Category Archives: Time Machine

July & August 2017


Nagoya University, JP (iPhone 7)

July and August ended in the blink of an eye. July marked the last month of the spring semester, also the end of first year. Couldn’t believe that it’s been almost a year since I moved to Japan and started university, wow.

I joined an inbound program with students from National University of Singapore (NUS) in the first week of July. We visited some factories and galleries, and did some group discussion together.

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Brother’s Gallery, Nagoya, JP (iPhone 7)

I was very busy with my studies after the inbound program (correction: since the inbound program). I had some papers to submit, some presentations and some papers in three weeks time. Not sure how, but I survived July. Before I had my last paper on July 31st, I went to Ise City in Mie with Ariunaa. This trip was sponsored by Meitetsu Japan. It was also my first time visiting Ise too. It’s been a while since I had some ‘girl time’.


Ise, Mie, Japan (iPhone 7)

The day after I finished my last paper, I went to Kansai with Michael. We planned to go to Tahara City, but it was a bit inconvenience for us. We booked our hostel few days before our trip. We didn’t really have a plan, it was kind of impromptu. We decided where to go the night before we left. But it was great. We ended up visiting Osaka (first day), Himeji and Kobe (second day), Nara (fourth day) and Osaka (last day).


Dotonbori, Osaka, JP (iPhone 7)


Nara, Japan (iPhone 7)


Himeji Castle, Himeji, JP (iPhone 7)


Kobe Harbor Land, Kobe, Japan (iPhone 7)

After Michael went back to Nagoya, I had 1.5 days for myself. I walked around Osaka Namba and Harakata after he left.


Harakata T-Site, Harakata, JP (iPhone 7)

Dawn, my sister and her friend came to Osaka on August 6th. Four of us traveled around Kansai (Osaka and Kyoto) for a week. The highlight of our Kansai trip was definitely Universal Studio Japan (USJ).


Typhoon Day @ Shinsekai, Osaka, JP (iPhone 7)


Universal Studio Japan, Osaka, JP (iPhone 7)


Arabica Coffee, Arashiyama, Kyoto, JP (iPhone 7)


Fushimi Inarai Taisha, Kyoto, JP (iPhone 7)

After Dawn went back to Tokyo, I went back to Nagoya with my sister and her friend. Three of us walked around Nagoya for a week before going back to Malaysia.


Oasis 21, Sakae, Nagoya, JP (iPhone 7)


I spent most of my time procrastinating at home after I got back to Malaysia. I went Ipoh on the Independence Day (31st August) with my family but it was kind of rush.

That’s all for my July and August. I will blog about my vacation soon (hopefully). Sorry for the lack of post. Once again, thanks for viewing!

Jiaxin x


June 2017

Couldn’t believe half of 2017 just ended. June was kind of busy (and boring) with all the midterms and presentations and papers (#unilife)

June 8th to 11st was Nagoya University Festival (MeiDaiSai). I went to the festival on 10th June. It wasn’t as grand as I expected, a little bit disappointing.


名大祭 Nagoya University Festival 2017


Nagoya University Festival 2017

Tamasen was surprisingly good, but the other food was just okay.


Nagoya University Festival 2017


this tasted awful. 

I went to Sakae with Michael after that. We accidentally discovered this “Tebasaki Summit 2017 手羽先サミット2017” at Hisayaodori 久屋大通, which literally meant chicken wings festival. I kind of like the ambiance there – people eating chicken wings, drinking beers and dancing. Japanese seriously celebrates all sort of things.


Tebasaki Summit 2017

Some random photos:
(1) Went to this cafe called Cafe, Drawing and Bar near where I stayed with Michael. The food was so cheap but good! Will definitely come back again.


cafe, drawing and bar 


cafe, drawing and bar


our dinner set for only 980yen (taste heavenly good!) 

(2) Went to Coco Curry House at Irinaka with Michael after we went to visit the housing agent. Coco Curry House is the only curry place I like in Japan lol


Coco Curry House @ Irinaka, Nagoya

(3) lovin’ my university​ campus.


School of Economics, Nagoya University. 


Outside North Co-op, sunset. (Nagoya University) 

(3) my new apartment view:




obsessed with the sky

Thanks for viewing!

Jiaxin x

April & May 2017


Yamazaki River, Nagoya (iPhone 7)

April was great. I went to few places to see the sakura (cherry blossom) with some friends and did hanami. I love the weather in April, it’s so hot in Japan now (well, at least it’s not humid).


Nagoya Caslte (iPhone 7)


Nagoya Castle (iPhone 7)

I moved out from the dorm in April too. I really hoped that I could stay in the dorm forever. The dorm was great, but we were only allowed to stay there for a year. I found an apartment near the university (around 10-15 minutes’ walk). Looking for a new apartment in Japan was so troublesome and tiring because I couldn’t speak Japanese. I was rejected for a few times just because I’m a foreigner. Also, I needed to stay at my new place without furniture, electric appliances (fridge & washing machine) and internet access for a while. So grateful that I have already settled down now.

