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Friday, September 8, 2017

CHEEBYE PHOTOBUCKET!!!

As a preface, this is not just me ranting, there's a nugget of (hopefully) useful information on hosting your image on google drive, so read on hehe.

I'm pretty sure a lot of people are aware of it by now, THE PHOTOBUCKET FIASCO! where the cb Photobucket stopped their free 3rd party image hosting service and tons and tons of images on blogs, Amazon, eBay, etc turned like this:
And you have to pay FREAKING $400/YEAR to enable the 3rd party hosting WTFBBQ

Honestly, when I first saw my blog turned like this I was just like, "meh." I can easily change hosting. No biggie. 

But man, $400 a year for a measly 500GB storage is damn expensive.

As a comparison, you get 2TB of storage on Google Drive for $300/year. Plus the fact you can save all kind of files on google drive, not just images.

RIPOFF!!! 

The only thing with google drive is that it doesn't automatically give you a direct link to the image, so I have to edit the URL one by one so that it becomes a direct link. Meh.

HERE is a helpful video showing you how to do it in case you wanna go the same route as I do and change to google drive to host your images. You're welcome.

LUCKILY for me, I only use Photobucket to host images pertaining to the layout of this blog and never to host photos I put in my posts (I use the default google photos for that), so I only had to re-host 7 photos or so.

In the midst of the mind-numbing task of manually changing the links, I thought of bloggers who DO use Photobucket as their main photo-hosting site for the photos on their blog. Imagine re-hosting hundreds, thousands even, of photos so that your blog post isn't just filled with stupid grey squares. Imagine how many days/months it'd take for such a tedious task. WHAT A COLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME. 

While I do think it's completely fair for Photobucket to put a price on their hosting service, I think it's deviously calculating to force your users to upgrade if they want to keep the photos on their blog/listings as it was, out of the blue. They know people who have hundreds of images wouldn't want to re-host and would naturally opt for an upgrade. HOWEVER, IT'S A TOTAL MAJOR DICK MOVE to make the 3rd party hosting service to be only available for the most expensive $400 package. FFUUUU! They effectively force the user to not only upgrade but upgrade to the most expensive package available. I'm sure they (as in the assholes of Photobucket team, not the users) know a lot of people use their service mostly for 3rd party hosting. DICK!

Anyway, as I said, I mainly use Photobucket for 3rd party hosting my blog layout images and that's it, not as like an actual online storage for photos. One of the reasons for this is the Photobucket website is damn laggy and takes forever to load and often freezes.

So yea, no thank you, I ain't paying $400 just for an upgrade of storage that I don't need, a laggy service, and a 3rd party hosting. I'll gladly use google drive and manually edit the links, tyvm.


And thus my goodbye to PHOTOBUCKET. You've served me well before all this nonsense.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

JAPAN Summer Trip DAY 4 Pt.1 | OMG-SO-GOOD SUSHI & Gotemba Premium Outlet

Yay finally continuing this travel log! We didn't really do much today, so Day 4's only gonna be 2 parts.
Here's the links to previous days:
Pocket wi-fi!! My lifeline during Japan trips!

I remember years ago when I didn't need any connection when we went overseas. I basically just put my phone on flight mode and enjoyed the trip unplugged. No internet connection, sms, call, no nothing. Just me, my family, and our camera.

HOW??? HOW YOU TELL ME?? How did I survive then given that nowadays I'll be pissed and panicky if I can't get a connection within an hour of landing??!!


Ahh, it was such a simpler time then~



Last time I went to China, I used up my XL credit not realizing I hadn't signed up for their international package. Even worse, my dad DID sign up and the internet connection SUCKS BALLS!!! It took gazillion years just to open up google *rolls eyes*. Pretty expensive too wtf. I ended up begging for connection tethering from a friend cos he used Telkomsel*** (I think it was Simpati) and the connection was way better (still not fast, but after that stupid XL connection, it felt like lightning speed).

Anyway, the point is, I'm so dependant on internet connection now that I'll gladly resort to begging for one than be left unplugged for a whole day. Sad.

I want NEED to open up Township ok, which needs an internet connection. SO SO SO addicted to this game it's terrifying. It's the longest I've ever been stuck on a game I think (I'm easily bored you see), aside from Harvest Moon (PS 1, still play it until now on emulator from time to time), The Sims, and Pokemon (not GO!, but sapphire, diamond, etc. ones).

***He said the previous time he went to China, the connection from telkomsel also sucked, so maybe just cross your finger and hope that it's your lucky day.
If you think this is already a smug-angsty-adolescent look, you'd be wrong 'cos it's even more emo-juvenille shit now smh.

