A few Saturdays ago, I was invited a private styling party at the newly-opened Marc by Marc Jacobs store at Shangri-la East Wing Mall.
Regular customers were free to take pleasure in exclusive shopping privileges, as well as enjoy some cocktail food, champagne, and macarons that matched the colors of Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2014 Collection.
I can’t be any happier about the fact that they opened in Shang, because I frequent this mall the most out of all the malls in the Metro. No need to go all the way to Makati now!
Before the event, I took photos of some items that caught my attention.
These bags are perfection.
Cute yet classy arm candy.
Cat-print cosmetic pouch.
Chic sunglasses for summer.
Cool colors to beat the heat.
Warm colors and bold prints.
Marc by Marc Jacobs’ must-have shoes this season. The point is to style everything with sneakers!
Not your ordinary flat shoes. These punk mouse ballet flats are adorable!
Flawless bag in my favorite color. Thinking if I should go back to the store and get it!
I had about 4 of these in a span of 10 minutes.
Small bags for those who only like to bring essentials, and big ones for those who like to put their whole lives inside their bags!
Muted gray or vivid red?
The part of the store that everybody loves. I got myself an iPhone case in the latest Marc by Marc Jacobs radio waves print!
Marc by Marc Jacobs watches.
Stylist Alyanna Martinez dressed us up in the latest Marc by Marc Jacobs items, and interestingly chose them based on her impression of our individual styles.
Lissa got a sportswear-inspired outfit, Camille got a matching print-on-print top and skirt, while I got a classic shift dress!
We also got a private mini fashion show styled and introduced by Alyanna herself!
Here’s a better photo of the dress that I wore. These “pinwheel flowers” are Marc by Marc Jacobs’ key prints for Spring 2014.
Flame applique top with rolled-up polkadot print jeans.
Radio waves print! I couldn’t get enough of this! Hypnotizing.
The latest collection fuses the comfort of sportswear and the tailored sharpness of workwear. This explains the use of sneakers!
You can easily transform the look from day to night by pairing them with sky high heels.
Looks so comfy!
Visit Marc by Marc Jacobs Philippines at Greenbelt 5 and the new store at Shangri-la East Wing.
Welcome to the last entry about my Cool Japan activities! After a long day at Nihonbashi, Harajuku, etc., we pretty much had the next morning free to do whatever we wanted. Until Tokyo Runway, that is.
It was Laureen’s first time in Japan so she suggested that we visit a temple or a shrine. We debated between Meiji or Asakusa, but we ended up picking the latter since Camille and I have already been to Meiji Shrine before. My last trip to Asakusa was already 5 years ago too, so I was pretty psyched to check it out again after so long.
What’s there to see in Asakusa? Sensoji Temple! It’s only a few steps away from Asakusa Station, which you can access from 3 different subway lines.
Sensoji (浅草寺) is a Buddhist temple known for being Tokyo’s oldest temple, as well as one of Tokyo’s most colorful temples.
We entered through Kaminarimon (雷門 / Thunder Gate), protected by Fujin (god of wind) and Raijin (god of thunder) on each side. Before my first ever trip to Japan, I thought Fujin and Raijin were just characters from Final Fantasy VIII, lol.
As soon as we entered the gate, we were greeted by Nakamise, a historical shopping street that is known for selling Japanese souvenirs like yukatas, fans, traditional snacks, etc.
So crowded because the weather decided to be extra sunny that morning. And apparently, it was Vernal Equinox Day (春分の日)!
Found the cutest Kuroko no Basuke character goods along this shopping street. Don’t go to Sensoji thinking you can’t buy anything because it’s a temple! It’s Japan. Kawaii overload!
Stuffed animals. Can I keep all of these?
Cony and a bouquet made of hearts! White Day just ended so some stores were still selling these kinds of plushies.
White Day (ホワイトデ) happens on March 14th, a month after Valentine’s Day. This is a chance for guys to return the favor to the girls who gave them honmei-choco (本命チョコ / chocolate of love) or giri-choco (義理チョコ / courtesy chocolate) during Valentine’s Day.
I reckon it’s a lot more fun to be a guy in Japan during Valentine’s, lol.
View from under the Hozomon (宝蔵門 / Treasure-house) Gate, the inner gate that leads to Sensoji Temple.
