Saturday, December 28, 2013

Poor Vanilla - 2nd surgery

Hello my dear mauw-mauws,

todays entry is not such a positive one at first sight: A week before christmas I had spotted that Vanilla got two(!) lil lumps. One at her throat, the other one at the side of her belly. On friday before christmas I had an appointment then at the veterinarian and we decided to do one more surgery. Vanilla has been in surgery only in November this year (Vanilla - 1st surgery). After this first surgery we sent tissues of Vanilla's lump in to the lab and it turned out that she had (only) a benign tumour, which is unfortunately pretty common for older female rats.

Vanilla one day before the surgery - I tried to pamper her as good as I could ^^6

So, I knew that Vanilla will probably get a lump again - but it always comes all too fast. Luckily, the lumps were still pretty small and could be easily removed according to my vet. By this time, Vanilla wasn't the only pet rat which had to be in surgery soon: Hyuna, a pet rat of Kuraude (World Doom Baby Rats Are Spreading Their Wings), got also a lump at her throat and after a pre-appointment and investigation by the lab it turned out that she has also a (benign) tumour. So it came that both had to be in surgery one day before christmas. Luckily, both surgeries went well. My vet told me that all tumors were encapsulated in a membrane and separate from nearby tissues. Vanilla was even more agile than she was after her first surgery and Hyuna had a great appetite which is always a good sign. =) I was very delighted to see that they both doing well although their wounds do not look that beautiful:

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Vanilla is currently in quarantine - she has to sit in a separate cage til her stitches will be removed at January, 3rd. I feel really sorry for Vanilla - but it's sure better this way. At least I can give Vanilla a run with her mates together, she really enjoys it but I have to keep a wary eye on her mates, especially on Luma, because she wants to gnaw Vanilla's stitches >__<"
On christmas eve (one day after the surgery) I was able to give Vanilla a run with her mates and they could even enjoy one of their christmas presents then:

yummy "Crunchy Tunnel" - f. l. t. r.: Luma, Mariko (inside the Sputnik XL), Joy, Vanilla (in the front), Evora and Carli

Im always impressed how tough pet rats are. Vanilla is very fit and she acts like nothing special happened to her in the last few days.
All the best for Vanilla! <3

Monday, December 23, 2013

Cologne Christmas Market

Hello my lovely mauw-mauws,

do you remember Yui, the young japanese woman Don and I had met in Vienna?
She is currently still on her big europe trip and after visiting Vienna she went first towards south and thereafter to Belgium and the Netherlands. Since our meeting in Vienna we kept in touch via email and on December 13th, she arrived in Cologne and we met up at central station to visit the christmas market together.

It was pretty cold that day, colder than I expected but we were nevertheless pretty lucky with the weather (NO RAIN! ^o^). After Yui stored her luggage at the central station we went to the christmas market. Cologne offers in total 7(!) different christmas markets - Yui and I went to the christmas market which is next to Cologne Cathredale (Kölner Dom).

Yui and me with Santa Claus

honey candles - they always remind me of my childhood

Yui in front of the christmas market stage and the cathredale

After we trudged round all the wooden pavilions we went inside the Cologne Cathredale. Inside the cathredale it turns out to be a bit more warm but it was still freezy.

Although I am living nearby Cologne, I must admit that I do not visit Cologen that often - I don't know why - maybe it's because Duesseldorf seems far more attractive due to its japanese hot spots. Well, back to topic, next we wanted to drink a cup of Glühwein but we wanted to do this inside because we felt pretty frozen now. We thought that wouldn't be such a tricky deal but we had to look for a cafe which offer Glühwein for a way longer time than we actually thought. I was delighted as we finally had a seat in a cafe nearby and could enjoy a hot Glühwein. <33 We chatted a lot about anything and everything as we then "suddenly" noticed that it was already getting dark.

lucky (tired) Usai and Yui with Glühwein
Before Yui had to leave to meet-up with her host, we went to the christmas market again to enjoy all the lights. A christmas market simply is more beautiful when it is already dark, don't you think?

Yui, thank you very much for the great day in Cologne. Im glad that I had the chance to get to know you. Enjoy your remaining journey through europe. ^__^

And to all of you: MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Enjoy the christmas days with your family, friends & besties! <3

Monday, December 16, 2013

Usai in Japan 2013 - Deers of Nara & Kōfuku-ji

Hello my cute mauw-mauws,

a pretty long time (or better: years) ago, Kuraude sent me a video link. "Usai, you have to watch this! There are deers everywhere in Nara and they're tame!". I did not heared of such tame deers in Nara before and to be honest I thought that Kuraude is probably overboarding with such "tame deers" but the video made me kinda speechless. Kuraude was perfectly right. From that point I decided that, if I should ever travel to Japan, I want to see those damn great deers!!!

