Pictures of Tokyo and Yokohama

We were just so excited to finally leave for Japan but the days we actually spend there went by so fast, the two weeks felt just like a few days. This city is really huge and we still have so much to explore for future trips! We vowed to come back in a few years time and even though we plan on exploring more of the kansai region in Japan, we want to return to Tokyo again.
Enough talk, now to the pictures! :)

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You may have noticed that I did not post any food pictures. Those will be featured in my next post, to not make this post too long.
I just loved our trip and exploring Tokyo in a slow pace. We got to meet lots of friendly people and learned a lot about Japan but also ourselves. Oh, I wish I could have taken one of those modern toilets home with me haha

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What’s in my hand luggage for two weeks in Tokyo

I like to travel light and only packed clothes for a week, you never know what clothes or items you find while strolling in a new city! Clothes can easily be washed in the hotel and worn again to safe precious space in your luggage. It is Autumn now that’s why I opted for clothes that could be easily combined (neutral colours) and layered, if needed.

My clothes:

  • underwear for a week
  • 2 bras
  • socks for a week and one stocking (I packed some cute socks in case I need to take of my shoes)
  • 2 dresses (one more casual and one for fancy restaurants)
  • 1 jeans
  • 1 skirt
  • 2 short sleeves tops
  • 4 long sleeves tops
  • pyjamas
  • 1 pair of sport shoes for walking around
  • 1 pair of Chelsea boots for a more polished look (easy to wear and get out of again)

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Toiletries:

  • 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deo creme
  • Hairbrush and hair ties
  • Make-up (just the basics but anyone can take as much or less as they feel comfortable with ;))

Electronics:

  • My DSLR
  • Mobile phone
  • MP3 player
  • Chargers for every device
  • Travel adapter

I decided to leave my e-book reader at home because I easily get motion sickness and rather observe people in airports and in a foreign country than read a book I can read anywhere and whenever. I’d rather lay at home on the couch with a hot mug of tea, for a good read.

Other:

  • earplugs for the plane
  • nasal spray against air plane bacteria
  • (empty) memo bottle to bring onto plane
  • Neck croissant
  • Japanese phrase book
  • cash
  • photocopies of passport and other documents (reservations for example)
  • scarf for the plane
  • emergency medicine for headaches, cramps and motion sickness
  • Gifts from Vienna/Austria to give friends
  • weighing scale
  • pento fill out the custom sheet
  • umbrella

Do you have any tips on what I should bring for my visit to Tokyo in Autumn?
Did I forget anything important?
I am a bit late with posting this since I will be flying tonight but I hope your tips still reach me in time :)

Plan your trip to Tokyo with Odigo and Apps

I have been longing to visit Japan for about 11 years now and finally me and the Mister have the time and money to fulfill this wish of mine. Since I can be over the top with planning things and I just can’t seem to live without to-do lists, I already wrote out everything I want to see/do, what I want to take pictures of and of course, what I want to eat. I get too excited and pack my travel bag way too early (weeks in advance) and have weekly dreams revolving about my trip to Japan. Only a week to go, whoop whoop!

It just shows how excited I am and just thinking about this trip is getting me all fired up!
The platform that helped me out a lot with planning this trip is Odigo which is a great online tool to sort all activities by day. What I like best is that you see each activity/place on a map and therefore lose less time by trying to do two things that are on the opposite of Tokyo.

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You can see the route I planned on Odigo, it is great for sharing since Erwin will also accompany us and we can compare our plans quite easily like this.
When you are done with your planning you have the option to download the travel itinerary, you created as a PDF file.

 

Tokyo Subway Navigation for Tourists

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Other tools that are very helpful for your Japan trip are apps. The ones I installed are the Japanese railway guide (can also be used offline), a GPS tracker to see where I have been, maps me (also offline available) and of course google translate.

We are going to book a pocket wi-fi which seems to be the best option.
You can also use the wi-fi at Starbucks Japan but you need to be registered in this network first and need to confirm your e-mail, which is of course best done beforehand or in your hotel is possible.

 

Do you have any tipps for me regarding my Tokyo trip? I would love to hear from you :)


This post is not sponsored by Odigo or anyone else, everything is my own opinion.

