Wednesday, February 22, 2017

FEELING BLESSED

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Being in Kurate Town ,Fukuoka Japan for two days then back to Malaysia again feels so surreal. Though it's still cold in Japan , I enjoyed the cold weather a lot. I packed for winter but I didn't even wear my winter coat , I even wore short pants ! 
( I actually bought a new winter coat because I want to look stylish but I end up not needing it  l o l )

When I was in Kurate , I spent the second day alone most of the time . I want to take the time to slowly appreciate the school. As I sat on the chair looking out the window , I thought about myself : the much younger , the teenager version of me.

I was like , " Wow I'm really here ! It's not a dream right ! "

My younger self would have never imagined that one day I would be in Japan , cosplaying in a real Japanese School. I love Anime , Manga , Games and stuff about Japan since I was 4 , but I never had the chance to visit Japan. Even as a child I hardly travel . Growing up not having much , it made me appreciate little things even more. I am so happy and blessed now.

Walking down the corridors of the school , I have many regrets on the many things I should or should not have done . When I was a little girl there were many things I wanted to learn like a musical instrument , art class or even dancing but I had to put my studies first. Thankfully there is one thing I never gave up , which is my love for cosplay.

As I'm writing this , I felt like tearing up a bit . Because I feel really grateful that I was able to experience four prefectures in Japan so far : Nagoya , Chiba , Tokyo and now Fukuoka. It's a magical feeling for me. I want to visit all the prefectures in Japan if possible.

The teenager me wanted to be like my classmates to fit in with everyone else. But I have chosen the path less taken , and that made all the difference. ( familiar right , this is a poem I learnt during secondary school ha ha ) Jokes aside , I'm really grateful for everything. 

I love to travel , visit new places , meet more people , make new friends and cosplay has granted all my secret wishes. This year , I will be visiting two new countries : Australia and New Zealand as Cosplay Guest. I'm really excited ????!!!!!! 


" Believe and your Dreams will grow like Wildflowers. Do you believe ? "
-E.V

With Love,
YingTze

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

KURATE GAKUEN : A REAL SCHOOL COSPLAY STUDIO IN FUKUOKA , JAPAN


Before I say anything , first check out this awesome video about " Kurate Gakuen " !





Many Japanese Anime , Manga and Games take place in a school setting. 
Guess what ? Kurate Gakuen is an actual school that is located in Kurate City in Fukuoka. It has closed down since 2015, but now given a new life as a Life-Sized School Cosplay Studio ! They have classrooms , science room , gym , swimming pool ,music room and various other facilities available for photo shoot. ( Aren't you excited ? It's like dream come true for all the cosplayers ! )

I'm super stoked because in about 10 days from now , I'll be able to experience " Kurate Gakuen " in person ! As a cosplayer , I am always looking for new locations for my cosplay photo shoot sessions. Personally , I feel that a suitable location will be able to inspire me to do even better during a cosplay photo shoot. 

NOW THE DILEMMA I HAVE IS WHAT COSTUME SHOULD I BRING ??
I finally have the chance to have a cosplay photo shoot in a real , life-sized Japanese School and I couldn't decide which costume to bring. Sigh. Though I'm way passed the age where I can wear cute school uniforms , but I'm really glad to have this opportunity. 

I will actively update my social media accounts during my Kurate Gakuen Trip so make sure to follow me so you won't miss out on any fun updates !

p/s : I'll be visiting Kurate Gakuen with Punipun and MatchaMei as well. This increases my excitement level to Level 200 !!


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For more information about Kurate Gakuen , do check out their website !



With Love,
YingTze


Monday, February 6, 2017

MEET MY CHRISTMAS GIFT , A KITTEN NAMED BABYG !

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Meet BabyG !
She arrived at my studio on Christmas Eve , in a Silver box with Purple Ribbon on Top. My first thought was , what could it be ? ( never expected that it would be a kitten btw )
I heard a soft purr , then she jumped out of the box ! I was like , " What The Hell ?? "

For those who are asking me about my other cats , they are all in my other house . I've been staying alone for almost a year now. I know , exactly how long I left this blog growing mold .For the year 2016 , I was busy with traveling overseas for events every month . When I'm not traveling , I would be busy making costumes or updating other social media ( like my Instagram , Twitter and Facebook Page )

Anyways , back to BabyG ! Why the name BabyG ? First thing you must know about me is that I'm extremely bad in giving pet names. I name my other cats based on physical appearance. Thus the names : Fatty , Whitey and Scrawney. When I saw my new kitten , I just wanted to name her after my idol but my new kitten is a girl . Oh the dilemma ! I ended up calling her BabyG , which can also mean BabyG ( my favorite watch ) or just Baby Girl. But she is looking more like a boy now oh no !

