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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

[Food] Maccha House

Maccha House is a relatively new food establishment located in Orchard Central, opened in December 2012. What attracted me was the clean and bright interior when I was cruising down the escalators to get to Centrepoint using the underground connector XD



For lunch sets, you get to choose between 6 different choices with varying prices! Ordered the teriyaki chicken lunch set which cost $11.40! Consists of a rice bowl, cabbage soup and green tea!


Their matcha green tea is much sweeter than I expected it to be, even though I ordered the hot version. I wonder if there is a 'less sugar' option.



The rice is all hidden below XD Teriyaki chicken is so-so, and the rice is sticky, so depends on your rice preference. I prefer my rice to be less sticky.

I had wanted to try a dessert as well, but I was too full from the meal itself XD Guess that means I will be back for a desserts session! Their dorayaki options (something like a pancake sandwich) looks really good *A*

They have their own Facebook page as well!

With love,
Amaya






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Saturday, May 25, 2013

[Personal] Holiday Trip!

Went for a short trip to Malaysia with my family after my exams! \o/ Mainly stationed ourselves in Genting, with a half day trip to Penang and to KL on separate days. Here's a quick photo stroll-of-sorts.

Penang

It was a 4-5 hour drive from Genting to Penang to get to Kek Lok Si Temple. Hung around the souvenir shop as I was having my period and therefore, considered unclean to enter the temple.






Storks?

Pigs. Loads of them.

Half-day KL


Took a bus down from Genting Highlands, then switched to LRT and then Train to get to Midvalley's Megamall. It's huge! Spotted their RM5 Daiso XD

Kitty purse!


Pretty accessories!
While shopping, we came across this really pretty cafe called Gardens Cafe! *A*

The piano inside is real and can be used for performances.




Look at how the sun shines in <3

A second floor 

An inner, shady corner

What you first see when you walk towards the cafe

Lastly, the shopping loot!

Eyelash case, a ribbon and half lashes! from Daiso XD

The wheels on the bus go round and round...
Shorts from UNIQLO & Skirt from FOS (^^)
All in all, I rested well! ^^v Hope everyone is doing well too :D

With love,
Amaya




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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

[anibee] Ani-Music: Sakamoto Maaya

This post has been scheduled. In Malaysia now XD


Image for Triangler single, from minitokyo.

This time, I hope many of you have heard of Sakamoto Maaya! I could go on and on about how amazing and lovely she is, but I will try to be concise :P She has established herself within the music industry as a singer-songwriter, working on long-time collaborations with famous producer Yoko Kanno! Not only that, she is a seiyuu of several notable roles such as Princess Tomoyo in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, Ciel Phantomhive in Kuroshitsuji I/II (my personal favourite) and her most recent role, Rikako Ōryō in hit anime Psycho Pass!

I am sure you can see my bias -headdesks-
As a seiyuu, she has diversity and number in her role selection/acceptance, changing her voice to suit the character and differentiating every character she has voiced! Scrolling through her list of characters that she has voiced over the years, I was surprised to find that she was the one who voiced them O:

Maaya's first collab with Yoko Kanno, Yakusoku wa Iranai. Image from ichigo no kokoro.

Her debut single, Yakusoku wa Iranai, marked her debut into the anisong industry and her first collaboration with Yoko Kanno. However, my first interaction with this lovely singer was from Cardcaptor Sakura, where she sang Purachina (Platinum), the third opening song for the series. I watched this series more than 10 years ago, goes to show how long Maaya has been in the anisong industry (17 years and counting)! Following that, I 'rediscovered' her music again when she performed Triangler for as an insert song for Macross Frontier. In addition, she sang Tsubasa Chronicle's ending theme Loop, which was nominated for Best Musical Performance in the first Seiyuu Awards in 2007.

Image from aloe,dream.
Not only has she performed several anisongs, she even wrote some of them! In 2008, she penned the lyrics to some of Ranka Lee's songs (voiced by Nakajima Megumi), such as Sou da yo, Ao no Ether and Aimo O.C. for anime Macross Frontier.


Image from Tumblr.

Not only has she branched into pop/anime singing from being a seiyuu, she has also sung in theatre! She played Eponine in the Japanese version of Les Miserables in 2003! O: Check out her version of On My Own here!

Image from Tokyohive.

Just a few months ago in March, Maaya has released her 8th studio album, Singer-Songwriter, with all songs sung, written, composed and produced by herself! It also has a remix of the sweet song, everywhere. It is also her first studio album after You Can't Catch Me, her studio album released in 2011 which attained #1 in the Oricon Charts.

Promotional image for album Singer-Songwriter. Image from Smile-Radio.

I am sure that she will keep on producing more wonderful songs and bring many more intriguing, fascinating characters to life!

Want to stalk find out more about her? Check out the links below!
OFFICIAL WEBSITE

With love,
Amaya





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Monday, May 20, 2013

[Lolita] La robe de Cinderella by Chess Story

This post has been scheduled. In Malaysia now XD

All pictures are property of Chess Story.

After exams, there's more time to window shop! XD Window shopping because China Lolita brands are still pretty expensive and I am a broke student T.T But I still want to share pretty clothes, so I will be doing up a series of Lolita-related posts whenever I can ((:

dollonstrings will put in some notes about the seller and the quality whenever she can :D She's got way more experience than I do :P

Chess Story is an upcoming Lolita brand, with a new collection this March! Titled La robe de Cinderella, they have released an OP (One Piece), JSK (Jumperskirt) and SK (Skirt). I guess the inspiration is pretty clear and obvious as they have stated in the title. :P

You will get used to the short forms pretty soon. :P I find that the product photos taken by Chess Story are of pretty good quality too!



