Monday, December 22, 2014

WHAT TO WEAR: TOKYO DISNEYLAND







Here are my tips on how to dress-up when going to Tokyo Disneyland:

1. Trends in Tokyo Disney Resorts are strong! Pretty similar with other countries who wear couple shirts or shoes but more peculiar (Hello! This is Japan!) so expect group of teenagers wearing matching outfits (not just similar outfits but TOTALLY THE SAME), little girls wearing Disney princesses gowns and almost everyone has a Disney hat, head band, etc. Carrying kawaii Disney popcorn buckets are also IN. I opt to wear a KITTY hat just because!

2. Comfortable shoes (like my New Balance of course). It'll be a long day full of fun and WALKING! You know what I mean, I don't have to explain. 

3. Since it's Winter now, do not forget your fashionable coat or cape! Mine's my 4 year old American Apparel cape. Even if it's pretty warm and sunny in the morning, I'm 100% sure that it will be chilly at night. You can just easily take it off if it's hot anyway.

4. If you WANT, you can wear a costume. I promise you no one will bother you!  

5. Don't go bankrupt, it's definitely a fashion no-no. Keep your belonging safe and secured. Japan is generally safe country but you'll never know. And by the way, entrance fee was raised to ¥6400 lately. 

TIPS: If you're scared of crowded places like me, try to avoid weekends, New Year’s rush (December 31st, January 1st – 5th), Golden Week (April 29th – May 5th), Obon (August 13th – 15th), and any of the other Japanese National Holidays.

CAT LIST

If you've been a long time reader of the blog, you would probably know that I love cats! Anything with cat print on, I'll probably buy! Thus when I saw these cat printed items on Sheinside, I just knew! Also, I've been seeing a lot of cat printed items like these in Harajuku lately so I'm kind of stoked to get some! 

Friday, December 19, 2014

SHIBUYA CHRISTMAS 2014


Somehow this reminds me of Banff, Canada. I'm scared of the cold but it's absolutely breathtaking! I would do it for the sake of photos though. Taking photos is my life! 







These photos were taken at Shibuya Parco. Spot the hidden owl!



While these are beside the famous Starbucks along Shibuya crossing..



Shibuya 109 has their own version of a Christmas tree with an image of lips on top. I don't understand why!


Laforet (my favorite mall in Harajuku) lighted their tree up and now it looks like a Christmas tree! Christmas looks fun in Japan but to be honest I'd still rather spend it with my family! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

KYARY PAMYU PAMUSEUM


The last time they had a Kyary Pamyu Pamuseum / Costume exhibit was in March 2013. Just got lucky! I'm having a hard time picking photos to post but you can find everything on my flickr. The title of the exhibit is "Sweet Costumes In The Candy Forest!" and it will be running until the 12th of January 2015. If you're in Tokyo, this is your chance!


We were given plastic candy sticks upon entering! 


It was kind of dark on the first part of the exhibit like walking inside a dark forest (aka Candy forest) with magical things.


See? Even Kyary's mannequin was scared!


My companion for this event, Kaila-chan! We went straight to Roppongi for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's exhibit right after our meet-up with Laura and Allie and Ai's Secret Lolita Party


"Let there be kawaii!" Ta-daa!


Can I swim in these pastel, rainbowholic balloons?


Ceiling was oh-so good!




This little kid adoring Kyary's costumes!


Peek in thru this box and you'll see Kyary's secret costumes! Too bad I didn't take photos of it but I'm sure you'll find it somewhere in the internet!



To die for boots! I want to have this so bad!












Venue Roppongi Hills Umu (1F TV Asahi)
Address 6-10 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Transport Roppongi station (Hibiya line), exit 1C; (Oedo line), exit 3.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

HOW TO CHASE YOUR KAWAII DREAMS?


You have to know that dreaming is not enough. Sorry to start this article with a harsh truth but that's how I learned it. Here are my 6 tips on how to chase your kawaii dreams:

1. Analyze your dreams well. When I was younger I wanted to be a model so bad because I've been influenced by local magazines that models are oh-so wonderful beings. I was dreaming and trying my best, joining each and every contest I knew, attending go-sees here and there. But now that I'm older, I've realized that I was chasing the wrong dream. I wasn't meant to be a model because first I don't have the body type. Second, I don't have the face that media is looking for. And finally, I was in the wrong country. If I was in Japan when I was a little bit younger then I could have been once because models in Japan are different from the other model-types in the world.  


2. Set your goals. In university, I studied International Studies Major in European Studies to be an ambassadress. That's my "most realistic" dream! If you only knew how hard it is to be one, you might laugh at me for saying it is realistic. I was a dreamer and I still am a dreamer. I once said, I want to be a mermaid and it wasn't a joke.

The photo above highlights Hirari Ikeda, a shop staff of a store in Harajuku called Dog (where Lady Gaga shops every time she's in Tokyo) and one of the most famous Harajuku icons at present. Where else in the world could that happen, a sales associate and style icon in one category? Only in Japan! 


3. Have a deadline. My goal was to graduate university on time (3 years because my uni's tri-semestral) and move out of the country to pursue bigger dreams. And I did. I'm still nowhere near to being an ambassadress but something beautiful happened.

Above's Tim of TokyoFashion.com back while taking street style photos along Meiji Dori.


4. Live your life. When I moved to Japan with my family, I redirected my goals to being part of it. "Grow where you are planted." I studied the language, worked as a visual merchandiser and tried giving back by becoming a teacher. At the same time, I was maintaining a kawaii blog. So far from being an ambassadress! Even if you feel like you're struggling to reach your goals, never neglect the things that are most valuable: family, friends and your health.

One day.. I was working hard for the blog? Maybe? The universe called Kaila to fly me to Manila to be a kawaii ambassadress from Japan. And it was one of the most surreal, amazing, magical moment in my life. Imagine, a kawaii ambassadress just because I am myself!


5. Emerge yourself to the community you want to be in. 2013 was the year that I moved to (close to) Tokyo. It was a giant leap of faith as I was planning to stay in Manila and set-up my shoe business but it was also the most integral part of my kawaii dreams. If I didn't move here, things could have been really different. I'm glad I made this decision! Knowing how Harajuku works (by helping each other) inspired me to share and help other people towards their dreams. I'm not here to be an idol, a style icon or anything towards fame. I'm here because I have a purpose to be my better self, to share my talents (teaching, photography, writing) and be beyond me.

The lady in yellow is Misato, co-owner of Funktique (a vintage brand in Harajuku) and the mother of Harajuku. She's one of the many people I admire here just how she juggles being a real mom, business owner, supporter of her friends and of Harajuku. Just wow!


6. You will get there. I was nervous all the time, everything is just new to me. Most of the time I feel like I'm underdressed but in my heart, I can say, I belong here. Reading my tips and stories might make you feel like everything just happened to me by chance. I wanted different things for my goals but I got different rewards. I must say, it wouldn't happen if I didn't work hard for it. I might started with a different goal but I subconsciously (or consciously) work my way here. It's my own decision to move here and even if it gets harder by the day to stay here, I am still trying my best to chase my kawaii dreams.

"I was made ready."
-Astro Boy

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