30DWC Day 28: Village Vanguard Japan.

When I first visited Village Vanguard in Aeon Mall, I never thought it’s a bookstore. Why? Because I saw weird stuff, food and a lot of kawaii things inside, who would’ve thought it’s a bookstore? But when I searched what really is Village Vanguard, I found out that it’s a vintage bookstore, hideout for geeks, nerds, and other otaku. 


Village Vanguard is a break from the constant nightlife that tends to surrounds each branch; away from all the flashing neon lights, pachinko machines and AKB48 songs, the so-called “exciting bookstore” offers an escape into a retro, random universe. Pop culture abounds, including The Simpsons, Star Wars, Akira, Chibi Maruko, and that one old Japanese anime you can’t remember the name of but know was all the rage back in the 70s.

Teetering columns of candy-colored comics and toothy bobbleheads form a maze of sorts; be careful, though, because a single twist can lead you to an even more bizarre corner. At the store I visited, a right turn from life-sized Beatles’ inflatable dolls led to a “vintage” corner full of creaky fountain pens and fake British East India Company charters, which connected to a series of rainbow afros and maid costumes. Then there was that corner dedicated to the Gothic, stacked with skulls and handcuffs ….


Let me tour you around, then you tell me it’s a bookstore.

These are chocolates, not a fish.
A plapen case, nope not playpen. Do not google playpen.

Yakult gummy?! They also have a BIG one, like really big.
And a lot of cat stuff. *sigh

Toothpaste, to make it simple. BUT they have 30 flavors to choose from like kiwi, banana, mocha, etc.
and curry, yep. CURRY. Ukh.

Finally, I found the book station!
You can by Happy bags during New Year, I guess these are leftovers, basically the items inside are secret and you will only find out when you buy the item.

These are pens, don’t get fooled.

They also sell posters, at first I thought they sell it like that, I mean the frames included but nope they aren’t.

Those pictures only show a bit of what’s inside Village Vanguard, we spent over an hour just looking at at random stuff. The store is really amazing and just looking at them is really enjoyable. If you’re a collector, you can find stuff here you can add to your collection, if you like weird things you’re in the right place and if ou just simply like kawaii things, well, you can find them here. If you visit Japan and looking for omeyage, this is also a good place, the items are not that cheap but some are, so I recommend dropping by. Hehe. This isn’t a sponsored post. Just hoping. Lol.

Btw they have a website, just incase you’re curious 😀

Bored Sensei.

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30DWC Day 22: Uniqlo Fitting Room.

February 06, 2018

I love shopping window shopping lang pala kasi wala nga pala akong pera, and being a normal girl, before buying something I love checking whether the clothes would fit me well, to see if it will look good on me or only in the mannequins or just simply wanna try them on. He he. And I do think that fitting rooms are playing a big role in persuading the costumers to buy a piece of clothing, like for instance, I went shopping with an officemate in Aeon mall and we found a lot of good stuff and tried them on but we were really disappointed because the lightning of the fitting room was really bad, it was hanging above us and we couldn’t even see the clothes properly, we also looked bad in the mirror. I ended up returning all the items and my friend just bought one piece of romper. There were also stores that would give you the illusion of being slim and tall in the mirror, you will look good when you try the clothes and will feel different when you try them at home. Sometimes I would ask myself “Did I just get fatter? I just tried them yesterday” haha.

Okay, so let’s move on with this story I’m gonna tell you. As I mentioned in my post I went out and bought a shirt for boyfriend and as didn’t have any idea about the sizes, I sent me a message and pictures of the clothes to him, but this young man here wanted me to try them on, like really?! (I usually borrow his shirts in the Ph haha). And I really hate fitting in Uniqlo’s (in my city) fitting room, why?

  1. I have to remove my shoes (but most of the stores in Japan does the same).
  2. I find it too small.
  3. They don’t have racks to put your clothes on.
  4. I HAVE TO WEAR A FACE COVER. They’ll give you face cover before you use the rooms, and you have to follow the instructions.

So I already tried the shirt on and sent him a message. And HE LAUGHED at me.

And that’s why I hated it.

Those were my stuff on the floor. They don’t have clothes rack.

I went out the fitting room after I finished and threw away the cover I used, paid for the shirt and went out the store while Auld Lang Syne was playing in the mall, it is to remind the shoppers that it is closing time already.

I still couldn’t get over how my boyfriend laughed at me while doing him a favor, he wasn’t aware of it because last time he went there the staff didn’t gave him face cover, I was thinking maybe because they didn’t have large face cover at that time. HAHAHAHAHA. Just kidding.

