Saturday, December 26, 2015

Mika Travels: PART 1: Pom Pom Purin Cafe in Harajuku!

Hello, Hero(ine)/s!


How are you, darling? Today, I wanted to talk to you about the ever-so popular Pom Pom Purin cafe in Harajuku, Tokyo! I suppose it was due time for me to start talking about my travels in Japan. I'll be back in Tokyo this February 15, 2016! (More pictures then?) Ah, I'm so stoked to share my stories and photographs with you all! Tokyo is my second home, after all.

Hopefully I can inspire you all to travel to Japan, too? Please say you will consider!

It was a dream come true for a Purin fan as myself to visit the cafe! He's my favourite Sanrio character after all! (If you're a fan, you should definitely come and visit.) Inside, the interiors are so intricate and delicious-looking~ *mouth waters* Everything is bright and kawaii! The waitresses and employees are also so sweet!

It's a very girly cafe~ So, men who are not fond of cuteness, watch out! (ノ≧∀≦)ノ

I saw plenty of Dads looking exasperated with their daughters! 

That's the price of love! 

I'm taking my Dad here next year, too! (Along with Ojipan Cafe!) 

*YELLS OUT TO THE FUTURE*

FUTURE HUSBAND, HELLO!!! WE ARE GOING HERE IN THE FUTURE! (۶ꈨຶꎁꈨຶ )۶ʸᵉᵃʰᵎ

Is that a 'no'? Oh, I think I misheard. That was definitely a yes. Yup. That was a yes. Thank you, Future Darling~


Look at all the cute girls enjoying their lunch~

Can I say I'm part of that group, too? OH HOH. 

Everything is way too cute for my life! I would like to live here. It's such a happy atmosphere. I wish I could take my friends here, too. It's just the perfect place to sit down, chat, chill and have some sweet / delicious treats. I honestly wanted to have everything on the menu! Let me save that though for the next post. ;-) 

In my group of friends, I'm the only one who likes the Japanese version of ~cute~. Well, to be quite honest, I'm the only one among my friends who like Japan.  *shifty eyes in front of friends* They let me do as I please but it would be nice to have friends who like the same stuff you do. Not that I'm complaining of course because my best friends have saved my butt thousands of times and I love them to death!


Pom Pom Purin merch corner~

My Mom and I hauled almost every single thing. Well, mostly my Mom. She bought plenty of things for herself and our house! And boy, were they a burden to carry! ˭̡̞(◞⁎˃ᆺ˂)◞*✰ Walking all the way home back to Ningyocho was a pain in the butt! Next time, I'll purchase more plushies~ I only got one and until now, it feels like such a huge splurge! 

They are infinitely cheaper there than the Sanrio store here! I'll say that much!



Imagine being able to live this life with the person you love! Ahh! I was speaking about the furniture, too. Oh as well as the adorable animals! It's kind of Snow White-esque if you think about it! This illustration is so much fun! (ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧ Again, I would like to have this life~ And furniture. Just being able to live in such a cozy, cute place gives me those fluffy feelings inside! I know I'm speaking roundabout here on this but... * u * /

I've always loved animals and have imagined living a life wherein I could talk to them. I know it's pretty weird when I voice it out like this, but... I do understand that there's more to them than meets the eye! 


Imagine seeing this in real life! Adorable animals baking! If only I could bring this mural home! I wish they made a merch of this~ ヾ(@°▽°@)ノ I would have bought plenty!

Just look at the squirrel carrying an egg!

*FLAILS*


The area is incredibly clean and the motif is really simple: PURIN. EVERYWHERE. (゜▼゜*) Yellow, brown and white surround the entire cafe!

Note to self: Buy that pencil case with Macaroon on February!



I came on a weekday afternoon so there wasn't much people. In fact, there wasn't even a line. I just went inside like it was no one's business and the ladies happily accommodated me! ໒( ♥ ◡ ♥ )७ I'm not sure what it would be like on weekends. If you're traveling, please go on a weekday possibly on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays would be great bets.

I've seen the line once from the outside. It reached down the Cube. You wouldn't want to line-up unless you really have to.

Please don't waste your time and line up. Go on a weekday. *has no patience*


I'll post 2 more parts so that would be a total of 3 parts! Food and lastly merch! I was able to get lots of things here for cheaper! (Or so I'd like to believe I did.)


NEWSFLASH!

POM POM PURIN IS A GOLDEN RETRIEVER. Not a Pomeranian. His girlfriend's name is Macaroon. Also a Golden Retriever. (๑♡3♡๑)


Like whaaaaaa? Say whaaaaaa? Isn't Macaroon white though?'

Please wait for Part 2! (aka: Mika pigs out! Eh heh heh...)

