Saturday, November 26, 2016

Yowamushi Pedal x THE GUEST CAFE in PARCO Ikebukuro!

Woah.

Dare I say it? Well, I guess it would help if I spoke about it. Anyway, today... well, yesterday (as it's 2:48 AM) as I'm typing this was the Super Moon. I never liked to believe in folklore or Wiccan traditions but a good friend of mine who considers herself as Wiccan (you know how diverse people are in my university) would often tell me that Full Moons are usually a time wherein things are unearthed, things are revealed and then cleansed. So this weekend, I learned a lot about things. A lot pained me. Around Saturday, I had a massive cry out session BUT I didn't feel totally detached from my burden yet. While I was in bed yesterday, I prayed to God about something that I've been carrying around for years now. It felt heavy. I told God, "G-man, I think that was the last straw! I promise I'll never do that again!" And as I was reaching the end of my prayer, it was like a weight was lifted off me. Like, huh? I mean, it felt like I didn't have that problem in the first place. I felt nothing for it. And afterwards, I was able to sleep peacefully.

Oh, God. You really are the best. I don't care what anyone says!

Another part of that Lunar experience was with Ate Princess. Her husband's mistress finally revealed herself. To which that woman, who is unfortunately at the same age as us, attacked her. Being on her side, of course, I fought for her, too. It turns out that Ate Princess' common ~friend~ told on her. She tried diffusing the fight and even washed her hands clean. Something that pissed me off. I told Ate Princess that she wasn't a true friend and she agreed. Over-all, the mistress backed off. Probably because I threatened her that if she tried anything (to hurt or slander Ate Princess), we'll go to the police which is just a text away pretty much. She never spoke again. But you can see how riled up Ate Princess was even when she kept on repeating that she was alright.

I also learned about two of my friends' break-up which was severely unpleasant. Since Friday, I couldn't sleep. I was bothered. Even cried about it. (Well, it was an accumulation of things, of course.) When you put your trust in people, and they fall short...who is to blame? The ego-part of our brain thinks it's their fault. But it's usually ours because people are allowed to change, and we can't stop it. It's sad to see when someone you used to know has changed. And unfortunately, for the worse. People who used to be against something can be for that something. You can't stop that. It's part of life. 

Still, I'll remain hopeful in love and in people who will be committed and true to their word. 

Anyway, enough about that. I'm sure most of you don't come to my blog to read my pandering. 

I celebrated my birthday here at The Guest Cafe x Yowamushi Pedal in Parco Ikebukuro! This was the second Yowamushi Pedal cafe I've been to during my return. I've been going back and forth for the Haikyuu!! store anyway so I figured why not? Every time I'd go up to the 5th floor, I'd pass by this cafe. And I was all, I must return! So I asked my Mom if we could go here for my birthday and she agreed.


The menu

The menu, as for most anime cafes, was small. However, I can deal with that. If you know about anime cafes, most of the time, they only have a few staff. That and there are plenty of customers especially if the series is popular. Also, the food is presented in such a creative way! The staff are so meticulous so I laud them for their hard work each time I visit one. I think they deserve the high prices. As a future cafe owner, if I meticulously worked on each meal, then I think it's only right that they get paid correctly.





The table mats are super adorable, and it's nice that they include plenty of characters on one mat. Usually, in Adores or Animate, each character has their own mat so this is pretty new for me! However, for The Guest Cafe they don't seem to give it to you as a freebie. :< That's pretty disappointing! I would have wanted to display this on my wall or something. But to be fair, the freebies they give depending on the meal you purchase is of good quality.




I ordered Fuku-senpai's Cotton Candy cola drink! Ahh, when you drink this, it gives you a burst of sweetness! It's also so, so refreshing! I've always wanted to try this type of drink. I've been spotting cotton candy on desserts, but I've always been so apprehensive as I'd rather have something else on the menu. (That, and it's most of the time, quite expensive!) 

Side note: I keep on getting Manami on my coasters! I also got him at the CharaCro cafe. I think Manami-kun may have a crush on me! HOHOHO. I would instantly accept if he ever asked to be my boyfriend. (And, why not?)


My Mom's drink was a pleasant banana smoothie~ She enjoyed it a lot and commented that she was relieved it wasn't too sweet as it looked to be. I scooped up the Maki-chan frosting on top though, haha! xD 


We got free from balloons from our drinks! I kinda felt like a little girl carrying around these two balloons all around Ikebukuro. It was so much fun, but before leaving, we deflated the balloons in order to not be a burden to the people on the train. 


