The official death toll for the Christchurch earthquake stands at 145 right now, with many still missing (there is almost no possibility of finding anymore survivors). We had a moment of silence at our school assembly yesterday, which I was very thankful for, and it was a great reflection on how big of an impact it has had on New Zealanders; even the loudest, rowdiest girls observed the silence.
I'm going to donate some money to the relief fund, so hopefully that can provide help (even though it will only be a little) to all those in need. I really wish I could do more! ｡･ﾟ･(ﾉД｀)･ﾟ･｡
PHEW. It seems really awkward (and almost tasteless) to start blogging normally again...
This will be a long entry as it's been a while! Just a warning...
Here's some outfit shots. (Some of them are very similar to previous outfits... `Д´)
I look rather sinister in the second one... ｀ー´
The last one is a bit odd. Also my jumper says 'Wednesday'. I wore it on Saturday. REBELLION
My very prairie-esque outfit that I wore to Auckland.
Last weekend I had a very exciting time in Auckland!
I had breakfast at this cafe that used old train carriages as rooms! It was becoming overgrown with plants and had this fantastic green light throughout.
I went to an antique store that had giant baskets of crocheted doilies and tablecloths! In the end I stumbled upon this diary from 1924. Everyday the owner, who is a young nanny by what I've deciphered, wrote in it. She accounts when visitors arrive at the house, day trips she goes on, and even the days when she washes her hair ‘～` She appears to be quite the budding photographer, as her cash account shows that she spend a good portion of her wage on film and film processing.
We've managed to source more information about the family she worked for, and a regional museum is pretty keen to display it! ﾟ ヮﾟ
I had a picnic at this gorgeous house!
Later in the day, I visited my (and my friend's) favourite shop of all time; 'DGL Crystal Symphony'. Although it sounds like a crockery store, it is in fact, a Russian gift store!
As soon as you walk into the tiny store you are greeted by this glistening wall of delight:
My father, the Russian shopkeeper and myself make a surprise cameo in this photo!
It is covered, floor to ceiling, in various bright-coloured matryoshka dolls!The store also sells glassware, various kinds of vodka (●´ω｀●), apparel and books on Russia.
The ladies who work there are Russian themselves, and are very kind and helpful. They also don't mind too much when I spend 1/2 and hour there just staring at everything ・ω・
After oogling Russian dolls for much too long, I went to Atrium on Elliot. This is a (very empty) mall that is filled with Chinese, Japanese and Korean clothing stores. One of my favourite stores there is 'Ippondo'.
It specialises in Japanese cosmetics. You can find all the famous cosmetic brands there like Dollywink, Canmake, and Shi Uemera. Because I read magazines like PopTeen occasionally, they were all familiar to me, which I think kind of surprised the woman working there. She was so adorable and kind; I felt really bad for not buying anything!
There also was another worker there in Mori Gyaru style. My camera had died by then, although it may have been awkward trying to ask her for a photo anyway... ┐(‘～`；)┌
I strolled around the mall and found a few goodies that I'll talk about in another post!
I was lost for words when I went to the Auckland Central Library and saw this miniature display! It was a cross section of a tree that housed a family of mice. It was so adorable- there was so much detail! (It's dedicated to an illustrator that has slipped my mind... D:)
As my camera had died earlier in the day, I had to take photos of it with my phone... ╯︵╰, I hope I can get up to Auckland again before it's taken down, so I can get some better pictures of it!
My friend drew this beyond adorable picture of me! ♥ Thank youuu! ♥ I hope she does not mind me posting it here- it's just really cute and I wanted to share it! ╥_╥ ♥
The cake... thing on the right is from a crafting kit from the Daiso.
I mucked it up in various places
Does anyone have any suggestions what I could do with it now? It's roughly 3 inches in diameter...
Congratulations if you've made it this far! ♥ I've actually cut this post down a lot- I was planning on writing a lot more, but I'll save it for another day. ◡‿◡
My heart and wishes go out to everyone from Christchurch and whoever has been affected by the quake. I also send the same love to the Libyans fighting against Gaddafi. ･ﾟ’❁,✿,｡･:*❀･ﾟ’❁