Top 10 Things to do for Tokyo First-Timers

It’s been a very long time since my last post. I am sorry! I have been busy working but also enjoying the city during the weekends. Still have some stuff to sort, but I’m getting there. Since it would have been impossible to blog every day, and also a little bit boring, I decided to write a Top 10 post about visiting Tokyo for the first time. Some of them are touristy, some maybe not so much. And here they are:


1) Eat ALL the Ramen!

Ramen at Ippudo, Ginza

You have never tried real Ramen if it wasn’t in Japan! After eating Ramen in Japan, you will understand the purpose of everything. You will feel accomplished. You will understand why you exist: We all exist, so we can enjoy the beautiful taste of Ramen <3

Enough said! Convince yourself!


2) Play!

Whether it’s  UFO Catchers or Gatcha Pon Machines (the surprise egg machines where you put in a few 100 yen, turn the knob and wait for a kind of surprise egg coming out which has a figure inside. You can see me play them here and here), your visit in Japan is not complete if you skip playing these colourful machines.

3) Shibuya Crossing


Actually, when I was standing in front of the Shibuya crossing, I didn’t immediately recognise it. Then I asked myself if this was really the crossing and I looked around: There was the Hachiko statue behind me, the Tsutaya Starbucks in front of me and the Shibuya 109 on my left side, and only then did I realise that this was the crossing indeed. Crossing it was an exciting experience. It felt like I now really belonged to Tokyo. Crossing it without bumping into someone is a real skill that I can now proudly claim to have managed. After crossing it, you have to go up the Starbucks to take a time-lapse and several zoomed-in photos. I could never get bored of this view.

4) The Konbini Experience

7/11, Family Mart, Lawson, just to name a few of the most important life-savers in Japan, a.k.a. Konbinis (Konbini <– Convenient Store). You WILL go there, and you WON’T regret it. They will be your go-to places as soon as you start living here. But even for tourists they have everything you want at any hour. Be it tissues, water, hot drinks, warm foods, alcohol, masks, toiletries, ATMs, anything! And who knows, you might catch yourself in front of one of the shelves, deciding what to get because they all seem so intriguing, and ending up buying nothing because the struggle was just too hard :’D You can have a little review of a 7/11 here. 


The bread section at 7/11
One of many Bento Box options
Sakura snacks you can get at 7/11

5) Harajuku Bucket List

From the Rainbow Cotton Candy, to Purikura to Harajuku Crepes to aaaalll the shopping (Daiso, Wego,…), you can spend all your money and all your time in just this little street called Takeshita Dori. It’s probably the only street in the world that will get your Yens out of your pocket before you even reach the end of the street.

Totti Candy Factory
Line Friends Store
Harajuku Crepes
Sailor Moon Store at La Forget Omotesando


6) Get lost in random alleyways


No matter where in Tokyo you go, you will most definitely stumble upon some picturesque alleyways, that look like straight out of a movie or even an anime. Some of these alleyways I found were so beautiful to me, they almost made me cry. Most of them were in Asakusa.

7) Go to an onsen

Since you can’t take photos at an onsen, this point is going to be without visuals. Still, it’s one of the most impressive and interesting experiences you will have in Japan: being naked and relaxing in some hot springs with random, equally naked strangers (don’t worry, everything is gender-separated). The first onsen I went to was an indoor one in Asakusa. It was quite nice. But the outdoor onsen by the Fuji mountain was an unforgettable experience.

8) Visit a temple/shrine

Tokyo is bursting to the brim with temples and shrines. You will have a big choice of all the different types of temples and shrines. Still, there are some especially beautiful ones that you wouldn’t want to miss. One of them is the Senso-ji temple in Asakusa which I also like to call little Kyoto of Tokyo.


9) See Tokyo from Above

There are many different ways to see Tokyo from above. You can either pay a lot of money and go up one of the iconic towers that are The Tokyo Tower or the Skytree. If you do this, you won’t be able to see the tower, you are standing on, itself. Or you can visit the Mori Art Museum and finish it off with the observation deck on the top. But if you don’t want to wait in a long line, nor pay a lot of money, then the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku is the best option. It didn’t even take me half an hour from the entrance of the building to the top.


