Wednesday, October 26, 2016

SMASH! Anime & Manga 2016 Convention ( ◞・౪・)

This year was my second time ever going to SMASH! as an attendee. I usually go as a volunteer, either at the ticketing section or running around ushering people here and there. The reason why this year I didn't volunteer was of course due to the huge change in my life, which is completing my degree and working full-time. However, my next door neighbour (literally) who was working for SMASH! offered me a free pass for both Saturday and Sunday, so I said why not!

On Staurday I went bright and early with my mate Grace and Spike. I didn't plan any cosplay costumes since it an unexpected plan, so I just wore a maid costume which I purchased in Japan and haven't worn out yet and just went a generic maid.

There wasn't any crazy long queues when we arrived at the venue and we waited for the doors to open for the art an merchandise rooms. The art room was the first to open, so my friends and I went around checking out all the different artworks. I ha two artists that I wanted to find, which were J-b0x and Minmonsta. 

I found J-b0x stall first and purchased a few goodies and also got ask for a few commission arts too! Then I was on the hunt for Minmonsta, but I didn't know where her stall was so I had to weave through every single stand. Eventually I found her an luckily for me she still had some of her artbook, Soul Drop, left.

After purchasing all the art we wanted, we headed down to the merchandise room where we checked out all the plush, gundams, figurines, swords, etc. I also met up with one of my friends who I met through SMASH! until I had to leave after lunch as I had work.

On Sunday I also was at SMASH! bright and early for more adventure and fun, but this time I focused more the on the cosplayer's. I took many photo's on both days, which I shall share below. 
My favourite cosplay group on Sunday, was definitely this Zootopia group!! 

Its a tradition for me to take a photo with some human organ/genitalia plush toys. 

One of the best group cosplayers on Saturday was the Ghibli group!! 

I didn't realise I took a photo with one of the guest until I saw some staff follow him and all~ 

It's Biba! and not too sure who (on the left~) Can anyone tell me??


I bumped into one of my childhood friend, Stella, who came as a pikachu girl~

I love her dress! Super cute!!

A scene from Prison School? hahah ~

It's Ikouma! 
This year I can definitely say that the cosplays are pretty damn good and so much improvements too. Well I cannot wait again till next year SMASH! comes along to check out more art and cosplayers! Hopefully I will get some abs then so I can cosplay the characters I want to.

Hello my loves, I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know in the comments what character(s) you cosplayed this year to an anime convention? I have a list of characters I would love to cosplay, so I'm hoping next year I will be able to do so! Also let me know who you want to cosplay as next year too! 

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Travelling the World // Preparation o(*≧□≦)o

I've travelled. I can't say I've travelled a lot, but I am in a happy place where I do get to travel as much as I can within my capabilities. Throughout my trips overseas, there are a few advice's, tips and tricks that I picked up along the way to make sure I was going to have an amazing journey and adventure. I have put together some notes which I always consider whenever I plan a trip overseas. In this case I'll be using my Japan 2015 Winter & Summer trip as an example for the below topics. 

1. Travel buddy
Your travel buddy is super important as you'll be spending days, weeks or even months with them (depending on how long you are going for). Make sure you guys are on the same channel, wavelength and even activity ideas, to ensure an argument-free and amazing trip. In my case, I did prefer travelling with my childhood/best friend Stephy (Japan-Summer), over my high school mate Max (Japan-Winter). However, don't get me wrong about Max, we had a great adventure together too, but you know girls understand girls! So shopping and everything was much easier to plan~

2. Plan early & Brief Research 
Planning early beforehand will help you along your journey. Things to consider when planning would include location, travelling dates, accommodation, budget and activities. I usually make a list of places my travel buddy and I want to go visit, eat & shop at. I then utilise this information to form a day-to-day itinerary, as this will ensure I have ticked everything off the list so I don't miss out on anything.

3. In-depth Research
This is another important part when you're planning for your next trip. When choosing your accommodation we tend to see how many people it can accommodate, price budgets and location (if you're looking at AirBnB places). However the location is the KEY thing to look at if you want to have a more convenient and easier trip home. Some places will say it is a 5 minute train ride away from e.g. Shinjuku station, but the walk to/from the accommodation may actually be a 15 mins walk away from Shinjuku station. So make sure to GOOGLE MAP everything to get the best estimate time of your travelling! Besides travel time, knowing the simple things, such as cost, opening hours, train lines, etc. for shops, cafes and theme parks, will help make your trip run more smoothly. 

