Monday, October 14, 2013

Back to 3WD!

Ok this was drafted for a very long time and I forgot to post it and it's going up extremely belatedly because I'm already in the middle of midterms and this post is about the term starting OTL... But enjoy.

I came back to 3WD for 早期帰寮 (early return to dorm?) some time back, but everyone else only came back on the 31st, and the new students arrived on the 1st of September!!! Above picture is from their welcome party (much like the one in this post).

I don't have any pictures of the new kids yet, but I'll prolly take some when they start initiation. I can't believe that exactly a year ago it was me sitting there listening to Alyssa- the culture head back then- host and welcome us and explain initiation. This time, it's me in that spot, explaining stuff and hosting events for newcomers... and I just realised I forgot to write my first year reflection.

Our dorm president at the welcome party, looking like a gangsta.

1:9 dead asleep waiting to get ready for the surprise party.

Dorm prez's belly-button.

And 3WD cat + kitten outside our social room!!!



Friday, September 13, 2013

New hair! +OOTD

Top: g.u.
Skirt: Topshop
Shoes: idk, got it off Runway Channel
Necklace: ASOS

Soooooooo. It's dark.

Here's the story. Yes, there is a story to how I got this hair when I got it. I had two appointments at two hair salons exactly one week apart. The first was a salon in Shibuya to get my hair cut, permed and treated for really cheap. The second was to get my hair dyed medium-brown on the top and a gradient/streaks of hot pink from the bottom up. My dream hair- curly, with locks of pink. I mean, I'd bleached my hair already and since I had to suffer so much damage as consequence, I might as well take advantage of it to the fullest and put some crazy colour in, right?

But no. I got to the salon in Shibs for my perm all excited to never ever have to painstakingly curl my hair ever again, only for them to touch and inspect my hair and asked if I'd bleached it. Well yes, it's blindingly blonde. What's that? Bleached hair CAN'T BE PERMED?!?!?!?!?!? What did I go all the way to Shibs for (besides shopping, I mean)? I had booked my appointment on a perm coupon so I just sat there dumbfounded not knowing how to follow up, speechless. So I ended up telling them to trim my hair anyway, get rid of maximum 3-4cm just to remove split ends, give me bangs, and dye all my hair dark brown.

The reason I decided to go all-brown was because honestly, I had been hesitant to go for my pinkifying appointment. Not because I didn't want pink hair- believe me, I'd have made my whole head pink if it wasn't hell to maintain- but rather because the dye job was estimated to cost over ¥20000 when I asked the salon. I didn't have 20k to throw at them for pink ends that would fade in less than a month, so I caved in and went all dark. It's gonna start fading in awhile anyway because no colour can cling to bleached hair for long, but I'm kinda glad I went dark because I have an important meeting/interview coming up and light hair is frowned upon very ferociously in the working society of Japan (as is my makeup style and nails and fashion in general).

And that is the story of how I ended up with limp, straight, dark brown hair and kinda messed-up bangs that I hate (I don't hate the dark brown that much, only how it's fading to light brown so quickly). The selca pictures make it look like I have gradient purple ends but I assuredly don't- it's just lighting and colour adjustment.

Incidentally, at the point in which I publish this, I've already dyed my hair darker brown a second time within a week after I had it dyed first, because it had faded back to light again before my interview. It's faded again and is now brown where my roots were, and ash-green-blonde where the bleached section is.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Best nails ever

I've had gelish nails done in Singapore many times over the past two years, and DIYed them a lot too. In fact, next to food, purikura/selcas and uni/dorm tags, nails are my most blogged about topic.

However, since coming here slightly over a year ago, I hadn't gotten my nails done professionally even once. Until now. Moreover, Japanese nail salons are a lot better than Singapore's, from service to skills and quality. Of course, the price differs in proportion. They also don't use gel polish/gelish, but soft gel- which comes in a tub instead of a polish bottle- which is a lot harder and longer lasting.

So this was actually my first time getting nails done in Japan, and getting soft gel nails. I was also paying quite a bit for it, so I had to choose an awesome, complicated design to make the most of it. And I did! It's actually based off a design from Nail Up September but it was too complicated to be done within 2 hours, so my nailist and I discussed and did an "arrange" based off it, but simpler.

How is it~?