Monday, January 22, 2018

Museum MACAN Jakarta // Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kusama

Infinity Mirrored Room Yayoi Kusama Museum MACAN | www.bigdreamerblog.com
こんにちは,ドリーマー! I don't usually write about Museum or Exhibition here, but I MUST for this one! I didn't think I would make it to this hype museum because it's quite far and I didn't know who to ask to accompany there. Then, one of my friend asked if I want to go with them, of course I said yes. Therefore, I can write it here, yeay!
Museum MACAN (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara) was already open since 4 November last year, and I'm actually visited it pretty late, but it doesn't really matter, right? It's located at AKR Tower (Jalan Panjang, Kebon Jeruk, Jakarta) level MM. Simply ask the security there if you can't find the venue ;) It's better to buy the ticket via their website, it costs IDR 50k for adult, IDR 40k for students/senior, and IDR 30k for child. You still have a chance to visit it until 18 March 2018, so don't you buy your ticket now? Hehe.
Before entering the museum, we will pass the ticket checking gate first. The security will check your stuff and the rules are pretty strict. I brought my usual black backpack and he told me to leave it to the deposit counter because it's too big. I asked him why (I just have too much "why?" stocks in my brain) and he said it's the rules. Okay, sir. You can't bring your drinking water inside, too. 
| Tips: bring a small bag/pouch so you don't need to leave them.
Museum MACAN features 90 artworks from the Museum's collection in around 4000 meter square venue, which is pretty big and spacious (and cool!). Oh, they also offering some program and workshops!  I am no expert in art nor musem/exhibition thingy so this is pretty much just sharing what I love from the exhibition :) 
To be honest, I'm not a painting lover (just personal preference) and more into installation/ modern art. So.... I actually just left those parts and went straight to last section. I planned to go back from the front later tho, but I couldn't make it in the end. 
I have always wanted to see these cute artworks and installation since I saw them on Instagram. I'm a big fan of cute/kawaii artworks, so I know Takashi Murakami. I've fallen in love with these two cute rabbits called Kiki and Kaikai, oh look at that flower ball too!

SO CUTE I CAN'TTTT!!!!
This artwork is so me; "I do not rule my dreams, my dreams rule me."
Another artwork I love is this "Asean +3" by  Yukinori Yanagi. It's an artwork from the "Flag" series that consists of 13 national flags that make up the 10 members of the ASEAN + China, Japan, and South Korea. What amazed me is that each flag is made from colored sand and connected by transparent tubes....with ANTS INSIDE! I spent a lot of time here, lol.
Read this artwork and I was like "Hahahaha, genius". 
Also amazed by this artwork made by gunpowder :O
Anddd, finally the highlight of this post: Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kusama! Actually this is the main reason I want to visit Museum MACAN. The color combination just sooo me: pink, blue, yellow. I've been  a fan of Yayoi Kusama's infinity room. So sad I didn't visit the exhibition in Tokyo T.T 
We need to queue to get into this small room and we're only given 30 seconds because of the crowd. On the weekdays you can get 40 or 45 seconds, tho. Basically, everyone just want to take a photo inside this room. Well, me included. I queued for around 40 minutes and managed to take some photos. BUT! I didn't enjoy the artwork at all because I was busy taking photos. Which made me decided to queue again, this time to just enjoying the masterpiece (this time 1 hour *sigh*). You know, people these days visiting museum/exhibition not to purely enjoy the artworks, but taking photos for their Instagram feeds. I tried really hard to just shot some pics and enjoying the artworks without camera.
How to take the photos inside: step in straight, stop behind the yellow circle, and take your best shot. Be careful because there is water inside. Don't touch anything and no flash, please.
| Tips: Set your camera before you go in, Auto and Burst mode is recommended ;p
Here are some installations outside (you can enjoy them before going in or after visiting Infinity Mirrored Room). My favorites of course this Yayoi Kusama's "The Visionary Flowers" and Hulk Wheel Barrow. 
And guess what! I coincidentally met my friend Paula there :))) We spent most of our time together back then in middle school, hahaha. 
In the end, it's a shame I couldn't enjoy all of the artworks there. I even passed some sections because I spent too much time queuing for that Infinity Mirrored Room. Will visit it again by myself, maybe. Jaa, see ya on the next post 💖

Saturday, January 20, 2018

#japobsOOTD: Event Outfits


As you can see from this blog, I've attended some beauty events last year and each events had their own dress code. Here I am recapping the outfits that I wore to those events. Actually there are more than these, but somehow I couldn't find them anywhere, forgot where I store those pics T.T

