Japan_Spring Travel 2016 on Traveler’s Notebook

 It’s been two weeks since I got back from Japan and work/life has been super hectic so I’ve been procrastinating this blog post but I guess it’s not that late anyway:P Like I said in previous post My Traveler’s Notebook set-up for Japan Trip, I wanted to journal the trip on the way and I did which I’m very happy about, when I say journal I mean jot down my thoughts on the go so what I have to write is exactly how I’m feeling at the moment, not something I remember of/make up of after a couple of weeks, I pasted some ephemeral like cards, paper,  DMs if I can and the rest just put a memo tag on the blank page reminding me what I need to finish on the journal. Enough of my ramblings, here’s what the flip-through looks like!

First page and a familiar one, this is a rough outline & info regarding my trip, flipping through is my check list that’s been super helpful, these were written beforehand. On the right page I put my boarding pass and little Jetstar carry-on stickers on it.

Day 1-2. Our flight was delayed for 6 hours so while waited in the airport Starbucks, I decided why not start writing stuff down with a sip of Caffe Latte? I used Kyoto Hana DM to make another page within the notebook, I wanted keep the hostel details in the  journal, btw I totally recommend this place Kyoto Hana Hostel, it’s cheap, clean and in 5mins walk to JR Kyoto Station, everything’s perfect about this stay, I especially like our room was a Japanese Tatami Ensuite that felt like home. Total digress! On the back page of this DM I used the paper from 伏見稻荷大社/Fushimi Inari Shrine to make a pocket for storing my transportation pass and receipt from Kyoto Hana.

Day 3. Heading off to Nara for the Bambi, deers I mean;) Can I scream that deers in Nara are the cutest animal ever, I had so much fun feeding them senbei cookies!!! Souvenir stamping at tourist sights or stations are frequently seen in Japan, I did some good ones and some bad ones, obviously lacking skills here…… Trying out Ramen in Miso flavour for the first time eating a creamy tea flavour pudding.

Name card of the pudding, too cute to leave out. on Day 4. last day in Kyoto, we had a slow b.fast and take a walk around 東本願寺/Higashi Honganji just within 3mins walk from our hostel, it’s one of the biggest wood-built architecture in the world, so amazing I can literally just walk around and sit there enjoying the calm and serenity for half day, did some terrible stamping, sorry about that guys:S

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Day 5. Waking up in Osaka, visiting the famous 大阪城天守閣/Osaka Castle, highlight of the day was this memo the owner wrote to me when we had lunch at 梅田空中庭園/Umeda Sky Building the famous お好み焼き/Okonomiyaki store きじ, I was wearing a mask due to coughing and the staff&owner were so kind giving me meds and hot water, when they knew we were from Taiwan, they greeted us with Chinese and owner not only wrote me this note but generously asked us to go in the kitchen and take photos with him, I was so surprised and happy and a bit shy, because all the other local customers are staring at us. The note translate as:

People from Taiwan

We feel sorry about Tainan earthquake,

Hang in there! Tainan.

2011.3.11 Japan Northeast earthquake, tsunami, Taiwan offered generous help and we are very grateful.

2016.3.13 People from Japan never forget.

This was a pleasant visit, the yummy food, the vibe, the super friendly owner worth 90mins wait in line, 100%

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Dessert and sweets, either Japanese or western style are must -enjoy! on day 5 night when we were back to the most popular shopping destination 心齋橋/Sinsaibashi in Osaka and finally got to try HARBS in Daimaru department store, although all strawberries flavours were sold out (what? it’s only 3pm in the afternoon!) I still got to eat a huge slice of White Chocolate cake PLUS Muscat Jasmine Tea that balanced out the sweetness in harmony:) I could have eaten another cake! No kidding.

HARBS has the cutest DM with lovely illustration on their every cake, Japanese does cake with just the right amount of sweetness, you know what I mean? Sweet, yeah, but just right on point! Definitely coming back for more cakes next time.

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This is a 京都河原町/Kyoto Kawaramachi mini guide map I randomly tear out and pasted on the whole page, and the only grand shopping I did there was LOFT, stationary haul, stationary heaven!

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The only haul I did in Osaka was H&M, I find myself gravitating towards H&M compared to other fast fashion brands, sadly TOPSHOP was no longer in Japan otherwise I could have gone a little bit wilder;) But look at that receipt already! Day 6. Time to go home I manged to have my go-to onigiri and Starbucks Chai Tea Latte as my b.fast, it was a great start of the day to end the trip:)

I didn’t mean to turn this post into travel post but I’m just not that crafty and artsy to just wow you guys with my pure journaling photos, I hope one day I could though, but now I’m still going strong, enjoying all the journaling jazz here, I want to travel more, journal more and interact with you guys more!

If you have any travel/journal blog recommendations please do share, shameless self-promotion is very welcome here too, I wanna see what everyone’s crafintg/journaling about, so hit me up!  xxx

 

 

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Lunch at やよい軒[Yayoi] Japanese Teishoku Resto

The truth is we wanted to eat at  くら寿司 but there was 20ish people line ahead and we were too hungry to wait so we headed to Yayoi just next door and I was happily satisfied with this decision, let me tell you why.

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TRAVELER’S COMPANY CARAVAN in TAIWAN

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I saw this tweet on @travelers_note today and screamed a little bit inside! 2014 Traveler’s Notebook had a pop-up store at Eslite Xingyi and at that time I didn’t know anything about this brand and I just missed it and right after that I started to madly falling in love with it:( Now they’re coming back to Taiwan again and this time for the 10th Anniversary! So I’m definitely going!!

