Uniqlo & LINE FRIENDS

Do you guys use any apps by LINE? I use their messenger and camera apps – perfect to express exactly how you feel through stickers and there’s so many to choose from! There’s also anime series of their mascots – they’ve got their web series Line Offline up on YouTube which shows more of their personalities. My favourite characters are Cony (the rabbit) and James (the guy with the blonde hair). It’s really funny to watch.

Earlier in the year they collaborated with Uniqlo releasing a range of tees in their UT range! Sydney only has a Uniqlo popup store at the moment so many thanks to B for helping me get the tees when she went to Hong Kong. I think this range has been stocked in most countries, I even saw some designs in the US site. I hope that when the Sydney store is completed, that they’ll stock the Japanese collaboration ranges such as this one.

LINE tee crew :glee

They were only printed in the Mens sizes so I got the XS size, which I prefer anyways since I don’t like the fit of women’s tees. They’re the perfect type of loose fitting which I like – not too baggy and not too tight :teehee . I think the cute designs and bright colours make them perfect to wear in the warmer weather. These are the tees I got:

Being my first Uniqlo items to own so I was surprised at how comfy they are, and they’re so cheap! My favourite store to buy graphic tees from is Graniph, but they cost AU$45 from the Australian store, compared to 2500 Yen in Japan, so I don’t get their items often. I will definitely consider shopping at Uniqlo next when I update my wardrobe, they seem good to get basic and staple items design, quality and price wise.

AmiAmi Mid Year Order

I’ve been buying from AmiAmi for a bit over a year now so I thought I’ld finally write a proper post regarding my experiences. It’s an online retailer based in Tokyo, Japan which sells hobby and figure merchandise. I like ordering from them as they have discounts on their items and it’s easy to preorder their items – you don’t pay until the item is in stock.

Order Info
  • 12th April – Preordered Taiko no Tatsujin game and Haikyuu!! Bracelet
  • 7th May – Preordered Free! – Face Tote Bag: Rin and Free! Ouchi de Free Style!
  • 5th August – Received order invoice
  • 11th August – Paid for order
  • 12th AugustReceived shipping notice
  • 29th August – Package arrived

I paid via Paypal and chose unregistered SAL. Usually it only takes 11~14days for me to receive the package, so this time I got a bit worried since it took a few days longer lol. Sometimes it’s worth it to pay extra so you can keep tracking parcels.

Also usually you can’t combine items from preorders which get released in different months but I was able to this time I think because the Haikyuu!! bracelet’s release got delayed by 2 months.

Items

Free! Face tote bag Rin [Free!フェイストートバッグ りん]

  • Price: 2770JPY
  • Dimensions: Approx. 280 x 300 x 10mm (Handle Length: 230mm)
  • Materials: Cotton Jersey Cloth, Polyester Ox

I mainly own tote bags with simple designs and plan colours so thought this would a cute addition to brighten up my wardrobe in Spring or Summer. I wanted to get Rin and Haru but it was sort of expensive to splurge on, so I just got one. Ensky has really cute products it’s hard to resist!

The fabric and construction of the bag feels durable and is comfortable to wear. An interesting thing is that the fabric used for the hair is different from the face, it’s softer to touch.

I thought the back was going to be plain but there’s cute doodles which relates to the series :hearteye2

Inside there’s two pockets to place items you want to access easily. I think you can place a decent amount of items inside the bag, I’ve got an A4 folder, 3DS LL, cosmetic pouch and 2 comic books in the photo (sorry it isn’t clear to see all the items). I usually carry a lot of things when I go out (like an extra jumper since I get cold easily) so I’ll probably use it in warmer weather when I don’t have bulky items to carry around.

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Ochatomo Series – Free! Ouchi de Free Style! [ お茶友シリーズ Free! おうちでフリースタイル!]

