Archive for October, 2013

☆ Hokkaido: Chitose → Jozankei


I’m back to write about my trip. This time it’ll be all about Hokkaido! It was different from previous trips in that I didn’t stay in one place the whole time; my family moved from one city to another everyday. It took a lot of energy, but we got to explore more of Hokkaido.


Travelling from Tokyo to Hokkaido was the only bad thing about this whole trip. It was quite plainly the worst plane ride I’d ever experiencedcryTurbulence is one thing—when the plane has sudden drops several times during a journey, it’s petrifying. And worse when half the passengers go ‘ahhh!?’ at the same time. I sat like a stone for the entire hour and a half (and to think I’d even been the mood for cake when I at the start).

My brother did help me feel less uneasy though; he told me to look out the window and watch the view outside. Domestic flights don’t fly at such a high altitude so it felt reassuring to be able to see city lightshmm

Hokkaido Lights

But anyway…thank God we landed in Hokkaido and could start enjoying our trip on safe ground after that. The six days started from there!


We’d arrived in New Chitose Airport, but since all the hotels were full we stayed in the neighbouring city Tomakomai! It’s not exactly a tourist spot so it was a fairly quiet place, but still nice. I walked around for a bit and talked to a few locals while looking for places to eat at! Enjoying the peace of more residential areas is good too, plus getting to interact with people is funwave

Slice of Apple Cake

Omelette rice for a late dinnerhappyWe slept quickly that night haha.

The next day we headed to Jozankei! Since Tomakomai is a fair distance away we got up early to catch the train to Sapporo, and then a bus to the town.

Mame Daifuku

Mame daifuku (mochi with azuki beans) for breakfastheartI love their chewy texture, especially with the beans. Plus every conbini sells them for cheap, so they’re a really thrifty and affordable snack.


We also had a small cake on the train since it was a long journey.


We arrived in Jozankei after lunchtime! Jozankei is an onsen resort town located in the south of Sapporo. It’s famous for its hot springs, so a lot of locals like to come for a short getaway at one of the many ryokan hotels. There’s a lot of nature because it’s basically a town in the mountains. Which makes it a great place to see the trees changing to fall colours!


Beautiful trees everywheretrees

The hotel I stayed at was Shika no Yu, a ryokan hotel with a pleasantly traditional interior. It had hot springs and a neat shop that sold a lot of snacks and souvenirs unique to Jozankei. My favourite part was definitely the Japanese style room my family stayed in!

Shika no Yu

Our room was all soft and thick after the futons were set upsmile

Dinner that evening was buffet-style at this really big banquet hall. I remember being a little awestruck because of all the tables and how all of them had already been assigned to each family with a special appetisershockThe interesting thing was that there seemed to be different ‘social classes’—the section my table was in had fish, and when I walked around later I saw other tables that had crab, and another section with lobster haha.


The buffet setup was amazinglove


Even the tables have little trees on them.


My main tray looked like this.


And shiratami azuki for desserthehe


It was a filling dinner! It was even better because of how laid-back and charming the whole atmosphere was—a lot of people were in their yukata just before or after going to the baths. My family and I went after dinnerokay

No pictures for that one, needless to say.

But I had a great time soaking in the onsenheheThe minerals in the spring water must be really good because I think my skin became smoother after that lol.

That was a relaxing end to the day! The futons were so fluffy and inviting that we all fell asleep pretty fast.

Staying in a ryokan was one of the more special experiences I had. It was my first time being in a proper Japanese-style room (hotel, rather) so I was amazed by everything I saw because it was all so traditional and well, Japanese. It’d be nice if I could go back again one day! I’ll write more about the second day in the next post ♪




Tokyo ✿

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I just got back from Japan a while ago! That was the windup of vacation. Today was actually the first day of school, but I’d rather talk about my trip lol.

My family and I travelled together for the first time in a long whileyeyWe’ve been to Tokyo before (and my dad is there a lot for work), and this time we headed to Hokkaido for the first time. It was a good change from the usual city scene, thanks to all the nature everywhere.

How very blessed I am森ガール+顔+女の子_mheart

It was mainly a Hokkaido trip, but we did have an extra day in Tokyo before and after because of the flight schedule. And so I’ll blog about Tokyo firstsmileI ended up taking over 500 pictures so I think I should chop up the report into separate days.


Slice of Apple Cake

We got on a plane early in the morning! I love daytime flights because you get to see different views of the sky from the window (at night there is nothing). There was lunch too, and it was surprisingly big.

Lunch in the Sky

And then we landedhappy nekoJapan was as wonderful as always. I get fascinated by things as simple as conbini bread and random signs.



“We need love, we need water! Human body 60% water!”

“Where there is a will, there is a drink.”


Fluffy waffle bun. Yum.

Yaki Purin

And of course I can’t go without my favourite yaki purinsmileThere’s a great variety of puddings in the convenience stores but I still like this one best in the end. I wish I could bring some back from Japan but the last time I tried it explodedrabbit


When I was in Tokyo I finally met up with Reimi ♡ It’s been over six months since I saw her! We went to Harajuku and Shinjuku, and shopped aroundloveOur lunch was crepes at Takeshita-dori, of course. Haha.



