OSAKA 大阪

My personal choice in Japan.

My second destination is already well-known to me and, if you read my blog notes before, majority of my previous articles were written here, based on Osaka knowledge. 

So, it is clearly cheating from me to write a blog now. Doesn’t matter – I believe you can always discover something new if you really looking for it.

The reason why I called Osaka my personal choice is it is the place where you can experience everything you need in Japan if you really looking for it. 

First of all, looking at the city from gorgeous and unique architecture design of the Umeda Sky Garden, you will clearly see that the city is very modern and reminds you a bit of a Tokyo. When you walk down from the view point and start looking around the city centre, you realise how many international places around – another similarity with Tokyo. There is one huge difference, I would say one advantage over Tokyo, the Osaka city was not built crowded and touristic. The city obviously attracts millions of tourists a year, however, it is not trying to attract them with its touristic look like Tokyo does. This is what makes this place unique to me and my experience.

Throwing back to those long 7 years ago when I arrived to Osaka for a couple of months of summer holidays. That time I didn’t enter to Japanese school so was by myself and I needed to make some friends. 

I went to Starbucks (yes, before Australia I thought it was really cool place to be lol) and found a brochure with international meet ups. My English was weak but good enough to understand what’s written there regarding type of events, dates, locations and other important details. I carried that brochure everywhere like my passport. 

My International meet up journey started when I walked it to meet and greet at one Irish pub in Shinsaibashi. No-one checked my ID when I came to the bar and ordered Asahi. I sat down next to the international group – Canadian and American guys and one Japanese girl. They started talk to me. Found may first friends! 

Interesting to say that Ai (that amazing Japanese girl is in Melbourne now doing her own business in massage and beauty industry). We managed to catch in Melbourne last year – amazing that we both ended up in Australia. 

Those international friends took me on board and introduced me to meet up organisers. They took me to bike tours to Kobe and Kyoto. They got me to volunteer to international parties where I was given wristbands at the entrance. Then they were sneaking a VIP wristband to me so I could enter a party being 17 year old. Considering over age is 20 in Japan, I wouldn’t clearly experience incredible parties walking out the venue at sunrise time!

Anyways, the bottom line, Osaka was, is and will always be international hub in Japan but more inclusive than gigantic Tokyo. Going to Irish, English or international cafes pubs to find out where they meet up – I still believe that trip was my very best one because of that. 

Osaka is a bit cleaner – again, due to its size. It is easier to navigate around the city, the metro lines are more structured. Due to the fact that I have been there so many times, I can easily give you an overview of some of the areas to visit in Osaka. I went for a run the other morning and can say that outdoor walk/run is the best way to discover hidden shops and fascinating areas. Many beautiful stores are literally condensed in the city to fit more. 

FASHION – I have already mentioned Shinsaibashi. This area of Osaka is famous for its shopping lines (“leave all your money in Shinsaibashi”), great dining and places for parties and night life. 

Shinsaibashi never sleeps. You can shop there from 10-11:00am until late night. I could see how some people were buying new party dresses, got changed in them and went straight to night clubs and pubs to keep going. 

Shinsaibashi has everything from Japanese local brands to world famous outlets; from modern styles to luxury brands. There is a big shopping mall in the heart of Shinsaibashi called Daimaru. Daimaru is like Bondi Junction Westfield – this is how good it is!

Another thing to mention is better not to plan a day trip to Osaka if you plan to see some of the Osaka’s attractions. You need to spend the whole decent day to appreciate the fashion and go through stylish outlets in Shinsaibashi. If you are aiming for fashionista title, it is a big lie to say you will get enough fashion inspiration for a couple of hours in Shinsaibashi. You need at least one full day. Then head to an Irish pub at the end of the day to share your fashion knowledge with other Internationals. If you discuss it with Japanese, it might be even more different though as they have different vision in fashion.

FITNESS – Osaka has encouraged me to use the stairs over elevators or escalators. There are a lot of walks and transfers from one metro line to another. Go for stairs! Also, due to lesser crowds, it is much nicer and better to run outdoor in Osaka. My only recommendation is try to do it before 7:20am – 1) the sun goes up and it is super humid at this time of the year (summer is even worse); 2) people are start heading to work. You may notice that many people have to travel intercity so all the metros and shinkansens are packed from early mornings. 

 Just given a small overview of the 1-day Osaka itinerary so you can cover “different aspects of Japan”.