10) Go to a Themed Cafe

Hedgehog Cafe Harry in Harajuku


And this was the end of the post. I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to leave a comment and like.

What about you guys? Have you ever been to Tokyo? What are the must-do things in your opinion? Let me know in the comments.

Thank you for reading!





Top 10 Things to do in Shanghai

If you have been following me for a while now, you must have read some of my blogposts about Shanghai already. But there can never be enough blog posts about Shanghai, in my opinion – the pearl of the East.

Here are the Top 10 things to do in Shanghai summarized in one post.

1 The Bund:

This is a must when you are in Shanghai. You haven’t been there if you haven’t seen the Bund. And once you see it, you will miss the view, and everytime you’ll visit Shanghai you will be longing to see this view.


2 The IFC – International Financial Center and the Greenbelt: 

You can take the metro or the ship to cross the river. Here you will be walking underneath all of those mega skyscrapers that you could see across from the Bund.
The Greenbelt is a small, green oasis in the middle of the financial district.

3 Cross the Huangpu river: 

This only takes about 5-10 minutes, but it is a nice feeling, especially during the humid heat of the summer.

4 Dive into the nightlife:

Shanghai is famous for its vibrant nightlife. It is easy to get around with taxis, and as foreigners, you usually get in any fancy clubs.
Enjoy a delicious cocktail on the rooftops of Shanghai at the Bar Rouge, or dance with the sharks at Mint Club. To read more about nightlife possibilities check out my older blog post here.


5 Yu Garden:

This place is a mixture of temple, garden, and an arrangement of shops and food stands. It is definitely worth a visit if you are souvenir shopping and want to tick off some sights from your list. I also found stands that sold pretzels and turkish ice cream :’D


6 Have brunch on top of the roofs: 

In Shanghai there are rooftop anythings: bars, restaurants, cafes, pool parties, and clubs. One late morning when we woke up and were hungry, we wanted to have brunch at a good place so I looked up on instagram and found Kathleen’s Waitan, a cafe/restaurant/bar. They offered a brunch menu and it sounded so yummy. We booked a table and were seated very close to the floor-to-ceiling windows where we could have a full view on the Bund. It was amazing, and probably the most beautiful place I had brunch at with the best service you can imagine.


7 Go on an observation platform: 

I did this on 2 towers, the first time I had been there I went up the Jin Mao Tower, the one that looks like Taipeh 101. The second time I was in Shanghai I went up the IFC Tower, the Bottle Opener. They also have a skywalk, with glass floor, but some of my friends were afraid to go up there, so we just went up the usual observation floor. Next time I’m in Shanghai, I wanna go up the Shanghai Tower, the second tallest tower in the world.

Taken from Jin Mao Tower
Taken from IFC Tower

8 Try the streetfood: 

You will have so many possibilites to try the street food in Shanghai, or in China in general. Try the Jiaozi or the Xiao Long Bao which are famous for Shanhai. They are like somewhat bigger dumplings filled with minced meat and chinese cabbage and they taste heavenly <3
If you are braver, you can try some stinky tofu at the Yu Garden :’D

9 Have a short visit to People’s Square:

This is a small parc close to Nanjing Road. Here, local parents advertise their sons and daughters to find the perfect mathes for their spouses. It is funny to watch the people stand by their signs with photos and information of their children. It is also bizarre for Westeners though, to realize how important marriage is in the eastern culture.


10 Visit Jing’An Temple:

This is a beautiful, gold-embellished temple in the middle of the shopping streets of Shanghai.


These would be my top 10 suggestions. Of course, there are always different ways to create your trip to a city. I’ll be happy if I could just help a little bit.

Enjoy your trip!

Final rating:

Sightseeing: 3/5
Food: 5/5
Shopping: 5/5
Clubbing: 4/5
Transportation: 5/5



My Top 10 favorite comedy actors

It’s been a while now since I wanted to do a post about my favorite comedy actors :D I remembered again after watching the trailer for “This is the end”,starring a lot of my favorite comedians, amongst others Emma Watson as well! Big Win!!!

