Walking around Namba Parks I came across this lovely wall!
And below we have a view of Umeda from the Hep5 building. Not sure what’s going on with the building to the right. Looks as if many windows were smashed??
Here is the obligatory cherry blossom shot. I would have totally missed hanami season if it weren’t for my old co-workers. Happy I got out there to participate. We went to Osaka castle. The best time to see the flowers was plagued by bad weather. It was overcast the entire day rained just a little..
Then, this past Saturday, me and some friends went to see our friend play in her band SECONDLADY. We went to the Hard Rock Cafe which is located near Honmachi station in Osaka. It was a lot of fun because my friend and some other customers were being hype machines. Someone even started to sing along which caught the vocalist off guard
Me and a friend split this enormous cobb salad with real blue cheese dressing. It was really good.
I was excited to get dessert because I ate around/under 1600 calories a day 7 days straight prior. It was time to let loose. I ate about 2/3 of their apple pie & ice cream. #fatnessfirst.
I’m going back to Tokyo either Friday night or Saturday morning! Just for one day of training… The free shinkansen ride makes up for it. My current job is pretty cool. So far, since things are just starting up, I’ve had a lot of days off and free time. On a few days I’ve had 3-4 hours of free time in the middle of the day or I’d just come in for 2 hours in the morning. Eventually things are going to pick up but not too much. Overall I’m pleasantly surprised. The kids are adorable and hilarious. It’s fun listening to their little conversations.
I took a relatively short break from nails. Last week I received a coupon from someone working around hikkakebashi for gel nails. The deal was any design you want that could be done within 90 minutes for 3500 yen. Which is incredibly cheap as the design I chose would have easily been over 6000 otherwise.
Yay! Semi-old pic of me and my co-worker. Just by chance I ran into that girl on the right after losing her contact info for many months.
Random purikura from a few weeks ago. Didn’t ask about uploading so I hid the eyes
I get what they say now about the trains being crowded in Tokyo now.. Every other time I’ve been to Tokyo, for some reason the trains were always fine. Suddenly during this trip I’ve come to experience the life of a sardine. Holy crap there are a lot of commuters. Like, duh? right?
I stayed in Shibuya and Kawasaki during my almost 1 week trip.
I shopped around in Harajuku with my friend for one day. Of course the place to swim upstream was Takeshita Dori. It hasn’t really changed since the last time I saw it. While hanging around the WC store I ran into a couple guys I knew from the last time I was in Tokyo. It’s a small world. There was a tamagotchi store and I almost bought one but used logic and reason therefore leaving the store empty handed.
Of course there were lots of colorful people. These girls were just standing around getting their pictures taken. I get it but at the same time it seems a bit weird to need all that attention.
As for training, it was very informative and productive. Quite the step up from where I’ve been before.. So I’m pretty excited. There was around 50 of us assembled in Ginza. There are so many fancy buildings there!! The building we were in seemed brand spanking new. Most of the positions are actually in the Tokyo area while only a handful are in Osaka. What’s the job you may be, or not be, wondering? I basically have to play with kindergarten kiddies. The ages are 3-6.. MY FAVORITE It’s not so much ‘teaching’ them English, it’s more like teaching them general life tips and how to do certain things properly while having fun.
Spotless cafeteria where we could sit down and eat lunch.
Pretty much every day was disastrous for my diet. Some more than others. I’m not really on a diet per say, just eating what I want but not as much as I usually do. I also stopped doing the 30 day shred because I was too busy and had my crimson visitor that week.
Now I don’t know whether to just continue on like that week didn’t happen or to start the 30 day shred all over again.. Decided to just continue on.
I went to Yokohama for a couple days. There’s an amazing restaurant in Landmark Tower called Bubby’s. Lot’s of great food and desserts.
There was also this tree that’s covered in crystal cherry blossoms.
Going back in Tokyo at least 3 more times throughout the year. Hopefully I’ll have some interesting experiences again.
Things are seriously looking up for me. I found a new job that seems pretty awesome and get to go to Tokyo for the last week of March. Not sure what to do or if I can even do anything there since I have so many people to see..!! Basically, knowing now that I secured that job my stress has vanished and I just felt like blogging.
There’s a brand new building in Osaka called Abeno Harukas. It’s now Japan’s tallest building! Hopefully this will force the city to clean up around Tennoji/Shinsekai.. That area needs a good scrub down I haven’t had a chance to visit but I’m sure it’ll be extremely crowded and difficult to navigate. It’s actually on my way to work and is only a 6 minute train ride away. Will definitely be checking it out.
Here are some cute earrings I found in Lucua.
Freaking cute. The stud is making me want to pierce one side of my ear near the top. There’s nowhere for it to go right now.
I took this snap of the Hep5 Jouetie a couple days ago.
Got a choker and a sparkly silver eyeliner/eyestick. I plan to actually get more clothes once I slim down. (pray for me)
Adorable pens I found somewhere in Namba.
Finally, I caved in and bought this perfume. I really don’t like the bottle… but I love the smell. The bottle looks cheap? Or maybe it’s just not my style. There were two choices of gifts for buying the 50ml bottle. Either a Juicy Couture tote bag or the roll on stick that has two scents. The bag wasn’t cute so I chose the roller.
If anyone follows me on twitter you might have been subjected to my tweets about the 30 day shred I started doing a week ago. I’ll try to blog again once I’ve completed the program. I don’t expect to lose a ton of weight but it’d be nice to drop a pants size. We’ll see. I’m pretty confident these days.