Halloween is coming, which means you it’s time to get all excited about dressing up and heading to a Halloween-themed party. You could wait for October 31, or… you could start heading over to Universal Studios Japan (USJ) every September onwards to do the above and more!
We were invited to USJ in Osaka by KKDay last week to check out the newest Halloween installations, attractions, and menus the Park recently rolled out. Apart from plenty of screaming done on our end (I swear not all of them came from me), we got to go on the other signature rides the Park is famous for – a huge plus for me since this is my first time to USJ! Before I go into details about their Halloween activities, here’s some good-to-know info that might be useful.
How to get to Universal Studios Japan:
If you are coming from Kansai International Airport (KIX), buy your JR Line tickets to Universal City station. From KIX, take the train to Nishikujo Station, afterwhich, change to the Sakurajima Line, and you’ll be at Universal City station in 2 stops! The whole journey from the airport will take about 70 minutes, and will cost you 1000-1300 yen. The entrance to the park is just a 3 minute walk away.
Where to get your tickets:
Skip the queue and get your passes online at KKday! All you have to do is print and show your purchased KKday voucher, and scan your QR Code to enter the park! Easy!
Where to stay if you are intending to spend the night at Universal City:
We decided to spend the night at Universal City because we didn’t want to spend 140 minutes on the train traveling to and from Osaka to USJ. We chose to stay at Park Front Hotel, and it is literally a 2 minute walk to the Park entrance. Hotel Kintetsu Universal City and Hotel Keihan Universal Tower are next to the hotel I stayed at, but I ultimately chose Park Front because it’s the newest hotel out of the 3.
Halloween Horror Night
From the moment the park opens till it closes its doors, expect to experience a slew of Halloween activities and attractions dedicated to giving you a Halloween you will never forget. This year, USJ has introduced three new “horror attractions”: Dead or Alive, Trauma 3: The Terrible Prison Lab, and Cult of Chucky: Chucky’s Mad Hospital Ward. According to people we’ve met, Trauma 3 is the a level 10 on the fright scale – we didn’t manage to fit this ride into our itinerary (thank goodness!).
Besides these three new attractions, there are 4 others —A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Maze 3, The Exorcist: House of Exorcism, Sadako: The Cursed Attraction, and Gakkō no Kaidan (Haunted School): The Cursed Attraction.
We started our day at USJ running away from zombies.
Yup, you heard that right. We went through the Deadman’s Forest Escape experience and honestly, I will never put myself through ever again. Hand in hand with my friend Charlotte, we were screaming all the way as zombies came out of nowhere, some from the bushes, and some chasing us with an axe from behind. It did not help when we were told to choose one out of three correct routes through the forest, and that we had to memorise a 6-digit code to get us out of the forest lest we get attacked by another group of zombies. I have never desperately wanted to memorise 6 random numbers in my life, but alas, my memorizing efforts foiled – our pin code receiver was deliberately masked up so we could be in a vulnerable position for more zombies to attack. Great. Thanks guys.
The Forest of Death is only a 4 on the fright scale. I definitely do not want to know what Trauma 3 is like.
If you plan on recovering from the sweat and the intense heartbeat after putting yourself through a morning of Halloween scares, head to the Studio Stars Restaurant, or the
Three Broomsticks Restaurant located at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Both restaurants have Halloween-Special menus that include ingredients and flavours that will remind you of Halloween! You can check out the street cart food options too, like the Hello Kitty Chucky and Minion Dracula paus we had.
End the day with street zombies that roam the park from 6pm onwards. Expect 20 types of zombies (the widest variety in USJ’s history) attacking guests at every corner (there are “safe” zones for children). I must say, I am very impressed with the actors hired to play the zombies. They are incredibly passionate and so into their roles as zombies that nothing can stop them. Want a selfie? No chance, because since when do zombies take selfies?!
Of course, the park is not only limited to Halloween attractions and activities in the month of September and October. All other rides run as per normal! If you are a Harry Potter fan, definitely pay the Wizarding World and Hogsmeade a visit: Pick a wand, go on the Forbidden Journey ride, and stay till sundown to catch the Expecto Patronum Night Show.
The Japanese love their Despicable Me! Minions too, so a visit to the Minion Park cannot be missed. Walking around the park, you can spot hundreds of people dressed in yellow tees and blue overalls (like the minions!), and it really is no surprise a lot of their Halloween-Special Menus feature Minion-inspired designs.
I hope you guys enjoyed this quick how-to guide to USJ during Halloween season. I had a lot of fun traveling to Osaka for this, and I can safely say the excitement and post-USJ withdrawal symptoms last for days. Don’t forget to get your USJ passes online at KKday!
Honoured to be repping Singapore once again for Pomelo’s Fall 2017 Collection. As with my earlier Summer campaign with them, we flew down to Bangkok, where Pomelo’s main HQ sits, to shoot the social-media collaterals. This time it was no holds barred: we were introduced to the largest in-house collection – 100 pieces to be exact – Pomelo has ever launched. Aptly named Chase the Dream, this collection is all about challenging every woman to wear without limits, unleashing their inner star!
… & unleashing my inner star (or at least I attempted to) was essentially the theme of our video shoot! Today’s blog post features behind-the-scenes moments caught on set, and as you can tell, a lot of effort and creative forces came together to put everything together! The outfits pulled for the shoot are perfect for the upcoming festive season: featuring glitzy fabrics, celestial appliqués, star-shaped sequined patterns – my favourite from the shoot has got to be the Nicha Star Cut Out Shoulder Top, and Midori Star Sheer Maxi Skirt. Other favourites that you don’t see here, but are available on the site are the Labuki Oversized Blazer, Lan Flared Trousers, Riku Flared Overalls.
