sunny summer ~ hot breeze ~ tanned skin and me…

i wish i would write this earlier than now – but, as i expected…
me was totally knackered!(´。`)

the “peak of summer” equals ME…ME…me! ~ ~ ~

with a non-stop journey here and there (well, only within 2 – 3 countries ~ eh wait…4 countries with my own) then with a quite packed schedules…
it was tots fun! yet bittersweet! yet…my heart fulfilled! ❤

my summer began with…Japan 🇯🇵

left for Tokyo in mid June (just a day after Eid Fitr ~ thanked God my parents gave me this “special” permission to go pheeew!)…arrived in one morning day ~ then went to the Concert in the afternoon…
I was quite worried if i could fall asleep ~ yet i know my friend will slap me if i did!
so, basically i survived ~ and i believed i sleep like a fat pig that evening!

had some relax days in Tokyo before we were heading to Amami, Kagoshima – we took Vanilla Air from Tokyo Narita to Amami ~ it was around 2 hours flight…
if you ask…Amami is just nearby Okinawa…so, we were going south (if you still looking at the map ~ ~ ~ these AMAMI TRAVEL and AMAMI MAP would help)

Miss Lou (originally Stella Lou from Tokyo Disneysea) ~ posed in The Scene with the pink heart background as the hotel symbol? (i think so) ~ ~ ~

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she looks really cute right ~ ~ ~ with that boots!!!

so, why this hotel? The Scene is the hotel where my favourite #1 group stayed before for their bonus recording, so my friend and I went there and stayed for a night.

The hotel was really nice ~ just the weather was dull!
when we were there…it was raining and cloudy ~ yet, we did enjoyed The Scene private beach ~ the breakfast was also really nice 。^‿^。

We also crossed the strait to Kakeromajima with ferry (again ~ for the same reason why we went to Amami Island) fufufu ~ ~ ~ (/≧ω\)
My friend contaced someone in the island that could bring us to go around.

The trip continue ~ after Amami…we flew back…but not to Tokyo ~ we flew to Osaka…for our next leg of the Concertsss!

Another friend who lives in Osaka joined us – and it was her first time to watch this group. We were a bit worried – whether that she would like it or not yet we were also curious how will she judge the group itself…
aaand..it turned out…she likes it!!! we were yeaaay!!!
didn’t take long for her to ask for their songs! (´꒳`)

…i’ll continue next post with another summer in London ~ ~ ~

 

xoxo,
A.Ionapuspa

the 2017 Super Summer from Kanto to Kansai to Kyushu ~

arrived in early August, Tokyo was surely hottie hot ~ well, around 30 – 32 degrees Celcius…

then the next day, i off to Osaka (Shin-Osaka) ~ and my accommodation was excellent! just 2 – 3 mins walk from the station and the view is…Shin-Osaka Station!

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I was in Osaka ~ bluntly for watching a butai 🙂 this butai was my first ever butai in Japan ~ and i watched it alone! well, a friend from Singapore was watching at the same time and day but different seats…so, arrived in Osaka quite a day before the show…i decided to look for the venue – since i am not so familiar with Osaka itself…

with a train map and much help from Google Map…found it!
as actually i was also looking around the venue and tried different paths – as which one is easier for me to come here…since Morinomiya got JR Line and Subway *but a lot of stairs to walk up with Subway ~ sighhh… ~ yet with JR, its quite a walking distance compares to Subway fufufufu…

after somedays in Kansai area – i went back to Tokyo, then i went to NEWS Koyama’s Ramen Shop *grinning hehehehe…

managed to see Koyama’s Mom ~ and i also witnessed that some fans are giving presents – either its for her or for her son ~ *uhmmm which one is likely to occur? fufufufufu…

the next day, my friend and me – we went to Tokyo Disneyland – we were actually just want to go to the Bon Voyage “Disney Mega Store” – for the sake of buying Stella Lou (for me) and Gelatoni (for my friend) – then later on we knew that to buy Duffy and friends merchandises, we need to enter the DisneySea! *sighhh ~ Disney really know how to make money huh? ~ ~ ~ so, after some minutes contemplation…we decided to buy the eeer was it Starlight or Twilight ticket? anyway, the ticket that we bought is to enter either Disneyland or Disneysea after 15:00…

