Saturday, October 29, 2016

Come to Star-Myu Cafe with Mika! (Part 2)

This is still a queued post.

But right now, I have a lot on my mind. 

I love Japan. I really do. I appreciate the people, the sights, the pleasant air. In Japan, I feel more like myself than I do here in my own country. Perhaps, being able to live here has given me a wider perspective of life. Like, that there's more than what's in here locally. There's constant chaos, deaths and bickering here and there. There's more than irrelevant showbiz news and billboards of people I don't even know anymore. And, of course, there's no traffic and hardly any car accidents. I don't know if you believe in past lives but I may have lived here in my past life. I naturally feel an attraction to Japan. It's such a strange feeling. Even if I never return to another anime cafe, I'd still like to come back just to feel that same connection.

My Mom tells me that I feel this way because I'm happy in Japan. Am I not happy here? I wonder... It's such a strange feeling. I have plenty of friends that love me. I own businesses. I serve my country proudly... but am I genuinely happy here? Perhaps, only time will tell. However, if there's anything I can say for sure, is that Japan will always be a part of my future. Certainly.

Conversations with Ate Princess soothe me a lot. I'm uncertain of what may happen in the future. In fact, I fear it a lot. But it also gives me courage to press on and believe in a beautiful outcome. I'm still apprehensive, and I know this probably sounds cryptic to the rest of you... but I still want to believe in it anyway.

Here we go with the second part of the Star-Myu Cafe!

This cafe was certainly a joy to visit. I loved the bold colours, I love the series! Ah, I really made sure that I was going to come and eat here prior to my trip. The first time it was out, I believe... the cafe was running all the way at Sapporo? Please correct me if I'm wrong. (This was during the February period?) I'm not sure, but I'm glad I got the chance to come!

My Mom told me not to order too much food as we were going to eat elsewhere after. I did enjoy our meal after, but the Star-Myu cafe certainly stole my heart!

My main meal was stir-fried veggies and shumai~ (In our country, we call it siomai. Not sure what the difference is!) The veggies were really flavourful, and I wanted to eat another meal but my Mom was looking at me to make sure I wasn't going to! Haha! She's not so fond of cafe food, and I would have to agree with her that it's not as great as what you'd get outside!

On the flipside, my Mom really liked her dessert! She finished it right away!

I ordered the molten lava cake with berries, and honestly... it was pretty average! It looked great though! Don't get me wrong. It was pretty dense and dry. I asked my Mom to finish it for me!

And our drinks!

So this was a pretty short post... and I think I'm going to focus more on photo blogs rather than typewritten litanies and rambles. There really isn't much to say about cafes. I'm no food expert either, so it's not like I can critique anything. I will say that this is one of the better cafes I've been to!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Pomunoki Cafe Feat. Patty and Jimmy in Harajuku!

Cosplay Mania is next week.

You're probably reading this sometime late October. I always post / queue things in order to keep my blog ongoing!

So many things are playing inside my head. I feel heavily inadequate. Best of Anime just ended, and I feel as though I have not pushed as much as I could. A lot of people like to settle into their ideas. I got a lot of compliments, and yet... I feel I have not worked as hard as I could. Most of my friends tell me that my perfectionism will both be my downfall and strength. Everyone's patting me on the back.  Yet, I feel doubtful of everything that I am doing. I am scared, but no matter what happens, I need to carry on. I feel this strongly. All I know right now is that I will be successful. I will achieve victory!

Anyway, a little side bar from the normal anime cafes! 

Today, we'll be taking a look at the Pomunoki Cafe in Harajuku!

I'm still a bit disappointed that Ojipan cafe ended already! It was replaced with another Sanrio series collaboration with Patty & Jimmy for Pomunoki cafe! I believe they're new characters as I've never heard of them prior to me researching this cafe. Even still, they are quite cute.  Are they American characters? Western influences are an influx at this cafe.

Here are some photographs of the interiors (something I am quite passionate about): 

Strong bold colours cover the cafe. The primary colours are evident just as it was during their Ojipan collaboration. Somehow, these types of colours soothe me.  I know a lot of people would feel otherwise, but bold colours remind me of childhood. It makes me feel happy whenever I can see children / cute graphics in things, y'know? 

I love visiting cafes here in Tokyo as I take inspiration from them. One day, I hope to open my own cafe. (In the not-so distant future, actually!) 

I love the lighting, too!



If you purchase the omurice meal, you get to select a free cup! It also came with stickers~ I ordered the omurice meal set with a green cup. I choose to have it with the mentaiko / cod roe sauce! Best dinner ever!

Their menu is pretty upfront and basic. However, there are plenty of components to each dish! I asked my Mom to order their pasta but she said that she was still full from our tempura expedition. I got a little disappointed by that. At the moment, I'm actually trying to lose as much weight as I can because I plan to eat a lot when I return home.

A close-up of the meal! I loved their onion rings. Ah~ Is there anything better than fried foods? Nothing! The omurice service was quite small. That broke my heart. A lot.