To the left of the gate is the Five Story Pagoda / Goju no To, said to contain some of Buddha’s ashes.
Not bird brushes on Photoshop, haha. These were very much real!
With Camille, Laureen and Stella. The other bloggers went shopping in Shibuya 109 that morning. So tempting, but my love for historical places prevailed. 8D
You can see Tokyo Sky Tree (東京スカイツリー) from Sensoji. I’ve never been able to visit it before, but I’ll definitely go the next time I’m in Tokyo!
It is currently the tallest structure in Japan, and the second tallest structure in the world (after Burj Khalifa in Dubai). Definitely something you shouldn’t miss if you’re a fan of tall structures!
In front of the Sensoji Temple is an incense burner where a visitors from all over the world gather to fan smoke over themselves. It is said that the incense can heal any ailment and bring you good health.
Make a wish, clap your hands twice, and toss a 5-yen coin for good luck.
After Asakusa, we quickly dropped by Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (新宿御苑) to find a cherry blossom tree! I blogged about it here.
Work those polkadot socks and slippers!
It’s interesting how just 2 weeks after this photo was taken, the whole park transformed into a pink and white sakura paradise.
Finally, it was time for Tokyo Runway! Time to cross another one off my bucket list. I’ve always ogled at these kinds of Japanese fashion shows (thanks to Youtube)! It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to attend one so early in this lifetime.
Tokyo Runway is considered one of the best “real clothes fashion shows” in Asia. The brands that they feature are all very wearable and affordable, and they invite guest models (sometimes as a surprise) to walk for the shows.
This time, they held it at Yoyogi National Gymnasium.
We had tickets to the 2nd stage! Each stage is about 2 hours long. I really wanted to see Kate Spade Saturday, Lilidia and snidel too!
While waiting for the other bloggers, I took some fashion snaps! I really loved this girl’s outfit. Classy and cute.
I spotted that beautiful mint coat from a mile away.
The girl’s boyfriend also spotted me taking pictures from a mile away. Sawry~ *Jun Ji Hyun voice* He had cool fashion too!
Brown and beige were the most popular colors for spring outerwear in Japan during this time. They really wanted winter to end when they left all their black clothes at home.
So chic. I want that bright yellow headband!
Matchy-matchy BFF fashion.
Floral print + denim = a spring style staple combination.
It’s all in the details.
Xiaxue being absolutely adorable in her fluffy unicorn sweater.
Real life doll, RinRin! She rocks the high blush trend so well!
Around this time, we all got separated because of limited and reserved seats. Some of the Cool Japan ambassadors (Team Indonesia, China, Thailand) were seated on the bleachers, while some (Team Philippines, Singapore/Malaysia) were seated on the side chairs near the stage.
Some bloggers were coincidentally seated beside people who worked for Tokyo Runway so it was absolutely forbidden for them to take photos!
Lucky for me, I was seated at a very convenient spot (albeit alone) where nobody cared if I took pictures or not! So many girls behind me were taking photos from their phones too! Thank you universe for being on my side during this whole trip. :P
OMG. Watanabe Chikako! I miss seeing her on ViVi.
My current ViVi fave, Yagi Arisa! She’s also super popular because she’s currently Key’s wife on We Got Married Global Edition.
I’ve been loving their episodes so far because they have really good chemistry! I hope the show lasts long since I’ve been learning quite a lot from their casual Nihongo conversations.
Elli Rose. SQUEE
AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST… I saw Fuji Lena. My life is complete.
Thank you to METI for sending us to Tokyo not only to witness the unveiling of the new 100Tokyo campaign, but also to experience these uniquely Japanese events and destinations.
“100Tokyo” is a new website which hopes to present Tokyo’s 100 best places and things to experience. More Tokyo posts lined up in the next couple of days! Stay tuned!
Follow 100Tokyo on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram. You can also check out my blog’s Tokyo tag to browse through my past travel diaries.
Early this year, I booked a flight to Tokyo for work and a supposed vacation. After a few weeks, I was invited to Tokyo by Google Japan and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and coincidentally, the dates overlapped the trip that I had just booked. Talk about fate!
METI invited different bloggers from all over Asia to be ambassadors for Cool Japan (クールジャパン), a government funded initiative to bring more attention to Japanese contents such as anime, manga, food, fashion, etc. to other countries.
