Tokyo: Hama-Rikyu Gardens, Sen-soji Temple & Ueno Park

Can’t believe it’s been a month since my last update (I keep on saying this) and I wanted to update my Tokyo trip part by part but who am I kidding, I sometimes even forget that I have a blog. I forgot some of the places that we went because we did not follow our itinerary since we over-estimated our stamina (especially me).

We stayed for 8 nights in Tokyo and our house was located nearby Asakusa Mitsuke (Ginza Line), Akasaka (JR Line) station, Family Mart and few convenience stores. One thing that I absolutely love about Tokyo is their vending machines! Not sure how much Echo spent for vending machine drinks but where can I find Calpis Soda here!

Hama-rikyu Gardens

If you can’t stand the already hustle and bustle city, you can opt for Hama-Rikyu Gardens since it’s probably one of a peaceful spot in the city. I choose Hama-Rikyu over Ueno any day albeit there’s small fee to pay, this garden is well-kept, not that crowded and it is picturesque in every corner. If you’re lucky, you can even see sakura, everywhere.

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Hama-Rikyu graced us with their blossomed sakura on my birthday! You can find below for some of my behind the scenes photos ;p

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The thing I love about Spring is, doesn’t matter what picture you take, it will always end up looking breathtakingly beautiful.

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Tip: If you’re nice to their workers, they will tell you the best place to take pictures.

Sensoji Shrine

Tokyo is famous for its shrines and their famous ones would be Meiji & Sensoji. At first we were supposed to go for Meiji but Echo convinced us that Sensoji would be better and it was. We went there twice, at two different timings and I would recommend to do it too because at night, Sensoji is in all its glory.

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The shrine closes at 5PM and you can’t really do anything much after that but some of the shops there close quite late and if you are looking for the famous Naritaya Halal Ramen Shop, it’s just somewhere behind the shrine. Please don’t come with an empty stomach because the line can be quite long and if possible, avoid coming in if you’re in a big group because the place is small.

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I’d recommend photography enthusiasts to go there at night because the shop alley looks beautiful at night!

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Tip: Try to go at day & night if you are about that photography life, avoid buying souvenirs at the shops because it’s quite pricey there and don’t forget to try the mochi!

Ueno Park

One thing I wish I could’ve done properly in Tokyo is, explore the park’s every nook and cranny. We wanted to spend a good half day there but the park is huge, you need to have walking patience. We only managed to visit the zoo before our legs gave up. Even the zoo itself was huge.

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This park is not kidding with their cherry blossom. It. was. everywhere. My inner non-four-season-Malaysian was excited. I took pictures of every cherry blossom tree that I could find. Major tourist, right here.

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Auntie drawing trees

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To be honest, I did not take a lot of pictures here because it was, just okay for me but I did find Farfetch’d there. For those who want to come to Tokyo for cherry blossom, Ueno Park should be at the top of your list because you can have a picnic there and if you are lucky, you can watch some street shows too! I wish I could write more about Ueno Park but it was just okay for me, my heart is still with Hama-Rikyu Gardens.

That’s all for now! DisneySea will have its own post, because come on… It’s DisneySea!

Photos were taken using Sony A6000 & Iphone7. Edited using VSCO Cam App.

(Disclaimer: All photos in potato resolution because I was lazy to properly edit, so I ended up editing with VSCO at low resolution.)

Tokyo: A Head Full of Dreams Tour

“Why Tokyo? Why not watch Coldplay in Bangkok or Singapore”

I heard this question many, many times and I only have one answer…

None of us managed to go beyond the virtual room for Singapore, Taiwan, Korea and Bangkok shows. We tried many times, I remember trying for Korea show while I was in a meeting. I never imagined I would be going to Japan because it was never in my list. Cherry blossom was just ‘meh’ for me. I did not see the hoohaa behind it but boy, I’ve never been so wrong in my life. I shrieked at the first sight of the least blossomed tree.

Buying tickets for Japan show wasn’t an easy process too. We had to enter a raffle ticketing system where you have to fill your credit card information and wait for the result. It was crazy, consdering of the number of people who applied for the tickets.

Our Tokyo trip was solely for Coldplay, others came after that.

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I was the last one in my group of friends to experience Coldplay concert since most of my friends went to their Singapore and Bangkok shows. Their concert was visually appealing to my eyes; the lasers, xyloband multi-colored lights, confetti, rainbow colored balls during Viva La Vida (I think?), shooting flames, everything! I can’t say the same thing about the crowd tho because it was… not something I expected (almost dead at some point). I was just wee bit disappointed that they did not play ‘Lovers in Japan’, they decided to go with their new song instead since the Japan show will be out in DVD.

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Xylobands actually changed to yellow before Yellow was played.