Truthfully , I call her " Baby ! " in short. I mean no matter how fancy the names are , you probably won't even call it in full. The cat will be confused ! Nowadays she responds well to her name. The tip of giving pets name is : The Shorter The Better.

I also got a New Camera. The first camera that I own , with my own money of course. It took me years thinking about wanting to get one , and finally I got one this year ! Now , I'm trying to learn how to use it properly , I'm really bad in gadget stuff btw. 

Guess who is my first volunteer ? No other than BabyG !


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( The older she grow , the grumpier her face is. )


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( But she can look really cute too , she has big round eyes ! )


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Ah , I'm so excited. Hope that with a stronger willpower , I'll actually blog more often this year. I want to have a more productive 2017 , venture into more different things. It's February already , I need to work harder !

p/s : BabyG has an Instagram account : BabyG2610 , follow her to have a daily dose of her cuteness !

With Love ,
YingTze

Monday, April 18, 2016

Tokyo Day 1

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It's my first time visiting Tokyo , Japan.
Growing up being surrounded by anime , manga and all - I think it's only natural that every fan of anime / manga would love to visit Japan one day. I am kinda blessed last year , MissHermes won us a pair of tickets to Nagoya and we were both lucky enough to be chosen to visit Chiba as a part of Chiba Monitor Tour Program.

If you are wondering who is MissHermes , she is my best friend and now she is studying Japanese Language in Tokyo. She will be away and staying in Tokyo for two years. So this two week trip to Tokyo is sort of to accompany her , help her get settled down and of course to spend more time together. 


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On our first day in Tokyo , we visited the Asakusa Sensoji Temple.
I have a fascination with temples. So when MissHermes asked me , " Where do you want to go in Tokyo ? " I said , " Temples and any animal cafes , maybe some shopping ?"

We visited the Asakusa Sensoji Temple in the morning of my arrival.
It's a famous temple and it's filled with tourists everyday. It's about 40 minutes train ride from our AirBnB place in Kugayama. One thing about travelling in Japan , you take trains and walk most of the time because taxi rides are very expensive. The good thing is that the train system in Japan is efficient and convenient. If I stay here any longer , I would be really fit because I'll need to walk everywhere hahahaha !




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Along the way to the temple , there are rows and rows of shops selling food and souvenirs. 
We didn't buy anything though , except for ice cream . It's early spring and it's cold but we still want to have ice cream. It's a girl thing hahahahaha !

p/s : By the way , this ice cream is bad and a little pricey.


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Since both of us can't really read much Japanese Characters , I did a brilliant thing which is to snap a photo of the Omamori ( Japanese Charms / Amulets ) , posted in on Twitter and wait for people to tell me what are the functions of the charms lol.

It's funny but it works ! The sweet people in my Twitter usually replies within minutes.
We bought a Omamori for each other ,it seems that it works better if it's gifted to you.



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Here's a funny story.

You know in the entrance of the temple , you usually see a box where you throw in a coin and pray ? MissHermes refused to do it because she doesn't have a 100 yen coin.She has a 500 yen coin and she said that it's too much for a prayer lol. 

I threw a 100 yen coin in and wished hard.
Then we went to get our fortune paper. MissHermes 's fortune is just average and I got the best fortune paper. She was like , " Why can't I get a better fortune ??? " I told her , " Maybe because you refused to put in the 500 yen so God .... punish you a little. "



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MissHermes asked me a question , " Do you believe in all these fortune readings because you always get good fortune ? You might not believe in it anymore when you get a bad one. " Personally , I want to believe in good things and more good things will happen. Hoping for good fortune , having positive thoughts will bring more happiness in life. That's what I believe.

So yeah , always choose hope , feel hopeful and happy everyday !


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I love the Spring weather in Japan.
I'm afraid of heat , so this cooling weather feels so good. I don't mind walking around for hours under this beautiful weather. Couldn't do that if I'm in Malaysia. I would probably just hide at home.Blogging about Japan now makes me miss the weather in Japan sigh.


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Next , we visited the HawkEye Cafe.
HawkEye Cafe is a Hawk and Owl Cafe. I let MissHermes do all the planning regarding this trip since she's been to Tokyo six times lol. ( she loves Japan a lot ) We navigate around Tokyo using Google Maps. It's the best app ever ! They tell you exactly which train to take , how much is the total fare and when the train arrives. Though you must have a good sense of direction. MissHermes's sense of direction is quite bad so sometimes she ends up being angry and lost , I would take over the navigation job hahahahahahahaha.

