I was procrastinating it because of uploading in pictures, editing the pictures, writing etc. HAHAHA, but ohwells. Since i have nothing to do now!
Decided to go Shanghai Pudong ChinaJoy Finals with Alan at first, but in the end because of my schoolwork, Alan and I decided to go the one at Shenzhen instead, which is immediately like a week after we have booked the tickets. It was going to be held at Shenzhen on the 23rd and 24th of June, which is the weekend which just passed.
Took Tiger airlines, and the seats are really.. rigid. Had muscles aches all along my neck, and here's an advice to everyone - if you were to take Tiger Airlines in the future, i would hope that you guys will not travel more than 4hours with this airline. Unless you are willing to sit up straight and have minimum sleeping time/ugly sleeping posture/auntie behavior. LOL. Alrights, on with the entry! Flight took off at 7pm, and we reached Shenzhen at approximately 12.30am. It was in fact, delayed arrival for around 30mins - 1hour. Felt really bad for the driver which waited for us for so long to drive us to the first hotel.
Stayed at Lee Garden Inn, Dongmen for the first three nights. The receptionist was excellent for the first night, because we changed room thrice and she never once got irritated or annoyed at us. She even helped us order room service because we are so goddamn hungry from the whole journey. The hotel room was ok as well, and the restaurant next to the hotel serves really good food too. The only thing about the food over there is that its really oily, and the last section of the rice is practically soaked in oil blergh. But its nice, and good. I remembered the milk tea being so nice Alan and me ordered twice for each of us the third night.
Day 1 - Wednesday
Went to Hong Kong via Metro, and everything took around 1.5hour. We have to take the metro to Lo Wu station, before going through the China and Hong Kong custom, and took the train to Hong Kong's Mongkok which is really far. About 45minutes.
Bought an Octopus card because the travel guides that we borrowed told us that having one of these would make transport cheaper and easier. It works something like the ez-link card in Singapore, and the initial price is HKD150. Not bad, but the transport fee is rather expensive for me. HKD33 for each trip from Shenzhen to Mongkok, and that's around HKD66 (SGD11) for each time we go to Hong Kong. I must say that the reason for not going to Hong Kong again on the last day despite Siu V's constant persuasion is because of the transport cost. It's too expensive for me!
Haha, but apparently Alan feels that it's ok, but i still think it's too expensive for me OTLZ.
Walked around and bought some stuffs on the first day around Mongkok! Went to 新和中心 to look at all the CDs, anime merchandises and mangas. Ohmygosh, they have so many stuffs over there that Singapore doesn't have! Examples would be NicoNico Douga CDs, of which i spotted Valshe, Dios, and also Dasoku. Others include an array of Jpop CDs like Gackt, Gazette, Larc' En Ciel's latest CD, and also Sound Horizon full package!
Really, it's poison everywhere haha! Alan and me were going all
at all the items. I went there with the purpose of buying ZONE-00 mangas, and i actually searched for at least 10stores, and i almost gave up. The last store was just for luck, and it turns out that they have! HAHA, immediately bought volume 4-8 at one go for HKD180, which is around the same price as Kinokuniya when they are having their discount period. But I was so happy!! Ohyes, and they even have shops that helps customers to buy items from Ebay, Taobao, Japan Auction and so on. SG should have services like this! It would be good
I am so in love with this series right now, and the art is so nice! Going be all eagle-eye on all zone 00 cosplays right now, just so because i am officially a fangirl of this series now hee hee
Day 1 was really about that, and we left Hong Kong at around 6pm. Oh, and we were searching for this place for a really long time. It's called <Ko's House> and sells a lot of Japanese brand cosmetics at a cheap price!