Plus, the movie is from the producers of “The pineapple express” which belongs to one of my most favorite comedy movies :’D If you want to die from laughing, I recommend you to watch this :’D

So now to begin with my favorite comedy actors (The order doesn’t say anything about my preference, it would be too hard to decide):

1. James Franco:


I know, he is not solely a comedy movie actor, but he became famous after that comedy tv-series “Freaks and Geeks” which I still haven’t watched yet :/ The first movie I saw from him was probably “Spider Man”, but then I didn’t fancy him that much. I think after the hype for Franco began in women magazines, it caught my attention. For the next Spider Man movie, it was the third and last with Tobey Maguire and James Franco, I paid attention to him a lot. And then I started to watch a lot of his movies. Pineapple Express was the funniest one, and 127 hours was the most epic one. Although the quality of his movies seem to lessen, he still is funny and super hot! So thumbs up for James Franco!

Franco’s funniest movie: “The Pineapple Express”

2. Seth Rogen:


Seth Rogen doesn’t even have to say ANYTHING since he has that funny face on him :’D He is one of the most hilarious actors with a lot of comedy movies. He has the looks of a funny guy who is fun to be with. I think there was no movie from him I didn’t like and he has starred in many famous comedy movies like “The 40-year-old virgin”, “Superbad”, “You, me and Dupree”, and “Pineapple Express”. I loved all of them to be hones :’D But the first movie I saw of him was “Knocked Up” with Katherine Heigl. At first watching, I didn’t know if I liked the movie, since I was quite disgusted by the birth scene, but afterwards I really thought that the movie was very funny :’D He stayed on my mind until my first watch of “The Pineapple Express” after which I became a huge fan of him :’D

Rogen’s funniest movie: It really is hard to say, but it is also “The Pineapple Express”

3. Steve Carell:


I love Steve Carell!!! When I see a movie that stars him, I will immediately watch it! He is one of the funniest actors I know, and if I would have to say spontaneously who the funniest actor is in my opinion, I would say Steve Carrell, without hesitation. Every single movie I watched from him is funny. The first movie I watched, was “Bewitched”. It wasn’t his funniest though. “Little Miss Sunshine” convinced me however of his humour. After seeing him there, I became a fan of him :) And after “Date Night”, “Crazy, stupid, love” and “Dinner for Schmucks” I began to really admire him!!! I still have to watch a few movies of him, like “Get smart” but I think the funniest ones I have seen :D

Carell’s funniest movie: I really, really can’t decide, since a lot of those movies are funny for their own. That’s why I will decide upon his funniest performance which was in “Crazy, Stupid, Love” I think :’D It was a tight decision between that an “Date Night”. In “Dinner for Schmucks” he was also very funny, but because I have a dislike against Paul Rudd, I didn’t want to choose this :’D And although “Little Miss Sunshine” belongs to my favorite movies, I haven’t chose it, because his performance was quite passive in this.

4. Jonah Hill:


One could really say that he is the little brother of Jason Segel :D They really look alike and are both busy with comedy movies :D I don’t quite know which movie was the first I saw of him, but I think it was “The 40-year-old virgin”. After “Get him to the Greek” I became aware of him and noticed that he played in “Superbad”. After realising that Seth Rogen was also starring in that movie, I started to search for that movie in the internet to watch it. After finishing it, I almost died of laughing too hard. He’s definitely on his best way for becoming a famous comedy actor.

Hill’s funniest movie: “Superbad”! It became hard to decide between that and “21 Jump Street” which I have also enjoyed, and which is also pretty new. But Superbad was just epic!

5. Michael Cera:


Michael Cera really has made it. He has become one of the most famous young comedians. I enjoyed every movie of him, beginning with the first I saw from him, “Juno” to the latest I have seen from him which was “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”. Both and everything in-between were overly funny and clever, just perfect for his roles, in which he always seems so smart but not in a nerdy way of thinking that he is the smartest one, but in a shy way of not being quite sure about his intelligence :D I wonder if he even makes an effort to play his roles, or if it is his normal behaviour. That’s the question I always ask myself!

