✦ ぷっちょ - バナナ (東京限定)
Today let's explore another of my sweets from Japan! It is Puccho sweet in Banana flavour~ This flavour and packaging is Tokyo exclusive. In the previous entry I talked about having a limited edition thing going on for me and here is the proof. I'm not a big fan of sweets so I am very sure I bought this solely because of the packaging lol. Isn't it so cute!!
If you're not familiar with Puccho, they're kind of like Hi-Chew or Fruitella. Soft and chewy and the flavours releases into your mouth slowly. They have regular flavours like Apple, Grape, Soda and Orange, to name a few, but this Banana flavour is limited edition. I think it is probably related to the Tokyo Banana, which is a mini banana custard cake, that is also Tokyo exclusive.
Product: Puccho Banana flavour by UHA
Where can you purchase this from: I got it from a souvenir shop near Meiji Shrine
Price: around ¥850 (5 packs of 10 sweets each)
Okay now, tell me how can you not fall for this cute packaging?! It is adorable!! (*T▽T*)
But wait there's more - it is not just the outside packaging that is cute too:
There are designs on each Puccho pack! Each of them represents something of Japan~ This will be really cute as an omiyage if you can get your hands on it.
But wait!! It is not just the front of the packaging, but the back too!!
(can't you already tell I am a sucker for cute packaging lol)
Just look at the designs!
The first represents Tokyo - you can see the Tokyo Tower, high-rise buildings and trains.
The second one is representing sukiyaki - japanese hot pot.
I'm not too sure about the third one though but it seems like it's representing summer~
The fourth one represents Asakusa - a famous Buddhist temple, and the last one being Odaiba!
But!! There are more designs at the side too! Lalalalala (~￣▽￣)~
Here you can see the Shibuya 109, sumo wrestling, senbei and ningyo yaki and autumn season. Senbei is japanese rice crackers and ningyo yaki is a mini character cake with red bean paste in the middle~ Asakusa has rows and rows of shops selling them so they're known for it.
As for the sweet itself, there wasn't anything special about it. It smelled of faint banana and milk and the insides have a bit of citrus taste. Each pack has 10 sweets and I have 5 packs so........ I would need to give some away to my friends because I for sure can't finish all 50 sweets by myself! ಥ_ಥ
On to better things - November is coming to an end and I am preparing to welcome the month of December! I recently bought a chocolate advent calender and I am so excited for it! I will talk more about it in my next entry~
Thank you for reading (๑>◡<๑)
✦ Blueberry Cheese Cake KitKat
So I was looking through my food stash and realized that I have not tried this box of KitKat that I got from Japan! It is in Blueberry Cheese Cake flavour........ ఠ_ఠ Yes I know it sounds weird but it was delicious! For an unforgivable reason, the flavours in KitKat flavours in Japan are crazy cool, some being seasonal and limited edition. Japanese have this craze over limited editions, be it food, stationeries, toys, cosmetics and more. I think I might have caught on this craze...
I went to Japan in September this year and they had this on sale at Narita Airport, when I was there for my return trip back to Singapore. This is exclusive to Japan so please do check out the KitKat flavours if you ever travel to Japan! Last year I brought back Strawberry, Sakura Matcha and Matcha flavours back (´▽`ʃƪ) During my trip, I had Matcha (which is green tea) and Dark Chocolate. Matcha is a common flavour, just like the regular milk chocolate so they can sometimes be found in conbini (convenient shop), supermarket or sweets shop.
Some flavours are seasonal while some are exclusive to the airport/prefectures/omiyage shops. Omiyage means souvenirs. Let's not get started on the souvenir craze in Japan too lol. But it is because of this omiyage culture that exclusive flavours are being produced. Strawberry and Sakura Matcha aren't limited edition flavours but they are exclusive to airport and omiyage shops. Prefecture exclusive means that a particular flavour is available in Osaka but not in Tokyo, for an example. Maybe I will explain this craze in a future blog post!