Love, 
Mika

Thursday, December 24, 2015

FREE! Cafe in Winter Adores Pass Cases

Hello, Hero(ine)/s!


Ah, goodness! The weather here in the Philippines is quite... strange. o(〃^▽^〃)o I say that though with so much happiness~ Everything this month has been an eye-opener and a prelude to even greater things! The holidays are wonderful. It's definitely my favourite season with everyone happy and getting together for a meal! Christmas is the best! Thank you, Jesus!

December is also that month wherein we close up all remaining knots and loose ends. I have a certain wish this season. It's not even material but because we're all close friends here in this humble abode and as fellow heroes/heroines, I might as well just disclose it...?

There's this person I want to be friends with again! I miss her/him so much!

Jesus, if it's in Your Will then please let it be so! ヾ(〃^∇^)ノ♪

What about you? Do you have any wishes for this season? If you do, I'll pray that your wishes come true as well! *hugs*

Let's move on!

So this month has been one Free! merch after the other. And me? Heh. I ain't complaining! I love Free! so much that all I have to say is, "Come at me, yo! Let me get y'all and we can have a party with everyone in my shop!"

What caught my eye the most? These! ヾ(。・ω・)シ

The Cafe in Winter Adores Pass Cases~ Now, if you're in Tokyo / updated with Free! merch, you'd know that Adores also held a Cafe in Winter collab with Free! They also sold limited edition charms, badges, stickers, etc. (P.S: These will be available in Heroine Complex, too! EXCITED? Me, too!) 

These are limited edition crane game prizes you can only get in game enters in Japan! Now, between you and me, I suck at these crane games. It involves too much of yourself. 1.) You need luck. 2.) Manual dexterity. 3.) Strategy and quick thinking, and 4.) As many 100 yen coins as you have, baby. And, seriously? I ought to just wave a white flag, lay on the floor and surrender.

... too bad none of you have to go through it! 



I did it for you! OH HO HO (well, my supplier did.) 

I got over tons of emails regarding these babies and guess what? Here they are! Your (FREE!) wishes are my command. When I asked people for reservations in my Instagram, I was able to sell 4 sets. I didn't expect them to be THAT popular.

Then again, who can resist putting their boring old IDs onto their favorite Free! character? I know I can't!

Mine's on my favourite bara boy, Sousuke!


RINHARU FANS WHERE YOU AT---


Rin looks so cute! He's winking at Haru-chan? (Or at me? Let's just say it's me because I love Rin-chan. Why, yes, Rin-chan, thank you for the menu but it's alright already if I look at you!) Again with the pink, AHHHHH! He's the only one who doesn't have food. The shark on his case looks like it's ready for some food! 

Hopefully it's not in the mood for humans. *awkward laughs* ╰(✧∇✧╰)

Haru-chan, is that a whole fish on that taco?! You better have at least cooked to that! ヽ(´∀`ヽ) *sweats* It's really cute~ Ahh! I love the variety of blue on his case! *pokes dolphin*


REIGISAAAAAAA


Nagisa's is the most colourful (I wonder why is that so...) I think it's the creators way of promoting him? Between you and I, Nagisa merch is often the most ignored unless you're a shota fan! His merch is often the cheapest, too. But, nay! I love Nagisa and his merch. Whenever I'm browsing through orders, I find that he has the cutest pose + expression~ 

Case in point: *pokes above* ⊂(♡⌂♡)⊃

Rei's expression is way too adorable! Typical, typical Rei. His merch is also one of the cheapest but with that said, they are the cutest~ I also love Rei's character! 


THIS. WAS. PURELY COINCIDENTAL.

Not.

Bara boys! Now, please don't pelt me with bananas RinHaru, SouRin and HaruMako fans but... SouMako = game changer. I am a huge SouMako fan and would throw my cash at any merchandise. It's a bit underrated (FINE, extremely underrated) but... dayuuuuum! (●♡∀♡))ヾ☆*。I love these two boys and would really love more merch of the them together.

PLEASE. (๑♡3♡๑)

Mako is a Scorpio, Sousuke's a Virgo and in between is a Libra (me). It just works perfectly if you ask me!  I mean, how can it not? The fics are quite sad though. Maybe that's what draws me into them...? Or perhaps they're just both my children. <3 (灬♥ω♥灬) Either way, I love them both and individually! I'm not really sure who's top bae for me but it's definitely one of those two! 

Winner of most wanted item is Mako. Technically all Makoto merch sells of easily in a few days. He's just that awesome! I pray for every girl marries a Mako (unless of course they prefer a different character...)!

Sousuke's frowning again! (っ- ‸ – ς)

How typical of a Virgo character to be frowning! Smile sometime, ne, Sousuke-kun?

