Sunday, 20 September 2015

Bon Odori 2015 Festival @ Shah Alam~!!

Salam & hye everyone~!!

Ever known what a Bon Odori festival is? Bon odori is actually a Japanese dance festival which is usually celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar. In Malaysia, bon odori is held annually in Penang & Shah Alam, Selangor.

Recently, on 5th September 2015, the 39th Bon Odori Festival was held as usual at the Panasonic Sports Complex in Shah Alam. Andddd.... even though I live in Shah Alam, this was the first time I had the opportunity to go to the event! (╯✧∇✧)╯

People attending bon usually wear yukata (casual kimono) and geta. I bought my very first own yukata from a yukata shop in Damansara Damai. They also have a Facebook page, Cosplay and Yukata Shop

The yukata shop in Damansara Damai

All the yukatas on the shelves

The pink yukata that I bought for RM85

And since I'm a bit low in my financial budget, I decided to make my own obi (the belt worn around the yukata) and kinchaku bag (Japanese bag worn together with the yukata or kimono), besides a matching bow brooch for my hijab.

Obi, bow brooch and kinchaku bag

Me in a yukata

I went there with a friend of mine, who is also a Japan culture fan like myself, hihi.. Although it rained a bit for some time, the event still attracted hordes of people. Here are some pics taken at bon odori:

People performing several dance routines on the stage
(btw, the ones wearing the blue yukata & yellow yukata (with pink hijab) are the owners of the yukata shop I mentioned earlier)

The Kintako girl making takoyaki

Me trying to sit down by adjusting my yukata

Yummy takoyaki!!! (ノ^∇^)ノ゚

The crowd

For next year's bon, I'm planning on sewing my own yukata, if I can find the pattern, muehehehe... and maybe buy a pair of geta too! If you want to buy a yukata or kimono via online, why not try checking out Oh, Japan! or Tokyo Purple.

Did you attend Bon Odori 2015?  :3

Thanks for reading & happy blogging~!!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

DIY Photo Booth, Candy Booth & Guestbook Corner for my brother's wedding~!!

Salam & hye everyone~!!

Yes, it's been a while since I last updated this blog, hoho.. Anyway, today I'd like to update about my brother, Ayep's wedding reception, which was held recently on 15th August 2015

He has given me the challenge of making a photo booth, candy booth and guestbook corner. This is my first time ever doing such a project for a wedding, therefore I admit that the end result is quite simple yet pleasing, hehehe...

Below are the pics of the craft project for his wedding:

Paper bird cages

Props and decorations made from paper and felt

Photo Booth

Close-up of Photo Booth

Photo Booth Props (made from felt)

Candy Booth & Guestbook Corner

Candy Booth

Guestbook Corner

Wedding Guestbook

Close-up of Guestbook Corner

Close-up of Guestbook Corner

Apart from that, here are some pics of the bride and groom, family members and guests at the wedding reception:


It's been an awesome experience! Congrats to my brother and sister-in-law on their wedding. Thanks so much to those who have come. Andddddd....if any of you would like to enquire on the photo booth props or wedding guestbook, you can contact me via the contact page on my craft business blog. (๑˃̵ᴗ˂̵)و

Thanks for reading & happy blogging~!! ^_^

Monday, 6 April 2015

"Kena Main" @ Istana Budaya~!!

Salam n hye everyone~!!

I know I'm don't deserve to be called a blogger because I rarely update. I've been extremely busy with my studies, freelance work and crafting.

Last Friday (3rd April 2015), me and 4 of my classmates went to watch a theatrical play at Istana Budaya. The title is "Kena Main", hehe.. A classmate of mine got free tickets to the play, so he invited anyone who would like to come join. Of course, I immediately agreed, as this was my first time ever watching a play.

There are ethics if you want to watch a play at Istana Budaya. You cannot wear slippers or sandals, torn jeans, round-neck t-shirts and revealing clothes. You can go to Istana Budaya's website to obtain more info.

"Kena Main" is written and directed by Khalid Salleh. The play focuses on the lives of a group of blind street musicians (or buskers, as you may call them): Jusuh, Daud, Mona and Pie. One of them, Mona, is in trouble with the police because she ran away from home. Daud feels guilty as he was the one who invited her to come to Kuala Lumpur. A drug addict recognises Mona from a newspaper article and threatens Mona to send her to the police. As Mona panicks, a committee member of a welfare organisation and the organisation's lawyer help Mona with her police case. Meanwhile, Jusuh and Pie tricks Daud into giving himself in to the police. Daud, full of guilt, goes to the police station nervously, not knowing that he has been tricked by his friends. Lastly, the case is settled, and the four blind musicians are offered to play music at the welfare organisation's charity night.

This play has actually been staged before in 1998 and was entered in the Malaysia Book Record for being the first play to have real blind actors. However, this year, the play is acted by famous actors on a bigger stage, namely Eman Manan, Ebby Saiful, Aida Othman, Sani Sudin, Azizah Mahzan, Sabri Yunus, Fauziah Nawi, Azman Hassan and many others.

I had absolute fun watching the play. The theater was full of laughter. "Kena Main" (which means "tricked/getting tricked") is funny, inspiring and thought-provoking. And watching a live play makes you feel more connected to the characters played out.

Here are some pics, hehe..

My free ticket!!! ^_^

Me & Liyana

Selfie before the play starts, hehehe...

All the actors lining up after the end of the play

The director/screenwriter, Khalid Salleh

Taking a pic with an artist!!! >w<

I took a pic with an artist. I seldom watch Malay dramas/movies, but I seem to recognise his face. I asked my friends who were with me that night, and even they could not recall his name. Do any of you know his name? I would be honoured if you could help me out on this one, hihi~....

Thanks for reading & happy blogging~!!

Links for more info:
* Story about the director/screenwriter & the play:
* Review of the play:
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