Product: KitKat Blueberry Cheese Cake by Nestle
Where can you purchase this from: Narita Airport (this item is seasonal)
Price: around ¥1200 (9 packets)
As you can probably tell from the packaging, this flavour is for the autumn season! It is an exclusive Mount Fuji flavour too but it was also available at Narita Airport. There are only 9 packs of KitKat in it, which is expensive for it's price but hey, ~SEASONAL~JAPAN~EXCLUSIVE~ ఠ_ఠ
The KitKat in Japan are smaller than the ones in Singapore, probably smaller than the rest of the world too, but this is the regular size - it is shorter. At the back of every KitKat, regardless of flavour, there will be a small space for you to write messages! This is also part of the omiyage culture - short messages can be written on it when you give it to a friend. It is always the little details in Japan that I find so cute~
This actually do smell like cheese! It is not overpowering though. It does not smell of blueberry and it taste like vanilla. It has a really pleasant taste to it ♥
I cannot believe I rambled so much on a post about KitKat ∑(O_O；)
If you read through this, thanks for reading!!
✦ Pokémon X n a n o b l o c k
So a few weeks ago my brother gave me a surprise present! From the title you can guess what it was - Pokémon nanoblock! Not just any Pokémon, it's Pikachu!!
Alright now, Let me take this time to make it loud and clear that I am an absolute POKEMON FANATIC
☆*:.｡. o(≧▽≦)o .｡.:*☆
I eat and breathe Pokémon like you wouldn't even believe it, and yes I am 23 years old but who said Pokémon are for kids?! I've played almost all the generations from Pokémon Yellow till Pokémon Heartgold - I'm left with Pokémon Black/White and XY to play. I am still saving up for a Nintendo 3DS, it is so expensive omg. I forgot to mention that I've watched every single Pokémon episode and am still following the anime religiously!! My favourite Pokémon is Charizard!! IF YOU DO NOT KNOW BADASSERY, CHARIZARD IS YOUR BADASSERY EXAMPLE.
Wow talk about getting carried away...
Anyway I've contemplated for a long time about getting the Pokémon nanoblock because it is not cheap. Now that my brother had bought this for me, I feel obligated to get Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle to complete the set...
Product: Pokémon X n a n o b l o c k
Where you can purchase this from: Kinokuniya Singapore
Nanoblock is a product of Japan and is basically mini Lego! Besides Pokémon, They have Sanrio, Rilakkuma, Disney characters and famous landmarks all over the world like the Tokyo Tower, Statue of Liberty and the Sydney Opera House etc.
Here are the mini contents of the pack:
Everything is so tiny!! This is definitely not recommended for kids. They are very easy to lose so I would suggest you to do it on a tray or a clutter-free table. Even though there are 2 extra pieces for every shape, once you lose them, that's it, the block is gone forever - it will be like finding a needle in a haysack. Oh, the pack also has a detailed pictorial instruction included.
It was difficult to hold the pieces, let alone try to stack them together because they are so fragile, a slight jerk and you'll dismantle your figurine. In the manual it is stated that they have a tool that makes the assembling of the nanoblock easier but I did not have that. Maybe if you are doing a more difficult set like a landmark, I would suggest you to get the tool.
In total I took 20 minutes to complete. It is fun once you get a hang of it, though it can get a little frustrating because I am so clumsy, I kept accidentally plucking Pikachu's tail off (¬_¬)
Here is Pikachu completed!
H O W A D O R A B L E I S T H I S ♥♥♥
You can't really tell the size from the pictures but the height is probably the length of your thumb, and the ear is the size of your pinky nail!
This will make a great gift for someone who likes the character or someone who is into pixelated artwork, this will be great to have in their collection~
Have a great week ahead, thanks for reading!
✦ Review - Palty Sakura Creamy hair color
Product: Palty Sakura Creamy hair color by Dariya
Where did I purchase this from: Watsons Singapore
Note: Printed name for this color is Sakura Creamy, but a sticker was stuck on, labelling it Cherry Bleach Creamy instead.
Here are the contents in the box:
The instructions do come in 4 languages - English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese. They're detailed with side notes so I advise you to read them thoroughly before proceeding!
1. Wash your hair on the day of coloring or a day before, and do not use any conditioner or styling products. This is to allow the hair dye to penetrate into the hair strands better.