Liquid Market

The liquid market took place on the 29th of July for the very first time and was the perfect place to try out the best cocktail bars in Vienna: Sign Lounge, Halbestadt, Miranda, Botanical Garden, and many many more.

We already bought our tickets, that included all the beverages we could drink beforehand and paid only 28€ while the normal ticket were 36€. The price wasn’t that bad considering how much you normally have to pay for a high quality cocktail.

The weather was perfect, the atmosphere was a chill Friday evening and everybody had a great time discovering new bars and tasting a lot of cocktails.
My favourite from the ten cocktails I had was the basil martini (it had a way cooler name but I sadly can’t recall it anymore). It was super refreshing and just the perfect combination thought of by the Sign Lounge.

I really hope that the liquid market will take place again next year and in case it does, you definitely should drop by and test the cocktails for yourself! I will be sure to post about it beforehand and therefore remind you of this lovely event :)

Blooming Portraits

All the blossoms have vanished already and made space for the lush green that is taking over Vienna again. The temperatures are gradually getting warmer and I really am looking forward to the great weather.

I had the photo shooting with another blogger Agata, here Photography site can be found here and her blog here.

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I asked my friends over facebook what picture they liked the most and apparently it is this one with the magnolias. Not the one I would have chosen if I am being honest!

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As you may know I love the Japanese garden and am way more comfortable behind the camera but Agata did a really good job and managed to capture me in moments where I did not look super awkward.

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This is one of my favourites and it feels a lot more like spring than the other one.

Do you have a favourite picture? :)

 

 

Vegan Beauty Basket – February Edition

Since I changed my shopping last year to cruelty-free make-up, I also wanted to use more natural ingredients for my biggest organ, the skin.
Most of the natural cosmetic brands are very new to me and it can be quite expensive to try out lots of new products. I am glad that I found the vegan beauty basket because everything they offer is 100% vegan and cruelty free and the value of the box is always higher than what you pay!

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I waited till the end of the month so I will be able to review the products better and how I like them, opposed to an unboxing where I can just tell you the products.

Inner Soul Organics (20€) – It smells heavenly of roses and jasmin and is a great body peel. You can also use it as bath salts (that’s what the instructions said) but since I don’t have a bath I will stick to it being a scrub. My skin feels not only scrubbed and cleaned, the skin is wonderfully smooth since jojoba extract has been added.

Pure Skin Food Toner (15,90€) – It supposedly should smell like roses, I am actually not too fond of the smell but it is really refreshing and soaks in really fast while hydrating the skin. In the evening, I like to seal the toner in with the kiehls midnight recovery concentrate, both work really well together. The pure skin food toner definitely works better than other toners I tried.

Dr. Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel (12,5€) – My skin has sometimes red patches after showering and this gel is perfect for soothing my skin. You can also share it with a Mister in your life, since it is good after a shave or just general after hair-removal or a sunbath.

Rivelles Eyecream (38€) – Wow, an expensive eye-cream. I am sharing this with the Mister. I actually don’t really have wrinkles and for me it is easier to see a difference on somebody else you see everyday than on myself with no wrinkles to begin with ;) The cream is light and is also absorbed quite fast.

Neobio Concealer Stick (3,99€)- Normally they always have one product where you can choose either the colour, the smell or other factors and I wish they would have given the option for the concealer stick since a lot of people have a lot of different skin tones and this is definitely not fitting everyone. For me it would be fine for my whiter winter skin but I am not too fond of the texture. It somehow does not blend in that smoothly and looks cakey on me.

i+m Ginseng Zaubernuss Fußcreme (8€) – I like the foot cream, especially in winter and how quickly it dries. Nothing more annoying then wanting to snuggle into the warm bed and having to wait for your feet to dry :P

The only things I did not try are the small samples from White Rabbit Skincare day and night cream. Both are supposed to be very mild and soothing and I will try them out asap. I must admit I forgot about them, sitting in my cupboard since the sample is really small.