3. Money
If you know you want to travel then SAVE, SAVE, SAVE! Money doesn't grow from trees, even though we wished it did. Sacrifices are needed, but of course not to the extreme where you cannot enjoy life back at home. You can save a lot by making lunch boxes instead of eating out or not shop for new clothes (cause you can probably do that overseas anyways!). 

4. Time
I find the best time to travel overseas is definitely during the time when I was studying in uni. I would have a casual job to fund for my trip, then take the time off when I wanted to travel. It's the time to work hard then play harder because of how flexible our time/days are. Now as I work full-time, of course I get annual leave and all, my travels are limited, but I try and squeeze in as many holidays, especially when we have long weekends and public holidays! Small short trips are a good way to enjoy life a little in the adult world.   

The last thing to do is just enjoy the whole experience, from planning to actual travelling! Your itinerary won't always go as planned, so make sure you leave some leeway and be open minded to other ideas too. If you find you've completed everything you wanted to do for the day, go out and find something else to do, because the adventures are endless when you are in a new country or place! You never know what you'll come across by getting lost in the city. 


Good morning everyone, today's blog post has been sitting in my blog queue for quite some time and I never really got the time to finish it until now. So I do hope you guys enjoy it because this will relate to all the upcoming travel-related blog posts i.e. Packing guides, guides to Japan, etc. 

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Guide to shopping at Innisfree Online (*≧▽≦)

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In today's blog post I will be sharing how to shop on the Innisfree website. The first time I ever started using and purchasing Innisfree products was back in Jul 2015. I have been using their products, especially their skincare for over a year now and I absolutely love it. However, it is not available in-stores here in Australia and I don't get many chances to travel much, now that I'm working full time too, it makes it quite difficult to get my hands on their products. 

My solution to this problem is to purchase their beauty and skincare products through their online store, which is super easy to navigate, reasonable pricing's and free goodies too! Keep reading till the end for my discount code!

When you head to the >website< you will see their homepage, which will look sometime like the above screenshots. I like to check the Offer's tab, to see what special offers or discounts they may be having when I shop. 

To really begin shopping, it is best to login by clicking the "Sign in" button to access your account first and continue shopping as you would. But, if you have not signed up with them yet, you can do so by clicking the "Register" button. 

If it's your first time signing up to Innisfree you will come across this page, where you fill out a few details such as your name, email, password & in the referral CODE & ID section you can enter in the below referral details for more discounts.

Once you have made your account, you can then begin shopping for products you want to buy. I absolutely love their skincare products, especially their sheet mask because their prices are really cheap!

Once you find the product you want, you will find the description and how to use information for the product. Additionally, you can also find other customers reviews and questions regarding about this product too. Once you are happy with what you see, you simply just click "Add to bag".  

A popup will appear once you add an item to your bag, you can either continue shopping or continue to checkout once you have placed all the products you want into your bag. 

Once you click the "Checkout" button you will be redirected to this page, where you review what you want to buy and what free goodies they have to offer during your purchase. Innisfree are super generous as they gave me a discount and free sample codes for all first time users!
✧DISCOUNT CODE - 160830KTR661340

When you have applied the discount code and checked your bag, then it's time to pay! You will need to fill in your shipping/billing details and choose a method of shipping and payment too. They accept a few different methods of payment, but I find either Credit card or Paypal the easiest method for me! 

Once you have made payment, you will receive the following notification's: your order has been accepted, order has been shipped and your order has been delivered.

I hope you guys found this how-to guide on Innisfree simple and do leave a comment below what Innisfree product is you favourite or which product you'd love to try! I'm planning to do an Innisfree giveaway so I would love to know what you guys want!! You can also read some of my innisfree product reviews >HERE<

Sorry for the delay post on this Innisfree, I've been having some technical issues plus it has also been super busy with both my jobs and all~ But now that I finally have some rest, I can get some more blog content up!! 

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