So I finally managed to save up enough to go visit Japan. SO EXCITING! The boyf and I decided to stay in Tokyo for the duration of our stay. We ended up booking an apartment from Air BnB rather than a hotel since we wanted a place to ourselves where we could relax and cook if we wanted to.
The apartment wasn’t big but was a decent size for two people. The downsize to it was that the kitchen was tiny and thus we had to use the space wisely when preparing and cooking food.
The bathroom was small as well but came with a small bathtub. Which I believe is standard with most Japanese apartments. The area was in Gotanda which is in central Tokyo and literally on the JR Yamanote line, so all the main areas and attractions were within easy reach.
I quite liked our little space as it had a small sitting room for us to wind down after a long day and have our TV dinners.
We spent most of our time visiting shrines, Shopping (a lot) and going to cultural attractions. I’m planning to write about each day or attraction separately so stay tuned for these posts! I’ll be sure to link them all here as well 😁
For those interested we ended up visiting:
Tsukikoji Fish Market
and many more… I’ll be posting up about it in the next few weeks so be sure to come back to check them out :)
It was an amazing experience and I would definitely visit again! Maybe to Osaka, Kyoto or Hokkaido.
Heard of them before but had never been. I was intrigued and thought I’d go check it out. This restaurant only serves American and English styled breakfast meals fit to fill tummy of hungry passer bys.
I had the All American Breakfast which came with a heart portion of pancakes and Canadian maple syrup. Mmm!
It was really tasty and the place was so busy. The bacon was crispy, the pancakes were moist and I loved their potatoes. Everything is very filling here for a reasonable price. I would love to come back and try out the rest of the menu!
Have you been to the Breakfast Club before? Where do you enjoy was ring breakfast?
Chin Chin Labs is very famous for making frozen ice cream with liquid nitrogen on their premises. Their shop in Camden Town is usually busy with a queue outside during the summer months.
I went last summer when I happened to stumble across it during my trip to Camden. Although there was a queue, it wasn’t long till we were served. The ice cream is mixed in stand mixers (I want one!) And the liquid nitrogen poured in, releasing a mysterious steam from the pot.
All the staff is dressed in lab coats and goggles. They are very friendly but too busy to have a chat xD
The ice cream is served in small polystyrene bowls lined with a sheet of paper with their printed logo. The ice cream looks like it’s been painted into the bowl in a swift movement. You get a good portion in each bowl.
We tried the chocolate and honeycomb flavour. Both were really nice and not too sweet. The chocolate flavour was more bitter than sweet and tasted like brownies.
I would totally recommend the place for any dessert or ice-cream lovers. Its a really cool experience to watch it being made!
Have you tried liquid nitrogen ice cream?
What’s your favourite flavour ice cream?
I saw some photos popping up online with Lego® figures and large statues made of Lego® so I did some research to find out what it was about. Turns out there was an exhibition in London for a renowned artist who built art from Lego®.
Immi and I bought tickets to go see the exhibition and it really reminded him of Minecraft. I told him to do something similar and charge people to visit his works to view his creations like a virtual museum! (What? It sounded cool at the time.)
The artist studied law but didn’t see himself as one. Instead, he would return home to draw and unleash his artistic side.
There were a lot of figures based off real art, about losing loved ones, being trapped in another body and one for the kids, a giant dinosaur!
I enjoyed the exhibition but would have loved to interact with the models like you could with the wax figures in Madam Tussauds. Would have been more fun.
The exhibition has been extended to April! Will you go visit it in London?
One of our longest members in our TKD group, Shaun, left us to go immigrate to Canada where his family are. We wanted to wish him a wonderful farewell and to not miss us so much. A secret farewell party training session at Southend-on-Sea on the beach was therefore planned.
The whole group had a fun filled time at the arcade, fairground and on the beach. We managed to also grab a whole family of Racing Rabbids! (Yes we went a little mad on the UFO catcher)
I wanted to go on one rollercoaster, so I went on the biggest one which cost me £6. I was also questioned if I really was sure since it had an almost 90° drop to which I replied, “I’ve been on Oblivion in Alton Towers, this is nothing” I don’t blame him for not knowing me but I’m a thrill seeker ^_^
When we got to the beach for donuts and ice cream, we sat Shaun down for speeches and to give him a farewell gift, a Rocky bathrobe that said Champion (He won gold in the Student Nationals). He absolutely loved the present and even though knew it wasn’t a training session, still changed into his doobuk and did some poomsae by the waters. It looked cool!
