Fantastic Beasts and Mail from Disneyland

Assalamualaikum w.b.t.

Last Sunday, I watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with my brother at Toho Cinemas, Shibuya. My second time watching a movie in Japan. I prefer watching in Malaysia, though, since the prices are MUCH cheaper and the crowd isn’t so hambar (lol). For example, when I watched Captain America: Civil War last May, there was this part where Iron Man needed Spider-Man in combat ASAP, but he said, “I have homework”. Dan saya pun ber-hahaha sorang-sorang dalam wayang tu…. diorang tak gelak langsung… scene lain pun tak gelak….. 😐

But anyway, the movie was fantastic. Can’t wait for the next four. I didn’t think I’d like a movie set 60 years before Harry was actually born, but I was wrong! I love the characters and themes and storyline. Also, all the Potterheads have been resurrected from the dead.

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A fanart I drew of my new favourite Hufflepuff.

Speaking of Hufflepuffs, I lost my right Hufflepuff glove at Disneyland last Friday. I was busy taking pictures in front of the castle, after the final parade of the day and it is a pain to use a phone when wearing full-finger gloves. So I took the right one off, and I didn’t notice when it tercicir somewhere. Tak jumpa langsung kat lantai. Padahal baru 5 minit berlalu, dan saya tak bergerak jauh pun.

All the cleaners I asked directed me to the Lost and Found. There was a long queue there… you would’ve thought they were queueing for a ride, man! But queues (berdiri pulak tu) are VERY normal in Japan. That’s why the Japanese are so patient.

In Makkah there’s this black stone at one corner of the Kaabah called Hajarul Aswad. People who visit the Kaabah try to touch or kiss it (as it has many benefits), but not everyone succeeds because it is super crowded and there is a lot of pushing/shoving. As my Dad always says, if the Japanese were in charge of Masjid al-Haram, everybody would get to kiss Hajarul Aswad.

I must’ve queued for around twenty minutes. After all, it was a HUFFLEPUFF glove. From UNIVERSAL STUDIOS. All the way in OSAKA. (And it cost quite a bit…) Harry Potter merch dahlah sangat susah nak jumpa. It’s like losing a limited edition Prada bag. Kalau saya beli sarung tangan tu kat kedai Daiso 100 Yen depan rumah lain cerita lah.

Anyway, the people at the counter were nice and friendly, and I got to see how the Japanese write in shorthand. It looked like almost 100% Kanji characters. They also took a picture of my left glove.

On Tuesday, I received mail from Disney. Yay! Syukur Alhamdulillah.

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They would even post lost items to your country for free if you live outside Japan. However I believe that applies to all Disney parks around the world.

Still, my mother lost her diary in Osaka once – an item of low commercial value – but they actually mailed it to Malaysia (she wrote her address in it).

May we too incorporate good moral values in our lives, InsyaAllah.

35 Days in Japan, Part 3 – Nikko

Continued from Part 2.

13 November – 15 November

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On the 13th of November, Dad had his company’s family day in Nikko. We stayed in a hotel for two nights and had four super-elaborate Japanese meals for breakfasts and dinners. The meals must have cost a lot, and I mean A LOT. They were carefully crafted, decorated elegantly, and every mealtime had about eight to ten dishes we had to finish up. I wish I could say my stomach was feeling happy about this, but I am sooo not a fan of Japanese food. But I really, really appreciate the effort.

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We visited Tobu World Square, a park with buildings from all over the world built to a smaller scale. We saw the Statue of Liberty, Big Ben, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, Angkor Wat, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, the Parthenon, St. Peter’s Cathedral, and of course, Tokyo Tower. Sucks that the Petronas Twin Towers weren’t there. It was beautiful at night as the buildings were all illuminated.

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Edo Wonderland was pretty cool too. A park designed to reincarnate the Edo period of Japan. We watched ninja shows and explored traditional Japanese shops and saw a lot of women in kimonos. There was also an anti-gravity house (Aimi fell down and cried), a super-complicated maze, and a haunted house. Yay!

Other than that, the five of us took walks to appreciate the gorgeous autumn leaves that you can’t find in Tokyo. We even put on yukatas that the hotel provided for us. It was nice to be in a relatively quiet area after being stuck in busy Tokyo for so long. Nikko reminded me of Urasa. Dad and the kids even bathed their legs in a hot foot bath.

Still, it was hard to find halal food and we couldn’t cook in the hotel, so it was nice to be back in Tokyo. We also stopped at an R&R called Sano, and saw an ad for Sano Premium Outlets, which I got excited about because my housemates and I had been watching Hana Kimi during our last two weeks at UiTM.

To be continued with Part 4.

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Assalamualaikum w.b.t.

Bila aku usha account StatCounter aku, aku perasan ramai pula orang baca blog aku. Terima kasih semua! So, aku telahpun berhijrah ke WordPress. Kekok juga sebab sejak darjah lima/darjah enam aku guna Blogger dan Tumblr sahaja. Dan aku tukar url aku kepada ‘artsyfah’ sebab nak menaik taraf brand recognition aku. Huh? Brand recognition tu apa? Hm, siapa yang belajar advertising / graphic design / entrepreneurship tu tahu lah (…macam lah aku pelajar advertising / design / entrepreneurship).

Tapi bila aku import segala post aku ke WordPress, format semua berterabur. Terpaksalah aku edit satu-satu. Penat, k. Nasib baik HTML bukanlah sesuatu yang asing bagi aku. Oh well. Penghijrahan kan perlu pengorbanan.

So hari ni hari terakhir sebelum GST. Tapi aku masih tak dapat beli kamera yang aku nak ;____; *renung ke luar jendela, bayu pagi meniup lembut*

Hari ni juga hari jadi ke-47 ibu aku. Sempatlah jugak aku buat hadiah dia malam tadi.

Terima kasih Mummy sebab berfungsi sebagai jantung keluarga semenjak hampir 19 tahun yang lalu. Sorry for all our mistakes and I hope you can continue to inspire and raise us well. As they say, a mother’s work is never done. Make the use of the three years you have before you turn fifty. Heheh.

Had a really bad day at driving school, and spent nine hours there. Dah stress tahap maksima dan rasa macam nak bunuh orang je. Tapi syukur Alhamdulillah, aku jumpa seorang kawan dari MRSM dulu. Nasib aku pakai baju Gemilang SPM. Dari jauh dia dah nampak aku. Kami adalah berborak selama lima minit. Sekejap je tapi cukup untuk menghilangkan 90% daripada stress aku.

There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe. Warp drive… wormhole refractors… You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold.” – Doctor Who