Oct 31, 2018

The Remainings of Tsukiji Market

You might have read the news that the world-famous Tsukiji market was torn down to make its way for a multi-level carpark construction. The entire market operation has moved to Toyosu, which is about 15 minutes away from the previous location. Although the new location has a better facility and cleaner environment, it can't be compared to the 83-year old Tsukiji market that offers raw fish market experience.

Tsukiji has been the heartbeat of seafood trades for many years and everything it has left there are the results of its heyday. I visited the outer market 2 weeks ago and there are still some stalls operating as usual, even though the internal fish market is no longer there.

Here are some of the food stalls I tried at the outer Tsukiji market:

Despite having an empty stomach, I jump into the grapes and that is the first fruit stall I saw. One small cup cost ¥500 and has mixed red and green grapes. The red ones tasted very riped and you can almost taste the dry red wine aftertaste. And the green ones have a tangy sweetness. I could eat a hundred cups of these grapes. If you were to buy a bunch of these from Isetan, it would probably cost around RM300+. It was a good experience to try them out.

There are a few stalls that are selling Tamagoyaki (egg roll) in Tsukiji, but there is one stall that stands out among the rest. The Marutake tamagoyaki is a popular stall because the owner of the stall is actually a celebrity in Japan. The queue is always long. It cost only ¥100 per stick and it is served fresh and piping hot. It has a sweet taste, it doesn't taste like the usual tamagoyaki we have in sushi restaurants. It took me a few bites to register the taste in my head because I was expecting it to be a bit salty. 

I needed my coffee, so the Yazawa Coffee stall appeared in front of me just in time when I needed a pick-me-up. They use the slow dripping method and all the beans are self-roasted from Ethiopian beans. This stall was featured in the Good Coffee blog, so it's worth a try. My cold milk coffee cost ¥600, which is the price of a Starbucks venti coffee. It isn't cheap in comparison to other stall-based coffee, but the silky smooth taste is all worth every penny.

Spotted some flame-torched hotate (scallop) and immediately I have to try it out. To be honest, I didn't enjoy it much because there are a lot of sands in the scallop. The scallop is huge, even though it doesn't look so in the photo. It took me a while to chew them into pieces and the random sand that pops up really annoyed me.

Most of the food we tried we from random stalls and they were finger food. We finally chose an unagi (eel) store to have a proper lunch. The store has a busy skewer business that sells unagi on skewers. The mixed bowl of unagi and rice is a perfect meal for a busy day. The unagi are freshly cooked and the portion is generous.

If you are a fan of inari sushi, you have to try the inari from Tsukiben stall. They have a few flavours to choose from and I picked the kani ikura (crab with fish roe). The topping is really generous and for ¥500 you will get a filling snack in hand.

There are a lot of stalls that sells premium beef like wagyu. You have to try it because it is cheaper to have it here than going to an actual restaurant. The mister doesn't eat beef due to his religion, so out of respect, I didn't eat any beef as well. If I ever go back there without him, I'll definitely give it a try.

What better place to have fresh oysters than Tsukiji itself? There are plenty of stalls that sell fresh oyster and they are really fresh. Some are just caught in the morning. Just dropping some tips on how to pick your best oysters - choose those oysters that long in shape, instead of those fat and round (just like how you choose a supermodel for a catwalk). The reason is that those fat and round ones have accumulated "dirt" and not safe to be eaten raw. Those oysters need to be cooked before consuming. I learn this from my boss when working in a Chinese restaurant when I was living in Australia. My boss has good knowledge in picking seafood, so I definitely trust him in this department.

Lastly, you have to try the Hokkaido crab. They usually boil it and you can eat it with the sauces that prepared by the stall owner. For ¥2000 for a quarter of the crab, the price is a steal. If you are a fan of crab you will love this a lot.

You can easily spend half a day at the Tsukiji market. Now that most of the stalls have located to Toyosu, the crowd is not as pack as before. But there are also a lot of stalls that moved to the new place. These are the remaining stalls left, which might relocate or maybe they're here to stay.