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In every basket you will find at least 5 items. You can order the basket as a present, once to test it out or monthly, which you can cancel any time after 3 months. There are no shipping charges if you live in Germany and the delivery to Austria and Switzerland is around 5€. In case you live in a different EU country you can just send them an email and ask them about the shipping price. I don’t think it is too bad since the box is worth more than the normal price plus shipping. For 3 months plus shipping I paid 87,63€ compared to the value of the February box alone which was around 100€ it is a real bargain.

Do you have any boxes you like or do you not like those surprise packets?

All opinions are my own, I did not get send the box or got paid writing about it. I am just really impressed by their offer and products and want to share my experience with you :)

Magical Theme for February: Structure and Rhythm

For this month’s challenge I wanted to change things up and did not want to resort too much on architectural photography since I did that last time already.

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After giving it a quick thought, I recognized that nature would be perfect for this.
There is so much structure and rhythm all around us, in the plants, trees and even our food.

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February’s interpretation is a bit more abstract but it also fits to my personal monthly theme of minimalism, so I thought it would be a great combination.

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I am already super excited for March since it is my birth month and spring seems nearer already – yay!

Guerilla Gardening – New Year Resolution

Friends and family members that know me, will not be surprised by this but I got lost in my neighbourhood while grocery shopping (I decided on a different route home). While it could have been really annoying, I love to wander streets I have never been to and notice all those tiny details one is usually too busy to see.

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In the 12th district, only some meters away from Gürtel, a high traffic area, you can find cute little guerilla gardens with pops of green. Well, since it is winter it is not that colourful yet but I can’t wait for spring to come and see what they look like.

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Those gardens fit perfectly to my yearly theme of actively helping bees since the massive amount of bees dying, have a long lasting affect, not only on humans and the honey production. One of the main points I found to help bees is to provide more green space and flowers and to buy organic food. Which makes sense since herbicide is poisoning insects and designed to kill them.

Vienna is supporting people with money for gardening projects. One project per district can be funded with up to 3600€, which is quite a big sum! Apparently there are also 5100 bee colonies living in Vienna, one is even located on the roof of the Rathaus.

Can’t wait for spring!!

(DIY) Calendar and Monthly Goals

I am one of those weird people who love to be organised and make lists and write down everything that comes to my mind.
Most of my thoughts and ideas would be written on post-its which is a bad idea. You lose your overview really fast, cannot recommend!
For this year I decided to “make” my own planner and make it more like a bullet journal than a regular one from a shop.

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My planner is just a notebook with a binder. I don’t have the best handwriting and thought that this would be the best option if I need to take out a page since it is not that easy with regular notebooks.

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My key overview for my bullet Journal to simplify my to-do list.
Not my own idea, I saw a lot of people use those on Youtube :)

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I decided on monthly goals that have a theme opposed to general New Year Resolutions. (I still have some but more to those in a different post.)
Focusing on one goal per month is way easier than trying to tackle everything at once and then feeling overwhelmed.
Also please ignore my very bad drawings haha

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I have other sections I still have to make pretty since those are just drawn out with pencil.
Those include my January to-do list, inspiration, books to read, meal plans, restaurant and places to visit, areas I am interested in and want to work on, my happy moments in January and my expenses.

In case I don’t forget I will post some pictures of my journal at the end of the month.

Do you also have a planner or can you keep everything in your head and still be able to remember everything?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

The days flew by in December as usual but since I am one of those super-annoying-organised-gift-givers, I already had everything bought and packed to avoid stress in this hectic season.

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Not that many shoppers on an early afternoon at the popular shopping street Mariahilferstraße. It looks quite different on a December Saturday..shooting_vienna_christmas shooting_vienna_christmas

That tree wrapped in fairy lights reminded me so much of Korea since it was the first thing that I photographed there. I never noticed decorating lights in Vienna on trees and was positively surprised to see it.

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There are quite a lot of Christmas markets in Vienna and after 23 years, I finally went to the one at Belvedere (which by the way is super nice and perfect for Instagram!).

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I wish you happy holidays and that you can spend it with your loved ones if possible.
I am already active in an NGO and volunteer every year for the less fortunate in Austria but I donated this year with my mum a christmas present to an NGO against human trafficking. Christmas may not be that special to me because I am lucky and can afford everything I need to be comfortable but a lot of people are less fortunate and winter can be especially harsh for them.

Do you have any special Christmas traditions?