16 July 2011 @ 08:20 pm
[Japan Travel]: Bitchu-Takahashi + Kojima  
Has it really been OVER 1 (O.N.E.!) month since my last travel entry???

I'm really sorry about that, but most of you know why!
I'm still working on my new blog project and it's finally going into a good direction and I'm slowly getting there (still lots of work involved from now on, though!)
Also, in less than 2 weeks (HOMG!) I'm off to Germany!
Anyways, doing all that coding, changing/improving my LJ design seems like a piece of cake now (but I'm too lazy and still quite content with the layout anways XD)...

Enough of my blabbering let's get started, there's a lot to show and explain, so get ready!~

Bitchu Takahashi (Okayama) (April 3rd 2011):

From Okayama to Takahashi: Raikyuji Temple and Hina Matsuri Exhibition )

And everything is so colorful!

Bitchu Matsuyama Castle: the highest castle above sea level in Japan! )

As you can see, the main tower isn't really big at all.

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I hope you enjoyed this post.
Next up: Tsuyama (and then back to Okayama because I suck! )
I don't know when I'll be able to write the next travel post. I'm pretty sure that I won't have time before I leave for Germany where I'll stay for 2 weeks, so you might have to wait another month, but after that I'll be properly back, I swear! ;o; .....

I couldn't even finish this entry in one day! That's how busy I am.
Thanks for reading and being patient!
[mood]: super busy
08 July 2011 @ 02:57 pm
[Japan Life / Blog Project]: Webhosting, Tanabata, Rainy season  

Yes, I'm still alive. I'm soooo sorry that I haven't been around for such a long time. 3 weeks?? Crazy.
First of all I want to thank everybody who took part in the polls and helped me with my blog project.
After that I went into "crazy zombie mode" and have done NOTHING but working on my new project - and still am!

This all turned out to take much longer than expected. My website is up, but far from being publish-ready.
I learned a lot about PHP coding and refreshed my CSS knowledge in the past few weeks. I had a lot of moments where I was about to go crazy as things just didn't work out at all (and that's still going on!)
So exhausting.
Several times I was about to give up.

The biggest issues I had were with my webhosting service anyways, so I'm looking into alternatives now and will change services soon. I hope it will go smoothly.
If you have any webhosting services you can personally recommend, then please do so!
Right now I'm looking into "immotion Hosting" and "WebHosting Hub" as they seem to get the best reviews.
I'm using "iPage" right now and wouldn't recommend it! I chose them because they had good reviews and were high in rankings, but it seems that lately they got worse and worse and a lot of other people are complaining, too. Not just me!

I don't like my life right now.
..... )

Here are some photos I took of hydrangeas. The symbol of rainy season, I guess:

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Photo Source: Soraomiagete510

Yesterday, July 7th, was Tanabata (read more about it here), also known as the star festival.
It's not a national holiday and it's not such a big deal. Not all children seem to really care about it - at least from my experience.
At least it's the start of summer festivals now!

Okay, that's it, I guess.
I wanted to wait with travel entries until my new blog is up, but as this takes muuuuch longer than expected, I just keep them coming here for now, although this means double work for me in the end.
Livejournal is just sooooooooooooooooooooo much easier to use!! I almost forgot about how simple things can be!!!! Paradise!!~

Thanks for reading and supporting me!
I'm trying to be a good girl now!
[mood]: distressed
Current Location: In Zombieland!
10 September 2010 @ 04:37 pm
[Japan Travel]: Nagoya - Day 2  

I'm quite busy lately.  Work is almost killing me and on my days off I study Japanese like crazy (might do an entry about it - if I find some time). I try to keep up with the travel entries, but I can't promise to update every week. We'll see.

Anyways, for now let's continue.
As my brother joined me from the night of the 10th, we were finally together on the 11th. We decided to explore Nagoya together. I spared some good sightseeing spots for when he's with me (like the castle).
The weather was actually quite good compared to most other days during our vacation.
Here we go~
WARNING: This entry contains a shi...load of photos!! I once did a poll, asking whether my f-list prefers long days to be splitted up or not and the majority wanted entries seperated by days even if they get extremely long. Just expect this entry to be twice as long as usually (o_o'') ....

Nagoya Day 2 (August 11th, 2010):

What a looooong day! )

Yes, Hello Kitty stone statues. Hello Kitty rules Japan!! And she wants to rule the whole world! XD

2 castles in one day ^-^ )

Then it was time for some shaved ice (*__*)v (strawberry for my brother and melon for me, of course WITH milk! :D)

Awesome taiko performance (videos!!) )

And then it was time to leave.
It was an awesome, long and eventful day. Plus, we also were lucky with the weather.
At that point we didn't know yet what would await us back at our hotel .....

We went back early enough because we knew we would have to get up early the next day!
Why? Because that's the day when we planned to climb Mt. Fuji! The day I've been preparing for so long! The day I've been reserving the mountain hut and expensive bus tickets for.
Back in the hotel, I was really extremely tired. All that was left, was taking a shower and packing stuff for tomorrow. I kicked my brother out of the room and was already on my way to take a shower when I saw that somebody had called my cellphone.
It was the mountain hut. I immediately called them back. I already had a bad feeling about this.
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That's all for today.
Sorry it got so long.
[music]: move - Dogfight
[mood]: nerdy