Sunday, March 31, 2013

Kuraudes B*Day, Cuperella and Bye bye OCS

Hello my lovely mauw-mauws,

on last thursday was Kuraudes birthday. ^___^ <3 HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! >^o^>
Therefore I invited her to stroll at the "Japan-Meile" in Düsseldorf.

Our first and main aim for today was the OCS Japan Store. The OCS Japan Store is closing at the end of March which is really sad. They offered a wide range of japanese products like magazines (Fashion magazines like Kera, Gothic&Lolita Bible), Hello Kitty and Rilakkuma goods, japanese Manga and educational material, foods and drinks and a lot of miscellaneous merchandise (Final Fantasy, Death Note etc.). But I guess the OCS was probably best known and famous for their two Purikura automats. Actually no one really knows WHY they had to close and I didn't felt like asking the staff for their reasons. We just wished them the very best for the future. So well, Kuraude and I took the chance to make for the very last time some Puris their:

my favourite one!

Just married XD

(Unfortunately my scanner had some problems with scanning so I had to photograph some of the puris - sorry for the bad quality =( )

I was really surprised that the OCS was that empty. I expected much more people to be there because almost everyone knew that they will close soon. Well, good for us so we didn't had to wait long for making Puris. The OCS Japan Store had an 50% discount that day - so I simply had to buy some stuff.

I bought some mini bento boxes for only 3,00€, a purple Daruma for only 2,00€, a pink Maneki Neko for 3,00€ and Hello Kitty candy for 0,50€. ^___^6

Afterwards we went to several other stores and enjoyed the midday in Düsseldorf.
Because the weather wasn't that great we decided to drive back home (where we had some funny "chaser" on the motorway) and we watched "Kamikaze Girls". I really love that movie and Kuraude also loved it.

Kuraude looked so pretty - a shame that the weather was like sh** and very cold so we couldn't took any great photos in Düsseldorf.

cacao time!
I hope Kuraude enjoyed the "Lolita"-day just like I did. Thank you for being my best (girl)friend! <3

Yesterday then, Kuraude celebrated her birthday and invited us first to the Cuperella Cafe and afterwards we went to her flat to give presents to her. During our stay in the Cuperella we were only four people, her two other friends came later in the evening. Kuraude instructed us to dress ourselves up for the Cuperella:

Kuraude weared her favourite JSK!



and I (looking pretty weird but it's the only photo I got XD)

Around 6pm we went to Kuraudes flat and her other friends also finally joined us. Sadly I do not have any more photos of the evening yet but Kuraude has posted them now on her own blog (Puccahafte Welt von Kuraude - B-Day Marathon).
After we had some pizza and "Schoko Lava" as dessert we gave Kuraude her presents.
We all gave to Kuraude as main-gift a new metallic-red Nintendo 3DS, the latest Professor Layton Game (Professor Layton and the miracle mask) and a 15€ Nintendo eShop Card.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

(South) Finland Tour - October 2011

Hello my dear mauw-mauws,

it is about time for a new post!
Today I am going to write about our (South)-Finland Tour we had already 1 1/2 years ago, in October 2011. Since I was a child, I wanted to visit Finland. To be honest, the famous Formula-1 driver (and my very first "heartthrob") Mika Häkkinen called my attention back then to Finland. 0 >///< 0

Well, then finally in October 2011 we (my boyfriend Don and I) managed it to visit Finland for the first time. It was our second vacation abroad together. We stayed in Finland from the 8th of October to 13th of October 2011. In this few days we stayed in Helsinki, Turku, Pori and Vaasa. We also visited Yyteri and Ähtäri.

CAUTION: A lot of photos are waiting to be seen! ^__^6

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Day 1: Arrival and Helsinki

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At 5:30am in the morning our alarm clock rings. It's already time to wake up. At 7:20am our train straight to Cologne should arrive at Aachen. Of course the train had a delay. Shortly after 12pm our plane takeoff straight Helsinki. After an 2 hours flight we landed at Helsinki Airport. The airport was smaller than Don and I thought.

After having a snack we picked our rental car up and drove through Helsinki's inner town straight to our hotel.

what a gigantic muffin/cupcake that was!

