfiest heels to walk on!
First post in 2014! I usually write a lot of sentimental things and resolutions on every new year (and Christmas, and birthday, ...basically on every 'new chapter' occasions since I was a kid, I would love to sit down alone in my room, thinking and start making life-changing decisions. Yes, I am a resolution person.) 2013 has been really... unpredictable. God has brought me to places I never thought I could be, letting me experience things I never expected before, all the good and bad things for me to learn, and most of all I learn to be fearless. For once I thought I'm doing fine, and the next second I feel like I know completely nothing. It feels like you're taking a leap on bungee jumping. The days are full of uncertainties that might scare you, but when you fall, God is always there like the rope pulling you up again and you know everything will be alright, all you have to do is take a leap and enjoy the thrill.
Anyways, sorry for lack of post because I just got back from Singapore (for music video filming, a wedding celebration and holiday!) it's been really REALLY fun, thanks to Singasik, Singapore Tourism Board team for the huge support during our music video filming. I can't wait to post the behind the scenes story here! The outfit post today is taken at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, by Audrio.
Oh, I also try new things to start 2014, such as: changing my hair color to teal green (so this is probably the last pictures of me with my red hair), hosting a music TV show on local station and it was fun, and impulsively buying ticket to Japan! 2014 is going to be awesome. :)
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