Saturday, December 9, 2017

Star-Myu x Animate Cafe!

How nostalgic.

It's funny how a whole part of our life just goes back into the full circle. A few years back, one of my first cafes (ever) was the Star-Myu x Adores cafe collaboration. I didn't know how to enter Animate cafes then. I used to be giddy at the thought that I was even allowed in as most of the time, I would read about people not getting a slot and whatnot. These days, I more or less get to the cafes I want to visit. Actually, I get to go anywhere I want without resistance--- a far cry from where I was in 2015. Things are easier for me right now.

When we're at a point of starting out, such things simply never occur to us. We think that we are incapable of doing so. Some people choose to throw in the towel. And there are feisty people like me that just refuses to give-up. When I think about this year ending and that I will be returning to Tokyo in a few weeks, I constantly remind myself of how far I've come. Certainly, HC is not an Animate store. But it was definitely better than it was a year ago. I never expected such blessings to come into my life. With such blessings though, I've also experienced tribulations from stress and the pressure of doing things perfectly. I have yet to come to terms with them, however, I am trying.

No matter what happens, I plan on continuing and giving my all. I'm blessed to have my family, friends and my team to come and support me. It's been a joyous year! I cannot express my gratitude in words... because they cannot be contained in a single word. Gratitude doesn't even begin to describe how blessed and thankful I am.

Thank you!

So let's get to the photos, shall we? I know that's what y'all are here for anyway, haha!

I'm certainly one of the luckiest persons in the world. Most of the cafes I want to visit hit the dates I travel to Tokyo. Does God want me to take you guys with me? It seems like He does. 

Thank you so much for supporting HC. I know I say how grateful I am a lot, but I do mean it. I wish nothing but the best for you.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Boku no Hero Academia x Collabo Honpo Chara Bomb Cafe!

Yoo hoo!

Wow, 2017 has been a blast. There has been lows but massive highs. Definitely, this year has been much better than the prior year. I am amazed at how much HC has grown as well as how I've become better as a person. It's been humbling, to say the least. There are days when my experiences have proven short and when I feel low. However, whenever I feel that way, I constantly remind myself that I've only started and that there are people who love and support me. On most days, I think of how much of a work in progress I am (as well as HC). I feel that it's important to know one's place in this world and how we know very little of what the world has to offer. It's in that aspect that I am humbled.

No matter what happens, I want to continuously become teachable. I feel that once you think you know everything, that's when your life ends. Growth only comes to those are willing to learn and explore.

In any case, I've rambled on. I always feel the need to let people know how I feel, especially as a lot of people ask about what's going on with me. HC is a store. However, people do treat me as their sister and friend so 

I don't mind indulging others as I'm pretty much an open book even in real life. I'm the kind of person that can't hide their emotions, like, if I'm annoyed, you only need to look at my face to see it. With that said though, I can easily say that not much affects me. I've grown stronger this year emotionally which is something you need... whether you're in the medical or business field, life in general.

... so last July? August? When was this again?

Yes, friends, I no longer remember. I'd look back at my iPhone for the date but it's in my room charging. *Sweats*

Let me try again...

So, friends, at some point this year, I went to the My Hero Academia / Boku no Hero Academia x Collabo Honpo Chara Bomb Cafe!!!

//takes a deep breath

Now, I didn't know a single thing about this cafe. It was my first time (yay for you, new content!)! All I knew was the location.

You see, I live at Ningyocho which is 3 stops away from Akihabara. So... 

I guess you can gag me up in the Philippines, throw me in Akihabara and I can definitely find my way! Even in the dark! I guarantee that 100%! [UNLESS I HAD AMNESIA LOL!]

Now, I'm still in the process of watching BNHA!

Lately, a girl's gotta have her otome games, ya feel?

However, this cafe has a cosy atmosphere that's very welcoming. The lower floor is for the merch area and the kitchen. The second floor is where the tables for customers are located. 

Here are photographs from the cafe:

This art was created specifically for the cafe so I'm very thankful! I love it when cafes do that especially because the food here at themed cafes aren't the cheapest. It just goes to show that they're going the extra mile for us, you feel me?

Chara Bomb = Bakudan Yaki (aka insanely large Takoyakis), usually, you only get 1 piece which is probably equivalent to 4-6 pieces. I've had a lot of these in my years of travel in Japan. It's always just so good and I'm always up for good food! When you purchase them right off the grill, nothing tastes as delicious! You take a bite into the hot steaming bakudan yaki and it's just so delicious. It warms you up! Some people like coffee, I like Bakudan Yaki especially in Ikebukuro. (THEY TOOK OFF THE BENCH BESIDE IT THOUGH LIKE WHYYYYY HOW DO YOU EXPECT ME TO EAT WHILE WALKING WITH SEVERAL SHOPPING BAGS?!) But I digress. 

What's special about this Bakudan Yaki is that they're designed to mimic the character designs. I greatly appreciate them! For both of the takoyakis though, they're pretty much the same inside. No difference at all. Plus, they're marked up to a high degree~ Probably twice the cost so I just want y'all to understand that, haha! (Which is normal for most cafes, really, let's not even think otherwise. XD) We also ordered soup and a drink!


Photographs of the lower floor!

2017 is ending, and I'm supremely grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you for helping me achieve my goals and dreams. 

To more cafes and adventures! To God be the glory!