I also ordered some lemonade~

I know this was quite a short post~ I probably won't be returning to this cafe at my current trip. (By the time you read this, I'll be in Tokyo!) But I do plan on going to the Pommes / Pomunoki branch at Harajuku to have some original egg rice~

I hope you're doing well!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Osomatsu-san x Good Smile Animate Cafe

I'm actually pushing this entry out. Woah, go Mika.

I wasn't particularly excited for this cafe, because I am not much of a fan. But I won a reservation --- or should I say attempted to go for my readers who are fans of the said series. I know there are a lot, and at times, my mindset is more like, "Hey, you know what, this is a once in a life time opportunity: let's do this." Sacrifices. You guys are a huge part of what I do, so I want to be able to show you a piece of what it is no matter how small. I guess I put this out there because I don't want to say that I like something but really don't? I'm pretty sure it'll show up on this entry anyway.

I still have over 10+ cafes to put up! I can do this! 

Animate Cafes are very strict. You need to have a reservation and an ID when going in. Unlike in Adores, if they have free slots, you can still enter. For Animate, it's all or nothing. Hence, even when I win reservations, I don't feel as inclined to go as I do to Adores cafes. This is a personal preference, of course. I know a lot of people would say otherwise. I also tend to forget about the time, so I suppose that is one of the reasons why, haha! 

Karamatsu-kun tissue holder!

The menu looks a bit cartoonish! It truly fits in with the Osomatsu-san theme, and I appreciate that a lot. There's a good amount of meals, desserts and drinks. :3 I'm not sure if I just purchased the wrong items in the menu, but... I didn't like the food here at all. I felt that the flavours were too subtle for me. I got pretty disappointed. 

Although, yeah, cafe items aren't good usually. I mean, they are of quality. But you'd get something better outside for cheaper! I suppose you do pay for the ambience when it comes to collaboration cafes.

I ordered the paella. (Which I truly regret!) I think you can easily deduce from the photograph alone, it was so. freakin'. dry. The seafood was cold, no, I mean everything was cold! The rice was pretty hard, too. So I wasn't able to finish the meal. Out of fear of wastage, I simply finished the elements of the dish but left the rice almost in tact. 

My dessert! There was a small red-bean cake, some green tea covered mochi, a small stick of dango and pears. It was alright. Although just like the main course, it's pretty dry and lacking in flavour. It's a pretty dry and bland meal.

However, with that said, I did enjoy the drinks! My Mom didn't order any of the meals and opted to just eat outside.

A couple more photos!

Thank you for reading this far! I did enjoy the experience, but it was the kind of cafe that I wouldn't bother returning to. I'm pretty sure if you're a fan of the series, you'd be saying otherwise though!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

It's Been A Long Time... (+Rilakkuma x A'Pieu BB Cushion!)

Internet has been acting up...

This isn't a beauty post or anything... to be quite honest, I think I should seriously remove that Beauty section on my navigation. Although I'm fond of ~beauty~, I'm more concerned with having good skin rather than make-up / techniques or whatnot. A huge part of my investment is going to my dermatologist and great skin care products rather than make-up in and of itself. That, and also because I'm a bit lazy (and I don't care about what anyone thinks. Good sleep > any high coverage foundation any day).

Right now, it's 1:30 AM. I finished reading on my bed and was feeling groggy when new orders from my Storenvy popped up. Even as I was exhausted, I pushed myself out of bed after finishing a chapter and did my job. My Mom arrived shortly after from a get together and we got to talk. This isn't really an interesting post, but... I am learning about myself in these little events. Who am I right now will not be the same person in 1 year. In 1 year, someone else might be doing these menial jobs for me. In 1 year, HC will have her own branch. So I write this to remember in order to remember this in the future. It will surely help plant my feet on the ground irregardless of what may happen. Surely, success is for me.

My heart aches because I long for so much people. But as I was taught, sometimes, you just have to forge ahead. At the start of HC or whenever I'd backslide to my good ol' depressing self, Hans would tap the bottom of my spine and tell me to stand-up straight and continue with my work. Every time, we'd do a get together and I wanted to rehash the past, he'd push my chin up and to carry on. Due to this, I was able to bounce back from the events of last year. Even when I had anxiety attacks, I continued to plan, work and study.

To learn to continue even when there is adversity is something I only recently learned. I wish I started earlier is my only regret. If only, if only, if only.  Even if my hands were shaking, I continued my projects and my business plan. It seems as if it was so long ago but really, I only started a few months back. My life has changed drastically, and I get out of bed feeling so eager to start and learn. To just absorb everything I can and maybe apply it to HC as well.

I know I can't bring back the past. I've caused a lot of people hurt and pain. So the least I can do to my younger self who didn't know better then is give her justice so she can have a brighter future. I always think about my younger self so much. If I'm taking my current self for granted then I can surely at least have some form of empathy to the Mika of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. I carry her with me. I carry the journals she wrote then with me, so I can find a way to give her the life she deserves. And that's what I'll do and continue to do. I won't let anyone stop me.