The market is still very touristy. After the fish market moved away, this place have lost its purpose and retained entirely for the tourist attraction it is famous for. Do expect to pay the tourist price as well. Our entire meal there cost about ¥10000 approximately. So it isn't that cheap. Do bring lots of cash because none of these stalls accept card. As a respect for the Japanese culture, you are not suppose to eat while walking. After you paid for your food, do stand beside the stall to finish your food. Also, bring some wet wipes and tissue paper, you will need that. 

Oct 30, 2018

Tokyo Travel Tips You Have to Read Before Going

There are thousand travel tips on Tokyo on the internet, but I want to share my piece.

  1. Booking AirAsia flight with BigPay
    If you haven't signup for the BigPay card, you have to do so, even more, if you frequently travel. When purchasing my tickets on AirAsia site, I noticed that the add-ons are significantly reduced in price when you pay with BigPay. The meal was supposedly RM40+ for 2 pax, but it was reduced to RM18. And the luggage allowance for 40kg was supposed RM80+ and reduced to RM40+. Initially, I was planning to pay with Maybank2u, but after finding out the BigPay privilege, I closed the window and booked with BigPay.

    Not just that, you can use the BigPay card as your Mastercard when in overseas. The exchange rate is also better if compared to the bank credit cards.

    Signup for your BigPay with my referral code and each of us will receive RM10 bonus: N6HVME9SJZ
  2. Booking hotels
    Do you usually book your hotels on Agoda, Booking or other hotel booking sites? If so, you need to sign up for Shopback cashback program. Shopback partners with many online merchants and when you shop online, you will be entitled to a certain percentage of cashback. The cashback activates when you click on the link in Shopback. The link will redirect to the merchant site, in my case, I book my hotel from Agoda. Once your travel is complete, the cashback will be credited into your account. I have used Shopback multiple times and also withdrawn some of the cashback earnings. I usually go to Shopback then click on the Agoda sites and do my booking as usual.

    Shopback also partners with Lazada, Sephora, 11th Street, Zalora and Hermo, which are the merchant I usually shop at. Within 6 months, I have already claimed RM400+ from the Shopback service.

    Sign up to Shopback with my referral link <<here>> and receive RM5

  3. Wifi
    We booked our pocket Wifi from Klook, picked up the device from KLIA2 departure hall and return it to the same counter. I think the service provider is called Roaming Man. The device was quite durable in terms of battery life. It is much better than the Travel Recommends. The line was uninterrupted and fast. There's really nothing to complain about. In terms of pricing, it is also cheaper compared to buying individual Sim card. I don't have any referral code for this, but I do highly recommend you give it a try.

  4. If you travel by Air Asia, you will reach Haneda Airport around 10PM. After immigration clearance and luggage pick-up, you will probably done by 11PM. My advise is to book one night of hotel stay around Haneda. I check-in into JAL City Haneda Hotel which is around 3km from the airport. There's a 24hour Sukiya restaurant and Family Mart opposite the hotel, so food wasn't an issue around midnight. Other than JAL City Haneda Hotel, there are also Royal Park Haneda and Haneda Excel Tokyu. From the airport, there is a 24 hour free shuttle to these nearby hotels. The price can be expensive, but I think it is worth it to get a good rest and recharge for the next day.

  5. When arriving, as soon as you get out of the immigration and custom checking, you will find the public transport and visitor counter on the right side. I bought my Pasmo card from the counter and it is really convenient. The Pasmo card can be used for train, bus ride and also a payment method in a lot of stores. It's like our Touch N Go card. The card cost 3000 yen, with 1500 yen of credit in the card. Subsequently, you can top up the card at any convenient store or train station if you run out of credit.

  6. Most retails and malls have tax-free shopping available for all tourists. But you can only activate the tax-free privilege when you purchase above 5000yen. Do plan for your shopping in one shop or within one mall. If your purchase is below 5000yen you won't enjoy the tax-free privilege. The tax refund can be claimed at the cashier counter itself, in some cases at a bigger mall, they have a special tax refund counter. This situation is different from another country where you do your tax refund at the airport before leaving the country.

  7. And if you do claim for refund of tax, make sure that your credit card name matches your passport. You can't take your husband's card and your passport to claim for the tax refund.

