25 July 2013

Keeping Myself Alive

This post is gonna be different than my usual posts about my fine days here in Japan. After thinking for several minutes, finally I decided to soak what I've been feeling here, in my blog. 

This month, I've been passing so many incredible phases in my life. July, it's the month when I finally managed to learn so many things about myself. I thank God for this super amazing seventh month of the year that will soon be fade away from my sight, but the lessons will surely remain in my heart. 

Eventually, I knew myself. I became to know the real side of me through the lessons that God let me to learn. It's the very first time in my life to really realize that struggling will be the only way I have to keep myself alive since I have no other weapons. I kept on convincing myself that everything's gonna be okay and I had to stop underestimating myself. Yeah, the girl in this body was doubting about herself. I had never been such pessimistic and optimistic at almost the same time in my life. I felt sorrow, but I just didn't want it to stick forever so I tried so hard to cheer myself up. I challenged myself to not to cry. I challenged myself to flatter the works that I did when no body notices them. I was trying as if I could die if I wasn't, until finally I gave up and realized that nothing wrong with all the things I did. 

My mom, she is the best gift that God ever gave me. She always there, and her love will always be real. When I was suffering from self identity crisis, she was always there, stayed up late just to wait me on-line so that she could hear all of my grief. Oh God, she's beyond everything great that I've ever imagine. 
God...Hug her with Your blessing, load her with Your grace, please :)

In this life, we can't choose who we will have to deal with. Yeah, indeed. But we can definitely choose how to deal with them. I will always be the one that struggle for the things that I'm wanting, the one that always be honest to everything that I do, the one that always have a good attitude and faith in herself! I'm gonna enjoy all of this process, no matter how hard the hindrances that I'm going to meet along my journey because I'm sure that the beautiful scenery will always follow me even though sometimes it may turn unclear due to the bad weather haha :D

I think I'm going to enjoy the time when I get lost with myself finding the answers to my doubts, with a map grasped in my hand so that I will not lose my destination and keep myself alive in blissfulness.

Yosh! xx

Photo was taken at Meji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku. May, 20th 2013 (Spring).

19 July 2013

Rolling Around Yokohama: Motomachi & Yamate Area

It was a fine Saturday back in May. Found out that we got nothing to do but just lazying in our room, me and maru-chan decided to take a happy evening walk together to Yokohama, a place that knows well how to impress us. This time, we went to areas called Motomachi and Yamate.


Walked for about 10 minutes from Ishikawacho Station until we reached Motomachi



Motomachi

Motomachi Gate

Motomachi is well known as "Motomachi Shopping Street". The street consists of boutiques and shops, and what I love the most is the vintage ambiance that sticks in every corner of it.


We kept on walking along until we reached Yamate area, but before we got there we must conquer a quite long slant way. duh!


Yamate

Yamate is a very impressive area fulled with strong western influences. There are many historical western buildings in this area as British had ever controlled of Yamate for a while. There are many churches, parks, international schools and even foreigners cemetery. Most people living in Yamate are either very well-off Japanese people or expatriates. 

Yokohama Bay Bridge from a distance

Well see you in the next post! ;)

xx,


Shabrina

11 July 2013

The Captivating Synergies





Just some old photos that I snapped around 3 months ago on my way to the park near my dorm. Roads, building, traffic signs, traffic lights and people are my favorite objects since I don't know when. Seized my camera quickly, unconsciously hit its shutter button with no doubt and drew a big smile on my face every time I saw the results in the LCD. Then I realized that those kinda things are my muse. Seeing how those things blend perfectly together and creating the captivating synergies to one another is really an eyes pleasing scenery.
I love night views, but  not that much or perhaps not yet. But so far, snapping photos during magic hour is still my favorite.

How about you? What kinda photography objects that unconsciously caught your attention? :) Don't be hesitate to drop your thoughts in the comment box! <3

xx,

Shabrina

08 July 2013

Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival

Went to Hiratsuka, 30 minutes by train from my dorm, on Saturday along with Maru-chan, Asuka-chan and Mi-chan, we spent hours of joy walking along the streets in Hiratsuka, and of course with big smiles attached on our face :) I think I couldn't be happier spending my time with them that day! <3

Arrived in Hiratsuka Station at 4 p.m and the street was so crowded
with the-so-excited-people to attend the festival.

The tanabata wish tree




We were so excited gazing at those beautiful Tanabata Kazari (Tanabata Ornament) till we realized that we had reached the end of the street. Now let's satisfy our sweet tooth with Japanese street snacks! <3 


Kakigoori or shaved ice which is flavored with various syrup variants. 
It was so hot that day, so we decided to buy it also, since we can't help seeing so many people enjoying kakigoori! Yumm! 


The interesting part was when we chose the flavor. I put 4 kinds of flavors; grape, strawberry, calpis, and melon haha! can you imagine how it tasted? :p

Next, Mi-chan and I bought the long waffle stick. Mi-chan chose vanilla flavor, and I chose the choco one! 400 Yen for each ;)


still about Mi-chan and I, we bought yaki-pasta. It was so cheap, 100 yen/cup :D


We stopped by for awhile every time we enjoyed our snacks and then continue to walk again to grab the others. I'm sure going to a festival like this will spoil your diet, no lie! haha


Now Maru-chan's turn. Takoyaki! who doesn't like this tasty  squid balls, huh?


Well, while Maru-chan was enjoying her takoyaki, Mi-chan and I (period!) bought the giant Jaga-bataa or buttered potato. And ended up we both were so stoked (for sure).

the left one was Mi-chan's and mine is the right one with corns. Yumm...
500 yen each

Despite our fully loaded stomach, we kept going down the street.. happily! :D

hiyashita kyuuri (the chilled cucumber). Looking tasty! ::drool::

Karaage (deep-fried chicken). Mi-chan bought this, anyway :D

Ringo-ame (apple sweets, so the apples were coated with sugar and to be enjoyed like lollipop). It's interesting that they shaped like Mickey's head :D

Anpan-man and Kitty-chan Castella (sponge cake)

The chilled pineapple. We bought this! :D sooo yummy.

Character shaped candies. Maru-chan bought the Pooh shape one :D

Okay, let's walk again.. 


I don't know what their names are, but those characters are so popular in Japan since I way too often see them in the stores, streets, and almost everywhere in public.

Kin-gyou scooping game. Finally could watch it right in front of my eyes since I was only able to watch it through Chibby Maruko-chan anime or the other Japanese animations :D
so happy!


The day was getting darker, till we decided to get back to the first street where we aimed to see tanabata kazari again that was said to be sparkling beautifully at night.

it's written "tanabata matsuri"



Well, we had reached the end of the street which means our journey in Hiratsuka has ended up safe and sound (and still with the stoked belly, haha). It was a really fun day, we spent for about 4 hours together. Summer heat is coming near already, and I'm so excited to enjoy numbers of festival in Japan. Oh, and I'm diggin' to wear Yukata as well! Hoping that every thing will run well during my first summer time in Japan, and I'm going to be fasting since tomorrow. I can't be more vibrant right now, so excited to welcome my first Ramadhan in Japan :> 

And here's the video for you! Enjoy, and don't forget to leave your comments! <3


                     

xx,

Shabrina

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