We're going to Gotemba today, which is the famous shopping outlet that tour agents always bring the tourists to.
But FIRST, LUNCH!
Group photo.
The bento set. Everything was decent. The star was actually the plum furikake (rice topping) they made in-house! You can buy the furikake on the first floor. They also have the unagi flavored one!
simple noodle soup (was it udon? can't remember. it's been 2 YEARS 😱 )
Haha, I found this sign to be freaking HILARIOUS!!!

I imagine me pooping and when I'm done I'd be standing up, taking a bow and be like "thank you all, thank you very much."

And the crowd would go wild and make a standing ovation applauding my excellent performance of successfully dropping a deuce and go "WOW such performance, such girth, such viscosity!" then proceed to exuberantly applaud me again.

hi.la.ri.ous.

I know, I'm so childish. and disgusting. And I  put that horrendous image on your mind. HA!


I digress.

We went to Gotemba Premium Outlet after lunch.
The place is like an outdoor mall with strings of shops on either side of the main street. There are WEST and EAST parts (or was it north and south?) and both are connected by this bridge AND you can see Mount Fuji clearly from this bridge when the weather allows!!

Actually, if I remember correctly, you can see Mount Fuji from various parts of this outlet, so you can very well dine at one of the eatery there and have Mount Fuji as the view! Nice, yeah?
Random R2D2 (is it r2d2 tho? can't be bothered to check on google) lego
Adorable elderly woman with 3 equally adorable Shiba inus (I'm pretty sure it's Shiba inu, not Akita, after I googled them both, but cmiiw).

I feel like this will make me sound incredibly creepy, but I gotta say that I love love that auntie's face (like I said, creepy). She just has this nice demeanor face, you know? Like the sort that is super kind and trustworthy. The perfect grandma type. LOVE! Seeing her face makes me calm wth.

Also, pretty sure the auntie wasn't posing for the photo, it was just pure perfect timing.
Made it black and white so it seemed more artsy fartsy.
To the measly amount of guys who got lost and ended up on my blog, you're welcome. Adorbs tho, right?
The Mount Fuji from the bridge that I talked about earlier!
*insert a photo of me here because there hasn't been any in this post (except for the group photo, but that doesn't count!)*
*insert another one just to remind everyone that this is indeed my blog*

Anyway!

Behind me is this sushi place that serves OMFG AMAZING SUSHI! 

It's called Uogashi! *read about it on cheeserland*

Even until now after another 2 trips to Japan, I still think this place serves the best and value-for-money sushi. Granted I've never tried like the Michelin sushi *shrugs*. Who would be willing to treat me to one?

Also, side note, missing my long hair, but at the same time, short hair is super duper convenient I feel like chopping my hair off every time it gets to shoulder-length. *sigh, the first-world dilemma is real guys*
The awesome awesome awesome sushi!! There were more, but they were repetitions.

The unagi seemed so plain, but it burst with flavor and oh-so-soft melt in your mouth. Ordered this twice or thrice I think. Even the simple Inari is damn good.

OH! OH! And it was my first time trying Aburi Engawa.. It was... nothing short of MAGICAL, to say the least.

I know, I'm so extra haha.

But it's true! It was a marvelous experience for a foodie *read: glutton* like me. Soft, melty fish that tastes so buttery and indulgent even though it was simply torched. It's like there's a lot of fat, so when torched, the fat melts and you get this oily (in a good way), buttery, rich taste (I don't know if it's true, it just tastes like it has a lot of fatty goodness).

Aburi engawa (along with unagi) is hands down my most favoritestesttesttest sushi ever! And maybe oo-toro too.

p.s. I don't like non-aburi engawa tho, it's too rubery/chewy for my liking.
Waiting/rest area. It has wi-fi I think. Even the bloody waiting room is damn cute like a kindergarten of sort!!
Locker in case you have luggage with you. And Gachapon!
Random shot of this clothing store I really liked. It's a local Japanese brand I think. They sell pastel, flowy, fluttery, girly, spring-ish type of clothing. Very lovely. I didn't get any tho 'cox it's too expensive for me.
I WANT!! So delicate and cute.
One of my fav vending machine drink, Royal Milk Tea.


Okay, abrupt end here. See you on the next one! WOOHOOO, Almost halfway done with this travelogue!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

MY ACNE STORY (with BEFORE & AFTER!!!)

Guys, remember my post late last year about DIVA Beauty Drink? I said I'll do the 2-weeks challenge and I'll update you guys.

Whelp, more than half a year later and still no update. Just to clarify, I DID do the 2-weeks challenge!  IN FACT, I'm still drinking DIVA every day till now. I just didn't update this blog, that's all.

This blog is so abandoned, I don't even blog unless I'm obligated to lol (like this post right here). Oh, well, at least I'm honest about it 😅

But I digress.