  8. Don't take it too literally on the distance of train station printed online or on any marketing materials. Trust Google map instead. It might say 100m from the station, but in fact, the distance they measure is from the entrance of the to, let's say a hotel. They didn't factor in the distance you have to walk underground to the actual platform. Expect to walk averagely 5km in a day when you're in the city.

  9. I would recommend you to book a tour package if you're going with elderly or with kids. The walking was OK, but there are a lot of staircase to walk up and down toward the train stations or crossing the pedestrian bridge.

  10. Despite any attempt to resist shopping, you will succumb to all the beautifully arranged merchandise in the shop. Tokyo is well known for the amazing shopping experience. If you are planning to shop a lot, I recommend you to pack a hand carry inside your check-in luggage. When returning, you have an additional hand-carry to pack your stuff. That gives you a lot of space to pack your shopping goods.

  11. For travel tips like where to go, what to eat, what are the new stuff to check out in Tokyo, I highly recommend you to watch the YouTube channel from Paolo from Tokyo. I find his tips are really useful, accurate and worthy to try out. I actually load his video while doing my makeup before leaving the hotel and kinda memorize the places he recommends. So far, his guide was really helpful. After my trip, I actually sent him a small tip for his effort to put up all the videos. If I were to hire a local guide, it would have cost me USD100. I really appreciate his work, so I do recommend you to watch his videos if you're planning your own trip to Tokyo. I think he's Filipino but he speaks perfect English.

That's all for this post. I'm trying to compile all my photos in one place. Unfortunately, I don't have the time at the moment. I hope to share with you some amazing places I went to in Tokyo soon. So, stay tuned. 

The first photo I took when arrived Tokyo.

Oct 28, 2018

10 Places to Shop for Stationery in Tokyo

Stationery has a large consumer base in Japan. Unlike other countries, Japan takes a lot of pride in their stationery goods, even after leaving school, stationery is still part of their everyday life. Writing letters is still a usual activity and considered as a very thoughtful gift. Gifts are wrapped and personalized with various stationery goods.

So if you're a stationery fan, Japan is definitely a haven for shopping. Generally, you can find stationery being sold everywhere in Tokyo. 100 yen stores have a wide range of stationery goods, even convenient stores have a section where they feature the latest stationery products. Some of the souvenir shops at tourist places do also bring in some of their own design stationery such as Disneyland shops, museum shops, etc. I found some really cool robotic stationery at the Museum of Emerging Science souvenir shop, unfortunately now I live in regret not getting it. I wished I bought the robot washi tape :(

Below are 10 of my recommendations to shop for stationery in Tokyo.

#1 - Bumpodo @ Jimbocho

On the top of the list, I would recommend you to go to Bumpodo. This is the very first art supply store in Japan. It has been operating in the same location since 1884. Although it was popular for art supplies, this shop had branched out into craft, journaling and lifestyle products. On the top floor, there's also a gallery cafe where you can sit there peacefully to do your journaling.

  • Address: 1丁目-21-1 Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0051, Japan
  • Business hour: Opens daily 10:00AM - 7:30PM

#2 - Loft @ Shibuya

If you're looking for general Japanese stationery brands, Loft Shibuya is the best place to go. It has almost everything you need. When I walked into the ground floor, where the stationeries were, I was greeted with an island of Hobonichi goods. This is also where I bought the Paul & Joe La Papeterie washi tapes, also where I left with regret I didn't grab one of the Liberty London Hobonichi and Paul & Joe blank diary. If you don't have the chance to go to Shibuya, the Loft is available throughout Tokyo in Ueno, Shinjuku, Ginza, Marunouchi, Solamachi and Seibu.

  • Address: 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0042, Japan
  • Business hour: Opens daily, 10:00AM - 9:00PM

#3 - Tokyu Hands

Tokyu Hands is a massive store. Besides stationery, you can also find arts and craft supplies such as canvas frame. This place is frequent by art students and it's available almost everywhere around Japan. Stock up your pens, copic markers, drawing paper and paint here. Tokyu Hands is available in Shinjuku, Shibuya, Lalaport Toyosu, and many more...