I ordered the Mushroom and Chestnut Risotto (from Hakone Mountain, nonetheless!). It was so good. I've never had a more pleasant 5 spoonfuls in my life. Granted, it was so expensive... But Fuku-chan and Arakita-san were on my plate. Too cute for words! ; u ; It also came with a salad on a Hakone Gakuen mug. You get to keep the mug at the end, and it sits proudly on top of my desk with pens.


If you've been reading my posts for awhile, you'd know that my Mom isn't too fond of Anime cafe meals. She prefers to go out at legit restaurants with all the frou frou and whatnot. Still, we split Tadashi-senpai's Bakery Special! The veggies were so crisp. I'm reminded that we don't get veggies this fresh in the Philippines. (I'm sorry, but it's all too sad and true at the same time). It also came with a Sohoku Gakuen mug with soup (Which you can take home later) and potato wedges. I'd say this is worth the 1500 yen price tag.




For dessert, we ordered the Dessert Tower. I ordered it mainly because it was beautiful and photogenic on the menu. And I wasn't disappointed! Pretty much an assortment of desserts strewn across beautiful plates with whipped cream and fruits.



I've always been so blessed to be able to travel freely and so often. I know I sound like a broken record but most of the time, I'm in shock as to what's come to me. That God has given me a huge opportunity to do the things I love. Sometimes, I feel so... self-absorbed and angry. But I'm reminded at times like these, it's better to become a better person and grow-up, if only to thank the Lord for what He has bestowed and blessed me with.


See you in my next entry!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

[KUJI SET] Ensemble Stars ~Gonin Sorotte RYUSEITAI~ Minna no Kuji

Hello, hello!

But, really, there's no way around it because I'm quite busy. It's difficult studying, traveling, planning the upcoming cafes and managing the shops. But I'm able to manage with the help of many people, so I'm blessed in that aspect. 

There are so many things I want to say. How can you deal with them if you can't say something? I feel imprisoned by this. I placed myself in a position wherein I have no choice but to deal. So I continuously work, study and ignore my feelings. Not necessarily lowering my head and walking forward. More of, keeping my head up high and trying not to look back no matter how tempted I am. It's very difficult. I want to return and fix things. But what can I do? Nothing. Because when it comes to these things, other people --- the other party/ies--- must be open to you first. It doesn't matter if you're willing to rectify something if they aren't.

The year is ending. It's important for me to end with something great. I wished for an eventful life, and I got it. I've met so many people, new friends. If I needed to talk to someone, I could easily just press a button. It was unlike before wherein I had the person I love, my barkada and a few other college friends to chat with. These days, I can strike up a conversation with people online. Dozens, too! And it's pretty amazing. Uni is awesome. Everything is awesome.

And here I am thinking of the people I've lost along the way. Ah, of course. People always think of what they don't have instead of what they do. I'm quite a selfish person, aren't I? I'm certain a lot of people roll their eyes at me a lot. I'm unreasonable and insensitive. I accept that. Really, I do. But I can't help it. I miss whomever I miss. It becomes difficult when I'm working on my businesses, and I've got to continue on and pretend that it doesn't matter.

*cue in me crying at Cosplay Mania* #NeverForget

Anyway, ta-da! The latest Ensemble Stars ~Gonin Sorotte RYUSEITAI!~ Minna no Kuji!

Sorry... if that's like an awkward transition. I didn't really have anything to add.

What do you guys think?



I'm quite pleased with this set! But, really, wall stickers? They couldn't have done something else? *gets kicked* 


The A-Prizes are tapestries of Trickstar! If you're a fan of this unit (which I'm sure many of you are), then this might please you! I absolutely love the image. Subaru's quite adorable. Actually, all of them are. (I can't seem to pick my favourite in this team. Maybe because it's the entire unit!) I constantly wonder why tapestries would be the A-Prize and not figures. Perhaps, it's because I'm not fond of them? A lot of people love these though! It's also a huge size. 






B-F-Prizes are figures of the Ryuseitai unit! I dare not complain! The previous Enstars Minna no Kuji set only had 4. This set has 5! I was afraid that they'd only put 1 in each set, but thankfully, I was wrong. (Phew. Wouldn't want to waste my money, really.) Kanata's figure looks so happy. I may keep one for myself if only to see his smile every morning by my bed side. Ryuseitai is one of my favourite units, too.