TRAVELER’S COMPANY CARAVAN in TAIWAN

So what’s special about this particular event from Friday April 15 – Sunday May 1, 2016 / 10:00-24:00? There’ll be a 10 Anniversary Special Corner full of Taiwan limited products, washi tapes and stickers in local stuff that represent Taiwan culture on it, brass tags, ballpen and a very cute miniature Taiwan beer glass lucky charm, on top of that comes the refills of very beautiful cover cooperated with Eslite lifestyle “BOOKS, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN” and don’t forget about their signature cotton bags which you can conveniently throw everything you just buy in it and take them home happily:)

Additional to what I just recapped above which is already so amazing, if you spend more than NTD$1000 (that’s roughly USD$30) you get to have a free customized badge! How nice!! I mean I’ll probably receive one since I’m buying almost everything:P

Last but not least, there’ll be another event within the event, it’s called SPIRAL RING NOTEBOOK Event. Saturday April 16 and Sunday April 17, 2016 / 11:00-20:00 where you can make your own notebook from choosing inserts to cover. I’m very interested in trying this out if I really do get the time to experience that I’ll blog about it, in fact I’ll blog about the whole event, it’s just too memorable. 

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Speaking of 10th Anniversary, the other day their announcement on relaunching Camel edition on both regular & passport sizes, I almost fainted when hearing the news,  I know! I already have more than one TN but LOOK at the leather, the colour! It’s so gorgeous I don’t see any way of resisting that…… I mean this was a limited edition and now I’m actually able to get my hands on that?! I believe every TN lover is just excited as I am.

Have you guys attended any Traveler’s Notebook related event or gathering before? Please share, I’d love to know! And say hi if you’re getting a camel too:)

 

P.S. More info please see link TRAVELER’S COMPANY CARAVAN in TAIWAN above.

 

My Traveler’s Notebook set-up for Japan Trip

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So I posted this photo on Instagram and got a few hearts from people I don’t even know then I remember that I should too be recording my Traveler’s Notebook journey in Japan.

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I’m taking Blue Edition that I’ve been using since spring 2015, it’s got some scratches and marks, wear and tear but I think that’s the beauty of it, everyone’s got its own personal traveler’s notebook that’s unique in the world.

What I’m taking with me is quite basic and simple, I don’t want it to be too heavy, just compact and having enough space for storing ephemera along the trip would be nice.

I might not be able to write a lot on the way, probably too tired or too busy eating:P But I’m hoping to jot down some notes so I don’t have to start from scratch when I’m back like 1 week later. Writing at the moment and afterwards are two total different emotions.

I’ll be updating my travel on Instagram & Twitter, can’t wait to take lots of photos and eat tons of FOOD! Wish me good luck:)

What do you think of the set-up? How’s your travel set-up any different?

 

Dating Journal #2_2016.03.06 Sun.

So the week before Japan trip has been hectic, I’ve kicking every tasks one by one in work in the speed of light hoping not to burden myself with trivial stuff and life’s been pretty full with my daily workout routine going strong. Saturday was divided into hospital appointments and Priska, I’m doing my best to be the best shape physically and mentally before the flight, I had a lovely time with Priska while selient was decluttering his place.

Sunday morning 0830. Me and Diana met up in Starbucks and ran our itinerary, I’m rather unfamiliar with Kansai area however we decided not to rush and just enjoy the trip, schedule-wise everything seems pretty fine, not much to worry about so we basically finished rundown before 1130 when selient came to fetch me.

I craved for a quick and easy yummy udon again, even though I just ate it the day before, Priska loved it too! This new udon place I’ve been obsessing over with is called 讚岐釜揚げうどん丸龜製麵@新光三越南西2館B1 serves the yummiest udon you can eat in Taipei, they said it tastes pretty much the same like in Japan’s original store which I’ll check out next week. I’m a noodle lover so basically I would love this place before I even tried anything.

I ordered yet again 明太釜玉うどん added some fresh scallion and white sesame to spice up a bit. Lunch wasn’t complete without another Onigiri, rice lover here too!

After lunch and a little walk around MUJI as usual, we headed back to selient’s, I was kind of dizzy and just not feeling very energetic generally, I guess it was because of the sunshine of spring, always making people want to yarn and curled up in bed. We watched two anime, ONE PUNCH ova (I never thought I’d enojy this so much and followed through the episodes now very much anticipating season 2) & DIMENSION W (super interesting with the sci-fi story setting and the cuttiest heroine robot ever I’m too obsessed like I never thought I would, great taste my boyf, giving him all the thumbs up!)

I felt asleep for a while, for dinner I wanted to copy exactly what I ate with Priska @ Rice Cafe杓文字 梅子小魚茶泡飯 I picked this set because I couldn’t eat anything fried and too spicy to damage my sensitive throat and condition but it turned out to be a pretty tasty choice, fresh and light, glad I have more options now:)

Following dinner came dessert time otherwise a date wouldn’t be complete, but since I’m strictly on my no sugary drinks routine, I shared 小確信紅茶牛奶合作社 正濃(Hot) with selient, we sat in the park and just chatted randomly, enjoying the night, it didn’t feel like a Sunday, probably because I’m going away for a week, left this journal, finished my work and I get to breathe some fresh air in Japan, can’t wait to be there just enjoy life for a short while, but I can’t even wait to go back with him.  xxx

 

sink #1

I’m just thinking what title I should put for my dream diary and I thought why not just write “sink”, I like the image of water, and journaling my dreams seem like collecting them into each individual sink to preserve, to let go and let them float around metaphorically in the sink, but lost deep in my brain space. So here it goes…

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