Monday, September 15, 2014

Tokyo Crazy Kawaii Taipei

On Sunday I went to the final day of Tokyo Crazy Kawaii!

The ticket price was quite high and I was unfamiliar with most of the performance artists, but the vendors were great! I was happy to see KOKOkim brand in real life, though I must admit the fabric quality is rather poor.... The bag and shoes were lovely and the prints were cute though!



Painting done live!



Candy workshop you can diy some candy! It was too crowded though...


This is a kimono printed as a sewing pattern with instructions! I remember this used to be done with bags and aprons and quilts since they are easy to make. Having a ready to cut kimono in cute and funny prints would be great too!


I will put photos with me and artist details after the high quality photos are done, but this is a mobile post with Teddy as the main model ��
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Modern Traditional Moon Festival

I had my first "modern traditional" Moon Festival celebration this year! Traditionally, we eat pomelos (and make hats with the skin) and mooncakes and look at the moon. About 20 years ago, for some reason, Taiwan started adding barbecue to the list of things to do for the Moon Festival.

"Moon Cakes Are Delicious"

What has BBQ got to do with mid-autumn? Not much, to be honest, but it gets the younger generation involved so why not?

"Moon is Very Round"

In Minnesota, we had a grill and could barbecue on our deck. Space is a luxury here, so you can see the streets lined with people grilling on small grills while squatting or seated on low stools and the smell of different meats, seafood, and vegetables along with everybody's own unique blend of sauces will fill your nose for the whole weekend!

Teddy is pretending to run. Really, she never exercises, just like me.

So on Sunday evening I went to my first proper roadside BBQ with my boyfriend (P.S. I am officially in my first relationship of my life) at a bike shop his friend owns. There was a ridiculous amount of food!!! Since I am vegetarian, I didn't eat any of the insane abundance of MEAT MEAT MEAT but it was still fun!


Roadside BBQ
A bike shop two shops down also had a BBQ and we went to that one on accident first and they said if we couldn't find the right shop we should just join theirs. Gotta love the hospitality!


One of my (many) plates! Stinky tofu, bamboo shoots, green pepper!


Roasted corn!


Absolutely enormous Japanese shrimp and a squid. I don't know who brought those shrimp, but they are normally quite expensive!!!
The milk carton contained the sauce we put on everything :D


Working the grill


This is BB. He is begging for food from me.

Overall it was very fun! Though I actually didn't even eat any moon cakes at all this year ^^; I'm sure the gifting of moon cakes will continue for a week or so though! Our office did give moon cakes before the Moon Festival, but they contained pork floss so I gave them to my boyfriend Ano instead.

Did you observe the moon this weekend? It was very bright and large! Read More......

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Carnival Theme Meetup!

On Saturday we had a Lolita meetup with the theme of... Carnival/Circus!

The restaurant we went to was called "Carousel Cafe" so it seemed fitting to have a carousel theme, but not everybody had a carousel print so the theme was expanded.

Unfortunately, I still don't have anything really that fits the theme, so I decided to be a bear from the circus... And brought Teddy with me so we could twin. I can't do any tricks though :P

I won't be able to wear any makeup near my eyes for around a month due to the laser vision correction, so it is sunglasses to the rescue!!


I've actually never been to a circus, but it seems to be a cute and popular theme :) Read More......

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vegetarian Meetup Outfit

This is quite a belated micro-post! We had a vegetarian-themed meetup a few weeks ago. The word for "vegetarian" is 素 which is also the word for solid-color (i.e., no prints) clothing. So the challenge for this meetup was to wear NO PRINTS!

This is my outfit shot:



I did my hair a different way this time; still cannot decide if it looks silly or not! Sort of like floppy dog/bunny ears~

Teddy is also wearing a 素 outfit ;)

The restaurant we went to was called "Egg Milk Tree" because the word for "tree" 樹(shu) is pronounce similarly to 素(su) so "lacto-ovo vegetarian" sounds like "egg milk tree"!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Update

It is the day after my surgery and today has been much better!  The eye drops don't sting nearly as much though my eyes do get tired more easily and I am not supposed to have too much screen time.



Tomorrow I am getting a follow-up check.  It has been a real blessing to wake up and just... See.  I find myself needing to break glasses and contacts habits, such as rwching up to adjust my glasses or thinking I need to remove contacts or glasses before going to bed!  Twenty one years of habit!

