May 11, 2014 Off

Week 19: What I’ve been playing

By in Gaming

Dark Souls 2:

It was my bday! (Unfortunately I was swamped with work, nothing to write about).
And my brother gifted me a Collector Edition of Dark Souls 2…
I have no idea what to do with the figure…

I like watching Dark Souls. However playing it is a different matter…
I was prepared to die (har har) but I did not really expect my first three deaths to be from slipping into deep water and insta-dying BECAUSE I DROWNED.


And after five minutes I returned…
.. to die a few more times to low level mobs that weren’t particularly hard.

Also: Spent one hour on character creation to make sure my character was super kawaii only to die within minutes of starting the game and respawning as a hollow with pastel pink hair.

Child of Light:

It’s a beautiful game. It’s only $15, it’s ten chapters long.

Child of Light

Child of Light

Animal Crossing New Leaf:

These past two weeks have been full of exhausting 10 – 12 hour days at work and sometimes I just want to spend an hour on Animal Crossing doing nothing but pulling weeds out of the ground.
Dark Souls 2, Child of Light, Animal Crossing…
… Am I a hipster gamer? :O

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April 26, 2014 Off


By in Travel

… Easter might not be the best time to go to Australia, everything is closed on Good Friday and some are closed on Easter Sunday / Monday too… Not to mention there are TONS of tourists during this time.

A sea of people heading to and from the Sydney Opera House

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April 26, 2014 Off

Happy Anzac Day/Weekend…

By in Life

It’s ironic how there’s finally a long weekend where I can do nothing and just rest but I end up catching a cold which makes me bedridden all Friday (the public holiday) because I feel like absolute shit and any light is too blinding and aggravates my headache more…
Thank god for the public holiday since I am partially functional today.



April 5, 2014 Off

Ramen in Japan (2013 vers)

By in Food, Travel

I know, I’ve finally gotten around to doing this (笑). This time in Japan we had a mini ramen tour in Tokyo. We had our dinners, then there were the second dinners just for ramen. We take ramen seriously!

Tokyo Station Ramen Street is a good and lazy place to try a selection of popular ramen stores from around Japan. Currently there are eight stores there and they can sometimes change. We managed to try four of the most popular ramen stores during our five days in Tokyo. The top stores will most definitely have a line with some exceeding 2 hours. Some stores ask you to buy a ticket from their vending machines then enter the queue, others will ask you to line up first and only buy the ticket when you get to the front of the line. Getting this right is very important! There was an occasion where we were in line for 20 minutes, the store required for a ticket to be bought prior to lining up. When the staff person asked the businessman at the front of the line for his ticket and he didn’t have one he stormed off… Instructions are usually in Japanese and taped close to the entrance of the shop…

Ramen ticketRamen ticket from the vending machine.

HondaHonda’s shoyu ramen with 3 different cuts of chashu ☆☆☆
Queue time ~10min at 10PM.

IkarugaIkaruga’s tonkotsu ramen. It was extremely heavy and oily…
I couldn’t finish it and felt physically sick after…
Queue time <10 min at 10PM.

RokurinshaRokurinsha’s tsukemen. Most likely the most popular of all ramen stores at Ramen street!
Queue time can exceed 2 hours during peak times. The broth looks heavy but it wasn’t heavy or oily at all. After finishing your ramen you can request for them to dilute the soup with some yuzu broth so you can enjoy the broth on its own ☆☆
Queue time <25 min at 5PM.

HirugaoHirugao’s shio ramen. The the broth tastes light with the sweet taste of scallops ☆☆☆
Queue time <20min at 7PM.

After trying 4 ramen stores nearly 4 nights in a row the next and final time we had ramen was at Ippudo in Kyoto (the same store I visited the previous year).

IppudoCondiments at the counter table at Ippudo.

Ippudo shiroIppudo shiro ramen. The broth tastes like it has duck egg?! ☆
Wait time <10min at 11PM.

Ippudo akaIppudo aka ramen. sbf’s ramen… I don’t remember what he said it tasted like 8D

Hopefully next time I’ll get to try a good miso ramen XD

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March 16, 2014 Off


By in Life

A few weeks ago sbf gave me a spa voucher for a Swedish Aromatherapy Massage (this still sounds foreign to me) at F Spa. I was excited and anxious since I have never been before (a massage? like what I do when I rub oil, salt and herbs into my meat to marinate it??), but scheduled for an appointment the Saturday he was doing a brus weekend thing (lol).

Because of awesome timing, Cyclone Lusi strolled into town the same weekend with Saturday forecasted as the most violent of out the fri-sun storm. On Friday weather warnings, power / water concerns, event cancellations were all over the news. I did think about rescheduling it, but then I realized the main question was “Do they mean Auckland stormy? Or Wellington stormy? Or actually extremely concerning stormy?”.

As it turned out, it was only Wellington stormy. It was hard to walk in the strong winds, I got my shoes drenched in water from deep puddles, my hair was thoroughly tossed by the gales, watched frozen in a near empty theatre in the morning, had lunch at The Don (miso tonkatsu don, it was ok), did some shopping (KW polka dot scarf cuteness), and made my way to the spa…

It was smaller than what I expected, but the staff were welcoming and nice. They served me herbal tea (oook) before my masseuse came to get me. The actual massage room was dim with the scent of calming aromatherapy oils, soothing filler bgm, and after half an hour of getting my back and shoulders done I was nearly asleep. The other half hour was spent on my limbs and scalp, and towards the end of the hour I caught myself thinking I could totally be doing this all day LOL. If you’ve ever felt your shoulders or back feeling stiff and tight you should consider going! I was a little nervous about it but a nice place will make sure your modesty is kept intact and ensure you are comfortable at all times.

And I just wanted to say my hair salon does a better scalp massage but I guess they specialize in the head area.

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