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Tokyo Life 7 – Daikanyama 代官山

22 Jun

Tokyo life – a daydream that I have somehow deluded myself into. When I was staying in Tokyo some years back, I snapped up a tonne of cityscape hoping to revisit them again. And I did in later months,  but usually couldn’t locate where I have walked before simply because I was lost half the time and had let my feet do the leading instead of my brains.

So before I start growing senile and forgetting all about my wonderful Tokyo life, I’ve decided to put it up here! … but that’s not the point.. the point is Daikanyama代官山 is one of my favourite places in Tokyo and it’s worth mentioning.

Anyway, Daikanyama lies in the Shibuya ward. Despite being in so near Shibuya, it is nothing like the can of sardine Shibuya is. Continue reading “Tokyo Life 7 – Daikanyama 代官山” »

 

Ame ni mo Makezu 雨にもマケズ (Do not be defeated by Rain)

20 Jun

Ame ni mo Makezu (Unbeaten by Rain) a poem by Kenji Miyazawa, read by my idol Ken Watanabe

Wiki’s translation seems more digestable.

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Kyoto – Arashiyama 嵐山

17 Jun

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Arashiyama 嵐山 offers a breath of fresh air when the many similar temple-visits in Kyoto City gets a little humdrum. Located in the western part of the city, Arashiyama is often said to be a less explored area since most tourist guidebooks do not offer much explanation. True enough when I reached there last winter, there were a gazillion Japanese tourists mulling around and very little gaijin.

My first stop was the much talked about Bamboo Forest. Located just about 5 mins on foot from the JR Saga-Arashiyama station, the bamboo forest offers a sanctuary of greenery and peace. Yes green even in the dead of winter.

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Lightning and Saber Lily

09 Jun


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FF XIII-2 is due to release this December and the 2011 E3 video released on Tuesday is just freaking awesome but that metal breastplate looked kinda weird with the feathers!

Ok who here agrees that Lightning’s amour is a fashion statement ripped from Saber Lily‘s garb? ☆ミ(o*・ω・) ニヤニヤ


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Saber Lily ~Distant Avalon~

 
 

Only in Japan – Tokyo Tower during Christmas

07 Jun

東京タワー Tokyo Tower 東京鐵塔

Tokyo Tower lights up differently during Christmas.
Only in Japan can they make that cutesy pink heart look right on a tall and magnificent structure. ☆ミ(o*・ω・) ニヤニヤ

 
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Shirakawa Go 白川郷

01 Jun

白川郷 | Shirakawa Go

I have something to announce! I am officially a NEET now. And that’s probably why there will be updates again and I should probably change the name of this blog to something more appropriate. Something like The Long Overdue Posts perhaps..or Everything Outdated haha.

Anyway the post’s not about my complaints and rantings. More importantly, Shirakawa Go needs a better mention.

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Happy New Year 2011

03 Jan

Happy New Year – to who ever may be reading this! Probably just Mervyn & myself… because the last I checked there’s only 3 visitors! Not much but positively speaking, there is much potential for improvement! (I’m probably in self denial right now!

Anyhoos, a brand new year has started again and if you’ve heard of  Hatsu yume (初夢),  the first dream of the new year you’ll most probably know that it’s a tradition carried forth since the Edo period and that whatever you dream about on the night of January the first, will be an indication of

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Japanese Emoticons 2

18 Dec

Ψ(`∇´)Ψ ヽ(´―`)ノ (*´д`*)  (´・ェ・`)  ヽ(;´Д`)ノ

Japanese Emoticons on Mac OS X (Snow Leopard)

For those who switched to Mac and wondered how you can input Japanese Emoticons, here’s how you do it. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, please head over to Japanese Emoticons 1 for an interesting read on Japanese smileys.
01. Head over here and download kaomoji.zip.
02. Uncompress the archive and you’ll get a directory called “かおもじ” and a PDF file called “かおもじ.pdf”. All you need is the “かおもじ” directory.
03. Copy or move the “かおもじ” directory to /Users/yourusername/Library/Dictionaries
04. Open the input menu on the top right hand corner of your screen and select Kotoeri Preferences.

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Momohime

09 Aug

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Momohime – one of the two playable characters in Muramasa: The Demon Blade. . . coming soon. . .

 
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Saber Lily – Distant Avalon

01 Aug

Saber Lily ~Distant Avalon~

I forgot to publish this post and Saber’s been kept in a (very) Distant Avalon for some time … actually, she’s just been sitting in a corner of my folder for almost a year now and I’ve conveniently forgot about her . . . Now I don’t remember much of what I wanted to talk about anymore except that I oddly remember the pain when  I photographing her. Yes am still living in a shoebox (same one) and space was an issue and lightning was bad but yeah I could blame a million things except myself haha! its no wonder she’s got that angry look on her face..