  • Start with the Umeda Sky Garden. This place is open at 9:30am. Normally, nothing is open in Japan till 10-11:00am – they are not morning people at all (what a shame!). It will also give you nice natural morning light to overlook the whole city and start the day right. If you are into history, there is the illustrated museum inside the Sky Garden;
  • Head to the Osaka Castle – this is one of my favourite castles in Japan (still consider Akita has better ones but anyways). I love it because there are a lot of small gardens and temples around the castle to explore. When you get to the Castle, head up to the 8th Floor and start exploring from top to the bottom;
  • Head to Dotonbori river area taking Namba station 16th exit. It is very nice and beautiful there. You can also take the tour of the river cruising around crabs and octopuses on surrounded buildings;
  • After the river, time for get decent lunch – sushi is the go for me (Japanese Diet by Angie). There is an amazing sushi restaurant with English menu with freshest raw fish. You don’t need even worry to order anything, the plates are passing through you with whatever you like! The restaurant is located on that big crab street opposite direction to Dotonbori gates on the Starbucks side (right).
  • Also, try their popular Takoyaki that are everywhere on that street. They are very filling and made with true Japanese traditions;
  • Then jump to Shinsaibashi shops and get lost there!
  • End of at a nice Irish pub to relax as you might burn your legs after Shinsaibashi walks. Get some refreshments (I would still suggest NOT to order food in pubs and eat before – all these fish and chips and burgers you can eat everywhere; real Japanese food only made by Japanese).

Ange xx

Script Writer – Life Creator

It is impressive how you can swim against the tides but still end up where you haven’t planned to be.
I believe that there are things that meant to happen regardless your will.
I believe that it still doesn’t let you to ignore the responsibility for your own life.
Imagine you are a script writer for a Hollywood film 🎞 – would you carelessly let a new movie script to be another fiction rubbish?
What if you are a film director of that rubbish – do you really want to sign your name off for that?
What if you are a producer of that film – you don’t want to invest your money in rubbish, do you?
Imagine you are writing ✍️ a script 📝 for your life – you don’t want this to be a rubbish.
When you have a pen and a paper to write up a script – go after your dreams there, not people.
Right sketch of your script will do its job for you and will cast the right people in your life.
Do not forget that you still hold that pen and paper – you can re-write it when needed. Also, keep in mind that some casts might want to leave your new creation as it’s not part of their plan. But it is the plan for your dreams – well, then you know what you do.
Get in and out – part of your life. Natural flow – the real beauty of life.
Blog is like a mini version of that script – you can create whatever you want and it will attract likes from right people.
I’ll finish this post to start writing my script.

~Loud Thoughts By Me

Winter ❄️ Fashion down under

Never given a credit to my recent trip to Melbourne yet. I am glad that the brand company visit and a couple of fashion shoots there happened at the moment when I had low inspiration in fashion and style. 

Melbourne is the Australian hub of fashion. Let’s face it – the weather is not great there, it is bloody freezing. It gives, though, a fantastic platform for fashion: scarfs, hats, caps, fur coats, shoes, etc, etc, etc. It is so cold there so people use “layers” of clothing to keep themselves warm enough (sounds like my Motherland haha). You can play around with it so much: and this is what Melbourne does. I walked on Collins street, sometimes did short cuts through graffiti lines and just had the best fashion inspiration.

I love to live by the beach and don’t want to change it. However, the fashion can be boring by the beach. Melbourne is now my Fashion Gallery to scoop creativity, get inspired, feel style. 

In general, Australian winter gives a plenty of opportunities for fashion. I was doing some observations and picked few “common trends”.

The difference between the Australian Fashion Hub (Melbourne) and Sydney is that Melbourne adds more bright colours into appearance and accessories. There is also a big tendency in one-colour outfits that is primarily bright again.

I love fur add-ons to my outfits and Melbourne is perfect for it: I could wear fur hat, coat and feel like home! Sydney is much more modest and dominant with “Teddy bear” type of coats. Also, haven’t really seen anyone wearing many stylish hats around Sydney which is upsetting.

Deep Emerald green was starring the whole season – which is good and bad at the same time. I love that type of green – it does suit my eyes and face features and I tried to stick to green palette in wardrobe until I realised it is too much green around. Walking around Sydney Westfield and David Jones, I could pick how many brands pulled out their best new arrival deep green outfits. I have seen many women attending high profile events in different shapes of dresses but similar colours. I had to stop wearing green (as much as I love it) for half of the season. 

It has been sad to see how a fantastic high fashion trend has been destroyed by the Australian retailers…another reason to shop overseas…

Sydney has found its own niche in winter trends this time. Being less fashionable (sorry, Sydney, still love you more than Melbourne!) than Melbourne, I found that mixing grey (one-shaded grey, checked, silver-grey) with an intense bright colour. 

And, finally happy to see that many Australian women moved away from long boots and cat eye look (yes, stylish and look sexy but I call it “the laziest version of out of dated style”). I have noticed more appearances with short boots that are mostly one-coloured zipped ones. Looks awesome and can work well with the idea of one-colour outfit with bright colour accessories.

