Happy New Year! A review of 2015

Happy New Year all you cuties! I hope you all had a wonderful time with friends and family!

For my Christmas break, I ended up spending time with family and friends. It was a lovely time off and great to catch up with everyone, but I felt that tired hosting so many parties! I think I’ll have to have a rest for a while before hosting another event…

So looking back at 2015, what were my highlights from each month?

January
New year, new beginnings, exciting times! I ate my way through the first month hehe. Visited a LEGO art exhibition and went to Winter Wonderland.

February
Spent Valentine’s dinner as a 3rd wheel but had the weekend with my other half :P Also attended a couple birthday parties :D My Chinese New Year was spent running around Chinatown looking for a place to eat and locating this man with golden balloons with Sue…

March
Attended the BSTF nationals with my TKD group (as a cheerleader) and my friend’s brother’s wedding. Also held a bake sale competition at work – I won best presentation :D

April
Attended Hyper Japan at Earl’s Court. Sadly this place is to be demolished and turned into a hotel :(

May
Went to the May MCM Expo.

June
I participated in the annual Kaichi event where Kaichi High School from Japan comes to London to practice their English and learn about the culture. It’s such a great experience where you get to meet new people and learn about the Japanese culture too. I attended my first free gaming event and got some freebies. Also managed to get my red belt in TKD! Nathan invited us to play crazy golf for his birthday and Manni had a meat-filled birthday at Bodeans :D

July
Visited friends in Ireland! We’ve never met but it was such a warm welcome and the distance didn’t make anything awkward at all! Friends will always be friends <3

Friends in Ireland
Friends in Ireland

August
Moved away from London and into my new flat! Had a lovely evening out bowling with colleagues for our team event. Also helped create a teaser video for our TKD group.

September
Visited Japan! YAY! Was so happy, really want to go back and visit again.

October
I attended MCM Expo in London for Kekiko and spent Halloween in Amsterdam.

November
My birthday month! Basically had a lovely meal with friends in Soho. I also decided it was time to stop TKD as I was living too far out from London to justify travel costs and travel times.

December
Spent Christmas chilling with family, playing mahjong and filling my belly with lots of yummy food. Also made my first ever gingerbread house with my little cousin! We had so much fun and I didn’t realise that the packet didn’t come with sweets to decorate (fail!) and thus we rummaged through the cupboards for sprinkles and sweets. My friends also came round for Christmas and New Years for some karaoke and video games. My team in the office also converted our area into Narnia! Crazy but it was such an amazing environment to work in and felt like we were working outdoors! I also had to help plan and organise the company Christmas party and ended up throwing a Great Gatsby themed prohibition event. We kitted out the bar venue with DIY props, a personalised video and personalised posters so everyone was involved.

Wishing you all a prosperous 2016 and a very happy, fun-filled year!

Best wishes,

Kekidoll xoxo

London Anime Comic Con

I’ve been quite busy lately trying to get everything sorted so I could exhibit at London Anime Con at The Rocket Complex at Holloway Road. It was so busy that they had to turn people away!

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Ready for LACC!

The venue was split into many sections and I was hidden in the artists alley at the back of the hall. Many other exhibitors were upstairs in the main area.

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So many cool cosplayers!

The weekend was fun and lots of people recognised the store thanks to many amazing websites and press people; especially Aisha from Anime Picks! I took lots of photos of cosplayers that came by my stall, you can see them all on my facebook page: Kekiko.

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With YY from YY Kawaii

Some people managed to find the artist alley filled with amazing art and really cool looking hand made items ^^

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Scary anime masks

I heard that there is one in June as well but I’m unsure if I’ll have enough time to attend since I’ll be going to MCM in May and Hyper Japan in July. Busy busy!!

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These handmade Kigurumi Masks can cost up to a grand!

Oh, Happy Valentines!! What do you have planned today?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

2013: A Year Review

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.

Pulling Crackers before the New Year
Pulling Crackers before the New Year :)
Purikura for New Year!
Purikura for New Year!

January 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 ^^

Karaoke, Valentines, Chinese New Year
Karaoke, Valentines, Chinese New Year

February 2013
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. >.<

Holiday in Hong Kong and Macau
Holiday in Hong Kong and Macau

March 2013
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

My farewell for Eva and Fun Committee Go Karting Event
My farewell for Eva and Fun Committee Go Karting Event

April 2013
I joined the Fun Committee and started to help plan many big events, this months being Go Karting!! My good friend Eva also was leaving UK to immigrate to Australia :'(

MCM Expo
MCM Expo

May 2013
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.

Kaichi 2013
Kaichi 2013

June 2013
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~~!

Hyper Japan and Manchester Expo
Hyper Japan and Manchester Expo

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 ^^

Yellow Belt in TKD, Mum up in London and Carboot Sale
Yellow Belt in TKD, Mum up in London and Carboot Sale

August 2013
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.

Bike Riding in Derby and Alton Towers
Bike Riding in Derby and Alton Towers

September 2013
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!

MCM Expo the beginning of Kekiko
MCM Expo the beginning of Kekiko

October 2013
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.

