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Travel Diary: Harajuku, Shibuya & Ikebukuro

In the morning we met my friend, Takahiro, at Harajuku station and headed to the park. We paid our respects and I wanted to hang up a wish plaque but couldn’t think of anything specific to write… Ended up just taking a touristy photo instead :D

Meiji Shrine Gate
Meiji Shrine Gate

At Meiji Shrine
At Meiji Shrine

Afterwards we went to Shibuya for some sushi! OMG, sushi was really inexpensive and the choice was vast. Takahiro took us to one which was self operated using an iPad. You select up to 3 dishes you’d like per order and when ready, the chef will ‘ship it’ to you via an automatic conveyor belt. It was so cool! There was even an option to play Jan Ken Pon (rock, paper, scissors) with the computer after spending over ¥1080, winning allows you the choice of a 10% off voucher on your next visit or a free go at their gashapon. I opted for the gashapon and got myself a cute sushi keyring which I gave my little cousin!
Immi with Sushi
Immi with Sushi

Sushi Platter
Sushi Platter
My Kiddy Meal
My Kiddy Meal

Oh on another occasion, Stefan and I ordered a kids meal as we didn’t want to spend nor eat a lot that day and thought it would suffice. However what we didn’t realise is that we seriously confused the waitress because when the chef pinged for her to collect the food for me, she turned around instantly to confirm the table number. When she looks back at table 1, she sees me sitting there and replies to the chef that there’s no child at the table. The chef shoos her off and she warily walks over and asks me if this children’s meal was mine. Shyly, I replied yes and felt super bad for ordering a non-adult meal D: The others thought it was funny and laughed about it throughout our trip. Oh Japan, how you amused us so. Nevertheless, the kids meal was super yummy with fries, fried chicken, mini sushi pieces and a cake!

Polaroids at Harajuku
Polaroids at Harajuku
Cardcaptor Sakura merch!
Cardcaptor Sakura merch!

Harajuku is a small place with a huge sense of fashion. The world famous Takeashita Street is renowned for the hoards of people who gather to show off their fashion on the weekend. The times I went weren’t very busy and we were able to browse the stores casually. I was very tempted to buy a maid outfit for my next expo as they were having a sale, but couldn’t decide on the colour or design at the time. My friend, Emi took us to her favourite shops, many which were lolita stalls and some quirky ones such as Doki Doki 6%. There was a really nice retro toy shop which we all ended up buying something each as souvenirs or for ourselves.

Takeshita Street
Takeshita Street

Takeshita Street
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In Harajuku
Immi and I kept coming back here to try out the crepes! We found out the hard way that cheese in Japan isn’t the same as cheese in England… Thus their cheesecake isn’t great and tastes really odd. Brownies are rather yummy on the other hand! Nevertheless we enjoyed our pretty crepes.

When you visit Harajuku you definitely must see the Dawson store here. It is huge! The selection is great and you’re bound to find a few souvenirs to bring home. I stocked up on some cute washi tapes and DIY keyring kits for my little cousins!

Dressing up for our purikura shoot
Dressing up for our purikura shoot

Onesies
Onesies for Purikura!

Purikura
One of the many Purikura photos :)

After a long day of shopping and eating, Emi took us to the purikura shop. Purikura is famous in Japan where you can take sticker photos with beauty x100 (exaggeration) plus enlarge dolly-like eyes. You’re also able to dress up for free and decorate your photos at the booth afterwards. I had a lot of fun and the photos came out great! (although we seriously don’t look like ourselves… Heh )

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

The Breakfast Club - London Bridge

Breakfast Club Review: London Bridge

I headed to the Breakfast Club in London Bridge with a few colleagues during lunch. The place was packed and we ended up queuing for around 15-20 minutes, which wasn’t so bad.  The service was very fast and the staff were super friendly too! We even chatted about having different flavoured milkshakes and that they needed to include a signature Oreo milkshake! mmm…*drools*

The Breakfast Club - London Bridge
The Breakfast Club Sign

Deciding on which dish to choose
Outside waiting for our table. What to choose, what to choose!