Where was I? Oh yeah, DIVA update. While I didn't do any update on this blog, I DID do a sorta-update on my youtube channel. *shameless plug incoming*

English channel

Bahasa channel
*ignore the stupid punchable face on the thumbnail, tyvm*

But that's about all the update I had. UNTIL NOW, that is. Because today I'm gonna do a proper update with BEFORE and AFTER photos too for good measure!

I know people love a before and after photos cos a photo speaks a thousand words, yes? Or maybe they just like looking at the horrible before photos~

Anyway! I'm gonna talk a bit about my skin and its woes first, yeah? So you can get the idea how this collagen drink has worked for me.


Here goes...

Growing up, I had no problem with acne whatsoever despite my oily-combination skin. Even through my pre-adolescent/adolescent years when most people would get horrid pimples all over the place, I only had one or two and far in between, and when it heals, it healed completely leaving no mark or scarring. I even had a friend commented how smooth my skin was *toot toot*. *ahem*

So I thought to myself,
"HOW LUCKY AM I??? NO ACNE NO PIMPLES NO NOTHING. AND! my skin is not dry either. Smooth as a baby's butt. SO LUCKY! I MUST BE THE CHOSEN ONE!!! MUAHAHAHHAHA *evil laugh* Bow down to me you mere humans" hashtag #soblessed

Okay lah, I exaggerate the quote a bit, but you get the point. I thought I'll breeze through the worst pimple phase totally SCOT-FREE.


And BOY WAS I WRONG.


In 2011, when I was almost 17, I moved to Tangerang for university and this is where it all began...

*omg I feel so dramatic lol*

Maybe it's the pollution-heavy air, or the water, or maybe just my hormones getting all messed up a bit later than the others, I started getting pimples on my forehead, cheeks, and chin. And sometimes it's cystic acne and most of the time those damn cystic acnes would leave scarring.

It started very slow, so I wasn't too worried about it.

It was around 2013 when I felt like the acnes were getting a lot worse.

all photos in this entry are unedited and untouched, not even brightness & contrast edit, only cropping and collaging.
Consider yourself warned lol
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HAHAHA WTF THIS PHOTO, and this is not even the worst one in this set. You're in for a treat guys if you want to see unglam, horrid photos of me.

This is circa MAY 2013. I think I still didn't do much in term of skin care at this point, just a simple acne cream.
AUGUST 2013

This is when I thought, "okay, this is the worst. I NEED to start a skin care routine."
Yup, I considered this extremely bad.
Oh, naive little ol' me, you're in for a surprise, my dear.

I started using some skin care stuff like essence, mud mask, serum etc. None really did wonder to my skin I reckon. In fact, my skin was just getting worse and worse...
NOVEMBER 2015

See? It's actually worse than before I started bothering with skin care. At this point, I got pimples ALL DAY ERR DAY and they were almost ALWAYS stupid cystic acnes and they ALWAYS ALWAYS left horrible box scars.

And surprise, surprise, this is NOT the worst one yet
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FEBRUARY 2016

HAHHAHAHAHA DOUBLEWTF THIS PHOTO.
There were AT LEAST 7 cystic acnes there. All stuck to one another creating humongous painful acnes. 
*it's not super apparent in this photo because of the low light and low-quality front-camera. Believe it or not, it's much worse in real life*

What's with that dopey, stupid face some more?!

I don't even know why I'm willingly publishing this *ahem* personal *ahem* collection. I thought these abominations of photos would never see the light of day. You're welcome.

Anyway *ahem* *change topic I must*, it was around this time that I started using vita blanc. And it helped quite a bit. I didn't get cystic acne AS often and not ALL of the cystic acnes left boxscaring, some were just hyperpigmentation.
JUNE 2016

It kinda looks worse, but it was actually getting better. All the redness were hyperpigmentation left by previous acnes. There wasn't as much active acne compared to the previous photo.
At this point, my problem with acnes were:
  1. Frequent occurances of CYSTIC ACNE (it was lesser, but I still got it every week or so, worse during period)
  2. BOXSCARRING. This is what I hate the most. The way my acne healed, it usually got dried out over time, and then it flaked itself off and almost always left a scar instead of just disappearing altogether, or just leaving hyperpigmentation at the very least.

I didn't really add any additional thing to my skin care until NOVEMBER 2016, which is when I started drinking DIVA, a collagen drink.

I wrote in great details on what DIVA is, its beneficial properties and what it SUPPOSED to do in term of improving your skin in my initial blog post.

So today I'm gonna share what it ACTUALLY has done to MY skin over the course of 9 months:
  1. I DON'T really get cystic acne anymore. I do stil get them from time to time, but rarely, and by rarely I mean like not even once a month, they are very very far in between. Sometimes when I'm about to get my period, I'll get like one or two cystic acne or small pustule ones, but that's about.
  2. No more boxscarring. After drinking diva, I noticed that my acne heals by deflating instead of drying out. When the acnes are not drying out, they don't form crust and flake off leaving a scar. So my acnes are just deflating and disappearing when they heal. YAY!! Either that, or they left hyperpigmentations, which I'm okay with compared to scarring. At least hyperpigmentation will fade overtime.

