Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale

predictable storyline, but hilarious to the max.

at least it was not a wasted $14 for a Sunday 3D movie.

official website here. i recommend watching the videos only after watching the movie proper.

need to get myself the OST soon.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Post Japan (Figurines)

One Piece bobbing heads.
OP bobbing heads 01
summer special where they had Luffy and Chopper in baseball uniforms of popular Japan teams.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Hetalia World Series Ep 35

Episode 35: United States of Hetalia

Friday, 19 November 2010

Post Japan (Accessories)

went abit crazy and bought loads of mobile straps and keychains while we were shopping around Japan.

have no idea whether i would use all of them, but here's those in-use now.

Holy Roman Empire, Chibitalia and Souji, with my keys.

Thursday, 18 November 2010


since i only managed to go down to AFAX on sunday, photos are very limited. plus, my camera died on me after only 2 hours, so had to give up on the photo-taking early.

much more variety this year. many cosplayers which i can't remember where i've seen them but look awfully familiar.

these were also taken with my own camera, so quality is fantastic. maybe i'll repost if i get photos from ah gu.

anyway, onwards with photos!

first and foremost.

my favorite, the Sailor Moon gang!
super super nostalgic!! everyone was crowding around them when they appeared!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Japanese OLs on One Piece

interesting article from ANN.

Japanese Office Ladies, or OLs for short, were polled on One Piece.
OLs on One Piece

aside from the "which character they want as a boyfriend" and "which character they want to marry", OLs were also asked about who they want as their ideal live-action cast.

OLs on One Piece 02

i wouldn't mind Mukai Osamu as Sanji, and i definitely can see Oizumi Yo as Usopp! Shingo might be a little too old for Luffy though. heehee.

in any case, i totally agree that there shouldn't be any live-action version in the first place. HA!

Monday, 15 November 2010

Hetalia World Series Ep 30 - 34

Episode 30: G8 meeting

Episode 31: China's Expeditions

Episode 32: England's Great Escape, Part 1

Episode 33: England's Great Escape, Part 2

if only he could get away from Germany.

Episode 34: Lost Galaxy Ranger

also included, Part 3 of England's Great Escape.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Post Japan (with photos)

finally uploaded the photos from the trip. next time, i'm not going to set the resolution that big anymore. took me 3 days to upload everything on photobucket.

here's some of the more interesting stuff that happened during the trip.
(image heavy!)

Thursday, 11 November 2010

One Piece Manga #60

2 million+ in first week alone.

One Piece continues to dominate the market with each book released. i heard from friends that Naruto is getting better, but even then, it has to bow down to the power of Odacchi.


Wednesday, 10 November 2010

10 things I love about Japan

1) the Land of Manga and Anime
no matter where you turn, there's always something greeting you in anime/manga form. whether it's people reading the latest manga magazines at the convenience stores, a poster, or even an anime character strap dangling on someone's mobile.

2) Mobile phones!
probably 80% of the population owns a flip mobile. but what is different is the variety of colors to suit each individual person, and the different mobile straps dangling from each mobile. even full-grown men have a strap or two, so you know it's not just the ladies. it's a culture!

3) Service
Japan has by far the best sales service among all the countries i've been to. the people are polite and patient, they really try their best to help you find what you want. and even if you end up not buying anything, they don't lose their smiles and waves you goodbye. you would feel compelled to buy something just to make their effort worth!

4) Disneyland!
thoroughly enjoyed myself there, even with the unexpected rain in the afternoon. i haven't had the chance to try all the rides in Disneyland, so a second trip is definitely warranted. it's no wonder you can keep going back there. definitely the happiest place on earth.

5) Kyoto
it was a hurried 3 days that we spent in Kyoto, which is hardly enough to really explore the place, so i would love to go back and walk through it more thoroughly. i love the architecture, where you can see glimpse of olden japan surrounded by the much newer buildings.

6) Mt Fuji
another place where we had lots of fun. though we couldn't see Fuji-san in its fine glory, clouds totally covered the peak on the 2 days we were there, we totally enjoyed the onsen stay at Kawaguchiko's Sunnide Resort. highly recommend everyone to stay there and enjoy the scrumptious dinner provided. the onsen is a definite must-try, and make your money's worth by going for a morning dip before breakfast!

7) Food
aside from the slightly expensive pricing, the food is delicious. well, except for natto. tried it on my last day there. ugghh. totally agree that it is not everyone's cup-of-tea, mine included. other than that, most other food items were delicious, even the rice taste different. YUMMY!

8) Akihabara
our trips to Akihabara, 2 days in all, saw me and ah gu going back with tons of stuff in our hands. whatever we missed on the first trip, we made up for it on our second trip. ohohohohohoho. but that also means we came back with more than our cupboards can take. =P

9) Ghibli Museum
if you're a Miyazaki Hayao fan, you must go to the museum to feel the magic. the only complaint i have is not being able to take photos inside the building. there's like 101 things i would love to snap photos of! other than that, just by seeing the mock-up of Miyazaki-sensei's animation studio, you will realize how much effort he puts into his hand-drawn animation. the latest Ghibli film, The Borrower Arrietty, has been out in Japan cinemas since July. i can't wait for it to be released in Singapore.

10) Vending Machines
where you can find hot drinks on an especially cold day! very important to have that bottle/can of ocha in your hand! of course, there's vending machines for meals, ties, cigarette and almost everything under the sun. vending machines are also important at restaurants where you just have to give the service staff your meal tickets and hot pipping food will be served to you without the hassle of having to converse to service staff with your minimal japanese.

photos in my next post~

Monday, 8 November 2010

tired but fulfilling

i'm back from japan.

it has been a great 2 weeks being in the land of my dreams and i thoroughly enjoyed myself.

photos will be coming up pretty soon, together with a list of top 10 things i love about japan. from real experience!