"Happy New Year everyone! May God bestows us with new spirit and energy to glorify His name perpetually and to achieve all of our dreams. We pray for everyone including ourselves so we may leave our past sins behind and walk into the future hand in hand with God. Remember to never lose hope, have faith in God through times of deep despair for we will never walk alone. God bless you all!"
~ Gunawan & Melisa ~
To start this brand new day in this brand new year, we posted our unforgettable family trip to Japan back in late November. This was our very first autumn trip and it was already Christmas season in Japan, Christmas has always been our favorite season of all so this is indeed one of our most anticipated trip.
A cup of Starbuck's hot chocolate is necessary before boarding and as the song goes, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!
Arrived at Haneda Airport, safe and sound.
Saying hello to the world busiest intersection!
This delighting shot of Hachiko Statue was taken last year when we had our engagement session in Tokyo by our wedding photographer, Gaillard Mathieu.
Introducing Disney store's newest produt, Ufufy!! It's a bigger & chubbier version of Tsum Tsum with decent mild fragrance that we love so much! The picture below was the cute window display of fluffy Ufufy at Disney Store Shibuya.
Despite the fact that some people say Ichiran Ramen is an overrated touristy restaurant, it still managed to be our must-visit ramen restaurant. The unique experience is a must though. The flavors and experiences really bring back all the good memories from our first visit to Japan. You may not fond of the taste at first but once you know how you want your ramen cooked, it’ll definitely be a good one!
Rumor has it if you empty the bowl, you would be able to see a Japanese phrase saying thank you. We couldn't finish all the broth so we moved it to another bowl. There's a phrase, yes, but instead of saying thank you it says "この一滴が最喜びです" which means "This drop is the most pleasing" translated by google, of course.
Welcomed by Jill Stuart Wedding with its beautiful white building as we entered this street. Make sure to have your camera ready because there are tons of spots to take pictures. I believe the area of this street is 5-chome Jingumae, Shibuya-ku. You can either walk from Jill Stuart Wedding or from the other end of the street which is the alley beside GYRE Shopping Mall.
Fell in love with CO-CO Agepan, all of their breads are fried with healthy coconut oil 100%, don't forget to stop by and try them out if you're around.
Headed to Magnolia Bakery that's located inside GYRE Shopping Mall, hands down they have the best banana pudding! Banana Cupcake with Chocolate Buttercream is definitely a must try too. They don't make the banana cupcake everyday so if you're lucky enough, you'll be able to find them on the day of your visit.
We passed by this beautiful store which sells various kinds of beautiful Christmas ornaments. Look at how whimsical these things are. One of the things we love about wandering around Tokyo is we can find a lot of good things, very detailed made with its unquestionably good quality.
Our first day ended by having Tendon Tenya for dinner. Tendon Tenya is a food-chain restaurant and you can find them basically in almost every neighbourhood. It's very good, convinient and affordable.