We were all super hungry but I always find it hard to order due to the fact that at I want to eat everything available on the menu… I ended up picking Eggs Royale which Krystal has last time, plus a breakfast tea to help me warm up as I’d been ill earlier in the week.
Eggs Royale
Eggs Royale: Poached Eggs with Salmon and Holladaise Sauce with a side helping of potatoes

The Full Monty
The Full Monty: bacon, sausage, black pudding, eggs, home-style fried potatoes, mushrooms, beans, grilled tomato and toasted multigrain bloomer

The food was delicious! Eggs Royale comes with a poached egg on a muffin, smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce on top. I added an extra helping of potatoes on the side since I was super hungry. I thought the smoked salmon was very smokey which made it a lot more salty. However the hollandaise sauce countered it and accompanied the dish really well.

The English Tea came with a mini milk glass which was so cute! I was told to steal it… I didn’t. Maybe next time… (lol).

Breakfast Tea
My breakfast tea with a cute mini milk bottle

So that was my second time visiting the Breakfast Club and I’m sure I’ll be going again in the near future. It’s so tasty!

Photo at Breakfast Cluib
Group Photo!

Have you been to the breakfast club? Which meal should I try out next?

All my love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Platter for 2

Bodeans. A meat feast fit for a king.

So for Manni’s birthday we all were invited to Bodeans for dinner.  Bodeans is a BBQ meat shack that boasts delicious barbecued meats in hearty portions. So if you’re a hungry hippo or feeling extra hungry, the this is the place for you.
The menu
The decor inside has a western ranch-like feel to it. With hanging wall ornaments to antler lamps.
Antler Lamps
Restaurant Decor
As a group of 5, we ordered a dish each and a platter for 2 one (sidejoke) to share between us. The meal was absolutely delicious and we managed to devour the whole table of food. I think we consumed too much salt for one evening though…
Ready for their meal
And without further adieu, I present you the glorious meats. Which I like to call foodporn. You should look away now if you’re a herbivore…
Honeycomb Milkshakes

Beef Ribs

Baby Rack of Ribs

Platter for 2
Our platter for “1”

Steak with Sweet Potato Frites

Our Bodeans Meal
Our Bodeans Meal

Where’s your best BBQ shack?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Derbyshire Bike Ride

Over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend a bunch of friends and I drove all the way up to Derbyshire to hire some bikes for a day of exercise in the countryside of the Peak District. We actually did this last year and had so much fun, scare and giggles that we decided it as a yearly event.

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Biking Group ^^

There were 9 of us this time and we came very prepared for food, snacks and torches (we had to ride in the dark last time since we got lost). We had bought way too much!
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So many sandwiches for 9 people...

It was a love weekend and the weather was so sunny! Happy days ^^ We rode for 24 miles and managed to not go off track (everyone decided to own a map this time) and completed it in 4.5 hours. Yay!
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The countryside was amazing

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So sunny!

After a long afternoon of bike riding we head back to the hotel for a short rest before going to Cherry Tree Farm for some delicious din din. This place is a pub chain with amazing carvery, mains and desserts that is great value for money! If you ever come across this chain you should definitely try it!
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The were just resting on each other. So cute!

Now I shall leave you with images to make your drool.
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Ice Cream!! *drools*

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The cakes looked amazing

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Sharing platter

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Salmon Salad - Too much for one person!

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Chocolate and Strawberry Cheesecake

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Lemon Tart

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Review: The Diner

The Diner is an American Diner chain. This particular one I went to was situated in Covent Garden. The Diner was really easy to get to from Covent Garden. It’s literally in the corner from Shaftesbury Avenue, opposite Forbidden Planet.

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The upstairs seating area (sorry stranger)

We were seated in the booths downstairs which were much quieter than the tables upstairs and also very comfy for our party of 6.

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Printed merchandise

We ordered burgers, hotdogs and sides for each person. I managed to finish mine as well as other chips since I seem to have a massive appetite haha. Although I think the portion sizes are reasonable and you’re able to share fries between friends.

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The wide selection of food

The food tasted very nice. I had the Juicy Lucy which was a pulled pork burger and it was absolutely delicious! For sides I ordered sweet potato fries which came crispy and thin. I liked them but I would have preferred it to be slightly thicker because I enjoy the fluffiness of cooked potatoes.

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Us lot chilling while waiting for food

I was planning to order a milkshake but as I always found when eating at Byron, it fills me up before the meal so I ended up just ordering a berry juice which was very tangy.