The main purpose of this trip was for us to participate in a new campaign called “100Tokyo”. “100Tokyo” is a new website which hopes to present Tokyo’s 100 best places and things to experience. This explains all our #100Tokyo hashtags on Instagram and Twitter.
I can never, ever get tired of going to Japan. I already went multiple times last year, but I still have tons of things I want to try. Thanks to METI and Google Japan for bringing us to different places so we can experience the best of Tokyo for ourselves.
On the night before the main activities, we had a welcome dinner at Ginza Sushiko Honten, a one-star Michelin restaurant that dates back to 1885.
You can find it at Marunouchi Bldg. 35F, 2-4-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6335.
Easily the best sushi I’ve ever tried in my entire life. Everything just melts in your mouth!
I was able to watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi a few years ago, and have since included eating in any fancy sushi place in Tokyo as part of my bucket list.
After watching this documentary about Jiro Ono (an 85-year-old sushi master and owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a Michelin three-star restaurant), you’ll definitely want to go to the nearest Japanese restaurant for a quick sushi fix! So inspiring, and not to mention, visually appetizing.
Similar to the documentary, the sushi chefs at the restaurant we ate in also experienced years of rigorous training and hard work.
The next day, we went to Nihonbashi Hunatsukiba and rode a boat limo to experience the “Venice of Japan”. I’ve never been to Nihonbashi before so this was a new experience even for me.
With Laureen, Camille and pretty Thai blogger Melissa.
Rainy days always get me down! But dark!Nihonbashi was still gorgeous nonetheless.
Nihonbashi (日本橋) literally means Japan Bridge. The area was built around the first construction of the bridge in 1603, thus the name. Because it was the starting point for “Edo Five Routes”, a cluster of roads that connected Tokyo with outlying prefectures, Nihonbashi served as an immensely important place where people interacted and traded with each other.
Nihonbashi boasts of Japan’s first public company, postal system, bank and department store.
I’ll definitely come back to this place when the weather is better! I’m so intrigued after Miho from METI expressed her genuine love for Nihonbashi. I really want to check out Haibara, a 200-year-old shop that specializes in washi (type of Japanese paper). Their products have always been so good that it became part of the Vienna World Exposition in 1873 and the Paris World Exposition in 1878.
Another place I’m interested in is Yoshino-zushi Honten (吉野寿司本店) where the toro nigiri (fatty tuna) originated! Food is always a priority! NOM.
It’s both a good and bad thing that the JR Yamanote Line exists. I heavily depend on it to go to places like Shinjuku, Shibuya, Shinagawa (where I like staying), Tokyo, Ueno, Yoyogi, Harajuku, and Akihabara, but sometimes it is too convenient that it discourages me from trying all the other subway lines!
To get to Nihonbashi Station, you can go on the Ginza, Tozai and Asakusa lines or Mitsukoshimae Station on the Hanzomon and Ginza lines. Nihonbashi is also a 5-10 minute walk from the Nihonbashi Exit of Tokyo Station.
After the boat ride, we headed to a new mall called COREDO Muromachi! It just opened on the day of our visit!
Our first agenda? Dressing up in kimono/yukata! Another dream come true!
Kyorakutei/Megurian (橋楽亭／囲庵)in COREDO Muromachi 3 is a place where you can immerse yourself in Japanese culture. This includes tea ceremonies, kimono dressing, etc. Definitely a must-visit for tourists.
We were free to choose the design we wanted to wear and I chose black and pink with hot pink color accent simply because it matched the lipstick I was wearing, lol. And because BLACK!
We had to strip down to our undergarments before these lovely ladies helped us to dress up. 3 layers and lots of ribbons to secure the layers in place, but it was all surprisingly very comfortable!
Tried it on once and I still have no idea how they were able to do this. I heard some people have to put on kimonos and yukatas on their own! It’s definitely not an easy feat!
There were some ladies who also volunteered to fix our hair and tie them hair up with cute floral clips to match our outfits! How thoughtful of them!
Cool Japan / 100 Tokyo crew and representatives from the Philippines (Me, Camille, Laureen), Thailand (Melissa), Taiwan (AiAi), China (Lala), Singapore (Xiaxue, QiuQiu), Malaysia (Cheesie) and Indonesia (Stella).
