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for some reason, the japan foundation didn’t plan on showing any films this year at the up film center, was originally planning to watch a film there but since they weren’t, i had no choice but to fall in line for one hour and thirty minutes at the cinemas at shang which meant an hour and thirty minutes enduring high school and college kids milling about noisily talking about homework and professors and making me feel so much older, hahaha!

tamako in moratorium

i had several choices but what appealed to me most was moratoriumu tamako or tamako in moratorium in english. it’s about a girl who graduates from college and then goes back home but only sleeps and eats and doesn’t try to find work or do chores at home, lol. i really like atsuko maeda, who is the lead in this film, because of her akb48 cuteness and then i kind of suck at household chores so i had to watch it. here’s the trailer…

this makes me want to go to kofu, yamanashi prefecture, haha. it’s where the film was shot and the place is so pretty, watching tamako in moratorium is like lounging around on a warm summer day. going back though, watching someone do nothing has never been this pleasant, sometime in the film, we find out that tamako doesn’t really know what to do with her life yet, and lots of people can relate to that, we all have those moments. the father is endearing too, he obviously loves tamako so much too, that he tolerates her not finding work and such.

in the end, things just fall into place, tamako’s dad finally gets the courage to tell her to go to work, and tamako replies ‘good answer.’ or something to that effect… the seasons pass by and tamako transforms from bum to independent kid by the end of summer… and i even got inspired to clean a little, hahaha!


this year’s eiga sai was super. i still got the handouts from the previous years, this year they have a newsletter! yaaaaay! i hope they show films again at up next year.

yun lang.

♥ melai

my best friend maki’s one of the most resourceful people i know and she always finds cool movies and gets the best deals and interesting stuff for us to do. i get life xp points whenever i’m with her, hahaha! but i can count on her the most when expanding the palate. she’s treated me to secret recipe at shang ri la mall a while back…


it’s a cozy place with light orbs and elevated tables, and silverware that my dad will approve. he always bends spoons when dining out, if the spoon doesn’t bend, then it’s a good restaurant. anyhoo, we ordered…


crispy chicken salad with spice level india. sobrang anghang grabe.


maki’s lasagna, i even take pixxors of her food, haha. note though that i rarely post food pixxors in facebook, i only document them in my blog and in twitter, which is kind of acceptable because it’s microblogging and of course, to annoy maki since she frequents twitter. lol.


prawn pasta with only… three hipon! gave the hipon to maki, everything else was good and i downed it with a


very tall glass of iced tea. we had cream cakes too.


strawberry and mango! reminded me of shinken pink and yellow. cake will always be ozummm in my book so, hehe. secret recipe is a nice place for cakes, will definitely come back!

yun lang.

♥ melai

after watching a really good eiga sai film, maki and i browsed around shang’s japanese toy exhibit, we got gashapons and i was very pleased with mine that i had been thinking about getting another one even after maki and i had gone home, hahaha! wanting this so badly, i went back the following day to…

destination imagination

destination imagination … japanese toys everywhere, yay! of course i headed out first to the

destination imagination

gashapons! there were lots to choose from and yes, they can be addicting… or maybe it’s that feeling of surprise when you finally get the toy inside. hihi.

destination imagination

and i got the gashapon i had come for, it had a chibi red zaku gundam! huzzah! i hope we have a larger range of gashapons at the nearby mall…

there were other toys too and here are the interesting ones… well, more like what i was able to get close to without the hyper kids and parents milling around, hehe.

destination imagination
destination imagination

chuggington … this is the largest train set i’ve ever laid eyes on… it’s something that’s really nice to watch, plus it’s taller than me, i think it’d be pretty fun to build! another toy that’s worth building are

destination imagination

gundams … because they’re ozummm. i’d been hooked on gundam wing and seed for some time, well, until i had a hard time digesting seed destiny. hahaha! i think this was amuro ray’s gundam, which was the basis of all gundams. and of course it wouldn’t be complete without…

destination imagination

daimos, voltes v, and mazinger z! these brought back the childhood memories… they were actually blasting the voltes v song all the time, i didn’t know the complete lyrics but i had a lot of fun singing along to the part that goes… borutesu faibu ni! all in all it was a great event, i hope they’ll have an even bigger one next year!

yun lang.

♥ melai


so maki and i were finally able to watch eiga sai at shang this year… maki always has great timing and we were able to catch the only animated film in the eiga sai line up which is mai mai shinko to sennen no maho, here’s the trailer…

when you translate it, it means mai mai shinko and the millennium old magic… although they shortened the english title to mai mai miracle. it’s a beautiful film, it was able to charm the kids around, including me, hehe. but just like tonari no totoro, it also appeals to the not so young ones.


the story revolves around the friendship of two nine year old girls namely aiko shinko, a lively country girl with an ozummm imagination, and shimazu kiiko, the quiet one who just came from the city. they have different personalities that reminded me of my friends, and how each one of them is a different world… and this adds to my further love for this film.

everything in mai mai miracle was magical in a way that’s not hocus pocus. it dealt with the simple things in life, like trust and friendship, having a leap of faith, and it even showed death with so much grace… true magic you know. it’s the best thing i’ve ever watched in a while, i don’t even have a favorite scene because i loved them all! looking forward to watching more eiga sai in the up film center soon!

yun lang.

♥ melai

hello, my name is melai and i write to document the places i’ve been to, the things i’ve seen, and the books i’ve read. sometimes, i also write about food.