Birthdays and Foodilicous Galore
Birthdays and Foodilicous Galore

November 2013
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*

Winter Wonderland, Birthdays, Chrismas Party!
Winter Wonderland, Birthdays, Chrismas Party!

December 2013
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!

Warm Wishes,
Kekidoll xoxo

Kekiko

Announcement! New Store Launch at MCM Expo 2013

I’ve been meaning to start my own business for a while now but had never found the time to do it. After speaking to these motivational people who have made time for themselves to expand on their lives, it made me realise I was just procrastinating and stopping myself from achieving anything big.

“Chase your dreams”

So for MCM Comic Con tomorrow I will be there launching my new brand Kekiko. I will be there all weekend, from 25th – 27th October 2013! So come say hi!! We will be at stall W7!
Kekiko
We're near the front of the Expo!
I would also appreciate it if you would like my Facebook page as that would really help boost my morale and urge me to focus, plus work harder on this personal project.

Behind the Name

Keki PandaThe brand name was picked using my alias, Keki meaning ‘cake’ in Japanese since I absolutely love cake! I have a sweet tooth. Ko sounds like ‘co’, meaning company as in business or companionship. Therefore, put together it means Keki’s Company and also Keki & Friends. I have also named my two mascots, a couple of adorable little pandas, Keki and Kiko! So its all tying together and slowly being built upon. There is a lot to do and the range of items I’ve designed is small. I’ve just started to produce some hand made bookmarks for now and shall expand into more stationary, fashion and gift lines for the near future.

Wish me luck!

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Manchester Comic Con and Hyper Japan Goodies!

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I had purchased a lot of goodies during my visit to MCM expo Manchester and Hyper Japan. This is what I hoarded on my travels!

A Japanese snack making kit. This is really cute but I haven’t found the time to use it yet. It creates donut shaped jellies you can decorate and then eat!
You can buy it from Tofu Cute

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My little cousins are obsessed with My Little Pony and have even since forced me to watch it. I haven’t sat down and watched all the episodes (please don’t kill me MLP fans…) But I’ve watched a few clips on YouTube. So I bought them Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle keyrings for them. My friend bought a plugy with a Fluttershy design.
Shop:

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I came across a very cute store filled with handmade felt toys and acrylic earrings. All designs were created by Cherry Abuku. I couldn’t resist getting these little babies! If you didn’t know, I have enough pairs of earrings to wear every day of the year… Its one piece of jewellery I love to change and wear.
Shop for cute acrylic jewellery pieces here!

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I bought this necklace and ring from a lovely girl who makes her own jewellery pieces and sells them from her Livejournal blog. The bunny necklace was Alice in Wonderland inspired. The ice cream ring was just so sparkly and I absolutely LOVE ice cream!!
Shop for cute acrylic jewellery pieces here!

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I also visited the Nanoblocks store and bought some sets to try out! Here I bought the Toucan and Piano set. I was told the Toucan set was the hardest to build.

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I also bought an Owl a while back from MCM Expo. Isn’t she cute? I love the colour purple and her personality remind me of myself :)
You can order one from Artbox online.

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Last but not least, my cute and cuddly Alpaca! This was from my friend Jojo. Her store, Lovejojo, was very pink and she had an army of Alpacas to sell! After the Hyper Japan event she only had 12 left.
Grab an Alpaca before stocks run out now!

What should I name this little darling?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

We Went to Manchester MCM Expo

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MCM Expo Manchester happened on Saturday 20th July. My friends and I headed up North on Friday morning but I missed my coach as I was busy sorting out personal errands for my family. So I ended up getting to Manchester 2 hours later than my friends. However the coach I sat on was more spacious, comfy and allows a pit stop at a service centre compared to the other coach I missed. This, I believe, was due to price as the first bus cost £5 and the one I rode on cost £17 on the day.

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Once in Manchester we shopped around in the city centre and ordered pizza to the hotel as we failed to find Pizza Hut before it shut. It was a fun evening.

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We arrived at the Manchester MCM Expo the following day. This venue was smaller than the London version but was very busy. So busy that the entrance was blocked for 10 minutes to control congestion. There were a variety of stalls where some exhibit in all the MCM expos so there were a few familiar faces. There were many new stalls local to Manchester that I’ve never seen before. People sold cute hats, tote bags, cuddly toys, jewellery, shoes, comics, art, t-shirts and much more. I didn’t buy an awful lot because I restricted myself and didn’t want to fill up my, already tiny, room with more toys.

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After a while of shopping, my friend called me to come over to the DDR machines. In London MCM the arcade/gaming area is always full and hogged by gaming enthusiasts. So to my surprise the DDR and Pump machines were clear and there wasn’t much of a queue nor crowd around them! My friend and I played a fair amount of games and on normal to hard modes which people thought was amazing. They should come to London, I’d be embarrassed to show my skills there with all the pros! However I loved how people of all levels were encouraged to play and weren’t scrutinised. I think it allows people to try out new games and ultimately have fun.