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this is the huge billboards that we saw when we off from the JR Maihama ~ i shrieked out when i saw Stella Lou (the purple bunny) ~ then Gelatoni is the green cat fufufufu ~

then, after bought all those merchandises, we off to the lake to see the evening parade! Disney just never fail to amaze me!!!

the next day ~ on August 12th, we went again to Karuizawa! and i ate double scoops of Choco Mint ice cream again eh…it was gelato! 🙂 the one that NEWS’s Tegoshi ate during the summer trip to Karuizawa fufufufu…

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since basically i love mint *high five Tegoshi!!!* so, my love for this flavour just never dies! and afterwards, i found this!

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i was “GYAAAAAAAAA!” and then this drink has been my favourite drink in everywhere i go fufufufu *alright enough to fulfill my sugary needs! LOL

after Concert’s day on the 13th…my friend and me flew from Tokyo to KYUSHUUU!!!

some photos from Kyushu ~ where i went to Beppu ~ Yufuin ~ Aso ~ Hita then last Kumamoto…

i tried public onsen for the first time in Beppu, my first time stayed in a fine ryokan in Yufuin, then experience the ranch in Aso, shopped in Edo-like area in Hita and my first time to eat horsemeat sashimi in Kumamoto…all of these are beyond priceless…
i can’t tell everything in bits by bits! yet even it was a hottie hot summer ~ it was amazing!!! 🙂
i know i will not be able to walk thru this all alone…thank you 236! ❤

sincerely,
あちゃんより

Kis-My-Ft2 to our Summer’s Stroll ~

…arrived early in Tokyo Haneda on August 3rd 2016, brought along my huge vast red suitcase from the Airport to Tokyo Station to put our suitcases in the locker (since we can’t checked-in) ~ then looked for something to eat as our lunch…later grabbed back our suitcases…walked or hiked, to be exact (welcome to Shibuya, anyway ~)…checked-in and off to Azamino to take my Nike baby red shoes fufufufufu ^^

next daaay…HELLO 7 RAINBOW MEN!!!

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the main thing of this trip ~ Kis-My-Ft2’s I SCREAM Concert at Tokyo Dome and Yafuoku Dome!!!
we managed to grabbed some gintapes ~ and I did grabbed some more in Fukuoka fufufufu… and we were fortunate to be able to get the red and yellow ones!!! 🙂

And…we found this!
Tamamori for Hawaiians Resort and Spa advert in Shibuya Station ~ well, my friend was the one who insisted to went back to Shibuya (from Kanazawa) for this huge lovely advert fufufufufu ^^ ~ while I was checking the Diver magazine! LOL! oh well ~

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also…managed to watched Toma Ikuta’s new movie “Himitsu” along with their Butai Aisatsu Live on screen from Marunouchi Theatre ^^

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between Tokyo and Fukuoka…we had some strolls around Japan ~ from Tokyo Asagaya (celebrating Tanabata ~ thanks to Ran! :)), Kanazawa to Gokayama, Shirakawa-Go, Kurobe Dam and Tsurugi.

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to be honest…wasn’t that much of strolling around this time ~ yet…
ME IS TOTALLY HAPPY WITH THE I SCREAM CONCERTS ITSELF! hehehehe 🙂
as what he said in his KisuLog, “it was the best SUMMER!”

last…is our stupid picture from Kurobe Dam *we didn’t know where to face…and even didn’t know where is the position of the camera! LOL!!!

