everything bows

i'm delaying my japan trip post for now. moving on to my posts about bows. everyone like bows and ribbons. who doesn't?!! they are cute, fun and girly. naturally, i fall for them too.

welcome to my collection :)

fun chart. do you agree?
hope this post brightens up your day and gives you a jolt of "girlyness"

japan nite + b’day

last week was sxsw in austin. formore information about this event, visit their website. basically, it's a set of music + movies + interactive festivals and conferences. i did not purchase the wristband (it's $500-$700 0_0). it's expensive and i had to work. you have to be there from day to night to make your money worth. anyway, we went to japan nite tour. the bands are from japan and they are awesome. some of the merchandise profit will be donated to help japan and they were people collecting donation as well. one of member from lolita no.18 is from sendai. it was very touching to hear her first-handed story. please pray for japan! gambare! the crowd was pretty wild as people shoved, jumped, and screamed whole night. my ears were ringing so badly.





2 weekends ago was my birthday. is birthday a reminder that you're getting older? i like to think that it's a day for a reason to eat! mr. adventure cooked a lovely breakfast and baked a mantao cake. then, i cleaned up the house. i know i'm weird. but, i think cleaning is therapeutic and i always feel great when i'm done and everything is in order. after cleaning, we went for a bike ride. great to be outdoors on a lovely day. at night, we went out for food and fun with friends. we had way too much food and was super stuffed.



mantao giving me a present?


went out for a spring break fun although we have no spring break :(


picked up birthday present from sephora and victoria secret


mr. adventure got me a clarisonic mia. so, far i'm loving it!


thoughts and prayers to japan

everyone was shocked by the devastating news on friday, march 11th 2011. it's tragic and saddening to everyone in the world. it's amazing how japan absorbs disaster with admirable calm and fortitude. please pray that family and friends are able to get in touch with one another and give your thoughts to those that were taken by the earthquake and tsunami.

the estimated lost was $180B. please help through your employer matching charity or other legit charity.

shibuya crossing aftershocks.

shibuya crossing goes dark to maintain power reserves. taken by tokyo resident brian scott peterson. (Reblogged from pureaesthetic)

shibuya crossing when i was there a little over a month ago.

kite festival + fashion dupe

austin weather is so unpredictable. i have to check the weather every morning before planning my OOTD making iphone a plus to have. last saturday was austin's anual kite festival. they had competitions, food vendors, and basically people just lay on their blanket or attempt to fly kites. the weather was great, but more wind would be better.
it think more than 1k people showed up. we had to park very far cos' they had the parking full sign up. it was pretty empty as we walked past. lesson learned....ignore those signs.

OOTD. hat and shoes from malaysia(love shopping there). top from mng. skirt from japan. purse from longchamp. necklace from dior.

my 2nd fav carnival treat. no.1 fav is churros. yum :P

jumbo corn dog.

love this colorful frog kite.

a giant blue teddy bear kite. it took them a long time to fly it.
i was browsing zara website and saw this beautiful embroidered dress which look so similar to the one i bought from malaysia. zara version: $99.
my version: $12. i love shopping in asia :)
it's friday tomorrow. yippeee...........have a great weekend and happy spring break!

Japan Day 1

travel date: 1/27/2011

long flight from austin->la->narita. one of the things i dislike living in central texas. nevertheless, korean air made it comfortable for us. the flight was pretty empty and we got the whole row to ourselves. we occupied ourselves with the in-flight entertainment (watched 4 movies) and cozied up until we arrived at narita. the food was blah. in my opinion, flights from asia serve better food than from US.

arrived at narita without a single yen on us. good thing we saw a bunch of atm at the airport. grabbed the nex+suica package from jr counter and we were off to tokyo. nex is incredibly comfortable.

we experienced the busyness at tokyo station during rush hour. it's almost impossible to walk across the flow of people. the key is to just keep walking and avoid knocking anyone.

finally, arrived at our hotel. the room is tiny as expected, but it's clean and had a great view. i love the bidet. it's one of the greatest invention ever. wish i could buy one home :)

after showered, we went to ginza. to my surprise, everyone wore black, grey or white. it's not as trendy as i though japan would be. maybe because it's a weekday and i'm only seeing the OL and salarymen getting off from work. it's almost closing time when we got there. they close at 8-9pm? we wondered inside matsuzakaya and saw lots of hime stuffs on the ufufugirls level. i refrained from buying anything since we will be going to hakone and i don't want to increase my luggage weight. finally, had laduree macaroons at mitsukoshi. wanted to get my hands on them ever since my paris trip got cancelled last year. the macaroons and cake were super yummy.

we decided to head back to our hotel since everything was closed and we were very tired. stopped by a convenience store near our hotel to grab some snacks and drinks. curry noodle is the best instant food on the planet.