I know, awesome, right? It works wonderfully for my acne problem, which is why I proceeded to buy more and more on my own when I ran out of the free sample given to me. 
At one point, this whole shelf is FULL to the brim with DIVA and all bought on my own, not sponsored.

The only thing about collagen drink? It's not like a medicine one-time-fix-all. It's a constant nourishment and reparation of your skin, so...

You HAVE to keep drinking it forever and ever if you want to keep the effect.

This is WHY:
AUGUST 2017

I took this photo a couple days ago.

Sure, it's in no way flawless, I still have plenty of leftover box scars, but it IS better than the last photo by LEAPS AND BOUNDS, wouldn't you say?

I mean, LOOK AT THAT FOREHEAD!! No, not the size, I'm well aware that I have an airport landing as a forehead. I mean compare it to the acnes and redness on the forehead in June 2016 please!!
BUT! This is actually not the best my skin has ever been after the whole acnes saga. I kinda drank diva sporadically during May-July because I was traveling a lot a lot and I didn't bring any with me. During those 3 months, I started getting bad cystic acnes again.

So, yes, it's NOT some miracle product that you can just take at one point in time and solve all your skin problems and that's it. You have to keep drinking it everyday. Think of it as a supplement for your skin. You have to take your supplements (e.g. omega-3, calcium, etc etc) everyday forever and ever to keep having the benefit, right? Same goes with collagen drink.

I would say that this is the best my skin had ever been. Screen grabbed from my video because I don't have a photo of my skin during this time (tried to find a selfie, but I don't really take many selfies randomly so this screen grab will have to do). Please keep in mind that I have a ring light blasted in front of me, and the fact that it is a screen grab from a 1080p video, so the redness and scarring are blurred a bit and not as pronounced in this photo compared to if I'd just take a normal photo. Maybe I'd do another update with a good quality dslr photo next time.

Anyway, I drink diva diligently again starting late July, so my skin is getting better again. Like I said, it's not a miracle product, so even at its best, my skin was still far from flawless, but this drink does help me with my acne problem.


Now it's time for the shameless plug again where I'll offer you to buy this drink haha:

If you guys are interested in giving collagen drinks bandwagon a try, I honestly think Diva is a good start since it's quite affordable compared to other collagen drinks in the market. You can click HERE(*) to get it. You can also use the code "Lisa100" to get 100k off your purchase (min. purchase 300k).


Ok, bye for now xo. Let me know if you have any remedy for acne scars!


FTC Disclaimer: This is a sponsored blog post as a part of the collaboration between Diva and Sociolla. All opinion remains my own and honest, just like my other blog posts. I truly love Diva and do use it regularly. Link with (*) is an affiliate link.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Girl's Night Out Look - #CleansedByNIVEA International Friendship Day

Hi guys, I have another makeup tutorial. This one can last all night long and is quite bold, so it perfect for girls' night.


This blog post is actually a part of NIVEA double effect campaign to be a part of the video competition.

After trying out the makeup remover I gotta say that I honestly love it.

It’s ONE OF THE NICEST oil-based removers I’ve ever tried. I swear ✌🏼.

It can remove even THE heroine make volume & curl super-waterproof mascara COMPLETELY. If you’ve tried that particular heroine make mascara before, you know that while it’s an awesome mascara, it’s also such a pain in the butt to remove, even with oil-based remover (most of the time I just gave up and I’d wake up with panda eyes for the next 3 days lol). This remover does it effortlessly and in a 1-minute flat.

AND no need to rub you eyes roughly to get the make-up off, just gentle swipe is enough. That’s how powerful this remover is. Roughly tugging and rubbing your skin caused premature wrinkles btw.

The only thing though, it still left a bit of an oily residue on your skin despite the “non-oily” claim. I personally don’t mind it so much as long as it can remove waterproof shiz easily.

You can see in the following Instagram video of how powerful the remover is:

A post shared by Lily Zhen (@lilyzhen168) on




Disclaimer: Nivea products were sent to me for review purposes. I'm not paid to write this blogpost, however I am obligated to as a part of Sociolla Blogger Network.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Smoothies Bowl Hype | RAISIN Resto & Kitchen

Okay, so commitment obviously failed, but better late than never I guess. And I must must blog something to bury the embarrassing emo-ish crap post, right?

There are a lot of new, hip eateries popping up in Jogja, but I usually stick to restaurants that I've frequented for years. Not because I don't like to try new places to eat (I DO. SO MUCH.), but because most of these hip cafes/bistro/eateries that I've tried in the past were damn gimmicky only.

