To travel alone…doesn’t mean To be lonely ~


To you, who still scare of travelling on your own – means you haven’t touch, feel and taste the true pleasure of being free yet ruled, alone yet not lonely and feel scare yet grow up.

The first time i decided (exclude Singapore and Malaysia – i’ve been travelling along to Singapore since i was 15 years old) to travel on a quite long journey on my own when i was 21 years old – my parents challenged me to travel a bit far than usual and must be alone – for a week. They let me choose the destination – yet in my heart i know…only 2 destinations i do have in mind ~ it is between London and Tokyo…

Then…i chose Tokyo, and until now, i never regret my decision – i found many things in Tokyo – not only culture, yet also the language that i don’t speak – its Nihongo or Japanese and encountered things that i would never imagine before – even my idols are Japanese, still Japan has been waiting for me to unearth…

Some friends keep on asking me – why i didn’t choose London? why Tokyo? 

After a while, i could put my head up to tell my friends the reason why. Basically, i’ve been to both cities – but its more like a family and tour group trip – so since i’ll be on my own, i’m thinking to challenge myself a bit further this time. I do speak English well, but not Japanese – my Japanese that time still limited to “konnichiwa” and “o genki desu ka”.

My 1st and 2nd day was awesome – i’m still in my honeymoon period, i was still having fun like there’s no tomorrow! 3rd day…i locked up myself in the hotel room…i started to feel a bit lonely and cried – in that evening i was thinking to go back home on the next day…i packed my things and decided to arrange my flight on the next morning day.

yet…on the next sunrise, by the time i opened the curtain and let the sunshine comes in to my hotel room, suddenly a thought comes inside me – if i going back home today, i know my parents will not let me go alone anymore in the near future – i realised this is my very own mental and independent test on how far i would be able to survive!

So…i unpacked my things again then took a stroll around Ginza to Shibuya to Shinjuku and back to the hotel. the next day i walked around Ueno and Asakusa. Then…my last day in Tokyo finally came…then suddenly i cried…i didn’t want to be back home – i want to stay longer in Japan.

On that very moment, i looked back on the days when i just arrived up to the day before i must be back home – i believed i grew up a lot! my Japanese is not getting better – but i appreciate people more – independent on my own – increased my tolerance towards others and the best thing is learned about Japanese culture and tradition – last one, i did realised that i’m not alone – many people are actually willing to help if we could just ask them nicely. 

Japan and its people with their culture and tradition taught me a loads! This country would always be my favourite destination whenever it is – i haven’t finish with my Tokyo’s explorations – moreover all Japan.

On this year 2015, i’ll go again to Japan in December – to (hopefully) watch the concert that i’ve been longing for 15 years 😀

ps…and now, i’m so addicted in solo travelling – from Singapore, London and Tokyo!
At times when you feel you are alone – you should open yourself to other people – its not only you or myself who do the solo travelling! Many people do the same thing at the same time – ask for help…don’t be shy 🙂 then you would realised that you are actually never alone in this world…

xxx ~ A.Ionapuspa

Aloha! Hello 2014…

Here i am – still the same *well physically – not getting slimmer anyway ~

Some updates…
I left the year of 2013 as it is – no regret, no need to feel sorry to myself, too relieve to grieve and some things remains not to be understood.
Nevertheless, I love 2013!
From my countless journey – Japan then Singapore then the UK, my uncountable memories – Ayumi Hamasaki’s concert then the first time ever visit to Wales, my priceless lessons of life – how to appreciate others then how to accept the truth about love, my valuable friendships that across the countries and continents – met my best friend in everywhere I travel to…
those are not to be count like 1…2…3 – because all of them are incalculable…

Therefore…
I am still me – nothing change…still have a huge desire to travel;
..love to chat, love to talk, love to argue…*proud being a Gemini
..love to smile yet quite often to cry;
..fancy Disney Princess and Barbie – and oh…Princess Jasmine is my favourite one!
..fancy Polar Bear *was a big fan of Knut;
..like anime – my favourites are Tennis no Oujisama, Rozen Maiden, Uta no Prince-sama, Meitantei Conan and Kindaichi;
..like a 15 years old girl despite of my real age ~ *having no shame about it

2014
I do still want to do something amazing – go in a different path than before…
…I don’t have an exact resolution …I just wish everything would be better for me, you and every soul in this whole wide world…

WELCOME TO MY LIFE dear 2014!

xoxo,

from #Tokyo to #Saitama to #Kanagawa #Japan

on how i view Japan…

from Shibuya to Saitama

my “forever” bestie!

we’ve been friends since we are in kindergarten – as she now lives here, so i couldn’t see her as many times as before…this shall be my 1st reason why i love Japan or being here…*smile of happiness ~

with Nichi and Nio

Arvenichi & Arvenio

these two boys are so adorable…i’ll miss them so munchies when i got back.

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Choco Melon Pan

love this type of bread so munchies! bought it in 7-eleven for only 98 Yen or about £0.70! also…its tasty!