  • Address: 〒151-8580 Tokyo, Shibuya, Sendagaya, 5 Chome−24−2 タカシマヤタイムズスクエア南館  (Takashimaya Shinjuku) 2~8F
  • Business hour: Opens daily 10:00AM - 9:00PM

#4 - Don Quijote

Don Quijote (pronounced as Donki Hotte) is not a stationery shop (Tokyu Hands too). It's a general shop where you can find anything and everything under one roof. I recommend Donki is because they do have a floor specifically cater for stationery. Things are pretty cheap in Donki and they do pack some best sellers in a bulk pack. You can find things like pens, pencils, tapes or paper in a bundle. Donki is where I bought most of my souvenirs. If you want to save some time for other activities, do visit Donki for all your shopping here. The store opens 24 hours at their Shibuya outlet. Do your shopping around midnight if you are staying near the area.

  • Address: Mega Don Quijote Shibuya, 28-6 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0042, Japan
  • Business hour: Opens 24 hours

#5 - G Itoya & K Itoya @ Ginza

After Loft, G Itoya is my next favourite. It is located on the famous Ginza strip, right next to Tiffany & Co. You can't possibly miss this shop because it occupies 8 floors of the building. They don't sell solely on stationery only, there's a section of home & living, travel accessories, a cafe, and also an indoor hydroponic vegetable farm. There's a post box on the second floor and I bought my postcard & stamps here to send out some. You can easily take up few hours browsing through stuff. It's a pretty small shop because the floor space is limited. However, you can find almost anything you want. If you don't, cross over the back lane and you will find K Itoya, which carries art supply mostly.

  • Address: G Itoya, 2 Chome-7-15 Ginza, Chūō, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan
  • Business hour: Opens daily 10:00AM - 8:00PM (except Sundays closed at 7:00PM)

#6 - Traveler's Factory @ Nakameguro, Tokyo Station & Narita Airport

It takes a fan to track down all the Traveler's Factory locations in Tokyo. After the divorce from Midori, Traveler's Factory is getting more popular each day. It has a large following and it can be said that, TF has a cult group of its own (me included). Take note that the Nakameguro outlet is the flagship store, but it doesn't carry any limited edition Traveler's Notebook. The Tokyo Station and Narita outlet has respected limited edition Traveler's Notebook.

  • Address: Traveler's Factory Flagship Store, 3 Chome-13-10 Kamimeguro, Meguro, Tokyo 153-0051, Japan
  • Business hour: 12:00PM - 8:00PM (Closed on Tuesday)

#7 - CuteThingsFromJapan @ Ota-ku

Towards the south of Tokyo on the border of Yokohama, there's a small family store called CuteThingsFromJapan. For a typical tourist, you might not venture out of Tokyo city, but this store also has their own online store where they ship worldwide, that is why it is worth mentioning here. You can find a lot of Japanese designers' stationery here such as Aiko Fukawa's.

  • Address: 2 Chome-13-18 Yaguchi, Ōta, Tokyo 146-0093, Japan
  • Business hour: Opens from Wednesday to Saturday only; 12:00PM - 5:00PM

#8 - Sekaido @ Shinjuku

Sekaido is another stationery haven for art students. This multi-storey shop carries a lot of art supplies, as well as journaling stationery. You can find a lot of rubber stamps and washi tapes here. It is also cheaper to shop here compared to Loft & G Itoya. It takes a while to located the things you are looking for because there are just too many stuff in the shop. Do spend some time here if you are a stationery addict.

  • Address: 〒160-0022 Tokyo, Shinjuku, 3 Chome−1−1 世界堂ビル1F~5F
  • Business hour: Opens daily; 9:30AM - 9:00PM

#9 - Tokyo Kyukyodo @ Ginza

Tokyo Kyukyodo is famous for its Japanese paper good. Established in 1663, this shop is famous since the Edo period for supplying calligraphy equipment, papers, and incense. You can find traditional handcrafted souvenirs here such as washi paper boxes, origami, etc. I managed to snatched some really cheap washi tape for only 180 yen each (10m) from this store.

