Monday, December 19, 2016

GRADUATION // Farewell Uni σ(≧ε≦o)

Good afternoon everyone! It has been a little over a month since I graduated from my degree, officially, and it has been a journey since unofficially graduating from my degree(back in June).  

I attended my graduation ceremony where my family all tagged along, except my mum as she had to work, but she made it just in time for the ceremony. 

I also brought along my SailorMoon Moon Stick, because why not! 

I started off studying Social Works & Japanese, until 2.5 year into my degree the program had a major change to the Social Work part of my degree. The results of the changes would delay my graduation and I would have to restudy everything I had done up until then. So I decided to changed my degree to Japanese & Human Resource Management, so I could graduate as soon as I could. 

Uni, by far, has been the best experience of my entire schooling life. I met amazing people, friends, instructors and mentors along the way, PLUS, I felt like I had more freedom and time in comparison to my high school days. 

I think I'm really going to miss my uni, but I'll be back because my boyfriend intends to go for his PhD next year and he'll be wearing the floppy puffy graduation hats when he graduates again! 

Only 4 more days till I go on holidays!! Cannot wait to explore and eat this summer! 
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

YAKITORI YURIPPI in Sydney ⁽(◍˃̵͈̑ᴗ˂̵͈̑)⁽

Hello hello to all my wonderful readers out there! I apologise that I haven't been blogging much these days as I've been trying to edit videos for my youtube channel and I got a little side tracked with it~ But today I shall be sharing another food review on Yakitori Yurippi. 
7 Falcon St Crows Nest, NSW 2065
Opening Hours: MON-SUN: 5pm - 10pm
PH: (02) 8041 9261

Yakitori Yurippi is located in Crows Nest and has a izayaka(informal Japanese gastropub) style atmosphere. They offer delicious char-grilled Yakitori skewers and various drinks such as beer, wine, sake, whiskey, etc. The are very busy over the weekends, so expect at least a 15-30 minute wait, but you can always book a table to ensure your seats. 

I started the night with plum whiskey on the rocks and my boyfriend got good old beer. I really liked the taste of the plum whiskey as it was slightly sour-citrus taste, which was very refreshing to have. 

We had a side dish of Wasabi Octopus [たこわさ] ($4.90), which was well seasoned and fresh too! If you've never had raw octopus before, it has a firm and satisfyingly chewy, but it should not be rubbery. 

I also ordered Burdock Root chips [ごぼうチップス] ($4.90), which was crispy and perfect to have with our beer and whiskey! 

All skewers are cooked to order, so you will definitely be getting piping hot and fresh skewers! We ordered a few different skewers to eat where they are priced between $2.90-$4.50 per skewer. Additionally you can choose the seasoning, between simple salt or sweet soy special sauce. 

The first few skewers we ordered were the Nankotsu, Araniki Cheese, Torikawa & Butabara, all dipped in their special soy sauce. The Nankotsu is cartilage, which was crunchy and delicious. The Araniki cheese, is cheese kransky where the cheese oozes out as your bite into the sausage. The Torikawa was grilled chicken skin and to be as delicious, even though it sounds so fattening! Last one we tried on our plate was their Butabara skewer, which was pork belly. It was juicy, succulent and tender!  

We also ordered another side of Gyoza [餃子]. Gyoza is one of my favourite sides to order whenever I eat at Japanese restaurants! The dish was really hot when it came out of the kitchen and the meat inside the dumpling was super juicy

Next round of skewers we ordered the Negima, Shiitake and Leba, again all dipped in the special soy sauce. The Negima, was chicken and shallot, which was tender and exquisite. The Shiitake mushroom skewer was grilled perfectly, as I could taste a the natural flavours, which was very strong. The Leva, which is liver, was very interesting. It was firm yet tender. 

The Tsukune,  Japanese chicken meat ball with an onsen egg, was beautiful! The flavours of the marinate chicken and onsen egg went very well together and I really enjoyed this skewer. 