A picture of the shop i took of. Its called Ko's House, and located inside a building. You may have to search for a while before you find it. Bought a diamond lash eyebrow concealer for HKD89 (SGD15) from this place. Still experimenting with it, hopefully it works well enough for my upcoming cosplays that is
Headed back to Shenzhen and went to Lo Wu Commercial Centre to find tailors for our costume. To be honest, i'm not sure if Zone-00 's hime dress is worth SGD90, with the cost and everything there, excluding shipping. I was in fact, a little shocked at this price. Alan is tailoring his Bride of the water god's Haebek costume for around SGD200 excluding shipping, but his seems fine because it's complicated. In the end i backed out on another costume because firstly, i don't trust them enough yet since its the first time i'm working with this tailor. Secondly, i still think its expensive. Alan told me that this is the price for the skills, and it would be more expensive online and etc etc. But i still think its expensive. Haha, i know im stubborn. But the feeling of being 'scammed' just because they know im from overseas makes me feel unhappy.
I don't like being treated as an idiot. & the travel guide that i read was saying about how you should bargain, and offer 10% of the price offered there.
Day 2 - Thursday
Woke up at 2pm
. I really have no idea it was this late! I supposed it was because the last two days was really tiring for both of us, and i was like "omg 2pm?!"
I mean, travelling overseas = waking up early = maximizing the time , so i was really shocked at myself for waking up in the afternoon. Headed off to Lo Wu to pay for the remaining of the costumes + measurements. Bought lace as well because I have been planning to cosplay Paradise Kiss and i wanted to make a gown!
It looks ugly here. Lol. But it actually have 5layers. Bought it for RMB240 (of which Alan decided to sponsor RMB40 because he couldn't stand me bargaining with the tenant). Its around SGD40-45 for 11metres worth of this. Not bad i guess, i mean i don't see such cloth around Singapore selling for such a cheap price. So despite the bargaining process failed, it's still a cheap buy for me
Splurged at Hong Kong today. HAHA. Bought a singlet for HKD49, a pair of red heels and a pair of slippers for HKD180, a pair of cosplaying boots for HKD100, and also ate and drank milk tea around Hong Kong!
Bought this as well for HKD10, which is less than SGD2. Omg, the quality sucks. Waste $.
We had this for dinner because we were just roaming around and we saw this shop which has many customers + pictures of celebrity = lets eat this. LOL! Its not bad! I ordered Cheese Ball while Alan ordered TomYam (i think?) . They have this special thing of which you can choose the level of spiciness you want to, and being lousy, i chose the 2nd one, which is less spicy. The first one was no spicy. Please don't ask me where is this store, because i have absolutely forgotten about it OTLZ. All i know is that it's around Mongkok.
The Gongcha sold over at Hong Kong! Bigger cup + cheaper. HKD14 for mine, which is around SGD2.
Singapore cheat $$ one!!
Haha! That's Alan and me over in the restaurant. People were staring at us because we were speaking in English, and well, broken English a.k.a Singlish. Siu V told me that when she first heard us talking in that, she thought it was our hometown's language or something. Apparently, Singapore's English is non-understandable to them. Coughs/
Scenes of Hong Kong! I feel so
when i was there. I mean its my first time being to Hong Kong, and now i see red cabs like the ones i see in all those Hong Kong dramas. I felt so happy and amazed. And emotional. Im so sorry, but i feel that its so amazingggg to go travel around and look at buildings your own country doesn't have! Oh and while walking on the streets, water from the old air-cons will drip and drop on you. Its irritating for some, but to me its like "new experience!" LOL.
Headed and reached Shenzhen later on day 2, and to our horror - the Metro over at Lo Wu has stopped service. So at this point of time, Alan and me were really worried. Because firstly, we are not the citizens over there. Secondly, Shenzhen is described as "the den of thieves" on the Internet. And thirdly, we were carrying lots of stuffs. I was having my scissors at the bag of my bag and putting on my most fierce and the 'im gonna kill anyone who talks to me' face while deep down im like wtf wtf wtf, i want to get to the hotel asap! Luckily, Shenzhen's police must be aware of how dangerous the country is, so there are like policemen patrolling around and walking around. Approached one and attempted to ask him where is the taxi stand. It took him 5mins to understand. He used another word to call the 'taxis' over there, but yes! Our communication was well, successful in the end.
Along the way there were people approaching us and asking us where we are going.
OK GUYS. LISTEN UP. ONE THING ABOUT SHENZHEN IS THAT - NEVER EVER TALK TO THESE PEOPLE.