Most of them are winning in picturesque decor, cozy ambiance, all that hipster-ish shiz, just Instagram-worthy all around. But for the most part, the food is either bland, substandard, or okay only. The kind of eatery that I would only visit once, take photos, and never come back. Some more the price of this kind of place is a bit pricey for Jogja standard.

I don't really mind the price (they're still not as expensive as Jakarta's standard cafe price) IF the food is good, but that's not the case. I'm not even sure they know what the food in their menu is supposed to taste like. Even when I ordered a simple scrambled egg, what came was a horrific curdled mess of yellow dried bits (I'm looking at you Gadjah Brasserie 😒). A beef burger that used a sad piece of ham as the "beef patty". Bland baked rice. And so much more.

You get my point. They give you a menu with westernized/hipster-ish food and serve you their attempt at it.

Okay, rant over.

Anyhoo, 5 days ago almost a month ago, I decided to go to this new eatery because I wanna try smoothies bowl and see what's all the fuss about (other than that it looks pretty).
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RAISIN Resto & Kitchen
The decor is the usual run-of-the-mill hip cafe decor; white walls, wooden furniture, hanging plants, huge windows, cushiony seating area, all that jazz. A nice, cozy, hang out place, but nothing I would shout about (I do love the huge windows tho, great for photo taking).

Okay, without further ado (because I've written 9 paragraphs without a single photo 😅), here's my order:
Milk Coffee

I know, I know, boo hoo boring choice. But look at the presentation!!! Not boring, right? Been done thousands of times, but still intersting imo.
I don't like coffee, so I can't really say what I think about it because my answer will always be "blech". But my brother and my Dad said their coffees are good.
Smoothies Bowl
Yes, the thing that made me come to this place. I ordered the avocado banana smoothie bowl with acai, flax seed, coconut, pineapple, granola, and strawberries topping.
Tbh, I was kinda disappointed when it came to the table because the color isn't as vibrant as I imagined smoothie bowl to be (I cranked up the saturations so damn high in these pics). The pineapple is canned pineapple, so it doesn't have that nice bright yellow color. It's also mushy, doesn't have that nice pineapple crunch. The strawberries are mushy too.

I do have to say that I love their home-made granola! I'm not a big fan of granola (I loathe oats, which are in abundance in granola mix) in general, but their granola is good.

The smoothie itself is okay. Taste like if you were to puree avocado and banana, nothing special. A bit too loose for my liking. A thicker texture would've been nicer because I just felt like drinking an avocado juice in a bowl.
Dory Sambal Matah
The 'it' thing right now is sambal matah. Everything has sambal matah on them. I, for one, am not complaining because I love sambal matah!

I like their sambal matah, but it was lacking a bit of punch (not like I need it to be spicier, but there's something missing, like that extra oomph). The dory itself is okay. I'd prefer the meat to be thicker though (you see how thin it is in the pic) -this is not cheapskate thing (which I know I am), this is a "it would have a nicer bite to it" thing.

I actually ordered this again via go-food a couple days after I went there.
Tofu Burger

I honestly don't remember how this tastes 😅. I don't even remember if the meat filling was fish or chicken, so that's probably a good sign that this particular dish is passable.
Fish Bowl with Orange Honey Sauce
This one is actually very tasty. I love the sauce.
This is one of the top two dishes we've had that day (the other one is another rice bowl). The meat is generous, the sauce too. All around great dish imo. The sauce has a slight tangy taste that is nicely balanced by the sweetness of the honey (omg, I sound like a food connoisseur or not 😂) .
Chicken bowl with Pineapple & Sweetened Soy Sauce
Another winner in my book
Just like the previous rice bowl, the sauce is what makes this dish. I recommend you guys go for their rice bowl if you decide to go there (their menu is quite vast it can be a bit overwhelming). Yummy .
Singapore-style Dory Fish
Ok, I'm not sure what the actual name of this dish is, but it was for sure have something to do with Singapore.

Overall, it was an okay dish. The sauce was nice, but the dory was a bit dry. I would have preferred that the fish is steamed to give that soft melt-in-your-mouth texture rather than being floured and fried like this one.
Random photo of other coffee drinks we ordered. I don't remember the name, but my Dad and brother said that the coffees are nice. So why don't you try them yourself if that floats your boat 😉

Would I come back again? Probably yes for that rice bowl (I mean I technically have eaten there again by ordering via go-food, right?).

Okay, that's all for this blog post! All photos are taken with my mobile phone. Super love it, not regretting upgrading at all. Maybe it's because my old phone was almost 4 years old, the camera upgrade seemed really significant. Anyway, I'm blabbering now. kthxbye!