KitKat Green Tea

Kit Kat ~ Green Tea

Japan would be the only place that you can get this Kit Kat ~ even they have Kit Kat with Wasabi flavour

Ginza Mitsukoshi

Mitsukoshi at Ginza

not only loving the Mitsukoshi, but all over Ginza ~ well, this is the shopping madness in me…

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Nakamise at Asakusa Sensoji

look at those cute lil’snacks! only in Japan that they do have Doraemon shape for cakes!

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Nakamise at Asakusa Sensoji

the sandals or Geta for men and women when they are wearing kimono or hakama ~

Sensoji

Sensoji Asakusa Kannon (Temple)

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Asakusa Station (Ginza Line)

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What will the paper tells you? Fortune or Un-? ~

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Food Show at Tokyu Plaza, Shibuya

one word! FABULOUS and DELICIOUS! *two words then… :))

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Tokyo Station

Narita Express

Narita Express Train

NEX or Narita Express will take you from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station in an hour!


last one…but not least…

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Ayumi Hamasaki ~ Live in Concert at Saitama Super Arena

she has been my idol for 10 years…for those 10 years, i’ve been longing and dreaming to be able to watch her live in concert as she may never be coming down to south or south east Asia…so, being able to see her in Saitama Super Arena was perfect!

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welcome to Tokyo #Japan

arrived in Tokyo on Friday ~ i was happy into tears…i just can’t express the value of the happiness for being here again. since this is my 3rd visit to come here on my own – so, i decided not to stay in a hotel, not only because of their bloody expensive price but also i have this desire to live on my own in a small Japanese apartment…

so…here i am, staying at Shibuya-ku – around 7 minutes walk to Shibuya Station that is always full with teenagers and tourist, especially at the Hachiko statue area…
the apartment is small – only 20sqm, but its nice, cozy and clean – honestly, i can’t ask for anything better than this.

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Aoyama-dori

this is the main street – go straight and you will see Shibuya Station – and to my left is the Aoyama Gakuin University

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Ryowa Palace Aoyama Minami

this is the flat where i live in while i’m in Tokyo – i know it’s a bit messy but it’s so comfortable…

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let’s do cooking!

this is the thing that i do when i get bored in the flat…COOK!

PERFECT! 🙂

my dream come true ~ #AyumiHamasaki

it is actually a simple dream to be said,
nevertheless…
if you have to consider all the conditions and situations,
then it is difficult to make “this dream” or wish or hope or any words that is capable to express the desire i have inside for…*let me count* …around 10 years?

and yeap ~
to be able to watch Ayumi Hamasaki in Japan! *tears come out ~
oh well…i can’t express my happiness better than that – since i believe my 1 hour will-power and determination was totally paid-off! *since…the website is all in Japanese characters ~

see…
i am still a Japanese fan or lover,
from its language to its culture – from history to their modern life
nevertheless…
what amaze me the most is that Japanese people are able to preserve their old ancient traditions  – mention those all Matsuri they are having annually…uncountable!

then…how Kyoto still famous with its Gion – where we could actually see the Maiko and Geisha in their formal kimono walking around with their geta!

imagine Tokyo with its all modernisation however you still can see old castle, shrines, beautiful parks with its own history and sometimes you can see the children in their kimono attending some celebrations at their school or at the shrine.

Japan is still fascinate me up to now…as well as their Sakura trees when it blooms ~
…still i so can’t wait what Japan will show me next!

…anyway, i’ll stop here…
my purpose of writing this one post is just to express my overwhelm happiness,
#AyumiHamasaki

xoxo ~

my age vs my interest


29 is my current age,
if you are sharing the same as me (well, just pretend to be one…),
what would be the thing that you fancy?
how will you dress yourself?
where is your happiest place?
what would you do if you have a freedom to do anything you like?
how will you decorate your workplace?

frankly…
i don’t think i do deserve to be a 29 years old girl or woman or lady *oh whatever you like to say ~

i’m so very much in love with My Melody from Sanrio – you can see this from my My Melody’s organizer then all the stickers on my iPhone and stationaries,
then…lets not forget how much i fancy watching anime! love them and live with them! see my iMac and MacBook with Rozen Maiden’s wallpaper…

Disneysea and Sanrio Puroland are my most important place when i visit Japan ~ i could spend as long as hours and hours just to look at their merchandises…

i guess and quite believe – the only thing that is suitable for my age is my subject of interest – 2 subjects, actually ~ they are English Tudor History on Anne Boleyn and Japanese Culture (including Shinto and their Matsuri or festivals).
never ever try to count how many books i own ~ love them!

my one big wish as for now is if i just could go back to University again – i would love to take another Postgraduate in English Medieval History or Japanese Culture ~ quite dying to do it actually…

nevertheless…
i never really care how do other people look at me or even having their own opinions about me.
i just want to be myself – a woman with an inner of 15 years old girl, a J-Pop lover – a fan of KinKi Kids for almost 13 years and keep going on… ~ love Pink than any other colours – nothing can beat flowers and butterfly!

…i am just “Me”

xoxo ~