La robe de Cinderella JSK

Available in blue and pink, I really like the print! Prefer the blue version :P

Digital version of the print

Blue version

Pink version

Detail of the back!

La robe de Cinderella OP


Although I really like the ribbon at the front, I prefer lesser frills like the JSK. If only they could combine both XD Available in blue and pink. Made of 100% cotton except for the inner lining, which is made from a mix of cotton and polyester. The long sleeves are detachable!





Yes, I really like the blue version :P


La robe de Cinderella SK


I am not a great fan of half-skirts because I have no fashion sense ._. I can't mix and match, but dollonstrings can (LIES) XD Again, this is available in blue and pink. All their skirts are lined, but you'll need to provide your own poof for it to look like the stock pictures below.

as can be seen from the pictures ama-tan added below, the print is not aligned at the seams. This is common for taobao stores, but for japanese brand items, the print tends to match up at the seams. It's not a big deal, but it makes a different to the nit-picky!



Print is pretty clear!
Just recently, Chess Story has also released a blouse under Le coeur de la mer. Not sure if it was based off mermaids, but it was inspired by the blouses from Baby, The Stars Shine Bright. Available in white and pink, and short-sleeved or long-sleeved.



Photo of details! 

Pink version.
I personally prefer white/cream blouses. What about you?

Accessories Update


23/5/2013: Chess Story has released the hairbands for this collection~!

There are two different types of hairbands you can choose from.





For a review from someone who has bought from Chess Story, you can check out this one~!

Hope you have enjoyed viewing this collection as much as I have ((: Would you like more of such posts?
Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

With love,
Amaya

P.S. dollonstrings here! I'm 100% sure that the chiffon blouse above is not 'inspired' but rather a direct replica of BABY's extremely popular blouse. BABY still releases different versions of the blouses, so do support BABY if you can afford it!

The lace Chess Story uses is extremely thick cotton and prone to fraying. Do give it a spritz with fray-check to prevent the embroidered patterns from unravelling! Incidentally, a similar version of this blouse was also released by taobao stores Olive & Ting and Elpress last season.


This Princess print is Chess Story's third(?) foray into printed clothing. For an original design lolita print with this level of vibrancy in colour, this is actually the most affordable on Taobao right now (compare to Krad's Mozaribic Chant and R-series. I'm not a big fan of this series because the colours have such strong lavender-pink tones. I much prefer the Starry-Night series which you can see here.  It's a bit of a disappointment because Starry Night had custom-lace. Lace that was created and produced just for that series! In addition to that, Chess Story created jewelry pieces to match it. This time, the lack of effort is a let-down. Seems like they've stepped down their game? Overall this series doesn't stand out for me because the colours in the print don't 'pop'.

For the la robe de la Cinderella dress, generic lace that can be found on taobao was used. For lace, hit laces.taobao.com, it's pretty affordable and they even have the same kind of lace Mary Magdalene uses for some dresses!






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Saturday, May 18, 2013

[Event] JStar & Tokyo Fashion Night

Many thanks to anibee for this opportunity (:

Earlier this week, I had the chance to attend not one, but two! fashion-related events in one day! First off was the JStar contest, JRunway's brand ambassador contest. The chosen finalists will get 1-year modelling appointment to work with JRunway, and 1 grand winner will win a trip to Japan for modelling experience and fashion tour.

JStar Finalists! Image from JRunway FB.
The judging was held in the back area of JRunway, with a few benches to accommodate media. The judges sat at one end. It was like viewing the behind-the-scenes with all the cameramen and equipment around :P

Finalists with judges! Image from Jrunway,com
The 20 contestants had to style themselves, answer a few questions and have a quick shooting session with a professional photographer. The judges would give comments and ask questions from time to time, livening up the atmosphere. Judges were QiuQiu, Mr Ken Soda and Natsuko. Natsuko, from S Cawaii, will be debuting her own brand Riche je U in Singapore.

Mr Ken Soda, CEO of BARK in STYLe. Image from Jrunway.com
Some contestant highlights! You can read more about them either from JRunway's website or FB (:

Yiling, wearing denim that never goes out of style!

Yi Shiean, monochrome with a pop of colour!

Olivia, the youngest contestant at 16 years old!

Jacquelin, also known as blogger Gollylocks!

Pearlin, rocking the MODE look!

Second half of the night was dedicated to Tokyo Fashion Night, a fashion show a collaboration with Japanese model agency BARK in STYLe. Held at Japanese concept Club Kyo, this is a fashion runway and party proudly sponsored by Prime Group Asia. The fashion runway featured contestants from the JStar ambassador contest and a few guest models, including renowned blogger QiuQiu!

Top models from BARK in STYLe. Image by Wesley Kow/Herworldplus.

Ten out of the twenty finalists were chosen to move into the next round! They were Jacquelin, Yi Shiean, Olivia, Pearlin, Lynn, Yiling, Rachel, Liwen, Syiirin and Yu Shan. These chosen finalists twon a year’s modelling with JRunway, chances for paid modelling work and other prizes. In November 2013, they will compete to become the grand winner on the first anniversary of JRunway’s Singapore store.

Image by Wesley Kow/Herworldplus.
Find out more about JRunway below:
FACEBOOK
TWITTER 
WEBSITE
68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura
#01-54, Singapore 238839
Tel: +65-63377546

You can be updated with BARK in STYLe with the links below:
WEBSITE
FACEBOOK
TWITTER

Check out this post and more at http://anibee.tv/!


With love,
Amaya


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