Separately, if you have not seen it, I especially love the main campaign lookbook featuring Thai actress Thanaerng. Edgy street styling coupled with neon coloured-gel colours definitely brings out the underground scene girl personality that is Pomelo’s Fall Collection.
P.S. All first orders on Pomelo are delivered free of charge and arrive from web to wardrobe within three working days. Also, Pomelo has a 365-days return policy: free returns on all orders via 90+ drop-off points scattered throughout Singapore.
This is one beauty review I’m excited to share with you guys about – the Nu Skin ageLOC Me. I recently brought the ageLOC Me (the super sleek device you see in this post) with me on my trip to Greece, and I thought it’d be good to give this product a go while I’m traveling – my skin gets sensitive when it’s in other climates, and especially with a dry and hot climate like that of Greece’s, I get to really see how effective the products are!
The ageLOC Me is essentially a smart device that carries 5 essential airless cartridges for you. The cartridges include a 1) Day Moisturizer with SPF 2) Night Moisturizer 3) 3 Serums that can be customized according to your skin’s needs and preferences. For first-time users, myself included, a general starter kit of 2 moisturizers and 3 serums (which I tried for today’s post) will be issued. After using the ageLOC Me for 2 weeks, you will have to take the ageLOC Me Skin Assessment (more about this later), and a customized regimen will be created just for you!
I know, this smart device may look rather bulky compared to small tubes of moisturizers and serums which you can pack in a Ziploc bag and go. But what I like about the ageLOC Me is products are dispensed via airless cartridges, which means your products don’t get exposed to air, and are kept in its pristine condition. The ageLOC Me also dispenses just the right amount of product onto your hands, and indicates how many doses you have left so you know exactly when to refill your cartridges (this versus my sometimes-feeble attempts at gauging how much moisturizer I need when I’m traveling). Each set of cartridges are meant to last you a month. The ageLOC Me comes with a travel lock feature too, so you will never run into situations where your tubes/ containers leak, situations that have been applied to me one too many times.
As mentioned earlier, it is recommended to take the ageLOC Me Skin Assessment after 2 weeks, so let me touch on experience for the first 14 days.
Before using the ageLOC Me, I remove my makeup with Micellar Water and wash my face with a facial cleanser – two extra products to bring/ have aside from the ageLOC Me. During the day, unlock your ageLOC Me, select the Day Regimen, and a dose of Day Moistruizer and a dose of the serum will be dispensed. Another great thing about the ageLOC Me is you never have to worry about opening and closing tubes and containers of products, simply unlock your device, place your fingers in the archway, and the product gets delivered onto your fingertips when th e machine senses them! The same routine applies for your Night Regimen (the moisturizer dispensed will be the Night one)! While there is a power base (which you need to connect to a wall socket) available, I chose to power my ageLOC Me with 4 x AA Batteries instead since I was traveling, and it has lasted me for the past 2 weeks (and counting!), apparently, it can last for up to 4-5 hours with those batteries, which is a lot since you technically only need the ageLOC Me for 30-60 seconds at any one time!
Results during the first 2 weeks: I felt that the products did great in reducing any redness on my face. I had a really obvious pustule on my forehead, and the products helped reduced the size and visibility of the pustule over 4 days (it got smaller and less red day by day). The texture of the products are non-sticky, and they get absorbed into the skin fairly quickly! I felt that the moisturizers could have been a little bit stronger, my cheeks didn’t feel as supple and soft as they normally would with this formula. But as I’ve mentioned before, the products that I’ve tried for the first 2 weeks are part of a general starter kit, I plan to customize and select a more intense moisturizer during the assessment!
After my 2 week mark, I took the assessment online, where I responded to questions about my daily exposure to pollution and the sun, my skin type and condition, and my preferences regarding fragrance, SPF and moisturizer feel! Since I felt that I could do with a stronger moisturizer, I chose to try a medium cream formula with mineral spf for my day moisturizer (mineral sunscreens have a whitening effect!), which is more richer in texture than the starter kit one. I don’t know if I’m the only one that believes in this, but I feel a richer, dewy moisturizer helps in boosting radiance, especially when you apply makeup after! For my night moisturizer, I stuck to the current “Medium” texture, as the “Intense Cream” – which is the only option after, has an oily finish, and I’m not too keen on having the product get all over my pillow when I sleep!
After completing the assessment, I got my unique code of CV65, where I got a more tailored combination of products: Day T2 Medium Cream Moisturizer with SPF 20, Night K7 Medium cream Moisturizer, and serums Q5 (Firming of Lines and Wrinkles), X9 (Hyperpigmentation), R3 (Cellular Turnover)! All of which, except the Q5 serum, are different from the current starter kit, so I’m hoping for better results in terms of hydration and radiance!
All in all, the ageLOC Me is a great and fun beauty device to try out: it’s easy to use, travel-friendly, portable, hygienic! Give the starter kit a go to see how it works for your skin, then customize it according to your preferences! The good thing is you can always take the assessment again and again, till you get the right combination that meets your needs!
If you’ve tried the ageLOC Me, do let me know what you think, and if you have any questions or need more informaiton, visit ageLOC Me’s website!
Till next time!