Kuala Lumpur, 2013 – a roundup

December 24, 2013 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Quick quick quick update! I'm not supposed to be back until January, and because we just back from KL last night I'm still not done unpacking and sorting through all our things.. but I just wanted to show you a roundup of our four-day stay in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As these are mostly photos from my phone, it's only expected that my photos are mostly of food and of ourselves, haha. I'll put up a proper travel diary soon.. only, I might have to make three or four separate posts, as I took way too many photos during the trip.

The four days we spent in KL were sooo much fun! I was finally able to meet my friends Mieko and Hermes, who I've only ever been able to talk to online. (Thank you so much, you two, for welcoming us during our first day in KL~!) We got to experience Comic Fiesta, and got to meet amazing artists such as kidchan, Kazeki, VOFAN, and redjuice. Also got to step inside Kinokuniya for the first time ever!!! Amazing * O * The whole trip was an adventure, and even now it still feels like a dream.

Thank you to everyone who made the trip memorable!!! (≧∀≦)

I'll have to leave you all with just this post for now. Next post will be in January, so I'll see you all then! Until then, merry Christmas and happy New Year, everyone!! Enjoy the holidays!! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

November to mid-December 2013

December 9, 2013

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Yet even more photos from my phone. I took about the same amount of photos as last month, I think? These were all taken with my phone still, but some photos look nicer than others. I'm still trying to figure out which filters (on VSCO and Afterlight) look good on which photos, and I'm also trying to make my Instagram photos look as nice as the photos I take with my cameras, so some photos look different from the rest. Experimenting on editing photos on something with such a small screen is a bit tricky after all, haha.

Anyway, that's it for now! I'll be taking a short break from the blog until the end of the month, the reason is that Aian and I will be out of the country.We'll be flying to Malaysia for the annual Comic Fiesta. I'm super excited!! This is the first time either of us will be taking a step outside of Philippine shores, and this is also the first time I've ever booked tickets and such myself. I'll be super busy with packing, coordinating with our Malaysian friends, making sure everything's in order, etc. I want this whole experience to be a good one, so it's quite nerve-wracking for me! I'm very OC when it comes to planning things (which is why I almost never plan anything, ahaha..), you see! I'm sure everything's going to go alright, but I just can't calm down. I'll be meeting a couple of Malaysian friends who I've only ever talked to online as well, so with me being my awkward self, I'm nervous and at the same time super excited. If any of you are from Malaysia and would like to meet up, just let me know! We'll be in Comic Fiesta for both days, so feel free to drop me a message or something if you're going! (〃艸〃)

review : Vassen Jewel Brown Lens

December 8, 2013

Hello, everyone! Review time again! Today I'll be reviewing the second of three pairs that were sent to me by LoveShoppingholics. Ever since I started wearing grey lenses, I've completely ignored all of my brown ones. I wanted to have at least one brown pair though, for certain occasions like when I need my photos taken for IDs or something. After going through over a hundred different designs for brown lenses, I finally settled on this one, Vassen Jewel Brown *.

sweet treats from Tokyo Sweets PH

December 5, 2013

Anyone who knows me personally should know that I looove sweet things. Macarons, cupcakes, milk tea, you name it! So when Ruth of Tokyo Sweets PH contacted me about sending me a little gift, I just had to accept! Tokyo Sweets PH is a newly opened shop that aims to bring everyone their favorite Japanese treats for very affordable prices. I love sweets a lot, and even more so if they're Japanese! For me, Japanese sweets have just the right amount of sweetness that I like. I also love that they pay a lot of attention to making their packaging so, so cute. Things that are both sweet and cute are my ultimate weakness, after all! (〃艸〃)

They sent me three things from their shop: Tokyo Banana Giraffe, Kikyo Shingen Mochi, Matcha KitKat!

The first thing that I got was this, Tokyo Banana Giraffe! So pink wtf. I love it.

Tokyo Banana is quite popular in Japan! Early last year I kept seeing it on Instagram (about 50% of people I stalk/follow are Japanese..) and I was so curious about it. I first thought that it was a keychain of sorts, but it was actually a cake, haha! And now, I finally got to taste it!

Seems like it has a lot of different variants.. this one is called 'Giraffe' only because of the pattern, ehehe.

So fuwa-fuwa! The inside is a yummy banana caramel custard. Nom!

Tokyo Banana is, as I've said, quite popular in Japan, and is often given as a souvenir. Because of its popularity, sometimes you have to line up for a looong time just to get a box. Basically though, it's just a banana-flavored custard cake. Don't get me wrong, I liked it a lot, and ended up eating the whole box within two days.. It's just that I was expecting something more.. special, really, but it was just that. I still recommend getting it though, since it's so cute. You can give it to your friend (or your girlfriend *hint hint*) as a gift. I'm pretty sure they'll like it. There's also a chocolate and milk cookies variant, which you can get in time for Valentine's Day! (=´∀`)人(´∀`=)

The second sweet treat that they sent me was called Kikyo Shingen Mochi (桔梗信玄餅), which came in a traditional-style paper bag.. Among the things I was sent, this was actually the first thing that caught my attention. It's because I love the color red and I looove things with Japanese patterns.

A peek inside..

So cute! One of the things I love about Japanese things is that they always, always pay attention to every detail. Inside the paper bag are six small (about the size of your palm) individually-wrapped mochi covered in kinako (soy bean flour), and comes with a tiny bottle of kuromitsu (lit. black honey; brown sugar syrup).

It also comes with this tiny stick.. thing. You use it for eating the mochi, as it can get a bit messy.

Ta-da~! You don't have to put it on a plate like I did, but I wanted to emulate the photo in the pamphlet that came with it, ehehe.

I don't really like mochi or the locally popular ice cream variant, but I really liked this! Aian did as well, and he's quite picky when it comes to sweets. The taste.. hmm. I can't describe the taste well though! The taste that I get is sweet, but not too sweet. There's also a lingering aftertaste that's slightly salty.. not really, but it will remind you of soy sauce. It's because of the kinako that comes with it! (Soy sauce comes from soy beans, after all.. /stupid) Overall, it was really good! In my opinion, it's much nicer to get as a souvenir since the feeling is more.. Japanese. Am I making sense? Haha! Definitely a must-try! (I even kept the red paper bag, since it's so cute.)

Last but not least, I also received a box of Matcha KitKat! My favorite (*´艸`*)

I didn't open the box because I still had some KitKat left in the fridge.. so I kept these instead. Saving it for a special occasion, or something, ehe. Anyway! It's obvious that I really like this one because I love matcha so much. Just imagine matcha in KitKat form-- it's not too sweet, and not too bitter either. The aftertaste is definitely matcha. I like it a lot! One box containts three pieces of KitKat, I think. A bit pricey considering that it's only KitKat, but I love it so much so I don't really mind!

Out of the three, if you're looking for something to give as a souvenir, I hiiighly recommend the Kikyo Shingen Mochi. The other two are okay too, but it's just that that one has a more special feeling, in a way. The only downside though, is that it has a really short shelf life, as it has little to no preservatives. Tokyo Banana is the same, I think. Other than that, it's a really nice gift to give. Also, I don't think there are any other online stores that sell this (I've only ever seen them selling KitKat..), so this is definitely something new.

Tokyo Sweets PH also offers other Japanese specialties, such as Ginza cheesecake. You can check out their offerings on their Facebook Page here. Also, they're currently doing a Race to 500 giveaway on their Instagram, where the winner gets a box of Tokyo Banana + Strawberry Cheesecake from Ginza, so do check that out! (=´∀`)人(´∀`=)

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