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xoxo,
A. Ionapuspa

…its been a year now since August 19, 2015 in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore ♥♥♥

a visit to Johnny’s Family Club

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…so…on January 7th 2016, before I went back home on January 8th…I went to Johnny’s Family Club in Shibuya. With only a map that is provided on Johnny’s Net along with my well-knowledge about Shibuya area…I decided to walk from the flat.

after 15 minutes…i smiled! found it! but…it seems quite – no queue, no people waiting outside – i check the website again, to make sure the open hours…after i confirmed for the 3rd times…i decided to go down *oh…the JFC is located on Floor B1 – so, we need to go down stairs*

oh well…its quite crowd – yet i still can pictures without any disturbance! 🙂

The first thing I looked for was Kitayama Hiromitsu’s Christmas and New Year’s greeting! hence…KinKi Kids was being put up front…so, i took their pictures *along with Koichi’s wheel on the display* 🙂

Looking for Kis-My-Ft2’s greetings was quite amusing! there are many greetings and they didn’t put it in order ~ so, you could find KinKi Kids’ among the Jr’s then Arashi side-by-side with Tokio…until…a group of 7 (seven) colours pictures captured my eyes – looking for the red one…and yeaaay! Mitsu’s!!! then Tama and keep going on…

Honestly! I kinda wish to take home the Kisumai’s Saigo mo Yappari Kimi’s poster! – since it’s completed with their autographs! *can’t stop looking at that piece!*

Some advise…I feel lucky because I didn’t come in early morning – since many people said it’s quite a queue until noon…so, perhaps coming there an hour before closing time would be a good idea…

~ i’m sooo happy with Japan’s journey this time! starts from Arashi’s Japonism then KinKi Kids’ 2015-2016 then Johnny’s Countdown Concert *where I could see Mitsu again …this time along with other Kisumai members*…then again KinKi Kids on Koichi’s Birthday 🙂

…hopefully to go back again soon! *this time…with a friend to watch Kis-My-Ft2 and *hopefully KinKi Kids 20th Anniversary* Con! 🙂

my very first Arashi Concert ~ “Japonism”

So…there I was ~ in Tokyo Dome…

Since I watched Arashi “The Digitalian” DVD – I was quite determine to watch the next Arashi Concert ~ so, when they announce this Japonism Concert and it will be held in late December (in Tokyo), I was ecstatic! …so, i know i’ll be watching Arashi and KinKi Kids ~ and hopefully…Johnny’s Countdown (JCD)!
…for this JCD, a friend is helping me to get the ticket (hopefully the price is not beyond my budget though!)

back…to this Japonism!
Because I didn’t bring my Sakurai Sho’s uchiwa – so, i decided to buy Ninomiya Kazunari’s one 🙂

Everything goes smoothly ~ door, aisle and seat numbers are easy to find – as my friend and me didn’t need any assistance to find our “high floor” seats! LOL! but…since this is my first time ever in Tokyo Dome ~ so, i’m happy about it 😀

The concert started at 18:00 *not even a minute late!* ~ I started to scream when the lights dimmed…*this lady officially feels like a 16 years old inside during this concert!*
…honestly, I’m not a person who can write everything in details – but some of the spotlight that I really like about this Arashi’s concert is the PENLIGHT! ~ just 10 minutes before the concert started, the staff were busy telling us to tap out penlight to the sticker on our seat ~ so i tapped mine without really understand what is the purpose ~ but then when the concert starts…I was mermerised to see how they arrange our penlights! it was AWE-SOME!

