25 April 2014

Dislikes in Japan: Being Ignored

So just some day before I decided to start a new category here on my blog called "Dislikes in Japan". I think that there are plenty of bloggers out there who bring up all those positive things about Japan. But for me.. I want to cover it all. Not just the fun part. But also the reality. The reality of a foreigner, spending time in Japan.

So this is my first post about dislikes in Japan. And I'd like to bring up the frustration of being ignored (simply because you are a foreigner). I know that this is something that not all foreigners experience. So if you are a foreigner in Japan, who can't agree with me at all. I do get that.

Anyway. Something that has been bugging me for quite some time is how ignorant japanese people can be. A lot of the time when me, and honey have been visiting for example shops. And the salesperson start a conversation with "us", they won't even look at me. Seriously, not even glance. Ok. I do get it. I'm a foreigner. But the salesperson doesn't really know whether I'm fully capable of understanding what he or she is saying. Well, the truth is that I don't understand. Or well, sometime I can understand most parts of a sentence. And sometime I wouldn't understand a bit of what a person just have said. But should that really matter?

I find it really discriminating, and if not, even racist to be ignored like this. I am a human. Just like you. And I DO exist (I'd like to tell them). Would looking at me, if so even for a second, be that harmful for you? We foreigners aren't some kind of deadly disease.

Not only does it happen in shops. It happens in restaurants as well. The waiter/waitress will just automatically assume that I'm some kind of stupid foreigner. And yet again.. I'm being ignored. It doesn't happen all of the time. Of course. But I'd say that it's happening way too often.

I've never seen this kind of behaviour here in Sweden to any non-swedish-looking person. And hopefully I'll never have to see it. Maybe it sounds silly to some of you, to care about something like this. But when it happens, over, and over again, it ain't too fun. And it kinda makes you feel useless. Or at least that those kinda people think that you are useless. Hm..

Well, I've got to say that it's quite interesting to see, and experience things from a different point of view. To be a foreigner in Japan, has made me EVEN more sympathetic about how foreigners in Sweden feels. And I can now understand some of their frustration. Even though we might have different problems to deal with. Being a foreigner is hard. Fun, and interesting. But hard. 

All of the good things outweighs the bad points of Japan luckily. At least for now. lol.
Have you ever experienced anything like this in Japan!? Guess it isn't too uncommon. Especially if you're going/hanging out with someone japanese.

23 April 2014

My Favourite Mascara ♡


Today I thought I'd share with you, my absolute favourite mascara. I've been staying true to this mascara for many, many years. Although I really love beauty products. Which also means love to try different kinds of products. I've been sticking to this mascara throughout the years. Fiberwig from Dejavu is truly a great mascara. And I really do want to recommend it to you guys. If you can get your hands on this mascara. You should try it out.

Now, I haven't purchased Fiberwig here in Sweden for some years. But I do remember it being a lot more expensive here, than in Japan. I'm talking like 100SEK more. However, if I wouldn't have any other choice. I'd purchase it here in Sweden. Even though I'd have to pay that 100SEK extra.

What is so great about this mascara?
Well.. I LOVE it because it doesn't smudge. And you can really build up your lashes with it (as if you'd be wearing falsies). Since it contains fibers. It is super easy to wash off. All it requires is some warm water. And then, you just "pull" it off your lashes. I guess you could say that the mascara encapsulates the lashes. Even if you cry, or go for a swim, while wearing Fiberwig. It will stay right on. Just perfect. I feel like I never have to worry about my mascara coming off with Fiberwig. And I don't need any improvement throughout the day.

I think that my husbands old labmate is working at Dejavu as a researcher or something like that. If I remember correctly. So if I'm lucky, maybe we could get even more discount. Which is super nice ^^

This recent year, I've actually switched to using brown coloured mascara. Since It looks more natural. I kinda like to wear a more natural look. So it suits me better. And I think that girls with blue eyes suit way much better in brown mascara. It really enhances blue eyes. 

Xoxo Amanda

Have you ever tried this mascara before? What are your thoughts on it? 

If you look closely... you can actually see the fibers. Right? ^^

22 April 2014

Giraffage 08.04.14

About two weeks ago, I went to see Giraffage. One of my favourite producers. Brought some of my sweet friends along. And had a great time! Giraffage was sooo dope. Will definitely see him again sometime in the future.  I know I look like a total wreck in these pictures. But who cares? I think it's more important to have fun, than to "look good". And so sorry for the low quality in these photos. Hope they'll do anyway ^^

Spring Time

Hey guys!

After a veeeery long absence I'm back! Am absolutely sorry about it. First of all, my mac charger broke. And because of that, I couldn't do my studies. Which have left me with tons of things to do (as if I didn't have enough already). And since I've had tons of things to do.. I forgot to submit my application in time for new courses (a day too late), Which means I won't have any school during june, july. Makes me really bummed out. I was kinda counting on the money. Feeling pretty unlucky at the moment. Except from that, I have decided that it's enough with the bad luck. From now only good luck please.

How have you been!? And what have you guys been up to? I hope that you've all have been able to enjoy the lovely spring weather. Here in Sweden (Stockholm), it has been really warm these days. So I've been sitting outside for hours every day. Soaking in the sun. Not too bad :)

Baby have still not submitted the COE papers. But will do it on 30th april. So I still don't know when I'll be able to move to Japan. But I'm guessing in august latest. Hopefully. I feel really frustrated without him. Kind of taking it's toll on me. I guess on him as well. But honestly, I do find it very enjoyable to spend time here in Sweden. While Japan may be a very beautiful and fascinating country. Sweden is still a lot more cozy, and relaxing. Sometime I thought about how messy Japan can be. With all its' buildings, poorly planned layout, and sometime even unstructured nature. If you've been to Japan, maybe you somehow can relate to what I mean.

I don't really have any interesting pictures to show you. But I'll upload a couple of pictures from these recent days.

Seriously, I LOVE this ice cream so much!! One of my new favourites. Although, I wish it would have a thinner chocolate coat. 

I tried to make kind of Easter nailart. But I messed up on this one. Lol