G-Prizes are cushion covers of the ra*bits and Valkyrie units. Of course, I swiped Shino's at first glance! These are popular as crane game prizes, so I was a bit shook when I learned that they were prizes in a kuji! I love the quality of these, too. They don't feel like your cheap fabric. I'm going to put mine on my ita-bag for Shino. I'd never actually use this is a pillow case. It's too precious. I doubt I can find it anywhere else for a good price either.





H-Prize Wall stickers! Now, these are pretty big! However, I think they'd be more appropriate as notebook stickers though for larger-sized ones. Or perhaps a sketchbook. (Maybe even on a clear phone case? *eyes mine*) 











I-Prizes are rubber magnets. Jesus. Need I say more? While I was fixing these, I thought they were rubber straps. As I was labelling each box, I was all, "Shoot. Why are all the boxes sticking together?" And lo and behold, they were actually magnets! I love these too much. <3 Of course, I'd still rather have these as rubber straps. Still, I refuse to complain. You get the entire roster so I can be happy with that! 


The LG prize is a beautiful blanket printed with the character's silhouettes. I can easily distinguish each one. Perhaps, my obsession is reaching an all time high?

Over-all, I'd rate this set a solid 3.5 / 5. It's great, but I wouldn't get it if it wasn't for HC. 

Anyway, that's all for this set! I intend on purchasing more kujis, so please expect more reviews in the near future. 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Happy Birthday, Mika!


Oh, crap, I'm 23. That means I must create a cheesy birthday message here that I can look back on 20 years from now and laugh at with my future family.

In all seriousness, 2016 was an entire 180 degree turnaround from 2015. I came into this year not knowing about how anything will play through. I didn't think much about anything. In the past years, I've always been so apprehensive. I calculated the risks, gave myself plenty of options in case something didn't work out. I often had a Plan D for every single thing. When 2016 came, I didn't. I was mentally tired from all the events that 2015 gave me - some good, mostly bad. So I figured I would just ~go with the flow~ this time around. 

2014 was the time I thought about doing a project. These days, you all know it as Heroine Complex. In mid-2014, it was named ProCute. It was basically a play on words. When you buy something, you procure it. And because I was purchasing adorable nendoroids, I thought about using ProCute as the anime merchandise I bought was cute. Initially, I thought about just doing a figure blog about the new items I got. In the end, I never got around to it which was a crying shame. As time progressed, I began to take my trips to Tokyo seriously and figured, "why not do something productive while I spend my days there? I'm often bored anyway." But if you know me or have been following me for awhile, 2015 wasn't easy. 

2015 was this year that I unknowingly walked into unfamiliar territory that was riddled with land mines. I was crying the entire time of 2015. I just... felt so bad, worthless and replaceable. 

*steps on a land mine* Ah, fuuuuu- UP is my last choice. It's my only choice. Now I gotta just suck it up. *fails and feels inadequate 99% of the time*
*steps on a land mine* Ah, fuuuuu- Hans got really sick, and I can't believe I fought with him. (Okay, to clarify, I didn't know he was sick then.)
*steps on a land mine* Ah, fuuuuu- my Uncle died, the man who took care of me since I was into this world and would watch over me as I watched Disney films is now in Heaven watching over me 24/7. I wasn't even able to graduate in time even though it was all he asked of me. Fuck.

As shitty as those times were, if they weren't there, if these things didn't happen then where would I be now?

2016 was great. I set-off on my own two feet.

And, I've never felt more proud and happy for myself.

I exceeded my own expectations.

From 33,000 at my first con, well, we're in the 6 figures now! I get ace grades. I teach students in Baler about Science and English. I work on charity programs that are held by my parents. I feel myself again. I don't mean to brag or anything. But if you know me in real life, especially prior to the year of 2016, I always looked down on myself. Even if people praised me, I never felt good enough or even worthy. So whenever I exceed myself, I'm in shock. I never thought I'd achieve something of value especially as I just came out of a terrible period. 

So here are some things I learned:

Nothing will matter if you're not connected to things and people that you don't love. Be with the people you love. It doesn't matter if others like them or not. There's a whole lot of misery coming to stay with you for a long time if you don't. It rots into every crevice of your soul, and if you allow it to, it stays and affects everything you do. You'll never be happy if you aren't yourself and surround yourself with things/people that genuinely mean something to you.