Arashi’s members MC’ed for 15 – 20 mins (not really sure – but it’s less than 30 mins, for sure!) ~ they were talking about New Year ~ …then, when its Sakurai Sho’s turn…when he paused for a moment ~ i screamed out “SHOOO-CHAAAAAN!!”
…crazy me ~ people are looking at me ~ but i was like…whatever ~ since its now or never!
after Sakurai Sho…its Ninomiya’s turn…just as I want to scream again ~ I heard some girls screamed out “NINOOO…” ~ and i was like “damn! damn! i just made a trending!” …oh well, at least me is the first to call out and its Sho ~

…their last song A.Ra.Shi…love Ohno’s voice at the end! i was stunned for a while! his voice has this high pitch but so well-controlled! ~

then…just as soon as the song ends…my friend and me ~ we rushed to the station! I don’t want to squeezing inside the train! and…thankfully, we got in to the train well and safe and not really crowded! 🙂

overall…the concert was great! but it doesn’t make me having the desire to watch it again and again…i screamed and had a great fun singing Arashi’s songs…but it doesn’t makes me touched?! *i don’t know what would be the perfect word for this”…
for me…i just want to see Sakurai Sho and Ninomiya Kazunari over and over again! *my bias* ~ that’s it!

yet! again…this is my first ever JE Concert! so…i’m looking forward for my year end with KinKi Kids and as well as i’m very very much looking forward for summer (or after summer) as a promise has been made between a friend of mine and me to watch Kis-My-Ft2!
…after the Takizawa Kabuki ~ 北山宏光 ♥

Taps and Tips of Travelling…

Travelling is a part of my life as a hobby as well as a duty. Yet, I do realised that life must be balance. Thats why in every single time I go on for business trip – I always do fun travelling afterwards.

Been back and forward to the UK, Japan and Singapore – I got used to these 3 countries – from the way people socialised, language barrier and most important thing is…how to survived! 

UK and Japan are my total bittersweet – since Singapore is just nearby to my home country, Indonesia – so the culture shock is not be a dominant matter. 

Thus, from all those bittersweet memories and many lessons learned – I do endlessly shaping myself for who I am now and who I will be later on…

Being the youngest in the family means I always being recognised as the spoilt one – then at some point, I know I need to break that kind of impression. At that time – I was 15 years old, my first encounter that I had in my mind was to travel on my own. I need to let other people see that I’m capable to be own my on – that I can be independent at some point. 

And I made it! People starts to look at me as me – not as the youngest and spoilt one in the family.

Now…the taps and tips 🙂

~ Be social! Remember that you are not in your home country – its not them who shall adapt with you but it is you who must adapt to the country you visit.

~ Respect! Always say thank you, sorry and please!

~ Learn a bit of the language. If you go to Japan, at least you much know what is “hello”, “thank you”, “sorry” and “excuse me” in Japanese. People will appreciate you more than you know.

~ Beware! Perhaps in your native country, you can do anything as you wish – yet when you abroad, you should be more aware to your surroundings.

~ Be independent! Especially to solo traveller…remind yourself that you have no one to depend on. You are expected to be able to help yourself.

~ Be prepared! From travel itinerary, maps, transportation options, application on smartphone to medicine and appropriate clothing.

Last yet not least…you should be open at heart and mind 🙂
At least people will know when you are trying your best – as well as do not feel hesitate to ask for other’s help even as simple as asking directions.

Travelling makes you richer in terms of experiences – it is something that money can’t buy – money does buy flight tickets, hotel vouchers and entrance tickets – yet, experiences and memories are priceless.

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

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 ~

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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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the shoppe is the sport

can’t deny it no more ~ shopping is truly my definition of doing sports or exercises …(quite believe my Dad will staring at me if i say this in front of him…)

however…girls or ladies or women or female or whatever it wants to be called…we love to shop!
i believe more than 50% of all women in the world love to shop ~

when i shop …well anyone and everyone ~ of course we have to walk to see the items right? call this one “walking” but not on the treadmill…then *well…for me since i’m short – 157cm* quite often i can’t reach an item that i like easily, so that i have to stretch out my hand ~ call this one “stretching”!
next…after shops after shops after another shops…surely i will have some things on my hand that i have to carry everywhere ~ call this “weight’lifting”

so? we do sport huh?

Shopping is a Sport

xoxo…

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! 🙂