RAISIN Resto & Kitchen
Jalan Sagan III No. 5, 
Terban, Gondokusuman, Terban, 
Gondokusuman, Kota Yogyakarta, 
Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 
55223, Indonesia
Opens Everyday 10AM–11PM
+62 274 2923797

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Midnight post

It's 1AM now and I was going to blog about this resto I went to a couple days ago, but I'm too sleepy already. But but butt, at the same time I want my latest post to be anything but the emo-ish gibberish crap one I did on my last post lol (don't want to delete it either because I treat this blog as a diary of sort and it's good to keep memory of not just the good days, but also the emo moments haha).

I initially planned to blog about the resto on the day of (oh silly little naive me), but of course that didn't happen. Next day, still didn't happen. The next day (17th), also didn't happen. So I'm gonna make a pact to myself that I'mma blog about it TODAY (18th - after I've slept lah). Anything to bury the embarassing emo-existencial-quarter-life-doubt-anything-crisis rant -___-".

Okay, filler post done.

Monday, June 5, 2017

the chase

You know what I miss?

The CHASE.

What I've learned from this occurrence is that I've forgotten how wonderful the chase is. It gives you tingly feeling and butterfly in your stomach. 

It's been a long while since the last time I felt that hopeful, thrilling sentiment. It made me giddy. And for some unknown reason, it motivates me to be more productive.

Most importantly, It made me realize how stunted our growth had been. We just...stopped. We've stopped trying. We don't put in any effort anymore. It shouldn't be this way, right? That shit supposed to happen AT LEAST after like, maybe, 5-10 years of marriage. Not now. We're still in our early 20s for fuck sake. I guess we're just too comfortable that we unconsciously decided to stop getting better for each other, for ourselves. We don't challenge ourselves anymore.

I'm not saying full-acceptance is a bad thing, it just makes a relationship awfully dull when we don't even give a fuck to be better anymore. I need to be challenged.

It's not helping that my friends had been breaking up left and right. Their relationships are long-term too. Made me wonder. Should I allow myself a fresh start?

This episode made me realize that maybe I'm not ready to commit (not that we're gonna get engaged soon or anything, that's probably like 5 or more years down the road), that I still need some times for myself. And this is going to sound cliche and cringy as fuck, but maybe I need to discover and get to know myself?

I've been in this relationship since I was 17. I basically have been with him through my prime teenage-discovery-years. Early 20s too. Who I am today is largely influenced by the fact that I grew up from teenager to young adult with his presence in my life in a significant way. I don't know who I am just by myself as a young adult, without him. I could be better, or worse for all I know, but I at least want a chance to get to know the "me" without him as my crutch.

This is either an epiphany moment or a confirmation that I'm having a quarter-life crisis.

This is kinda ironic too, given that I wrote something about the chase that is polar opposite to this years ago in this blog. But that was a different time. We haven't given up on making an effort at that time, we were still getting better and better each day, we still gave a fuck.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Craps I Bought in Japan - 2017 Omiyage

Okay, I know the title says craps, but NONE OF THESE ARE CRAPPY!!!

In fact, I'm regretting not getting multiples for some of these things. They're good stuffs, so maybe this post can help you to shop (more) in Japan next time lol.

I'm usually OCD and very anal about posting in correct sequence, but I'ma blog about this year's Japan trip first before continuing my 2015 travel log since they're (the 2017, not 2015) still fresh in my memory and I can recount the details well. 

Kicking it off with this haul post. I AM gonna do a haul video for some of these items for my channels later on, so the measly amount of people who do read my blog get a preview first.

There are 40+ pictures, so let's get to it!

FOOD!
Start with my favorite thing from Japan, THE FOOD!!

It's the thing that I miss the most-est-est-est. Foods there are...just...AMAZING. Sam also says it's the thing that he constantly miss. Like in a single day, there would be a couple times where he'll tell me that he want to eat Japanese food again -__-".

I totally took his Japan-virginity and made him a Japan-slut in this trip lol. Welcome to the club buddy!
Okay, this is kinda ironic given my previous sentences, but of the two above I only like the Honey Butter Almond which I got from Kuala Lumpur airport haha. And it's Korean brand, not Japanese.

The other one is a dried sweet potato snack from MUJI and it tastes meh. Better just go ahead and boil some actual sweet potato.
These are perfect for souvenir! Mad cheap (only around 100yen, so you can buy more souvenir varieties) and quite yummy. My mom actually bought tons of this to give away, but I begged for one bag because it honestly tastes quite good.
These Two!!! GO TRY!!!

The first one is a langue-de-cat (is that how you spell it? googled, it's de-chat) cookies with white choco in the middle. The cookies are nice. I like langue-de-chat that are thin and melt in your mouth sort.

You know how some langue-de-chat cookies are a bit thicker and "kriuk-kriuk" just like any regular sugar cookies (the one from Languly is like this *bleah*)? Yea, don't like those kind. Taste just like regular sugar cookies, so why bother. Bottomline, this one is not like that and is actually good.