Apologize. Pride is the #1 sin for a good reason. It ruins everything. No matter how good you think you are, pride won't get you far. It distances people and burns bridges. Choose your battles and leave if you must but know that once you choose to burn bridges, it's hard to get the people you love back.  And even if you do, most of the time, they're no longer willing to return. Reach out to the people you love. Tell them how much you care before it's too late. No one is replaceable. You will never meet another person like them.

Grow and allow people to grow. I came through a difficult period in my life which stunted my growth over-all as a person. The people I loved adjusted to me during this hard time, but when I got out of it, it was my turn to allow them to grow. People change. The worst people soften over time, some never do. The kindest become hard. Love them anyway because true love has no boundaries. Over-all, love wins in the end. 

Be honest. There was a time in my life wherein I would hide and lie about things. I would even lie about having lied. It's never a good look when someone finds out especially if they matter. These days, I make sure I'm transparent about everything. 

Family is a huge part of your life. Value and cherish them. You share the same blood. I always thought at the back of my head that my Uncle was going to get better. The last time I saw him was on a Monday. He just came from the province and bought me food. He asked about school, to which I evaded it entirely seeing as I couldn't really fast forward to the time I've graduated. The next Monday as I was watching some comedy skits, Paoie called to ask for Mom. He was gone.

If you've shown your most abhorrent side to someone, and they stay with you, don't be a dickhead and return the favour. These people are for you. Everyone else is fleeting.

Not everyone is going to like you. You could be the kindest person in the world and people would still find about that one thing you didn't do. But so long as you are yourself, the right people will come and stay. This is especially true in business. Most of the time, it's a competition. The people you  are exhibiting with would want you to fail. This is true for any industry. So try and not take things too personally. It's life. And if you do good business and work hard? You'll be hard to ignore. Just stay steady.

Business is business. Even if you create genuine connections, remember to always be on your side.

So if you've read this far, thank you! I try to avoid overly personal posts. But I hope you were able to pick something up. And if anything else, that cute Clucky graphic by Kris should have at least made you smile! 

God bless!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Elmo and His Fun Friends Cafe in Harajuku!

Oh-kay!


It's a week before Cosplay Mania. And another 2 weeks before I leave for Tokyo. 

Do you know the story of Hansel and Gretel? Like, they left crumbs, right? So they won't forget where they came from. I won't say I'm either. But what I'm feeling now is the person who's searching for the crumbs, picking them up one by one and piecing them together to figure something out. But in this reality I live in, the crumbs left are far too minute and even undecipherable so I'm left clueless over-all, but I still find traces in what I can. I know this sounds pretty cryptic. Believe me, I do know that the WWW is free for all so I can't exactly say things. Not in fear of who might read. But more of, I have a certain image I want to protect. If I do say it, I'll probably look dumb. And I do savour compliments from people that I'm ~put together~. Maybe if I believe in it, then it'll happen? (Fake it till you make it? I guess?) I digress. In school, we hypothesize. In real life, I overthink things and cause myself anxiety so I lay on my bed for hours overanalyzing. 

I was feeling horribly emotional earlier with Ate Princess, and I vented to Kana about it, too. Of course, the two of them said the same thing, "Don't think about it. / Wag mo na isipin. Wag mo na tignan. Magpray." Well, of course. Yun lang naman ang kaya kong gawin at this point. It's not like I can just do the Kool-Aid dude and smash into walls and shock people into giving me answers. The point is: It's my birthday again. And I have a wish, a seemingly impossible wish that I've been hoping for for the longest time. The thing about this wish is that it's... non-material. And that's what makes me feel apprehensive for even thinking about it. I feel absolutely crappy for even thinking about it. It's been years since I made that wish and it hasn't happened. But... I continue to wish for it anyway. Sometimes, I hate myself for being this way. It's a hopeless situation but my mind goes, "Well, gee. There's still an itty bitty chance it might happen so let's hope for it anyway!"

I get called the most mature one in uni situations when really, I go online or go to my friends and that part shatters... and in a way, I'm relieved. I don't want to show people that I'm actually 5 seconds away from throwing myself out the window... not that I would. You see, I do say I've reached the light at the other end of the tunnel... but the light is actually merely grey and there's still ways to go before reaching sunlight.

Anyway, make of that what you will.