Cera’s funniest movie: “Juno”. Although I have only seen three movies of him, it really was hard to decide. Since I have already mentioned “Superbad” I also thought about “Scott Pilgrim”, but then I decided that I enjoyed “Juno” more :D

6. Owen Wilson:


Owen Wilson, the cute, funny, blond guy who gets into the hearts of everyone, if children or adults, if men or women, everyone love him! That is nothing to be astonished about since he has such a diverse filmography. From comedy classics like “Meet the parents”, “Meet the Fockers”, The Wedding Crashers”, “You, me, and Dupree”, to action-Kung-Fu-fights in “Shanghai Noon”, Shanghai Knights”, and “In 80 days around the world” up until love stories like “How do you know” and “Midnight in Paris”. I enjoyed all of those movies, and except for Jackie Chan, he has almost always been the highlight of the movies. Especially in “How do you know” I liked only the scenes in which he appeared. “The Wedding Crashers” was one of his funniest movies I think, and “You, me and Dupree” was newer but didn’t lack the amount of humour from his earlier appearances. “Midnight in Paris”, a Woody-Allen-movie was beautiful and gave it a humorous charme thanks to Mr. Wilson :) So, as you noticed, I have a high admiration for that actor and enjoy every single one of his movies.

Wilson’s funniest movie: The newest and funniest one, “The internship”. DROP-DEAD-FUNNY!!!

7. Emma Stone:


Here she comes!!! The funniest of the females (The only one to be precise). In the first movie I have watched of her, “Zombieland”, I immediately fell in love with her. She was so cool and funny at the same time. Her acting was perfect and very simple. I really wish a part 2 of that movie, or another movie together with Jesse Eisenberg :D After that, many other funny movies followed, like “Easy A”, “Friends with benefits”, and Movie 43 (which I didn’t like so much like I have expected). She also had an important role in the literate movie “The help” which I have also read afterwards. In “Crazy, Stupid, Love” she has proved her seductive side, in which she twists Ryan Gosling around her finger. Then, the biggest offer came with the “Spider Man” – movies and probably the luck of her life in the shape of Andrew Garfield. Two hotties who have found each other. I still hope that they will continue their relationship in future (and Emma won’t get distracted by Ryan Gosling too much, since they’re making many movies together, although they would also fit together).

Stone’s funniest movie: “Easy A”. I almost said “Zombieland”, but I think her performance is a bit passive in that. And her humour appears great in “Easy A”.

8. Christopher Mintz-Plasse


When I think of Christopher Mintz-Plasse, I think of his epic appearance as McLoving in “Superbad” and have to laugh immediately :’DDD Just alone for that performance, he is worth to be called one of the best upcoming young comedians. Furthermore, he has starred in another epic comedy-action movie: “Kick-Ass”. I loved that movie, and can’t anticipate already to watch the second part. I am really looking forward to his next movies.

Mintz-Plasse’s funniest movie: Although “Kick-Ass” is one of the best teen-superhero-movies, it was “Superbad” that was his best movie, since he had the funniest role in that movie :’D

9. Zack Galifianakis:


So, here he is! The most successful comedian right now. While many people only know him of the Hangover-movies, he has more to offer. He has also played in the movie together with Steve Carell, “Dinner for Schmucks”. And I have begun to watch “It’s kind of a funny story” but couldn’t finish it. In “Due Date” he certainly took the cake! Together with Rober Downey Jr. That movie was definitely his funniest one. I think it was funnier than the Hangover-movies, although the second one really was hilarious :’D

Galifianaki’s funniest movie: “Due Date”

10. Jason Segel:

Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2010

Jason ‘the seagull’ Segel, the secret star of “How I met your mother”. He really has this typical kind of humour that will let the sun shine brighter. He was also part of the tv-series “Freaks and Geeks” that I want to watch as soon as possible. Besides “Knocked Up” or “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” he has made a lot of movies in the last few months and years like “Bad Teacher”, “Friends with Benefits”, “Jeff who lives at home”, and “The Muppets”. I still want to watch a few movies of him, that I didn’t, but I am always waiting like crazy for his new movies or the new HIMYM episodes.

Segel’s funniest movie: “Bad Teacher”

So, that was it! I hope I didn’t forget anyone.

Who are your favorite comedy actors? Do you also have a few female comedians that I didn’t mention? And what are your favorite movies of those stars?