Monday, August 11, 2014

"I never realize how much I like being home unless I've been somewhere really different for a while."

The title-quote is from the movie Juno (2007), which I am watching at this very moment because I randomly miss Ellen Page's character's humor. But this post isn't about the movie. I'm actually just here to say that I'm back in Bangkok and the homecoming so far has been warm and comfortable - not just referring to the weather. 

Here is the first picture taken of me after my arrival:

I missed my car.jpeg


Sunday, August 3, 2014


Update: with less than 200 MB of my phone data left, I must keep my writing for this one succinct and the next you'll hear from me here will probably be in 2 or 3 days when, for the first time in a year, I will be in Bangkok. 
Even though by then I will no longer be physically in Japan, there is still a lot I have to say and reflect about my year-experience in this country... You still haven't heard about my favorite place and my most memorable experiences in Japan after all.

Anyways, for now as promised,

The Stuff I Got From The Fes

Animal Illustration Pins
1 for ¥200, 3 for ¥500
¥500 for the tear, ¥1500 for the dog
This was my first purchase, the plunge.
Her minimalist comics are terribly adorable. Literally, sold.
(¥200 per card/envelope/sticker set)
One way to tell someone you care.
Another illustrator. My purchases came in this unique packaging. Let's see what's inside...
¥150 per postcard, ¥500 for the pin
I don't even like cats, thus this is amazing.
This artist makes accessories from small random objects, like volume knobs of old radios and
Hanafuda is a popular game in Japan and Korea. I used to play it with my Ojiichan when I was young.
I still have his deck. The game is obviously sentimental to me and a fond memory of my childhood;
I couldn't even question on what occasion I would wear these, I just had to have them.
Royal Freedom prices according to the specific piece you pick.
The "M" key was around ¥500, as opposed to larger keys like "Enter" which was around ¥900.
This "Volume" was around ¥900. As for the Hanafuda earrings (which you could also request to have made as pins),
are priced accordingly to card value. This is where knowledge of the game comes in.
High cards are ¥900. Low cards are ¥450. By the time I got there, there were only low cards left...
Maybe that was a good thing for my wallet. 
And I did find an occasion for them a week later.
#sumidagawaHANABItakai #camwhore
Disclaimer: I did not have any Twilight references in mind when I bought these.
If you guessed jellyfish, you were right.
Translucent folder: ¥300.
And a whole bunch of free papers for looking back or exploring forth.