  • Address: 5 Chome-7-4 Ginza, Chūō, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan
  • Business hour: Opens daily; 10:00AM - 7:00PM (Opens at 11:00AM on Sunday)

#10 - Gekkoso @ Ginza

Also located in Ginza, the Gekkoso shop was established by a pair of husband and wife in 1917. If you follow some famous journal artists, you probably have seen the famous right hand paper clip. The paper clip is originally from Gekkoso designed by the founders. The Gekkoso shop has all the watercolor you can imagine. The handmade brush is also worth to invest on. The price isn't that expensive compared to other designers' brushed. Of course, I got myself some of the Gekkoso right hand clips as memento for the trip.

  • Address: 〒104-0061 Tokyo, Chūō, Ginza, 8−7-2 永寿ビル
  • Business hour: Opens daily; 11:00AM - 7:00PM

If I were to recommend only one place to shop for your stationery, that would be Loft. In terms of area to go to different shops, that would be in Ginza. There's G Itoya, K Itoya, Gekkoso, Tokyo Kyukyodo, Loft, Tokyu Hands and other smaller shops. If you have limited time to browse around, do check out the pens and papers. Japan is known for its high quality pens and papers goods.

Do comment below and let me know if there is any good stationery shop in Tokyo that worth to visit. I would love to check it out. 

Oct 21, 2018

Trying Out the New Pringles Instant Noodle

Have you read the news about the new Pringles instant noodles? Apparently, it's available at all convenient stores and supermarket in Japan by now, but I didn't find it there. I found it in Mega Don Quijote at Shibuya.

I wish the packaging isn't that big, then I can bring back more of this. Unfortunately, it eats up too much of luggage space, so I only manage to stuff two packs.

There are only two flavours at the moment - the Jalapeno and Sour Onion Cream. If you've tasted the Pringles potato chips in Jalapeno and Sour Onion Cream, you probably have some taste trigger in your mind.


Don't be tricked by the name. It's not spicy at all (in Malaysian standard). The taste is pretty mild. It has that miso shoyu ramen soup based. It's pretty ok but not the best.

Sour Onion Cream

The sour onion cream is a dry noodle. They have a drainage section where you can pour out the water. The taste is nothing like the sour onion cream chips at all. If you know how Maggi Chicken flavour, that's how it tasted like. The portion is super huge!

Overall, I was pretty disappointed with the noodles. It's nothing great compared to other instant noodles from Japan. I will stick to Nissin Noodles anytime. Besides that, the container is made of polystyrene. I think it's really unhealthy (compared to plastic containers) and a threat to the environment. I usually reuse the plastic container for watercolour or plants, in this case, I can't do that because it's quite fragile.

Oct 18, 2018

Tokyo Shopping Haul & Giveaway

This is going to be a super long post, so I'll try to break it into 3 parts. The first one, I will share some shopping tips in Tokyo. Second, I'll discuss what I bought briefly. And lastly, the giveaway. You can skip to the parts where you want to read.

Part 1: Shopping Tips

There is a lot I learn from this short trip. I'll break it down in point forms.

  1. If it's your first time going to Japan and not sure what to buy, you can go to AirFrov to see what are the highly requested items by countries. AirFrov is a shopping service where requestor will get travellers to buy back items for them. I also like to watch YouTube hauls to see what others buy back from their Japan trip, especially on beauty products and stationeries.
  2. Most of the shops have a tax-free privilege for tourists. However, you can only claim the tax refund when your purchase is above ¥5000. Remember to shop in one location or bulk purchase with your friends & family to reach the ¥5000 amount. Be sure to ask the salesperson how to claim your tax. If you are able to combine your purchase from different stores within the mall, you don't have to force yourself to spend ¥5000 entirely in one shop.
  3. To claim your tax, it can be done at the cashier counter where you do your payment. And in some big malls, there is a specific tax-refund counter. Do remember to bring your passport along. The passport name must match the credit card. If you are using someone else's card, you might not be able to claim the tax back. 
  4. Most of the items that tax-free are sealed. After you make your payment, they will seal the items and if you consume your purchase, you will need to pay the tax at the customs office at the airport when you're leaving. If you insist on using the items you bought, my advice is to keep all the purchase from the same receipt into your check-in luggage. The receipt is stapled onto your passport, you can escape by saying you already check-in the items if in the event you're being questioned by the custom officers.
  5. Do use your credit card if there's an opportunity because most of the smaller stores don't take credit/debti card. So you have to keep your cash just in case. Most large stores accept Visa & Mastercard. However, American Express is not widely accepted. Besides the major credit cards, Union Pay & AliPay are the best options because there's an additional discount.