  • Price: 3,840yen
  • Contains 8 figurines with coasters
  • Figure height: Approx. 45mm tall each

Have you heard of Cup no Fuchiko (Fuchiko on the edge of a cup) before? She’s a popular figurine which you can get from gachapon, in various funny poses which you can place on a cup or various things to brighten up your day. I always thought it was funny but I wasn’t into the character, so when I saw the Free! ones getting released I got really excited. Also the 25% discount AmiAmi had was another incentive to get them.

The paint job and quality seems pretty good, I haven’t seen any patches of no paint or derpy faces. I’ve sometimes found that smaller figurines don’t have constant quality control so it can be a hit or miss buying them. The cup figurines which sit at the edge aren’t as easy as the ones which you can slide onto the edge, so just before they don’t fall into your drink when you position them! They’re perfect edition to add some cuteness to your drink photos puuu
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Taiko no Tatsujin: Don to Katsu no Jikuu Daibouken (太鼓の達人 どんとかつの時空大冒険)

  • Price: 4290 yen
  • Unfortunately they’ve removed the product from the site so I can’t link it.

Besides Animal Crossing, Taiko no Tatsujin is another game series I follow religiously and try to play all versions of. I think so far I’ve played all the DS and PSP versions and tried an arcade version, and now own the two 3DS games they’ve released so far. I’m not too good at playing it – I can only play the easy or normal mode –  but I enjoy playing and listening to their songs and it’s a great game to play with friends or to kill time. My favourite song from the previous game is Growing Up.

The title can be translatedas “Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Great Space-time Adventure” in English and is different from the previous game as it has a new rhythm-RPG story mode where you can customize a full party of monster helpers to fight. It also now has streepass so you can check out the profile of other players and has DLC song packs to purchase new songs to your library.

I was really happy to see that there’s a small vocaloid section and the moment I saw Guren no Yumiya (first opening song in Shingeki no Kyojin) listed in the song list, I preordered :shinyred I haven’t had much time to play it yet, but I’ve played a few songs and have enjoyed it so far.

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Haikyuu!! – PU Leather Bracelet (Emblem Ver.): Kozume [ハイキュー!! PUレザーブレス(エンブレムVer.) 孤爪]

  • Price: 240 yen
  • Approx. 20 x dia. 75mm

Just something small I ordered with the game since there was nothing else I wanted to order that month, but then the release date got pushed back fuuu I don’t usually order bracelets since I have thin wrists and don’t like wearing accessories too loose but I thought it’ld be nice to order it since I like the character and it was cheap. It’s pretty comfy and not too heavy.

SMASH! 2014 – Day 1

The second cosplay convention I attended this year was SMASH! which was held on the 9th and 10th of August at Rosehill Gardens. It was my first time staying overnight at a rental apartment with friends so that was fun to experience (besides not getting enough sleep haha). My eyes look even smaller when I have eyebags since I already have aegyo sal so my eyes look even smaller donn

The highlight of the convention this year was meeting Reika! :blood She’s a popular cosplayer from Japan, who has been a guest at many conventions around the world and this was her first time visiting Australia! She was interviewed by a local newspaper if you want to know more about her.

I really admire her, she looks amazing in her cosplays – she sews and does all the makeup herself, and I like the way she poses and looks in character in her photoshoots. I wish oneday I could reach that level but I don’t think it’ll ever go past a hobby stage for me. I think I already spend too much on it so I’m trying to limit myself next year, I miss spending on other things haha.

My friends and I cosplayed from Uta no Prince-sama.
Photo by Chris

I’m so glad we were able to get a group photo with her since people mainly got photos with her if you caught her wandering around or were in a group she likes and hung around after her autograph sessions :hearteye2 She’s really cute in person despite the type of characters she chooses to cosplay. Her voice sounds really nice!

I got my Ren postcard signed by her which was given to me a while back by a friend and she also gave me her coscard :deer The first thing I did when I entered the convention was to grab an autograph wristband and to buy a photobook from her stall haha. I currently have 3 photobooks of her.

     

B and I bought her some small treats from Happy Lab and our friends signed an board to give to her.