If you happen to have experienced fitting in Uniqlo in Japan, did you experience the same? Or is it only in my city? In my country (Philippines) it is a normal fitting room. How about in your country?

Bored Sensei.

 

30DWC Day 10: H&M Winter Sale

There’s a sale. Wait. What? There’s a sale!

Hontuoni?! (Really?!)

So last Wednesday while I’m on my way back to school, I came across this bid red sign waving at me, it was shouting come here! come here! And I went inside and saw the crazy sale the store has. But since I was currently at work hour that time, I didn’t buy anything but I promised myself to go back the next day, and so I did.

I woke up around 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon today, read some blogs while eating my favorite bread and went to H&M as promised. But before going out, I told myself that I am not going to exceed my shopping limit, and not to buy things more than 500. The store is just 10 minutes walk away from home.

So let me take you inside…

Who wouldn’t notice this hug sign? It works.

Upon entering, the signs were shouting sale sale sale! Yeah I know.

They have different kind of cute tops to choose from And they’re as low as 300 JPY or 139.48 PHP.

There are also  dozens of skirts and shorts you can choose from as low as 500 JPY or 232.47 PHP.

Cutesy sleeveless tops.

I bought one of this. It is super cute!

You can get these tops for 100 JPY or 46.69 PHP. Di ba parang divisoria lang (though hindi pa ako nakakatry mamili dun).

I also bought one of this top for 400 JPY or 185.98 PHP.

For men’s section, they have a sale but not as crazy as the women’s.I was just wondering.

After getting all the items that I wanted, I went to the fitting room and voila! Please don’t judge my shoes and socks, it was really cold!

This top is only 300 JPY or 139.48 PHP. Isn’t it cute? lol.

I also love the skirt I bought it for 500 JPY or 232.47 PHP.

This red top is actually a one-piece, but I could wear it like this, defo not with the red skirt. Lol. I got it for 100 JPY or 46.49 PHP.

They also have dresses to choose from and prices varies. You just have to be patient. I was also tempted to get this shirt below but as I promised to myself I wouldn’t get anything exceeding 500 JPY. I made it!

But then I saw this cute coat or jacket, what do you call this? But I still find it expensive for my budget. Ha Ha. I decided just to wait until the store give it up for less than 100 JPY. I usually do this and it always works, when I really like something but it is still to expensive, I play the waiting game. It will take months, but atleast I didn’t spend money on things (I still don’t need). What if the item was sold? Well, it only means it wasn’t meant for me, if it still there, it’s for me. Parang pag-ibig lang, kapag sayo, eh di sayo. Kapag hindi, eh di hindi. Char! Patience is a virtue ika nga. Ha Ha.

I was already ready to go when I saw more cute stuff and you know what happened next.

They also have accessories section and they are a lot cute items on sale from 50 JPY or 23.25 PHP to 500 JPY or 232.47 PHP. But they7re always on sale so I didn’t bother to check today, I bought some cute choker last year and I still haven’t use all of them. I only have one neck 😀

And I happily left the store. I couldn’t wait to wear all of them. Hihi.

Ooopppssss… I have a tip. If you will go shopping at H&M, they always have big sales on summer and winter. Plus, you can download their H&M app and join H&M Club, I downloaded it today and I got another 10% discount each.

Don’t worry if you can’t read Japanese, they would help you and they have translation of the app.

Here’s my receipt, you would notice the 10% discount I got there for each item, plus you can gain points and exchange it for coupon.

That’s ¥2,385 or ₱1,116 for 10 clothes!

And another ¥1,700 or ₱795.51 for 5 clothes, and there were 2 items that wasn’t on sale.

I added the total of original prices, I was just wondering how much these would cost me if they weren’t on sale and the total is ¥31,533 or ₱14,755.36 I saved ¥27,448 or ₱12,848. BUT. I know I wouldn’t spend that amount of money, super kuripot ko kaya. Plus I only buy things I know I would need if they are on sale. Plus if I spend on material things, I would still balance it by making tipid sa kain hahahaha.

 

Admit it or not, we Filipinos love shopping lalo na kapg sale or may tawad.

So that ended my day, and I feel great today because it is my 10th entry for my 30 Day writing Challenge. Yay! I have 20 more days to go!

 

How about you? Where do you usually go shopping? Do you like buying branded items, ukay-ukay, or divsoria? What’s your favorite brand?

 

 

 

 

 

Bored Sensei.