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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

Working in Hong Kong

As you may know from a previous post, I’ve been working abroad. Myself and two other colleagues were sent to Dubai to visit the new office and other colleagues there, then jetted off to the city of Hong Kong.

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Harbour view at night

We were there for a total of 12 days and most of the trip was spent planning where to eat next. The food in Hong Kong is amazing! Much better than in UK, I miss it already! I’ve been posting most on Instagram already but if you missed it…
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A selection of food we sampled in Hong Kong

I worked on projects from the UK as well as new projects for our Asia launch. Our company is planning to expand internationally which is really exciting, so the three of us were working our asses off 12-15 hours every day (mad I know, but the work ethic over there is really outstanding. People will work long hours to get things done and sometimes ahead of schedule). New websites and campaigns were created and launched which took us 3 days to do. I realises that I was able to achieve a lot more than I normally would once I put my head down to it.
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The CoCoon office

We worked from an adhoc desk rental space called CoCoon. It’s a really bright and friendly office space to be working from. Everyone was really nice and there were so many startups building their business it was a real eye opener. They hold a lot of events there like pitches form new startups to talk about their business and win investors. It was really interesting! (Maybe I’ll write about it in another post) We also participated in an internship event where startup companies interviewed a group if Hong Kong University students to hire some for the spring term to help them out for 4 weeks. We ended up hiring 3 to help us out with search campaigns and to teach them statistics.
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Last dinner outing, unfortunately Diane couldn't make it

On our weekend, the boss took us hiking up Dragons Back (yes even on our time off we had a ‘family day’ outing Lol!) All the way to Big Mouth Bay. It was a two hour hike which I actually enjoyed. The fresh air felt refreshing and woke us all up. The weather was pleasant and not scorching hot to the point I felt dehydrated. So it was a lovely day trip which ended with a nice Vietnamese meal in Stanley, and then back to the hotel for a meeting to plan our week ahead.
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At the top of Dragon's Back

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We arrived at the beach!

I was exhausted by the end of it and was so glad to see my own bed when I set foot in the house. I didn’t unpack till a couple days later Lol. We didn’t have much time to go shopping so I only managed to buy a few new skirts but a lot of masks and some make up from SaSa.
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Korean BBQ Meal

When I got back I felt like I was about to collapse. I had never slept so much in such a short period of time! So glad to be home. ^^

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Blogging on the Go, for that busy bee inside you

Blogging on my phone
Blogging on my phone

Since I have a busy schedule, I’m having to balance my work life with my social life, as well as finding time to blog on my site. I can’t neglect you all can I?

I’m always finding it hard to find time to blog and comment on other blogs in my every day life. This is similar to many other bloggers who don’t post for up to a whole months time! I aim to blog every 4-5 days though, my new years resolution; so far so good. However, what I usually do now is blog on the go! I’ve downloaded the WordPress app on my phone so now whenever I’m travelling on the train or bus (like now) I would tap away on my phone about something I did earlier that week  Its something very easy to do and since I don’t necessarily do much during these trips to and from work, its very good to fill up time by blogging.

As for commenting, I would usually read and return comments during my lunch break. This means I’m constantly bound to the computer so I also try to take trips outside and have a 5-10 minute stroll to stretch my legs plus rest my eyes from the computer screen.

All in all, the mobile app has made my blogging life so much easier. It’s very simple and easy to use! All I have to do is select a topic, write my content, add the photos and then save it as a draft ready to schedule it to publish when I reach somewhere with internet. I love it!

I hope I can continue to blog about my adventures and exciting places I come across to you. If I haven’t managed to return your comment I do apologise, but I will try my best to reply and comment on new blogs too! If you want to exchange follows on Bloglovin’ please drop a note and just click the button below! I try to keep up-to-date with my reading on that site :)

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How do you go about blogging and how does it affect your everyday life?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

My Annoyances When Living in London

I’ve been living in the capital for over half a year now and have found many little things that has started to bug me and make me mutter under my breath.
These mostly occurring when I’m travelling in public transport:

  • London commuters walking into me and then give me a stern look to say “why the f**k are you in my way woman?!” As if I deliberately walked in their line of path to stop them from getting to work… Ugh, they need to look at where they’re looking and also apologise to me!
  • Massive crowds at the station at peak hours in office concentrated areas. I feel suffocated when I wait for the train.
  • Delays on trains when I’m in a hurry. If it were a matter of life or death I’d be doomed.
  • People not being friendly. No one in London says please and thank you. What we were taught in school seemed to have been left in the classroom… If someone (stranger) is friendly to me, mostly applies to guys, my housemate says it’s because they want to get into my panties… Scary.
  • Bus drivers not stopping for you or closes the door on you because you were one step too late. Buses should also have signs notifying if they’re full, meaning it won’t be stopping at the bus stop.
  • People late in catching the bus who start waving for the driver to wait up and open the door are all friendly and nice at first, but if the driver doesn’t and drives off they go foul instantly; cursing and making gestures as the bus drives off. Just wait for the next one dammit.
  • Commuters who complain about waiting for 5 minutes for public transport. I’ve waiting for 1 hour for a train before. Try living in the countryside where public transport is scarce and learn to be patient!
  • Londoners who spit in the street… Just eww.
  • Travellers who stand in front of the train door but don’t press the button to open it. Instead someone else behind has to…
  • Long queues when trying to top up my oyster card. Some people just don’t understand the machines for some reason and end up pressing buttons all day… They need a member of staff on duty to help customers.

Sorry for all the ranting but it’s becoming out of hand a little and I just need somewhere to express myself and let off some steam.

The city is so different to my lil village. I feel kinda lost and am not at ease… Booooo~ There are some nice perks but its not really beneficial to me personally. I think I’m too used to the friendly atmosphere, where everyone knows everyone and crime is to a minimum.

Over and out,
Keki xoxo

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