Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
終於有空看聖誕燈飾了！聽說東京中城的聖誕燈飾蠻不錯，所以我們決定去那裡看看。我們的視野剛好對准東京鐵塔，所以還挺不錯的 :P 看看我的youtube影像吧！
Friday, December 17, 2010
今天去看了一下Van Gogh的展覽。雖然是星期五，但是展覽擠滿了退休人士，家庭主婦和觀光客！我忘了日本現在人口老化中，有很多老人有大壩的時間和金錢可以花。因為他們有花500yen租只有日文版的hearing guide（聲音機？），所以都卡在熱門作品的前面不動，氣死我了。
Thursday, December 16, 2010
How Christianity spread in Japan was largely credited to a Spanish missionary, Francis Xavier, who arrived on Kagoshima island in 1549. However it was later banned in 1587 due to feudal lord, Toyotomi Hideyoshi's fear that Christianity was a barrier to his plan of uniting the whole of Japan. Centuries after his death, the country was re-opened and Christians, who went into hiding, came out. Nagasaki, which was the heart of Christianity activity, still remains as a prefecture with majority of its population as Christians.
－中文省略 XD －
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
2週前逛了在箱根的御馬場outlet，那時正有冬季促銷，還能欣賞到美麗的富士山風景。和加州的Chelsea Premium Outlet不一樣的是，這間outlet有比較多名牌商店，例如Prada, Ferragamo, YSL, Jimmy Choo, Bvlgari，等。御馬場也是全日本最大的outlet。
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
In US, you would put a Jack pumpkin outside of your house to indicate that it's okay for the kids to knock on your door to say "Trick or Treat". People would also dress up in costumes to party out with friends in the streets or at homes. Of course, in Asia, nobody practices the pumpkin thing, but cosplay is rather popular.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Since typhoon no.14 is now in Tokyo, these hot buns had become both my breakfast and lunch. Today's dinner is probably something else steamed...
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
在趕一隻蜘蛛出去陽台時，發現了一隻又大又可愛的螳螂！假如讀者還記得的話，我的房間有很多昆蟲類，例如蟲子，蟬和蚊子。不過，這是我第一次看到還活著的螳螂!!! :D 它的身體就像我們的新加坡綠化青蛙一樣綠油油的。身長約7-8cm，頭也能往後轉呢！我就這樣在那裡蹲了約10分鐘狂拍照片。
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
So here's my tips to save some money in Tokyo:
1. If you need to buy books, either purchase used books from stores like Bookoff, or purchase a Tosho card from a discounted tickets store. Use the discounted Tosho card to pay for all your books which are new, at those big bookstores.
2. Even better, just stand in the bookstore and finish your book. I saved money for 2 magazines this way!
3. For girls, if you want to satisfy your craving for shopping, you can buy those magazines with freebies. Many magazines feature designer cloth bags and cost just 630~1800yen each. Cheap and nice. Of course, buy them with your discounted Tosho card.
Friday, October 8, 2010
I was persuaded to enter into a "TV room" which was an isolated cubicle with a computer kiosk which could perform webcam functions with a personnel stationed remotely. I talked with her using the attached phone receiver and she'd bow, stay bowed, until the webcam screen went off each time. This marvelous piece of high-tech equipment combined with first-class service was supposed to speed up the application and reduce workload for the bankers. However, they forgot that I am a bloody foreigner with limited Japanese ability, so I was trapped there for an hour while the rest spent only10mins each at the counter.
Bravo to the latest banking technology in Japan! Be sure to use this whenever you don't feel like talking to the people over the counters as they'll be less than happy to help you.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
These shops sell anything from concert and baseball match tickets, shinkansen tickets, rail passes, department store vouchers, to telephone and Tosho cards.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The cherries season is usually in the spring season around April. Japanese cherries are smaller and more reddish than the Californian cherries. Oddly, Japanese cherries are more expensive than their Californian counterparts and tasted more sour. For example, one small box of Japanese cherries costs 700yen but the Californian cherries costs 450yen. I'll prefer the Californian cherries anytime.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Well for some time, I'd found it rather hard to get into sleep, so I asked the know-all Google on any holy advises. Here are some of its recommendations:
- Drink milk.
- Take a hot shower before sleeping.
- Use the bed only for sleeping. (except for those things which couples would do)
- Dim the lights to prepare your body for sleeping.
- Sleep at your regular time, even during weekends.
- Read a boring book.
- Do something boring until you're tired enough, then sleep.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Looking at my results slip, grade B is actually between 34~66%. What this means is even if you failed your grammar, you can still receive a grade B. Strange isn't it? Moreover, they did not reveal the passing mark so no one knew exactly where the line was drawn. It was rumored that if you scored more than 19/60 for example, in Listening Comprehension, you could still pass, provided that the overall score was decent.
For those of us who had taken the 5500yen test in Japan, we need to pay an additional 1000yen if we want to receive the A4 size certificate. I'll think about forking out that cash if I pass N1.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Suddenly it twitched...
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Unfortunately me and the other Singaporean artist (omigod) didn't get into the finalist round.
So I expressed my disappointment in my twitter and facebook and became "emo" for a few days.
Thanks to friends who cheered me up, I'll try my best to stick my butt in a Japanese university to learn about how to do my own ebook comics and try the contest again after I'm done with all the hardcore Japanese studies... AJA AJA FIGHTING!