There was a kimono exhibit in the same mall so we went there to check it out.
We were allowed to wear our kimonos for a while so I can definitely attest to its comfort! I was so sad when my little dream sequence had to end and I had to go back to wearing normal clothes! /CRY
Took detail shots of the patterns and embroidery on the exhibited kimonos. It’s no wonder how some of these go for tens of thousands of dollars.
Would love to wear this dainty-looking one.
Kimonos are definitely works of art!
Patterns printed on washi. These became my iPhone wallpapers for a while.
You can find a cute souvenir shop at the mall’s ground floor. Here’s a quirky fan that needs no introduction.
It’s traditional x modern/pop culture collaborations like this one that give me so much life! Japan will never be not cool.
Calling all Hello Kitty fans!
The next photos are all about the stores and products that you can find in the new COREDO Muromachi.
Because it’s Easter today, here are some bunny chopsticks at a chopsticks store that sells so many different designs and colors!
Not your ordinary slippers.
World-famous Tabio socks that are proudly made in Japan.
Unique design from a glasses store called POKER FACE (ポーカーフェイス). The items are produced in Sabae, Fukui Prefecture, the leader in Japanese glasses production.
Can I live here?
Looks like my future house, lol.
Team Singapore/Malaysia decked out in pastels! Too adorable not to post.
Lunch time at Hounenmanpuku, still in Nihonbashi! Finished this in about 10 minutes. SO GOOD.
I heard getting a visa to go to Japan won’t be required anymore for Filipinos. I noticed there are more flights from Manila to Tokyo too. It’s definitely our year! You can check out the 100Tokyo website as you plan your itinerary. You can also refer to my blog’s Tokyo tag to read about my own experiences.
Happy Easter! <3
June was my back-to-reality month after all the happy cray that went down during April and May. For most people, it signaled that start of another school year. For me, it felt more like August, when all the midterms are supposed to be. Suddenly, my workload tripled and it seemed as if the previous months existed so I could prepare myself accordingly. Ugh. Just a few weeks/months before I can relax with that secret project I keep on mentioning, but in the meantime… HUSTLE!
At least I’m not 3 months late with my IG Photo Dumps anymore, though I’m well-aware that I still have 2 Kyoto posts and an MOFW Japan pending. Right now, I’m thinking if I should just merge it with my upcoming MOFW Hong Kong since I tend to buy Japanese brands there anyway. Decisions, decisions!
Anyhow, here’s a collection of photos I took back in June. Wow, I was really up and about. Little by little, as I post more IG Photo Dumps, you’ll get to see how much of a hermit I’ve become since then!
1) Late beach outing with my friends. A week later this was taken, rainy season finally arrived in the country, making it almost impossible to enjoy weekends with zero chance of rain.
2) Posted this on my Twitter, but it’s related to the beach photo. That out-of-town trip was the last trip our 7-year-old group of friends was going to have in a while. Kiks is now taking his masters in an art school in San Francisco, and he won’t be back until 2015! Woot, good luck to him!
3) New (and affordable) accessories from Just G. I haven’t been able to visit them last summer so I was surprised to see so many new designs from them!
4) What’s an IG Photo Dump without food porn? This is my favorite seafood salad from UCC. Yes, it has a ton of fried stuff in it. Makes the whole thing taste really good.
5) Selca from the mirror in Just G Megamall. Wearings INGNI top, EMODA pants, bag and necklace, and Gold Dot wedges on a busy errands day.
6) Look who I bumped into on the way out of the mall!
7) Roasted bone marrow from Village Tavern in High Street Central.
8) Another selfie. For some reason, I have so many selfies from last June and almost zero for July-August. Stress, what are you doing to meee
There is always time for annoying selfies.
9) Man, was I vain last June or what?
Wearing a cute cut-out Tracyeinny top!
10) ViVi’s popular July issue which came with a free snidel shirt. I’ve been seeing the shirt so often in Japanese street snaps that it has also become one of my favorite everyday shirts.
11) I don’t know why I look so different here, but it was a good bangs day. This was also the last proper photo of my accidental ombre which I got so tired of eventually.
Wearing an Apartment 8 halter top!
12) I visit Marufuku in Ortigas every month, it seems.