Hearing Fix You live was another whole new level of emotional. I cried ugly tears during that song. I don’t think any concert could do the same thing Coldplay did. One thing about Coldplay concert, even if you are not their fan, you should experience it once and see what it can do to you.

It’s been almost two weeks now and I still haven’t gotten over the concert yet. It took me months to get over Foals, let’s see how long it will take this time around.

You can view the set list for Tokyo Dome show, here.

Neon Lights Festival

I have many things to update but I’ll start with Neon Lights Festival first, since that happened… a long time ago and I only managed to transfer all photos from my camera last night. Initially, it was just a trip with me and underscoresuff but we asked Echo & Nabil to tag along, and they did. (Two easiest people to ajak travel with) We only went there for a night because I was only there to watch Foals and Lucy Rose.

Funny story, I wanted to watch Lucy Rose but ended up sleeping at the train station because it was raining and I did not want to ruin my favorite pair of shoes. Talk about priorities.

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At the end of the day, my shoes did not survive.

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Neon Lights Festival in Singapore from Nadira Bajuri on Vimeo.

2016: Done and Dusted!

I haven’t been writing a lot, I spend most of my days watching Law & Order while browsing through Tumblr. I know it’s the second week of 2017 but I still want to blog about the things that happened to me in 2016.

Miss to Mrs
I got married on March 17th to a man usually found in either black or white t-shirt. It was the happiest day of my life and I still can’t believe that I DIY-ed a lot of my wedding stuff because I was a pinterest bride. I still don’t recommend doing things on your own, unless if you have a lot of time. Married life has been really good, everyday is a learning process. We still struggle but hey, no one said things are going to be easy after you get married.

Lost Tok Wan and Kak Mek
I lost my grandfather and mum’s bestfriend within two weeks. It’s not something I really talk with people. Not because I don’t remember them.. I still can’t talk about them without tearing up. Tok Wan’s room still smells like him and I can still see Kak Mek sitting in our kitchen. I miss both of them, so much.

New Hobby
I have developed an unhealthy habit of buying make up, without having any knowledge on how to use them. A year ago, I never thought I would buy make up every week.. I never even thought I would be highlighting my face just because I want to shine brighter than my future. I started watching Kathleen Lights around mid of last year and haven’t stopped since. I love how good makeup makes me feel. My husband is not to keen with my new hobby but whatever makes me happy. ;p

Completely Stopped Running
I got lazy but I should start running again this year. (I don’t have explanation for this because.. I was seriously lazy.

Traveled Just For a Concert
One of the reasons I decided to marry early. Kidding! But not really, my husband and I are concert-goers and when Foals announced their last tour for What Went Down in Singapore, we decided to wing it and bought our tickets, even tho our financials were not that good (priorities ;p) but it was worth it. We stayed in Pod Boutique Hostel, got stuck in the rain, totally smashed my favorite pair of Vans but it was worth it.

Honeymoon without Itinerary
Probably one of the best decision we’ve ever made together. We wanted a chill honeymoon and we got it. We went to Bali without having any plans, we only bought our flight tickets and booked our villa but it was really fun. I’d really love to go there again and explore all the places that we missed on our first trip.

Work
I got really depressed with work around middle of last year. I felt stagnant while everyone was moving on, doing new things. I spoke to my manager but he didn’t think I was serious. I started applying jobs elsewhere and got one. I was contemplating on leaving when my project manager decided to give me a new role. I love what I do now, I get to coordinate meetings, learn new technologies and meet customers!

Friends
One thing that I can say about 2016 is… it really tested some of my friendships but I’m grateful for those who are still around.

This year, I decided not to have any resolutions because I suck at them but I promise I would write more. At least, twice a week. Kot.

2016 Playlist

Here’s a list of  some of the songs that I listened to this year. Some of it have been in my list since 2006.

  1. The Hush Sound – Hurricane
  2. Sleeping At Last – Light
  3. Sleeping At Last – Saturn
  4. Jimmy Eat World – 23
  5. Death Cab For Cutie – Tiny Vessels
  6. Sia – Dressed In Black
  7. Rihanna – Love On The Brain
  8. Lucy Rose – Shiver
  9. Coldplay – Lovers In Japan
  10. Foals – Give It All
  11. Foals – Spanish Sahara
  12. Coldplay – Everglow
  13. Mew – Comforting Sounds
  14. Daughter – Smother
  15. Lucy Rose – Place
  16. Daughter – Shallows
  17. Copeland – Chin Up
  18. Bloc Party – Signs
  19. Lindsay Lohan – Black Hole
  20. The xx – On Hold

My songs are sad, I know but if you have a list of your favorite sad songs, please let me know. 🙂