2. You'll need a cape to protect your clothing or you can always wear an old shirt.
3. Hair clips for sectioning your hair! I separated my hair in 5 horizontal sections.
1. Squeeze the tube of cream dye into the bottle of developer and shake to mix well.
2. You can choose to pour the dye mixture into a bowl and use a brush, or just screw on the comb attachment and apply directly - whichever method you're comfortable with. Since I am only retouching the roots, I used the comb attachment.
3. Always start from the nape - bottom up first! This is advised from Palty and I find it more efficient in my experiences with hair coloring. Slowly work your way up, taking care of the hair line and parting, they're the most visible parts.
4. Bottom > sides/hair line > crown/roots > bangs
5. After application, massage the dye into your hair to make sure every strand is evenly covered.
6. Use a disposable shower cap or a shrink wrap to keep the moisture in. The warmth from your scalp will help develop the hair color.
7. Development time varies for everyone, taking hair type/texture into consideration. Palty advises 15 minutes development time, but if you have coarse hair, please allow more time. (I developed mine for 25 minutes. Detailed explanation below!!)
8. Rinse off and shampoo twice until the dye is all rinsed off. Condition as normal and use the Tsubaki treatment sachet provided on towel-dried hair as a leave-in conditioner.
And you're done!!
This is the color chart on the back of the box:
Sakura Creamy is a warm tone color, with a slight red tinge to it. Since I have brown hair with pink and purple highlights, I figured this color will be matched well.
How many boxes of Palty hair dye do I need?
Do take note I am only retouching my virgin black roots with 1 box of dye and it was barely enough, but it's because I have a lot of hair. If you're intending to do your entire head of hair, I'd recommend 2 boxes for shoulder length hair and 3 boxes for chest length hair. It might seem a lot but it is to ensure even courage of the dye, especially if you have a lot of hair like me, or if your hair texture is coarse. Please gauge your hair length/type X amount of hair dye you need before hand!!
What is the development time need for the best result?
Firstly, my development time was 25 minutes. Secondly, I was only coloring my virgin black roots. The development time varies with the different types of hair. Let me go through it one by one:
Fine/coarse hair - I have fine hair. Generally coarse hair will take a longer time for the hair color to penetrate. Like Palty advised, give 10 more minutes for the color to develop, if not, another 10 minutes. I will not advise to leave it on for more than 1 hour although I know of people who do that. Please always constantly check the color process, especially if you have fine hair. Just like the opposite of coarse hair, fine hair develops very fast and the color may turn out brighter than you'd like even if you leave it on for the recommended time of 15 minutes.
Dyed/bleached hair - From my experience, dyed hair is stubborn in taking in the color so it may need a longer development time. Please also consider your hair texture, if it is damaged from previous dye jobs, do not leave it on for too long to prevent further damage. Bleached hair will take in the color faster than dyed hair because the hair strand can be penetrated easier. This also means that the color will fade easier too.
Virgin hair -Absolutely has not been chemically processed before, no dying, bleaching, henna-coloring, perming or straightening. Virgin fine hair will be the easiest, in my opinion/experience to take in the hair color. However if you have virgin coarse hair, it might not be as easy because of the bonds in the hair strands. Since it has not been processed before and the hair is coarse, the bonds will be very strong and stubborn. The process time will need to be longer than the stated time too. Again, please constantly check the development process.
I hope I had explained what I know about hair coloring clearly!
Now here are my before and after pictures:
As you can tell from the pictures, my black roots were completely and evenly dyed, however, the dyed hair just after my roots was dyed brighter. This is because the base was dyed brown hair instead of virgin black hair. I was dying my hair on my own so this can't be avoided! Strangely enough, my roots do match the color of my hair on the bottom half. My hair has 3 tones now! I do not mind this though, it covered my black roots and that was what I wanted. (≧▽≦)
Palty hair color will be perfect for virgin hair or for an all-over color job. Not much for roots retouch, unless you have a friend to help you in application. Just avoid applying beyond your virgin roots and you'll be fine, of course you have to choose the correct hair dye color that blends the rest of your hair!
The dye is not damaging to my hair and it does not smell of strong chemical. It had a mild...fruity/floral scent. The dye mixture also turned purple midway but this is nothing to worry about. I find that it does not stain skin or objects at all in my case, which is a plus!
I will rate this product:
Minus a star for having so little dye product in 1 box!
Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below~
Thank you for reading (๑>ᴗ<๑)