13) Trissey on Independence Day!
14) Our first meeting with the CANMAKE Philippines team at WIld Flour in Podium. L-R: Crissey, Arbee, me, Eri, Sachie and Bea.
15) Went to Caffe Bene to work and was easily tempted to get a mango crunch cake. #skinnyfatproblems
16) Darker hair color fresh from the salon. It stayed this way for about 1 1/2 weeks until it gradually faded to the lighter ash brown I’ve been sporting recently.
This is actually a mix of different levels of ash brown, since I was really set on killing the accidental ombre caused by my bleached ends. The dye used for the bleached parts were a bit darker than the one used for my roots, so it’s hard to say what exact color this is!
Visit my hairstylist Lena at Park Jun’s in Glorietta if you’re interested in this color, but I’m not sure if it’s going to be as ashy if you’ve never had your hair bleached before. Try it anyway!
17) With David and Lissa at the Aeropostale Aero Jam!
18) Dropped by Cupcakes by Sonja’s since I was in Glorietta. Shang branch, please open soon!
19) Intentionally changed the way I did my make-up and went for a simple eyes-bold lips combo for once.
20) Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen on a rainy day.
21) Thanks @houseofjelly on IG for contributing to my already-junk-filled lifestyle. Can’t say no to Nutella and green tea Crunch.
22) @polishedinthecity on IG gave me the prettiest colors! OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest and My Vampire is Buff, ZOYA Toni, Yara and Skylar.
23) Straight hair, don’t care!
24) The placement of the bread in this dish reminds me of bunny ears. This is the truffle pasta I always get in Locale!
25) Fooled around and called this my high fashion alter ego, lol. Actually, I just finished my make-up and decided to camwhore before blowdrying my hair. Check out my pretentious model squint.
26) Back to my normal self! Pink cheeks, pink lipstick and soft curls. :)
Almost three months overdue, but not entirely irrelevant yet! May was a special month. I went on a sponsored trip to Tokyo, thanks to EMODA, but I also stuffed myself with so much food, it’s surprising I haven’t doubled my weight yet considering my no-diet, no-exercise lazy ass lifestyle. Thanks mom for the metabolism. FOR NOW!
Also, my IG is @tgosingtian and I use Afterlight or Camera 360 for most of my photos. Will make an updated post on the photography apps that I use soon! Keep an eye out for that!
Warning, food porn ahead!
1) Fatty but awesome ramen from Mitsuyado Sei-men along Jupiter! Met up with the girls of Stores Specialists Inc (SSI) to discuss some collabs!
God, I can’t even begin to imagine what I’ll do with all my iPhone 4S cases once I upgrade to a higher model. My current iPhone still works perfectly so I’ll wait for iPhone 6 to come out, I guess!
3) Brotzeit at Shang! Thanks to my brother Calel for introducing this place to us!
4) Because I ran out of Ramune Pink a long time ago, I got myself a new one back when I was in Osaka/Kyoto. The new packaging is a touchy subject, as a lot of people prefer the old one better. Me? I’m part of the very few who prefer this one than the black/silver one with stripes. I’m very partial to black/gold.
5) My default flats nowadays. Pointy shoes have a certain sophisticated feel to them, and I love Poppy Red Shoes for making these weaved ones available for all of us girls to enjoy!
6) Because Kozui (along Tomas Morato) will always be one of my favorites EVER. I really wish they’d open more branches.
7) Paid a visit to the new Morellato in SM North Edsa and got to customize my own bracelets! I had so much fun mixing and matching a whole selection of charms.
8) Annoying selfie! I liked my make-up here so I had to. I almost never wing my eyeliner nowadays, but I used to be so addicted to this extreme style the last few months!
9) Yummy oysters at Locale Gastropub in City Golf.
10) My fave Sea Salt Caramel Latte from Umami at The Grove.
11) My first hearty (because of the bowl) not-so-hearty (because of the size) meal in Narita Airport. Most of the restaurants were already closed by the time my brother and I arrived.
12) OOTD! SLY dress, Lowrys Farm denim jacket, and INGNI headband. Not in photo: black Converse hi-tops!
13) Straight bangs and side bangs! Had pasta dinner with pretty Camille and EMODA’s Kumiko somewhere in Shibuya before the touchMe show.
