christmas shopping list



Photo from http://theones2watch.com/newwave/15710/

Worry not if you have yet finished or started your Christmas shopping for you hubby (Since this blog is written by the gentleman Chris, it makes more sense to provide you with a Christmas shopping guide specially for men), Chris has complied a list of gifts which are worth dying for. Pick one, wrap it well and you are ready to go. exactamundo


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A well-prepared grooming kit can never go wrong. It's a stylish way to keep all your day-to-day essentials handy whilst away from home and makes a socially-conscious gift, as all proceeds from the sale go directly to the charity. Alternative brands include Kiehl's (My favourite) and Acqua di Parma. 


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We all know it is never just a simple act of exchanging business cards but an opportunity to reveal your personal taste. A uniquely-designed cardholder can easily make you stand out from the parties. Plus, another magic little thing to break the ice. You may also want to have your initials imprinted on the cardholder, for this you can look for those from Louis Vuitton or Goyard as they have free initials printing service.  


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Sneakers are in again. You can dress up or down at ease with a pair of perfect sneakers. The bold stripe and segmented lace-up front sets them apart, while the flawless Italian construction keeps the effect sharp. If you have a tight budget, you may want to check out ZARA and COS. 


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Apart from buying tangible items, purchasing coupons for your another half for business meetings or casual catch-up with amigos is considered to be very thoughtful as well. The Entertainer 2015 contains coupons for dinning, entertainment, travel, to name and yet a few. You can easily save up to $10k if you use it smartly. Get them at the early price of $345 on their website.


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Despite the fact that we do by no means usually sweat a lot in Winter, sometimes [dudes] can still sweat a little bit and the smell can {sometimes} be really hard to take. Gentlemen usually prefer citrus and woody scents. You may want to check out Blue de Chanel,  Polo Blue Sport Ralph Lauren and Boss Orange Feel Good Summer. (Trust me, I have more than 30 perfumes if 25 brands.)



Photo from http://theones2watch.com/features/backstage/15470/

Merry Christmas and happy Christmas shopping!

osaka aquarium





















If you are a fan of marine animals, remember to drop by this Aquarium. The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan was named the Best Aquarium in Asia by TripAdvisor(R), the world’s largest travel site.
The aquarium won the Japan’s and Asia’s title in the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice(TM) Awards for Zoos and Aquariums, which gives honor to top zoos and aquariums worldwide based on reviews and opinions contributed by TripAdvisor travelers. The aquarium was also voted 13th among all the aquariums around the globe.

airbnb


If you call yourself a globetrotter and you did not know Airbnb, emmm maybe you should read this article and probably print it out and pin to your wall.

Airbnb is an agency that rents to out-of-towners and I'm guessing local men cheating on their wives *wink. I tried Airbnb in Japan and I have to say my hostel experience totally brightened up my whole trip - meeting strangers from all over the world and learning each other's culture.

I tried these two hostels and they are ah-mazing:
1) https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/574670


This one is located in Osaka, around 15 minutes walk to Shinsaibashi and Kuromon Market (hi, this is the place for you to meet other Hongkongers. I guess it's safe to say there are more Hongkongers than local Japanese there. So do stop by if you are homesick and miss the time speaking in Cantonese). The hostel owner has a few bicycles for free rental. It took me around 45 minutes to ride to the Osaka Castle, beautiful scenery along the way.

- oh, you can buy food 24/7 in 3 minutes because 7-11 is just downstairs opposite street.

*BUT there were loads of cockroaches in this hostel, like insanely a lot. But judging the price and the insanely-crazy-unbelieveably fast Wifi speed (the fastest internet experience I have ever had in my life), I can totally take its down side. If you are on a tight budget and are okay with cockroaches, this is the best place to stay in Osaka.

2) https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1004330






This is a cozy hostel in Nara. I stayed here for 3 days and the hostel manager Shinku was a heartthrob. This hostel has the most beautiful old-Japanese charm. It even has a gorgegous garden in the house. While preserving the traditional elements, this hostel also provides you with modern living style namely two jacuzzis (one in vertical and one in horizontal style, definitely two highlights of the trip and I tried both. I suggest using the vertical one). 

- I don't understand why they have a little shrine in the house. This makes me a little bit uncomfortable though ... But luckily I did not see nor feel anything strange so I will still come back next time if I pop by Nara. 




Please click the video to know more about Airbnb.  
*This post is sponsored by Airbnb.

oh deer (dear)







Since I had taken a countless of pictures of deer so I may as well just do a post on deer.

osaka











It has long been my dream to travel alone - wandering around in an unfamiliar place, talking to native people in their own language (えぇっ!ワイイ!Σ(^∇^;)えええええ~ comprenez vous? Vous devez avoir fait cela.), taking photos ceaselessly and essentially on anything you see (as if you would never come back again), you name it. [Okay, been there, knew it.]

SO I went to Japan alone two months ago and had experienced all these things. *virtual high 5 if you have done these too. we are cool kids* The trip was an impulsive one and I even booked my air ticket before booking hotels. *truly one rebel* but this is how things get interesting - when you are totally unprepared, everything becomes funny.

penhaligon's




Penhaligon's is an English perfume house. It was founded in the late 1860s by William Henry Penhaligon, a Cornish barber who moved to London and who became Court Barber and Perfumer to Queen Victoria.

My first collection of Penhaligon's, thank you my love Mallory for buying this for me all the way from the UK.

love from venus


My very first fountain pen. Thank you, Venus.

nostalgia




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