Shopping loots in Tokyo, Japan

Every time after coming back from a trip, I love to blog about my shopping loots more than the places that I have visited. This time, I tried to withstand my eagerness to write about my loots. I can finally write about them now. Next time, I must write about my loots instead of those tourist spots, because I find myself have almost lost all my interest on writing about my happy purchase now.
 
Actually, before we left for Japan, we spent two days in KL. We went to Sunway Pyramid for shopping. We never intended to buy anything, but we saw these very cute beanies an gloves. Though these were not Japan shopping loots, but they were bought because of our Japan trip.
April wanted the brown one, May got the white one and I had the black one.
I had no intention to buy any bag during my trip to Japan, but my husband asked me to get one when we saw many kawaii Japanese ladies sashaying on the streets and carrying Samantha Thavasa on their hands.

I choose this dark blue Samantha Thavasa. It can be carried on the shoulder or as a backpack.
This is cute Line character, Brown iPhone 6 Plus case was bought at Harajuku Line Store.
I bought the left hand side one for my brother as his souvenir.
These two gadgets were bought by my husband. He bought himself a very sporty and cool G-Shock watch and a Casio selfie camera. 
Both items were bought in cheaper price than what they were priced here.
This Casio selfie camera is our new toy now, we will sure have chance to use it more often on this Chinese New Year celebration. 
This selfie camera can take beautiful pictures and it is very convenient to use.
I saw an eye drop advertisement when I was on the train in Tokyo. Then I went to get it from one of the drug stores. I like this eye drop very much, but I have problem how to get it when I have finished it.

I am using it every night and my eye sight is improving.
My SIL and her daughter WeChat me a list of the skin care and cosmetic products. I located almost all the items as in the picture below for them. All these products were bought in drug stores and they were taxed free.
I got myself a few items according to the list that they gave me.
These were all the Japanese snacks that I bought for my family, friends and colleagues. They were bought from Donki stores, drug stores, Seven Eleven and 100JPY shops.

We kept some for ourselves, the rest were given away as a souvenir.
This 1 DAY Tattoo mascara is my proudest purchase, I got it at JPY500 only. So it is less than RM20. But, when I saw it SaSa store at AEON, fulamak! It is priced at RM50++, and the sales girl told me that this is a discounted price already. Faint!
I regret for not buying more of this mascara and the effect of this mascara is really good.
Other than the above, I actually bought myself a shirt and a pants from H&M store in Harajuku too. I love all the items that I bought in Japan, I just regret for not getting more of what I have bought from the big drug stores in Japan.

Folks, I don't think I have another post before Chinese New Year. So here I take the opportunity to wish every one GONG XI FA CAI and HAPPY HOLIDAY.



Shibuya,Tokyo Japan

This was our last day at Tokyo city. We choose to go to the popular shopping and entertainment area found around Shibuya Station. Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most colourful and busy districts, packed with shopping, dining and nightclubs serving swarms of visitors that come to the district everyday.

I like this picture of us at Hachiko Statue. A statue of a loyal dog name Hachiko.  According to a famous story, the dog waited for his master every day in front of Shibuya Station, and continue to do so for years even after he master had passed away. It is one of Tokyo's most popular meeting points.

We grabbed a bread and baguette at Brasserie VIRON.  Brasserie VIRON is one of the best places in Shibuya if you are a huge "baguette" lover. It's most reasonable to go there for breakfast. The price is reasonable and it's range from JPY 600 to JPY1000.

My friend recommended me to visit Don Quijote, commonly known as Donki, is a discount chain in Japan with incredibly wide array of products. If you are looking for a gift, may be snacks, or simply want to explore new products, Donki definitely is worthy of a visit. The stores are usually more than 3 floors big, and the selection of products you can find is overwhelming. From snacks to clothes to cosmetic, you can pretty much find whatever you are looking for. Yannie could spend hours in here.
 
We had 桂花ラーメン (ramen again!). They were indeed delicious that I couldn't find this kind of tasty ramen when we are back to our homeland.

We took hundreds over of photos, silly poses with happy expressions at the prominent landmark of Shibuya, the large intersection in front of the station's Hachiko Exit. The intersection is heavily decorated by neon advertisement and giant video screens and gets flooded by pedestrians each time  the crossing light turns green, making it a popular photo and movie filming spot. I so love watching the scene LIVE.
 