14-15) OOTDs! EMODA everything. Even iPhone case.
16) My kind of accessories. GYDA bracelet, L.CHANCE rings. All from Japan!
17) Another selfie. Tried out the hair chalk / soft pastels that Glam Effect sent me. Pretty cool but super drying! I’ll stick to photoshopping ombres!
18) Burger Mac & Cheese from Torch in Greenhills! Cast iron mac and cheese served with US Angus Beef patty, OMG.
19) Thanks SNS Accessories for the love and heart rings! Chanel Pearl Drop and Emprise on my nails.
20) OOTD! Dress from PINZA Shibuya 109.
21) Another selfie! EMODA top and earrings.
22) NY Cheescake and milk tea from Subspace Coffee House in Ortigas. Rg and I love hanging out at this dainty Korean cafe! If you’re a fan of K-pop, I’m pretty sure you’ll recognize all the songs that they play here. :) Sometimes they even do latte art inspired by certain boy/girl groups!
23) Vidakush sent me these perfect knuckle rings! Simple, just the way I like my accessories.
24) That awkward moment when I started to not look like myself. My hair went back to blonde over time, and my bangs? Non-existent! Gives off a mature feel, yes?
Got a haircut soon after because my forehead felt naked and I got so conscious when I looked at the mirror and found myself looking like my age (or even older). Bangs can really add to a more youthful appearance. Can I just look 18 forever? Lol
25) Started the month with food, and ended it with food. Happy Wildflour opened in Podium recently! So near where I live <3 Tried their apple pie and latte. Both were lovely!
Blogging about my Tokyo trip last May first as I want to save Kyoto trip last April as the end of my Japan travel series. I still have a pending MOFW for this but I’m pretty sure I can finish everything before I go to Hong Kong with Crissey next month!
This trip was sponsored by EMODA and touchMe Collection (read about it here), but of course, since I was already there, I just had to extend a few days so I could go around, shop, take hundreds of photos, and be all tourist-y. The preparation for it was a little intense though, as I had to complete another set of VISA requirements even if I just came from Osaka and Kyoto a few weeks before this. It would’ve been ideal if the Japanese embassy already issued multiple-entry visas back then! I was thisclose to almost having to rebook my flight a day later. Phew!
Anyhow, let me deviate a bit and take this opportunity to mention that this blog turned 4 years old yesterday! YAY! And a few months before I created this blog, I went to Tokyo for the first time. I never had the chance to properly make a travel diary for it as the pictures were too outdated already by the time it occurred to me that I could do it, so this is my first official Tokyo travel diary! Quite fitting for my blog’s 4th birthday, eh?
Shibuya’s billboards last May. 4 years ago, I could still remember that they were promoting the J-drama Mr. Brain.
I can’t believe Mr. Brain was 4 years ago alreadyyy *feels old*
Scramble Crossing is known to be super crowded, but my brother and I were able to catch it with not too many people. Visit on an off-hour on a weekday for a more manageable crowd!
Getting a train ticket with my brother Juju. It’s easy to commute around Japan once you get the hang of it. Most of the ticketing machines have an English option so it’s not difficult to understand.
If you really have no idea what to do, you can always ask someone in the area to help you. I’ve never encountered a Japanese person who was unwilling to help in terms of directions! Some of them even make sure that you’re completely okay with your ticket before they leave.
First stop, Akihabara! You cannot miss Yodabashi-Akiba as it’s right by the entrance/exit of the station. 9 stories of gadgets and electronics? Yes please!
I was so tempted to get a Lumix GF6 as the commercials of Ayase Haruka kept on playing inside the trains, but I successfully managed to refrain from doing so as I already have a dSLR that has been working just fine! SELF-DISCIPLINE IS HARD.
They were also selling so many different iPhone cases on the first floor! Ones that you can’t really find anywhere else.
The Akihabara that we all know. Moe moe kyun~
My brother and I decided to walk around a bit as the weather was quite nice and there was supposedly an event in one of the temples nearby.
When we got there, there were already people preparing for the event, but it wasn’t going to start any time soon.
This is what you get for always being early, lol. We had to wait 4-5 hours until it started but we already made an itinerary for the whole day and couldn’t afford to miss any of the spots that we planned to visit. Next time, maybe!