Spring semester began in mid of April. I took more subjects compared to the previous semester. I’m busier, but I like this semester more.


cute school bus (iPhone 7)

The first week of May was the Golden Week holiday (3rd May – 7th May). I planned to travel to other provinces with Michael but all the hotels were booked and we didn’t have a good plan. We ended up staying in Nagoya. We went to Meijo Koen, Oasis 21, Nagoya Port, Osu and Yagoto. Golden Week holiday with him was great; we know each other better after the holiday ❤


Nagoya Port, Nagoya (iPhone 7)

The past two months were really hectic: moving out from dorm + catching up with school works. I felt so stressed out and tired every day.  I struggled a bit in some of the classes, glad that I have Michael to help me with (also, be there with me most of the time). Not sure if I could manage all these without his companion.


cute Starbucks barista ❤

Guess that’s all for this time. I will try to update more consistently (since I finally have Wifi now). It’s so hot in Japan now! Not as hot as Malaysia, but still. Stay hydrated! 🙂

Some random photos:


lovin’ the sunset (on my way home) (iPhone 7)


view from my new apartment (iPhone 7)


Asia Legal Plaza @ Nagoya University (iPhone 7)


played frissbee with Lenny for the first time


summer @ Nagoya University (iPhone 7)


May 26th, 2017: Global Political and Economic Scene @ Nagoya University



soccer class (every Friday after lunch) *sigh*



Thanks for reading!

Jiaxin x

March 2017

I hope March can last a bit longer 😦

March 1st: finally signed up as an organ donor (things to do in 2017 & 101 in 1001 challenge)



Cheras, Malaysia


March 11st: went back to Ipoh to celebrate grandma’s 81st birthday ❤ I missed her so much



Cameron Highland, Malaysia.


Cameron Highland, Malaysia.


Cameron Highland, Malaysia.


March 12nd: visited Cameron Highland with family



Taman Tasik Raub, Malaysia


March 18th: was supposed to have a movie date with YanZhuang but we were too busy talking until we forgot the movie time. we went to two bookstores and spent hours there. (also, a toy store oops)


March 24th: completed my 2017 Goodreads reading challenge (not a big goal but still)


March 26th: came back to Japan again after five weeks of holiday ;(

some photos from March:



my first proper henna


Tsuruma Park, Nagoya.


Tsuruma Park, Nagoya.


Tsuruma Park, Nagoya.



Tsuruma Park, Nagoya.


cherry blossom @ Tsuruma Park, Nagoya.



Thanks for viewing!

Jiaxin x

February 2017

February ended in the blink of eyes.


Startbucks @ Motoyama, Nagoya. 


Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs 

3rd Feb: I survived first term.


on the way back (@ Nonami)

6th Feb: Gathering with the second year senpai (aka senior) and first year after we finished our finals. We went for shabu-shabu at Nonami.


thanks Mariko for the present ❤ 

6th Feb: Mariko came to Nagoya to visit me. We spent our evening at Oasis21, and did some stationary shopping at Nagoya Station.


happy to know that you like the movie too  (@ Nagoya Station)

11th Feb (snow): Went to watch Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children with Michael. I thought I wouldn’t be able to watch this movie in the cinema. It was good.


early morning, book, iced coffee, combini. 


Higashiyama Zoo, Nagoya. 




Higashiyama Zoo, Nagoya. 


thanks Le and Anh 

14th Feb (Valentine’s Day): Went to Higashiyama Zoo with Michael. We didn’t manage to find Shabini (the handsome gorilla) (or we did see him but he wasn’t handsome at all). It didn’t matter, it was a great day 🙂 (ps / received two boxes of chocolate from Le and Anh)



Nagoya > Tokyo 


view from bus ride 


on the way to Tokyo 

15th Feb: Visited to Tokyo again after 1.5 month. oops


16th Feb: Went to Tokyo Disney Sea with Dawn.


Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan


Meiji Shrine at 4pm



Shibuya at 4pm


Harajuku at 5pm


Muji Store @ Shibuya

17th Feb: went to Harajuku, Meiji Jingu and Shibuya.


Aqua Park Shinagawa, Tokyo. 


Aqua Park Shinagawa, Tokyo. 

18th Feb: went to Aqua Park Shinagawa before flying back to Malaysia.

19th Feb – : spring break in Malaysia


Thanks for reading!


Love, Jiaxin

January 2017


Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan (iPhone 7)


Kishoji, Tokyo, Japan (iPhone 7)


Inokashira Park, Tokyo, Japan (iPhone 7)


Tokyo Sea Life Park (iPhone 7)

I spent the first three days of 2017 in Tokyo with Dawn. We went to Odaiba after Sunday Service on 1st of January, Harajuku and Shibuya on the second day and Tokyo Sea Life Park on the third day. (will blog about the Tokyo trip soon hopefully)


Kariya Highway Oasis, Japan (iPhone 7)


Okazaki, Japan (iPhone 7)

13rd January 2017 – School of Economic Factory Trip. We visited Kewpie Factory and Maruya Hatcho Miso Factory. Also, we went to Okazaki Castle Park (but I did not go in the castle)


Myoken, Nagoya: Dorm Room View (iPhone 7)


Myoken, Nagoya: Dorm Room View (iPhone 7)


Nanzan Univeristy, Nagoya (iPhone 7)

14th January 2017 – First now in Nagoya



Myoken Dorm (iPhone 7) 


27th January 2017 – Lunar New Year Eve. This was my first time celebrating Chinese New Year without my family. Some of my Vietnamese friends organized a Lunar New Year Eve party at the dorm, new year eve was less lonely with them. We played cards until one in the morning when we were supposed to be preparing for our final exams (sorry, #nerdproblem)



Sai Dining, Nagoya University (iPhone 7)


Central Library, Nagoya University (iPhone 7)


January was a stressful month because of all the final exams, papers and presentations. I spent so much time studying in the library and cafeteria. Glad that everything is over now.



Myoken, Nagoya (iPhone 7)



Thanks for reading!


Love, Jiaxin