What comes next?

Posted on 13th, September, 2016

I miss when blogging used to be a thing. I always come back to this blog while thinking “oh yeah…” :misc7

It’s not even like I don’t have anything to write about, I just feel pressure? Like the pressure to have nice pics ready and to write enough so that my posts are more than 5 tweets. And speaking of tweets, twitter and other social media sites also probably plays a roll in the neglect of this blog.

Anyway, I have some rough drafts written out and I’ll be forcing myself to take new pictures. I actually ended up selling my Casio camera, so now all I have is my Galaxy s7 edge. The s7 edge takes amazing pictures and great video (when still).

With all that being said, I still love the idea of having my own site, so I don’t think I’ll ever stop =D

And here’s a picture of sweet lil baby Mikan. Just because. :cat4

Work has been going well and my coworkers are great. I recently got to work on a cool project… Cool in theory, haha. Who knows what’s coming up next.

I’ve gotten hardcore into gel nails again, so I’ll be probably writing a post on that. I got a tattoo as well…! Thinking of getting a year pass to USJ. Plus, now that summer is finally coming to an end I might end up actually leaving the house more. :cat2 Just need to remember to take pictures =) That’s doable. Until next time!


Nose piercing in Japan

Posted on 01st, July, 2016

I got my nose pierced here in Japan in January of this year. Japan has limited options when it comes to tattoos and non-ear piercings. I at least knew that “beauty” clinics did nose piercings, so that’s what I went with. :fa23 I found a place in Umeda after searching around the internet and made a reservation.

When I got to the clinic, I was moved to a little room to sign papers and to choose a stud. They only had 4, and 1 was a nose-screw. I wanted the nose-screw because I wasn’t going to risk it accidentally coming out. After I wiped off the makeup from the right side of my nose they gave me a marker to mark where I wanted the piercing. Onto the next room, which looked like it was for surgeries. To my surprise, a doctor and about 4 nurses were waiting for me…

They made me lie on my back, put a thin cloth over my eyes and gave me 2 injections, over and under. Before I knew it, they pierced my nose with a piercing needle but couldn’t get the actual stud in. The doctor commented that my nose was “thicker” than he was expecting. Yay. :fa16 The second attempt didn’t work out either. I was getting a little worried and the numbing effect was slightly subsiding, but I never experienced real pain. They switched out the piercing for a longer one and the third attempt worked. At this point I was drinking my own blood…you know, lying on my pack on the third attempt and all. :fa21

I stood up after the 5 minute process and the nurses started to explain how to care of the piercing. They told me that because of the local anesthetic, my nose was swollen and that would make the piercing sink. They said to keep pushing the piercing out if it started to sink. I got some drops to help with healing and to ward off infections. The total cost was 12000 yen / $120.

Regardless, I felt really good about the piercing and the general look. :h4 I always knew that my nose was lonely! My nose was pretty red for a couple days, but never was painful or sore. I think I was expecting it to hurt, maybe it just depends on the person.

I had a lot of issues with sinking and the very last thing I wanted to do was to take the piercing out because of it.

Mirrored image, it’s actually on the right. In this pic it is completely flat.

I would wake up every day with the piercing sunken in, push it out, then occasionally push it out throughout the rest of the day. I tried sea salt soaks, tried keeping it pushed out with cotton, but I’d always wake up with it sunken in. Maybe it sunk because the hole was bigger than usual since they had to go in 3 times…that’s what I feel really happened.

Mirrored image, it’s actually on the right. This time it’s sticking out halfway.

After about a month, I started trying to push it out so that quite a bit of the stem of the piercing was visible. The sinking issue seemed to have been improving, but the stud would never really stay all the way out. Eventually I noticed that it was resting up at an angle. With that being said, I think I also over cleaned it and that irritated it until a small purpleish color appeared around the stud one day. I immediately knew it would turn into the dreaded bump.

It occasionally got worse than this :fa6

The bump was fully formed a couple days later. :fa10 I tried everything to make it go away – washing it twice a day, sea salt soaks, tea tree oil, aspirin paste, and witch hazel. The bump would get slightly smaller and then get bigger. It never went away completely. About a month later I was really mad at it for some reason and took to it with some tweezers… :fa22 That’s not really something I would recommend, btw… Well, it healed up and was smaller, but it was still there. It also got so big that it was bigger and more noticeable than my stud. I did a lot of searching online but saw no pictures like my own.

Eventually, I just decided to leave it alone. Totally avoided touching it, washed my face once a day and didn’t touch it, and I would use some witch hazel on my face after. For some reason the bump started to shrink and it completely disappeared. I still can’t believe how it just kind of vanished. Now my nose piercing is sticking out exactly how it should be.

I don’t regret getting it done, even though the healing process was such a giant pain. :pt1


Who could say no to roses?

Posted on 15th, May, 2016

Summer is almost here, but spring is where it’s at! :fa3 :thaha I’ve been busy with life, work, rolling around my room, paying taxes, and now playing Dark Souls 3. Sometimes I don’t know exactly what to post on this blog, but today I think this is quite appropriate. :cat2 The park I’ll be referring to is Utsubo park located in Honmachi, a business district in Osaka.

It currently hosts variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Simply stunning. :h4

I’ve been eating lunch outside lately since it’s been getting warmer and warmer. Utsubo Park in Honmachi Osaka seems to have rose events every year around this time. :misc2 Walking into this park is simply breathtaking for me as I’ve never really seen so many different types of roses in one place before.

Utubo Rose Garden…? When typing Japanese, “tu” will give you “つ” (tsu)…
but reading it like this just looks weird! The s is necessary, you guys. :fa6

Forgive my lack of camera skills.

My attitude and energy shoots up through the roof when in this park! I just wish the roses could stay forever. Even when they are gone, the park is just so pristine and relaxing, it’s a nice getaway from the office. Gotta get out and about before the summer heat ruins everything.

Some two-tone roses. I’m pretty sure there were more.

And a few more roses!

I also changed my hair! I pretty much only where protective styles these days because my hair is still too short for my liking. I usually wear wigs or braid up my hair like in the picture below. Hopefully I can start doing something with my natural hair. It has gotten pretty long, but you wouldn’t be able to tell because of the shrinkage!

Yeah, that’s all. The next blog post should be before the end of this month, haha. I already have the pictures ready for it. Gotta keep updating, gotta keep updating… But Dark Souls 3 is too good. I squeezed Dark Souls into this post 3 times, admittedly the last two instances were lazy. :fa18

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