During our vacation in Japan we decided to make a stop in Nara as we were on passage from Osaka to Kyoto. Our navigation system routed us without any detours or mistakes directly to Nara en (Nara Park). We saw the park but we first had to look for a parking area. Short time after we found a parking area although we four weren't dead certain that we can leave our car there, of which more later. That day was really, really hot and we, as mid-european people, are just not that used to such a (humid) heat, so I started complaining that it would take us probably half an hour til we would see the first deer if we would see any deer at all. Mochi and Don were stressed out and told me to stop bitchin' around - and they were so damn right by doing that - as we spotted a deer crossing the street by using the crosswalk (Like A Boss 8-) ). We were stunned and thrilled. Deers! Deers! They are right here!

Deer: "Pff, tourists again.."

Kuraude and Mochi bought several packages of deer-crackers (Shika-senbei) to feed the deers. One "package" of 10 crackers costed 350 Yen.  

Kuraudes popularity was increasing a lot while she stood at the lil cracker store. X'D
they just can't get enough!

Kuraude totally surrounded by deers

After feeding the deers we spotted a pagoda and decided that we should walk in this direction. It turns out that we spotted the pagoda at Kōfuku-ji. Kōfuku-ji is a buddhist temple and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On the area of Kōfuku-ji we have seen f. e. the following buildings:

Hokuendō - one of the three golden halls
close up - Hokuendō
The whole area was quite impressing - from one moment to another we "entered" old japan in a way. So this was quite a nice surprise that we came across this area. ^___^

Then the time had come to drive on to Kyoto. When arriving at our car we noticed that we had a sort of sheet on the front window. Was it a traffic ticket? We didn't know it - the ticket, was of course, written in japanese, or better in Kanji letters. Moreover, four pylons stood around our car. We were confused. Seems like we did something wrong and so we looked around if we could see someone who could may help us solving this issue. After a few seconds only then a japanese guy came to us. We do not understood a single word  he was actually talking about but we got that we shouldn't left our car at this place and so we had to pay around 700 Yen. Mercifully, the japanese people are such friendly guys and so it wasn't such a big deal at all. ^__^6

Friday, December 6, 2013

11th Aix-La-Chapelle Lolita Meet-Up

Hello my little mauw-mauws,

christmas days are here and last sunday the 11. Aix-La-Chapelle Lolita Meet-Up took place.

what a shame the photo is blurred :-(

Our first station was the visit of the Aachener christmas market. We were so lucky with the weather that day - can you even imagine that it did NOT rain in Aachen? This is a highlight which we will turn-up in our books! ^__^ Well, moreover, it wasn't that cold as it was the days before and so it was even more enjoyable to drift through the christmas market.

PrincessTenko, Kuraude and Chibi


Close to 2:00pm we went to the restaurant where I made reservations for us. In beforehand we actually wanted to have a seat in a café but due to the christmas market all cafés in Aachen city didn't accepted reservations.

Tsuchida Yutaka Rabbit and Squirrel JSK

While we waited for our meals we started to play "Wichteln" (Secret Santa). We made an alternative version and so each person participating should bought a gift not for anyone specifically and we agreed that the gift/present has to be "Lolita"-related. I'd received such a great present:

rose coloured pair of gloves

Shortly after we finished "Secret Santa" our meals were served and we chatted for hours. =D
Thank you for the great afternoon, girls. Looking forward to our next meet-up! <3

Monday, December 2, 2013

Lolita-Clique Meet-Up in Duesseldorf

Hello my cute mauw-mauws,

two days ago, Kuraude, Don (<3) and I met up with Fraeulein Elisabeth and PrincessTenko in Duesseldorf. It's been quite a long time since we met up together so I was really looking forward to it. By now we always meet up in Duesseldorf for two reasons: 1. Duesseldorf is located in the midst of our different hometowns and 2. Duesseldorf and its "Japan-Meile" offers the best shops and places for Japan-lovers like us. =)

My Lolita-Clique: Kuraude, Fraeulein_Elisabeth, PrincessTenko and me

First we went to the Sushi Restaurant "Kiku Sushi".

Too much time has passed since I ate some Sushi (almost two months Ö__Ö) so I really enjoyed my menu. We spent quite a lot of time within Kiku Sushi - everyone of us had just so much to tell. We really need to meet up more often, it's a shame that both, Fraeulein_Elisabeth and PrincessTenko, live that "far away" from us.
PrincessTenko was so lovely, she gave a birthday present to me eventhough my birthday was about 7 weeks ago ^__^ I was really happy and surprised that I still received a present to my birthday. Thank you so much once again, PrincessTenko ~~ * ^O^ !!

A headbow and a hairband in pink ^O^ - perfect for Usai 

My boyfriend Don even better our stay at Kiku - he invited us girls and payed our Sushi menus - Don is really a true gentleman. <3 <3

Don <3 

I am a really lucky girl to call him my boyfriend. A few weeks ago, I spotted this cute picture in which I could fully recognize our relationship: X'D

I do not know who drawed/created this picture, so when you are seeing this: I love it. GREAT JOB!

But, well, back to topic: Once we were full we strolled around, went to Takagi's Book Store, to the supermarket and to Bakery Taka (I love their biscuits buns).
It was a great day and we all know for sure that we have to meet up more often in the future - Im so happy that I was able to make Lolita-friends p__q .. it makes me feel really emotional.