It was crowded as usual! As expected of Harajuku. Shopping was fun too, because clothes in Harajuku are generally more affordable. There was a tiny shopping mall called Cute Cube that had just opened recently, so I took a look too.

At Harajuku purikura is standard tooneko


Lots of love, yayheheWe took them at three machines.

Time was tight so the outing was short, but since it’s so rare to see each other I was happy the both of us got to go out in Tokyo for a while at least! It was a really great prelude to the Hokkaido trip.


On the same day my family went back to the airport in the evening. And Hokkaido began from there! I’ll save all the stories for the blog posts to come.

Till then, I’ll do my best in school at the same timewaving


Weekly Slice: Like Chiffon with a Crunch


The title’s just a description of my weekkira kiraI didn’t have many plans this week again, so I just enjoyed floating around in the quiet peace of home. Unfortunately it’s also the second last week of vacation, so it was a bittersweet affair. The crunchy biscuit layer at the bottom of soft chiffonrabbit(←what?)

But! To end my vacation on a (highly) sweet note, I’m leaving for my family getaway this Friday and I can’t wait. Really. And I can’t wait to blog about it when I get back.


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Food, as usual. I’m adding on to my One Bite series!

Curry Macaron

Curry macarons! They exist, apparently. But…curry?

I tried them, and they’re so different from the usual sweet macarons. (Clearly.) But it was different in a novel way that’s good for trying at least once in your life. The savoury taste was refreshingly spicy! Although I definitely like them completely sweet.

Orange Cheesecake

Bite-size cake, bite-size guiltgirl

Mango Popsicle

Another popsicle! Everything’s so orange in my food pictures today.

So here’s something brownkirakira

Kueh Lapis

It’s a traditional layered cake that my family got as a giftyeyIt used to be one of my favourites when I was little, but I rarely get to eat it now. Kueh Lapis is sweet, soft, and easy to sneak a slice off thanks to it’s oblong shape.

One more…


Alpaca chocolate. Guest starring alpacaalpaca

I promise I’ll come back with pictures other than food.

Also, when I return it’ll immediately be time for the new school semesternekoIt feels like a bit of a crash landing, but I hope it won’t be too bad. Think friends, new clothes and the canteen’s steamed buns.

Till then!

bye bye

Collage Diary


There are 20 days of vacation left…how did it come to that so fast? I usually spend the later half of my holidays mulling over how much time I took for granted. And as usual, there were a lot of things I’d planned that ended up not being done. Sighalpaca

I did have a good break—mostly staying at home and unwinding. All-day pajamas, meals with my mom, library books and stuff like that. There’s just this niggling feeling like I should have done something more revolutionary with these buckets of free time.

But I should try to be a little more positive this time, at least. I did have a few events and those photography jobs after alldiet nekoEven with my vacation inevitably draining away, I think there’re still things I can look forward to from this point onwards.

1Having twenty more days of freedom.

2Family vacation! (Guess where?)

3Seeing my friends in school againsmile

4New clothes, even if it’s still the same season. But everyone needs back-to-school fabulosity.

5Catching Fire in November! (I won’t include Divergent or The Maze Runner since they’re only out next year AKA a lifetime later)

I expect there should be more too. I hope so.

Anyway, today’s another photo diary ↓

Slice of Apple Cake

Home day with my one of my best friendskira kiraWe didn’t do much, just lolled around in my room and talked. Plus watching videos of bread, tying my hair, and a small tea time. And others in between. I love this kind of day the best, when I can relax easily with good company. Holidays done rightokay


An outfit from when I filmed a dance cover森ガール+顔+女の子_m

Kanashiki Amefuri →

Hence the ℃-ute pose. It’s been a long while! I really didn’t have the chance to go out and film something, so I’m glad I finally got to do it. I did it on a particularly hot day, and it got so bad my phone turned itself off when I left it on the floor for a while.  My feet were getting scorched through my shoes too. How startlingneko

Slice of Apple Cake

Last week I was treated to lunch at the culinary school that I helped take photos for! They have a restaurant on campus, and the food they served was really good. Which I knew already, seeing the buffet spread they prepared the week before. I had stingray cake, seafood risotto and the hugest pineapple tart I’d ever seen among other dessertsheart

Thanks for the meal! I often get amazed when I try desserts with names that I can’t pronounce. I tried my first mocktail toosmileWhich probably sounds kind of lame because it’s not even the real thing, but I’ve always been on the apple juice side of the menu.

Ichiban Boshi

Dinner with my family for the first time in ageshappyCurry is the ultimate comfort food (and rice. Always rice).


That’s it for today! Oh, and also—

Happy October! Three more months to 2014. Wowshock

see you


▷ . Cheryl

A university student in Tokyo who takes pictures and puts them on the Internet

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