Mad For Lipstick Event 

Here is my favorite event outfit. I came to this event straight from office and had to go back again #fulltimeworkerproblem. FYI, I never wear outfit like this to office, I wear something-you-will-wear-at-home outfit, hahaha. Mix and match game was strong for this one, I wore Paul Frank white top with black fringe bandage skirt that I never wear before, completed it with denim shirt. I also wore the black shoes for fresh look (hey, it's not sneakers, everyone!) and my blue bucket sling bag. Love this look, don't you? :p

Mizzu Event
This was like the easiest dress code for me: black and white. I have many monochrome pieces, but actually most of them are t-shirt. I tried to combine my One Piece t-shirt with stripes trousers and it looked plain so I added black varsity jacket. To make it even more casual, I wore sneakers. Well, this is the most comfortable event outfit I've ever worn, hahaha. It looked stylish too :))

Dear Me Event
It's unusual to see me wear something like this one: felt girly....and mature. You see, somehow I don't really like when I wear something that will show my true age, lol. I felt like it's the "standard" outfit girls my age wear. I wore white top from This is April x Chelsea Islan collection, which I bought because I love the design and paired it with "grandpa trousers" I got from Bershka. Completed the look with black shoes and yellow sling bag as a pop of color. My blogger friends still said this outfit was so me tho.

#BerasaJadiSelebgram Event
Felt like a kid with this outfit tho. The dress code was "Touch of Red" and I decided to wear something playful, hence I grabbed my red Mickey Mouse sweatshirt and denim. Not to forget my signature bandana (lucky I have so many colors, lol), white sneakers, and black backpack. You see, overall is the simplest hack to look stylish effortlessly. Adding some small touch like bandana or scarf also can make your look more stylish ;)


Dove Event
The dress code for this event was white and blue, and coincidentally I just bought a blue bucket bag. I wore this everyone's skirt (since it was like everyone is wearing it), a gingham asymmetrical skirt in tosca. I think this color is rare, at least, because everyone was wearing black one. I didn't want to wear something girly with this skirt so I chose my white Parent Advisory sweatshirt to pair with. Lastly, I put on white sneakers. Well, isn't it just so me? 

Natur-E Event
I can say that orange is not my color, or maybe it's just the top that's so-not-me plus my grown bangs that made look....older. I just decided to cancel my plan to grow my bangs before cutting it again- I CUT IT SHORT AGAIN THE NEXT DAY, hahaha. Just don't like it :))) Back to the outfit, orange was the dress code and I don't have any orange clothes unless an oversized tee that I bought in Japan, which is not really event-approved, imo. Sooo, I borrowed my mom's top, wore it with my purplish dress and sneakers for more youthful look. 
That's all! Which look is your favorite? Tell me on comment section xD
Stay tuned for more outfit post in the future~

Sunday, January 14, 2018

#BigDreamerInJapan: Guide to Osaka Castle (Park)

Sorry for not updating any post about my Japan post until now! I’m so excited to write about it, but the time and mood just…don’t match. As usual, I have to push myself to write this and ignoring my sleepiness, hahaha. Finally I will write about the long-awaiting (are you?)  post about my trip in Osaka last year (omg it’s already last year!), this time is Osaka Castle. I’ve told you before that I spent around 6 hours inside, it’s quite long time, huh? Let’s start, shall we ;)
As one of the most iconic landmark in Osaka, I just have to make it to Osaka Castle! My original plan was actually: go to Osaka Castle in the early morning, spend around 2 hours may be enough, then continue my trip to Nara.....MISSION FAILED. I was dead tired that I woke up late (actually not that late, it's 9 AM but my plan was ruined) so unfortunately I must cancel my plan to visit Nara before moving to Kyoto :( Despite of my usual bad panic reaction, I managed pretty well that day. The power of "let go", lol.

By train/subway (got from Japan-Guide)
  • Closest JR Station: Osakajokoen station (JR Loop Line)
  • Closest station to Otemon gate: Tanimachi 4- chrome station (Tanimachi Subway Line/ Chuo Subway Line
My guest house was really really near with Osaka Castle so I just walked there while enjoying the view + got lost because the road was so confusing. There was this funny and dumb thing I did. I had to cross the road and I was waiting for the vehicles to stop, it's sooo long until I saw an old man pressing the button for crossing.......I almost waited forever T.T
Found this beautiful flower but I don't know what is its name, anybody know? There was also a sign saying "Ajisai Garden" if I'm not mistaken, but didn't even notice it before I edited these pictures -_-
They also provide a map of (the huge) Osaka Castle Park there.
From that point, we have to walk around 20 minutes (I think?) to reach the Osaka Castle, it's quite far and long walk but you'll actually enjoy every steps you take tho. I walked pass so many sakura trees, I was kinda sad I came too early to see sakura's full bloom. It will be really really beautiful when it's blooming, like everything is pink omg. Wish I have another chance to visit it during cherry blossom! 
Along the path, you can see so many tourist in group too, and you know you're in the right path, lol. I saw these 4 cute metal little birds too. Don't know if there's a meaning? Hmm.