April and May too never got tired of taking hundreds pictures with the Christmas decors that they found in Shibuya.

Coming up next.....my last post of my Tokyo visit, finally my shopping loots. Please stay tuned.

DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, Odaiba and Shibuya

DiverCity Tokyo Plaza is at the heart of one of Japan's leading sightseeing spots - Perfect for tourists! It is a five minute walk from Daiba Station on the New Transit Yurikamome Line. We went there on our Day 7 in Tokyo.


This life-size Gundam statue is a symbol of DiverCity Tokyo Plaza. At different times of day, the head of the statue moves and shoot steam. We were there very early in the morning. Because of not many visitors, we took many silly photos in front of the Gundam statue.


We tried a small cup of deep fried fun fries at Calbee satellite shop. It is tasty and worth trying.


I took a picture with the sexy Marilyn Monroe at the entrance of Madame Tussauds Tokyo at the Decks Tokyo Beach mall in Odaiba. 


We felt like in New York, when we saw a replica of America's famous statue, Statue of Liberty in Odaiba. It is a great place for some fantastic photos for your travel album if the weather is good like when we were there.


After leaving Odaiba, we went to have raw milk ice cream in tall spindles, in small cone cups at Shiroichi, Shibuya. This dinky ice cream parlour serves soft, almost sorbet-like concoctions are a treat to savour.


April and May were busy playing when they were at DisneyLand and DisneySea. Luckily, there is Disney Store in Shibuya, where April and May purchased some Disney merchandise as their souvenir in Japan.


That evening, our secondary classmates whom have been working in Japan for more than 20 years, were back from Malaysia and treated us to a very good Japanese style steamboat, Shabu-shabu. We had a good catch up and we truly enjoyed the dinner so much.


KidZania Kuala Lumpur Chinese New Year 2016 - Double the Ong

Dear folks,


I would love to let you know that you can Double the Ong at Kidzania Kuala Lumpur this Chinese New Year. Please read the below Chinese New Year activities that you can take part to usher the year of Monkey at KidZania Kuala Lumpur.
 
Chinese New Year 2016: DOUBLE THE ONG
 
Special Chinese New Year Activities
 
Tangyuan Lessons
Description: Learn how to make delicious tangyuan glutinous balls that are absolutely yummy!
Date: 22 January – 29 January 2016
Time: 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Location: In front of the Metropolitan Theatre
 
Martial Arts Workshop
Description: Be a kung-fu kid by learning martial arts and showing off your skills!
Date: 29 January – 4 February 2016
Time: 2.00pm
Location: In front of the Metropolitan Theatre
 
Lantern Making Contest
Description: Take part in our lantern-making contest to win awesome prizes!
Date: 30 January – 31 January 2016
           6 February – 7 February 2016
           8 February – 9 February 2016
Time: Session 1 @ 12.00pm – 12.30pm
           Session 2 @ 12.30pm – 1.00pm
           (Only 4 pairs of 1 Parent and 1 Kid per session)
Location: Event space
 
Chinese Musical Instrument Workshop
Description: Play kool Chinese New Year musical instruments that maybe you have never played before!
Date: 30 January – 31 January 2016
Time: 2.00pm
Location: In front of the Metropolitan Theatre
 
Traditional Games
Description: Play fun traditional Chinese games together with your friends!
Date: 1 February – 21 February 2016
Time: 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Location: In front of the National Store
 
Magic Show & Chinese Face-Changing Mask Performance
Description: Be wowed by a marvellous magic show and a super kool face-changing mask performance!
Date: 23 January – 24 January 2016
Time: Session 1 @ 1.00pm
           Session 2 @ 3.30pm
Location: In front of the Metropolitan Theatre
 
 


Attention to all my readers!
All of you can win a free double pass (1 Adult + 1 Kid).
Mechanics as below:
 
·      share the KidZania Kuala Lumpur Double the Ong poster (as the above) on your social media (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) before February 7. Please remember to set privacy settings to PUBLIC.
 
·        hashtag #KidZaniaKL; #KZKLDoubleTheOng and put the link in the Comment Box of this post of mine
 
·         The first five readers to share the poster will win a pair of passes to KidZania Kuala Lumpur (1 Adult + 1 Child). Please do not forget to provide your email address in the comment box too.
 

Easy right? Please submit do now and wait no more. GONG XI FA CAI.
 