Happy Holidays, minna! ଘ꒰ ๑ ˃̶ ᴗ ᵒ̴̶̷๑꒱و ̑̑ 

I hope awesome presents come to you! I love you all!

Love, 
Mika

Monday, December 21, 2015

FREE! Flower Afternoon Taito Kuji Cookie Straps

Hello, Hero(ine)/s!


Ah, it feels a bit new to do this again~ Well, although I've had several blogs throughout the years... this kind of blog feels the most honest to me. It was also a joy to do and plan. I guess it's because for the first time, I'm actually talking about things that I love? I'm sure that's the reason why!

But, enough about that. Let's start with one of the things I'm most excited about in the Flower Afternoon Kuji! Ta-dah! The Flower Afternoon Cookie Straps! Cookie because they look like frosted cookies. * u * In Japan, they are very popular! I see them everywhere~ I suppose that's where they got that idea!

... not that it's related to the concept of ~Flower Afternoon~ or anything... (In fact they are wearing sailor outfits~ Heh.)

(ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧ You can get these babies at my shop here!

I saw one of my favourite shops in Tokyo selling these for a variety for prices! I actually got a Mako there (back when I was only interested in purchasing items of him) for 1200 yen and that was a killer! Eventually, I decided to base my shop on kuji goodies! It was such a good decision. I'll never regret doing so!


The boxes are so cute when they're all lined up together~ It screams, "GET US ALL. IT WOULDN'T FEEL RIGHT IF YOU DON'T.". 

And that's what I (just) did. ⁽(◍˃̵͈̑ᴗ˂̵͈̑)⁽

I'm so glad they included Momo-chan and Ai-chan, too! It's about time they got more screen and merch time! They're my favourite characters as well. Actually, is it possible not to love every single character? C'mon, people! You must agree with me here! 

The boxes are orange for some reason? It doesn't really fit in well with the whole ~Flower Afternoon~ theme but it's cute nonetheless. The entire colour scheme of Flower Afternoon is a mossy green, deep red and navy. Orange seems to get in the way? That's just my opinion though!


The Iwatobi boys! 


Don't you just want to hug them all? I love Makoto and Nagisa's expressions! Granted... that's their signature pose for almost every single merch. ヽ( ★ω★)ノ I kid you not! But, still. Also, the pastel outfits they're wearing are just adorable~ I'm a bit... tired of the whole sailor outfits~ I think most of my merchandise of the Free Boys! are with them wearing it! 

I love them though so it doesn't really matter... *sweats*


Is it actually even Nagisa if he isn't winking? 

Is it Makoto if he's not smiling? 

Is it Rei if his glasses are not focused on somehow?

I've seen plenty of Haru merch with him smiling. I guess they like to put a little variety in him somehow because he's very popular with the ladies! Haru's merch is always the first thing I'm on the look out for simply because I want to see the expression on his face. Does anyone else feel that way? Ahh, perhaps it's just me?


And my precious Samezuka sons! 


*eyes immediately gravitate to Rin* HOT PINK PINK PINK. Dayuuuuum! I'm currently trying my best not to fall in love with Rin. ٩(♡ε♡ )۶ Initially, Makoto was the ultimate bae. The more I replay the episodes, the more I realise how I'm hopelessly attracted to Rin.

Maybe it's because most of his merch is pink? I mean that's enough to make my heart melt. HE'S ALSO AN AQUARIUS. I'm a Libran. Clearly, we are meant to be. ~Air signs represent, yo~ 

Momo's just... aww. My precious beetle collector! (。♥‿♥。) Mommy loves you very much!!! A lot of people aren't too fond of the 'side characters' but they are some of my top favourites! I'm quite biased with Samezuka. I'm never going to be ashamed of that! 

Whenever I'm out shopping for merch, I collect the Samezuka boys first.


But wait---! There is another one?

KISUMI SHIGINO!

*fans face*

PINK PINK PINK~

I love how they randomly just added another character! I'm sure he was a total surprise to everyone who got him in a kuji! (。・ω・。)ノ♡ I need to see more Kisumi merch for mah life! I think they need to incorporate more characters in the merch...? Gou hasn't ever been featured in a kuji, if I'm correct...? (Not that I'd want to win her in the first place. Sorry, just my opinion!)


*KIRA KIRA NOISES*

I still prefer my Samezuka babies but all of them are absolutely cute! Honestly, I can't pick just one character. I need to get all of them or else it feels like something will be wrong in the world. (Is that such an otaku thing to say...? Ah, well!)

These would be adorable to line up together!



Watch out for more kuji merchandise here on my blog!  (๑˃̵ᴗ˂̵)و

This is surely the start of a million more, ho ho ho. I'm not even kidding. (((o(*゚▽゚*)o)))

Love,
Mika