I'm good in navigation , trust me :)


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I like animals a lot. 
I can't explain why , but I like touching them , seeing them. It makes me happy. I've considered being a zookeeper or zoologist in my high school. I don't want to be a vet because I couldn't bear seeing animals die. I get attached easily , so I'll make a really bad vet. 


It's my first time touching predator birds. 
At first I was quite scared that the owls or hawks would scratch me or poop on me but I tell myself , these birds can sense fear. Must show them whose the boss. I mean confidence when handling them lol.


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I had this tiny little owl sitting on my shoulder for almost 20 minutes lol.
Secretly , I'm praying please don't poop on my new sweater.



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....... and then we visited the hawk room.
Misshermes doesn't want to touch them because she is scared.
While I can't wait to touch them hahaha !!

This certain hawk will surprise you by flying and stand right on top of your head.
( again the " please don't poop on my head " prayer is going on )

People have been asking me , " Isn't it painful ? Hawk's talons are quite sharp. "
I didn't feel anything at all. It's important to keep calm when you are around them. Don't be scared.


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If I remembered it correctly , it costs about 1500 yen for the HawkEye Cafe experience.
It includes a drink of your choice and 1 hour to spend with the birds. You have photos taken with them and you can touch them with the shopkeeper's assistance of course.

Most of the animal cafes in Tokyo ranges around 1300 yen to 1700 yen. 


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We took a photo with the shopkeeper too !
She's really warm and friendly , telling us about the owls and hawks , encouraging us to touch them and let the owls sit on our shoulders. I enjoyed my time in the HawkEye Cafe very much. Thanks to MissHermes's for bringing me here. She's not really keen on visiting animal cafes but she's doing it because I enjoy it. 


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We hold each other's hands when we walk.
Or more like I like to hold people's hand when I walk. It's a habit that I have since high school. Maybe because I grew up in an all girls school , holding hands with girls seems very normal. ( we are not dating ok lol )

A tip about Misshermes. She trips while walking almost everyday. Most of the time she should be grateful that I have a " holding hand" habit or else she would fall on the floor and cry. It's really funny.



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We had Subway for dinner.
You may be asking , " Why have Subway in Japan OMG ! You should have authentic Japanese Food ! " I know that too but Subway in Japan looks to delicious that we couldn't resist to eat it when we passed by the store. 

The Subway in Japan is very different from the Subway in Malaysia.
The side dishes and choice of sauces are very healthy too. Not only that , it taste much better of what we have here in Malaysia. I'm kinda jealous that MissHermes can enjoy all the delicious food in Japan.


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Being a good friend that I am , since she followed me to a temple and an owl/ hawk cafe , I joined a trial pole dancing class with her. She has been practicing pole dancing in KL for almost 8 months now and she would love to continue doing it during her stay in Japan.

I used to have a misconception about pole dancing. When she first told me that she's doing pole dancing ,I was thinking of all things why pole dancing ? You could take salsa or ballet or any other dance. After months , I start to change my thoughts , she seemed really happy and strong - I'm so proud of her.

p/s : despite being able to climb up the pole like a pro , she still couldn't carry a 2litre bottle. 

p/s again : She might punch me in the face when she sees this hahahahaha.


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We took a 1 hour pole dancing class in Luxurica. 
Oh My God ! I don't understand how they could do it so easily. When I watch pole dancing videos , it seems so effortless. They could climb up the pole so gracefully while I'm like..... a fail Koala Bear.

After the pole class , my whole body hurts so much and I have bruises everywhere. Here my friend,let me tell you the truth - Pole Dancing is not easy , it requires a lot of upper body strength to pull yourself up and lot's of practice and determination to be good in it. I think I would pick up this dance too if I have time. 

Maybe we can do a duo pole dancing group in the future My Princess hahahahahaha !!



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One thing I love about Japan is their Konbini (Convenience) Store. 
Family Mart , Lawsons and 7-11 , I love it all. Many people ask me , " Isn't it expensive to travel to Japan ? You must be rich. "

I'm not rich and travelling to Japan is affordable if you know how.
One tip is to eat in Konbini Store if you can. Eating outside sometimes would cost minimum 500 - 1000 yen for a meal. In konbini , you could grab a sandwich for 300 yen or an onigiri for 150 yen. That's how I save money by eating less in the restaurant or cafe.



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My first day in Tokyo is an eventful one.
My flight arrived in 8 am , I rushed to our AirBnB place took a shower and went out the whole day. It feels great though , being able to spend time with my best friend. Every moment is a happy one. Will blog more about our Tokyo adventures next ~ stay tuned !!


With Love,

YingTze