The Reading Room and got lolita!

, by dollonstrings

*yawn*
shassu~
it's dollonstrings here. A long time no see. *bows*


My retirement plan is to open a book cafe. A cafe without walls, just bookshelves, and books of all kinds, old, rare, fairytales, fantasy, sci-fi that the patrons can peruse.

I saw some pictures of this place on facebook recently, and it looked kind of like my dream, so I hopped over to Bukit Pasoh Road to check it out today, dragging a friend along.


Clothes and food and books under the cut!


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[Music] Mocca

, by 雨夜 [アマヤ]

Image from Alur Maju

This post is even later than the previous one XD Another band that was inspiring to me back at BayBeats Festival 2012 was from Indonesia, Mocca! Apparently, they had disbanded back in 2010 but were so happy to come back to Singapore to perform once more! As you would expect, the crowd was enormous with several hardcore fans flying in from other countries!



Song: The Best Thing in the World

My first impressions of them were that they were a really lively and fun-loving bunch of people! They definitely know when to be serious, and when to just let loose and have fun!


Their song style is really what I like XD Soothing, sweet and simply adorable~! Plus their lives are just as good as listening to their CDs.


Song: Secret Admirer

I was so awestruck by them, by the time I got to the booth, all their CDs were sol out T.T Their MVs look pretty old because some songs date back to 10 years ago! Hope you will give these guys (and girl) a listen and enjoy their music as much as I did!

Image from Indrani.net
With love,
Amaya

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[Event] AKB48 Meet & Greet at Tokyo Auto Salon

, by 雨夜 [アマヤ]

While writing this, my reports and 10+ research papers are all open XD So this is going to be a really short and quick post!

It was a pretty last minute decision to attend the AKB48 Meet & Greet yesterday, when dollonstrings mentioned that she wanted to go. Though I'm not a fan of AKB48, I like some of their music and respect them for the hard work they put into being members of AKB48, so I decided to accompany dollonstrings to the Meet & Greet session (:

dollonstrings decided to go in Lolita, so I decided to join in as well :DD

Finally, a selca XD
The session started promptly at 3.30pm which was the time stated on the poster (but not the one in the schedule. It was a really rushed session as well, with fans only allowed to high-five all members, but no photos, no autographs, no touching anywhere else, no gifts, no chitchat etc, and they had security standing in one row opposite the girls to ensure that all these rules were adhered to. No idea what's the rush for anyway =\ Only 500 fans in the moshpit were allowed for the Meet & Greet. If you didn't get moshpit pass, you will have to contend with standing on the outside.

AKB48 Girls taking photos for the opening ceremony.

Try and spot the row of AKB48 girls. Pretty tight security.

dollonstrings commented that under the sunlight, my face looked really red. I commented her face was all glittery XD Her bronzer from Etude House was really more glitter than anything else.

Both our coordinates :D Really like dollonstring's stockings! 
Coordinate details:
Blouse: Magical Tea Party
One Piece: Dear Celine
Shoes: An*Tai*Na

I finally have a full picture of my Dear Celine OP \o/ Photo taken by Yuichirou-san, who I met at the Tokyo Auto Salon XD

Some notable care pictures:

Pink+footballs+eyelashes

Finally found the car with Hatsune Miku~~


I really wonder if all that extra white boards will gain the car more points.


Signing off,
Amaya.


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[Taobao] Yayness!

, by 雨夜 [アマヤ]

Items I ordered from TaoBao finally arrived :DDDD


BEST BUY EVER!
I was browsing for cute anime merchandise when I came across this. Since Kuroko no Basuke is quite popular, I considered getting it as gifts to friends when I meet them at conventions! Now they're so cute I'm considering keeping this to myself and buying another set for friends XD Close-ups below!

Even the paper bag has KnB. Genderbend cosplay, anyone?


Postcards! One of each member plus Tagami and one for the full team.

Badges :D Midorima is so cute :D



Also got myself some new cashbooks XD These are smaller and cheaper from the one I got in Artbox, which lasted me for a year. I need places to record my expenses or I don't know what will happen to my finances OTL Although it might be easier to record electronically, I prefer writing them down. (:

Bought new masks from TaoBao as well! This time, it's the Taiwan Brand: Sexylook! This special package contains 6 each of their best-selling masks, a total of 36 masks!




Did an online check on the packaging and the mask names, and they do exist on other online buying platforms like Yahoo TW and Sunnanz. Sexylook masks retail and about $1 per piece, and these masks I bought are about $0.90 a piece. Hope to be posting a review on these masks soon! ^_^

There's always the chance of counterfeit when you buy from TaoBao, so unless you really trust the seller and the prices are not drastically different, then it should be safe to buy (:

Other items I got were a blouse for Lolita. It's really pretty! Can't wait to wear it with my Infanta JSK (Jumperskirt)! :DD


With love,
Amaya.