Part 2: Haul

Let's begin with snacks. I'm most excited about the snacks from Japan. I ate a lot of Calbee, Meiji chocolates & Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory cookies during my trip. And here are some that I brought back. I only show one item for each of the stuff I bought in this post. In actual fact, I bought about 3 or 4 packs for each of the stuff. My luggage totally burst! 

  1. Clear Coca-Cola - I'm so excited for this! Many people told me that this is already available in Malaysia, but being the jakun that stays in kampung, I've never tried it before. I will keep the bottle, refill it with water and trick people for the fun of it. 
  2. Sakura leaf tea - This is something special that you just have to get when you're in Japan. The tea is seasonal and produced in spring. As we're just at the beginning of autumn, I'm lucky enough to find it. Come winter, the tea will be completely sold out. 
  3. Genmaicha - I love genmaicha to drink over dinner. It has a strong roasted rice flavour that is comforting.
  4. Various tea in washi paper canister - These small tea pack are perfect for souvenirs.

Do you know that Pringles have their own instant noodles now? Currently it's only available in Japan. I don't see it in any of the konbini, but manage to find it at Mega Don Quijote (pronounced as Mega Donki Hotte). I'm also excited about this one!

Below are the various flavours of Kit Kats that I snatched. I'm not so excited about the Kit Kats because I know they're just artificial flavourings. I watched a documentary about the manufacturer who made all the different kinds of flavour (even McDonald's are using flavoring agent to standardize the taste of their burgers & nuggets).

  1. Shiroii Koibito - This is the mister's favourite. We bought the pack that has mixed flavours. 
  2. Pocky Peach flavour - Unlike the Pocky we have here, this is a jumbo stick! And special peach flavour.
  3. Strawberry Cake from Ginza - I'm pretty sure you know about the Tokyo Banana. This is another version of sponge cake that the company make. They feature the famous strawberry shortcake from Ginza. It's pretty fresh and low preservative. All the cakes only last for a month.

Jaga Pokkuru - I prefer Calbee but the Jaga Pokkuru chips are just as addictive. It's made from Hokkaido Premium Potato.
Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory cookies - If you love milk, cheese and butter combined, you'll love this. It's quite sweet. I love the texture of the cookies, it's firm but soft at the same time.

Sore throat medicine -  This belongs to the mister. According to him, it works really well.
Mouth ulcer patch - I had a terrible ulcer during my trip and this patch works so quickly. I pasted it on my ulcer overnight and the next day I was able to enjoy my food with no pain. I wish I bough more of this.

Next up are beauty products, my favourite thing to shop in Japan!

The M.A.C. Powder Kiss Lipstick is not available in Malaysia yet. I was so happy to be able to get my hand on the nude shade, which is a collaboration with Takuya Takamatsu - the volleyball player that became viral after he kissed his opponent during a heated game. The collection is called Takuya Kiss and it's only available in Japan.

I've been wanting to get the Paul & Joe cat lipbalm for a long time. They used to have the cat head lipstick for a limited time, since Paul & Joe isn't popular in Malaysia, I totally missed it. The cat head design made a permanent line as lipbalm in Paul & Joe collection. This is the only thing that I wouldn't say I'm excited to use. I think I will keep it as it is just to admire how cute it is. Pointless thing to buy, but still excited to own it.

Evita Beauty Whip Soap - This Kanebo facial wash became viral with its beautiful dispenser that forms a shape of rose. It has whipped foam formula. For a limited time, this strawberry scent facial wash is the most sought after skincare in Japan. The regular line has rose scent.

Suisai Beauty Clear Powder - This is also another highly raved product from Kanebo. The powder cleanser apparently effective in removed black heads and impurities and contains enzyme. This is my first time buying to try. I don't think I will use it regularly since it isn't environmentally friendly to throw each pod away after every use. Maybe I will reuse the pods as watercolor holder. Let's see.

