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Aika Finally Travels: Wandering around Singapore

Finally, I was able to have a my long vacation! Over the past few months, my world revolves around work and studies. (That’s why I couldn’t post so much in our blog haha) I work almost every day, even on weekends and write my thesis after tutoring. It was my first time to go on a trip abroad, and though Nao-chan wouldn’t be the first person whom I’ll travel with, I’m super thankful to my closest friend, Bebe-chan for inviting me to go on a trip with her. She planned for our trip and also introduced me to a lot of places, and importantly, food!

So after a 3-hour flight, we safely landed to Singapore! We arrived to our accommodation around ten in the evening so we just took a rest and got ready for tomorrow’s stroll!

 

First Stop: Little India

Our hostel was located around Veerasamy Road, so we could reach this very interesting place by a few minutes of walking. At that time, It was Deepavali Festival,  a religious festivity widely celebrated in India. and since Indians are part of the Singaporean multicultural society, this has also become a very important holiday in the country.
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The streets were decorated with colorful, bird-like lanterns

Little India is full of shops, offering various items. The establishments are all amazing as they are vintage and vividly painted.

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The streets were full of people because of the holiday. And I admit, at first I felt something. We look different so there are lots of time some locals were looking at us. But of course, this place is really safe and very interesting, I must say.  In fact when I was here, I almost forgot that I’m in Singapore! I could see a few women wearing gorgeous sarees, the aroma of curry and the lively Indian music.

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Life & Music : BOOM BOOM SATELLITES

When I was very young I had problems like other young people had.

In my case, mostly it was my parents’ things.
It was really depressing when my parents’ relationship went wrong.

I felt so helpless.
Sometimes I wanted to escape from this planet.

Planet full of battles, anger, hatred, anxieties..

Of course I didn’t regard my life that way all the time.

I used to be pessimistic about everything sometimes.
It was so hard to imagine having a wonderful future.

But I wanted to become tough so as to pave the way for my future.

 

 

Now I know, I’m already in the future of my struggling past.

I don’t know if my present days are wonderful or not.

But I am so lucky and happy to realize :

“Life is full of miracle. Everything is miracle.”

 

 

Yes, of course everyone knows it already.

As for me, it took many years to understand this notion through many experiences (good and bad).

Anyway, before it becomes lengthy, I want to say this…

 

“Life will never be hell as long as wonderful music exist.
I am so grateful to all the musicians who saved me from miserable days. “

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【PPAP Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen ♪】Who is Piko-Taro? Here’s 5 Facts about Piko-Taro you might not need to know..

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Here’s Piko-Taro Official Video

Aika recommended me to watch this the other night.

She told me it’s viral on Facebook.
It’s so surprising even Justin Bieber said on twitter PPAP is his favorite video!!

As I watched it, I couldn’t find this nonsense video funny AT ALL at first time…

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The Exhibition “HELLO,MY NAME IS PAUL SMITH” ポールスミス展 in Tokyo. Every Day is A New Beginning… yeah! yeah! yeah!

The other day I visited Paul Smith exhibition at The Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo Ueno Park.

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「HELLO,MY NAME IS PAUL SMITH」

 

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I used to have a Paul Smith Wallet but never had a shirt.

Because it’s too elegant and expensive for me.

I’m a man with plain shirts and active sneakers. That’s Okay.

I remembered when I was a student in London and my friend visited me from Japan.
And he insisted me to go to Paul Smith Shop at Covent Garden.
Inside the shop, I really felt awkward to see those pricey tags

I bought many nice reasonable clothes at Camden Town or other nice flea markets in London those days.
Of course I was a student at that time, I couldn’t afford to buy gorgeous shirts.

But my friend could! (He must have worked a lot to buy Paul Smith )

That was his Dandyism. I think.

 

Anyway when I knew this exhibition coming to Tokyo, I wanted to feel Lovely British Pop Art thing atmosphere created by fashion living legend Paul Smith.

So I invited my friend, he used to be a student at the same time with me in England.

 

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Inside gallery, there were so many visitors (They were so very O-sya-re(おしゃれ) fashionable)

They seemed to be so fascinated by Paul’s works of photos, clothing patterns, cars etc. (even evian!!)

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Digital Art: Azalea Women

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I really love girls… I mean, drawing them~ This was originally a pencil sketch I did when I couldn’t do anything during my internship. I decided to make it digital since it’s been months since I practiced painting via Photoshop. and also I want to experiment more and combine my drawings and Nao-chan’s photo works.

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How to Slay your Self-Introduction in Japanese!

Nao-chan’s going to meet his dad. I would like to meet him in person too but it’s impossible since I’m here in Manila and also I can’t skype them since it was a weekday, and I was pretty busy at that time. So I just decided to make video message for his father. I introduced myself.

 

Well it’s not easy. I think in Japanese there are so many ways to introduce yourself, but it depends on the situation:

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The Night Sketch

 

It’s #ThrowbackThursday (≧▽≦)

 

This is an illustration I made few months ago. I really love drawing women portraits and fashion illustrations (I, myself is not fashionable at all though)

 

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A Day at Manila Ocean Park

It’s been seven years since I visited Manila Ocean Park for a high school field trip. So I was excited to visit the place again, with Nao-chan this time.

Manila Ocean Park is the only aquarium in Philippines. Some people say it is not as big as other aquariums abroad (but who cares?!) There are so many beautiful sea creatures to see and there are many packages to choose from depending on your budget.

We chose the ‘Deep Sea Rush 6’. which costs 580 pesos. It wasn’t so crowded as we visited there on a weekday. (yey!)

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