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[Personal] Gifts from Japan! \o/

, by 雨夜 [アマヤ]

Just recently, I received a parcel from Japan! \o/

Carefully wrapped with lots of bubble wrap and a rainbow sticker!
So many things :DD

Presents for?


The gifts were from Kaila, blogger of Rainbowholic! In February, I had participated in her Big Blog Giveaway, and the Japan Essay Writing Contest! And guess what? I got selected as 1 of the 5 notable/striking entries!! :D :D You can click on the link to read all of the 8 essays (: Mine is below:

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My Japanese Dream

My contact with Japanese culture started when I was really young, watching Mandarin-dubbed Japanese anime on early mornings on weekends. I was ‘trained’ to become an early riser even on weekends when I was a child just so I could catch Digimon and Akazukin Cha Cha on TV every morning :P Subsequently, I chanced upon my favourite animes of all time: Sailormoon and Cardcaptor Sakura! I was really mesmerised with the shows back then (and now), and that was what planted the seed of love for Japanese culture in me. As I grew older, what really attracted me to Japan was its people. Japanese people are very generous and very kind! They made me want to give back to them more than what they have given me. When I interacted with Japanese guests (as part of my part-time work), they were always very appreciative of whatever I did for them, even if it was part of my job. As luck would have it, I currently run a J-culture & nonsense blog under Japanese moniker 雨夜, and am also a contributing J-addict for Japanese-based company, Anibee! They have given me many opportunities to try out Japanese fashion, Japanese food and attend related exhibitions!

In recent years, I have also stepped into several J-culture circles! Fashion styles such as Gyaru and Lolita, and I’ve even tried meido (: Though not a cosplayer, I have helped out at a few cosplay events, and once again, the people have touched my heart very much with their humility and expertise (both Japanese and non-Japanese)! I would definitely keep on helping out (: Another circle that I absolutely enjoy now is Vocaloid music! It wows me with how much creativity people have within themselves, to give these voices a liveable character through songs (: Being a long-time chorister, Japanese music has formed a substantial portion of the songs in my iPhone now XD The diversity that Japanese choral songs have is also something that fascinates me.

In Singapore, there was much advertising put into Japanese pop culture back in early 2000s. I remember seeing ads on Ayumi Hamasaki, Do As Infinity and Nakashima Mika whenever their new albums came out. Advertising was my primary source of information before the rise of the Internet. The K-pop wave came quickly enough, and partly because of the marketing strategies of K-pop and J-pop, J-pop became largely unheard of pretty quickly. However, there are still several J-culture events that Singapore has to allow fans to come together to share interests and exchange information! Singapore has traditional events such as Natsu Matsuri and huge anime conventions such as Anime Festival Asia to keep giving J-lovers a place to keep in touch with Japanese culture and for new fans to experience the passion J-lovers have.

Personally, I find that much of the diversity in Japanese pop culture and subcultures get disseminated to the world much more than other pop cultures, but I would have to admit that I’m biased :P It might be just me craving for more Japanese information, so I see more of it than any other culture (formally called confirmatory bias, by the psychologist in me XD). Singapore’s pop culture is largely influenced by English and Mandarin pop, though Korean & Japanese influences are creeping in fast, especially from the fashion and cosmetics end. Gyaru and ulzzang (Korean for ‘best face’) are very popular styles here. ^_^

Every culture is unique, and what is considered desirable and undesirable behaviours would differ. I feel that each culture would have their own black sheep, so it is sad to see others labelling other cultures as bad simply because of a small group of extreme people, or because people in this culture do not think it is desirable to exhibit this behaviour. I hope that everyone will learn more about each other’s culture, and have an open heart to accommodate each other and teach by example (:

My Japanese dream would definitely be to travel to Japan one day (hopefully in 2014 after I graduate). It would be an eye-opener to experience the culture first-hand! I also hope that through my humble blog, I can share what I will experience with my readers and inspire them to come to Japan too! Lastly, I would love to work with more Japanese people through my part-time work to show them my beautiful country, and to give back what they have selflessly given me.

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Close-ups!



Message from Kaila <3

Sakura kitkat!


Pocky!!

Accessories from enji! Loving the necklace!

Burst out laughing after seeing the back of the pocky package lol!

Some sweets and stickers ((:

Postcards from Japonista!! She's so cute-looking!!

Once again, thank you so much, Kaila! (I can't seem to thank you enough XD) Kaila is an inspirational blogger, bringing lots of Japan information and kawaii goodness to the international platform :DD

とても嬉しいです!私は日本語お勉強します!

Through her blog, I also found many other cute blogs to follow <3

Find our more about her below:
WEBSITE
FACEBOOK
TWITTER


With love,
Amaya.





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