Japan fangirl travel: Shibuya crossing

(Nov 30, 2014)

On our last day in Tokyo we went to Shibuya to do our last minute shopping before ending the trip.
IMG_1512-2.jpgShibuya is one of the main districts of Tokyo known for entertainment and shopping..

I’ve mentioned Shibuya briefly already in a previous post for the popular Hachiko statue which is found near the station.. And for One Piece fans there’s a small area in the Parco department store dedicated to all One piece memorabilia.

One other popular sight found here is the crazy Shibuya crossing.. This time around I wanted to also get a chance to take a photo of it as everyone crosses the intersection at the same time.. IMG_1489-2.jpg

Europe 2013 Planning mode!

by oz chinita

I’m so exciteeeeeed!!! After my plans didn’t push through last year, I’m FINALLY set to go for my first Europe trip this year (well actually my 2nd, but the 1st one I was a kid and couldn’t really remember it).

This is also the perfect time since I just got my AU passport.. which means that for a lot of the European countries in Schengen area, NO VISA REQUIRED!! 😀 😀

Europe is such a huge undertaking that deciding how to plan it out and where to begin can be overwhelming.  How many days to allot, which countries to go to, what is the budget, do you go with a tour or self itinerary, or a mix of both? My itinerary went through a lot of revisions, but after 6 months googling and asking people about their trips.. I’m pretty happy with the plan I came up with..

Hopefully for other people out there, my ramblings on here about how I planned it out can help you with your own plans to go to Europe.

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Shopping around Bandung

Besides food, Bandung is known both among locals and to Malaysians as a place for bargain shopping.  Because there’s a lot of clothing factories based here, the overruns are placed in factory outlets scattered throughout the city.

You can easily find out which are the popular ones just by asking the hotel or your taxi driver.  To get around, you can rent a taxi for a day, but that doesn’t include any parking fees that you need to pay (which almost all of the factory outlets have) of 2,000 rupiah (20 AUD cents).

The difficulty I had while researching for which factory outlets to go to, is that eventhough a lot of blogs in the internet would say which outlets are popular for shopping, they wouldn’t say or show what items you can find there.  The common brands I would find (which I believe are authentic) is Cotton On, Guess, some H&M, Forever 21, Espirit and if I’m lucky a few Zara and Mango.

Having said that, I wasn’t just looking for getting branded clothes at a lower price.  I wanted to find clothes that had some sort of style to them and was fashionable.

And in a lot of the factory outlets, you can’t expect to find something like that.  If you’re going to look for jeans, or simple tank tops or t shirts, then yes you’ll find a lot at bargain prices.  But otherwise, you’ll probably get disappointed by the choices available.

The only factory outlet I went crazy shopping at is Rumah Mode.  Compared to the other factory outlets, this had a cleaner, fancier atmosphere where even if I didn’t shop, the place in itself gave that local feel because of the architecture and statues around the area.

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Gong Xi Fa Cai!! (Happy Chinese New Year)

Happy Chinese New Year!! The thing I love about Melbourne is the diversity of cultures I get to experience even without travelling overseas!

This year a vietnamese friend invited me to their house for dinner.. And after I went with them to a temple near their place to see how they celebrate the event..

I always thought that temples would be such a solemn and quiet place.. But not during the new year! The place was packed with people, filled with colorful lights like in Christmas, and had a festive atmosphere.. As if in a party!!

First the people kneel in front of this statue and shake some sticks to get their fortune for the year.. They throw the sticks and get a number which has a specific fortune for them for the year of the snake..
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