Sabrino Premium Strawberry Mask - Sabrino is famous for it's time-saving masks. You only need to put on 60 seconds and no wash-off required. Usually Japanese women use it in the morning to skip the toner, serum and moisturizer steps. Apply it for 60 seconds and you're ready to put on your makeups. 

  1. Strawberry limited edition - This is a Winter/Autumn limited edition. It's the last pack I manage to get from It's Demo. It's sold out everywhere even in beauty shops and drugstores. It has whitening effects.
  2. Green Mandarin limited edition - This is also another Winter/Autumn limited edition, which has more refreshing scent. Perfect for a quick pick-me-up in the morning.
  3. Tired Night Mask - This mask has the most calming scent ever! With chamomile, lavender and citrus, the scent gives a relaxing aura and helps to put you to sleep. You don't have to wash off after application. 

LuLuLun is another best selling mask brand. I have talked about this mask in my old post Top 20 Must-Buy Beauty Products When in Japan.

  1. LuLuLun has a special series where they feature the country's best ingredients. I specifically picked up the Hokkaido version which has lavender scent. This is a perfect night mask after a long tired day. 
  2. The white series is for brightening and lifting matured skin.
  3. The red series is for dryness and aging. 
  4. The green series has L22 oil ingredient that seals in moisture into your skin.

  1. Someone asked us to bring back the Love Liner and she specifically asked for 5 sets. It got me thinking if this eyeliner really works. Apparently, it is long lasting and easy to glide on.
  2. Sailormoon Miracle Romance Hensou Pen Liquid Eyeliner - I bought this for the fun of it. I've been reading that it's a good eyeliner and it is just fun to have Sailormoon wand on the eyeliner. The brush is 0.1mm thin, makes it very easy to do a fine wing liner or tight line under your lashes.
  3. K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo with Strong Waterproof feature. This is my usual liner and I stock this up because I've not seen the Strong Waterproof version in Malaysia. I wore this eyeliner to my onsen trip and it didn't smudge at all after the heat, sweat and constantly splashing on water.
  4. I love the Majolica Majorca mascara. It is waterproof and has a comb wand. It is also removable with warm showers. Really save me a lot of makeup remover. Read about my review here
  5. Shiseido eyelash curler - This curler has a small width. It helps to reach out to the end of the lashes easily. I find the usual size isn't suitable to my eye shape. The end lashes often get missed out. This size is just perfect and I'm able to curl my lashes section by section.

How can you not stock up the Biore sunscreen when in Japan? I rotate this sunscreen and Kiehl's from time to time. The Biore one is good for prepping makeup. It's so hydrating that it doesn't create crack lines on your makeup.

I love the Canmake brand a lot. It's a drugstore brand with a lot of potentials. I find that the quality of Canmake is on par with high end brands like Paul & Joe or Jill Stuart. I stocked up on the blush, contour and the best-seller, Your Lip Only Gloss. The Your Lip Only Gloss works as a treatment and also it gives a shade that suits your lips. Every person who puts on this gloss will have a different shade.

Lastly, my ultimate favourite this to talk about at the moment... STATIONERY!

I limit myself to only get 20 washi tapes, but of course as you can see, the resistance didn't work. I bought a lot of Paul & Joe & Laduree washi tapes. These are the branded ones. Other than that, I really love the Maste & MT tapes.

I bought 2 rolls of Traveler's Factory washi tape, only to regret later. I find that there's nothing special and it's expensive. With the price, I could have gotten 8 rolls of MT washi tapes with prettier design. I'll keep this for now.

At Traveler's Factory Tokyo station, I got myself the Tokyo Station limited edition journal. Each person can only purchase 2, so another one I'm planning to give it to Alie for her birthday (don't tell her). I also stocked up a lot of special inserts that only available in Japan.

Some charms from Traveler's Factory. Not sure if it would be useful, but since limited edition, I buy first and think later. I don't fancy any charms in my TN because it leave scratches on the skin of my notebook. But the paper luck charm (red) can be good one to decorate my TN.