In the afternoon we went to Helsinkis inner town again and had a look at the Cathredale of Helsinki. For me, the most beautiful building I have seen during our whole trip. When standing next to the Cathredale you are able to view the port of Helsinki.

Lutheran Cathredale of Helsinki

After spotting Helsinkis inner town we went to Pizza Hut for having dinner. Fortunately you can have in almost every restaurant/diner an english menu card. Finish looks for non-finish people really complicated. You can't really construe finish language from english or german or something other language I know. ö_ö But anyways, finish looks really interesting to me.. but I was told that it is probably one of the most difficult languages to learn.. so my intention about learning some finish someday is on stop right now.. X'D

Day 2: Continuing to Turku

We get up early and Don tried to watch the Formula 1 final via his MacBook. Before that we went downstairs to have breakfast. The hotel offered a great variety of food and drinks, and everythign was signed with the ingredients. For example, you could chose whether you want to drink lactose-free milk, soya-milk or if you want to take some glutenfree food. But not only this hotel signed their foodstuff that exactly, whole Finland seems to do it so.Very exemplary! Wish this would be like this in germany, too. I can fully recommend you our 1st Hotel in Helsinki: Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel Helsinki

After breakfast we take off straight to Turku. The motorways were even more "empty" than Helsinkis inner town last evening. A great contrast to germany: Germany is a really high populated country with about 80 million people and Finland, which has about a stretch of area like germany, got only a population of about 5 millon people. We enjoyed the silence, the peace, the quiet. =)

Well, then finally we arrived Turku. Turku is a beautiful town. Everything looked so peaceful.

Bibliotheca of Turku

Turun Linna
Our hotel in Turku also had a swimmingpool... but the water in the pool was so very, very cold, we didn't stayed there long. Finish people seem to be tough.. brr..

Day 3: Continuing to Pori

We waked up early this morning and went to a Lidl-Supermarket in Turku to have some breakfast. Funny, that there were in Finland also Lidl-Supermarkets - I thought that they were only in germany. X'D Our next stop then was a lil shopping mall. I wanted to buy post cards so badly. XD

cute "art" in Turkus Mall

After buying some post cards we drove straight to Pori. This day was really cloudy and rainy. We stopped at a park in Pori but due to the sh** weather we didn't walked that long. Nevertheless we decided to drive to Yyteri to see the beach. XD

After strolling on the beach we decided to drive back to Pori's inner town. I wanted to send my bought and now written post cards, but the finish man who worked at the tourist information of Pori almost didn't understand any english. All other people we met and talked to in Finland spoke a very good, some of them even a really fantastic english - but someone who's working in a tourist information does not?! ö_Ö" What a strange world! Well, in the end I managed it to get some stamps for my post cards so I could ship them.

In the afternoon we wanted to visit the Juseliuksen mausoleumi. Unfortunately I didn't have a photo of it but I made some close up photos of the door:

the chapel of the Juseliksen mausoleumi
 Because it was getting really rainy again we left the graveyard pretty far again. In the evening, as the rain stopped for some time wen strolled through Poris inner town and discovered a chinese restaurant. I don't remember the name anymore.. but it was very delicious and the atmosphere were great. <3

Day 4: Continuing to Vaasa

What's that noise?! I actually want to sleep but it's fire alarm!  We had to leave our hotel room. I wanted to change clothes but Don urged me to leave the room.. after standing about 15 minutes in front of the Hotel during Pori's cold october nights we could enter the hotel again - just false alarm!
This night wasn't that restful.
We left Pori after having breakfast and visited Yyteri and it's beach again. Todays weather was more sunny. =) But now it was time to drive to Vaasa!


typical finnish country road

Never saw a town/village with such a long name!

During our trip to Vaasa we saw many marsh, trees and nature. Really beautiful. While driving straight to Vaasa we passed many street signs and we couldn't wait to see KRISTIINANKAUPUNKI. Oh my, how should you speak such a long complicated word?! For me, this village name sounds and looks typical finish.