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My Juicy Lucy and Sweet Potato Fries

I would definitely revisit just for the Juicy Lucy, it was so good!

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Delicious fooood

When was the last time you had a burger?

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So goooood

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

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It is all mine!!
All of us on New Years

Happy New Year!

Wishing all my readers a Happy New Year filled with joyful events, wonderful times and a prosperous year.

All of us on New Years
All of us on New Years <3

Before the New Year, my friends and I went to the Christmas trail at Kew Gardens.

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I found it disappointing since it wasn’t Christmassy at all. Yes there were pretty lights that illuminated the trees and path to help you be along your way but it wasn’t fancy at all. There were speakers that emitted robotic sounds which they (the scientists) believe are the voices of the aquatic plants.

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So along the illuminated trail, there were people who were “talking” to the plants by chucking stones into the pond or jar. However my friend believes it is just the vibrations from the stone when it hits the water; I kinda believe that more. Anyway, the transcripts should be available online early April 2014.

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For new years eve we all went round JoJo’s house for a teppanyaki night. There was a LOT of food so we all filled our stomachs, ready for the night ahead of us.

Teppanyaki Grill
Look at all the food galore!!
Eating our meat wrapped in lettuce
Eating our meat wrapped in lettuce
Teppanyaki Grill
LETS COOK!

When the clock stroke midnight, the TV on, champagne was poured and we were slowly counting down to the New Year, anticipating for the fireworks of London.

The fireworks this year were amazing. There was soooo much flare, color and variation. I think we had the best seats in the house – in front of the wide screen TV – others at the event had to stand in the pouring rain.

Bub from Bubble Bobble
I drew Bub from Bubble Bobble

After the countdown, we tried to release some sky lanterns with wishes written on. Although most of us knew it wouldn’t work due to the storm and high wind, we still tried. We managed to light both lanterns after a good 5 minutes trying to block the wind but before it could fill up with hot air, it started to burn the tissue paper and create a hole :( so even after releasing the lantern didn’t fly very far…

Korean Dance Festival
Korean Dance Festival on the wii

After our failed attempt at the sky lanterns we ended up back at the house singing karaoke to English, Chinese and Korean songs ^^

Playing Just Dance on the Wii
Posing for Just Dance on the Wii

Then at 4am we did up Just Dance on the Wii and did lots of boogie-ing. I found that the Korean dances had more challenging moves and actually make you move your whole body more then the English version. It also had Wonder Girls’ Nobody which Krystal and I plan to master lol!

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I didn’t go to bed till 7am so I was really tired and had been leaving sleep until last night.

Hope everyone enjoyed the New Year! How were the fireworks for you?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

She moved to the country “down under”…

So my friend, who I’ve known for over 10 years, decided she wanted to immigrate to Australia, the land “Down Under”, and live with her boyfriend as well as the kagaroos and koala bears. Its such a long haul flight of 24 hours with a 2 hour stop in Dubai, it’s absolutely ridiculous! I thought Hong Kong was a long enough flight! I would really love to visit her but I would need to save up and wait till she settles in her new home and has a place for me to stay.

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She has already planned this since last year and has even had a long holiday including an internship at a designer PJ company. It was so exciting listening to her stories :) She arrives tomorrow and I’ll miss her very very much. I will have to resort to using Skype or Facebook to keep in contact. Boo~ she is the second friend whom is dear to me to be going to live overseas; it makes me wanna go too…

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To say our goodbyes and farewells, I organised a girlie day out filled with good food and shopping in London. Our original option was Brighton but the rail works were operating that day so London it was!
I took her firstly to Marco Pierre in Sloane Square for a 2-course steak lunch with champagne cocktail. It was delicious and she loved it! I would totally recommend this restaurant but please be warned about it’s price; I was lucky enough to have a Groupon voucher at the time.

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Afterwards we took a gander around the shops at Oxford Circus and Piccadilly. We didn’t find anything we liked but had tried on so many outfits we would never have bought or be seen wearing! It was very funny. Ended up waltzing into Primark since we felt like we wanted to buy something but didn’t want to part with too much money. Tee hee.
Wish you a very safe flight Eva! <3

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Do you have a friend or family who has moved abroad that you miss very much?

With Love,
Keki xoxo

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