AJA AJA FIGHTING!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
For now, I'm glad that one test is over. The next agenda is to look for a Japanese Graduate School. Believe me, it's a pain in the ass to apply for Japanese Universities... I'll do a more detailed post on that when I'm more free <-which might not happen any time soon because of my scholarship activities too... I'm so BUSY that everyone commented that I'd slimmed down ever since I came to Japan. No time, little money... SIGH! What to do? At least I can watch a few FIFA matches in Japanese.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
This also reminds me about a comic post I drew a year ago on rainbow: http://www.wretch.cc/blog/evacomics/12114682 . Not that I'm getting all poetic here, but it makes me think how short our lives are and that we should be making full use of our brief earthly moments on meaningful things and not waste time on trivial matters.
這讓我想起一年前畫的一幅關於彩虹的日記漫畫: http://www.wretch.cc/blog/evacomics/12114682 . 。～突然感嘆彩虹有如我們的生命一樣短暫。我們是不是應該充分利用在這裡的時間，做一些有意義的事，而不是浪費在那些無味的雜事呢？
Monday, June 14, 2010
P.S. I'm experimenting with a new innovative way to alternate posts with good food and insects posts.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Today I caught a Japanese Disney show with Japanese dubbing. To my amazement, Mickey sounds like Mickey, Minnie sounds like Minnie, and Donald Duck sounds like Donald Duck! The tone of the voices are very close to the original and they managed to pick up Japanese earlier than me, how's that for cartoon characters!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Temperatures rose to as high 24 degrees in Tokyo with other areas of Japan up to 30 degrees. So it was snowing in mid April and now summer in beginning of May!? What the hell is going on??? I wanted more cooling comfortable weather, not extreme cold and hot!
So back to my shopping, I purchased some insect repellent devices because mosquitoes had awoken from their deep winter sleep and worms had begun to appear inside my closet. I seem to be always plagued by insects of different kinds in different countries. First there were bed bugs in USA, now clothes-eating worms in my closet in Japan!? I think it's the revenge of the insect curse because according to my parents, I ate a crunchy ladybug-like insect when I was small, so maybe that's why I'm cursed now... ...
Monday, May 3, 2010
I reasoned with myself that summer is coming so the money was well spent (this is what women usually do to justify our shopping sprees) XD
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Harajuku is dotted with many famous foreign brands like Gap, Laura Ashley, Chanel, Bulgari, etc. There's also a huge Nike retail shop which allows you to customize your very own shoe for approximately 19,000yen. You can choose a shoe design which you like, then use their computer to change the color and material. I'm saving up for it!
Friday, April 30, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Thanks to my friends who sent emails and left me messages to congratulate me on the selection!!! :D
I was thrilled with tears when I know the 1st screening results but I hope that I can get into the next round, because after all, I'm already in Japan learning Japanese everyday!!! *口*
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
This was what I saw when I arrive at my Shinjuku school dormitory on 1st April. It was really small at 9 sq metres, equipped with only a bed, study table, chair, side table and wardrobe/shelf. TV and fridge was passed down from seniors who had graduated.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
- Call/email Yamato Transport to arrange for delivery of their boxes so you can start packing. Also arrange for the pick up date as well. Their boxes range from:
Size A 92x46x22cm
Size C 66x46x33cm
Size D 46x33x33cm
- Just stuff your things into the boxes but make sure each is less than 25kg and $2500 in value. No need to write anything on the boxes and leave them open in case you want to do any last minute re-arrangements. Insurance is included.
- There will be a couple, one Japanese who will help you with the forms, and the other busy packing and writing on your boxes. They will weigh and give you a form for each box, then you list the items and declare the value.
- While you're writing in English, the Japanese staff will do a translation to Japanese so that delivery in Japan will be smoother. Nice service isn't it! I don't think you can get translation service from other courier service :D
- Finally after everything is filled and packed, you'll be given 2 customs declaration form. You'll need to pass both to the customs officer, then he'll chop and return 1 piece back to you. Take that stamped form to the Kuroneko counter at Narita Airport so that the customs can clear your unaccompanied baggage.
- Payment is by cash or check at origin or destination.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The start of the conversation was unconventional. It was my rant of how difficult it was to reach the building. Firstly, Bouna Vista is not centrally located and the East-West bound trains are rather slow... Secondly, I had difficulty locating the shuttle bus stand. After waiting for 30-40mins, I ran out of patience and took a cab with another confused lady who was also heading to MDA. Apparently, the free shuttle buses stated on their website were non existent during off-peak times.
So finally we reached this "Fusionopolis" which is basically a rather large futuristic building. It looks impressive from far but...it's just a building, no "polis". And if you should make a trip down, you can also take bus 91 from Bouna Vista, it stops right outside the building and no, you don't need to wait for 40mins like I did.
Cancellation of many MDA iniatives for individuals
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Today's errand is to go Bras Basah Complex to collect my 7 yr old watercolor painting of Clarke Quay. I originally copied it from an A4 print-out (as you can see in photo) as a practice in an Intermediate Watercolor class at Lasalle.
You'll find a few shops at the 2nd floor which does custom framing. I did mine at Pin Xuan Ge Art Gallery #02-31. An A3 custom framing service with their cheapest material and acrylic cover would be $30. I find it pretty well-done. Any cheaper would mean buying those plastic cover frames from Ikea.
As I exit the door, I noticed this HUGE BRUSH!!!