Sunday, April 27, 2014

Ray May 2014 Karina's Graduation

Sharing some scans I downloaded from Ray's May 2014 issue. This is also the last issue with Karina in it as she will be graduating from the magazine. Karina has always been the face of Ray. I can't imagine how Ray would be like without her. But then again, Karina is already 30 years old and is probably getting old as a model. I wonder who will they replace her in the magazine? Lately a lot of cover face/representative models are graduating from their magazines. Lena Fujii is also graduating from ViVi as well. The sad truth of a model is once you get old, they just replace you with a younger model. Tough life but that's how the modeling world works as well as the same in the entertainment world. I wish Karina success in the rest of her modeling life wherever she is heading to next! 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Outfit: Heart Suspender Tights

Spring weather is here! Excited to wear my tattoo tights again. Simple black and white outfit I put together paired with heart suspender tights! I want to get back into jogging again but the weather is still a bit cold. So maybe I'll wait until May when it's a bit warmer to jog outside as I don't want to catch a cold and get sick. Speaking of getting sick, I haven't been feeling too well lately. Always feeling tired and sleepy all the time and waking up way too early before my alarm. Anticipating for cherry blossoms to bloom but don't even know when they'll bloom since we're like still having winter weather here in Toronto, lol. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Finally paid a visit to the Ripley's Aquarium this weekend! It wasn't as great as I expected it to be. I thought the under tunnel with the moving elevator walk was bit disappointing. It was actually a bit too dark to see anything and there was not enough lights to take good pictures. I would think this is the only thing they need to improve on. But other than that I got to put my camera in good practice and use. =)

The last part with the jelly fish is a must see! It really brings you into another world with a jelly fish planetarium. It was really pretty to see the jelly fishes turn into different colours. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Jdrama Review: Hitsudan Hostess

Reviewing a Japanese SP drama that I watched awhile back that I highly recommend called "Hitsudan Hostess" which translate to hostess with a pen or conversation by a writing hostess. 

Synopsis: This drama is actually based off a true life story. They actually showed video clips of the actual person in the beginning of the drama. Sato Rei is a girl who was born in Aomori Prefecture who lost hearing at a young age of one year and 10 months. Because she is unable to hear which caused her to go through many struggles and difficulties in life. She was teased and criticized by her friends in high school who thought she was a nuisance to be around with and as a result leading Rie to drop out of high school because she felt like her friends didn't understand her and her existence in school wasn't of importance. She met a clothing shop owner who was nice enough to hire her to work as a sale associate at the store. Rei enjoyed her job as a sale associate because she was able to help her customers even though she could not hear or speak. Just when she thought a bright door has opened upon her, the shop owner suddenly decided to close the shop down due to low increase in sales. Rei fell back into her lonely depression hole and felt devastated. Until one day she randomly met a woman who is an owner of a hostess club and changed her life with a new bright opportunity. Rei became a hostess at a night club despite the fact that she could not hear or speak. She communicated with her customers through using paper and a pen as form of communication. She soon became really popular at the club because she listened to her customers with sincerity and expressed words of wisdom that touched the heart of her customers. But when her family found out that she has been working as a hostess at a night club, they strongly opposed her to continue working there, especially her mother. What her family failed to understand was being a hostess at a night club gave Rei a sense of hope and value as a person. She was being appreciated by her customers for her kind heart and words and it was the first time she ever felt "accepted" by people as if she was just a normal person. Rei left home to live off on her own with a dream of becoming the most popular hostess at a hostess club in Ginza, Tokyo. There she met a lovely old man who was her customer and whom she grew close with and also helped him out when he was going through a rough time. The story goes on from there and it talks about how she became a popular hostess at the #1 hostess club in Tokyo. 

My thoughts on this SP drama: It's a very inspirational drama. Kitagawa Keiko did a really great job in acting her character as she always does. She is definitely one amazing and talented actress. There was a lot of really great inspirational quotes said in the drama too. The drama is also great for those who want to know more about the life of a woman being a hostess at a night club. And in case you don't know what a hostess is. It's basically kind of like you're selling yourself out as a host. You serve male customers, mixing them alcohol drinks, and talking to them to help them relax and have a good time. It may seem like a bit of a shady job but it's not. There are no sexual activities involved. You can go on dates with customers to have a drink or eat dinner at a fancy restaurant but they cannot ask you to offer them sex or do any inappropriate things. And this drama SP shows you that being a hostess can be seen as rather elegant and beautiful. There are actually host clubs in Japan as well in which men work there as a host and serve female customers doing relatively the same things that a hostess would do. I especially really like the ending of the drama where Rei and her mother had a deep heart to heart talk where they both spilled out words kept deep within their hearts and how Rei's mother finally accepted Rei to be herself and what a beautiful person she has become! That scene had me crying sooooo much. T____T Prepare tissues when you reach the end of the drama. Overall I'd give this drama a 5/5! Well acted and a very inspiring story. I also watched this SP at a time when I was feeling extremely depressed in my life and watching this SP made me think how there are other unfortunate people who are born with the inability to do things and yet they are able to pull through and make a worthy living life. It inspired me that you can do anything as long as you keep trying and keep having faith in yourself! 

Some of my favourite quotes from the drama:

A life without challenges is an innocuous life, and a life with challenges is an appreciative life.

You cannot change the past and others, but you can change the future and yourself.

The character for "stars" is written as "a day is born". During hard times, look up at the sky. Surely, tomorrow will be born.

Fancy is wanting yourself to be loved. Love is showing your true heart.

The important thing is not how much you do. It is how much you do it with your whole heart.

If there is someone next to you, discouragement will change to tenderness.

Difficult times happen on the way to happiness.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Japanese Makeup: Sailormoon Miracle Romance White Pencil Eyeliner

Sorry for the rather long absence of not updating my blog in over a week. I have been meaning to blog but I kind of got a little busy doing other things that has been preventing me to write a new blog post. Anyway, I wanted to share a post on a new makeup product that I bought online through eBay recently. It is the Sailormoon Miracle Romance White Pencil Eyeliner (20th anniversary limited edition) I should probably stop/refrain from buying things online from now on, especially things that are from Japan so I can buy them when I'm in Japan this coming October! But I wanted to get this white pencil eyeliner to try and I couldn't wait until 6 months later when I'm in Japan to get it. (I'll probably still buy it when I go to Japan though XD) 

This is a white pencil eyeliner that you wear below your eyes under your bottom lashes to give off that "teary eyes" animated dolly look effect just like in the anime Sailormoon! There are other colours that you can get with the other sailor soldiers such as red for Sailor Mars and blue for Sailor Mercury. There is also a liquid eyeliner version in black and brown too! The eyeliner is actually very sparkly with a tint of pink gold colour to it that really opens and brightens up your eyes for that soft glowy look!

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