We also tried the Hotate Konbu butter, which is Scallop with Konbu Butter and the Asparagus Bacon. The scallop was perfectly grilled and was not tough at all. As for the asparagus bacon, it was alright, nothing really special~ 
The last skewer we ordered that night was the Gyu Karubi, wagyu beef. This was my boyfriends' favourite skewer of the night as the wagyu was juicy, tender and delightful to have. If you love your beef I highly recommend this skewer. 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

What to pack for Japan // Winter & Summer edition o(*>ω<*)o

It has been a while since I last did a travel packing list as the last one was for "Summer in New Zealand"Today I'll be sharing both my Summer and Winter packing list for Japan, but there are a few things to keep a note of. One of them is whether you have access to a washing machine at your accommodation. The last 2 trips to Japan I stayed with AirBnB accommodations and we had a washing machines in most of our accommodation. This helped minimise my packing and allowed more room for my shopping!
However do keep in mind shopping for clothes in Japan may be difficult for some, especially at those cute boutique stores around Harajuku or cosplay costumes at Akihabara. They mainly cater towards average Japanese girls sizes, which range between AU6-12 (females). If you're more curvier or bigger than other girls it's okay, because big departments such as ZARA, H&M, Forever21, Uniqlo do provide sizes beyond AU12, which is great! 

Anyways, I've put together a little female edition guide for what to pack to Japan, if you're planning to go during either their summer or winter season. Since I was in Japan for roughly 12 days for both trips, I will be sharing a 2 weeks list of clothes to pack for winter and summer. Additionally I've added in some notes under some categories to keep in mind of how I made this list.

Winter in Japan starts from December to February, where white soft snow cover pretty much everything. A few favourite things about the winter season include the hot springs (onsen), fukubukuro (Lucky bags) during New Year sales and of course the food! 

They also have many Winter illumination show, where I was super lucky to see one as my friend from Japan took me there. It was amazing. Plus for those who love skiing or snowboarding, definitely find Japan's ski field's quite amazing and beautiful. I went to Japan from mid February 2015 to early March 2015, and it was still quite cold, plus it did rained quite a few days while I was there. I had been to Japan once before back in 2008 with my parents and I remembered how cold it could get so I ensured I was packing all the right clothes!

  • 3 x Shirts/tops
  • 2 x Heat-Tech undershirts (from Uniqlo)*
  • 2 x Jeans/Pants
  • 2 x Heat-tech under leggings (from Uniqlo)*
  • 2 x Sweaters/Jumpers
  • 1 x Water & windproof jacket 
  • 1 x Winter Coat
  • 1 x sets of PJ's
  • 1 x set of swimwear: if you intend to go swimming or to public unisex hot springs(onsen). 
  • 5 x Bras
  • 5 x pairs of Undies
  • 5 x pairs of (thick) Socks
  • 2 x pair of Shoes: Sneakers & Boots
  • 1 x Bag: One carry bag to place your passport, wallet, phone, etc. such as a backpack (carry-on) for when you board the plane.
  • 1 x Scarf*
  • 1 x Beanie*
  • 1 x Umbrella* or Raincoat*
KEY: "*" means you can leave behind and purchase (more) in Japan

In Japan, summer is the season of celebrations as there are many festivals during this season. These festivities are bound to have firework displays, delicious kakigori (shaved-ice) and colourful yukata's. Summer is so far my preferred season to go to Japan, as I have yet to go during their Spring and Autumn seasons.

During summer, the weather in Japan changes from rainy season to hot humid sunny days over the period of June to August. I went to Japan during late July in 2015, and there was plenty of sun and fairly few rainy days that I encountered. 

The fact that I have never been to Japan during their summer season before, was going to change the way I packed (as I've only been going during their winter season). So here is my ultimate female travel packing list for 2 weeks in Japan, Summer edition. Now packing for the summer season is vastly different compared to packing for Japan's winter season.

If you're planning to go during Japan's summer season, then here is the ultimate packing list for you. Since I was in Japan for roughly 12 days, I will be sharing a 2 weeks list of things to pack. Additionally, like the winter section, I have added in some notes under some categories to keep in mind of how I made this list.
KEY: "*" means you can leave behind and purchase (more) in Japan


  • 3 x Shirts/tops
  • 4 x Shorts/skirt: I honestly didn't need to wear jeans at all because of the hot humid weather.
  • 2 x Outer tops: a thin sweater or cardigan is great to place into your bag when the day gets a bit chilly.
  • 1 x sets of PJ's
  • 1 x set of swimwear: if you intend to go swimming or to public unisex hot springs(onsen). 
  • 5 x Bras
  • 5 x pairs of undies
  • 4 x pairs of socks
  • 2 x Shoes: sneakers and sandal/flats/flip flops.
  • 1 x Bag: One carry bag to place your passport, wallet, phone, etc. such as a backpack (carry-on) for when you board the plane.
  • A pair of Sunglasses*
**I literally left to Japan with all my clothes in my carry-on luggage, which was inside my check-in luggage (small suitcase inside the big suitcase), because of how little I packed. There are 2 reasons behind this packing list, first, I was planning to buy clothes in Japan and go a little crazy, but if you're not going to do a whole lotta clothes shopping then I suggest bringing a few more outfits to wear throughout the weeks. Secondly, most AirBnb places we stayed in had a washing machine, meaning we could re-wear all the clothes we did bring and also wash our PJ's early in the morning and hang them out to dry before we left for the day.

