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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

Asakusa Temple

Travel Diary: Tokyo, Japan

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.

On the plane
Leaving for Japan!
The city of lights below
Up in the sky

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.

Making curry
Making curry in the apartment

Curry with an omelette on top :)
Curry with an omelette on top :)

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.

Family Mart Food
Om nom nom nom

One Piece
Watching One Piece from episode 1 with cheap eats from Family Mart :)

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 😁

Asakusa Temple
Asakusa Temple

For those interested we ended up visiting:

  1. Tokyo Tower
  2. Tokyo Skytree
  3. Character Street
  4. Harajuku
  5. Shijuku
  6. Akihabara
  7. Asakusa
  8. Kamakura
  9. 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 :)

we found Shibuya 109
Visitng Shibuya 109

It was an amazing experience and I would definitely visit again! Maybe to Osaka, Kyoto or Hokkaido.

All my love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Japan Matsuri 2014

During the weekend I went to Japan Matsuri being held in Trafalgar Square for one day only. I had totally forgotten about this event until my friend mentioned it the evening before, so I decided to go very last minute. I managed to drag a friend along who met me there but soon found out that some other friends went too via Facebook (why you no invite me?! Hmph!)

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Japan Matsuri!
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I was an air hostess for a day xD
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Please welcome Captain Sean! XD

The event space was large as they used up the whole of Trafalgar Square. There errent many shops to buy much from though as they were all really small and 80% of the stalls sold food. However, the queues were massive and the portion sizes were too small for my liking so Sean and I decided to eat at BiBimBap in SoHo instead.

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Okonomiyaki
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Japanese Tableware
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My panda bowls and free miso soup!

There weren’t a lot of freebies to collect so I ended up buying these cute little panda bowls from the tableware stall that I’ve been eyeing up ever since I saw their store in Hyper Japan. I also drank a lot of Yakult in one day…

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We saw Kumomon
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Siro-A
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Music performance

There were a lot of performances happening on the stage including music, yukachara (mascots), dancing, drums as well as SIRO-A performing a short act ^^

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We got to meet Domo-Kun!

Did you go to the event too?

With love,
Keki xoxo

Hot Pot at Krystal’s

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For a weekend last year, my group of friends decided we would have a hot pot dinner. We all travelled down to Krystal’s flat where her boyfriend drove us to the Korean supermarket H-Mart and Wing Yip to get some fresh meats, vegetables, dumplings, noodles and hot pot supplies.

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A hot pot is a Eastern way of cooking. It’s a great way to get a group of friends together to chat and play games since it requires zero cooking skill. Everyone has their own bowl and utensils. They place the food inside the pot of boiling soup and wait till it is cooked. Then they take the cooked food out, dip it in sauce, and nom! It’s such a fun way to eat.

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I had never been to a Korean supermarket (H-Mart) before and was amazed by the amount of oriental foods widely available. It was here where I tried my first kimbap; it was soooooooo good! I haven’t found this somewhere near London before. It’s Korea’s version of sushi rolls but they use sesame oil to season their rice rather than vinegar. I tried the vegetarian and meat variety, I can say that the one with the beef filling was much tastier due to the juices it contained.

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Our group bought so many snacks to take home. Some even got ice-cream mochi!

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As there was a lot of traffic in the morning, we didn’t manage to arrive back to the flat till the afternoon to start the hot pot. Luckily, others only just started to turn up a minute after we set foot inside. We played the Wii while waiting for the soup to boil. ‘Just Dance‘ was the game of the event! We recorded so many funny videos. We’ve now gone on a mission to find the Korean ‘Just Dance’ version as it contains many popular dances and funny/sexy moves we would love the guys to try out! (I’m talking Bo Peep by T-Ara, Bubble Pop by HyunA and Gangnam Style by PSY) – We managed to find a Korean Dance Festival game which we played on the New Year.

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Do you usually organise little gatherings like these with your friends? What do you normally do?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Christmas Cheer

Christmas was filled with lots of delicious food with the family. We had a massive feast with roasted pork, bbq ribs, deep fried wontons, steak, chicken, duck and vegetables. Om nom nom!

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Yummy Feast

All the family came down and we all filled our stomachs with meat and dessert. I had fun decorating the cheesecake with little Santas and ice cream.
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Cute little strawberry santas

We all exchanged presents after dinner. Some of my little cousins got spoilt with presents!
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The little one couldn't hold all her presents!!

I also did a lot of shopping in the Christmas sales and bought so many new jumpers plus a new Fiorelli bag! It’s so pretty ^^
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My new Fiorelli bag!

I also got to meet up with my friend, Eva, who moved down to Australia! Its been so long. She’s very well and has found a flat to rent! From the photos she showed me it looked really spacious and had an amazing view. It comes with two beds and two bathrooms (err why?! Lol guess no need to have a bathroom schedule xD). Now I need to save up for that holiday!! Eva also gave me really sweet handmade bracelets and a kawaii keyring! Love them ^^
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I was very blessed this Christmas and had a lot of fun on my time off ^^ How was your Christmas?

A happy new year to you all!

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.
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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

Bargain Hunting: Dresses, Make Up, Bags

On the July 4th weekend I went back home to visit mum in the countryside. The weather was lovely and really hot. So many people were on the roads towards the beaches but I went bargain hinting with my family instead.

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Avom products

Every summer Sunday markets (car boot sales) open on large fields in towns and villages. We decided to head to one in Crawley to find any good unwanted clothes, books, furniture, produce or beauty products. These markets sell anything nowadays and many people have set up business selling at these large scale markets that run from 6am to 1pm. I vision it as an offline, cheaper eBay.

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Floral dress

During my hunt I managed to grab some, new and old, dresses and Avon make-up. I would have bought some books for 25p but I didn’t want to carry a lot when I travelled back to London. Plus I haven’t found the time to finish my reading list yet! My cousin on the other hand did really well. She found some really nice dresses under £3, 2 wicker baskets (IKEA) for 40 pence each! Plus a cute moustache clock for £1.50 (worth £12) and little shark camera bag for £1.

These Sunday markets/car boot sales are a great way to clear out unwanted items in your home. Another man’s trash could be another man’s treasure. This is why my cousin and I are planning to sell at one ourselves. Just need time to do a good tidy of the wardrobe and pack items I wouldn’t mind selling for under £3.

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Blue Polka dot Dress

There are many of these large scale car boot sales across the country so if you’re looking to find some bargains or just to get rid of stuff for some cash then try visiting one this weekend! The cost varies per market but its usually 50 pence entrance fee and around £10 to rent a stall space.

Do you love bargains? Have you visited a Sunday market before?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

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