One more month of winter before we can take it easy and put on lighter clothes!

Fash + Fit

It was a bit of a risk to combine two different industries and expect a good result. 

Fashion – the word associated with runways, glamour, style trends. 

Fitness – Health, gym, marathons.

They are different so how can I really pitch them to be together? I can explain:

Attitude

Coming back to my previous topic about motivation – who are you training for? For yourself? To impress someone else? If you set up the right and healthy attitude, you train to look good for yourself. You want to look healthy, fit, skinnier or toned – all depends on your personal goals. Now, let’s take Fashion. If you are interested in Fashion, you probably have or aim to have a good sense of style and after important Fashion trends. You pay an extra attention to what you wear when you come out. You are getting ready before an important business meeting. What do you need Fashion for? Same thing again – for yourself? Impress someone at one event? Wear someone glamourous for horse races at Randwick? 

You start with the right attitude. You understand that things you build in life starts from you. If you have ever had an experience to move to another continent when you are a teenager that doesn’t know what she wants, you might come to realisation that you have to build self base before you can build something else in life. I cannot build my life looking at someone’s one – I need to look at what I do. I cannot get impressed by someone’s achievements only – I need to set up something for myself each month to feel I am moving. 

Attitude by @Angela_alina

When you go to the gym, you may notice more and more people are “dressing up” to the gym. Not literally. But trying to wear right sports gear, good active lifestyle brands, etc. Many fitness blogs suggest to wear “cool” gym wear to boost motivation to exercise more. I can definitely see the link between those two. You start with the attitude. You want to see yourself successful, fit, healthy and stylish. It is not a secret that you might be toned and skinny and look quite sexy but if you wear a dress that look like a bag for potatoes on you, your toned body disappears. And, of course, you can buy the most expensive suit from the best Italian designer – it probably looked so gorgeous on the runway – but it looks ugly on you because your body is poisoned with junk food, lack of movement and first signs of ageing.  I like to see and promote more on my page fashion in fitness.

It is not only wear something trendy at the gym but wear Fashion and Fitness within you..

The Power of Colours

Have you ever thought how the colour you chose can influence on people around you? 

You can make first impression within first 7 seconds; when people see your first time, psychologically they will consider you either as a competitor or an ally.

I have few girlfriends that say that they never gone through interviews successfully when they are interviewed by other women. Does it mean that whatever you say on an interview doesn’t matter if you are not in “right” colours? 

It is easier to negotiate deals with opposite sex – as there is no biological competition behind (might be exceptions).

Working on many promotional modelling jobs I wear something red. It does attract males in general (even if your product is oriented on women, you have a big chance to sell them more product than to women because of the natural attraction; the product is just a subject for a chat). It does attract women because they feel your superiority and want to get competitively better. If you sell the product right, women will want to get the product you promote because you look successful in it wearing red (even if you don’t promote a product related to chosen red at all!). I had a chance to prove this theory working for 5 weeks on promotion of Eaoron Skincare.


If you are female interviewed by another female, try to wear “innocent” green, not too sharpy bright but quite natural, shade that is easy to look at. It will give a sense that you are not here to provoke anyone. You show that they are “safe” talking to you. Think why many hospitals choose green painting. Also, think how you feel looking at green nature, for instance.

Pink is actually even more interesting. It is a very misleading colour. It is multipurpose colour. Friends look at you like a cheerful and easy-going person. Competitors look at you like someone irrelevant – good thing here is the fact that they always underestimate you. This has happened to me SOOOO many times: a blondie wearing pink, with volumed eyelashes and quite sparkly shoes and nails…

Advantage is factual: they don’t see it relevant enough to compete with a “pink blondie” giving a perfect access to perform in the Blue Ocean.. 

Pink can be very interesting than you can expect..

I love blue! I would say I TRUST blue! How do you feel looking at deep peaceful ocean from rocks? Does it calm you down? Imagine how deep and old the ocean you are looking at..

When you wear blue, you can see associated with qualities such as reliability, peacefulness and wisdom. I would never wear the one for debates, however, when you need to be persuasive enough..go for blue! 

Create your own Blue Ocean with the colour that empowers your abilities @Angela_alina

From time to time I attend fashion events or places where the audience is quite judgemental – you need to look valued. I have seen my women and men wearing something purple. I use this colour quite rare, not really my colour, however, it gives a good touch of nobility and wealth to the owner. It suits me only as eyeshadow colour due to my green eyes. If you are like me – not quite “purple” person – a great colour substitute is golden. My winning combination is black, red and golden – never let me down yet.

Melbourne shot with Gary Parnell