If someone were to approach you and ask you to go on to their cabs for a cheaper price, don't ever believe them. Even if they look harmless, nice and kind. Its all fake. Heard all those scary reports from my Hong Kong friends about how they will drive you around and have you pay thousands of RMB at the end of the day, or drive you to somewhere, take your internal organs and throw the half-dying you at the side of the road. Really people, i was almost fooled by this 'beggar' which was saying how he lost his money and he needs merely RMB10 for a trip home until my friends told me that they have seen him around before. You can't be robbed everyday right?!
Luckily, Alan and me found the taxi stand shown to us and we take a licensed taxi home. Its quite safe to be on a licensed one. & they will issue you a receipt. & oh! Taking a taxi in Shenzhen is an experience. Be prepared to move around in the taxi as the driver goes all Initial D on you. Its quite an experience too as i must say!
Day 3 - Friday
The day where we need to check out of Lee Garden Inn to go on to the next hotel - CityInn Hotel over at 欢乐谷. Wanted to take a taxi at first, but the receptionist told us not to and take the Metro instead. She was saying that its rather far, and we should probably take the Metro since its RMB8 per person as compared to having RMB100 over for the taxi fare. Thus, we took all our stuffs and headed off. Shenzhen is really not handicapped-friendly. I wonder how people with wheelchairs move around over there. & another thing that i notice is that the people there are really not helpful at all. Even if they were to see an elderly carrying something really bulky and heavy, they ignore it. Before i went to Shenzhen, i couldn't understand this reasoning. It was only after that i been there that i came to realize - how would you not know that this is probably a trip to kidnap or rob you?
It's their culture there, so people should probably stop judging them so much.
Took around 30-45minutes as well to reach there, and took a taxi to our hotel. (Silly us, its less than a 5minute walk) afterwards when we came out to explore after putting our stuffs in the hotel room. One thing about the hotels over at China is that, their wifi sucks. It is so bad that you practically cannot go online at all, or you need to wait for millions of years to pass for a picture to load. I had to go to the lobby to have wifi connection to communicate with my mum on my itouch. & that's when i saw all the celebrity cosplayers being invited to the cosplay event. Friday was the first day, but we didn't went in. The entrance fee was RMB200 (SGD40) and we were planning to go in on Saturday and Sunday. SGD80 JUST on the tickets.
Now you know where my money went to. The cosplayers were staying in the same hotel as us, and i was trying to contain my excitement at seeing all of them. Kaname, Fay, 萧萧，小小白，沙漠，小羽 etc etc.
I was just sitting there and trying my best to stay calm when i saw 萧萧 omggg she's so pretty even in real life! I wanted to snap a quick picture, but then i thought it is really rude of me to do so. So i just captured the wonderful moment into my head and laugh quietly to myself hee hee.
The reason i got to know the Hong Kong cosplayers was because i went to talk to them on weibo. How amazing is that, and i made so many friends and had so much awesome memories during this trip. They told me that they were still on the way, and they were coming over from Hong Kong. Friday was really bored because the place had nothing to do at all. Even the shopping mall is high-class and im like ... i don't really want to come to China to spend on Burberry.
It's like their ION Orchard. Went to sleep at 12am and that was when Maggi came and say hi to me when i was sleeping and just opened my eyes. LOL!! Apparently Alan opened the door for her and she just came over to my sleeping + cui look and say hello to me. I was so shocked and OMG!! HAHAHAHA, I mean because i look bloody cui and bloody ugly. But i'm so glad she came over. When she went back, Alan and me were like .. can't sleep eh. Go find them. LOL. Went to their level and searched around, trying to guess which room they were in. Heard a room with all girls speaking in Cantonese, debated for 5minutes, and knocked on the door. Clever Alan, it was them at the first try HAHA!
That was when we met Yuri, Siu V, PiPi and Andrew as well. Went into their room, talked and chatted and went back to our room again to sleep and prepare for the next day. They were really friendly, and i'm so glad to have met them!
Alrights, gonna continue the next part of the trip in the second entry. Would talk about ChinaJoy + aftermaths. Hoho. Wondering if this trip will be split into three entries because there's a lot of things to share with everyone! :D