I bought one at Haneda's lawson and ate it on-the-spot, but because I really like it, I bought another two (one has already been given to my brother) at the Donki there. Yes, there is a Donki in Haneda!! I love how you can still buy cheap discounted stuffs at the airport.

The second one is this thing that I also bought from Haneda's lawson. I assumed it's a snack from the famous BAKE baked cheese tart shop (still don't know if this is true), so I bought a couple boxes.

I expected it to be like biscuits with solid cheese center because I tried another similar snack from PABLO collab and it was just like mini puff pastry with solid chocolate filling (good, but I expected it to have a gooey melty filling).

But to my utter surprise, when I popped this unassuming little rectangular thing, IT MELTED OFF IN MY MOUTH!!! Like really melted.

It has a STRONG BUTTERY TASTE (I feel like the middle part is just a slice of butter lol) and SWEET CHEESY MELTY OUTER. SUPER NICE!!

The taste can be a bit too overwhelming if you eat like 5 cubes in a row, but I feel like that's a good thing? Helps with portion control lol.

You can also store them in the fridge to mellow the flavor, but then it's not as melty. I still prefer melty room-temp.

Omg i just wrote 9 paragraph, albeit short ones, to describe cookies wtf. What is this blog.
More almond snacks! I love almond. This one is a go-to-souvenir from Tateyama Kurobe Alpen route, sold at the Murodo station point, which is the highest station in world (or is it in Japan? eh, I can't be bothered to fact-check).

It's basically milk-covered almond, the orange one is the special kinako edition. Both are pretty nice, but somehow it was tastier when I tried them at the station?
More donki haul, this one from don quixote in Kamata-Ota. Instant Go! Go! Curry (regular & cheese), instant cream stew mix, and ochazuke, also instant lol.
Instant royal milk tea (one of my favorite vending-machine drink), random pack of fruit tea, and actual gourmet tea leaves from Lupicia!! Petite Amie smells heavenly. Anyway, it's cheaper to buy the tea in packet like this. If you buy with the tin can, the price can go up quite a bit.
Chocolates bar from 100% Chocolate Cafe by Meiji. They sell lots of chocolate varieties, even ones like chili flavor and pepper flavor!
Stopped by Sugi Honey shop in Miyajima.
Honey karinto.
LOVE THIS!! It's a like a deep fried dough I guess. Crunchy and airy with this distinct (also crunchy) honey coating. Super nice. I tried to eat it bit by bit because I really wanna savor it for as long as possible, but alas, it's all gone now.
Flavored Honey!! You guys should try the Yuzu one if you love citrusy taste.
Mini colorful konpeito (I spent a good ten minutes searching the name on google lol) because I've always been curious of the flavor whenever I saw them on manga.

Also, random mini cured meat. Only 40yen I think from Donki, impulse near-cashier-trap buy. They also have mini cheese to pair it with!! Forgot to get those tho T_T
Instant garlic bread paste :D So convenient. And pickled sakura. You can use the pickled sakura to make cakes/sweets, tea, sakura gohan, jam, ice cream, coffee, milk shakes, and so on and so on and guarantee will make your food 10x prettier!

NAIL STUFFS!
I've always consider Japan to be the MOTHERLAND OF NAIL ART! So, of course gotta pick up some nail stuff ^w^
Tiny gel pot set! This is the cheapest Japanese gel I can find (Japanese gels are CRAZY expensive y'all) and even then, the quality is not bad.
In an unrelated note, I'll be selling Japanese gels (better quality than this one) soon, so stay tuned ;)
Trying out nail files from Japanese brand. My favorite (for my own natural nails) is still the Germaniküre glass nail file, but these rougher ones are great for extension and false nails.
Again, bought the cheapest Top and Base gel I can find lol (laoniang got no money to spend on expensive gel atm okay), but they were still quite a bit pricier than the China-made one you can find online.

It's okay tho', because these top and base are DABOMBDIGGITY. I've only used those cheap made-in-china-for-wholesale top and base gel before this, and this cheapest Japanese top & base gel blew those out of the water.

With the china one, chipping only took a week (or less than). With the Japanese one, even after 3 weeks, there's no chipping in sight (but the gel on a couple nails did popped off lol, but I think that's partly because of noob application. 2 weeks if I'm using china gel colors underneath.

P.s. not saying that all China gels are bad, because the premium ones are good, but just the ones that costs like $1.5-$2

P.s.s Oh, and the one in a pot is clear gel, which cost like $20 fml. Thank God for tourist budget. I'm waaay to stingy to spend that much in a day-to-day situation.
More Japanese gel!! Haven't tried them both yet.
Gel brushes! I.LOVE.♥︎
Really got difference than the usual brushes I used!! Now I finally understand what Robin Moses meant when she said, "it's hard to find a good liner brush."