Anyhoos, its time I do some justice to her…

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Japan Travel – Miyajima at Hiroshima

25 Apr

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It dawned upon me that I’m not staying in Tokyo anymore and hence shouldn’t be using that Life in Tokyo title every time I blog about Japan. LOL. So  I’ve been intending to change that for moons and here I sat till the cows came home and yet all I could master was an unoriginal “Japan Travel”  How boring!

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Tokyo Life 6 – Japanese Train Etiquette Ads

07 Mar

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The advertisements in the trains of Japan never fails to entertain me. They’re either covered with text or bombarded with colorful images. When I was staying there, I always notice some public service ads that sometimes sarcastically reminds us commuters to mind our own manners and so I randomly snapped up a few for keepsake.

These ones are generally found on the JR line and I’m already guilty of the first one!

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Nasu Kogen那須高原 – Winter

01 Mar

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I realise that every time I start a new blog entry, I apologise for being late and not up keeping it… I mean what’s new? the epitome of procrastination is still herself… well not really so this time. I kinda deserted my entire family during the Chinese New year holidays and flew to my second home, so here’s your long awaited post fresh from the sushi bar…

Two years back I visited Nasu Kogen during the summer time. Two weeks ago I was back there and boy was it a transformation! It’s Fuyu (winter) time in Nippon and I was ecstatic to see snow!  Yes yes there’s no snow in sunny sizzling Singapore…

Anyway it was quite an adventure just getting into gear itself! In an instance, one miraculously transforms into a dumpling being wrapped in layers and layers of clothes. Despite the  ball of fabric that I am, I was surprised that I could still scale some snow covered mini cliffs that leads to the Otome Waterfall. Pretty slippery if you ask me and I couldn’t even make out where the steps were.

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Tokyo Life 5 – Enoshima (江ノ島)

16 Jan


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I wanted to go to Kamakura but ended up in Enoshima (江ノ島) a small island seaside town next to the island of Kanagawa prefecture and to to the south of Tokyo . . .  Another classic example of my randomness! So it’s not in Tokyo. . . Thus I reckon the title’s not very apt. But anyhoos, this post is a continuation of my travelogue while loafing in  Japan the other time round so here goes!  Enoshima is a beach destination and, on a nice summer day, has a bit of the  laid-back California surfer vibe. Are we talking yet?

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Saber Lily + Kureha Nendoroid & a Happy New Year!

01 Jan

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8th day of Christmas (sorry no maido san milking ) and a  Happy New Year !

It’s the dawn of a new year and I just made some crazy resolution including “Die Happy” and then I start to wonder if I should even try achieving that one this year!  LOL. Anyhoos, Nekoguchi’s resolution is of cos getting more updates and growing this space! (Monetizing it seems too far fetched for now but I hope to keep everyone’s eyes scrolling for more!) What ever it is, here’s some back dated peektures I took of Kureha and Saber Lily Nendoroid over the X’mas season which were also featured over at Gordonator – cos Neko’s down and so the trooper picked up the kitty and posted it there..

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Of Coffee Breaks & Dejavu

27 Dec

Saber Lily & Kureha NendoroidHello world!

I know, I know, this  space was practically dead for some time; I’m just terrible at maintaining one! And perhaps I should change the blog name to “Late As Usual” . . . This actually kinda reminds me of the Nekoguchi2.0 post last year when we swapped servers.  We’ve missed a few significant events including Nekoguchi’s 1st birthday and now, we missed its 2nd one cos the server went kaput and life went ——- dead in server land! Continue reading “Of Coffee Breaks & Dejavu” »

 
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Ringo Noyamano – Hot On Wheels

25 Mar

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This is it! The epitome of procrastination has struck again! I admit. This is very late! Air Gear’s Ringo Noyamano’s actually my friend’s figure, who asked me to help him snap her up (before Chinese New Year in January) so that he can ogle at Ringo secretly on screen and keep the fig safely tucked under his comforter at night. Anyhow Ringo’s the second figure that the Kanaru post mentioned – Yes I know, its majorly overdue!!!

By the way it’s NSFW  so click when you think you’re clear of beady eyes from a 5 year old, blinking innocently up at you from behind while you let your eyes roam shamelessly across the screen admiring the curvature of certain aspects. LOL

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PSP-4000 Friend or Foe

21 Mar

Rumor has it that the new PSP, or PSP2 will have a sliding screen. You know, something like your push up phones.  It was also reported that it’s basically the same screen as the 3000 series just that in this one, it needs lubricant.

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Mac Hello Kitty

17 Mar

Introducing the new Hello Kitty in SM version! ooooooh
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Happy White Day!

14 Mar

Exactly one month after Valentine’s Day, comes March 14th – White Day ホワイトデー.  Don’t ask me why its white and not purple or teal or mahogany.  It is a celebrated “holiday” in Japan  and white day basically means that the guys will get to decide whether they’re going to return the favor to the female of the species who gave them honmei-choco” [chocolate of love] or “giri-choco” [courtesy chocolate] on Valentine’s Day… Naturally, my not-so-glamorous V-day confession won’t get a favourable return.

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