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I even tried out Picmen on the WiiU which I found was fun! The member of staff said I did very well and managed to get the hang of the game, plus almost finish the level, in 2 minutes (I jumped on after a few people attempted the challenge). *does the V pose*

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We left around 5:30 before the rush for the exit began. Had a shower after a ‘gym session’ on the Pump It Up machines and headed out for dinner. We went to Hard Rock Café at The Printworks since none of us had been there before. The restaurant had a good atmosphere with good music and really good food. I tried the local burger of the day which was a lamb and mint burger with fried carrots and onions on top of lettuce and tomato in a bun. Nom nom nom! If you follow my instagram you would have seen my array of foodie photos from my trip.

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The brownie ice cream was big! It was delicious. The strawberry cheesecake tasted really creamy too but it wasn’t as solid as a normal cheesecake should be. The presentation was disappointing compared to the brownie. Although costing the same amount we didn’t think the cheesecake lived up to the cost. Overall our dinner was delicious, the venue was very entertaining and had lots of really cool decorations. Our waiter was very friendly but would be MIA half the time. I guess we were very busy chatting a lot. *le shrug* The dessert was yummy but we just expecting a slice of cheesecake rather than a shot glass filled with the dessert.

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We all enjoyed our mini weekend road trip and plan to do it again next year!! MCM Manchester 2014 I’ll be waiting!

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With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Hyper Japan Summer 2013

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So I visited Hyper Japan over the weekend on Sunday 28th July. There was a lot to see! The venue was massive but there was a lot of unused space. This may have been due to allowing extra room for people to walk around in.

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Sunday wasn’t too busy, there wasn’t a queue at the door compared to Saturday. There was a gaming section where new and retro games could be played! I tried out Wonderful 101 on the WiiU. This is a cooperative game where two people fight monsters together using the joypad to create shapes to create weapons. The weapons are created from people, imagine pikmen and calling your minions to group together and produce a sword for you.

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I also played on the Taiko drums which I found rather hard to play since the drums weren’t as responsive. The second time I played, I used the controller but unfortunately I picked up the wrong one and was playing my friends drum; so we had two players on one drum. No wonder Player1 such a high score and Player2 zero points!

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Next I tried out a very old game called Ghouls and Ghosts. Its a Japanese game where you control a spear throwing knight to kill skeletons that pop up from above or the ground. This was a fun game. It was damn hard though! Every time something would catch me out like a random skull being dropped on you or a skeleton happening to emerge where you’re standing. There was also the Nintendo SNES and Sega Mega drive too but u didn’t have a chance to play. The 8-bit and retro console machines will be at Eurogamer in October!

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Shiro-A, an electro pop performance group, performed at Hyper Japan. They were also selling tickets for their event at their stall. I’ve seen them on YouTube and love them! Its so quirky and cool. They were wearing tubes on their head and was running around the whole hall. If you visited their stand they would also let you put the tube on :)

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The food court had so much to try but it was always very busy. Queues everywhere! By the time it died down and I was able to get some the stalls had sold out. :(

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There was a small stage in one corner where they were doing small performances. I saw a lady perform Rococo, usually a male act, which is a comedy performance told by one person. Her story was simple, it was about two kids buying takoyaki but was a coin short. So the older one tricked the owner by asking for the time mid-counting his payment, so he just continued from the number the owner said. Thinking this was clever, the younger kid decided to do the same the next day. To not screw up the trick he reenacted exactly the same scene, word for word at the same stall. This made the store owner worried and asked if the kid needed to see the doctor (because he was talking to himself, hehehe). When it came to payment, the kid asked for the time half way through counting his coins but of course the time was earlier than where he stopped so he ended up paying more than he needed. The end!

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The performer had really good emotions and acting skills! I found it funny ut think she could have told a better story.

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There was also a music performance from an international flute player, shimikansen and drummer. Separate it was boring in a way but it was what they would normally play in the theatre. The flute was piercing and really high pitched but when you put them together and add in a beat it sounds amazing.

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A singer was also singing along to them and taught the audience part of the lyrics. Its so cute! Da pon da pon da pon pon. Doesn’t mean anything but it’s catchy. Some lady was looking at me weirdly because I was singing along… I gave her a “What?! She taught you too yanno!” look.

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I saw many stalls selling cute items. However I only bought a few items because I didn’t take any money out in the morning! Only had £20 on me. Luckily some stalls took card ^___^ I’ll do a full post on that later.

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Did you visit Hyper Japan? What do you like about the Japanese culture? Would you like to visit Japan? I know I want to go again!

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

MCM Expo London Cosplay 2013

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As mentioned before, I attended the London comic con festival in the bank holiday weekend in May.

Ryu an Ken Cosplay
Ryu and Ken at a cupcake store

There were a lot of cosplayers this year, most in onesie costumes of unicorns *raises hand*, Pikachu or Hamtaro.

Necomini
We tried on Necomimi’s!

There were many lolita girls too, plus lots of famous game and anime characters as usual.

League of Legends was there too and held a tournament. Many fans attended and purchased merchandise. It was so nice! However I didn’t plan on spending money during my attendance so I didn’t buy any champion hats.

Teemo hat
He had a Captain Teemo hat on!
Rammus Hat
He had a Rammus hat on!

Here I’ve showcased the ones I loved and thought were really cool.

With Love,
Kekidoll xxx

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