I also need to wear celebrity style glasses when I go out to protect my eyes until they heal, so I've been extra stylish~



At night I have these two clear protectors I take to my face haha!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Ricocheted

Gosh my last post was short and quick! I won't go into what happened because. I'm not out of it yet.  On the bright side, on Thursday I was approved for laser vision correction!  Due to how severe my eyesight is plus astigmatism I had  to get the thickness of my eye checked or something. But it was all clear and I made my appointment for Saturday, which was in two days!

In the days leading up to the surgery, the doctor asked me to watch my fire and avoid foods that raise fire.  This may be difficult to explain in English, but basically stimulating foods such as fried, grilled, and spicy foods were to be avoided to reduce the amount of eyelid oil produced.

I am also supposed to be sleeping early but I am trying out mobile blogging!

There may be more microposts in the future from me if I work out how this phone and Android is work.  I'm quite technology challenged

Anyway, I will blog tomorrow after the operation!  I'm excited to see whY it is like to be able to see clearly upon waking ,which is something I have never done because my poor vision started before I even started school!  It may seem like a small thing to people with less severe vision problems, but when you are reliant on glasses to do anything at all, it is a big issue!
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Quick update to let you know that some awful things have happened in my personal life recently and I will not be updating for a while. Once things get sorted and I am clear I will come back to here.
Thank you for following, reading, and commenting to all the people who have done so! It makes me happy to see it :) Read More......

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Magazine Splurge!

A friend from MN came to Taiwan recently and we had an impromptu meetup and happened across a Japanese magazine store (雜誌瘋) and I spotted two magazines I wanted to buy right away!

The first is this Alice in Wonderland edition that came with a gift of a book-shaped bag, which I was SO excited about!
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I've wanted a book-shape bag for ages! The cover advertises it as "Bag in Wonderland" haha! The magazine is full of artist renditions of the original illustrations from both books, original art by the artists, introduction of Alice events, and explanations of the puns in the books. The book is entirely in Japanese, but there is a cute Alice cookies recipe I want to try!

The second is "We Love Pokemon" because I LOVE POKEMON!!! It also came with a gift tote which is the perfect size for going out:
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The front has Pikachu's face and the back has a picture of the new game version Pikachu:
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Also entirely in Japanese, and has celebrity opinions on Pokemon (boring to me), maps and history of Pokemon games, photos of the Tokyo Pokemon Center, Pokemon goods, and Pokemon nail art! I found that many of the items in the book are actually available here in Taipei ;D

If anybody is interested in the contents I could scan or take photos. Just wanted to share because I'm excited haha! Read More......

Friday, July 25, 2014

Small Daiso Beauty Review

I recently went to the NT$39 shop (US$1.30), Daiso Japan! So here is a quick review of some products I got that I found very worth it at the bargain price.

First: Double layer pill case repurposed as a FALSE LASHES CASE

Available in multiple colors, I chose yellow so I could decorate it to look like Pikachu! I am obsessed with Pokemon ^_~
My name is on the back in Unown. The pill case sizes are perfect for storing lashes, and the top layer can hold tweezers and glue. The packs that false lashes come in tend to be quite fragile and bend or crack easily. I like using pill cases because you can hold multiple styles for mixing or adding accents, and it's small enough to carry around since that's what pill cases are designed for!

Next: Cosmetic Brush and Sponge Cleanser

This is a very highly-rated product everywhere! I tried it out and it does indeed clean any type of brush (I do not use sponges at all, so I cannot comment on that) very quickly and effectively without the need for using much product. I found that squeezing a coin-size amount in my hand was enough to scrub and clean an eyeshadow brush, a liner brush, and a blush brush!

Final: One-Touch Bottle
I have wanted one of these bottles ever since seeing one in a nail salon video!

I also put my name in Unown on it using the negatives from the original sticker cut-out.
This bottle only requires one hand to pump, so I find it very nice for nail varnish remover because you won't accidentally spill the strong-smelling compound all over or waste product!

I did buy some other beauty products, such as false nail bases and double-sided nail stickers, but those are pretty basic and available everywhere at similar prices so I didn't really feel the need to talk about them.

Daiso Japan is really a great place to get some basic items cheaply, and they tend to be very cute! The quality on most items I've found to be OK, especially considering the price point!

Do you have Daiso Japan in your country? If so, what are your favorite products? I'd love to hear others' opinions so I get an idea for what to buy next time I go to a branch shop! Read More......

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Misako's Lolita World in Taiwan!


If anybody is coming to Taiwan in September, you are lucky because Kawaii Ambassador Misako Aoki is hosting events in Taiwan! The information is taken from the Japan Lolita Association Taiwan Branch facebook page and I translated it for anybody who will be here for this!