  1. Alphabet stamps - kinda essential thing to have for journaling.
  2. Small Japanese design stamps.
  3. Rubber stamp cleaner. I've been looking for this for a long time. After a few uses, the rubber stamps usually gets dirty. This is when the rubber stamp cleaner comes to the rescue. It is not meant for cleaning after every use (unless you're freaking rich to stock up), it's for major cleaning. 

  1. Some chiyogami from Daiso. We can't find it in Malaysia Daiso, maybe because Malaysian don't really know how to use it. It is the same material as those window pane in the tatami room, but these have some designs in it. I plan to do some decoupage with the paper. Hopefully, it works. 
  2. Arigatou envelops. I need these small envelops to send thank you note for my Etsy buyers. 
  3. A paper palette for a gift tag.
  4. These small envelops and boxes are gift tags. I really regret getting it. It's one of those cute things you can't ignore but has no use. Japan shopping is a test for that situation, apparently, I failed after buying these cute and useless gift tags. 

  1. Paul & Joe pen holder.
  2. Frixion Ball erasable pen from Pilot. This thing works like magic! It works like normal ball pen but the ink is erasable with the silicon end tip. 
  3. Neopiko brush pen in Mint Green & Opal Peach. These are the colors I go for in my 2019 journal. 
  4. Handmade brush from Gekkoso.

These are some of the charcoal for art effect. I manage to find the holder as well. In Malaysia, the charcoal pencil is really expensive, do stock up a lot if you often use it.

Some Kitta washi tapes to start my Kitta collection. I find the Kitta washi is really expensive but convenient to bring around. I prefer the standard washi rolls.  I didn't go crazy with the stickers. A few sheets are enough for one year, I guess.

Paper clips are my favourite stationery. The gold clip is from a Denmark lifestyle shop Flying Tiger, the rose gold binder is from G. Itoya. And the classic right hand clip is from Gekkoso (where else can you find it?).

  1. The stapleless staple is my favourite item from all the stationery I bought. It works and holds up to 7 sheets of paper, although it says only 5 sheets. 
  2. Washi tape cutter.

Other random stuff that I got from my trip are:

  1. Momoko Sakura commemorate book. Although I don't read Japanese, I believe soon I can. I'm a big fan of Momoko Sakura and I've been sadden by her death. 
  2. Postcard sets. Some of it are already on the way to my family and friends. I love sending postcards from my trip.
  3. Bits & bobs from Alice on Wednesday shop. I really love Alice in Wonderland cartoon since I was young. I can't resist getting anything that's related to Alice. 

Gatchapon is a fun way to spend your coins. Whenever my pocket feels heavy from the coins, I'll spend it on Gatchapon. I love the Shin Chan version.

Kitchen knife is one of the best thing to get in Japan. I'm really eager to try this out. I should have gotten the large meat knife as well. For now, this will do.

Part 3: Giveaway

This is probably the most exciting part for you. I haven't done a giveaway in a long time. Before going through the giveaway items, please read through the Terms & Conditions and how to participate.


  • Opens to all Malaysians address only. If you're a foreigner, please make sure I have a Malaysian address to send the items to. 
  • There are 3 sets of the giveaway - snacks, beauty product & stationery that will be given to 3 different individuals. If you have won one of the set, you won't be eligible to win the other one. 
  • The snack set will be sent out earlier than the beauty & stationery set. The reason because the item cannot be kept for a long time. 
  • I reserve the right to change the prizes if necessary. 
How to participate:

  • Go to HerTravelogue Facebook page <<here>>. Find the post below and share it on your feed. Please make sure your post is set to Public so that I can keep track of it.  

  • Comment in the Facebook post below, on the set you wish to get, like below:

  • Winner will be announced on HerTravelogue Facebook post. And winner have to contact me via Facebook message. 
  • Winner of the snacks set will be announced on 24th October 2018 (Wed) and will be sent out on 25th October 2018.
  • Winner of the beauty & stationery sets will be announced on 7th November 2018 (Wed) and will be sent out on 8th November 2018.

Snacks set includes:

Beauty set includes:

Stationery set includes:

Some of the products shown are available for sale at reasonable price on my Shopee page. If you're interested to check out, the link is <<here>>.
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