I'm grateful that I have people to cheer me up. It's what I need right now, to be quite honest. I needed a distraction so I'm glad HC is here, and I get to travel to make me loosen up a bit. Maybe eventually, I'll forget. I've been telling God to give me a sign and in the end, all I get are pleasant dreams of it. Perhaps, that's the sign but... if anything, the dreams I get provide a stark contrast to the reality at the present.

Bah, let's just talk about the Sesame Street Cafe. I apologize if any of you have to read through my head. I don't understand it either. I understand that this may just be merely a phase and things will become brighter soon.

I miss Ato so much. But there's nothing I can do about it. I may never see him again so... but I've come to terms with that. I shouldn't be feeling bad anymore because plenty of things have changed. I'll just tough it out. At least it doesn't hurt as much as it did. I don't want to think about things I can't control. I'm very happy now, and at the very least I can do to the people who actually love me is be happy. And succeed.  I, too, can play the don't give a f*ck game.


And though I know, since you've awakened her again
She depends on you, she depends on you
She'll go alone, and never speak of this again
We depend on you, we depend on you

And though I know, since you've awakened her again
She depends on you, she depends on you
She'll go alone, and never speak of this again
We depend on you, we depend (I'll depend on you)

I don't know much about your life beyond these walls
The fleeting sense of love within these God-forsaken halls

And I can hear it in his voice, in every call

This girl who's slept a hundred years has something after all

Kinda creepy if Ato does read this, huh? I used to listen to Porter Robinson's Sad Machine in 2014. It feels like such a long time ago.

She'll go alone, and never speak of this again
We depend on you, we depend (I'll depend on you)



I begged my Mom to take me to the Sesame Street cafe! We just ate over at a Asakusa so we were pretty full, but it's a new cafe. I can never seem to stop myself to visit cafes we pass by as they may not be there the next time I return. I do recall loving the food at Ojipan cafe closing the next time we returned. I really loved their Omurice so I truly regret not returning as much as I did (especially when I returned 3x before they closed!)


It recently opened when we got there, so there weren't plenty of people. It was a weekday, too! While we were shopping down Takeshita Dori, I dragged my Mom and began to point at the cafe! My Mom was all, "Mamaya na para sa merienda! Later!" Hahaha, she surely kept her word though. I'm honestly really blessed to have her as my Mom. She's growing older, so she gets angry at me quite often, haha! Still, I wouldn't want another Mom. Is that weird for me to say?


The cafe is on the second floor. The first floor is devoted to merchandise and the like.



I really liked the cafe's interiors! It's bright and happy! 




You can view details of the cafe here! Apparently, it was only up until June 30th.

The numbers above are given to you and they refer to your table number~ You'll need that to check out after! 


The menu looked absolutely great! I really loved everything featured on the menu to the point that I brought home a copy of this placemat home. I adore the selection of meals, sandwiches, deserts and drinks. Not many cafes have such a colourful menu, after all!


My Mom ordered the Salmon and Avocado sandwich! She really liked it and finished everything. However, she commented that it tasted a bit too simple. I believe that's the case with most Japanese dishes? They love to enhance flavours rather than add plenty of sauces. (Which is something I'm fond of myself.) That said, Japanese dishes are really great and creative. It just depends on which restaurant you go to, of course. 


My meal!

I ordered the Big Bird Omurice with Tomato sauce set. It came with a drink of your choice and some soup. I liked it a lot, to be quite honest! This time around, I learned--- the harder way --- that his face was styrofoam so I took that out. Everything was composed, and though it was a pretty basic meal, I enjoyed it.


Close-up!


I split this one with my Mom. I have the tendency to order and go overboard when visiting cafes. Like I literally order the extravagant looking ones even though deep down, I know I can't finish it. I'm partly gluttonous. My eventual downfall, probably... no... maybe not. Still, haha! There was popping boba at the bottom of the lemon drink. I let my Mom finish the gelato!


And our dessert! It was a fluffy cake with a side of cream and syrup. It wasn't the best tasting dessert. Have you heard of the Filipino dessert / bread called mamon? That's pretty much what it was but arranged in a classier way!

This is starting to become a food / travel blog. Whenever I think of this fact, I remember a special person with whom I initially planned on starting one with. In our horoscopes, it said that this person and I would work well together. So, perhaps, this would have been a better blog if s/he was included. I really wish that would have been the case.