After clothes are sorted, other basic items such as toiletries, technology and money are also needed for a trip to Japan, so I have put together a generic list of what you'll need to pack for both the summer and winter season. 

  • Toothbrush/paste*: If you do forget though, you can purchase these at the convenient store, at around ¥200-500.
  • Medicine: e.g. Asthma inhalers, Panadol, prescription medicine, allergy pills, etc.
  • Minimal skincare/makeup & makeup removal products*: I brought very minimal makeup & makeup remover as I knew I would be buying heaps in Japan. As for skincare I would suggest bringing sample sized or travel size to make more room for your new purchases. 
**Again I was planning to buy makeup and some skincare products in Japan, which is why there was no need for me to bring all my makeup products.

  • Travel conversion adaptor: you really need this if you want to charge anything! 
  • Laptop: To move all your photos onto your laptop to free up memory space on your memory cards, rather than constantly buying new ones.
  • Camera
  • Mobile: Some AirBnB accommodations provide free wifi or you can take photos with your phone if you do not own a camera.

  • Passport: Bring it with you ALWAYS! You can shop tax-free at bigger department stores. 
  • Drivers license: Can be used as a form of ID card, to enter bars and clubs.
  • Boarding Pass: Print out a copy of your boarding information so you can make sure you have enough time to travel to the airport. 
  • Journal/Pen: I like to record what I did everyday and it helps jolt my memory when I need to blog about it too. 
  • Japanese money: Exchange some Yen before going to Japan and bring your credit cards too. 
**Japan only accepts YEN ‎(¥), so plan ahead and prepare some cash before you fly off.  They also accept VISA cards too which is great for when you shop at bigger department stores as they may have special promotions or offers where you can get further discount if you use a VISA card. You can also withdraw cash from the international ATM's located in 7-eleven i. Make sure you do look for the "i" on the 7/11 sign, if you're looking to withdraw some cash. 

Good evening everyone! I'm on a roll with my videos on my youtube channel, but I will slowly be updating my blog every week (hopefully!)! Comment below on which category blog post you'd like to see next!!

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Monday, October 31, 2016

[Beauty Review] Innisfree Aloe Revital Sleeping Pack (*≧▽≦)

It's been about 5 months since I last did an Innisfree product review and I'm finally back with some more reviews as I made some new purchases earlier this month from the Innisfree website. Today I'll be reviewing the Aloe revital sleeping pack, which has a similar function to the Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Pack. The main difference between the two is that the Aloe sleeping pack focuses on hydrating the skin while you sleep, whereas the Green tea one is more focusing on brightening your complexion.

We all know aloe is an highly used ingredient, especially in the skin care industry, as it leaves the skin super hydrated and soothes sunburns too. 

The Aloe Sleeping pack contains 78% extracts of Jeju organic fresh aloe flesh and aims to soothe the skin and strengthen the skin barrier to make it vibrant and feeling fresh. It also prevents the loss of moisture and ensures your skin stays hydrated, along with madecassoside which assists in revitalising the skin, while removing dead skin cells too.  

It has a very lightweight gel-like texture, which is easily absorbed into the skin and doesn't have a strong odour compared to the Green tea sleeping pack. It is also Free of colorant, mineral oil, artificial fragrances, animal ingredients and imidazolidinyl urea. Plus the Jeju aloe flesh have the amazing lifespan as they are strong enough to survive and even prolong their life when they're pulled out and left in the hot sun for over 6 months. 

Overall: ★★★★★
I use this product every night before I go to bed and I can honestly say I absolutely love using it, as it is incredibly moisturising and has almost none-little odour. It is also great for all skin types which makes it perfect to apply during the evening. I usually apply a grape-sized amount onto my face and neck, massaging it gently into my skin until it is fully absorbed. The next morning, I would go ahead and do my usual morning rinse and I would find that my skin feels super hydrated and softer too. The price is also super reasonable at only AUD$18.80 on their website. I know I'll be purchasing more because I'll be needing this when I travel at the end of the year! 

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Evening everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful Halloween evening! I spent mine prepping my clean eat meals and getting some videos together, so I have been pretty productive since I got home! This year I didn't really do any Halloween videos because I just wasn't prepared nor did I have the time to do so, but next year I will definitely prepare some treats for you then! Until then, click here to read my Horror theme anime recommendations for the occasion. 

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