After 2 1/2 hours we arrived Vaasa. First we went to the shopping mall of Vaasa and strolled through Vaasa inner town whereby we already discovered our hotel for tonight, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.

Autumn is beautiful
Before we checked in we went to the waterfront. Todays weather were cold but sunnyand we hadn't any rain.

Then we checked in. We had a big room in the 9th floor.

view from our hotel room
In the evening we went to the hotels swimming pool. But we didn't stayed long. The pool was, like in Turku, again really cold. Must be usual in Finland but after 15 minutes we could stand it anymore and left. BRRR!!

Day 5: Visiting Ähtäri Zoo and back to Helsinki

We get early up and enjoyed the great breakfast. Radisson Blu Hotels are really great! They turned out to be our favourite hotel-chain. Today was the day of the longest drive. We had to drive back to Helsinki in one day and wanted to visit the Ähtäri Eläinpuisto, a natural wildlife park, which is about 2 hours from Vaasa. For me, personally, the visit was one of the highlights.

What a funny face!

"aggressive" ducks

cute water rat

I did A LOT OF photos there til my batteries get empty and I didn't had any spare batteries anymore =(

Well, in the afternoon we arrived Helsinki again and checked in in a motel (which was the biggest mistake on our journey!). In the evening we went to Helsinkis inner town, we visited the Stockmann and a big shopping mall and had dinner. In the shopping mall I bought a handmade Hello Kitty Chain for only 1€! ^O^

Day 6: My 22nd Birthday - Leaving Finland, trip home

The last day of our Finland trip had come. I felt sad but on the other hand I was happy because today was my 22nd birthday, hehe! ^__^ Unfortunately, I didn't slept well and I felt the whole morning pretty sick and couldnt eat almost anything. Our motel was.. not good. I will never ever book in a motel again. It was badly soundproofed and in general pretty uninviting.

Well, but because today were my birthday I received a present of Don already. He gave it to me in front of the beautiful Cathredale:

A Hello Kitty Necklace of Swarovski! <3 I felt like a princess! <3

During early afternoon I stopped feeling sick right before we had to take our plane back home. Thank goodness. Now it was time to say goodbye to Finland.

Näkemiin Suomi!

Finland is a really beautiful country and I or we want to visit Finland again sometime. But then we want to discover the north of Helsinki, like Oulu. I will never forget our trip to (South) Finland.. <3

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Do you know my sister Skullina?

Hello my cute mauw-mauws,

it's time for the newest "Do you know..?"-entry. This time I like to tell you a bit more about my sister. My sister's nickname is mostly Skullina. She is only 14 months younger than me and due to that fact we spend a lot of hobbies and time together in our childhood. We played videogames together, watched the same anime, had the same mentality and very sparkling imagination and ideas.

What do I like the most about her?
mhhh.. let me think, I guess the thing I like the most about her is her creativity. She is such a great (for me personally THE BEST) artist in many ways: She draws, she sews and she tattoos brilliantly. <3 I could be envious of her X'D. You can see a few of her works here: Dirulicious. In someway we are real soulmates eventhough we are looking quite different. My favourite color is rose/pink and I love wearing girly clothes, my sister in contrast prefers the color black and likes Metal/Gothic clothes and Black Metal music. She's a gracile beauty. I loved getting weird ideas with her. Nowadays we spent lesser time together, we both moved in our own flat's, my sister is even a mother by now. Her babyboy was born last July. <3 So, we are both going our own paths but we will be connected for eternity. =) My sister got a passion for bearded dragons and reptiles in general.

Any bad habits?
My sister is way too self-critical. That is really a pity, because she sometimes just can't see how awesome she is. To encourage her is quite difficult because she is a stubborn. Besides that, she really is not a good listener. She interrupts us often while we're speaking and talks then about something totally off topic. But she knows about that and now things are looking up. ^__^

5 words which are describing her the most:
- creative
- funny
- kind
- gothic
- jittery

my sister and I during Carneval 2012, she sewed the Oshawott Kigurumi by her own

Thank you for sharing so much time of your childhood with me. You're always an inspiration for me.

Where you can find Skullina:
deviantART: Dirulicious
Homepage about bearded-dragons: Dragoonia