Arts and Craft, Culture Travel – Okinawa

During December, I went to Okinawa island of Japan. It’s the southern most island of Japan that has it own unique culture that is slightly different from the typical Japanese Culture. It also has many craft culture, as they specialise in glass and clay. It’s a very unique place.I love the fact that most of the souvenirs that I bought for myself are ones that I can make myself.

If you want to see where I went and the food and the arts and craft, come check out myΒ youtube videoΒ ~ click it~~ ^_^

Since Okinawa’s Churaumi Aquarium had the largest glass panel in the world when they opened, it’s quite amazing! They have 2 whale sharks in it!!! It’s massive!!! The photo below isn’t even the full glass panel as I couldn’t fit it all in through my camera but it’s massive!!

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There were also these garden eels which are sort of a mascot in Okinawa as well.Β 

I kind of fail to see how they are popular though -_-

They kind of look weird….but my sister and cousin likes them…..

One of the things I made is a gel candle at Ryukyu Glass Craft. I wanted an ocean theme candle so I used blue and white sand and had a glass manta ray and a whale shark in it. Originally the sand were in layers but I think i didn’t push it down so air was trapped in it. When the workers poured the gel in, the sand can move so in the end it became just mixed sand T_T

 

 

<– before the gel was poured in

After the gel was poured in there were lots of bubbles but they disappear after being in the sun for awhile. But then a really hot day happened and the giant air bubble came up from underneath the sand so even the sand came up T_T

 

<– after all the smaller bubbles disappeared but the giant bubble came up

You can also see how the sand isn’t in layers anymore, but that’s ok….

 

 

 

 

 

Just some random thing I want to share: the road signs in Japan is cute as ~

There was also a Pineapple Park in Nago, which basically is a garden of pineapple….like pineapples everywhere!! They taste so good!! If you love pineapple like me then, go there!

#familygoals Β  There was this filter camera that turns you into pineapple so lol my fam…. ^_^

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other thing I did was paint a Shisa! A shisa is a guardian beast of the temple, and they are usually put in front of doors to keep evil demon/spirits away and invite the good spirits. I did this at the Okinawa World Culture Kingdom.

 

Also since it’s Japan, there were lots of street cats that were really friendly so I went and pat them because who wouldn’t!!! That’s it for this blog post~ Hope you like my travel post because I love posting about the adventures I went on!!!

Love, Chi-Ra ~

It’s here!! My first BodyLine Order. A Beginner in Lolita Fashion~

One of my hobbies is to dress as Lolita. Not the Lolita from the western definition but the Lolita Fashion of Japan.

Lolita Fashion is actually based on Britain’s Victorian fashion but now with a touch of cuteness and all from Japan. I am actually just a beginner so I don’t know much about all the rules and everything that comes with it. I love watching animes and I love Japan’s culture and I have come into contact with Lolita Fashion before but never really tried it.

Until I’ve met a friend who has been wearing lolita dress since Year 6 and now, 1st year uni I decided to try it out! At first I was sort of embarrass to dress like this in public but if I am with a group of people, who cares! It’s what you think, not what everyone else thinks! There were some people who complimented us when we first went out dress like this! I am sort of half way between wanting to dress like this and not~

I don’t mind letting random strangers seeing me dress like this but with the friends that I already have, I kind of don’t want them to know this hobby of mine…

So back to the actual thing I want to write about~ ^_^

This hobby is expensive!!!!!!!!…….the brand clothing are really expensive!!!! Most people recommend you to start off with BodyLine which is is more affordable. BodyLine is not considered as lolita in Japan but everywhere around the world should be fine with it. Their prices are very decent and affordable and sometimes they even have sales~ which is why I bought 2 dresses.

Their shipping was actually really fast this time. I ordered and then a week and a bit later, it’s already here!!! I ordered a one piece dress and a high waisted skirt. Β I used standard airmail because EMS is expensive!!!Β It’s packaged nicely and folded.

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The one piece dress I got isΒ l534 in wine red colour. It’s like Alice in Β Wonderland theme with all the cards. The cards looks like biscuits when you look at it up close

 

 

 

 

 

The red is very pretty and the lacings are very nice at the hem of the dress. The material is pretty good considering they were on sale and it costed 666Β₯.

I just wore it with a random blouse~, the dress comes with a black collar so I might need to find a blouse that doesn’t have collar or one that can match the dress. It looks very nice~ There’s a detachable bow for the front and back but I forgot to put it on πŸ˜› the bow with the same pattern goes to the front while the black one is for the back of the collar. (I don’t really want to show my face since, it’s Summer in Australia at the moment and I don’t have any make up or anything on and I am all sweating and everything…..) There’s lacing in the back so you need to adjust it to make it fit you better

 

The second item is l305, the Antique Clock high waisted skirt in green.