I bet you're all, "WTF! I CAME HERE FOR A GOOD TIME!" 

Well, deal with it.

I purchased this cushion online at Shoppee~ I was going to purchase it from Althea but they didn't have the CoD option so I couldn't get one in time! When they restocked, they only had the colour #21 and though my skin does oxidise, it would still be too light! Thankfully, it came with a refill (YAAAAAAAAAAS!) and another sponge. *phew*

I love Rilakkuma so much. If you've been following me for awhile, you'd know that I've had the hots for this bear for years now. The cushion has a fairly simple design, but it's cute and portable. It's not as sleek as the Maybelline BB cushion I bought from Tokyo. However, it's adorable and unique so I don't mind carrying it around with me everywhere!

A lot of people don't like cushion foundations as they're ~unsanitary~ or expensive. But I'm assuming they're speaking of the Western BB cushions? Personally, I love the asian BB cushions and they're a huge lifesaver! Sometimes, I don't like applying make-up or just don't consider it at all for most days. But, I do love being able to apply make-up everywhere and cushions have great coverage. Do note that my skin is in great condition so, yeah... I don't really need that much to begin. 

I honestly love this so much! Even the sponge has Rilakkuma on it!

This isn't a review so I'll stop here! I want to get more BB cushions with different characters~ > w < I love cute things so much, and it's so much fun to get to use every day items with your favourite characters on them!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Come to Star-Myu Cafe with Mika! (Part 1)

Hey, guys! Guess where I'm going today!

But first... a litany by yours truly.

A lot of things have been changing, and I feel truly blessed by the new opportunities coming my way. Have you ever felt the need to change so bad that what ever comes and passes by, you just grab it and just find a way to deal (even though you're nowhere near prepared)? That's how I feel about myself right now. A leadership opportunity in uni? Grab. Oh, do charity works here? Yup, let me do that. I love helping others after all. Travel to Japan? Hmm, it's a bit tedious but, hey! I'll take it. A feeding program? Sure! Let me grab a piece of paper and we can outline the things we need to do.

I've fallen in love with working that sometimes, I neglect everything else. My friends have been telling me to be present and spend some time with them, but... I can't help myself. 2011-2015 was an incredibly dormant period for me. I don't recall much except that I was sad and struggling for the most part. I mainly had difficulty understand myself. Why did I do certain things? Why did I say something like that? That was very OOC of me to do... Of course at this point I know better. I want to move, explore, go on adventures and learn. I want to expose myself to others and learn about life. There are so many people I have yet to meet, so many places to visit and I feel that I want to do them all before it all ends.

The things that used to bother me before... don't even affect me anymore. I used to be so sensitive. But eventually, you learn that there are more important things to focus on. When I began to work on HC's empire, it all shifted for me. I could be rattled by a comment or I can continue persevering and find a way to make things happen. Eventually, the latter warmed up to me and here we are today.

I don't know why I felt compelled to say these things, but I just got off a phone call with Josh and we spoke about life. So, so, so many things to do and achieve. And we only live for so long.

But, that's that!

Let's go back to the main reason why you went to this blog: Star-Myu Cafe!

Just a disclaimer: I am not a huge fan of idol shows. (I know, go ahead, throw bananas at me. I will evade them just as I do with my daily responsibilities. Kidding.) So when I first heard that Star-Myu cafe was returning to Shibuya... I was a bit hesitant. Eventually, I figured... why the heck not? Aside from Star-Myu, only Nekotalia and Yugioh were the other Adores cafes and I wasn't going to throw out this opportunity to show any fans what it was like there!

I was proven wrong. I had a really fun time at the cafe~ Actually, I was drawn in by how well the cafe was run and the decorations reeled me! Every time I come to cafes without knowing an anime, I immediately pick my favourite character based upon looks. This time, I immediately fell in love with Kuga-chan. As I watched the anime, he really did end up becoming my favourite character so I don't regret visiting at all!

Truly, serendipity at work!

Just as with most anime cafes, there's a limited menu that fits into the series / characters. If you ask me, Star-Myu cafe had plenty of scrumptious meals and most looked absolutely filling. There are plenty of cafes out there that have minute portions. That wasn't the case for this cafe which is something I'm grateful for (though I only tried one thing on the meal menu).

Another new aspect to the Star-Myu cafe as compared to the past Adores cafes I've been to is the merchandise set-up. Normally, you still need to go to the cashier if you wanted to purchase something. At this cafe, you can freely browse all you want (so long as you don't open the blind packs) and can hold each merch before purchasing! Though, yeah, I do understand why the Akihabara and Ikebukuro branches don't do this due to the limited space. It's still a fun addition if you ask me!

Cafe interiors below! *pokes*

Coincidentally, I also ended up on Kuga's table which made me very happy!

I hope you enjoyed this photo post, and I'll be back soon with a part 2!