Mitsui Outlet Park and Shinjuku

We went to Mitsui Outlet Park, Tokyo, it was about 45 minutes trip with train from Shibuya. Mitsui Outlet Park is the same as all other outlets in the world. It has many branded outlets but Yannie came out empty handed.

After leaving Mitsui Outlet Park, we went to Shinjuku, there started Yannie's most anticipated moment.  Yeah! Shopping time for Yannie.

Being tourists in a country that rarely has anyone to know us, we could act silly and  pose for pictures anywhere on the street.


It was as shame not to take picture at the pedestrian crossing when you see one. When the lights turn red at this busy junction, they all turn red at the same time in every direction. Traffic stops completely and pedestrians surge into the intersection from all sides, like marbles spilling out of a box. I stopped and watched every time the traffic lights turned red. 

We could easily find and see these vending machines lining up on almost all the junctions and streets in Japan. We let April and May buy drinks from the vending machine in Shinjuku. At this place, we saw more than 10 vending machines placing together next to each other, and all of them selling different kind of drinks.


We went to Hakata Tenshin for some delicious and affordable. This outlet is located approximately 50m from the entrance of Kabukicho, the red-light district in Shinjuku, on the left row of shops, watch out for the eatery's catchy huge pig mascot displayed outside the shop.

Hakata Tenshin’s thin noodles were cooked perfectly served in those piping-hot pork broth which was gloriously rich, milky and tasty. A standard bowl also comes with a large piece of nori. Add to that nice spicy mustard greens, a dash of sesame seeds, crisp and sweet pickled ginger, and a dab of garlic, and you'll get a perfect bowl of pork ramen. We finished two bowls and ordered again another two bowls again. 

After dinner, we went to the mega fruit stall,  Hyakkaen is next to the studio ALTA, in front of Shinjuku station east exit. Hyakkaen fruit stall sells many fruits from Japan and also from other countries. Skewered fruits are their popular products. Cut fruits skewered by disposable chopsitck. Each stick costs just 100 to 200 JPY. April and May ate strawberries, and I ate pineapple. All of them are very sweet and delicious. The store is on a busy street. We ate it outside the store immediately we paid, as we were told not to obstruct traffics .
Hyakkaen fruit stall is a must-stop shop at Shinjuku for its sweet and juicy fruits. 

1-Day Mt. Fuji and Hakone Tour (Return by Shinkansen)

We went for 1-Day Mt.Fuji and Hakone tour package (with lunch and return by bullet train) on day 5 at Tokyo.
My husband booked the tour package online. We were picked up from Westin Hotel at Ebisu, a meeting point that were confirmed with the bus.

We reached the Mt. Fuji 5th Station for taking some pictures with Japan's most iconic mountain. We couldn't help to agree with this breathtaking views from above the clouds. Mt.Fuji is indeed beautiful.


Lunch is included in this section of the tour. We really enjoyed the Japanese style lunch at the Ninja restaurant.


See! JAMY had lots of fun posing with Ninja after lunch at the entrance of the restaurant.



After lunch, we continued our sightseeing trip by Lake Ashi Cruise. The ship took us from Kojiri to Hokone.  We also went up to to the peak of Mt.Komagatake Ropeway by cable car.

After daparting from Hakone by buy to Odawara Station. We took Shinkansen (bullet train) to Tokyo Station.  We took our dinner before heading back to our room.




DisneySea, Tokyo

We went to DisneySea, Tokyo on Day 4. We took Disney Resort Line to Japan's second gate to Tokyo Disneyland.


We had bought tickets the day before at Disneyland, therefore we could enter DisneySea sooner. DisneySea is incredibly unique, and unlike any park that we have ever experienced. 


Upon entering the entrance, we were welcomed with the musical show and dance performance by many Disney characters on ship and stage. They sang Christmas songs in English and Japanese.


DisneySea has a lot of attractions that it is impossible to have time to experience all in one single day. We took as many pictures as possible for memory .


The Christmas decors in both Disneyland and DisneySea were equally awesome.


Since there were heavily attended crowds and lines for most of the top attractions, we slowed down our paces by taking pictures with those characters that roamed freely in the park.


Again, we were so stingy to buy proper lunch or dinner inside the park, we just fed the girls with snacks and ice-creams.

After leaving the park, we went for dinner at Ebisu. I miss Japanese food so much when looking at these pictures.