I had a really fun day out with my TKD family and we’ll miss the sexy legs of his. He’s so darn tall that I get scared to spar against him QwQ
Yesterday I went out to Chinatown to see the New Year Celebrations. They had closed off many of the roads so there was more space to walk around in. However, since there was a lot of people Sue and I started to get sandwiched and waddle across the sea of crowds.
I didn’t take many photos on my phone during the walking and sightseeing in fear of dropping/losing/getting it stolen. Thee whole of the town was decorated with lanterns and many lions dancers were dancing around. Sue and I were starving for lunch but couldn’t find a place to eat till 3pm. We were also joined by a few other friends of mine who came down to London.
We ended up eating at Little Korea which isn’t bad for price and has nice food. They ate always our last resort restaurant since they are usually available to accommodate my big parties. :)
Despite all the pushing and shoving, Sue and I managed to her two helium balloons -which we also lost in crowds and let the last surviving one free- and I bought a couple of other items including a paper cut out of the word ‘春’ (Chun) Chinese for Spring. It also had a rabbit on it!
After food, we decided to visit Tokyo Toys in Trocodero and the LV, the arcade in SoHo. We played DDR, Pump It Up (my friend Immi has decided to build himself a machine to practice before playing with me again lol) and pool. I also wanted to play Bishi Bashi but some of the guys didn’t have enough money to play :(
We missed the fireworks because I was having to much fun xD The guys left after the arcade to go home and so Sue and I headed to Shoryu in Piccadilly for some ramen noodles!
It was a fun day out but I think I would have needed to plan in advance and book tables if I am to visit again on a busy day.
What did you do over the Chinese New Year weekend?
How is everybody’s new year so far? Mine is good so far. We just started the work week again, but I still feel that tired sluggish self in the mornings since I’ve been going to bed late during the holidays. I think one of my resolutions should be to sleep and wake early, but due to this technology advanced century, I’m constantly on the internet…
Anyway I would like to review the past year with the photos I posted on Instagram and also stored on my phone. My phone and Instagram account mark a year anniversary for me since they are a year old now ^^ How exciting! Here are my most memorable moments of 2013.
This was the first New Years I had to spend away from home. I had recently moved to London for my new job and had to work. With the annoying train times I decided to move back early to avoid not being able to get back. I was glad my housemate invited me to her mum’s so I wasn’t alone ^^
I celebrated Chinese New Year at my ex’s place. We played Space Team and this old school gambling game. There was also a karaoke party for CNY that I went to. We all sung to our hearts content and I’d never forget how Sue had threw up all over me when I was looking after her drunk-self. >.<
I went on holiday to Hong Kong with my brother and friend Joanna. We had a wonderful time and I also visited Macau to see the cathedral walls. I also got to see my wifey, where we went to a Korean BBQ buffet and also a beach BBQ. I had bought a LOT back and it was all for meeee! First time when I didn’t have to buy souvenirs :D
This was the first time I shared a table space at MCM Expo. I had a lot of fun and gained experience on how to sell to customers plus trends on the market. This allowed me to start up my future business.
I met a bunch of lovely friends during my week at Kaichi whom I still try to keep in touch with. It was a wonderful experience and I can’t wait to join again this year! O Genki desu yo~~!
July 2013 I went to Manchester for the first time with Jo and Patrick to attend the MCM Expo I play on DDR for most of the afternoon. Another event I attended was Hyper Japan! There were so many Kawaii items as well as Japanese culture surrounding me! Here I got my first Arpakkasso Alpaca ^^
My cousin and I held our first Carboot Sale. It was really fun and we managed to clear out a lot of wardrobe space! To round it off, Mum also came up to London for a visit. We went around London eating and drinking.
I went on a lovely weekend away to the Peak District with my Kaichi friends. We went bike riding but as we got lost, we ended up riding for a good 8 hours! Everyone couldn’t really walk the next day! The Kaichi lot also planed a weekend up to Alton Towers. Although it was a cold day we all enjoyed it to the max!
We moved offices this month to somewhere larger with a fun room to play games in! I also attended a Halloween party where I dressed up as a Black Cat ^^ Kekiko was also born and debuted at MCM Expo.
There were a lot of birthdays this month, one being mine! I ate lots and ended up getting really fat! Storing energy for the winter! *pokes her chubby cheeks*
This was an eventful month filled with Christmas parties, Winter Wonderland, joy and cheer. It ended with a shebang at Jo’s house for teppanyaki, karaoke and playing Just Dance into the early hours of 2014.
Ahh the memories!! Here’s to a joyful and prosperous 2014! Cheers everyone!