But it was cool that these wooden prayer tablets were Akiba-style too, with the illustrations and all!
Next stop was Tokyo Tower, which we never got to visit the first time we went to Japan. There’s a new, much higher Tokyo Sky Tree now but we figured we might get disappointed if we went to Sky Tree first before Tokyo Tower, lol.
But I think Tokyo Tower is much more iconic even if it is so much older and lower than Sky Tree! It has a charm of its own, and not to mention, Matsujun (and V6 Okada) has a movie named after this very structure… WOOT.
Built in 1958 and obviously patterned after the Eiffel Tower.
You can go up to one of the observation decks for a small fee, but there’s an additional fee if you want to go higher. My brother and I just settled for the one in the middle, where most people went.
There was a robot going around welcoming people to Tokyo Tower. Check out this grandpa-grandson duo looking so amazed!
The city of Tokyo.
Just because Shinjuku is unexpectedly battling it out with Shibuya as my favorite place in Tokyo.
Giant (fake) cherry blossom balls hanging from the ceiling.
And we’re off to another place again. I swear my brother and I went to so many places it was a miracle how our feet survived it all.
Guess where we headed next?
ODAIBA! Far from the city but…OMG GUNDAM. WE HAD TO.
You can’t miss this life-sized Gundam model that I think secretly works. Knowing Japan and how everything must have a function, lol.
I’m pretty sure it will work once aliens come to attack Earth…
Details. All the yummy details.
Obligatory tourist-y picture with the Gundam. Sue me for having a photo with the Gundam but not with Tokyo Tower. CHECK OUT MY PRIORITIES.
It was huge. And absolutely lovely. We went around Diver City for a short while before we decided to go back to the city before rush hour arrived.
Passed by Fuji TV on the way back to the station. Some kids were having their school field trip there.
This scenery. If you’ve seen Odaiba in J-dramas, you’d notice that there’s always going to be a shot of this scenery where you can see Rainbow Bridge and (even if it’s not too clear in this photo) Tokyo Tower.
There’s a fake Statue of Liberty here somewhere but this girl was more photogenic TBH
A peaceful and squeaky-clean park near Aqua City. Wish we had similar parks here in Manila!
Before heading back to Shibuya for dinner, we passed by Ginza and added yet another place to our day’s agenda. By this time, I was already quite tired though! I would’ve been less tired if I didn’t bring my 24-70 lens with me and brought the 40 pancake lens instead, but hey, ALL FOR GOOD PHOTOS.
I think I was extra tired during this trip in general because I just came from a week-long trip to Osaka and Kyoto which was also quite hectic and I’m generally unhealthy with no proper diet and exercise. Good luck to me!
Shibuya by night! All the pretty lights.
The famous Starbucks / Tsutaya in Shibuya.
ROLA. Love her so much. Her IG is amazing, and her daily outfits are all so lust-worthy. <3 I couldn’t get a copy of this book so I took a photo of the billboard instead. /cry
touchMe After Party truck ad on our way back to our hotel, before we crashed onto our beds in an instant. Productive day!
The next day, my brother and I decided to go visit Harajuku, Shinjuku and Omotesando!
It was fairly early in the morning so there weren’t a lot of people yet, but I was pretty shocked at how different the Takeshita Dori sign is now compared to 4 years ago! Lots of construction going on in the area as well.
Woohoo! Can you spot me and my brother?
Summer knit + floral pants + clear bag. All trendy items this summer!
Rainbow tutu! Not my thing but it’s adorable. Lisa Frank memories.
Girly shoes on sale! Would’ve gone crazy if I were still in my Liz Lisa stage!
My brother did some shopping in Jimsinn which has been around Harajuku for a long time. They sell some nice punk-ish clothes and on the ceiling of the store are signatures from famous rockstars from all over the world.
The shop staff was an interesting fellow too! He practiced his English with us and he was really good!
L.CHANCE is my favorite place to buy accessories. You can find it everywhere but this place in Takeshita Dori has a 2nd floor that sells discounted items from previous seasons too.
I actually hate that it’s everywhere because I find something to buy EVERY SINGLE TIME. And it’s not even suuuper cheap! Gomenasai, wallet.
Hot item from Liz Lisa’s spring/summer collection.