I had always thought that my liner brush had been doing a great job. Boy was I wrong. Okay, to be fair, my liner did make beautiful crisp line (after I customize the bristles or maybe it's just my skill *ahem*), but this Japanese brush is SO MUCH BETTER!! It's easier to maneuver and creates a more define line. Can make the line thinner too!
Cuticle oil. With gold flakes inside ♥︎w♥︎ Sooo gimmicky and pretty please!! It's also available in other gimmicky form like flowers, pearls, rhinestone, etc.

P.s. used the chibi gel to create the simple nail art in this photo.
Nail clipper 'coz they say Japanese nail clipper is damn good.
Nail polish thinner (mine's almost out), gel primer, and gel remover.
Okay, these ones are from KLIA, so technically not a part of this haul post, but whatever, I love Essence so much I feel like I have to include it here.

BEAUTY SHIZ!!
Didn't get a lot of beauty products this time around. Gonna Konmari methoded the hell out of my make-up stash. I don't have a that much to begin with, but the amount now is already too much for me leh since I only wear make-up to events and when filming youtube videos.

So look out for pre-loved sale! (Some are still brand new and never been opened!)
Bought K-Palette tattoo pencil liner because it was on sale for 50% off or so O_o!! Super smudge-proof. Also stocking up on my fav eyelashes glue, which also happens to be on 50% off sale 😆 SALE is probably one of my most favorite english vocab lolol #forevercheapskate
Have been curious to try the Kose Lip Magic. It's a lipstick topper that can turn ANY lipstick into a transfer-proof lippie!!
Drugstore lipstick with topnotch beautiful packaging ♥︎♥︎♥︎ Yes, I'm a sucker for cute and gimmicky packaging. I've even written a blog post about this sickness.
The forever-hyped Daiso puff sponge cleaner. They also came out with brush cleaner, so decided to give that a try too.
MY FAVORITESTESTTESTEST FACE BLADE!!!

Crazy sharp and super cheap!! A good quality face blade like this would cost a LOT in Indonesia, if I can find one, that is. The ones that I usually buy in the drugstore here is so inferior to this Japanese drugstore ones that they just seem like a kid's play knife. *smug scoff*
Erm, tmi, but my favorite panties *ahem* undergarments *ahem* are from UNIQLO! The ultra seamless one with high side. So granny, I know, but it's super duper comfortable okay!! Plus no visible pantie line no matter how tight your shorts/skirt is. LOVE ♥︎
And a 4-pack of black t-shirts, just because they're on sale. But actually, I practically live in these supima cotton t-shirt. Use them almost every single time I go to the gym too. So comfy.

DAISO & OTHER MISCELLANEOUS
Daiso stuffs.

Awesome oil solidifier (great for disposing used oil), garlic/ginger/anything fine grater, pump bottle (for nail polish remover and alcohol), ant poison, IG-worthy wooden spoon, and random bandana. Turns out, my short hair looks horrible with bandana *sigh*. Or maybe it's just my face lol.
Hammie gachapon!! This one is like those cup no fuchiko, but in hammie form. None of them similar to #TataTitiTututheHammies tho.
Awesome cover up for when you have blisters. Tried it and it's really super effective. It's like putting on a topcoat on a blister! Bye bandages.
Cute Daiso dining utensils. The stuffs in plates/ramekin aisles is the most worth it things you can buy in Daiso IMO. Totally regretting not getting more T_T
Lo and behold, the famous Lu Lu Lun Sheet Mask. Cheap cheap.
I'm not loyal to any particular face wash atm, so decided to try out the forever-hyped Perfect Whip.

As for the Kanebo's Evita, again, got suckered into its gimmicky packaging. IT DISPENSES ROSE FOAM OKAY, HOW CUTE IS THAT??!! *Justifying impulse purchase like a champ*

The other one is the jelly soap from LUSH. Great for travelling! Compact and no mess.
I've never tried a boxed hair dye before, so why not start with Japanese brand one, right? Afterall, I hear a lot of great things about Japanese boxed hair dye.

Well, as it turns out, they're all damn expensive! Around ¥2500!!  To be fair, I've never purchased this kind of thing before, so I don't really know what's the average price lol could be ¥2500 is average.

Anyway I picked the cheapest one, which is from Beauteen for around ¥1000. We'll how it'll turn out. I'm still gathering the courage to color my hair on my own.
Stocking up on my holygrail sunscreen. The other one is heat pack, because it was still quite cold there.
Hair stuffs I want to try for my poor bleached and colored hair.
Heated eye mask for chillaxing and toxin-pulling thing that I had mistaken for salonpas lol.

And that wraps up this post!