    

In addition to doing a group cosplay, we also performed a group skit! Basically there were 2 groups – the senpai/senior group – Quartet Night who danced Poison Kiss (warning: auto-play), and STARISH who did the ending song Maji Love 2000%  (warning: auto-play). I was in the latter group, as Syo Kurusu. We practised since April earlier year and as someone who doesn’t dance, it took me a while to get it all lol. I’m really uncoordinated despite doing gymnastics when I was younger. Thanks to my friends for being patient with me flopping around :chuuu

The only problem we experienced during the skit was that the stage was way smaller than we expected, so there were some mistakes during our skit. But everyone tried their best and had fun which is what matters the most! At least we know for next time :XD

We ended up getting Best Runner-Up skit but we missed the awards ceremony since we left earlier to line up for Reika’s autograph session and we were surprised that we even got anything since we just entered for fun. It was a nice surprise! :eheh

    

It was really nice being a part of a group cosplay, it’s my first time participating at one in a convention :hearteye2 I think it’s always cool to see a cast of characters being cosplayed because it’s like a completed set. I hope I have another chance next year to join my friends cosplaying again from the same series.

Photo by: Mukuroma

And that’s all for day 1! It was just mainly about Reika, posing for photos and practising the dance :happy2

Caffe Cherry Beans

Recently stumbled across Caffe Cherry Beans with friends and it’s become our new cafe hangout. Nice atmosphere, interior design and delicious drinks and foods are the criteria for me to find somewhere to relax and chat with friends. There’s also the bonus of free wifi which isn’t slow! The only downside is that it’s a bit small so it’s cramped hanging out with more than 6 friends :huuu

Here are some snapshots of what I’ve tried so far wakuwaku Their pumpkin soup was more on the spice side, I prefer a more creamy texture but wasn’t too bad.

I really like their matcha drinks because it doesn’t have an overpowering green tea taste. Sometimes I prefer having matcha drinks more milky and creamy. Their green tea latte was pleasantly light and doesn’t make you feel too full.

    

On the other hand, their frappes are very filling! I’ve dried the dark chocolate and green tea flavour. After trying green tea frappes at various Korean cafes, I can easily say my favourite place to drink it at is at this cafe.

    

Looking through my photos, isn’t their choice of tableware nice? I like how have little ornaments on the tables like a mini pot of flowers which give the table (and your photos!) a nice touch. I’ve noticed recently how jar mugs have become popular and I feel like buying some myself now haha.

     

A quick thanks to my friend for letting me borrow his Fujifilm X-Pro1 to take most of these photos. I’ve been using the SD Card Camera Reader to transfer the photos and edit the photos onto my iPad. It’s such a convenience to editing photos on the iPad and having high quality photos.

June Snaps

I swear time flies by really quickly, and then when I notice, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged lol. I can’t believe it’s July already! Here are some snaps to finish off June.

I finally got my AmiAmi may order last week! Only 2 items since my June and July orders cost more and I’m saving up for a new camera at the moment. The Masamune Date plushie is a collaboration between GIFT and Algernon Product. Masamune is one of my favourite characters and I love all the super cute plushies GIFT makes, so I immediately preordered it when it became available. The crescent on his helmet got slightly bent, which was a bit disappointing, but I guess it’s a bit hard to package it since it sticks out. He still looks so fierce in his chibi form :blood

     

The other item I got was Shingeki no Mint in grape flavour, which has 6 packets of mints in tins. I was hoping to get Armin but unfortunately I didn’t and got hilarious images on them instead. It smells like it’ll be sweet like grape bubblegum but there’s a kick of citrus in it? which is good to have after eating a meal.

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On the 29th of June I got my hair cut, I think it’s been a bit over 6 months since I’ve cut my hair. I usually get my hair cut every 3~4 months, but because I permed my hair I wasn’t sure what cut to get so I just let my hair grow until I got sick of it lol.

This is the hairstyle I used as reference. I really like the hair catalogue of AFLOAT, I think they have cute and simple styles which you can style at home yourself if you don’t want to get an airy perm. I’m always a fan of short hairstyle with layers :eheh

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Surprisingly it took 1.5 hours to cut my hair, including hair washing it twice, I thought it would only take 40mins but I guess there was a lot of hair to thin out. Thanks to my hairdresser for all her hard work!