Harajuku fashion! I used to love this kind of fashion a long time ago, though I never really found the courage to wear it as it’s not so much my personality. I really commend those like Reese (doesn’t this mannequin look like her?) who can pull this style off so well without looking forced at all!
Colors everywhere! And yet another multi-colored tutu!
Unique sneaker design from Lollipunks, a brand that sells fairy kei stuff (if my memory serves me right). Not something I would wear but it’s adorable nonetheless!
Near the end of Takeshita Dori is this underground WEGO store that you can’t miss!
Tokyu Plaza Omotesando / Harajuku
Matsuko Deluxe! And a mini Masami Nagasawa!
Chanel and Margiela in Omotesando.
Took a break from walking! A-ha! The opportunity to take a proper outfit shot! Wearing a dress from SLY, bag from Moussy, headband from INGNI and (whoa) sneakers from Converse! Must wear comfy shoes when traveling!
I also had a denim jacket from Lowrys Farm inside my bag. Didn’t expect for summer to arrive so soon in Japan so I overpacked a bit, thinking spring was going to be a bit longer. I was wrong! u_u
After a quick lunch, my brother and I headed to Shinjuku.
My first stop was RANDA!
Then we went to Shinjuku Lumine EST where I bought my white blazer set from EMODA. It was sold-out in Shibuya 109 so I was ecstatic when I found it in Shinjuku! Ended up wearing it for touchMe collection, and regretting not getting it in blue and black. HERE I GO AGAIN with my one style-many colors habit.
Didn’t take so many photos in Shinjuku because my back was already killing me at this point. I can’t wait for the time (maybe year 3000+) where humans can invent cameras that are as light as a feather. BRB, putting self into cryogenic sleep now…
Shinagawa! My brother and I transferred hotels from somewhere in Shibuya to Shinagawa because EMODA booked us there. 4 years ago, my family also stayed in the same area! Nostalgic feels!
My brother and I went on separate ways on our last day in Tokyo. He went to get his left-handed guitar somewhere, and I spent lunchtime and early afternoon with Camille at Shibuya 109.
By this time, I was already like my 3rd or 4th visit to Shibuya 109 in a span of a few days. Am I crazy? Most probably.
Saw Hamada Britney on the way out of 109. Also spotted Suzuki Nana on my first visit. This place is crawling with famous people!
And beautiful shop staff who make you wish you looked just liked them.
First agenda with Camille? PURIKURA! We went to the SEGA game center in Shibuya.
We had so much fun tinkering with these photo booth machines that we wish we could bring back home to Manila!
Because the Japanese level of beauty is so high, we’ll just settle for cheating. *low self-esteem tears* Kidding aside, PURIKURA = INSTANT PHOTOSHOP. They edit the pictures so fast! Makes you so giddy to take the next photo because it miraculously makes everyone look like a ViVi model!
Big eyes and clear skin in a matter of a few seconds! You can even add make-up, fake lashes and change your hair color. I swear you can go into one of these things with zero make-up on and come out looking like a goddess.
Nino CM! Also ABC-Mart is like heaven for fans of Converse, Nike, Puma, Adidas, Vans, etc. My brothers often find something to buy here, usually at discounted prices. I got my black sneakers from an ABC-Mart too!
Aww, time to part ways with Camille who met up with her mom and sister shortly after I helped her take outfit shots with her camera. My brother happened to be around the area too so we spent our last few hours in Shibuya checking out places we haven’t been to yet.
I hate rain, if I’m traveling. But I like it when I’m spending the whole day inside my house. Agree? :)
WC by Chinatsu Wakatsuki flagship store. I saw her during the EMODA touchMe show. I died a little inside because she was drop-dead gorgeous. T_T
Shibuya OIOI / Marui! LOVE. Though all of the clothes here are generally more expensive than the ones in 109. But brands like snidel can be found here. <3
Last photo before I tucked my camera away and spent my last few hours resting! I started to feel sick (prolly because I overworked myself carrying so much shopping + my camera that weighs like a baby) so my brother and I went back to the Shinagawa area so the atmosphere is generally more relaxed and chill! We ended up eating at some fancy European-inspired place in the station that served the most amazing pasta. I can’t think of an ending more perfect than that! <3
Two Kyoto posts coming right up!