The green actually looks lighter than the photo I took~ the brown and the green matches very well and I am happy with it. It’s kind of reminds me of mint and chocolate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My petticoat is a secondhand one from my friend so it lost its fluff so the skirt doesn’t seem puffy but it’s such a nice dress.

The back has lacing so it needs to be adjusted.

It’s such an awesome print though!! ^_^

I am very happy with my purchases as you can tell and it really makes me happy to dress pretty like dolls!

Love, Chi-Ra ❀ ^_^

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A break before exam stress~ Humber

University final exams are like one week away and although everyone should be studying lots, sometimes you need a break here and there.

I went on a lunch break with my friends to Humber just in town on the weekimg_6733end. Although originally we wanted to sit on the roof top because it is very nice up there, the weather didn’t allow us. It was gloomy with a chance of rain so we sat inside.

On a bright sunny day, with clear blue sky, the roof top is the best place to sit. Humber in Wollongong is 3 stories tall in a triangular corner so the shape of place looks pretty unique.

The first floor is where the kitchen is with a coffee counter as well as tables and chairs.

Second floor is more of a bar style where at night, it’s a pretty chill place to be at.

The rooftop terrace has tables and chairs and also a bar but the bar is mostly for night as the rooftop bar which has really nice lighting at night.

I love Humber a lot because it has that unique feel that is aesthetically pleasing to me. A sort of vintage, quirky style, a very chill place to be!

We sort of sat right in the middle next to the window, so we were right next to kitchen. I was facing the coffee front counter and behind me is where the front door is. Our table was actually was in a nice space. It looks cramped in the photo but it actually isn’t.

There were four of us but for some reason, all my friends decided to order the chicken burger. I ordered a cheeseburger and we had some juices as drinks as well. Humber is not cheap, it cost me around $25 for a drink and the burger, but it is filling! The burgers taste amazing but be careful because there’s a lot of sauce and it always get really messy for me because the burger is huge and all the sauce are dripping out hahahaha. The chips are good although a bit too salty for me, it was literally chicken salt everywhere!!

I ordered a mix apple juice, so it has apple, pineapple, orange and something else in it. My friends got a melon juice so that has watermelon and other fruits in it. There was also the coconut juice that actually come as a whole coconut. I am not a big fan of coconut but my friend loved it!

 

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I do like Humber, it’s one of the restaurants that I love bringing people to because I love the atmosphere in that place. It’s a nice place for catch up, but if you are a poor uni student like me then probably only go there every now and then.

It’s an amazing place to get away from the stress of exams!!

Love,

Chi-Ra xx

Mamak, Malaysian Roti and Satay

Last Saturday, I went to Sydney to catch up with a friend and for lunch we went to Mamak. They Sydney store is near China town just at the end of the road and up so it’s pretty close to the CBD.

Mamak is named after roadside stalls of Kuala Lumpur and is famous for authentic and traditional flavours. They are also an award winning restaurant!

Normally, there is always a long line at the front of the restaurant but since we went after lunch time like around 3pm so it was pretty empty. Which was good because it is a small restaurant and can get really cramped when every place is filled.Β img_6524

^ see how empty it is, so it was quiet for us!

The staff was so nice, they made suggestions to us and asked whether we liked the food etc! They were really nice!

There was only two of us so we only order two dish. An egg roti and the chicken satay. The egg roti comes with 2 curries, a vegetarian one and an original curry i think and on the side is some chilli sauce. I can’t eat spice that much so we didn’t want to order really spicy things but the curry was good with the roti.

The chicken satay was amazing! I love the peanut satay sauce so much!!!!!! They also had beef but we chose the chicken one as the staff recommended the chicken one as well.

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For dessert, we got the famous Roti Tisu! It stands up like a cone with a scoop of ice-cream as a side. It a butter roti with sugar but its made to be very thin and crispy! It’s also very big so I recommend it to be shared with someone else but you can also eat it all yourself hahaha!img_6533

Overall the price wasn’t bad and it was filling! Because I shared with my friend so when we split the price in half it was still under $20 so it was good!!! The restaurant is easy to get to and the staff are very nice. If you go in the off-peak hours, the place is actually very comfortable and quiet. But during peak hour, you might need to line up for a long time before going in and it’s pretty loud and cramped. The food is amazing so I recommend people to try this restaurant!!!

Love,

Chi-Ra xx

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A flower is all you need

As the title say it really is just a flower.
A small gesture can make someone’s day into a good day. A simple gesture….
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While being at university, the Wellbeing Club of my uni made all these cards and tied them to a flower to give to people.
My friends and I were just sitting at a table at lunch and a girl came over with a lot of flowers and gave each one of us a flower.
Each flower had a card on it with a different message and they were all nice messages to compliment someone!
Like the one I receive, a simple flower with a message: “Are you made of Fluorine, Iodine and Neon? Cause you are F.I.Ne (fine)”
That made us very happy for the rest of they day.
A random act of kindness is all you need.
Love
Chi-Ra xx