So today I decided to go to work a wee bit earlier. Usually I go running after the 8:29 train, although I always end up in the 8:35. Well today I was able to catch the 8:19 train. And I must say, it's nice to be able to take my time walking from the station to the office. Tokyo is always in a mad rush, it's nice to take a breather once in a while. Oh, and the moment the boss saw me he went "What happened to you!?!" and it took me a few seconds to process before I realized he was referring to my being in the office 10 minutes earlier than usual.

Anyway, I just think it's time to share my latest addiction. And no, it's not make-up. And to tell you the truth, I used to hate this store to death, because it reeked and you can smell it from a kilometer away. But now I am so hooked on Lush. In fact, when I realized how much I actually spent in this store in a span of weeks it was a wee bit shocking. Oh, and the SA in the Shinjuku branch now recognizes me whenever I enter the store - she exclaims "aaaaa!" and waves at me (because she knows I can't speak Japanese, so what's the point of words, right).

This is how it started: Honey I Washed the Kids body soap. Because I ran out of Dove and I needed a soap bar that is hopefully not drying.

Needless to say it's wonderful. It smells yummy and now so does my bathroom and the laundry that I hang in there to dry. My tip should you decide to be swayed into buying one is to do away with the honeycomb thing on top - it's pretty but it's also pretty useless. And since Lush soaps are bought by the gram that's just extra junk you're paying for instead of soap.

My second runner-up is Porridge. It smells so yummy I almost bit into it when I was sniffing it in the store. I would use this everyday if not for the mess it leaves in the shower because it has oats so it's a bit icky. I also tried Rockstar and Godmother (which is called "Oh! Fairy" here in Japan; go figure) because they're pink, but well, I'm kinda hooked on Honey I Washed the Kids. Disclaimer: if you hate sweet scents, don't try any of these.

Now on to the stuff I tried but wasn't sold on: Whoosh shower jelly (I feel it's too much money for body wash, and I'm not too crazy about the scent either), Mask of Magnaminty (this has good reviews, though), Coalface facial soap (it smells like burnt tires and whiteboard markers, the lather is gray, and it's very very very drying), and Imperialis moisturizer (greasy as hell). Oh, and I also tried the Bath bombs to destress, but it stained my tub and so after the not-so-relaxing bath I had to do some major scrubbing which is kinda annoying.

Anyway, if I could have only one Lush product (and I just mentioned this yesterday but what the hell), it would be Sympathy for the Skin.

It's my best purchase ever. Of course now I'm halfway through the tub because I keep slathering it on, but it just smells so comforting and yummy.

Now for the record, I'm not buying from Lush because it's natural and against animal testing and all that jazz; to be honest I don't really care. Actually if anything, I'm more wary about "natural" and "organic" products because more often than not it's just marketing to jack up the prices. Besides, if a product is not natural, where's it from? Mars?


Just a quick post to let you know I'm still alive.
I missed the MAC + Hello Kitty collection because it sold out on the first day. SOLD OUT. Everything from the brush collection to the makeup bags to the pigments with no Hello Kitty on them. All I ever wanted was the Pink Fish tinted lip conditioner is that too much to ask for?

Anyway on a more positive note I have discovered the best body moisturizer and it's Sympathy for the Skin by Lush. It's a hundred times more moisturizing than the body butters from The Body Shop, for a lot less grease. And it smells yummy too. The only thing I hate is that it comes in a tub but I just transfer to a pump bottle. However, I can't vouch for it's performance in the Philippines; it might be too sticky.

And to the more important but depressing stuff, yes, we broke up, and no, it's not the LDR, and no, I'm not talking about it. I would like to think we're doing pretty good, though. 


I want to go home.

Photo courtesy of Tin, taken during the monthly company party. 


There's this Filipino couple who entered Japan using fake passports. They have a 13-year old daughter. Now the inevitable happens - they get caught. They now face deportation. Now they're seeking special permission to stay on the grounds that their daughter already has friends here and can only speak Japanese. Instead of dealing with deportation proceedings they launched signature campaigns and press conferences and basically just made a big media circus out of it.

Oh puh-leez, that is so transparent. Not to mention utterly distasteful to use your daughter as an anchor to stay in Japan. I don't see how I can possibly sympathize. If anything I feel for the kid for being raised by such conniving people who won't take responsibility for their actions. I don't see how getting knocked up should absolve anyone of illegal entry.

I say deport the parents, and then refuse them entry into Philippine soil.
(Story here.)

Daily Dose of Gossip

Apparently, Brian Boy is Chikatime is Bryan Boy.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, don't even bother; it's too laborous to explain.
If you do, well, you should be Googling right now.

Now after all that's been said, I still miss Chikatime. Because yes, I'm shallow like that.

Money can't buy you EQ

Hello, people who read my blog. Weekend's over. You know the drill. (In case you don't, it's a haul again. Duh.)

1) Hello Kitty butter cookies from The Boss, because he made me update him with the project progress on a weekend.

2) Catalogues sent by his wife, upon finding out there were three shopaholics in the office.

3) Books from Kinokuniya. Yes, I get to read again! Books come with a cover to avoid judgment hehehe.

4) Benefit haul - Benetint, Posietint, Eye Kohl, High Brow, and 10 (which by far is my favorite, picture below). It came with a free Bad Gal mascara in blue.

5) Chuck Taylors. The pink one is from the Spring Collection, and it is the exact shade of pink I like (#FF0066). The brown one is leather and it was on sale, so...

6) Adidas bags from Ueno. These were going for almost 80% off. And to think I would've bought them for full price (OK, not entirely true - I would've bought them for maybe 50% off).

7) Yellow shoes from the bargain shoe store. As always.

Recipe of the week: Garlic buttered shrimps. I simmered them first in Ginger Ale (substitute for Royal Tru-Orange) and it's gooooood.

Random vanity picture of the week: NARS Exhibit A.