Walk, walk, walk, and walk until we can see Osaka Castle from afar. Then when arrived, I just randomly asked people to help me take photos. Thankfully other tourists were so nice and helpful, I also offered helping them taking photos tho :)) 

Osaka Castle park is actually free but we have to pay for some facilities inside like the Osaka Castle. The admission fee is 600 yen for personal (15 yo and younger is free) and can get cheaper for groups. If you have Osaka Amazing Pass, it's free!
Please note that you can't expect the interior of Osaka Castle to be the same with the past or you can see how the real castle looks like, because it's already turned into museum that shows the history of Osaka Castle + exhibition that shows war armour and everything left from the war. Those are the real one and we can't take photo of it. When entering the castle, we have to queue and follow the instructions to ride the elevator. They will send us to the top floor of the castle, which is the observation deck. We can see around the Osaka Castle park and other landmarks in Osaka city from here. I always love seeing things from high places, so I loved it so much. 
After you satisfied with the view, we will go downstairs one by one floor which has its own section: the history of Osaka Castle and those who lived inside it, the story of Nobunaga Oda, then following with war exhibition, omiyage stores, etc. Just follow the route and the people and you'll be safe lol. Oh, also don't take any photos of the restricted area please :) 
Overall, it's quite nice experience to know about the history and stuff, but it's super crowded and full of people so I felt a little dizzy after some time. I also bought some omiyage for my mom here. FYI, you can also take photos with samurai/warrior costume, after paying some yen of course. There was also some machine to buy medal of Osaka Castle and we can stamp our name on it. I actually made one but until I write this post, I already forgot about it and don't know where I put it........ Have to find it T.T

There are a lot of food stalls and snacks around the Osaka Castle. Despite the cold weather, I just had to have soft serve because I saw a lot of soft serve stalls along my walk to the castle. I'm glad I did because their Hokkaido Milk flavor was amazing! It's so good you gotta try it when you go there :) Oh, there was also Godiva soft serve that's pretty popular but unfortunately I didn't try it. Kinda regret it, I hope I can try it next time. 
Worry not, they also sell warm and filling food there. I bought stick okonomiyaki because I thought it's unique and I haven't tried or even heard about it before. Sadly, the stick okonomiyaki was not warm enough although it's actually delicious. 

After some walk, I found another street snack stalls that sell fresh fruits, yakitori, takoyaki, and many more. Couldn't stop myself from buying the strawberries. Yes, I love ichigoooo hahaha. One thing that will drain your wallet for sure: STREET FOODS!!
Actually, there are a looot to explore around the Osaka Castle Park. It's huge after all. I saw pink area from the observation deck and I was so excited because I was gonna see the pink flowers that I spent my time walking and walking just to find that place. Along the walk, I found a lot of beautiful spot like the huge bridge, climbed over the stones (stairs) to see the outside of Osaka Castle, took a lot of selfies with Osaka Castle behind, etc. 

Thankfully I succeed in finding that "dream place", lol. I thought it's sakura at first but turned out it's actually plum trees. It's super beautiful and I really really wanted to take photo with it so I just asked random people to help me take one #shameless. 

I picked up this petal from the ground, just because, hahaha. I was too excited seeing those beautiful flowers right in front of my eyes. I could only adore them in 2D form before, lol.
As I already too tired to walk that far, I decided to ride their tram which will send us to the nearest station (while enjoying the scenery). It costed me 300 yen if I'm not mistaken. 

Actually, Osaka Castle is also known as one of the best spot to see cherry blossom. Unfortunately I went to Japan/Osaka too soon that the sakura had not bloomed yet. Best time to visit Osaka is end of March- early April. HOWEVER! I did see the real sakura / cherry blossom! There were some early bloom inside Osaka Castle Park (just a little few of them) and I nearly screamed when I saw that. 
And it's not the end! I also saw these full bloom sakura at another gate of Osaka Castle omg I was so grateful and feeling blessed, hahaha. I, managed to shot a perfect sakura selfie after hundreds of attempts :)) 
That's it! Hope you enjoy reading this post and find it helpful too ;) Spent hours (and days) writing and editing the photos, hahaha. Will write another post soon! Jaa ne~

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