I currently go to blu:/ creativity which I highly recommend! They have nice and friendly service and I really like the atmosphere of the place.

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Before and after shot! My head feels so free now :bunny Now I need buy more haircut products and try to figure out how to style short hair again. The great thing about having a perm that I only needed to comb my hair and spray some leave inconditioner to quickly style it.

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N2 is a gelato bar which always has really interesting gelato flavours and combinations from regular flavours such as cheesecake to pork floss. And another cool thing is that they use liquid nitrogen in the process of making it!

Last week they had kimchi served with roasted rice gelato so my friends and I decided to try it for fun. The kimchi wasn’t spicy at all and the gelato took away the taste of the kimchi so it was like eating crunchy gelato. A lot of my friends complained about the kimchi aftertaste which they had later on in the night though haha.

     

Do you like Ikea food? I’m not really found of their food meal wise, I prefer eating their desserts and soda more. I usually just order their kids meal because I don’t really like the other meals they serve. I had their seafood meal before and it was sort of like I was eating rubber lol.  Their cream cake with marzipan is my favourite, I love the sweetness and texture of it. And it’s nice getting free soda refills after you pay $2 for the glass.

Weekly Snaps

Cafe of the week has been Starbucks! My friends and I been here twice this week already lol. Tom n Toms has slowly become more noisy and full of students taking up the tables studying so we need to find somewhere to chill out at.

I always love eating blueberry bagels with cream cheese puuu

As a part of the Cool Yule Winter festival, Darling Quarter has a frozen forest diorama. It’s pretty at night with flower lights and the area is made to look like it has been snowing. It doesn’t snow in Sydney so I think it’s kinda cool how they’ve made snow related events around the city.

I also got another strap, this time of Syo Kurosu from the otome series Uta no Price-sama. This year of the mobile straps! Despite only having one iPhone case that has a holder for them, I keep buying them lol.. But they’re too cute to resist.

Chanoma is another cafe I like to hang out because of all their matcha menu items. I’m especially fond of their matcha soft serve and matcha float drink.

I tried this apple and cream cheese bread from Fujipan. I like how they made it look like an apple! Super cute and tasty :teehee

National Burger Day

Two Wednesdays ago (28th May) my friends and I went to Chur Burger for National Burger Day. They were giving out free burgers with salad and chips and sides to celebrate it. It was my first time hearing about the event, and I’ve never been to that burger joint though I’ve passed it a few times, so I thought them a try. And who can say no to free food? :bunny

The event page said they were only giving away 800 burgers, but by Tuesday night over 4000 clicked attending so we decided to get there at 10am just in case. I’m so used to lining up for things way earlier (like the Tom Hiddleston signing event :sobbb ), so an hour earlier was nothing lol. Turns out we were heaps early, we ended up being like 5th in line haha.

The only criteria to get the free burger was to post a “yummy face” face and to post it onto social media with certain hashtags. And by 10:30am the line had started to grow so we got to choose what we wanted and they have us coloured bands corresponding to which meal we wanted. I really want to commend them for being really organised, like they had security guards and a barrier up by the time we went there, and ordering was efficient so things went smoothly puuu

I chose to get the Zoosh beef burger meal. It was a beef burger with grilled cheese, spiced tomato salsa with peri mayo sauce, and the salad has black quinoa with watermelon, dried olives, feta and balsamic dressing. It was my first time trying quinoa and I found it has an interesting texture, will definitely keep my eye out to try future dishes of it. The burger was pretty good too, though the mayo was a bit too spicy for my taste.
 One thing that surprised me about the event was that they closed the store so you got to dine in. I assumed they would be given as takeout so it was nice to eat inside since it was pretty windy that morning.

Always take photos before eating

And this was the line when we left around 11:50am. The store is at the top (right) and the line when down the whole block.

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Even though I probably lined up a bit too early, the food was worth the wait! :teehee