Monday, November 16, 2015

Travelogue: Osaka Castle

It is every little girl's dream to become a princess. I remember when I was in kindergarten, we had a play about Snow White. I have fair skin so I expected I would be chose for the lead role. However, I played a minor, insignificant, funny role instead: I was a tree. I remember vividly how embarrassed and disappointed I was. I wanted to be Snow White. I wanted to be a princess. Twenty years later, my dream of becoming a princess never came true but I still dream that one of these days I will live the life of a princess even for just a fleeting moment. Because of that "princess" desire I was ecstatic to visit Osaka Castle. I had really high expectations for this castle. I was imagining it to be grandiose and flamboyant - just a like a real Japanese castle. I was expecting to see tatami mats and sliding doors separating the hallways and rooms. I was expecting to see a Japanese garden outside. I had so many images playing in my head of how this castle will look like. I was excited to feel like a princess. But honestly, going here was a disappointment. The castle is just one big museum. 
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Product Review: Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray (Oil Control)

Living in a humid, tropical country I have yet to master the art of controlling my skin's sebum production. I am one of those unfortunate people who has difficulty having their makeup stay on their face for the whole day. I am one of the unlucky people who has excessive sebum production that my face tends to look like a deep fryer by midday. I have tried various sebum control powders and some really work. But I am yet to find the holy grail product that will be able to control my skin's oiliness for the whole day. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A is for Arrogance

Dress: SM Dept Store | Shoes: Call It Spring | Bag: from Bangkok
Necklace: Forever 21 | Watch: Swatch | Lips: Tarte Amazonian Lip Butter Coral Blossom

Everyday we meet people overflowing with arrogance. Call yourself lucky (and blessed!) if you don't encounter arrogant people on a daily basis. I am not saying I am holy and humble because I am definitely not. I also have moments when I become cocky and just plain conceited. But I don't let those moments get in my head. I may be arrogant at times but I know how to level myself and when I should stop. I just don't understand why some people feel like they're floating in the air and think of themselves as above everyone else. I just don't get it.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Travelogue: Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

Top: from Bangkok | Skirt: Thrifted | Sandals: Call It Spring | Bracelets: Bershka

When I was young, I had this certain fascination with everything Japanese. My sister and I bought this Japanese-English dictionary and would try to decipher our favorite anime songs using that dictionary. I would even draw myself (in anime form looking like Card Captor Sakura) wearing a kimono with raining cherry blossoms in the background. I would even daydream of me living in a traditional Japanese house and Himura Kenshin would await me inside. Such are the thoughts of a secret otaku. So when the opportunity came for me to visit Japan I made a note to myself that I shall be able to wear a kimono and visit a traditional Japanese house. I was able to do both but on separate occasions. 

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Hate and Nothingness

Negative emotions suck the life out of me. Lately I've been feeling tired and lethargic because of a certain someone I have to work with who I really don't want to work with. I've been feeling infuriated and annoyed whenever I see this certain person. He is the most incompetent and dishonest person I have encountered in my entire life. I don't want to deal with him. I don't want to see him. I don't want to interact with him. But I am left with little choice. We work in a very small team and it is inevitable for us to work together. I may hate him and I may not want to work with him but our circumstances do not allow us to separate. Either I quit or he quits. The latter is like saying pigs can fly. The former is the only little option I have. But then again, why should I? He may be a person I don't want to work with but I can't let such a thing ruin my plans for the future. I cannot let this person dictate how I live my life. I just need to calm myself and keep in mind not to let this person affect my life.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Product Review: Biore UV Perfect Bright Milk SPF 50 PA++

It is common knowledge that wearing sunscreen or any face products that has SPF (such as BB creams and CC creams) is important. Especially these days when the ozone layer is thinning and more harmful UV rays produced by the sun can penetrate through the earth, wearing sunscreen or the likes should be done religiously. If you don't wan to end up with skin cancer, early wrinkle formation, development of sun spots and hyperpgmentation, you should make it a habit to wear sunscreen and/or similar products. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Travelogue: Universal Studios Japan (Wonderland, Amity Village, Wharf)

I promise this is going to be the last of my Universal Studios Japan posts. I had a really great time here and I do wish to go back (not as much as I want to go back to Kyoto though). We weren't able to experience the Biohazard attraction which I am pretty sure is worth the hours of queue so I do hope there is a next time.

I am already 27 years old but going to amusement/theme parks never gets old for me. When I travel, one of the places I always put in our itinerary is an amusement/theme park. There is something about these places that reaches to my inner child. Even my mom had a wonderful time here so it shows that such places transcends all demographics. Whether you are a child or a child-at-heart, going to an amusement/theme park will always be worthwhile. When you find yourself going to Osaka, make sure to include Universal Studios Japan in your itinerary and I guarantee a memorable experience not just for kids but for adults as well.