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February 2016

Osaka. WITH Tohoshinki

I’m finally rounding up my Osaka trip with the last post: Concert day! Yes, the boys are both in the army now, but no, I haven’t stopped being a fan. But at least, my wallet can take a break now. 😛

Unfortunately, the posts on the rest of my Osaka trip are in my previous blog, which is now closed to public.So, a brief recap. 4 of us sg TVXQ fangirls went to Osaka to attend their WITH concert. Before concert day, we toured the Osaka Castle, Shinsekai, Shinsaibashi etc and ate and shopped.

Finally it’s the the day! Can you see how excited we were?
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Heading towards Kyocera Dome to look for our friends.

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Ruth and Serene got up in the wee hours of the morning to join the queue for merchandise. Love you girls! Can you spot them in the queue?

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I forgot who else came to take over the post but us 4 left for some serious camwhoring. Maybe it’s Nuy from Indonesia. Yes, we met up fellow fangirls from Indonesia, China, Hongkong, Vietnam, Malaysia, Hawaii etc that day. Amazing right? We were even approached by another group of Singaporeans who identified us through the social media. It’s kind of cool how everybody knows everybody in the fandom.

Photos time!

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I was so chubby just less than one year ago. Haha.

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Our wefies!

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Serene said the 2000yen note I had is very very rare, and advised me not to use it. But I was really poor. Just had to use it. Haha.

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More pictures with international fans.

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The very efficient and fuss-free merchandise buying experience. Except that to ensure you get the goods you want, you typically have to queue for hours in the cold or sun. But queuing is made more fun because you get to meet fellow friends and meet the who’s-who in the fandom.

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Merchandise buying done! Go take more pictures!

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Aren’t they just gorgeous? So gorgeous I could not resist hugging the pillar. Ha.

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Went for lunch and shopping at the 5-storey Tokyu Hands.

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Oh man, I shopped till I felt that my toes were bleeding. Too bad I was very short on yen and could not buy much. Still bought some nice souvenirs for hubby and kids. And oh, my fangirl haul:

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A few of them are gifts from fellow fan friends. And erm, I think the picture doesn’t show all the loot. Haha. I must mention that the fan friends are all very generous people and very big on gift-giving. Which made me quite stressed because I don’t have a habit of buying gifts for people. Ha. So I received piles of cute TVXQ-related trinkets over there. Honestly, I felt so much love.

The gang:

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A few could not make it to the meeting place for the group photo before concert because it was pouring. And there were around 35,000 people there trying to get into the dome. Taking the subway to the dome was an experience in itself. It’s like the whole of Osaka was getting to the same station.

Every seat had this led light wristband. It is remotely controlled and could change colours to go with different songs. So darn cool!

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I didn’t dare smuggle in a camera this time, after nearly being caught at Tokyo Dome the last time. Only used my phone to take a couple of shots of the red ocean. Honestly, The concert happened so long ago I can hardly write a proper fan account. But I will attempt to, at my fangirl blog. Let me just say it was THE BEST CONCERT EVER! Everything was so on point.

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After concert supper:

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At the airport the next morning. Oh man, Audrey and I spazzed and bitched the whole way home to SG. You have no idea how fun that was.

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Some pictures I took with my handphone.

Our tiny airBnB room. Good enough. Oh Serene stayed with her hubby in another room. Ruth, by herself. All in the same apartment block.

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Our tickets! *screams*

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Our accomodation was near Suidobashi. The iconic Glico man! :p

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Where we at dinner the first night. At almost midnite.

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My bag and hand. Decorated. Haha.

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Breathtaking peach, cherry and plum blossoms. I have forgotten which is which.

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Shinsekai.

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Thinking back, I cannot believe how crazy I was. To fly all the way to see the boys. But it was also nice break away from the kids to bond with friends and see a new country. If it’s not for TVXQ, I wouldn’t have had the chance to visit Japan. 🙂

CNY 2016

We’re done with all the visitations and celebrations! And I must say, they’ve been good! 🙂

Since I’ve decided not to post pictures of my kids and their friends (they’re all grown and their IT-savvy friends can start stalking them online), there are limited pictures I can put up on my unprotected posts.

Day one was pretty uneventful. We saw my cousin’s baby for the time and she’s so incredibly cute! Day 2 was at my 4th aunt’s bungalow. The highlight was definitely the fruits plucking! They have lots of fruit trees in their garden, at their sidewalk, and even at the slope outside the house. This time round, custard apples and guavas were ripe for harvesting!
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Oh man, the custard apples were DELICIOUS! *slurps*

四姨丈said they waited for my kids to come pluck the fruits so they didn’t pluck them themselves. In the end, lots of custard apples got eaten by birds. Awww. Thank you! The kids had lots of fun going around spotting ripe fruits, cutting them off and even climbed a ladder to reach the higher ones.

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四姨丈said they waited for my kids to come pluck the fruits so they didn’t pluck them themselves. In the end, lots of custard apples got eaten by birds. Awww. Thank you! The kids had lots of fun going around spotting ripe fruits, cutting them off and even climbed a ladder to reach the higher ones.

Of course, now that the kids are older, they have another thing to look forward to during CNY. Gambling! Haha. Don’t come preach to me that ganbling is bad blah blah blah. The maximum bet we allow them is 20cents. And from the way we see it, there are many more pros than cons for them to join us in this family tradition every year. For you information, none of my very large extended family members turn out to be gambling addicts.

This year, we finally have guests over during CNY. The usual gang of course. Audrey and Trixie’s families! Too bad Calynn’s family could not make it. I prepared quite a bit of food, Meatball pasta with 2 tomato sauce and cream sauce, roast orange-honey-cumin chicken and fruit tarts. The others brought more delicious food over and TADAA! Wonderful lunch!

After lunch, I let the kids wash the blueberries and assemble their own fruit tart by piping pastry cream and arranging the blueberries and/or golden kiwi slices on top. Then it was game time! We played Charade, Pictionary, and Saboteur.  The kids get along so well now. They are really entertaining to watch. Pictionary was absolutely hilarious! Just look at what Team Smartypants (the P4s) drew for a question:

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Same question, drawn by Team Cutiepies (the P2s + 1 P5)

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Can you guess what this is? I guessed it by looking at the first picture. The answer is Dolphin. Aren’t I a genius? Hahaha.

I think we are very fortunate to have a group of loving relatives and friends. Looking forward to the next CNY!

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新年快乐!

一转眼,又是除夕了! 今年的新年应该是雨纷纷的。虽然有点儿丝丝的惆怅,但是总比烈日当空的好!但是,还是希望明天和后天都是阴天吧!

今年,我特别兴奋!也许是因为猴年即将来临吧!到处都能看到陪着我长大的大圣-孙悟空,让我不禁怀旧了起来。今年,我们也终于会有客人来拜年了!所以心血来潮地布置了一番!
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小灯笼大多数是女儿做的。花儿都是用纸巾做成的。漂亮吗?我和女儿十分满意。

两个礼拜前,我们也和一群好友到牛车水去感染一下过年的气氛。偶尔去一去挤挤人群,还蛮爽的。 哈哈。

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祝愿大家今晚有个丰盛,愉快的团圆饭!猴年快乐!身体健康!万事如意!

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