Monday, January 26, 2015

WEEKENDS AT YOKOHAMA



I was at Yokohama Red Bricks two weekends ago with my friend, Mark. I've been wanting to go since last December because they've set up a pop-up iceskating rink that would only last 'til February. Skating is one of my favourite hobbies as a kid even if we don't have winter back in the Philippines, we have rinks. Lately, I've been thinking really hard if I should go back and learn how to skate? But first, where could I buy some white skates? Please help me!



Inside The Red Brick house there are restaurants such as this butI haven't tried GRIP, that organic sign is really tempting me nonetheless! But I loved nana's green tea and Bill's. I must not forget to order their famous Ricotta pancake next time though!



The skating are was packed and I got blue skates as usual.. I want the white one please!!



Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse / 横浜赤レンガ倉庫 / Yokohama Akarenga Sōko is actually a historical building but now used as a shopping complex with restaurants. It is still sophisticated as ever and it is one of my favourite landmarks in Yokohama!



See what I meant when I said that my skin has changed? I wore Shu Uemura face powder by the way, no lipstick, just mascara. 



So many kids diving in the rink! It was hilarious.



How to get to Red Brick Warehouses? Get off at Sakuragi-cho Station and walk about for 10 minutes.  



You'll pass by Cup Noodles Museum (that I haven't been to but I must) before getting there.



Mark was really good in photography and composition! Ahhh so lucky to find friends who share the same passion.



Yokohama reminds me of Kobe a lot. Which is good but I'm still bias to Kobe. Kobe is tinier and lovelier in my opinion.



Mark helped me with all my photos - aren't they amazing? He's definitely my favourite photographer friend right now! Thanks Mark!! 



What to do in Yokohama? Aside from the Red Brick Warehouses, there's also Chinatown, where the classiest Hello Kitty restaurant is located.  



We ate at Ootoya and I got tonkatsu. I'm so predictable when it comes to food, aren't I?



How many secrets can you keep?



My favourite part of the day! Watching the chefs make candies live!



Year of the Sheep.. me-eh-eh-ehhh!



In love with this photo of the port..



Wishing for more days like this! Hopefully I get to explore more of Yokohama so that I could write a guide about it.. which is ironic because I live pretty close but I'm always in Tokyo. 

BEAUTY



Three years ago when these photos are taken, I could just confidently go out without any trace of make-up on not even lipstick and just use sunnies to cover my eyes if I want to. However lately this trick isn't effective anymore. I'm growing up or should I just accept the fact and blatantly say getting old? This year, I'll be in my mid 20s and I can definitely see the changes from my digestion to my skin. When you are younger, you could just easily say, "thanks to my genes". But now.. I still do go out without make-up on but I try my best to fix myself especially when meeting business-related people. Anyway, I'm blabbering too much let's just move on to my tips and beauty routine aside from the usual "clean, tone and moisturize", drink water, sleep early, and all that clichés, I'm using:

1. Dr.Ci:Labo BiZenShoku
It contains 30 dried and powdered ingredients including brown rice, black rice, millet, barley, kale, barley grass, vitamin C and collagen, flavouring (sesame kinako), among many others. I've just tried it today so I can't tell the effects yet but I'm hoping this could help my digestion problems. It could also be used as a diet helper but I'm definitely not taking it for that purpose. I've been really sick last year but I'm not comfortable sharing all the personal details yet. Maybe once I am, I'll blog it.

2. DHC Vitamin B MIX
According to Cosme, "this general supplement is rich in vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12, niacin, etc." Like Dr. Ci:Labo BiZenShoku, I've just started using this today thus I don't know the results yet. DHC is a trusted beauty brand in Japan so I didn't think twice getting this. I've also tried DHC collagen drink before and I really liked the berry taste compared to Shiseido's collagen drink.

3. ALLIE EXTRA UV Gel SPF 50+ 
Since I'm breaking out really bad lately, I went to a Japanese dermatologist in Ebisu and she suggested me to use sunscreen and foundation every single day to protect my skin from the harmful rays of the sun. I can't do the latter but I apply sunscreen almost every day and this the brand that I chose. I like it because it's not sticky which the number one thing I detest about the other brands.

4. TSURURI Ghassoul Mineral Clay Pack
I just got this from Loft when I was using for a Clay Pack, if I have more choices, I would want to get the one from Trilogy though. Tsururi is fine though, it somehow closes my pores after use.

5. SKIN FOOD Fresh Aloe Pack
My friend gave me this as a present when she visited Korea and she said she liked it because it's organic. I've also read somewhere that aloe is really good for our body. So I recommend aloe drinks and whatnots.

Other things I've tried, liked and might use again in the future: Shiseido Collagen and Skin White and Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin (recommended for winter). I'll update you guys next month about BiZenShoku and DHC Vitamin B MIX. If you want to read more about these products, I "require" you  to read it in cosme. I hope you could share your beauty secrets, too! Type it in the comment box, okay? I'll be waiting.. xoxo! Seriously though..





Sunday, January 25, 2015

MUSEE DU PETIT PRINCE



I initially posted my experience at Restaurant Le Petit Prince with Carly and now here's the actual museum photos. It might sound weird but few days before our random trip to Musee Du Petit Prince, I've been telling this advice to everyone I spoke with:

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

But it's true, right? People tend to forget sometimes that their problems are self made. You've been wanting lots of things that you don't even need. You are complete as you are. If you could just see the things clearly, all you have to do is just to give gratitude.. And that's how you find joy.

My dream of traveling the world is slowly coming true. So thrilled about this year.. Next stop, Bibliothèque Méjane?