Misako’s Lolita World
青木美沙子ロリータファッションbook Taiwan book signing + tea party

※Event time and place:
9/20(Sat) Taipei 13:00~16:30 First Hotel Taipei top floor conference hall

9/21(Sun) Tainan 13:30~17:00 Zenda Suites conference hall

※Event location details:
〈9/20(Sat) Taipei〉
First Hotel Taipei top floor conference hall
http://www.firsthoteltaipei.com/
104台北市中山區南京東路二段63號 (This is the address. I find it easier to use the Chinese address when searching or you can print it out and show a taxi driver)
02 2541 8234

〈9/21(Sun) Tainan〉
台南市東區大學路2號 (address)
Telephone: 06-275-8999
http://www.zendasuites.com.tw/

※Cost of Entry/Date of Registration:
〈Taipei〉 Limit 40~50 guests (in 100-person capacity space)
〈Tainan〉 Limit 40~50 guests (in 60-person capacity space)

Cost (includes 2-3 refreshments and endless red tea)
A.〈Early Bird〉NT$1350:
Pay by 7/20 + send in registration form

B.〈Regular〉NT$1450:
Pay by 8/31 + send in registration form

C. After 8/31 there are only at-the-door tickets at NT$1550
*Taipei Tea Party guests from outside of the Taipei, New Taipei, and Kilung areas will be reimbursted NT$50 to help with travel costs
*Tainan Tea Party guests from outside of the Kiaohsung and Tainan areas will be reimbursted NT$50 to help with travel costs

※Event Details:
(1)Tea Party
(2)Book Purchase and Book Signing:
Set of book + 1 premier postcard + autograph
Price is 750 NTD
Book introduction:
http://ppt.cc/gen.php
http://ppt.cc/9fVq
Basically it is Misako-chan demonstrating and explaining various Lolita styles, coordinates, and basic knowledge.
(3)Misako Sale
E.g., rings, second-hand dresses, etc.
Participants from last year's tea party already know
Misako's dresses are all popular BABY brand dresses
In like-new condition; it's really a deal!
Price estimate around 3500NTD
(4)Best Four Coordinates
Two winners each from Taipei and Tainan. Guests in Lolita attire on the day of the event can introduce their point of fashion to Misako-chan and the other guests. The winners will be chosen by Misako-chan.
Winners will receive special prizes.

※Notes:
1.***Registration is not considered complete until fees are paid***
One fees are paid and registration is successful, there will be no refunds given for any reason. If the event is cancelled, full refunds will be given.
2. Lolitas please maintain a neat and clean appearance in hair and makeup for the event and wear full Lolita attire. Please wear only official Brand items, handmade, or custom items. Knockoffs and pirated designs are not acceptable. If there is confusion or discrepancy please ask beforehand.
3. Regular attire please wear casual formal wear or dresses. Please maintain a neat and cleas appearance in hair and makeup, wear authentic brand clothes. Knockoffs and pirated designs are not acceptable. If there is confuison or discrepancy please ask beforehand.
4. Only accepting money transfer to take payment right now.
5.The organizer reserves the right to change the event details as needed.
6. Lolita Fashion is not Cosplay or maid cosplay. Any guess wearing eithre of these costumes will be denied entry.

※Payment
1.ID: 0700-0001236-0584810
2.Amt. paid:
A 7/20 - 1350
B 8/31 - 1450
C 8/31 at-the-door-tickets for 1550
3.If you require an account, please send a message to the organier.

※Registration
Copy and fill out the following chart and email it to jplolitaintw2013@gmail.com
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信件標題【報名Misako’s Lolita World茶會】
1.真實姓名:(real name)
2.暱稱:(online handle)
3.email:
4.手機:(cell phone)
5.匯款後5碼:(last five numbers of the account your transferred money from)
6.使用方案:(which set you are buying)
(A/B/C)
7.報名場次:(台北/台南) Choose (Taipei/Tainan)
8.是否購買NTD$750的「書+簽名+明信片」特典/數量:Will you buy the NTD750 book and gifts set? and how many?
*台北茶會當日出示北北基以外的車票,可退款50元車費補助
*台南茶會當日出示高雄&台南以外的車票,可退款50元車費補助

****Do not sent in a registration until you have paid. This form is not a reservation and will not save you a seat*****************
****After payment is received your registration is considered complete If only partial payments are received, the registration is not considered complete until the final payment has been paid in full********
****The above does not cover other events that may cost money so please prepare some spending money***************** Read More......